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  1. Updates for Monday 11 May 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Thank you and goodnight

Paul Burnell

BBC News

That's all for today.

We will be back tomorrow at 08:00 with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside.

Hazy sunshine and temperatures holding

Clare Nasir

Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

A breezy evening to come with some hazy sunshine and temperatures holding around 14°C.

BBC Weather graphic

The brisk breeze will keep temperatures in double figures overnight so relatively mild and everywhere dry.

A blustery day tomorrow with showers, but you will see some sunshine. The keen westerly wind will keep it feeling fresh with highs of 13°C.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On this evening's programme, we're at the Hillsborough inquests, as they enter a new phase focussing on the individual stories of the 96 victims.

There will be the latest in the threat to jobs in Merseyside due to the troubles experienced by delivery company Whistl.

And we will be at the Pier Head in Liverpool as a new Liver Bird lands.

Join us on North West Tonight at 18:30.

The memories of 'Psycho' Pat

Paul Burnell

BBC News

They don't make football hard men like Pat Van Den Hauwe any more - he was, after all, the man fans nicknamed "Psycho Pat".

Pat Van Den Hauwe
Getty Images

The former Everton defender, who made more than 200 appearances for the Toffees, is

releasing his autobiography this week.

Dog rescuer to take part in TV show

Wirral Globe

The dedication and life-saving work of a Wirral-based RSPCA Inspector is to be

highlighted once again on national television.

Knowsley offers 'five ways to well-being'

Paul Burnell

BBC News

People in Knowsley are being offered a chance to experience "five ways to well-being" as Mental Health Awareness Week is marked this week.

The Community Health Development Team is organising events from reading groups to mindfulness techniques.

Hillsborough: Jury hears victims' stories

Rachael Connors

BBC News Online

The Hillsborough inquests have

entered a new phase, hearing the individual stories of what happened on the day to the 96 fans who died in the disaster.

Carl Lewis, 18, died at Hillsborough
Hillsborough inquests

The court has heard about 18-year old Carl Lewis from Liverpool, who travelled to the match with his two brothers and friends.

Museum to host Mayan marvels

Paul Burnell

BBC News

The mysteries of an ancient civilisation are coming to Liverpool's waterfront next month with the opening of 'Mayas: Revelation of an Endless Time' at the

World Museum.

Mayan frog
World Museum

Among the 385 exhibits, which are on show from 19 June to 18 October, is this splendid small golden frog with turquoise eyes which is said to symbolise the close links between amphibians, water-based gods and the underworld.

Whatever it symbolises, I want one.

Driver jailed for killing cyclist

BBC North West Tonight

A man who drove into a cyclist, killing him and smashing his bike in two, has been jailed for seven years.

Michael Rollason
Merseyside Police

Michael Rollason, formerly of Great Sankey, Warrington, hit of 47-year-old Terry Brown on 18 February 2014, but tried to lay a false trail by hiding his car and claiming to his insurance company he hit a wheelie bin after the crash on the A57 in Widnes, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

The 39-year-old admitted causing death by careless driving but was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving.

Latest headlines

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  • The inquests of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster enter a new phase as the jury begins to hear evidence about each person who died.
  • The Whistl company, which runs privatised mail delivery contracts in London, Liverpool and Manchester,
    suspends all services.
  • Liverpool's new Liver Bird, the 8ft high Spirit of Liverpool statue, takes up residence at the cruise liner terminal.

Williams 'proud to represent England'

Liverpool's Fara Williams

tweets: So proud n honoured to be given the chance to represent England at this summers World Cup in Canada.

Care homes criticised by watchdog

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A report by the Care Quality Commission has criticised two local care homes.

Inspectors found Southport's

Leyland Rest Home did not have enough staff to "ensure the safety" of residents and a
Premier Care Ltd home in Warrington "requires improvement".

It was not all bad news though, as the report also praised the

J.A.D. Direct Ltd home in Liverpool and
Elm Tree House in St. Helens, both of which it rated as good.

Torres pays tribute to Gerrard

Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres posts on

Instagram: Yesterday at Stamford Bridge
@chelseafc fans show their respect to the legend
@stevengerrard. Rivalry apart this is what is football about. So proud to the two clubs I have play in England.

Chester road lane closure

Cheshire West and Chester Council

tweets: There will be one lane closed, in both directions, on St Oswald's Way in Chester from 7pm this evening

Spirit of Liverpool sculptor snapped

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Sculptor Rick Myers has been photographed next to his new Liver Bird, called the Spirit of Liverpool, which was unveiled on Liverpool's waterfront today.

Sculptor Rick Myers
Peter Nolan

The 8ft statue takes up residence at the cruise liner terminal for the next few months before it is moved to a new home, which is likely to be outside Central Station.

Williams makes England World Cup squad

BBC Sport

Liverpool's Fara Williams has made the

England squad for next month's Woman's World Cup in Canada.

Fara Williams
Getty Images

The midfielder is the only Reds player to be picked, as two tips for the squad - defender Gemma Bonner and striker Natasha Dowie - missed out on selection.

Taking over hosting

Paul Burnell

BBC News

I've taken over hosting the page from Jenny and will be steering things through until 18:00.

John Coffino leaves Cheshire Phoenix

Chester Chronicle

American John Coffino will

not be returning as head coach of Cheshire Phoenix basketball club next season, the club has confirmed.

Royden Park to become Shakespearean Sicily

Wirral Globe

Royden Park in Wirral will be transformed into the Mediterranean island of Sicily ahead of a

major theatrical production in June.

