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By Jenny Coleman and Rumeana Jahangir

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  1. Goodnight

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    That's it for today but please join us tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather across Merseyside.

    We're back at 08:00. See you then.

  2. A cloudy evening

    BBC Weather

    Remaining cloudy and breezy this evening and overnight.

    weather chart

    Many places will stay dry, but there could be some patchy light rain and hill fog over higher ground. Cloud cover will lead to a fairly mild night.

  3. Match preview: Liverpool v Newcastle

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool against Newcastle is a fixture that normally guarantees goals - it is 130 and counting now in Premier League meetings, with not a single goalless draw.

    Steven Gerrard, center, celebrates scoring with teammates Lazar Markovic, left, and Jordon Ibe

    The last stalemate these sides produced was 41 years ago - despite the starting line-ups that day including a certain Kevin Keegan and Malcolm Macdonald.

    Kick-off is at 20:00.

  4. Motorbike stolen at gunpoint

    A woman had her motorbike stolen at gunpoint on Friday afternoon.

    Old Moss lane

    The 21-year-old was approached at Old Moss Lane in Downholland by two men wearing ski masks on a yellow off-road motorcycle.

    One man, reported to have a Liverpool accent, pulled a silver hand gun out of his pocket and demanded the bike which has since been recovered.

    Police are appealing for information.

  5. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    In tonight's programme, we look at how a Cheshire woman, who was diagnosed with an incurable cancer that inspired her neighbours to record a fundraising video of "Amazing Grace", is due to undergo surgery thought to be unique in the UK.

    We'll also preview tonight's match between Liverpool and Newcastle.

  6. M56 traffic

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed on M56 eastbound between junction 14 (Hapsford) and junction 12 (Runcorn), because of a vehicle hitting a bridge.

  7. Sakho to miss FA Cup semi-final

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho has been ruled out for up to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

    Mamadou Sakho

    It means the France international will miss tonight's Premier League clash with Newcastle as well as Sunday's FA Cup semi-final with Aston Villa at Wembley.

    Sakho, 25, is also ruled out of league games against West Brom, Hull and QPR.

  8. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The police say a man is still in hospital with "serious life-changing" injuries after a shooting in Whiston on Friday evening.

    Four people were arrested and have been released on bail after the attack on Copperwood Drive.

    Police say they now know that shots were fired from only one car.

  9. Academy trust 'worst performing'

    Chester Chronicle

    The University of Chester Academies Trust (UCAT) has been branded the worst performing academy chain in new Department for Education research on academies and local authority schools.

    It currently sponsors nine schools, including academies at Ellesmere Port and Northwich.

    UCAT responded that it was working "to secure rapid and sustainable improvement for all its academies and this is already bearing fruit".

  10. 'Tree Of Lost Soles' chopped down

    Rachael Connors

    BBC News Online

    Warrington Borough Council has apologised for chopping down a piece of abstract public art known as the "Tree of Lost Soles".

    Tree Of Lost Soles

    The tree stump was decorated with shoes, trainers and boots and was situated in the Woolston area of Warrington.

    The council said the tree's "unauthorised removal" should not have happened and it would now be replaced.

    Locals have put a sign on the remaining stump labelling it the "lost tree".

  11. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The police say a man is still in hospital with "serious life-changing" injuries after a shooting in Whiston on Friday evening.

    Four people were arrested and have been released on bail after the attack on Copperwood Drive.

    Police say they now know that shots were fired from only one car.

  12. Man charged over Hoylake firearm disturbance

    Wirral Globe

    A man has been charged with possessing an imitation firearm following a disturbance in Hoylake on Sunday afternoon.

    Householders around Berwyn Avenue said they were asked to stay away from their homes while police secured the area.

    A 55-year-old Hoylake man was arrested and later charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

  13. Name your BBC Music unsung hero

    As part of BBC Music Day - which will see events taking place nationwide on 5 June - the BBC also wants to find the nation's unsung music heroes.

    Choir

    BBC Music wants to hear about anyone who stands out for their dedication to music, such as someone who supports young musicians or has set up a community choir.

    The opportunity to nominate opens today and closes on 24 April. Full details are on BBC Music.

  14. Hillsborough anniversary marked with silence

    Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool will fall silent for a minute to mark the 26th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

    Liverpool fans

    A minute's silence will be observed at 15:06 on Wednesday - the exact time the semi-final was stopped in 1989 - to remember the 96 Liverpool fans who died in the disaster.

    Liverpool council said flags on civic buildings would be flown at half-mast and bells across the city, including at the Town Hall and Municipal Building, would be rung 96 times.

