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Summary

  1. Two people come forward following a fresh appeal for Hillsborough witnesses
  2. A Merseyside climber trekking in Nepal hopes to find out when he can fly home
  3. Experts on domestic violence meet in Liverpool to discuss the problem
  4. Spring switch-on for town with one of the "worst" Christmas trees in Britain
  5. Updates for Wednesday 29 April 2015

Live Reporting

By Lynette Horsburgh

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    That's all from the Local Live team. Join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Coming up

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight: A lawyer admits making "mistakes" after advising police how to edit statements about the Hillsborough disaster, dramatic scenes as homeless activists resist being evicted from a Liverpool building and Helen Jones, who's standing for re-election as Labour MP for Warrington North, has been taken to hospital after being attacked by a dog while out canvassing.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30

  3. Possible thunder

    Charlie Slater

    BBC Weather Presenter

    This evening and overnight will see further showers move eastwards across the region.

    The showers are likely to turn heavy and possibly thundery at times, before slowly become more isolated towards dawn, and confined to the east around Warrington and Runcorn.

    Charlie Slater

    It's not so warm - with a minimum temperature of 3C/37F.

  4. Activists take in supplies

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The activists occupying the old Bank of England building in Liverpool are taking in supplies for the night.

    Activists take in supplies for the night
  5. Naked patient photo doctor avoids the sack

    Liverpool Echo

    A doctor's secret stash of naked photos of patients was uncovered when a colleague swiped though his iPod.

    A nurse discovered the pictures belonging to former Wirral medic Dr Christopher Brett Valentine, 52, while going through the picture gallery on a staff night out.

  6. Latest updates

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    Here is the latest news from across Merseyside:

    • Activists are still inside a former bank building in Liverpool despite a court order to say they must leave
    • Two people are arrested after a six-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she was bitten by a dog in Sefton
    • Former Tranmere Rovers striker Delroy Facey is jailed on match-fixing charges
  7. Traffic latest

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Traffic is building up on the A59 in Aintree and the M57 at Switch Island as well as the M6 at junction 23 Haydock Island.

  8. 'Lies prevent truth' of girl's death

    Warrington Guardian

    Police "failings" and "lies" from witnesses will prevent the last hours of tragic 16-year-old schoolgirl Ellie Jones' life coming to light, an inquest heard.

    Ellie Jones

    Ellie died in hospital after being taken ill at a friend's house in the Longford area of Warrington early in May 2013.

  9. Five charged over drug raids

    Five people have been charged with drugs related offences following a series of dawn raids in Chester and North Wales, said Cheshire Police.

  10. Appeal for lost dog owners

    Police are appealing for the owners of a dog found running on County Road, Kirkby yesterday to come forward.

    Lost dog

    Sgt Julian Hanley who rescued the Shih Tzu dog from the road said he has got a "lovely nature".

    She urged the owners to contact Knowsley animal wardens who are currently caring for him.

  11. Activists in bank demand mayor meeting

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    Activists who have barricaded themselves inside a former bank building in Liverpool have demanded a meeting with Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson.

    The group called The Love Activists took over the old Bank of England building last week and were using it as a homeless shelter.

    A judge told the group they would have to leave by 13:00 but when police arrived the group shut themselves inside.

  12. Redknapp's Liverpool dream

    Former QPR and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp says managing Liverpool would have been his dream club.

    Harry Redknapp clapping

    The 68-year-old, whose son Jamie played for the Reds, told BT Sport presenter Claire Balding: "It's a fantastic atmosphere, when that crowd before the game, when they sing, and the atmosphere, 'You'll Never Walk Alone'.

    "I just think it's an incredible place and a great football club."

  13. Girl suffers dog bite

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Two people have been arrested after a six-year-old girl was bitten by a dog.

    street

    Merseyside Police said the girl suffered serious facial injuries in the attack in Waterloo on Tuesday evening.

    A police spokesman said the girl was in a stable condition in Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool.

  14. Via Twitter

    Castle Street protest: Activists' supplies pulled up by rope

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Police have now approached the occupied former Bank of England in Liverpool twice. An eviction order is in place against the activists.

    supplies on rope

    Supplies for people in the building are being taken in by rope.

