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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 13 March 2015
  2. We will be back with more live news, sport, travel and weather on Monday from 08:00 GMT.

Live Reporting

By Rumeana Jahangir

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight all

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    That's all for Local Live this week - thanks for joining us and we will back on Monday at 08:00.

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Patchy rain dies out

    Eno Eruotor

    Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    Any lingering patchy rain will soon die out, leaving largely dry conditions.

    Weather graphic

    There will be some clear spells leading to a rather cold night with frost in places.

  3. Wolves make one change

    BBC Sport

    Warrington Wolves make just one change to their squad for tonight's home game with Leeds Rhinos as George King replaces captain Joel Monaghan (pictured) who has a hamstring injury.

    Joel Monaghan

    Ryan Atkins is fit for the First Utility Super League match, after illness forced him out of the win over Hull KR.

    Kick-off is at 20:00 GMT.

  4. Sisters painting it for themselves

    Two hundred "empowering self-portraits", designed to promote the therapeutic value of art, will be unveiled tonight at Liverpool School of Art & Design.

    portraits

    The launch of the The Stand up for Sistahood touring exhibition is backed by the NHS and organised by Clare Campbell, who founded Big Love Sista.

    The project offers therapeutic interventions for vulnerable women in Liverpool.

  5. University buys courtroom on eBay

    Chris Long

    BBC News

    Now, what's the strangest thing you've ever bought on eBay?

    Law students in Ormskirk are to hone their skills in a "real setting" after their university bought the contents of a courtroom in an online auction.

    Edge Hill University's new "mooting room", in which mock cases are debated, includes fittings from the former North Sefton Magistrates' Court in Southport.

    Edge Hill University mooting room

    The American oak furniture was bought in August after the university spotted it for sale on eBay.

  6. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    We will reporting on the fourth day of former Ch Supt David Duckenfield's evidence to the Hillsborough inquests,

    Our political editor Arif Ansari will be reporting from the Lib Dems' spring conference in Liverpool.

    And we'll look back on a good night for Everton in the Europa League, and preview the weekend's sporting action.

    All this on North West Tonight at 18:30.

  7. From queen of the seas to... razor blades?

    What happens when ocean liners reach the end of the line?

    Cunard ship

    For many, the future is bleak - the scrapyard and the possibility of ending up as razor blades beckons.

    A select few, though, have escaped the blow torch, as this lovely BBC feature highlights.

  8. Collapsed sewer causes hole in road

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Staying with the roads...

    A busy junction could be closed "for several weeks" after a large hole appeared following a sewer collapse.

    The hole in the road

    United Utilities said the hole appeared overnight at the junction of the A565 Cambridge Road and Preston New Road in Southport.

  9. M62 delays

    BBC Travel reports one lane is closed eastbound on the M62, causing severe disruption between junctions six (for the M57) and seven (Rainhill Stoops).

  10. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Some of the families of the Hillsborough victims have walked out of court, as a former senior police officer again apologises.

    David Duckenfield has finished giving a fourth day of evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

  11. Liverpool to finish fourth - Savage

    BBC Sport

    Speaking of aiming for the stars... Here's Robbie Savage's take on the climax to the football season...

    The race for a top-four Premier League finish has turned into a sprint to the line that will be settled by the smallest of margins.

    Robbie Savage

    It is the games between the top teams that will prove pivotal, particularly when United host Spurs on Sunday and travel to Anfield the following weekend.

    Unbeaten in 12 Premier League games, Liverpool look very strong.

    By my calculations they will make it and finish fourth, but it depends on them winning against Manchester United next week in what will be a massive match for both clubs.

  12. Moon gazing

    BBC Stargazing Live, presented by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain, will return to BBC Two next Wednesday night from Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.

    Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain

    Ahead of next Friday's partial eclipse, they want your questions about all things moon-related. Please get in touch on Twitter using #AskStargazing.

    The Liverpool Echo, courtesy of the planetarium at the World Museum, also has a guide to the best places in the city from which to see the astronomical spectacle.

  13. Hillsborough

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    I'm writing up a full report of today's evidence at the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington.

    In the meantime, we'll bring you more news, sport, travel and weather from around the region

  14. Duckenfield: I was traumatised

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    David Duckenfield, continuing his speech to the relatives of those who died, tells the inquests: "I was traumatised... I've buried the bad to survive."

