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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 17 February
  2. News, sport, travel and weather returns from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Good evening

    That's it for Local Live for today. We're back from 08:00 on Wednesday with more news, sport, travel and weather. Join us then.

  2. Tonight's forecast

    BBC Weather

    After a largely dry evening with some clear spells, a mostly cloudy night will follow. It should stay dry elsewhere, and temperatures should stay above freezing.

    There will be lows of 6°C (43°F).

  3. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight, a new £25m mental health hospital opens in Liverpool, which those who will run it say will cut patient recovery time, enabling them to treat more people.

    And we look forward to a big weekend for our region's boxers with Liverpool's Paul Smith and St. Helens' Martin Murray fighting for separate world titles.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Counting down to Crufts

    Border collie Chief and his proud owner Christine Hughes are counting down to an appearance at the world's biggest dog show, Crufts.

    Christine Hughes and Chief

    Nine-year-old Chief, of St. Helens, is a Pets As Therapy (PAT) dog and has been named as one of six finalists in the HiLife PAT Dog of the Year 2014/15 competition.

    The duo are part of a team of dogs and owners that regularly volunteer their time providing therapeutic visits to hospitals, hospices, nursing and care homes and schools. They will find out if they have won on 6 March.

  5. Markovic's four-match ban

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's Lazar Markovic will miss both games Champions League legs against Besiktas, the first of which is on Thursday, and both games in the next round if the Reds progress.

    Lazar Markovic (centre) was shown the red card against Basel

    It comes after the midfielder was given an unusual four-match ban for a red card against Basel at Anfield in the competition in December.

  6. Hospital trust board meeting

    Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust will hold its next board meeting at 09:00 on Wednesday 25 February.

    It will be held at Southport and Formby District General Hospital and members of the public are welcome to attend and observe.

    Anyone with a special requirement should call the trust in advance on 01704 704783. The meeting agenda will be available here in advance.

  7. Southport to lose out on Lewis

    James Mountford

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Southport say they won't receive any money should a bigger club sign teenage striker Drew Lewis.

    Haig Avenue

    The 19 year-old has scored nearly 40 goals for the under-21 side this season and has been offered trials at Everton, Manchester United and Blackburn.

    But Lewis is not under contract at Haig Avenue so could therefore leave for free.

  8. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A gang of robbers who targeted a petrol station in Billinge, a Co-op in Rainhill and a Bargain Booze store in Lydiate and terrorised staff have been jailed.

  9. Ear bite witness appeal

    Detectives investigating an assault in Liverpool where a man had part of his ear bitten off are trying to track down a woman who may have seen the attack.

    The woman police want to speak to

    A 26-year-old old man was attacked on Bold Street in the early hours of Saturday 7 February.

    The police have released images of a woman - in her 20s, around 5ft 5in (1.65m) tall with long black or purple hair - as they believe she may be a key witness.

  10. Children's centre closures opposed

    Mairead Smyth

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The council say plans to close 10 children's centres were sparked by a £330m funding cut from central government.

    A further protest will be held outside the Cunard building on 28 February.

  11. New mental health hospital opens

    The £25m Clock View mental health hospital has taken 22 months to complete and opened today.

    Clock View

    Read the full story here.

  12. Family 'betrayed' by thief

    Warrington's Mark Faulkner has been found guilty of stealing money from a fund set up in memory of Widnes teenager Lewis Edge, who died after jumping from the Silver Jubilee Bridge in 2012.

    Lewis's mother Lisa Millward said her family felt "totally betrayed by someone who was meant to be a friend".

    "Faulkner had everyone fooled. He was even one of the coffin bearers at Lewis′ funeral."

  13. Pancake Day

    BBC North West Tonight

    Now here's a pancake stack for Pancake Day - it's called "The Beast" - we will have more on this later today.

    The Beast
  14. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man has been found guilty of stealing £1,200 from a fund set up in memory of a 14-year-old boy who died after jumping from the Runcorn Widnes Bridge.

    Mark Faulkner, 26, from Salisbury Street in Warrington, offered to help the family of Lewis Edge with fundraising, but police were called after an account had less cash than anticipated.

  15. Birkenhead MP blasts welfare reform

    Birkenhead MP Frank Field claims "all is not rosy" with welfare reform and his constituents are struggling to cope with Universal Credit.

    Frank Field

    The MP said a social housing provider told him that since the payment was trialled in the town, it needed to double the number of welfare rights staff to help struggling tenants.

    He said: "Universal Credit has been presented today as Iain Duncan Smith's swan sailing calmly on the welfare reform waters, but underneath the feet are pedalling like mad".

  16. Wrongly-convicted taxi driver's ordeal

    Chester Chronicle

    A taxi driver who faced up to 18 months in jail after being wrongly convicted as a sex offender has had his badge returned but is apprehensive about going back on the road.

  17. 'Closer to home' treatment for patients

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Thousands of patients in Halton will be able to be treated closer to home from today, thanks to the brand new endoscopy unit at the Halton General.

