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Summary

  1. Updates for Friday 24 April 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel return from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. That's the way to say goodbye

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Thanks for joining us today. We will be back with more news, sport, travel and weather on Monday at 08:00.

    And I'll leave you by revisiting the news that Punch and Judy is to return to the city this weekend for the first time since the 1990s as part of the St George's Quarter Festival.

    That's the way to do it.

    Punch and Judy
  2. Rainy outbreaks

    It will be mainly cloudy this evening with some outbreaks of rain, then turning mainly dry overnight with a few clearer spells and the odd shower.

    Weather graphic

    There will be a freshening southwesterly breeze, and it will be a mild night. Minimum temperature will be 9°C.

    Tomorrow, there will be a mixture of bright or sunny intervals and a few heavy showers. It will be quite warm at first with a moderate to fresh southwesterly wind, though it will turn colder later as winds veer northwesterly, becoming fresh towards Southport and Wirral.

  3. Coming up

    Beccy Meehan

    North West Tonight

    Tonight we will be reporting on the inquest into the deaths of four soldiers, including two from Wirral and one from Cheshire, who were killed when their armoured vehicle hit a police car and rolled into a canal in Afghanistan.

    We will hear from Liverpool Crown Court, where a club bouncer from Southport has been convicted of the manslaughter of a man he punched.

    And there will be previews of Liverpool and Everton's Premier League games this weekend, as well as a look at St. Helens and Warrington's Super League ties later.

    Join us at 18:30.

  4. McGough criticises lack of children's poetry

    Liverpool poet Roger McGough has criticised the lack of poetry books currently being published for children.

    Roger McGough

    As chair of the judges for 2015's Children's Poetry Award, McGough said they were "excited by the variety and quality" of the submissions this year.

    However, he added they were "sorry that there were not more submissions and that so few publishers are producing books for children and young people".

    Five books have been shortlisted for this year's award.

  5. Expressway closed for 10 weeks

    The Expressway beneath Station Road Bridge in Runcorn is to be closed for 10 weeks from Sunday, Halton Borough Council has announced.

    Expressway Runcorn

    It will be closed while essential work is carried out to repair damage to the columns that support the bridge.

    The work will also affect traffic travelling from the Bridgewater Expressway to the Weston Point Expressway and vice versa.

  6. Kirkby man on arson charge

    Liverpool Echo

    A 38-year-old man has been charged following an incident in Kirkby.

    Mark McCaffrey of Cawthorne Avenue, Southdene, was charged with arson with intent to endanger life.

    The charge follows an incident on Thursday morning.

  7. Fixing Reds 'easier said than done'

    Phil McNulty

    Chief football writer

    I've been answering questions on Sportsday Live, including one from Benji Deane, who asks "what is the reason for Liverpool's decline?"

    Liverpool FC

    Two reasons for a start, Benji. They lost a world-class player in Luis Suarez to Barcelona in the summer and the other main contributor of goals, Daniel Sturridge, has barely kicked a ball all season because of injury. It is almost impossible to replace that.

    Also, no-one can currently make any serious case that that £75m brought in for Suarez has been used wisely. On current evidence, only Emre Can can be regarded as anything like a success.

    The fix is to find a way to fix Sturridge, sign another top-class striker, find a world-class replacement for Steven Gerrard and unload the deadwood. Easier said than done.

  8. A cathedral from the air

    Today's lead image is of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and was taken by the National Police Air Service based at Warton.

    Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

    Thanks to them for sending it to us. If you have a picture you'd like to see on this page, send it over via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  9. Four on drugs and gun charges

    Four people have been remanded in custody charged with drugs and firearms offences following raids by Merseyside Police on Thursday, which saw 16 people arrested.

    The other people arrested in the raids in Belle Vale, Kensington and Old Swan in Liverpool and in Newton-le-Willows have been released on bail.

  10. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A doorman who punched a man outside a club in Southport has been found guilty of manslaughter.

    Scott Sheard from Formby suffered brain damage in the attack outside Destination in 2009, and died more than two years later.

