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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 21 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Goodnight

    That's all from the Local Live team. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Cold and wet weather tonight

    Showery rain, sleet or snow this evening will die out overnight, with most places becoming dry but remaining rather cloudy and cold.

    Weather forecast

    However, there will be some cloud breaks which will allow frost, fog patches and the risk of ice.

  3. Hollywood's Harrelson in Liverpool

    Liverpool Echo

    Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson has arrived in Liverpool to talk to performing arts students.

    Woody Harrelson

    He was snapped outside the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, which was co-founded by Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney.

  4. Cannabis farm found in Liverpool

    Merseyside Police has uncovered a cannabis farm at a property on the outskirts of Liverpool city centre.

    Cannabis plants

    Officers found 88 plants in six rooms at some flats above the Brewery Tap pub, on Stanhope Street.

    Sgt Richie Smith said: "We believe that this cannabis farm has only been operational for a couple of weeks and if had continued to run, had a potential yield of approximately £350,000 per year."

  5. Burglary victim's appeal

    A woman has appealed to thieves who burgled her home before Christmas to return a family heirloom.

    The gold bracelet contained seven princess cut diamonds and was customised from jewellery items given by relatives over many years and melted to form one unique piece.

    "I'd like to appeal to the consciences of the offenders," said the woman, whose home in Childwall Valley Road was raided on 20 December.

  6. Are you a winner?

    A Lotto prize worth £1m has yet to be claimed from a ticket bought in Liverpool.

    A National Lottery spokesman said the winning ticket matched one of the 20 raffle numbers in the draw on Saturday 22 November with the code TEAL 38616313.

    The lucky ticket-holder has until 21 May to claim their prize.

  7. Cocaine dealers 'used firm as front'

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News Online

    Three men have been jailed after they used a Cheshire car valeting business as a front to supply cocaine.

    Cocaine dealers

    Christopher Shaw, Mark Currie and William Quinn were arrested after a covert police operation last August.

    Cheshire Police said they used a van from Shaw's Widnes-based business, UK Valeting Solutions, to carry drugs. The men were jailed at Liverpool Crown Court after admitting conspiracy to supply cocaine.

  8. Whistleblower's blacklisting claim

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    A Liverpool nurse who was struck off after secretly filming colleagues abusing patients says it stopped her getting another job in the NHS.

    Margaret Haywood says she has not even had an interview since 2005.

    She was responding to a report by the Commons Health Select Committee which said the failure to protect whistleblowers was a "stain" on the NHS. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has welcomed the report.

  9. Accident closes road

    BBC Travel reports the A5090 Hawthorne Road in Litherland is closed with queuing traffic in both directions between Tesco and the A566 Linacre Lane junction, because of an accident.

  10. Wilkin takes on Saints captaincy

    BBC Sport

    Super League champions St Helens have announced Jon Wilkin will replace Paul Wellens as captain.

    Jon Wilkin

    The 31-year-old joined Saints from Hull KR in 2002, but missed last season's Grand Final with a shoulder injury.

    Wilkin captained England in the 2012 series against the Exiles and now takes the captaincy at Langtree Park.

  11. Best surgery in Merseyside

    Grove Road Surgery, in Wallasey, has been ranked the best in Merseyside in an national NHS survey.

    Staff at Grove Road Surgery

    Overall it was the 24th best in England.

  12. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the 17:00 news bulletin: A Merseyside man's been jailed for 14 years for helping smuggle cocaine into the UK in tins of fish.

    Paul Scott, 32, was caught trying to sneak back into Britain in a light aircraft last month.

  13. Holocaust exhibition planned

    A special exhibition is to be held in Liverpool city centre next week to raise awareness about the Holocaust.

    Fathers House, a Christian congregation based in Deeside, is setting up a pop-up shop on Manestys Lane from 27 to 29 January and talking to shoppers about the extermination of millions of Jews and others by the Nazis.

    Holocaust Remembrance Day take place on 27 January each year and marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945.

  14. Temporary lights in Chester

    Cheshire West and Chester Council tweets: There are temporary traffic lights at Bridge Street/Pepper Street in Chester. Permanent lights due to be installed tomorrow #cwacroads

  15. Foster carers needed

    Fifty foster carers are needed to look after children across Liverpool, the city council says.

    Liverpool City Council says the carers it has are doing an "amazing job", but Councillor Jane Corbett said: "We really need more people to come forward and support us".

