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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 25 February 2015
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Goodbye

Tom Mullen

BBC News Online

That's all from the Local Live team for today. Join us when the service resumes at 08:00 on Thursday.

Wet and windy tonight

BBC Weather tells us rain will ease for a time this evening, before turning heavy during the early hours of Thursday.

weather graphic
BBC

Winds will increase with gales developing by dawn, but the good news is temperatures will stay well above freezing.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On this evening's show, we'll hear from a Wallasey man who has set up his own social networking site for his apartment block after finding it impossible to meet his neighbours.

Laptop and phone generic
Thinkstock

Soon people were socialising, swapping furniture and helping each other out, and now more communities in the North West want to follow Paul's Hayes' example.

We'll also bring you the latest from the Hillsborough inquests, where a senior fire officer has told the jury about a police officer's fears of a "riot" if the match was abandoned.

Vikings embrace Newcastle stripes

Widnes Vikings have unveiled a special edition black and white shirt that the team will wear when they take part in the First Utility Super League Magic Weekend at St James' Park in Newcastle on 30 May.

Widnes Vikings
@RLPix

The jersey features the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation logo with proceeds from sales of it going to the cancer charity.

Appeal after hammer attack

A 38-year-old man was chased and then attacked with a hammer and a metal pole in the front garden of a house in Chester, police say.

Queens Park View, Chester
Google

Cheshire Constabulary are appealing for information after the assault, which happened in Queens Park View at about 14:50 on Friday.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Lomax nightclub in Liverpool has been shut for three months - after police found bags of drugs in the venue.

It's the second club in as many weeks to be shut down by the police after magistrates approved a three-month closure of Garlands nightclub last week.

Liverpool squad heads to Turkey

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

The Liverpool first team squad flew out to Turkey earlier for tomorrow night's Europa League round of 32 deciders with Besiktas.

Mamadou Sakho
AP

There were some notable absentees - Jordan Henderson has an ankle injury, Mamadou Sakho (pictured) is still struggling with a hip problem and Phillippe Coutinho didn't make the trip either. He may well be rested after 19 consecutive appearances.

Steven Gerrard and Lucas are still ruled out and Glen Johnson is ill.

Operation Crossbow a 'great success'

A police operation to target criminals travelling across the borders between Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales has been hailed a "great success".

Operation Crossbow was aimed at disrupting criminal activity across the region, and involved over 250 officers taking part.

Det Supt Paul Williams from

Cheshire Police said 41 people were arrested for offences included drugs related crimes, court warrants, theft and driving offences, including disqualified driving.

Join in the fun

Lip Service Theatre Company is looking for a team of up to 30 people of all ages to play a variety of roles in a new production.

The Picture of Doreen Gray (
LipService

The Picture of Doreen Gray - yes, you read that correctly - is coming to the Brindley Arts Centre in Runcorn in April.

The company is looking for people to perform live and on film in this show about a drivetime radio host going through a mid-life crisis.

If you're interested, you can

email for more information.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

A former FA chief executive was told by the Hillsborough match commander that "a gate or gates had been forced" before the disaster, the inquests jury has been told.

In his evidence to the Taylor Inquiry in 1989, Graham Kelly said he was also told there was an "in-rush of Liverpool supporters".

According to Mr Kelly, Ch Supt David Duckenfield also said there had been fatalities and the match was "likely to be called off".

A senior fire officer also told the inquests about a police officer's fears of a "riot" if the match was abandoned.

Creamfields line-up announced

Cheshire ravers, get ready to dance -

Creamfields has announced the line-up for its annual August Bank Holiday knees-up in Daresbury.

Fatboy Slim
PA

The three-day event will see sets from big beat favourite Fatboy Slim, BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra DJ Mistajam, dance duos Chase & Status, Gorgon City and The Chemical Brothers, Swedish house DJ Avicii and a host of others.

The festival saw 70,000 people attend in 2014 and the organisers hope even more will want to join in the festivities from 28 to 30 August when tickets go on sale on Friday.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Lomax nightclub in Liverpool has been shut for three months - after police found bags of drugs in the venue.

