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  1. Updates for Wednesday 13 May 2015
  2. Merseyside Live returns at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

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By Paul Burnell

All times stated are UK

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Paul Burnell

BBC News

That's all for today.

Pier Head

I'm hoping I can still catch some of the sun that my colleague Andrea Day found on her stroll around Pier Head earlier.

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

Dry night in store

Eno Eruotor

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

A mainly dry night, with variable cloud and clear spells for all areas, feeling chilly in sheltered rural spots towards The Wirral.

Weather graphic

The wind will gradually increase towards dawn. Minimum temperatures of 4C.

Thursday will see variable amounts of cloud and some sunny spells in a moderate easterly breeze. Maximum temperature 15C.

Homeward bound

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Residents who had to leave their flats in a Liverpool tower block on Monday evening could be back home tonight.

Tower block blaze

Social landlord Your Housing said most residents of Sydenham House in Sefton Park, which was evacuated after a fire, should be back once safety checks have been carried out.

The landlord said it would meet residents who live on fire-damaged floors 11-14, who cannot return to their homes in the near future.

Appeal over 'face bite' attack

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Merseyside Police have appealed for witnesses to an attack which saw a man bitten in the face as he tried to stop another man jumping on a car bonnet.

Details have just been released about the assault in North John Street, St Helens at about 03:00 on 31 March.

Det Con Robert Keir said: "This was a nasty attack on a man who had been enjoying a night out."

Sterling to leave Reds?

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson tells the
Liverpool Echo he believes the Reds' failure to qualify for the Champions League will see England forward Raheem Sterling, 20, quit the club.

Raheem Sterling

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight we will hear about the harrowing moment a police officer saw the body of the youngest victim of the Hillsborough disaster.

Ill-judged jape or traumatic attack? We will look at the reaction to the sentencing of two Newton-le-Willows teenagers who shaved off a young girl's eyebrows and hair as she slept at a party.

And we will look at the filmed messages soldiers sent home to their loved ones in World War Two.

Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

Jagielka inspired by Terry

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, Everton defender Phil Jagielka tells
Talksport that John Terry is an inspiration after the Chelsea captain's fine season at Stamford Bridge.

Phil Jagielka and John Terry
Getty Images

Missing war plaque found

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A copper World War One memorial plaque, missing since the occupation of the former Bank of England building in Liverpool, has been found.

Merseyside Police said it was discovered among floor panels that had been pulled up and discarded within the building on Castle Street.

Protestors were evicted from the bank on Tuesday after occupying it since 1 April.

Latest news

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Today's headlines for Merseyside:

Your pictures

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Today's image is of the River Alt winding its way to Formby. It was taken by the National Police Air Service at Warton - thanks to them for letting us use it.

River Alt towards Formby
NPAS Warton

If you have a picture you'd like to share, send it over via

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Heater safety advice after Chester fire

Chester Chronicle

Chester firefighters have warned of the dangers of electrical heaters after one

caused a fire at a house in Chester on Tuesday.

Pair shaved girl's eyebrows

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Two teenagers who shaved off a sleeping schoolgirl's eyebrows and hair at a house party have been detained.

Aiden Kendrick and Ryan Kelly

The 16-year-old victim, who cannot be named due to her age, discovered long strands of her hair on the floor when she woke up.

Aiden Kendrick and Ryan Kelly, both 19 and from Newton-le-Willows, admitted causing actual bodily harm on 18 July.

They were sentenced to 10 months in a young offenders' institute at Liverpool Crown Court.

Road closures in Chester

Cheshire Police

tweets: Fountains Roundabout onto St Oswalds Way, Chester-Road closure & diversions due to serious RTC involving a pedestrian.

Council response to Delta decision

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Liverpool City Council says it was right to revoke the licence of taxi firm Delta, despite the company winning its case to have its licence reinstated.

A statement from the council said the company had met the licence conditions in the intervening period between the council decision to scrap their licence and the court ruling.

M62 lane closed

BBC Travel

A lane is closed on the eastbound M62 between junction eight Burtonwood and junction nine Winwick after a lorry overturned.

Manager took own life in lab

Chester Chronicle

A Chester research manager took his own life in his laboratory at the Innospec Ellesmere Port manufacturing site,

an inquest has heard.

Innospec, Ellesmere Port

Tranmere make first summer signing

Tranmere Rovers

tweet: Rovers Make First Summer Signing - James Norwood agrees two year deal…

James Norwood

Princess visits Liverpool

Paul Burnell

BBC News

The Luxury cruise ship Royal Princess is moored in Liverpool today - Allen Thomas

tweeted this picture from on board the Mersey Ferry.

Royal Princess

Atomic Kitten are 'still best mates'

Warrington Guardian

Padgate popstar Kerry Katona says Atomic Kitten "are still the best of mates" despite confirming the band is

cancelling its Greatest Hits Tour.

