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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 28 April 2015
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Goodbye

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    That's all from the team for today - please join us tomorrow for more news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside and Cheshire.

  2. Chance of rain

    BBC Weather

    A band of rain will spread slowly south-eastwards overnight.

    weather chart

    The rain will be heavy at times, with some hill snow possible. Most places becoming dry by dawn.

  3. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme, the Red Cross says it believes three people from the region are missing after the earthquake in Nepal.

    We'll also hear about a senior police officer who, having led the West Midlands Police inquiry into South Yorkshire Police conduct after the Hillsborough disaster, has admitted he could have launched an investigation into whether changes to officers' statements perverted the course of justice.

    And there will be more about the discovery of a cannabis farm at the former Cheshire mansion, Daresbury Hall.

    Join me for more on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Missing Southport 81-year-old found

    Southport 81-year-old John Munnelly, who had been missing since 22 April, has been found safe and well, Merseyside Police say.

    Mr Munnelly was found in the Bootle area this afternoon.

  5. Couples wanted for BBC weight loss show

    Warrington Guardian

    Are you and your other half struggling to lose weight?

    The BBC is launching a new TV series and is looking for couples from Warrington to take part.

    Producers would like to hear from couples who would be willing to work with a team of experts to get fit, lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

  6. Public meeting over Wirral fire plans

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service tweets: A public meeting on West Wirral fire cover proposals starts at 6.30pm onApril 28 at Holy Cross Church community rooms, Woodchurch,CH49 7LS.

  7. Photographer returns to discuss Toxteth life

    Photographer Tricia Porter will return to Liverpool 40 years after she photographed the city to talk about her project at the Bluecoat Arts Centre.

    boy eating meal

    Her black-and-white photos depicting 1970s life in Toxteth are currently on display at the venue.

    The project came about when Porter met her future husband David, then a student at Liverpool University, who was keen to document the changing community. She will speak about her work on 16 May and 18 June.

  8. Liverpool assess Moreno for Hull game

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool will assess full-back Alberto Moreno, who missed the draw at West Brom because of a knock, for tonight's game.

    Alberto Moreno

    The Reds are unsure if injured striker Daniel Sturridge will play again this season, while Mamadou Sakho and Lucas Leiva are also ruled out of this game.

  9. Firefighter arrives in Nepal

    BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: .@CheshireFire say one of its team has arrived in Nepal to help with the rescue efforts

  10. Latest updates

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Today's top stories on Local Live include:

    • The senior police officer who led the West Midlands Police inquiry into South Yorkshire Police conduct after the Hillsborough disaster says he could have launched a separate investigation into perverting the course of justice over how officers' accounts were changed.
    • Following this weekend's earthquake in Nepal, a 19-year-old from Chester has been moved to safety after being caught in the avalanches on Mount Everest.
    • Tributes are being paid to a BBC television producer who also served on the Hillsborough Independent Panel.
  11. Hopkins celebrated at Hope

    Scriptwriter Jimmy McGovern, best known for TV dramas such as Hillsborough, Cracker and the recent BBC series Banished, will speak about another Liverpool-based writer - Gerard Manley Hopkins - at Liverpool Hope University later.

    Gerard Manley Hopkins

    A day of events titled "Hopkins at Hope" has been celebrating the Victorian poet, who was also a Jesuit priest at St Francis Xavier's parish in Everton between 1879 and 1881, and will culminate with McGovern's talk at 18:30.

    The manuscript of one of Hopkins' best known poems, Felix Randal - about the death of a blacksmith - is dated 28 April, which led to the university choosing the date to mark his life and work.

  12. Police appeal to find missing Southport man

    Police are appealing for the public's help in tracing a missing man from Southport.

    John Munnelly

    John Munnelly, 81, was last seen on the morning of 22 April on Park Road.

    He has gone missing before, has slept outside in the past and is known to frequent Southport, Preston, Liverpool and Bootle.

  13. Glass murals commemorate WW1 soldiers

    Glass murals reflecting on local soldiers' experience in World War One are on display in Warrington.

    Warrington artist Emma Brown

    The scenes, which depict home life during WW1, were painted live in front of shoppers at the town's Golden Square shopping centre by local artist Emma Brown.

    Emma will return for another live art event on 8 and 9 May, when she will paint scenes of fighting at the Second Battle Of Ypres, which took place in 1915.

    The project was commissioned by Culture Warrington, with additional funding from Arts Council England and Warrington Borough Council.