It's the second club in as many weeks to be shut down by the police after magistrates approved a three month closure of Garlands nightclub last week.

Be a park friend

The Friends of Bowring Park are holding an open day on Friday to recruit volunteers to help them run events and look after the area.

Friends of Bowring Park
BBC

The park in Knowsley - which is also home to the country's first ever municipal golf course - was given to the people for all time by Alderman William Bowring in 1906.

Court closes second drug raid club

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A second Liverpool nightclub will remain closed for three months after drugs were found during a police raid.

Lomax nightclub, Liverpool
Google

Merseyside Police uncovered 10 bags of cannabis and some cocaine at Lomax in Cumberland Street on 14 February.

The force successfully applied for a court order from Liverpool Magistrates' Court which means the venue will be closed temporarily.

Southport student falls down mountain

Liverpool Echo

A Southport schoolboy cheated death

after plunging 2,500ft (762m) from a mountain in Austria.

Jack Fox, 14, who was on a school trip, stopped to take a picture of pals before falling backwards off a mountain.

He suffered ice burns to his arms as he was "crashing through ice and bouncing off rocks".

Tower area to get a facelift

The overgrown area between Chester's Roman walls and the Shropshire Union Canal by

King Charles Tower is to undergo a major facelift.

King Charles Tower
Jaggery/Geograph

The £200,000 plan aims to clean up the area to open up the views and make it more welcoming.

New lighting will be installed and grassed areas created for informal use next to the canal.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Magistrates have closed the Lomax nightclub in Liverpool for three months.

This followed police raids on the venue - where ten bags of cannabis and cocaine were found.

Tranmere 'got nervous'

Mike Hughes

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Tranmere's hopes of climbing the League Two table and getting clear of the relegation zone,

were dealt a heavy blow last night.

Ryan Taylor
Getty Images

They were leading Portsmouth by two goals with just 15 minutes left but ended up losing the game 3-2.

Rovers manager Micky Adams thinks the overall performance was a good one, until the players "got nervous".

He said: "They tried to protect what they'd got. But the message I gave them at half-time was don't do that. I told them try and get a second goal and if you do try and get a third. I don't think you can criticise the performance apart from the last 15 minutes."

Second drug raid club to shut

Paul Burnell

BBC News

The Lomax nightclub in Liverpool will close for three months following a hearing before city magistrates.

The Lomax nightclub
Google

Merseyside Police uncovered 10 bags of cannabis and some cocaine at the club in Cumberland Street on 14 February.

Last week

Garlands was shut for three months following a raid, plus there was a similar search at
Republik.

Sharing WW1 stories

A University of Chester academic is piecing together a patchwork of untold stories that capture the life and times of people in Cheshire during World War One.

Australian munitions workers were employed in Cheshire during the war
University of Chester

Dr Jessica van Horssen is calling on local heritage groups and historians to contribute memories, images and artefacts to

Diverse Narratives, a specially commissioned website that focuses on the forgotten experiences of minority groups in Cheshire from 1914 to 1918.

Rugby match in honour of killed PC

Liverpool Echo

Ormskirk Rugby Club will play Merseyside Police in a

special game dedicated to the memory of PC Neil Doyle.

PC Neil Doyle
Merseyside Police

The Green Lane's 3XV was due to play Merseyside Police Rugby Team on December 20 last year but the match was postponed following PC Doyle's death.

Elderly man's body found after fire

Emma Stanley

BBC News

The body of an 87-year-old man has been found following a house fire in Toxteth.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze could have been started by a cigarette at the property on Whittier Street in the early hours of this morning.

A post-mortem examination will be carried out to establish the cause of the man's death.

Rain on the way this afternoon

BBC Weather tells us low cloud and milder conditions will gradually spread in from the west this afternoon, with rain arriving and turning persistent over the hills.

Splashing in a puddle
BBC

It will become breezier later too.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A senior fire officer says police in the control box during the Hillsborough disaster feared there would be a riot among fans if the match was abandoned.

Alan Hornsby was South Yorkshire's assistant chief fire officer in 1989.

