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Summary

  1. Please join us again from 08:00 on Monday for the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside
  2. Updates for Friday 10 April 2015

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman and Tom Mullen

All times stated are UK

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  1. Galloping to the finish line

    That's all from the Local Live service for today - thanks for your company and comments.

    We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of Aintree Ladies Day especially. Here's a selection of the fabulous outfits.

    The service resumes at 08:00 on Monday with more news, sport, weather and travel.

  2. Never mind the horses... smile!

    It doesn't matter what's happening on the course, there's always time for a selfie when you're looking great.

    Racegoers at Aintree
  3. Finding space for a message to McCoy

    Despite the board with tributes to top jockey AP McCoy overflowing with good wishes, racegoers have still been trying to find a space to add their own.

    AP McCoy tributes at Aintree

    The champion jockey, who is due to retire at the end of this year's season, has said he'll quit tomorrow if he wins the Grand National.

  4. McCoy's magical win

    BBC Sport

    Here's more on today's big race win, as AP McCoy's Don Cossack romped to an emphatic victory in the Betfred Melling Chase this Ladies' Day.

    AP McCoy rides Don Cossack

    Wearing the unfamiliar purple and white colours of Gigginstown House Stud, the 40-year-old took advantage of a poor run by the other joint-favourite, Champagne Fever.

    "I got a good ride off him," said McCoy, who replaced the suspended Bryan Cooper in the saddle of Don Cossack. "I owe JP's (McManus) son Kieran a favour as we knew early in the week Uxizandre wouldn't be running."

  5. Emotional occasion

    Is the wedding off? Did he nick her last strawberry? Or maybe she didn't back AP McCoy in the Melling Chase...

    It was all a bit too much for this emotional bride-to-be, who appears overwhelmed by the Aintree atmosphere.

    Ladies Day at Aintree
  6. Aintree goes all Wimbledon...

    Speaking of looking good...

    For those in need of a break from the racing action at Aintree, mouth-watering strawberries and cream have been on offer and selling well in the sunshine...

    Strawberries at Aintree
  7. Village welcomes 'spruce up' grant

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Residents of a Cheshire village are welcoming a £21,000 grant to help spruce up the area.

    The award from the recycling organisation Veiolia will be used by the Halton Village Millennium Green Trust to improve the community orchard on Spark Lane, lay new paths, and install benches and picnic tables.

    Trust secretary Pauline Riley says it's very popular.

  8. Hospital protest

    A protest has been held at a Liverpool hospital threatened with relocation.

    People gathered outside Liverpool Women's Hospital to voice their concerns after a report found the trust risks becoming "financially unviable".

    Kathryn Thomson, the hospital's chief executive, previously said the hospital did not get enough NHS money to fund sufficient staffing and was considering several options, including relocation.

  9. Life for man who murdered pal

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    A man who killed his friend over a row about a dog in a "despicable and cowardly" hit-and-run attack has been jailed for life for his murder.

    Michael Haigh

    Michael Haigh, 26, deliberately used his 4x4 car to strike Ryan Kennedy in Gable View in the Norris Green area of Liverpool last November before fleeing.

    Haigh, of Lower Hall Street, St Helens admitted manslaughter but denied murder. He was found guilty by a jury.

  10. Headlines

    We'll round Merseyside Live off for the week with more Ladies Day coverage, but first let's bring you up to date with the biggest news stories from around the region today.

  11. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    More than 40,000 people have been enjoying the second day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree today.

    And the day has seen a win in the Melling Chase for AP McCoy, who is appearing in his final Aintree Festival.

    The champion jockey has said he'll retire on the spot tomorrow if he wins the Grand National.

  12. Having a splashing time

    Punters were in high spirits as the racing action continued earlier this afternoon. Water fight anyone?

    Aintree Ladies Day
  13. Seating room only

    These ladies took a moment to cool off in the shade as the carnival atmosphere continued. Who needs seats?

    Aintree Ladies Day
  14. Fashion statement

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    It may be Ladies Day but it's not only the women sporting their brightest and best at Aintree today - the men are getting into the spirit of things too.

    Aintree punter

    We're not sure if this tie would be acceptable attire for a shift at Local Live HQ though...

