Man charged with Widnes woman's murder

A 38-year-old man has been charged with murder after a woman died from serious injuries in Widnes, police said.

The 42-year-old woman was found at a property in Mersey Road at about 07:35 BST on Sunday following a report of an assault.

She was taken to Whiston Hospital in Merseyside where she died.

David John Hoyle, of Idle Road, in Bradford, West Yorkshire, is due to appear before Halton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

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    Good evening 18:00:

    That's all from Local Live for today, we'll be back from 08:00 on Wednesday. Before we go, Halton Council emails to say The Sooty Show is heading to the Brindley Runcorn in the autumn.

    Sooty and Sweep

    The "spectacular mix of magic, music and mess" hits the theatre on Saturday 4 October.

    Barkley 'back in eight weeks' 17:53:

    Everton star Ross Barkley may be back in action in eight weeks, according to The Guardian.

    Ross Barkley

    It reports boss Roberto Martinez is confused about a rumour that the midfielder would be out for five months. "I don't know where the figure came from but obviously the extent of the injury is a little unsure at the moment because we don't know how the next two weeks are going to develop," he said.

    School band on the run 17:49:

    Imagine a school where you learn Band On The Run instead of times tables?


    BBC Radio 4 has been telling the story of the Langley School Music Project, which inspired the film School of Rock.

    The project was run by Hans Fenger, a musician who got his first job as a teacher in Langley, Canada, in the 1970s. He never had a lesson plan, didn't use a curriculum and instead taught the children the pop songs of the days including classics by Wings and The Beatles.

    Volunteers honoured for park work 17:45: Wirral Globe

    A group of volunteers have received a national award for their contribution to conservation projects and other environmental work in Wirral Country Park.

    John Futhey, Jean Doyle, Steven Crook, Stuart Boyd and Amber Goodwin were presented with the John Muir Award during a ceremony at the park by Merseyside's High Sheriff, Mrs Abila Pointing.

    Boy, 10, charged with cemetery theft 17:42:

    A 10-year-old boy has been charged with theft after headstones were damaged in a cemetery in Birkenhead, Merseyside Police say.

    Officers said more than 100 headstones and memorials were damaged at Flaybrick Hill Cemetery in Tollemache Road, Claughton, on 22 May.

    The boy has been bailed to appear before Wirral Youth Court on 2 September.

    Travellers leave site 17:28: Warrington Guardian

    Travellers have now left Mary Ann Meadows under police supervision although residents say piles of rubbish have been left behind.

    A line of caravans left the playing field off Westbrook Way at around 8pm on Monday.

    Phil back in the Brazil fold 17:18: BBC Sport

    Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is recalled to the Brazil squad for their upcoming friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador.

    Philippe Coutinho
    Liverpool fan 'saved by tattoo' 17:10: Liverpool Echo

    A Liverpool FC fan who was rescued after spending 19 hours in freezing, shark infested waters said his 'You'll Never Walk Alone' tattoo kept him going.

    Australian Kim Thomsen this week spoke for the first time about the ordeal, in which his nephew and friend drowned.

    News on the hour 16:57:

    The rate at which prices are rising slowed down last month. The two main indexes used to measure the inflation rate were both lower in July than they had been in June.

    Government statisticians say the figures reflect decisions by shops to hold their summer sales of clothes and shoes later this year than usual.

    Listen to the bulletin on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    Overhead cable catches fire 16:45:

    Firefighters were called to an overhead electricity cable which had fallen to the ground and caught fire in Formby this morning.

    North Moss Lane

    Crews went to North Moss Lane just before 09:30 and cordoned off the area around the cable. Engineers from Scottish Power isolated the power supply. No-one was injured.

    A fishy tale... 16:34:

    St Helens Libraries tweets: #Rainhill #Library's Mythical #Mermaid. Named #Matilda - made during a #SummerReadingChallenge craft event!

    Listen to the Rovers 16:22: BBC Radio Merseyside

    We'll have the best coverage of Wycombe v Tranmere tonight - 19:45 kick off with all the build up from 18:00 including Rob Edwards and Max Power. Listen live here.

