Mark Reissing: Killed by dealer over £50 drug debt

Nazzareno Abela Nazzareno Abela must serve a minimum of 22 years

A drug dealer who killed a man over an unpaid £50 drugs debt has been jailed for life.

Nazzareno Abela, 46, of Chirton Walk, Manchester was convicted at Liverpool Crown Court of murdering Mark Reissing, 48, in New Brighton last July.

Two other men, Christopher Halpin, 30, and Geoffrey Allen, 41, were convicted of helping Abela and drug dealing.

Halpin, of Roscommon Street, Liverpool, was jailed for 19 years and Allen of Rice Hey Road in Wallasey, for ten.

Abel, who was also convicted of drug dealing, will serve a minimum of 22 years.

The court heard that Mr Reissing was given drugs to sell on credit by dealer Abela but he was killed when his takings were £50 short.

Mr Reissing was beaten and stabbed and then bundled into a car and dumped on New Brighton promenade where he died.

Det Ch Insp Phil McEwan said: "The court heard how Mr Reissing was assaulted and died following a minor drugs debt, which must have been deeply upsetting for his family to hear.

"Drugs blight our communities and the needless death of Mr Reissing shows the devastating effect they can have on individuals and their families."

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    late warm sunshine 17:33: Sara Blizzard BBC Weather Presenter

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    Watching the Giant 17:27: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    I couldn't resist nipping out to see Grandmother Giant in elegant repose at St George's Hall today, before she wakes up. She was the star of the show.

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    Spotter seats removed 17:23:

    Two "spotter" seats for ambulance staff were removed and sold for the Hillsborough 1989 FA Cup semi-final could have "made a difference" in flagging up earlier the unfolding tragedy, a senior ambulance chief said.

    Hillsborough pitch scene

    The seats at Sheffield Wednesday behind the players' tunnel were used at league games to provide "the eyes and ears" in the ground at league matches but the inquests into the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporter heard claims the club removed them on 15 April 1989 and sold them to spectators for the all-ticket tie.

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    coming up 17:18: Annabel Tiffin Presenter, North West Tonight

    On North West Tonight at 18:30 on BBC One we find out more about the woman apparently found mauled to death by her dog at her home in Old Swan.

    We hear how Merseyside Police is struggling to keep tabs on online paedophiles as an Elvis impersonator from Southport was jailed for a year for downloading and distributing images of young children.

    We also take a look at the real Liverpool Pals as the Giants prepare to mark the anniversary of World War One.

     
  6.  
    Giants travel advice 17:00: Simon Hoban BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've got some travel information if you're coming to the Giants this weekend.

    My bit of basic advice is to leave the car at home if you can possibly avoid it and we'll tell you what train services are available.

    We've also got some great advice if you can't sleep in this heat...the Sleep Council is ecommending chilling your socks in the fridge!

    You can listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

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

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    Crash closes M62 16:39:

    BBC Travel News reports the M62 eastbound is closed and there's stationary traffic between junction 8 Burtonwood Road and junction 9 Winwick because of a multi-vehicle accident.

     
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    Another 10,000 visit Giant 16:34: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    Staff at St George's Hall in Liverpool tell me another 10,000 people have been to see Giant Grandma today.

    Grandmother giant

    You can listen to my report on BBC North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

     
  11.  
    Saints need to up the ante 16:28: BBC Sport

    Kyle Amor (pictured) has urged St Helens to push themselves even harder in Friday's Super League clash with Widnes.

    Kyle Amor

    The league leaders are two points ahead of rivals Wigan Warriors after last week's 58-16 win over London Broncos.

    The 27-year-old prop, who recently returned from a long spell out with a knee injury, admitted that improvements could still be made.

     
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    hot in the city 16:23: via Facebook

    Tom Munns says: Here is the scene in central park in Wallasey on this scorcher of a day. Birds found a fun way to cool off in the heat.

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    LOVE LOCKS REMOVED FROM BRIDGE 16:15: Chester Chronicle
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    Giant snooze 16:09: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    Twenty thousand people are estimated to have visited Grandmother Giant at St George's Hall in Liverpool yesterday and thousands more today but she's still in the land of nod.

