Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 15 May 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Good evening

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Well, that's it for today.

Here's wishing you a great weekend. Don't forget we're back on Monday at 08:00 with the news, sport, travel and weather.

Cloudy, breezy and rainy

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

It will be cloudy and breezy this evening with outbreaks of rain and drizzle pushing across the region.

The drizzly rain will clear after midnight with the cloud breaking up. The heaviest rain will be in the Southport area. Minimum temperature 4°C.

It will be a bright, breezy and cool day on Saturday with variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells. There will be a few showers too. Maximum temperature 13°C.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, meet the police dog who seems to embody the motto 'if at first you don't succeed - try, try again'.

We will be hearing about bad news for the region's beaches.

And we'll have the latest from Anfield, as Liverpool fans prepare to say farewell to captain Steven Gerrard.

Join us at 18:30 BBC One.

Replacement buses from Hunts Cross

Merseyrail

tweets: Due to engineering works a rail replacement bus will run between Hunts Cross & Liverpool Central this weekend.

Liverpool launch dedicated Gerrard site

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Liverpool have created a special tribute to their departing captain Steven Gerrard in the shape of a

section of the club's website dedicated to him.

Steven Gerrard section of Liverpool's website
LFC

A club spokesman says the section celebrates Gerrard's "remarkable career in six stunning chapters, from childhood to his final game in a Liverpool FC shirt".

A journey back in time with The Crossing

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A new sound installation which aims to take people on a journey back 175 years to the first transatlantic crossing from Liverpool has opened at Liverpool One.

The Crossing is part of the Liverpool's One Magnificent City celebrations this summer and includes special effects, music and archive material.

Umunna withdrawal a 'boost' for Burnham

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Professor of Politics at the University of Liverpool Jon Tonge says the unexpected decision of

Chuka Umunna to quit the Labour leadership race will be a massive boost to Andy Burnham's chances of becoming leader.

"It is absolutely extraordinary Umunna has pulled out, it is something we really weren't expecting.

"It increases the chances quite considerably of Andy Burnham, both were jostling for favouritism and neither could be pinned down in ideological terms."

Reds defender fined for speeding

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool player Kolo Toure was fined more than £600 after pleading guilty to

speeding offences.

Kolo Toure
Reuters

Latest headlines

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

Man faces Runcorn child rape charges

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A 49-year-old man has been charged with three counts of rape over attacks on three girls aged under the age of 16 that are said to have taken place between 1982 to 1992 in Runcorn.

Gossip: Gerrard urges Sterling to sign

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Daily Express reports that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has urged forward Raheem Sterling, 20, to sign a new contract with the club.

Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling
PA

Police arrest boy in organised crime crackdown

Liverpool Echo

A 15-year-old Bootle boy was

arrested after police raids aimed at cracking down on organised crime.

Lottery grant for foodbank 'extra'

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A Bootle church project is to receive £403,000 from the National Lottery to provide extra support to people using the South Sefton Foodbank.

The three-year funding will help St Leonard's Church and the foodbank to offer help to people ranging from debt-counselling to job hunting skills.

Sheepdog puppy joins Wirral school's farm

Wirral Globe

Bebington High Sports College have

welcomed their newest "staff member" this week, a 12-week-old sheepdog named Leif.

How many Gerrard teammates can you name?

BBC Sport

During his 17 seasons with Liverpool, Steven Gerrard has played with 160 team-mates and some of them are easier to remember than others.

Vegard Heggem
Getty Images

Here's

a quiz that picks out 17 players who took to the Anfield pitch alongside him - one from each season. How many of them can you name?

Long delays on M56 eastbound

North West Motorway Police

tweet: There are long delays M56 E/B prior to J12 Clifton. This is due to a Ln1 closure for emergency works.

Council increases home care payments

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool City Council is to increase the hourly rate paid to home care companies by almost £1, from £10.92 to £11.88 an hour.

It follows a review of fees paid to firms whose staff provide the help and support to enable older people and those with disabilities live at home.

All these Liverpool ducks - but where's Googi?

Paul Burnell

BBC News

All these ducks popping up around the city reminded me of Liverpool's original duck, Googi.

Googi the Liverpool duck
YouTube

Here is her classic 1978 song if you need a reminder - and if you spot a big yellow duck in a curly rainbow wig and wellies, let me know.

Cheshire West Council 'bullying' ban to return

Phil McCann

Cheshire political reporter, BBC News

A Cheshire West & Chester Council ban on councillors disrespecting or bullying anybody is to be reinstated.

The new Labour leadership is

making the move after the rules were deleted by the former Conservative administration.

Latest headlines

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

Mummy revealed in Light Night

Paul Burnell

BBC News

An Egyptian mummy is being moved for the first time in over 70 years into a new climate controlled home in the

University of Liverpool's Garstang Museum today.

Mummy in University of Liverpool
BBC

The mummy was moved to the University's Department of Anatomy for protection during the Blitz and will be revealed tonight as part of the

Light Night arts and culture event in Liverpool.

Man trapped in campervan on M56

Chester Chronicle

A man is

trapped in a camper van after being involved in a collision on the westbound carriageway of the M56 between junction 14 at Chester and 15 at Hapsford.

Emergency services are currently at the scene of the accident, which has led to the closure of two lanes.

