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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 11 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Jenny Coleman

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Live updates from Merseyside and west Cheshire have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel updates from across the region.  

Coming up on North West Tonight

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, BBC North West Tonight

On North West Tonight at 18:30:

  •  Hillsborough families meet South Koreans who lost loved ones in a major ferry disaster 
  • Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham calls for major changes to the justice system after the recent Hillsborough verdicts
  • And how a St Helens' emergency service made a boy's dreams come true    
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Blues legend honoured in new artwork

Everton FC legend and war hero Leigh Roose is to feature in a public art work by school children.

Football superstar Leigh Roose
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Goalkeeper Leigh Roose will feature in a giant Euro-themed artwork at Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham from the end of May until the end of the tournament.    

Travel: A571 reopens in St Helens

BBC Travel

The A571 Haresfinch Road near St Helens town centre has re-opened following a collision earlier.

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Weather: Dry clear spells

BBC Weather

It will turn drier this evening and overnight as the showers fade away. 

Tonight's weather forecast
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Some clear spells will develop, particularly towards the west, but it should stay rather mild. 

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Wiggo honours Southport cycling legend

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Tour de France winner Sir Bradley Wiggins paid a visit to Southport to honour Tom Greep who has devoted 60 years to cycling.  

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Hillsborough families meet those fighting for justice after South Korea ferry disaster

Hillsborough families have met with relatives of the Sewol Ferry disaster to share their knowledge on "truth-seeking processes".

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Hillsborough families meet South Koreans fighting for justice after ferry disaster

The MV Sewol sank on 16 April 2014 in South Korea killing 326 of the 476 people on board, mostly school children.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

This evening's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

Sport: Liverpool v Chelsea

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to rotate his squad for tonight's Premier League game with Chelsea after resting a host of players at the weekend.  

Jurgen Klopp
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The likes of Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Kolo Toure, Emre Can and James Milner are poised to start, with Daniel Sturridge also likely to feature at Anfield.  

Job losses expected at University of Chester Academy Trust

Chester Chronicle

Job losses are on the cards at the University of Chester Academy Trust (UCAT) which was last year branded England’s worst performing academy chain in Department for Education research.  

RSPCA investigate claims horses were trapped in Knowsley fences

The RSPCA is investigating reports that horses became trapped in fences at a field in Knowsley. 

The charity is continuing to check on the condition of the animals after people expressed concern about them on social media. 

The horses were said to have been seen trapped in fencing off Coney Lane in Tarbock.

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The RSPCA is investigating reports that horses became trapped

Sunderland v Everton

BBC Sport

Everton defender Ramiro Funes Mori is available after a three-game ban for tonight's Premier League clash with Sunderland.  

Roberto Martinez
PA

Blues boss Roberto Martinez said there is "a lot riding on the game" after the performance at Leicester.     

Wirral restaurant defends decision to offer salads to overweight people

A restaureteur from Wirral is denying accusations that she was being disrespectful when she cut the prices of salads and smoothies for overweight people. 

Joanna Jones, who runs Blackberry Grove in New Brighton, is also offering free consultations with a personal trainer and nutritionist. 

She's been on the receiving end of criticism on social media but says they've "misunderstood" her motive which was in response to news last week that Wirral was named the fattest region in the country.

AI patient app launched at Alder Hey hospital

Jane Wakefield

Technology reporter

Staff at Alder Hey children's hospital in Liverpool are teaming up with IBM Watson to develop an app to help patients and doctors work better together.

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The app will answer any questions which parents and children may have about their hospital stay.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall has called on MPs for a "level playing field" for bereaved families in legal fights against public authorities
  • Sky TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has apologised after he appeared to link an attack on Manchester United's team bus with the Hillsborough disaster  
  • The shadow home secretary Andy Burnham is calling for major changes to Britain's system of justice in the wake of the Hillsborough verdicts.   

Consultation on next West Coast main line franchise begins

Liverpool Echo

A consultation has been launched on the future of the next West Coast main line rail franchise - which includes the Lime Street to London Euston service.  

Hillsborough campaigner calls on MPs for 'level playing field' for families

Hillsborough campaigner Margaret Aspinall has called on MPs for a "level playing field" for bereaved families in legal fights against public authorities. 

Margaret Aspinall
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Mrs Aspinall, whose 18-year-old son James died in the tragedy, said it was a "disgrace" that South Yorkshire Police had public funding for legal representation during inquests while victim's families did not. 

"The police cannot be funded the way South Yorkshire were funded. To go back into court for two years ... and for them to be funded again to come out with the same lies again is a disgrace."

Her comments come as Labour called for a "rebalance" of the criminal justice system.

Sewol Ferry disaster families visit Hillsborough memorials

Bereaved family members from the Hillsborough disaster are meeting with representatives of the Sewol Ferry disaster to share their knowledge and expertise on "truth-seeking processes".

The MV Sewol sank on 16 April 2014 in South Korea killing 326 of the 476 people on board - mostly school children.

The group is also visiting both Hillsborough memorials in Liverpool city centre and at Anfield.

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Eamonn Holmes: Hillsborough 'slur' broadcaster apologises

Sky TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has apologised after he appeared to link an attack on Manchester United's team bus with the Hillsborough disaster. 

Eamonn Holmes
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Mr Holmes was talking on Sky News about the violence outside West Ham's stadium on Monday evening. 

He later tweeted there was "no comparison" between Hillsborough and the scenes at Upton Park. 

Travel: St Helens road closed due to accident

BBC Travel

The A571 College Street in St Helens is closed in both directions between the Standish Street junction and the Woodlands Road junction, because of an accident.  

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Lottery boost for three Merseyside athletes

Three Merseyside athletes will benefit from National Lottery funding, as part of a bid to level the playing field in top-level sport.

