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  1. Updates for Wednesday 6 May 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Thursday

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Good night

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team.

Join us for the latest news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Thursday.

Showers and winds easing overnight

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC North West

The showers and gusty winds will ease through the evening to leave most places dry overnight.

Charlie Slater

Some clear spells will develop and it will turn rather chilly in rural areas by the morning.

Keep up to date with the forecasts with

BBC Weather.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme tonight, a judge sets a trial date for the mother of a baby girl found abandoned in an amusements arcade in Southport.

An inquest is told a Liverpool-born dad was stabbed to death by his partner at a flat in Gibraltar.

And the official distance of the Grand National in Aintree is cut by a furlong.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Hillsborough response 'woefully inadequate'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

More from the Hillsborough inquests, where expert paramedic David Whitmore has been giving evidence and has

criticised the ambulance service's response.

Mark George QC, who represents a group of bereaved families, asked him: "You've obviously looked at this in very great detail and the overall response from the ambulance service that afternoon... was woefully inadequate, wasn't it?"

Mr Whitmore replied: "At the beginning yes, I'm afraid I have to say that, yes."

Helmet 'would not have saved' cyclist

Warrington Guardian

Protective headwear was not enough to save cyclist Terry Brown from the force of a car which knocked him off his bike, a court heard.

Terry Brown
Merseyside Police

Expert evidence has been presented to the jury during the second day of the trial of Michael Rollason accused of killing Mr Brown from Great Sankey.

Chester firefighters help Nepal earthquake victims

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Cheshire firefighters are back home after 11 days searching for survivors of the earthquake in Nepal.

Darren Tennant, who's based in Chester, says after a frustrating delay getting in to Kathmandu, they were able to do some valuable work in outlying villages.

Latest headlines

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

The Farm to headline festival

Wirral Globe

A fabulous feast of food, drink and culture is to be capped with

live music from legendary Liverpool band The Farm.

The Farm then and now

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

More from the Hillsborough inquests, where expert paramedic David Whitmore has been giving evidence and has

criticised the ambulance service's response.

He has been asked about a report he wrote about the disaster, in which he stated it "would have been extremely challenging for even the most experienced of ambulance officers".

Expanding on that, he said: "I can't stress enough that this was a horrendous position in which they found themselves."

Opera to mark university's 175th anniversary

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

More than 350 performers will gather at Chester Cathedral to take part in the debut of an opera to celebrate the

University of Chester's 175th anniversary on 11 May.

University of Chester

Hillsborough: Expert criticises ambulance response

Rachael Connors

BBC News Online

Failing to check what was happening during the crush at Hillsborough fell

below the standards of a "reasonably competent" medic, a jury has heard.

Expert paramedic David Whitmore said the first senior ambulanceman - Station Officer Paul Eason - on the scene should "absolutely" have looked into the pens. Mr Eason previously told the inquests he did not realise a crush was happening.

Mr Whitmore also said casualties should have been treated near the terraces and that transporting patients the length of the pitch risked making their injuries worse "or even death".

Ashworth Hospital get top marks in audit

Liverpool Echo

The high-security Merseyside hospital where Moors Murderer Ian Brady is held

received top marks in a recent inspection.

Moors Murderer Ian Brady

Five more Hillsborough witnesses identified

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

A further five people have been identified as part of an appeal for witnesses to the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

Two sets of images were released in by April by Operation Resolve as part of of the ongoing new Hillsborough inquests.

The identities of 21 people have now been found, with a further 21 remaining unidentified.

Cheshire firefighters discuss Nepal trip

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: Firefighters from
@CheshireFire who went to Nepal in the aftermath of the earthquake speak to media having returned.

Nepal firefighters

Taking over the page

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

I've taken over hosting the page from Jenny and I'll be here for the rest of the day with the usual mix of news, sport, weather and travel.

If you've got anything you'd like to share with me, get in touch via

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Grand National distance cut by furlong

BBC Sport

The official distance of the

Grand National has been reduced by a furlong after improved measurements of race courses.

