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  1. Updates on Thursday 19 February 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Friday

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By Alex Homer and Tom Mullen

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight Merseyside... wherever you are

    That's it from Local Live for today. We're back on Friday from 08:00 GMT with more news, sport, travel and weather. We hope you can join us then.

  2. Tonight's weather forecast

    BBC Weather


    Any lingering rain will soon ease away in a southeasterly direction, leaving a mostly dry night with clear spells.

    However, the strengthening westerly breeze is likely to bring showers in over the Irish Sea by dawn, with them turning wintry across the hills.

    The weather forecast by the hour for Thursday 19 February 2015
  3. Europa League action

    BBC Sport

    Everton fans in Berne

    Everton are about to kick-off their Europa League last 32, first-leg tie in Switzerland against Young Boys.

    You can follow the full live text commentary on this game on the BBC Sport website now.

    Liverpool host Turkish outfit Besiktas from 20:05 GMT.

  4. World Club Series: Warrington Wolves v St George Illawarra

    Rugby league now, and prop Anthony England comes in for Ben Evans in the only change to the Warrington squad that won at Hull.

    Ben Creagh and Joel Monaghan

    Australian international Ben Creagh (left) and Joel Monaghan will captain their teams on Sunday.

  5. Next of kin appeal

    An appeal has been launched to trace the next of kin of a 51-year-old man who died in Liverpool last week.

    Stephen Richardson, from Cumberland Avenue in Wavertree, died at home on Thursday, 12 February.

    There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

    Anyone who can help is asked to call Oliver Knaggs at Liverpool Coroner's office on 0151 225 5062.

  6. Post office burglar sentenced

    Southport Visiter

    Police are hunting a post office burglar who failed to appear at Liverpool Crown Court.

    In his absence in December, Kurtis Rowson was sentenced to three years in prison for the raid on the post office on Square Lane, Burscough on 12 June, 2014.

    An arrest warrant has been issued for the 24-year-old, who has connections in the Walton Vale and Kirkby areas of Merseyside.

  7. Childwall crash warning

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    Drivers are warned one lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the B5178 Childwall Road outbound in Childwall between the Abbeystead Road junction and the A5058 Queens Drive (Wavertree) junction, because of a crash involving two vehicles and a lamp post.

  8. Your views on The Snowdrop

    via Facebook

    Thanks for your comments on the new look for The Snowdrop ferry.

    Barry Wain posts: "On a dull day like today the colourful Snowdrop will bring a splash of colour to the grey River Mersey. We just need Frank Green to transfer the colours of the ship to canvas."

    Lee Gandy wrote: "Absolutely shocking that. Should of used the money to bring home the original Royal Iris. Just look at her !!"

  9. Fugitive drugs trafficker cover blown

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    The BBC understands a fugitive drugs trafficker from Liverpool - who spent 12 years on the run - was arrested when he presented a false Irish passport and refused to reveal his true identity when confronted by Dutch officers.

    Read the full story.

  10. Mabel tackles dog fouling

    Chester First

    A secret weapon has been unveiled by council chiefs in their fight against irresponsible dog owners - a Newfoundland named Mabel.

    Cheshire West and Chester Council's new "poster girl" will help officers tackle dog fouling in the borough by attending events and visiting schools to spread the word about good dog ownership.

  11. Lallana 'left sour taste' at Saints

    Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana says if he is jeered and booed on Sunday when he returns to Southampton for the first time since leaving, he will take it as the fans "missing him" playing at St Mary's.

    Adam Lallana

    Lallana spent 12 years at the Saints before a £25m move to Anfield last July.

    The 26-year-old former Saints captain told BBC Radio Solent: "I regret the way I left. I regret bits and pieces of how it happened and it got nasty. It was sad the way it happened."

    Read the full story

  12. No to any development

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Jan Pell, the vice chair of the Save Sefton Meadows campaign, says the group opposes any kind of development there despite the fact Redrow is expected to downsize its plans for homes on the site.

    Earlier we revealed Redrow is expected to reduce its original proposal on Sefton Park Meadows to build 34 executive homes and remove 27 trees, to about 20 homes and to remove one mature tree.

  13. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Det Supt Tim Keelan, who is responsible for child protection for Merseyside Police, tells us the two boys who were molested by scout leader Gavin Owen, were left psychologically damaged by his actions.

  14. Is Europe League worth the hassle?

    Does a Europa League campaign hinder domestic performance?

    BBC Sport graphic

    As Everton, Tottenham and Liverpool prepare for ties in the last-32, BBC Sport has studied 10 seasons since the Europa League introduced group stages.

    Liverpool excelled domestically when void of Europa distraction last season, Manchester United's league form has improved without any European action this, so is the Europa League worth the hassle?

