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  1. Updates on Wednesday 7 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Goodnight all

    That concludes Merseyside's Local Live updates for Wednesday.

    Join us again at 08:00 GMT on Thursday for all your news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Tonight's weather

    BBC Weather

    Latest

    It's going to be wet and windy this evening on Merseyside.

    Weather

    The rain should clear by around midnight, with the wind easing a little by dawn.

  3. Coming up on NWT

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On this evening's North West Tonight - three men appear in court charged with the murder of a Merseyside teenager who was found stabbed to death.

    And Los Angeles Galaxy confirm Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will be joining them in July.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Drug equipment found at arson house

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Firefighters sent to a suspected arson at a house in Walton found equipment which can be used to grow cannabis.

    Crews tackled the blaze on Buchanan Road at 04:45 GMT and discovered heater lamps and ducting.

    No cannabis plants were found.

  5. Pensioner jailed for drug dealing

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News Online

    I'm looking into a story about a pensioner who began using cocaine after becoming convinced he had cancer.

    Roger Bishop

    Roger Bishop, 66, ended up becoming a dealer - and was today jailed for seven years after he admitted being concerned in the supply of cocaine and possessing heroin with intent to supply.

    Bishop, of Poulton-le-Fylde, Lancashire, was eventually caught while returning from a drug run to Liverpool, with around 1lb (500g) of heroin in his vehicle, Preston Crown Court heard.

  6. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Council tax in St. Helens could be set to rise by just under 2%.

    The authority's holding a cabinet meeting to consider its budget for the next financial year.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  7. Fire service recruiting

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is recruiting for on-call firefighters for Knutsford Fire Station on Mobberley Road.

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighter

    Potential recruits need to be at least 18 and must live or work close to the fire station and have a real interest in the fire and rescue service and helping in the community.

  8. BMW appeal

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Police are trying to trace the driver of a BMW involved in a fatal crash near Southport on Tuesday evening.

    A 46-year-old man died and two women suffered serious injuries when a Peugeot and a Toyota crashed on Southport Road, Scarisbrick.

    Police said a silver or grey BMW was seen being driven recklessly at the time of the collision and failed to stop at the scene.

  9. Man sought after 'frightening ordeal'

    Merseyside Police has issued CCTV images of a man they believe may have vital information after a "very frightening ordeal" in Liverpool city centre last year.

    CCTV image of a man on a bike

    Two women, aged 19 and 18, were assaulted and one was robbed as they walked home along London Road in the early hours of 17 November. A man on a bike had followed them across a car park before grabbing one of them.

    The offender then assaulted the 18-year-old woman and grabbed her handbag before both women managed to get away from the offender and he ran off.

  10. Dumbledore the seal 'stable'

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Dumbledore the seal has undergone further x-rays and treatment for pneumonia and his condition is "stable but serious".

    Dumbledore the seal

    The young adult grey seal was admitted to RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre for specialist treatment after he was found in a farmer's field in Newton-le-Willows on 22 December.

    The centre's manage Alison Charles said he was "still on antibiotics for pneumonia and has little appetite but we are hoping he will start to make an improvement soon".

  11. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A cruise ship passenger is in a stable condition in hospital after being rescued from a liner in the River Mersey.

    The emergency happened just 30 minutes into a voyage to the Canary Islands.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  12. Chuffed to bits

    Halton Borough Council and the North Cheshire Railway Users Group proved a project to spruce up a railway station was on the right tracks after winning a national award.

    Halton Borough Council's Executive Board Member for Transportation, Cllr Tom McInerney and Community Development Officer Kerry Fairchild

    More than 40 young people all involved in the National Citizen Scheme worked alongside volunteers to turn a piece of scrubland into a garden to commemorate World War One.

  13. Rescue on the Mersey

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A cruise ship passenger is stable in hospital after a rescue mission in the River Mersey on Monday.

    The Porth Dinllaen

    The liner had only just departed the Liverpool Cruise Ship Berth, carrying 900 passengers en route to the Canary Islands, when the female passenger was taken ill.

    The Porth Dinllaen, designed specifically for fast crew transfers for those working on the Liverpool 2 project, came to the rescue and quickly disembarked both the sick woman and her husband, taking them to a waiting ambulance on the shore.

  14. Electricity fault affecting traffic

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    St Helens Council is reporting an electricity fault on Warrington Road junction with Norlands Lane, Rainhill, close to the Rainhill Stoops island, Junction 7 on the M62.

    The council warns two-way temporary traffic signals will be in operation from 18:30 tonight and will be there during the peak periods for the next two to three days until the fault is resolved.

    Delays can be expected and motorists should try to find an alternative route.

  15. Calling all artists

    Chester's Grosvenor Museum will hold its annual Open Art Exhibition from 12 March.

    The show gives artists in the area a chance to show their work in a public exhibition that runs until 17 June.

  16. Your views

    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.

  17. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Wirral woman's been jailed for eight months for stealing more than £10,000 from a charity she ran.

    Lynn Donovan's crimes took Wirral Resource Centre and Toy Library to the brink of closure.

