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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 11 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

Live Reporting

By Julia Bryson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all for Local Live in Merseyside on Thursday - thanks for your company and interaction today.

    The service returns at 08:00 on Friday. You can still reach the team by email on merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Rain spreading overnight

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    That's about it from us for tonight - before we go, though, here's the latest weather forecast...

    Rain arrives from the west tonight but within that there will be some snow for the higher routes but that could fall as sleet or wet snow at low levels too.

    Weather graphic

    When that clears ice will be the next problem with temperatures around -1C.

    Friday starts icy and chilly then it is another windy day of sunshine and lively showers with hail and snow at higher levels. Maximum temperature 5C.

  3. Arrests after diesel laundering plants closed

    Two men from Wirral and one from Liverpool have been arrested after the authorities closed down two diesel laundering plants, capable of producing up to 26,000 gallons (120,000 litres) of illegal fuel a day.

    Diesel laundering plant

    HMRC officers raided a site in Birkenhead last week, where 2,000 gallons (9,000 litres) of illegal diesel were seized along with chemicals and equipment.

  4. Coming up

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Group winners Everton wrap up the first stage of the Europa League at home to Russian side Krasnodar tonight with manager Roberto Martinez set to shuffle his line up.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool fans have been meeting with club officials to discuss the price of match tickets at Anfield. Last month, supporters held up banners at the game against Stoke, showing how the cost of a seat had risen from £4 in 1990 to £43.

    And tonight's Christmas Star is Phil Colebourne who has been a volunteer at Wirral Coastal Park for nearly 35 years working in all sorts of weathers.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

  5. Van stolen containing medication

    A van stolen in Liverpool contains a quantity of prescription medication which could be dangerous or even prove fatal, said Merseyside Police.

    The white Ford Connect van was taken by two men at about 14:15 on Lower Lane - they then made off in the direction of the city-centre.

    The medication consists of a quantity of tablets for the treatment of nerve pain and blood pressure as well as painkillers.

  6. Blues boss prepares 'experimental' line-up

    It's just a few hours now until Everton's Europa League clash with Russian side Krasnodar.

    Roberto Martinez

    Blues boss Roberto Martinez intends to "celebrate" the club's progress into the tournament's knockout phase by naming an experimental line-up.

    The Toffees have already secured their place in Monday's last-32 draw, and defender Tyias Browning, 20, full-back Luke Garbutt, 21, and forward Conor McAleny, 22, are all set to feature.

  7. Sterling 'to snub £70k deal'

    BBC Sport

    Meanwhile, our colleagues on the BBC Sport website have been busy.

    The latest edition of their football Gossip column reports Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, is set to turn down a new Liverpool deal worth £70,000 a week.

    Raheem Sterling
  8. Record number of ships

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Given that we've just mentioned trains and automobiles, we are busily going for the hat-trick by finding a story about planes. In the meantime, however, here's one about yet another form of transport...

    A record number of cruise ships are set to visit Liverpool next year.

    So far, 54 vessels have signed up to spend time on the Mersey in 2015 - the most since the terminal opened in 2007.

    An estimated 80,000 people will visit the city as a result.

  9. Slow traffic in Bootle

    BBC Travel reports congestion both ways on the A5038 Southport Road Bootle at the Mons traffic lights.

  10. Trespasser delays trains

    A trespasser on a stretch of Merseyside railway caused delays to trains between Formby and Southport this afternoon. Services got back to normal about an hour ago.

  11. News on the hour

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police is appealing for elderly and vulnerable people in St Helens to watch out for a phone scam where people claiming to be the police ask for bank account details.

  12. Bogus police telephone scam

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    I'm looking into a telephone scam in which bogus police officers have conned thousands of pounds out of people in St Helens.

    Police said the gang has targeted four "elderly and vulnerable" people since 2 December and tricked two into withdrawing money from their bank accounts.

  13. Tranmere injury blows

    James Mountford

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Tranmere midfielder Jason Koumas is set to miss the next few weeks with an Achilles injury.

    Jason Koumas

    The 35-year-old midfielder scored in last week's FA Cup draw at Oxford but was injured in training.

    Goalkeeper Peter Brezovan, who has a finger injury, also misses Saturday's trip to Dagenham and Redbridge although on-loan striker Shamir Fenelon is hoping to recover from a virus.

  14. Carol Service

    Pauline McAdam, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our annual carol service takes place this Friday at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral from 19:30.

    There are still some tickets available from the BBC shop in Hanover Street. They cost £5 and all proceeds go to Children in Need.

  15. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight we'll be hearing the latest on the campaign by Liverpool fans against the rising cost of watching their heroes.

    We'll be highlighting which Merseyside Council is considering a late night levy on pubs and clubs.

