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Summary

  1. Updates for Thursday 16 April 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodbye

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News Online

    That's all from the Local Live team today. Thanks for your comments and company.

    The service resumes at 08:00 on Friday.

  2. A mild sunny evening

    Sara Blizzard

    Weather Presenter

    It should be a fine end to the day with plenty of evening sunshine. Overnight is set to remain dry with some clear spells, allowing it to turn chilly with a rural frost expected.

    BBC Weather

    Winds should remain light throughout and temperatures shouldn't drop below 9°C.

  3. Washing machine blaze

    A washing machine was blamed for starting a fire at a home in Broad Oak Road, St. Helens, this afternoon.

    Firefighters spent about 25 minutes at the scene. There were no reports of any injuries.

  4. Coroner's appeal after Kensington death

    Liverpool Coroners' Office is appealing for the public's help in tracing the family and friends of a 59-year-old man who died earlier this week.

    Robert Lewis was found at his home on Butler Crescent in Kensington on Tuesday.

    There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. Anyone who knew him is asked to call 0151 225 5062.

  5. Coutinho up for two PFA awards

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has been nominated for both the PFA Player and Young Player of the Year award.

    Philippe Coutinho

    The Brazilian is up against Diego Costa and Eden Hazard of Chelsea, Manchester United's David de Gea and Harry Kane of Tottenham Hotspur for the main award.

    He also faces competition from de Gea, Hazard and Kane, along with teammate Raheem Sterling and Chelsea's Thibaut Courtois for the Young Player crown.

    The winners of both awards will be announced on 26 April.

  6. Parents hail hospital's 'superstar' care

    The parents of a Wirral schoolgirl born with deficiencies in her feet and right hand have praised hospital staff for their care.

    Baylee Abbott

    Baylee Abbott's parents Jason and Sara said Wirral Limb Centre has helped turn their daughter into a "positive little superstar".

    Regular visits to the centre at Clatterbridge Hospital has seen Baylee, from Oxton, fitted with a number of silicone prosthetics so she could carry on with her hobbies of swimming, dancing and running.

  7. Driver's death 'a mystery'

    Warrington Guardian

    Mystery surrounds the death of a man whose car collided head-on with an articulated lorry, an inquest heard.

  8. Lancashire ready for Ashley Giles era

    BBC North West Tonight

    Lancashire cricket director and head coach Ashley Giles has told BBC North West Tonight their main aim this season is promotion back to Division One of the County Championship.

    Ashley Giles

    Former England spinner Giles, 42, is about to begin his first campaign alongside new captain Tom Smith, who takes over from Glen Chapple.

    Their first fixture of the new season is at Derbyshire starting on Sunday.

  9. Onlookers capture handbag thief

    A robber who tried to steal an 83-year-old woman's handbag in Liverpool has been arrested after members of the public restrained him.

    Rufford Road

    The man was held in Rufford Road, Fairfield, until officers arrived to arrest him on suspicion of robbery at about 10:10 this morning.

    The woman, who had her handbag returned to her, was left shaken but uninjured, Merseyside Police say.

  10. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Muslim man who was pictured praying at Anfield says it's an "overreaction" to ban the man who took a photo of him from the ground.

    Stephen Dodd took a picture of Asif Bodi and another man praying earlier this year - and tweeted that it was a "disgrace".

  11. Discussing the NHS

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Anna Martin has got involved with #WavertreeDebate. She sent us this tweet: Shouldn't be against ALL private providers in NHS - schemes like @121Midwives work well & still free at the point of use #wavertreedebate

    I've spent a lot of time talking to voters over the past few weeks and top of the list of concerns for most people is the NHS.

    Mention the word privatisation and everyone panics. 6.1% of the NHS total budget last year was spent on private care - about £6.5bn. Services like One to One Midwives have been born out of recommendations that pregnant women should have more choice in the care they receive.

    NHS Wirral decided to recruit One to One Midwifery in 2011 following a one year pilot. There were concerns from Unison about the impact this would have on jobs, but the service has continued to grow. Director John Ferguson says it is "a full choice option for women in Wirral, Liverpool, Western Cheshire and Warrington" and also available to east Cheshire and Essex.

    He says clinical commissioning groups have had to ensure more choices that the NHS can't afford to provide. He stresses though that the service is not for those who can afford it and "only accepts patients who are funded by the NHS".