    The 43-year-old was told it was a "gross breach of trust and a betrayal of those who donated money" to the organisation, which supports children with complex needs.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  18. Teen murder accused in court

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Three men have appeared in court charged with murder after a teenager was found dead in St. Helens on New Year's Day.

    Jordan Campbell

    Jordan Campbell, 17, was found at a flat in Tickle Avenue and a post-mortem examination found he died from a single stab wound.

    Daniel Joseph Wiltshire, 25, of Newton-le-Willows, Ruben Thomas Hoather, 22, of St Helens and Anthony Mark Wood, 32, of Thatto Heath all appeared at Liverpool Crown Court. They were further remanded in custody until 24 April when they are expected to enter pleas.

  19. Liverpool Ladies snap up trio

    BBC Sport

    Women's Super League champions Liverpool have announced three signings ahead of the new season, which begins in March.

    Ingrid Ryland, Satara Murray and Line Krogedal Smorsgard

    American central defender Satara Murray, 21, joins from North Carolina Tar Heels, having previously played for Washington Spirit, and full-back Ingrid Ryland arrives from Norwegian Toppserien side Arna-Bjornar.

    The 25-year-old is joined by her countrywoman and Klepp IL striker Line Krogedal Smorsgard, 27.

  20. MP to step down

    St Helens The Reporter

    Dave Watts, the Labour MP who has represented St Helens in Parliament for the past 17 years, is to step down from frontline politics at the next election.

    Dave Watts

    He told local party members of his decision during a series of meetings over the weekend.

  21. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    As it is confirmed Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join the Los Angeles Galaxy in July, former Everton player Kevin Kilbane says the midfielder deserved to be treated better at Anfield.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  22. Young blue eyes

    Billy Butler

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Local lad George Gallagher, 22, won this weekend's BBC One programme Frank Sinatra: Our Way. His prize? To sing at the Frank Sinatra centenary concert later this year.

    George Gallagher

    He'll be on the show between 14:00 and 16:00 and singing live.

  23. The animals went in two-by-two

    BBC Radio Merseyside's Steve Coleman spent time with Chester Zoo as they made their annual count of animals.

    Giraffes at Chester Zoo

    The zoo also had 1,432,867 humans visit in 2014.

  24. No Hillsborough inquests today

    The BBC's North of England correspondent Judith Moritz tweets: #Hillsborough Inquests are off today but will sit tomorrow, say the court.

  25. Coming up on North West Today

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    The MP for Sefton Central, Bill Esterson, calls for the compulsory labelling alcohol with warnings about the dangers to unborn babies.

    The MP will present a bill in the Commons later and says at least one in 100 babies are born with brain damage because their mothers drank during pregnancy.

    And we have the latest on Steven Gerrard as his move to LA Galaxy is confirmed by the American club's coach.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

  26. Galaxy confirm Gerrard move

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will join the Los Angeles Galaxy in July, according to the club's coach.

    Steven Gerrard

    Bruce Arena told the LA Times that the Major League Soccer side will make an official announcement on Wednesday.

    Galaxy president Chris Klein described former England midfielder Gerrard, 34, as "the perfect fit".

  27. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    It has been confirmed Steven Gerrard will join LA Galaxy this summer.

    The coach of the MLS side Bruce Arena's revealed the Liverpool captain's signed a deal with them and he will arrive in July.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  28. Witnesses sought in 'unprovoked attack'

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Detectives in Liverpool are appealing for witnesses following "a completely unprovoked attack" on two women in the city centre in the early hours of 29 December.

    Merseyside Police say the women, aged 40 and 48, had hailed a taxi on Victoria Street and as one of them was about to get in, she was grabbed by a woman who pushed her to the floor and kicked and punched her. When the victim's friend tried to intervene, she was thrown to the floor and knocked unconscious.

    A police spokesman says the attacker then went off in the taxi and the two women were taken to the Royal Liverpool University Hospital with extensive bruising.

  29. The Voice's 'really comfy' chairs

    The BBC talent show The Voice returns this weekend with judges Tom Jones, Will.i.am, Ricky Wilson and new judge Rita Ora.

    Marvin Humes

    Host and former JLS singer Marvin Humes told BBC Radio Merseyside's Sean Styles it's "great to be with the contestants' friends and families" and revealed the famous red spinning chairs "are really comfy and have little cup holders".

  30. A&E pressures

    Roger Phillips

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm talking to Dr Rob Barnett, secretary of the Liverpool Local Medical Committee, about the pressures on the A&E departments.

    You can listen to me live on BBC Radio Merseyside.

  31. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's a possibility the Giants could be returning to Liverpool in 2016.

    Mayor Joe Anderson's due to hold talks with the company involved later this month.

    The marionettes were here in 2012 and again last year when an estimated one million people lined the streets to see the three-day event called Memories of 1914.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  32. Windy weather warning

    BBC Weather tweets: Wind gusts could exceed 100mph in places on Thurs night / Friday morning.

    weather warning

    Read the full weather warning here.

  33. Leon on the mend

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Gogglebox star Leon Bernicoff has thanked people for their well wishes after he spent a night in hospital.

