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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 13 February 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Rumeana Jahangir

All times stated are UK

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That's all from Local Live today, and for the week. We will be back at 08:00 on Monday for the day's news, travel, weather and sport updates.

Hope you can join us.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

Ex-TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys when he was a teacher.

Fred Talbot
PA/GMP

The 65-year-old was cleared of eight other indecent assault charges by a jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

Watch

North West Tonight at 18:30 for the full story about Talbot who is best known for presenting the weather forecast on a floating map in Liverpool's Albert Dock for ITV's This Morning programme.

Showery outbreaks fade

BBC Weather reports showery outbreaks will become largely confined to eastern parts where the extensive low cloud will give hill fog across the Pennines.

Weather forecast
BBC

Elsewhere, turning rather chilly where cloud breaks occur.

Leeds Rhinos v Widnes Vikings

Leeds Rhinos could hand a debut to prop Andy Yates as

Widnes visit Headingley.

Widnes head coach Denis Betts told

BBC Radio Merseyside: "What I want to take to Leeds is that mentality, that work ethic and character in the side.

"I also want to see a little bit more of us with the ball as we saw it in glimpses last week."

Hillsborough inquests latest

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

A former police officer, who told newspapers that fans were partly to blame for the Hillsborough disaster, has denied doing anything wrong the inquests have heard.

The Hillsborough disaster
Inquest handout

Paul Middup, who was secretary of the South Yorkshire Police Federation at the time, also accused a barrister at the inquests of "attacking him aggressively and unnecessarily".

He also later denied "covering up" for senior police management.

Twelve involved in attack on woman

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Twelve youths including a girl aged 15 have been arrested in connection with an attack on a vulnerable 43-year-old woman in Anfield.

Two boys aged 12 and 13 have been charged with sexual offences including the rape of the woman at her home in Liverpool.

Replacement buses

Merseytravel

tweets: Sunday: trains on the Liverpool - Huyton - Manchester Victoria line will be replaced by buses
http://ow.ly/IVkHk

Man's body found in Irby

The body of a man has been found at a house in Irby, Wirral, this morning after police received a report of concern for his safety.

Thurstaston Road
Google

He was pronounced dead at the scene on Thurstaston Road.

Merseyside Police say they found evidence of a small fire in part of the house, although this had extinguished before officers arrived.

They are currently treating the man's death as unexplained and a post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of his death.

Slow traffic on M62

BBC Travel reports there is slow traffic on the M62 at junction six Tarbock Green.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

A task force is going to look into fares for the Mersey Tunnels - which could eventually see costs going down.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has today approved a Merseytravel plan to freeze tunnel tolls for 12 months.

Tranmere sign defender

BBC Sport

League Two side Tranmere have

signed defender Harrison McGahey on a youth loan from Sheffield United until the end of the season.

Harrison McGahey
Getty Images

Boys 12 and 13 charged with rape

Two boys aged 12 and 13 have been charged with raping a woman at her home in Liverpool, Merseyside Police says.

A 43-year-old woman, described by police as vulnerable, was attacked at her flat in Anfield in September.

The boys are set to appear at Liverpool Youth Court on 3 March.

Tunnel tolls frozen

Wirral Globe

Anti tunnel toll campaigners say they feel "optimistic" after councillors

voted not to impose a 10p increase this year.

News on the hour

Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

A task force is going to look into fares for the Mersey Tunnels - which could eventually see costs going down.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has today approved a Merseytravel plan to freeze tunnel tolls for 12 months.

Cannabis worth £1.5m found in former nightspot

About 1,600 cannabis plants with a street value of £1.5m have been found in former nightclub Club Wired in Warrington,

Cheshire Police said.

Cannabis plants in club
Cheshire Police

Two men, aged 48 and 34, and two young people, have been arrested after the find in Mersey Street at about 08:00.

Insp Richie Watts said: "This is an extremely large cannabis factory, and we estimate the street value of all of the plants is approximately £1.5m, which could generate a potential annual income of over £6m."

Salford Red Devils 6-52 St Helens

BBC Sport

St Helens cruised to back-to-back wins in their defence of the Super League crown, crushing Salford with a 10-try haul at the AJ Bell Stadium.

St Helens celebrate their try against Salford
SWpix.com

Mark Percival, Jordan Turner, Joe Greenwood and Luke Thompson crossed in a one-sided first-half, with Ben Jones-Bishop's solo score the Salford reply.

Further tries from Tommy Makinson, Percival, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Greenwood maintained Saints' advantage.

Temporary closure of Royal Liverpool A&E reception

The main entrance to the emergency department reception at Royal Liverpool University Hospital will be closed during 08:00 - 18:00 from Monday until Thursday 26 February, due to refurbishment.

Any patients, visitors or staff who want to access the emergency floor, should enter via St. Paul's Emergency Care, located in the Royal main entrance.

More details here.

Travel latest

On the roads there's slow traffic on the A580 East Lancashire Road in St Helens, at Pewfall traffic lights.

There's also congestion on the A5058 Breeze Hill, in Bootle, at the Mons traffic lights, reports

BBC Travel.

News on the hour

The former TV weatherman, Fred Talbot, has been convicted of indecently assaulting two teenage boys in the 1970s while he was working as a teacher in Greater Manchester.

He was cleared of assaulting three other boys. He'll be sentenced next month.

More from Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

A police federation secretary who said fans were partly to blame for the Hillsborough disaster

has denied being his chief constable's "mouthpiece".

Fans on Hillsborough pitch
Getty Images

Paul Middup, who is giving evidence at the new inquests, was also accused of being "completely ignorant" about what happened at the 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

He "partially" accepted his "theory" on the tragedy "goes out the window".

England's Big Picture

The Big Picture on

BBC News England was captured by Andy Dixon, and shows love locks on a chain at the Albert Dock.

Love locks in Liverpool
Andy Dixon

If you'd like to send in a photograph of a scene from around Merseyside, you can do so on

email,
Facebook or
Twitter.

More on Hillsborough costs

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Accommodation including fitting out the special court in Warrington was the biggest cost at £3.1m of the £6.6m spent on the Hillsborough inquests, according to official figures.

Fan at Hillsborough inquests
Getty Images

The accounts show £2.2m was spent on the coroner's legal team but the expenditure for other barristers and solicitors for the Hillsborough families and the police have not been included.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been convicted of indecent assault on two teenage boys in Cheshire in the 1970s.

The offences dated back to his time as a teacher.

Anti-terror searches conclude

St Helens Star

Officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and Merseyside Police have concluded their searches at five addresses as part of an ongoing investigation.

A 31-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism remains in police custody.

Glow in the dark park

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

South Korean artist Koo Jeong has been commissioned to design a

new area for skaters in Everton Park.

glow in the dark park
Pilar Corrias

She's worked closely with the City Skaters community and young people to devise the wheels park, which will be made with luminous concrete to give it a glowing effect.

Coming up on North West Today

Carole Lowe

Presenter, North West Tonight

One of Liverpool's most iconic nightclubs has been closed down - after a drugs raid in the early hours of this morning.

Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

Zoe's place

Tony Snell

BBC Radio Merseyside

We visited Zoe's Place hospice in West Derby this morning.

Zoe's place
BBC

It cares for babies and young children from birth to the age of five, all of whom have a life-threatening or life-limiting condition that demands 24 hour care.

This year they're celebrating 20 years of that care. You can

listen again on iPlayer.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside police has closed down one of Liverpool's most popular nightclubs for at least this weekend after its raids looking for drug dealers.

Hillsborough latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

A South Yorkshire Police Federation secretary who said fans were partly to blame for the Hillsborough disaster has denied being the chief constable's 'mouthpiece'.

Paul Middup, who is giving evidence at the new inquests into the 96 deaths, was also accused of being 'completely ignorant' about what happened at the FA Cup semi-final.

He 'partially' accepted that his 'theory' about the disaster 'goes out the window'.

The jury has also heard how the then Police Federation parliamentary representative told the Home Secretary how officers felt they 'had been shouldered with an unfair portion of the blame'.

Fred Talbot conviction

Rumeana Jahangir

BBC News Online

Ex-TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys

when he was a teacher.

fred talbot
PA

The 65-year-old was cleared of eight other indecent assault charges by a jury at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.

He was accused of abusing four former pupils at Altrincham Grammar School in Greater Manchester and a fifth schoolboy from the Newcastle area.

Talbot, who is best known for broadcasting from a floating map of the British Isles at Liverpool's Albert Dock, was remanded in custody for sentencing on 13 March.

Tunnel tolls frozen

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority has approved Merseytravel's plan to freeze tunnel tolls for 12 months.

Residents slam tree sculpture

Liverpool Echo

Angry Kirkby residents have protested on social media about a

new sculpture of a dead tree planted in the town centre.

Described on Facebook as looking like a "twiglet" and "Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy", the six-metre iron tree is attracting severe criticism.

BreakingBreaking News

Former TV weatherman

Fred Talbot found guilty of indecently assaulting two teenage boys by a court in Manchester.

Fred Talbot
Getty Images

Talbot used to broadcast live from a large map of the British Isles in Liverpool's Albert Dock. We'll bring you more as we have it.

Garlands nightclub closed by police after drugs raid

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A Liverpool nightclub where Class A drugs were allegedly "dealt openly" has closed

after a late night police raid.

Garlands
BBC

Merseyside Police said 140 officers stormed the Garlands club, which had about 200 customers in it at the time.

Two men aged 19 and 20, from West Derby and Birkenhead respectively, were arrested on suspicion of possessing and supplying controlled drugs.

Love not Hate

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been speaking to Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy, who is urging victims of hate crime to take a stand in the run-up to Valentine's Day.

Love not Hate
BBC

The Love Not Hate campaign encourages victims of hate crime to visit safe havens - such as Central Library, fire stations and hospitals - across Merseyside to report incidents, in case they don't feel comfortable going to a police station.

Council tax increase

BBC Radio Merseyside

Council tax in Liverpool is set to rise by 1.9%. For Band B properties that means an extra £10.50 per year.

Mayor Joe Anderson says the increase - likely to bring in around £2.4m - will do little to address the council's financial position.

And he says they're under further pressure due to an increased burden on adult social care and children's services.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Phil Cooper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

The Hillsborough inquests have heard today how an MP briefed the Home Secretary about how South Yorkshire officers felt they were being unfairly blamed for the disaster.

Fans on pitch
Getty Images

Michael Shersby, who was the parliamentary liaison for the Police Federation, met with the Home Secretary in September 1989, nearly five months after the tragedy.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Two men are under arrest after Merseyside Police raided one of Liverpool's most popular nightclubs looking for drug dealers.

Around 200 students were inside Garlands on Eberle Street as 140 officers began searching the venue overnight.

Subway to close

Bebington underpass
Merseyrail

Merseyrail

tweets: Bebington station subway will be closed for improvements from Monday. Further details are here
http://bit.ly/1spV1tT

Schoolgirl's skydive

Runcorn Widnes World

A daredevil schoolgirl is planning to jump out of a plane for charity in memory of her nan.

Jessica Battison, aged 16, has already raised £500 for her 10,000ft sky dive.