    Some relatives were in tears during those comments while others walked out of court.

  15. BreakingBreaking News

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    David Duckenfield has just made a long speech to relatives of the 96 Hillsborough victims.

    "To the families, I say this. It has now dawned on me what it means to you and I'm dreadfully sorry," he said.

    "When the independent panel report was published, I couldn't bear the word Hillsborough and could not bear to think about it.

    "I hoped it would go away but then, two years ago, I had to force myself to look at matters and could only do so with help of doctors."

    He also said: "It's fair to say I buried my head in the sand. I'm now very much older, very much wiser, and I've decided to tell the whole truth.

    "It is now I have thought very seriously about the families. For the first time, I've seen what it means for a mother to lose a loved one."

  16. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has heard the chief constable of South Yorkshire Police gave a "false impression" about what happened.

    David Duckenfield, who was match commander on the day, has been questioned about a press conference Peter Wright held on the evening of the disaster.

  17. Duckenfield: 'I didn't blame the fans'

    Judith Moritz

    BBC News

    The inquests heard that in a memo after the Hillsborough disaster, the chief constable of South Yorkshire Peter Wright wrote: "We've got nothing to fear."

    He added: "If it is that drunken, marauding fans contributed to this, let somebody else say it."

    David Duckenfield says he was with the chief constable but wasn't party to policy decisions [on blaming the fans].

  18. 'Common knowledge'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield is shown a transcript of a meeting of senior officers from South Yorkshire on the Sunday after the Hillsborough tragedy.

    Acting for the families, Michael Mansfield QC points out that, at no stage did the police match commander say that he gave the order to open exit gate C allowing about 2,000 fans to enter the stadium.

    When asked why not, he replied: "I thought it was common knowledge."

  19. 'Can't recall Thatcher visit'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield tells the hearing he can't recall meeting then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher when she visited Hillsborough on the day after the disaster and can't recall speaking to her.

    Margaret Thatcher at Hillsborough
  20. Gate lie 'not significant'

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Michael Mansfield QC asks Mr Duckenfield why he failed to mention his conversation with FA chief executive Graham Kelly, in which lied about fans forcing an exit gate, in his statement to the Taylor inquiry.

    "It didn't seem significant," he replied.

    On Thursday, the former police match commander admitted telling Mr Kelly in the hours after the disaster that some Liverpool fans forced exit gate C when, in fact, Mr Duckenfield had given the order to open it.

  21. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A road in Southport could be closed for several weeks after a sewer collapsed.

    United Utilities are trying to control the volume of water now escaping from the system at the junction of Cambridge Road and Preston New Road.

  22. Duckenfield denies plot to 'shift blame'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    In the press conference on the evening of the Hillsborough disaster, SYP chief constable Peter Wright said the order to open the exit gate "would come from an officer near it".

    Mr Duckenfield denies this was a plot to shift blame onto junior officers.

    He has already admitted to the inquests that he told ACC Walter Jackson that he himself ordered the exit gate to be opened at the first opportunity.

  23. 'False impression'

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Mr Duckenfield agrees that the South Yorkshire chief constable was giving a "false impression" during the press conference.

  24. 'Police chief didn't consult me'

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    The court is shown a transcript of comments by then Chief Constable Peter Wright at a South Yorkshire Police press conference on the evening of the disaster.

    Mr Wright told the media he couldn't say if there was a link between the gate opening and the crowd surge.

    But Mr Duckenfield denies that came from him. He says the chief constable "certainly excluded me" when speaking to senior officers before the press conference.

  25. 'Steadfast deceit'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield agrees he "steadfastly deceived" people in a meeting in the Hillsborough stadium boardroom at about 16:00 as he still didn't say he'd ordered the gate open.

    He says all he can remember is a sea of faces and someone asking how many were dead.

    He went to South Yorkshire Police headquarters at about 17:45, where he told the then Chief Constable Peter Wright that he ordered the opening of exit gate C.

  26. 'I didn't look at stadium layout'

    Judith Moritz

    BBC News

    Looking at a photo of the inside of the police box, David Duckenfield says he can see a plan of the stadium lying on top of a table.

    Police control box

    Asking Mr Duckenfield about his failure to consider the consequences of opening an exit gate, Mr Mansfield QC says: All you had to do was look at the plan. Did you?

    Mr Duckenfield: "No, because I wasn't in that position."

    Mr Mansfield QC: "Three paces away.."

