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  1. Updates from Wednesday 08 April 2015

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman and Rachael Connors

All times stated are UK

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Good night

Rachael Connors

BBC News Online

That's all from the Merseyside Local Live team this sunny Wednesday.

We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00.

New boss for Wirral Council

Wirral Globe

Eric Robinson has officially started his job as Chief Executive of Wirral Council.

The former Deputy Chief Executive and Director for People at Staffordshire County Council took up the council position on Tuesday.

He will oversee multi-million pound cuts in the council's budget and a major "remodelling" of staffing structures and salary scales to reduce spending.

The authority advertised for a new chief executive to replace Graham Burgess, who retired at the end of last year.

Man hit with bike seat

Police are searching for a man who hit a rail passenger over the head with a bicycle seat at a station in Merseyside.

Formby station

The victim was with friends when he intervened in a row between a group of young men at Formby on Saturday night.

Evening traffic

BBC Travel

  • M56 Cheshire - Queuing traffic at the roadworks eastbound at Junction 15 (M53).
  • A5047 Merseyside - One lane is closed on Edge Lane in Kensington at the B5173 Durning Road junction, because of emergency repairs and a collapsed manhole.

Pub displays unflattering Ladies Day photos

Liverpool Echo

A pub just a stone's throw from Aintree Racecourse has upset punters by

plastering unflattering photos of women at Ladies Day on its walls.

The newly-refurbished Queens at Aintree pub in Warbreck Moor is decorated with framed black and white photos of women in less than flattering poses.

In one, a woman is sitting in litter and holding a bottle of alcohol, while in another a reveller is being carried on a man's shoulder with her legs in the air.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Mersey Care Health Trust says columnist Katie Hopkins should apologise to people with dementia.

In a series of tweets, the outspoken TV personality appeared to accuse dementia patients of "bed blocking".

Katie Hopkins tweets about dementia

Katie Hopkins claimed her comments had sparked a valuable debate about euthanasia.

Evening forecast

BBC Weather

Light winds and clear spells for most with patchy cloud. Under the clearest skies in rural spots we could see a grass frost.


Pub of the year

A pub in West Kirkby is in the finals for the Tourism Pub of the Year at the

Visit England awards.

The Wro bar, West Kirby

The Wro will be competing with pubs from across the country for the title.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony next month.

£5,000 reward after Skelmersdale war veteran, 91, attacked

Southport Visiter

Charity Crimestoppers are offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the people responsible

for the attempted robbery of a 91-year-old war veteran in Skelmersdale.

The robbery happened between 14:45 and 15:15 on Wednesday 4 March when the man was locking up a garage on Evenwood.

Man wanted for recall to prison

Police are trying to find a Merseyside man who is wanted on recall to prison.

Daryl Jones, 28, is known to have links to the Speke and Garston areas and had served a sentence for burglary.

Police say he has breached licence conditions.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Campaigners are holding a protest outside Liverpool Town Hall as the council holds its final meeting before the General Election.

Save Our Green Spaces Liverpool wants to preserve spaces in the city.

A draft report into the future of the green spaces will be published later this year.

Swan released back into wild

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

Twenty swans have been released back into the wild at Southport Marine Lake.



RSPCA was called to the lake in March after local group Southport Swan Rescue raised the alarm about the welfare of over 40 birds which had fallen seriously ill.

The charity launched a three-week rescue operation to save them, although some died.

Rail: London Midland service disruption

BBC Travel

There is disruption on the London Midland service between Liverpool Lime Street and Birmingham New Street due to a broken down train between Runcorn and Crewe.

'Palliative care overhaul needed'

Health professionals on Merseyside are backing calls for a major overhaul of the palliative care system following the publication of a report which found more than 100,000 people a year are missing out on the support they need towards the end of their lives.

The Marie Curie charity says there are widespread inequalities because those with non cancer conditions are receiving considerably less care than those with cancer.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool Airport says passengers need to check before they travel because of delays caused by a strike in France.

French air traffic controllers are staging a 48-hour walk out - and around 40% of flights around the UK are affected.

But John Lennon Airports says the problems here are minimal - and things are starting to move now.

LFC new kits: Unveiling set for Friday but have kits been leaked?

Liverpool Echo

Liverpool FC's kits for the 2015-16 season are to be released on Friday - but potential designs have already surfaced on social media.

American sportswear giant New Balance has already announced a record-breaking deal to become the Reds' new kit supplier.

The Boston-based sports giant will take over the deal with Warrior from the 2015-16 season and will manufacture Liverpool's playing and training kits.

Weather perfect for FA Cup replay

BBC Weather

tweets: Perfect evening for football in the northwest. #replay #LFC #blackburnrovers Darren

Blackburn v Liverpool Kick off 19:45

Andy Burnham visits Arrowe Park

Mairead Smyth

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham launches plan to "save" Arrowe Park Hospital

Andy Burnham at Arrowe Park Hospital

Aintree Festival: Former winners in parade

A parade of retired or retrained racehorses will take place at the Aintree Festival on Thursday.

Comply or Die
The Jockey Club

Grand National winners Comply or Die (pictured) and Monet's Garden will appear with nine others before the first race.

It highlights the joint efforts of the RSPCA, World Horse Welfare and the British Horse Society, who work with the British Horseracing Authority and Retraining of Racehorses, to give the animals a second career.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Air passengers have been stuck on a plane at Liverpool Airport for more than two and a half hours because of a strike by French air staff.

Air traffic controllers in France have walked out for 48 hours - and around 40% of services are affected.

WATCH: Yobs target Botanic Gardens cafe

Southport Visiter

Yobs have been caught on CCTV causing £1,000 worth of damage to the Botanic Gardens cafe in Churchtown, Southport.