  15. Fun in the sun

    The sun is shining and as Aintree basks in the warmest weather of the year so far, the punters have been sure to remember their shades for today's race date.

    Woman watching the racing
  16. And the winner is...

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Polka-dotted punter Toni Salter has been announced as the winner of the 2015 Style Award competition.

    Toni Salters

    Liverpool singer Rebecca Ferguson was among the judges of the fashion contest.

    Listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside to hear Toni on the Drive show.

  17. Fancy a sweepstake?

    BBC Sport

    Having a flutter at the races? All the action at Aintree simply wouldn't be the same without a sweepstake.

    Horse race betting

    As well as having a bet on your favourite horse, give yourself another chance by pooling together 40 work colleagues, or a combination of family and friends, and having a lucky dip.

    Click here for a free sweepstake kit from BBC Sport.

  18. Victory for McCoy

    BBC Sport

    AP McCoy's Don Cossack has romped to an emphatic victory in the Betfred Melling Chase.

    AP McCoy riding Don Cossack

    The 3-1 joint favourite, trained by Gordon Elliott, had battled with Cue Card but pulled clear with two fences to go.

    It gave the 19-time champion jockey his second victory in his final Grand National meeting.

  19. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    More than 40,000 people have been enjoying the second day of the Grand National Festival at Aintree today.

    And the day has seen a win for jockey AP McCoy, who won the Melling Chase.

    The champion jockey has said he'll retire tomorrow if he wins the Grand National.

  20. Staying cool in the heat

    A pair of racegoers take a moment away from the bustling crowds to cool off at Aintree's Ladies Day.

    Ladies Day 2015

    Hopefully, the champagne has been on ice at Aintree, as it is one of Liverpool's biggest annual celebrations.

    Champagne and handbag
  21. More gents than ladies?

    You be fooled into thinking that the majority of racegoers on Ladies Day are just that - ladies. Take a look into the stands though and you'll see that it's a day for the boys too.

    Racegoers at Aintree
  22. Grand National sweepstake kit

    Scissors at the ready... 40 friends, family or colleagues found... hat borrowed... all you need now for your very own Grand National sweepstake is a list of the runners and riders.

    Aintree Grand National Festival 2015

    You can download BBC Sport's printable list here.

  23. To the victor go the spoils

    As the afternoon rolls along, so to do the races and that means the joy of a winning bet for the lucky few. Altogether now - high five!

    Racegoers at Aintree
  24. Move over girls, here come the boys

    Gok Wan has been co-presenting the TV coverage of Ladies Day and will join Rebecca Ferguson in crowing Aintree's Best Dressed racegoer later.

    Gok Wan

    And it's seems it's not just the ladies who like to make a statement at Aintree.

    Men in colourful suits
  25. Careful not to stub your doe

    What good's a lovely dress for Aintree without the right shoes?

    Aintree shoes

    Not sure how much this pair cost, but I suspect they might have been a little deer...

  26. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Thousands of people are at Aintree Racecourse for the second day of the Grand National Festival.

    Theinval (R) ridden by Jeremiah McGrath wins the Alder Hay Children"s Charity Handicap Hurdle Race

    Theinval won the first race of the day - the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle, beating champion jockey AP McCoy - who's said he'll retire tomorrow if he wins the Grand National.

  27. Good day sunshine

    Let's take a moment to drink in just what a beautiful day it is at Aintree.

    Aintree Racecourse

    With the sun shining, the horses in full stride and the crowds looking fantastic, it's a cracking afternoon down at the racecourse.

  28. A sea of colour

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: A sea of colour in the Red Rum Garden at #Aintree on Ladies Day

    Ladies at Aintree Races
  29. AP loses out to Jeremiah

    All eyes were on AP McCoy in the first race of the afternoon at Aintree, but he finished second on The Saint James.

    Theinval ridden by Jeremiah Mcgrath (right) leads from The Saint James ridden by AP McCoy

    It was Jeremiah McGrath who took the top spot in the Alder Hey Children's Charity Handicap Hurdle, riding home on Theinval.

    You can keep up-to-date with all the action from Aintree on BBC Sport's horse racing results page.

  30. The Druids Nephew owner 'nervous'

    BBC Sport

    Robert Atwell, owner of The Druids Nephew, admits there are a lot of nerves ahead of Saturday's Grand National at Aintree.

