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Summary

  1. Updates for Wednesday 13 May 2015
  2. Merseyside Live returns at 08:00 on Thursday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

Live Reporting

By Paul Burnell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight!

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    That's all for today.

    Pier Head

    I'm hoping I can still catch some of the sun that my colleague Andrea Day found on her stroll around Pier Head earlier.

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

  2. Dry night in store

    Eno Eruotor

    Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    A mainly dry night, with variable cloud and clear spells for all areas, feeling chilly in sheltered rural spots towards The Wirral.

    Weather graphic

    The wind will gradually increase towards dawn. Minimum temperatures of 4C.

    Thursday will see variable amounts of cloud and some sunny spells in a moderate easterly breeze. Maximum temperature 15C.

  3. Homeward bound

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Residents who had to leave their flats in a Liverpool tower block on Monday evening could be back home tonight.

    Tower block blaze

    Social landlord Your Housing said most residents of Sydenham House in Sefton Park, which was evacuated after a fire, should be back once safety checks have been carried out.

    The landlord said it would meet residents who live on fire-damaged floors 11-14, who cannot return to their homes in the near future.

  4. Appeal over 'face bite' attack

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Merseyside Police have appealed for witnesses to an attack which saw a man bitten in the face as he tried to stop another man jumping on a car bonnet.

    Details have just been released about the assault in North John Street, St Helens at about 03:00 on 31 March.

    Det Con Robert Keir said: "This was a nasty attack on a man who had been enjoying a night out."

  5. Sterling to leave Reds?

    BBC Sport

    In the Gossip Column, former Liverpool defender Phil Thompson tells the Liverpool Echo he believes the Reds' failure to qualify for the Champions League will see England forward Raheem Sterling, 20, quit the club.

    Raheem Sterling
  6. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight we will hear about the harrowing moment a police officer saw the body of the youngest victim of the Hillsborough disaster.

    Ill-judged jape or traumatic attack? We will look at the reaction to the sentencing of two Newton-le-Willows teenagers who shaved off a young girl's eyebrows and hair as she slept at a party.

    And we will look at the filmed messages soldiers sent home to their loved ones in World War Two.

    Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

  7. Jagielka inspired by Terry

    BBC Sport

    In the Gossip Column, Everton defender Phil Jagielka tells Talksport that John Terry is an inspiration after the Chelsea captain's fine season at Stamford Bridge.

    Phil Jagielka and John Terry
  8. Missing war plaque found

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    A copper World War One memorial plaque, missing since the occupation of the former Bank of England building in Liverpool, has been found.

    Merseyside Police said it was discovered among floor panels that had been pulled up and discarded within the building on Castle Street.

    Protestors were evicted from the bank on Tuesday after occupying it since 1 April.

  9. Your pictures

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Today's image is of the River Alt winding its way to Formby. It was taken by the National Police Air Service at Warton - thanks to them for letting us use it.

    River Alt towards Formby

    If you have a picture you'd like to share, send it over via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  10. Heater safety advice after Chester fire

    Chester Chronicle

    Chester firefighters have warned of the dangers of electrical heaters after one caused a fire at a house in Chester on Tuesday.

  11. Pair shaved girl's eyebrows

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    Two teenagers who shaved off a sleeping schoolgirl's eyebrows and hair at a house party have been detained.

    Aiden Kendrick and Ryan Kelly

    The 16-year-old victim, who cannot be named due to her age, discovered long strands of her hair on the floor when she woke up.

    Aiden Kendrick and Ryan Kelly, both 19 and from Newton-le-Willows, admitted causing actual bodily harm on 18 July.

    They were sentenced to 10 months in a young offenders' institute at Liverpool Crown Court.

  12. Road closures in Chester

    Cheshire Police tweets: Fountains Roundabout onto St Oswalds Way, Chester-Road closure & diversions due to serious RTC involving a pedestrian.

  13. Council response to Delta decision

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Liverpool City Council says it was right to revoke the licence of taxi firm Delta, despite the company winning its case to have its licence reinstated.

    A statement from the council said the company had met the licence conditions in the intervening period between the council decision to scrap their licence and the court ruling.

  14. M62 lane closed

    BBC Travel

    A lane is closed on the eastbound M62 between junction eight Burtonwood and junction nine Winwick after a lorry overturned.

  15. Manager took own life in lab

    Chester Chronicle

    A Chester research manager took his own life in his laboratory at the Innospec Ellesmere Port manufacturing site, an inquest has heard.

    Innospec, Ellesmere Port
  16. Princess visits Liverpool

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    The Luxury cruise ship Royal Princess is moored in Liverpool today - Allen Thomas tweeted this picture from on board the Mersey Ferry.

