Birkenhead man denies mosque blasts terrorist plot

A man has denied making improvised explosives and plotting to blow up mosques and Islamic centres.

Ian Forman, 42, of Shavington Avenue in Prenton, Birkenhead is charged with engaging in the conduct in the preparation of terrorist acts on or before 6 June.

He appeared via videolink at Kingston Crown Court earlier.

He was remanded in custody until his trial, also to be held at Kingston Crown Court and scheduled for 3 March.

Mr Forman was arrested on 5 September by officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit over concerns about chemical and explosive substances at a house in Wirral.

He is charged under section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.

He is accused of possessing potassium nitrate, sulphur and charcoal, making and testing improvised explosive devices, and creating spreadsheets reflecting prices and stockists of the chemicals required.

Mr Forman is also accused of researching mosques and Islamic centres, labelling saved photographs of them "targets" and expressing an intention of "blowing them up" with the use of nails and ball bearings.

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    On air at the weekend 17:36: BBC Radio Merseyside

    As Simon Glinn leaves his job as executive director of Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (pictured) after 11 years he will share his choice of music on The Popular Music Show midnight on Sunday.

    Royal Phil

    Simon, the new chief executive of Buxton Opera House and Arts Centre, has always been a powerful champion of music on Merseyside.

    He will also tell Roger Hill some of the experiences which made his time in Liverpool significant.

    Queues on M6 after accident 17:31:

    BBC Travel News reports that travel time on the M6 is 60 minutes following an earlier accident. The queues are southbound between Junction 20 (Lymm Interchange) and 19 (Knutsford.)

    Congestion stretches as far back as Junction 23 (Haydock).

    Animal circus extends Wirral stay 17:23: Wirral Globe
    What do you think? 17:19:

    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.

    Road trip for Alder Hey 17:17:

    Two former servicemen have left Buckingham Palace on a 15,000 mile motorbike trek round Europe for charities, including Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

    Charity motorbike ride

    Harry Glover and Pete Bray (pictured) aim to take in 26 European capital cities.

    Mr Glover's daughter is due to have surgery at the children's hospital in the autumn.

    St. Helens assault appeal 17:10:

    A 24-year-old man suffered series injuries to his face when he was assaulted by three men in St. Helens on a night out.

    Merseyside Police has just released details about the attack around 03:30 on 12 July in Westfield Street.

    Det Con Victoria Grant, said: "This was a really nasty and unprovoked attack on a young man who had been enjoying his first night out in St Helens." She said he had to undergo surgery.

    Commonwealth Games reaction 17:03: via Facebook

    Simon Hoban asked if you backed calls to bring the 2026 Commonwealth Games to Liverpool.

    Tony Cook says: The legacy from Manchester's commonwealth games in 2002 was fantastic sporting facilities in the North West, both swimming and cycling excelled in the country following them games, a stadium was eventually home to future Premier League champions with multi billionaire owners, Liverpool would be an ideal city to host the games, we have a superb infrastructure already in place and would attract more investment into the best city in the world!

    Jimmy O'Brien says: Went for a couple of days, great atmosphere and what a boost to the economy, Glasgow was buzzin.

    Dawn Dixon says: so long as they don't employ girls in pyjamas and curlers at the medal ceremony..then yes bring it to Liverpool! It would be amazing!

    Very slow on M57 16:59:

    BBC Travel News reports very slow traffic on the M57 northbound between Junction 6, (Kirkby) and Junction 7 (M58).

    news on the hour 16:55: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline at 17:00 tells how a football fan who went to an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough two years before the 1989 disaster described how overcrowded it was on the terraces.

    Dry and clear 16:47:

    Showers begin to ease and there will be clear spells to start the night.

    BBC weather

    Cloud thickens from the south during the early hours, with outbreaks of rain becoming persistent and heavy by dawn.

    Pride bus delays 16:41:

    Several bus routes will changed in Liverpool city centre tomorrow due to the Liverpool Pride event.

    Merseytravel emails to advise people to check before they travel and be prepared for delays caused by the live event.

    Some diversions will be place all day, with Lime Street, Queen Square Bus Station, Sir Thomas Street, North John Street, Lord Street, James Street and Mann Island closed between 11:00 and 13:30 while the parade takes place.