    The Lime Street media wall will display an image of those who lost their lives in a visual tribute to the 96.

  15. Train disruption

    BBC Travel

    There is disruption on Arriva Trains Wales between Bidston and Wrexham Central due to a broken down train at Shotton.

  16. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    As Tesco pays out £9m in compensation to two local councils after scrapping plans to build new supermarkets, BBC Radio Merseyside understands Knowsley can't make a similar claim.

    Kirkby town centre had been promised a store in 2006 but earlier this year the supermarket giant shelved the plans because of financial pressures.

    The local authority had already sold the land by Cherryfield Drive to Tesco - and it has emerged there was no legally binding development agreement so they can't claim compensation.

  17. Community replace chopping down artwork

    Warrington Guardian

    Residents have taken matters into their own hands after a popular artwork was chopped down.

    Tree of Lost Soles

    A sign has appeared on what remains of the Tree of Lost Soles on Manchester Road in Woolston which reads 'stump of the "lost" tree' after the well-loved piece of abstract art was removed on Thursday.

    Warrington Borough Council admitted on Friday that they were responsible for the tree being removed.

  18. Liverpool is 'leading cruise destination'

    Liverpool is making a name for itself as a leading cruise destination, according to The Telegraph.

    Cruise liner on River Mersey

    The newspaper highlights how the city's resurgence as a passenger port reaches its zenith as it hosts Cunard's 175th anniversary bash in May, when the company's three ships sail into what is regarded as their spiritual home for a three-day celebration.

    It also says the popularity is due to the fact ships moor "in front of Liverpool's striking landmark buildings [and] just a few minutes' walk from the city centre".

  19. No complaint after man knocked over

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A man who was pictured online being knocked over by an Aintree racegoer has declined to make a complaint to police.

    Man knocked over

    Officers said the 63-year-old man from Skelmersdale suffered bruising and sore ribs after a "man collided with him" on Ormskirk Road on Thursday evening.

    A 34-year-old man from Formby voluntarily attended a police station and was interviewed under caution.

    Police inquiries into the incident remain ongoing.

  20. Burst pipe closes Queens Road

    BBC Travel

    The B5280 Queens Road in Southport is closed in both directions between the B5245 Manchester Road junction and the Alexandra Road junction because of a burst water main.

  21. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Knowsley Council's promising residents it is working with Tesco to sell off the land the supermarket giant had earmarked for a huge retail park in Kirkby.

    It's emerged the authority won't claim compensation for the failed development - after two other councils were awarded £9m.

    Tesco backed out of the project for the town because of financial pressures.

  22. Primark and M&S to open at Broughton

    Chester Chronicle

    Major fashion retailer Primark is to open a store in Broughton Shopping Park.

    Broughton Shopping Park

    Located in 39,100 square feet of the former BHS unit, shopping park bosses say Primark will enhance existing fashion offering, which already includes New Look, River Island and Next.

    M&S Foodhall will take over another section of the old BHS site, which has been divided into several parts and Outfit are set to move into a new store in 2016.

  23. Everton draw Notts County in FA Cup

    BBC Sport

    Last year's beaten finalists Everton, the only WSL 2 side left in the competition, will face top-flight side Notts County in the semi-finals of the FA Women's Cup.

    Everton in 2014 FA Women's Cup final

    Everton beat third-tier Charlton on penalties in their quarter-final, while Notts County thrashed Aston Villa 5-1.

    This year's final, on 1 August, will be the first to be held at Wembley.

    Everton are the only former winners left in this year's competition. Chelsea will play Manchester City in the other semi-final.

  24. Traffic light failure at The Rocket

    BBC Travel

    There is disruption at The Rocket because of traffic light failure at the A5058 Queens Drive, Wavertree junction with Bowring Park Road A5080.

    It is affecting traffic both ways and road users are asked to approach with care.

  25. Liverpool set for BBC Music Day

    BBC Music has announced the inaugural BBC Music Day, a nationwide celebration of music which will take place on 5 June.

    Craig Charles

    Liverpool will host one of the ear-catching events as part of the International Mersey River Festival.

    BBC Radio Merseyside Introducing's Dave Monks and BBC Radio 2's Janice Long will be bringing a host of new Liverpool music to the stage through the day, before BBC Radio 6 Music's mighty Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show closes the party out.

  26. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Knowsley Council has revealed it won't claim compensation from Tesco after it backed out of plans to build a new store in Kirkby.

    The supermarket giant scrapped the plans because of financial pressures after it bought the land by Cherryfield Drive in 2006.

    It is thought there was no legally binding development agreement in the sale so the authority won't claim compensation, but is working with Tesco to find a new retailer to buy the space.

