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Summary

  1. Updates for Tuesday 12 May 2015
  2. Please join us from 08:00 on Wednesday for more news, sport, travel and weather from across Merseyside

Live Reporting

By Paul Burnell

All times stated are UK

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Farewell and thank you

Paul Burnell

BBC News

That is it for today.

We will be back on Wednesday at 08:00 with all of the latest news sport, travel and weather from Merseyside.

Breezy with showers

Dianne Oxberry

Weather presenter, North West Tonight

The evening will start breezy with some sunny spells tempered by a few showers.

Weather graphic
BBC

These should soon die out as the wind eases, though, leading to a dry night with clear spells.

It is likely to turn quite cool though.

What future for Tranmere?

BBC Radio Merseyside

Tranmere Rovers owner Mark Palios talks about the the club's future after relegation from the Football League tonight on BBC Radio Merseyside Sport.

Mark Palios
BBC

Listen live on 95.8FM, on DAB and online at 18:00.

Coming up

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On BBC North West Tonight we will find out why a Toxteth street could be in line for a prestigious arts prize.

We will report on the eviction of homeless protestors from a former city-centre bank in Liverpool.

And our reporter will reveal what has been uncovered on Formby's annual beach clean-up.

Please join us on BBC One from 18:30 BST.

Memorial stolen from 'siege bank'

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A war memorial, historic clock and roofing lead have been stolen from a former bank building which has been occupied by protestors, Merseyside Police said.

Bank of England roof
Merseyside Police

Police who

evicted the protestors from the former Bank of England site in Castle Street have appealed for the items' return.

The missing items are a copper World War One memorial plaque, the mechanism of an historic clock and lead from the roof (pictured) of the Grade One listed building.

Nurse Day celebrated

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: Theresa Brady, one of 1780
@RoyalLpoolHosps nurses who've passed new course reinforcing care & compassion.
#NursesDay

Nurse Theresa Brady
BBC

Prisoner 'did not deserve to die'

The family of a prisoner who was stabbed to death by a fellow inmate said they have seen "no remorse" from his killer.

Darren Ashcroft
Merseyside Police

Kier Michael, 41, was convicted of the manslaughter of Darren Ashcroft, 35, in his cell at HMP Altcourse, Fazackerley, in November.

Mr Ashcroft's family said: "Darren had made some wrong choices in life which he was punished for [but] he did not deserve this."

His fiancee Joanne Thompson added that he was a week away from being released and the couple were planning to marry and move away from Liverpool.

Latest news

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Today's top stories from across Merseyside:

Irish call for Everton trio

Ian Kennedy

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Everton's Seamus Coleman (pictured), Aiden McGeady and James McCarthy have all been included in the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly with England on 7 June and the European Championship qualifier against Scotland six days later.

Seamus Coleman
Reuters

Inmate guilty of prison killing

An inmate who stabbed another prisoner to death in a cell at HMP Altcourse on Merseyside has been convicted of manslaughter.

Liverpool Crown Court heard Keir Michael, 41, stabbed Darren Ashcroft, 35, in his cell at the prison on 14 November 2014.

He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday.

Robbie Fowler to judge education awards

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has joined the judging panel for

The Educate Awards - an annual celebration of inspirational work in schools.

Robbie Fowler, the Fowler Education and Football Academy
FEFA

He will share his knowledge and expertise in the 'Outstanding Commitment to Sport' category at the awards, which are open to all schools across Merseyside, Cheshire and Lancashire.

Man arrested for bookmakers' robbery

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Detectives investigating a theft at a betting shop on Bedford Road in Birkdale on Thursday have arrested a 43-year-old man on suspicion of robbery.

Ellesmere Port attack was 'manslaughter'

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Cheshire Police say they are treating an attack on a man from Ellesmere Port as manslaughter.

Lukasz Sawinski was assaulted on 27 April on Woodford Road, but died this morning in hospital.

A 30-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm without intent and is due at Liverpool Crown Court next week. Three other men and one woman have also been arrested and released on bail.

Flats fire residents face second night away

Megan Key

BBC Radio Merseyside

The majority of people who live at a block of flats in Liverpool, which was

damaged by a huge fire, will spend another night away from home.