Royden Park

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  • The inquests of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster enter a new phase as the jury begins to hear evidence about each person who died.
  • The Whistl company, which runs privatised mail delivery contracts in London, Liverpool and Manchester,
    has suspended all services.
  • Liverpool's new Liver Bird - the 8ft high Spirit of Liverpool statue - takes up residence at the cruise liner terminal.

Toxteth man next of kin appeal

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Liverpool Coroner's Office has asked the family of a Toxteth man who died on Wednesday to get in touch.

Alan Jackson, 67, died at his home on Bentley Road. There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

Police Taser knife-wielding man in Wavertree

Liverpool Echo

A man was

Tasered by police after they found him armed with a knife in Wavertree.

Gainsborogh Road, Wavertree

Officers were called to the property in Gainsborough Road after neighbours raised concerns for his safety.

Gerrard 'would love' to return to Liverpool

BBC Sport

Steven Gerrard admits

he "would love" to return to Liverpool at some point after playing his last game at Stamford Bridge in a 1-1 draw with champions Chelsea.

Steven Gerrard

The former England captain says it was a "nice touch" to be applauded off by the Chelsea fans but that they have "murdered me for years".

Ambulance crashes into building on call-out

Richard Turner

BBC News Online

An ambulance got jammed under a building in Cheshire while responding to a call this morning.

Ambulance hit building
Cheshire Police

North West Ambulance Service says no-one was hurt in the crash, which happened at about 00:30 on Lewin Street in Middlewich, and a second vehicle arrived to treat the patient the crashed ambulance was sent to.

England's World Cup squad revealed

Anna Thompson

BBC Sport

I'm at the Canadian Embassy, where

England's squad for the World Cup has been revealed.

England World Cup squad

Liverpool's Natasha Dowie, who had hoped to make the squad, has missed out.

Stolen car found stripped by police

Merseyside Police Eaton Road

tweets: Car stolen in a burglary located off Mab Lane L12 but had been stripped if you see something similar please call 101

Stripped car

Roses look to whitewash Calypso Girls

BBC Sport

England's netball side are hoping to complete a series whitewash when they face Trinidad & Tobago in Liverpool today.

Eboni Beckford-Chambers of England passes the ball during the International netball Test match
Getty Images

The Roses beat the Calypso Girls in the first two games of a three-match series, winning

65-42 in the opening tie and
67-42 in the second.

The side's meet at the Echo Arena later.

Mural to mark Gerrard's last home game

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Artists are working on a Steve Gerrard mural in Liverpool One to mark his last home game at Anfield on Saturday.

Artists working on Gerrard artwork

The Liverpool captain will

leave for Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in the summer.

Biscuit plant thief 'had been burgling for years'

Liverpool Echo

A prolific thief who targeted an Aintree biscuit factory told a police officer he had been "burgling this place since before you were a child",

a court heard today.

Jacob's, Long Lane, Aintree

Fire choir honour colleagues

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

tweets: Cheshire Fire choir, honoured to perform at firefighters' National Service of Thanksgiving.

Cheshire Fire choir

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  • The inquests of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster enter a new phase as the jury begins to hear evidence about each person who died.
  • The Whistl company, which runs privatised mail delivery contracts in London, Liverpool and Manchester,
    has suspended all services.
  • Liverpool's new Liver Bird - the 8ft high Spirit of Liverpool statue - takes up residence at the cruise liner terminal.

Hillsborough inquests: New phase begins

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

The Hillsborough inquests have moved into a new phase, in which they will be hearing about how individuals died.

Carl Lewis
Hillsborough Inquests

The first death to be looked at is that of 18-year-old Carl Lewis.

Cameron 'very sad' at loss of McVey

Election 2015

David Cameron says he was "very sad" about the loss of Esther McVey as an MP for

Wirral West.

Esther McVey
AFP / Getty Images

He was speaking to reporters as he discussed a

cabinet reshuffle, in which he has handed Ms McVey's former role of employment minister to
Witham's Priti Patel.

Women's World Cup: Picking the England squad

BBC Sport

England boss Mark Sampson names his 23-strong squad for the Women's World Cup today, determined to improve on the team's last showing at a major tournament.

Women's World Cup team
Getty Images

Former England internationals Kelly Smith, Faye White, Sue Smith and Rachel Brown-Finnis

assess the chances of those most likely to make the squad - a list that includes Liverpool trio Gemma Bonner, Fara Williams and Natasha Dowie.

M62: Two lanes closed at the Rocket

BBC Travel

Two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on the M62 inbound between Junction 5, A5080 Huyton and Junction 4, A5080 at the Rocket because of a vehicle fire.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

New Liver Bird lands at the waterfront

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Liverpool's new Liver Bird - the Spirit of Liverpool - has landed on the waterfront.

Spirit of Liverpool

The 8ft bronze sculpture was created by sculptor Rick Myers.

Liverpool's Champions League hopes all but ended

BBC Sport

Liverpool's faint hopes of Champions League qualification were all but ended by

their failure to win at Chelsea.

Chelsea v Liverpool

The Reds produced a spirited display against a Blues side lacking any real cutting edge without striker Diego Costa, but could not find a winner.

Whistl suspends deliveries in Liverpool

BBC Business

Private postal business Whistl - formerly known as TNT -

has suspended its door-to-door delivery service in London, Liverpool and Manchester and is consulting 2,000 workers on redundancy.

Staff at Whistl

The move follows a decision last month by potential investment partner LDC not to fund its expansion plans.