    Gold for Crosby's Purvis 16:36:

    Crosby's Dan Purvis (pictured) has taken gold in the gymnastics at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on the parallel bars.

    Dan Purvis

    Purvis also won silver with his Scottish colleagues in the team event on Wednesday.

    Campaign to save building 16:31: Warrington Guardian
    Coming up 16:26: Graham Liver North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30, we'll be reporting on the twist in the saga of Knowl View - the residential school where former MP Sir Cyril Smith was alleged to have abused young boys.

    We're looking at how the region is marking 100 years since the start of World War One.

    And we will share the joy of Hannah Whelan's hat trick of medals at the Commonwealth Games.

    Happy Birthday David James 16:19:

    Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James is celebrating his 44th birthday today.

    David James

    James claimed his attraction to playing computer games affected his concentration.

    He later rebuilt his career to become England's first choice keeper.

    Slow traffic in Warrington 16:08:

    According to BBC Travel News, there's very slow traffic on Winwick Road in Warrington between Longford Street and Long Lane.

    Traffic's also very slow at Mersey Street at the Barbauld Street junction in the town.

    On air 16:00: Simon Hoban BBC Radio Merseyside

    On Drive tonight, The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson calls a peace vigil for Sunday and asks for people of all faiths to come together (without banners and placards) to hope for peace.

    Colin Parry

    You'll hear from him and also Colin Parry (pictured), whose son was killed in the Warrington bombing on what might be learned from the Northern Ireland experience..

    Would you welcome the Commonwealth Games to Liverpool? There's a call for the event to come here in 2026. Has the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow caught your imagination?

    News on the hour 15:57: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline at 16:00 tells how a football fan who went to an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough two years before the 1989 disaster described how overcrowded it was on the terraces.

    Rain forces marquee move 15:49:

    Whats On in StHelens tweets: Due to the wet weather we are moving acts to marquees in Church St & Church Sq and @ChurchSquareSC @hardshawcentre

    Summer streets poster
    Major delays on M6 15:40:

    BBC Travel News says there's queuing traffic on the M6 southbound between Junction 20, (Lymm Interchange) and Junction 19, (Knutsford), because of an accident earlier on. Congestion stretches back to Junction 28, (Leyland).

    Hillsborough PC's 'changed statement' 15:34: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    A police officer's recollection it was "obvious" a crowd gathered outside the Hillsborough stadium would not fit inside was removed from a later statement, the new inquests into the 1989 disaster has heard.

    Hillsborough scarves

    PC Harold Guest, whose written statements were read to the inquests, told the 1989 Taylor Inquiry there was "sufficient" room for the fans outside.

    He was asked about the "apparent contradiction" between his earlier statement and his Taylor evidence.

    Mr Guest denied that he "knew there was going to be a crush inside the ground".

    Trio return for Warrington 15:27:

    Warrington's squad for tonight's away match at Catalan Dragons has been boosted by the return of three players.

    Matty Russell

    Michael Monaghan, Trent Waterhouse and Simon Grix all return to Tony Smith's squad for the rugby league Super League clash in Perpignan.

    But full back Matty Russell (pictured) misses the game after suffering a concussion in Sunday's surprise home defeat by Wakefield, the club's second consecutive Super League loss.

    Cricket pavilion's new start 15:18:

    Owzat? A project to build a new pavilion for Whitefield Cricket Club on Court Hey Park in Huyton has got underway.

    Pavilion demolition Huyton

    Knowsley councillors joined the demolition of the existing pavilion to make way for a more accessible building, which will be completed in autumn 2015.

    Janice Long's award from LIPA 15:13:

    Listen to Janice Long again on BBC Radio 2 on the IPlayer after she was in Liverpool collecting a special award at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts from Paul McCartney.

    Janice Long

    She also spoke to two former students, Eugene McGuinness and Dan Croll.

    News on the hour 14:59: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline at 15:00 is from the Hillsborough inquests, where a football fan who went to an FA Cup semi-final at Sheffield Wednesday's ground two years before the 1989 disaster has described how overcrowded it was on the terraces.

    Anti-hate crime campaign launched 14:54:

    More from BBC News Online on the start of a new anti-hate crime initiative in Merseyside.

    Anthony Walker and Michael Causer.

    The Hate Crime Strategy is aimed at raising awareness of such crimes and promoting support available to victims.

