Man dies in Liverpool flat fire

Rocky Lane in Tuebrook The fire broke out at a flat on Rocky Lane in Tuebrook

A man in his 40s has died after a fire at a flat in Liverpool, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has said.

The fire, which took two hours to extinguish, broke out at about 01:30 GMT on Rocky Lane in Tuebrook.

The man was taken to hospital after being found unconscious inside the property. He died a short time later.

The man has been identified and his next of kin are being informed. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

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    Robbie Williams seven frames down 16:41: Phil Kinsella, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    At the World Snooker Championship, Wallasey's Robbie Williams is seven frames to two down against Australia's Neil Robertson. The second and final session starts at 19:00.

    And with 12 weeks to the Open championship at Hoylake it's been confirmed that the course will be 54 yards longer than when Tiger Woods won there in 2006. The overall yardage is 7,312 and it's mostly because of the seventh hole which is now 480 yards instead of 453.

     
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    Search for war heroes 16:33:

    The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Coun Gary Millar, is appealing for help in the search for some of the city's forgotten World War One heroes.

    The appeal comes after a memorial plaque was found in a garden belonging to the former caretaker of St Peter's Church, Toxteth. Half the names on the plaque were not listed in the city's Hall of Remembrance.

     
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    Why are people more vain? 16:25: via Facebook

    On Drive, Simon Hoban says surgeons say they're worried about the number of young people wanting cosmetic procedures and botox. It seems to have become the norm nowadays. Why are they more vain do you think?

    Helen Louise Dodd More says: pressure from tacky celebs in trashy celeb gossip mags? WAGS etc

    Graham Padden says: Their not. The media campaign by satans little helpers ie , sales and marketing people has intensified. The message from the industry is that if you look like this then you will be cool and find inner peace.

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    Wind farm project supported 16:20: Liverpool Echo

    Merseyside's biggest wind farm looks set to quadruple in size after the government pledged to fund the project.

     
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    A Merseyside couple have won a key legal battle which could pave the way for hundreds of thousands of disabled people to challenge the government's controversial under-occupancy subsidy.

    Charlotte Carmichael, 42, has spina bifida and lives with her husband Jason in a two-bedroom flat in Southport. They need both rooms because of equipment for her condition.

    A judge has ruled imposing the under-occupancy subsidy on them was a breach of their human rights.

     
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    Rugby league headlines 15:37: Phil Kinsella, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Warrington Wolves coach Tony Smith says he won't be getting any of his injured players back for Sunday's Rugby League challenge cup tie with Doncaster, Ben Harrison is the latest to join the list - his wrist injury is still being assessed but he's unlikely to feature in the game.

    Liam Carberry

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    Coming up on Drive 15:18: Simon Hoban BBC Radio Merseyside

    Surgeons have told the BBC they're worried about the number of young people wanting cosmetic procedures. It seems to have become the norm nowadays. I'll be talking to a cosmetic surgeon from Chester about this.

    A father-of-four who died at Hillsborough along with his brother has been remembered at the new inquests into the disaster. The latest from our reporter in Warrington.

    Comedian Jason Manford will be on the show. He's supporting a terminally-ill teenager who has raised more than £1.6 million for charity.

     
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    Benitez 'keen to sign' Agger 15:08:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, now the Napoli boss, is keen to sign Reds defender Daniel Agger, 29, this summer.

    Daniel Agger of Liverpool challenges Emanuele Giaccherini of Sunderland

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    News on the hour 14:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Coming up 14:52: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

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    New sports complex at Ruskin Park 14:46: St Helens Star

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    Martinez backs Moyes for quick return 14:36:

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    Everton manager Roberto Martinez says David Moyes will be back

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    Breakfast at Everton 14:14: Juliette Ferrington BBC Sport

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    Tranmere's injury woes 12:48: Ian Kennedy BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

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    Martin Wild pen portrait 12:44: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The jury at the new Hillsborough inquests were told about Martin Wild, 29, who was a print setter from Cheshire.

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    Christopher Devonside pen portrait 12:41: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Christopher Devonside

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    Walker Art Gallery

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    Jonathon Owens pen portrait 12:27: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The mother of Jonathon Owens Pat, has spoken about her 18-year-old son at the inquests in Warrington.

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    Paul Clark pen portrait 12:23: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Ken Clark has spoken about his son, Paul, 18, an apprentice electrician who had celebrated his birthday the month before Hillsborough.

    Paul Clark

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    • The Peel Group has become the sole owners of Liverpool John Lennon Airport
    • British Muslim women are being urged to come forward if they're concerned their relatives are planning to join Syria's civil war
     
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    Paul Carlile pen portrait 11:30: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Donna Miller, the sister of Paul Carlile, read a statement on behalf of her mother Sandra Stringer. She said: "On April 15, our world fell apart.

