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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 3 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Post update

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

  2. Dry cold night

    BBC Weather reports a generally dry and cold night for most areas, with a widespread, locally severe frost.

    Weather forecast

    However, a weakening band of light sleet and snow will move south overnight, mainly affecting northern hills, leading to the risk of icy patches.

  3. Coming up

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme: Saturday's Merseyside derby will go ahead at 5:30 despite warnings from the police there could be trouble.

    Merseyside Police went to court this morning arguing for an earlier start to give fans less time in the pub before kick-off.

    Find out more about this story on North West Tonight at 18:30.

  4. Netball World Cup 'prestigious'

    The head of England Netball is "thrilled" the 2019 World Cup will be held in Liverpool.

    England Netball v Australia

    The city was named as the host for the competition, which has only been staged in the country twice before - in 1963 and 1995.

    Joanna Adams, CEO of England Netball, said: "Having worked with Liverpool to host major global tournaments previously, we have a proven track record of being able to stage such a prestigious event and we look forward to welcoming the netball world to the North West."

  5. Delays likely in Warrington

    Cheshire Police tweets: We are currently dealing with an incident on Folly Lane, Warrington - delays likely. Please factor this in to your journey this afternoon

  6. Sex assault investigation appeal

    Merseyside Police are appealing for two males to come forward as part of an inquiry into the sexual assault of a 43-year-old woman in Liverpool.

    CCTV images

    The pair are believed to be teenagers and are thought to have "vital information" after the vulnerable woman was attacked at her flat in Anfield on 24 September.

    Twelve males aged between 12 and 19 and a 15-year-old girl have been arrested and have been bailed pending further inquiries.

  7. Road to close for resurfacing

    Keckwick Lane from Runcorn Road to Delph Lane in Runcorn will be closed for three days for resurfacing, Halton Borough Council has said.

    Road closed sign

    It will be shut after midnight on 12 February. Diversions will be in place.

  8. Crash causes M6 queues

    BBC Travel reports there is queuing traffic in the M6 northbound between Junction 21A, the Croft Interchange, and Junction 22 Newton-le-Willows because of a car accident.

    All lanes have reopened.

  9. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An ambulanceman who collected casualties from the pitch at the Hillsborough disaster says he couldn't see any coordination between senior ambulance officers and their counterparts in the police.

    Tony Edwards has been giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests.

  10. Derby kick-off challenge cost

    Merseyside Police say it has cost them £3,000 to appeal against the 5:30 GMT kick-off for the derby on Saturday.

    Romelu Lukaku and Alberto Moreno

    The force withdrew a legal challenge against a late start due to concerns it would increase the risk of alcohol-fuelled disorder.

    During discussions at South Sefton Magistrates' Court earlier, Everton agreed to further segregation arrangements.

  11. Police close Birkenhead road

    BBC Travel reports Old Chester Road in Birkenhead is closed in both directions between the Fairfield Road and the St Paul's Road junction because of a police incident.

  12. Tunnel pre-paid lanes monitored

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseytravel say they will monitor the success of their pre-pay booths in the Wallasey Tunnel.

    From this week, there will be Fast Tag priority lanes for those who have pre-paid.

    It's hoped it will speed up queues and if it proves successful, more will be put into action in the Birkenhead Tunnel.

  13. Mental health exhibition

    Warrington Council tweets: A local artist will launch a brand new exhibition exploring mental health issues this weekend at Warrington Museum bit.ly/16d0tFP

  14. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An ambulanceman who collected casualties from the pitch at the Hillsborough disaster says he couldn't see any coordination between senior ambulance officers and their counterparts in the police.

    Tony Edwards has been giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests.

  15. Liverpool to host 2019 World Cup

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool has been named as the host city for the Netball World Cup in 2019.

    Australia win the 2011 World Netball Championships

    The championship is held every four years and has only been in England on two previous occasions - Birmingham in 1995 and the first ever tournament in Eastbourne in 1963.

    The 2019 event will be staged at the ACC Liverpool, although dates have yet to be confirmed.

  16. M62 fire

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service tweets: Firefighters Extinguish Car Fire On M62 Near Broadgreen http://dlvr.it/8N2ShD

  17. Roses are red...

    Wirral Council's four central libraries are to host poetry workshops on Valentine's Day.

    The free sessions, held from 10:00, are open to children aged over 8. Wallasey Central Library is also hosting a session open to adults.

  18. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An ambulanceman who drove to collect casualties from the pitch at Hillsborough says he's been plagued by the memory of leaving a girl behind who was being resuscitated.

    Tony Edwards has continued giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington.

  19. Fire safety push

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Merseyside fire officers will be visiting homes in St. Helens offering safety advice after they found the body of a woman at a house.

    The 73-year-old was found dead in the property on Birchfield Street, Thatto Heath, on Thursday.

    It is suspected the fire that killed her was caused by an open flame gas fire and started accidentally.

  20. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    Hillsborough reporter

    An ambulance man who attended the Hillsborough disaster says he's been plagued by the memory of leaving a girl on the pitch who was being resuscitated.

    Tony Edwards said: "In my head - and it has been for 20-odd years - has been that somebody was resuscitating what I took to be a girl.

    "They were doing that fairly effectively and I believe I left that person, those people resuscitating... in the knowledge that no other vehicle was coming on to support them and I have had to live with that."

    He's also told the jury he felt very isolated on the pitch and that he saw no coordination between senior ambulance officers and senior police.

  21. Coutinho signs new contract

    Ian Kennedy

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has signed a new long-term contract.

    Philippe Coutinho

    The 22-year-old signed the deal at the club's training ground Melwood today.

    He was signed from Inter Milan in January 2013 and has made 81 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.

  22. Lennon an 'important asset'

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez says new loan signing Aaron Lennon will be an "important asset to our squad".

    Aaron Lennon

    The club have secured the 27-year-old Tottenham winger until the end of the season.

    Speaking on Everton's website, the manager said his "pace and trickery will fit in well at Goodison".

  23. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    UKIP's deputy leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he is going to stand in the Bootle constituency.

    The current Labour MP Joe Benton is retiring at the General Election in May.

    Mr Nuttall, who is a MEP for the North West, grew up in the town and says that is part of the reason he decided to stand there.

  24. Firefighters wanted

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Cheshire Fire Service is looking for on-call firefighters to work on a part-time basis.

    Firefighters

    It is expected you would be called out about two or three times a week, with no previous experience required.

    The fire service said you can have another job "until the call comes, then you become a professional firefighter".

  25. Liverpool nets World Cup

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Liverpool will host the Netball World Cup in 2019.

    Netball bid team

    The city has won the right to host the 15th staging of the tournament, with matches taking place at the Echo Arena.

    Helen Grant, Minister for Sport, said: "Not only is it a major coup for the city, but for the country as a whole."

  26. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Today - Merseyside Police abandoned a court attempt to have the kick-off time for the Everton v Liverpool derby changed.

    The match will now go ahead as planned at 17:30 on Saturday.

    Join us live at 13:30.

  27. Why so glum, Aaron?

    BBC Sport

    The reasons for Aaron Lennon not smiling for the camera after his move to Everton was confirmed are yet to be discovered, but Sportsday suggests it might be because of some recent dental work.

    Aaron Lennon

    The winger signed on loan from Tottenham until the end of the season, but the official Everton photos show the 27-year-old looking seemingly less than delighted to be on Merseyside.

    If you've got a suggestion for what's causing Aaron to look so glum, let us know via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  28. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Merseyside derby will kick-off at 17:30 on Saturday, after police dropped their legal challenge to have the tie brought forward.

    Merseyside Police claim the late start will increase the risk of alcohol-fuelled disorder.

  29. Derby time challenge withdrawn

    Nafeesa Shan

    BBC News

    Merseyside Police has withdrawn a legal challenge against a late kick-off at Saturday's derby.

    Romelu Lukaku and Alberto Moreno

    The force applied to change the 17:30 start due to concerns it would increase the risk of alcohol-fuelled disorder, but Liverpool City Council had refused to amend Goodison Park's ground safety certificate to allow an earlier start.

    During discussions at South Sefton Magistrates' Court, Everton agreed to further segregation arrangements.

  30. Aaron, Aaron, give us a grin

    Andy Burnham, Labour MP for Leigh, tweets: Getting the feeling that our new signing is not entirely made up with his move to Merseyside

    Aaron Lennon
  31. Latest on derby time appeal

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police argued the late kick-off time will increase the risk of alcohol-fuelled disorder, but Liverpool City Council refused a request to amend the safety certificate for Goodson Park last week.

    This potentially could have brought the kick-off time forward to earlier in the day.

    The appeal against that decision was due to be heard here this morning, but after nearly an hour of discussions outside court, lawyers for the police revealed they were withdrawing their case.

    A meeting is now due to take place later this week between police, the council and club officials to discuss how to plan for this fixture in future.

  32. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An appeal against the Merseyside derby kick-off time has been withdrawn.