    It was started to coincide with the anniversaries of the deaths of murder victims Anthony Walker (pictured, left) and Michael Causer (right).

    Chester's pre-season hopes 14:44: Chester Chronicle
    Suarez appeal to be heard 14:39: Mike Hughes BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Luis Suarez will have his appeal against a four-month ban for biting heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport next week.

    Luis Suarez

    The former Liverpool striker, now at Barcelona, has been granted an 'express hearing' so that a decision is reached before the start of the Spanish season.

    Birds die from avian botulism 14:35:

    More than 130 birds have died from avian botulism in parks across Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Staffordshire, the RSPCA has said.

    ill swan

    RSPCA officers have found the bodies of swans, Canada geese, coots and ducks and have collected about 30 dead birds from Birkenhead Park in Merseyside.

    Hillsborough fan's warning 14:28:

    A football fan who attended an FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough two years before the 1989 disaster said a disaster could have occurred at the match he attended.

    Liverpool gates

    Leeds United fan Ferenc Morath wrote to the Home Office after the tragedy in 1989 saying the Leppings Lane pen was so overcrowded at his game he could not lift his hands above his head.

    Older fans and those with children were distressed, he said.

    In his letter he warned: "It does appear that rather than learn from their mistakes, they [police and stewards] appear to have [let] the situation deteriorate."

    Trio of opera stars 14:13: Claire Minter BBC Radio Merseyside

    Three Samoan New Zealand opera students who are coming to Liverpool in November and are supporting Britain's favourite tenor Alfie Boe on his tour are my guests.

    Billy Butler's on air now.

    Charity's first birthday 14:06:

    A Toxteth charity which supports more than 1,900 young people has celebrated its first birthday.

    Toxteth fit hub

    Toxteth Fire Fit Hub, on Upper Warwick Street boasts "world class" sporting facilities for the city.

    "This celebration is a great opportunity for us to shout from the rooftops what an amazing place we have and how we can support young people," said managing director Sara Lawton, recently named Merseyside Woman of the Year.

    News on the hour 13:58: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline at 14:00 is the call from Merseyside Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy that victims of hate crime should not suffer in silence.

    Her new hate crime strategy includes a 24/7 helpline run by charity to Stop Hate UK.

    Thief who stole from man, 95, jailed 13:51:

    A woman has been jailed for a year for stealing nearly £13,000 from a 95-year-old man who thought she was his friend.

    Pamela Cooper, 71, from Warrington, helped the man with chores and shopping but when his wife went into care she stole money from his account.

    Peaky Blinders returns soon 13:42:

    Returning to BBC Two this autumn - Peaky Blinders - which was part shot in Liverpool.

    Peaky blinders

    Check out the teaser trail for series two.

    Knowsley anti-social behaviour success 13:30: BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police says cases of anti-social behaviour in Merseyside are down by almost 300 in April to June this year compared to the same period last year.

    Coming up on North West Today 13:19: BBC North West Today

    The headlines this Friday lunchtime include concerns for the welfare of severely disabled adults in Salford as spending cuts hit specialist transport services.

    And protesters are planning to picket the site of a news lap dancing club in Liverpool's gay quarter ahead of the Liverpool Pride festival this weekend.

    The council's given it the go-ahead but opponents fear it could increase anti-social behaviour and hate crime in the area.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

    Whistleblower treatment 'often shocking' 13:08:

    The treatment of employees in public services who have raised concerns about wrongdoing has often been "shocking", a group of MPs has said.

    The Hillsborough disaster

    The Commons Public Accounts Committee said whistleblowers had often been subjected to bullying and harassment.

    Its report called for whistleblowers to be offered legal and counselling help and for "swift sanctions" to be imposed on staff who victimised them.

    The "important" role whistleblowers had played in uncovering details about the Hillsborough disaster (pictured) and the Mid Staffordshire NHS trust scandal was highlighted.

    News on the hour 12:58: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline at 13:00 is a new crackdown on hate crime's been unveiled by Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy.

    The launch of the Hate Crime Strategy's kick-starting two weeks of action aimed at raising awareness of the problem, ways of tackling it and promoting the support available to victims.

    Jane Kennedy says attacks are often completely unprovoked.

