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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 4 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Friday

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That's all for Local Live for the night. The service returns tomorrow at 08:00.

  2. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme, preparing for a new dawn. Liverpool announce the £100m redevelopment of Anfield will start next week.

    And a senior ambulance officer - who was one of the first to go to the Leppings Lane terraces at Hillsborough - has admitted he made a series of failings on the day of the disaster. Paul Eason has spent another full day giving evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Lovely lighthouse

    Steven Howard took this picture of Perch Rock Lighthouse at New Brighton. It was used as England's Big Picture on the BBC news website today.

    Perch Rock Lighthouse

    Email your pictures to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  4. Presenter to work for council

    The TV presenter and environmentalist Simon O'Brien is to chair a strategy group set up by Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson to examine the use of the city's green spaces.

    The former Brookside actor will also help to formulate the local plan and advise the council on how to make Liverpool a more sustainable city.

  5. Homeless support plea

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Liverpool people are again being asked to support local charities which help homeless people rather than give money to street beggars.

    A campaign began last Christmas called "Your Kindness Could Kill" warns that many of those who beg are vulnerable and often have drug or alcohol addictions.

  6. Drink driving figures

    Cheshire Police tweets: In December 2013 157 people were arrested in Cheshire for Drink Driving #DontDrinkandDrive #BlueChristmas #Think #NoneForTheRoad

  7. Liverpool from on high

    Check out the view from Radio City's tower in Liverpool today.

    Liverpool view

    Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk and we'll share the best on Local Live.

  8. Anfield expansion

    Ian Ayre, the chief executive officer at Liverpool, has said the news that work on the stadium will begin next week is an "important milestone" for the club.

    Liverpool players past, present and future

    He told BBC Radio Merseyside: "This solution was one that the owners and everybody felt was the right one. Staying at Anfield, the historical home of Liverpool Football Club and finding a solution that was economically viable for the club and in its long-term interests was at the heart of that."

    Mr Ayre is pictured above with manager Brendan Rogers alongside players past and present.

  9. Very slow in Speke

    BBC Travel says there's very slow traffic on Knowsley Expressway southbound in Speke around the A562 Speke Road junction. In the roadworks area.

  10. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool says expansion of Anfield stadium will not only "improve" the club's prospects but the area as a whole.

    Work on the £100m extension begins on Monday following years of delays and comes after the club bought up the final properties it needed.

  11. Patchy rain and drizzle

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter, BBC

    A few clear spells for a time will allow a patchy frost and perhaps some transient fog.

    Weather

    Otherwise, it will be largely cloudy with patchy rain or drizzle pushing down from the northwest overnight, clearing to the south after dawn.

  12. Man wanted over drugs plot

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Police are trying to find a Liverpool man who was part of a gang that tried to smuggle up to 40 tonnes of drugs into the UK.

    Francis Brennan

    Paul John Scott, 32, is wanted over the plot to import cocaine from South America hidden inside tins of fish and wooden pallets.

    The Guardia Civil in Spain would also like to talk to Scott about the murder of British national Francis Brennan (pictured) in Alicante earlier this year.

  13. Over the limit

    PCSO Mike Gray tweets: Yesterday a female was arrested in #Shotton for providing a roadside breath test of 147! Over 4x the legal limit!!

    Breathalyser
  14. Craig to play 007

    Tim Masters

    Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

    Daniel Craig will play 007 for the fourth time in the film Spectre, which is to be released in the UK next October.

    Daniel Craig with co-stars Lea Seydoux (l) and Monica Bellucci

    The actor, who was born in Chester and grew up in neighbouring Wirral, will be part of the 24th official James Bond film, to be directed by Sam Mendes.

    He will star alongside Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, pictured.

  15. No barrier to dance

    Marc Gaier

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A wheelchair is no barrier to dance. A troupe from Cambodia perform at Sandfield Park Special School in Liverpool.

    Wheelchair dance

    I was there to watch. You can hear my report on Drive.

  16. On air

    Paul Salt

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool FC will begin construction work on the Anfield stadium redevelopment on Monday.

    The Reds have already been working to clear houses around the ground in preparation for the development, which will see an extra 13,000 seats added to the main stand and Anfield Road end.

    And how bad are you at parking? A new Facebook page which points the finger at shoddy drivers has taken the internet by storm and most of them are from Southport.

  17. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool says expansion of Anfield stadium will not only "improve" the club's prospects but the area as a whole.