    The 80-year-old is now back at home and has revealed he is gradually recovering.

    He stars on the Channel 4 show, which films people as they watch the TV, with his wife June.

  34. A51 open again

    Cheshire Police tweets: The A51 #Tarvin has now re-opened following an earlier collision.

  35. Crumpet crisis

    Chester Chronicle

    Almost 100 crumpets were stolen from a primary school in Saltney.

    The crumpets were destined to feed 60 breakfast club pupils at Wood Memorial CP in Saltney, but quick-thinking staff cooked up an alternative breakfast.

    crumpets

    Headteacher Ceri Williams branded the incident "the great crumpet crisis" but said luckily cooks were able to pull together a selection of healthy alternatives before the children arrived.

  36. Catch up on Everton's FA Cup drama

    You can watch highlights from Everton's dramatic FA Cup third round match at Goodison Park last night.

    Lukaku scores Everton's equaliser

    Look out for Romelu Lukaku's injury time volley which avoided a fifth successive defeat for Roberto Martinez's side.

  37. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Work's being stepped up on the new Mersey Gateway bridge, with further road closures and diversions around Runcorn and Widnes.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  38. Get involved

    Sean Styles

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    As 57-year-old Stephen Fry announces he is to marry someone 30 years his junior, we're looking at age gaps in relationships and asking: do they matter?

    Call 0151 709 9333 or text 81333 with Mersey before your text or send us your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter.

  39. A51 closed

    BBC Travel is reporting the A51 Holme Street in Tarvin is closed with slow traffic in both directions and the Burton Lane junction because of an accident.

  40. Liverpool Giants to return?

    The giants were here in 2012 and again last year when an estimated one million people lined the streets to see the Memories of August 1914 three day event, which featured a grandmother, a little girl and, my favourite, her dog.

    Xolo the dog

    Major Joe Anderson will hold talks with company behind the show Royal De Luxe this month.

    What do you think of the giants? Would you love to see them return? Let us know by email.

  41. 'NHS in crisis'

    Liverpool Echo

    Only one Merseyside hospital hit A&E waiting time targets in the last week of December.

    Liverpool Women's was the only hospital in the region to meet the 95% target in the last week of December.

    Liverpool Women's Hospital

    Aintree Hospital has not hit the target since the week ending 14 September.

    Alder Hey Children's Hospital, St Helens, Whiston and Southport & Ormskirk hospitals have all dipped below the target in recent weeks.

  42. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's a possibility the Giants could be returning to Liverpool in 2016.

    Mayor Joe Anderson is due to hold talks with the company involved later this month.

  43. Hillsborough eternal flame 'an honour'

    Liverpool Cathedral has said it is honoured to keep the flame burning while Liverpool Football Club constructs its new main stand.

    Hillsborough eternal flame

    Families of victims of the Hillsborough disaster attended a service to mark the relocation of a memorial to the tragedy.

    The club held a short service led by Chaplain Bill Bygroves where they also unveiled a temporary memorial to the 96 so fans can continue to pay their respects.

    The flame will open to view in the Memorial Chapel for the next 18 months.

  44. I'd have signed a new contract - Gerrard

    BBC Sport

    Steven Gerrard says he would not be leaving Liverpool if the club had offered him a contract last summer.

    Steven Gerrard

    The Reds captain, 34, was offered a new deal in November but has opted to end his 25-year Anfield stay and is nearing a move to Los Angeles Galaxy.

    "If a contract had been put in front of me in pre-season I would have signed it," Gerrard told the Liverpool Echo.

  45. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside MP's calling for the compulsory labelling of alcohol with warnings about the dangers of drinking while pregnant.

  46. Mersey Gateway bridge

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    There are still two years to go until it opens, but the start of 2015 has brought a new flurry of work in preparation for the new Mersey Gateway, between Runcorn and Widnes.

    Artist's impression of Mersey Gateway bridge

    The Breakfast Show is looking at what will it mean if you live or work in the area.

  47. Lucky red pants

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    A Widnes Italian restaurant gave away hundreds of pairs of red underwear during their special New Year's Eve event, writes the Runcorn and Widnes World.

    Pesto on Birchfield Road gave away the pants to bring good luck for the coming year.

  48. Lukaku equaliser saves Everton

    Romelu Lukaku fired in a late equaliser last night as Everton lifted the mood at Goodison with a dramatic 1-1 draw against West Ham in the FA Cup third round.

    Romelu Lukaku

    The Toffees were seconds away from their fifth successive defeat when the Belgium striker swivelled to volley in Bryan Oviedo's left-wing cross.

    The Premier League pair will meet in a replay at Upton Park next Tuesday.

  49. Chilly start

    BBC Weather says we are in for a cold start before it turns wet and windy from the west. The rain will be heavy at times.

    weather forecast

    The forecast for the next few days is here.

  50. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Sefton Central MP Bill Esterson is calling for the compulsory labelling of alcohol with warnings about the dangers of drinking while pregnant.

    Listen live at 08.00.

  51. Good morning

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    I'm here to bring you the news, sport, weather and travel from around Merseyside.

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