    And we'll reveal our latest Christmas Star - this time it's a man who works in all weathers to maintain a Wirral beauty spot.

    Watch North West Tonight at 18:30.

  16. LFC prices discussed

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The price of tickets to watch Liverpool FC is to be discussed by club officials and fans groups later.

    Some supporters are unhappy about recent increases at Anfield.

    What do you think? Do you get good value for money from your club? Or have you stopped going altogether?

  17. What do you think?

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    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. Please tell us what you think.

  18. Doggy appeal

    Cheshire West Council tweets: Is this your dog? He was found in the Ellesmere Port area on Tuesday.

    Discovered dog
  19. News on the hour

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police is appealing for elderly and vulnerable people in St Helens to be on their guard against a phone scam, in which bogus detectives ask people to withdraw money from their bank accounts.

  20. Bus lane fines

    Warrington Worldwide

    Warrington is preparing to fine drivers who "trespass" in bus lanes, a Conservative councillor has learned.

    A review of bus lanes across the borough will be carried out - and then enforcement will be introduced - starting in the Birchwood area.

  21. Safe havens at fire stations

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    All community fire stations in Liverpool are to become safe havens, where people can go if they feel threatened, intimidated or in danger. It's hoped it will reassure those out alone.

  22. Trapeze artiste's London leap

    A circus performer from St Helens has been named as one of 32 recipients of a BBC Performing Arts Fund fellowship.

    Rebecca Lyon

    Rebecca Lyon will spend the next year at Jacksons Lane the multi-arts venue in Highgate North London with a reputation for fostering contemporary circus performance skills.

    "With the help of the Jacksons Lane team I will be able to explore which area of creating circus I'd like to focus in on in my future," she said.

  23. Litter louts fined

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Three people have been fined after being seen to drop litter in St. Helens.

    Litter on street

    Fines of £75, £195 costs and a victim surcharge of £20 were each received after the council's new environmental wardens spotted the litter louts in the town centre.

  24. Man jailed for murder

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    A man who smiled after stabbing his 'precious' girlfriend to death with wine bottles and a knife has today been jailed to life imprisonment.

    David Hoyle, aged 39, from Bradford, was found guilty of the murder of mum Rebecca Bamber at her home in Mersey Road, Widnes, after a seven day trial.

  25. News on the hour

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The director of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine is backing calls for antibiotics to be used more sparingly to halt the number of infections becoming immune to the treatment.

  26. Happy Birthday Leighton

    Everton tweets: Happy birthday Leighton Baines! The Blues left-back is 30 today! #EFC

    Leighton Baines
  27. Word from a wise guy

    Billy Butler

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Part-time rock star and full-time legend, Pete Wylie joins us on the show before his gig this weekend at The Zanzibar Club.

    The man behind Wah will also play us something Christmassy.

    The 12 Plays of Christmas heads to Ellesmere Port Civic Hall where their Panto Aladdin starts next week.

    Listen live.

  28. News on the hour

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Police believe three men behind a bank robbery in Neston last night could have carried about a similar robbery in the area back in November.

  29. Ferry crossings re-routed

    Mark Edwards, BBC Isle of Man

    Gales in the Irish Sea forced the cancellation of this morning's early ferry from the UK to the Isle of Man.

    Ferry

    The Steam Packet Company's 08:45 sailing from Douglas to Heysham was rerouted to Birkenhead and departed 45 minutes early.

    The Isle of Man Met Office has predicted gusts of up to 50 mph (80km/h) in the Irish sea dropping into this evening and overnight.

  30. Free buses on Christmas Day

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Merseytravel is offering free bus services on Christmas Day, to help people visit their loved ones in hospital or to spend time with their friends and family.

    Buses will operate a limited service from around midday until about 18:00 on routes serving hospitals across Merseyside.

  31. Coming up on North West Today

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    I'll have a round-up of all the news in the North West on BBC One at 13:30 as victims of the former DJ Ray Teret cheered and shouted "monster" as he was jailed for 25 years for rape and indecent assault.

  32. Chester discontent over tickets

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    There's lots of discontent about Chester announcing next week's FA Cup replay will be all-ticket and a statement went on club website last night.

  33. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    South Sefton's been chosen to pilot improvements to services for children and young people with mental health issues.

    The area's one of eight around the country sharing a £500,000 pot, reviewing current systems and trying out new ideas.

  34. Man denies stealing false teeth

    St Helens Star

    A 60-year-old man has denied assaulting a woman and stealing her false teeth.

  35. Christmas lights

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Earlier we showed you a photograph of the Christmas lights in Amberley Close, Saughall Massie.

    Lights

    Well several houses on the close have decorated their homes to raise money for Claire House, and here's another one.

