Hillsborough 25th anniversary service tickets released

Fans holding scarves at 24th Hillsborough memorial service Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup match at Hillsborough in 1989

Tickets for a service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster have been released.

The Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG) event, taking place at Liverpool's Anfield Stadium at 14:45 GMT on 15 April, is free of charge.

Tickets, limited to four per application, can be collected from Anfield's box office until 31 March.

Margaret Aspinall, of HFSG, said they "will turn on a light for each life that was extinguished prematurely".

She added: "We expect the service to be busy so we urge you to obtain your ticket as early as possible and only request the amount of tickets you need."

Ninety-six Liverpool fans died as a result of a crush during an FA Cup semi-final at the Sheffield stadium in 1989.

The 1990 Taylor Report concluded the main cause of the disaster was the failure of police control.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel report, published in September 2012, also cleared Liverpool supporters of wrongdoing and found that 116 police statements were "substantially altered" in an attempt to blame fans for the disaster.

A service is held annually at Anfield to remember those who lost their lives.

Fresh inquests into the deaths are set to begin on 31 March.

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    13:20: More from Hillsborough Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    St. John ambulance volunteer Peter Wells said he ran to his ambulance at the ground and fetched an oxygen cylinder and poked the tube through the fence and put it into peoples' mouths, hoping they would get some oxygen.

    He said it didn't appear as if it worked. He commended police officers at the ground for their response and said the fans who helped were "fantastic."

    But he said he didn't see anyone from South Yorkshire ambulance service until the ambulance pulled onto the pitch at 15:37.

    Asked about his overall impression of the professionals, he replied: "I never saw them."

    13:16: Hillsborough latest Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside

    A senior St. John Ambulance volunteer at Hillsborough says he didn't see a professional ambulance worker for more than half an hour after the match stopped.

    Peter Wells, who was in charge of 33 first-aiders at the match gave evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

    He described running over to the Leppings Lane end after noticing overcrowding on the terraces. He said he tried to clear the airways of two fans pressed up against the fences at the front of the pens.

    13:07: Remaining cloudy Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC

    It is staying rather cloudy and misty in places this afternoon, with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

    Charlie Slater

    However, the odd brighter spell may develop at times, especially around the Wirral and Southport.

    Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F)

    12:55: News on the Hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A senior St. John Ambulance volunteer who was at the Hillsborough disaster says he didn't see a professional ambulance service worker until more than half an hour after the match was stopped.

    12:49: Tranmere reject Evans talk Wirral News
    12:37: Coming up Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    The latest from the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington.

    Also claims by Manchester Airport that devolving air passenger duty from Westminster to Scotland could undercut airports like Manchester and Liverpool.

    We also have more on the online ratings of local police forces.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

    12:24: Claire Hamilton Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Mayor's talking to us about negative headlines generated by his spat with Kim Cattrall - and says he was right to speak out.

    Kim Cattrall

    The Liverpool-born Sex in the City star said developing the area next to the park would "encroach on the people's land".

    Mr Anderson said her comments were "ill-informed", asking: "What does she really know of the issues that Liverpool faces?"

    12:12: Novelist's Costa nomination Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    Big congratulations to novelist Carys Bray from Southport.

    Helen Jones with Carys Bray

    Her debut novel has been shortlisted for this year's Costa First Novel Award.

    12:06: Traindeer in Warrington

    Virgin Trains tweets: The @VirginTrains train deer passing through WBQ this morning. It's all rather festive #traindeer

    11:57: news on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    As our local forces are rated online first the first time, there's a warning from one of the chiefs of Merseyside Police that they will have to continue to serve the public in the face of cuts.

    11:43: Plans to transform pit sites St Helens Star
    11:30: Mayor in the hot seat Claire Hamilton Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Do you have a question for the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson? You can ask him direct on BBC Radio Merseyside this lunchtime.

    He joins Will Batchelor standing in for Roger Phillips in the hot seat at 12.

    Call 0151 709 933 or Tweet us.

    11:20: Celebrating Lancashire Day via Facebook

    Earlier, Tony Snell asked for your favourite things about Lancashire as it's Lancashire Day.

    Moira Callaghan said: Liverpool used to be in Lancashire. Cheese.

    Barry Sarath said: Best thing about Lancashire... it forms a natural barrier between us and Yorkshire!

    11:10: Delays in Warrington Harriet Gulliver BBC Radio Merseyside

    There are delays on the Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington at Bridge Foot island in both directions.

    Get the latest with BBC Travel.

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

    A new online tool activated this morning now shows residents how their local police force is performing and Merseyside and Cheshire are rated as good.

    10:53: Body in the boot concerns Warrington Guardian

    Serious concerns have been raised over a Cheshire Police decision to unconditionally bail the 'body in the boot' killer - two weeks before he beat his estranged wife to death in a sadistic attack.

