All six Liberal Democrats lose seats in Liverpool poll

Maria Bennett and team Maria Bennett beat her Labour opponent in a campaign to save greenbelt land

The Liberal Democrats suffered a major defeat in Liverpool with all six candidates losing seats they were defending in the council election.

The Green Party also celebrated more success in Liverpool as well as its first seat on Wirral Council.

While a campaigner fighting to save greenbelt land won a seat on Sefton Council, where Labour retained overall control.

Labour kept control in all of its Merseyside councils.

Maria Bennett, Community Action Not Politics, won Sefton's Ravenmeols ward from Labour's Tom Donnelly with 41% of the vote,

Ms Bennett, is a member of Fragoff (Formby Residents Action Group Opposition from Formby) which opposes Sefton Council's local plan.

The Green Party will become the opposition in Liverpool as the party added two more councillors to make four compared to the Lib Dems' three.

The party also won its first seat on Wirral when Pat Cleary took Birkenhead and Tranmere.

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    Batman celebrated his 75th birthday this month, but it seems he's not ready to pack away his cape just yet.

    Photographs have been circulating on social media of a mysterious figure hanging around Liverpool - and when we say hanging around, we really mean it.

     
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    First woman Vice Chancellor 17:37:

    Janet Beer has been appointed the next Vice Chancellor of the University of Liverpool.

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    Professor Beer is the first woman to take up the position in Liverpool and one of only three in the Russell Group of top universities.

    She begins her new job on 1 February next year.

     
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    On Drive 17:29: Simon Hoban BBC Radio Merseyside

    A major high street bank says it won't reopen its branch on Breck Road in Walton because it's too dangerous for staff.

    Barclays, Breck Road Liverpool

    There've been a number of raids on the Barclays there in recent years and the bank has said enough is enough.

    If you know the Breck Road area of Walton, what's going on down there? Is it a no-go area? Let us know via email, Twitter or Facebook.

     
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    Four bailed over quadricycle death 17:18:

    Four people who were arrested after a man was killed after being hit by a rented four-seater bicycle have been released on police bail.

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    John Stuart Wilcock (pictured), a 65-year-old retired marine engineer and company director from Liverpool, died in hospital on Monday after being hit by the quadricycle on New Brighton promenade.

     
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    'Rice Krispies' mill reaction 17:07: Tom Airey BBC News

    I've been speaking to the chair of Merseyside Civic Society, Dr Peter Brown, about the Joseph Heap Rice Mill being saved from demolition.

    "We are extremely pleased the process is now completed with a positive outcome," he said.

    "The building has a lot of character, so we are keen to attract a developer who will retain as much of the architectural features and the interior as possible."

    Dr Brown said the building is older than the Albert Dock and was used in the production of Rice Krispies by Kellogg's.

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

    A former police constable who was inside the control box at Hillsborough has denied witnessing a cover up and the start of the "Hillsborough Lie". Listen live.

     
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    City centre hate crime rises 16:45: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    As preparations for Liverpool Pride gather pace new figures show city centre hate crime is up.

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    I'll have more on BBC North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

     
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    Fresh appeal over murdered teenager 16:39:

    The sister of a Liverpool teenager killed on a night out 20 years ago has made a fresh appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

    Leslie Woodward

    Leslie Woodward was 17 when he was attacked and stabbed during a night out with friends in the early hours of 31 July 1994.

    No one has ever been charged in relation with his death.

     
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    Teenager sexually assaulted 16:33:

    A 13-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in Sankey Valley Park, Warrington yesterday afternoon, say Cheshire Police.

    The girl was walking near the footbridge over Sankey Way, near to Cromwell Avenue, when she was grabbed by a man blocking the path. She managed to fight him off and run away uninjured.

    The victim was left very upset by the incident and police are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything to come forward.

     
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    Historic warehouse saved 16:13:

    An historic warehouse in Liverpool has been given listed status sparing it from demolition.

