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A woman has been taken to hospital after she was hit by a bus in Liverpool city centre.
It happened shortly before midday on Hanover Street at the junction with Bold Street.
The woman suffered a head and leg injury.
- A Merseyrail guard is cleared of endangering passenger safety after an elderly woman fell between a train and a platform
- A woman is taken to hospital after she was hit by a bus in Liverpool city centre
- A man is arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in south Liverpool last month
Entertainment and Arts Reporter, BBC News
Liverpool has always been a crucible of potent musical talent, and 12 of the city's best current acts have been nominated for the sixth annual GIT Award.
The award - run by the GetIntoThis blog - has been dubbed the "Scouse Mercury Prize" and this year's list shines a light on a very healthy scene.
Nominees include rising hip-hop star Aystar, indie veterans The Coral, Glastonbury emerging talent winners She Drew The Gun (above), singer-songwriter Louis Berry (below) and Blossoms' favourite band The Vryll Society.
A man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in south Liverpool last month.
Aaaron Lewis, 26, was shot outside a chip shop on Grosvenor Road in Wavetree on 1 February - he died in hospital a short time later.
A 27-year-old man from Wavertree is being held on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.
Bryn the search and rescue dog from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service gets a bravery award today - he helped find casualties after the Nepal earthquake.
Liverpool's Ben Woodburn has received a first call up to Wales' squad for the team's World Cup qualifying clash against the Republic of Ireland on 24 March.
The 17-year-old has made seven appearances for Liverpool this season and became their youngest scorer.
The Nottingham-born forward qualifies for Wales through his maternal grandfather and has already played at under-16, under-18 and under-19 level.
British Transport Police has said it is duty bound to refer a case to prosecutors when there is a question over a duty of care to passengers.
It comes after a rail guard was cleared of endangering passenger safety after an elderly woman fell between a train and a platform in Hamilton Square station.
Martin Zee, 33, was found not guilty to a charge of endangering the safety of railway passengers by wilful omission or neglect at Liverpool Crown Court.
British Transport Police said in a statement:
Train guards have a duty of care to those who travel on their services.
When it is suspected that this duty of care may not have been satisfactorily met, it is our duty as a police force to investigate and present the evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service.
A rail guard who was cleared of endangering passenger safety after a woman fell between a train and a platform "should never have been in court", a union has said.
Martin Zee, 33, was accused of not following Merseyrail's door closure safety procedure fully when Edna Atherton was 88 when she fell from the platform at Birkenhead's Hamilton Square station in July 2015.
He defence argued the fall was an accident, Liverpool Crown Court heard.
Speaking outside Liverpool Crown Court, RMT union's John Tilly said:
Martin and his family have been through an absolutely terrible situation here that should never have been in court.
It can't be right that somebody doing their job on a daily basis, and is not even subject to a disciplinary hearing, can be found in the crown court facing a prison sentence when they have done nothing wrong.
- A rail guard is cleared of endangering passenger safety after an elderly woman fell between a train and a platform
- A man is arrested in connection with a fatal shooting of a 27-year-old man in Liverpool last month
- An investigation is under way in Liverpool after a man was found on the street with a head injury
Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside
A Merseyrail guard has been cleared of endangering passenger safety after an elderly woman fell between a train and a platform.
Martin Zee, 33, from Runcorn, denied being responsible for Edna Atherton's injuries in the incident at Hamilton Square station in 2015.
The 89-year-old was trying to board one of the carriages, when she fell between the train and the platform, suffering four broken ribs and a cut to her head.
The prosecution claimed the guard had failed to properly carry out the 17-point procedure for opening and closing the doors, but the defence successfully argued the fall was an accident - and that there was a "fundamental failing" in the procedure itself, because the curve of the platform meant there were several blind spots.
After about two hours of deliberations, the jury found Mr Zee not guilty of endangering the safety of passengers.
A joint bid from Manchester and Liverpool to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games would be considered - according to the organising committee .
Liverpool is already bidding to have the games in 2026, but has offered to step in four years earlier, after Durban was stripped of the games.
Manchester hosted the games in 2002 - and has said it would be ready to host either with Liverpool or on its own.
Yvonne Harrsion - Deputy CEO of the charity Greater Sport and said the joint bid idea has definitely got potential.
Liverpool and Manchester are both fantastic cities with amazing facilities...they're not too far apart. It could be a great experience to showcase the two cities. Ultimately it will be down to the mayor of Liverpool and Manchester City Councils to make that decision.
A sensory garden is ready to be opened at Minshull House in West Derby.
The idea is to to teach people with autism who stay there to develop skills like growing and harvesting their own vegetables as well as providing them with a relaxing area to develop as sense of community.
CCTV footage has emerged of the final movements of a former Liverpool student who was allegedly murdered in the southern Indian state of Goa .
Danielle McLaughlin had lived in the city and was travelling on a British passport.
Her body was discovered in an open field close to tourist resorts in Canacona on Tuesday.
A 24-year-old man, whose name has been reported as Vikat Bhagat, has been charged with her murder.
Liverpool Coroner’s Office is appealing for the public’s help in tracing the family of a woman who died at her home in Fairfield.
Beverley Neal, 68, died on 28 February at her flat in Rufford Road. There are no suspicious circumstances.
Anyone who can help is asked to contact the office on (0151) 233 0126.
Here's some footage from the scene near Upper Parliament Street, wherea man in his 30s was found with head injuries last night.
Police believe he was attacked and have appealed for information.
A man was found with head injuries after a suspected attack in Sandon Street in Liverpool last night, with officers remaining at the scene this morning.
Police were called to the street at the corner of Upper Parliament Street just before 23:00.
The man, aged in his 30s, remains in hospital but his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
A team of Royal Marine Reservists will abseil down the side of the Cunard Building in Liverpool later to mark the 100-day countdown to Armed Forces Day in the city.
Water supplies have been restored in St Helens after engineers spent the night repairing a large water main on Scafell Road.
Residents are being told their water pressure will build up throughout the morning.
Upper Parliament Street in Liverpool city centre has reopened in both directions after being sealed off earlier due to a police incident.
Merseyside Police are yet to release details of the nature of the incident.
- Upper Parliament Street in Liverpool city centre is sealed off due to a police incident, with Merseyside Police yet to explain the nature of the disturbance
- Water supplies are restored in St Helens after engineers spent the night repairing a water main on Scafell Road
- A sensory garden to help people with autism is set to be opened at Minshull House in West Derby
Reporter, BBC Local Live