    Read the full story

  15. PCs stripped girl 'to prevent harm'

    Police officers who removed the clothes of a 14-year-old girl did not breach her rights, a court has ruled.

    Royal Courts of Justice

    The teenager, who had a history of mental health problems, was arrested by Merseyside Police in Birkenhead in 2010 for being drunk and disorderly.

    Court of Appeal judges said female police officers acted "legitimately" in stripping the girl because they feared she could use her underwear to hang herself.

    Read the full story.

  16. Two-car crash in Allerton

    A 50-year-old man was cut from his car after a two-car smash in Allerton, tweets Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service

    Both drivers were checked by paramedics at the scene on Booker Avenue at 11:00, said the service.

  17. Most-wanted fugitive arrested

    A suspected drug trafficker from Liverpool has been captured in Amsterdam after being on the run for 12 years, according to the National Crime Agency.

    Scott Coleman, aged 40, from Walton, was charged with possession with intent to supply heroin but failed to appear for trial at Edinburgh Crown Court and fled to Spain in 2003.

    Scott Coleman

    Coleman was detained by officers from Amsterdam Police last week. They were able to confirm his identity as a result of joint working with the National Crime Agency.

    He was put on an international most-wanted list in 2008.

  18. Blue noses for Everton charity

    Everton's game against Leicester City this Sunday has been designated as the official birthday fixture of Everton in the Community.

    Matt Dawson

    To celebrate, the club's official charity has launched its first ever Blue Nose Day and produced limited edition #eitc27 blue noses for fans to wear at the game in show of their support.

  19. News on the hour

    Andy Ball

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A three-year-old girl has suffered serious head injuries after she was hit by a car in St Helens this afternoon.

    Emergency services were called to Blackbrook Road after reports she had been struck by a Ford Focus.

    She has been taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

  20. Fugitive arrested after 12 years

    Liverpool Echo

    A most wanted Merseyside fugitive was today under arrest in Holland after 12 years on the run.

    Scott Coleman, 40, fled the country in 2003 after skipping bail when charged with serious drugs offences.

    He had been living in southern Spain for a number of years, authorities believe, before moving to Holland using fake identity documents.

  21. Bikes bought by Blues legend stolen

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Bikes worth over £6,000 bought for a community group by ex-Everton player Duncan Ferguson have been stolen from a police station in Sefton.

    Duncan Ferguson
  22. Merseyrail disruption

    via Facebook

    Wirral newsbeat posts: "Merseyrail alterations to services at James Street.

    "Due to an obstruction on the line at James Street the Wirral line is disrupted.

    "Impact: Train services running through this station may be terminated at and started back from James Street."

  23. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside scout leader has been jailed for four and a half years for sexually molesting two teenage boys and making or possessing thousands of images of child porn.

    38 year old Gavin Owen from Formby showed no emotion as the judge passed sentence at Liverpool Crown Court this morning.

  24. Jailed scout leader was 'arrogant'

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    A scout leader showed "arrogance" and "no remorse", said a judge jailing him for four-and-a-half years for molesting two teenage boys and having thousands of child abuse images.

    Read the full story about Gavin Owen, of Formby.

  25. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An appeal court judge has criticised Merseyside Police for a decision by officers to remove the clothes of a distressed 14-year-old girl who had just been arrested and was tearing her hair out and banging her head against her cell wall.

    More on this story and others shortly.

  26. Police had 'no other option' regarding club

    Merseyside Police have said they had no alternative but to push for the three-month closure of Garlands nightclub, which was granted by magistrates yesterday.

    Chief Supt Jon Ward, said: "Sadly, we have been given no option but to take this action. Over the last few months officers have found that Class A drugs and other substances were being dealt within the club.

    "Whilst recognising that Garlands is well-known within the city no premises is above the law. My number one priority is to make sure people coming into the city remain safe and are not exposed to the dangers that drug dealing presents."

  27. No plastic pitch fears for Martinez

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez believes his side will cope with the artificial pitch they will play on in Thursday's Europa League last-32 first-leg tie against Swiss side Young Boys.

    The Toffeemen trained on a similar surface used by Widnes Vikings ahead of the tie.

    Martinez said: "We have done our preparation right. We have been working on that sort of surface and I feel we are ready.

    "It is not an excuse or a reason for us not to be able to compete in the game."

  28. Support for closed club

    Liverpool Echo

    Support for the Lomax club is growing ahead of a court hearing next week calling for its closure.

    More than 1,000 supporters are set to protest this weekend while an online petition has been signed by 2,274 people.

    Police raided the city centre club in the early hours of Valentine's Day and applied for an order to shut it down due to concerns about the availability of drugs.

