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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 18 April
  2. Merseyside Live returns from 08:00 on Tuesday with more news, sport, travel and weather updates

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By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

Live updates from Merseyside have finished for the day, but we'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from around the region.  

Weather: Cloudy with some clear spells

A generally cloudy start to the evening, but with some clear spells, especially in the north and east. 

Weather
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Winds becoming light allowing some isolated mist or fog patches to form. Feeling chilly.    

Appeal over glassing incident in Smokey Mo's

Police are asking for help identifying a man they say could help in an investigation into an assault at Smokey Mo's bar on Ranelagh Street in Liverpool.

CCTV appeal
Merseyside Police

An argument broke out between two groups of men at about 23:30 on 30 March. A man who tried to act as a peacemaker was glassed in the face and left with a cut which needed stitches.

Five people hurt in two-vehicle road accident

Firefighters were called to a two-vehicle road traffic accident on Edith Road in Anfield at 12:45.

Edith Road, Anfield
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Two fire engines attended the scene, together with the search and rescue team.

Three people were taken to hospital for further checks and two others in a second car were assessed by paramedics.

Anders Borg launches Liverpool Hope International Tennis Tournament

Anders Borg has launches the 15th Liverpool Hope International Tennis Tournament.

The tournament, which is the biggest tennis exhibition in Europe, takes place at Liverpool Cricket Club from 16 - 19 June.

Over the past 14 years legends including John McEnroe, Martina Hingis, Ilie Nastase, Richard Krajicek, and former British Number One and US Open finalist Greg Rusedski have played at the event.

Liverpool Hope Tennis
BBC

Traffic lights fail on road in Liverpool

There is congestion due to a traffic light failure on Scotland Road in Liverpool at the Stanley Road junction. Approach with care.  

Read more on BBC Travel.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Shots were fired at a house in Litherland last night in what police say was a targeted incident
  • Stalkers are using social media to harass and monitor victims, Cheshire Police say
  • Women affected by changes to the state pension age meet in Liverpool

Pension protection campaigners meet in Liverpool

Campaigners meet in Liverpool today demanding a change in the law to protect their pensions. 

Members of Women Against State Pension Inequality - or WASPI - say the changes will significantly affect many people who had planned for retirement.

Video: Land search in Stockbridge Village for drugs and weapons

Police Matrix team search open land for weapons

Police have released images of officers searching areas of open land for weapons in a crackdown on organised crime. 

Police searching land for weapons
Merseyside Police

Officers from the Matrix gun and gang team are using metal detectors and plant machinery in their search.

Search on land for weapons
Merseyside Police

Liverpool Futurist cinema works criticised by campaigners

Heritage campaigners have said they are "extremely concerned" over emergency work at former Liverpool Futurist cinema.

Futurist Cinema
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Liverpool City Council said on Friday that it would carry out urgent works after inspectors found the Lime Street premises had "deteriorated".

The building, opened in 1912, was already due to be demolished due to its "poor structural condition" as part of a £35m regeneration of the area.

Police appeal after shots fired at house in Litherland

Police are investigating after shots were fired at a house in Litherland last night.

Gowrie Grove, Litherland
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Shots were fired at a house in Gowrie Grove but no-one was injured. 

Det Ch Insp Gayle Rooney said: "This would have been a very frightening experience for the occupants. Thankfully no-one was hurt but this was an incredibly dangerous and reckless act."

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • Shots fired at a house in Litherland last night were done so in a targeted incident, police say
  • Heritage campaigners say they are "extremely concerned" over emergency work at a derelict former cinema
  • Women affected by the changes to the state pension age are meeting in Liverpool today to devise a plan of action

Hermaphrodite kitten Bellini stuns vets

A hermaphrodite kitten has left rescuers at a loss over how they should refer to it.

Bellini
Cats Protection/PA Wire

It was initially thought nine-week-old Bellini, who was dumped when just a few days old, was male.

But several weeks later, vets discovered the unusual condition during a routine neutering procedure when they found male and female genitalia.  

Football: Muhamed Besic wants fans to 'get behind the team' in crucial week for Everton

Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic accepts the fans' right to protest at poor performances but believes they should be getting behind the team - especially ahead of a crucial week.

Muhamed Besic
Getty Images

Towards the end of the 1-1 draw with Southampton a man ran onto the pitch to remonstrate with stand-in captain Leon Osman and shout abuse at manager Roberto Martinez. 

The Blues have the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday before their FA Cup semi final with Manchester United at Wembley.

Liverpool Futurist Cinema 'in danger of collapse'

Urgent repair work is to be carried out to make a derelict cinema in Liverpool safe after an inspection showed it was in danger of collapse.

Building safety inspectors have said the condition of the Futurist Cinema on Lime Street has deteriorated, with internal collapse and leaning walls.

Cinema on Lime Street
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Labour McDonald's ban slammed as 'student union politics'

Liverpool Echo

Labour was accused of 'student politics' by Liverpool's assistant mayor after it snubbed McDonald's from its party conference in the city.