    Grandma giant

    You can hear all the action on BBC Radio Merseyside and watch more on North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

     
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    news on the hour 15:58: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 16:00 include:

     
  16.  
    Sue Johnston loves Giants 15:45:

    Sue Johnston loves the Giants too! Check out what she thinks here as she writes for BBC Arts about the emotional power of Royal de Luxe's 2012 Titanic centenary performance and looks forward to being one of the million people expected to come together for this act of commemoration.

    Sue Johnston in Waking the Dead

    On North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30, she will look at the men who became the Liverpool Pals.

     
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    Queues on expressway 15:35:

    BBC Travel News says there's queuing traffic on Weston Point Expressway eastbound in Runcorn between Runcorn Widnes Bridge and Runcorn. In the roadworks area.

     
  18.  
    Elvis impersonator jailed 15:30:

    An Elvis Presley impersonator has been jailed for a year for downloading and distributing more than 900 indecent images of children.

    Louis Fella

    Louis Fella, 53, (pictured) of Grantham Close, Birkdale, admitted 19 offences.

    The singer was caught with 907 indecent images, some of them classed at being in the most severe category, Liverpool Crown Court was told.

     
  19.  
    CCTV RELEASED OVER BOY'S ASSAULT 15:25:

    Merseyside Police has issued CCTV images of a man wanted in connection with an assault on a 14-year-old boy in Birkenhead on Monday.

    Man police want to speak to

    A man reportedly approached the boy and his brother earlier in the day on Woodchurch Road.

    Police said the man then followed both boys into a Subway and put his hands round the victim's neck before leaving.

    Det Insp Paul Parry said: "This was a nasty assault which left bruising round the neck of a young boy."

     
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    Five arrests after boy shot 15:17:

    Five people have been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was shot in the leg in Liverpool.

    Rockhouse Street

    The shooting took place in Rockhouse Street, Tuebrook, (pictured) at about 23.10 on Wednesday.

    The victim was taken to hospital with a leg wound but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

     
  21.  
    Giant warm-up 15:12: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    Warm-up performances to a show which will see giant marionettes commemorate the outbreak of World War One have begun in Liverpool.

    Actors play volunteers posting images of Lord Kitchener

    The Memories of August 1914 show, which will see three giant figures parade around the city, has been preceded by one of the trio, a giant grandmother, sleeping in St George's Hall.

    Visitors to the hall said the marionette was "well worth queuing up for an hour" to see.

    Watch more on North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

     
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    England Hockey success 15:05:

    We reported earlier that Birkenhead swimmer Danielle Lowe qualified for tonight's 400 metres swimming final at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    Sam Quek

    Wirral hockey star Sam Quek has enjoyed a good start to the 2014 Games, too. She started for England's Women's Hockey team who beat Wales 2-0.

     
  23.  
    news on the hour 14:58: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 15:00 include:

    • Liverpool Crown Court's heard how Merseyside Police is struggling to keep tabs on online paedophiles
    • A report has criticised Scotland Yard for keeping information about the campaigns run by the bereaved families of 18 people
    • The Hillsborough inquests have heard ambulance staff at the ground on the day of the disaster could have gone into the stadium on foot
     
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    COMING UP 14:55: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    Mark McGann (pictured) is my live guest today.

    Mark McGann

    He's been playing the role of John Lennon on and off for 30 years and he returns to Liverpool in August to do it again.

    Listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
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    Timelapse Gran 14:51:

    Matthew Hart sent this lovely picture of Grandmother Giant. Tweet us if you have a picture you'd like to share.

    Giant at St George's Hall
     
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    Happy birthday 14:42:

    A big happy 56th birthday to Liverpool actor Joe McGann.

    Joe McGann

    Joe, who is most famous for ITV sitcom The Upper Hand, is the eldest of the four McGann brothers.

    Paul, Mark and Stephen are all actors, too.

