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  1. Updates for Tuesday 20 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Wednesday

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That's it from Local Live today. We'll be back tomorrow morning with the latest news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Overnight snow

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

Cloud will thicken this evening with outbreaks of rain, sleet and snow moving in from the south west.

Weather graphic

The snow will be most likely and heaviest towards morning, giving some accumulations particularly inland around St Helens or Warrington. Minimum temperature: 0C.

A cold and cloudy day tomorrow with further sporadic outbreaks of sleet and snow, but otherwise dry. Maximum temperature: 4C.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's show we will be looking at the

death of Coronation Street icon Anne Kirkbride, who played Deirdre Barlow in the soap.

Talking of soap operas, former Brookie star Simon O'Brien, who played Damon Grant, will be talking about Liverpool's green spaces in his role as the city's "green czar".

And we will be hearing the latest evidence from the Hillsborough inquests, where a senior police officer said he thought he

heard the match commander say the "gates were stormed".

Join us at 18:30.

Bank refuses closure U-turn

Chester Chronicle

Bank bosses refused to back down on

closing a market town branch.

The 'crushing disappointment' hit business and community leaders in Neston where the NatWest branch, at the historic town's Cross, will close in March.

M62 crash

NW Motorway Police

tweets: Delays due to RTC M62 J11/12, lanes 1/2/3 now closed.

Croxteth arson suspected

Liverpool Echo

Firefighters were called to a blaze in Croxteth where furniture stacked in a stairwell

was deliberately set on fire.

Four people were trapped upstairs when the fire was started at a block of flats on Storrington Avenue, Croxteth, at around 9.30pm on Monday.

Harry Potter actor is club's new patron

Chester Chronicle

A volunteer-led social club for people with and without disabilities is celebrating

gaining Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis as a patron.

Warwick Davis

Lynda Hesketh, chair of Chester Phab, said: "We are overjoyed Warwick has agreed to support our club. We hope his support will encourage more people to join Chester Phab, an amazing organisation transforming many people's lives, including my own."

Warning to take care on roads

NW Motorway Police

tweets: With a snow warning in place for the North West please be prepared for driving in wintry conditions and dont travel unless necessary.

M6 junction works on schedule

St Helens Star

A £4.1m scheme to tackle

congestion at the M6 junction with the A580 East Lancs Road is on schedule to be completed by Easter, says the Highways Agency.

The work, which involves adding four extra lanes to a section of the A580 that takes traffic through the centre of the roundabout at junction 23, at Haydock, began last month.

Police free fugitive

Liverpool Echo

A fugitive wanted over a string of gas-blast attacks on cash machines in Merseyside is on the run after Spanish police arrested him -

and then released him on bail.

Detectives on Merseyside investigating a gang which blew up ATMs to steal nearly £800,000 thought that Andrew White, 25, would be handed over by their Spanish counterparts after he was held on the continent last year.

Officer's 'major incident' regret

Ian Shoesmith

BBC News

A senior officer at the Hillsborough disaster did not initially think it was a "major incident",

despite being told fans had been injured.

Hillsborough stadium
Hillsborough Inquests

Former Assistant Chief Constable Walter Jackson told the inquests he regretted not using the codeword "catastrophe", which would have triggered the major disaster plan.

However, he defended the appointment of Ch Supt David Duckenfield as match commander just before the 1989 tragedy.

'PC' car thief hunted

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Detectives in Knowsley have released a picture of a man who pretended to be a policeman to steal a car.

Image of the suspect
Merseyside police

The man contacted a local garage in October and said he was interested in buying a Ford Focus which it had advertised for sale.

He told the salesperson he was a police officer from Prescot station and asked if he could meet the sales representative there to view the car. He then drove off with it and didn't come back.

Hundreds at funeral of RAF veteran

BBC Radio Merseyside

Around 200 people turned out in Chester for the funeral of an RAF veteran who died with no known family or friends.

A service took place this afternoon at the Crematorium on Blacon Avenue for 83-year-old Keith Nutbrown.

Norton Priory restoration starts

Work has started on the £3.7m redevelopment of Norton Priory in Runcorn.

The museum's Victorian tiled floor
Norton Priory

The first part of the project will see the museum's Victorian tiled floor restored to its former glory.

The site was founded as a priory in 1115 before becoming a Mitred Abbey in the late 14th Century.

Rugby fan Russell in St Helens?

Hollywood actor Russell Crowe could be heading for St Helens to watch his team play rugby.

Russell Crowe
Getty Images

The Gladiator star's

revealed on Twitter he hopes to be in Merseyside to support South Sydney Rabbitohs in their game against St Helens RFC in the World Club Challenge at Langtree Park on 22 February.

Armed police seize two men

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Two men wanted by Merseyside Police for serious offences have been arrested by armed police in Fazakerley.

They were stopped on Longmoor Lane near the junction of Greenwich Road after being followed for a short time.

The first was arrested on suspicion of robbery, assault, disqualified driving, possession of a controlled drug and burglary, while the second has been held on suspicion of assault, aggravated vehicle taking and burglary.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Detectives in Bootle are trying to find a man who

stole a woman's handbag, while she was drowning in the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Listen live at 17:00.


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BBC News

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On air

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool and Chelsea have had a few frosty encounters over the years - they meet tonight in the first leg of the Capital One Cup. Full commentary and the build up starts here.

Margi Clarke (pictured) on the show tonight has been paying tribute to Anne Kirkbride.