    In other parts of the NHS, thousands of patients are treated by the private sector every year for routine treatments, such as knee and hip operations. This is not because NHS hospitals cannot treat the patients, but because both the last Labour government and the coalition have encouraged private firms to get involved as a way to reduce waiting times and to offer patients choice.

  12. Missing teenager found

    Fifteen-year-old Shauna Barnes has been found safe and well in her home town of Southport, Merseyside Police say.

    The teenager was reported missing after she was last seen on Monday afternoon at Hillside railway station boarding a train to Liverpool.

  13. Flashback to Mac's goal

    Former Reds favourite Gary McAllister wrote himself into Merseyside Derby folklore on this day 14 years ago when he netted a dramatic stoppage-time winner at Goodison Park.

    Gary McAllister

    You can watch highlights from the match on Liverpool FC's official website.

  14. Discussing immigration

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    At our #WavertreeDebate today, we heard from a local resident who lives near Smithdown Road - an immigrant from Kenya.

    Helen Muhanji came here in 2006 to study and says she is sick of the way immigration is being discussed. She asked the candidates what they would do to make sure it was viewed more positively.

    The candidates responded with a range of views - Dave Walsh from the Trade Union and Socialist Coalition argued that workers have been forced to travel for work, citing that big business is driving down pay, not migrant workers, while the Green Party's Peter Cranie pointed out the majority of immigrants who come here are from India and China, are here to study and are paying a high price for the privilege.

    Independent Niamh McCarthy argued that "we have to change the way immigrants are spoken about", Labour's Luciana Berger said more needs to be done to challenge employers that exploit workers from abroad, Conservative James Pearson argued for a level of immigration of working age people that was the "right sort of immigration" and Liberal Democrat Leo Evans said it was "disgraceful the way immigrants are demonised".

    So if we are concerned about immigration, we need to think of what is bothering us before demonising the thousands of people who come here to benefit from - and pay - for a top class university education and the many more who work legitimately in jobs that many of us would rather not have to do.

  15. Discussing immigration

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been asked about the issue of immigration at the top of Smithdown Road.

    When we talk about immigration as an election issue, what do we actually mean? Are people concerned about immigration because they think they should be or because it actually affects their lives?

    If voters are worried about the numbers of immigrants coming to the UK, then let's start with the facts. Net migration - which is the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK and those who are leaving - is around 300,000. That's 50,000 higher than when the coalition came to power.

    One of the key issues though is that it is very difficult to know the exact figures as - until recently - there were no exit checks on people leaving Britain.

    As one member of staff at the Home Office told me recently, they might as well be pulling numbers out of the sky as we have no accurate way of knowing who is returning to their home country. Regardless of this uncertainty, all of the parties have a clear approach to this issue.

  16. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Muslim man who was pictured praying at Anfield says it's an "overreaction" to ban the man who took a photo of him from the ground.

    Stephen Dodd took a picture of Asif Bodi and another man praying earlier this year - and tweeted that it was a "disgrace".

  17. Lights failure on East Lancs Road at Haydock

    BBC Travel

    There is disruption both ways on the A580 East Lancashire Road at the M6 Junction 23 for Haydock, due to traffic lights failure. Road users are asked to approach with care.

  18. Anfield revamp: Latest pictures

    Liverpool Echo

    New pictures show the latest stage of Anfield stadium's redevelopment, as the new Main Stand begins to take shape.

  19. Appeal over missing 15 year-old girl

    Merseyside Police is becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of 15-year-old Shauna Barnes from Southport.

    Shauna Barnes

    She was last seen on Monday afternoon at Hillside railway station boarding a train to Liverpool.

    Shauna is described as being white, 5ft 4ins tall and of a slim build, with collar-length dark brown hair and a fair complexion.

    She was last seen wearing a yellow jumper, dark leggings and black boots. She was also carrying a colourful rucksack.

  20. Road closures due to Huyton fire

    BBC Travel

    Hillside Road in Huyton-with-Roby remains closed in both directions between the A57 Liverpool Road junction and the Astley Road junction because of the fire at the Longview parade of shops.

  21. Ask Mairead about the election

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC News

    BBC Radio Merseyside's political reporter Mairead Smyth joins us for the next hour to answer questions about the election.

    Mairead Smyth

    She'll be looking in more detail at some of the issues raised in the debate in Wavertree earlier.

    If you have something you want to ask, let us know on email, Facebook or Twitter.

