Francis Brennan 'kidnapped by bogus police in Spain'

Francis Brennan Francis Brennan told his parents he would be home after Christmas

A man who fled to Spain to avoid being sentenced for an attack has been abducted by three men posing as police officers, police in the UK believe.

Merseyside Police said Francis Brennan, 25, has not been seen since he was stopped in a friend's car, handcuffed and taken away on 24 January.

They said Brennan fled to Alicante in October to avoid being sentenced for an assault in Thames Valley in 2012.

His parents, who admit he was involved in crime, have pleaded for information.

'No angel'

Merseyside Police are working with their Spanish counterparts the Guardia Civil and the National Crime Agency to trace Brennan, who is originally from Anfield.

His parents Carl and Janet Brennan said the disappearance of their only son was an "awful shock" that had "devastated" the family.

They said they had pleaded with him not to leave the country but he would not listen.

"He told us not to worry and that he would be home after Christmas."

His father said: "We know Francis isn't an angel but he is our son and he has a loving family.

"No-one deserves this to happen to them and as time goes by we are worrying even more on a daily basis."

His girlfriend Sophie Staunton, who originally went out to Alicante with him, flew out to persuade him to return home in December.

Det Supt Richie Carr from Merseyside Police said: "Francis's disappearance is completely out of character and because of this, as well as his associations and lifestyle, ourselves and the Spanish police are extremely concerned for his safety.

"We believe he has been taken against his will and we and his family are hopeful that someone in the criminal fraternity here in Merseyside has information that could help bring about the safe return of Francis."

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    • Campaigners cautiously welcomed the government's announcement that Halton residents won't have to pay to cross the Mersey
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    Gorgeous photo 16:51: via Facebook

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    Little Girl Giant asleep in front of the Chinese Arch

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    Lime Street station

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    Queues at Lime Street 16:31:

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    Queues at Lime Street

    He said hundreds are queuing there, apparently no one giving info about what's happening and a general air of frustration and exasperation.

     
  13.  
    Xolo and the crowd 16:26: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    As he wandered through the crowd this morning Xolo the dog was going up to people in the crowd so they could pet him.

    Xolo and the crowd

    We've even been hearing he even licked some of them!

     
  14.  
    Best view in town 16:19: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    One young spectator found a novel way to watch the Grandma near Lord Street - by climbing on top of a litter bin!

    Grandma
     
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    Plan your journey with care 16:12:

    Liverpool Council tweets: If you're heading to see the #giants plan your journey with care and allow extra time due to road closures: ow.ly/zzpXm

     
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    GO JIMMY 16:08: via Facebook

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter Jimmy McCracken - who has been following the Giants journey through Liverpool has a fan.

    Jemma Shudall Barton posts: "Jimmy Mac is my hero of the day #STUCKINWORK"

     
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    Stay cool in the sun 16:04:

    Liverpool City Council tweets: "Don't know if you're red from running around after our giants, but please wear plenty of suncream and stay hydrated."

     
  18.  
    News on the hour 15:57: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 16:00 include:

    • A retired Merseyside Police officer who sexually abused two children in the 1960s and 1970s has been jailed for 12 years at Liverpool Crown Court
    • Campaigners cautiously welcomed the government's announcement that Halton residents won't have to pay to cross the Mersey
    • The Giants have begun their journey through Liverpool in a street performance to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War One
     
  19.  
    People 'fainting' in heat 15:55:

    Ellie Bridges sends this picture of Girl Giant. She says she has seen "a few people in the crowd" fainting in the heat.

    Girl Giant
     
  20.  
    Giant Gallery: Your Thoughts 15:50: via Facebook

    Many of you have been getting in touch to share your thoughts on our Giant Facebook Gallery.

    John Jackson says: Amazing just wish I got payed today and not Monday so I could get into Liverpool to see them

    James Charnock also says: fantastic for us who cant be there thanks

    Betty Smith commented: Well Done Radio Merseyside. It's been fantastic coverage up to now. I just feel so sorry for the Liverputions with their velvet suits on in this weather. Radio Merseyside really pulls out all stops when such events are covered.

    You can let us know what you think via email, Twitter or Facebook.

     
  21.  
    Queues at Lime Street 15:48: Marc Gaier BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm on way to Liverpool Lime Street station where there's reportedly long queues as people try to get into the station.

     
  22.  
    Hitching a ride 15:42:

    Grandmother Giant makes her way through Liverpool earlier with two Lilliputians in her lap.

