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  1. Updates for Tuesday 19 May 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Good evening

Emma Stanley

BBC News

That's it from me, thanks for your company.

Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Brightening up

BBC Weather

Showers will become more isolated this evening, though tend to linger after nightfall, particularly along the coast in places such as Hoylake.

weather forecast

As the showers finally die off overnight, clear spells will develop but it should be dry and fine tomorrow.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme this evening, we have the latest from the Hillsborough inquests, which have been focussing on

the death of 14-year-old Lee Nicol.

And we have more on Jordan Cunliffe,

who has lost a bid to have his sentence for the murder of Garry Newlove outside his Warrington home in 2007 reduced.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

Filling the stage at the Philharmonic Hall

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Local singers from all around Liverpool and Heswall organised a 'Fill the Phil' campaign to encourage new and existing singers to join them for their return to the stage at the newly-refurbished Philharmonic Hall.

Previous concert at the Philharmonic Hall
Unlimited Voices

As a result, the comeback concert on 7 June will see

120 singers take to the stage to deliver some of the biggest hits from the last 50 years.

Ferry service changes for Three Queens


tweets: During 3 Queens
@MerseyFerries will not be operating a normal service, check for details

Trust's inclusivity work rewarded

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust's inclusive attitude towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people has been

recognised with the award of the Navajo charter mark.

Audrey Cushion, Deputy Director of HR, and Lin Douglas, Equalities lead, with the Trust's Navajo charter mark certificate

The award - named in tribute to the traditions of tolerance - recognises that social well-being and acceptance in society has a positive impact on their health.

Rovers midfielder signs new contract

James Mountford

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Tranmere Rovers midfielder Steven Jennings has agreed a new 12-month contract.

Steven Jennings
Getty Images

The 30-year old returned to Prenton Park last October for his third spell at the club and has now made almost 300 appearances for Rovers after coming through the youth system.

Police arrest man over bike thefts

Merseyside Police Riverside

#Mossley Hill following a rise in bike thefts we have patrolled the area and arrested a 55 yr old with a stolen bike!

Latest headlines

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

New hub for boarders and bikers

Emma Stanley

BBC News

The latest in a network of sports hubs in Liverpool for skateboarders, BMX and scooter riders will be officially opened this week.

BMX bikers
Getty Images

Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson will open the hub in Otterspool on Thursday when professional riders will take to the ramps and slides.

Chester's £37m theatre project starts to take shape

Chester Chronicle

Work is progressing on

Chester's £37m cultural centre development, which will deliver a theatre, cinema and library, based around the art deco Odeon building in Hunter Street.

Join in a hospital tweetchat

Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital

tweets: Join us and
@bbcmerseyside for a tweetchat about clinical research from 12noon tomorrow. Use
#nwresearch to ask your questions.

Nepal rescue dog quits international missions

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Bryn the border collie is putting his paws up to enjoy semi-retirement after travelling the world to help in disaster areas with

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service.

Cheshire Fire & Rescue

Bryn, 11, has just returned from working in Nepal with his handler Steve Buckley following the devastating earthquake.

Although he's giving up international trips, he will still be working as a rescue dog in the UK.

Man arrested after charity box theft

Warrington Guardian

A man has been arrested after a

charity box was stolen from the Co-operative store in Orford, Warrington.

Jobs under threat at Cammell Laird

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Up to 200 jobs are at risk at Birkenhead ship repairer Cammell Laird, with the company blaming a lack of orders after completing a number of contracts.

The spokesman said Cammell Laird, which employs about 820 staff, is "continuing to bid for significant opportunities and remains optimistic of winning orders and achieving long term objectives".

Gossip: Lallana says season was 'very average'

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Guardian reports Liverpool's Adam Lallana has described his first season at Anfield as "very average" but says the club can cope with the loss of captain Steven Gerrard with the players they already have.

Adam Lallana

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BBC News

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Museum to mark role of WW2 'little ships'

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

The role of "little ships" in the evacuation of Dunkirk is being celebrated at a Chester museum.

Cheshire Military Museum
Cheshire Military Museum

Over 330,000 soldiers were rescued by a flotilla of small boats during the Second World War when Allied soldiers were surrounded near Dunkirk, France.

Seventy-five years on, the

Cheshire Military Museum is marking the role of those "little ships" in a special event on 27 May.

Gossip: Liverpool trial for 18-year-old keeper

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Liverpool Echo reports the Reds have handed a trial to 18-year-old Torquay United goalkeeper Daniel Lavercombe.

Daniel Lavercombe
Torquay United

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

Jamaica Street fire sees residents evacuated

Liverpool Echo

Residents were evacuated from a Jamaica Street apartment block in Liverpool city centre after a

fire broke out on Monday night.

Flats on Jamaica Street

Killer's mother 'not interested in tariff reduction'

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Janet Cunliffe, the mother of one of the killers of Warrington's Garry Newlove, says it is "disappointing" that

the High Court rejected her son Jordan's bid to reduce his 12-year minimum term but she is "not interested in a tariff reduction".

