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  1. Updates for Thursday 23 April 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel returns from 08:00 on Friday

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Bye bye

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Our work here is done for the day and thank you again for joining us. We are back 08:00 sharp tomorrow for more news. sport, weather and travel.

I'll leave you with this picture that Cheshire West and Chester Council

tweeted earlier and wish you all a very happy St George's Day.

Cheshire West St George's Day celebrations

Fine evening

BBC Weather

It is a fine evening and warm with temperatures hovering around 17°C.

Weather graphic

Overnight, it will stay dry and fine with lows of 5°C and just a light breeze.

There will be a bright rather than sunny start to tomorrow morning, and it will be mild. Through the day, the cloud will thicken and there is a chance of a little rain later in the afternoon. Temperatures will reach 17°C with gentle winds.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's programme, we will be hearing about the appeal for fresh witnesses to come forward to the Hillsborough inquests.

A St. Helens mother tells us why she wants her daughter's killer to stay behind bars.

And we will learn more about next month's celebration of Liverpool's enduring link with the Cunard shipping line.

Listen live at 18:30.

Paris to hit Liverpool

Tom Mullen

BBC News

We're more used to seeing Paris Hilton on a glitzy catwalk or in the pages of a celebrity magazine.

Paris Hilton
Getty Images

But the American hotel heiress has announced she will be visiting Liverpool next month - to meet shoppers at a health and beauty store.

The 34-year-old socialite will be at Superdrug in Liverpool One on 13 May to sign packages of her new fragrance.

Rodgers: 'Nobody better than me'

BBC Sport

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says

there is "nobody better" than him to lead the club.

Brendan Rodgers
Getty Images

His side are fifth in the Premier League and lost to Aston Villa in Sunday's FA Cup semi-final, their last chance of a trophy this season.

Rodgers, 42, is the first Reds' boss since the 1950s to go three seasons without a trophy.

Philharmonic honours conductor

One of Britain's most distinguished conductors, Sir Andrew Davis CBE, has been awarded the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Sir Andrew Davis

A spokesman for the orchestra said the title recognises the "most important musicians of our day, who have a long-standing association with the orchestra and who have made a significant contribution to our musical life".

Sir Andrew returns to the city at the end of the month to conduct the orchestra and guest soloists Erin Wall and Catherine Wyn-Rogers in Mahler's Symphony No. 2 'Resurrection'.

Drag me to university

Edge Hill University is to become the first higher education institution in the UK to offer a module dedicated to the art of drag.

Mark Edward/Gale Force
Edge Hill University

The Drag Kings and Drag Queens of Performance module has recently been validated and will be on offer to third year undergraduates on Performing Arts and Dance & Drama courses at the University from January.

Senior Lecturer Mark Edward - seen here as his drag alter-ego Gale Force - says the module not only explores drag as a "highly camp performance art, it also engages with complex gender, feminist and queer theory to explore the social and political implication of 'doing gender' in performance".

Chancellor to review Mersey tunnel costs

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: George Osborne's confirmed to
@bbcmerseyside there will be a review of the costs of using the Mersey tunnels for people who live in Wirral

Ex players pay tribute to Sir Philip

Tributes have been posted on social media by former Everton players to the club's life president Sir Phillip Carter, who has died aged 87.

Goalkeeping great Neville Southall

tweeted: Gutted about Sir Phillip Carter top guy top chairman Will be sadly missed a true gentleman.

Former star midfielder Peter Reid

added: Sir Phillip Carter RIP. CLASS.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Everton's life president Sir Philip Carter, 87,

has died after a short illness, the club has said.

Mr Carter joined as a director in 1973 and rose to chairman five years later.

'Amazing man'

Actress Jenny Seagrove

#EFC devastated to hear of passing of sir philip carter. Amazing man, amazing chairman of EFC and a dear friend.

Mersey paradise?

Chris Long

BBC News

I took a wander down to the waterfront this lunchtime and it really was lovely down there, as you can see.