    Joseph Heap Rice Mill

    Last month, plans were submitted to demolish the Joseph Heap Rice Mill on the edge of Liverpool's Baltic Triangle in order to build new apartments.

    A rice mill was first built on the site in 1780. Following a local campaign, English Heritage said a recommendation to grant the existing building Grade II-listed status has been accepted by the government.

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

    A former police constable who was inside the control box at Hillsborough has denied witnessing a cover up and the start of the "Hillsborough Lie". Listen live.

     
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    Yellow weather warning 15:54:

    The Met office has issued a yellow warning for heavy rain across Merseyside and Cheshire for Saturday.

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    They say parts of Wales and northern England to get more than 50mm of rain in 12 hours.

     
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    Vehicle fire 15:45:

    North West Motorway Police tweets: The @CheshireFire have now arrived at fire Thelwall Viaduct M6 N/B. May have to close M6 N/B @ J21 Woolston. S/B also slow moving past scene

     
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    M6 vehicle fire 15:40:

    BBC Travel News says two lanes are closed and there is queuing traffic on the M6 northbound between J21 with the A57 at Woolston and J21a with the M62 at the Croft Interchange because of a vehicle fire.

    Smoke blowing across the road is also causing traffic to slow down on the other side of the carriageway.

     
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    Disease kills birds in Birkenhead Park 15:28: Wirral Globe

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

     
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    Scargreen's new skate park 15:17: Nick Hatfield BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been to Norris Green this morning where the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson has officially opened a new skate park at Scargreen Recreational Ground.

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    Tune in to Drive this afternoon on BBC Radio Merseyside for my full report.

     
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    Major changes to Wirral services 15:07:

    Merseytravel tweets: There are major changes to services in Wirral from 10 August ow.ly/i/6p6hw ow.ly/i/6p6i1ow.ly/i/6p6iw

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

    The Hillsborough inquests have heard a BBC commentator who broadcast a gate was broken, allowing in ticketless fans, had "realistically" got his information from the police control box. Listen live.

     
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    Firefighter strikes 14:49:

    Firefighters in England and Wales are to strike over eight consecutive days in an ongoing row with the government, the Fire Brigades Union says.

    The latest action, from 9 August, will be held for a few hours each day over the eight days, it said.

     
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    Lights go out 14:37:

    Halton Council tweets: Lights will go out across Halton from 10-11pm on Monday to mark the #WW1centenary bit.ly/1psFmospic.twitter.com/y0ok3Lyl63

    World War I soldiers on parade in Runcorn
     
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    Crackdown on antisocial behaviour 14:27:

    Police are cracking down on anti-social behaviour in North Liverpool by enforcing a zone to tackle intimidating groups of youths.

    A Section 30 area has been imposed around Longmore Lane in Fazakerley which will allow officers to disperse groups suspected of antisocial behaviour. It will run until the end of January next year.

     
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    Suarez 'too good' for Arsenal 14:18:

    The BBC Sport Gossip Column says Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits he told Luis Suarez not to sign for Arsenal last summer because the Uruguay forward was "too good for them".

    Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez

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    Pet therapy dog dies at quarry 14:09: Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News
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    News on the hour 14:00: Graham Whyte BBC Radio Merseyside

    Barclays has decided it won't be reopening a branch in North Liverpool after it was hit by two robberies in the last year. Listen live

     
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    Coming up 13:51: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    On the show today we're commemorating the death of country singer Jim Reeves.

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    Tune in to BBC Radio Merseyside between 14:00 and 16:00 to listen.

     
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    Robbed bank will not reopen 13:23:

    A branch of Barclays Bank in Liverpool which has been closed since being targetted by armed robbers twice in a year will not reopen.

    Barclays bank in Anfield

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    In September last year, a 15-year-old boy admitted robbing the Anfield branch of the bank with an imitation firearm.