  14. Huge cannabis farm found

    BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Huge cannabis farm discovered in Daresbury Hall,an empty stately home in Cheshire.Police say haul was worth £750,000

    Cannabis at Daresbury Hall
  15. Reds spend £770m since last title

    BBC Sport

    The Gossip Column carries the report that Liverpool have spent £770,340,000 on 190 players since they last won the title.

    Bruce Grobbelaar and Glenn Hysen of Liverpool

    The story, from the Daily Express, comes exactly 25 years after they won the last league crown on 28 April 1990.

  16. Hospital's £15m deficit investigated

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Here's a story you may have seen being discussed over the last 24 hours. Warrington Hospital is expecting to suffer a £15m budget shortfall - amounting to "one of the biggest challenges in its recent history".

    Warrington Hospital

    Health watchdog Monitor has begun an investigation amid concerns about the unit's finances.

    And chief executive Mel Pickup has written to staff to explain the need to "find new ways to reduce our operating costs".

  17. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    The senior officer who led the West Midlands Police inquiry into South Yorkshire Police conduct after the Hillsborough disaster has agreed he could have launched an investigation into perverting the course of justice over how officers' accounts were changed.

    fans on Lepping Lane

    Mervyn Jones, who is giving evidence at the new inquests into the 96 deaths, said the process of vetting and amending the recollections "frustrated the search for truth" at the Taylor Inquiry.

    Mr Jones said he knew hearsay and opinion were being taken out of the statements, but did not know facts were removed as well.

    The jury has also seen a letter from Mr Jones in which he claimed that fans drinking ahead of football matches might be a "Liverpool characteristic".

  18. Tributes paid to Hillsborough drama producer

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Tributes have been paid to a BBC television producer who also served on the Hillsborough Independent Panel.

    Katy Jones

    Manchester-based executive Katy Jones, who previously worked on Jimmy McGovern's ITV drama about the 1989 football disaster, died on Friday aged 51.

    She also worked for ITV's World in Action programme and, in recent years, produced education content for the BBC.

  19. Widnes gym closed due to power failure

    Liverpool Echo

    A Widnes gym is currently temporarily closed due to a power failure resulting from a damaged transformer.

    Users of the Widnes branch of PureGym, on Earle Road, were told via Twitter on Monday that the premises would be closed for the rest of the day due after losing power through "unforeseen circumstances".

  20. Latest updates

    Today's top stories on Local Live include:

    • Chester-raised ventriloquist Keith Harris, best known for his act with Orville the Duck, dies aged 67
    • Liverpool fans plan to boycott the Hull game tonight in protest at the £50 ticket price
    • Activists occupying former Bank of England building on Castle St in Liverpool city centre are given 24 hours to leave
  21. Cannabis farm found at former Cheshire mansion

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    A cannabis farm has been discovered at a former mansion in Cheshire, police have said.

    Daresbury Hall

    About 600 cannabis plants - estimated to have a street value of £750,000 - were found in an annexe building of Daresbury Hall.

  22. Acceptable banter or a real slip up?

    It was a year ago that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard slipped over in a match against Chelsea - a moment which some say cost Liverpool the Premier league title - and songs taunting the midfielder about it have rung round terraces ever since.

    A Manchester United fan site Full Time Devils has taken things one step further by marking the anniversary with a spoof video of a health and safety officer warning people of slipping hazards around Liverpool.

    Don't slip video

    But is it just a bit of fun or have they pushed things a step too far? Let me know what you think on email, Facebook or Twitter.

  23. Papers served to activists

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: These are the papers served on homeless activists occupying the old Bank of England building in #Liverpool

    Papers served on homeless activists in Liverpool
  24. Chester twins win internet photo removal battle

    Chester Chronicle

    Twins from Chester have won a battle to have an image of themselves removed from the internet after they were falsely linked to a story about estranged siblings unknowingly 'flirting' on dating site Tinder.

    The photograph of Sean and Jeremy Telford first appeared in the Chester Chronicle in 2013 when the duo were at The King's School to pick up their A Level results. They were pictured alongside fellow twins Lucy and Alistair Simmonds.

    A Dutch journalist used the photograph to "illustrate" his story of a brother and sister reuniting after chatting on the dating website Tinder.

  25. Mapping the polls

    Election 2015

    BBC News has gathered together a map of constituency-level opinion polls which looks at where close battles are being fought with just over a week to go before the general election.

    Map of polls in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Like all polls, these are snapshots, rather than a prediction of what will happen on 7 May and are subject to a +/-3% margin of error, which may tip the result in some cases.

  26. Warrington winner of painting challenge

    A nationwide search for Britain's best amateur artists, called The Little Painting Challenge, has resulted in a winner from Warrington being chosen by a panel headed by How to Train Your Dragon author Cressida Cowell.