  27. 'Not aware of specific evacuation plan'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Michael Mansfield QC, representing 23 of the families, is showing Mr Duckenfield a plan for evacuation of the stadium.

    Mr Duckenfield says he was not aware of a specific contingency plan for the evacuation of Hillsborough but was aware of a general evacuation plan.

  28. Questioning resumes

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Michael Mansfield resuming cross examining Hilllsborough match commander David Duckenfield at new inquests.

  29. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The jury at the Hillsborough inquests has heard police asked for dog handlers to be sent to the stadium, more than two and a half minutes before a request was made for ambulances.

    The match commander on the day, David Duckenfield, is being questioned about his response to the disaster.

  30. 'Blue' nose day?

    Everton has tweeted its own version of today's Red Nose Day with Duncan Ferguson sporting a blue nose - much like the former player did when celebrating the team's FA Cup triumph against Manchester United in 1995.

    tweet grab
  31. Record-breaker Lukaku

    BBC Sport

    Romelu Lukaku - much maligned for his league form in recent weeks - became Everton's record European goalscorer last night. His penalty winner against Dynamo Kiev was his seventh for the club.

    Romelu Lukaku
  32. Chief says 'buck stops with me'

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    The police match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has told a jury "ultimately, the buck stops with me".

    Former Ch Supt David Duckenfield

    David Duckenfield said he had taken advice from colleagues but had not done "the easiest thing" and blamed others for his mistakes.

    The former chief superintendent has also denied that his leadership was "woefully inadequate from start to finish".

  33. Any questions for Wirral?

    Wirral Grammar School for Girls will be hosting BBC Radio 4's Any Questions programme this evening.

    Phil Redmond

    The panel will include Liverpool TV producer Phil Redmond (above), Conservative MP Ken Clarke as well as Liberal Democrat Tim Farron and UKIP's Suzanne Evans.

    The programme will be broadcast live on Radio 4 at 20:00.

  34. Morning session ends

    The Hillsborough Inquests have broken for lunch and will resume at 14:00.

  35. 'Liverpool fans not causing trouble'

    Judith Moritz

    BBC News

    Michael Mansfield QC: "This wasn't fans turning up late having got into a drunken state was it?"

    Mr Duckenfield: "I think you and I will have to disagree on that."

    The former police match commander admits he received no information on the day that Liverpool fans were causing trouble on their way along Leppings Lane into the ground.

  36. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The match commander on the day of the Hillsborough disaster has denied being "reckless."

    David Duckenfield, who's giving evidence at the inquests, also rejected claims his leadership was "woefully inadequate."

  37. BreakingBreaking News

    Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been jailed for five years after he was convicted in February of indecently assaulting two teenage boys when he was a teacher.

    Fred Talbot

    He is best known for presenting the weather on ITV's This Morning programme from a floating map at Liverpool's Albert Dock.

  38. 'Measures should have been in place'

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Michael Mansfield QC claims that Mr Duckenfield should have put measures in place at 2.10pm, after seeing the build-up of fans at the Leppings Lane turnstiles.

    Mr Duckenfield said he 'might agree' measures should have been put in place by 2.30pm, not before.

  39. 'Didn't ask how many fans yet to enter'

    Judith Moritz

    BBC News

    Mr Duckenfield says he's unsure whether he knew at the time that Sheffield Wednesday's separate club control room could have told him how many numbers of fans were coming through the turnstiles.

    He acknowledged that the the club control room had the equipment to record turnstile data.

    But Mr Duckenfield admits he didn't get anyone in police control box to call club control to ask how many fans were still to enter the ground.

  40. 'You should have been monitoring screens '

    Judith Moritz

    BBC News

    Michael Mansfield QC: "You should have been looking at the screens [in the police control box] shouldn't you?"

    Mr Duckenfield: "With hindsight, yes."

    Mansfield QC: "You must have realised you were letting in hundreds of people."

    Duckenfield: "I opened the gates to save lives."

  41. Duckenfield: 'I was not reckless'

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Michael Mansfield QC asks Mr Duckenfield about the attributes required of a "reasonably competent match commander" and his failure to foresee the consequences of opening gate C.

    "If you didn't recognise the risks you were being extraordinarily reckless weren't you?" he says.

    Mr Duckenfield replies: "It was neither reckless or anything else. It was purely an oversight in very stressful circumstances."