    Stuart Humphreys had claimed he acted in self-defence, but has been convicted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

  11. Mother speaks out on soldier deaths

    Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    A bereaved mum has spoken out on behalf of the families of four soldiers, including a Runcorn soldier, who died in a crash whilst serving in Afghanistan.

    An inquest into their deaths has concluded today with the coroner reaching a narrative verdict combined with the conclusion the soldiers died in a road traffic collision while on active service.

  12. Gerrard to receive special PFA award

    Steven Gerrard will be given a special merit accolade at the PFA awards on Sunday ahead of his Liverpool exit.

    Steven Gerrard

    The footballers' union wants to pay tribute to the Reds captain and Manchester City midfielder Frank Lampard for their contribution to the Premier League before they head to America to play in MLS.

    His Liverpool teammates Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling are up for the main events of the evening.

  13. Toffees' tribute to Sir Philip

    Everton tweets: PHOTO: A billboard outside Goodison Park pays tribute to the late Sir Philip Carter.

    Billboard outside Goodison Park pays tribute to the late Sir Philip Carter
  14. Wirral father made false claim of racism

    Liverpool Echo

    A Wirral dad-of-two attacked his neighbour over a boundary dispute then accused him of a racist assault - only to be exposed as a liar on CCTV.

    Sanjay Chaddah, 43, claimed Dean Patten had kicked and punched him and used a racist term while arguing over a fence panel outside their family's homes in Raby Mere, Wirral.

  15. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A doorman who punched a man outside a club in Southport has been found guilty of manslaughter.

    Scott Sheard from Formby suffered brain damage in the attack outside Destination in 2009, and died more than two years later.

    Stuart Humphreys had claimed he acted in self-defence, but has been convicted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

  16. Ibe back for Reds

    BBC Sport

    Jordon Ibe returns to Liverpool's squad for Saturday's away Premier League match at West Bromwich.

    Jordon Ibe

    Ibe was cup-tied last weekend for the FA Cup semi-final against Aston Villa.

    Daniel Sturridge, Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva are still unavailable because of injuries, while Adam Lallana and Jon Flanagan are doubts after recently returning to training.

  17. Victim's mother in tears over bouncer guilty verdict

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    A nightclub doorman, who hit a man with a "good" and "fast" punch outside a bar in Southport, has been found guilty of manslaughter to gasps from the victim's family.

    The jury dismissed Stuart Humphreys' claims that he was acting in self-defence when he hit Scott Sheard from Formby outside Destination in October 2009, returning its verdict after five hours.

    The mother of Mr Sheard, who died more than two years after suffering brain damage in the attack, broke down in tears as she left Liverpool Crown Court.

    Humphreys, who was bailed until sentencing on 19 May, claimed Scott Sheard and another man threatened to stab him and he feared he was about to be punched when he launched the attack.

  18. Congestion on A55 in Chester

    BBC Travel

    On the A55 in Chester, there is queuing traffic in both directions at Junction 38, A483 at the Posthouse roundabout due to roadworks.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  19. Punch and Judy return to city

    Punch and Judy return to Liverpool this weekend as part of the St George's Quarter Festival.

    Punch and Judy

    The Victorian puppet show will be entertaining families in St Johns Garden's just yards from where it was first performed in Liverpool - at St George's Hall by 'Professor' Richard Codman 155 years ago.

    The last performance in the city was in the 1990s.

  20. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A nightclub doorman, who punched a man outside a bar in Southport, has been found guilty of manslaughter.

    Scott Sheard from Formby suffered brain damage in the attack outside Destination in October 2009, and died more than two years later.

    Stuart Humphreys had claimed he acted in self defence, but he's been convicted after a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

  21. University's dyspraxia study

    Liverpool Hope University tweets: Merseyside youngsters invited to try new gaze training techniques as part of Dyspraxia study: goo.gl/16oPYq

    Dyspraxia study at Liverpool Hope University
  22. Convicted robber wanted on recall to prison

    A convicted robber from Merseyside who was released on licence last year is wanted on recall to prison.