    A meeting is being held at the Town Hall from 16:00 to 19:00 on Monday for anyone wanting to find out more details.

  16. Former Liverpool captain turns 61

    Liverpool FC tweets: Happy birthday to former #LFC captain @Phil_Thompson4, who turns 61 today

  17. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside man's been jailed for 14 years for helping smuggle cocaine into the UK in tins of fish.

    Paul Scott, 32, was caught trying to sneak back into Britain in a light aircraft last month.

    Listen live at 16:00.

  18. 'Clandestine' disaster pact denied

    Chris Long

    BBC News

    There was no "clandestine" pact by top police officers to avoid giving statements about Hillsborough in the wake of the disaster, a jury has heard.

    The Hillsborough disaster

    The inquests were shown a solicitor's note, dated 10 days after the 1989 tragedy, which recommended four senior police officers give no statements until they had received legal advice.

    Former Asst Ch Con Walter Jackson was one of the officers named in that note.

    He told the court he "didn't make any agreement" with other officers.

  19. Coming up

    Simon Hoban

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    We're talking about care for the elderly. What is it like for care workers who often have to do all the tasks including personal care, having a chat, and cooking a meal for an elderly person within a timeframe of half an hour?

    It comes as Age UK say council cuts in social care are leaving the elderly "high and dry", and increasingly it' is families who are having to take up the slack.

    And a hotel in Llandudno has been voted the best value on the travellers bible website, Trip advisor...so let's hear your good hotel/bad hotel stories tonight. What makes a good hotel for you...free wifi, clean sheets and hot water is all I ask for.

    Join me on Drive at 16:00.

  20. Lukaku's 'not doing the business'

    BBC Sport's Gossip column is reporting Romelu Lukaku, 21, is not doing the business at Everton.

    West Ham United's James Collins, right vies for the ball with Everton's Romelu Lukaku during their English FA Cup third round replay in January

    The club also need to buy another striker, says former Toffees goalkeeper Neville Southall according to Talksport.

  21. Congestion causing slow traffic

    BBC Travel reports there is very slow traffic on the M62 eastbound between J7 Rainhill Stoops and J11 Birchwood, due to congestion.

  22. Post update

    Liverpool can reach final - Rodgers

    Phil McNulty

    Chief football writer

    Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says his side can reach the Capital One Cup final after being held by Chelsea in the semi-final first leg at Anfield.

    Brendan Rodgers

    Eden Hazard put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot before Raheem Sterling equalised with superb solo effort.

    "I felt the performance here was a good benchmark of how we are working right now," Rodgers said.

  23. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Sunday League football team on Merseyside has told us how they had to travel home covered in mud because Sefton Council turned the showers off to save money.

    Listen live at 15:00.

  24. Cannabis farm uncovered

    A cannabis farm has been found on the edge of Liverpool city centre by Merseyside Police.

    Brewery Tap pub

    Officers, acting on a tip, raided flats above the Brewery Tap in Stanhope Street, finding six rooms set up to grow cannabis in canvas tents. They seized 88 plants.

    Sgt Richie Smith said: "This was an excellent result and thanks to community intelligence we have been able to take a significant amount of drugs off the streets of Merseyside."

  25. Lambrini factory job cuts

    Liverpool Echo

    Huyton drinks group Halewood International is in talks with unions about job losses that could result in more than 60 redundancies among its workforce.

    The news comes in the same week that the firm, famous for its Lambrini and Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer brands, revealed another slump in annual profits.

  26. No Eto'o move - Martinez

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez says Samuel Eto'o is not on the verge of leaving the club for Sampdoria.

    Samuel Eto'o

    The Serie A side had said they hoped to sign the 33-year-old former Cameroon striker this week.

    But Martinez said: "The Samuel Eto'o situation is something that we're going to make sure that the next two weeks is a period of reflection and see what's the next move in that respect."

  27. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool nurse, who was struck off after secretly filming her colleagues abusing patients, says its stopped her getting another job in the NHS.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

  28. Appeal for man's family launched

    An appeal has been launched to find the family of a 69-year-old man who died, on behalf of the Liverpool Coroner's Office.

    Merseyside Police said Gordon Walter Brown, of Cygnet House, St James Drive in Bootle, who died at Royal Liverpool University Hospital on 21 January having been admitted in December 2014.

