Liverpool heroin raid: Man in court on drug charge

A man is due to appear in court charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs after a raid in Liverpool.

Perver Koker, 28, from Ida Road, Tottenham, London, will appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court later.

Heroin worth £4m was seized from a house in Upper Parliament Street, Liverpool, on Monday.

Four women from South Liverpool aged 28, 35, 38 and 58 also arrested, have been released on bail pending further inquiries, Merseyside Police said.

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    Talking justice in Wirral 17:56:

    Merseyside PCC tweets: The Deputy @ann_obyrne has been talking restorative justice at the launch of the #Wirral Neighbourhood Justice Scheme @wirralcouncil...

    Boxer Jonas in shock Games exit 17:52:

    Liverpool's Natasha Jonas has suffered a shock exit in the Women's Boxing Lightweight division. The 30-year-old was beaten by Australia's Shelley Watts, two points to one.

    Natasha Jonas

    Better news for Crosby gymnast's Dan Purvis and Frank Baines who helped create history by winning Scotland's first ever gymnastics medal, taking the silver. England took Gold.

    Barkley: 'I wanted to sign' 17:41:

    Everton's England midfielder Ross Barkley has said he "didn't take any persuading" to sign his new four-year deal with the club.

    Ross Barkley

    "Signing a new contract is a dream......this is a big thing for me," he said.

    And he added: "As soon as I got told about it I wanted to sign."

    Coming up on North West Tonight 17:29: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight, the latest from the Hillsborough inquests.

    Liverpool has played host to the International Festival of Business for the past five weeks - we'll ask how successful has it been?

    And Ross Barkley has signed a new four-year contract to stay at Goodison Park.

    Join Stuart Flinders and myself at 18:30

    Liverpool sign £10m striker Origi 17:18:

    Liverpool have signed Belgium striker Divock Origi from Lille for £10m.

    Divock Origi

    The 19-year-old has agreed a five-year contract but will remain at the French club on loan next season and move to Anfield in 2015.

    Dry with showers 17:11: Eno Eruotor Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    It's been a bit of a disappointingly cloudy afternoon with some light showers.

    weather graphic

    Tonight should be mostly dry with some showers returning by dawn and lows of 12C. It's a bit more unsettled tomorrow.

    Breezy and cloudier too with some sunshine and showers with a top temperature of 21C.

    News on the hour 17:00: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 17:00 include:

    • Police are hunting four youths who knocked down a 65-year-old man on a four-wheel bike on New Brighton promenade.

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    Motorway lane re-opened 16:53:

    BBC Travel reports: M56 lane re-opened on entry slip road westbound at J11, A56 (Preston Brook), because of an earlier broken down vehicle.

    Collymore race probe 'dropped' 16:36: Liverpool Echo
    Barkley signing 'big news' 16:27:

    Ross Barkley's signing of a new four-year deal is "big news" for Everton, said manager Roberto Martinez.

    Ross Barkley

    The 20-year-old scored six Premier League goals last season and was part of the England squad at the World Cup finals in Brazil.

    "This is as big news as we could get," said Martinez.

    Barkley signs new deal 16:15: Breaking News

    Everton midfielder Ross Barkley has signed a four-year contract extension with the club.

    News on the hour 16:00: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 16:00 include:

    • Police are hunting four youths who have ridden a four wheel bike into a pensioner on Wirral's New Brighton promenade

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    Have your say on HS2 15:53:

    Warrington Council tweets: Do you live or work in #Warrington? We need your views on how to help shape a new #HS2 liaison group. Get involved:

    Police photos of Giants 15:46:

    Merseyside Police tweets: #Giants Memories of august 2014-a montage of photos from the weekend: via @YouTube #giantspectacular

    Osman on air 15:40: James Mountford Radio Merseyside Sport

    I'll be talking to Everton's long-serving midfielder Leon Osman will be live on Radio Merseyside Sport tonight from 18:00.

    Leon Osman

    We'll be chatting about his Everton career, ahead of his testimonial match against Porto this Sunday.

    You'll be able to put your questions to Leon about his time at Goodison Park - email

    Patients face long waits 15:32: Warrington Guardian

    More than one in 10 patients in Warrington waited seven days or longer to see a GP the last time they tried, an official NHS survey has found.

