Warrington petrol station burglary explosives scare

Explosives experts were mobilised and 17 homes evacuated following a burglary at a petrol station in Warrington.

Police called to reports of a burglary at the premises on Chester Road at 01:30 put a 100m (330ft) cordon in place after finding a strong smell.

The roof of the building had been significantly damaged and an ATM machine tampered with, officers said.

Residents were allowed to return home at 08:00.

They were put up in a nearby hotel for the night.

Police said they were investigating the circumstances surrounding the burglary.

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    More seriously ill patients 17:58: St Helens Star
  3.  
    Tranmere's new signing 17:44: BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Tranmere Rovers have signed midfielder Marc Laird on a one year-deal. He becomes Rob Edwards' sixth signing of the summer.

     
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    Accident closes M62 17:37:

    BBC Travel News says the M62 is closed eastbound around junction 7 (Rainhill Stoops) because of an accident involving two cars. A diversion is in place, via the exit and entry slip roads. Congestion is stretching back to junction 5.

     
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    Coming up on North West Tonight 17:31: Roger Johnson Presenter, North West Tonight

    We find out why you're more likely to survive a major trauma if you live on Merseyside than in other parts of the North West.

    Strike in Liverpool

    And Andy Gill has been in Liverpool covering today's public sector strikes (pictured).

    We meet two young piano prodigies who've been tinkling the ivories in Liverpool today.

    Hope you can join us on BBC One at 18:30.

     
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    Fine, warm evening 17:26: Dianne Oxberry Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    After a very nice day we have a quiet fine warm evening, the breeze eases tonight and it's mild with temperatures around 13C (55F).

    Weather graphic

    Friday sees more dry and fine weather, cloud tries to cross the Pennies but won't make it to the coast until early evening, so it's a nice warm fine once again with temperatures around 21C (70F).

     
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    'No obvious control' at Hillsborough 17:19:

    A former police constable resuscitated a fan who had been "left alone, unattended, potentially to die", the Hillsborough inquests heard.

    The Hillsborough disaster

    Arthur Davies was outside the stadium on the day of the disaster, when he was radioed to go into the ground.

    There was "no obvious control" inside Hillsborough, so he gave fans first aid - the first had died but another had a "weak pulse but was not breathing".

     
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    Where's Warrington? 17:12: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    This story has been making us chuckle. The Department of Transport has blamed a "data source issue" after one of its press releases said Warrington was in the North East of England.

    This was just one of many geographical mistakes in the document with Plymouth being listed as being in the North West of England and Leicestershire in the south-east.

    A spokesman for the department later insisted to the BBC that its staff are aware of the geographic locations of places in England.

     
  9.  
    Interview with Giants director 17:07: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Royal de Luxe director Jean-Luc Courcault, who is bringing the Giants to Liverpool in less than a fortnight, told me via a translator: "It's going to be really bad, I'm really nervous and I'm not sure I will manage to do this great adventure, but it's very complicated to make this happen.

    Jean Luc and me

    He said: "It's small pieces of art in the street."

    The Giants tell the story of voluntary battalions of Liverpool Pals in World War One. He said: "It's more about the battle witnessed from a Liverpool point of view."

    He said: "It's a strange city in a way - a particular city that doesn't look like other cities."

     
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    Markovic close to Liverpool move 17:02:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says Benfica's Serbian winger Lazar Markovic, 20, will have a medical on Merseyside on Thursday before completing a £20m move to Liverpool.

    Lazar Markovic

    You can read the full story in the Liverpool Echo.

     
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    news on the hour 16:56: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 17:00 include:

     
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    Tinkling the ivories 16:41: Stuart Flinders BBC North West Tonight

    Pianos have been appearing on the streets of central Liverpool. It's all part of a festival trying to bring Liverpool's love of music to the streets.

    Pianos in Liverpool One

    You can see my full report on BBC North West Tonight after 18:30 on BBC One.

     
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    Club's battle for players 16:36:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says Liverpool are among a number of clubs set to battle it out for Benfica winger Joao Filipe, dubbed 'the next Cristiano Ronaldo', and goalkeeper Joao Virginia, both just 15.

    You can read the full story in the Daily Express.

     
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    Travellers moved on 16:30: Warrington Guardian
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    'Tenderness and strength' 16:24: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    The man behind the Giants - who visit Liverpool in less than a fortnight - has been telling BBC Radio Merseyside why he loves the city.