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    Anfield stadium plan 11:13:

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    Stalking awareness 11:05:

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    news on the hour 11:00: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 11:00:

    • A Merseyside couple have won a key legal battle in their fight against changes in benefit after a judge ruled it breached their human rights
    • Anfield residents are asking for a more detailed plan on the regeneration of their area after Liverpool Football Club unveiled designs for their stadium expansion
    • Unions fear museums in Liverpool and Wirral are being "destroyed" by funding cuts
     
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    More Shakey for Scousers 10:48: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've got more Shakey for Scousers today with the witches going on about the cauldron where their husband is cooking a pan of Scouse. There's no wing of bat in scouse.

    And historian Ken Pye joins me to talk about the birth of Liverpool.

     
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    Banksy rat to be auctioned 10:38:

    The Banksy rat which was removed from the Whitehouse pub in Liverpool is being sold at auction in London as part of a controversial exhibition called Stealing Banksy.

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    The money raised will pay for a disabled playground for children in Sefton.

     
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    Broken down lorry 10:20:

    BBC Travel News says there's a broken down lorry on the M6 at J23 at Haydock.

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    Speaking properly 10:16: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    I watched the BBC's Jamaica Inn last night, but gave up halfway through because I couldn't make out a word! And loads of us have complained about it.

    BBC's Jamaica Inn

    So is it just actors on the telly or have we forgotten how to speak properly? Let me know via email, Twitter or Facebook.

     
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    Jack the lamb 10:07: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    One little tup lamb has become an unexpected star attraction at Home Farm, Tatton Park, which is a place many people in Merseyside visit.

    Jack the lamb

    The lamb is named Captain Jack Sparrow, after Johnny Depp's character in Pirates of the Caribbean.

     
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    News on the hour 09:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 10:00 include:

     
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    Stalking awareness day 09:36:

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  73.  
    Ward robot 09:28:

    A robot has been used in a children's ward to allow patients to communicate with each other and with staff.

    Child at Alder Hey hospital, Liverpool using an interactive robot

    Children and young people at Alder Hey Hospital in Liverpool were able to control where the robot went.

     
  74.  
    Rwandan genocide remembered 09:23:

    Liverpool will mark the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide.

    Lord Mayor Gary Millar will be joined by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda and Young Lord Mayor in laying wreaths at the Rwandan Genocide Memorial stone in St John's Garden today.

    Coun Millar said: "This service is our way of honouring all those who suffered and keeping their memory alive."

     
  75.  
    Everton for Cleverley? 09:11:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says Everton manager Roberto Martinez is thought to be considering a move for Manchester United and England midfielder Tom Cleverley, 23, as a long-term replacement for 33-year-old Leon Osman.

    Manchester United and England midfielder Tom Cleverley

    You can read the full story in the Daily Mail.

     
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    First haircut for 11 years? 09:06:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says a Liverpool fan in Kosovo who vowed not to have his hair cut until Liverpool won the Premier League is so confident the Reds will win the title that he has booked himself into the hairdressers for the first time in 11 years.

    You can read the full story in the Metro.

     
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    News on the hour 08:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Taxi driver arrest 08:43: Liverpool Echo

    A taxi driver allegedly threatened pedestrians with an axe after they asked him to stop blowing his car horn repeatedly.

    Shocked witnesses called police after the drama at the rank in Dawson Street, off Whitechapel, near Williamson Square, Liverpool city centre, which happened at around 2.30pm on Saturday.

     
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    Museums 'destroyed' by cuts 08:39:

    Unions say museums in Liverpool and Wirral are being "destroyed" by funding cuts.

    Eight are closed today, so staff can be told about potential redundancies.

    The Department for Culture, Media and Sport says: "As with all sectors right across government our museums and galleries have had to play their part in reducing the deficit."

     
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    Heavy traffic 08:35:

    BBC Travel News reports: Heavy traffic on the M62 eastbound between J8 Burtonwood and J9, (Winwick).

     
  82.  
    Pay for museums? 08:20: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    National Museums Liverpool is closing all its museums today to speak to staff about future planning in the face of funding cuts.

    The Museum of Liverpool

    It's uncertain times for them, so we're asking if you would be willing to pay an entrance fee to help them, and if so how much would you pay?

     
  83.  
    Your pictures 08:14: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    Check out this beautiful picture of Liverpool taken from the Mersey Ferry. Thank you to Paul Hunt for tweeting it.

    Sunrise over Liverpool

    Do you have any pictures of Merseyside you'd like to share with us? Send them in via email, Twitter or Facebook?

     
  84.  
    Bright with warm sunshine 08:08:

    BBC Travel News says any early mist and fog patches will gradually clear during the morning, with most places becoming bright with warm sunshine.

    Weather graphic for 13:00 on 24.04.2014

    However, a few heavy showers are possible in the afternoon.

     
  85.  
    Liverpool stadium plans 08:03:

    Liverpool FC have revealed plans to increase Anfield's capacity from 45,500 to almost 59,000.

    Anfield expansion plan artist's impression

    The Main Stand would be expanded to three tiers, while work on the Anfield Road Stand is also proposed.

     
  86.  
    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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