     
  27.  
    Hillsborough inquests 14:38: Ben Schofield BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Ambulance staff attending the Hillsborough disaster could have made their way into the stadium on foot, even if they had to leave their vehicles behind, the jury at the new inquests has heard.

    Noel Wade, who was in charge of training at the South Yorkshire Metropolitan Ambulance Service, has been giving evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

     
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    Donate shutters for Sprayport 14:24: Southport Visiter
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    Plan ahead for Giants 14:13:

    Merseyside Police tweets: Plan your big day for the #giants - For public transport info, see this guide by @Merseytravel bit.ly/1mImIV8

    Giants in 2012
     
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    children visit giant 14:06: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    People are continuing to flock to St George's Hall to see Grandma giant. Children from Alder Hey Hospital have visited her (pictured).

    Children from Alder Hey Hospital

    Listen to all the build-up to the Giants on BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
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    news on the hour 14:04: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 14:00 include:

    • An Elvis Presley impersonator from Southport who downloaded and distributed indecent images of children has been jailed for a year
    • A report has criticised Scotland Yard for keeping information about the campaigns run by the bereaved families of 18 people
    • The Hillsborough inquests has heard ambulance staff at the ground on the day of the disaster could have gone into the stadium on foot
     
  32.  
    Giant typo 13:49: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    I spotted this sign in a car park. Spot the typographical errors in the dates and wording!

    Q Car park
     
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    Strange things in Albert Dock 13:36:

    Giant Spectacular tweets: Strange things have been going on @theAlbertDock today - there is magic in air! Have you spotted #suprises #giants

    Albert Dock and Giants car
     
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    Newlyweds' extra guest 13:25: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    Newlyweds Carys Evans and Stuart Turner (pictured) had a special extra guest at their wedding at St George's Hall today - Grandmother Giant.

    newlyweds and Giant

    You can just about see her head beneath the balcony as she lies in state until 19:00. My report's on Drive from 16:00.

     
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    Major changes to transport 13:16:

    Merseytravel tweets: There will be major changes to public transport for #Giants pls plan ahead & check for changes bit.ly/MTGiants

     
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    hot in the city 13:10: via Facebook

    Earlier, we asked how you plan to keep cool as temperatures on Merseyside are expected to reach 27C today.

    Jane Cullen Greenwood says: keep hats on plenty high factor cream, for kiddies, plenty of drinks, either beach, baths, paddling pool, an yeah Ice lollies/ Ice cream mmm Crosby, Waterloo, Otterspool, all beautiful places xxx

    Fran Stellman says: Splash

     
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    Elvis impersonator jailed 13:05: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    A 53-year-old Elvis impersonator from Southport who downloaded and distributed images of children has been jailed for 12 months at Liverpool Crown Court.

    Louis Fella, from Birkdale, Southport admitted possessing and distributing hundreds of pornographic images of children, some of them grade four and five, the most serious.

     
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    news on the hour 12:59: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 13:00 include:

     
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    on air 12:50: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm speaking to American solider and author Brian Turner who is in Liverpool to tell his story of the war in Iraq.

    And do you think cabbies in Liverpool should wear a shirt and a tie to give a good first impression of the city to visitors? There will be many thousands of visitors descending this weekend because of the Giants.

    Of course if there's anything you want to talk about call me 0151 709 9333 or contact me via email, Facebook or Twitter.

     
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    Why I love the Giants 12:46: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    I love this picture of Grandmother Giant for two reasons - the crowd and the view of the splendid interior of St George's Hall.

    Grandmother Giant

    Do you have a picture of the Giants you'd like to share? Email us, Tweet us or send a message on Facebook.

     
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    Teen rescued from mud 12:35: Wirral Globe

    A teenager stuck chest deep in mud near Crosby shore was rescued by a Wirral lifeboat crew.

     
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    Looking at Liverpool pals 12:25:

    Royal de Luxe's Liverpool Giants production, Memories of August 1914, will commemorate the outbreak of World War One and its effect on the city.