    Grandmother Giant with Liliputians
     
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    Girl Giant close-up 15:37:

    Ellie Bridges sent us this picture of Girl Giant close-up with her army of Lilliputians.

    Girl Giant
     
  24.  
    Giant moments 15:32: Steve Coleman BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been putting together a picture gallery of some of our favourite moments from this morning.

    Facebook Gallery

    You can see it on the BBC Radio Merseyside Facebook page.

     
  25.  
    Spot the journalist 15:29: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    Here's a picture of Xolo outside our office. I'm just by one the volunteers in the baseball cap taking a picture as he goes by.

    Xolo outside our office
     
  26.  
    What size shoes? 15:25: Tom Airey BBC News

    Earlier, I overheard two children trying to decide what size shoes the Grandmother giant wears. The numbers are getting very high.

    Grandma's slippers
     
  27.  
    Beautiful moment 15:20: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    This has to be one of my favourite pictures of the day so far.

    Xolo the dog licks the Little Girl's face

    It was taken by Matthew Hart this morning as Xolo the dog woke up and licked the Little Girl's face. A beautiful moment, perfectly captured.

     
  28.  
    Walking stick wonder 15:17: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    Crowds are advised to keep their distance as Grandma makes her way through the streets. And you can see why - that walking stick looks dangerous!

    Grandma
     
  29.  
    Buzzing atmosphere 15:10: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    I've just been up to the Chinese Arch to have a look at the Little Girl and Xolo while they are sleeping.

    Sleeping by the arch

    The atmosphere is buzzing with thousands of people gathering to see her. You can hear kids blowing horns and whistles almost constantly and you can tell that they are having a whale of a time.

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

    The headlines at 15:00 include:

     
  31.  
    Time for a break 14:53: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    Grandma reclines in her wheelchair once again, as she prepares for a hard-earned snooze at Salthouse Dock.

    Grandma

    She'll be awake and back on the streets again his afternoon, when she'll make her way towards Newsham Park.

     
  32.  
    Jean-Luc's air drums 14:50: Tom Airey BBC News

    Earlier, I spotted event director Jean-Luc Courcoult (pictured) playing air drums from the live band float. He looked to be having a good time.

    The many faces of Jean-Luc Courcoult
     
  33.  
    Policing the giants 14:44:

    Teams of motorcycle police are making sure the bustling crowds are kept under control.

    Police
     
  34.  
    Very busy for Giants 14:39:

    Merseyside Police tweets: It's very busy in places, keep children close by and look after valuables #Giants #GrandmaGiant #giantspectacular

    View of Giants
     
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    Grandmother Giant's walk 14:34:

    Lucy Jones took this picture of Grandmother Giant as she began her walk.

    Grandmother Giant

    You can share your pictures with us at Facebook or via Twitter.

     
  36.  
    Thousands welcome Giants 14:29:

    Thousands of people have lined Liverpool's streets to welcome three giant marionettes, which will tell the story of the city during World War One.

    Giant grandmother

    The huge figures began the Memories of August 1914 commemoration at 10:30.

    The show features a grandmother, a little girl and a dog. They will visit many of the city's landmarks, including the Three Graces.

     
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    Grandmother and crowds 14:22:

    Ellie Bridges sent this picture of Grandmother Giant in her wheelchair watched by an adoring crowd.

    Giant siesta
     
  38.  
    Grandma on the move 14:10: Tom Airey BBC News

    Enormous crowds stretched from the edge of St John's Gardens as Grandma Giant went on the move through Liverpool.

    Grandma on the move

    Absolutely huge crowds lined the streets and the flyover with some clinging to lamp posts to get a view of Grandma Giant.

    Please send us your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter.

     
  39.  
    Spitting, farting and drinking 14:06: Paul Salt BBC Radio Merseyside

    Eileen Schofield and Joanne Bentley travelled from near Leek in Staffordshire for the day and watched Xolo at Hanover Street and were heading for the Chinese Arch to see Little Girl Giant take a nap.

    giant fans

    She told me: "Although we heard earlier of major disruptions to trains caused by the Giants we had a good train journey."

    "It's so lovely to see the people of Liverpool embrace the Giants. The highlight for us will be the Grandmother spitting, farting and drinking. The city has done an amazing job."

