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Plans to redevelop Everton's Goodison Park stadium submitted

An outline plan to build on Everton's Goodison Park ground has been submitted to Liverpool City Council by the club.

The Goodison Park Legacy Project would see the ground redeveloped to feature housing, a health centre and community-led retail spaces - if and when the club moves to its planned new 52,888 capacity stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

The Goodison Park Legacy Project illustration
Everton FC

The plans, which also include details of a youth enterprise zone, office facilities and green space, follow the submission of a detailed planning application on the proposed new Bramley-Moore Dock stadium.

A decision on both applications is due in the summer.

The Goodison Park Legacy Project plan
Everton FC

Colin Chong, Stadium Development Director at Everton, said the club will work with the local community to "refine the exact offer as we get closer to the build stage" to ensure it "meets the needs of the people it will serve".

Professor Denise Barrett-Baxendale, Chief Executive of Everton, said Everton is a football club "deeply rooted" in its community and the Goodison Park Legacy Project "is a symbol of our ambition, desire and commitment to Liverpool 4".

Free travel on Merseyside bus and trains for NHS staff

NHS staff will be able to travel for free on buses and Merseyrail trains across the city region, regional mayor Steve Rotheram has announced.

Lime Street
LCR Combined Authority

The free travel starts on Friday on production of a valid NHS photo staff pass.

The announcement was made jointly with transport operators Arriva, Stagecoach and Merseyrail.

Mr Rotheram said:

We want to do everything we can to support our front-line NHS workers as they bravely battle the coronavirus.

The advice of course remains that people should only travel if absolutely necessary during this period of lockdown.

The announcement follows the suspension of the Mersey Tunnel tolls in March.

Murder probe after man shot dead at house

A man has been shot dead at a house on Merseyside.

The 20-year-old victim was shot through the window of a property in Harrington Road, Litherland at about 23:00 on Tuesday, Merseyside Police said.

Harrington Road, Litherland

The force said he was taken to hospital but pronounced dead a short time later, and his family have been informed.

Det Insp Tracey Martin described it as a "violent and tragic killing" and said a murder inquiry was under way. Any witnesses are urged to contact police.

The street remains cordoned off and officers will remain in Harrington Road and the surrounding area for the next few days as they investigate, she added.

Message from Wuhan: 'Please learn from our mistakes'

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the coronavirus pandemic originated, is finally lifting its 11-week quarantine as infections and deaths have tailed off.

As they emerge from their long lockdown, residents share the lessons they've learned from the outbreak, and offer encouraging words to the rest of the world.

Video by Meiqing Guan from BBC Chinese, and Grace Tsoi.

Coronavirus: 'Please learn from Wuhan's mistakes'

Inside Manchester's Nightingale Hospital

The BBC has been given a glimpse inside a new temporary hospital in Manchester which will treat coronavirus patients.

Manchester Central convention centre has been converted into NHS Nightingale Hospital North West, and is due to open by the end of the week.

Work started on 28 March and the hospital will be able to provide treatment for up to 750 coronavirus patients.

The first of the government's emergency field hospitals, in London's ExCel centre, opened last week.

Blackpool attractions to go virtual for Easter

Visitor attractions in Blackpool will go virtual for the bank holiday weekend to encourage people to stay at home - with a series of live streams and other online offerings planned.

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The council's tourism department Visit Blackpool said people will be able to take a look behind-the-scenes at the illuminations, follow a video tour of the Grand Theatre and take virtual rides at the Pleasure Beach theme park.

A spokesman for Visit Blackpool said:

Easter 2020 is going to be very different; very quiet and that’s the way we need to keep it.

But just because you can’t come to Blackpool for Easter doesn’t mean we can’t bring Blackpool to you.”

Mental health hotline for NHS staff

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The NHS is launching a hotline to support and advise healthcare staff during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Volunteers from charities including Hospice UK, the Samaritans and Shout, will listen to concerns and offer psychological support.

The phone line will be open between 07:00 and 23:00 every day, while the text service will be available around the clock.

The phone number is 0300 131 7000 or staff can text FRONTLINE to 85258.

NHS volunteers to start receiving tasks

People who volunteered to support the NHS in England during the coronavirus crisis are being given details of what tasks they can do to help.

Man loading bags into van
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More than 750,000 people signed up to join the "volunteer army" - three times the government's original target - to help relieve pressure on the NHS.

They will support 2.5 million people who are considered at risk.

The volunteers may have to deliver food and medicines, drive patients to appointments and phone the isolated.

