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17 April 2014 Last updated at 11:29

'Pals army' wanted for puppet showVolunteers for the Liverpool Pals

The company behind a giant puppet event in Liverpool marking 100 years since World War One, start to "recruit an army" of locals for the show.

Jason Osu Life terms for 'brutal' shooting

Three men are jailed for life for the murder of a man shot dead in a "targeted attack" as he parked his car.

Jason Puncheon and Scott DannEverton slip up in race for fourth

Everton hand the initiative back to Arsenal in the race for fourth as they suffer a surprise 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace. BBC Sport

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    Disabled access 12:30: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    A report by charity Vitalise has criticised top tourist attractions for their lack of disabled access. While some on Merseyside have ranked highly others could do better. You don't have to be disabled, it can be tough for the elderly to get around some places. What are your experiences? Get in touch via email, Facebook or Twitter.

    Slow on viaduct 12:21:

    There's very slow traffic in both directions on the M6 in Cheshire on the Thelwall viaduct, between junction 20, the Lymm interchange and junction 21, for Woolston. The delays are due to roadworks in the area.

    More travel news here.

    In the army now 12:15: Simon Moffatt Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been meeting some of the more than 300 army cadets from across the country who're taking part in a parade and musical demonstration at Altcar training camp in Formby.

    Army cadets

    It's the 10th year it's been held there and is part of a week-long series of events.

    News on the hour 11:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 12:00:

    • The South Korean coastguard has suggested it is possible some people could still be alive trapped in air-pockets inside the ferry which sank 24 hours ago
    • Cheshire police are advising women on nights out to stay with their friends and take extra care after they arrested a man over an alleged sex assault
    • A new report finds some tourist attractions are failing visitors with disabilities
    How MPs get name checked 11:48:

    There can't be a much better feeling as a backbench MP than being namechecked (in a good way) during a high-profile Commons occasion.

    The Queen tends not to get involved in such detailed matters when opening Parliament, so the next best thing would be a pat on the back from the chancellor during the Budget.

    Body thought to be missing student 11:41: BBC News

    A body found in the River Mersey in Liverpool is believed to be that of a missing Leeds student, according to West Yorkshire Police.

    Aamir Qudeer, 21, was last seen in Liverpool on 26 February, after he had been reported missing from Bradford.

    Coming up 11:36: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    Also, would we work better if we had a four-day weekend? Work is important, but so is fun. In a world of mobile phones and drones, people are right to wonder why they are still working so hard. The past century saw huge technological advances and yet there hasn't been a corresponding increase in leisure time: people are working as hard as ever.

    The Easter break lasts for four days; couldn't every weekend be like this?

    And The Catholic Church in England and Wales has turned down a request by church members for the results of a survey on sexual ethics, commissioned by Pope Francis, to be made public.

    Our Religious Affairs Correspondent Robert Piggott has been to Liverpool to meet Catholics who've struggled with what they say are outdated rules.

    coming up 11:33: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today, I'm looking at pensions as pensioners may be given estimates of how long they have left to live to help them manage their savings, according to the Pensions minister.

    Steve Webb says people often "underestimate how long they're going to live" and this advice would help them decide how much they need to be saving. He's promised that the plans would not be "crass and insensitive" .

    But do you want someone to tell you when you're going to die?

    Two men arrested 11:17:

    Cheshire Police tweets: 2 males arrested from the Widnes area earlier on suspicion of going equipped to steal (FCC) -

    NEWS on the hour 10:57: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 11:00:

    • The Co-op Group has announced the worst results in its 150-year history
    • A Runcorn man's been arrested by detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in the town
    • An ambitious plan to turn one of Liverpool's concrete eyesores into an urban park are moving a step closer
    Walton sextuplets 10:44: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    Like me I'm sure lots of you will have followed the lives of the Walton sextuplets on TV - they were the world's first surviving sextuplets.

    Walton sextuplets

    We've watched them grow up in a number of documentaries, the picture below is from a BBC one in 2001, and the latest programme on tonight sees the girls turn 30.

    I've been chatting to their parents Janet and Graham. Get in touch via Facebook, Twitter or email us at

    Anfield expansion 10:34: Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool FC chairman Tom Werner believes another "important step" has been taken towards expanding Anfield after a legal agreement was signed with Liverpool City Council and Your Housing Group.

    Shankley gates at Anfield

    The 'heads of terms' document paves the way for the proposed £260million scheme to regenerate the Anfield area.

