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Summary

  1. Inquests continue to hear evidence about youngest Hillsborough victim
  2. The Beatles to be studied in new music GCSE
  3. Liverpool-born Andy Burnham to stand for Labour leadership
  4. Third batch of Hillsborough witness images released
  5. Liverpool's Steve Gerrard says biggest regret is not winning title
  6. Updates for Thursday 14 May 2015

Live Reporting

By Paul Burnell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Goodnight all

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    That's all for today.

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

  2. Reprieve for Marine

    James Mountford

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Marine's place in the Northern Premier League Premier Division has been ratified for next season.

    The Crosby team remains in the division despite finishing inside the relegation zone, following Salisbury City's expulsion from the Conference.

  3. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight we'll have more about the chancellor's so-called 'northern powerhouse' and what it might mean for cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.

    And we'll be reporting on a royal visit to Merseyside. Join us at 18:30 on BBC One.

  4. Disaster doctor 'no time' for notes

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A doctor has described how there was "no time" to write up medical notes during a rush of hospital patients in the wake of the Hillsborough tragedy.

    Dr Edward Walker, giving evidence at the new inquests, reported to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital after seeing the disaster unfold on TV.

    He told the hearing the volume of patients meant they were not able to consider the identity of each person.

  5. Weather: Dry night ahead

    Eno Eruotor

    Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    After a fine end to the day, there will be a dry night with long clear spells.

    Weather graphic

    The wind will remain light and temperatures will fall under the clear skies, feeling particularly chilly in sheltered rural spots on The Wirral.

  6. Gerard urges Sterling to sign new deal

    Liverpool Echo

    Steven Gerrard has urged Raheem Sterling to stay loyal to Liverpool and sign a new long-term contract this summer.

    Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling

    The departing Reds skipper believes Anfield remains the right place for the 20-year-old to continue his development under boss Brendan Rodgers.

  7. Latest headlines

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Liverpool City Region's leader has called for a referendum on whether Merseyside should have a regional mayor
    • The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visit a Birkenhead primary school and the new Alder Hey Children's Hospital
    • Weather: Dry night ahead with long clear spells
  8. When Kenny rebuked Fergie

    Liverpool legend Kenny Dalglish has told how he dealt with the mind games Sir Alex Ferguson tried on him when Manchester United were neck and neck with Dalglish's Blackburn Rovers in the 1995 Premier League title race.

    Kenny Dalglish

    Ferguson said Dalglish's side might emulate Devon Loch which collapsed yards from the finish in the the 1956 Grand National.

    But Dalglish had a quick response as he told BBC 5Live.

  9. Mayor referendum call

    BBC Radio Merseyside tweets: Cllr Phil Davies from the Liverpool City Region Authority says he would want a referendum on whether the region should have a metro mayor

  10. 'Baby on board' badge for mums-to-be

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Mums-to-be can now wear a Merseytravel "baby on board" badge when travelling around the transport network.

    Kat Taylor with baby on board badge

    The brightly coloured yellow badges offer a way of letting fellow passengers know that the wearer is pregnant.

  11. New Brighton 'pocket park' revamp

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    A major revamp of a "pocket park" created for the millennium has been completed in New Brighton.

    Gorse Millennium Green

    Gorse Millennium Park, which opened in 1998, has had its footpath renewed, a fence replaced, signs improved and shrubs and trees planted.

  12. A gift for Princess Charlotte

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Prince Charles received a surprise gift on his visit to Merseyside as upon meeting him, four-year-old Erin gave him a little present for his new granddaughter, Princess Charlotte.

    Prince Charles receives a gift

    The Prince also spoke to seven-year-old Reuben, who asked him what pets he had.

    Prince Charles and Reuben
  13. Shots heard in Formby street

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Police are investigating reports of shots being fired in Formby this morning.

    Officers were called to Gardner Road at about 11:20 and found damage to the front of a property consistent with a "firearm discharge", police say. No-one was injured during the incident.