    Little Girl Giant strides past Anfield

    Jean-Luc Courcault, of street theatre company Royal de Luxe, said the people of Liverpool's "tenderness" and "strength" was very captivating and "defines a lot of feelings and emotions in the city".

    You can hear the full interview on BBC Radio Merseyside Drive after 16:45.

     
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    Hospital faces £30m bill 16:14: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Liverpool Women's Hospital says it can't guarantee services will be maintained as it faces a bill of around £30m because of errors made by a doctor in the 1990s and 2000s.

    Liverpool Women's hospital

    More than 400 women sued the Trust claiming they were given the wrong surgery, had it performed badly or were not given proper after-care.

    The consultant at the centre of the case, George Rowland, no longer works for the hospital.

    The Trust's medical director, Jonathan Herod, says compensation payments amount to almost a third of their annual budget.

     
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    On air 16:04: Simon Hoban BBC Radio Merseyside

    Rallies are being held across Merseyside and the UK, as part of a co-ordinated day of action by public service unions (pictured).

    public sector strike

    But the Prime Minister is considering measures to outlaw strikes where the proportion of a union's members taking part in ballots falls below 50 per cent. Does he have a point? We'll also be asking if people who bought the new Liverpool top with Suarez on the back should they be entitled to a refund?

    You can call me on 0151 709 9333 or tune in to BBC Radio Merseyside to hear more.

     
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    News on the hour 15:59: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 16:00 include:

     
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    Women's British Open 15:53:

    You can keep up to date with the latest action from the Women's British Open at Birkdale on the BBC Sport website.

    Charley Hull kicks up sand during practice for the Women's British Open at Royal Birkdale

    You can also watch the tournament live on BBC Two until 17:00.

     
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    Graduation day 15:48: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    Congratulations to Ben Harmer and Kate Griffiths (pictured) for graduating from Liverpool Theatre School!

    Billy Butler with Ben Harmer and Kate Griffiths

    They visited the BBC Radio Merseyside studio with award-winning British actress Anita Dobson in their mortar boards and gowns.

     
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    Partially sighted man racially abused 15:39:

    A 53-year-old partially sighted man from Cheshire was racially abused in Liverpool whilst visiting the city for a hospital appointment.

    E-fit

    The man had become lost while trying to get to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital and had been asking people for directions on Bedford Street South. He was suddenly confronted by another man who demanded to know who we was and why he was there.

    Police have released an e-fit (above) of a man they would like to speak to in connection with the incident.

     
  22.  
    Suarez appeal rejected 15:20: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Fifa has rejected an appeal by Liverpool striker Luis Suarez and the Uruguay FA against his four-month ban from all football activities. Suarez was also handed a nine-match international ban plus a £66,000 fine.

    Giorgio Chiellini and Luis Suarez

    The matter could now be taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

     
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    Search for drugs man 15:10:

    An international search has been launched by Lancashire Police for a Liverpool man, after heroin with an street value of over £2m was seized.

    James Taylor

    James Taylor, 40, (pictured) is wanted on suspicion of conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

     
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    Vikings face Wildcats 15:05:

    Widnes Vikings have centre Stefan Marsh (pictured) back for tonight's game against the Wakefield Wildcats after he missed their last two matches with a wrist problem.

    Stefan Marsh

    He replaces full-back Cameron Phelps in the only change to the squad named for last week's loss to Castleford Tigers.

     
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    News on the hour 14:57: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 15:00 include:

     
  26.  
    Rhys Jones case highlighted 14:46:

    The case of murdered Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones has been highlighted in parliament, as a reason why phone companies should always keep records of customers' calls.

    Rhys Jones

    A European Court's ruled that our conversations, emails and internet activity can now be deleted.

    The UK government says intercepting information was essential in tracking down those who killed Rhys in 2007 and is rushing emergency powers through parliament to ensure police and security services can continue to access phone and internet records.

     
  27.  
    Fan 'left unattended' 14:40: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Hillsborough Inquests have heard how a police constable tried to resuscitate a fan who had been "left alone, unattended, potentially to die".

    Hillsborough memorial

    PC Arthur Davies was on a mobile patrol outside the stadium when he received a radio message to go into the ground.

    He told the inquest how he had given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a fan who had a weak pulse but was breathing. With help he was able to get the fan breathing again.