    Nathaniel by Tim Matthews

    Tim Matthews won the Over-16 Experienced category with his portrait of his son Nathaniel.

    Two other winners were also chosen - Amelia Johnson from Kent, who took the seven to 15-year-old prize, and Matlock's Charlotte Wood, who won the Over 16 beginner category.

    The winners will have their works displayed at the Whitworth gallery in Manchester along with 1,000 other entries and you can read more about them here.

  27. A Sad night at the Kazimer?

    Glasgow band The Twilight Sad bring their indie-rock anthems to Liverpool for a show later.

    The Twilight Sad

    The critically-acclaimed trio, who swell to a five piece for live shows, are currently touring their fourth album Nobody Wants To Be Here and Nobody Wants To Leave and play the Kazimer this evening.

  28. Runcorn bridge partially blocked

    BBC Travel

    The Runcorn Widnes Bridge is partially blocked and there is queuing traffic northbound between the B5155 Greenway Road junction and the A557 Queensway junction because of an accident.

    Congestion is to the A558 Daresbury Expressway junction and to the A557 Weston Point Expressway junction.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  29. Formby father and son arrested after drugs raid

    Southport Visiter

    A father and son have been arrested after drugs raid at a house in Formby.

    At around 07:15 this morning, officers from the Sefton Neighbourhood Support Team executed a Misuse of Drugs Act Warrant at a property on Ditchfield.

    During the course of the search officers recovered what's believed to be a quantity of Class A drugs and cannabis, along with a quantity of cash.

  30. Castle Street activists given notice to leave

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: NEWS: Activists occupying former Bank of England building on Castle St in Liverpool city centre have been given 24 hours to leave by a judge

  31. Hillsborough panel member dies

    Television producer Katy Jones, who was a member of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, has died at the age of 51.

    Katy Jones

    The mother-of-two was the factual producer of Jimmy McGovern's Hillsborough drama documentary, for which she won a BAFTA, and produced a number of other award-winning factual dramas, including Tony Marchant's The Mark of Cain, Simon Beaufoy's Yasmin and Neil McKay's RIP Boy.

    She had been working with BBC Learning. The department's head Sinead Rocks said she was a "hugely talented programme maker and journalist [who] was passionate about education and learning - her enthusiasm, energy and determination knew no bounds".

    Her husband Mike Spencer said her family were "immensely proud of Katy's television career [and] she was also a fabulously caring wife and mother".

  32. Latest updates

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    This lunchtime's top stories on Local Live include:

    • The Chester-raised ventriloquist Keith Harris, who was best known for his act with puppet Orville the Duck, dies aged 67.
    • A large cannabis farm has been found at the former country house Daresbury Hall.
    • A group of Liverpool fans plan to boycott the game at Hull tonight in protest at the £50 ticket price at the KC Stadium.
  33. Saints winger scores Try of the Week

    BBC Sport

    Watch this week's Super League Show Try of the Week - an 80-yard stunner from St. Helens' Tommy Makinson.

    St. Helens' Tommy Makinson scoring against Widnes

    The winger ran the length of the field to score a spectacular try for the Saints in Friday's 34-16 win over Widnes Vikings.

    The victory moves St. Helens to within four points of league leaders Leeds Rhinos.

  34. The Vamps return to Liverpool

    The Vamps return to Liverpool tonight as part of their UK tour.

    The Vamps

    The British four-piece band, who played the EchoTwo in October, are at the main Echo Arena, with support from Union J.

  35. Celebrities pay tribute to Keith Harris

    Celebrities from the world of entertainment have been paying tribute on Twitter to ventriloquist Keith Harris, who died today aged 67.

    Keith Harris and Orville the Duck

    Keith Chegwin tweets: So sad. A great entertainer and all round nice man Keith Harris has passed away. Best wishes to his family at this sad time. RIP x

    Les Dennis tweets: So sad to hear of the death of Keith Harris. RIP.

    Paddy McGuinnes tweets: RIP Keith Harris. A part of my childhood gone.

  36. Accident in Childwall

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic on Childwall Valley Road at the Barnham Drive junction because of an accident involving a bus and a car.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  37. Nurse who drank alcohol on duty banned

    Liverpool Echo

    A nurse who drank alcohol while on duty at Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital will be banned from the profession for life, a watchdog ruled.

    Patricia Moorhouse had her nursing licence suspended for six months last year as punishment for mixing alcohol with orange juice during a five-hour shift.

    But the Nursing and Midwifery Council has now turned her suspension into a lifetime ban after finding Moorhouse "has at no time admitted that she has had a problem or accepted responsibility for those actions".

