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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 9 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

By Lynette Horsburgh

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all from the Local Live team. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight, a teenager, who painted racist graffiti at a school in Maghull, hours after a Kenyan pupil had died, has been sentenced to 10 months detention.

Also, the latest on the firefighters' 24-hour strike and the celebrations at Vauxhall's factory in Ellesmere Port where the five millionth car was produced earlier.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

Council protest

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm at the protest over £46m of cuts to be made by Wirral Council by 2017 at Wallasey Town Hall.

Wallasey protest
BBC

Dogs destroyed 'in good faith'

The decision to destroy 22 dangerous dogs which was ruled unlawful at a judicial review was "taken in good faith", said a senior police chief.

Merseyside Police's Assistant Chief Constable Andy Ward said the action in March was taken as: "We believed the dogs in breach of the ongoing requirements of the exemption represented a danger to public safety".

Weather warning

BBC Weather has issued a yellow warning of wind from 00:05 tomorrow until 06:00 Thursday.

Gales, severe at times, are likely to affect central and northern parts of Britain during Wednesday and first thing on Thursday.

Waves will be unusually high, bringing the risk of localised flooding of roads and causeways, frequent wintry showers will also bring an additional hazard. There's potential for disruption to travel and power supplies.

Boy attacked in Warrington

A 16-year-old boy was stabbed with a glass bottle and a knife during an attack in Warrington, police said.

The boy was taken to hospital following the incident in Dorchester Road, Great Sankey, on November 29.

Four teenagers, aged between 16 and 18, from Warrington, have been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.

Rooney tops Twitter list

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Croxteth-born England captain Wayne Rooney has come first in a top 10 list of the UK athletes most followed on Twitter - after amassing 10.2m followers.

Wayne Rooney
Getty Images

The list, published by the website, names Rooney's former Manchester United teammate Rio Ferdinand in second place, with 5.9m followers.

Liverpool is the third most-followed Premier League club account, behind Manchester United and Arsenal.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A teenager, who painted racist graffiti at a school in Maghull, hours after a Kenyan pupil had died, has been sentenced to 10 months detention.

The body of 15-year-old Erick Maina was found at his home in Fazakerley last month.

A 17-year-old, from Bootle, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage at an earlier hearing.

Call to scrap college

BBC Radio Merseyside

An MP has been in Parliament calling for a controversial education project in Skelmersdale to be scrapped.

Glenburn Sports College
Google

The council and the government want to close Glenburn Sports College and move pupils to Lotham High School.

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper says they're only doing it because it's the cheapest option.

On air

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

Are you at the limit of what you would pay to get through the tunnels? I ask because an internal Merseytravel report says a rise in tunnel tolls next April would be justified because the economy's getting better.

Now if that happened would you try to find another way of getting to where you needed to be if it went up again?

A big bill is coming Merseyside Police's way. They destroyed dogs whose owners had broken rules about owning banned breeds. In one case - a pit-bull was found guarding a cannabis factory, but a court has today said they were wrong to kill the animals.

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Going to town hall protest

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm going to Wallasey Town Hall where a protest is taking place about £46m of cuts by 2017. The authority plans to cut library opening times and school lollipop patrols. It says at this point its grant from central government will have been cut by 57% in five years.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A teenager, who painted racist graffiti at a school in Maghull, hours after a Kenyan pupil had died, has been sentenced to 10 months detention.

The body of 15-year-old Erick Maina was found at his home in Fazakerley last month.

A 17-year-old, from Bootle, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated criminal damage at an earlier hearing.

Racist graffiti 'reprehensible'

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Here's

our full story after a 17-year-old boy was sentenced for daubing racist graffiti at a Merseyside school hours after pupil Erick Maina died.

Erick Maina
Other

Sentencing the teenager at South Sefton Youth Court, district judge Ian Lomax described his behaviour as "reprehensible".

What do you think?

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

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.

Road delays

BBC Travel reports Church Road in Litherland is closed and there are queues in both directions between the School Lane junction and Tesco because of an accident involving one vehicle.

Dogs unlawfully destroyed

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

A judge has decided Merseyside Police acted unlawfully when they seized and killed 22 dangerous dogs.

After the force executed warrants in March, the dogs' owners claimed officers had no authority to do it because there was no court order.

The operation by Merseyside Police was targeting those who'd failed to make sure their banned breeds had insurance in case they attacked someone. The decision paves the way for a compensation claim by the owners.

Yellow weather warning

The

Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for gales - which will be severe at times - affecting the north west tomorrow.

It says: Gales, severe at times, are likely to affect central and northern parts of Britain during Wednesday and at first on Thursday with a period of storm force winds for parts of Western and Northern Scotland (for which a separate Amber warning is in force).

Waves will be unusually high, bringing the risk of localised flooding of roads and causeways, particularly in western and northern Scotland and northern coasts of Northern Ireland. Frequent wintry showers will also bring an additional hazard, mainly over higher ground. The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and perhaps also power supplies

Pub analogy for big match

BBC Sport

Former Manchester United defender

Gary Neville says his ex-club's game against Liverpool on Sunday could be "like the Dog and Duck versus The Red Lion".

Gary Neville
Getty Images

Neville, while working for Sky Sports, likened the fixture to a pub game.

He also claimed the Red Devils "got away with murder" in an unconvincing 2-1 win at Southampton on Monday.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A court's ruled Merseyside Police were wrong to destroy 22 dogs they'd seized during raids in March.

The force was targeting owners who'd breached strict conditions which allowed them to keep the banned breeds. In one instance - a pit-bull was found guarding a cannabis factory.