  22. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man who was labelled a "disgrace" for praying at Anfield says Liverpool Football Club are overreacting by taking action against the man who made the claim.

    Asif Bodi featured in a picture taken by Stephen Dodd. He says the club would be overreacting if they ban Mr Dodd for tweeting that it was a disgrace to see Mr Bodi and another man praying at the club.

    Liverpool say they will take action - but they haven't told BBC Radio Merseyside what form that would take.

    Mr Bodi says he hasn't been consulted by the club on the matter.

  23. Lukaku could return against Burnley

    James Mountford

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Everton striker Romelu Lukaku could be back for this weekend's home game against Burnley.

    Romelu Lukaku

    Lukaku has been suffering from a hamstring injury but Roberto Martinez says he will be available if he doesn't suffer any setbacks in training.

    Leon Osman will be given as much time as possible to prove his fitness after being forced off at Swansea with a groin injury, while Bryan Oviedo and Aiden McGeady are back in full training but won't be available for Burnley.

  24. Engineers assess Huyton shops safety

    Fire crews are still at the scene of a fire at a row of shops in Hillside Road, Huyton. They have been cutting a hole in the roof to allow for more ventilation and engineers from the National Grid are on site assessing the safety of the gas supply.

    Fire at Long View Shops

    The shops, known locally as Longview Shops, are described as local residents as very important to the community as they include a doctors, dentist, cash machine and cafe.

    Fire crews were called at 01:30 are expected to stay in site for the rest of the day - investigators say it is too early to say if the building will need to be demolished.

  25. Free mental health training

    Merseyside Youth Association tweets: Free mental health training for those who work, live or support children and young people who live or get support in Liverpool ow.ly/IE63T

  26. Mario on the move?

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool are preparing to offload Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 24, to finance a move for 29-year-old Manchester United loanee Radamel Falcao from Monaco, according to the BBC Sport Gossip column.

    Mario Balotelli
  27. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Muslim man who was pictured praying at Anfield says it's an "overreaction" to ban the man who took a photo of him.

    Stephen Dodd took a picture of Asif Bodi and another man praying earlier this year - and tweeted that it was a "disgrace".

    He has since deleted the tweet but Liverpool Football Club say they're going to take action and Merseyside Police are investigating.

    However, Asif Bodi has told the BBC he doesn't think it warrants any action.

  28. Local Live election discussion coming up

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC News

    As Roger draws the discussions to a close on BBC Radio Merseyside, we'll return to our usual mix of news, sport, travel and weather.

    But don't forget, we'll have political reporter Mairead Smyth joining us from 15:00 for a hour's discussion about the election and the issues Merseyside is interested in.

    You can ask her a question via email, Facebook or Twitter and she'll try to answer as many as possible.

  29. 'Say no to privatising the NHS'

    One audience member says she fears the private sector will gain more control over the NHS, and appealed to all parties to ensure this doesn't happen.

    "What we want is a government that will stand up to [private companies], and say to the British people that they support the NHS," she said.

    "The NHS is going to be taken over by multi-national companies and we won't have an NHS."

  30. A taxing question

    Wally in Widnes is asking about tax avoidance, pointing out that both the Conservatives and Labour have said they will use a £120bn clampdown on tax avoidance to fund some of their policies.

    "That pre-supposes that they know it's going on for that amount," he said. "So why can't they stop it?"

  31. Can parties agree on the big issues?

    Steve in Sefton Park has addressed all the candidates, asking them if it would not be best to have "cross party agreement" over the NHS and education.

    He said all voters are getting is "lies, damn lies and statistics" from all directions.

  32. Question time....

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Questions are now being taken from the live audience. A woman says: "I've not heard what the candidates are going to do for pensioners. All I've heard is that we are a drain on the NHS and we are living too long."

    A man adds: "I'd just like to make the point that you can make cuts and save money in the short term. It can cost a lot of money in the long term.

    "If we spend money on actually looking after people's health, rather than treating them when they're ill, we'll save a lot of money in the long term."

  33. Join me for an election discussion

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The debate is not the only chance you have today to discuss the election issues. I will be here on Local Live from 15:00 to answer your questions about the things that matter on Merseyside.

    Send me your questions via email, Facebook or Twitter and I will answer as many as I can.

  34. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Police and fire crews are working to find out if a blaze at a row of shops in Huyton was caused by arsonists.

    Forty-five firefighters attended after flames spread from the One Stop convenience store overnight on Hillside Road.