Man held in Liverpool murder probe

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal attack in Liverpool last month.

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Hassan Haadi, 22, died from “serious head injuries” on Sunday after being found unconscious on Shaw Street in the Everton area of the city on 21 March.

A 24-year-old man from Nottingham has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is in police custody for questioning.

A post-mortem examination is due to take place.

Widnes ice rink to become temporary mortuary

The ice rink in Widnes is being converted into a temporary mortuary as the region braces for more coronavirus deaths.

Halton Council has hired the Planet Ice rink at The Hive as a "precautionary measure" as cases of Covid-19 continue to rise, a spokesman said.

Planet Ice in Widnes

The rink has been identified as a “temporary body storage area” should extra mortuary space be required, according to the Local Democracy Reporting Service.

It is not clear how many bodies the rink could hold.

It is the second UK ice rink to be taken over for use as a temporary mortuary after Planet Ice in Milton Keynes was converted last week.

There have been 642 deaths from coronavirus in hospitals across the North West to date, with 17 of those occurring at Warrington and Halton Hospitals.

Meet the Liverpool professor leading coronavirus research

Liverpool professor Tom Solomon is director of the UK's emerging infection research unit at the University of Liverpool.

Here, he talks us through a typical day as he helps in the fight against Covid-19.

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'She was more than my nurse, she was my friend'

A former patient of nurse Liz Glanister, who died on Friday after testing positive for Covid-19, has paid tribute to her saying "she was more than just my nurse, she was my friend".

Ms Glanister, 68, worked as a staff nurse at Aintree University Hospital.

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Jayne O’Toole, who met Ms Glanister during chemotherapy after having a brain tumour removed, said the pair bonded over their shared love of Everton FC.

She told BBC Breakfast that she was “heartbroken", adding:

Liz looked after me, she was just amazing and had such warmth about her.

During my darkest days, we were always laughing.

Charts show coronavirus deaths by region

These charts compiled by the BBC News data unit show how England's regions compare in terms of deaths from the virus.

Liverpool, Morecambe and Manchester NHS Trusts have all recorded over 50 deaths among patients with Covid-19.

NOTE: These figures run up to 5 April.

Covid-19 deaths chart
Covid-19 NHS Trusts breakdown

North West coronavirus deaths: Stats offer more context

Here are some interesting statistics which have been released from the Office of National Statistics, showing a little bit more context surrounding deaths from coronavirus in the region.

The data includes every single death from all causes, as well as hospital fatalities linked to Covid-19.

One thing to bear in mind is it takes at least five days for most deaths to be certified by a doctor, registered and the data processed, meaning the figures are always slightly out of date.

This is the breakdown for the North West week ending 27 March 2020:

  • All deaths in the North West region in this week totalled 1,548
  • The number of COVID-19 deaths in this week was 60
  • NOTE: The population of the region is 7,292,093. It is the third most populated region of the country behind the South West and London
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Also, the report states if a death certificate mentions Covid-19 it will not always be the main cause of death, but may be a contributory factor.

To be a confirmed case someone of course has to have been tested, which usually takes place in hospital.

Currently, there are not enough tests to check how many people in the community are infected, or how many deaths there are linked to Covid-19.

You can read more about coronavirus hospital deaths here

Town halls consider council tax payment help

Vulnerable people and those most affected by the coronavirus outbreak are being offered help to pay their council tax.

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Support ranges from deferred payments to discounts for those on low incomes.

A petition on the Parliament website calling for council tax to be scrapped during the duration of the crisis has attracted almost 100,000 signatures.

One council said it would be impossible to keep public services going if relief was applied "across the board".

Liverpool reverse furlough decision & apologise to fans

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BBC Sports editor

Liverpool have reversed their decision to place some non-playing staff on temporary leave and apologised to fans.

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On Saturday, the club said they were going to apply to the government's taxpayer-funded job retention scheme, sparking a fierce backlash.

But in a letter to their fans, chief executive Peter Moore said: "We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week and are truly sorry for that."

He added that the Reds have "opted to find alternative means" to pay staff.

Flags at half-mast in tribute to coronavirus nurse

Liverpool's civic buildings will lower their flags to half-mast today in tribute to Merseyside nurse Liz Glanister who died after testing positive for Covid-19.

Liverpool Town Hall
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Ms Glanister, who worked as a nurse at Aintree University Hospital died on Friday after contracting the virus.