    Local stories from WW1 12:51:

    BBC North West Tonight tweets: Discover more local stories from a global conflict - #WW1AtHome

    BBC promo
    Appeal for mourners after man's death 12:44: BBC Radio Merseyside

    A St. Helens man - who died last week - could have no friends or family at his funeral.

    The council are desperately trying to get in touch with Darryl Rumbold's relatives, or people who knew him, before next Thursday.

    The 34-year-old died at Parr Nursing home, but has no-one close to him in the town. It's thought he may have relatives in Surrey.

    Merseyside boxers' bouts 12:33: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    In the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this afternoon 25-year-old Sam Maxwell (pictured) meets Scotland's Josh Taylor in the light welterweights at 14:08. Maxwell defeated Olympic champion Manoj Kumar in the quarter-finals.

    Sam Maxwell

    Also in action is Anthony Fowler. He fights Benny Muziyo of Zambia at 21:20. Fowler got a call off Carl Froch following his quarter-final win, a bout Fowler compared to a "sparring session".

    Fight against dog-free beach 12:28: Wirral Globe
    Your selfie mates 12:22: via Facebook

    Sean Styles asked you to send pictures with your best friends and you didn't let him down.

    Mike Boardman says: Wedding selfie.

    FB Radio Merseyside

    Niecey Pendlebury says My sisters are my best friends. We are so alike in our ways yet all very different. Love them with all my heart. (But Zoë has never forgiven me for ripping her Phillip Schooled poster!!) x

    FB Radio Merseyside
    Disabled hate crime plea 12:17:

    Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy tweets: 90% of people with a disability experience #hate in their lives yet only 4% of reported #hatecrime relate to disability @stophateuk

    Traffic chaos after accident 12:12: Southport Visiter
    Mayor's Gaza vigil pleas 12:07:

    The Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson (pictured) is calling on people to attend a peace vigil at St George's Plateau at 11:00 on Sunday.

    Joe Anderson

    It will be addressed by faith and community leaders and will urge an end to the bloodshed.

    "However small an act this might be, it is a big message from Liverpool in calling for an end to this war," he said.

    Anti-social behaviour campaign 12:00:

    Special constables in Knowsley have been working to prevent anti-social behaviour.

    Knowsley specials

    Operation Cherub has 45 special constables embedded with local neighbourhood policing teams in districts that had problems with anti-social behaviour.

    "We have found this operation has made a real difference to the level of anti-social behaviour in the area," said Insp Tami Garvey-Jones.

    News on the hour 11:55: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline at 12:00 is the unveiling of a new hate crime strategy on Merseyside which includes round-the-clock support for victims.

    It will kick start a fortnight of events raising awareness, which include the anniversaries of the deaths of Anthony Walker and Michael Causer, both victims of hate crime

    Lukaku's German debut 11:45: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Everton's record signing Romelu Lukaku (pictured) will make his debut in the friendly against SC Paderborn in Germany.

    Chelsea forward Romelu Lukaku

    The striker be presented to the fans at Leon Osman's testimonial against Porto on Sunday.

    Seventy-eight attacks on prison staff 11:38: Liverpool Echo
    Coming up 11:34: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    We're talking the single room supplement today as at least two of our local councils have had to find hundreds of thousands of pounds of extra cash to help people affected by changes to housing benefit.

    Local authorities were given a pot of government money from which to make "discretionary housing payments".

    Knowsley and Liverpool have had to top this up from other funds because of high demand.

    Also we will hear why Norman Baker, the minister in charge of regulating animal experiments in the UK says wants to see an end to all testing.

    Listen from 12:00.

    Liverpool bid for games 11:28:

    Liverpool would be a "superb location" for the 2026 Commonwealth Games Ukip North West MEP Paul Nuttall has said.

    Commonealth Games 2014 opening ceremony

    He added: "No city in the country has such fantastic sporting credentials and it is also in an easy to reach location not just from within the UK but all over the world."

    Mr Nuttall said he is writing to Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson to enlist his support.

    He said this year's Glasgow games (pictured) had brought in £52m for the Scottish economy.

    Arrest in Norris Green 11:22:

    A man has been arrested after reports that a man had a gun in Norris Green on Thursday.

    Merseyside Police said the 25-year-old was searched and found to have an imitation gun hidden in his trousers.

    He has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an imitation firearm.