    Kevin Barlow

    Merseyside Police say Kevin John Edward Barlow has breached the conditions of his licence by failing to attend probation appointments.

    They also want to speak to him in relation to a robbery at Ravenhead Social Club in St. Helens.

    Barlow is known to have links to the Liverpool, Sefton and St. Helens areas.

  23. Moyes pays tribute to Sir Philip

    Former Everton manager David Moyes has paid tribute to the club's life president, Sir Philip Carter, who died yesterday.

    Sir Philip Carter

    He told the club's website Sir Philip was "a wonderful man, a top, top man".

    "He had the respect of everyone who knew him and I always thoroughly enjoyed his company. He loved his football and he loved Everton.

    "He was a massive figure at Everton Football Club but always completely humble and always a perfect gentleman. I was devastated when I heard of his passing and my thoughts are with his family."

  24. Bold Street seating plans revealed

    Bold Street in Liverpool could be the site of the UK's first city centre "Parklets".

    Plans for Bold Street

    The Liverpool BID Company is hoping to replace the parking bays on the busy shopping street with small seating areas with a bit of greenery.

    Chief executive Bill Addy says he hopes the idea, first used in San Francisco, can return Bold Street to its former glory.

  25. News on the hour

    Megan Key

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Nine of the 18 witnesses to the Hillsborough disaster police wanted to trace have now got in touch.

    CCTV images of them were released on Thursday morning.

  26. Star-studded line-up for road race

    Chester Chronicle

    Stars of the women's cycling world will descend on Acton Bridge on Sunday for a national race.

    Laura Trott

    The Cheshire Classic Women's Road Race will boast a star-studded line-up of Olympic gold medallists Laura Trott, Elinor Barker, Joanna Rowsell, multi-paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey and current world and European gold medallist Katie Archibald.

  27. Team news: Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves

    BBC Sport

    Warrington have winger Kevin Penny and scrum-half Gareth O'Brien back in the squad after their injuries for the game against Leeds later.

    Warrington Rugby

    Wolves are the only side to have beaten the Rhinos in Super League so far this season, after an 18-6 win last month.

    Kick off is at 20:00 and you can listen to commentary on BBC Radio Merseyside on 1485AM and online.

  28. River Park to host walking festival

    Wirral Globe

    Port Sunlight River Park has been chosen as one of the venues for this year's Wirral Walking Festival.

    The beauty spot, owned by national land management charity the Land Trust and managed on its behalf by Wirral Autistic Society, was unveiled last year.

  29. Everton tribute to Sir Philip Carter

    Everton ambassadors Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin have laid flowers in memory of former chairman Sir Philip Carter at Goodison Park.

    Club Ambassadors Graeme Sharp, Ian Snodin and Graham Stuart lay a wreath at Goodison for Sir Philip Carter

    The Blues life president and former chairman died on Thursday after a short illness.

    The club will pay a full tribute to Sir Philip on Sunday when they host Manchester United.

  30. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The support offered to veterans of the armed forces who become addicted to drink or drugs is be the subject of a national conference in Liverpool today.

    The Tom Harrison House charity - which helps ex-servicemen and women - is hosting the War Stories conference in Speke.

  31. Weathering that Friday feeling?

    BBC Weather

    tweets: Here's a quick snapshot of how the weather's looking at lunchtime & home time... Jo #FridayFeeling

    Weather forecast
  32. Nine Hillsborough witnesses come forward

    Nine new witnesses to the Hillsborough disaster have come forward following a police appeal.

    Nine Hillsborough witnesses identified

    Officers from Operation Resolve, the team tasked with gathering evidence for the new inquests, identified 18 new witnesses they wanted to hear from on Thursday.

    Pictures of the remaining nine witnesses police want to trace can be found on the Operation Resolve website.

  33. A 'hidden gem'

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: @bbcmerseyside our next door neighbour @theBluecoat . My fave little cut thru. Hidden gem.