    Work on the £100m extension begins on Monday following years of delays and comes after the club bought up the final properties it needed.

  18. Polar express

    Merseyrail is offering people the chance to win a ride on its Christmas-themed train, a treat usually reserved for railway staff and their families.

    Polar Express

    This year, the train is decorated on a Disney, Space and The Simpsons theme and has music, dancing and face painting on board.

    To enter, follow @Merseyrail on Twitter and tweet them the name of your favourite Christmas film, including the #merseyrailpolar in the tweet.

  19. Remembering the Lusitania

    The centenary of the sinking of the Lusitania will be marked next year with an exhibition at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

    Lusitania

    Lusitania: life, loss, legacy opens on 27 March and tells the story of the city's most-loved ship and the passengers and crew aboard on the tragic last voyage.

    The Cunard luxury liner was torpedoed with the loss of 1,198 lives during World War One - at least 600 had links with Liverpool.

  20. Cole Stockton assessed

    James Mountford

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Tranmere Rovers striker Cole Stockton will be assessed for the FA Cup tie at Oxford this weekend. The 20-year-old has a thigh injury.

    Cole Stockton

    Rovers have received clearance for all of their loan players to play in the FA Cup this weekend.

  21. Local TV launch

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Liverpool's newest local televison station begins broadcasting later on today when Bay TV goes on air.

    Bay TV staff

    Bay TV will be transmitted from studios in Toxteth and will broadcast each day from 06:00 to 23:00, reaching more than 930,000 homes across Merseyside.

  22. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool says expansion of Anfield stadium will not only "improve" the club's prospects but the area as a whole.

    Work on the £100m extension begins on Monday following years of delays and comes after the club bought up the final properties it needed.

  23. Fire alarm raised

    Warrington Worldwide

    A smoke alarm alerted a Warrington man to a fire in his house after he had gone to bed - and as a result saved the property from suffering severe damage.

  24. Balotelli injured, but Coutinho fit

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says striker Mario Balotelli is still injured and "still very much a Liverpool player" and adds that he expects playmaker Philippe Coutinho to recover from a knee problem for Saturday's match against Sunderland.

    Philippe Coutinho
  25. What do you think?

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

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

  26. Hillsborough inquests

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Senior ambulance officer Paul Eason agreed that he "failed to properly assess the situation in the pens", that he "failed to declare a major incident at the earliest opportunity", and that he "failed to relay all the relevant information" to ambulance control.

    He accepted "partial responsibility" for failing to "organise and impose command and control from the outset". The jury has heard him say that: "under extreme circumstances we all did the best that we could".

    At around 15:03, he and a colleague noticed something was happening at the opposite end of the pitch and started walking to the Leppings Lane terraces to see what was going on.

    A barrister representing families who lost loved ones in the disaster described it as a "leisurely stroll".

  27. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool Football Club's to begin expanding Anfield stadium next week.

    The £100m project follows years of delays and comes after the club bought up the final properties needed to extend the Main Stand - increasing the ground's capacity from 45,000 to 59,000.

  28. Car theft gang jailed

    Liverpool Echo

    A Merseyside "chop-shop" gang, who handled more than £1.4m worth of stolen cars, have been jailed for 10 years.

  29. Cloudy and cool

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter, BBC

    It will remain mostly cloudy this afternoon with the odd spot of light rain or drizzle possible, however there's a small chance of some brighter interludes around Prescot and St Helens before dusk.

    Maximum Temperature: 6C (43F).

  30. Performing for DaDaFest

    Marc Gaier

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A group of deaf artists from Cambodia are visiting for DaDaFest.

    Dancers from Epic Arts

    They've been at Southfield Park School in West Derby where they performed for 75 students and held a workshop for sixth-formers.

  31. All you need is love

    Paul Beesley, tour guide and BBC Radio Merseyside producer is guiding on the Magical Mystery Tour today and the couple in the photo became engaged at Strawberry Field.

    Engaged at Strawberry Field

    This photo was taken just after Craig went down on one knee to propose to Deborah. Luckily, she said yes! The couple are visiting Liverpool from Stoke-on-Trent.

  32. Coming up on North West Today

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    In today's programme, we bring you the news that work to expand Liverpool's Anfield ground will begin on Monday.

    The capacity will increase by around 13,000 seats to 59,000. It's part of a wider plan to regenerate the area at a cost of £260m.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

  33. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A court has ruled a North West girl is not legally entitled to compensation because her mother drank too much alcohol when she was pregnant.

