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  1. Updates on Friday 16 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Good evening

    BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Merseyside.

  2. Vigil after Tesco pull-out decision

    Campaigners are gathering in Kirkby "for a candlelit vigil" after Tesco announced it's to pull out of the town centre regeneration.

    The group say they are angry and frustrated towards their council and the supermarket. The proposals for redevelopment were approved in 2011.

    First for Kirkby, who've organised the vigil, are calling for a halt to the demolition of 72 properties and want Knowsley Council to look at a "homes for £1" scheme similar to Liverpool's.

  3. Man wanted by police

    Do you recognise this man? Police want to speak to the 21-year-old after a knifepoint robbery and assault in Bristol

    Kamari Harrison

    Kamari Harrison, 21, has links to the Toxteth area of Liverpool and police believe he could be in the area.

  4. Pickles not available for comment

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool City Council has always insisted it's better for the area to demolish the derelict Welsh Street properties and put new ones up.

    Mayor Joe Anderson says because the idea was approved by the independent inspector he's surprised by today's announcement.

    Eric Pickles has refused BBC Radio Merseyside's request for an interview on this story.

  5. People 'milling around'

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Ambulance man David Wilson made three trips to Hillsborough on the day of the disaster.

    The court heard a previous statement from him, in which he said there was nobody controlling a number of people who were "milling around", obstructing access to the pitch.

    He said the congestion was even worse on his second trip and there were no senior officers to tell them where the casualties were. All three of the victims who he rushed to hospital died.

  6. 'Fantastic homes'

    A campaigner says developers have been "rebutted and ignored" by Liverpool City Council offering to renovate homes on Welsh Streets.

    SAVE Director Clem Cecil says: "They are fantastic terraced houses and houses that people live across the country in happily."

  7. What's going on at Welsh Streets?

    Here's a summary of the story we've been running today on BBC Local Live.

    Summary of Welsh Streets story
  8. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 17:00 we'll have more on the decision to save the Welsh Streets.

    A heritage group who've fought to protect the houses claim the future can still be bright, after a senior government minister vetoed their demolition.

  9. Stories we're working on

    Christian Spooner

    News editor, BBC Radio Merseyside

  10. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 16:00: A candlelit vigil's currently being held in Kirkby after Tesco announced it's to pull out of the town centre regeneration.

    More on this story and others in the news bulletin shortly.

  11. Everton team news

    via Facebook

    Everton Football Club posts: TEAM NEWS: Distin and Hibbert face fitness tests, McGeady is suspended, while McCarthy, Gibson, Howard and Osman are ruled out of Monday's game against West Brom. Read more.

  12. 'Significant arrest'

    Read more on BBC News about a Southport man who has been arrested in connection with a Sony and Xbox hack.

    Peter Goodman, national policing lead for cybersecurity at the Association of Chief Police Officers, says: "This is a significant arrest... of a UK citizen suspected of engaging in serious and organised cybercrime on the national and international stage."

  13. Government decision 'dishonourable'

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The plan to knock down the rows of terraced houses of the Welsh Streets has split the community for more than a decade.

    Welsh Streets, Liverpool

    The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has condemned Eric Pickles' decision calling it "unacceptable and dishonourable".

  14. High suicide rates

    BBC North West Tonight

    Blackpool, Knowlsey and St Helens have some of the highest suicide rates in the region, according to latest figures.

    Across Cheshire and Merseyside suicides are increasing, according to the charity CALM.

    It features in a new BBC documentary looking at rates among young men. It includes Jake Mills from Liverpool who was supported by the group.

  15. Coastguard call centres 'restructured'

    Crosby's Coastguard co-ordination centre closes today.

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's restructuring its system and will now operate from 10 outposts across the country.

    Coastguard call centre in Merseyside which has been closed down

    Work that used to be done on Merseyside is being transferred to north Wales as part of a big restructuring scheme.

    Former rescue manager at Crosby Sue Todd insists people on Merseyside will still be protected.

  16. News on the hour

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the 14:00 news bulletin: An ambulance man who responded to the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests there were no senior officers to direct them when they arrived at the stadium.

  17. New signings available

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Tranmere are at home to Accrington tomorrow in League Two.

    Tranmere signings Lee Molyneux and Rob Taylor

    Rovers are still trying to get out of the bottom two, despite some encouraging recent results.

    New signings Lee Molyneux and Rob Taylor (pictured l-r) are both available and look set to be included in Mickey Adams' squad.

  18. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 13:00 on BBC Radio Merseyside: We'll hear from a resident who lives near the Welsh Streets in Liverpool who's "disgusted" by Eric Pickles' decision to overrule plans to demolish homes.

    Mary Huxham says people have become ill from living in the houses due to damp.

  19. 'Nobody controlling access to pitch'

    At the Hillsborough Inquests

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An ambulance man, who took his vehicle onto the pitch at Hillsborough, has told the inquests it was "mayhem" when he arrived at the ground.

    David Wilson rushed one of the victims, Lee Nicol, to hospital - the teenager later died.

    Mr Wilson told the court there was congestion outside the stadium, and the jury heard claims there wasn't anybody controlling the number of people who were obstructing access to the pitch.