    There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone with information is asked to call Coroner's Officer Clair Crilly on 0151 225 5064.

  29. On this day

    Did you know on this day in 2003 Liverpool booked their passage to the League Cup final?

    Liverpool FC badge

    The club beat Sheffield United 3-2 on aggregate.

  30. Catacomb tours to return

    Theatrical performances during the tours of St George's Hall's Catacombs are returning in March.

    Catacombs at St George's Hall

    Manager Alan Smith said: "The popularity of these tours has been incredible with over 4,000 people attending and it is wonderful to see these previously unused areas animated in such a way for public use."

    The Catacombs were used by the police and the army during transport strikes and as a food dispensary and water store during World War Two.

  31. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A former assistant chief constable has denied making an agreement with other senior officers to make no statements about the Hillsborough disaster in the days after the tragedy.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin.

  32. Post update

    Crimewatch appeal for wanted man

    Millions of people across the country will be asked if they can help catch a Merseyside man suspected of murdering police officer Neil Doyle in Liverpool.

    Timmy Donovan, who is also known as Timmy O'Sullivan

    Timmy Donovan, also known as Timmy O'Sullivan, will be featured in a Crimewatch appeal later.

    Detectives think he could be in Spain, after fleeing the UK on the same day PC Doyle was killed in December.

  33. Hillsborough legal advice sought

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has seen evidence that four senior police officers were told to make no statements about the disaster until they'd received legal advice.

    Tunnel leading to central pens

    But former assistant chief constable Walter Jackson has denied being involved in any "clandestine issue", saying "I didn't make any agreement."

    Mr Jackson was asked if there was ever an agreement between himself, match commander Ch Supt Duckenfield, and Supts Roger Marshall and Bernard Murray they would make no statements about the day until much later.

  34. Liverpool 'unfortunate not to win'

    BBC Sport

    Brendan Rodgers says Liverpool were "unfortunate not to win" after drawing 1-1 with Chelsea at Anfield in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers
    Image caption: Liverpool 'unfortunate' not to win

    The visitors were awarded a penalty after Emre Can's clumsy challenge on Eden Hazard. The Belgium forward picked himself up to convert with ease.

    However, Raheem Sterling gave Liverpool a deserved equaliser with a superb run and finish, leaving the tie finely poised for the second leg at Stamford Bridge on 27 January.

  35. 20mph zone plans

    New 20mph speed limits are set to be introduced in area of St Helens to encourage people to walk and cycle, the council has announced.

    20mph zone sign

    Funding has been secured from St Helen's Council's public health team to create restricted areas in Bold, Parr and Sutton after research showed vehicle speed can deter people from walking and cycling.

    Anyone with objections must contact write to the council by 12 February.

  36. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has seen evidence that four senior police officers were told to make no statements about the disaster, until they'd received legal advice.

    Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin.

  37. Post update

    Honour killing awareness

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    One of the world's most famous magazines is using the case of a Warrington teenager to raise awareness of so-called "honour based" killings.

    Shafilea Ahmed

    Shafilea Ahmed, who was murdered by her parents in 2003, is mentioned on the front cover of Cosmopolitan's February edition.

    Afrah Qassim, who works to rescue girls from forced marriage and honour-based violence in Merseyside, said it puts the problem on the international map.

  38. Icy patches on roads

    NW Motorway Police tweets: Morning all, maybe some icy patches today take care when driving. Still have a weather warning in place for wintry weather.

  39. Post update

    Toffee transfer

    BBC Gossip column

    Tottenham hope to persuade Everton to sell them 27-year-old Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas and are willing to offer Aaron Lennon in part exchange, the Mirror reports.

    Everton"s Belgian striker Kevin Mirall
  40. Snow warning still in place

    Please be aware the Met Office's yellow warning for snow is still in place.

    Weather warning

    Forecasters expect further outbreaks of sleet and snow to affect parts northern England this morning.

  41. Hillsborough 'no statement' claim denied

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    A former assistant chief constable has denied making an agreement with other senior officers to make no statements about the Hillsborough disaster in the days after the tragedy, the inquests heard.

    The Hillsborough disaster

    The court was shown a solicitor's note, dated ten days after the disaster, which recommended four officers - including Walter Jackson - were to give no statements until they'd received legal advice.

    Mr Jackson told the court he was not involved in any "clandestine issue."

  42. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A former assistant chief constable has denied making an agreement with other senior officers to make no statements about the Hillsborough disaster in the days after the tragedy.

    Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin.

  43. Post update

    Tuberculosis fighting back

    A medicine expert from the University of Liverpool says an increase in tuberculosis is dangerous because the disease is getting more and more resistant to antibiotics.

    Tuberculosis virus bacteria

    In 2013, there were 721 cases in the North West, including 11 in Wirral.

    Professor Sally Sheard says in the past, the survival rate has been very good.

  44. Rock Ferry petition

    A petition against building development on green space in Rock Ferry has been signed by almost 1,500 people in less than a week.

    Residents in the Wirral town want the land around the old Rock Ferry High School protected for public use.

    The high school has been closed for nearly four years but the fields and open space around it are still being used by local people.

  45. Man hurt in fire engine crash

    A man has been taken to hospital after his Jaguar crashed with a fire engine at the junction of Liver Street and Strand Street near Albert Dock just before 07:30.

    Liver Street and Strand Street near Albert Dock
  46. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A woman who works to protect young girls on Merseyside from so-called "honour based" violence is hoping an international magazine encourages those at risk to speak out.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin

  47. Wintry showers will ease

    BBC Weather says wintry showers will ease across the country by the afternoon. It is be staying cold with more cloud around than yesterday.

    UK weather forecast
  48. Motorway snow fall

    NW Motorway Police tweets: There is snow falling on the regions m/way, Take care drivng, slow down.

  49. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Crimewatch will show an appeal for help in tracking a Merseyside man wanted by detectives investigating the murder of a policeman in Liverpool.

    Listen Live to the 09:00 bulletin.

  50. Life saving action commended

    The head teacher of a Wirral primary school has been commended for using a defibrillator to save the life of the school caretaker when his heart stopped beating.

    Hoylake Holy Trinity Primary School receives a cardiac smart awards from Wirral Council and the North West Ambulance Service

    Catherine O'Neill Edwards, and a colleague from Holy Trinity CofE in Hoylake, received life-saving certificates for their prompt action last October.

    The school received its defibrillator less than a month before the incident and she says every public building should have one.

  51. Lanes re-opened on M62

    BBC Travel reports all three lanes have been re-opened on the M62 eastbound between J8 Burtonwood Road and J9 Winwick. The lanes were closed because of a broken down vehicle.

  52. Clearing skies

    Here is BBC Weather's forecast for about 09:00. It looks like there relatively clear skies over the region with any rain or sleet tending to ease through the day.

    weather forecast
  53. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A woman who works to protect young girls on Merseyside from so-called "honour based" violence, is hoping an international magazine encourages those at risk to speak out.

    Listen live to the 08:00 bulletin.

  54. M62 two lanes closed

    BBC Travel reports two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on the M62 eastbound between J8 Burtonwood Road and J9 Winwick, because of a broken down vehicle.

  55. Post update

    Sterling strike earns draw for Reds

    Raheem Sterling's superb individual goal earned Liverpool a fully deserved draw and ensured the Capital One Cup semi-final with Chelsea remains finely balanced.

    Raheem Sterling in action for Liverpool against Chelsea

    Eden Hazard's first-half penalty gave Chelsea the advantage but Liverpool were rewarded for another illustration of their rapid recent improvement when England forward Sterling showed searing pace followed by good composure to equalise on the hour.

  56. Snow is a no-show

    Nafeesa Shan

    BBC News

    There doesn't seem to have been much snow overnight, despite the yellow warning from the Met Office.

    Met Office

    Currently traffic is running smoothly with no major problems to report in Merseyside.

    The nearest snowfall we've found is towards the Peak District so be careful if you're heading that way.

  57. Post update

    Congestion building up

    BBC Travel reports there is slow traffic on the A59 Scotland Road in Liverpool near the Leeds Street junction

  58. Cold with a chance of snow

    It will be another cold day with further outbreaks of sleet and snow, especially in the south, but this tending to ease through the day, BBC Weather reports.

    Liverpool weather forecase
  59. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    One of the world's most famous magazines is using the case of a Warrington teenager to raise awareness of so-called "honour based" killings.

    Listen live to the 07:00 bulletin.

  60. Morning

    Nafeesa Shan

    BBC News

    Hello everyone I'll be giving you the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates throughout the day.

    If you'd like to share any comments or pictures get in touch by tweeting @bbcmerseyside or posting a message on Facebook.