    Flowers in Bluecoat Garden
  34. A55 congestion in Chester

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic on the A55 in both directions in Chester in the roadworks area around Junction 38, A483 Posthouse roundabout.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  35. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Nine of the 18 witnesses to the Hillsborough disaster police wanted to trace have now got in touch.

    CCTV images of them helping fans on the pitch were released just 24 hours ago.

    It is thought they could help with the new inquests.

  36. Team news: St. Helens v Widnes

    BBC Sport

    St. Helens expect to give scrum-half Luke Walsh his first start since his long-term lay-off with a knee injury against Widnes later.

    Luke Walsh

    Saints centre Mark Percival is back from a knee problem, while Jon Wilkin has recovered from his injury, but stand-off Lance Hohaia is missing.

    The Vikings make just one change to their 19-man squad, with forward Willie Isa coming in for Grant Gore.

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

  37. Fundraising for destroyed Huyton hairdressers

    Liverpool Echo

    A fundraising page has been set up for a hairdresser whose business was destroyed in a fire in Huyton last week.

    Hillside Road shops

    Fire crews battled the blaze in Hillside Road for more than 14 hours after being called to the scene on 16 April.

    Four shops had to be bulldozed after the fire ripped through the buildings, including Graham's hair salon.

  38. Hillsborough: Eight more witnesses come forward

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Eight more Hillsborough witnesses have come forward following a police appeal yesterday.

    One person came forward within hours of the appeal on Thursday and police have confirmed a total of nine have been in touch.

    The appeal for the remaining nine witnesses remains active with people asked to get in touch with Operation Resolve, the police team tasked with investigating Hillsborough and providing fresh evidence to the inquests.

  39. Watch: Pleasureland's Stealth Bomber

    Southport Visiter

    Southport Pleasureland re-opens this weekend and the Southport Visiter has been to test the rides - complete with special head cam.

    Southport Pleasureland

    The first in a series features the Stealth Bomber - a huge ride that features two sets of seats rotating around a central column, which gives riders an amazing view of Southport from a hair-raising height.

    The ride is 132ft high and travels at 70mph.

  40. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A march is taking place in Liverpool city centre today to raise awareness of sexual harassment towards women.

    Campaign group Reclaim the Night say women deal with sexual abuse or harassment every day here in Liverpool and around the world.

  41. Pink Eye roundabout lights confusion

    Warrington Guardian

    Warrington Council has spent £1,250 to fix the 'out of sync' traffic lights around the Pink Eye roundabout - but residents are still unhappy about safety when crossing.

    Pink Eye roundabout

    The site has been an area of concern for motorists due to the confusion caused by the traffic lights.

  42. Martinez: Lukaku could be 'one of the best'

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been speaking to the media ahead of Sunday's game against Manchester United and it appears he has big plans for striker Romelu Lukaku.

    Roberto Martinez

    He said: "Rom has a very critical view of himself, but I think that'll help him become one of the best strikers in world football.

    "The chemistry between Lukaku and Kone has been pleasing and it's good to know we can call on that when needed.

    "There have been tough lessons this season - but we have taken a lot from them and we have started to show that."

  43. Police car overturns on 999 call

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A police car flipped on its side last night in Toxteth as it went to the scene of an attempted robbery.

    Police car on its side

    Merseyside Police said an officer was responding to an emergency call when the car collided with a Ford Fiesta on Park Road.

    The police officer was taken to hospital with a back injury. The occupants of the Fiesta were assessed by paramedics at the scene.

    Two 14-year-old boys from Aigburth have been arrested on suspicion of attempted robbery in relation to the incident the police car was responding to.

  44. Southport Weekender is axed

    Southport Visiter

    The iconic Southport Weekender is being axed, organisers have revealed.

    The Southport Weekender

    The event - known as 'the world's friendliest party' - will take place for the last time this May with Weekender 52.

    The last gathering will be held at Butlins Holiday Resort in Minehead, Somerset. The Weekender previously took place at Pontins in Ainsdale, Southport.