    Liverpool Pals

    The conflict saw 5,000 Liverpool men sign up to serve their country, 2,800 of whom died in the war.

    The men formed the Liverpool Pals battalions and were recruited by Lord Derby to answer Lord Kitchener's appeal for voluntary recruits.

     
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    QUEUES FOR GRANDMA GIANT 12:18: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    Queues are building up again outside Liverpool's St George's Hall to see Grandmother Giant ahead of this weekend's Memories of August 1914 show. The heat of the city is not deterring people.

    Queues at St George's Hall

    About 20,000 people saw Grandmother giant's first day asleep in Liverpool ahead of a World War One event. She is on show today until 19:00.

     
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    MISSING SNAKE FOUND 12:13:

    The missing Skelmersdale snake has been found safe and well in its owners home, Lancashire Police has confirmed.

    A boa constrictor

    An 8ft (2.4m) snake, believed to be a boa constrictor, was reported on the loose on Tuesday morning.

     
  45.  
    NEWS ON THE HOUR 11:58: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 12:00 include:

    • An Algerian passenger plane has gone missing while flying over Africa
    • A dog mauls its owner to death in Liverpool
    • A report on how undercover officers spied on bereaved families campaigning for justice for loved ones is to be published shortly
     
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    Lord Mayor's special visitor 11:55:

    Liverpool Council tweets: Lord Mayor @CllrEricaKemp meets a very special visitor @SGHLpool #giants pic.twitter.com/romvjZxkKI

    giant and mayor
     
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    Passenger changes at Lime Street 11:49:

    Network Rail emails to say from tomorrow until Sunday, Liverpool Lime Street station will be employing a two directional system in and out of the station between 15:00 - 00:45.

    Exiting the station will be via Lord Nelson Street only and access will be via Skelhorne Street only, where there will be a queuing system in operation. Passengers should allow for extra time to board their train and check with Network Rail staff on duty for assistance.

     
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    LOWE QUALIFIES FOR SWIMMING FINAL 11:39: BBC Sport

    Birkenhead swimmer Danielle Lowe (pictured) has qualified for tonight's 400 metres individual medley final.

    Danielle Lowe

    The 19-year-old came third in her heat with a time of 04.48.1 giving her a seventh-best qualifying time.

    The final takes place at 19:07 tonight.

     
  49.  
    hot in the city 11:34: Lynette Horsburgh BBC News

    It's cracking the flags today and we want to know how you're keeping cool? With temperatures in Merseyside hotting up to 27C we want to hear how you're getting respite from the heat and sun.

    Sunshine at Crosby Beach

    As I look at this picture of Crosby beach, I'm thinking of using it as an excuse for ice cream!

    Send your tips via email, Facebook or Twitter and we'll share the best online.

     
  50.  
    House where woman mauled 11:28: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at the house in Old Swan where police say a 43-year-old woman was killed by her Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

    House in Old Swan where woman mauled
     
  51.  
    More on Giant crowds 11:23:

    About 20,000 people saw Grandmother Giant's first day asleep in Liverpool ahead of a World War One event.

    Grandmother Giant

    Crowds queued for more than an hour to see the 25ft (7.5m) marionette at St George's Hall.

    The grandmother figure, one of three giants who will appear in the Memories of August 1914 show, will be on show in the hall until 19:00. She begins her walk around the city tomorrow.

     
  52.  
    What do you think? 11:16:

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  53.  
    More on Tuebrook shooting 11:10:

    A 16-year-old is shot in the leg and five people, including the victim, arrested on suspicion of possessing a firearm.

    Rockhouse Street, Liverpool

    The shooting took place in Rockhouse Street, Tuebrook, at about 23.10.

    The victim was taken to hospital with a leg wound but his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

     
  54.  
    Rise in drownings off coast 11:02: Wirral Globe
  55.  
    NEWS ON THE HOUR 10:57: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 11:00 include:

    • A dog mauls its owner to death in Liverpool
    • Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond says Britain's gravely concerned by the heavy level of civilian casualties in Gaza
    • A teenager in Liverpool's been arrested, after he got shot in the leg
     
  56.  
    Accident between van and lorry 10:49:

    BBC Travel News reports one lane is closed and there's queuing traffic on the Knowsley Expressway southbound in Tarbock Green between Tarbock Island and the Speke Road junction because of an accident involving a lorry and a van.