    Band camp 10:27:

    North West of England and the Isle of Man Reserve Forces tweets: @bbcmerseyside reporting live from the Cadet Force Band Camp at Altcar Training Camp 0825hrs @CadetForceBands #cfb #inspiretoachieve

    If you missed it you can listen again on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    What do you think? 10:21:

    What do you think of BBC Local Live? We'd like your feedback about this service.

    We've introduced BBC Local Live to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place. Tell us what you think.

    NEWS on the hour 09:59: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 10:00:

    • A Runcorn man's been arrested by detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in the town
    • The company behind the return of the giant puppets to the streets of Liverpool in the summer is looking for people to be a part of the show
    • Everton boss Roberto Martinez says he remains encouraged about his side's chances of securing a top-four finish despite the 3-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace
    Youth music 09:55: Jerry Chester BBC News, North West

    Really proud of my daughter who's part of the National Youth Orchestra - they're playing their first ever concert in Liverpool tonight at the Philharmonic Hall.

    Tilly Chester on a bus

    Tilly Chester tweets: On the coach on the way to the first @NYOGB concert in liverpool :-)

    New cycle storage 09:39: St Helens Star
    Latest updates
    • Serious sex assault: Man arrested in Runcorn
    • Concrete eyesore: Urban parks plan
    • Listen: BBC Radio Merseyside
    Puppet Pals 09:29:

    The company behind a giant puppet event in Liverpool marking 100 years since World War One have started to "recruit an army" of locals for the show.

    There are 120 roles up for grabs, which Royal De Luxe said are open to "physically fit" adults.

    Volunteers for the Liverpool Pals

    They'll be part of the show dedicated to the WW1 Liverpool Pals battalions.

    Woman on motorway 09:21:

    NW Motorway Police tweets: Merseyside NWMPG blue-lighting to reports of an older female with a shopping trolley on the M62 J5-J6 Bowring Park.

    Best buildings 09:15:

    Four Merseyside buildings are up for an award from the Royal Institute of British Architects.

    The contenders are the Carmelite Monastery in West Derby, the new Everyman Theatre, Liverpool Central Library (below), and the Enterprise South Liverpool Academy in Garston.

    Liverpool Central Library

    The awards are announced tonight - what would be your nomination for the best building? Email us at

    Different songs fit 09:04: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's funny how two totally different songs can fit together really well! Even after the Beatles had split, they could still be part of each other's music. Earlier, I slowed down Imagine by John Lennon and overlaid it with Wings' Band On The Run.

    NEWS on the hour 08:58: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 09:00:

    • A Runcorn man's been arrested by detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in the town
    • An attack in north Liverpool has left a man with a number of injuries - thought to have been caused by a knife
    • Roberto Martinez insists Everton won't change their approach for the final four games of the season despite their Champions League hopes taking a dent last night
    Sex assault arrest 08:53: BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Runcorn man's been arrested by detectives investigating a serious sexual assault in the town.

    The alleged attack happened near Irwell Lane two weeks ago and the victim was a 26-year-old woman.

    Cheshire police are advising women on nights out to stay with their friends and be conscious of who is walking near to them.

    Everton defeated 08:46:

    Everton handed the initiative back to Arsenal in the race for fourth as their seven-match winning streak ended with a damaging defeat to Crystal Palace.

    Jason Puncheon and Scott Dann

    Defeat means they remain fifth, a point behind the Gunners, with four matches remaining.

    Good morning 08:27: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Good morning! Almost Easter! Working on the pension story today, as we may be given estimates for our date of death so we know how much to save for old age. Would you want to know?

    Also, The Farm and The Christians are named as the headline acts for Liverpool's first Rock n Roll marathon next month.

    Heart start 08:21: Liverpool Echo

    The roll-out of life-saving defibrillators to every school in Wirral is set to begin today.

    The machines will be installed thanks to a donation from the Wirral Schools' Forum, working with Wirral Council and the Oliver King Foundation.

    Travel 08:11:

    BBC Travel News reports Okell Drive in Halewood is closed in both directions between the Church Road junction and the Harrier Drive junction, because of accident investigation work.

    Rather cloudy 08:10:

    BBC Weather says It'll be a rather cloudy day with some patchy rain and drizzle at times, especially in the morning. This afternoon it'll get drier and brighter.

    Good morning all 08:00:

    It's Jerry Chester here with Thursday's news, sport, travel and weather updates for Merseyside. If you'd like to share your comments or pictures, send them to or tweet us at @bbcmerseyside




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