Grand National at Aintree
Getty Images

Woman 'stabbed partner to death' in Gibraltar

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

I've been looking at the opening of the inquest into the

death of a man from Liverpool who was one of four people - including his six-week-old baby girl - found dead at a flat in Gibraltar.

Officers stand guard near the scene in Gibraltar

John Joseph Shannon, Eve Shannon Perez and Amanda Kristoffersen Perez, 4, were found dead along with Anarda De La Caridad Perez Friman, 37 on 30 March.

Mr Shannon's inquest - held in Ruthin, Denbighshire, North Wales - heard Ms Perez Friman stabbed her partner and two young daughters to death then killed herself.

Cheshire's long-awaited council votes

Phil McCann

Cheshire political reporter, BBC News

People in the east and west of Cheshire have waited longer than most to have their say about what happens locally.

None of the seats on Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West & Chester Council have been contested for four years now, whereas in many other local authorities, there are elections for a third of councillors nearly every year.

That's still the case in Warrington, but the borough council there will soon be joining its neighbours in using the "all-out" system. So just what will happen when

Cheshire's long-awaited council votes take place?

Latest headlines

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  • Aan expert paramedic at the Hillsborough inquests criticises a senior ambulance officer for failing to check what was happening as the disaster unfolded
  • The mother of a newborn girl found abandoned inside an amusement arcade's toilet
    has appeared at Liverpool Crown Court via videolink
  • Work has started on a £107m project to
    transform Warrington town centre

Congestion on the A548

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic on A548 Sealand Road in Shotton around the Manor Road junction in the roadworks area.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Ashworth scores near maximum security rating

Ashworth Hospital has scored a near maximum rating for security in an annual assessment.

The high security psychiatric hospital, which is managed by Mersey Care NHS Trust, achieved a score of 99% in its annual National Offender Management Service audit.

Mersey Care's chief executive Joe Rafferty said the result provided "great assurance" as while the hospital is not a prison, "it has to comply with equivalent security levels to make sure the hospital environment is safe for patients and staff".

In pictures: Warrington demolition begins

Warrington Council have sent us some pictures of the demolition of the Bridge Street Quarter as

work starts on the £107m development of the town centre.

Demolition in Warrington's Bridge Street Quarter
Warrington Council

Plans include a new market hall, a 2,000-seat multiplex cinema, a new council office and a public square and the council say work on the scheme, which hopes to create 400 jobs, is due to be completed in 2019.

Demolition in Warrington's Bridge Street Quarter
Warrington Council

Gossip: Blues to miss out on Lennon?

BBC Sport


Gossip Column has The Guardian's story that Everton could be priced out of a permanent move for on-loan Aaron Lennon, with Tottenham wanting £9m for the 28-year-old winger.

Aaron Lennon
Getty Images

Chester teenager recalls Nepal earthquake

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Chester teenager Alex Staniforth, who survived the Nepal earthquake, says he has been left "shaken badly" by being caught up in an avalanche at Mount Everest.

Alex Staniforth returns home

Alex, who was on the mountain at the time of the earthquake, made it back to base camp but members of his team were killed.

He said he wouldn't be returning as he is now "scarred" following the incident and wrote

this blog post about his experience.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The new Hillsborough inquests have been hearing from an expert paramedic, who says the failure to check exactly what was happening as the disaster unfolded "falls below" the standards of a "reasonably competent" ambulance officer.

David Whitmore, an expert in pre-hospital emergency care, said a senior officer inside the stadium should "absolutely" have looked into the pens to see for himself what was happening.

He also said transporting patients the length of the pitch for treatment increased the risk of making the injuries worse "or even death".

Gossip: Depay to sign for Reds?

BBC Sport


Gossip Column carries
The Sun's story that Liverpool are the favourites to sign PSV Eindhoven's 21-year-old winger Memphis Depay for a fee of £22m.

Memphis Depay
Getty Images

It also has the

story from the Daily Mail that defender Martin Skrtel, 30, is yet to agree a new deal with the club, despite being offered a three-year contract.

Britain's shortest double yellow lines?

Caroline Lowbridge

BBC Local Live

After a "ludicrous" set of double yellow lines were painted on a road in Bristol, I asked

whether they were the shortest in Britain.

