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28 August 2014 Last updated at 12:45

Easyjet plane in emergency landingEasyjet planes

An Easyjet plane en route from Liverpool to Naples makes an emergency landing at Gatwick Airport after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

Wayne Rooney celebratesRooney named new England captain

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is named new England captain by manager Roy Hodgson, succeeding Liverpool's Steven Gerrard. BBC Sport

Artist's impression of Liverpool Central Station Liver BirdLiverpool to get new Liver Bird

Liverpool is to get a new sculpture of its iconic symbol, the Liver Bird.

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    Teenager charged with murder 16:16:

    A teenager has been charged with the murder of a man whose body was found at a flat in St Helens almost a year ago.

    Borough Road, St Helens

    Anthony Hallard, 19, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court accused of killing 69-year-old David Walter Rimmer.

    Mr Rimmer's body was found in the town's Borough Road on 13 September, 2013. Hallard, of Rainhill Road, St Helens, was remanded in custody.

    News on the hour 16:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The new Hillsborough inquests have heard how a paragraph in an officer's statement, which mentioned 'part of the potential cause' of the disaster, was removed.

    PC Alan Ramsden's been telling the jury in Warrington how two years before the tragedy, he'd helped set up a safety cordon outside the Leppings Lane end for another FA Cup semi-final.

    He says it wasn't enforced in 1989 and he wrote that down after the tragedy - only for it to be erased.

    Listen live to the bulletin on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    Shop robbers sought 15:51:

    A shop in Birkdale has been targeted by a gang of men armed with a crowbar.

    Offenders in Spar

    The four offenders forced a locked door open at the Spar store on Liverpool Road late on Tuesday night.

    Cigarettes and a small amount of money were stolen. Police are appealing for anyone who saw a white car leaving the scene to come forward.

    Fire crew surprise 100-year-old 15:43:

    A woman whose late husband was a firefighter has received a surprise visit from a fire crew during her 100th birthday party in Anfield.

    Birthday party photo

    The firefighters presented Marion Matthews with a bouquet and wished her a happy birthday.

    Marion's partner Thomas, who died in 1988, served as a firefighter for 25 years before retiring in 1965.

    Cas hooker to move to Wolves 15:36: BBC Sport

    Castleford Tigers hooker Daryl Clark will join Warrington Wolves at the end of the season on a four-year contract.

    Daryl Clark

    The 21-year-old has been one of Castleford's star performers in 2014, helping the Tigers to a first Challenge Cup final in 22 years and fifth position in the Super League table.

    His form earned him a call-up to Steve McNamara's England squad in June.

    Part of PC statement removed 15:25: Ben Schofield Hillsborough reporter

    A section of a South Yorkshire Police officer's statement that included "potentially part of the cause" of the Hillsborough disaster was struck through with a pen and later removed, a coroner's court has heard.

    The new inquests in Warrington have heard evidence from PC Alan Ramsden, who helped form part of a cordon in front of the Leppings Lane turnstiles at a 1987 semi-final.

    On his initial statement after the disaster, the officer remarked there had not been a cordon before the 1989 match. The paragraph was then removed and did not feature in his official statement.

    Come see a cruise ship 15:17:

    Mersey Ferries tweets: 1st cruise ship of a busy week is @CruiseLpool today! Lovely day for a River Explorer Cruise to catch a glimpse of Boudicca!

    The patter of very tiny hooves 15:08:

    Chester Zoo has announced its latest arrival - a Philippine mouse deer.

    mouse deer

    The male, similar in size to a rabbit and weighing 1kg, is the only one of its kind in a UK zoo.

    News on the hour 15:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    A section of a police officer's statement that included "potentially part of the cause" of the Hillsborough disaster was removed, a coroner's court has heard.

    PC Alan Ramsden has been giving evidence at the new inquests in Warrington.

    You can hear the bulletin live on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    Reds on Song? 14:53: BBC Sport

    The football gossip column reports Liverpool are still pushing to sign ex-Arsenal player Alex Song.

    Alex Song

    The 26-year-old Cameroonian midfielder is currently at Barcelona.

    Pink fire engine off to Pride 14:46:

    NW Fire Control tweets: It's official. @CheshireFire's pink fire engine is off to @ChesterPride on 4th October. Time to paaarrrtay!

    Rooney 'the right choice' 14:38: Phil McNulty Chief football writer

    Wayne Rooney's appointment as England captain is the right choice by manager Roy Hodgson - not least because of a glaring lack of obvious alternatives for a post that still retains great significance and prestige.

    Wayne Rooney's England statistics

    England's World Cup captain Steven Gerrard and deputy Frank Lampard have vacated the international stage, while the claims of goalkeeper Joe Hart and defender Gary Cahill could not come close to someone of Rooney's status and importance.

    Rooney's ascent to the captaincy is not simply a case of last man standing, it is well merited on the basis of his efforts on and off the pitch in that abysmal Brazilian summer.

    Lorry disruption 14:23:

    BBC Travel reports the disruption continues near the A557 roundabout at Junction 7 of the M62 motorway in Widnes.

    It's due to the clearing of an overturned lorry.

    Bogus officials warning 14:10: Wirral Globe

    Police are warning the elderly to be on their guard against bogus officials following a burglary in Birkenhead which saw a pensioner trapped in her kitchen while her home was ransacked.

    News on the hour 14:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The new Hillsborough inquests have heard how a paragraph in an officer's statement, mentioning "part of the potential cause" of the disaster, was removed.

    PC Alan Ramsden has been telling the jury in Warrington how he helped to set up a safety cordon outside the Leppings Lane end for another FA Cup semi-final two years before the disaster.

    To listen to the bulletin, click here.

    Tunnel tours for free 13:51:

    Merseytravel tweets: As part of @heritageopenday there will be free tunnel tours on 13 September! email to book

    Something completely different 13:43: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    Michael Palin, star of stage and screen, comes to Liverpool in October with his Travelling to Work Tour.

    Palin and gang

    We will be hearing from the man himself a little later, so please tune in from 2pm.

    Wayne's 'dream come true' 13:30:

    Wayne Rooney has said being named England captain is "a dream come true".

    Wayne Rooney

    The striker from Croxteth told his own website that the appointment was "something I will take massive pride in doing".

    "As a kid I always loved the occasion of watching a big England game on the television. Back then, I had a burning ambition to play for my country. Now to be appointed captain is beyond my wildest dreams."

    Coming up 13:21: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    Coming up on the programme, Liverpool is to get a new Liver Bird, with the modern version of the historic bird due to be installed at the entrance to Central Station early next year.

    And the Walton Centre in Liverpool has been rated as the best hospital in the country for its meals.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

    Council faces the ice bucket 13:08:

    St. Helens Council tweets: Here it is! The #IceBucketChallenge Thanks once again to all that took part, to donate visit

    Barrie Grunewald and Seve Gomez-Aspron
    News on the hour 13:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Five thousand jobs could be brought to Merseyside next year by the deep-water container terminal known as Liverpool2, it has been announced.

    The £300m development at Seaforth will handle the next generation of super-sized vessels dominating world shipping.

    Listen to the bulletin here.

    One Scouser every minute 12:50:

    Liverpool Women's Hospital is to feature on the new series of One Born Every Minute.

    Liverpool Women's hospital

    Channel 4 has announced filming will take place at the hospital for the seventh series of the show.

    Kathryn Thomson, the hospital's chief executive, said they "can't wait to show off our staff, facilities and of course, our wonderful mums".

    Rooney given England armband 12:41: BBC Sport

    Croxteth's Wayne Rooney has been named as the new England captain.

    Wayne Rooney

    The striker, who is also club captain of Manchester United, takes over from Liverpool's Steven Gerrard, who retired after the World Cup.

    Council freeze 12:32:

    St. Helens Council tweets: Won't be long until our #icebucketchallenge video is up! I hope our Councillors have managed to warm up now!

    England squad announced 12:18:

    Everton's Phil Jagielka, Leighton Baines and John Stones have been named in the England squad ahead of the team's start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

    England manager Roy Hodgson

    Liverpool's Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling, Rickie Lambert and Daniel Sturridge also feature.

    England face Norway in a friendly on Wednesday before the qualifying matches get started against Switzerland on 8 September.

    Lorry overturns 12:09: Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News
    News on the hour 12:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A plane from Liverpool was forced to make an emergency landing less than an hour after take-off when smoke was spotted in the cockpit.

    It left Speke for Naples early this morning, but was diverted to Gatwick due to the problem.

    Listen to the bulletin here.

    Coming up 11:51: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    On the show today, I'm going to be talking a Liverpool professor about the Rotherham abuse scandal.

    David Pilgrim has written an article about how what we have learned from South Yorkshire can help us deal with future cases.

    You can hear the interview here at 12:05.

    Bikes seized 11:43:

    Merseyside Police tweets: We are targeting illegal and anti social use of off road bikes. We have seized 140 vehicles and arrested 66 people under #operationbrookdale

    Sunday trading call 11:36: Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    Margaret has got in touch to share her thoughts on Sunday trading. She said Sunday used to be "your day", but now it's just like any other day.

    She's not a big fan on shops being open, but she said: "Some people don't have a choice, they have to work over weekends".

    Steve in Formby says Sunday trading should be stopped apart from "small corner shops" for the essentials.

    A Giant page-turner 11:28:

    Liverpool City Council has commissioned a book on the Memories of August 1914 Giants event.


    Around a million people filled the streets of Liverpool in July to see Little Girl, Xolo and and Grandmother wander about and share stories.

    The council has asked for people to send a "fantastic or unique photograph" of the event to them and it might get featured in the book.

    Council bought in consultant 11:19: Liverpool Echo

    Town hall bosses spent around £14,000 a month on a consultant to help them save money because they couldn't find the right person for the job for more than a year.

    Liverpool town hall

    Adam Jacobs, from firm V4, was running the council's procurement team, which buys in goods and services, for 18 months.

    Alonso retires 11:11:

    Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso has announced his retirement from international football.


    The 32-year-old star played 114 times for Spain, winning the 2010 World Cup and two European championships.

    Alonso, who currently plays for Real Madrid, is thought to be on the verge of a move to German side Bayern Munich.

    News on the hour 11:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Five thousand jobs could be brought to Merseyside next year by the deep-water container terminal known as Liverpool2, it has been announced.

    The development at Seaforth will allow the port to handle the next generation of super-sized vessels dominating world shipping.

    Listen to the bulletin here.

    Tour of Britain 10:50:

    Cheshire West and Chester Council tweets: .@TourofBritain will head through Cheshire West on Monday, 8 September #TOB2014

    Toffees to face Swans 10:40:

    Everton have been given a tough draw for the third round of the Capital One Cup.


    Roberto Martinez's side face fellow Premier League team Swansea, who are currently unbeaten this season.

    Third round games are due to be played during the week commencing 22 September.

    Overturned lorry 10:32:

    There's delays on the A57 in Widnes due to an overturned lorry, BBC Travel reports.

    It's causing slow traffic in both directions at Rainhill Stoops and a section of Warrington Road has had to be closed.

    Remembering the send-off of 700 10:23:

    Nearly 100 years ago, 700 Lever Brothers employees travelled from Port Sunlight to Chester to enlist in the 13th Battalion of the Cheshire Regiment.

    Port Sunlight volunteers

    All 700 places have now been filled for a re-enactment of the send-off, which is due to take place on 7 September, the centenary of the event.

    Special Sundays 10:09: Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    On this date 20 years ago, new legislation came in which relaxed the rules on Sunday trading.


    Completely closed high streets on a Sunday are now a thing of the past, so we are asking: should Sundays be kept special?

    You may think Sunday trading laws should be relaxed even further. Get in touch by emailing, tweeting @bbcmerseyside or posting a message on Facebook.

    News on the hour 10:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A plane due to fly from Liverpool John Lennon Airport to Naples has had to make an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

    The Easyjet flight, carrying 157 passengers, had to land at London Gatwick after encountering problems.

    Listen to the bulletin here.

    MOT for your dog 09:55:

    The PDSA animal charity are holding health checks for dogs in Merseyside next month.


    Vets will examine canine weights, body shapes, teeth, eyes, coats and general fitness.

    The first date is on 9 September at Croxdale Road West, Stockbridge Village, Liverpool. The other dates can be found here.

    Happy birthday Liverpool 09:48:

    Many happy returns to the borough of Liverpool, which celebrates its 807th birthday today.


    It was granted a royal charter in 1207, though it took several centuries to get to the size it is today.

    In fact, it only became a city in the 1880s.

    Champions League draw 09:40:

    Liverpool will find out who they will be playing in the Champions League group stages later.

    Brendan Rodgers

    Teams they could face include Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Roma, Benfica, Basel and Maribor.

    They find out their fate when the draw takes place in Monaco at 16:45 BST.

    Cigarette causes basement fire 09:33:

    Cheshire Fire tweets: Fire in basement caused by discarded cigarette. Two men treated for smoke inhalation #putitoutrightout

    New Lennon film 09:24:

    A new film is being made in New York looking at the events that took place on the night John Lennon was shot in 1980.

    Lennon and Ono

    The Lennon Report looks at the efforts of several passers-by at the site of the shooting in Manhattan.

    Passengers 'remained calm' 09:15: Clark Ainsworth BBC News

    An Easyjet plane from Liverpool carrying 157 passengers has made an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

    An Easyjet spokesman said the plane, en route to Naples, landed safely at Gatwick and the passengers "remained calm".

    "At no point was the safety of passengers threatened," he said.

    What is a Liver Bird? 09:07: Chris Long BBC News

    In the course of researching the story about the new Liver Bird, I delved into the mystery of what it actually is.

    Seal of Liverpool

    Its origins are in the seal was used by Liverpool in the 14th Century - which is thought to be an eagle - but did not take the Liver Bird name until a couple of centuries later.

    I would like to know more though, so help me out by telling me what you think a Liver Bird is. Send your thoughts via email, Facebook or Twitter.

    News on the hour 09:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A plane from Liverpool carrying 157 passengers has had to make an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

    The Easyjet flight was on its way to Naples when it encountered problems and had to land at London Gatwick.

    Listen to the bulletin here.

    Scouse Nous 08:55: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's Scouse Nous is: Arrived in Liverpool in 1931, disappeared and reappeared many years later, disappeared and reappeared again. What or who?

    Bob in Garston guessed the Liverpool Show, which isn't what we are looking for. The Liver Birds is proving a popular guess, but I'm afraid that's also wrong.

    Do you know the answer? Let us know via Twitter, Facebook or email

    Talk to the animals 08:49:

    Warrington Borough Council tweets: Bring the kids to see Dr Zoolittle's zoo animals and reptiles at #Warrington Market today from 11am!

    Plane diverted due to smoke 08:41:

    An Easyjet plane from Liverpool carrying 157 passengers has had to make an emergency landing after smoke was detected in the cockpit.

    The Airbus A320, en route to Naples, touched down safely at Gatwick at around 07:20 BST.

    John, Paul, George and Mario? 08:35:

    As predicted, Mario Balotelli has made his mark on Merseyside before he has even kicked a ball.

    The Balotells

    The new Liverpool striker was sent an altered image of the Fab Four, which he liked so much, he reposted it on his official Instagram account.

    It currently has 131,000 'likes' and counting.

    Top headlines
    New Liver Bird 08:24:

    It has been announced this morning that Liverpool is to get a new Liver Bird sculpture.

    Liver Bird

    A 6ft (1.8m) statue will welcome people at the entrance to Liverpool Central Station in 2015.

    M62 hold-ups 08:16:

    BBC Travel reports it's busy on the M62 westbound on Merseyside due to a broken down vehicle.

    It's causing delays near junction 7 for the A57 (Rainhill Stoops) and a lane has been closed on the exit slip road.

    Sunny spells 08:09:

    BBC Weather says we can expect some sunny spells this morning, but showery rain will spread from the west through the middle part of the day, with the odd heavier burst possible.


    It should then clear again during the afternoon and evening.

    News on the hour 08:01: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Five thousand jobs will be created by the construction of the huge, deep-water terminal Liverpool2, it has been revealed.

    The £300m pound development at Seaforth is due to be completed next year.

    To listen to the bulletin, click here.

    Thursday hello 08:00: Tom Airey BBC News

    Morning folks, I'm here to bring you Merseyside's news, sport, weather and travel updates for Thursday.

    If you'd like to share your pictures and comments, email, tweet @bbcmerseyside or post a message on Facebook.




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