But lawyers for the owners claimed officers had no authority to kill them, and now a judicial review in Manchester's agreed the animals' deaths were unlawful.

Longer BBC NWT news

The BBC's

late evening NWT news bulletins are to be extended in the run-up to the general election in May next year.

Annabel Tiffin and Roger Johnson
BBC

The regional programme on BBC One after the News at Ten on Monday to Thursdays will become longer from January.

The slot at 22:25 - currently lasting at least seven-and-a-half minutes - will be extended to 15 minutes.

Win will write team into Liverpool folklore

BBC Sport

Brendan Rodgers says Tuesday's must-win Champions League game with Basel is a chance for his players to write themselves into Liverpool folklore.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers watches his players in training
Reuters

Rodgers' side must beat the Swiss team at Anfield to seal second place in Group B and reach the knockout stage.

Waterloo congested

BBC Travel says there's traffic congestion on Crosby Road North southbound in Waterloo at the Bramhall Road junction. In the roadworks area.

Five million to one

BBC North West Tonight

As Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port plant turned out its five millionth car today. Take a look at the first one in 1964:

The first car produced at Vauxhall's factory in Ellesmere Port
Not specified

On air

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

Did you watch the BBC One ghost story Remember Me starring Michael Palin?

Billy Butler with Jodie Comer
BBC

Well I speak with the very talented local actor Jodie Comer (pictured) who played the teenage care worker Hannah Ward on the show today.

The 12 Plays of Christmas heads out again across the county, highlighting the plays and pantos around this Christmas - today Zagmuth at the Lantern Theatre, Liverpool.

Christmas without a bang

Chris Long

BBC News

Merseyside Police have been in touch to say

they are sending out special Christmas cards to the mothers of those thought to be involved in gun crime.

Rolls of wrapping paper made to look like a shotgun
Merseyside police

The cards feature a message on the front, which reads "Here's to Christmas without a bang".

The force hope the card will "encourage mothers to think about the dangers their loved ones are placing themselves in and to take immediate action".

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A court's ruled Merseyside Police were wrong to destroy 22 dogs they'd seized during raids in March.

The force was targeting owners who'd breached strict conditions which allowed them to keep the banned breeds. In one instance - a pit-bull was found guarding a cannabis factory.

But lawyers for the owners claimed officers had no authority to kill them, and now a judicial review in Manchester's agreed the animals' deaths were unlawful.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

One of the first ambulance officers to go to the Leppings Lane end in the Hillsborough disaster said he initially thought it was "idiots... wanting their five minutes of fame", the inquests have heard.

Ambulance at Hillsborough
Hillsborough Inquests

Stephen Chippendale, who has been giving evidence at the inquests, was one of four ambulance officers stationed inside the ground for the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

He said he did not think it was a serious incident and was treating a man with a suspected broken leg when he spotted some people were giving CPR - chest compressions - and mouth-to-mouth to people on the pitch.

Race graffiti teen detained

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A 17-year-old boy who admitted painting racist graffiti at the school of a Maghull boy just hours after his death has been given 10 months detention.

Erick Maina
Family pic

Offensive messages were found near 15-year-old Erick Maina's (pictured) school shortly after his death last month.

The boy admitted racially aggravated criminal damage at South Sefton Magistrates' Court at an earlier hearing.

BreakingPolice wrong to destroy 22 dogs

BREAKING NEWS

A court in Manchester's ruled Merseyside Police were wrong to destroy 22 dogs they had seized during raids in March. The force was targeting owners who'd breached strict conditions which allowed them to keep the banned breeds.

Here comes the sun

Neil Mc has emailed in a multi-coloured picture of the sun rising in Mossley Hill.

Mossley Hill
Neil Mc

Get in touch by emailing merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk if you have a picture you'd like to share on Local Live.

Vauxhall celebrations

Jayne McCubbin

BBC North West Tonight

The 5,000,000th car just ran off the lines at Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port. It's ably driven by Mike.

Staff at Vauxhall in Ellesmere Port
BBC

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Man dies after choking during police raid

Chris Long

BBC News

A man who choked on a package during a police drugs raid at a property in Chester

has died in hospital.

The 51-year-old collapsed during the raid at an address on Wordsworth Crescent on 26 November. Paramedics removed a package lodged in his throat and took him to the Countess of Chester Hospital for treatment. He died there on Friday.

Police said he was not restrained during the raid. Pathologists have yet to establish the cause of his death.

Teenager admits racial graffiti charge

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm at South Sefton Youth Court where a 17-year-old charged over painting racist graffiti found at Erick Mainer's school in Maghull just hours after his death has been given a 10-month detention. He can't be named for legal reasons.

Erick Mainer, 15, died last month and the offensive messages were discovered the following day near Maricourt School in Maghull. The 17-year-old admitted a racially aggravated criminal damage charge at an earlier hearing.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Another milestone for Vauxhall's Ellesmere Port site - as the five millionth car rolls off the production line.

Firefighters in the North West have joined a national 24-hour strike today - in the latest round of industrial action over pensions. Members of the Fire Brigades' Union walked out at 09:00 this morning - although officials say they will still respond to 999 calls.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The five millionth car made at Vauxhall's factory in Ellesmere Port has rolled off the production line this lunchtime, as workers prepare to produce the model's next generation in 2015.

Wet and windy

Sara Blizzard BBC

Weather Presenter

Outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west this afternoon, turning heavy and persistent. However, it will also turn milder, despite the strong winds.

Weather
BBC

Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).