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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Tom Mullen

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 Thursday but you can still reach the team by email at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On tonight's show we'll hear how the owner of Liverpool's first £1 home is due to move in before Christmas, after finishing refurbishment work.

    Jayalal Madde

    Jayalal Madde's four-bedroom house in Toxteth is one of 20 sold-off by the council for the small fee, as part of a scheme to rebuild communities from derelict properties.

    We'll also have the latest from Liverpool Crown Court, where a Skelmersdale man who killed his Polish neighbour with a machete has been jailed for life. Join us from 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Contempt juror sentenced

    A woman who derailed a murder trial with her comments to the jury about a businessman has been given a suspended jail sentence.

    Barbara McEvoy was a juror in the trial of John Clinton, who was alleged to have killed his wife of 20 years.

    She was removed after it was established she had prior knowledge of the case. The Solicitor General brought contempt of court proceedings against her and she was given a suspended jail sentence today at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

    A retrial of Mr Clinton took place last year and he was convicted of manslaughter of his wife Paula at their home in Aintree, Liverpool.

  4. Accident closes road

    Birchwood Way eastbound in Warrington is closed due to an accident between Moss Gate/ Daten Avenue and M62 Junction 11 (Birchwood).

  5. 'Thanks for the supplies!'

    Tranmere Rovers tweets: Thank you to all our supporters who donated food for Wirral Food Bank yesterday.

    Foodbank supplies
  6. Heroin substitute lost

    Police have warned a quantity of a heroin substitute has been lost in the street near a chemist on the Wirral.

    A woman was on Walton Road, Bromborough when she had a "medical episode" and was taken to hospital by her husband, police said. The prescription was left behind.

  7. Anger at all-ticket clash

    Chester Chronicle

    Chester FC fans have slammed the decision to make next week's FA Cup second round replay with Barnsley an all-ticket match.

  8. Have your Phil of cake

    Liverpool Philharmonic Hall tweets: 1 of our Kids Club members is going to win this Gingerbread Liverpool Philharmonic Hall facebook.com/LiverpoolPhilh…

    Liverpool Philharmonic cake
  9. Ofsted warning on schools

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News education correspondent

    Secondary schools are not making enough progress, says the education watchdog, with less than half in St. Helens rated as good or outstanding.

    Sir Michael Wilshaw

    Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, delivering the education watchdog's annual report, says that secondary schools have "stalled".

    He says there are now 170,000 pupils in inadequate secondary schools across the country, about 70,000 more than two years ago.

  10. Hillsborough inquests

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A police riot van blocked a route designated for ambulances during the Hillsborough disaster, the new inquests have heard.

    Hillsborough disaster

    Former Divisional Supt Trevor Dale also agreed that the ambulance service's initial response to the disaster was "a little bit disorganised".

    But he told the Warrington court that he and his colleagues "got on top of things" and did a "good job".

  11. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Skelmersdale man who killed his Polish neighbour with a machete has been told he'll be in prison for at least 28 years.

    The judge said Kevin Saunderson, 29, was acting on racial hatred when he attacked Dariusz Ryba at his home in the middle of the night.

  12. Thirty incidents during fire strike

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Merseyside firefighters dealt with 30 incidents during the service's latest 24-hour strike, which ended this morning.

    They included two kitchen fires, a car fire, four false alarms and three road traffic collisions, as well as eight automatic fire alarms in peoples' homes.

    Firefighters staged the walk-out in a dispute over pensions, but non-union staff members remained on duty.

  13. £1 home joy

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been finding out more about the first home sold for £1 by Liverpool City Council.

    One pound home owners

    It is one of 20 the authority identified for a project to re-build communities from derelict properties.

    Here's homeowner Jayalal Madde (pictured left) at his house in Cairns Street, Toxteth, with mayor Joe Anderson and Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing.

  14. Ofsted: Schools failing

    Simon Hoban

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    If you live in St. Helens there's a two in three chance that your child goes to a school that's rated inadequate or failing.

    That's the unwelcome statistic from an Ofsted report published today, which also highlights an overall decline in standards when children make the leap from primary to secondary.

    Schools in the North West had 86% in the good or outstanding category but that drops to 71% at secondary. I'll have more on Drive until 18:00.