  38. Orville the Duck ventriloquist Keith Harris dies

    Ventriloquist Keith Harris has died aged 67, his agent has tweeted.

    Keith Harris and Orville

    The entertainer, who grew up in Chester, was best known for his television shows featuring Orville the Duck and Cuddles the Monkey.

  39. East Lancs congestion at Haydock

    BBC Travel

    There is traffic congestion on the A580 East Lancashire Road in Haydock, affecting traffic in both directions in the roadworks area.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  40. See a sea eagle

    University of Liverpool tweets: Head on over to Abercromby Sq between 11-4 to join @CheshFalconry & Arron the White tailed Sea Eagle!

    White tailed Sea Eagle
  41. Pollen levels

    BBC Weather

    tweets: Today's pollen levels are brought to you by the letters L & M. Alex D

    BBC Weather: Pollen Levels
  42. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Local Live:

    • Treating alcohol addiction could save NHS millions, say Liverpool researchers
    • Eight people are held following drug raids across Chester
    • Liverpool supporters to stage protest over ticket prices
  43. LIMF 2015 announces more bands

    Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool International Music Festival have added more than 30 artists from all over the world to join their Sefton Park free festival on 29-31 August.

    Tea Leaf Band will play LIMF

    Joining the bill, which will be headlined by Basement Jaxx, Labrinth and Echo & the Bunnymen with Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, are rising soul star Elli Ingram, vocalist Zak Abel, blues songwriter JP Cooper and BBC Sound Of 2015 nominee Sunset Sons.

  44. Eight arrested in Chester drugs raids

    Eight people have been arrested this morning following a series of early morning raids across Chester and North Wales.

    The four men and four women have all been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to supply Class B drugs.

    Homes in Blacon, Chester city centre and Deeside were all searched.

  45. Forty years behind bars

    Warrington Guardian

    WITH more than 40 years experience in the prison service under his belt, Chris Ratcliffe holds the title as one of the longest serving prison officers in the town.

    Having worked at some of the country's most notorious prisons, the 63-year-old, who lives in Woolston, has encountered more criminals that he dares to put a figure on.

    Read more

  46. Bruce backs Reds fans on ticket prices

    The Premier League should act on rising ticket prices to help fans, Hull City manager Steve Bruce said as his side prepare to host Liverpool on Tuesday.

    Liverpool fans

    Liverpool supporters' group the Spirit of Shankly is planning a boycott of the game in protest at the £50 admission charge.

    "I feel sorry for the supporters of big clubs who have to dig deep every week," said Bruce.

    "We have to remember the average man in the street because they are the lifeblood of football."

  47. Lime Street train disruption

    BBC Travel

    A replacement bus service is running on the First Transpennine Express between Blackpool North and Manchester Airport due to engineering works.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  48. Curtis Warren 'wrongly jailed', claims friend

    Liverpool Echo

    Curtis Warren's alleged partner-in-crime today insisted that the Liverpool drugs baron was wrongly jailed over a £1m plot to smuggle cannabis into Jersey.

    The Toxteth-born gangster was jailed for 13 years in 2009 after being convicted of masterminding a plan to ship in drugs to the island - just weeks after being released from a lengthy prison stretch in Holland.

    Read more

  49. WATCH: Liverpool 'must strengthen attack'

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says the club will "look to address" the burden placed on striker Daniel Sturridge this summer.

    Brendan Rodgers

    Sturridge has managed to play just 18 games for Liverpool this season, scoring five times, compared to a haul of 24 goals from 33 appearances last term, and may miss the rest of the season through injury.

  50. Latest headlines

    Today's top stories on Local Live:

    • The NHS could save millions by changing the way it deals with alcoholic patients, say researchers in Liverpool
    • Liverpool supporters are to protest later about ticket prices
    • The officer who led Hillsborough investigation was "extremely disturbed" to hear police accounts had been changed
  51. Accident blocks lane on M53

    BBC Travel

    Reports of one lane blocked due to accident on M53 southbound in Wirral between J4 #Bebington and J5 #Eastham. More details

  52. Sunny spells and scattered showers

    A cool, bright and breezy start to Tuesday. There'll be a couple of light showers around at times but most places will stay dry and bright with some decent spells of sunshine. It will feel chilly though with highs of 11C.

    BBC Weather
  53. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    • Rescue teams are trying to reach the more remote parts of Nepal after Saturday's earthquake
    • The NHS could save tens of millions of pounds a year by changing the way it deals with alcoholic patients, say researchers in Liverpool.
    • Liverpool supporters will be protesting at Anfield and in London later about the price of tickets
  54. 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.