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  1. Updates from Friday 20 March 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Good night

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

That's all from the Local Live team. Have a fabulous weekend and join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Monday.

Cloudy and patchy rain

Sara Blizzard

BBC Weather Presenter

It will turn more generally cloudy this evening with further patchy rain moving south, with some clearer spells for a time.

Sara Blizzard

Colder air will follow across northern parts with a patchy frost possible.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, there's multibillion-pound plans to overhaul transport in the region - but will it ever happen?

Also, see more on this morning's near total eclipse of the Sun and Everton's Europa exit.

Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

Graduation parade through Chester

Two hundred staff dressed in full graduation regalia took part in a procession through the streets of Chester earlier as part of the University of Chester's annual spring graduation.

Parade through Chester
University of Chester

Vice-Chancellor Prof Tim Wheeler said the parade was "particularly special" as the institute celebrates its 175th anniversary this year.

Boss calls on Blues to bounce back

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has

called on his players to lift themselves quickly following their Europa League exit at the hands of Dynamo Kiev.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez
Getty Images

The Blues head to relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers on Sunday - a side Martinez believes will be looking for victory by any means.

QPR currently lie 19th in the Premier League, four points from safety and in need of wins.

Tribute to killed football fan

Everton FC

tweets: Our thoughts are with the family of Bernard Murphy on the 11th anniversary of his tragic passing. RIP Bernard.

Mr Murphy, an Everton fan from Liverpool, was

killed after being hit by flying debris in high winds on his way to a match against Leicester City at the Walkers stadium.

Wirral Egg Run returns

The annual charity motorbike ride the Wirral Egg Run takes place this Sunday.

Riders are expected to gather at New Brighton Dips at 11:00 and will then follow a route which ends at Claremont Farm, Clatterbridge.

Wirral Egg Run
Phil Broster

Merseyside Police has advised roads are likely to be extremely busy from 11:00 and into the afternoon.

CCTV images released over taxi driver assault

CCTV images of a man

wanted in connection with an assault on a taxi driver in St Helens have been released by Merseyside Police.

Man police want to speak to
Merseyside Police

Police said the 25-year-old victim was left unconscious after he was punched at Millfields, Eccleston, in an argument over the fare at about 23:00 on Friday 13 March.

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Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

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Liverpool keeper joins Morecambe on loan

BBC Sport

Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has

joined League Two side Morecambe on loan for a month.

The Wales Under-21 international moved to Anfield from Wrexham but is yet to make an appearance for the Reds.

Danny Ward

Rail disruption

Network Rail emails to say there will be replacement buses running between Rock Ferry and Chester and Rock Ferry and Ellesmere Port on Sunday due to engineering work.

Your photos: Eclipse in Liverpool

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Rosie Havelin

tweets: Eclipse in Liverpool from @Barclays

Rosie Havelin

This was taken at the Barclays branch in Wavertree.

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News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 17:00 bulletin: A rapist from Liverpool has been handed a second life sentence after he was identified by one of his victims when she

saw his picture on a Facebook post.

Shaun Hopkins, from Fazarkley, assaulted this victim before raping two other women in 2005 and 2013. He was jailed for those two attacks last year.

'Perfect storm' led to Hillsborough disaster

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A "

perfect storm" of events led to the Hillsborough disaster, the jury at the new inquests has been told.

Policing expert Douglas Hopkins said it was "unwise" to appoint Ch Supt David Duckenfield as police match commander weeks before tragedy.

But he agreed it was a "little bit unfair" to blame him for a "flawed" policing plan, because it repeated one made by his predecessor.

Police video helps deaf crime suspects

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

Crime suspects who have difficulty hearing will now be able to

watch a video which offers reassurance and guidance about being in custody.

Cheshire Police has commissioned a video produced by the Cheshire Deafness Support Network to support detainees who are profoundly deaf until a trained interpreter arrives to support them.

Sterling 'contract talks in summer'

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says any further contract negotiations with Raheem Sterling, who has been linked with Manchester City, will now take place in the summer.

Raheem Sterling

Rodgers says he is happy at Anfield and now wants to concentrate on his football for the rest of the season, meaning no immediate developments.

Big Painting Challenge in Liverpool

This week's Big Painting Challenge sees artists taking inspiration from the streets of Liverpool.

From the Docks to the Music Quarter, the remaining artists face three challenges to capture the city in watercolours.

The Big Painting Challenge

Watch BBC One on Sunday between 18:00 and 19:00.

Watching eclipse at school

Students from St Hilda's CE School in Liverpool watched the solar eclipse earlier.

Watching eclipse at St Hilda's CE School
St Hilda's CE School

Leiva could figure in Man Utd game

Lucas Leiva is back in training with Liverpool and will have his match fitness assessed ahead of Sunday's Anfield clash with Manchester United, says Liverpool FC.

Lucas Leiva suffered an injury in the Merseyside derby on 7 February
Getty Images

The Brazilian has been out of action for the Reds since limping off during the early stages of the Merseyside derby on 7 February due to an adductor issue.