     
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    news on the hour 14:00: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    The main headlines at 14:00 are:

    • Residents of Halton have been told they won't have to pay to use either of the Runcorn Widnes bridges when the new crossing opens in three years' time
    • The government - and opposition - have welcomed growth in the economy of 0.8 per cent in the past three months
    • The giants have started walking and talking during their three-day journey through Liverpool
     
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    Queues near Runcorn bridge 13:57:

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    Hitching a ride with Xolo 13:55:

    Andrea Day has emailed in a photograph of a little girl having a ride on the back of Xolo during the Giants show.

    Girl riding on Xolo

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  43.  
    Laughter and tears 13:53: Sue Owen, editor BBC Radio Merseyside

    A girl, her dog, a Chinese Arch and a bunch of amazing people helping them on their way. We've laughed and cried watching the Giants today. Who'd have thought it would be so emotional?

    chinese arch
     
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    Emotion of the giants 13:43: Jayne McCubbin BBC North West Tonight

    While I've been out and about at the Giants for BBC North West Tonight, Keith our burly cameraman cried.

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    You just get swept along with the emotion of it all. Everyone was nudging each other saying: 'We're the luckiest people alive.'

     
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    Up close with Grandma 13:32: Tom Airey BBC News

    I got so close to Grandma Giant the Lilliputians were almost jumping on my feet.

    Grandma Giant

    Please send in your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter.

     
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    Riding on an astra 13:24: Jayne McCubbin BBC North West Tonight

    Thousands lined the streets as Little Girl Giant rides on a 12-year-old Vauxhall Astra through the city.

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    unusual vantage point 13:19: Tom Airey BBC News

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  48.  
    Joe and Jean-Luc 13:16: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    Tweets a photo of Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson with writer and director of the Giants Spectacular Jean-Luc Courcoult enjoying the show.

    Joe Anderson and Jean-Luc Courcoult

    Follow the Giants every step of the way with to BBC Radio Merseyside and watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

     
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    Snooze time 13:14: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo are having a snooze.

    Little girl

    Xolo's Liliputians who are dressed in a white linen suits and sombreros like Mexican farm workers have just received a standing ovation from the packed crowd.

    Despite the soaring temperatures they look as "cool as cucumbers".

    You can listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
  50.  
    Keep up with Giants 13:13:

    Liverpool Council tweets: Keep up to date with all things #giant this weekend by following @GiantSpectacle

     
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    Watching the action from afar 13:10: via Facebook

    Tommy Stafford says: "Great job with the coverage and video we are 3035 miles away."

    Please send us your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter and listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
  52.  
    Watch the paintwork 13:00: BBC Radio Merseyside

    I hope the little Girl's helpers are watching out for that paintwork!

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    news on the hour 12:58: Nick Hatfield BBC Radio Merseyside

    Our headlines at 13:00 are:

    • The Giants have started walking and talking during their three-day journey through Liverpool
    • Liverpool City Council estimates that more than 100,000 people have already lined the route of the Giants
    • Jess Robbins has been watching the Grandmother rise at St George's Hall
     
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    Services normal on Northern line 12:50:

    Merseyrail tweets: Services are now running normally on the Northern line (1406287462)

     
  55.  
    Giants: Your Thoughts 12:46: via Facebook

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    Sylvia Kearns says: Sooooo proud to be a Liverpudlian watching this in Liverpool right now! xxx

    Amanda Griffiths also says: Amazing I wish I was there

     
  56.  
    Expectant crowds 12:43: BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Expectant crowds await the #giants #giantsarecoming

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    Farting on Lord Street 12:39: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    Cheeky grandma just had a wee and broke wind at the corner of Lord street! At least it smelt of vanilla!

    Grandma farting

    The Grandma has just farted in the middle of the street!

     
  58.  
    'Poignant' story 12:36: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    Les and Margaret Holmes, of Wallasey, watched the Little Girl and Xolo with their grandchildren Ellis, nine, and Isobella, seven.

    Les and Margaret Holmes with their grandchildren Ellis and Isobella

    Mr Holmes said: "The control the puppeteers have over the giants is incredible. They look sort of old fashioned, and really impressive.

    "The crowds are quite something too. You can hear accents from around the country everywhere."

    Mrs Holmes added: "I got a little bit tearful actually. It's a bit emotional. It brings to mind World War One and everything that happened. My mum was born in 1921 and my dad in 1922, so it's very poignant."

     
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    Cracking view 12:34: Steve Coleman BBC Radio Merseyside
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    Waiting for Grandma 12:28:

    Margaret Murphy has emailed in a picture from the corner of North John Street as people waited for Grandmother Giant.

    North John Street

    Please send us your photos or comments on email, Facebook or Twitter.