Mayor Joe Anderson has said the flags at Liverpool Town Hall, St George’s Hall and The Cunard Building will be lowered.

As a further tribute to all health professionals in the city, the three buildings will be lit up in blue for the foreseeable future.

How to care for someone with Covid-19 at home

We all know the government guidelines by now - anyone with mild coronavirus symptoms should self-isolate at home for at least seven days.

But how should you help care for someone with the virus? The BBC's Laura Foster explains more.

Police share snaps of empty city nightlife hotspots

Police have shared photos of Liverpool's deserted streets - on what would usually be one of the biggest party weekends as the city hosts the Grand National Festival.

Liverpool waterfront
Liverpool waterfront

This years race meeting was cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic.

Concert Square
Concert Square

Officers tweeted a series on photographs of the streets which are usually packed with revellers and thanked everyone for staying indoors.

Temple Court, near Mathew Street
Temple Court, near Mathew Street
Lord Street
Lord Street

Liverpool vandals hurl bricks at moving buses

"Reckless" vandals have been throwing bricks at moving buses, smashing windows and causing thousands of pounds worth of damage in Liverpool.

Damaged bus window

Gangs have been targeting the vehicles leaving the Old Swan depot in Liverpool for 10 days, Arriva Merseyside said.

It described the attacks as "extreme acts of anti-social behaviour".

Vehicles were hit on Green Lane in the city, Pilch Lane in Dovecot, Middleway in Croxteth and on West Derby Road in Tuebrook.

Arriva is working with Merseyside Police to try to identify the offenders.

Tech firms summoned over 'crackpot' 5G conspiracies

The culture secretary is to order social media companies to be more aggressive in their response to conspiracy theories linking 5G networks to the coronavirus pandemic.

It follows a number of 5G masts apparently being set on fire in Birmingham, Liverpool and Melling in Merseyside.

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Oliver Dowden plans to hold virtual meetings with representatives from several tech firms next week to discuss the matter.

A spokesman for Vodafone's mobile network told the BBC there had been a total of four further incidents over the past 24 hours at both its own sites and those shared with O2, but did not identify the locations.

Player wage row 'a disgrace', says Rooney

BBC Sport

The power struggle over how Premier League footballers can financially assist in the fight against coronavirus is "a disgrace" and has players in a "no-win situation", says Wayne Rooney.

Wayne Rooney
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Players have been urged to do more by health secretary Matt Hancock and the Premier League proposed a 30% pay cut.

The Professional Footballers' Association says that may harm the NHS.

Derby striker Rooney says he is happy to offer support but asked: "Why are footballers suddenly the scapegoats?"

Council leader praises 'generosity' of people

The "adaptability and commitment" of people in Knowsley has been "remarkable”, the council leader has said.

In the first of his planned weekly online updates during the coronavirus pandemic, Graham Morgan thanked residents for playing their role and praised the "remarkable acts of kindness and generosity that reflect just how resilient, supportive and inclusive our community is".

Cllr Graham Morgan
Knowsley Council

He said: "our world has been turned upside down, almost overnight.

"Priorities have changed and working arrangements and even job roles have been transformed instantly."

Mr Morgan also revealed colleagues in the health sector had seen “early positive signs” that social distancing is working in the area.

He said: “What that will mean, hopefully, if we all stick with it, is that less people get sick and fewer people die from this virus.

"Please stick with it, stay home and together we can make a difference.”

If you live in Knowlsey and need help during the coronavirus pandemic help is available through the Coronavirus Community Support and Volunteer Line.

Former football manager Joe Royle's 'big thank you' to key workers

Former Manchester City, Everton and Oldham manager Joe Royle says he wants to give a "big, big thank you" to key workers "from the NHS to people delivering food" during the coronavirus pandemic.

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North Wales 'closed to visitors'

Police have tweeted to remind people not to travel to North Wales over the Easter break, as people might be tempted by an upturn in the weather.

In a tweet, the area's police force said: "We all have a shared responsibility to protect the NHS"

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University uses latest 3D technology to make visors for NHS staff

Engineers at the University of Liverpool are using their expertise in 3D printing and laser cutting to produce protective visors for use in local hospitals.

Woman wearing mask
University of Liverpool

Laser cutting technology significantly reduces production time, which means hundreds can be made each day.

University of Liverpool

The protective visors have been developed in conjunction with NHS staff and will be delivered to local hospitals in the next few days.

You can read more about the project on the University of Liverpool website.