  27. Liverpool v Newcastle team news

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe will return after six weeks out with a knee injury, but Mario Balotelli (illness) and Adam Lallana (groin) are likely to miss out tonight as Liverpool take on Newcastle at home.

    Liverpool FC

    Emre Can is back from suspension but Martin Skrtel and Steven Gerrard complete bans, while a hamstring injury rules out Mamadou Sakho.

    Kick off is at 20:00 and you can listen live on BBC Radio Merseyside on 95.8FM, DAB and online.

  28. Pollen and the weather

    BBC Weather

    tweets: How does the weather influence the #pollen count? Louise explains: bbc.in/1O6gqgv Jo

    Pollen and the weather
  29. Four taken to hospital after Tranmere crash

    Wirral Globe

    Four people required hospital treatment after two cars collided in Tranmere.

    Fire crews were called to Derby Road just before 08:00 on Sunday.

    Two men, aged 19 and 20, and a 64-year-old woman were taken by ambulance to the Royal Hospital in Liverpool. A 65-year-old man was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital.

  30. No complaint over Aintree video

    The 63-year-old man who was filmed falling into the road after an Aintree racegoer appeared to deliberately knock him over has decided not to complain to police.

    Man knocked over

    The Skelmersdale man, who suffered bruising around his eye and sore ribs after falling to the ground, was spoken to by officers about the video footage, taken on Ormskirk Road on Thursday evening.

    Merseyside Police said he "declined to make any allegation or report of assault in relation to this incident".

  31. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    As Tesco pays out £9m in compensation to two local councils after scrapping plans to build new supermarkets, BBC Radio Merseyside understands Knowsley can't make a similar claim.

    Kirkby town centre had been promised a store in 2006 but earlier this year the supermarket giant shelved the plans because of financial pressures.

    The local authority had already sold the land by Cherryfield Drive to Tesco - but it has emerged there was no legally binding development agreement so they can't claim compensation.

  32. Rovers try to contain virus

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Tranmere Rovers are trying to prevent a virus from spreading amongst their squad.

    George Green, Adam Dugdale and Ian Hulme all missed Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Southend after coming down with the bug.

    Rovers remain inside the bottom two in League Two by a point with just four games to go.

  33. Snakes rescued in Wirral fire

    Firefighters rescued two snakes following a fire at a flat in Wirral.

    Crews went to Big Meadow Road in Woodchurch at about 20:20 on Saturday.

    Hard wired smoke alarms had activated and alerted a neighbour to the fire. The snakes were removed and taken to a place of safety.

  34. Missing 15-year-old found

    Merseyside Police tweets: UPDATE: 15yr-old Talia Tasker, recently reported as missing, was found safe and well yday in Ellesmere Port. Thanks for sharing the appeal

  35. Saints keep pace in Super League

    BBC Sport

    St Helens kept pace with Super League leaders Leeds with victory at Huddersfield Giants to stay just four points off the Rhinos.

    Huddersfield v St Helens

    St Helens began the game six points off the pace at the top of Super League following Leeds' win at Salford but they ended a three-match losing run to get their campaign back on track.

  36. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    More than 1,000 health care workers are in Liverpool for a major union conference looking at the state of the NHS.

    The three-day Unison at the BT Convention Centre brings together nurses, midwives, paramedics, occupational therapists and hospital cleaners.

  37. Watch: Timelapse of hospital build

    Liverpool Echo

    Timelapse footage shows the construction of the new Royal Liverpool University Hospital so far.

    New Royal Liverpool University Hospital

    Work on the £335m 12-storey facility has been under way since Feburary 2014 with over 310 construction workers on the build.

    The new hospital is expected to open in summer 2017, and NHS bosses say it will bring 'state-of-the-art healthcare' to the city.

  38. Hospitals pay out millions in compensation

    Southport Visiter

    Hospitals in Merseyside are handing over tens of millions of pounds in medical compensation payouts.

    The trust that runs Wirral's Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals paid out £15.6m in compensation in 2013/14, new figures show, and spent £740,000 on lawyers' fees to defend these claims.

    Meanwhile, Liverpool Women's Hospital paid out more than £11m for medical mishaps over the same period of time, with a further £852,000 spent on defence costs.

  39. FA Women's Cup draw

    Everton will find out today who they face in the FA Women's Cup semi-finals as they look to secure a place at Wembley.

    The Women's FA Cup

    Manchester City, Chelsea, and Notts County are the other names left in the bag.

    The FA Women's Cup semi-final draw takes place at 11:30.