  42. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A military service is taking place in London to mark 13 years of military operations in Afghanistan.

    The Queen, Prince Charles and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are at St Paul's Cathedral along with many relatives of the 453 British personnel killed during the conflict.

  43. Michael Mansfield now questioning

    Rajiv Menon QC, who represents the families of 75 victims, has finished questioning Mr Duckenfield.

    Michael Mansfield

    The former police match commander now faces questions from Michael Mansfield QC, on behalf of the families of the other 23 victims.

  44. Duckenfield denies 'gross negligence'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Rajiv Menon QC concludes by saying to Mr Duckenfield that his failure to foresee where fans would go when the exit gate was opened was "gross negligence and ultimately it caused the disaster and the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans didn't it?"

    Mr Duckenfield replied: "No sir."

  45. 'Didn't order blood alcohol tests'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield says he did not go onto the pitch during the rescue operation as it "wasn't my role" and he didn't go to the temporary morgue at the gym either.

    He adds he had nothing to do with the decision to test victims - including children - for blood alcohol levels.

    "After the disaster I was marginalised and I took no part in anything like that," he says.

    He disagrees with Mr Menon QC's comments that his leadership and coordination of the emergency response was "woefully inadequate from start to finish".

  46. "Shut up boss"

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield says he may have declared major incident from the control box but it may have been missed by others.

    Junior officers told him to "shut up boss" as they couldn't hear a stream of instruction he was issuing.

    View from police control box at Hillsborough
  47. 'Failed to declare an emergency'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    At 15.06, police control called for increased police manpower. Mr Menon QC says fans required bolt cutters & urgent medical assistance immediately.

    Mr Menion says police radio transcript shows Mr Duckenfield unequivocally & unambiguously "failed to declare a major incident".

    Mr Duckenfield replies: "You're stuck in a moment of time. I couldn't do everything at once. It's a crisis. The atmosphere was manic."

  48. Video of fan collapsing

    Mr Duckenfield is shown video of a man collapsing on the pitch at 15:04. He says this was when he realised it was a medical emergency.

    He can't explain why police dog handlers were called for then before an ambulance was requested.

  49. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The former senior police officer in charge at the Hillsborough disaster has told the inquests, the "buck stops with me".

    David Duckenfield has admitted he wasn't concentrating fully on the Leppings Lane terrace in the build-up to the crush because - as match commander - he had other things to do.

  50. 'I thought it was crowd disorder'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield is shown photos taken from the north stand showing pens in Leppings Lane end with fans climbing out. He says, at the time, he thought it was crowd disorder.

    He's then shown BBC footage of people coming over fences. "Twenty-six years ago, I saw most if not all these scenes. Recalling them in detail is another matter now."

  51. 'Shut the gate at rear of tunnel'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield is shown copy of a police log where an officer at 14:55 is shown to be saying "Shut the gate at the rear of the tunnel" but this was the only part of a log not entered on the police national computer.

    The coroner intervenes when Mr Duckenfield says he didn't hear the comment on the day and he has no knowledge of it.

    The families' QC Mr Menon asks: "Your focus was on a potential pitch invasion as opposed to safety, wasn't it?" Mr Duckenfield replies: "My focus would be on the two issues."

  52. Duckenfield: 'Buck stops with me'

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Rajiv Menon, the families' QC, says control was lost outside the ground at about 14:30. Mr Duckenfield says it happened later - at 14:40 - after radio problems became the focus.

    "I am the man in overall control". I seek guidance from others, he added but the "buck stops with me".

    CCTV of fans at Hillsborough

    The easiest thing would be to blame others, he tells the hearing, but he's not.

  53. 'Fans being lifted from pens'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Footage from camera 5, which best replicates the view from the police box does not exist, the jury is told.

    Mr Duckenfield is shown a clip of film taken by a BBC cameraman from the police box gantry. It shows people being lifted from the pens to the stand above.

    The former police match commander says he would have had a "very good view" from the different angle.

  54. Safety is 'trump card'

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Mr Duckenfield agrees that if any safety considerations, should delay kick off to match. Safety is 'trump card', says QC.

    The hearing is also told there was a 19% depreciation in the number of officers on duty at FA Cup semi-final between the 1988 and '89 matches, which equated to 172 fewer officers.

  55. 'Didn't realise pens were overcrowded'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Says Mr Duckenfield: "I have admitted my failings, but taking it backwards, I was attempting to save lives."