Virtual Grand National to benefit NHS

BBC Sport

The actual Grand National may be off but Saturday will still feature a televised Virtual Grand National.

Virtual Grand National animation
Inspired Entertainment

Forty runners who would have been most likely to line up will take part, using CGI technology and special algorithms.

Tiger Roll had been due to seek an unprecedented third consecutive win in the big race on Saturday before it was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bookmakers have odds, and profits will go to NHS Charities Together.

Woman flouts isolation rules to stockpile cannabis

A woman disobeyed coronavirus measures in order to stockpile enough cannabis to last her a week, police said.

Confiscated cannabis supplies
Wirral Police

The unnamed offender was seen acting suspiciously in her car by an officer who was on patrol in Birkenhead.

The woman explained she "had been out to buy cannabis to last her for the next week", Merseyside Police said.

"She was dealt with for the offence and the cannabis was seized. Maybe she should have followed the guidelines and stayed at home," a spokesman added.

Grand National Ladies Day goes online

Today would have been Ladies Day at Aintree Racecourse as part of the annual Grand National Festival.

But with the event of course being cancelled, organisers are instead asking people to celebrate a "virtual" Ladies Day at home - by dressing up in their finest gowns, pouring a glass of something special and sharing pictures online.

Women at Ladies Day in 2019
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Rick Astley tickets sell out in 30 minutes

Rick Astley said he is "delighted and amazed" that tickets for a planned free concert for NHS workers and front-line staff sold out in 30 minutes.

He said: "15,000 of us are going to have a massive party together".

The singer, from Newton-Le-Willows, said in an earlier tweet he wanted to put on the gig in Manchester to say "a massive thank you" to the NHS workers, who are doing " an amazing job".

It is hoped the gig can be performed in October.

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Clap for carers returns for a second week

Last week, people across the UK took part in a national applause of thanks to NHS workers in helping in the fight against coronavirus.

Tonight will see the people take to their doors and windows for a second time to again show their appreciation for the nation's health workers.

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Council thanks business for foodbank donations worth £14k

Knowsley Council has thanked Liverpool-based Home Bargains for helping make up foodbank packs for local families in need.

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The council said it was "really struggling" to source a supplier to help get enough food and essential supplies to those who need it.

In a statement a council spokeswoman said within 24 hours the discount store had identified enough supplies for staff to make up packages for 2,500 families, amounting to more than £14,500 worth of supplies.

The council praised the "massive joint effort" which will see deliveries assisted by Kirkby-based food distributors Nagel Langdons, hundreds of registered volunteers and council staff.

Should we use drones to disinfect public spaces?

BBC News Health

A group of drone experts is calling on the government to relax regulations on chemical spraying from the air during the coronavirus pandemic.

Harper Adams University

It wants to train drone pilots from the emergency services to spray public areas with disinfectant.

It has been done in China and India - but aerial spraying is largely banned in Europe.

The drones can cover large areas - but there is debate around whether the method is effective.

The Department of Health and Social Care said there were no plans to disinfect outside on a large scale.

Boots staff feel 'unsafe' as shoppers still browse makeup


Boots staff have told the BBC they feel "unsafe" at work as customers continue to browse for hair dye and fake tan despite the coronavirus pandemic.

Boots in Manchester

Staff said they were frustrated some branches had reopened beauty aisles and lifted limits on the number of shoppers allowed inside at once.

Some stores were still waiting for visors, face masks and gloves for pharmacy workers, others said.

Boots said it was doing whatever it could to protect its staff.

'Scrap Mersey Gateway tolls' plea rejected by government

The government has rejected pleas to scrap Mersey Gateway Bridge tolls for key workers.

Mersey Gateway Bridge
Mersey Gateway Project

Halton Borough Council in Cheshire said it believed scrapping the tolls was "the right thing to do" to support NHS staff, carers and other key workers.

It urged the government to reconsider its decision not to waive tolls on the bridge that links Runcorn and Widnes.

The government told the council it was "not minded" to do so immediately but vowed to keep the matter under review.

Aintree Races donates 10,000 tickets to NHS workers

The Jockey Club has announced it will donate 10,000 tickets to the NHS and social care sector on Merseyside for the first day of the 2021 Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse.

The day, which is due to take place on 8 April 2021, will also be renamed Liverpool’s NHS Day in honour of the dedicated NHS staff and volunteers across Merseyside who are working tirelessly to care for COVID-19 patients.

The ticket and distribution process will start in January 2021.

Find out more on the Aintree Racecourse website.

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