     
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    City clash 'great preparation' 13:13:

    Brendan Rodgers said Liverpool's pre-season clash with Manchester City in New York's Yankee stadium was "great preparation" after watching his side win on penalties after a 2-2 draw.

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    The Liverpool manager told the club's website: "Overall, the players were excellent; we got two goals and could have scored three more - Joe Hart made three outstanding saves. Then it went to penalties and we showed composure to finish them.

    "It was a great game; Manchester City are a wonderful team and they'll go close in the Premier League again this year. At this moment of pre-season, it was a great game for us."

     
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    News on the hour 13:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    A former police constable who was inside the control box at Hillsborough has denied witnessing a cover up and the start of the "Hillsborough Lie".

     
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    Hillsborough PC denies cover-up 12:50: Ben Schofield Reporter, Hillsborough Inquests

    A former police constable who was inside the control box at Hillsborough has denied witnessing a cover-up and the start of the "Hillsborough Lie".

    The jury at the Hillsborough Inquests was told Michael Ryan failed to mention a meeting between the match commander and the chief executive of the FA in his first statement in 1989.

    It was at that meeting that the commander, David Duckenfield, said fans had broken through gates to get into the ground.

    Asked if he had been told to leave out any reference to the meeting, Mr Ryan denied it and said he had played no part in a cover-up.

     
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    Super furry 'elephants' 12:30:

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    Baby rock hyrax

    Four baby rock hyraxes were born at Chester Zoo earlier this month.

    The small mammals are native to Africa but can also be found on the coast of the Arabian peninsular and in Israel.

     
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    Coming up 12:19: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    On today's show we're going to be talking about Twitter.

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    Liverpool's Mayor Joe Anderson is a huge fan but he's raised a few eyebrows because of a very offensive message he retweeted this morning.

    The mayor says he's highlighting the abuse he receives from Twitter users, but others say they don't want this language cropping up on their time line, whatever the context.

    Let us know what you think by calling 0151 709 9333 or texting 81333 with Mersey before your message.

     
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    News on the hour 12:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's been a 27% increase in hate crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Liverpool city centre. Listen live.

     
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    999 fire centre 'puts lives at risk' 11:49:

    The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has claimed lives are being put at risk because of "failings" at the new North West Fire Control centre.

    North West Fire Control

    The union said it was "inundated" with daily complaints about the computer system crashing and contact being lost with mobile fire crews.

    The centre opened in May and answers 999 calls for Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria.

    Greater Manchester Fire Service said there were "no significant issues".

     
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    Hundreds of new homes 11:38:

    Hundreds of affordable homes are to be built across Liverpool over the next four years after £14m of government cash was awarded to four of the city's housing associations, say Liverpool City Council.

    In total 646 new homes - a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses and one and two bedroom apartments - will be built with the vast majority available for rent.

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    Councillors in Chester say they're not out to spoil people's fun by taking so-called 'love locks' off the Queens Park Suspension Bridge.

    Love locks on bridge

    It's claimed 330 padlocks - attached by couples as a sign of their relationship - are damaging the structure and making it sway in the wind.

    The authority's to start taking them down next month - but they'll only be stored until the end of the year.

     
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    'Job risk' at Land Registry 11:10:

    Jobs could be at risk at the Land Registry after a leaked email suggested efficiency savings could reduce staff.

    The Land Registry has an office in Birkenhead and employs around 4,000 people across England and Wales.

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

    There's been a 27% increase in hate crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in Liverpool city centre. Listen live.

     
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    Skate park opens 10:50:

    The first in a network of skate parks across Liverpool has officially opened.

    BMX biker

    Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson opened Scargreen Skate Park in Norris Green in a ceremony featuring a display of BMX and scooter riding.

    The new park is part of the £1.5m capital funding allocated for schemes for young people.

     
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    Spreading kindness 10:38: St Helens Star

    Three women are helping to spread goodwill across the town after launching an online community.

