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  1. Updates on Tuesday 24 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates will resume at 08:00 on Wednesday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Good evening

BBC Local Live will be back from 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Merseyside.

Overnight forecast

Charlie Slater

Weather Presenter, BBC Weather

Showers will continue to ease through the night. Clearer breaks will develop, most likely in the north of the region, where frost patches may form.

Charlie Slater

Winds becoming light with a low of 5°C (41°F).

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On the programme this evening, plans to host a huge waterfront disco and a record breaking fashion show in Liverpool as part of the Cunard 175th anniversary celebrations in July are announced.

A disco for adults with learning difficulties is told they are no longer welcome at the city centre pub they have used for nine years.

And work starts on a football-themed hotel to honour Reds legend Bill Shankly.

Join me for more on BBC One at 18:30.

Tranmere to assess duo

BBC Sport

Tranmere will assess Kayode Odejayi and Adam Dugdale ahead of

their tie later at Portsmouth, after the pair picked up knocks in the win over Shrewsbury.

Cole Stockton (hernia), Matt Hill (achilles) and Marcus Holness (knee) are all absent from Micky Adams' squad.

Improved Ofsted report

Warrington Council

tweets: Improved Ofsted result for Stockton Heath Primary School and pupils 'full of enthusiasm' find out more here:

Not so Super League?

BBC Sport

Can Super League compete with the NRL?

Russell Crow at St Helens
Getty Images

Russell Crowe skipped the Oscars to watch his South Sydney Rabbitohs side clinch the World Club Challenge against St. Helens, but was the one-sided contest really worth side-stepping Hollywood's red carpet for?

Read the feature in full online now.

Firefighters strike tomorrow

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Merseyside firefighters will go on strike from 07:00 tomorrow morning for 24 hours.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is reminding the public to be vigilant as it prepares for a reduced service.

A spokesman says: "The public should be reassured that firefighters who are not taking part in the industrial action will maintain an emergency response capability and there will be fire appliances available continuously during industrial action."

Carnival for maritime anniversary

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

I've been looking into

plans for Cunard's 175th anniversary celebrations in Liverpool, which are set to feature a spectacular carnival with as many as 5,000 participants.

Queen Victoria
Getty Images

The 4 July event will see local people gather for a world record attempt for "most models on a catwalk".

Organiser and fashion designer Wayne Hemingway says people of all ages and backgrounds are welcome to get involved in the waterfront fun.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

At a meeting tonight, Conservative councillors in Wirral will urge their opposition to end the "anguish and uncertainty" for parents and students at a special education needs school threatened with closure.

The authority voted to shut Lyndale in Eastham last December, with Labour blaming falling pupil numbers.

Conservative leader Jeff Green says numbers should not be the issue.

What is Africa Oye?

It might have announced

the first acts for what will be its 23rd year of musical celebration, but there are still some people who don't know what Africa Oye is.

Performer at Africa Oye
AFrica oye

The festival began as a series of Liverpool gigs in 1992 and has grown to be one of the biggest festivals of African and Caribbean culture in Europe, attracting up to 45,000 each day it is on.

Artists from over 30 countries have played the event - including such luminaries as Femi Kuti, Tinariwen and Baaba Maal - and the organisers say it aims to highlight "the fantastic range of cultures, foods, music and artists that make Africa so vibrant and inspiring".

You can join in the fun for free in Sefton Park on 20 and 21 June.

Dementia research

BBC North West Tonight

People across the North West are being encouraged to sign up to new research into dementia.

Dementia leaflets

The Join Dementia Research project is looking for people with or without the disease to register for studies to help experts improve their understanding of the condition more quickly.

July celebrations

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

Details of Liverpool's 4th July event as part of the summer's

One Magnificant City celebrations have been revealed.

It's to mark 175 years since the first passengers made the journey from here to New York.

There'll be a vintage festival at the Albert Dock with music, food, music and fashion.

For more details, follow @OMCLpool on Twitter.

Tranmere travel to Portsmouth

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Tranmere will continue their battle to move away from the League Two relegation zone when they play their game-in-hand on their rivals tonight.