    Painkillers warning 15:23:

    Strong morphine-based pain killers left on a bus could be "dangerous and even prove fatal" if taken by someone they weren't prescribed for, police are warning.

    Merseyside Police say the medication was left on the number 62 Arriva bus travelling on Green Lane towards Bootle on Monday morning.

    The drugs are called Zomorph and police say they should be handed in at a pharmacy or at a police station.

    Xolo lookalike 15:15:

    Xolo the dog was one of the hits of the weekend's Giants event in Liverpool and now he has a lookalike.

    Xolo and Gruff

    Graham Milsom, who says the Giants were "living art", has sent a picture of his beloved two-year-old lurcher Gruff, who has "a superb character and is incredibly friendly - he could be a Scouser".

    We're sure he's not the only Xolo lookalike, so why not send us pictures of your own via email, Facebook or Twitter?

    Happy with a silver 15:08:

    Crosby's Scottish gymnast Danny Purvis tweets: So happy to come away with the team silver at @CWG2014 Great team mates and such an amazing crowd and competition. Amazing support :)

    Daniel Purvis
    News on the hour 15:00: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 15:00 include:

    • A pensioner has died just days after being knocked down by a quadricycle in Wirral

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    Journalist and academic honoured 14:52:

    Liverpool-born BBC journalist Winifred Robinson has been awarded an honorary degree by Liverpool Hope University.

    Winifred Robinson

    Winifred is a presenter on the BBC Radio 4 show You and Yours.

    Also honoured at the ceremony at Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral was the academic Anne Lonsdale, who fights for the rights of exiled scholars.

    Drugs 'couriered' to Australia 14:45: Liverpool Echo

    A Liverpool drugs syndicate sent £11m of high-grade amphetamines halfway around the world through a courier system, Australian police have revealed.

    WW1 at home returns 14:38: BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: #WW1AtHome returns to BBC radio, TV and online from 4 August. Take a sneaky peek here

    BBC World War One at Home
    Restaurant wins smoke free award 14:30:

    The owner of a Liverpool restaurant which has been given an award for its smoke free outdoor area says he created it because people were "turned off by the huddle of smokers".

    Barbacoa staff

    Barbacoa's Gordon Tartt said: "Customers were complaining that the outside was becoming an al fresco smoking lounge, so we've created a place where people can eat and drink in a smoke free environment".

    The restaurant was given the Fresh Air award by the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, who said it was "the first smoke free beer garden that we're aware of and we would encourage other establishments to follow their lead".

    Crimestoppers are a charity 14:20:

    Merseyside PCC tweets: Most people don't know Crimestoppers is an independent charity. They are not the police. They help solve crimes...

    Donor 'never considered not helping' 14:08:

    The Australian cousin of a St. Helens teacher, who travelled to England to donate a kidney to her, has said it never occurred to her not to help.

    Paula Rowlett and Lynley Everest

    The family of Paula Rowlett, 32, were asked if they would be willing to donate after her kidneys failed and Lynley Everest, 40, stepped forward despite living more than 10,000 miles (16,000km) away.

    Ms Everest said: "A lot of people asked me 'when did you decide?'. But it didn't ever occur to me not to do this."

    News on the hour 13:59: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 14:00 include:

    • A pensioner has died just days after being knocked down by a quadricycle in Wirral

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    CCTV released after man dies 13:51:

    A CCTV image has been released of four youths police want to interview after a 65-year-old man was knocked down by a quadricycle.

    CCTV image

    Police say a couple in the 60s were walking their dogs along the pedestrian promenade in New Brighton on 22 July when the incident happened.

    The man, who had underlying health issues, needed hospital treatment for injuries including "head trauma", a spokesman said.

    Merseyside Police say the man has since died. His death is being treated as "unexplained".

    Talking music and love 13:41: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    Music and love are today's subjects on the show.

    I'll be joined by James House, who is a country singer from Nashville appearing in Liverpool this week.

    And relationship charity OnePlusOne have launched a nationwide search for the nation's 'Love Nuggets' - displays of affection that we show each other every day.

    You can listen live on BBC Radio Merseyside from 2pm.

    Foster carers appeal 13:33:

    St. Helens Council tweets: Could you offer a home to siblings? #SHelens is looking for #foster carers for brothers & sisters -

    Coming up 13:22: Stuart Flinders BBC North West Tonight

    On North West Today, an officer who was in the police control box during the Hillsborough disaster is accused of lying to the original inquiry.

