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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 2 February 2015
  2. Hillsborough: George Esnor evidence
  3. New look for Liverpool 'dazzle ship'
  4. Ted Robbins 'doing well' in hospital
  5. Rhino gives birth at Chester Zoo
  6. Transfer day deadline looms

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That's all from Local Live for today. We will return from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates. Hopefully you'll join us then.

Phoenix Nights comic 'heart op' plan

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Phoenix Nights comedian

Ted Robbins, who collapsed on stage on Saturday, had been due to have routine heart surgery, his sister has said.

Ted Robbins
PA

Kate Robbins said her 59-year-old Liverpool-born brother had suffered a cardiac arrest during the opening night of the Phoenix Nights Live show at Manchester Arena.

The veteran comedian was "doing great" in hospital, she said.

Widespread frost

BBC Weather reports it will stay dry throughout the overnight period with light winds and clear skies.

Weather forecast
BBC

This will allow temperatures to fall well below freezing, allowing a widespread sharp frost to develop.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

We'll be hearing the latest from the Hillsborough inquests on

North West Tonight at 18:30.

An ambulanceman at the disaster claims senior ambulance officers were not in control at Hillsborough.

Anthony Edwards, whose ambulance drove on to the pitch, also said he was "surprised" and "concerned" that there appeared to be no "systematic assessment of casualties".

Deadline day: Lambert going nowhere

Phil McNulty

Chief football writer

"Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert has been attracting plenty of interest during the transfer window but he will be staying at Anfield.

Rickie Lambert
Getty Images

"Aston Villa were the latest club to show an interest in the 32-year-old England international, while Hull City and Crystal Palace would also have been keen to sign the player who joined his boyhood club from Southampton in the summer.

"Unless there are any very late developments it remains very unlikely there will be any movement in or out at Anfield."

WATCH: Rare baby rhino birth

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

The birth of an endangered black rhino has been caught on film at Chester Zoo.

The zoo said it was the first time its father, 15-year-old Sammy, had sired a calf since moving from Japan in 2002.

Kitani, a black rhino, giving birth to her calf at Chester Zoo
Chester Zoo

The birth of Fara was

captured on CCTV on Saturday.

News on the hour

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

The Police and Crime Commissioner in Cheshire says officers are receiving more complaints because of they way they deal with the public.

The number of complaints to Cheshire Police has risen by 23% in the 12 months to April 2014 - well above the national average of 15%.

Chester Airbus exhibition

David Dulin

BBC News

A Chester photographic exhibition is

marking the 75th anniversary of Flintshire's Airbus factory.

plane in Chester
BBC

The Broughton factory built classic aircraft including Wellington bombers for World War Two.

The exhibition includes this image of a plane being transported through Chester city centre - an admirable feat!

Deadline Day: Ojo loan

BBC Sport

Liverpool's Sheyi Ojo

has joined Wigan Athletic on loan.

Sheyi Ojo
Wigan Athletic

The 17-year-old joined the Reds' Academy from MK Dons in 2011, but is yet to make his first-team debut.

He was named on the bench for the games against Burnley and Leicester City over the festive period.

Services resumed

@merseyrail

tweets: Services have now resumed on the Ellesmere Port line. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Super League prize money doubles

BBC Sport

Prize money for the regular-season leaders of rugby league's Super League is being doubled for 2015.

St Helens' Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook
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Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook helped St Helens finish top of the regular-season table last year

St Helens won £50,000 for finishing top of the table in 2014 before going on to win the Grand Final at Old Trafford.

The first winners of the league leaders' shield under this season's new structure will receive £100,000.

News on the hour

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

The Police and Crime Commissioner in Cheshire says officers are receiving more complaints because of they way they deal with the public.

The number of complaints to Cheshire Police has risen by 23% in the 12 months to April 2014 - well above the national average of 15%.

Traffic plans for severe weather

Wirral Globe

New measures designed to manage traffic and protect road users

during periods of severe weather are being put in place by Wirral Council.

Deadline day: The medical

BBC Sport

The medical is a crucial aspect of the football transfer deadline day, but how difficult is it to pass?

Phil Neville
BBC

Former Everton player Phil Neville has been

put through his paces at 38 to see if he still makes the standard required.

Weather week ahead

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

We are in for a another

very cold week.

Weather
BBC

The main change will be the wind will be a lot lighter but there is still the chance of a few snow showers and quite a bit of sunshine as well.

School design plans

Tom Airey

BBC News

The plans for a £20m new school in Liverpool have been released.

The St Julie's Catholic High School development, in Woolton, will replace the current "tired 1960s design".

New school
Liverpool City Council

Liverpool City Council said the four-storey building will benefit thousands of pupils.

'Textbook' rhino birth

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

Chester Zoo is celebrating the

"textbook" birth of a black rhino.

Cameras in the enclosure captured 17-year-old Kitani spinning around to deliver Fara at about 08:15 GMT on Saturday.

Rhino birth
Chester Zoo

The zoo said the calf is "super important" to the breeding programme in Europe.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulance officer whose vehicle drove on to the pitch on the day of the Hillsborough disaster says there wasn't a response to the emergency.

Tony Edwards has been giving evidence at the new inquests.

Hillsborough inquests update

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

George Ensor, who was Liverpool FC's solicitor at the time of the Hillsborough disaster, has said the match commander told him fans had forced open a gate at the ground.

Mr Ensor attended a meeting after the disaster, which was briefed by Ch Supt David Duckenfield.

He said Mr Duckenfield told the meeting fans "failed to heed police warnings" about turning up early.