Micky Adams
Getty Images

Rovers are away at Portsmouth and manager Micky Adams (pictured) will check on the fitness of Kayode Odejayi and Adam Dugdale after the pair picked up knocks in the win over Shrewsbury on Saturday.

There'll be full commentary on the game from Fratton Park tonight on

BBC Radio Merseyside.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

A Liverpool fan who was at Hillsborough with his son says the disaster would not have happened had the terrace not been divided into pens.

Edward Moreland was in one of the worst-affected areas, but moved to a pen next door through an open gate.

The jury at the inquests in Warrington has heard that after the disaster he wrote a letter to a newspaper saying that he believed if there hadn't been side fences dividing the terrace, the tragedy wouldn't have happened.

Disco decision due to 'changed emphasis'

A Liverpool pub which has announced it is to stop hosting club nights for people with disabilities says the decision has been made due to a change in its "emphasis".

JD Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon says: "We have been hosting the disco event at The Lime Kiln for the past eight years or so and can confirm that we have given notice to the group, with the last event planned for 10 March.

"We had to make a decision based on the fact that the pub has changed emphasis. What was once a late night, club style venue, with DJs seven nights a week, is now a pub where more customers than ever come to enjoy a meal and drinks."

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The police are trying to find a 13-year-old girl who's gone missing from her home in Walton.

Miya Morgan Rooney was last seen at St Peter's Close in Kirkby at around 04:00 last Friday.

She's described as white, 5ft 3ins tall, with long dark hair. Officers are searching the Kirkdale and Kirkby areas for her and have asked anyone who may have seen her to get in touch.

Fast tag lane launched

Mersey Travel

tweets: Save time as well as money with a Fast Tag - we've opened a Fast Tag only lane at the Kingsway Tunnel Toll Plaza

Protest over disco

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A protest's been held in Liverpool city centre today over plans by a bar to cancel a disco for people with disabilities.

Disability club night protest in Liverpool

Active Community Enterprise has been running the the events every Tuesday afternoon at Lloyds Bar in Concert Square for that past nine years.

One of the organisers Darren Guy says the discos are being scrapped by the owners of the bar, J D Wetherspoon.

Psychedelic trailer

Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia

tweets: Make sure you check out our amazing
#PZYK 2015 line-up trailer - here and now +

Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia trailer

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Bill Shankly's grandson says the new Shankly Hotel and museum being built in Liverpool will be a "mecca" for the legendary Reds manager.

Ferrari crash

A 41-year-old man's

been ordered to go on a driving improvement course after crashing his Ferrari near Warrington last night.

Crashed Ferrai on M56
North west motorway police

The sports car flipped onto its roof

after the driver lost control on the M56-M6 slip road - closing the road for a period.

North West Motorway Police say the driver luckily got away with minor injuries but the Ferrari's been written off.

BBC Worldwide in Liverpool

BBC Radio Merseyside

More than 700 TV executives from around the world are in Liverpool for the annual showcase where they decide which BBC programmes to buy for their networks.

The BBC's director general Tony Hall says overseas sales will mean better programmes for licence payers.

You can follow the events of today, which is strictly invite only, by

following BBC Worldwide on Twitter.

Work starts on Shankly 'tribute'

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

Work has begun on a new £20m football-themed hotel which includes

a museum with unseen memorabilia of Liverpool's former manager Bill Shankly.

Bill Shankly
Getty Images

The 83-bedroom Shankly Hotel in the former Liverpool City Council building in Victoria Street will display 70 pieces from his family's collection.

It is expected to be completed in August, creating more than 200 jobs. Chris Shankly-Carline said it will be "the ultimate tribute to his grandfather".

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

A South Yorkshire police constable who requested a "fleet of ambulances" to deal with the Hillsborough disaster did not know the force's major incident plan, the inquests have heard.

Kenneth Rook also did not know to use a codeword to communicate to emergency services a major incident was underway.

The ambulance control room told him they could not send a fleet but would send their "initial response".

Mr Rook said he "would have expected a more positive response".