  15. Latest updates

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News

    Here is the latest news from across Merseyside:

    • Police have made attempts to enter a former bank building in Liverpool that is occupied by political activists protesting at the plight of the homeless
    • Two people have been arrested after a six-year-old girl suffered serious injuries when she was bitten by a dog in Sefton last night
    • A team from Cheshire Fire Service has arrived in Nepal to help in the aftermath of Saturday's earthquake
  16. Via Twitter

    Bike seized by police

    tweetgrab
  17. Bank protest

    Police are still at the scene of a protest at a historic bank building in Liverpool city centre.

    activist on balcony with flag

    The Love Activists group have been using the old Bank of England site on Castle Street as a shelter for homeless people since 1 April. But they were told yesterday they must be out of the building by 13:00 today.

    An activist called Ruby, who is inside the building, told BBC Radio Merseyside: "We're putting up a level of peaceful resistance. We're not quite sure how it's going to end but obviously it's going to end very soon because they didn't give us a chance really to fight this - we were denied any sort of judicial voice."

  18. Merseyside mini-derby

    The senior sides may have battled it out against each other this season, but tomorrow it's the turn of Everton and Liverpool's Under-21 sides to slug it out for local pride.

    Goodison Park

    The Toffees will be looking to avenge a narrow 2-1 defeat in last month's reverse fixture as they bid to escape the relegation scrap in the Barclays U21 Premier League table.

  19. Bank protest

    Activists have barricaded themselves into a former bank building in Liverpool city centre and set off smoke bombs outside.

    The Love Activists group took over the old Bank of England building last week and were using it as a homeless shelter.

    Yesterday a judge told the group they would have to leave by 13:00 BST - but when police arrived the group shut themselves inside.

    We will keep you posted about any developments.

  20. NW election debate

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Here's the panel for this evening's BBC North West Tonight Election Special debate. It will be shown on BBC One at 22:50.

    You're more than welcome to add your thoughts using #GE2015NW.

    election panel

    We will have a special live page on the BBC News website from 22:30.

  21. Limpar wins great adventure

    Liverpool Echo

    Everton FA Cup hero Anders Limpar has been crowned the emotional winner of a Swedish TV reality show.

    Anders Limpar

    The former Blues star, 49, was the winner of "The Greatest Adventure" - a show which sees a number of celebrities pitched into the Scandinavian wilderness where they have to compete in a series of challenges.

  22. Hohaia retirement

    BBC Sport

    St Helens half-back and 2008 World Cup winner Lance Hohaia has retired from rugby league with immediate effect.

    Lance Hohaia
    Image caption: Lance Hohaia last played for St Helens in the win at Huddersfield on 12 April

    Hohaia, 32, helped Saints to the 2014 Super League title but lasted just two minutes of the Grand Final after being punched twice by Wigan's Ben Flower.

    The Kiwi joined from New Zealand Warriors ahead of the 2012 season on a four-year contract.

  23. Dog bites politician

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    It's an occupational hazard endured for years by posties and paper boys, but now a politician has discovered the dangers of dogs while out canvassing.

    Helen Jones

    Helen Jones, Labour's candidate for Warrington North, tweeted: "Classic election injury - bitten by a dog, currently in A&E."

    BBC News understands Ms Jones has had an X-ray and anti-tetanus jab.

    She won the seat in Cheshire by 6,771 votes at the 2010 general election. You can see the full list of candidates here

  24. Via Twitter

    Cheshire firefighters help Nepal earthquake effort

    Cheshire Fire and Rescue have tweeted an image of the devastation in Nepal after Saturday's earthquake.

    tweet grab

    A crew of six firefighters and their dog have arrived in the country to help the International Search and Rescue (ISAR) effort.

  25. Flares at Castle Street building

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    There have been dramatic scenes this lunchtime as bailiffs prepare to evict activists who've been occupying a historic former bank in Liverpool city centre since 1 April.

