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  1. Updates on Friday 5 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Good night

    That's all for Local Live this week. We'll be back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates on Monday. Have a nice weekend!

  2. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Beccy Meehan

    North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme, the St. Helens school which swapped energy drinks for water and saw a vast improvement in behaviour.

    And Liverpool's Mario Balotelli is fined by the FA for a recent posting on Instagram.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Liverpool FC news

    Mike Hughes

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association following alleged racist and anti-Semitic comments he posted on social media.

    He has until 6pm on 15 December to respond to the charge.

    And after a supposed disappointing start to the season, a win for Liverpool over Sunderland tomorrow could take them within two points of the top four.

    Philippe Coutinho and Joe Allen will need fitness checks and it remains to be seen whether Steven Gerrard is rested again..

  4. Facing St Nicholas

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    An image of St Nicholas has been revealed by academics from Liverpool John Moores University using the latest 3D technology.

    St Nicholas image

    Professor Caroline Wilkinson said: "This is the most realistic appearance of St Nicholas based on all the skeletal and historical material. It is thrilling for us to be able to see the face of this famous 4th century Bishop."

  5. Police body cameras

    Christmas party-goers are being warned to be on their best behaviour or risk being filmed by police.

    Officers patrolling Liverpool and man Merseyside town centres will be wearing cameras attached to their bodies, after the force bought 500 new devices.

    Police say they are an extra pair of eyes and ears for officers dealing with challenging situations such as alcohol-fuelled disorder and domestic violence.

  6. Taxi demonstration

    According to police sources, the demonstration in Liverpool city centre causing delays around Dale Street is a go-slow by taxi drivers. It's not clear if the demonstration is linked to the opening of the Delta taxi office in the centre of Liverpool.

  7. Demonstration causes delays

    BBC Travel says a demonstration is causing traffic delays on Dale Street in both directions in Liverpool between the Exchange Street East junction and the Dale Street junction.

  8. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Mario Balotelli has been charged by the FA in relation to a recent posting on social media.

    It is alleged the Liverpool player breached a rule in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

  9. Paedophile jailed over rapes

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    A paedophile has been jailed for 17-and-a-half years for the historical sexual abuse of two boys.

    Mark Ward

    Mark Ward admitted 20 counts of sexual abuse, which happened between 1979 and 1982 - and 1992 and 1995 - including two rapes indecent assault.

    The 53-year-old, from Netherton, was given consecutive sentences of 10 and seven-and-a-half years for the rapes. Sentences for the other offences, ranging from four to nine years, will run concurrently.

  10. Supporting small shops

    Paul Salt

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Do you use the small independent shops in your area? They can make the difference between a High Street feeling special - or just like any other.

    Well tomorrow is "small Business Saturday" - and one of its aims is to encourage us all to revisit our little specialist shops.

  11. 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.

  12. Bogus police warning

    After bogus police officers targeted elderly people in St. Helens asking them to withdraw cash, Merseyside Police said there had been other incidents in West Midlands and London in recent months.

    Supt Louise Harrison said: "All these offences are very similar and we believe they are all linked.

    "I would like to reassure people that incidents like these are comparatively rare but when they do happen they can have a big effect on the victims."

  13. Elderly targeted by bogus police

    Bogus police officers have targeted elderly and vulnerable people in St. Helens phoning and asking them to withdraw large amounts of cash from their accounts.

    On Tuesday, a woman in her 70s was phoned by a man purporting to be a Det Con from Hammersmith. He told her someone had tried to access her account and she needed to withdraw the rest of the money so it could be checked for fingerprints.

    She withdrew the cash and a man arrived claiming to be a courier acting for the police. A similar incident happened in Clock Face on Wednesday involving a woman in her 80s. Around £2,500 was taken from her account as the bank became concerned.

  14. Balotelli charged over Instagram post

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been charged by the Football Association for a post on social media which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli

    The player has until 18:00 on 15 December to respond to the charge.

  15. BreakingBalotelli charged

    BREAKING NEWS

    Mario Balotelli has been charged by the FA in relation to a recent posting on social media.

    It is alleged the Liverpool player breached FA Rule E3[1] in that his posting was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.

  16. Formby crash

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    One lane of the Formby by-pass remains closed after a crash between a lorry, a skip wagon and a van.

    The collision happened just after 11:30 near the BP petrol station and the Freshfield roundabout heading towards Liverpool.

    The road was closed entirely while the vehicles were recovered. Police said there were some injuries but no-one was seriously hurt.

  17. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man from Skelmersdale has been found guilty of stabbing a Polish neighbour to death.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard 29-year-old Kevin Saunderson had been drinking and threatening to attack a foreigner. He stabbed 40-year-old Dariusz Ryba several times with a 22-inch machete.