     
  61.  
    Check out the Xolo video 12:24: Steve Coleman BBC Radio Merseyside

    Oh my word Xolo is just magical. Check out this clip of him walking through the crowds.

    Xolo in Liverpool
     
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    Hundreds watch on 12:22: Lucinda Moore BBC Radio Merseyside

    Hundreds watch the Little Girl make her way up Whitechapel.

    Little Girl on Whitechapel
     
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    This dog is so cool! 12:17: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    There are hundreds of people out in the boiling midday heat.

    Xolo the dog

    Xolo the dog's nodding his head and wagging his tail. He's going right up to them.

    She's walking! A few yards behind the dog. This is a cup winner's homecoming. There are people gathered on the steps. They are hanging out of shop windows.

    This dog is so cool! He's loving all the attention. There's a sea of people at the end of the street already to greet the Girl and the dog.

     
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    'Unprecedented' numbers on train 12:12:

    We mentioned before about problems travelling into Liverpool on the train as an estimated million people are expected in the city to see the Giants Spectacular.

    Operations director Andy Heath of Merseyrail said there will be train disruptions over the weekend.

    He said it has been a "real challenge because of unprecedented number of passengers" and warned it may be forced to close station for safety.

     
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    Lime Street steps 12:08: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

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    Crowds on the steps of Lime Street Station
     
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    'Just magical' 12:06: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    Jenny Moran, from the Wirral, is watched the Little Girl and Xolo with her two-year-old son, Robert, and parents Ruth and Dave Wilcoxon.

    Jenny Moran with her two-year-old son, Robert, and parents Ruth and Dave Wilcoxon

    Jenny said: "It's amazing, what can I say. Not only the giants themselves, but the way the crowd have reacted to them is just magical."

    Ruth said: "It's been the perfect weather for it. It's beautiful and it's giving me goosebumps."

     
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    Giving the kids a ride 12:03:

    Margaret Murphy has emailed us this picture of the Little Girl Giant taking time out to give kids a ride at the corner of Whitechapel and Sir Thomas Street.

    Little Girl Giant giving kids a ride on her arms
     
  68.  
    news on the hour 11:59: Nick Hatfield BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 12:00 include:

     
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    Isn't she beautiful? 11:57:

    Ellie Bridges sent this picture. Look at Grandmother Giant. Isn't she beautiful?

    Giant Grandmother
     
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    Speedy Xolo 11:49: BBC Radio Merseyside

    Another picture of Xolo in the heart of Liverpool.

    XOLO

    Magical and really speedy too!

     
  71.  
    Girl going past 11:47: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    Just seen the Little Girl Giant go past the window of our office. She was sat on the roof of an old Vauxhall Astra - how it's still in one piece, I have no idea!

    It's amazing, you don't realise the size of the giants until you actually see them up close.

     
  72.  
    Filming Grandma 11:43:

    BBC camera operator David Edwards tweets: @Brijeshp filming Granny for @BBCNWT #giants #giantsarecoming

    Filming the giants
     
  73.  
    Xolo flies past 11:40: Paul Salt BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Xolo the dog going past @bbcmerseyside fantastic! # giants

    xolo
     
  74.  
    Grandma's about to speak 11:36: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    Grandma Giant is just about to speak to the crowds assembled outside St Georges Hall.

    It's the first time we've heard a giant speak in Liverpool. She's speaking in French while someone translates for her.

     
  75.  
    Xolo whizzes past 11:32: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    Here's Xolo whizzing past BBC Radio Merseyside's office. He certainly moves at quite a pace!

    Xolo
     
  76.  
    Delighted crowds 11:30:

    Margaret Murphy emails to say the crowds at Queen Square were delighted by the Little Girl as she ambled down the street, acknowledging their attention.

    Little Girl Giant walking through Queen Square
     
  77.  
    Here's Granny 11:28:

    Giants Spectacular tweets: Grandma @SGHLpool with @CultureLPool #followthegiants

    The Grandmother Giant
     
  78.  
    Quite a sight 11:25: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    The Little Girl Giant is quite a sight as she walks through the crowds.

    Little Girl Giant

    Xolo has toddled off ahead.

     
  79.  
    Huge crowds for Grandma 11:22: Tom Airey BBC News

    Huge crowds stretching from Lime Street down to St George's Hall as we wait for the Grandmother Giant to wake up.

    Crowds at St George's Hall
     
  80.  
    Spying a giant 11:17: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    I'm just waiting for the Giants to come past our office.