    Happy birthday Marco 16:11:

    Former Everton defender Marco Materazzi, who won the World Cup with Italy in 2006, celebrates his 41st birthday today.

    Marco Materazzi

    He spent a season with the Toffees and was sent off four times in 27 games, before returning to Italy, and he was famously the victim of a Zinedine Zidane headbutt in the World Cup final.

    Hopefully, things are a lot calmer now he's retired.

    News on the hour 16:00: Nick Hatfield BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's been reported that a Liverpool takeaway owner is among a group of British-based Kurds who've returned to Iraq to fight militants.

    Mohammed Abudullah said that even though he has a good life here, he wanted to help defend his people from the insurgents.

    Listen to the bulletin on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    Fran goes for gold 15:54:

    Southport's Fran Halsall is one of a number of Brits hoping for success at the European Aquatics Championships in Berlin later.

    Fran Halsall

    The swimmer, who won two golds at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, competes in the women's 50m butterfly at 17:25 BST.

    You can watch all the action on the BBC Sport website.

    Man charged over break-in 15:49:

    A man has been charged with burglary and theft after a break-in at the house of a 90-year-old woman.

    Money was stolen from the pensioner's home in the Sefton Park area on Sunday 10 August.

    The man was arrested on Thursday and subsequently charged with the two offences.

    No more bites for Luis 15:43:

    Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez says he has talked to specialists about his behaviour and insists there will be no further biting incidents.

    Suarez bite

    The Barcelona player is currently serving a four-month ban for his third biting offence.

    "I say to fans, don't worry, because I won't do that anymore," he said.

    Admiral inspects the Dee 15:34:

    The annual inspection of the River Dee has been carried out by the Lord Mayor of Chester, Bob Rudd, who is also Admiral of the Dee.

    Bob Rudd and Marine Cadet Lance Corporal George Acton

    The title dates back to 1354 when powers were granted to the mayor by Edward, the Black Prince. The annual inspection is undertaken so that any issues can be addressed.

    Councillor Rudd said: "It was a beautiful summer's evening when the ceremonial inspection was carried out and I was proud to have the ancient title of Admiral of the Dee."

    Charge over prison van escape 15:25:

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of escaping from lawful custody after a prison van escape in Toxteth.

    The 30-year-old was held in St. Helens last night after the incident on 25 July.

    A van was travelling from Liverpool Crown Court to a local prison when a prisoner escaped, police said.

    Gang advice 15:17:

    Adults worried about children getting involved in gangs should call the the NSPCC's helpline, the charity has urged.

    Gang poster

    It says it has trained councillors to deal with calls from concerned parents, after receiving Home Office funding.

    Liverpool and Knowsley have been singled out by the Home Office as areas where gangs are an issue.

    A birthday for Billy 15:08:

    Many happy returns to Billy J. Kramer, who celebrates his 71st birthday today.

    Billy J. Kramer

    The Bootle singer, who was managed by Beatles manager Brian Epstein, scored a number one with Bad To Me in 1963, one of several Lennon and McCartney compositions he recorded.

    He followed it up with a second chart-topper, Little Children, a year later.

    News on the hour 15:00: Nick Hatfield BBC Radio Merseyside

    It is reported that a Liverpool takeaway owner is among a group of UK-based Kurds who have returned to Iraq to fight militants.

    Mohammed Abudullah said that he has a good life in Britain, but wants to help defend his people from insurgents.

    You can listen live here.

    Rail shortlist announced 14:52: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    The shortlist of companies bidding to run rail networks in the north of England has been announced.

    Three operators have been shortlisted for the Northern Rail franchise and three for First TransPennine Express, with the winners due to be announced in October 2015.

    The franchises connect passengers travelling between Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle and Carlisle and onwards to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

    Interested in hospitality? 14:44: Billy Butler BBC Radio Merseyside

    Do you know someone young who might want to take up a career in the hospitality business?

    Well, this Thursday there's the perfect opportunity with a careers fair at The Isla Gladstone.

    Find out more after 3pm on BBC Radio Merseyside.