  18. Coming up on Drive

    Paul Salt

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Haydock school that banned energy drinks has seen the number of pupils being given detention plunge by a third.

    And if you're thinking of living it up in our town centres across Merseyside this Christmas, you'd better be on your best behaviour or risk having everything captured on camera.

    Because from tonight, more police officers on patrol will be using state-of the-art body cameras.

  19. Your photos

    This gorgeous photo of Crosby beach has been sent in by Steve Bird.

    Crosby

    If you've got any pictures you'd like to share with us, you can get in touch on email, Facebook or Twitter.

  20. City set for Santa Dash

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    More than 9,000 people dressed as Santa are set to run a 5k dash around Liverpool on Sunday.

    Santa Dash

    The charity fun run starts at the Pier Head and winds its way through the city centre, finishing outside Liverpool Town Hall.

    It has caused controversy this year, as a row broke out between organisers BTR and the council over parking charges.

  21. After eight challenge

    Kenny Dalglish tweets: @GaryBarlow I challenge you! Try my #After8Challenge for the #marinadalglishappeal #CompleteDonateNominate

    Kenny doing the After Eight challenge
  22. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man from Skelmersdale has been found guilty of stabbing a Polish neighbour to death.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard 29-year-old Kevin Saunderson had been drinking and threatening to attack a foreigner. He stabbed 40-year-old Dariusz Ryba several times with a 22-inch machete.

  23. Campaign over Meols road

    Wirral Globe

    Road safety campaigners have called on the government to invest in the completion of work on a busy stretch of road in Meols.

  24. School investment announced

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Two Liverpool schools are to be refurbished and partly rebuilt at a cost of about £13m as part of Mayor Joe Anderson's Schools Investment Programme.

    Artist's impression of renovation at St Francis Xavier's (SFX) in Woolton.

    Bellerive FCJ College in Princes Park will get a £5.6m teaching and sixth form building on Aigburth Drive, and St Francis Xavier's (SFX) in Woolton will be given a £7.6m science block, a sports hall, and changes to the music department and main entrance.

  25. Buses diverted

    Buses will be diverted in Liverpool city centre on Sunday morning because of the Santa Dash, Merseytravel has said.

    The charity run is due to finish at about midday.

  26. Christmas countdown

    Claire Minter

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    We start the 12 plays of Christmas today with a trip to Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park! Here's Chris Maloney, Nicola McAllister and Reece Douglas from the show Cinderella.

    12 days of Christmas
  27. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man from Skelmersdale's been found guilty of stabbing a Polish neighbour to death.

    Liverpool Crown Court Kevin Saunderson had been drinking and threatening to attack a foreigner.

  28. Coming up

    Beccy Meehan

    North West Tonight

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has until 18:00 tonight to explain his social media post to the FA.

    There were calls for an investigation over an Instagram picture that was deemed racist and anti-Semitic. The post was deleted and an apology tweeted, Balotelli claims the post was meant to be 'anti-racist.'

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

  29. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man from Skelmersdale's been found guilty of stabbing a Polish neighbour to death.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard Kevin Saunderson had been drinking and threatening to attack a foreigner.

  30. Formby crash

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A lorry and two cars have crashed on the Formby by-pass heading towards Southport.

    The carriageway is blocked and ambulance crews are at the scene. We are expecting the by-pass to be shut for some time.

  31. Sturridge to LA?

    BBC Sport

    According to the BFootball Gossip Column, Liverpool have sent England striker Daniel Sturridge, 25, to Los Angeles to step up rehabilitation from a thigh injury.

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge
  32. Serious accident in Formby

    The Formby by-pass southbound is closed, due to a serious accident at Southport Road / Southport Old Road. Traffic is very slow in the area.

  33. Drink-driving limit

    Roger Phillips

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Stricter rules on drinking and driving have come into force in Scotland today as the current limit is almost halved. We'll be speaking to Neil Greig from the Institute of Advanced Motorists, who says changing the law is the right decision.

    You can listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

  34. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's believed Mario Balotelli has handed over evidence of abuse he's suffered online to the Football Association as he tries to avoid a charge of posting an allegedly anti-Semitic and racist message on Instagram.

    The Liverpool striker has been given until 18:00 to respond to the FA over his "Super Mario" picture.

  35. 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.

  36. Runcorn stove fire

    Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    A log burning stove caught fire at a Runcorn house in the early hours of this morning.

    Smoke was billowing from a first floor bedroom window when firefighters arrived at the blaze in Halton Road at 02:10.