    And the Giants event in Liverpool has been heralded as a success by the city council after around a million people came to the city to see the marionettes.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

    Panto stars revealed 13:17:

    Halton Council tweets: This week we reveal the stars of this year's @Thebrindley panto - Watch this space and local press for details

    Snow White
    PC 'never lied' about request 13:08: Ben Schofield Hillsborough reporter

    The officer whose note of a police radio request from officers at Hillsborough to close a tunnel which led to the central pens "vanished from the record" has told the inquests into the disaster he was not ordered to remove it.

    PC Trevor Bichard, the police's CCTV operator in the control box at the stadium, wrote in an initial log that a request to shut the tunnel had been made, but the note did not appear in his second version or in his evidence at the Taylor Inquiry and the original inquests.

    Mr Bichard told the inquests he "never lied" about the note, adding "nobody has instructed me to lie".

    He said he "always had honestly held beliefs. I'm not saying that I'm right with everything, but my beliefs have always been honestly held".

    News on the hour 13:00: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 13:00 include:

    • A community worker in Sefton says voluntary groups would lose their appeal if they received council tax discounts

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    HS2 liaison group to form 12:50:

    Warrington needs to act now to maximise the local benefits of the proposed HS2 rail line, the council says.

    Still from HS2 animation

    The council wants representatives from community groups, parish councils, businesses, the voluntary sector, academia and environmental groups to be members of an HS2 liaison group.

    Council leader Terry O'Neil said: "This group will play a very important part in making sure that our community understands the impact of HS2."

    CCTV released after club assault 12:41:

    CCTV images have been released of two men police want to question about an assault which left a woman with a broken arm and wrist.

    CCTV image

    The incident happened outside a nightclub on Stanley Street in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of Wednesday 5 June.

    Merseyside Police said after an argument with two men, the 36-year-old woman was pushed to the floor and her arm stood on several times.

    Listen to Leon 12:32: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The special guest on BBC Merseyside Sport will be Everton midfielder Leon Osman.

    Leon Osman

    Osman, who is in his testimonial year, will be talking about his career with the Toffees.

    You can listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside from 6pm.

    A weekend's worth of litter 12:23:

    A weekend's worth of litter collected from the streets has been put on display by St. Helens Council.

    Pile of litter

    The pile of litter was almost almost 8ft (2.4m) high - the council says it cost £1,759,713 to clean up litter off its streets last year.

    A new team of environmental wardens will be on patrol from August to ensure anyone who drops litter is made to pay for the mess they make, a spokesman says.

    Anti-social behaviour tackled 12:15:

    Merseyside PCC tweets: EVENT: The Deputy @ann_obyrne will this afternoon help to launch a new scheme designed to tackle ASB and lower...

    Hillsborough request 'vanished' 12:07: Ben Schofield Hillsborough reporter

    A note of a police radio request from officers at Hillsborough to close a tunnel which would have stopped fans entering the central pens "vanished from the record", the inquests into the disaster has heard.

    The message, from officers at the back of the Leppings Lane turnstiles requesting the gates be shut, featured in a log written by the police's CCTV operator in the stadium's control box, PC Trevor Bichard, on the day after the disaster.

    But the jury heard that it did not appear in Mr Bichard's second version of his log, nor did he mention it during his evidence at the Taylor Inquiry, or to the initial inquests into the disaster.

    News on the hour 12:00: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 12:00 include:

    • A major campaign aiming to get the HS2 rail project into Merseyside has been launched at Liverpool's Lime Street station

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    Party atmosphere goes on 11:54:

    Visit Liverpool tweets: The party atmosphere carries on in Liverpool with @LiverpoolPride on Sat 2 Aug

    Sonia and Pride flag
    Shell suit shocker 11:45:

    They were one of the clothing items that defined - or destroyed - late 80s and early 90s fashion and now the shell suit is to go on display at a Liverpool museum.

    Harry Enfield characters

    The fashion faux pas forms part of an exhibition called Drip Dry! Synthetic Fibres in Fashion at Sudley House, which runs until autumn 2015.

    They were memorably tied to Liverpool by Harry Enfield - who dressed his characters, The Scousers, in them - but did you wear them?

