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Summary

  1. Updates from Friday 9 January
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Lynette Horsburgh

All times stated are UK

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Good night

That's all from the Local Live team.

Enjoy your weekend, we will be back with all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Monday.

Wind warning

BBC Weather

reports it will be wet, windy and mild overnight, with severe gales and outbreaks of rain.

Weather forecast
BBC

A squally band of heavy rain then moves southeastwards by dawn, with colder, clearer and showery conditions following into Crosby and the north.

Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F)

The

Met Office has issued a yellow warning of winds saying from 21:00 winds will increase to bring gusts of between 50-70 mph.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On North West Tonight more on the head of the footballers' union Gordon Taylor comparing the Ched Evans situation to Hillsborough.

Also, children in the North West are regularly arriving at school hungry - according to a survey of teachers.

Join us later on

BBC One at 18:30.

Traffic to ease

Traffic delays along the Weston Point Expressway and around junction 12 of the M56 in Runcorn for work on the

Mersey Gateway project should ease from Monday, said the Department for Transport.

Artist impression of the Mersey Gateway
Mersey Gateway

The next phase of work to allow traffic to access the six-lane toll bridge over the Mersey to link Runcorn and Widnes will be done overnight and at weekends instead.

Terrier tones up to become calendar star

Chester Chronicle

A formerly paunchy pooch has become a calendar star after fighting the flab with the help of her veterinary practice in Tarporley.

'Hazardous driving conditions'

BBC Travel

reports hazardous driving conditions on M62 in both directions between junction 8 Burtonwood Road and junction 12 M60 (Eccles Interchange) because of surface water and visibility is reduced.

£140K benefit cheat jailed

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A woman from Wirral has been sentenced to a year in jail for falsely claiming more than a £140,000 in benefits.

Fifty-six-year-old Susan Flanaghan from Prenton was claiming various benefits for herself and two of her children while she was actually living in Tunisia.

Tranmere team news

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Tranmere are hoping to get international clearance that will allow Rory Donnelly to make his debut at Morecambe tomorrow.

Steve Jennings
Getty Images

The 22-year-old striker's joined on-loan for the season while Steve Jennings has made his loan move into a permanent one.

Stranger danger

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police is working with schools on "stranger danger" after a mother reported her eight-year-old was followed home in Bidston.

The boy was walking home on St Oswalds Avenue on Wednesday when it happened.

A562 closed

The A562 Hillfoot Road in Garston is closed both ways and there is queuing traffic on Springwood Avenue and the A561 Speke Boulevard/Speke Hall Avenue due to accident involving two vehicles.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

David Cameron has contradicted Chancellor George Osborne by saying more powers could be handed over to Merseyside even if the area does not have an elected mayor.

The prime minister was speaking on a visit to Wirral this afternoon where BBC Radio Merseyside asked him about the issue of devolution.

Liverpool team news

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

There are no new injury concerns for

Liverpool FC ahead of their lunchtime fixture at Sunderland's Stadium of Light tomorrow.

Steven Gerrard
Getty Images

In the longer term the Reds boss Brendan Rodgers admits that it's unfortunate to have to cope with losing world class talent - with the pending departure of Steven Gerrard on top of the likes of Jamie Carragher, Pepe Reina and Luis Suarez - as he tries to build a new team.

Tree falls on power line

Cheshire Police

tweets: Large tree fallen onto live power line on Carden Lane #chester, #scottishpower aware

Warning to drivers

NW Motorway Police

tweets: We have lots of accidents ongoing at present possibly due to poor weather conditions. Please reduce your speed and stay safe.

Bobbies on the beat warning

Liverpool Echo

Bobbies on the beat could all but disappear as Merseyside Police grapples with devastating funding cuts, the force's chief constable today warned.

Merseyside Police officers
Getty Images

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

David Cameron has contradicted Chancellor George Osborne by saying more powers could be handed over to Merseyside even if the area does not have an elected mayor.

The prime minister was speaking on a visit to Wirral this afternoon where BBC Radio Merseyside asked him about the issue of devolution.

Travel update

BBC Travel

reports slow traffic on the A557 Weston Point Expressway eastbound in Runcorn between the A5126 Weston Link junction and Runcorn as well as on the A5300 Knowsley Expressway southbound in Tarbock Green between Tarbock Island and the A562 Speke Road junction.

'Kill yourself' doctor's suspension extended

Liverpool Echo

A doctor from Widnes who told a suicidal patient to kill herself during a row over a sick note has been

suspended for a further 12 months.

Boy followed home from school

Wirral Globe

Patrols have been stepped up close to a Wirral primary school after an eight-year-old boy was followed home.

Wirral Waters shortlisted for housing zone

Wirral Waters has been shortlisted to become one of 10 flagship housing zones in England.

A shortlist of 29 areas outside London has been drawn up by the government, the areas can then bid to become a housing zone where it will be easier and quicker to build new homes on brownfield land.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

David Cameron has contradicted Chancellor George Osborne by saying more powers could be handed over to Merseyside even if the area doesn't have an elected mayor.