Double yellow lines in Bristol

Several people replied, pointing out seriously short lines in Oxford, London and Northumberland, but I was wondering if there were any contenders in Merseyside.

If you know of similarly short double yellows, get in touch by

Facebook or

Hillsborough: Chief admits gratuitous fan comments

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former chief constable of Merseyside Police has accepted parts of a report he wrote about the Hillsborough disaster contained gratuitous comments about fans, which weren't necessary to understand what happened.

Sir Norman Bettison has continued to give evidence at the inquests into the 96 deaths in Warrington.

He has claimed he accepts some of what he wrote included disparaging comments about fans, though feels he was fair and balanced in what he included.

Veterans pay for Runcorn soldier funeral

Runcorn and Widnes World

A Runcorn soldier who died seven weeks ago is

finally being laid to rest, thanks to veterans.

Ronald Davies, 82, has been lying in a morgue at Whiston Hospital since 18 March, because his family couldn't afford his funeral.

Lusitania art revealed

Tomorrow is the 100th anniversary of

the RMS Lusitania being sunk by a German U-boat off the coast of Ireland, with the loss of 1,198 lives.

Lusitania artwork by Anthony Brown
Anthony Brown

Crew member Trimmer Thomas Brennan survived and his great-grandson, artist

Anthony Brown, has created a painting which will be displayed in Liverpool's Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas to mark the centenary.


spoke to BBC Radio Merseyside about creating what he said was a "very personal artwork".

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

Teenager charged over Sefton bike thefts

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

A 15-year-old from Bootle has been charged with robbery after a spate of thefts which has seen children having their mountain bikes stolen in Formby and Southport.

Two other 15 year-olds and one 14-year-old from south Sefton were also arrested in connection with the thefts and have been released on bail pending further inquiries.

Wolstenholme Square plans to be submitted

Liverpool Echo

Developers behind £40m plans for Liverpool's historic Wolstenholme Square say they are

going ahead with a planning application for the site.

Wolstenholme Square, Liverpool

The Kazimier and Nation, home to superclub Cream, could get new venues in the scheme.

Liverpool Cathedral marks VE Day

Liverpool Cathedral will mark VE Day on Friday with the dedication of a heroes path and the ringing of the Cathedral Bells for an hour from 18:00.

Liverpool Cathedral

The heroes path will honour by name 13 living WW2 veterans from in and around Merseyside and will be dedicated in a short ceremony starting at 14:00. The unveiling of the stone take place after a two minute silence at 15:00.

Funds raised to restore war memorial

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Residents in Wirral fed up of the state of their war memorial have raised over £30,000 to restore it.

Grange Hill war memorial
Peter Miller/Geograph

The Hoylake and District's statue sits on Grange Hill in West Kirby but after 40 years of neglect, it had become overgrown and virtually inaccessible.

Man spared jail over police officer headbutt

St Helens Star

A St. Helens man who headbutted a police officer has been

given a suspended jail sentence.

Andrew Woodward, 35, from Perth Avenue in Thatto Heath, initially denied the offence but changed his plea to guilty at a hearing at St. Helens Magistrates' Court.

Saints prop calls for rugby league heart tests

BBC Sport

St. Helens prop Kyle Amor says heart screening should be

introduced throughout professional rugby league, following the tragic death of Danny Jones.

Kyle Amor
Getty Images

Lizard and snake rescued from fire

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

A lizard and a snake had a lucky escape after a house fire in Ellesmere Port saw them rescued by firefighters.

Cheshire Fire rescue lizard from fire
Cheshire Fire

The crews rescued an iguana and a boa constrictor from the blaze at the semi-detached house in The Oval, which took almost nine hours to put out at the weekend.

You say you want a revolution?

Rebecca Morelle

Science Correspondent, BBC News

Scientists studying pop music say the invasion of British bands, such as The Beatles, into the US charts

marked a musical revolution.

The Beatles

The evolution of western pop music, spanning from 1960 to 2010, has been analysed by the scientists who found pop music was marked by three revolutions in 50 years.