     
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    Get in touch 14:32:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

     
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    Men guilty of cash machine plot 14:22: Liverpool Echo
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    Davies to Liverpool? 14:10:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says Reds boss Brendan Rodgers is mulling over a £10m bid to bring Swansea City's 21-year-old left-back Ben Davies to Liverpool.

    Ben Davies

    You can read the full story in the Daily Telegraph.

     
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    News on the hour 13:59: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 14:00 include:

    • Rallies have taken place in Liverpool and Chester, as tens of thousands of public sector workers protest over pay, pensions and job cuts
    • The case of murdered Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones has been highlighted in parliament as a reason why phone companies should always keep records of customers' calls
    • Police are hunting a Liverpool man after heroin worth more than two million pounds was found at his house
     
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    Photo exhibition in Southport 13:49: Southport Visiter
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    Network rail works 13:37:

    Cheshire West and Chester Council tweets: Hartford train station car park and Chester Road will close over the weekend for @networkrail works. The railway will remain open.

     
  34.  
    Stage awards 13:27: Claire Minter BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today on the show Anita Dobson is in Liverpool to give students at the Liverpool Theatre School their awards. Star of stage and screen Anita is the patron of the school.

    Anita Dobson

    Join Billy Butler from 14:00.

     
  35.  
    Suarez ban 'lacks clarity' 13:22:

    The scope of Luis Suarez's four-month ban "from all football-related activity" is still unclear, two weeks after the punishment was handed down.

    Luis Suarez

    Players' union Fifpro argue the details "lack clarity" and a legal expert says the sanctions against the 27-year-old Liverpool and Uruguay striker will be tough to enforce.

     
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    Coming up 13:16: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    I'll be live on BBC North West Today on BBC One at 13:30 from St George's Plateau in Liverpool where the striking public sector workers have gathered.

    public sector strike
     
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    Heroin worth £2m seized 13:10:

    Heroin with a street value of £2m has been seized after police raided a house in Liverpool.

    Heroin

    About 7kg of heroin was found during a search of a house.

     
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    Aspas to go? 13:03:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says Liverpool forward Iago Aspas, 26, is set to join Sevilla after failing to make an impact at Anfield.

    Iago Aspas

    You can read the full story in the Daily Star.

     
  39.  
    news on the hour 12:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 13:00 are:

    • The government is claiming today's strike by public sector workers is having a limited impact as a rally gets under way in Liverpool
    • Emergency laws are to be rushed through parliament next week to force phone and internet companies to continuing keeping records of their customers' calls, emails and internet use
    • Police have seized heroin with an estimated street value of more £2m in Liverpool and a man hunt's under way
     
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    Cahill signs two-year contract 12:48: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Widnes Vikings forward Hep Cahill has signed a new two-year contract.

    Hep Cahill

    The 27-year-old New Zealander joined from Crusaders in 2012, and has since scored four tries in 53 appearances.

     
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    Trade union rally 12:42: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    Striking public sector workers are gathering on St George's Plateau in Liverpool city centre.

    Workers gather on St Georges Plateau

    They're listening to speakers at a rally of several trade unions. Tune into BBC Radio Merseyside for the latest on the strikes in our area.

     
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    The man behind the Giants 12:28: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been meeting the man behind the Giants that will be coming to Liverpool in less than a fortnght!

    Jean-Luc Courcault with Jess Robbins

    Tune in to Drive on BBC Radio Merseyside this afternoon to hear what Jean-Luc Courcault had to say.

     
  43.  
    Looking cool 12:17: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    Yesterday Sean was chatting about a poll which says 32 is the age you should stop wearing baseball caps.

    Sean, Snelly and Steve rocking baseball caps

    Well we had loads of calls from people over 32 disagreeing with this sentiment. So here's our Snelly, Sean and Steve rocking a baseball cap. What do you reckon? Get in touch via Facebook.

     
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    No refund for Suarez shirt 12:11: Wirral Globe

    A Wirral mum has hit out after she was refused a refund on an £84 Liverpool shirt with Luis Suarez's name printed on the back.

     
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    On-air 12:05: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today we've got Marc Gaier live at the Pier Head for the rally with those on strike (pictured), plus we'll hear from a Warrington mum who's still waiting for her baby daughter's passport to be sent out.

