Arrest over Merseyside bus attacks on women

A man has been arrested after two women were inappropriately touched on buses.

The first woman, 27, was touched on the leg by a man sitting next to her on the Liverpool city centre to Huyton service on 20 September.

A second victim, 21, was also touched on the leg by a man who later grabbed her as she got off, on the Liverpool to Southport service on 27 December.

A 28-year-old man, from the Anfield area, has been arrested on suspicion of sexual touching.

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    Statue of St George 12:08: Simon Moffatt Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at the Sparrow Hall Youth Centre in Fazakerley, where a 12 ft St George has been built by children there.

    effigy of st george

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    Peter McDonnell pen portrait 12:02: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Peter McDonnell, was 21 when he died during the Hillsborough disaster his sister, Evelyn Mills, told the jury at the new inquests.

    Peter McDonnell

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    Thomas Anthony Howard

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    Vincent Fitzsimmons

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    News on the hour 10:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a man who has been missing since he was discharged from hospital.

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    Police and his family have become increasingly concerned for his welfare.

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    Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed he would like to add Joe Royle to his backroom staff.

    Joe Royle

    The Blues' boss identified a position within the Academy which he feels would perfectly suit the former Everton player and manager.

    Company withdraws sponsorship 10:20:

    A company has withdrawn its sponsorship of a newspaper column after it likened Hillsborough mourners to a "partisan menace".

    hillsborough specsavers row

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    What a stunning picture of the Liver building that was tweeted this morning.

    Liver building this morning

    If you have any pictures of Merseyside then send them into us via email, Twitter or Facebook.

    Happy St George's Day 10:06: Sue Owen Managing Editor, BBC Radio Merseyside

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    News on the hour 08:59: BBC Radio Merseyside

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    Happy St George's Day 08:39: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

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    Weather graphic for 13:00 on 23.04.2014

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