    The new unit, which has cost £500,000, means patients can now be diagnosed and treated in Runcorn, instead of having to travel to Warrington.

    And today's opening also means the Halton General can take part in a new national screening programme to help prevent diseases such as bowel cancer.

  18. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A march has taken place around Granby Children's Centre in Liverpool.

    The centre is one of seven that will remain open under council plans to close 10 Sure Start centres.

    The council says the move is necessary because of a £330m cut in funding from central government.

  19. Post update

    Cornelius Lysaght

    BBC horse racing correspondent

    tweets: AP McCoy's expected mount in his final Grand National before retirement, Shutthefrontdoor, the fav, allotted weight of 11 stone 2

    He also tweets: #GN2015: weights for April 11 race headed by Carlingford Lough, Lord Windermere (11-10); 2014 winner Pineau De Re up 8 pounds (11-0)

  20. New hospital to 'tackle stigma'

    A new £25m mental health hospital in Liverpool "will help tackle the stigma" associated with illnesses including depression, anxiety and dementia, its chief executive says.

    Clock View

    Clock View, which has been built on the former Walton Hospital site, will provide patients with private rooms including en-suite bathrooms and high standards of care "to promote recovery".

    Mersey Care NHS Trust Chief Executive Joe Rafferty said: "Clock View is a beacon that will help tackle the stigma associated with mental ill-health."

  21. Post update

    Mairead Smyth

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Campaigners at Granby Children's Centre gather to make a banner against plans to shut ten children's centres.

    Campaigners in Granby
  22. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Three members of a gang that carried out a string of robberies on Merseyside were described as "ruthless career criminals" by a judge today.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard they targeted a petrol station in Billinge, a Co-op in Rainhill and a Bargain Booze store in Lydiate, terrorising staff and stealing cigarettes.

  23. How fit do you need to be?

    Cheshire Constabulary tweets that it is holding an awareness seminar on 21 February ahead of a recruitment campaign for Special Constables, including a practice fitness test so people can test if they are physically ready to apply.

  24. Horse rider was 'rebuilt'

    Wirral Globe

    "Bionic" Barbara is back in the saddle after being accidentally trampled on by a horse, following her ribcage being rebuilt with titanium technology.

  25. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Today, Merseyside Police are investigating claims a prison officer was attacked by an inmate at HMP Liverpool on Saturday.

    And a new 80-bed mental health unit, built at a cost of £25m, opens on the site of the former Walton Hospital.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:35.

  26. Lazar hit by four game ban

    James Mountford

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Liverpool's Lazar Markovic has been handed a four match ban from European football.

    Lazar Markovic

    The 20 year-old was sent off in the Reds' Champions League match against Basel in December. That would normally amount to a three game ban but a red card while playing for Benfica in the Europa League last season has increased the suspension to four matches.

    Markovic will now miss Liverpool's match against Besiktas at Anfield on Thursday.

  27. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A gang who carried out a string of robberies on Merseyside have been sentenced to a total of 35 years in jail.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard they targeted a petrol station, Co-op and Bargain Booze store, terrorising staff and stealing cigarettes.

  28. Protest over closures

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Parents and children are demonstrating outside one of Liverpool's Sure Start Centres today against the proposed closures.

    Protest at Granby

    Families have been making a banner at Granby Children's Centre, which is one of seven that will stay open.

    It comes ahead of a protest at the Pier Head on 28 February.

  29. Drunk mum punched off-duty cop

    Chester Chronicle

    An intoxicated mum who punched a woman in the face outside a Chester pub ran off after realising she'd assaulted an off-duty police officer out drinking with colleagues.

  30. Costs of anti-fracking protests

    Chesterfirst

    Protesters against fracking in the county have said energy firms should foot the £280,000 bill for policing anti-fracking protests in 2014.

    Campaigner Matt Bryan submitted a freedom of information request to Cheshire Police to discover how much it cost the force to police anti-fracking protesters in Farndon, Upton, Ellesmere Port and outside Cheshire West and Chester HQ.

    The response points out that the officers were already in normal duty time "therefore those costs would be met in any event regardless of their actual duties".

  31. Arrests after pub assault

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Two men have been arrested after a serious assault in Runcorn. The 52-year-old victim needed surgery on his leg after the attack at the Clarendon public house on Church Street.

    The Clarendon

    The men, who are aged 22 and 23 and are local to the area, have been bailed pending further inquiries.

  32. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police is investigating claims a prison officer was reportedly attacked by an inmate at Walton jail on Saturday.

    In a separate case earlier this month, an inmate was allegedly targeted by another prisoner.

  33. Community and charity champions celebrated

    Chester's Conservative MP Stephen Mosley says a reception at 10 Downing Street for two of the city's champions for charity and the community - Matt Baker and Kate Spall - celebrated their "invaluable" efforts.

    From left to right: Matt Baker, Kate Spall, Samantha Cameron and Chester's Conservative MP Stephen Mosley

    Mr Baker is founder and artistic director of Theatre in the Quarter and many Garden Quarter community events. He is also director of the company's young people's group, Jigsaw Children's Music Theatre.