    Activists occupying former Bank of England building in Liverpool set off flares

    They set off flares at the Castle Street building. Police officers arrived at the scene and went to the side door but then came away.

  26. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Coming up in North West Today at 13:30:

    New pictures of potential witnesses who may have helped the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, activists who took over a former bank in Liverpool are told to leave the building, and Helen Jones - who is standing for re-election as Labour MP for Warrington North - is taken to hospital after being attacked by a dog while out canvassing.

  27. Activists set off smoke flares

    Marc Gaier

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Activists who took over a former bank in Liverpool have set off smoke flares outside the building.

    The Love Activists group have been using the old Bank of England site on Castle Street as a shelter for homeless people.

    A judge has ordered them to leave by 13:00.

  28. Sunshine and showers

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    There'll be sunshine and showers throughout the afternoon, though these showers will mostly remain quite isolated.

    Charlie Slater

    It's a bit chilly - with the maximum of 11C/52F being a touch below average for this time of year.

  29. Latest updates

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    Here is the latest news from across Merseyside:

    • A girl has suffered serious injuries after being attacked by a dog in Walton last night
    • The lawyer who advised South Yorkshire Police that officers' statements about Hillsborough should be edited before being submitted to the public inquiry tells the inquests he probably would have been uneasy about the process if he had thought more about it
    • St Helens utility player Lance Hohaia has announced his retirement with immediate effect.
  30. Girl seriously injured in dog attack

    A six-year-old girl has suffered serious injuries to her face and mouth after she was attacked by a dog in Waterloo last night.

    Police said she was taken to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where she remains in a stable condition.

    A 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old woman from Crosby have been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Dangerous Dogs Act, including owning/being in possession of a banned breed dog and allowing a dog to be dangerously out of control and obstruct police.

  31. Drug dealer 'threatened PC with dagger disguised as pen'

    Liverpool Echo

    A Liverpool drug dealer threatened to stab a policeman with a dagger disguised as a ballpoint pen.

    Stephen Lynch, 36 and from Lower Breck Road in Walton, brandished the stiletto knife as officers tried to arrest him.

    He has been locked up for eight years for a raft of crimes in Carlisle, including supplying crack cocaine and possession of an offensive weapon.

  32. Election 'dog bite' injury

    Labour's candidate for Warrington North, Helen Jones, has just tweeted: Classic election injury - bitten by a dog, currently in A&E.

    Former Warrington North MP Helen Jones
  33. Hillsborough Inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    The lawyer who advised South Yorkshire Police that officers' statements about Hillsborough should be edited before being submitted to the public inquiry says he probably would have been uneasy about the process - had he thought more about it at the time.

    Peter Metcalf is appearing at the new inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans at a 1989 FA Cup semi-final.

  34. We're playing for our future - Rodgers

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says everyone at Anfield is "playing for his future" as he admitted striker Mario Balotelli is "struggling".

    Brendan Rodgers

    The Reds slumped to defeat at Hull on Tuesday, a third loss in five league games, and the Italy forward left the field with a foot injury on 65 minutes.

    Balotelli was heckled by home fans as he made just 22 touches in the match.

  35. No Worst, There Is None

    Former Coral guitarist Bill Ryder-Jones and artist Marco Lawrence are joining up to create an art display at Liverpool's Calderstones Mansion House, which has been inspired by Victorian writer Gerard Manley Hopkins' poem "No Worst, There Is None".

    Calderstones Mansion House

    Hopkins, considered one of the greatest English poets of the era, was a Jesuit priest in an Everton parish between 1879 and 1881.

    The project will see Ryder-Jones compose a brand new piece of music for the installation on 28 May.

  36. Hillsborough Inquests

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Lawyer Peter Metcalf, who advised South Yorkshire Police following the 1989 Hillsborough disaster, is continuing to give evidence at the inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.

    Peter Metcalf

    We will bring you updates throughout the day.

  37. Lancashire makes £800k profit

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire have announced a profit of £793,000 for the last financial year.

    old trafford

    It is a drop on 2013's £3.5m profit, although their Old Trafford home did host a lucrative Ashes Test that year.