    He admits that even when the match stopped he didn't realise the central pens were hugely overcrowded.

  56. 'Other places people could go'

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield tells the inquests that, at 2.49pm, the pens could not hold the 2,000 people who entered when gate C opened on his orders.

    But he says, when he ordered the gate to be opened, there were other places people could go.

  57. 'People can raise their arms'

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Mr Duckenfield is shown footage of the central pens at 2.49pm on the day. He says they are 'full' but there "must be space" because people can "raise their arms".

  58. Footage of pens shown

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield is shown video of pens 3 and 4 at 14.15.

    He says they're "filling nicely" and are not full or over full and there are moments when people able to move their arms and chant.

  59. Families' lawyer begins questioning

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Mr Duckenfield is cross examined by Rajiv Menon QC representing many of the bereaved Hillsborough families.

  60. Hillsborough Inquests resume

    Former police match commander David Duckenfield has begun giving evidence for a fourth day at the Hillsborough Inquests in Warrington.

    Court artist drawing of David Duckenfield
  61. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Seven people have been arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm after a man was spotted going into a Wirral home with a gun.

    Officers are still searching the property on Laird Street in Birkenhead - though the road has now reopened.

  62. Tricks of the game

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says players will try "every trick in the book" to win.

    steven gerrrard

    His comments follow criticism of Chelsea's conduct in their Champions League last-16 defeat to Paris St-Germain.

    "I think it's normal when you play games at that level," said Gerrard who also revealed he has recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered in February.

  63. I'm Bond... and so am I

    Daniel Craig, who grew up in Chester and Wirral, has been given the licence to thrill in a James Bond skit for tonight's Comic Relief.

    Daniel Craig with red nose

    The 007 star, currently filming new instalment Spectre, will be joined by his predecessor Roger Moore.

    They will also be joined by current James Bond actors Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Naomie Harris.

  64. Fred Talbot due to be sentenced

    Former TV weatherman Fred Talbot, convicted of indecently assaulting two teenage boys when he was a teacher, is due to be sentenced later.

    Fred Talbot

    He was found guilty in February of abusing two pupils at Altrincham Grammar School in Greater Manchester.

    Talbot is best known for presenting the weather on ITV's This Morning programme from a floating map at Liverpool's Albert Dock.

  65. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside charity is calling for more support for those who are nearing retirement - because of new rules on pension coming into force from next month.

    Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton will be running pre-retirement courses because, from April 6, those aged 55 or over will be given more control over their money.

  66. Lib Dems conference starts in Liverpool

    The Liberal Democrats are on the waterfront for their spring conference this weekend.

    Nick Clegg

    Party leader and deputy prime minster Nick Clegg will give his speech on 13:00 on Sunday.

    The three-day conference - held two months before the general election on 7 May - officially opens at 15:00 today at ACC Liverpool.

  67. Lukaku gives Everton advantage

    BBC Sport

    Romelu Lukaku's late penalty gave Everton a vital lead in their 2-1 defeat of Dynamo Kiev last night.

    Romelu Lukaku celebrates on his knees

    The team came from behind to win at Goodison Park with Lukaku becoming the club's record European scorer.

    The second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie will be in Ukraine on 19 March.

  68. Hillsborough inquests: Duckenfield continues

    The man who was in charge of policing on the day of the Hillsborough disaster is due to give evidence for his fourth day at the new inquests today.

    David Duckenfield

    Former chief superintendent David Duckenfield agreed yesterday that he had been incompetent and his "mistakes" contributed to the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans on 15 April 1989.

  69. Wet, wet, wet

    BBC Weather

    Latest

    Heavy rain will edge westwards bringing largely cloudy and wet conditions throughout the day, although it will gradually ease with some late brightness possible.

    weather grab

    Feeling colder, especially in the wet conditions.

  70. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside charity says more support is needed for people nearing retirement because of new pension rules which come into force next month.

    Age Concern Liverpool and Sefton will be running pre-retirement courses later this month because, from 6 April, those aged 55 or over will have more control over their pension pot - meaning they can cash in more of the money as a lump sum.

  71. Good morning!

    ...or given it's Comic Relief Day today, should that be "good moaning?"

    policeman with Renee from Allo Allo

    It's another Friday 13th but stay with us for the latest news, sport, travel and weather across Merseyside today.