Atomic Kitten
Getty Images

New host for the page

Paul Burnell

BBC News

I'll be hosting Local Live until 18:00. Thanks for having me. You can get involved via

Facebook or

Follow Fara and the Lionesses' World Cup

BBC Sport

Want to watch Liverpool's Fara Williams and the rest of the Lionesses in their Women's World Cup campaign in Canada? The BBC will be bringing full coverage for the first time in June.

Women's England Football Team

Each of the 52 matches will be shown on either

BBC Two, BBC Three or the Red Button, as well as the BBC Sport website, while all England games will also have commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.

Cake for cruise ship's 50th year

Liverpool Council

tweets: Happy 50th birthday
@PrincessCruises! A sunny warm welcome guaranteed in Liverpool. And cake. So, pretty perfect!

Princess Cruises

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

Happy birthday to Romelu

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Everton's Romelu Lukaku is celebrating his 22nd birthday today - so it's a big happy birthday to him.

Romelu Lukaku

The striker

tweeted: 22 today... ☺️☺️ Feeling blessed man. I want to thank God for another year.. Thank you for all…

His former club RSC Anderlecht have sent their birthday wishes by

tweeting a message, while Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, who plays alongside him for Belgium,
wrote: "Happy birthday to the big bro".

Student flats plan for Ormskirk pub

Southport Visiter

An historic Ormskirk pub is set to be

transformed into student flats if councillors give plans the go ahead.

Aerial view

The National Police Air Service at Hawarden

tweets: Switch Island and the M57 motorway with the Thornton relief road beyond.

Switch Island
NPAS Hawarden

Tourist bus tunnel crash

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A car has crashed with a tourist bus near the entrance of the Queensway Tunnel in Liverpool. The road is closed and

@MerseyPolice are at the scene.

Taxpayers to foot £200,000 bill

Liverpool Echo

The cost of policing the occupation of the former Bank of England building in Liverpool

is expected to reach £200,000.

Activists at the former Bank of England building in Liverpool

The 25-day Love Activist demonstration at the empty building in Castle Street ended on Tuesday after police evicted the protestors.

Gossip: Ings to sign for Reds?

BBC Sport


Gossip Column has
The Times report that Liverpool are expected to beat Manchester United and Real Sociedad to the signing of Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22.

Danny Ings

Hillsborough inquests

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

The Hillsborough inquests have now concluded for the day and will resume on Thursday.

Pair jailed for shaving sleeping schoolgirl's hair

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

I'm looking at the story of two youths who have been jailed for shaving the eyebrows and hair of a sleeping schoolgirl at a party.

The pair from Newton-le-Willows will spend ten months behind bars for the attack on the 16-year-old.

Hillsborough: Seeing terraces was 'like walking into hell'

Tom Airey

BBC News

Recapping what we have heard this morning at the Hillsborough inquests, a former police officer who saw the body of the disaster's youngest victim Jon-Paul Gilhooley

described the scene as "like walking into hell".

Ex-inspector Philip Woodward was giving evidence about the 10-year-old's death.

The jury also heard heard from two men who were in the crush at the 1989 match with Jon-Paul and his uncles, who described how they "screamed" and "shouted" that they had a child with them.

Car collides with tourist bus

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: A car has crashed with a tourist bus near the entrance of the Queensway Tunnel in Liverpool. The road is closed and
@MerseyPolice are there

Couple jailed over £6k Tesco fraud

Ben Frampton

BBC news

A Sefton couple have been jailed for

fraudulently using thousands of pounds of Tesco vouchers to buy electronics.

Tesco in Abergele

Justine White, 44, and Joseph Robert McDermott, 45, of Bootle were convicted at Mold Crown Court after defrauding Tesco stores across north Wales and Cheshire using £6,000 worth of vouchers.

A sunny afternoon, but colder tonight

BBC Weather

It will be a sunny afternoon and a mainly dry night with clear spells, allowing temperatures to again fall fairly close to freezing, which will bring a risk of isolated grass frost. The wind will gradually increase towards dawn.

BBC Weather

Congestion on East Lancs Road

BBC Travel

There is queuing traffic in both directions on the A580 East Lancashire Road at the M6 Junction 23 for Haydock in the area of the roadworks. Congestion is to Goldbourne Island.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

Delta Taxis have licence reinstated

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Delta Taxis have won their court case to have their Liverpool licences reinstated.

The council revoked them because they were operating in the city but didn't have a Liverpool phone number. Representatives of Hackney cabs in the area claimed they were breaching conditions agreed last year.

Away from the inquests

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Our reporters have now left the court ahead of their lunchtime bulletins, so we will move away from the inquests for a while to bring you updates on what else is happening around Merseyside.