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Summary

  1. Murder arrest over prisoner death
  2. Witnesses to 1990 rape sought
  3. John Lennon's guitar to be sold
  4. Updates on Friday 14 November 2014

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  1. Post update

    That's all from BBC Local Live for this evening. I will be back with you from 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside.

  2. Dry but chilly

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter

    It will be largely dry across the region with light winds.

    BBC weather

    Where skies clear, mist or fog patches may form and it will be chilly, especially across the east.

    Showers may edge into Cheshire towards dawn.

  3. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Three people from the same Liverpool family are jailed for benefits fraud worth more than £200,000.

    And a prisoner has died after a suspected attack by another inmate at a Merseyside jail.

    We'll also be bringing you more updates on our Children in Need appeal from around the region.

  4. Baines out of England squad

    Ian Kennedy

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Everton defender Leighton Baines has withdrawn from the England squad to face Slovenia tomorrow and Scotland next week. Baines picked up an injury in training today.

    Leighton Baines
  5. Family of benefit cheats jailed

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News Online

    A family of three from Liverpool have been jailed for fraudulently claiming more than £200,000 of benefits.

    Danielle Bennett, 30, and her parents Samuel and Patricia Bennett, both 64, were jailed for 30 months, nine months and 27 months respectively.

    They all pleaded guilty to benefit fraud at Liverpool Crown Court.

  6. Protesters arrested

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    This was the scene earlier at Ellesmere Port as four people obstructing the entrance to a shale gas exploration site were arrested.

    Fracking demo

    Cheshire Police say they're dealing with anti-fracking protestors on Merseytown road - it comes after company iGas told BBC Radio Merseyside test drilling will start within the next few weeks.

    The four were arrested for aggravated trespass on Merseytown Road. There will be a protest at the site by anti-fracking groups tomorrow.

  7. Trains delayed at Chester

    Merseyrail has emailed to say that due to an operating incident at Chester, the Chester line is disrupted.

    Train services running through this station may be cancelled or terminated at and started back from Hooton. Disruption is expected until 18:00.

  8. Post update

    Death jail had violence warning

    The Liverpool prison where an inmate has been arrested on suspicion of murdering another prisoner was the centre of a report warning about the levels of prison violence in October.

    The HM Inspectorate of Prisons report warned levels of violence were "rising sharply" because of gang issues and the availability of drugs at HMP Altcourse.

  9. McColls fined

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A business has been convicted of failing to protect its employees after six violent robberies in Wirral.

    Four different branches of Martin McColls Limited were broken into between April 2011 and January 2012.

    The convenience store and newsagent firm was fined £150,000 and ordered to pay nearly £80,000 for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

  10. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A prisoner's been arrested on suspicion of murdering another inmate at Liverpool's Altcourse jail.

  11. M6 closed

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    The M6 motorway is closed in both directions between junctions 22 and 23 - Newton-le-Willows and Haydock - because of a chemical spill from a lorry.

    Fire crews were called to the incident at 15:30, and motorway police say the motorway is expected to remain closed for a long period of time.

    Drivers are being urged to take alternative routes.

  12. Philharmonic reopens

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC North West News Online

    The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall has reopened to visitors after completion of part of a £14m refurbishment.

    Liverpool Philharmonic

    Originally designed by Liverpool architect Herbert Rowse, the Grade II-listed building first welcomed audiences in 1939 but was closed in May for a revamp of the main concert hall and auditorium.

  13. Found my fez

    Claire Minter

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Claire tweets: Thanks to Maureen in New Ferry for loaning Doctor Who her fez. Only one item to find on the #Pudsey Treasure Hunt.

    Minty in a Fez
  14. Beautiful day

    Museum of Liverpool tweets: Well it's turned into a glorious Liverpool November day...#itsliverpool

    Museum of Liverpool
  15. Benefits cheats jailed

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News Online

    Samuel Bennett, Patricia Bennett and their daughter Danielle Bennett, from Croxteth Park, have been jailed after admitting falsely claiming £226,000 in benefits.

    I'll bring you more as I have it.

  16. Stolen medal

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Anyone who finds an OBE medal belonging to the head of Liverpool's Royal School for the Blind is being urged to return it.

    School sign

    Joe Byrne's medal was stolen along with computer equipment, cash and some of the children's medical supplies.

    Clare Geraghty, acting head at the Wavertree school, said she hopes somebody hands it in.

  17. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A prisoner's been arrested on suspicion of murdering another inmate at Liverpool's Altcourse jail.

  18. Prisoner death

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A prisoner has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a 35-year-old man at Liverpool's Altcourse Prison.

    Altcourse

    Merseyside Police said they were called at about 11:10 this morning and the victim was taken to hospital but later died.

    A 41-year-old prisoner from the prison has been arrested on suspicion of murder. We will bring you more as we have it.

  19. M6 accident

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    One lane is closed on the M6 and there is very slow traffic due to accident involving three vehicles.