  15. Wish you were here?

    The "weather bomb" may have been a wash-out, but the region has still seen a fair amount of wind and driving rain - as this fantastic picture tweeted by Steve Mulville shows.

    Weather in Crosby

    Steve captured the stormy conditions in Crosby at midday, and described the weather as "hellish".

  16. Martinez to play youngsters

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow's Europa Leage clash with FC Krasnodar.

    Roberton Martinez

    He said: "We have done our homework and we are unbeaten in the Europa League. Tomorrow is for our internal pride."

    He also said the match would be a great chance to "see a little bit into the future", as the club's youngsters are expected to feature.

  17. Weather bomb wash-out

    BBC North West Tonight

    Looks like the "weather bomb" failed to go off in the North West. What's it been like where you are?

    Get in touch via Twitter.

  18. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Skelmersdale man who killed his Polish neighbour with a machete has been told he'll be in prison for at least 28 years.

    The judge said Kevin Saunderson, 29, was acting on racial hatred when he attacked Dariusz Ryba at his home in the middle of the night.

  19. Body found in canal

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    A body found in a canal has been identified as that of missing John Burns, Merseyside Police says.

    The 36-year-old, of West Derby, went missing on 30 November after leaving his home.

    Police said a body recovered from the Leeds-Liverpool canal yesterday is his, and his family have been informed.

  20. Post update

    Man jailed for machete murder

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Police have released an image of the murder weapon used by Kevin Saunderson, who has been jailed for killing his neighbour.

    Machete

    The 29-year-old was heard shouting racial abuse and threats before launching the attack on Dariusz Ryba in Inglewhite, Skelmersdale in June.

    At Liverpool Crown Court, Saunderson was told to serve a minimum of 28 years.

  21. 'Follow that van'

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police has launched a crackdown on people who attack cash delivery vans.

    Van and police

    The force said its Titan unit was working alongside police forces in the region to tackle the crime.

    Det Supt Jason Hudson said: "The police routinely follow cash delivery vans in marked cars to deter attacks. The vans and cash boxes carry a host of security devices such as CCTV and dye that explodes when a cash box is forced open, staining the bank notes and offenders themselves."

  22. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man has been jailed for 28 years for murdering his Polish neighbour with a machete in Skelmersdale.

  23. Watch Blues' press conference

    Everton manager Roberto Marinez is speaking to the press ahead of the Blues' Europa League clash with FC Krasnodar.

    Roberto Martinez

    You can watch the press conference live via this video on Youtube. Striker Arouna Koné is also speaking.

  24. 'Not good enough'

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits his team have "not been good enough" after they were dumped out of the Champions League.

    Rodgers

    Despite a precise Steven Gerrard free-kick, the side could only manage a 1-1 draw with Swiss side Basel at Anfield.

    The Reds now drop into the Europa League.

  25. What do you think?

    Tom Airey

    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.

  26. Missing woman safe

    A woman who went missing from home has been found safe and well, Merseyside Police said.

    Michelle Schofield, 50, went missing from home in St. Helens at the weekend.

  27. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Skelmersdale man who killed his Polish neighbour with a machete has been told he'll be in prison for at least 28 years.

  28. Knowsley congestion

    BBC Travel reports there's queuing traffic on the Knowsley Expressway in Knowsley at the moment.

    The congestion is on the southbound side between Tarbock Island and the Speke Road junction.

  29. £1 house

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The owner of Liverpool's first 'One pound home' says he's hoping to be fully moved in with his family before Christmas.

    Jayalal Madde

    Major work on Jayalal Madde's home on Cairns Street is now complete. Mr Madde has spent £40,000, ten times more than his original budget, due to structural changes he has made.

  30. Armed robbery at betting shop

    A man has stolen cash from an Everton betting shop in an armed robbery on Tuesday.

    Betfred

    Police said he entered Betfred on Breck Road at about 11:15 and threatened the cashier with what is believed to be a gun.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

  31. Funeral poverty

    Roger Phillips

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    According to a Labour MP people are being forced to sell their possessions or falling into debt by taking out high-interest pay day loans to fund a decent send-off for their relatives.

    But are funerals out of reach or ordinary people? And could people be forced to bury their own loved ones? Get in touch on 0151 709 9333.