    Lawyers for the now seven-year-old argued the drink had caused severe brain damage when she was born.

  34. Anfield views

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been speaking to people who live and work near Anfield following news that work will begin on Monday to increase the stadium's capacity from about 45,500 to 59,000.

    John Page

    John Page (pictured) runs a barbers by the stadium on Walton Breck Road, but his business will now have to go. He's not against the expansion but would like more support from the club.

    The wider plans to regenerate the Anfield area include proposals to build 250 new homes and a 100-bed hotel, and to demolish 296 homes.

  35. Man in court over bus incident

    A 39-year-old man has been charged in connection with an incident where a woman was allegedly inappropriately touched on a bus travelling through Dovecot in September.

    He is due to appear before Liverpool and Knowsley Magistrates' Court later this month.

  36. Hillsborough Inquests

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans who died in the Hillsborough disaster have heard from former senior ambulance officer Paul Eason.

    He was part of the ambulance service's "eyes and ears" in the stadium on the day, but agreed that his "eyes were blurred and ears were blocked" that day.

    The fans were fatally crushed at Sheffield Wednesday's ground during the FA Cup semi-final against Nottingham Forest on 15 April 1989.

  37. Players 'look up' to Gerrard

    BBC Sport

    Jordan Henderson has said Liverpool without Steven Gerrard would be "unimaginable" and insists he remains the player team-mates look up to.

    Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson

    Midfielder Henderson, the vice-captain at Anfield, hopes Gerrard's future at the club will be resolved soon.

  38. Honing our duck faces

    Sean Styles

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Duck face is one of the new terms that's being added to Oxford Dictionary.

    Duck face

    It's the pouting lip-thrusting face pulled by people posing for photographers. Here's me and Hatty doing our best.

  39. What do you think?

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

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

  40. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The senior ambulance officer who was the first attendant at the Hillsborough disaster agrees that he failed to pass on all the relevant information to his control room.

    Former station officer Paul Eason is giving evidence at the Hillsborough Inquests.

  41. Anfield development

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm down at Anfield as Liverpool Football Club as it's been revealed work will begin on expanding the stadium the Monday.

    Mike Butler

    Mike Butler from the Anfield Regeneration Action Committee says he is concerned about the effect the development will have on people in the local area.

  42. Boxing coach cleared over Cregan

    Liverpool Echo

    A one-eyed Liverpool boxing coach who admitted meeting Dale Cregan in a secret rendezvous was cleared of helping the cop killer lay low.

    Dale Cregan
  43. Mother drank 'excessively'

    Robert Corp

    A child born with foetal alcohol syndrome is not legally entitled to compensation after her mother drank excessively while pregnant, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

    Pregnant woman with wine glass

    It had been argued the woman ignored warnings and drank eight cans of strong lager and half a bottle of vodka a day.

    Her daughter, now seven, was born with severe brain damage and is now in care.

    The case was brought by a council in the North West of England, which cannot be named for legal reasons.

  44. How well do you know Anfield?

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    As work is about to get under way on Anfield stadium, here's a few facts about Liverpool's famous home:

    • Anfield opened in 1884 with a capacity of about 20,000 and was originally the home of Everton FC, until a row over rent saw the Toffees move across to Goodison Park and the newly formed Liverpool FC take up residence in 1892
    • The Spion Kop opened in 1906 and a redesign in 1928 gave it a capacity of 30,000
    • Anfield's highest attendance came in 1952, when 61,905 saw the Reds take on Wolverhampton Wanderers
  45. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Court of Appeal has ruled a girl is not legally entitled to compensation because her mother, when pregnant, drank an excessive amount of alcohol.

    Lawyers for the now seven-year-old had argued the alcohol abuse had caused her severe brain damage when she was born.

  46. Players plead with Gerrard

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's players have joined forces to plead with captain Steven Gerrard, 34, not to leave at the end of this season, according to the BBC Sport Football Gossip Column.

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring against Leicester
  47. Bench for 'Saint of St Helens'

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A bench has been unveiled in St. Helens in tribute to the late town centre chaplain Marjorie Conroy, who died of a rare form of ovarian cancer earlier this year.

    Bench unveiling

    Mayor and Mayoress Geoff and Carol Pearl joined family and friends of the chaplain, who was known to many as the 'Saint in St Helens'.