He was speaking at the new inquests into the deaths of 96 fans as a result of events at the Sheffield stadium in 1989.

Deadline day: Yakubu return

Ben Smith

BBC Sport

Former Everton star Yakubu could be

about to make his return to English football.

Yakubu
PA

The 32-year-old is having a medical with Reading and is on the verge of signing a short-term deal.

Yakubu recently left Qatari club Al Rayyan.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Sun has removed a video from it's website showing Phoenix Nights star Ted Robbins collapsing on stage.

The sister of the Liverpool-born comedian criticised the newspaper's decision to upload it.

IPCC stats released

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

The total number of complaints against Cheshire Police has risen by 23%, according to the police watchdog.

Police
PA

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said between 2013 and 2014, the force had 568 complaints made against it.

Merseyside Police had 695 complaints made against the force - an increase of 5%.

Coming up on North West Tonight

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Ted Robbins's sister, Kate, has called The Sun "vile" for publishing an online video of the comedian collapsing on stage.

Ted Robbins
PA

This has since been removed. The star is recovering in hospital - after being taken ill during Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights - at Manchester Arena on Saturday. Kay paid tribute to him at last night's performance.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Services suspended

Merseyrail

tweets: Services are suspended between Hooton and Ellesmere Port until further notice. More info to follow.

Sun statement

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

The Sun newspaper has taken down a video of comedian Ted Robbins collapsing

who collapsed on stage in Manchester at the weekend.

A spokesman said: "Ted Robbins collapsed at a live event in front of thousands of people and was recorded on a video that was passed to The Sun.

"We published this video with careful consideration of the fact that Mr Robbins was now sitting up and talking in his hospital bed.

"However, at the express wishes of the family, this video has now been withdrawn."

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The sister of Phoenix Nights star Ted Robbins has criticised The Sun for posting a video of his collapse online.

The Liverpool comedian fell ill on stage at the weekend.

Big Issue

Keith Mullen from Liverpool band The Farm

tweets: I'll be selling @bigissuenorth in #Liverpool Wednesday outside Central Station to highlight homelessness #VendorWeek

Liverpool loan deal

BBC Sport

It has been a relatively quiet start to the football transfer window, but we have just heard that Liverpool defender Lloyd Jones has extended his loan deal with Cheltenham Town.

Lloyd Jones
Getty Images

No club in the English Premier League has signed a player yet, but there are a number of players being linked with imminent moves.

You can get all of the latest here.

The Sun 'beyond belief'

The sister of Ted Robbins has criticised The Sun newspaper for using footage of him collapsing on stage during a show at Manchester Arena.

Ted Robbins
BBC

Kate Robbins

tweeted: The Sun's decision to post a video of my brother having cardiac arrest on stage during Comic Relief is beyond belief. What a vile paper.

Dazzle ship facts

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

As it is announced that Sir Peter Blake is to help transform a Mersey Ferry into a dazzle ship for the Liverpool Biennial, we look at the facts behind the unusual effect.

Edmund Gardener, today
BBC
  • Artist Norman Wilkinson was credited with inventing the technique during World War One
  • The notion came to him in 1917 when serving as a Royal Navy volunteer
  • He realised there was no camouflage that could conceal a ship - but this would confuse the enemy
  • The designs make it difficult for a U-boat commander to gauge a ship's direction of travel and speed

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool's club lawyer at the time of the Hillsborough disaster says the match commander was "quite clearly" blaming the side's fans for what happened.

George Ensor has been giving evidence at the new inquests in Warrington.

Sturridge nod to Coutinho

BBC Sport

According to the

BBC Sport Football Gossip Column, Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge - who returned to action on Saturday - has paid tribute to his team-mate Philippe Coutinho, who he says makes his job easier.

Daniel Sturridge
Getty Images

Two fires in Warrington

Warrington Guardian

Firefighters were kept busy on Sunday after they were called out to

two blazes in Warrington.

Match commander 'blamed fans'

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

Liverpool Football Club's director and solicitor at the time of the Hillsborough disaster has told a court the match commander was "quite clearly blaming" the side's supporters for the tragedy.

George Ensor has been giving evidence at the new inquests in Warrington.

Hillsborough
Getty Images

He said Ch Supt David Duckenfield told a meeting fans had stormed a gate at the Leppings Lane end.

Ted Robbins 'doing well'

Julia Bryson

BBC Local Live

Phoenix Nights

comedian Ted Robbins is "doing well" in hospital after collapsing on stage during a show at Manchester Arena, his wife says.

Ted Robbins
PA

The opening night performance of Phoenix Nights Live was stopped after he fell to the floor.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool Football Club's lawyer at the time of the Hillsborough disaster says the police match commander was "quite clearly" blaming fans for what happened.

George Ensor, who's giving evidence at the new inquests today, has recalled a meeting in the stadium's boardroom after the disaster.

Aegon tennis tournament returns

Wirral News

A

prestigious tennis tournament returns to Wirral in March, gathering together some of the world's top players.

The Aegon GB Pro-Series tournament will take place from March 15-21 at Wirral Tennis and Leisure Centre, Bidston.

Culture boost

Tom Airey

BBC News

Liverpool cultural events brought in £55m to the local economy, according to a report released by the city council today.

Giants
BBC

The Giants parade, International Mersey River Festival and Liverpool International Music Festival attracted 1.4m people.

The council said 272 film and TV productions were filmed in the city, bringing in over £10m.

Timetable changes

Merseytravel

tweets: There were lots of bus timetable changes yesterday, check if your bus changed here
http://www.merseytravel.gov.uk/buschanges