    The Druids Nephew ridden by Barry Geraghty

    The eight-year-old is among the favourites in the 39-strong field.

    "It is the classic case of looking relaxed and paddling like mad underneath," Atwell told BBC Wiltshire.

    "I read all the articles in the paper, the things on television, BBC radio come around and it really lets you know what you are letting yourself in for."

  31. Pretty in pink

    Pink has proved to be a popular shade for outfits at this year's Ladies Day at Aintree.

    Ladies Day 2015

    Ladies have been spotted wearing shades from soft coral to striking cerise.

    Ladies Day 2015

    The bolder colour really reflects what Aintree is about - a fun day out.

    Ladies Day 2015

    Even if you can't quite make your mind up...

    Ladies with different colour shoes
  32. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    More than 40,000 people are enjoying Ladies Day at Aintree this afternoon - with racing now underway.

    The crowd has been building here since 10:00 this morning - but it's not until later today that the winner of the Style Award competition is announced.

    Liverpool singer Rebecca Ferguson is one of the judges of the fashion contest.

  33. Messages for McCoy

    Yesterday, a board was put up at Aintree for racegoers to write messages to champion jockey AP McCoy on.

    Messages for AP McCoy at Aintree

    As you can see, there's hardly an inch of it left to be covered. You'd need a fine pen to add your message now.

  34. The Going is good... to soft

    Aintree Racecourse tweets: GOING UPDATE Mildmay & Hurdle: Good to Soft (Good in places), National: Good to Soft (Good in places)

    The Going
  35. Smart enough to pick a winner

    Of course, there's not just ladies at Ladies Day - but even the men are in their best bib and tucker, as you can see from this pair of servicemen, who look very well turned out while studying the form at Aintree.

    Servicemen at Aintree
  36. Watch: Inside the Red Rum garden

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: WATCH: The Red Rum garden at #Aintree awash with colour for Ladies Day

    Red Rum Garden
  37. Warm and sunny

    BBC Weather

    The fine weather is set to continue for Ladies Day at Aintree but will turn a little cooler for the Grand National tomorrow.

    BBC Weather for Aintree
  38. Coming up on North West Today

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On today's programme, we're at Aintree, where around 45,000 people are expected at the racecourse to join in the fun of Ladies Day.

    It's become one of the top events of Merseyside's social calendar - where the fashion, rather than the racing, takes centre stage.

    Join me for more on BBC One at 13:35.

  39. Turning up the style

    The ladies of Liverpool have been turning up the style for Ladies Day on what is the hottest day of the year so far.

    Ladies Day 2015
  40. Ladies Day today, lady winner tomorrow?

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    It is, of course, Ladies Day at Aintree, but is one lady who has been the talk of the festival already about make Grand National history?

    Nina Carberry

    Nina Carberry romped home to victory in the Fox Hunters Chase yesterday, over those Grand National fences, and that's raised the prospect of her stealing the show by becoming the first woman ever to win the race.

    She rides First Lieutenant in the big one on Saturday and while everyone at Aintree is talking about AP McCoy, what a story that could be.

  41. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The party is in full swing at Aintree, where more than 40,000 people are enjoying Ladies Day.

    Racing gets underway in the next hour, and the winner of the Style Award competition will be announced this afternoon.

  42. In line for Ladies Day

    Racegoers pose for the photographers as they wait in line on their way into Aintree Racecourse for Ladies Day.

    Ladies Day 2015
  43. Watch: Youngest jockey 'not nervous'

    BBC Sport

    On Saturday at Aintree, 40 horses will take part in the most famous horse race in the world - The Grand National.

    Sean Bowen

    The youngest jockey in the race is 17-year-old Welshman Sean Bowen, who rides Mon Parrain for champion trainer Paul Nicholls.

    Sean says he will not get nervous as he prepares for the big race.

  44. Watch: And still they come...

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Crowds continuing to flock into #aintree2015 for Ladies Day, we're live at the course at 1.

    Aintree entrance
  45. Ladies Day in the press - does it matter?

    We asked if you think it matters how Ladies Day is covered in the press.

    Woman holds her hat at Aintree

    Kaz Floss Kelly commented: "Obviously better if they only show the best bits and promote the National as the wonderful event it is."