     
  57.  
    Epic Giants 10:44: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    Claire McColgan, Liverpool City Council's Director of Culture, told me there won't be a dry eye in the city for the Giants event in the city to commemorate World War One.

    Grandmother

    "The epic-ness of the Giants cannot be underestimated," she said. "The stories the Grandmother tells are incredible. It will make peoples' hearts bleed."

    Listen to the Giants extravaganza on BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
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    murder appeal 10:37:

    Merseyside Police is offering a £20,000 reward for information of the murder of 58-year-old James Stanton (pictured) on the eighth anniversary of his death.

    James Stanton

    He was shot at work at Aintree Commercial Vehicles on Ormskirk Road, Aintree, on 24 July 2006.

    Detectives believe two men were responsible for his death and they fled the scene in a blue Toyota Avensis stolen from Sefton Street, Liverpool, two months earlier.

     
  59.  
    LIVERPOOL'S BORINI INJURED 10:28: BBC Sport

    Striker Fabio Borini suffered a shoulder injury as Liverpool lost to Roma in a pre-season friendly.

    Fabio Borini

    Borini, who spent last season on loan at Sunderland, went off in the first half.

    A fee of £14m had been agreed for his permanent return to Wearside, but that move could now be in doubt.

     
  60.  
    LIFE OF A LILLIPUTIAN 10:22: Chris Long BBC News

    As spectacular as the Giants show in Liverpool promises to be, organisers say it would be nothing without its army of "Lilliputians", the people who animate the huge marionettes.

    Liliputians

    Some are members of the Royal de Luxe street theatre company, but many are volunteers.

    Colin Bordley from Wallasey, who helped animate the diver giant in 2012's Sea Odyssey show has told BBC News Online nothing can prepare you for the amount of physical exertion involved.

     
  61.  
    GIANTS SELFIE 10:15: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been to see Grandmother Giant at St George's Hall.

    Sean Styles with grandma giant

    Here's my "serious selfie". Well, I had to be quiet! I'm asking you for your best and worst queuing stories as 20,000 people queued yesterday to see her and similar numbers are expected today.

    Get in touch on 0151 709 9333 or via Facebook.

     
  62.  
    NEWS ON THE HOUR 10:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 10:00 include:

    • Organisers of the Giants spectacular in Liverpool say visitors can't fail to be moved by the performance
    • The Israeli prime minister says it's a travesty of justice that Israel's offensive in Gaza has been condemned by the UN
    • A teenager in Liverpool's been arrested, after he got shot in the leg
     
  63.  
    Giants explain war vision 09:50: Jerry Chester BBC News, North West

    The Liverpool Giants will not just be delighting crowds with their majestic grace - they will also be explaining how one man's vision changed the city forever when war broke out a century ago.

    Edward Stanley

    Edward George Villiers Stanley, the 17th Earl of Derby, (pictured) was a lover of Liverpool and a patriotic man, so much so that Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, would one day call him the "king of Lancashire".

    A former Grenadier Guard and Conservative MP, he served as Liverpool's Lord Mayor in 1911, was president of the city's chamber of commerce and chancellor of the university.

     
  64.  
    woman killed by dog 09:42:

    A 43-year-old woman was mauled to death by her Staffordshire bull terrier, Merseyside Police has said.

    Macqueen Street, Old Swan in Liverpool

    Louise Caygill's body was found in a flat in Macqueen Street, Old Swan (pictured) in Liverpool on Sunday.

     
  65.  
    Going to see the Giants? 09:38: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    I met Jean-Luc Courcoult yesterday, the man who has brought the Giants to Liverpool.

    Jean Luc Courcoult

    I wonder who I will see today? Let me know if you're at St George's Hall by emailing, Tweeting or contacting us on Facebook.