  32. Coming up on North West Today

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Too many secondary schools in the North West are simply not good enough, and education in the region remains a postcode lottery. In some areas, children have only just above a one-in-three chance of going to a good secondary school.

    And the first of the "homes for a pound" project in Liverpool has now been completed. The council sold empty properties for just £1 for people who promised to refurbish them and live in them for at least five years. Today the Mayor of Liverpool will look round the first to be finished.

    Watch more on BBC North West Today at 13:30.

  33. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Tens of thousands more teenagers are going to failing secondary schools, according to Ofsted's Annual Report released today.

    It's a mixed bag for high schools in the North West with St. Helens dropping in rank to 148, which means only 35% of secondary school pupils in the area are are attending a school rated good or outstanding.

  34. Police close down bar

    Cheshire Police used new powers from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to successfully apply for a closure order of a late night bar in Bridge Street, Warrington town centre.

    Fusion Bar and Grill in Bridge Street was issued with the notice following a serious fight in the premises in the early hours of last Thursday. At a hearing at Warrington Magistrates' Court yesterday, the closure order was granted for three months.

    The act came into force in October and this is the first time that the powers have been used to close licensed premises in Cheshire. Under the act officers are now able to apply for closure orders at premises where somebody is, or has been, causing distress or nuisance.

  35. High winds over viaduct

    NW Motorway Police tweets: Wind speeds are 51mph over Thelwall Viaduct

  36. First £1 home finished

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    I'm going to the first £1 home in Cairns Street, Granby, which has been refurbished as part of Liverpool's Homes for A Pound scheme.

    The first successful applicant to be allocated a home under the scheme is giving Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson a guided tour. Watch more on BBC North West Today at 13:30.

  37. The tide is high

    Simon Moffatt

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at New Brighton and here's a picture of the choppy sea taken shortly before high tide today.

    Sea

    Do you have any weather-related photos to share with us? Get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  38. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Tens of thousands more teenagers are going to failing secondary schools, according to Ofsted's Annual Report released today.

    It's a mixed bag for high schools in the North West with St. Helens dropping in rank to 148, which means only 35% of secondary school pupils in the area are are attending a school rated good or outstanding.

  39. Search for missing millionaire

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    The owner of a winning Lotto ticket, bought in Liverpool, is yet to claim their £1,000,000 prize.

    The ticket matched one of the 20 Lotto raffle numbers in the draw on 22 November, with the ticket-holder having until May next year to claim the prize.

    The winning raffle code on that date was TEAL 38616313, with National Lottery players urged to double-check their tickets.

  40. Body found in canal

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A body pulled from the Leeds Liverpool Canal is believed to be missing West Derby man John Burns.

    The 36-year-old was last seen at his home on Sunday. A body was spotted in the water in the Vauxhall area on Tuesday.

    A post-mortem examination is now due to try to establish the cause of death.

  41. Schools in St. Helens perform badly

    BBC North West Tonight

    According to Ofsted's annual report, schools in St. Helens have the lowest proportion of pupils attending a good or outstanding secondary school.

    It found the quality of educational provision for "too many children and young people in the North West remains a postcode lottery."

  42. Newborn to star in TV show

    Sean Styles

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Isn't she lovely? Baby Arabella and proud parents Yvonne and Gary will be making their TV debut in Channel 4's One Born Every Minute in the spring. We catch up with the family on the show today.

    Baby Arabella from One born every minute
  43. Jail for machete murderer

    Nafeesa Shan

    BBC News

    A man has been jailed for 28 years for murdering his neighbour in a "vicious and brutal" machete attack in Skelmersdale.

    Kevin Saunderson

    Kevin Saunderson, 29, stabbed 40-year-old Polish national Dariusz Ryba at the victim's flat in Inglewhite in the early hours of 14 June.

    Following the sentencing, at Liverpool Crown Court, the Crown Prosecution Service said Saunderson was now facing up to "the consequences of his violent actions".

  44. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Drivers on Merseyside are being warned to take care on the roads, as winds are expected to reach speeds of up to 70 miles an hour.

  45. Liverpool's 'reality check'

    Phil McNulty

    Chief football writer

    Liverpool's Champions League campaign has not only been a painful voyage of discovery but also a short, sharp reality check.