Margi Clarke

Margi played Deirdre's cellmate when she was in prison in Corrie's Weatherfield One storyline.

Listen now.

Rovers loan signing

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Tranmere have completed the loan signing of winger Jennison Myrie-Williams until the end of the season from Scunthorpe United.

Jennison Myrie-Williams
Getty Images

The 26-year old enters his second spell at Prenton Park, having played for Rovers on loan from Bristol City in 2007-08.

Road closed near hospital

BBC Travel reports the A506 Longmoor Lane is closed both ways between Long Lane and Seeds Lane in Aintree due to a "police incident".

The closure is affecting traffic near Aintree Hospital.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

Detectives in Bootle are trying to find a man who stole a woman's handbag, while she was drowning in the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Listen live at 16:00.

Bag stolen from canal death woman

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Police are looking for a thief who

stole the handbag of a woman who died after falling into the Leeds Liverpool Canal in Bootle.

Leeds Liverpool canal

The 40-year-old woman is understood to have put her shopping bags and handbag down to feed the ducks before she fell in the water on 9 January.

MP's anti-semitism warning

The "virus of anti-Semitism has not gone", Liverpool Riverside MP Louise Ellman has warned ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day.

The Labour MP, who is vice president of the All-Party Parliamentary Group against anti-Semitism, said it was important by marking the event on 27 January, people not only remember the Holocaust but also "relate that to the ills of today both in this country and elsewhere".

Group aims to be BBC Choir of the Year

Students from The Queen's Lower School in Chester are through to the semi-final of the Songs of Praise Junior School Choir of the Year competition.

The choir
Queen's School

Lower School choirmaster Margaret Corlett says the 40 girls are "thrilled" to have been picked to appear in the televised programme in March.

School closure

Liverpool Council

tweets: Aigburth High School will be closed tomorrow, Wednesday 21 January for ceiling repairs, will reopen Thursday 22 January.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 15:00 news bulletin: A former assistant chief constable has told the Hillsborough inquests he thought he heard the match commander say the "gates were stormed".

Walter Jackson said he was shocked when he later discovered the gates had been opened on police orders.

St Helens burglaries

Police are appealing for information following two burglaries in the St Helens area last week.

The first incident took place on the evening of 12 January in the Sutton Manor area when a quantity of English bank notes, US Dollars and 50 euro notes were stolen.

On 14 January, Hong Kong currency and jewellery including old-style Tudor, Omega watches and Chinese jewellery was taken from a house in Newton-le-Willows.

Charity's lottery windfall

BBC Radio Merseyside

A community project in Knowsley has been given more than £400,000 from the Big Lottery Fund to support vulnerable families.

The Home-Start scheme helps with breastfeeding support, parent and toddler groups, holiday activities and family days out.

Match postponed

Southport FC

tweets: This evenings fixture against @braintreetownfc has been postponed due to a frozen pitch. New date to be confirmed.

Pitch inspection
Southport fc

Regrets of Hillsborough officer

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former assistant chief constable has told the Hillsborough inquests he didn't think they were dealing with a major incident - despite being told by a senior officer there were a number of injuries.

Walter Jackson also said he regretted not using the codeword "catastrophe", which would have implemented the major disaster plan.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 14:00 news bulletin: Detectives in Bootle are trying to find a man who saw a woman drowning in the Leeds-Liverpool canal, but instead of helping, stole her handbag.

Sadly the 40-year-old woman, who had fallen in while feeding the ducks, later died in hospital.

Officers say the thief is in his mid-20s and was on a mountain bike when he rode off with the bag on 9 January.

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Winsford sunrise

Thank you to Philip Carden for sending in this picture of this morning's sunrise over Winsford in Cheshire.

Philip Carden

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Have your say about cancer services

The Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust wants to hear what cancer patients, their families and carers think about the care they received in hospital.

Jackie Brunton
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Cancer Services Manager Jackie Brunton (pictured) hopes one-to-one conversations between patients and staff will help the trust improve patient care.

The event, supported by Macmillan Cancer Support, will be held on the morning of 5 February at the Salvation Army, in Shakespeare Street, Southport.

Coming up

BBC North West Tonight

On today's lunchtime bulletin we will be looking back on the career of Coronation Street actress Anne Kirkbride, who has

died aged 60.

And we will hear from the trial of TV weatherman Fred Talbot, who is

accused of indecent assault on five teenage boys.

The offences are alleged to have taken place when he was a teacher.

Watch at 13:30.

Bank axe man sent to hospital

Chester Chronicle

A man who walked into a bank armed with an axe and knife because he wanted police to kill him will be transferred to hospital for investigations into his mental health.

Ryan Seddon had been in hospital for four years before the incident at Barclays in Chester in October.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police wants to find a man who stole a woman's handbag as she drowned in the Leeds-Liverpool canal.

Listen live at 13:00.

Snow warning for North West

The Met Office has issued a yellow "be aware" warning, with snow forecast for Merseyside, Chester, Warrington and Halton from 16:00 today until noon tomorrow.

A Met Office spokesman said: "Some uncertainty remains on the exact locations which may see the highest snowfall totals.

"However, current indications are that parts of Cheshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside and south Lancashire could see the most snow through tonight and into tomorrow morning."

Liverpool v Chelsea

BBC Sport

Liverpool hope to have captain Steven Gerrard back for

tonight's Capital One Cup semi final first leg as they face Chelsea at Anfield.

Steven Gerrard and Jose Mourinho
Getty Images

Adam Lallana could feature after returning as an unused substitute from a thigh injury.