Connor Butler
Sport England

Boxer Connor Butler, 18, from Liverpool; Abigail Sefton, 16, who plays water polo from Wallasey; and para climber Phillip Mitchell, 22, from Bootle will receive Sport England’s new Backing The Best awards.

Phillip Mitchell
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They are among 60 talented young people from across the country who have demonstrated outstanding ability but because of their family's financial situation, they might not get the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

They will receive up to £5,000 per year to help cover expensive costs such as travel, accommodation, nutrition and medical bills.  

Travel: Accident in Preston on the Hill, Cheshire

BBC Travel

Summer Lane in Preston on the Hill, Cheshire is partially blocked and there is slow traffic in both directions between the Windmill Lane junction and the Pilmoss lane junction because of an accident. 

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Weather: Brightening up this afternoon

Labour's Andy Burnham calls for changes to Britain's system of justice after Hillsborough

The shadow home secretary Andy Burnham is calling for major changes to Britain's system of justice in the wake of the Hillsborough verdicts. 

The Leigh MP says the police should be forced to give public money to bereaved families to spend on lawyers at inquests.

He also wants a new law to stop police suspected of misconduct retiring on full pensions.

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Shadow Home Secretary calls for major changes to Britain's system of justice

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Labour is unveiling plans to reform the policing and criminal justice system, in the wake of the Hillsborough inquests
  • TV presenter Eamonn Holmes has apologised after he appeared to link the attack on Manchester United's team bus with the Hillsborough disaster
  • Bereaved family members from the Hillsborough disaster have been meeting with parents who lost their children in the Sewol ferry disaster in Asia two years ago

Margaret Aspinall to address Parliament about criminal justice system

The chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group will address Parliament on her personal experience of the police and the criminal justice system over the last 27 years later.

Margaret Aspinall says "nobody should have to go through" what she and the other families did.

Margaret Aspinall
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Everton murder probe: Woman arrested for assisting an offender

Police investigating the murder of Mark Hillman in Everton in 27 April have arrested a woman on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Mark Hillman
Merseyside Police

The 24-year-old woman from Anfield has been taken into custody where she will be questioned by detectives.  

Travel: One lane closed on Lime Street, Liverpool

BBC Travel

One lane is closed on Lime Street in Liverpool between the Queen Square Bus Station and the Lime Street junction because of emergency repairs.

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Eamonn Holmes tweets about his Hillsborough comments

Eamonn Holmes says comments he made about Hillsborough disaster this morning were about the "images we never ever want to see again" - not a comparison to trouble outside West Ham's ground last night.

The presenter spoke on Sky News earlier about an attack on the Manchester United team bus and discussing how ugly the scenes were.

He said: "This is going back to the 70's and 80's. Everything that you were seeing that was bad about Hillsborough for instance”.

He has tweeted a series of explanations.

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Eamonn Holmes compares West Ham trouble to Hillsborough

There are calls for Eamonn Holmes to apologise after he compared the violence seen at West Ham last night to the Hillsborough disaster. 

Eamonn Holmes
BBC

The presenter was talking about an attack on the Manchester United team bus on Sky News earlier - he was discussing how the ugly scenes are not what the Premier League wants to see

He said: "This is going back to the 70's and 80's. Everything that you were seeing that was bad about Hillsborough for instance”.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Labour is proposing a major package of reforms to the policing and criminal justice system in the wake of the Hillsborough verdicts
  • More than 400 suspected and convicted criminals from Merseyside and Cheshire are on the run, figures obtained by the BBC reveal
  • There is concern for a Wirral man missing from his home in Birkenhead since the end of April

Hillsborough families meet ferry disaster group to share 'truth-seeking' expertise

Bereaved family members from the Hillsborough disaster are meeting with representatives of the Sewol Ferry Disaster to share their knowledge and expertise on "truth-seeking processes".

The MV Sewol sank on 16 April 2014 in South Korea killing 326 of the 476 people on board - mostly secondary school children.

Hillsborough relatives Barry Devonside and Jenni Hicks, along with their lawyers Elkan Abrahamson and Marcia Willis Stewart are meeting four members of the group.

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Universal Credit cuts to hit Liverpool families from today

Liverpool Echo

Almost 3,000 Liverpool families will see big cuts to their benefits from today as a major change to the way Universal Credit is calculated begins to take effect.

Appeal to help find missing Birkenhead man

There is concern for a Wirral man who has been missing from his home in Birkenhead since the end of April. 

Police believe Alan Hudson could have travelled to either the Liverpool area or Blackpool. 

The 34-year-old was last seen in Birkenhead Park on 30 April.

Wirral landmark saved from demolition

A famous Wirral landmark has been saved from demolition.

Andrew Gibson House
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Andrew Gibson House, on Seabank Road in Wallasey, is a former home for retired seafarers - but its been empty for more than a decade. 

Wirral Council, in partnership with developers Prospect Capital, has developed a plan which will see the building renovated into apartments, alongside a new residential development and base for the mariners' charity. 

A planning application is due to be submitted before the end of the summer.

Cut pensions in police misconduct cases, says Labour after Hillsborough

Retired police officers found guilty of misconduct should have their pensions cut, the Labour Party has said.

Andy Burnham
BBC

Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham made the call following the Hillsborough Inquests which concluded that 96 Liverpool fans were unlawfully killed as a result of police blunders.

The measure is part of a package of amendments tabled by Labour to the Policing and Crime Bill next month.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Labour is proposing a major package of reforms to the Policing and Criminal Justice system in the wake of the Hillsborough verdicts
  • There is concern for a Wirral man missing from his home in Birkenhead since the end of April
  • A famous Wirral landmark and former home for retired seafarers in Wallasey has been saved from demolition