Botanic Gardens Southport

A group of youths attacked the cafe on Easter Saturday and then returned on Bank Holiday Monday. The CCTV showed the youths throwing large stones through the windows of the cafe, which is popular with families all year round.

Isle of Man ferry cancelled

The Isle of Man Douglas to Liverpool ferry service is cancelled again on Thursday.

Sailings on the Manannan vessel have been disrupted since Friday due to damage to its jet system caused by sea debris.

More on the Steam Packet Company's Facebook page.

Ex-Liverpool player Andrea Dossena in Harrods shoplifting arrest

Ex-Premier League footballer Andrea Dossena

has been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at London department store Harrods, the BBC has learned.

Andrea Dossena
Getty Images

The Leyton Orient defender, who used to play for Liverpool, was held in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, on Tuesday, the BBC understands.

M56 accident

BBC Travel

There has been an accident on the M56 eastbound between junction 15 for the M53 and junction 14 for the A5117/Hapsford.

Click here for the latest from BBC Travel.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham says his party will repeal the Health and Social Care act before the summer if his party gets elected.

Andy Burnham was in Wirral earlier to announce his party's plans to "save" Arrowe Park Hospital.

Health clubs secured after £1 sales

Wirral Globe

The future of a two Merseyside health clubs have been secured thanks to a newly formed charity.

Richard Birchall decided to put the Hearts Ladies Health Clubs - which has a branch in Wallasey and Crosby - up for sale earlier this year for just £1 a piece.

Planning to retire, Richard wanted to make sure staff were safe.

Ride the National

GB Racing

tweets: Ride on board with 2013
#GrandNational hero
@mania450 as he shows you how to rule
@AintreeRaces' National fences.

Ride the Grand National
GB Racing

Works starts on Arrowe Park bus interchange

Work has begun on a new bus interchange at Arrowe Park Hospital with some services affected.

Arrowe Park Hospital

Buses that currently stop inside the main hospital grounds will now call at a temporary bus stop at the side of the Women and Children's Hospital.

Existing bus stops outside the hospital grounds on Arrowe Park Road will not be affected.

The new interchange will feature three bays and real time information screens so passengers can track the arrival time of their bus.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Thousands of people hoping to travel to and from France - including those booked on flights out of Liverpool John Lennon airport - are facing long delays.

Hundreds of services have been cancelled because of a strike by French air traffic controllers.

Stena Line revised service

BBC Travel

There is currently a revised service on the Stena Line between Liverpool and Belfast.

Latest sailing details here.

What is a fire rainbow?

Earlier, we shared a photo of a 'fire rainbow' taken by Christopher Michael near Sefton Park. But what is it?

Fire rainbow
Christopher Michael

According to NASA, a fire rainbow is a relatively rare weather phenomenon created by ice, not fire and is known to meteorologists as a "circumhorizon arc".

To be visible, the Sun must be at least 58 degrees high in a sky where cirrus clouds are present and the ice-crystals in the cloud must be aligned horizontally to refract sunlight like a gigantic prism.

So now you know.

Ex-Reds defender held in shoplifting

Liverpool Echo

Former Liverpool FC player Andrea Dossena was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting at Harrods.

The 33-year-old Italian, who now plays for League One club Leyton Orient, was arrested at the Knightsbridge department store on Tuesday afternoon.

A 31-year-old woman - believed to be his girlfriend - was also arrested at the world-famous shop.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Thousands of people hoping to travel to and from France - including those booked on flights out of Liverpool John Lennon airport - are facing long delays.

Hundreds of services have been cancelled because of a strike by French air traffic controllers.

Cash boost for cathedral

Chester Chronicle

A cash boost of nearly £300,000 will 'urgently' repair the roof above Chester Cathedral 's cloisters.

Chester cathedral

The funding is part of the third phase of the £6.9m First World War Centenary Cathedral Repairs Fund set up to support vital repairs to some of England's most important historic buildings.

Teenage burglar jailed after police chase

St Helens Star

A 17-year-old burglar hurled foul mouthed abuse at magistrates as he was locked up for ten months for leading police on a high speed chase of a stolen car.

The Newton-le-Willows teenager, whose identity is protected by a court order, had to be restrained by security officers as St Helens Youth Court delivered its sentence on Tuesday.

He pleaded guilty to two burglaries in Knutsford in January 2015 and Lymm in October last year and two counts of dangerous driving.

Fire rainbow over Liverpool

This photo of a rare 'fire rainbow' was taken by Christopher Michael out of his kitchen window near Sefton Park yesterday.

Fire rainbow
Christopher Michael

But what is a 'fire rainbow?' Why is it upside-down? And how does it happen? Find out after 11:00.

Aintree alcohol ban on Merseryrail

British Transport Police Merseyside

tweets: ALCOHOL BAN in place on
@merseyrail this weekend, plan ahead as trains will be extremely busy for
#CrabbiesGrandNational at

Cilla up for TV Baftas

The ITV series Cilla, about the early career of Cilla Black, has been shortlisted for three

Bafta TV awards.

The series has been nominated in the categories; best mini-series, best leading actress for Sheridan Smith and the Radio Times Audience Award - which is voted by members of the public.

Sheridan Smith

The awards ceremony will be held at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London on 26 April.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

Doctors on Merseyside are backing calls for a major overhaul of end-of-life care because of inequalities in support.

Scott Sinclair from Marie Curie says a 100,000 people are missing out on the care they need - many with terminal conditions other than cancer.

Collapsed manhole in Kensington

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on Edge Lane in Kensington at the Durning Road junction because of a collapsed manhole and emergency repairs. It is affecting traffic coming into the city.