    John F. Savage said: "Deliberately publishing unflattering photos of people(usually women), is a form of bullying, so should be banned."

    Join in the discussion via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  46. AP McCoy victory could cost bookies £50m

    BBC Sport

    Top jockey AP McCoy has bookmakers fearing a £50m loss as he prepares to ride favourite Shutthefrontdoor in his final Grand National on Saturday.

    AP McCoy

    The 19-time champion, from Northern Ireland, will retire if he wins on a record 20th appearance in the race.

    Punters are predicted to back his horse, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, so he becomes the shortest-priced National favourite since Red Rum 40 years ago.

  47. Fabulous fascinators

    The ladies of Liverpool are arriving in their droves at Aintree for Ladies Day and the second day of racing.

    Ladies Day at Aintree

    Racing starts at 13:40.

  48. Ready for the contest

    Entries for the Ladies Day Style Award are flowing in - with those who are about to be judged making sure they look their absolute best for the competition.

    Racegoer at Aintree
  49. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Campaigners are staging a demonstration outside Liverpool Women's Hospital following a report warning that it won't be financially viable after next year.

    Protesters at Women's Hospital

    Managers say they are looking at a number of options to keep the hospital open - and say there'll be no change to services in the immediate future.

  50. Looking for 'confidence and happiness'

    Rebecca Ferguson says she will be looking for "confidence and people who are happy in their own skin" in this year's Aintree Ladies Day Style Contest.

    Rebecca Ferguson

    The X Factor star from Liverpool is one of the judges at what she describes as one of the city's "big celebrations and [most] important fashion events".

    She adds: "All the ladies always look beautiful, everyone really makes an effort and it's a fun day and night".

  51. Could you be a horse racing master?

    Reckon you know your horses? Well, now you can get a certificate to prove it, as The University of Liverpool has launched a Thoroughbred Horseracing Industries MBA to develop business leaders in the industry and help secure a strong future for the sport.

    Aintree racecourse

    The programme looks at the specialised needs of the British and global horseracing industry and is run in partnership with Britain's Horserace Betting Levy Board and the British Horseracing Authority.

  52. Here come the ladies

    The parade of fabulous fashion has begun at Aintree.

    Racegoers at Aintree

    We'll be bringing you lots of pictures from the course as the day goes on - and who knows? We might even include a horse or two!

  53. Giving Aintree the X factor

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Rebecca Ferguson enjoying Ladies Day at Aintree. She'll be judging the Style Contest later.

    Rebecca Ferguson
  54. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    New research suggests that middle-aged people who are obese are less likely to develop dementia than those of a healthy weight.

    Scientists looked at the medical records of almost 2 million people and concluded that, contrary to previous studies, the risk of dementia was greatest for those considered underweight.

  55. The Iron Lady's day?

    Iron Men Crosby tweets: We are sooooo ready!! :-) #LadiesDay#Aintree

    Iron Man on Ladies Day
  56. Sprucing up the course

    Ahead of the day's racing at Aintree, the staff have been out on the course getting it ready for the runners and riders.

    Staff cutting grass at Aintree

    On Ladies Day in particular, it has to look its best to try and draw some attention away from the fabulous fashions on show in the crowd.

  57. Everton to target Cleverley in summer

    BBC Sport

    Roberto Martínez says Everton's underwhelming campaign will not deter potential summer signings, with midfielder Tom Cleverley - currently on loan to Aston Villa from Manchester United - expected to be among his prime targets, according to a report in the Guardian.

    Tom Cleverley

    The Everton manager insists he is under no pressure to sell any prized assets at the end of the season and wants to add "two or three players" to ensure there is no repeat of this term's struggles.

  58. Getting to Aintree on public transport

    With a railway station opposite it, Aintree Racecourse is one of the easiest to get to by public transport.

    Merseytravel

    Merseytravel is also running a special shuttle bus service from Liverpool city centre.

    Here's their guide to getting to Aintree by public transport.

  59. Piping in Ladies Day

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: WATCH: The gates are open for Ladies Day at Aintree.