Weather: Cloudy with chance of showers

BBC Weather

Staying cloudy with a chance of rain. Dry overnight, with some clear spells at times and fog patches are likely.

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BBC Weather

Wirral event to advise people over Parkinson's help

Wirral Community NHS Trust and Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust are holding a free event for people to learn more about Parkinson’s and what services are available in Wirral.

Hand
BBC

The event is being held at The Lauries Centre in Birkenhead on Wednesday 20 April from 11:00 to 14:00.

Kitten taken to be neutered turns out to be male AND female

Liverpool Echo

A cat taken to be neutered astounded vets after they discovered it was both male and female.

Open land to be searched by police in organised crime crackdown

Police are to search open land across Merseyside looking for weapons and drugs as part of a crackdown on organised crime.

Weapons previously handed to police in Merseyside
Merseyside Police

Officers from the Matrix gun and gang fighting team will be using metal detectors and other plant machinery in the search.

Det Ch Supt Paul Richardson said: "Over the coming days we will be carrying out extensive open land searches in the Knowsley, Sefton and Liverpool areas of Merseyside.

Travel: Traffic light failure on Scotland Road, Liverpool

BBC Travel

There is traffic light failure on A59 Scotland Road in Liverpool at the A667 Stanley Road junction.

More from BBC Travel

Fire crews tweet picture of Chester Zoo car park rescue

A man had to be cut free from a car in an incident at the weekend.

View more on twitter

Latest headlines in Mersesyide and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

  • Man from Huyton arrested over shots fired at a house in Dingle  
  • Campaigners meet in Liverpool demanding a change in the law to protect their pensions  
  • Boaty McBoatface tops public vote as name of polar ship built at Cammell Laird 

Travel: Tailbacks on M62 due to earlier accident

Football: Everton's Muhamed Besic says he wants fans to 'get behind the team'

Ian Kennedy

Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Everton's Muhamed Besic accepts fans right to protest at poor performances but wants them to get behind the team.

Muhamed Besic
Getty Images

Travel: Queues on M62 due to broken down lorry

BBC Travel

One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on the M62 westbound at Junction 6 for the M57 at Tarbock island because of a broken down lorry.

More from BBC Travel

Everton fan 'Speedo Mick' passes through the Midlands on charity walk to Wembley

A football fan who became a terrace favourite by wearing only swimming trunks at matches has passed through the Midlands. He is walking to Wembley for Everton's FA Cup semi-final, to raise money for charity.

The 50-year-old Toffees supporter Michael Cullen, known as Speedo Mick, set off from Goodison Park last Tuesday - he has become a regular fixture at home and away games.

View more on twitter

Man, 24, arrested over Dingle 'mistaken identity' shooting

A man from Huyton has been arrested after a house was shot at in Dingle in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity. 

The gun was fired at the property on Darnley Street last Thursday - though officers think it was the wrong target. 

The 24-year-old questioned has now been released on bail while the investigations continue.

Stop kidding around! Meet Colin, a cheeky new arrival at Acorn Farm in Kirkby

Spring has officially sprung at Acorn Farm in Knowsley where dozens of new baby animals have been born - including this cheeky little fella - baby goat Colin. 

Goats
BBC

He had loads of fun this morning playing on our reporter's bag - and's he's just one of the new arrivals at the Kirkby farm.

It looks like mum is having a word!

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

  • A 24-year-old man from Huyton has been arrested over shooting at a Dingle house last week
  • A new show has been filmed in Liverpool that aims to bring Shakespeare's plays to life for pre-school children
  • Jurgen Klopp warns Daniel Sturridge is not undroppable despite the Liverpool striker's impressive display against Bournemouth

'Boaty McBoatface' tops public vote as name of polar ship

Boaty McBoatface has become the overwhelming choice in a public vote to name a £200m polar research ship.  

The name, suggested by former BBC Radio Jersey presenter James Hand, went viral, crashing the Natural Environment Research Council (Nerc) website.  

Boaty McBoatface
NERC

Travel: Rail disruption at Liverpool Moorfields

BBC Travel

Trains aren't stopping at Liverpool Moorfields on Merseyrail northbound due to engineering works.

More from BBC Travel

Tim Peake tweets amazing picture of Merseyside and Cheshire from space

Can you spot your house? Astronaut Tim Peake, who is on a six month mission on the International Space Station, tweeted this amazing picture of Liverpool and Cheshire from space at the weekend.

View more on twitter

CBeebies Shakespeare play filmed in Liverpool

A CBeebies show that aims to bring Shakespeare's plays to life for pre-school children has been filmed in Liverpool.

Everyman
BBC

The adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream was performed at the Everyman Theatre, and uses songs and familiar CBeebies characters to make the 400-year-old play more accessible.  

Listen: Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner debate

Next month, when the region goes to the polls in local council elections, they will also be asked to cast their vote for who they would like to see as Police and Crime Commissioner.

All four of the candidates standing for the Merseyside role will be taking part in a live debate on the Roger Phillips phone-in today on BBC Radio Merseyside at 12:00.

PCCs are elected to hold the police to account for delivering the kind of policing you want to see.  

Listen live from 12:00