  35. Closing statements

    The candidates close the debate by each giving a final statement.

    Independent Niamh McCarthy says people need to use their votes and should not "allow opportunity to pass you by", while Labour's Luciana Berger says she is committed to campaigning for proper change.

    Conservative James Pearson says there is "light at the end of the tunnel, bringing realistic spending plans for important services that this city needs" and the Liberal Democrats' Leo Evans says his party are the ones who "will balance the books fairly".

    TUSC's Dave Walsh says he offers "an alternative to austerity", the Greens' Peter Cranie says people should "vote for policies you believe in" and UKIP's Adam Heatherington says people should "believe in Britain".

  36. Have your say in the #WavertreeDebate

    Once the debate has finished, you can continue having your say on the issues brought up on Twitter by using the hashtag #WavertreeDebate.

    And you can call BBC Radio Merseyside with your thoughts on 0151 709 9333 or text 81333 with Mersey before your message.

  37. What will be done to address immigration positively?

    Luciana Berger says Labour will address employment laws, increase minimum wage and fine those who don't pay it.

    Conservative James Pearson says his party will address loopholes and change the way we talk about immigration.

    Liberal Democrat Leo Evans says there is a need to stop demonising immigrants.

  38. What will be done to address immigration positively?

    TUSC Dave Walsh's he wants a better future for all, the Greens' Peter Cranie says it's "appalling" how immigrants - who make an invaluable contribution - "have been demonised" and Independent Niamh McCarthy says the way immigration and immigrants are spoken about needs to change.

  39. Changes to voting system?

    Oonagh in Liverpool tweets: @bbcmerseyside And the current system ended up with Cameron as PM. No wonder he likes it.

  40. Changes to voting system?

    Labour's Luciana Berger says she has been held to account under the current system and people on the register need to use the vote.

    James Pearson says the Conservatives will look at the voting system but proportional representation in 2009 ended up with the British National Party's Nick Griffin becoming a MEP.

  41. Changes to voting system?

    TUSC's Dave Walsh says new parties like SNP and Plaid Cymru will do well and TUSC will grow as the party of the left with changes to the voting system, while Independent Niamh McCarthy says she hasn't had much experience of voting but it's important to use the vote.

  42. Changes to voting system?

    Next question to the panel: Should we have a change to the voting system?

    The Liberal Democrats' Leo Evans is first to answer, saying his party aims to have single transferable vote (STV) system by 2020.

    Green Peter Cranie say there was a need for a STV system of proportional representation as "the system is broken", but people still must vote.

  43. Building on green spaces?

    Independent Niamh McCarthy says "we need to increase spend on social housing" and need to refurbish houses.

    Luciana Berger says more houses need to be built and Labour has a plan to build 200,000.

  44. Threats to green spaces?

    First question is from the Wavertree Society, who ask what guarantee that building policies won't threaten green spaces?

    Conservative James Pearson says his party will prioritise building on brown field sites, while Liberal Democrat Leo Evans says we shouldn't build on historic green spaces.

    Peter Cranie of the Green Party says "we need to refurbish houses" and his party would protect green spaces. The TUSC's Dave Walsh says the problem is underspending on social housing.

  45. Join in the #WavertreeDebate

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    You can have your say on the issues brought up in BBC Radio Merseyside's debate on Twitter by using the hashtag #WavertreeDebate.

    And you can call in with your questions for the candidates on 0151 709 9333 or text 81333 with Mersey before your message.

  46. McCarthy: 'Compulsory political education'

    Independent candidate Niamh McCarthy says she wants compulsory political education, and wants to inspire those who feel disengaged and give young people a political voice.

  47. Walsh: 'Give us £10 per hour minimum wage'

    Dave Walsh, the Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition's candidate, says he will campaign for a minimum wage of £10 per hour and will stand up for working families, and urges people to "vote for a worker's MP, on a worker's wage, who will deliver".

  48. Heatherington: 'A fair say in the running of the area'

    UKIP's Adam Heatherington says his "great concern" for Wavertree is that it is suffering from local and central government cuts but still has to face council tax rises and if he were elected, he would "ensure constituents get a fair say in the running of the area".

  49. Cranie: 'An end to austerity'

    Peter Cranie for the Green Party wants to see an end to austerity and reversal of cuts. He says the NHS must be kept public and his party would repeal the Health and Social Care Act.

