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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 17 November
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That's all for Local Live for the day. The service returns at 08:00 on Tuesday. You can still email us at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Coming up

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Two teenagers have been arrested after racist graffiti was found at a school in Merseyside - following the death of one of its pupils.

    Messages appeared at Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull and a nearby park at the weekend. The 17-year-old and 18-year-olds are being questioned on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage.

    And Liverpool and Manchester have won a joint bid to plant thousands of wild flowers at separate sites in the cities.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Traffic headlines

    BBC Travel says there's stop-start traffic on Dunnings Bridge Road northbound in Sefton at the M57 Junction 7 Switch Island junction.

    Traffic is also queuing on Church Road in Litherland due to a three-vehicle accident at the junction of Hawthorne Road.

  4. Tunnel closure

    The Queensway (Birkenhead) Mersey Tunnel will be closed for essential maintenance works between 21:00 and 06:30 each night from tonight until Thursday.

  5. Tributes after racist graffiti death

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Here's a full update on the death of 15-year-old Erick Maina.

    Erick maina

    The head teacher of Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull has paid tribute to him, as detectives continue to investigate racist graffiti apparently linked to the death.

  6. Post update

    North West Tonight's award

    Luke Ellis, BBC

    tweets: Here it is! @BBCNWT's @RTSNW award for Best Regional News Programme for #Hillsborough.

    RTS award
  7. Cloudy and chilly

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter

    It will remain rather cloudy in eastern parts overnight with patchy hill fog and perhaps the odd spot of drizzle.

    Western parts will see more in the way of clear spells which will allow it to turn quite chilly.

  8. Balotelli injury

    Mike Hughes

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Mario Balotelli should be fit for Liverpool's game at Crystal Palace on Sunday, despite suffering a hamstring injury while on international duty with Italy.

    Balotelli

    He picked up the injury in training on Friday and returned to Melwood to have the problem assessed.

    The hamstring injury isn't as bad as was initially thought and he should be fit for the game at Selhurst Park.

  9. Post update

    News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside school's paid tribute to a 15-year-old pupil, who was found dead on Saturday, saying they've lost a "popular, bright and intelligent young man.

  10. Tributes to student

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    I'm at Maricourt Catholic High School where tributes have been paid to Erick Maina, who was found dead at his home in Fazakerley.

    Tributes to Erick Maina

    Two people are being questioned after racist graffiti linked to the 15-year-old's death was found written on the ground near the school.

  11. Seadrill jobs

    Simon Moffatt

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    One of the world's leading offshore deep-water drilling companies is setting up its new global service centre in Liverpool, creating 90 jobs.

    Seadrill will be based on Mann Island with its offices fully operational by next summer.

    The company owns and operates 53 offshore drilling rigs and employs more than 10,000 people across five continents.

  12. Hillsborough latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An experienced match commander at Hillsborough offered to run the police operation before the FA Cup semi-final but was turned down, according to his former wife.

    Hillsborough memorial gates

    Chief Supt Brian Mole was transferred from Sheffield to Barnsley on 27 March 1989, just weeks before the 15 April FA Cup semi-final.

    Mr Mole had commanded the 1987 and 1988 semi-finals at the stadium.

    Margaret Topley, his wife at the time, told a jury he offered to command the match but he was rejected.

  13. Tribute to Erick Maina

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A head teacher paid tribute to "popular and well-liked pupil" Erick Maina, who was found dead at his home in Fazakerley.

    Police are questioning two people over racist graffiti linked to the death of the 15-year-old, written on the ground near Maricourt Catholic High School.

    Brendan McLoughlin said: "He represented his peers as form captain and was a member of the school council. He was a bright and intelligent young man, always polite and co-operative.

    "Our prayers and thoughts go to Erick's family to whom we send our deepest sympathy."

  14. Keane wants Martinez talks

    BBC Sport

    Roy Keane believes Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill should meet with Everton boss Roberto Martinez to discuss ongoing fitness issues around James McCarthy and Seamus Coleman.

    Roy Keane and Seamus Coleman

    McCarthy has missed the Republic's last three Euro 2016 qualifiers and Coleman sat out last month's game in Germany.

  15. Tribute to Erick Maina

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A 15-year-old boy who was found dead at his home in Fazakerley has been named as Erick Maina.

    It comes as police have arrested a second person over racist graffiti linked to his death, which was daubed on the ground at a park near the school he attended, Maricourt Catholic High School.

  16. Post update

    News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside school's paid tribute to a 15-year-old pupil, who was found dead on Saturday, saying they've lost a "popular, bright and intelligent young man".