    Public sector workers protest

    We're also looking at Direct Payments after NHS England's chief has announced plans to give patients cash to fund their own care. Simon Stevens says handing over financial control will force health and social care organisations to provide better services.

    I'll be talking to Carey Bamber who is Community Services Director at Alternative Futures Group, whose Head Office is in Prescot. Get in touch on 0151 709 9333.

     
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    News on the hour 11:57: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 12:00 include:

    • Public services across Merseyside and Cheshire are at a halt today with a mass strike over pay, pensions and job cuts
    • Emergency laws are to be rushed through parliament next week to force phone and internet companies to continuing keeping records of their customers' calls, emails and internet use
    • Police have seized heroin with an estimated street value of more than £2m in Liverpool and a man hunt's under way
     
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    Things to do in Liverpool 11:50:

    Stuck for things to do in Liverpool? Check out our website.

     
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    Protest march starts in city 11:40: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    Public sector workers are beginning to march through Liverpool to protest over their pay and conditions.

    Public sector workers march

    I went down to the waterfront in front of the Three Graces to see them set off. Watch BBC North West Today at 13:30 for all the details.

     
  49.  
    Are you a fan of tattoos? 11:30: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    We're talking about tattoos today. A lady has lost her job after refusing to cover a butterfly tattoo on her foot.

    Tattooed hands

    So we're asking are you a fan of tattoos? And is it fair to ask people to cover them? Let me know via email, Twitter or Facebook.

     
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    NUT rally to back strikes 11:20: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been meeting members of the National Union of Teachers who are preparing to march through Liverpool for a rally in support public sector pay and conditions.

    NUT rally

    They're taking part in a nationwide strike of more than a million public sector workers.

     
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    Cannabis farm discovered 11:10:

    A large cannabis farm has been discovered in Chester.

    Cannabis farm

    Officers from Chester Police raided an address in Sealand Road this morning and found a "substantial" operation.

    The drugs have been seized and police are trying to trace those responsible for growing the plants.

     
  52.  
    News on the hour 10:59: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 11:00 include:

    • More than a million public sector workers are going on strike as schools, leisure centres, libraries and the fire brigade across Merseyside and Cheshire protest over their pay
    • Thirty-one people have now been charged with a range of drugs offences after raids by Cheshire police targeting suspected dealers
    • A woman has been stabbed to death while working at an NHS hospital in Gloucester
     
  53.  
    Claret Jug visits the office 10:50: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Look what I got my hands on earlier! The Golf Champion Trophy, or Claret Jug as it is more commonly known. It is here ready for The Open Championship next week in Hoylake.

    Giulia with the Claret Jug

    They let me lift it but I wasn't allowed to have my name engraved on it!

     
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    Man in hospital after house fire 10:39: St Helens Star
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    Classic cars: Your thoughts 10:29: via Facebook

    Snelly has been asking which classic car you always wanted. Chris York got in touch to say: always wanted a Capri (still would!!) also VW campervan!!! closest I have come is an 82 austin mini!!!!

    Andy Whitehurst agrees: I always wanted a Mk1 Capri, yellow with black vinyl roof, had a Mk1 Granada (Sweeney) and would love to drive it one more time.

    Meanwhile, Rag Tag Misfits says: My mum had a gold meastro, it overheated and broke down all the time from what I remember, great memories singing our hearts out sweating in the back with heaters on full whack in the summer to cool the engine, classic in my mind with classic memories x

     
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    What do you think? 10:19:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

     
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    Pickets and protests 10:08: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been to two different union picket lines this morning. Feeling remains strong. I've been to a Sefton Council office, a Unison picket line and to the Passport Office picket line in Liverpool.

    There were about a dozen people in Sefton and if you go through Liverpool City Centre, I walked past three pickets and didn't realise how many different government departments there are.

     
  58.  
    News on the hour 09:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 10:00 include:

     
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    Accident causes rush hour delays 09:51: Chester Chronicle
  60.  
    Cathedrals get repair funding 09:48:

    More than 20 cathedrals across England, including Liverpool, have been awarded £5m by the World War One Centenary Repairs Fund, BBC News Online reports.

    Liverpool Anglican Cathedral courtesy of Chris Downer

    The 22 buildings, "from Truro to Newcastle", will be able to "fix leaking roofs, repair stained windows and replace stonework".