    Rodgers

    The Reds' defining group game against Basel prompted the usual sift through Anfield's history of memorable European nights as a source of inspiration - the only memories from this game will be bad ones.

    The side crashed out of the competition after a 1-1 draw with the Swiss team.

  46. Slow in Birkenhead

    BBC Travel reports there's slow traffic on the A553 in Birkenhead this morning.

    It's congested in both directions between the Exmouth Street traffic lights junction and the Argyle Street roundabout junction.

  47. Weather round-up

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    The Met Office has warned gusts of up to 70mph are expected in coastal areas of the North West, with the Highways Agency issuing a severe weather alert for high-sided vehicles and motorbikes.

    Weather

    A section of the M53 near Runcorn and the stretch from Wallasey to Birkenhead have been highlighted as areas that could be hit hard.

    The Environment Agency says flooding is possible along the coastline from Wirral to Fleetwood, with high tide predicted at 13:20.

  48. What do you think?

    Tom Airey

    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.

  49. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A so-called weather bomb is about to hit the UK. With a warning to drivers across Merseyside and Cheshire that lorries, caravans and motorbikes could be blown over.

  50. Penalty pain for Tranmere

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool weren't the only Merseyside team left disappointed last night, as Tranmere lost on penalties to Walsall in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

    Micky Adams

    Despite leading the League One side 2-0, they were pegged back to 2-2 and eventually lost 5-4 in the shoot-out.

  51. Hillsborough inquests

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Hillsborough Inquests are due to continue today in Warrington.

    Hillsborough

    On Tuesday, the court heard an ambulance officer at the disaster walked past fans who seemed to be "in significant need of help".

    A lawyer for some of the Hillsborough families suggested Stephen Chippendale "could" and "did" see fans more in need of treatment than the first he treated. But Mr Chippendale said he did not see anybody who needed resuscitation until after that casualty had been seen.

  52. Severe gales forecast

    Eleanor Moritz

    North West Tonight

    Severe gales are forecast for exposed places today. Wintry showers. The full forecast is on our Facebook page.

  53. 'Unlawful' dog deaths

    A police crackdown that saw 22 dangerous dogs rounded up and destroyed across Merseyside was "unlawful", a court has ruled.

    The dogs were seized in March as part of an operation against owners who failed to comply with rules allowing them to be kept.

    The owners took legal action, claiming officers had no authority to take the pets because they had no court order.

  54. Ambulance service inspection

    The North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust has received a mixed report following a health watchdog inspection.

    Ambulance

    Overall, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said the trust provided safe and effective services.

    But it was criticised for not always sending the most appropriate vehicle to patients and for taking too many to hospital.

  55. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A so-called "weather bomb" is about to hit the UK, with an amber alert for gales of up to 70 miles per hour on Merseyside.

  56. Ready for the weatherbomb?

    Simon King

    5 live weather forecaster

    Are you ready for the consequences of the weatherbomb? It certainly looks impressive...

    Weather bomb
  57. Specs appeal

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I lost my hundredth pair of glasses today, check out the Dame Ednas I bought to replace them.

    Tony Snell
  58. Queues in Runcorn

    BBC Travel says there's queuing traffic on the Weston Point Expressway southbound in Runcorn between the Weston Link junction and Runcorn. In the roadworks area.

  59. Liverpool crash out

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits his team has not been good enough after their Champions League exit last night.

    Sterling and Henderson

    The Reds dropped into the Europa League after drawing 1-1 with Basel at Anfield in a match they needed to win to progress.

    "We have to be better in our performance level," said Rodgers.

  60. No ferries across the Mersey

    All Mersey Ferries services have been cancelled today due to the expected bad weather.

    Ferry

    Replacement buses for commuter services will run until 09:30 this morning and between 16:00 and 18:30 this afternoon.

  61. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A so-called "weather bomb" is about to hit the UK, with an amber alert for gales of up to 70 miles per hour on Merseyside.

  62. Good morning

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    I'm here to bring you the news, sport and travel from around Merseyside. Gales are forecast today, so we'll be keeping you up to date with any weather warnings for the North West.

    If you'd like to share your pictures and comments, you can email us, post on Facebook or get in touch via Twitter.