    We'd love to see any pictures of you in a shell suit or any other fashion disasters - you can send them to

    Reds to get 'winning mentality' 11:34:

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge says the team are a "young, hungry squad [who are] going to have that winning mentality" in the coming season.

    Daniel Sturridge

    The England forward told the club's website that Liverpool's new signings, which include fellow internationals Ricky Lambert and Adam Lallana, were "exciting players, young players, with experience of the Premier League".

    "We'll be an exciting squad, playing attacking football and that's the Liverpool way," he said.

    Fire safety advice 11:25:

    Cheshire Fire tweets: If you are in Ellesmere Port tomorrow come to the green area on Singleton Rd/Malpas Rd-1pm-4pm for fire safety advice

    Loopy bike rides 11:16:

    A special series of bike rides are taking place this summer on the Liverpool Loop Line, the city council says.

    Bikes for the unemployed

    The Loop Line (The Ralla) is a 10-mile path for walkers and cyclists along a disused railway line that runs from Halewood to Aintree and is part of the Trans Pennine Trail.

    To mark the 25th anniversary of the trail, a series of Choose Freedom bike rides are taking place every Thursday from this week until 28 August.

    Magic Muhamed moments 11:07:

    Everton tweets: PHOTO: New boy Muhamed Besic in action for Bosnia as a teenager. More career snaps here: #EFC

    Muhamed Besic
    News on the hour 11:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 11:00 include:

    • A major campaign aiming to get the HS2 rail project into Merseyside has been launched at Liverpool Lime Street

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    'Missed opportunities' 10:55: Ben Schofield Hillsborough reporter

    tweets: #Hillsborough: Trevor Bichard, PC inside control box, says 'opportunities were missed earlier on' by police.

    Teens spoken to over Stan tweets 10:49:

    Four teenage boys have been spoken to by police for making racist and abusive tweets to the ex-footballer Stan Collymore.

    Stan Collymore

    The former Liverpool player said he had been racially abused and sent death threats via Twitter between January and May.

    CI Steve Morrey said: "After inquiries were carried out, four juveniles were located and dealt with through restorative justice. Mr Collymore was aware of this and happy with the process."

    Voluntary car drivers needed 10:43:

    NWAS NHS Trust tweets: ..... for Voluntary Car Drivers being recruited in Cumbria, Lancashire, Cheshire and Merseyside! #NWASvolunteers

    Whiston death 10:35:

    A post-mortem on a man who was found in a house in Whiston has concluded that he died as a result of wounds to his neck and wrists.

    Martock in Whiston

    Tony Gibbons, 53, was found at a house on Martock in Whiston, on Sunday. Merseyside Police say enquiries are continuing and his death is being treated as "unexplained".

    A 55-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder in connection with the incident has been released on police bail pending further enquiries, a spokesman says.

    A giant dog's eye-view 10:28: BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Don't forget - pictures from our 'Xolo-cam' - camera mounted on Giant Dog in Liverpool.

    Dog cam
    Nollies in Norris Green 10:17:

    The first in a network of skate parks throughout Liverpool will be officially opened this week, the city council has announced.


    The park in Scargreen Recreation Ground, Norris Green, has been built using £1.5m of capital funding and follows a three month consultation with more than 1,000 young people to ensure the right facilities were built, the council says.

    The park will be opened by the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, on Thursday.

    Kidney donor's 10,000 mile journey 10:08:

    A college lecturer from St Helens is recovering in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital after her cousin took a 24-hour flight from Australia to donate a kidney to her.

    Lynley Everest and Paula Rowlett

    Paula Rowlett, 32, found she had kidney failure in March 2012 after going to the doctor with a throat infection.

    Lynley Everest, 40, offered to donate a kidney after visiting her cousin.

    "A lot of people asked me 'when did you decide?', but it didn't ever occur to me not to do this," she said.

    News on the hour 10:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 10:00 include:

    • Major public figures on Merseyside are at Liverpool Lime Street station launching a campaign to bring high speed rail to the city region.

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    Sniffing out an exhibition 09:51:

    Sniffer dogs from Manchester Airport are giving a demonstration of their skills at the Merseyside Maritime Museum on Thursday.

    Sniffer dog A sniffer dog in the US is helping officers clamp down on child abuse

    The event is linked to an exhibition called Seized!, which is about the work of the UK Border Force and the Customs Agency.