Ms Cunliffe, who is opposed to the

joint enterprise principle under which her son was convicted for murder, said: "Today was about a tariff reduction, but at the end of the day, we are not interested in a tariff reduction - I'm interested in having his conviction quashed and getting him home as an innocent man.

"Although today was disappointing, that's not what my battle is about".

Hillsborough: Schoolboy 'begged' police for help

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

At the Hillsborough inquests, a friend of 14-year-old victim Lee Nicol has been describing

"trying to beg" a police officer for help in the crush on the terraces in 1989.

Lee Nicol

Lee's best friend Austin Grimmant, who was standing next to him in Pen 3, has been giving evidence.

Mr Grimmant told the jury he thought a police officer found that Lee was breathing when he checked him on the terrace.

Gossip: Reds in for Milner and Dzeko?

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Daily Star reports Liverpool are interested in signing Manchester City's James Milner, while the
Daily Mail says the Reds also want to sign his City teammate Edin Dzeko.

James Milner and Edin Dzeko
Getty Images

Crane seized by motorway police

North West Motorway Police

tweets: Crane seized no driving licence M56 Cheshire

Crane seized on M56

Tumble dryer fire at Runcorn pub

Runcorn and Widnes World

Firefighters tackled a tumble dryer fire in the flat above

the Red Lion on Runcorn Road in Moore at 22:30 last night.

The Red Lion, Runcorn Road

Southport bouncer jailed for one punch killing

Rachael Connors

BBC News Online

A nightclub bouncer convicted of killing a man who died more than two years after being punched outside a bar

has been jailed for four years.

Scott Sheard

Stuart Humphreys, 38, threw one punch at Scott Sheard outside Destination bar in Southport October 2009.

Mr Sheard, of Formby, who was 24 at the time, never recovered from his injuries and died after complications in 2012.

Six arrested in early morning drugs raids

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Six men have been arrested following early morning raids as part of an investigation into drugs supply across the North West.

Properties in Skelmersdale, Maghull and Whiston were searched, along with others in Penwortham in Lancashire and Stretford in Greater Manchester, by detectives from Titan - the North West's regional organised crime unit.

Detectives went into the properties at 06:30 and arrested five men, followed by a sixth at a prison in Preston.

Barnes says Sterling 'not achieved anything'

BBC Sport

Raheem Sterling has "not achieved anything" and should stay at Liverpool,

says former Reds winger John Barnes.

Raheem Sterling

Sterling, 20, has rejected a £100,000-a-week contract and is expected to tell club boss Brendan Rodgers he wants to leave Anfield in the summer.

Manchester City are linked with the England winger, but Barnes says he would "not become a regular for them".

Wallasey schoolboy approached by man

Wirral Globe

Police patrols have been stepped up close to a Wirral primary school after a nine-year-old boy was

approached by a man on Monday.

Sneak peek of the Amazing Graces

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

A trailer for the

Amazing Graces, the spectacular projections which will be beamed onto the iconic buildings of Liverpool's waterfront during this weekend's Three Queens event,
has been released online.

Amazing Graces

The show by the

Colour Project runs on Saturday, Sunday and Monday at 22:00 and has been commissioned by
Liverpool City Council and
Culture Liverpool.

Four-week-old fox cub found in Southport garden

Southport Visiter

A young fox cub has been

rescued from a garden in Southport by staff at Woodlands Animal Sanctuary.

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  • A nightclub bouncer whose punch led to the death of a man from Formby is jailed for four years.
  • Jordan Cunliffe, one of the killers of Warrington's Garry Newlove, has had a bid for a reduction in his 12-year minimum term
    rejected by a judge at the High Court in London.
  • A friend of 14-year-old schoolboy Lee Nicol who died at Hillsborough says he begged a police officer for help after a surge swept through the crowd.

Reds 'should not be held to random' over Sterling

BBC Sport

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty, takes

an in-depth look at the Raheem Sterling situation and concludes that Liverpool should not be held to ransom by the 20-year-old, no matter how talented he is.

Raheem Sterling and Brendan Rodgers
Getty Images

Wallasey Tunnel accident cleared


tweets: Accident at the Wallasey Tunnel has now cleared and traffic has returned to normal.

Single punch death bouncer 'betrayed trust'

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

More on the sentencing of Stuart Humphreys for the manslaughter of Scott Sheard, who died after being punched by the Southport nightclub bouncer.

Jailing Humphreys for four years at Liverpool Crown Court, the judge said with just one blow, the 38-year-old had destroyed a life and betrayed the trust of parents who expect door staff to ensure their children's safety and security.

Mother's life ruined by single punch death

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been at Liverpool Crown Court to hear an emotional statement from the family of a Formby man who was killed by a single punch from a nightclub bouncer.

Colin and Fenella Hill

Scott Sheard who died from medical complications in 2012 following the attack by Stuart Humphreys outside a bar in Southport in 2009. Humphreys has been jailed for four years.

Mr Sheard's stepfather read out an emotional victim impact statement on behalf of the family, saying his wife had become clinically depressed, suffers nightmares and is unable to go out alone.