  45. Your pictures: Spring at the Pier Head

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    This photo of Liverpool Pier Head was sent in today by John Billington. He said: "Yesterday coming into the Pier Head on the ferry, awesome."

    Liverpool Pier head

    Got a photo of Merseyside you'd like to share? Send them to me on email, Facebook or Twitter.

  46. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An investigation's underway after a Merseyside police car crashed last night in Toxteth as it went to the scene of an attempted armed robbery.

    It hit another car on Park Road at about 19:00 on its way to an incident in Aigburth and flipped onto its side as it crashed into a lamppost.

  47. Aigburth man threatened neighbour with carving knife

    Liverpool Echo

    A man who threatened a neighbour with a carving knife while shouting racist and homophobic abuse was spared jail.

    David Settle, 31, made homophobic remarks to one resident at a block of flats on Ivanhoe Road, Aigburth, before racially abusing a black woman.

  48. Liverpool hosts England Boxing Elite National Finals

    BBC Sport

    The England Boxing Elite National Finals get underway today at the Echo Arena in Liverpool until Sunday, 26 April.

    Nicola Adams

    Olympic champion Nicola Adams was due to compete, but has been forced to pull out after her house was burgled.

  49. Four men charged following drug raids

    Four men have been charged after Merseyside police raided 14 homes across the region in a crackdown on organised crime gangs.

    All four will appear before magistrates this morning on drug offences or transferring criminal property.

    It is the second set of searches on properties after 11 men were charged last week.

  50. Vulnerable man missing from hospital

    Merseyside Police is appealing for help in tracing a vulnerable man who has been reported missing from a hospital in St Helens.

    Kevin Mellon

    Kevin Mellon (pictured) was last seen at 3.30pm on Wednesday in the Rainhill area.

    Kevin is 36, white, around 5ft 6in tall, of stocky build with blue eyes and short brown hair.

    He was last seen wearing a grey top and blue tracksuit bottoms. Kevin speaks with an Irish accent and has tattoos on his forearms and a scar under one of his eyes.

  51. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A march will be taking place in Liverpool city centre today to raise awareness of sexual harassment towards women.

    Campaign group Reclaim the Night say women deal with sexual abuse or harassment every day here in Liverpool and around the world.

  52. Accident closes lane on M6

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed due to accident on the M6 Southbound at Junction 20 at the A50/B5158 Lymm Interchange.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  53. Everton tribute to Sir Philip Carter

    James Mountford

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Everton ambassadors Graeme Sharp, Graham Stuart and Ian Snodin will lay flowers in memory of former chairman Sir Philip Carter at Goodison Park today.

    Sir Philip Carter

    Sir Phillip died yesterday after a short illness. The club will pay a full tribute on Sunday when they host Manchester United.

  54. Hillsborough inquests: latest

    Richard Turner

    BBC News Online

    I've just been told the Hillsborough inquests will not be sitting today due to juror illness.

    The hearings in Warrington will resume as usual on Monday morning.

  55. Watch: Rodgers dismisses Klopp rumours

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers plays down rumours that outgoing Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp might replace him at Anfield.

    Brendan Rodgers

    Klopp announced last week that he will leave the Bundesliga club at the end of the season, and has since been linked with several Premier League clubs.

    But Rodgers insists he is already planning for next season, and does not think there is "anyone better" for the job.

  56. Congestion at East Lancs Road

    BBC Travel

    There is traffic congestion on the A580 East Lancashire Road in both directions at Haydock at the M6, Junction 23 in the roadworks area.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  57. Sunny morning, some rain later

    After a cool and locally misty start, it will be a dry and fairly sunny morning. However, cloud will thicken from the southwest bringing some patchy rain during the afternoon. Highs of 18C.

    BBC Weather
  58. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A march will be taking place in Liverpool City Centre today to raise awareness of sexual harassment towards women.

    An investigation's underway after a Merseyside police car flipped on its side last night in Toxteth as it went to the scene of an attempted armed robbery.

    The support offered to veterans of the armed forces who become addicted to drink or drugs - will be the subject of a national conference today in Liverpool.

  59. 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.