  17. What do you think?

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

  18. Post update

    Street renamed after Roy Castle

    Roy Castle Lung Cancer tweets: We're very excited and proud to have re-named Liverpool's Castle Street 'Roy Castle Street' for the next few weeks

    Roy Castle St
  19. Christmas tree arrives

    Liverpool's Christmas tree has arrived in the city centre and will be lit up this evening at about 17:45.

    Christmas tree in Liverpool

    The tree will be lit by Jack Frost for the launch of the Snowflake Trail.

    The trail features snowflake sculptures, light projections, street art and magical window displays which can be traced around the city centre.

  20. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The former wife of the Hillsborough match commander who was transferred before the disaster says her husband offered to police the match but was turned down.

    Margaret Topley was married to Chief Superintendent Brian Mole at the time of the disaster.

  21. Racist probe after death

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Police are investigating racist graffiti about a 15-year-old boy who was found dead on Saturday.

    The boy, who was a pupil at Maricourt Catholic High School in Maghull, was found dead at a house in Fazakerley.

  22. Strike talks

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Talks will be held today aimed at preventing a strike by 800 workers at the Jacobs Biscuits factory in Aintree.

    Members of the GMB union voted in favour of industrial action recently in a dispute over sick pay.

  23. Post update

    Runcorn queues

    BBC Travel says there's queuing traffic on Weston Point Expressway southbound in Runcorn between Runcorn Widnes Bridge and Runcorn. In the roadworks area.

  24. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A 17-year-old from Bootle is being questioned after racist graffiti linked to the death of a teenage boy was discovered.

    The 15-year-old died in Fazakerley at the weekend.

  25. Cloud lifting

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter

    Cloud will lift and break through the day to give some bright or sunny spells, especially in the west. Winds will also become lighter.

  26. Liverpool by night

    Claire Minter

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I went on a photography course at the weekend and I enjoyed taking some great snaps of the city.

    Liverpool wheel

    I was learning from West Kirby photographer Jon Hall, who helped me capture the light beautifully.

    If you'd like to share your photos of Merseyside, you can send them to us using the red Get Involved tab at the top of the page.

  27. Post update

    Coming up on North West Today

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    A barrister representing families who lost loved ones at the Hillsborough disaster has said the police officer in charge inside the stadium failed to show leadership as the disaster unfolded.

    Keeping the home fires burning; how a new gas facility in Cheshire will keep us warm this winter.

    And blooming marvellous. How Liverpool and Manchester joined forces to win funding for new wildflower meadows.

  28. Boy's death linked with graffiti

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Police are linking the death of a 15-year-old boy with racist graffiti found near a school in Maghull.

    The force confirmed in a statement that the specialist Sigma hate crime team is investigating the graffiti at Maricourt School and nearby Balls Wood Park following the death.

    A 17-year-old from Bootle has been arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated criminal damage in relation to the graffiti and he is being interviewed by detectives.

  29. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A 17-year-old from Bootle is being questioned after racist graffiti linked to the death of a teenage boy.

    The 15-year-old died in Fazakerley at the weekend.

  30. Defending taps

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool City Council defends its decision to install taps which can cost over £3,000 in its new offices in the Cunard building.

    The leader of the Liberal Democrats, Richard Kemp, says it's an outrageous abuse of taxpayers' money.

    But Mayor Joe Anderson says Richard Kemp is talking rubbish. He says the taps are boiler-chillers which are cheaper to run and service than water coolers and kettles.

  31. Officer 'failed' to show leadership

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The senior police officer in charge inside the stadium during the Hillsborough disaster "failed" to show "leadership", the inquests heard.

    Former Supt Roger Greenwood was accused of trying to shift blame after the disaster.

    But the retired officer told the jury: "I sit here in peace" and that he didn't fail and his actions helped to save lives.

  32. Boy critical after crash

    Bronwyn Jones

    BBC North West

    A 13-year-old boy is in a critical condition following a crash between two motorbikes in a Merseyside park.

    Rimrose Valley Park

    The collision happened at about 19:15 on Saturday evening in Rimrose Valley Park on Beach Road in Litherland.

    The boy was taken to Alder Hey Hospital with serious head injuries and a broken leg. A 16-year-old boy suffered serious fractures to his legs in the incident.

  33. Winning wildflowers

    BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Joint Liverpool/Manchester project wins national competition to set up new wildflower areas.

    bit.ly/11v0zHp

    Wildflowers
  34. Roy Castle Street

    Roger Phillips

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Castle Street has been renamed Roy Castle Street for the next few weeks. It's as a tribute to Roy, who died 20 years ago this year.

    Roy Castle Street

    I went down there this morning to meet his widow, Fiona Castle, Lord Mayor Erica Kemp and Professor Ray Donnelly (pictured above), who set up the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, as the sign was unveiled.