    10:46: Attempted murder arrest

    A man has been arrested for attempted murder in Widnes after a 25-year-old was injured in a shooting in October, say Cheshire Police.

    The shooting happened at a property on St Michael′s View, Widnes on 15 October.

    A 19-year-old man has also been charged possession of a shotgun and possession of a firearm with intent and will appear at Halton Magistrates' Court later.

    10:39: Sefton job losses? Southport Visiter
    10:33: Arouna Kone return? BBC Sport

    Everton could include Arouna Kone in their squad for tonight's Europa league game at Wolfsburg.

    Arouna Kone

    The striker hasn't played a first team game for over 12 months because of a serious knee injury.

    10:22: Men bailed over indecent images

    Thirteen men arrested on suspicion of uploading and distributing indecent images of children in morning raids across Cheshire have been bailed, say Cheshire Police.

    Computers and other devices owned by the men, aged between 20 and 68, were also seized in the raids.

    10:10: Talking mischief Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    After seeing the video of a two-year-old Tallulah cutting her fringe off to stop it getting in her eyes - I want to know what mischief your kids have got up to.

    Or 'fess up to what you got up to as a youngster.

    Call 0151 709 9333 or text 81333 with Mersey before your text or send your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter.

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

    Thirteen men arrested in Cheshire by detectives investigating indecent child image distribution have been now been released on bail.

    Several homes across the region were raided and forensic teams are now examining computers and other devices with internet access.

    09:50: Murder trail in Thailand Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A man's due to stand trial in Thailand later charged with the murder of a Darren Taylor from Liverpool.

    James Durnan is accused of pushing Mr Taylor, who had lived in Thailand for three years, from a sixth-floor balcony in Bangkok in June last year.

    09:41: Sefton Park Meadows BBC Radio Merseyside

    Campaigners in Liverpool are welcoming the news that an independent panel will review plans to build houses on Sefton Park Meadows.

    Sefton Park
    09:26: Road closure in Birkenhead BBC Radio Merseyside

    Conway Street, Birkenhead is closed both ways due to an accident at Park Road East/Victoria Street.

    Get the latest with BBC Travel.

    09:20: Celebrating Lancashire Day Lynette Horsburgh BBC News

    It's Lancashire Day and Tony Snell is asking what is your favourite Lancashire people, places and things.

    Blackpool Illuminations

    Mine are butter pies and Blackpool Illuminations!

    Get in touch with yours on email, Facebook or Twitter.

    09:05: Everton charged by FA BBC Sport

    Everton and West Ham have been charged by the Football Association over their players not "conducting themselves in an orderly fashion".

    James McCarthy and Winston Reid

    Players from both sides started pushing each other during their Premier League game on 22 November, which the Toffees won 2-1.

    Everton's James McCarthy and West Ham's Winston Reid were both booked for their parts in the first-half altercation.

    08:58: news on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Cheshire Police says a new online tool - that will show residents how their force is performing - is a fair deal for taxpayers.

    Crime figures, as well as data on value for money, are being made available on the HMIC website from 09:30.

    08:50: Project 'creates 360 new jobs' Liverpool Echo

    An independent report estimates the proposed regeneration of Anfield will directly create 360 new jobs and give Liverpool's economy a £14.5m annual boost.

    08:42: Traffic headlines Jenny Summers BBC Radio Merseyside

    There is queuing traffic on the Formby by-pass southbound between the Liverpool Road junction in Formby and the Green Lane junction in Liverpool.

    There are also queues at the Runcorn Widnes Bridge in both directions due to road works.

    08:35: Payback scheme Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been to a scheme in Kensington giving women offenders the chance to pay back their debt to society.

    Community payback

    They take part in gardening projects or help out at food banks. They are also given employment advice.

    Its being led by Adelaide House - which houses women under community orders or who've been released from prison on licence.

    08:22: Lancashire Day Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's Lancashire Day and I want your favourite places, people or things. Tell me what the county or Lancastrians ever done for us?

    I'll start, Chorley Cakes!

    Listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

    08:14: Train delays Jenny Summers BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's a replacement bus service running on Northern Rail between Liverpool Lime Street and Wigan North Western due to an "operating incident" at Bryn.

    This is delaying journey times by up to 20 minutes with disruption expected until around 17:00.

    08:07: Murky and cloudy Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC

    It is another largely cloudy and rather murky day for most, with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

    Charlie Slater

    However, the odd brighter spell may develop at times, especially around the Wirral and Southport.

    Maximum Temperature: 9C (48F).

    08:00: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'll have more on people across Merseyside and Cheshire being able to go online to see how their police forces are performing, as a new internet tool goes live.

    From 09:30, figures on crime and anti-social behaviour will be on the HMIC website.

    08:00: Good morning Lynette Horsburgh BBC News

    I'm here to bring you the news, sport, weather and travel from around Merseyside.

    If you'd like to share your pictures and comments, you can email, Facebook or Twitter



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