    Royal Princess
  17. Atomic Kitten are 'still best mates'

    Warrington Guardian

    Padgate popstar Kerry Katona says Atomic Kitten "are still the best of mates" despite confirming the band is cancelling its Greatest Hits Tour.

    Atomic Kitten
  18. New host for the page

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    I'll be hosting Local Live until 18:00. Thanks for having me. You can get involved via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  19. Follow Fara and the Lionesses' World Cup

    BBC Sport

    Want to watch Liverpool's Fara Williams and the rest of the Lionesses in their Women's World Cup campaign in Canada? The BBC will be bringing full coverage for the first time in June.

    Women's England Football Team

    Each of the 52 matches will be shown on either BBC Two, BBC Three or the Red Button, as well as the BBC Sport website, while all England games will also have commentary on BBC Radio 5 Live.

  20. Cake for cruise ship's 50th year

    Liverpool Council tweets: Happy 50th birthday @PrincessCruises! A sunny warm welcome guaranteed in Liverpool. And cake. So, pretty perfect!

    Princess Cruises
  21. Happy birthday to Romelu

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Everton's Romelu Lukaku is celebrating his 22nd birthday today - so it's a big happy birthday to him.

    Romelu Lukaku

    The striker tweeted: 22 today... ☺️☺️ Feeling blessed man. I want to thank God for another year.. Thank you for all…

    His former club RSC Anderlecht have sent their birthday wishes by tweeting a message, while Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj, who plays alongside him for Belgium, wrote: "Happy birthday to the big bro".

  22. Student flats plan for Ormskirk pub

    Southport Visiter

    An historic Ormskirk pub is set to be transformed into student flats if councillors give plans the go ahead.

  23. Aerial view

    The National Police Air Service at Hawarden tweets: Switch Island and the M57 motorway with the Thornton relief road beyond.

    Switch Island
  24. Tourist bus tunnel crash

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A car has crashed with a tourist bus near the entrance of the Queensway Tunnel in Liverpool. The road is closed and @MerseyPolice are at the scene.

  25. Taxpayers to foot £200,000 bill

    Liverpool Echo

    The cost of policing the occupation of the former Bank of England building in Liverpool is expected to reach £200,000.

    Activists at the former Bank of England building in Liverpool

    The 25-day Love Activist demonstration at the empty building in Castle Street ended on Tuesday after police evicted the protestors.

  26. Gossip: Ings to sign for Reds?

    BBC Sport

    The Gossip Column has The Times report that Liverpool are expected to beat Manchester United and Real Sociedad to the signing of Burnley striker Danny Ings, 22.

    Danny Ings
  27. Hillsborough inquests

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    The Hillsborough inquests have now concluded for the day and will resume on Thursday.

  28. Pair jailed for shaving sleeping schoolgirl's hair

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    I'm looking at the story of two youths who have been jailed for shaving the eyebrows and hair of a sleeping schoolgirl at a party.

    The pair from Newton-le-Willows will spend ten months behind bars for the attack on the 16-year-old.

  29. Hillsborough: Seeing terraces was 'like walking into hell'

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Recapping what we have heard this morning at the Hillsborough inquests, a former police officer who saw the body of the disaster's youngest victim Jon-Paul Gilhooley described the scene as "like walking into hell".

    Ex-inspector Philip Woodward was giving evidence about the 10-year-old's death.

    The jury also heard heard from two men who were in the crush at the 1989 match with Jon-Paul and his uncles, who described how they "screamed" and "shouted" that they had a child with them.

  30. Car collides with tourist bus

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: A car has crashed with a tourist bus near the entrance of the Queensway Tunnel in Liverpool. The road is closed and @MerseyPolice are there

  31. Couple jailed over £6k Tesco fraud

    Ben Frampton

    BBC news

    A Sefton couple have been jailed for fraudulently using thousands of pounds of Tesco vouchers to buy electronics.

    Tesco in Abergele

    Justine White, 44, and Joseph Robert McDermott, 45, of Bootle were convicted at Mold Crown Court after defrauding Tesco stores across north Wales and Cheshire using £6,000 worth of vouchers.

  32. A sunny afternoon, but colder tonight

    BBC Weather

    It will be a sunny afternoon and a mainly dry night with clear spells, allowing temperatures to again fall fairly close to freezing, which will bring a risk of isolated grass frost. The wind will gradually increase towards dawn.