Mersey waterfront

If you have a picture you'd like to share on Local Live, send it over via

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Mum's parole plea to murderer

A St. Helens mother is making a fresh appeal to her daughter's killer to finally reveal where he buried her body, 27 years after her murder.

Helen McCourt

Marie McCourt is urging a parole board hearing to keep Ian Simms behind bars until he admits his guilt and explains what happened to her daughter Helen (pictured).

The 22-year-old, who worked at the Royal Insurance in Liverpool, was murdered by Simms in 1988.

'Proud to commit'

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson

tweets: Very proud to commit my future to this great club. Looking forward to achieving great things here.…

Jordan Henderson

Flying down Zakynthos way

A new route to the Greek island of Zakynthos has been announced from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

easyJet pilot

The Easyjet route will depart from Liverpool each Thursday lunchtime throughout the summer and is expected to fly 6,000 passengers annually.

Zakynthos is the most southerly of the Ionian Islands.

'A wonderful man'

Former Everton captain Philip Neville

tweets: Sad to here the death of sir Philip Carter - was a wonderful man who always gave me great support at Everton RIP

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Everton's life president Sir Philip Carter, 87,

has died after a short illness, the club has said.

Mr Carter joined as a director in 1973 and rose to chairman five years later.

Question Time for women

Blackburne House in Liverpool is the venue this evening for

a special Women-only Question Time.

Blackburne House

The centre on Hope Street provides courses and help for women's enterprise and education. Tonight, a panel including political and business representatives will answer questions from more than 100 guests.

The debate takes place between 17:00 and 19:30.

'A football lover'

Match of the Day presenter and former Everton striker Gary Lineker

tweets: Saddened to hear that Sir Philip Carter has passed away. Was chairman of Everton when I was there. A football lover and delightful man

Bill Kenwright pays tribute

Everton chairman Bill Kenwright has paid on the

Everton FC website to Sir Philip Carter, who died today.

Sir Philip Carter and Bill Kenwright
Getty Images

He said: "Words cannot describe my feelings of loss primarily as a friend, but also as an Evertonian".

"Sir Philip was simply a giant...a great man, a great leader and the very best friend and colleague anyone could ask for. I never once met him without calling him chairman. I never will.

"That title was his by right. He will always have a major place in our great club's history. To his wondrous Lady Rita and his family, we send the deepest of condolences together with our undying love and gratitude for his life."

Sir Philip Carter: Everton life president dies

BBC Sport

Everton life president Sir Philip Carter has died at the age of 87, the club has announced.

Sir Philip Carter
Getty Images

In a statement, Everton said Sir Philip died peacefully at home on Thursday morning after a short illness.

Sir Philip, a childhood Everton fan, joined the club as a director in 1973. He rose to the position of chairman in 1978 and went on to preside over a period of domestic and European success

Shopkeeper uses body camera for protection

Southport Visiter

A Southport shopkeeper is

using a video badge to protect himself from attacks.

Daily Mart, Southport

Dominic Pillai, who runs Daily Mart in Duke Street, was targeted by two teenagers last month when he refused to sell them cigarettes without identification.

When the 35-year-old dad-of-two followed them outside the shop, they threw stones and bottles at him.

He is now using a body camera, funded by the Ministry of Justice, that can be used to record video and audio which can be used in court.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man who helped victims in the Hillsborough disaster has come forward to the police, just hours after an appeal was put out.

This morning investigators released images of 18 individuals who helped some of the victims of the disaster. They believe they may be able to help the team compiling evidence for the new inquests.

This man contacted the officers and the

police are encouraging the 17 others to do the same.

Henderson signs deal

BBC Sport

Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson has signed a new five-year deal, worth £100,000-a-week.

Jordan Henderson

It ends months of talks between the parties, with the ex-Sunderland player committed to the club until 2020.

Queen Mary 2 captain on Cunard 175 event

Christopher Wells, Captain of the Queen Mary 2, says it is "a huge honour to be involved in the 3 Cunard Queens event".