    Off road bike seized 09:42:

    MerPol Riverside tweets: Off road bike siezed on Mill St L8, rider arrested for driving offences. #operationbrookdale

    Off road bike
    Horses, trains and automobiles 09:34:

    Grand National winners have been honoured in some very unusual ways, including having pubs and trains named after them.

    Horse and train

    The name of this year's winner, Pineau de Re, has been added to the sign of the Worcestershire village where the horse lives.

    Aldaniti, one of the most celebrated winners, had a train named after him and there's a pub in Bishop Auckland called The Red Alligator, after the 1968 winner.

    Swimmer 'stronger for defeats' 09:25: BBC Radio Merseyside

    The father of double Commonwealth champion Fran Halsall says she doubted her ability after the London Olympics.

    Fran Halsall

    The Southport swimmer won the 50 metre butterfly and the 50 metre freestyle in Glasgow, but missed out on medals in 2012.

    Her dad Andrew says that was the inspiration for her to come back stronger.

    Get involved 09:19:

    MoorsidePark friends tweets: Just been interviewed by @bbcmerseyside about volunteering #GetInvolved

    Besic becomes a Blue 09:13:

    Everton have signed Ferencvaros midfielder Muhamed Besic for an undisclosed fee.

    Muhamed Besic

    The 21-year-old, who played in all of Bosnia-Hercegovina's matches at the World Cup, has agreed a five-year deal.

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez told the club's official website that Besic "is a young footballer who has developed massively in the last two seasons".

    Teens quizzed over car park fire 09:05:

    Three teenagers are being questioned by police over a suspected arson at a car park in Liverpool city centre on Saturday.

    Merseyside Police say two boys from Whiston and Huyton and a girl from Huyton, all aged 15, voluntarily attended at a police station on Merseyside.

    Emergency services were called to an underground car park in South John Street just after 19:00 after reports a shopping trolley with aerosols inside had been set on fire.

    News on the hour 09:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 09:00 include:

    • A Merseyside community worker says plans to give volunteers a council tax discount could create real problems

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside

    Arrests over "staged" collisions 08:53:

    Five people have been arrested on suspicion of fraud in Wirral as part of investigations into staged road traffic collisions, police say.

    Merseyside Police say two men, aged 28 and 41, and three woman, aged 38, 39 and 59, were arrested on Monday at addresses in Birkenhead, Prenton and Wallasey.

    The warrants were executed in relation to an alleged RTC in Wallasey in March 2013, a spokesman says.

    Britain's best and worst 08:45: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    On this morning's show, I'm asking what you think are the best and worst things about Britain and the British?

    Union Jack cupcake

    That's what the British Council has been asking people from countries including the US, Germany and China.

    Their survey found that people abroad think we eat and drink too much, but we're polite and have some great history and culture.

    Tell me what you think our best and worst characteristics are by calling 0151 709 9333 or texting 81333 with Mersey before your message.

    College fund helps youngsters 08:38: Warrington Guardian

    A fund launched by Priestley College has helped more than 120 young people on the way to making their dreams a reality.

    Smoke free award 08:30: BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Coming Up: An award for a Merseyside restaurant for making its outdoor seating area smoke free @Roy_Castle_Lung

    Barbacoa staff with award
    'Sadly missed' 08:22:

    A man who died after being found with injuries at a house in Whiston on Sunday has been named by police.

    Merseyside Police say the death of 54-year-old Tony Gibbons is still being treated as "unexplained".

    His family said he loved music and going out with friends to the local labour club and will be "sadly missed".

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    Beer garden smoking ban 08:13: Liverpool Echo

    A Merseyside restaurant has taken smoke-free dining one step further by banning smoking from their beer garden as well as inside their premises.

    Bidston busy 08:07:

    BBC Travel are reporting heavy traffic on A553 Hoylake Road in Bidston between St James Church and Tesco Roundabout.

    Sunshine to come 08:02:

    After some early sunshine, it will turn increasingly cloudy through the morning and there could be some outbreaks of mainly light rain.

    Weather graph

    The good news is that during the afternoon the cloud will tend to break allowing some bright or sunny spells to return - highs of 18C (64F).

    Good morning 08:00: Jerry Chester BBC News, North West

    Welcome to Tuesday - I'll be here with all the latest news, sports, travel and weather for Merseyside.

    I'd love to hear from you and see your photos - you can send them to or tweet us at @bbcmerseyside.



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