  37. Wintry mix

    BBC Weather tweets: Patchy rain will clear England and Wales. Showers following in NW Scotland and N Ireland are a wintry mix...brrr. HW

    Weather map
  38. Verdict due in murder case

    Warrington Guardian

    A verdict is expected today in the trial of a Warrington businessman accused of killing his millionairess girlfriend in a five-star Paris hotel suite.

    Ian Griffin was arrested in June 2009 after Kinga Legg was found dead in their £1,000-a-night room at the Hotel Le Bristol.

  39. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool's chief executive Ian Ayre says the club is in discussions with the Hillsborough families over a temporary memorial for the victims of the disaster.

    The current memorial next to the Shankly Gates will be moved, while work is carried out to expand the stadium.

  40. School bans energy drinks

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm on my way to Haydock to meet teachers and pupils at a school which banned energy drinks and saw detentions go down by a third.

    You can hear more on BBC Radio Merseyside later.

  41. Bench unveiled

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A bench has been unveiled in a St. Helens park in memory of a councillor Patricia Martinez Williams. who died last year aged 66.

    Bench unveiled

    Mrs Williams represented her home patch of Windle from 1995-2003, then Thatto Heath between 2007-2011, before returning to the Windle ward again from 2011.

  42. Newborn monkey on display at zoo

    BBC North West Tonight

    A monkey born in Chester Zoo is on display to visitors. Rare Buffy Headed Capuchins are an endangered species.

    monkey
  43. Lanes closed on M6

    Two lanes are closed on the M6 southbound due to an accident between Junction 22 Newton-le-Willows and Junction 21a for the M62 Croft Interchange.

  44. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool's chief executive Ian Ayre says the club will reveal a temporary memorial for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, once talks have been completed with the families.

    The current memorial next to the Shankly Gates will be moved, while work is carried out to expand the stadium.

  45. Reds to put pressure on

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Liverpool will look to put the pressure on sides around them in the Premier League when they take on Sunderland at Anfield tomorrow afternoon.

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers

    The Reds are currently eighth in the table and will be aiming for a third successive league win. Manager Brendan Rodgers (pictured) says he's been delighted with the squad's response to their recent poor run.

  46. Murder investigation launched

    Liverpool Echo

    A murder investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead at a house on Merseyside yesterday,

  47. Balotelli racist abuse

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Mario Balotelli has handed over evidence of online abuse he's suffered to the Football Association as he tries to avoid a charge of posting an allegedly racist message on Instagram.

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli

    The Liverpool striker has until 18:00 to respond to the FA over his "Super Mario" picture.

    The Italian did quickly delete the post and the charity Show Racism the Red Card is backing his apology.

  48. M62 lane closed

    One lane of the M62 has been closed due to an incident westbound between Junction 9 (Winwick) and Junction 8 Burtonwood Road.

  49. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool's chief executive Ian Ayre says the club will reveal a temporary memorial for the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, once talks have been completed with the families.

    The current memorial next to the Shankly Gates will be moved, while work is carried out to expand the stadium.

  50. Friedel and Howard row

    BBC Sport

    Former United States team-mates Brad Friedel and Tim Howard have become embroiled in an argument about an incident from more than a decade ago.

    Brad Friedel wants an apology from Tim Howard for claims made in Howard's autobiography

    In his forthcoming autobiography, Everton goalkeeper Howard, 35, claims Friedel actively tried to block his move to Manchester United in 2003.

  51. Woman found dead named

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A woman found dead at a house in Huyton on Wednesday has been named as 45-year-old Michelle Teare.

    Emergency services were called to the house on Ashbury Road about 12:50 and found her body.

    A 50-year-old man was arrested last night on suspicion of murder and has been bailed pending further enquiries.

  52. Hunt for wanted man

    Rumeana Jahangir

    Reporter

    Police have appealed for help to find a man suspected of being the last member of a gang that planned to smuggle cocaine into the UK in tins of fish.

    Paul Scott

    Twenty-four members of the group were jailed over the smuggling plot in 2011.

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) said Paul John Scott, from Liverpool, was the "last man outstanding".

  53. Post update

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter

    Early patchy rain clears south eastwards then a cold and rather windy day with sunny spells and scattered showers.

    Sara Blizzard

    These will fall as snow over the Lake District and Pennines but should become confined to southern counties later.

  54. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool's chief executive Ian Ayre says the club is consulting with the Hillsborough families over a suitable temporary memorial, while work is carried out on expanding Anfield.

    The current memorial for the 96 victims will be moved when construction for the extended main stand and Anfield Road end begins.

  55. Good morning

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Hello on this Friday morning, I'm here today with all the news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside. If you'd like to get in touch you can contact us on email, Facebook or Twitter.