     
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    Criminal justice system explored 09:39: Warrington Guardian
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    Baby passport delay 09:28: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    On BBC Radio Merseyside, hear from the Warrington man who may have to cancel his family's holiday because his baby son's passport hasn't been printed.

    Adam Birchall applied for the document seven weeks ago but the Passport Office is on strike today. It should only take three weeks to arrive. I am chasing an update from the Home Office, Warrington South MP David Mowat and the Passport Office.

     
  63.  
    Liverpool Muslim leader's funeral 09:25:

    Merseyside's Muslim community will gather for the funeral in Liverpool of a leading Islamic figure, Dr Mohammad Akbar Ali (pictured).

    Dr Muhammad Akbar Ali

    Dr Ali set up the Abdullah Quilliam Society in 1997, and worked for more than half a century building inter-faith relations across Merseyside.

     
  64.  
    Bungling doc could cost millions 09:20: Liverpool Echo
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    Lane blocked on M56 09:15:

    BBC Travel News says one lane is blocked and there's very slow traffic on the M56 westbound between J11 at Preston Brook and J12 at Runcorn because of a multi-vehicle accident.

    Matrix signs are set to 50 mph.

     
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    As it happened
    • News, sport, travel and weather on Thu 10 July
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    • Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside
     
  67.  
    Thirty-one charged after drug raids 09:04:

    Thirty-one people have been charged with a range of drug offences after raids by Cheshire police targeting suspected dealers.

    Raid on property

    Homes near Chester, across Merseyside and North Wales were searched during the huge operation yesterday morning.

     
  68.  
    News on the hour 08:57: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 09:00 include:

     
  69.  
    Passport office picket line 08:50: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been speaking to staff outside the Liverpool Passport Office who are on strike today.

    Passport office workers picket line

    Lawrence Dunne, from the Public and Commercial Services Union's National Executive said he thought "the public were behind them" despite processing problems which are created a huge backlog in passport applications.

     
  70.  
    Unusual car alert 08:38: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    We're talking about classic cars on the show this morning. Well, check out this beauty part in the city centre! Looks like a cross between a Volkswagen Beetle and a motorbike to me.

    Unusual car

    Let us know about the classic car you always wanted as a kid via email, Twitter or Facebook.

     
  71.  
    Thousands on strike 08:33: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    Thousands of staff from schools, the fire service, courts, councils and the passport office across Merseyside and Cheshire are taking part in a mass strike today.

    Sefton Council workers on the picket line

    Members of Unison, Unite, the GMB, the PCS and the National Union of Teachers are walking out in a dispute over pay and conditions.

     
  72.  
    Suarez sale this weekend 08:27:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says Liverpool will sell Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 27, to Barcelona this weekend if the clubs can agree a £75m fee.

    Luis Suarez

    You can read the full story in the Daily Mirror.

     
  73.  
    Train delays 08:20:

    BBC Travel News says there is disruption on Merseyrail services between Liverpool Central and Southport, between Liverpool Central and Ormskirk and between Liverpool Central and Kirkby.

    This is due to an earlier problem with line side equipment at Liverpool Moorfields.

     
  74.  
    Classic cars 08:11: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've heard a whisper that the Vauxhall Viva name could be making a comeback. I loved that car as a kid! One of the dads in the street had one just like the one in the picture.

    vauxhall viva

    You've got to tell me about the classic car you always wanted, did you get one? You might as well mention the awful ones too.

    Let me know via email, Twitter and Facebook.

     
  75.  
    Occasionally bright and sunny 08:07: Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC North West Today

    A nice, dry and occasionally bright and sunny day in front with light winds and warm sunny spells that'll allow the temperatures to climb to around 23C (73F).

    Weather graphic for 13:00 on 10.07.2014

    There will be more cloud around this afternoon but it should stay dry.

     
  76.  
    News on the hour 08:02: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 08:00 include:

    • More than a million public sector workers are going on strike as schools, leisure centres, libraries and the fire brigade across Merseyside and Cheshire protest over their pay
    • A woman has been stabbed to death while working at an NHS hospital in Gloucester
    • The Ministry of Defence is to move its rehabiliation centre for injured soldiers from its current site - Headley Court, in Surrey - to a new location in Leicestershire
     
  77.  
    Good morning 08:00: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    I'm here with today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Merseyside.

    If you'd like me to feature your comments or pictures, send them to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet us at @bbcmerseyside.

     

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