  14. Rooney remembers his boyhood club

    Croxteth-born Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney tweets: #TBT - Where it all began. My first ever football team, Copplehouse Boys!

    Copplehouse Boys
  15. New host for the page

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    I've taken over writing the page now and will be with you until 18:00. Thanks for having me.

  16. Traffic lights out on East Lancs Road

    BBC Travel

    There is traffic light failure on the A580, East Lancashire Road in Golbourne at the Newton Lane junction. Road users are asked to approach with care.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  17. Prince Charles tours new Alder Hey Hospital

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: The Prince of Wales meets apprentices working on the new @AlderHeyCharity hospital as part of his tour of Merseyside

    Prince Charles at new Alder Hey Hospital
  18. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Police are searching for four men after a police car was attacked during a ram-raid on a supermarket in Upton.
    • Detectives investigating the shooting of a man in Liverpool are examining a handgun found close to the scene.
    • The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are on Merseyside visiting a number of locations including a Birkenhead primary school and the new Alder Hey Children's Hospital.
  19. Everton players' funny faces singled out

    BBC Sport

    MOTD Kickabout has taken a look at the most amusing facial expressions of players defending free-kicks in the Premier League this season - and Everton's Gareth Barry and Romelu Lukaku are amongst those featured.

    Everton v Burnley

    The winning picture of the pair comes from the club's victory over Burnley last October.

  20. Chester Zoo captures rare okapi birth

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    The birth of a rare baby okapi - an African animal whose closest-living relative is the giraffe - has been caught on CCTV cameras at Chester Zoo.

    Baby okapi calf born at Chester Zoo

    The young male, named Usala by keepers, was born to mum Stuma and dad Dicky after a 14-month pregnancy.

  21. Barton celebrates Gerrard's achievements... and hair

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Huyton-born QPR midfielder Joey Barton has offered his own unique tongue-in-cheek tribute to Steven Gerrard, who plays his last home game for Liverpool on Saturday.

    Joey Barton and Steven Gerrard

    In a series of tweets, he says he has seen "lots of praise and admiration flying about... and rightly so", with one of the Reds captain's biggest achievements, "which often goes under the radar, is having the same haircut for so long".

    "It must be incredibly tough to ignore the trends and stick with the tried and tested 'no 2 on the top and 1 on the sides' for over a decade."

  22. Prince and Duchess on the Mersey

    Rachael Connors

    BBC News Online

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall have arrived at Liverpool's World Museum.

    Charles & Camilla in Liverpool

    It is one of a number of locations the couple are visiting today.

  23. A cake for the captain

    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has given a news conference ahead of his final game at Anfield this weekend - where he was presented with this cake.

    Steven Gerrard with cake

    He said: "I don't know how emotional it will be. I don't know what it's going to be like. I've been dreading it because I'm going to miss it so much. The plan is to try and keep it together and avoid the tears."

    Steven Gerrard's cake

    He added: "If someone had said when I was going to the academy at eight years old that you're going to play 708 games and win the trophies, along with the highs and lows, I'd have taken that."

  24. Competition to name a St. Helens park

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    A neon sign has appeared over the front door at St. Helens Town Hall to highlight a new competition that gives residents the chance to nominate someone to have a local park named after them.

    St. Helens Town Hall

    The council say Your Name Here is a project about engaging the St. Helens community in a conversation about what it means to be a citizen worthy of praise.

  25. Caravan accident blocks M6

    BBC Travel

    Two lanes are blocked on the M6 northbound between Junction 22, A49 at Newton-le-Willows and Junction 23, A580 at Haydock because of an accident involving a car and a caravan.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  26. 'Beautiful sky' over Port of Liverpool building

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    David Hudson sent this picture of a "beautiful sky" over the Port of Liverpool building.

