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23 April 2014 Last updated at 14:56

Victim would be 'proud of Gerrard'Images

Steven Gerrard's cousin, who was the youngest victim of the Hillsborough disaster, would have been "very proud" of the England captain, an inquest hears.

Royal Liverpool University HospitalArrest after man attacked by gang

A 20-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was attacked with a "sharp object" by a gang in Liverpool city centre.

Hillsborough tributes at AnfieldFirm ends deal over Hillsborough row

A company withdraws its sponsorship of a newspaper column after it likened Hillsborough mourners to a "partisan menace".

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    Ports' mega cranes deal 16:29:

    Peel Ports says it's signed a £100m contract for mega cranes at the new Liverpool2 container terminal.

    mega crane Liverpool port

    The company describes it as "a significant milestone" in the £300m deep sea port and container terminal at Liverpool2 - which will be the largest in the UK and Europe.

    Ambulance staff's Easter call-outs 16:24:

    North West Ambulance Service tweets: NWAS 111 staff triaged a staggering 12, 179 calls over the Easter weekend:

    Happy St George's Day 16:19: Christian Spooner BBC Radio Merseyside

    To mark St George's Day here in the office we've been trying to work out what our "posh" names are using this chart on our Facebook page.

    Mine came out as Ralph Halewood Boleyn! Let us know what yours is by emailing or tweeting @bbcmerseyside.

    Mourinho 'wants to rest key players' 16:13:

    Jose Mourinho says he wants to rest key players for Chelsea's trip to Premier League leaders Liverpool on Sunday.

    Jose Mourinho

    The Blues are still in the title race with three games left but Mourinho wants to focus on the second leg of his side's Champions League semi-final with La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid.

    Roy Harry Hamilton pen portrait 16:08:

    Roy Harry Hamilton, 34, was described by his stepson Stuart as a "genuine blue collar man" who left school with little education but went to night school to better himself, becoming a railway technician.

    Roy Harry Hamilton

    He took on his wife Wendy's two young children from a previous marriage as his own, Mr Hamilton, told the Hillsborough inquest jury.

    His mother had to "pinch herself" at finding such a man who adored her and her children.

    Mr Hamilton said: "My dad worked hard, he made friends easily, he looked after his family and most of all he was there when you needed him."

    Coming up on Drive 16:03: Simon Hoban BBC Radio Merseyside

    A new breast cancer drug might extend the life of someone by six months - the trouble is, it costs £90,000 for a course of treatment. Is it worth it?

    Anyone who's gone through it with a family member will know all time spent together is precious. But is the harsh reality that the NHS has limited resources and we have to cut the cloth accordingly?

    We will be talking about that and more on Drive on BBC Radio Merseyside after 16:00.

    News on the hour 15:58: BBC Radio Merseyside
    Christopher Edwards pen portrait 15:56:

    Christopher Edwards, 29, from Ellesmere Port, was taken to watch Liverpool at eight or nine by his father Sydney Edwards, who read the pen portrait.

    Christopher Edwards

    The former church choir boy worked as a lab technician for British Steel and travelled the world watching Liverpool. He had two younger sisters, Gail and Anne, but was the "apple of his mother's eye," the Hillsborough inquests heard.

    Mr Edwards told the court: "I often wondered to this day about the family wife he could have had had his life not been cut short. The only comfort I have is that Chris experienced what it was like to be loved and lived his life to the full."

    Museums close for the day 15:51: Leanne Harper Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    National Museums Liverpool's one-day closure of all the museums and art galleries in Merseyside takes place tomorrow as all staff are spoken to about further redundancies and budget cuts.

    Liverpool museum
    Barry Sidney Bennett 15:44:

    Barry Sidney Bennett's pen portrait was read out by his brother Philip at the Hillsborough inquests.

    Barry Sidney Bennett

    He said, "Barry is missed by all those who were lucky enough to know him and I hope this new inquests will do him justice."

    Mr Bennett, 26, followed his father, Sidney, by going to sea, working on the Mersey's tugboats.

    Manager 'laughed' at safety harness request 15:34: Liverpool Echo

    A worker who could have died when he fell through a roof at work was denied a safety harness by a manager who "laughed" at the request.

    Jon-Paul Gilhooley 15:26: Ed Thomas North of England Correspondent, BBC News

    The Hillsborough inquests have been told that Jon-Paul Gilhooley, the youngest person to die, would have been "very proud" of his cousin Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard.

    Jon-Paul Gilhooley

    The 10-year-old's mother, Jacqueline, said "to the world Jon-Paul was a football fan but to us he was our world, forever loved and missed."

    Food bank sees 'shocking increase' 15:18: Wirral Globe

    More than 12,500 people had to turn to Wirral Foodbank for help in the past year, close to double the number it helped the year before.

    Inger Shah pen portrait 15:14: Ed Thomas North of England Correspondent, BBC News

    The pen portrait of Inger Shah was read by her daughter Rebecca.

    Inger grew up in Denmark and moved to London in 1968 to work as an au pair. Her daughter told the jury that she had "loved English music and football... My Mum was neither a drunken hooligan nor a bad mother. On the contrary she was loving and caring."

    Rebecca went on to say the effect of her mother's death "was immense and profound. The death of my only parent led to myself and my brother being taken into care."

    Coming up on the A Team 15:06: Jo Krasner Manager of the A Team

    Today we've got a representative from British Gas coming in to see us at 15:30 at BBC Radio Merseyside. If you have any issues with the company, call the A Team on 0151 794 0984.

    News on the hour 14:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 15:00 include:

    • The number of people treated for injuries caused by violence has fallen sharply, to its lowest for more than a decade
    • Manchester United have been criticised by the League Managers Association for the way its handled the sacking of David Moyes
    • Chelsea will be without two key players for Sunday's huge title race game with Liverpool
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    Lost medicine appeal 14:39:

    Merseyside Police is urging the public to be cautious after a quantity of prescription medication was lost on Tuesday.

    The bottle of medication may have been left on a number 27 bus, somewhere between Anfield and Park Road in Toxteth, between 14:30 and 15:00.

    My posh Scouse name 14:30: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    It's with a small degree of reluctance that I can reveal that my posh Liverpool name is Elizabeth Formby Boleyn. I think it's got a certain ring to it. Check out your posh Liverpool name on our BBC Radio Merseyside Facebook page.

    And I was born in Warrington!

    On air now 14:22: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    No, it's not the new Man United management team.

    Billy and Jimmy celebrating St George's day

    It's me and Jimmy celebrating St George's day. Join us from 14:00 till 16:00.

    Croxton sentencing 14:14:

    Merseyside Police tweets: The sentencing of Paul Croxton & others: The Sefton community should take comfort now that these men are behind bars

    Robot visitor 14:08: Josh Morris Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Kids at Alder Hey Children's Hospital were transfixed by a visitor on the ward today when a robot dropped in for a visit.

    Robot visits a Ward

    They also got a chance to have their say on technology for the new building opening next year.

    News on the hour 13:59: BBC Radio Merseyside
    'Posh' names 13:50: via Facebook

    As part of our celebrations for St George's Day we've been asking what your "posh" double-barrelled English name is.

    David L Peel says: Benedict Prescot Curzon. (Which is spooky, as I was born in Prescot!!)

    Lesley Ryan got in touch to say her name was: Matilda Daresbury Lampton!

    Why not share your "posh" English name with us via email, Twitter or Facebook.

    Queuing traffic in Stockton Heath 13:46:

    BBC Travel News says there's queuing traffic on the Walton New Road in both directions in Stockton Heath, Warrington, between the Walton Heath Road junction and the Bedford Street junction. In the roadworks area.

    David Moyes 'incredibly proud' 13:36: BBC Radio Merseyside

    David Moyes has spoken out for the first time since he was sacked from Manchester United.

    He has released a statement through the League Managers' Association revealing his time at Old Trafford is something of which he will always "be incredibly proud."

    He also thanks the fans and the club. On Monday, the story of Moyes's likely departure broke and he was sacked yesterday.

    The LMA released a statement saying they are: "Very disappointed with the nature of David's departure from Manchester United and to read extensive reports in the press, confirming David's sacking, before David himself had been spoken to officially by the club."

    Man wanted over sex assault 13:24:

    Cheshire Police have released an efit of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a serious sexual assault in Northwich.


    A 20-year-old man was attacked on 14 April.

    Coming up on North West Today 13:13: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    Coming up on North West Today at 13:30, we have the latest on the investigation into the murder of Blackpool teenager Paige Chivers.

    She disappeared in 2007, police believe she was killed, though her body has not been found. A flat near to where the 15-year-old lived is being searched today by police after a £30,000 reward was offered.

    And Andy Gill reports from the new Hillsborough inquests in Warrington, which have heard moving tributes to a father and son who both died in the tragedy.

    Also, an 11-year-old boy has died after falling into a canal in Burnley as a local described his efforts to save the child.

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    Elections on 22 May 13:03:

    Elections will be held in 161 councils in England and 11 brand new councils in Northern Ireland on Thursday 22 May 2014, including Liverpool, Sefton, St Helens, Knowsley, Halton, Wirral and Warrington, the same day as voting in the European election.

    Read more on Vote 2014: Local elections in England and Northern Ireland

    news on the hour 12:57: BBC Radio Merseyside
    Liverpool Bay project approved 12:44:

    Eight major renewable energy projects, expected to support 8,500 jobs, have been given government approval, BBC News Online reports.

    wind farms

    The contracts, which include offshore wind farms and conversions of coal-powered plants to run on biomass, are the first awarded under the government's energy market reforms. One is at Burbo Bank in Liverpool Bay.

    Coroner's appeal 12:36:

    Liverpool Coroner's Office is appealing for help in tracing the next of kin of a 68-year-old man from Sefton Park.

    Arsalan Saeed Hassan, 68, of Sherry Court, Croxteth Drive, was found dead at his home on Saturday.

    His death is not being treated as suspicious. Mr Hassan's family, or anyone who knows them, is asked to call Liverpool Coroner's Office on 0151 225 5066.

    Thelwall Viaduct 'will be closed' 12:28: Warrington Guardian

    The M6 northbound carriageway around the Thelwall Viaduct will be closed this evening.

    Break-ins probed in McCann inquiry 12:20:

    British police investigating Madeleine McCann's disappearance are now looking at 18 potentially linked break-ins by a lone intruder into Algarve villas, BBC News Online reports.

    Madeleine McCann

    Six have come to light since an appeal by UK detectives last month, with five involving alleged sexual assaults against young British girls. Madeleine's grandparents live in Liverpool.

    Coming up 12:15: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    We're talking about violent crime after an announcement it has has halved in a decade but do you feel safer?

    We'll also be asking do parents have a right to refuse to send their children to a faith school? Parents of non-Sikh children in Buckinghamshire are angry their children have been allocated a place at new Sikh school.

    Join me from 12:00.

    Statue of St George 12:08: Simon Moffatt Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at the Sparrow Hall Youth Centre in Fazakerley, where a 12 ft St George has been built by children there.

    effigy of st george

    Today, people across the country will be celebrating their patron saint. Appropriately enough, the centre is the former St George's Church.

    Peter McDonnell pen portrait 12:02: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Peter McDonnell, was 21 when he died during the Hillsborough disaster his sister, Evelyn Mills, told the jury at the new inquests.

    Peter McDonnell

    She said her mum found it difficult to break the habit of buying his favourite things like cornflakes, bacon and mushrooms after he died.

    Evelyn wept as she said: "I gave him an IOU for driving lessons for his 21st birthday present. He never got to use them."

    News on the hour 11:59: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 12:00 include:

    Bikes on hard shoulder 11:48:

    NW Motorway Police tweets: Must be the day to ride bikes along hard shoulder, patrols making to a cyclist on M56 J5 WB.

    Thomas Howard pen portrait 11:36: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Linda Garton, the mother of Tommy Howard who was 14 when he was killed at Hillsborough, has been telling the new inquests about her son.

    thomas howard

    She did not want him to go to the game but: "knew it would break his heart if I put my foot down."

    She also described the moment he gave her "one last wave" as he and his Dad left for the match.

    Thomas Anthony Howard pen portrait 11:22: Ben Schofield Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The pen portrait of Thomas Anthony Howard has been read to the jury at the new Hillsborough inquests by his children Alan and Gail. Mr Howard's son and their brother, also called Thomas, was also killed.

    Thomas Anthony Howard

    Mr Howard said: "To be told that our father and brother had gone to heaven when we were 11 and eight-years-old is something we found exceedingly difficult to come to terms with, and still do to this day."

    New Kirby market 11:14:

    Knowsley Council tweets: The new Kirkby Market opens this weekend. 130 stalls, cafe, public toilets and better access and weather-proofing. Opens 9am Saturday.

    Snooker headlines 11:09: Phil Kinsella, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport
    • At the World Snooker Championship in Sheffield, Chester's Ricky Walden is through to the second round after beating Kyren Wilson by 10 frames to seven.
    • Wallasey's Robbie Williams makes his debut today at the Crucible. His first round game is against Australian Neil Robertson and gets under way at 14:30 this afternoon.
    Vincent Fitzsimmons 11:03: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    Vincent Fitzsimmons was 34 when he was killed during the Hillsborough disaster, his sister, Dr Dorothy Griffiths, told the jury at the new inquests.

    Vincent Fitzsimmons

    Mr Fitzsimmons was: "full of bubbling energy and could talk the hind leg off a donkey." He'd lost his ticket to the game, but found it in time to get the coach.

    She cried as she added: "If I was to be granted one wish it would, be to have a few more minutes with him to tell him that I love him."

    News on the hour 10:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 11:00 include:

    • A&E figures from hospitals including the Royal Liverpool, Countess of Chester and Warrington, have revealed fewer cases of serious violence
    • Pictures published in a newspaper claim to show how Anfield could look after Liverpool's £150m expansion
    • It's understood breast cancer patients in England and Wales are going to be denied access to a powerful drug as it's too expensive
    Kitchen fire in Stockbridge village 10:38:

    Mersey Fire tweets: Kitchen Fire In Stockbridge Village

    Concern for missing man 10:31:

    Police are growing concerned for the welfare of a man who has been missing since he was discharged from hospital.

    Errol Zajac-Jones

    Errol Zajac-Jones, 23, was last seen after being discharged from Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport, on Sunday. It is believed he has links to St Helens.

    Police and his family have become increasingly concerned for his welfare.

    Martinez wants Joe Royle 10:25: Phil Kinsella BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez revealed he would like to add Joe Royle to his backroom staff.

    Joe Royle

    The Blues' boss identified a position within the Academy which he feels would perfectly suit the former Everton player and manager.

    Company withdraws sponsorship 10:20:

    A company has withdrawn its sponsorship of a newspaper column after it likened Hillsborough mourners to a "partisan menace".

    hillsborough specsavers row

    The column in the Lynn News in Norfolk said a memorial event to commemorate the 96 deaths was used by many as "an excuse for more rabble-rousing".

    Your pictures 10:13:

    What a stunning picture of the Liver building that was tweeted this morning.

    Liver building this morning

    If you have any pictures of Merseyside then send them into us via email, Twitter or Facebook.

    Happy St George's Day 10:06: Sue Owen Managing Editor, BBC Radio Merseyside

    A lot of people are having some St George's Day fun making up their double-barrelled posh English names.

    I'm Elizabeth Mollington-Smythe! Have a go, it's on Radio Merseyside's Facebook page.

    News on the hour 09:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 10:00 include:

    St George's Hall flag 09:50: Simon Moffatt Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The English flag was flying over St George's Hall in the sunshine this morning for St George's Day.

    St George's Hall
    Day two of Scouse Shakey 09:40: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's day two of our Scouse Shakey, which is breaking down the great words of the Bard and Scouse-ifying them. In fact if Shakespeare had ever lived round here, he and Ann Hathaway couldn't have gone into any pubs locally. Because they're Bard!

    William Shakespeare

    Listen on BBC Radio Merseyside from 09:30.

    Warrington recall front rower 09:32: Phil Kinsella, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Warrington have recalled their front rower Danny Bridge from a loan spell at Bradford Bulls with immediate effect.

    Danny Bridge

    Bridge had spent the past two months with Bradford making eight appearances in Super League.

    Your pictures: Zombie apocalypse? 09:27: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    One of our team took this picture as they made their way into BBC Radio Merseyside. I reckon it makes Liverpool One look like the set of a zombie apocalypse film!

    Empty Liverpool One

    We love to share your pictures here on Local Live so why not send them in to or tweet @bbcmerseyside.

    What makes us English? 09:16: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    We complain, but we don't complain enough. Sometimes we cause a fuss with a very small f. We're great at queuing, we have a stiff upper lip. And the great English cup of tea.

    What is the one thing that makes us quintessentially English? We all have it we all talk about it - it's an obsession with the weather. It's too warm, it's too cold, it's too clammy, it's an obsession with the weather and that's what makes us English.

    Max in Chester says: "It's afternoon tea. You've got to have proper strawberries in the jam. Like it used to be. You can go to Australia and you can get English afternoon tea."

    Let us know what you think. Get in touch by email, Twitter or on Facebook.

    Prop forward signs for Widnes 09:09: Phil Kinsella, BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Widnes Vikings prop-forward Paul Johnson has signed a new contract with the club for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

    Paul Johnson

    Johnson joined the Vikings prior to the start of the Super League season on a one-year deal and he's impressed enough for Vikings Head Coach Denis Betts to hand him a new two-year deal.

    Liverpool 'target big signings' 09:04:

    Liverpool will hand manager Brendan Rodgers a significant summer transfer kitty as the club seek to build on qualification for the Champions League.

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

    The Reds, who are favourites to win Premier League, believe Europe's elite competition will help them attract top talent and are willing to pay for it.

    News on the hour 08:59: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 09:00 include:

    • A&E figures from hospitals including the Royal Liverpool, Countess of Chester and Warrington, have revealed fewer cases of serious violence
    • Pictures published this morning claim to show how Anfield could look after Liverpool's £150m expansion
    • The medicines watchdog for England and Wales says a new drug to treat breast cancer is too expensive for the NHS
    Hello from the newsdesk 08:56: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Good morning! The short week is flying by!

    Busy in the newsroom working on the financial gains of Champions League football for both Liverpool and Everton, plus we are taking a look at the leaked pictures of the designs for the new Anfield.

    Also, we are asking what makes you English on St George's Day?

    Coffin boost 08:49: BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool woman, making bio-degradable coffins, has received £50,000 to boost her business.

    Gina Czarnecki's grant comes less than a month after the 'Spark Up' scheme began.

    It's aiming to created 500 companies across the north west in the next five years.

    Happy St George's Day 08:39: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    It's St George's Day and we are celebrating here at BBC Radio Merseyside by trying to work out what our posh Merseyside names are using this chart.

    Mine is William Walton Curzon! Tell us what you're posh Merseyside name is via email, Twitter or Facebook.

    Financial advisor jailed 08:33: Warrington Guardian

    A financial advisor likened to the 'Wolf of Wall Street' is behind bars after running a £4.4m Ponzi scheme.

    Conman Stephen Evans, of Orlando Drive in Chapelford, splashed the cash on flash cars, expensive holidays, jewellery and ran up £100,000 bar bills.

    Anfield redevelopment 08:22:

    Liverpool Football Club's plans for a redeveloped Anfield have been leaked to the Daily Mail.

    The paper is reporting the expansion, which will increase the stadium's capacity to approaching 60,000, will cost around £150m.

    Fall in violent crime 08:16:

    Figures from hospital accident and emergency departments, including the Royal Liverpool, Countess of Chester and Warrington, have revealed fewer cases of serious violence.

    A national study's found the number fell by 32,800 in 2013 and is the lowest it's been for more than a decade.

    Heavy traffic on M62 08:10:

    BBC Travel News says there's heavy traffic on the M62 eastbound between J9, (Winwick) and J11, (Birchwood).

    Mostly dry with cloud 08:02:

    BBC Weather says it will be a mostly dry day with variable amounts of cloud. Some brighter spells and warm sunshine are likely but there is also the risk of one or two showers.

    Weather graphic for 13:00 on 23.04.2014

    Thicker cloud will spread eastwards during the afternoon, perhaps bringing some rain to coastal parts by dusk.

    Good morning 08:00: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    I'm here with today's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Merseyside.

    If you'd like me to feature your comments or pictures, send them to or tweet us at @bbcmerseyside.




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