  20. Electronic devices seized

    South East Regional Organised Crime Unit says it has seized a number of electronic and digital devices after arresting an 18-year-old from Boundary Street, Southport this morning.

    Police say they have have arrested the man as part of an investigation into "swatting" and computer hacking offences.

    Craig Jones, head of the Cyber Crime Unit at SEROCU, said: "We are still at the early stages of the investigation and there is still much work to be done."

  21. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 12:00, our top story is Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has overruled plans to demolish homes in Liverpool's Welsh Streets - even though the proposals had been recommended for approval by an independent planning inspector.

  22. Inquiry on Welsh Streets

    A public inquiry was called in 2013 into the plan to demolish about 280 homes on the Welsh Streets to make way for a £15m development.

    Liverpool's Welsh Streets

    The planning process froze in July 2013, hours after local councillors had approved the proposals, for the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles to consider whether an inquiry was needed.

    The Department for Communities and Local Government ordered the hearing after deciding the plan for Toxteth "may conflict with national policy".

  23. BreakingPost update


    Communities Secretary Eric Pickles overrules plans to demolish homes in Liverpool's Welsh Streets, reports BBC Radio Merseyside.

  24. Appeal to trace 'confused' woman

    Police are searching for a 77-year-old "confused" woman in Warrington after she went missing from her home.

    Margery Selby

    Margery Selby was last seen leaving her home on Moss Side Lane in Rixton yesterday afternoon.

    Cheshire Police asks anyone who sees her to dial 101.

  25. Have your say

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you news, sport, travel and weather updates in one place. We'd like to find out what you think.

  26. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 11:00: Drivers are being asked to help Merseyside Police investigate a fatal crash in Garston.

    Animal rescue volunteer Sheila Harding died after she and her husband were hit by a car while crossing St Mary's Road a week ago, on 9 January.

  27. Reds set for Saturday

    Raheem Sterling (pictured left) is expected to return to the Liverpool side tomorrow at Aston Villa after his mid season break.

    Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson

    The fitness of Steven Gerrard and Glen Johnson will be assessed before a final decision is made on whether they will be in the squad

    The Reds are looking to make it a hat trick of away wins after successes at Burnley and Sunderland, and manager Brendan Rodgers says the squads belief in their ability has been vital.

  28. Councils 'power to enter homes'

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    More than 350 council officials in Merseyside have the power to enter your home without your permission.

    It's emerged from a report published by privacy group Big Brother Watch, covering the four-years to 2012.

  29. Image released in branch attack inquiry

    St Helens The Reporter

    Detectives have released a CCTV image of five youths they want to talk to in connection with an assault on a father and son.

  30. 'Operations and rescues remembered'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Nine coastguard stations that have helped rescue those in trouble at sea are closing their doors under "modernisation" plans. BBC News looks back at some of their most significant rescues and operations.

    Ice Prince, Chinese cockle pickers and campaigners trying to save coastguard stations

    From rescuing sailors off sinking cargo ships and fishing vessels, to investigating the initial reports following the Lockerbie bombing, coastguards have always played a prominent role.

    Mike Roberts, 74, who works at Liverpool Coastguard Station, remembers the "whole horror" of the attempted rescue of 24 Chinese cockle pickers from Morecambe Bay in 2004. Read the full story online now.

  31. Coastguard centre closes

    Yesterday on BBC Local Live we brought you the news that the North West's coastguard station on Merseyside is closing from today and being replaced by a new centre in north Wales.

    Southport Lifeboat centre

    Volunteers who work from the lifeboat station in Southport say they'll receive their messages and calls from a centre in Holyhead and fear knowledge of the local area will be lost.

  32. Man rescued from flat fire

    Liverpool Echo

    A man was rescued from an upstairs window by fire crews after a blaze in a Liverpool flat in the early hours of this morning.

  33. Ginola 'to run for Fifa presidency'

    BBC Sport

    Former Everton player David Ginola says he will stand against Sepp Blatter for the Fifa presidency.

    David Ginola

    Despite the announcement, it is not certain Ginola will actually be able to carry through his intention.

    He needs the support of five football associations and must show active involvement in football for two of the past five years to be eligible. Read the full story.

  34. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 09:00: Knowsley and St Helens have some of the highest suicide rates in our region, according to latest figures.

  35. Criminals owe nearly £30m

    Liverpool Echo

    Criminals on Merseyside owe almost £30m in unpaid court fines.

    The whopping figure is the total for fines imposed at Merseyside's magistrates' courts and crown court, including compensation, costs, victim surcharges and unpaid fixed penalty notices.

  36. Man among most wanted

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside man's one of the most wanted in Europe, as detectives investigating the murder of a Liverpool police officer want to speak to him.

    Timmy Donovan

    Timmy Donovan, 30, from Huyton, also known as Timmy O'Sullivan, is understood to have left the country on the day the officer was fatally injured in Liverpool.

  37. A frosty start

    After a frosty start, a cold day follows with sunny spells. However further wintry showers are likely, perhaps heavy with thunder and hail at times, particularly in the coastal areas around Southport and Wallasey.

    Sara Blizzard

    Snow is possible even to low levels. High of 6C (43F).

  38. Good morning

    Stephanie Barnard

    BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather for Merseyside.

    If you spot a story you think we should be covering on BBC Local Live - email or tweet @BBCMerseyside.