    The Port of Liverpool building

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

  27. Former Reds keeper announces retirement

    BBC Sport

    Former Liverpool goalkeeper Brad Friedel has announced he will retire at the end of the season at the age of 44.

    Brad Friedel in 1998

    The ex-USA international, who currently plays for Tottenham Hotspur, spent three years with the Reds after joining in 1997 and holds the record for the most consecutive Premier League appearances - 310, between August 2004 and November 2012.

  28. Press room full for Steven Gerrard

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    tweets: Press room filling up at Melwood ahead of Steven Gerrard"s arrival #LFC

    Press room at Melwood
  29. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    I'm at the new Hillsborough inquests where a hospital doctor who treated up to 10 of the casualties of the disaster has said he didn't have time to find out the names of those he saw, nor could he write up any medical notes.

    Dr Edward Walker reported to Sheffield's Northern General Hospital after hearing about the disaster.

    It's thought he may have treated some of the children caught in the fatal crushing, including the youngest victim Jon-Paul Gilhooley, who was 10.

  30. Studying with the Beatles

    Hannah Richardson

    BBC News education reporter

    The Beatles' album, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Clubs Band, is set to be widely studied in a new music GCSE.

    The Beatles

    Exam board AQA says there is no better band to study as they helped "define popular music".

  31. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  32. Light Night returns to Liverpool

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Light Night returns to Liverpool on Friday for an evening of late night arts and culture.

    Boy with ice sculpture at Light Night 2014

    Venues across the city will stay open late for the free festival, which runs from 16:00 to 02:00.

  33. Paris Hilton takes in sights of Liverpool

    Liverpool Echo

    Paris Hilton visited the Cavern Club and posed with John Lennon's statue as she took in the tourist attractions of Liverpool on Wednesday.

    Paris Hilton in Liverpool
  34. Keep an eye out for Britannic

    Merseyside Police tweet: Police horse Britannic about to leave the yard to patrol the streets of Allerton #SayHello#MerPolMounted

    Britannic the police horse
  35. Gossip: Ibe signs new Reds contract

    BBC Sport

    The Gossip Column has the report in the Telegraph that Jordon Ibe has agreed a five-year contract with Liverpool, with the 19-year-old winger expected to sign the new deal next week.

    Jordan Ibe
  36. Police car attacked in Upton ram-raid

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A police car has been attacked during a ram-raid on a Wirral supermarket.

    Officers called to the Co-Op on Manor Drive in Upton after reports of a Land Rover being driven into the store's shutters were rammed before a group of men got out and attacked their car with batons.

  37. Duchess of Cornwall to visit Birkenhead primary school

    Wirral Globe

    The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Manor Primary School in Birkenhead today to find out more about the work of the Foundation Years Trust.

    The Duchess of Cornwall
  38. Merseyrail replacement bus service

    BBC Travel

    There is a rail replacement bus service running between Sandhills and Hunt Cross, and between Liverpool Central and Hunts Cross due to engineering works.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  39. Police investigating gun's links to Bootle shooting

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Police investigating the shooting of a man in Bootle are examining a handgun which was found in the area by a member of the public.

    The weapon was found shortly before 14:30 yesterday in the Daley Road area, wrapped in several plastic bags with a small amount of ammunition.

  40. Met called in to help evict Love Activists

    Liverpool Echo

    The Metropolitan Police helped Merseyside Police evict protesters from the Bank of England building this week, it has emerged.

    Former Bank of England Building, Liverpool
  41. Police car rammed during Upton store raid

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A police car was attacked during a ram-raid on the Co-Operative on Manor Drive in Upton overnight.

    Co-op store

    Merseyside Police say a Land Rover was driven at the store's shutters and rammed a police car, before a group of men got out and attacked the vehicle with batons. No officers were injured.

  42. Everton's Baines out after ankle surgery

    BBC Sport

    Defender Leighton Baines has been ruled out of Everton's last two Premier League games following ankle surgery.