     
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    Coming up 10:27: Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    As it's revealed that Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark is the most re-watched film we're asking what are the songs, films, places and TV shows you never tire of?

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    And at 11:30, I'll be chatting to the Liverpool Lighthouse Charity who've just been awarded £90,000 to set a up a music project for young people in the city.

     
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    Gay hate crimes increase 10:13:

    Merseyside Police say there has been an increase in the number of gay hate crimes reported in the city centre in the last 12 months.

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    The force said there were were 59 gender-related hate crimes reported to the police in the year to July - equating to a 27% rise.

    Speaking ahead of this weekend's Liverpool Pride event, Ch Supt Rowley Moore put the increase down to victims feeling more confident in reporting hate crimes to police.

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

    Liverpool's first openly gay councillor says many people have left the city because of abuse they've suffered for their sexuality. Listen live.

     
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    Concert inspired by fundraiser 09:43:

    Two teenagers from Merseyside are staging a concert tonight to raise awareness of cancer.

    Stephen Sutton

    Stacey Ellison, 15, and Bobby Lang Cole, 14, have organised the Cancer Crusher at Studio2 on Parr Street because of the way the disease has affected their families.

    They say they were inspired by teenager Stephen Sutton (pictured) who died after his high-profile fund-raising campaign.

     
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    Any regrets? Your thoughts 09:30: via Facebook

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    Tina Beckwith got in touch to say: Salty, life is too short for regrets, everything happens (or not) for a reason, you are what you are because of your life experiences, no regrets

    Let us know what you think via email, Twitter or Facebook.

     
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    Congestion at Speke roadworks 09:20:

    BBC Travel News says there is slow traffic on A561 Speke Boulevard westbound as a result of roadworks between the A562 junction and the A562 Speke Hall Road junction.

     
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    Tributes paid to Liverpool fan 09:07: Liverpool Echo
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    News on the hour 09:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The top story at 09:00: There's been a 27% increase in gender-related hate crimes in Liverpool city centre

     
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    Liverpool fan dies 08:51:

    A Liverpool fan has died after making a 40-hour trip to see the team play in the USA.

    Diane Inder, 59, travelled from Australia to Boston, before being admitted to hospital after suffering a heart attack.

     
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    Everton sign Lukaku 08:41:

    Everton have signed Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku for a club record £28m.

    Romelu Lukaku

    The 21-year-old Belgian World Cup forward, who scored 16 goals on loan at Everton last season, has signed a five-year contract at Goodison Park.

     
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    Oui, je regrette 08:32: Paul Salt BBC Radio Merseyside

    Frank Sinatra may have had a few but it seems the rest of us have a lot more regrets.

    Salty with "French for dummies" book

    According to new research we have a multitude of things we regret not doing when younger - travel, getting fit & writing a book top the list. Mine's not learning a language.

    Do you have any regrets or is life just too short? Let me know via email, Twitter or Facebook.

     
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    Wirral line delays 08:25:

    Merseyrail tweets: Sorry, we have had some delays on the Wirral line this morning because of a problem at James Street.

     
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    Liverpool beat City in New York 08:17:

    Liverpool won a penalty shootout against Premier League champions Manchester City in New York after the two teams had drawn 2-2 in 90 minutes.

    Liverpool's Raheem Sterling (right) gets in front of Micah Richards to score

    After a scoreless first half in the friendly at baseball's Yankee Stadium in front of almost 50,000 fans, striker Stevan Jovetic gave City the lead.

     
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    Unsettled day 08:04:

    BBC Weather says it will be an unsettled day with a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers.

    Weather graphic for 13:00 on 31.07.2014

    These may be locally heavy with the risk of thunder. It will be breezy around some coasts near Crosby and Southport, but it will still feel pleasantly warm in sunnier intervals.

     
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    News on the hour 08:00: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

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    • Liverpool's first openly gay councillor says many people have left the city because of abuse they've suffered for their sexuality
     
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