  50. Evans: 'Cut less and borrow less'

    Leo Evans says the Liberal Democrats will "cut less than the Conservatives and borrow less than Labour."

  51. Pearson: 'I'm a patriot'

    Conservative candidate James Pearson highlights his military record as an officer in the Army reserves.

    "I'm a patriot. I've served our country in Afghanistan," he says.

  52. Berger: 'Fight for people of Wavertree'

    Lucian Berger for Labour says she's supported the community and "will do everything in my power to fight for the people of Wavertree".

  53. Who will be debating?

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Six of the candidates are taking part in the Wavertree debate - with five there in person and one, the Green's Peter Cranie, joining on the phone.

    Candidates in Wavertree election debate

    UKIP's Adam Heatherington won't be taking part, but I spoke to him before about the issues he wanted to raise.

  54. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Forty-five firefighters have been at the scene of a blaze at a row of shops in Huyton and police are now working to find out if it was started deliberately.

    The flames spread from the One Stop convenience store overnight on Hillside Road - known locally as Long View Shops.

    Police officers are now going to look through CCTV footage from the area and they are working with the fire crews to find out if this is an arson attack.

  55. Seven candidates in Wavertree

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    There are seven candidates running in Wavertree.

    They are James Pearson (Conservative), Luciana Berger (Labour), Leo Evans (Lib Dems), Adam Heatherington (UKIP), Peter Cranie (Green), Dave Walsh (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition) and Niamh McCarthy (Independent).

    You can find out more about them here.

    To hear the candidates respond to questions from our listeners, tune in to BBC Radio Merseyside at 12:00.

  56. No repeat of 2010 ballet paper fiasco

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Voters in Wavertree will hope that they are not faced with a repeat of the 2010 fiasco in which the polling station on Dunbabin Road ran out of ballot papers just as the polls were about to close.

    Liverpool City Council say "the problems last time at a small number of polling stations were caused by a number of people turning up at the close of polls and not all of the polling stations had a full allocation of ballot papers.

    "We are ensuring that all stations have a full allocation and additional training has been provided for staff. Also anyone in the queue by 22:00 will be given the chance to vote."

    Join us for a BBC Radio Merseyside election debate in the constituency on 95.8FM, on DAB and online from 12:00.

  57. Keep up with the debate on Twitter

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'll be tweeting from the debate and you can keep up with how things are going by following me on Twitter.

    Of course, you can also listen in on BBC Radio Merseyside 95.8FM, DAB and online from noon.

  58. Getting to know Wavertree

    Mairead Smyth

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Wavertree, where BBC Radio Merseyside's first election debate will be, is situated to the east of the city centre and is predominantly residential.

    Picton Clock in Wavertree

    It hosts a large technology park, which has close ties to the university, and has a large student population which boosts the local economy.

  59. Wirral sofa fire started deliberately

    Wirral Globe

    Arsonists are believed to have caused a fire that damaged the rendering of a house in New Ferry on Wednesday.

    Napier Road, Rock Ferry

    Firefighters were called out to an incident in Napier Road just after 15:30.

    Two sofas, were set alight outside the rear gable end of the property. The heat from the fire caused around five square metres of external rendering to fall from the house.

  60. Drug raids arrests

    Fifteen men and a woman, aged between 22 and 58, have been arrested on suspicion of drug offences following early morning raids in Merseyside.

    Early morning raids in Merseyside

    Police searches on properties across the city centre, Huyton and Old Swan this morning recovered a quantity of cannabis.

  61. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police and Fire Service are working together to find out if a fire at a row of shops in Huyton was an arson attack.

    The blaze started in the One Stop convenience store overnight on Hillside Road before it quickly spread.

    It is thought the fire started at about 01:30 at the parade, known locally as Long View Shops, and then began spreading through to others next to it including a dentist's and a solicitor's.

  62. Traffic light failure on East Lancs

    BBC Travel

    There is traffic light failure on the A580 East Lancashire Road at the Haydock M6 junction. Road users are asked to approach with care.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  63. Listen: Wavertree election debate

    With three weeks to go before election day, BBC Radio Merseyside is holding the first of three special debates in front of a live audience. Listen live on 95.8FM, on DAB and online between 12:00 and 13:00.

    Picton Clock Wavertree

    Roger Phillips will be hosting the hour-long debates in Wavertree - one of Liverpool's so-called safe Labour seats. With seven candidates standing it is one of the most highly contested constituencies on Merseyside.

