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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    Coming up on North West Tonight 17:55: Eno Eruotor Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    After a beautifully bright warm day, it will turn cloudy and showery overnight but milder 7C.

    So its cloudy and damp start tomorrow, drier and a bit bright later but cooler 12C. See more on BBC North West Tonight at 18:30.

    Coming up 17:54: Ian Kennedy BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Big night ahead for Everton as they take on Crystal Palace at Goodison Park - a draw or better for the Blues will take them back above Arsenal into fourth place. Our build up on BBC Radio Merseyside starts with Paul Salt from 18:00, including our half-hour Everton programme Bluewatch.

    Ronny Goodlass will be our match summariser, with the phone lines open after the match through until 22:00.

    McVey takes 'full responsibility' 17:49: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Wirral West MP Esther McVey says she takes full responsibility for an election campaign tweet sent during yesterday's Hillsborough memorial service - even though she didn't personally send it.

    A tweet from her account attacking the local Labour party was sent as thousands of people at Anfield marked the 25th anniversary of the disaster. She was immediately criticised for the insensitive timing.

    Ms McVey told BBC Radio Merseyside's Drive programme with Simon Hoban, that she didn't personally send the tweet.

    Laminate flooring fire 17:43:

    Mersey Fire tweets: Fire Involving A Pile Of Laminate Flooring In New Brighton

    Traffic light failure 17:38:

    BBC Travel News is reporting a traffic light failure on Warrington Road in Rainhill at the Old Lane junction.

    Coming up 17:33: Roger Johnson Presenter, North West Tonight

    Tonight, Jason Osu was gunned down on his doorstep. Three men are starting jail sentences for killing him. We have the full story on North West Tonight at 18:30 on BBC One.

    Also tonight, we look ahead to Everton's game with Crystal Palace - as they continue to chase fourth spot in the Premier League. And have you ever wondered where the water goes after you have your shower - or even flush the loo? We meet the man whose job it is to keep the sewers clear!

    Tackling potholes 17:25:

    Warrington Council will make £40m worth of funding available to tackle potholes in the area.

    Cllr Linda Dirir, executive board member for highways, said, "Every road and pavement that in poor condition will be resurfaced over the next three to five years."

    Milk thefts 17:17:

    Cheshire Police tweets: Spate of milk thefts in rural communities, affecting elderly victims (FCC) #lookafteryourneighbours

    Heavy traffic on M6 viaduct 17:09:

    BBC Travel News reports that there's heavy traffic on the M6 Thelwall Viaduct northbound between J20, (Lymm Interchange) and J21, (Woolston). In the roadworks area.

    Players' Hillsborough tribute 17:03:

    Players and staff from Liverpool Football Club have made a video reading out the names of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster.

    Steven Gerrard and other players and staff at Liverpool FC read the names of the 96 victims of the Hillsborough tragedy.

    You can see the full video on the BBC Sport website.

    News on the hour 16:57: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 17:00:

    Lane blocked 16:54:

    BBC Travel News says: The A557 in Runcorn, Cheshire, has one lane blocked because of a broken down car. On the roundabout. Congestion is stretching back to Hapsford.

    Increasingly cloudy 16:51:

    BBC Weather says it will become increasingly cloudy, as a band of showery rain moved south through the region reaching southern areas by dawn.

    Weather graphic for 22:00 on 16.04.2014

    However, is not all bad news as the cloud cover means it will not be as cold as last night.

    Council takes action 16:43: Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    Concerns over a stretch of dangerously overgrown thorny hedges partly blocking a pavement on a Widnes road has prompted Halton Council into action.

    What do you think? 16:40:

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

    Hillsborough Heckler 16:35: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been speaking to Roy Dixon, the first man to heckle Andy Burnham at the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

    Roy Dixon

    The Leigh MP paid tribute to Roy in his speech at the Hillsborough memorial service yesterday saying: "I will never forget your voice". You can listen to the interview on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    Sports headlines 16:27: Phil Kinsella, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport
    • Everton ladies goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has been recalled to the England squad for the World Cup qualifier against Ukraine on 8 May. The Lionesses take on Ukraine at Shrewsbury Town in what could be the toughest match of their campaign.
    • Everton ladies start their FA Womens super league season tonight, they take on Birmingham at Solihull.
    Coming up on Drive 16:19: Simon Hoban BBC Radio Merseyside

    For the first time in four years average wages are growing faster than inflation. I'll be speaking to the Employment Minister and Wirral West MP, Esther McVey and the Labour MP for Wirral South Alison McGovern.

    Also, have you ever wanted to do something a bit off-the-wall? A mystery man is undertaking an experiment. Travelling only by train across the country for a week with his destinations being decided by you. I'll speak to him later.

    Widow expresses sympathy 16:05: St Helens Star

    The widow of a man who died after a van ploughed into the back of their car expressed sympathy to a driver who was sentenced at court today.

    News on the hour 15:57: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 16:00:

    Hillsborough service 15:49:

    Yesterday, thousands of people gathered at Anfield to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

    If you missed the memorial service you can listen to it again on the BBC iPlayer.

    Your pictures 15:30:

    Early morning overlooking the Mersey with the bandstand to the left.

    Liverpool waterfront

    Do you have a picture you'd like to share with us? You can contact us via Twitter or email us at

    How killers were caught 15:19: Liverpool Echo

    Fourteen people arrested, 680 statements taken and 1,700 evidential exhibits recorded.

    The Liverpool Echo looks at how Merseyside detectives brought Jason Osu's killers to justice.

    Saints without forwards 15:09: Phil Kinsella BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    St Helens will be without forwards Willie Manu and Anthony Laffranchi for at least the next month after both were injured during last Friday's win at Castleford.

    Life sentences for Osu killers 15:01: BBC Radio Merseyside

    Three men found guilty of the murder of Jason Osu have been given life sentences.

    Mr Osu was shot dead outside his home on Beauclair Drive in Wavertree in November 2012.

    Paul Croxton, 21, Thomas White, 29, and George McGovern, 54, were found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court.

    News on the hour 14:55: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 15:00 include:

    • Three men have been found guilty of the murder of Liverpool man Jason Osu
    • Wirral West MP Esther McVey has apologised for what she calls the "mis-timing" of a political press release she put on Twitter during the Hillsborough memorial service
    • The former chairman of the Co-operative Bank, Paul Flowers, has been charged with possessing class A and class C drugs after he was arrested in Liverpool
    Puns galore 14:46: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    I don't mind the odd egg-related pun around Easter but we've just received a press release with five puns in one sentence! Egg-cited, "cracking time", egg-stravaganza I could go on and on! Surely that's a pun too far.

    Wenger wants Everton 'slip-up' 14:39:

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is hoping for an Everton slip-up in the race for a Champions League spot.

    Arsene Wenger hopes for Everton slip-up

    However, Toffees boss Roberto Martinez believes there is no pressure on his side.

    Dog attack 14:28: Warrington Guardian

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a dog attacked another dog in Bank Park.

    Billy with Butlers 14:20: via Facebook

    Earlier, Billy Butler posted a picture of Butlers' Boys who are appearing on his show after 14:00.

    Alan Brooks says: Please Bill nooooooooooo

    Enid Summerskill says: I'm very impressed Mr B .... A Rose between two Thorns.... x

    Cancer screening warning 14:13:

    A health charity has said more people need to be screened for bowel cancer after figures showed just over half of those eligible in England came forward for the test.

    Today at BBC Radio Merseyside at least 100 people have popped in to talk to health professionals about preventing the disease. There is still time to come down as they will be here till 16:00.

    Guilty verdicts 14:04:

    Three men have been found guilty of the murder of Jason Osu.

    Jason Osu

    The Liverpool businessman (pictured) was shot dead on his driveway in Wavertree in November 2012.

    Paul Croxton, 21, Thomas White, 29, and George McGovern, 54, were found guilty of the murder.

    News on the hour 13:59: BBC Radio Merseyside
    Cunard celebrated 13:53: Wirral Globe
    New look for church 13:48: Simon Moffatt Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    A listed Liverpool church, St Dunstan's, is to be re-opened after the first phase of its new-look interior has been completed.

    St Dunstans Church

    The change promises to be a more sensory experience.

    M53 blocked 13:39:

    BBC Travel News says the M53 is blocked and there is queuing traffic northbound between J3 at Woodchurch and J2 at Moreton Spur because of an overturned vehicle.

    Coming up 13:30: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    Hear me, Billy Butler, join forces with Butlers in the Buff this afternoon from 14:00 on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    billy in the buff
    Warrington speed cameras 13:25: Warrington Guardian
    Bowel cancer event 13:18: Jo Krasner Manager of the A Team

    At least 100 people have popped in to BBC Radio Merseyside today to talk to health professionals about preventing bowel cancer. It's part of a month-long series of health activities organised by the A Team.

    bowel cancer event

    There's still time to join us as we're here til 16:00.

    Pan fire 13:10:

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue tweets: Unattended pan on a cooker causes fire and heavy smoke in a Runcorn flat. Never leave cooking unattended.

    McVey apology 13:04:

    A Conservative party spokesman has said they will not comment further on Esther McVey tweets during the Hillsborough Memorial service yesterday as the Wirral MP has already apologised.

    Esther McVey

    The Employment Minister tweeted an apology after posting links to political press releases criticising the Labour Party during the Memorial service for the 96 people who died in the Hillsborough disaster.

    News on the hour 13:00: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main news at 13:00:

    Fish out of water 12:51:

    A type of fish that appears more at home on land than in the water has found a new home at the Blue Planet Aquarium in Cheshire Oaks.

    Indian dwarf mudskipper fish

    The Indian dwarf mudskipper fish is part of a new mangrove themed display at the aquarium.

    Coming UP 12:42: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    On BBC North West Today at 13:30, the north west: the foodbank capital of Britain. We look at why people here use them more than any other region.

    Preparing Blackburn for the Queen's visit to distribute Maundy money at a special service tomorrow.

    And what now for Liverpool's bombed-out church. Councillors consider what next for the building.

    Everton Ladies' campaign 12:31:

    Everton Ladies' manager Andy Spence says the club's men's team are a good example to follow as they begin their FA Women's Super League campaign.

    Andy Spence

    Spence's side begin their top-flight campaign tonight with a trip to Birmingham City Ladies, who are semi-finalists in the Women's Champions League.

    Life in the circus 12:24: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    Earlier, I was speaking to Billy Smart's granddaughter Jasmine Smart who has been performing in the Big Top since the age of 11.

    Sean with Jasmine Smart

    She told me great stories of her dad and granddad the legendary Billy Smart and her lifetime in the circus, even through changing times its as popular as ever now.

    Accident on A55 12:18: Chester Chronicle

    Tailbacks are being reported on the A55 on the outskirts of Chester following an accident involving a van and four cars.

    Cunard portrait 12:09: Andy Ball, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I was privileged to be at the unveiling this morning of Cunard's portrait to marks the company's 175th anniversary next year.


    Painted by marine artist Robert Lloyd, originally from West Kirby, it's a fictional meeting between the first transatlantic Cunarder "Britannia" and the current flagship Queen Mary in front of the Three Graces.

    The hull of the older ship could fit inside the restaurant of her modern counterpart!

    News on the hour 11:57: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 12:00 include:

    Liverpool players best paid 11:43:

    Liverpool Football Club players are among the best paid in global sport according to a survey by Sportingintelligence.

    The Reds came out as the 20th best paid club in the world while Premier League rivals Manchester City topped the table.

    Brand donates to Hillsborough 11:33: Liverpool Echo

    Comedian Russell Brand has donated funds to the families of Hillsborough victims after suing The Sun newspaper.

    Man dies in prison 11:26:

    The man charged with the murder of Shirley Mercer has died in prison.

    Brian Hull, 52, was found "unresponsive' in his prison cell on Monday just after 16:25.

    He been remanded in HMP Liverpool after appearing at the city's Crown Court earlier that day.

    Perils of social media 11:14: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    On today's show we're talking about the perils of using social media, after Esther McVey's tweet yesterday about Wirral Labour.

    I've been talking to Katie Mickleburgh, who's a lawyer with Hill Dickinson specialising in defamation and reputation management, about thinking before you tweet or post on Facebook.

    Also, I spoke with the Bishop of Warrington about the increase in the use of food banks.

    Coming up 11:05: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    He's had a fantastic career - appearing 369 times for the Blues, helping them to two first division titles and an FA cup trophy.

    Kevin Sheedy

    But his world changed two years ago when he was diagnosed with bowel cancer.

    I've been speaking to Everton youth coach Kevin Sheedy (pictured above in his heyday).

    News on the hour 11:00: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 11:00 include:

    Cat stuck in tree 10:46: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    A distressed cat became stuck up a tree yesterday outside Stockton Heath Library in Cheshire, near where I live.

    Cat stuck in tree

    It was being pecked at by birds as it was unable to move. The fire brigade helped it to freedom after concern from passers-by and park wardens.

    You can just make out the cat - it's the blurry object two-thirds of the way up the tree.

    Coming up 10:36: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    He was one of the few football players who spent time at both sides of the park.

    But Kevin Sheedy also ticked box number three with a spell at Tranmere Rovers as their assistant manager.

    His book So Good I Did It Twice tells the story of his life so far - but where do you begin telling something like that?

    Arsenal leapfrog Everton 10:33:

    Arsenal have leapfrogged Everton to fourth place in the Premier league after beating West Ham 3-1 last night.

    Premier League table

    However, the blues could re-gain the much coveted Champions League spot with a win against Crystal Palace.

    Penguin chicks hatch 10:26:

    The first Penguin chicks of 2014 have hatched at Chester Zoo.