    The incident happened northbound between junction 21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston) and junction 21a for the M62.

  20. Weekend weather

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter

    tweets: Mainly dry this weekend with a couple of showers to look out for. Here's the outlook...

    BBC weather
  21. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Two men are starting eight-year jail terms for dragging another man into a street in Chester and threatening to disfigure him if he didn't give them £5,000.

    The victim, who's 56, was pulled from his own bed on Cherry Road in Boughton in June, thrown down the stairs, and had a knife put to his throat.

  22. Sherlock's fiddle

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been to Harmonics Music Shop in Crosby, on the hunt for a fiddle as part of Pudsey's treasure hunt.

    Jimmy McCracken

    I'm out and about until 18:00 this evening, meeting people who have benefited from Children In Need.

  23. Pupil becomes youngest commodore

    Weatherhead High School emailed to say pupil Georgia Barratt has become the country's youngest commodore.

    Lesley Bainbridge and Georgia Barratt

    The title is awarded to any officer assigned to command more than one ship at a time.

    The school says Georgia worked very hard organising and fundraising for Bridgewater Motor Boat Club in Runcorn, including hosting charity dinners, organising six cruises and promoting information about the North West canal system.

    Assistant head Lesley Bainbridge says Georgia "will be a great inspiration to many of our students at Weatherhead".

  24. Protest in Ellesmere Port

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Cheshire Police say they're dealing with anti-fracking protestors who've blocked the entrance to a shale gas exploration site in Ellesmere Port.

    On Monday, iGas told BBC Radio Merseyside it would begin test drilling on the site at Merseyton Road within a few weeks.

    This morning, two people apparently locked themselves to the perimeter fencing. Groups opposed to the process say they'll stage a solidarity protest there tomorrow.

  25. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An OBE medal awarded to the head teacher at Liverpool's Royal School for the Blind has been stolen during a break-in which also netted thieves a quantity of computer equipment.

    Joe Byrne, who's recovering from a heart attack, was given the honour for his work for mainstream and special education.

  26. Baines says England behind Roy

    BBC Sport

    Everton defender Leighton Baines, 29, says England's players are united in their desire to see manger Roy Hodgson offered a new contract, the Daily Telegraph reports.

    Leighton Baines
  27. Climbing club

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Here's Pudsey and the people from local Children In Need Project, On This Roc.

    On This Roc

    It's a climbing club set up for blind children, which uses Awesome Walls and The Climbing Hangar in Liverpool.

  28. Nordic walking

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    A former heart consultant and a nurse have helped hundreds of patients to improve their health - through a unique outdoor exercise.

    Retired cardiologist Ted Rose, aged 56, and his wife, Elizabeth Kerley, aged 54, are qualified Nordic Walking instructors.

  29. Coming up on North West Today

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    The new Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, will be officially installed in his new post tomorrow.

    And more on the Gretsch 6120 guitar that once belonged to John Lennon which is up for auction.

  30. Good Samaritan search

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Police are trying to trace a couple who helped a teenage rape victim after she was attacked in Runcorn in 1990.

    The victim - who was 15 at the time - reported the incident to police earlier this year and enquiries have been ongoing since then.

    Officers have now widened their search for the pair as it is believed they may have now moved out of the area.

  31. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Staff at the Liverpool's Royal School for the Blind are appealing for the return of sentimental items following a break in at their premises in Wavertree.

    Thieves took a quantity of computer equipment which they say is replaceable.

  32. Ross to cost £60m

    BBC Sport

    Manchester City have been told they will have to pay a British-record transfer fee of £60m to sign midfielder Ross Barkley, 22, from Everton, according to the Manchester Evening News.

    Ross Barkley
  33. Lighting up Warrington

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A Snow White-themed lantern parade will make its way through Warrington next month, showcasing lanterns made by the local community.

    Ice Queen

    The event on 11 December will travel through the town centre and end at a family event at Parr Hall.

    The town is also set to light up for a laser show on 29 November. The Lights in the Sky Show will see lasers projected on buildings and water in the town, all set to music.

  34. Court cell fire

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Fire crews were called out to a fire in a cell at St. Helens Magistrates Court this morning.

    The call, at 10:20, was to a small electrical fire possibly caused by a fan or air conditioning system. We will bring you more details as we have them.

  35. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Detectives investigating a rape in Runcorn almost 25 years ago want to track down a couple who came to help the distressed teenage victim.

    The girl - who was 15 at the time - was assaulted at a house near Halton Road in 1990 and she escaped before flagging down a passing car.

  36. Future of Kazimier

    Liverpool Echo

    A meeting is to be held next week at Liverpool Town Hall to discuss the future of Wolstenholme Square.

    Labour councillor Michelle Corrigan and members of the public will meet on Tuesday to discuss plans to redevelop the square, which may impact the future of Nation and The Kazimier.