     
  66.  
    Campaign to save building 09:24: Warrington Guardian
  67.  
    GIANTS FEVER 09:15: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    I don't want to spoil the surprise for the people of Liverpool with the Giants, but I have to tell you I have never seen anything like it - it'll be massive!

    'Sleeping' giant in Liverpool

    I was given a sneak peek of the rehearsals with Claire McColgan, Liverpool City Council's director of culture.

    I loved the Giants two years ago; it was magical but this will be even bigger and better. I'm off to get two more memory cards for my camera!

    Listen to all the build up on BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
  68.  
    M56 CRASH 09:06:

    BBC Travel News reports two lanes are closed on the M56 eastbound between junction 7 at Bowdon and junction 6 at Hale Four Seasons roundabout because of an accident involving three cars.

    Congestion is tailing back to junction 9 at the Lymm Interchange.

     
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    news on the hour 08:59: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 09:00 include:

    • Organisers of the return of the Giants spectacular to Liverpool believe visitors will leave wanting more
    • Five people have been arrested after a teenager was shot in Liverpool last night
    • Households which have their electricity cut off in bad weather are to get more compensation
     
  71.  
    COMING UP 08:48: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been speaking about inspirational teenager Malala Yousafzai (pictured) who was shot by the Taliban and is a guest speaker at World Merit Day in Liverpool later.

    Malala Yousafzai

    I've also been speaking to Chris Arnold who set up World Merit - a scheme to encourage young people to recognise their potential and make a difference.

    Send us your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter.

     
  72.  
    Beer stolen from microbrewery 08:37: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been at Norton Brewery at Norton Priorty, where hundreds of bottles of beer have been stolen from a microbrewery run by adults with learning difficulties (pictured).

    Norton Brewery

    They are working round the clock to fulfil orders for farmer's markets and customers over the next few weeks.

     
  73.  
    Teenager shot in Tuebrook 08:30:

    A teenager was shot in Tuebrook last night and five people have been arrested.

    Police were called to Rockhouse Street at 23:10 and found a 16-year-old had been shot in the leg. His injuries are not life-threatening.

    Two men, aged 20 and 34, a 38-year-old woman and two 16-year-old boys have been arrested on suspicion of possession of a firearm, including the person who was injured.

     
  74.  
    GIANT TURN OUT FOR GIANTS 08:18:

    They queued all day and into the early hours and official figures suggest 20,000 people visited St George's Hall in Liverpool yesterday to catch their first glimpse of Grandmother Giant.

    Grandmother giant

    It's all part of the World War One commemoration Memories of August 1914, and along with The Little Girl and Xolo the dog, Grandmother Giant is set to take over the streets of Liverpool on Friday.

    Did you go? Please feel free to send me your pictures and snippets of news via email, Facebook, or by tweeting us @bbcmerseyside.

     
  75.  
    Accident involving cyclist and lorry 08:11:

    BBC Travel News says: Speke Road in Speke is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic in both directions at the Knowsley Expressway junction, because of an accident involving a cyclist and a lorry.

     
  76.  
    ANOTHER FINE DAY 08:07:

    BBC Weather says after a warm and sunny start it will be another fine and dry summer's day across the region. There will be long sunny periods throughout the afternoon, allowing temperatures to become very warm.

    BBC Weather
     
  77.  
    NEWS ON THE HOUR 08:05: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 08:00 included:

    • Organisers of the return of the Giants spectacular to Liverpool believe visitors will leave wanting more
    • As Israel continues its offensive against militants in Gaza, the UN says Palestinian civilians there face an increasingly desperate plight
    • The number of people who lost their lives on the UK coast has reached a four-year high, according to the RNLI
     
  78.  
    GOOD MORNING 08:00: Lynette Horsburgh BBC News

    I'll be bringing you all the day's news, sport and weather updates from around the region on another gorgeous day in Liverpool as excitement mounts over the Giants.

    Please feel free to send me your pictures and snippets of news via email, Facebook, or by tweeting us @bbcmerseyside.

     

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