    Peace campaigner praise for McGuinness 11:15: Warrington Guardian
    Best friends? 11:11: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    Here's mine and Hattie's selfie for Friendship Day this weekend. Tell us about your best mates and share any photos of your mates on Facebook.

    Sean and Hattie
    Policing with pride 11:06:

    Merseyside Police officers will be taking part in this year's Liverpool Pride parade on Saturday under the banner "Police with Pride".

    Uniformed officers will march alongside members of civilian staff with Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy and her Deputy Ann O'Byrne.

    It's the fourth year the force has participated and they will be joined by colleagues from from Cheshire, Lancashire and Greater Manchester forces.

    Hate crime crackdown 11:02: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at the launch of the new 24/7 support service for victims of hate crime which has been started by Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy (pictured).

    Jane Kennedy hate crime
    News on the hour 10:55: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline in the 11:00 bulletin is a new crackdown on hate crime's been unveiled by Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner.

    The launch of the strategy is kick-starting two weeks of action aimed at raising awareness of the problem, ways of tackling it and promoting support available to victims.

    Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy says attacks are often completely unprovoked.

    Courage of bone cancer boy 10:46: St Helens Star
    Hate crime crackdown 10:42:

    Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy has started a round-the-clock support service for victims of hate crime.

    Anthony Walker and Michael Causer

    The launch of the Hate Crime Strategy is part of a fortnight of action aimed at raising awareness and finding solutions.

    It marks the anniversaries of the deaths of Anthony Walker (pictured left) and Michael Causer (right).

    Mr Walker was murdered in a racist attack in 2005 while Mr Causer's family say his murder in 2008 was homophobic.

    Give us your views 10:33:

    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.

    Fara's caps record 10:25:

    England midfielder Fara Williams (pictured) says it will be a "great honour" to win a record-breaking 130th cap in Sunday's friendly against Sweden.

    Fara Williams

    The Liverpool midfielder would become England's most capped player, passing Rachel Yankey's total, if selected at Hartlepool United's Victoria Park.

    Day on the tiles? 10:20:

    The splendid Minton-tiled floor at Liverpool's St George's Hall will be revealed for public viewing on Saturday.

    Minton-tiled floor

    When the priceless mosaic floor, consisting of 30,000 tiles, was uncovered to mark the hall's centenary in 1954, more than 100,000 people queued to see it.

    Lord Mayor Coun Erica Kemp (pictured) is doing her bit to keep it clean.

    Talking friends 10:16: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm taking about friends.

    Well, this Sunday is apparently Friendship Day, so this morning I simply want to hear about yours.

    Tell me about your best mates. You can call me on 0151 709 9333 and listen live here.

    Avian botulism kills birds 10:11: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    An outbreak of avian botulism has led to the death of more than 50 birds at Birkenhead Park, the RSPCA has confirmed.

    I'm looking into the story.

    Drug suspect arrested 'walking dog' 10:06: Liverpool Echo
    Murder appeal 20 years on 10:02:

    Merseyside Police tweets: 20th Anniversary Of Death Of Leslie Woodward, the family is urging anyone who has info to come forward.

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

    Our main headline in the 10:00 bulletin is BBC Radio Merseyside's been told the £260m regeneration of Anfield is ahead of schedule.

    News of the progress comes as the last house on Lothair Road has been knocked down.

    Anfield regeneration 09:51: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been to Anfield, where people who were a bit cynical about regeneration a few years ago - can see the diggers and building equipment (pictured).

    Anfield demolition

    BBC Radio Merseyside has been told the £260m regeneration is ahead of schedule. The last home in Lothair Road has been knocked down.

    Garden centre uprooted 09:47:

    One of Merseyside's oldest garden centres is to close after more than 80 years.

    Sally Cornellison

    Sally Cornellison (pictured), granddaughter of the founder of Gateacre Garden Centre in south Liverpool said it was "the hardest decision" to make.

    She said it could not compete with big out-of-town centres, which have become destinations in their own right.

    Special Giants programme 09:43: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    It's hard to believe on this drizzly grey August day that it's just five days since the Giants sailed off from a sunny Liverpool.

    Giant Grandmother

    But you can re-live all the excitement by watching Liverpool's Giant War, a special programme on BBC One next Tuesday at 19:00, presented by Sue Johnston..

    It tells the story of the Liverpool Pals who died in World War One.