    BBC Weather
  33. Congestion on East Lancs Road

    BBC Travel

    There is queuing traffic in both directions on the A580 East Lancashire Road at the M6 Junction 23 for Haydock in the area of the roadworks. Congestion is to Goldbourne Island.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  34. Delta Taxis have licence reinstated

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Delta Taxis have won their court case to have their Liverpool licences reinstated.

    The council revoked them because they were operating in the city but didn't have a Liverpool phone number. Representatives of Hackney cabs in the area claimed they were breaching conditions agreed last year.

  35. Away from the inquests

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Our reporters have now left the court ahead of their lunchtime bulletins, so we will move away from the inquests for a while to bring you updates on what else is happening around Merseyside.

  36. Hillsborough: PC recalls trying to help Jon-Paul

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    I'm looking at what has been heard this morning at the Hillsborough inquests, as the court is told about the disaster's youngest victim Jon-Paul Gilhooley.

    The evidence has included a former police officer recalling how he was asked to help the 10-year-old on the day of the tragedy.

  37. Hillsborough: 'Emotion attached' to helping Jon-Paul

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Former ambulanceman Harold Wadsworth tells the inquests that in dealing with Jon-Paul Gilhooly, there was "emotion attached".

    "You couldn't get away from that. This was a 10-year-old boy. Somehow you feel like trying to keep going."

  38. Hillsborough: Jon-Paul 'very pale' in ambulance

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Former ambulanceman Harold Wadsworth tells the inquests that when Jon-Paul Gilhooley was brought to his ambulance, it was clear he was in cardiac arrest, adding the 10-year-old was "very pale".

    He says it was his ambulance which took Jon-Paul to hospital.

  39. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Away from the inquests, today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Southport and Ormskirk hospitals are ordered to improve after inspectors identify a range of safety concerns.
    • A couple from Bootle are jailed after defrauding Tesco by buying computer tablets, electronic goods and drink using customer loyalty vouchers.
    • Two men are arrested over an alleged attack at a house on Yanwath Street in Toxteth.
  40. Traffic light failure in Childwall

    BBC Travel

    There is traffic failure on Woolton Road in Childwall near the Childwall Park Avenue junction in Liverpool. Road users are asked to approach with care.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  41. Hillsborough break

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    The court has taken a short break, so we will bring you some news from around Merseyside until it reconvenes.

  42. Hillsborough: Police officer asked to 'help' boy

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    The fourth witness of the day, former police officer Graham Butler, says Jon-Paul Gilhooley was given to him by a fan who said "help him".

    Mr Butler said he carried the unconscious Jon-Paul back through the tunnel and tried mouth-to-mouth, but he wasn't breathing.

    He said he took Jon-Paul to an ambulance where medics tried an oxygen mask, but he did not see any signs of life.

    The court was also shown CCTV footage of Jon-Paul being rushed to the ambulance outside the ground at 15:22.

  43. Hillsborough: Jon-Paul cannot be seen in crush

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    The jury has been hearing from former Insp Philip Woodward, who saw Jon-Paul Gilhooley after the fatal crushing.

    Describing the moment he found Jon-Paul, he said he "saw a young boy, aged 10, similar in age to my own son", who he could tell had died.

    The jury were also shown pictures of the crush in pen 3 and were told that despite the photos being skilfully reviewed, Jon-Paul cannot be seen.

    Mr Woodward said the terraces were like a "scene from hell".

  44. Hillsborough: 'Screamed out' to try to stop surge

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    The jury has been hearing from Glen Flatley, who was also in the group with Jon-Paul Gilhooley.

    He said there was a "really big surge" just as the kick off whistle went and he "screamed out to people to push back because there were kids in there, but that didn't last long".

    "All the air was pushed out of your lungs," he said.

    He said Jon-Paul's face would have been pushed into people's backs, adding the 10-year-old was "somewhere in front but I couldn't see him because he was obviously much smaller".

  45. Hillsborough: 'You couldn't breathe'

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    The jury has been hearing from Rod Jolly, a friend of Jon-Paul's uncles, who had the spare ticket for the match and took him into the pens

    Mr Jolly was in pen 3 with Jon-Paul and says there were surges through the crowd, adding "it started getting more uncomfortable... tighter and tighter and then you couldn't breathe".

    He and Jon-Paul were pushed forward by a large surge and he tells the court he was shouting that he had a child with him.

    He says he lost consciousness and woke up on the pitch, adding "it must've been horrible for Jon-Paul".

  46. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    I'm at the new Hillsborough inquests where the jury has been hearing evidence about Jon-Paul Gilhooley, who was the youngest victim of the disaster, aged just 10.

    The jury hears Jon-Paul was 4ft 9in tall, weighed 5st 9lb and was wearing a red and blue jacket top, blue denim shirt and blue jeans.