    How much was Suarez? 14:36:

    The Times' football writer Tony Barrett tweets: Barca confirm Suarez's release clause was £75m but claim they paid £65m. Liverpool insist it was £75m. Anyone seen the receipt?!

    Showing off Our Zoo 14:27:

    A trailer for a new BBC One drama telling the story of how Chester Zoo came into being has been published online.

    Our Zoo

    Our Zoo is based on the true story of the Mottershead family, who dreamt of opening a zoo without bars.

    The six-part series starts on 3 September.

    Come in number 50 14:10:

    Liverpool's summer signing Lazar Markovic will wear the number 50 shirt.

    Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic

    The 20-year-old forward wore the same number for Partizan Belgrade and Benfica.

    News on the hour 14:00: Nick Hatfield BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool and Knowsley have been selected to take part in the expansion of the government's Troubled Families pilot.

    The idea is to help vulnerable children from struggling homes get a better chance in life.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

    Why August has gone chilly 13:58:

    BBC Weather presenter Charlie Slater tweets: In case you were wondering why it's so chilly for August. This map shows the cool air spilling down from the north...

    Weather map
    A bit of razzmatazz 13:43:

    Ballroom dancers Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag have announced a tour of a new show, That's Entertainment.

    Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag

    The show, which comes to Liverpool Philharmonic Hall on 13 February, will see the pair dancing to hits from stage and screen including Steppin' Out With My Baby, Make 'Em Laugh and There's No Business Like Show Business.

    They will be joined by vocalist Lance Ellington, six Ensemble Dancers and the 25-piece London Concert Orchestra conducted by Richard Balcombe.

    Full house for Toffees opener 13:33:

    Everton's first home game of the new Premier League season will be played in front of a full house, after the club announced it had sold out.

    Roberto Martinez

    Roberto Martinez's side take on Arsenal at Goodison Park on Saturday.

    Rare chicks hatch 13:25:

    Chester Zoo tweets: Two rare chicks have hatched! Here's more info (incl. a video clip of a dancing crane!):

    Crane and chick
    Coming up 13:16: Roger Johnson Presenter, North West Tonight

    Coming up on the programme, a shortlist has been announced of bidders hoping to takeover the running of two of our region's main rail franchises - Northern and TransPennine Express.

    And we visit a new rehabilitation project at a women's prison, where the aim is to get the inmates clean whilst in jail, then give them intensive support on the outside.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

    Creamfields traffic 13:09: Wirral Globe

    Motorists travelling over the bank holiday are being warned to expect delays with the start of Creamfields Festival.


    The three-day event starts on Friday, with crowds of around 65,000 expected.

    News on the hour 13:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A memorial to the Liverpool Pals who volunteered to fight at the start of the First World War is to be unveiled by Prince Edward.

    The £85,000 sculpture will be revealed in front of an invited audience on the main concourse at Lime Street railway station a week on Sunday.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

    Muscle twitcher 12:48:

    The University of Liverpool tweets: We've developed a tiny implant that helps strengthen bones. Daily Mail have written about it here: #Osteoporosis

    Cunard move for council 12:40: Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool Council leaders have applied for planning permission to refurbish the Cunard building - with the overall cost of the move set to top £15m.

    The council plans to move some staff - including those from Liverpool Vision who are currently in the Capital Building in Old Hall Street - into the building by early October.

    Man bailed over sex attack 12:33:

    A 24-year-old man arrested in connection with a sexual assault has been released on police bail.

    On 11 August, a 15-year-old girl was walking in Woodchurch when she was grabbed by a man inappropriately. He then got in a car and drove off.

    Police would like to hear from any witnesses to the incident on New Hey Road.

    What's on in Liverpool 12:25: Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    After something to do? Liverpool's Town Hall is opening its doors to the public this week, with guided tours of the 18th Century building on offer.

    'Icons and Superheroes' is the title of a new exhibition at Arts Hub 47 on Lark Lane. It's running until the end of the month.

    For more events, listen to the what's on guide a little later.

    Artist discusses Pals memorial 12:16:

    The Liverpool Pals memorial, which Prince Edward will unveil on 31 August, has been sculpted by artist Tom Murphy.

    Tom Murphy

    He spoke to BBC North West Tonight in January about his design.