    If you've seen any extra specially festive displays, do send us your photos to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  36. What do you think?

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    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.

  37. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    South Sefton's been chosen to pilot improvements to services for children and young people with mental health issues.

    The area's one of eight around the country sharing a £500,000 pot, reviewing current systems and trying out new ideas.

  38. Festival Gardens closed

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Liverpool Festival Gardens has been closed to the public for the second day running due to the high winds.

    Liverpool Festival Gardens

    A spokesman said on its Facebook page: "As the wind drops we hope to open up later this morning, we are sorry for any inconvenience caused."

  39. Bank robbery 'may be linked'

    Speaking about the Neston Natwest bank robbery yesterday afternoon when a substantial amount of cash was stolen, Det Sgt Rob Grantham said: "This is similar to a bank raid last November so we are looking at the possibility they are linked.

    "I would urge anyone who saw any suspicious activity to contact police so that we can find those responsible and bring them to justice."

  40. Neston bank robbery appeal

    Police are appealing for witnesses following a robbery at a Natwest Bank in Neston yesterday.

    Three men wearing dark clothing and masks got into the bank through the roof and then forced their way through a door.

    They took cash tills containing a substantial amount of money. A black Peugeot 308 was later found abandoned and on fire in Mayfield Gardens.

  41. Carol Service

    Pauline McAdam, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our annual carol service takes place this Friday at Liverpool's Metropolitan Cathedral from 19:30.

    Anglican Cathedral

    There are still some tickets available from the BBC shop in Hanover Street. They cost £5 and all proceeds go to Children in Need.

  42. Accident blocks M6 lane

    There are reports of one lane of the M6 being blocked due to an accident northbound at Junction 22 (Newton-le-Willows.)

  43. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    South Sefton's been chosen to pilot improvements to services for children and young people with mental health issues.

    The area's one of eight around the country sharing a £500,000 pot, reviewing current systems and trying out new ideas.

  44. Lights raise money for hospice

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Look at these houses on Amberley Close, Saughall Massie raising money for Claire House Hospice.

    Decorated house in Saughall

    Do you have any pictures of charitable Christmas lights? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk and we'll share the best on Local Live.

  45. Hillsborough not sitting today

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Hillsborough inquests won't be sitting today as a juror is ill.

  46. Strong winds on viaduct

    BBC Travel says there are strong winds on the M6 Thelwall Viaduct between Junction 20, (Lymm Interchange) and Junction 21,(Woolston). Matrix sign is set to 50 mph.

  47. Drink driving figures

    Cheshire Police said 18% of people killed in road traffic accidents in 2012 were over the drink drive limit.

  48. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    We know about drink driving, but what about drink walking? The dangers of walking home after a night out are being highlighted today.

    The number of pedestrians injured between 2010 and 2013 was 225 on Merseyside's roads. There's also a rise during the Christmas party season.

  49. Take extra time in poor weather

    Cheshire Policetweets: due to poor weather conditions for a safe journey make sure you take extra time for travel delays#drivesafe

  50. Help for small businesses

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside's struggling small businesses are urged to seek financial help after it was revealed that more than 3,500 firms went bust last year.

  51. Everton line-up

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Everton fans will see an experimental line-up against Russian side Krasnodar in tonight's final Europa League group game at Goodison.

    Bryan Oviedo

    Having already topped their group, the Blues plan to showcase some of their rising talent plus give long-term injury absentees Arouna Kone and Bryan Oviedo (pictured) a start.

  52. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    South Sefton's been chosen to pilot improvements to services for children and young people with mental health issues.

    The area's one of eight around the country sharing a £500,000 pot, reviewing current systems and trying out new ideas.

  53. Joey Barton on death threats

    BBC Sport

    QPR midfielder Joey Barton has revealed he received a death threat while playing in France for Marseille.

    QPR player Joey Barton

    The 32-year-old posted a picture of a letter sent to him on Twitter which warned him to leave France at the end of the season or face a grisly end.

  54. Windy weather

    NW Motorway Police tweets: Morning all weather conditions not great this morning. We will be keeping an eye on the wind speeds especially for Thewall M6 and Barton M60.

  55. Post update

    Sunshine and winds

    Anna Church

    Weather Presenter, BBC

    BBC Weather reports it will be a cold start with the risk of icy stretches, then a day of sunshine and isolated showers, falling as snow over the hills. It will remain windy.

    BBC Weather forecast
  56. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    South Sefton's been awarded £75,000 for a pilot scheme to change mental health services for children.

    It's one of eight areas across the country to be given a grant by NHS England and the Department of Health.

  57. Good morning

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    I'm here to give you the day's news, travel, sport and weather updates.