  37. On a hunt for Pudsey

    Sherlock Holmes and Dr Who (aka Jimmy McCracken and Minty) are in Ainsdale on a Treasure Hunt for Pudsey.

    Jimmy, Pudsey and Minty

    From there, they will be out and about across Merseyside, Wirral and Cheshire visiting fundraisers and projects that have already benefited from your charitable donations.

    Keep an eye out for them!

  38. Kitten left in loo

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A tiny eight-week-old black kitten is being cared for by the RSPCA after it was dumped in the ladies toilets at Sainsbury's in Rice Lane.

    Kitten

    The feline, now called Sweep, was left in a zipped-up brown handbag by a woman who was caught on the store's CCTV.

  39. Beatle's guitar on sale

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News Online

    A guitar owned by Beatles legend John Lennon is expected to sell for more than £400,000 at auction.

    The Beatles rehearing

    The Gretsch 6120 model was played by Lennon when the band recorded Paperback Writer at London's famous Abbey Road studios in 1966.

  40. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside GP has told us the increasing strain on the NHS is causing patients to miss millions of appointments every year.

    Figures suggest it costs the health service more than £160m and mean others on waiting lists unfairly lose out.

  41. Cheshire wanted man held in Torquay

    Cheshire Police has emailed to say a wanted man has been arrested in Torquay over kidnapping offences.

    Patrick Joseph O′Connor, 39, is also being questioned over false imprisonment, robbery, assault and perverting the course of justice, following an appeal by the force to find him.

  42. Warrington ready for snow

    Warrington Guardian

    Warrington is gearing up for a possible cold snap this winter.

    Council bosses say they have 1,800 tonnes of salt stocked up and ready for the winter.

  43. Standing water on M56

    Cheshire Police tweets: m56 east bound near Junction 11, standing water, please take care if travelling that way - Highways aware and dealing

  44. Pudsey trail

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm in Ainsdale, where I've met these fabulous fundraisers at St John's C of E School.

    Jimmy McCracken

    The school are holding their own Strictly Come Dancing day to raise funds for Children in Need.

  45. Origi to return early?

    BBC Sport

    Striker Divock Origi 19, has told Liverpool he wants to cut short his loan spell at Lille and join them ahead of schedule, according to the BBC Sport Football Gossip Column.

    Divock Origi
  46. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside GPs are calling for more to be done to stop patients missing their appointments.

    Figures suggest the problem costs the NHS more than £160m a year.

  47. Children in Need

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Did you spot Sean Styles in our own version of God Only Knows? We made it for Children In Need and you can watch it on our Facebook page.

    Sean Styles
  48. Congrats Jayne!

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Congratulations to North West Tonight's Jayne McCubbin, who won Television Journalist of the Year award at the 02 Media Awards last night.

    Jayne and her award

    She tweets: Yaaaaaay! Made up! Ta O2! #O2MediaAwards2014 ta Liz @Rossiterltd! Night! X

  49. Lennon guitar

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News Online

    I'm finding out more about the rare guitar that belonged to John Lennon which is going up for auction today.

    Gretsch guitar

    The Gretsch guitar, which was used and photographed during the Paperback Writer session at Abbey Road in 1966, is expected to fetch up to £600,000 at Tracks Auction in Chorley.

    Online bidding opens at 16:00, ending in a live auction on 23 November.

  50. Tribute to hit-and-run victim

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News Online

    The family of a man allegedly murdered in a suspected hit-and-run crash in Liverpool have paid tribute to him.

    Ryan Kennedy

    Ryan Kennedy, 25, died in hospital after being injured at Gable View, Norris Green, Liverpool, on 1 November.

  51. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    GPs on Merseyside are calling for more to be done to stop patients missing their appointments.

    Figures suggest the problem costs the NHS more than £160m a year.

  52. Queuing traffic

    Jenny Summers

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's queuing traffic on the A557 Weston Point Expressway southbound between A533 Queensway (Runcorn Widnes Bridge) and M56 junction 12 (Runcorn).

    It's affecting traffic towards the M56.

  53. Barkley 'shuns comparisons'

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Everton's Ross Barkley says he's concentrating on his own game and won't be distracted by any comparisons being made between himself and Wayne Rooney.

    Ross Barkley and Wayne Rooney

    Rooney's set to win his 100th England cap against Slovenia tomorrow, but Barkley says he won't be getting carried away by those comparisons.

  54. Wet and windy

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter

    A band of heavy rain across southern parts this morning will move north east.

    BBC Weather

    It will be windy with gales at the coast and over the high ground. Drier, brighter conditions will follow, perhaps with some sunshine later in the afternoon.

  55. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside GPs are calling for more to be done to stop patients missing their appointments.

    Figures suggest the problem costs the NHS more than £160m a year.

  56. Good morning

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Hello from Liverpool, it's Friday and I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates form across Merseyside. Don't forget if you'd like to contact us with a story, comment or photo, you can do so on email, Facebook or Twitter.