    Gates open at Aintree
  60. Ladies Day race schedule

    Alongside the fashion parade, apparently there is some horse racing happening today as well... here's a list of the times and distances of each race:

    Racing at Aintree

    13:40 Alder Hey Handicap Hurdle 2 miles 4 furlongs

    14:15 E-Lites Top Novices' Hurdle 2 miles ½ furlong

    14:50 Betfred Mildmay Novices' Steeple Chase 3 miles 1 furlong

    15:25 Betfred Melling Steeple Chase 2 miles 4 furlongs

    16:05 Crabbie's Topham Steeple Chase 2 miles 5½ furlongs

    16:40 Doom Bar Sefton Novices' Hurdle 3 miles ½ furlong

    17:15 Weatherbys Private Banking Champion Standard Open NHF Race 2 miles 1 furlong

    You can keep up to date with all the racing action with BBC Sport.

  61. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Over 45,000 people are expected at Aintree Racecourse for day two of the Grand National Festival today.

    Ladies' Day has become one of the top events of Merseyside's social calendar - where the fashion, rather than the racing, takes centre stage.

    It features the popular Style Contest and live music throughout the day.

  62. Horsepower for the best dressed

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Some great prizes, including this car, for the winner of the Style Contest on Ladies Day at Aintree.

    Style Contest prize
  63. Appeal for witnesses following Tarporley collision

    Chester Chronicle

    Police are appealing for witnesses following a crash involving two cars in Tarporley on Thursday 2 April.

    A Ford Fiesta and a Volvo V40 collided on Royal Lane at around 16:20.

    The driver of the Fiesta, a 63-year-old local man, sustained serious injuries and had to be airlifted to hospital and is receiving treatment.

    The Volvo was being driven by a 45-year-old man from Wrexham who sustained minor injuries.

  64. Planning what to wear for the races?

    BBC Weather

    Want a personal weather forecast on demand? Tweet or DM @bbcweatherbot with a time (within 3 days) & place (UK only).

    BBC Weather Bot
  65. Does it matter how Ladies Day looks?

    For those of us not lucky enough to be at Aintree for Ladies Day this year, the coverage should look a little different, as racecourse officials have launched a crackdown on photographers taking unflattering pictures of racegoers this year.

    Racegoers at Aintree

    Aintree racecourse boss John Baker said the venue wanted to protect women from "unfair" coverage and any photographers taking shots which enforce negative stereotypes could have their accreditation revoked.

    But does it matter how Ladies Day is covered in the press? Let us know what you think via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  66. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Bookies are tipping Wirral West as the most interesting election seat in the whole country.

    Bookmakers expect up to £15m to be staked on various aspects of the election.

    That, however, is a far cry from the £150m due to be bet on the Grand National on Saturday.

  67. Major changes to Stagecoach routes

    Southport Visiter

    Bus passengers have been warned to check new timetables ahead of major changes to local Stagecoach routes.

    The national operator will be introducing revised services to Ormskirk, Southport and Liverpool from Sunday.

    Some routes will get a completely new timetable, while others will just see minor changes.

  68. Pupils launch own market garden business

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    Pupils at Sandymoor School are learning how to grow fruit and vegetables as they embark on launching their own market garden business.

    They are preparing to plan their first seeds and plants in their custom-built allotment.

    It was incorporated into the design of the new £12m school in Wharford Lane, which opened last September.

  69. Red carpet ready?

    Are you ready for for the Liverpool's biggest fashion event of the year? The racing takes a bit of a back seat at Aintree on Ladies Day as Friday is all about the style.

    Red carpet at Aintree

    The annual Best Dressed competition takes place today with singer Rebecca Ferguson amongst the judges and TV star Gok Wan crowning the most impressive fashionista on Aintree's very own red carpet.

  70. Sunrise over Aintree

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's Ladies Day at Aintree and the sun is shining again on the racecourse.

    Aintree Racecourse

    Over 40,000 people are expected through the gates and we will be broadcasting live throughout the day.

    Listen live on 95.8FM, DAB and online.

  71. Spells of sunshine

    Another dry day with some warm spells of sunshine. However, areas of cloud will spread north this afternoon and it will become breezier later. High of 18°C.

    BBC Weather
  72. Latest headlines

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside's biggest sporting event of the year continues at Aintree today.

    After the success of Grand Opening Day, today is Ladies Day, and 40,000 people are expected to head to the course.

  73. Good Morning

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

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

    If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter.