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Summary

  1. Updates from 1 December 2014
  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 night. The service returns at 08:00 on Tuesday. You can still reach the team at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    The Government today promised the biggest investment in the region's roads for more than 40 years.

    With the General Election just six months away, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg came to the North West this morning to pledge spending on new schemes to ease congestion. So which projects are going to be funded? I've been taking a closer look.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Fire rescue 'demo'

    St Helens The Reporter

    Firefighters performed a rescue demonstration following a mock car crash at a St. Helens school.

  4. Missing teenager appeal

    A 15-year-old girl from Knowsley is missing from home and police have begun an appeal.

    Chelsea Carr

    Chelsea Carr, aged 15, was last seen by her grandmother 21 November at their home in Halewood. She was reported missing on Wednesday and was spotted in Wavertre Road on Saturday, but hasn't been in touch with her family.

    Anyone with information should call police on 101.

  5. Kings Dock view

    Kev Hannigan emailed this view over The Wirral from the Kings Dock by his friend Liam Delaney.

    Liverpool waterfront

    If you send your pictures to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk we'll share our favourites on Local Live tomorrow.

  6. Carols on the bus

    Christmas Carols will be sung on the number 53 bus from Crosby Village into Liverpool tomorrow morning.

    The Crosby Capriol Singers will be on board to spread a bit of early Christmas cheer. Arriva said they will start on the 11:12 service.

  7. Formby pub shortlisted

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A Formby pub has reached the final four in the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) Pub of the Year award.

    The Freshfield

    The Freshfield was whittled down from thousands of pubs around the country.

  8. Saving lives

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    "We get to that hand so much quicker before it goes under the wave", the RNLI chief tells me about the new Hoylake lifeboat.

    Lifeboat

    Watch more on BBC One on North West Tonight at 18:30.

  9. Four-vehicle accident

    A four-vehicle accident on the M53 at Junction 2 means traffic is slow at Moreton Spur, according to BBC Travel.

  10. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Hillsborough inquests have heard how a lawyer representing South Yorkshire Police after the disaster suggested that four police inspectors should "review" evidence they gave to a judge-led public inquiry.

    Peter Metcalf, who worked for Hammond Suddards, wrote to the force's deputy chief constable saying the officers should reconsider what they had told the inquiry about who should monitor the terraces.

  11. Children in 'fire' show

    Hundreds of schoolchildren packed into Chester Cathedral this morning for a performance inspired by the history of the fire and rescue service.

    Children at Chester Cathedral

    The show, called Heroes with Grimy Faces, told the story of the evolution of the firefighter and their duty to society.

  12. What do you think?

    We've introduced Local Live from our base in Liverpool. Let us know what you think.

  13. Robbery attempt

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Staff at a bookmaker's in Huyton managed to hide from an armed robber and he left empty-handed.

    Police said the man threatened staff with a knife at the shop on Kingsway on Sunday and demanded cash, but they hid in the back of the shop and he fled.

    Officers believe he is linked to two other robberies at a pharmacy on Kingsway on Thursday and Saturday.

  14. Hillsborough latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A lawyer representing South Yorkshire Police after the Hillsborough disaster made a "completely inappropriate" suggestion that four officers should "review" evidence they gave to a judge-led public inquiry, the new inquests have heard.

    The four officers had given evidence at the Taylor Inquiry, overseen by Lord Justice Taylor in 1989.

    Peter Metcalf wrote to the force's deputy chief constable asking for the officers to look over a transcript of their evidence about who was responsible for monitoring the number of fans on the terraces.

    The lawyer asked them to check if what they said gave a "true flavour of what they meant to say". He also included a draft statement the officers could sign if they did want to clarify their evidence.

  15. Stunning Otterspool

    Daniel Hayes took this stunning picture of the Mersey at Otterspool.

    Otterspool

    Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  16. Liverpool flags row

    Paul Salt

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    We're talking about the cost of going to the match, as a group of Liverpool fans take a stand about ticket prices.

    They've decided not to fly any of their traditional flags at home games until club management meet them over what they claim are sky high ticket prices.

    You can hear more on BBC Radio Merseyside until 18:00.

  17. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Hillsborough inquests have heard how a lawyer representing South Yorkshire Police after the disaster suggested that four police inspectors should "review" evidence they gave to a judge-led public inquiry.

    Peter Metcalf, who worked for Hammond Suddards, wrote to the force's deputy chief constable saying the officers should reconsider what they had told the inquiry about who should monitor the terraces.

  18. What a city!

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    What a city! Thank you Speke for the donations for the BBC Radio Merseyside toy appeal.

    toy appeal
  19. Rare turkeys born

    Eleven rare turkeys have been born at Walton Park Children's Zoo in Warrington.

    Turkeys

    Zoo ranger Peter Cookson Dean said Bourbon reds normally only have four or five chicks and their mum had been the perfect parent.

    "She has been the perfect mum," he said. "Turkeys are not usually good parents but she made her own nest, and hatched them out all by herself."

  20. Man killed in crash named

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A 65-year-old man who died in a crash in Fazakerley has been named as William Tillston from the Norris Green area.

    Police said the car he was driving collided with a Volvo, which is believed to have been travelling on the wrong side of the road.

    Officers are appealing for two men who left the Volvo after the crash to come forward.

  21. Mercian's mascot

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Here's some of the soldiers in Runcorn from the Mercian Regiment with their ram, which is the regimental mascot.

    Ram

    The children waving their flags seem rather taken by the mascot.

  22. Lifeboat at Hoylake

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I was in Hoylake where the new lifeboat was launched today.

    Lifeboat

    Crowds gathered to watch the launch.

  23. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Soldiers from the Cheshire-based Mercian Regiment have paraded through the borough following their return from an exercise in eastern Europe.

    Around 60 soldiers from the 2nd Battalion marched through Runcorn and Widnes earlier - and they hope it'll encourage new recruits.

  24. Atomic Kitten Tour

    Liverpool Echo

    Atomic Kitten are set to hit the road again with a world tour next summer to celebrate their 15th anniversary.

  25. Airport backs Heathrow

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport is backing Heathrow's expansion plans and urged others to follow suit.

    Heathrow

    It has joined Aberdeen, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford and Newcastle airports to argue that the so-called London Airports debate is not just about London but about the aviation industry as a whole.

  26. Tranmere player's surgery

    Ian Kennedy

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Tranmere's Will Aimson has had surgery after breaking his leg in Saturday's home game against Portsmouth.

    Aimson, who's on loan from Hull City, fractured his tibia and fibula in a first-half collision with Danny Holmes.

  27. Chocolate frogs

    Chester Zoo tweets: It's the 1st of December. It's day 1 of our animal #AdventCalendar. Here's a real-life chocolate frog to start off!

    Chocolate frogs
  28. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Almost half a billion pounds is to spent improving roads on Merseyside. Schemes include a new junction on the M56 to serve Runcorn and upgrades to the M53 turning it into a smart motorway by opening up the hard shoulder.

  29. Hundreds of toys donated

    Sean Styles

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our toy appeal at Speke Retail Park is here until 4. Hundreds of toys have been donated already.

    toy appeal

    I'm with the team, including Snelly (with the microphone), Jenny Summers (second left) and my producer Harriet Gulliver. (Pictured left.)

  30. Liverpool growth success

    BBC North West Tonight

    A Price Waterhouse Cooper report puts Liverpool in the top five cities for growth between 2011 and 2013.

    It says the balance between public and private sector jobs is improving.

  31. Ram-raid at shop

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Two masked men ram-raided a shop on Aigburth Road early today, smashing the glass frontage and dragging a cash machine from inside.

    Police said they reversed a car into Brothers News to get to the cash machine, but failed to get the money out and drove off towards Speke.

  32. At the lifeboat launch

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm in Hoylake where the new lifeboat is being launched today. Crowds of people joined the launch to watch the moment.

    lifeboat launch
  33. Coming up on North West Today

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Today, the government announced details of a £800m road building plan, with routes into the port of Liverpool being upgraded.

    And Network Rail says ongoing severe disruption on the trains across the north west is because of cable damage. Services to Manchester, Liverpool and Preston are likely to be affected until this afternoon.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

  34. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The government has announced details of what it's calling the biggest road building plan in England for decades, and routes into the Port of Liverpool will be upgraded.

    Eighty projects across the country will share £15bn, with £800m going to the North West.

  35. Mercian parade

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The streets of Runcorn were lined with people as the Mercian Regiment paraded through the town with a ram, which is the regimental mascot.

    parade runcorn
  36. New deal for Gerrard

    BBC Sport

    Midfielder Steven Gerrard, 34, has been offered a new deal by Liverpool, says manager Brendan Rodgers.

    Steven Gerrard has been offered a new contract

    The Reds boss has also denied talk of a rift between himself and his captain, whose current deal finishes at the end of this season.

  37. Mud rescue exercise

    Coastguard and firefighters took part in a mud rescue training exercise at West Kirby beach this weekend.

    The exercise yesterday morning simulated two people being stuck near to West Kirby marine lake.

    Gary Wright, coastguard rescue officer, said: "We hope to carry out further joint training exercises like this involving other emergency services, to continue to build on our existing strengths and capabilities."

  38. Runcorn Mercian parade

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm in Runcorn where the Mercian Regiment is preparing to parade through the town.

    Mercian parade
  39. On air

    Roger Phillips

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    On the Phone-in today, I'm discussing what the government calls the biggest road building programme in England for decades. We're also talking about World Aids Day.

    Call 0151 709 9333 to join the debate.

  40. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The government has announced details of what it's calling the biggest road building plan in England for decades, and routes into the Port of Liverpool will be upgraded.

    Eighty projects across the country will share £15bn, with £800m going to the North West.

  41. Regiment's Runcorn parade

    Cheshire Police tweets: …A further parade of the Mercian Regiment will step off in Runcorn at 12.15 today from the Brindley Centre

  42. Toy Appeal

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm out in Speke collecting toys for the BBC Radio Merseyside toy appeal.

    Snelly at toy appeal
  43. Lifeboat arrives on sands

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    The new Hoylake lifeboat has arrived, ready to be moved up to its new home on the RNLI tractor.

    Hoylake Lifeboat

    The Edmund Hawthorn Micklewood has made a five-day voyage from the charity's headquarters in Poole.

  44. 'Taxi war' predicted

    Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool cabbies are predicting the outbreak of a "taxi war" after a Merseyside taxi giant announced it had opened a new office in the heart of the city centre.

  45. Trains affected by thieves

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Rail services between Chester and Manchester Piccadilly are also affected by damage done to cables by vandals overnight.

    Some Arriva Trains won't run between Manchester Piccadilly and Warrington Bank Quay, and others are being diverted via alternative routes with extended journey times.

  46. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A new £2m all-weather lifeboat is arriving in West Wirral.

    The RNLI station at Hoylake is only the fourth in the country to receive one of the jet-propelled vessels.

  47. Out on the lifeboat

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    This was my journey to work this morning. I'm in Hoylake where I'll greet the new all-weather £2m lifeboat as she arrives in Wirral.

    Tractor on Hoylake Beach

    You can see more on BBC North West Today at 13:30.

  48. Mercians to march

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    The Mercians are returning to Halton for a Freedom of the Borough march.

    The 1st Battalion the Mercian Regiment will parade through Widnes and Runcorn.

  49. Hilbre sunset

    This beautiful image of Hilbre Island was captured by Damian Waters from Drum Images.

    West Kirby sunset

    If you'd like to send us your photos you can get in touch on email, Facebook or Twitter.

  50. Drink-driving campaign

    Wirral Globe

    Merseyside Police have launched their Christmas drink-and drug-driving campaign today.

    Patrols will be stepped-up throughout December, and officers are on the lookout for morning-after motorists - behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs the night before.