    The other debates will take place in Southport and Wirral West.

  64. Is football failing black managers?

    BBC Sport

    Former Tranmere Rovers boss John Barnes says black managers don't get many second chances, while Viv Anderson, another former England international, thinks he will be dead before a black man is made boss of the England men's team.

    John Barnes

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone investigates if football failing black managers.

  65. Huyton fire investigation starts

    A joint Merseyside Fire and Police investigation begins into a large blaze at the Longview shops in Huyton in the early hours of this morning. Read the full story.

    Huyton fire
  66. Piglet in road causes disruption

    BBC Travel

    There is a piglet running along the hard shoulder of the M56 eastbound between Junction 12, A557 for Runcorn and Junction 11 the A56 Preston Brook. Drivers are asked to approach with care.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  67. Huyton fire: Fire crews still at scene

    Fire crews are damping down the roof at the parade of shops in Huyton following a blaze in the early hours of this morning. Read the full story.

    Huyton Fire
  68. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Fire crews remain at the scene of a blaze which started in a parade of shops in Huyton in the early hours of this morning.

    At its peak, 45 firefighters were at the scene after a fire was reported at the One Stop Shop on Hillside Road at about 01:35.

  69. Merseyside drug raids

    Sixteen people have been arrested following early morning raids in the city centre, Huyton and Old Swan.

    Early morning raids in Merseyside

    Merseyside Police recovered a quantity of cannabis as part of an operation targeting drug dealers in the region - 17 homes have been searched.

  70. I had to nutmeg Luiz, says Suarez

    Luis Suarez says he had no option but to nutmeg Paris St-Germain defender David Luiz twice as he scored two brilliant goals for Barcelona in Paris.

    Luis Suarez

    The former Liverpool striker cut inside ex-Chelsea player Luiz on his way to putting Barca 2-0 up before repeating the trick as he scored a stunning third goal.

    "A striker is always looking for goals and the two moves came off for me. I had to nutmeg Luiz twice because there was nothing else I could do."

  71. Fire causes road closure

    BBC Travel

    Hillside Road in Huyton is closed in both directions between the A57 Liverpool Road junction and the Astley Road junction because of a building fire at a parade of shops.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  72. Huyton fire latest

    Fire crews remain at the scene of a blaze which started in a parade of shops in Huyton in the early hours of this morning.

    Fire in Hillside Road, Huyton

    At its peak, 45 firefighters were at the scene after a fire was reported at the One Stop Shop on Hillside Road at about 01:35.

    Flames spread along the parade to neighbouring premises including a doctor's surgery, dentist, solicitors and cafe.

    The fire is still burning and Hillside Road remains closed. No injuries have been reported and an investigation is under way.

  73. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    More than 40 firefighters are at the scene of a blaze at a One Stop Shop in Huyton.

    The flames have spread to other shops on Hillside Road.

    The cause of the fire is now being investigated and police are going to look through CCTV footage from the area.

  74. Toxteth store up for national award

    A food store in Liverpool has been shortlisted for a national award.

    L8 Superstore

    The Liverpool 8 Superstore, which opened in 2011 on the site of a former Kwik Save, is up for the Radio 4 You and Yours Best Food Retailer Award Food as part of the Farming annual awards.

    Crammed with foods from around the world - its colourful street display of fresh fruit and veg has become something of a landmark, helping inject new life and vibrancy into Toxteth's Lodge Lane.

  75. BreakingBreaking News

    Forty-five firefighters are at the scene of a blaze at a One Stop Shop in Huyton.

    The flames have spread to other shops on Hillside Road.

  76. Animals on the road cause M56 delays

    BBC Travel

    The M56 eastbound between Junction 12, A557 for Runcorn and Junction 11, A56 for Preston Brook is slow because of animals on the road.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  77. Chilly start, sunny spells later

    BBC Weather

    A rather chilly to start this morning, but it will be a dry day across the region with some sunny spells.

    The best of the sunshine will be in northern areas such as Southport, with cloudier skies further south. Highs of 13C.

    BBC Weather
  78. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    • BBC Radio Merseyside will be holding the first of three special debates ahead of the general election today. Listen live between 12:00 - 14:00 on 95.8FM, DAB and online.
    • Merseyside Police have made 15 arrests in early morning raids in Old Swan.
    • Business and University leaders in Liverpool are calling for the city to be included in the High Speed rail link that has been proposed for the North of England.
  79. Good morning

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC News

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