  29. Running like clockwork

    Chester Chronicle

    While we were not exactly running like clockwork...

    A ticking cover will be flung over scaffolding surrounding the Eastgate Clock in Chester to show visitors what they are missing - as well as the time.

    Chester Clock
  30. Technical difficulty

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Sorry we just missed our usual news on the hour update - there was a minor technical hitch here. Hopefully we're now back to normal...

  31. Scout leader mugshot released

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    I'm working on that story about scout leader Gavin Owen, who has been jailed for molesting two teenage boys and possessing child abuse images.

    Gavin Owens

    Merseyside Police have released this photograph of the 38-year-old, taken at the time of his arrest.

  32. Judge's 'concerns' about girl's custody treatment

    "PD", who had a history of mental health problems, had been arrested for being drunk and disorderly outside a kebab shop in Argyle Street, Birkenhead.

    She was handcuffed because of her uncontrolled aggression before being taken to Wirral police station.

    Three female officers removed her clothes and put her into a gown. Her pants were removed, supposedly because it was feared she could use the elastic to hang herself. CCTV from the cell showed her ripping her hair out and banging her head against the wall - evidence, it was argued, showed she felt degraded.

    Lord Justice Pitchford, Lord Justice Lewison and Lord Justice Fulford unanimously rejected all grounds of challenge to the police action and said preventing the girl from harming herself was "a legitimate aim" and there was no room for finding it was disproportionate.

  33. Judge has 'concerns' about girl's custody treatment

    Merseyside Police's decision to remove a distressed 14-year-old girl's clothes after her arrest has prompted concern in the Court of Appeal.

    The force said they did so in order to protect the Liverpool girl, referred to as "PD", from harm.

    While Lord Justice Pitchford ruled the police's action on 16 September 2010 did not amount to a breach of her human rights, he said: "I am bound to express concern that it should have been thought appropriate immediately to remove the clothes of a distressed and vulnerable 14-year-old girl without thought for alternative and less invasive measures to protect her from herself."

  34. Scout leader jailed

    Owen, who had been a volunteer at a scout group for more than a decade, was found guilty of abusing both boys after a four-day trial. He molested the two teenagers on separate occasions after inviting them to his home.

    Before assaulting one of the boys, described in court as vulnerable, Owen gave him whiskey.

    In a separate case, Owen admitted possessing or making thousands of images of child abuse . These were discovered when police searched his home after receiving a tip-off from authorities in Canada.

  35. BreakingScout leader jailed

    A Merseyside scout leader has been jailed for four-and-a-half years for sexually molesting two teenage boys and making or possessing thousands of images of child sexual abuse.

    Gavin Owen, 38 and from Formby, showed no emotion as the judge passed sentence at Liverpool Crown Court this morning.

  36. Missing girls found

    Two missing 12-year-old girls have been found safe and well.

    Merseyside Police had been looking for Leda Hassan and her cousin Kanni Rafiq since they went missing from the Toxteth area of Liverpool on Wednesday afternoon.

    Both were found in the early hours of Thursday, said police.

  37. Howard plays down MLS talk

    BBC Sport

    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard insists he is happy at Goodison Park, and has played down talk of him returning to the United States this summer.

    The 35-year-old American has persistently been linked with a move to Major League Soccer.

    "Two weeks ago some things popped up on Twitter and I was getting all sorts of phone calls. I had to call my agent to find out what was going on because I didn't know anything about it and nor did he," he told radio station SiriusXM FC.

    "I've got three years left at Everton and at the end of that I want to be done playing so what happens in between I have no idea. It is a business, but I'm happy where I am. I don't know anything about those rumours, I have to be honest."

  38. Meeting postponed

    Cheshire Police tweets: "In case anyone missed this, the Congleton Working Together meeting that was due to take place tonight has been postponed until the summer".

  39. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    At 11:00 we hear from Phil Davies, the leader of Wirral Council and of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, as he calls for more transparency and fairness in the way central government gives out funding.

    He believes the north-south divide remains an issue.

  40. Lallana 'left sour taste' at Saints

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana says he is expecting a mixed reaction when he returns to Southampton for the first time since leaving St Mary's.

    Lallana spent 12 years at Saints before a £25m move to Anfield last July.

    Adam Lallana
    Adam Lallana in 2008

    The former Saints captain, 26, said: "I'm not stupid enough to think the way I left didn't leave a sour taste in a few people's mouths."

  41. Strip club back under spotlight

    Chester Chronicle

    Exotic dancers once again face a fight for their right to strip as the city's only lap-dancing club comes back under the spotlight.

    Just six months have passed since the Platinum Lounge won its lengthy battle to continue acting as a 'gentleman's club'.