Christopher Wells, Captain of the Queen Mary 2

The Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth are rarely seen together but they will sail into the city on the Mersey on 25 May, as part of Cunard's 175th anniversary year.

They will meet on the River Mersey in a choreographed demonstration as part of a series of events in the city.

More on the times of the event on BBC North West Tonight's Facebook page.

Driver cut from cab

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: The driver of a lorry's being cut out of his cab after it overturned on the Bidston bypass.
@MerseyPolice and
@NWAmbulance are there

Lorry crash closes A553

BBC Travel

The A553 Fender Lane in Birkenhead is closed and partially blocked with very slow traffic in both directions between Tesco roundabout and the Reeds Lane junction because of an overturned lorry.

Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

News on the hour

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

Former Everton chairman and Football League president Sir Philip Carter has died after a short illness,

the club has announced.

Sir Philip, 87, was Everton chairman during their most successful period, as they won two league titles, one FA Cup and one European Cup Winners' Cup between 1984 and 1987.

He died peacefully at home this morning.

Normal service resumes

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Thanks for joining us for the election debate in Southport - a lot of interesting points being raised by both the candidates and the audience.

I hope you'll stay with us as we return to our usual mix of news, sport, weather and travel.

Southport debate: Pint and an ice cream?

Southport Champion reporter Ollie Cowan

tweets: If you ask me, and you don't, the best way to sort any arguments raised in the
#SouthportDebate is a pint and an ice cream. I should be PM

Southport debate: 'Maturity is situational'

On the subject of 16-year-olds being given the vote, Lee Mc

tweets: my 25 year old fiance, had her first child before i met her at 18. maturity is situational. (mostly)

Southport debate: Should 16-year-olds vote?

Mike in Liverpool called into the debate to say he does not believe 16-year-olds are ready to have the vote.

"I've seen some 16-year-olds who are very advanced and some that are not very advanced. They are not responsible enough," he says.

At the debate, Grace says she thinks her 16-year-old daughter should have the vote.

"They don't have to vote, but they should have the choice," she says.

Southport debate: 'Very interesting'

Liverpool Echo reporter Joe Thomas

tweets: Very interesting
#Southportdebate on
@bbcmerseyside - thought candidates came across well, with some interesting plans for future of town

Southport debate: 'Stale resort'

Continuing the debate on whether Southport should leave Sefton, #Knowsley

tweets: The sooner they leave Merseyside, the happier will all be. Stale resort with no hope. Not as nice as they think it is.

Southport debate: 'Nothing wrong with Sefton'

Taking up the debate about Southport leaving Sefton, Steven Mercer

tweets: why to have more politicians! There's nothing wrong with Sefton as it is!

Southport debate: Dead or alive?

Joe called into the debate to discuss the issues that Southport is facing. He says:

"I was counting the empty shops and I counted 23 along Lord Street. Southport is dead and Southport should be run by Southport. A lot of damage has been done and something should happen."

Mike, in the audience at the debate in Southport, replies:

"Southport is not dead. It's business community is dealing with an industrial revolution. The digital age has wiped out many businesses. But we should be doing something along the lines of click and collect, where independent traders have a place to compete."

Southport debate: 'Pure snobbery'

Discussing Southport leaving Sefton, Emma Whitby Jones

tweets: it is pure snobbery, they never wanted to be part of Merseyside. Good riddance!

Southport debate: Better together?

On the issue of Southport leaving Sefton, Scouse Tims

tweets: I thought all the candidates campaigned for "better together" bit strange they want to break up Sefton

Southport debate: Get involved

The debate continues on the BBC Radio Merseyside Roger Phillips phone-in. What issues in today's debate in Southport affect you? Have your say on 0151 709 9333 or on Twitter using the hashtag


Southport debate

Listen live on 95.8FM, on DAB and online.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

One of 18 people who helped victims at the Hillsborough disaster has today come forward just hours after

an appeal to find them was put out.

The photos of two police officers, a steward and 15 fans were put out by the team investigating what happened so they can compile evidence for the new Inquests.

Now a man who was on the pitch at the disaster has identified himself from a picture.