  51. Train delays

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Merseyrail services to Chester and Ellesmere Port may be delayed due to a broken down train at Port Sunlight blocking the line.

  52. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The government has announced details of what it's calling the biggest road building plan in England for decades, and routes into the Port of Liverpool will be upgraded.

    Eighty projects across the country will share £15bn - £800m will go to the North West. Some of it will revamp the links to the city's Port to improve trade.

  53. Gerrard denies rift

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has denied there is a rift between him and boss Brendan Rodgers after he was left out of the side that beat Stoke.

    Liverpool's Steven Gerrard

    It was the first time the midfielder, 34, had not started a league game since New Year's Day, when he was injured.

    But in a message on social media he said: "Just to set the record straight, media talk of a fall-out between us two is nonsense."

  54. Parading through Widnes

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Mercian Regiment will be parading in Widnes at 11am and Runcorn at 12. I'll be there to watch the parade and report on it for BBC Radio Merseyside.

  55. Zero alcohol tolerance?

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    As Cheshire and Merseyside Police both start their Christmas Drink Driving campaigns today, we want you to tell us do you think it would be simpler to scrap the current alcohol level and just enforce a zero tolerance policy?

    Get in touch via Facebook using the Get Involved tab.

  56. Two wanted after crash

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Police are looking for two men who fled the scene of a fatal crash in Fazakerley at the weekend.

    Long Lane Fazakerley

    A 72-year-old man was killed in the crash between two cars at 01:30 on Sunday.

  57. City bikes and Chinese arch

    City Bike Liverpool sent this great picture of their bikes with the Chinese Arch in the background. Do you have a picture you'd like to share?

    Liverpool Chinese Arch city bike

    Get in touch by emailing merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  58. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    We are going to see the roads to the Port of Liverpool improved thanks to a £15bn project in England over the next five years.

    A total of £800m will be given to the North West by the government - and some will go towards revamping the links to the city's Port to improve trade.

  59. Train delays

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Vandals have cut overhead cables overnight in the Salford Crescent area causing severe disruption to trains between Manchester and Liverpool.

    Direct services from Liverpool to Manchester Airport have been cancelled.

  60. Blues defeated

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    A disappointing result for Everton, as despite taking the lead at Tottenham through a great goal by Kevin Mirallas the Blues went down to a 2-1 defeat.

    Everton's Kevin Mirallas

    The loss sees them drop a place to 10th in the table and manager Roberto Martinez felt it just wasn't going to be their day.

  61. Roads revolution

    Rebecca Marston

    Business reporter, BBC News

    Better road links into the Port of Liverpool are to be announced by the government as part of a £15bn "roads revolution" for England.

    The Cunard Building, Port of Liverpool Building and the Liver Building

    Other plans include the tunnel to tackle a bottleneck at Stonehenge on the A303 and improved M25 junctions.

  62. New Hoylake lifeboat

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    One of the next generation of RNLI lifeboats is set to arrive at its base in Wirral later.

    RNLI

    The new £2m Shannon class all-weather lifeboat is due to sail into Hoylake RNLI lifeboat station at 10:30.

  63. Cloudy and dull

    For many it will be a rather cloudy, cold and dull day with some patchy drizzle and hill fog possible, especially across eastern hills.

    Weather map Monday morning

    There will be some sunny spells in the far west, however.

  64. Rail services hit

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    There is disruption on Northern Rail services this morning between Liverpool, Manchester and Bolton after cables were damaged by vandals in the Salford Crescent area overnight.

    An amended timetable will be in operation whilst work continues to repair the damage.

  65. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    People who drive under the influence of drugs are among those being targeted by Merseyside Police in a bid to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on our roads.

    The Merseyside and Cheshire forces both launch their Christmas Drink Driving campaigns today.

  66. Good morning

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Good morning, it's Monday morning and I'm here with all the news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside. If you'd like to get in touch with a story, comment or photograph, you can do so on email, Facebook or Twitter.