Tower block fire scene
BBC

The fire broke out inside an apartment at the top of Sydenham House on Croxteth Drive yesterday and engineers have spent today assessing the damage.

Housing association Your Housing has advised residents to stay away while the clean up continues.

Former bank 'secure' after protest

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

Police say the Grade I listed former Bank of England premises in Liverpool, which had been

occupied by activists, has now been secured and a search of the building is taking place.

Activists and police in Liverpool
Liverpool Echo

Ch Supt Jon Ward of Merseyside Police said the force "will facilitate peaceful protest [but] we will not tolerate disorder, criminal or anti-social behaviour during any demonstration".

Art collective shortlisted for Turner Prize

Sarah Jane Griffiths

Entertainment reporter

A Liverpool housing estate transformed by an art collective has been

shortlisted for this year's Turner Prize.

Granby Four Streets impression
Assemble

Tate Galleries cites art collective Assemble in the shortlist, who have helped to transform run down housing estates such as Toxteth's Granby Four Streets.

Granby Four Streets houses
Assemble

The collective of around 16 people under 30 shares a studio in London and operates "like a Modernist collective from the 1930s", Tate said.

Man attacked by vigilantes over grooming jailed

Paul Burnell

BBC News

A man from Skelmersdale who was attacked by a vigilante group that posed as a 14-year-old girl online to trap him has been jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.

Andrew O'Neill arranged to meet the girl after grooming her in an "increasingly sexualised" conversation, but on arrival at the meeting point, he was confronted by a group of men who revealed she did not exist.

Jailing the 25-year-old for 12 months after he admitted attempting to meet a girl under 16 following grooming, the judge warned that vigilante groups should not take the law into their own hands, otherwise society would "sink into anarchy".

A new host for the page

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Jenny is now finished for the day, which means I'll be in charge of the page from now until 18:00.

If you have anything you'd like to share with me, get in touch via

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Twitter.

Late Hillsborough jury payments 'indefensible'

Lynette Horsburgh

BBC News

The coroner at the Hillsborough inquests has apologised to the jury for a delay in loss of earnings payments from the Ministry of Justice.

Lord Justice John Goldring
PA

Lord Justice Goldring said it was "indefensible" the seven women and three men did not receive their reimbursement at the end of last week, an error which is understood to be as a result of "administrative change".

Art collective 'making world a better place'

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Turner Prize juror Alistair Hudson says art collective Assemble's work on Toxteth's Granby Four Streets is eligible for the award because "in the age when anything can be art, why not have a housing estate?"

Granby Four Streets painting
PA

He says the collective "don't occupy the realm of the single genius solitary artist - this is collective activity working within society, not in the hierarchical structure of the art world".

"It's not about making art forms... but about changing the way the world works, making the world a better place [and] making life more artful."

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

Woman arrested for obstructing police

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

A 42-year-old woman has been arrested for obstructing police in connection with the operation to

evict activists occupying a former bank building in Liverpool.

The woman is also being held on suspicion of handling stolen goods.

Attempted sex attack on Bromborough man

Wirral Globe

A young Wirral man was dragged into a woodland during an

attempted sex attack in Bromborough in the early hours of the morning.

Gossip: Reds striker to make Lazio move?

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Daily Mail report Serie A side Lazio are considering a move for Liverpool striker Fabio Borini. The Reds wanted £12m for the 24-year-old but may accept less.

Fabio Borini
AP

Man rescued from Rock Ferry mud

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

A man has been rescued from mud at Rock Ferry after falling while walking to his yacht moored off the promenade.

RNLI rescue off Rock Ferry Promenade
RNLI

New Brighton lifeboat station's hovercraft was called into action and two firefighters waded out to help the man, who had managed to get himself out of the mud and into his yacht. He was later diagnosed as suffering mild hypothermia.

From 'no-go zone' to art prize nominee

More on the news that art collective Assemble's work on Toxteth's Granby Four Streets has been nominated for

this year's Turner Prize.

Assemble
PA

The houses, built in around 1900, fell into disrepair after the Toxteth riots in 1981 and became "a no-go zone" before some residents, inspired by the guerrilla gardening movement, formed an action group, the prize's judges said.