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

People in Merseyside and Cheshire are being encouraged to sign up to new research into dementia.

The project, Join Dementia Research, aims to get people with or without the disease to register for studies to help researchers find the right participants at the right time.

Africa Oye announces acts


free annual celebration of African music, Africa Oye, has announced the first three acts that will grace their Sefton Park stage this year.


UK soul legend Omar will be topping the bill and there'll also be performances from Mali's BKO Quintet and Reunion Island's Lindigo.

Now in its 23rd year, the two-day festival attracted about 80,000 people to the park in 2014 and artistic director Paul Duhaney says he was looking forward to revealing the rest of this year's line-up, which he hopes will add up to "another spectacular festival" on 20 and 21 June.

Weather snapshot

Sara Blizzard

Weather Presenter, BBC Weather

We'll see strong winds throughout the day and it's all because of the low pressure we're seeing towards the north east.

Sara Blizzard

Into the afternoon, any showers will ease and we could see some sunshine in Merseyside.

For the latest forecast, visit

BBC Weather or follow
@BBCWeather on Twitter. You can also
watch today's forecast on the BBC North West Tonight Facebook page.

Millennium House history

Millennium House, which will be home to the new Shankly Hotel, was originally built as the Imperial Buildings in 1879.

Millennium House

The building, which became derelict in the 1980s,

is said to have once been a bank and was also the home of the Liverpool Echo for several years.

It was redeveloped into council offices in the 1990s.

Coming up

Graham Liver

North West Tonight

On this afternoon's programme, Liverpool prepares to celebrate its maritime history with the UK's biggest July 4th celebrations this year.

A weekend of events will mark 175 years of cruise liners sailing the Atlantic.

Join me for more on BBC One at 13:35.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Hairdressing students in Liverpool have opened their doors to asylum seekers in the city to offer them free haircuts and pampering sessions.

The event, organised by the City of Liverpool College and Regional Asylum Activisim, aims to provide some respite for those who often arrive from their home countries with nothing.

Man charged over firearms offences

A 19-year-old man from Bootle has been charged with firearms offenses, as part of police crackdown on violent crime.

Merseyside Police says the man has been charged with possession of a firearm and possession of ammunition and is due to appear before South Sefton Magistrates Court.

Pamper day for refugees

Leanne Harper

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been out to meet asylum seekers who are being given free haircuts by trainee hairdressers at the City of Liverpool College.

Hairdresser and man in a salon

Students at Liverpool's Duke Street College are running the pampering day today for those living in poverty in the city.

Liverpool is one of a number of cities to be named a

City of Sanctuary by a movement hoping to create a culture of hospitality for asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.

Psyching out

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia has revealed the first acts that will be playing the event in September.

Jason Pierce of Spiriualized

The organisers say the first headline act will be "British space-psych pioneers" Spiritualized, whose performance will come ahead of the release of the band's eighth album.

Also announced for the festival, which takes place on 25 and 26 September, is a collaboration between Brooklyn's Sacred Bones Records and Santiago's BYM Records and performances from London's Hey Colossus, Preston's Evil Blizzard and Helsinki's K-X-P.

More details of the other headliners and acts will be announced soon.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

A constable working in South Yorkshire Police's operations room on the day of the Hillsborough disaster says he did not know about the force's major incident plan.

Kenneth Rook told the new inquests he phoned the ambulance service and asked for a fleet of ambulances to go to the stadium but didn't use the codeword "catastrophe" to alert other emergency services because he did not know it.

Asked if his request was too vague for the ambulance service to prioritise the call, Mr Rook said that asking for a fleet and saying there were lots of people injured must have instilled that the incident was serious.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Merseyside teenager's been charged after four guns were taken off the streets of Sefton.

Officers discovered the weapons and a large number of bullets hidden in Netherton during searches.

The 19-year-old is due to appear at South Sefton Magistrates Court today.

Man found safe and well

Stephanie Barnard

BBC Local Live

More on the

police appeal to find a 42-year-old man following a "domestic incident" in Waterloo earlier this morning.

Merseyside Police say the man has been found safe and well.