  40. Horse rescued from bog

    Cheshire Fire tweets: A horse stuck in a bog in Gawsworth was rescued by firefighters. bit.ly/1DWz5vM

    Horse stuck in a bog
  41. Concerns over plans for new Sankey school

    Warrington Guardian

    Issues have been raised over the application for a new primary school building in Warrington.

    A new three form entry primary school is planned for the Omega South development bounded by Lingley Green Avenue, Omega Boulevard, Orion Boulevard and Burtonwood Road and provide places for an extra 108 pupils.

    It is part of plans to tackle the schools shortage crisis in the town, but parents have highlighted traffic and parking as their main concerns.

  42. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police have confirmed there were no arrests inside the racecourse at this year's Grand National Festival, although there were a few incidents on the streets around Aintree.

    There is an investigation into an incident posted on social media where a man was knocked over by a racegoer walking away from the event.

    A 34-year-old man from Formby has been released on bail.

  43. Retirement time for donkey

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Jackie the Donkey who's retiring from Tam O'Shanter Farm in Wirral later this week.

    Jackie the donkey
  44. Four bailed over Whiston shooting

    St Helens Star

    Four people arrested in connection with a targeted shooting in Whiston on Friday have been bailed.

    Copperwood Drive

    A 24-year-old man remains in critical condition in hospital after he was shot while he was in a VW Passat.

    Police believe the shots were fired during a high speed chase between a Passat and a dark coloured Audi through residential estates just after 18:00.

    It is understood that the cars were driven out of Lyneham at speed, along Driveway, and into Copperwood Drive where further shots were fired.

  45. Antiques in the attic?

    Got an old grand piano, oak cabinet or china set hanging around the house? You never know, it might be from Norton Priory.

    The priory's museum is asking for help in tracking down artefacts auctioned off from the Georgian mansion in 1921.

    Norton Priory

    The museum is working on new galleries, set to open in 2016, which examine the history of the site.

    Museum staff member Tom Hughes said: "Perhaps there are people out there who can tell us more about the ceramic figures, dinner services or even kitchen or gardening equipment which their ancestors may have bought."

  46. Aintree racegoer held over 'assault' video

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News Online

    A man has been questioned over an alleged assault after a video emerged online of an Aintree racegoer appearing to deliberately knock a man to the ground.

    Alleged assault in Aintree

    Officers said the 63-year-old victim suffered bruising to his face after he was "shoulder barged" in the road.

    The video was shot on Thursday evening, after the opening day of the Grand National Festival, police said.

  47. Wirral pub shortlisted for tourism award

    Wirral pub The Wro is in the running for Tourism Pub of the Year in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

    The Wro

    The West Kirby venue is named after the old Viking word for corner and records show a place of the same name was recorded on the site in 1454.

    The awards ceremony takes place on 11 May at the Sage Gateshead.

  48. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Careful planning made sure this year's Grand National Festival was trouble free, according to Merseyside Police.

    There were no arrests inside the racecourse over the three days.

  49. New Chester Road, lane blocked

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked on the A41 New Chester Road northbound in Eastham at the B5132 Eastham Village Road junction because of a broken down vehicle.

  50. Sakho out for weeks

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Liverpool have suffered a major blow with the news that Mamadou Sakho will be sidelined for three to four weeks with a hamstring injury.

    Dejan Lovren of Liverpool stands over injured team mate Mamadou Sakho

    The centre-back limped out of last week's FA Cup win over Blackburn and scan results have now revealed the full extent of the damage.

  51. Lime Street £35m plans slammed

    Liverpool Echo

    Heritage campaigners have made a call for Liverpool council to reject £35m regeneration plans for Lime Street.

    Lime Street Liverpool

    Merseyside Civic Society has written a letter of objection about the proposals to create a new hotel, retail and student accommodation complex stretching between - and behind - The Vines and The Crown on the major city centre road.

  52. Moorfields Wirral Line closures

    BBC Travel

    The Wirral line platform at Moorfields station will be closed from 13 April until 2 August 2015 for refurbishment.

    Trains will run to a normal timetable, but no Wirral trains will stop at Moorfields.

    A rail replacement bus service will be in operation from Moorfields to Lime Street. People travelling on the Wirral line can use Liverpool Central, James Street or Lime Street instead.

    More from Merseytravel.

  53. Frosty start, rain later

    A cold, frosty start. Make the most of the early sun as we are in for a cloudy Monday with light rain this afternoon.

    BBC Weather

    Highs of 14°C.

  54. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Police claim careful planning ensured a trouble-free Grand National Festival - with no arrests inside the racecourse over the three days of the event.

    More than 1,000 health care workers are in Liverpool for a major union conference looking at the state of the NHS.

    And work begins today on the £8m revamp of Liverpool's Moorfields station.

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    Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside today.

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