    Ms Spall founded the Pamela Northcott Fund, a voluntary organisation to provide advocacy and support to cancer patients denied access to new drug therapies yet to be approved by NICE or refused by NICE.

    Mr Mosley nominated the pair for the event, which was hosted by Samantha Cameron.

  34. Man remanded after ricin charge

    Caroline McClatchey

    BBC News

    Mohammed Ammer Ali, 31, spoke only to confirm his name, address and date of birth when he appeared in court accused of attempting to obtain the chemical weapon ricin.

    He was remanded into custody. Read the full story.

  35. Stamp of approval for post office

    Longview Post Office in Liverpool has reopened after a refit, which has seen its opening hours increase on Saturday afternoons by five hours, meaning it now opens from 09:00 to 17:30 Mondays to Saturdays.

    Car tax and on-demand travel money, including US dollars and euros, have been added to its services.

  36. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man from Liverpool has appeared in court charged with attempting to obtain the chemical weapon ricin.

    Mohammed Ammer Ali, aged 31, from Prescot Road was charged after a joint operation between the FBI and the North West Counter Terrorism Unit.

  37. New hospital opens

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A state-of-the-art mental health hospital will open in Liverpool today.

    Clock View has been built on the former Walton Hospital site and will be able to treat up to 80 patients with mental health problems varying from dementia to psychosis.

    It has been fitted with specialist accommodation, gyms and artwork to help patients settle in and get better quicker. Chief executive Joe Rafferty thinks the new facilities will also help staff.

  38. Road closure for pavement work

    Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    Oxford Road in Runcorn will be closed for five days from Monday for new pavements to be laid.

  39. Blues retain midfielder's services

    BBC Sport

    Conference side Chester have extended the loan deal of Barnsley midfielder Brad Abbott by another month.

    Exacta Stadium
  40. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The leader of Warrington Borough Council says its multi-million pound plans to regenerate its waterfront will benefit the whole region not just the town.

    We'll hear more from council leader Terry O'Neill in the news at 10:00.

  41. Bebington station changes

    Merseytravel reports that the subway between the two platforms at Bebington station is closed for refurbishment until mid-March.

    Access to Liverpool bound trains will be via the Old Chester Road entrance while access to Chester and Ellesmere Port trains will be via the car park.

  42. Drugs raids were warning shot

    Liverpool Echo

    Huge drugs raids on two Liverpool clubs were a warning shot to other bars to "sort their acts out".

    Former Merseyside Police licensing chief Stuart Moore, who kept tabs on the city centre's bars and clubs for 12 years, spoke out after Garlands and Lomax were shut down.

  43. Warrington waterfront plans unveiled

    More details have been announced of Warrington's £160m plan to maximise the potential of its waterfront area.

    River Mersey, Warrington

    The five-year scheme would see two new bridges across the River Mersey and Manchester Ship Canal, with new houses, shops and businesses built.

    No government funding is in place at the moment. But Warrington council leader Terry O'Neill said the plan "has the potential to unlock massive economic growth expansion for the town".

  44. Chemical weapon charge

    John Harrison

    BBC News

    Mohammed Ammer Ali, 31, is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court in central London today, charged with attempting to obtain a chemical weapon.

    Outside Westminster Magistrates' Court

    He was arrested on Wednesday, when officers from North West Counter Terrorism Unit and Merseyside Police searched five Merseyside addresses.

  45. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man from Liverpool is due to appear in court later today charged with attempting to obtain a chemical weapon.

    It follows an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and Merseyside Police.

    We will have more on this story in our 09:00 bulletin.

  46. Violence at HMP Liverpool

    Liverpool Echo

    A prison officer needed hospital treatment after a prisoner went berserk and threw the lid of a metal food container at his head.

    It is the latest incident of violence at HMP Liverpool, where the ECHO reported both prisoners and prison officers were living in fear in the face of a culture of gang warfare and staffing cuts.

  47. Accident in Raby closes road

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    Willaston Road (B5151) in Raby is closed in both directions between the Raby Mere Road junction and the Benty Heath Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles, drivers are warned.

  48. Liverpool to face Blackburn

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool will host Blackburn in the FA Cup quarter finals, while Arsenal will travel to Manchester United.

    Adam Lallana and Martin Skrtel

    Adam Lallana (pictured, celebrating with Martin Skrtel) scored the winner against Crystal Palace in the fifth round of the competition.

  49. Today's forecast

    BBC Weather

    Latest

    It will be bright and frosty at first. Cloud will filter across the rest of the region during the day but it should stay dry, save for some patchy light rain across the Pennines and Fells.

    Highs of 8C (46F). More about the next few days is here.

  50. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man from Liverpool is due to appear in court later today charged with attempting to obtain a chemical weapon.

    It follows an investigation by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit and Merseyside Police.

    We will have more on this story in our 08:00 bulletin.

  51. Good morning

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    I'm bringing you news, sport, travel and weather updates for Merseyside today.

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