    I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of them as they go past the window - it's all very exciting!

     
  81.  
    Here come the band 11:14: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: The band & Jean Luc (head of giants) have arrived @BBCNWT

    Jean-Luc Courcoult
     
  82.  
    Your country needs you 11:10: Tom Airey BBC News

    Liverpool's big screen outside Lime St displays a single message.

    Lime Street sign
     
  83.  
    News on the hour 11:07: Nick Hatfield BBC Radio Merseyside

    The headlines at 11:00 include:

     
  84.  
    It's a live show 11:06:

    Liverpool Council tweets: Please remember @GiantSpectacle is a live show so all times and routes are approximate and can still be subject to change

     
  85.  
    Train disruption 11:04: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    The trains are totally packed out as people flock to Liverpool for the Giants Spectacular.

    A few passengers are a little disgruntled with many including myself crammed in the aisles but at least we're on a train. People are stranded at the platform at Warrington and Widnes station as the trains are too full to take anyone.

    Not everyone is heading into the city for the Giants - I overheard one person ask "Where is everyone going. What is happening?"

    For travel advice see MerseyTravel.

     
  86.  
    Watch the giants wake up 11:00: BBC Radio Merseyside

    She's awake and it's pure magic.

    Little Girl and Xolo waking up

    Check out this video of the moment the Little Girl and Xolo stirred from their slumber on our Facebook page.

     
  87.  
    Grandma and friends 10:57: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight
  88.  
    There she goes 10:55: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    The Little Girl has set off on her journey around Liverpool.

    Little Girl Giant sets off

    Xolo the dog is leading the way as they head off towards the centre of town.

     
  89.  
    Enter the Lilliputians 10:51: Judith Moritz North of England correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: The puppeteers arrive #giants

    Lilliputians
     
  90.  
    Climbing the walls 10:48: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    A few clever spectators are scaling walls and pillars to catch a glimpse of the Little Girl and Xolo.

    Spectators climbing the walls

    Applause has now broken out as the volunteers begin to propel the Little Girl and Xolo on their march.

     
  91.  
    Waking up to a lick 10:44: Jayne McCubbin BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: A good moooooorning lick from xolo! Want one @BBCNWT#giants

    The Little Girl Giant and Xolo
     
  92.  
    Disruption on the trains 10:41:

    BBC Travel News says there is disruption on Merseyrail between Southport and Hunts Cross due to unusually large passenger flow.

     
  93.  
    Eyes open 10:37: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    The little girl's eyes are open!

    Little girl waking up

    Her dog, Xolo, is also waking up. The show is under way here at the Queensway Tunnel.

     
  94.  
    Good Morning Little Girl 10:34:

    Liverpool City Council tweets: Good morning Little Girl Giant, hope you & Xolo slept well ready for your journey, we've met your grandma & can't wait to see you up & about

     
  95.  
    Eyelashes to die for 10:30: BBC Radio Merseyside

    Those eyelashes are to die for!

    Little Girl Giant

    We're counting down to the start of the Giant Spectacular in Liverpool.

     
  96.  
    'Wake up Xolo' 10:26: Jimmy McCracken BBC Radio Merseyside

    As excitement builds for the Giants weekend, Xolo the dog is snoring and kids standing around are shouting "wake up, wake up!"

    Xolo and Little Girl Giant

    The Little Girl Giant takes him for a walk soon.

    You can listen live to BBC Radio Merseyside.

     
  97.  
    Giant walking stick 10:21: Judith Moritz North of England correspondent, BBC News

    There's a giant walking stick lying in front of St George's Hall this morning.

    Grandma's walking stick

    I reckon it's the right size for a 25ft granny.

     
  98.  
    Where's Grandma? 10:16:

    This is where the Grandma's going to be throughout the day.

    Grandma graphic

    As before, please be aware that these times are subject to change as it is a live show and there may be delays.

     
  99.  
    Huge crowds 10:11: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    I've just arrived at the Queensway Tunnel as the Little Girl and Xolo the dog prepare to start their march.

    Crowds at Queensway Tunnel gathering to see Little Girl Giant

    The crowds here are huge and everyone's jostling to find the best vantage points to view the action - including me!

     
  100.  
    Finding the Little Girl and Xolo 10:06:

    Are you planning to come and see the Giants in Liverpool? Here is where the Little Girl Giant and her dog Xolo will be today.

    Little Girl graphic

    Please be aware times are subject to change as it's a live show and there may be delays.

    Details of the Grandmother will follow shortly.

     

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