    But now the future of the club, based in the city's historic Rows, once again hangs in the balance as its sex establishment venue (SEV) licence comes under review.

  42. Celebrate the year of the goat

    Alex Homer

    BBC Local Live

    Chinese markets, street parades and a firecracker display will be part of the entertainment to mark the Chinese New Year on Sunday in Liverpool's Chinatown.

    More information about the day's celebrations can be found here.

  43. Traffic light failure

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    There is a traffic light failure on the A580 East Lancashire Road in Golborne in Haydock, on the roundabout, drivers are being warned.

  44. Sefton Park Meadows revised plans expected

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Last month we revealed that Liverpool's Labour Mayor Joe Anderson asked Redrow to go back to the drawing board over its plans to build on Sefton Park Meadows.

    He was unhappy that proposals to build 34 executive homes would also involve the removal of 27 trees.

    Today we can reveal the developers are expected to come back with plans for about 20 homes and the removal of just one mature tree.

    Today was the final deadline for people to voice their objections to the plans. The council says it will contact anyone who has already objected and invite them to resubmit their comments.

  45. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The leader of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is calling for more transparency and fairness in the way funding is given out from Central Government.

    It comes as new research has found that more than half of local councils have had to dip into their reserves to pay for services.

  46. Fitness test for Sterling

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool will check on the fitness of Raheem Sterling ahead of tonight's Europa league tie against Besiktas.

    Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling
  47. Dazzling new look for ferry

    Steve Coleman

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The wraps are off a Mersey ferry which has undergone a multi-coloured transformation to mark the centenary of World War One.


    The Snowdrop's been in dry dock at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead while a dazzle effect which was used to avoid detection by enemy submarines has been lovingly recreated.

    The design was commissioned from Sir Peter Blake, who was responsible for The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band cover in 1967.

  48. Strong start for shopping centre

    Liverpool Echo

    Click and Collect services combined with festive bargains have seen retailers at St Helens Church Square Shopping Centre reporting a strong start to 2015.

    More than a million shoppers have passed through the centre in the last two months seeking Christmas presents and hunting down New Year bargains.

  49. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The leader of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority is calling for more transparency and fairness in the way funding is given out from Central Government.

    It comes as new research has found that more than half of local councils have had to dip into their reserves to pay for services.

  50. Everton players out for Europa tie

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Everton are still without Leighton Baines (pictured) and Aidan McGeady for their Europa League tie tonight at BSC Young Boys in Switzerland.

    England defender Leighton Baines

    Aaron Lennon cannot play as he is cup-tied.

  51. Care home fined £90,000

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A care home in Wallasey has been ordered to pay £90,000 in fines and costs after it was found guilty of failing to treat its elderly residents with respect.

    Mother Redcaps, which is on Egremont Promenade, was also found to be failing in the way it recorded and handled medicines, and for failing to employ a registered manager.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it had found breaches of conditions during a series of unannounced visits. The company denies the allegations.

  52. Garlands closure extended

    Merseyside Police successfully applied to Liverpool magistrates yesterday afternoon for a court order which means Garlands nightclub will remain closed for three months.

    The court was told staff at Garlands sold drugs and the toilets were "essentially a sweet shop... where punters could take their pick".

    Club raid Liverpool

    Police claimed staff were "complicit" in illegal drug use and there was a link between drugs and violence at the venue.

    A lawyer for Garlands hit back at police claims in court saying: "All crimes you cite as dealing with violence are at the very lowest end of the imaginary spectrum".

    Magistrates granted the order, closing the Eberle Street venue for longer.

  53. Rain on the way

    Kaye Forster

    Weather Presenter

    There will be rain throughout the day, persistent and heavy in places, especially on west facing hills.

    BBC weather

    However, the afternoon should become drier and brighter, but with showers remaining possible. Top temperatures of about 9C (48F)

  54. M6 fire causing delays

    BBC Travel

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M6 northbound between J25 for the A49 Byrn and J26 for the M58 Orrell Interchange for Wigan because of a vehicle fire, drivers are warned.

  55. News on the hour

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The owners of Garlands nightclub say they hope to be back open as soon as possible after a judge closed the club for three months following a drugs raid.

    The venue's solicitor Paul Barrow told Liverpool Magistrates Court that managers weren't aware of any drug use and will do all they can to stop it in future.

    Listen live to the bulletin on BBC Radio Merseyside.

  56. Good morning

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News Online

    Morning folks. I'm your host today as we take in all Thursday's news, sport, travel and weather updates from the Local Live team.

    Please feel free to get involved. You can send us your comments, pictures, tip-offs, or anything else via email, Facebook or Twitter.