    His uncle Brian was offered a spare ticket on the morning of the match and decided to take Jon-Paul to the match.

  47. Turning to Hillsborough inquests

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    We will be dedicating the page to coverage of the Hillsborough inquests now, as the court hears about the disaster's youngest victim, Jon-Paul Gilhooley.

    Jon-Paul Gilhooley
  48. Widnes score as players argue

    BBC Sport

    It may well be the oddest score you see all season - Aaron Heremaia ran in the easiest of tries in the closing stages of Widnes' victory over Leeds after an argument broke out between players from both sides.

    Aaron Heremaia scores against Leeds

    Widnes scored seven tries in the 38-24 win on Sunday to move within a point of a place in the top eight.

  49. Time Square demolition begins

    Warrington Guardian

    Work has started on the demolition of Time Square in Warrington with demolition of the old B&M building.

    Demolition of Warrington town centre
  50. A59 traffic lights failure

    BBC Travel

    There is traffic light failure on the A59 Everton Valley in Liverpool and the Netherfield Road North junction. Road users are asked to approach with care.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  51. Tree pollen to blame for high count

    BBC Weather

    It's no surprise to hay fever sufferers that things are getting a bit sniffly - tree pollen is the culprit at the moment.

    Pollen Levels, Wednesday 13 May

    Keep up to date with BBC Weather.

  52. Road closed over alleged assault

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    A street off Liverpool's Smithdown Road is sealed off as Merseyside Police investigate an alleged assault.

    It is thought the attack happened in Yanwath Street - although no further details are being released at this stage.

  53. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  54. Speke man charged over Brighton attempted murder

    Liverpool Echo

    A Liverpool man has been charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to murder following a shooting in Brighton.

  55. Appeal for items missing from bank building

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Following a police search of the former Bank of England, which was occupied by activists until yesterday, detectives are appealing for help to find a number of items reported missing from the Grade I listed building.

    The missing copper World War I memorial plaque

    A copper World War One memorial plaque, the mechanism of an historic clock and lead from the roof have been reported missing.

    An historic clock mechanism is missing
  56. Hillsborough inquests to hear about youngest victim

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    The Hillsborough inquests will hear evidence later about the youngest victim of the disaster, 10-year-old Jon-Paul Gilhooley - the cousin of Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

    Jon-Paul Gilhooley

    The jury will hear evidence from witnesses and are expected to see video footage of his movements on the day.

  57. Missing Lennon letter prompts Pacino movie

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    A letter to a British folk singer from John Lennon, which never reached him, has provided the inspiration for a Hollywood movie starring Al Pacino.

    Steve Tilston

    Steve Tilston, who was born in Liverpool, was a young folk singer when his interview in Zigzag magazine in 1971 prompted Lennon to write to him.

    However, Lennon sent the letter - which included his phone number - to the magazine, Tilston did not get to read it until 2005.

  58. Gerrard tickets resold for over £1,300

    BBC Sport

    Tickets for Steven Gerrard's final home game for Liverpool this weekend are being resold for more than £1,300.

    Ticket prices

    On Tuesday, the prices on ticketbis.net ranged from more than £100 to £1,324.64 before the captain's farewell against Crystal Palace at Anfield on Saturday.

  59. Prisoner guilty of HMP Altcourse killing

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    In case you missed the story yesterday, a prisoner who fatally stabbed another inmate, who was days away from release, has been convicted of manslaughter.

    Keir Michael

    Keir Michael, 41, killed Darren Ashcroft, 35, in his cell at HMP Altcourse on 14 November, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

  60. Houllier: Gerrard will be 'great manager'

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will make a "great manager" when he retires from playing, says ex-Reds boss Gerard Houllier.

    Steve Gerrad with Gerard Houllier

    Gerrard, 34, makes his final Anfield appearance for the Reds on Saturday against Crystal Palace.

  61. M62 one lane closed

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the M62 Westbound at Junction 8 Burtonwood Road due to accident involving two cars.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  62. Fine and dry with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    After a chilly start, it will be a largely fine and dry day with variable amounts of cloud bringing some decent sunny spells.

    BBC Weather

    There will be some light winds but it should feel slightly warmer than yesterday. Highs of 16°C.

  63. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • The trust that runs hospitals in Southport and Ormskirk is ordered to improve after inspectors identify a range of safety concerns.
    • Clean up work continues at the block of flats near Sefton Park in Liverpool that was damaged by a fire on Monday.
    • Halton Council defends its decision to charge £25 a year to collect garden waste, saying they have to make savings after a £46m budget cut.
  64. 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.