    Wolves face Catalan Dragons 09:38: Warrington Guardian
    Braving the rain 09:35:

    Councillor Ann O'Byrne shares the pain of BBC Radio Merseyside's Marc Gaier in Anfield with her tweet: A bit of a technical hitch with the brolly!

    Marc Gaier
    Snap, crackle and heritage 09:32:

    We reported that a historic Liverpool warehouse threatened with demolition has been saved after it was granted Grade II listed status.

    heap mill

    But we did not know about Heap's Rice Mill (pictured), on Beckwith Street, was the warehouse that fed countless breakfasts for the nation's children.

    Peter Brown, chairman of Merseyside Civic Society told the BBC that it was also the warehouse which stored the rice for the popular cereal Rice Krispies. He said it has "great heritage potential."

    Saints' injury woes 09:23:

    St. Helens will be without two players for tonight's away match at Hull FC in the rugby league Super League.

    Jon Wilkin

    The league leaders are without scrum-half Luke Walsh for the rest of the season after he broke his fibula in last week's win over Widnes.

    Second-rower Jon Wilkin (pictured) is out with a shoulder injury and there is no date set for his return.

    More mind bending lyrics 09:06: via Facebook

    Paul Salt has been asking for your baffling song lyrics.

    Fran Stellman says: And if you want some fun, say OBLA-DI BLA DA!!!!

    Debbie Thompson says: Happy Mondays step on, 'your twisting my melon man' eh? Marvellous song though even if it does have daft lyrics.

    Paul Roberts says: dean friedman's 1978 hit, Lucky Star has a really naf lyric in it, which goes "listen hun, I know you're dumb, but that's OK, you don't have to look so glum". also Change of Heart by change "I Have Opened Up My Eyes, Now I can see clearly".

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    news on the hour 08:55: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline in the 09:00 bulletin is BBC Radio Merseyside's been told the £260m regeneration of Anfield is ahead of schedule.

    News of the progress comes as the last house on Lothair Road has been knocked down.

    Lorry queue cleared 08:51:

    BBC Travel News says the disruption has cleared which was caused by a broken down lorry on Edge Lane Drive inbound in Old Swan at the Mill Lane junction.

    Liverpool lap dance club protest 08:41:

    Campaigners against a new lap dancing club in the middle of Liverpool's gay quarter are staging a protest later.

    Stanley Street

    Paradise has already been told it can open on Stanley Street, but there are fears the among the lesbian and gay community it could lead to hate crime in the area.

    Coun Steve Radford said the council's hands are tied because of licensing regulations, but it will take action if there's trouble.

    Baffling song lyrics 08:30: Paul Salt BBC Radio Merseyside

    "I am the egg man they are the egg men... I am the walrus" - yes we're talking odd lyrics as the Beatles have been pipped to the number one slot in a poll by The Killers (pictured) with: "Are we human or are we dancer?"

    The Killers

    So what lyrics have left you scratching your head over the years? Get in touch via Facebook and listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

    Lukaku: I'm a better player 08:24:

    Everton's new £28m signing Romelu Lukaku (pictured) believes signing for the club will make him a world-class player.

    Romelu Lukaku

    The club's record-breaking signing from Chelsea said his loan spell at Goodison Park last season has already improved his game. Belgium's World Cup striker said he's a better player with his "back to goal".

    Anfield revamp on course 08:17:

    Liverpool City Council says the regeneration of Anfield (pictured) is running ahead of schedule.

    Anfield generic

    The news comes as as the last house on Lothair Street has been knocked down.

    A £260m plan was approved in April to end nearly a decade of stalled regeneration.

    Broken down lorry queues 08:12:

    BBC Travel News says there's queuing traffic on Edge Lane Drive inbound in Old Swan at the Mill Lane junction, because of a broken down lorry and recovery work.

    News on the hour 08:09: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our main headline at 08:00 included at least two of our local councils have had to find hundreds of thousands of pounds of extra cash to help people affected by changes to housing benefit.

    Morning showers 08:07:

    BBC Weather reports showers or rain will soon spread from the west this morning, heavy at times.

    Weather forecast

    The rain should start to ease and clear later this afternoon, with a fine evening for most parts.

    Good morning 08:00: Paul Burnell BBC News

    Hello everyone, I'm here with all your news, weather, travel and sports updates throughout the day.

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

    I look forward to hearing from you.



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