The prime minister was speaking on a visit to Wirral this afternoon where BBC Radio Merseyside asked him about the issue of devolution.

Vikings extend coach's contract

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

The Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts has signed a one-year extension to his current contract.

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts
Empics

His new deal will take his contract through to the end of 2017.

Weather warning

The

Highways Agency has issued an amber warning of gusts of between 60 and 70mph in Merseyside and say extra care is needed on exposed roads.

Previous winds in New Brighton
Dave Wooding

Hillsborough: No questions about alcohol

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former police officer on duty on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests he didn't tell officers to ask relatives of the victims questions about alcohol.

Retired detective Ch Supt Terrence Addis who was in charge at the gymnasium at the ground where some of the bodies were taken after the fatal crush said it wouldn't have been appropriate to question relatives about how much they had drunk.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

The chair of the Hillsborough Family Support Group Margaret Aspinall says controversial comments made by the head of the PFA should be forgotten and everyone should concentrate on getting justice for the 96.

Gordon Taylor, the boss of the Professional Footballers' Association, said last night that convicted rapist Ched Evans might end up being proved innocent, like what happened after Hillsborough.

Lundstram signed by Leyton Orient

BBC Sport

League One side

Leyton Orient have re-signed Everton midfielder John Lundstram on loan until 18 February.

John Lundstram
Empics

The 20-year-old had a spell with the O's last season, with the last of his nine appearances coming in the League One play-off final defeat by Rotherham.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

The head of the footballers' union apologises for comparing the Ched Evans situation to the Hillsborough disaster.

Also, children in the North West are regularly arriving at school hungry according to a survey of teachers.

Tune in from 13:30.

Three held over fatal head-on crash

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a man was killed in a head-on crash.

Andrew Birch, 46, of Skelmersdale, Lancashire, died when a Peugeot and a Toyota crashed on Southport Road, Scarisbrick, on Tuesday evening.

Police believed a grey BMW was involved in a dangerous overtaking manoeuvre, causing the other two cars to collide.

Three men, aged 22, 24 and 29 from Liverpool and Southport are in custody.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Hillsborough families have told us they don't want the head of the Professional Footballers Union to quit his job after he compared their campaign for justice to the Ched Evans rape case.

Get that and more with me at

13:00.

Wet and windy

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter

Expect a mild, wet and windy day in the North West with winds gusting up to 50mph. Hold on to your hats!

weather map
BBC weather

Taylor 'foolhardy' over Hillsborough comparison

A man who lost his son in the Hillsborough disaster said the head of the footballers' union, Gordon Taylor (pictured), needs to "connect his brain with mouth"

after comparing the Ched Evans case with the campaign for justice for Hillsborough.

Gordon Taylor
Getty Images

Barry Devonside's son Christopher died in the 1989 tragedy said he was "foolhardy" to make the comments linking the convicted rapist, who maintains his innocence, with their campaign.

Three arrests over fatal crash

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Three men have been arrested in connection with a crash in Scarisbrick which killed a man and seriously injured two women.

Andrew Birch, 46, from Skelmersdale, died when the Peugeot Horizon he was travelling in hit a Toyota Carina in a head-on collision on Tuesday on the A570 Southport Road.

The Big Picture

We feature images from around Merseyside each day and today's shows the lighthouse at New Brighton, Wirral.

New Brighton lighthouse
Other

If you haven't yet seen it, you can do so by

viewing the full live page. If you have a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact us by emailing merseyside.locallive@bbc.co
.uk

Travel update

Harriet Gulliver

BBC Radio Merseyside

The M62 is looking much better following the earlier accident at junction 11 (Birchwood) eastbound with all lanes now open.

There is congestion Warrington following an accident between Cockhedge roundabout and Church Street resulting in the closure of Lythgoes Lane heading into Warrington town centre.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Some of the Hillsborough families have told us they accept the head of the footballers' union's apology for comparing their campaign to the Ched Evans case.

Gordon Taylor said sorry during an exclusive interview with BBC Radio Merseyside this morning and said he'd be contacting the campaigners to apologise in person.

Sefton squirrels beat deadly virus

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Red squirrels on the Sefton Coast have managed to beat a deadly virus which threatened to wipe them out about 10 years ago.

Red squirrel in Formby
Lancashire Wildlife Trust

The squirrels have now fought back with the population reaching 80% of its pre-pox figures.

Second crash in Warrington

Warrington Guardian

Traffic problems continue in Warrington this morning after a second crash happened in the town centre.

Lythgoes Lane southbound has been closed due to an accident between Cockhedge Roundabout and Church Street this morning, Friday.

Man hit by car

A man is in hospital with a head injury after being struck by a car in Warrington.

Wilson Pattern Street
Google

The 45-year-old man was hit by a Skoda Octavia on Wilson Patten Street at about 08:45.

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