Singers under starter's orders

Acceptable in the 80s... and at the races later this year are pop stars Nik Kershaw, Go West, Sonia and The Christians, who will be performing at a

concert at Aintree in May.

Nik Kershaw
Steve ullathorne

Summer Nights - Sounds of the 80 will follow an evening of jump racing at the racecourse on Friday 15 May.

Liverpool loses Euro funding appeal

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal brought by local authorities - including Liverpool - against the allocation of European funding from 2014 to 2020.

Lawyers for the city and Sheffield brought a joint action arguing their reduction was disproportionate compared to other areas in the country.

Within the court proceedings, the government admitted that if they had treated all the English regions the same, then Merseyside would have got an additional €24m.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: "The bottom line is that the Government took €275 million of funding allocated to English regions such as Liverpool and gave it instead to Scotland and Northern Ireland."

Tackling criminals across the region

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Cheshire, Merseyside and North Wales Police are involved in a cross-border day of action against criminals in the region today.

police cars
cheshire police

The operation is aimed at disrupting criminal activity across the region and denying criminals the use of the roads.

Cheshire Police has also undertaken a number of drugs warrants across the West Cheshire area.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police will ask magistrates to close down another Liverpool nightclub this afternoon.

Officers raided the Lomax venue on Valentine's Day and found ten bags of cannabis and some cocaine.

Last week Garlands was shut for three months following a raid, plus there was a similar search at Republik.

Brown back for Widnes

Phil Kinsella

BBC Merseyside Sport

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts has confirmed skipper Kevin Brown will return to the squad for the game with Wakefield on Sunday.

Kevin Brown
Getty Images

Brown has been out with a concussion since the Vikings faced Wigan on 6 February.

M62 reopens

North West Motorway Police

tweets: M62 e/b j7-8 fully reopened after earlier RTC.

Passport package 'not dangerous'

Emma Stanley

BBC News

A "suspicious package" discovered at the Liverpool passport office in Old Hall Street has been checked and found to be nothing dangerous, Merseyside Police say.

Officers and members of Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were called to the building this morning.

A spokesman said the incident has now been "stood down".

M62 accident latest

BBC Travel North West

BBC Travel

There's queuing traffic on the M62 Eastbound between J7 for A57 Warrington Road and J8 for Burtonwood Road due to a crash this morning.

An accident closed both carriageways earlier, affecting traffic between Manchester and Liverpool, but the westbound road has since reopened.

Congestion is also reported at J6 for the M57.

Late-night culture crawl returns

LightNight, Liverpool's one-night arts festival, returns to illuminate the city on 15 May, giving visitors the chance to explore the city's culture after dark.

Lighnight 2014
Matt thomas

Museums, galleries and cultural spaces across the city keep their doors open late to showcase the region's arts during the annual event.

The event, now in its sixth year, promises interactive light projections, colourful street performances, heritage tours and live music.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The number of people dying from liver disease in the North West is higher than anywhere else in the UK.

That's according to the British Liver Trust which says that around 800 people are diagnosed with the disease in Liverpool every year - which is above the national average.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

Hillsborough reporter

A senior fire officer says police in the control box during the Hillsborough disaster feared there would be a riot among fans if the match was abandoned.

Alan Hornsby was South Yorkshire's assistant chief fire officer in 1989.

He went into the police control box after the disaster and spoke to officers in charge.

When the issue of calling the game off was raised, Mr Hornsby says the senior police officer panicked and claimed there'd be a riot.

M62 closed for a few hours

BBC Radio Merseyside

The M62 is likely to be closed until at least mid-afternoon as police continue investigation works following an accident this morning.

There is currently three miles of standstill traffic so avoid the area if you can.

Be the next music maestro

Liverpool Philharmonic has announced a new competition for young composers to mark the organisation's 175th anniversary.

sheet music
BBC

The Christopher Brooks Composition Prize is open to any composer aged 18-30 living, studying or working in the counties of Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester.

The winning composer will write a new work for an ensemble from the orchestra and will have it performed in concert during the 2016/17 concert season.

Air ambulance at M62 accident

NW Motorway Police

tweets: M62 J7-8 closed e/b due to a serious accident- we have the westbound temporarily closed due to air ambulance