  35. Man injured on tracks

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A man in his 50s is being treated for serious burns after he was injured on railway tracks at Mossley Hill station.

    The ambulance service was called just after 10:30 on Sunday and the man was taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital with burns to the side of his body, a head and leg injury.

    The incident was not being treated as suspicious and no trains were involved.

  36. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A 17-year-old from Bootle has been arrested by detectives investigating racist graffiti.

    The offensive messages were found in a park near to Maghull's Maricourt school and it's believed it links to the death of a schoolboy on Friday.

  37. Legend returns to Saints

    Ian Kennedy

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    St. Helens legend Sean Long has returned to the club to join the coaching staff on a two-year contract.

    Sean Long

    Long won two World Club Challenges, four Grand Finals and five Challenge Cups as well as being named Lance Todd winner three times.

    He left in 2009 to join Hull FC and then coached at Wigan before assisting at Salford and Samoa.

  38. Get your ears on!

    Tony Schumacher tweets: I'm on @bbcmerseyside chatting about the book in a minute, so get your ears on! :-)

  39. Police border crackdown

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    Cheshire Police is targeting cross border criminals as they drive into the county.

    Officers will be using all the available technology, such as automatic number plate recognition systems to stop known offenders as they enter Cheshire.

  40. More on racist graffiti arrest

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    I'm looking to bring you more details following the arrest of a teenager in Sefton after racist graffiti was found near a school in Maghull.

    It has been linked with the death of a pupil at Maricourt High School.

  41. What do you think?

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

  42. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A 17-year-old from Bootle has been arrested by detectives investigating racist graffiti.

    The offensive messages were found in a park near to Maghull's Maricourt school and it's believed it links to the death of a schoolboy on Friday.

  43. Road closure

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    We're checking reports that Childwall Valley Road is closed, after an email from Mark Benson.

    He says the road is closed due to an accident near Belle Vale Shopping Centre.

  44. Bike crash

    Bronwyn Jones

    BBC North West

    A 13-year-old Merseyside boy is critically ill in Alder Hey Hospital after two motorcycles crashed in Litherland.

  45. Baines could be fit for Saturday

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Everton's Leighton Baines could yet be fit for the home game with West Ham next Saturday.

    England defender Leighton Baines

    Baines was forced to withdraw from Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia with a hamstring injury, and he's also out of tomorrow's match against Scotland.

    But the problem isn't as serious as first feared and he still has an outside chance of being fit for Saturday.

  46. Teenager arrested

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A 17-year-old from Bootle has been arrested as police investigate racist graffiti near a school in Maghull.

    We'll bring you more on this as we have it.

  47. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Health bosses in Liverpool are urging people to consider cutting back on the amount of alcohol they drink. Today marks the start of Alcohol Awareness Week.

  48. Council's fancy taps

    Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool council is installing 10 top-of-the-range taps that retail for £3,500 each for its new offices in the Cunard Building.

  49. New Bishop of Liverpool

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Right Reverend Paul Bayes was officially installed as the new Bishop of Liverpool at the Anglican Cathedral this weekend.

    New Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes

    He replaces the Right Reverend James Jones, who retired last year.

  50. Dutch Farm finalists

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm with Liz, Peter and Simon from Liverpool YMCA.

    Award-nominated YMCA garden

    Their Dutch Farm in Garston is in final of national gardening comp.

  51. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    As Alcohol Awareness Week gets underway, people in Liverpool are being urged to think about cutting back on how much they drink.

  52. Trains delayed

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    There are delays on Virgin Trains between Liverpool Lime Street and London Euston this morning, due to a signalling problem at Watford Junction.

  53. Prisoner murder

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A prisoner is due to appear in court later charged with the murder of another inmate at HMP Altcourse in Fazakerley.

    HMP Altcourse

    The 41-year-old is accused of killing Darren Ashcroft, 35, on Friday.

  54. Racist graffiti

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Police are investigating racist graffiti at a school in Maghull. It was painted on the ground in a park by Maricourt School over the weekend.

    We will bring you more details as we have them.

  55. Brighter later

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter

    A cloudy and damp start to Monday, with patchy rain, drizzle and hill fog.

    Weather

    Cloud will lift and break through the day to give some bright or sunny spells, especially in the west. Winds will also become lighter.

  56. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    As Alcohol Awareness Week gets underway, people in Liverpool are being urged to think about cutting back on how much they drink.

    NHS bosses in the city have released five tips to help people improve their health - including having at least two completely booze-free days each week.

  57. Good morning

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Hello and welcome to the start of the week. I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from around Merseyside today. If you'd like to get in touch, please get in touch on email, Facebook or Twitter.