The residents fought plans for demolition and battled to save the houses, cleaning and planting the streets, painting the empty houses and organising a monthly market.

Dog freed from railings in Wirral

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Firefighters in Wallasey have freed a dog that was

trapped in railings at Central Park on Canterbury Road this morning.

Liverpool universities to honour Archbishop

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

The Archbishop of Canterbury will be honoured by two Liverpool universities this summer.

The Most Reverend Justin Welby
Getty Images

The Most Reverend Justin Welby will be awarded a University of Liverpool honorary degree and a Liverpool John Moores University honorary fellowship in two ceremonies on 20 July.

Toxteth streets in running for Turner Prize

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

A red-brick terraced housing estate in Liverpool has been shortlisted for

this year's Turner Prize.

Granby Four Streets
PA

The work by a London-based collective,

Assemble, to transform the run-down Toxteth estate - Granby Four Streets - is in the running for the annual award.

The collective of around 16 people under 30 were invited by the locals to help them regenerate the housing and public spaces "from the ground up" and "make it a place people actually want to live in."

Gossip: Reds to sign Martinez?

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Daily Star report Liverpool have been scouting Real Sociedad defender Inigo Martinez, 23, and are prepared to pay his £21.7m release clause.

Inigo Martinez and Luis Suarez
Getty Images

Five charged after bank building eviction

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Five people arrested after being evicted from the former Bank of England building in Liverpool have been charged with trespassing.

The four men and one woman will appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court this afternoon.

Engineers assess flats fire damage

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Structural engineers are assessing the damage at a block of flats near Liverpool's Sefton Park after a huge fire overnight

saw flames shoot from the roof.

It's hoped those living in the building will be told by mid-afternoon if they can return to the 15-storey building on Croxteth Drive, though anyone above the seventh floor will be found alternative accommodation.

Lucas shows love for Liverpool

BBC Sport

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has taken to

Instagram to tell the club's fans what the Reds mean to him.

Lucas Leiva
PA

"Eight years already. It seems like yesterday. I remember everything. Every goal (not many), every win, every game," he writes.

"I am so grateful to the club, to the city, to you guys. I hope I can enjoy many more moments with this shirt."

Latest headlines

Jenny Coleman

BBC Local Live

Today's top stories on Merseyside:

Liverpool's Lark Lane booze raid

Liverpool Echo

Dozens of bottles of wine were

seized from an off-licence on Liverpool's Lark Lane during a joint police and council operation on the street.

PRM, Lark Lane
Google

Johnson-Thompson pulls out of Gotzis event

BBC Sport

Katarina Johnson-Thompson

will not defend her title at the Gotzis Hypo-Meeting in Austria later this month as she is not "sufficiently prepared".

Katarina Johnson-Thompson
Reuters

The Liverpool athlete's training has been disrupted by a knee injury sustained in March.

Nurses celebrate passing training

Royal Liverpool Hospitals Trust

tweets: Around 250 of our nurses
@SGHLpool passing their
#RLBnurse training on
#NursesDay
#whyInurse

Liverpool nurses
@RoyalLpoolHosps

Police search former bank for criminal damage

Simon Moffatt

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

I'm in Castle Street where Merseyside Police have

removed and arrested five protestors from the old Bank of England building in Liverpool, almost a month after their demonstration began.

Former Bank of England, Liverpool
BBC

The four men - aged 20, 20, 22 and 50 - and a 19-year-old woman were arrested for trespassing.

Officers secured the site on Castle Street early this morning and have since searched the building - it is believed they are looking for possible criminal damage inside.

Gossip: Sterling to move to London?

BBC Sport

In the

Gossip Column, the
Daily Mail report that Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling, 20, is putting his Merseyside house on the market and looking for property in London, provoking talk of a move to either Arsenal or Chelsea.

Raheem Sterling
PA

Littlewoods catalogue through the years

Liverpool Echo

As Littlewoods announce it will cease its publication of its famous catalogue, the Liverpool Echo takes a look at the

history of the home shopping company founded by Liverpool business man Sir John Moores.

Sir John Moores
Getty Images