    Having previously reported four years of losses, a £45m regeneration of the ground - which now also hosts functions and concerts - has enabled the club to make a profit two years in a row.

  38. Lusitania remembered

    The 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Lusitania will be marked next week in Liverpool.

    Lusitania sails outside the Liver building

    About 1,200 people died when the ocean liner was sunk by a German U-boat in World War One.

    On 7 May, a service will be held at Liverpool Parish Church Our Lady and St Nicholas, followed by a commemoration at the Lusitania propeller outside the Merseyside Maritime Museum.

  39. Liverpool trek for Blackpool airport passengers

    Blackpool Gazette

    Passengers hoping to fly to the Isle of Man from Blackpool Airport are being bussed to Liverpool for take-off.

    Small commercial operator Citywing has been forced to transport Blackpool passengers to Merseyside after problems over security clearance, which has been blamed on "red tape" issues rather than problems with equipment.

  40. Another blow for Tranmere?

    BBC Sport

    Tranmere's hopes of appointing Gary Mills as their new manager have ended in disappointment.

    Gary Mills

    While he has left Gateshead he has decided to head for Wrexham instead of Prenton Park.

  41. Blues eye Januzaj loan deal

    BBC Sport

    Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, 20, is set to join Everton on loan for the whole of next season, the BBC Sport gossip column reports.

    Adnan Januzaj

    Everton have enjoyed something of a revival recently, and will look to bolster their attacking prowess over the summer.

  42. Latest updates

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News

    Here is the latest news from across Merseyside:

    • According to figures from the Police and Crime Commissioner, officers dealt with more than 30,000 cases across Merseyside last year
    • Pictures of a further 24 potential witnesses to the Hillsborough disaster have been released as police urge them to get in touch
    • A man from Merseyside who was trekking in Nepal when Saturday's earthquake hit hopes to find out later when he'll be able to fly home
  43. The strikers who fit the Reds' profile?

    Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool FC need a goalscorer who is young, affordable, creative and good on the counter attack. Do they exist?

    Dybala, Menez and Lacazette
  44. Cash-for-crash gang member sentenced

    The final defendant in the Chester cash-for-crash scam was sentenced yesterday at Manchester Crown Court, Cheshire Police have said.

    CCTV grab of cars in crash

    A total of 13 other people were involved in staging seven collisions in Chester between 2010 and 2012, allowing more than 200 people to make false personal injury claims.

    Rachel Cooper - who pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit fraud - received an 18-month prison sentence, which is suspended for 18 months, and 250 hours' unpaid work.

  45. Lancs on top

    BBC Sport

    Lancashire will be hoping to wrap up a convincing victory over Kent on the final day of their County Championship match at Old Trafford.

    After being dismissed for 252 in response to Lancashire's 444, the visitors were asked to follow on.

    They will resume their second innings on 148-3 - still 44 runs behind the Red Rose.

  46. 30,000 domestic violence cases

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Experts on domestic violence are meeting in Liverpool to discuss how best to tackle the problem.

    woman with head in hand

    According to figures from the Police and Crime Commissioner, officers dealt with more than 30,000 cases across Merseyside last year.

    That works out as an average of 85 callouts every day.

  47. Space talks

    BBC Sky at Night presenter Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock will talk about her battle to become a top scientist at the University of Liverpool tomorrow.

    Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock

    After gaining a degree in physics and a PhD in mechanical engineering, she worked on the 8m Gemini telescope in Chile as well as the James Webb Space Telescope, which is due to be launched in 2018.

    Free tickets are available for the event here.

  48. Homeward bound?

    A Merseyside man who was trekking in Nepal when the earthquake hit says he should know later today when he'll be able to come home.

    Ian Wainman - who's originally from Whiston - was high up in the Himalayas on Saturday. He says he felt the ground move but didn't realise how serious it had been until he started reading the news reports.

  49. Post update

  50. Kirkby man charged with stabbing

    Liverpool Echo

    A man was charged with wounding with intent after a bouncy castle firm owner was stabbed outside his Litherland home.

    The victim suffered a small puncture wound to his stomach after being stabbed with a small kitchen knife, Merseyside Police said.