Victim's nightmares after rape

A victim who identified a rapist after seeing his picture on a Facebook post has

spoken of how she had nightmares and "ended up in a horrible place" after the attack.

Shaun Hopkins
Merseyside Police

Shaun Hopkins, 28, was handed a life sentence earlier for the attack in 2005. He was already serving a life term for raping two women, aged 37 and 19, in Liverpool.

Appeal for missing teenager

An appeal to find a missing 16-year-old boy from Toxteth has been launched.

Kamal Modowi
Merseyside Police

Kamal Modowi, who is approximately 6ft (1.8m) tall and of slim build with short black hair, has been missing since 6 March.

'Separating light from darkness'

Mike Blundell has emailed this view of the eclipse from St James Church, New Brighton.

Eclipse from St James Church, New Brighton
Mike Blundell

"God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness."

Wirral Coastal Walk plea

Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

emails to urge people to take part in the 2015 Wirral Coastal Walk, to help spread awareness of lung cancer.

Staff at Roy Castle Foundation
Roy Castle Foundation

The Wirral Coastal Walk takes place on 28 June from Seacombe Ferry to Wirral Country Park.

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 16:00 bulletin: A rapist from Liverpool has been handed a second life sentence after he was identified by one of his victims when she saw his picture on a Facebook post.

Shaun Hopkins, from Fazarkley, assaulted this victim before raping two other women in 2005 and 2013. He was jailed for those two attacks last year.

Hillsborough plans 'deeply flawed'

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside at the Hillsborough inquests

A policing expert has agreed the operational order on the day of the Hillsborough disaster was "deeply flawed".

Douglas Hopkins told the inquests it was "unwise" to put David Duckenfield in charge - adding the previous match commander "flew the operation by the seat of his pants".

Boris Johnson hits town

Chester Chronicle

Watch out -

the blond bombshell will be in town tonight.

Boris Johnson
Getty Images

The London mayor will be guest of honour at the Conservative Party members-only dinner taking place at the Pavilion Suite, Chester Racecourse.

Man accused of urging teen to take naked photos

St Helens Star

A man has appeared in court charged with

inciting a 13-year-old girl to send him naked photos of her.

Christian Adamson, 25, from Penny Lane in Haydock is also accused of meeting a 14-year-old girl twice with the intention of carrying out sexual activity.

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

On the 15:00 bulletin: A convicted Merseyside rapist has been given a second life sentence after another victim came forward when she recognised his picture on social media.

Shaun Hopkins from Fazakerley was jailed last year for raping two other women - one of whom was left pregnant - in 2005 and 2013.

Every dog has its eclipse day

BBC Newsbeat

Even dogs enjoyed the eclipse this morning! David and Julie Dean, from Liverpool, were keen to make sure their pet pooch enjoyed the astronomical spectacle safely.

Eclipse dog

Council to spend £85m on improving roads

Chris Long

BBC News

Plans to spend

£85m on major roads and transport schemes in Liverpool over the next four years have been approved by the city council.

The Strand

The proposals include road repairs and making the Strand and the area around Lime Street station "more pedestrian friendly".

Rhys Jones gang member appeal rejected

Liverpool Echo

Jamie Yates, who supplied the revolver which killed schoolboy Rhys Jones, has shamelessly

tried to convince government bosses to let him enter the neighbourhood where the youngster's grieving family live.

Rhys Jones

He is banned from visiting the district where his gun-toting gang shot dead the 11-year-old in August 2007.

Eclipse updates

Liverpool Echo

We've pulled together

eclipse updates from across Merseyside.

Near-total eclipse

News on the hour

Lucinda Moore

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 14:00 bulletin: A rapist who attacked two women from Liverpool has been given a second life sentence after a third victim came forward when she

recognised him on Facebook.

Shaun Hopkins, from Fazakerley, was first jailed last year and the woman - who was attacked a decade ago - then saw his photo on social media.

Watching the eclipse in Everton

Students Kathryn and Jess, from Liverpool John Moores University, watched the eclipse at Everton Park

Students Kathryn and Jess from @LJMU

Burglary suspect E-fit released

Police have released an E-fit of a man they want to speak to in connection with burglary of a house in Walton earlier this month.

The occupant of a house in Java Road felt a breeze and went to the front door to investigate.

E-fit released by police after burglary in Java Road
Merseyside Police

He pushed the occupant out of the way before stealing the keys to her car and running out of the house.

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact Merseyside Police or Crimestoppers.

Work starts on eco-homes

Liverpool Express

Work is under way to build

58 energy-efficient family homes in Walton.

The scheme will see 45 two-bedroom houses and 13 three-bedroom properties built on the former Dunlop factory in Hazeldale Road - a site which has stood empty for 15 years.

Liverpool's eclipse

Some stunning pictures of the eclipse are coming out.

Eclipse with the Royal Liver Building in the foreground

Here's the Sun behind one of the Liver Birds on Liverpool's Royal Liver building.


more about today's eclipse here.