    Leighton Baines

    The left-back will also miss England's friendly against the Republic of Ireland on 7 June and their Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia a week later.

  43. Prince and Duchess visit Merseyside

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall are on Merseyside today.

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall

    Their visit will stop off at a number of locations, including a Birkenhead primary school and the new Alder Hey Hospital.

  44. Northern Rail special service

    BBC Travel

    There is a revised service on Northern Rail between Kirkby and Bolton, and between Kirkby and Manchester Victoria due to engineering works.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  45. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • A third batch of images of potential witnesses is released by the police team providing fresh evidence about the Hillsborough disaster.
    • Chancellor George Osborne will reveal in a speech later that England's largest regions - including Merseyside - should start taking greater control of their own affairs.
    • Liverpool-born shadow heath secretary Andy Burnham announces he will run for the Labour Party leadership.
  46. St. Helens names young squad for cup tie

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    St. Helens have named youngsters Oliver Davies and Morgan Knowles in their squad for tomorrow night's cup tie with York at Langtree Park.

    Luke Walsh

    Scrum-half Luke Walsh remains out for up to five weeks after having minor surgery on his ankle.

  47. Could Liverpool be in the Northern Powerhouse?

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Northern Powerhouse, an attempt to get northern cities to work together to rival London and the South East, was announced by Chancellor George Osborne last year.

    M1 motorway sign

    Now a minister for the "Northern Powerhouse" has been appointed. But where exactly could this powerhouse of northern England be based?

  48. Mossley Hill Drive closed

    BBC Travel

    There is disruption in Mossley Hill Drive which is closed in both directions between the Croxteth Gate junction and the St Hilda's High School junction because of work on the fire-hit block of flats.

    A diversion is in operation via Ullet Road. It is also affecting Croxteth Drive at Ullet Road.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  49. Children learn engineering skills with Lego

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    School children in Wirral have been learning about the automotive manufacturing - with Lego.

    Pupils at Grove Street Primary School

    The Year 4 pupils at New Ferry's Grove Street Primary School have been using scaled-down tools and equipment, and even created a working production line as part of the government-backed Art of Manufacturing project.

  50. A year of city bikes

    Marc Gaier

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today marks a year since Liverpool got its own Boris Bikes - aka the Liverpool City Bikes.

    City Bikes in Liverpool

    The bikes have been hired more than 55,000 times and have travelled more than 313,000 miles - and organisers say the scheme is the most successful cycle hire outside of London.

  51. A57 Warrington traffic light failure

    BBC Travel

    There is traffic light failure on A57 Sankey Way in Warrington at the A574 Cromwell Avenue junction.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  52. Police issue third Hillsborough witness photo set

    Rachael Connors

    BBC News Online

    A third batch of images of potential witnesses has been released by the police team providing fresh evidence for the investigation into the Hillsborough disaster.

    Hillsborough witness photo set

    The images are of six people who helped some of those who lost their lives on 15 April 1989.

  53. Dry and bright

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry and bright for most places today, after a chilly start, but become cloudier this afternoon.

    BBC Weather

    It will feel quite pleasant this afternoon in the sunshine and light winds and there will be highs of 14°C.

  54. Gerrard: Biggest regret is not winning title

    BBC Sport

    Outgoing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says he regrets never winning the Premier League title.

    Steven Gerrard

    Gerrard, 34, plays his last game at Anfield on Saturday, ahead of his move to Major League Soccer side LA Galaxy in June.

  55. Slow traffic on A55 Chester

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on A55 westbound in Chester between Junction 39, A41 at Sainsbury's and Junction 38, A483 Posthouse roundabout.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  56. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • A third batch of images of potential witnesses is released by the police team providing fresh evidence about the Hillsborough disaster.
    • Engineers will inspect the lifts at a block of flats in south Liverpool today, which was struck by fire earlier this week.
    • The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will visit Liverpool and Birkenhead today.
  57. 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.