    His injuries are not life threatening and he is expected to make a full recovery.

  51. Traffic warning

    BBC Travel

    There are traffic problems in Sefton this morning.

    One lane is closed on the westbound A5036 Dunnings Bridge Road near the Heysham Road junction because of a broken-down tanker.

  52. Players will keep fighting - Rodgers

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says his players will keep fighting until the end of the season after their 1-0 defeat by Hull City.

    MOTD tweetgrab

    Michael Dawson's well-timed run and header gave the hosts the lead while Jordan Henderson came closest to equalising with a volley that was saved after the break.

  53. Retail jobs up for grabs

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    Plans to create 250 new jobs at Runcorn Shopping Centre have been unveiled.

    A retailer, whose identity has yet to be revealed, is lined up to move into the empty Tesco store and employ 100 people.

    A dozen other shops are set to open by the end of the year.

  54. Homeless activists ordered to leave

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Activists who took over a former bank in Liverpool must be out of the building by 13:00 today.

    old bank in Liverpool

    The group - called the Love Activists - were using the old Bank of England on Castle Street as a shelter for homeless people.

    But on Tuesday lunchtime a judge gave them 24 hours to leave.

  55. Students' question time

    With just over a week to go until the general election, parliamentary candidates for Liverpool Riverside will be grilled by students later today.

    school

    Archbishop Blanch School is giving young people the opportunity to quiz the main parties - about 600 pupils will take part.

  56. That Liscard tree

    We managed to get an image of that infamous Christmas tree from Liscard last year.

    Thanks to our colleagues at BBC North West Tonight.

    liscard tree
  57. Sunny spells and scattered showers

    BBC Weather

    It's brightening up a bit this morning - the overnight rain will quickly clear away to the east as the day goes on.

    weather chart grab

    Sunshine and showers - some of them a tad wintry over higher ground - will follow.

    It will also be a bit chilly - maybe time to dig out the winter coat again?

  58. It's starting to look a lot like Christmas???

    Can anybody help us out by sending us a picture? Please email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk - we will of course credit you!

    It's 239 days to Christmas... but the people of Liscard are already getting in the mood.

    Back in December they were voted as having the worst Christmas tree in Britain, but local businesses are rallying together to improve the town's image.

  59. Liverpool fans boycott Hull game

    BBC Sport

    Many Liverpool fans boycotted the game in East Yorkshire last night because tickets in the away end cost up to £50.

    One supporters' organisation condemned "greedy" clubs for charging so much.

    stadium with some empty seats

    The fact that there were so many empty seats in the away end suggests many fans backed The Spirit of Shankly group's stance.

    "These clubs are so greedy, they charge fans through the nose - it has to stop," said spokesperson Keith Culvin.

  60. Tigers thwart Reds

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool are almost certain to miss out on Champions League football next season following their 1-0 defeat by Hull City last night.

    Michael Dawson of Hull City (21) scores their first goal

    The Reds fell behind to Michael Dawson's well-timed run and header before the break and could not force an equaliser despite Jordan Henderson's fine volley.

    Liverpool are now seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester United.

  61. More Hillsborough witnesses sought

    Further images of potential witnesses to the Hillsborough disaster have been released by the police team tasked with investigating the 1989 tragedy.

    Hillsborough fans

    They are of people who assisted some of those who lost their lives in the stadium disaster.

    Last week, 18 images were released by Operation Resolve and 11 people came forward.

  62. Rush-hour traffic

    Don't forget you can always check for the latest updates at the BBC Travel site.

  63. Latest updates

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Here is the latest news from across Merseyside this morning:

    • Pictures of another 27 potential witnesses to the Hillsborough disaster have been made public this morning as police urge them to get in touch. It comes after a similar successful appeal last week
    • Ian Wainman, who was trekking in Nepal as Saturday's earthquake hit, hopes to find out later when he'll be able to fly home to Merseyside
    • Experts on domestic violence will meet in Liverpool today to discuss how best to tackle the problem
  64. Good morning

    A very good morning to you - 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.