    Police are concerned the 17:30 start could heighten the risk of disorder.

  33. Cahill heads for China

    BBC Sport

    Former Everton star Tim Cahill has joined Shanghai Shenhua, despite an offer to join ex-boss David Moyes at Real Sociedad.

    Cahill

    The Australia international has joined the Chinese side after leaving Major League Soccer club New York Red Bulls.

    Several clubs were interested in signing the 35-year-old, including Moyes's La Liga side.

  34. Merseyside derby appeal withdrawn

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police has withdrawn its legal appeal against the Merseyside derby kick-off time.

    The match, at Goodison Park, will kick-off at 17:30 on Saturday as scheduled.

  35. Stolen property reunion bid

    A chainsaw is among the stolen high value tools and gardening equipment Merseyside Police are trying to reunite with their owners.

    Chainsaw

    Officers found the items after searching a property in Old Chester Road, Birkenhead in August and September last year.

    A 22-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of burglary has been bailed pending further police inquiries.

  36. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A court hearing is underway as Merseyside Police try to get the late kick-off for the derby match changed.

    Officers are worried the 17:30 start heightens the risk of disorder in Liverpool.

  37. 'Beautiful morning'

    Edge Hill University tweets: It's a beautiful morning on campus. Have a great day.

    Edge Hill University
  38. Johnson-Thompson to defend title

    BBC Sport

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson will continue her return from injury when she defends her high jump title at this month's British Indoor Championships.

    Katarina Johnson-Thompson

    It will be the Liverpool athlete's second competition since she suffered a foot injury which forced her to miss last summer's Commonwealth Games and European Championships.

    The 22-year-old cleared a British record 1.96m at last year's meet.

  39. Derby kick-off: Fan tweets

    Fans have been getting in touch with BBC Radio Merseyside on Twitter about whether the Merseyside derby should start earlier in the day.

    Merseyside Derby

    Jay Connor tweeted: This is an absolute joke! Why does Goodison forever have to be 12:45 yet Anfield is allowed 16:00 & 20:00 ko?

    Ian Holden tweeted: What about the fans, travel has been arranged - bit late in the day to move a kick off #footballwithoutfans

  40. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A legal challenge is being heard in court as authorities try to get the late kick-off for the upcoming Merseyside derby match changed.

    Police are worried the 17:30 start increases the risk of trouble at the stadium and after the game.

  41. Andy Warhol's factory

    @tateliverpool tweets: Enjoyed our #Warhol exhibition, find out more about the factory with Paul Morley and @BBCRadio3 here http://bbc.in/1CfV8u8

    Warhol
  42. Missing teen found

    A 15-year-old who was reported missing last week has been found safe and well in Knowsley, police said.

    Courtney Walker, from Runcorn, was located earlier this morning.

  43. UKIP Bootle move

    UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall is to stand in the Bootle constituency in the General Election, the party has announced.

    Paul Nuttall

    Mr Nuttall said he was an underdog, but was "ready for battle".

    Labour MP Joe Benton has represented the constituency since 1990, but has announced he will be stepping down this year.

  44. Merseyside derby hearing

    A court hearing will take place later as Merseyside Police makes a final attempt to change the 17:30 derby kick-off time this weekend.

    Merseyside derby

    Authorities had asked that the fixture, due to take place on Saturday, start earlier due to a higher risk of disorder later in the day.

    The Premier League has said the time will not be changed.

  45. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Magistrates will rule later if the late kick-off time for Saturday's derby match at Goodison Park can be moved.

    Merseyside Police is concerned the 17:30 start heightens the risk of disorder at the stadium and in pubs.

  46. Police insurance warning

    @cheshirepolice tweets: Insurance companies WILL NOT PAY OUT for stolen vehicles when they have been left unattended with the engine running whilst defrosting

  47. Hillsborough Inquests

    Senior ambulance officers were not in control at the Hillsborough disaster, an ambulanceman has said.

    Ambulance at Hillsborough

    Anthony Edwards, the first to drive on to the pitch, said "systematic assessment of casualties" did not seem to be carried out in the stadium.

    Mr Edwards told the inquests: "There was a major incident with senior managers at the scene but they weren't at what I have described as the epicentre."

  48. Traffic building

    BBC Travel North West

    Traffic is building on the eastbound M62 in Cheshire this morning.

    There's very slow traffic between junction 9 for Winwick and junction 11 for Birchwood.

  49. Tuesday hello

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Morning all, I'm here with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Merseyside.

    You can reach us on email, Twitter and Facebook.