    Penguin chick

    The Humboldt penguins come from South America and the keepers have decided to name them after footballers ahead of this year's World Cup. Rooney is pictured above.

    Six vehicle accident 10:13:

    BBC Travel News says the A55 in Chester is blocked and there is queuing traffic westbound between J39, near Sainsburys and J38 at the Posthouse roundabout because of an accident involving six vehicles.

    Boy, 15, assaulted 10:08:

    A 15-year-old boy was assaulted in the Noctorum area of Wirral yesterday.

    The boy received, what police believe to be, superficial injuries from a knife or other sharp implement.

    He is currently in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

    Me and my Shadow 10:00: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's another day in Paradise Street and me and my shadow are on our break.

    Snelly's shadow

    I hope you all enjoy the lovely day!

    News on the hour 09:57: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 10:00 include:

    • The Wirral West MP Esther McVey has apologised for what she calls the "mis-timing" of a political press release she Tweeted during the Hillsborough memorial service
    • A murder investigation's been launched after the death of a 78-year-old man in Hunts Cross
    • Everton can return for fourth place if they beat Crystal Palace at Goodison tonight
    Grassland blaze 09:49: Wirral Globe

    Firefighters battled for almost two hours to put out a Wirral grassland blaze, believed to have been started deliberately.

    Bombed-out church 09:37:

    Councillors in Liverpool will debate the future of the city's bombed-out church at a full council meeting later.

    St Luke's Church

    St Luke's, on Bold Place, has been an unofficial war memorial since it was damaged in World War II.

    Tranmere fears 09:32:

    Tranmere Rovers remain only three points above the League One relegation zone after losing to Crawley last night.

    Rovers did have their chances but were kept out by Crawley keeper Paul Jones.

    Under-16s 'shut out' 09:14:

    NHS "places of safety" in Liverpool are forcing children suffering a mental health crisis into police custody because they will not accept under 16s.

    Person in police cell

    The Care Quality Commission said people who were detained under the Mental Health Act should be taken to a so called place of safety to have their needs assessed.

    However, in a recent report they found Liverpool was one of the many areas nationwide that did not accept under 16s.

    Beautiful morning 09:04: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    It was a beautiful morning in South Liverpool as I came into work.

    Sunny morning over Allerton Road

    Do you have any pictures of Merseyside you'd like to share with us? Email or tweet @bbcmerseyside.

    News on the hour 08:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 09:00 include:

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    • Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside
    Can't hear BBC Radio Merseyside? 08:50: Pauline McAdam Assistant Editor, BBC Radio Merseyside

    If you're struggling to hear BBC Radio Merseyside here's why.

    We are having essential maintenance work carried out on our transmitter which means we will have reduced service on 95.8 FM.

    However, never fear you can still hear us on 1485 AM or online at

    Solar panel fire 08:41:

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue tweets: Fire involving solar panels in Moreton

    To beard or not to beard? 08:36: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    A new study says that beards are about to become unfashionable.

    Snelly with beard

    What do you think, to beard or not to beard? Let us know via email, Twitter or Facebook.

    Good morning 08:29: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Good morning on another sunny day! There's plenty going on in the newsroom. We're getting details from Merseyside Police on the murder in Hunts Cross overnight.

    We're trying to speak to Wirral West MP Esther McVey after her apology for tweeting a political press release during the Hillsborough service.

    And can Everton jump back into fourth with a win over Palace later?

    Hunts Cross murder inquiry 08:22:

    A 78-year-old man has been found dead in Hunts Cross and a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Emergency services were called to a house on Stowe Close shortly before 23:00 on Tuesday. The man had suffered knife wounds.

    A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder. He remains in police custody.

    McVey apologises 08:13:

    Wirral West MP Esther McVey has apologised for tweeting political press releases during the Hillsborough memorial service.

    Welfare Minister Esther McVey MP

    The Employment minister put a link online with the title 'Wirral Labour can't be trusted,' as thousands at Anfield paid their respects to the 96 victims.

    After critics claimed the timing for the message was insensitive last night she tweeted: "Really regret the mistiming of local election press release. Apologies."

    M6 slip road closed 08:06:

    BBC Travel News says the M6 exit slip road is closed northbound at J22, near Newton-le-Willows, because of a vehicle fire and smoke is reported blowing across the road.

    Chilly but dry 08:04:

    BBC Weather says while it may be a chilly start to the morning, it will be dry and sunny.

    Weather graphic for 13:00 on 16.04.2014

    Through the afternoon it will turn increasingly cloudy, especially towards the north, with a risk of showers by dusk.

    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 or tweet us at @bbcmerseyside.



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