    Market traders clubbed together to pay for the bench which was painted brightly to match Marjorie's persona.

  48. Anfield expansion begins next week

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Liverpool FC will begin work to expand Anfield's capacity from about 45,500 to 59,000 on Monday, the club has revealed.

    Artist's impression of the new Anfield stadium

    The £100m project will start after the club purchased the final house needed to expand outwards from the stadium's current footprint.

    The first phase of the work will begin on the Main Stand, which will have a new third tier, adding 8,300 seats. A further 4,800 extra seats will then be added to the Anfield Road Stand.

  49. Pedestrian hit by car

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A road has been closed in Seaforth after a pedestrian was hit by a car.

    Princess Way has been closed to traffic travelling towards the docks and an ambulance is at the scene. We'll bring you more on this story as we have it.

  50. BreakingFoetal alcohol case

    BREAKING NEWS

    A child born with foetal alcohol syndrome is not legally entitled to compensation as a victim of crime, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

    The seven-year-old girl who lives in the North West, known only as CP, was born severely brain damaged. She suffers with learning, development, memory and behavioural problems.

  51. NHS lose addicts contract

    Chester Chronicle

    NHS bosses are disappointed after Cheshire West and Chester Council awarded a contract for supporting recovering drug addicts to the trading arm of a London-based charity.

  52. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    After years of delays and rows - Liverpool will be starting work on their extension of Anfield on Monday.

    The £100m expansion plan will boost the capacity of Anfield.

  53. M6 accident

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    There are lanes blocked on the M6 northbound near Warrington at Junctions 21 and 21a.

    North West Motorway Police said patrols are on their way.

  54. M62 queues

    There is congestion on the M62 eastbound between Junction 9 for the A49 Winwick and Junction 11 for Risley.

  55. Sunset on Wirral

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    I captured this winter sunset on the Wirral. Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

    Sunset
  56. Stromsgodset signing?

    BBC Sport

    According to the Gossip Column, Liverpool are considering a move for Stromsgodset's 15-year-old Norway international midfielder Martin Odegaard, who was shown round the club's training ground on Wednesday.

    Martin Odegaard
  57. Wrap it up!

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've got a new mini wheelie bin for the studio - it was a present from Pauline and Linda at BBC Radio Merseyside to put my sweet wrappers in! Thanks.

    Tony's bin
  58. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's a warning Christmas shoppers could put their families at risk if they buy computers, beauty appliances or mobile phones from someone on social media.

    Electrical Safety First's urging us not to be tricked into getting a counterfeit product.

  59. New local TV station

    Liverpool's newest local TV station is launching today broadcasting from studios in Windsor Street, Toxteth.

    Bay TV staff

    Bay TV Liverpool will broadcast each day from 06:00 to 23:00, reaching more than 930,000 homes across Merseyside. The launch is at 17:30.

    The station, which was awarded the local digital television licence in February, will be available on Freeview and Virgin.

  60. Benefit fraudster jailed

    Rumeana Jahangir

    Reporter

    A man who claimed he could barely walk and had to be fed by his wife, yet worked fitting TV aerials, has been jailed for more than three years.

    David Williams in a mobility scooter

    David Williams, 34, from Wirral, admitted falsely claiming more than £200,000 in benefits.

  61. 'Incredibly proud'

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he is "incredibly proud" of his side's "effort and character" despite them not being able to hold on to their first half lead, drawing 1-1 at home to Hull City.

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez
  62. Mistletoe hunt

    Marc Gaier

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm on the search for mistletoe this morning, as the little white berried plant is actually rather rare. I've come down to the former railway turned cycle path and nature haven, the Liverpool Loop Line, to meet Alice Irvine from Sustrans to see if I can find some.

    search for misteltoe

    You can hear more this morning on BBC Radio Merseyside at 08:25.

  63. Queues in Knowsley

    BBC Travel says there's queuing traffic on the A5300 Knowsley Expressway southbound in Knowsley between Tarbock Island and the A562 Speke Road junction.

  64. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A post-mortem examination is expected to be carried out later on the body of a woman found at a house on Merseyside.

    Emergency services were called to the property on Ashbury Road in Huyton on Wednesday afternoon.

  65. Good morning

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Hello from Liverpool. I'm here with all your breaking news, sport, travel and weather from around Merseyside today. If you've got a story, photo or comment you'd like to share, please get in touch on email, Facebook or Twitter.