Taking over the page

Paul Burnell

BBC News

I will be hosting this page until it closes at 18:00. I'd love to hear from you, so please send me any photographs, stories or ideas you may have via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

Prison inmate given life sentence for stabbing

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool prisoner Keir Michael who fatally stabbed 35-year-old Darren Ashcroft in his cell at HMP Altcourse last November

has been handed a life sentence.

The 41-year-old was told he must serve at least an extra eight years behind bars.

Reds duck in Liverpool One

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

I spotted another duck when I nipped out of the office earlier - this one is in Liverpool One and is wearing Liverpool's colours.

LFC duck
BBC

If you spot any, I'd love you to share them with me. Get in touch via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

Gerrard game gets special programme

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

tweets: Here's the match programme cover for Steven Gerrard's last home match
#StevenGerrard
#LFCvCPFC
@LFC

Steven Gerrard programme
@bbcmerseysport

Sefton raids lead to drug arrests

Rachael Connors

BBC News Online

Two teenagers in Bootle have been arrested after a series of raids in Bootle, Southport and Liverpool this morning.

The teens, aged 15 and 17, were on suspicion of drug and robbery offences.

Everton's night of European glory remembered

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

It's exactly 30 years since Everton's first and last taste of European glory, when the Toffees beat Rapid Vienna to lift the Cup Winners' Cup in Rotterdam.

Kevin Ratcliffe receives the European Cup Winners' Cup
Getty Images

Former Blues captain Kevin Ratcliffe has been remembering that glorious night

on the club's website.

He says while the final was "a fine reward... actually, the semi-final against Bayern Munich was the most memorable tie of that campaign", a match-up that Everton won 3-1 on aggregate.

Police 'proud' to fly rainbow flag

Merseyside Police

tweets: We are proud to be flying our rainbow flag in support of
#IDAHOT2015 today.
bit.ly/1HkJYbV

Merseyside Police flying the rainbow flag
@MerseyPolice

Gossip: Martinez would miss Europa tie

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Daily Mirror says Everton manager Roberto Martinez will not be with the Toffees side for the Europa League second qualifying round tie on 16 July if they get into that competition via the Fair Play ratings.

Roberto Martinez
Reuters

The paper reports that instead he will be with the main squad, who face Stoke in the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore on the same date.

Ducks pop up in Liverpool

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

I spotted this giant duck whilst walking down Bold Street in Liverpool this morning.

Duck Trail Liverpool
BBC

I've since found out it's part of the

Liverpool Aquaducked Duck Trail and 20 have taken up residence all over the city from now until 9 June.

Have you spotted any? Share your picutres with me via

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

Remembering the Beatles' Indian retreat

Soutik Biswas

India correspondent

I've been to northern India to look at how the ruins of a spiritual retreat became a place of pilgrimage, not because of the guru who once lived there, but

because the Beatles spent time there meditating in 1968.

The Beatles at the Rishikesh with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, March 1968
Getty Images

Light Night ride on the Dazzle Ferry

Liverpool Biennial

tweets: Nearly time for
@LightNightLpool! Don't forget to collect and bring your guide for a free ticket on the 6pm
#DazzleFerry
@MerseyFerries

Dazzle Ferry on the Mersey
Getty Images

Gossip: Reds to face competition over Ayew

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Daily Star say Liverpool will compete with Arsenal and Manchester United to sign Ghana forward Andre Ayew, 25, from Marseille.

Andre Ayew
AP

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  • Two men are arrested on suspicion of assault after a man is found with a cut to his face at flats in Liverpool city centre.
  • Andy Burnham remains the bookies' favourite to be the next Labour leader after shadow business secretary
    Chuka Umunna withdraws from the contest.
  • Steven Gerrard's exit from Liverpool
    will not be permanent, according to manager Brendan Rodgers.

Life for HMP Altcourse killer

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A prisoner who killed a fellow inmate at HMP Altcourse has been sentenced to life in prison. I'll have more on this soon.

Former Beatle calls for Oasis brothers' reunion

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Sir Paul McCartney says former Oasis bandmates Noel and Liam Gallagher should "just get together and make some good music".

Paul McCartney
YouTube

Speaking in a

Q&A session to Japanese fans, the former Beatle said he did not know if the brothers would ever make up but "it would be good because I think everyone likes brothers to like each other".

"My advice to them? Just get together and make some good music. But they have got to want to do it. I think a lot of people would like them to do that. They are pretty cool guys."

Gossip: Gerrard to return?

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, a report in
The Times says outgoing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has already had talks with the club's chairman, Tom Werner, and manager Brendan Rodgers about returning to Anfield in a coaching role when his LA Galaxy contract expires.

Steven Gerrard
PA

Police dogs in training in Liverpool

Merseyside Police

tweets: Police Dog Tex (German Shepherd) tackling our assault course this week at our training centre
#MerPolDogs

Merseyside Police Dog Tex
@MerseyPolice

Burnham remains Labour leadership favourite

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Andy Burnham remains the bookies' favourite to land the Labour leadership job following the news that shadow business secretary

Chuka Umunna is withdrawing from the contest.

Andy Burnham
BBC

Liverpool-born Burnham is up against three other candidates at present - Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper and Mary Creagh.