    'Expectation' to help 12:07: Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    Jennifer in Kirkby has got in touch with us on the topic of grandparents and looking after grandchildren.

    She said it is "a privilege to have an input into children's lives", but there now was "an expectation" for grandparents to help with the children.

    You can still get in touch on email, Twitter or Facebook.

    News on the Hour 12:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool foodbank says it's seeing a growing number of families who are struggling to feed their children during the summer holidays.

    July and August are among Hope Foodbank's busiest times, with parents finding it difficult to provide the extra meals that they would normally get in school.

    Listen live here.

    Agger in demand 11:51: BBC Sport

    Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger is a man in demand, according to the Daily Express.

    Daniel Agger

    The 29-year-old Dane is apparently catching the eye of Spanish champions Atletico Madrid, as well as Arsenal, after falling down the pecking order at Anfield.

    Lucky escape 11:43: Chester Chronicle

    An elderly couple escaped from a house fire after hearing their fire alarm - which had been fitted just two days earlier.

    Smoke alarm

    The couple were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation after the fire in Boughton last night.

    Rail shortlist announced 11:32:

    Train passengers in the North of England have been promised "a world-class rail network" by the Government.

    Rail workers

    Three operators have today been shortlisted for the Northern rail franchise and three for the TransPennine Express franchise.

    The franchises connect passengers travelling into and between Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester and Newcastle.

    Lane blocked on bypass 11:24:

    BBC Travel reports there's one lane blocked and queuing traffic on the A483 Wrexham Bypass southbound in Cheshire between Pulford and Rossett.

    It's due to an accident involving up to four vehicles.

    Injury problems for Rovers 11:16:

    Tranmere Rovers manager Rob Edwards has a few injury problems ahead of his side's League Two tie at Wycombe this evening.

    Tranmere boss

    Danny Holmes and Abdulai Baggie are both doubts, with captain Marcus Holness out with a hamstring injury.

    You can listen to match commentary on BBC Radio Merseyside from 19:00.

    Looking for food donations 11:07: BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Food on the shelves of @hopefoodbank they're always looking for more donations so why not send them a tweet?

    Hope foodbank
    News on the Hour 11:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A memorial to the Liverpool Pals who volunteered to fight at the start of the First World War is to be unveiled by Prince Edward.

    The £85,000 sculpture will be revealed on the main concourse at Liverpool Lime Street railway station a week on Sunday.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

    Police reduce carbon footprint 10:54:

    Cheshire Police tweets: We have reduced carbon emissions by 22% over five years, avoiding costs of £1.6 million and helping us protect frontline policing

    Fun day celebrates park launch 10:47:

    St. Helens Council said the newly refurbished Victoria Park will host its second annual Family Fun Day from noon to celebrate its official launch by the town's mayor, Geoff Pearl.

    Victoria Park

    A spokesman said visitors would be able to see for themselves the "depth and range of work that has been carried out to restore the park to its former glory".

    Work on the park has included the removal of old trees, the relaying of Victorian paths, the restoration of the rose garden and the building of a new bandstand.

    Grandparents 'suffer' 10:39: Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    Andy in Bootle has called in to say grandparents are "starting to suffer" with the working patterns of modern families.

    Meredith, 66, from Chester, said she looks after her five grandkids every Wednesday.

    She told me the time with them was "so special" and they often did free activities on the beach or in the park.

    Scam warning 10:30:

    Halton Borough Council tweets: Halton Borough Council is warning of a new scam

    It's a mystery 10:22: Southport Visiter

    British Film Institute appeal for lost Sherlock Holmes film shot in Southport.

    First ever full-length feature about legendary detective was filmed a century ago.

    Permanent Pals tribute 10:12: Paul Burnell BBC News

    A memorial to the Liverpool Pals who served during World War One will be unveiled by Prince Edward on 31 August.

    19th Battalion of the Liverpool Pals

    It follows a three-year campaign by the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund to create a permanent tribute to remember the men and boys who volunteered.

    The £85,000 frieze was designed by Liverpool sculptor Tom Murphy, whose other works include a statue to former Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly.

    How involved are you? 10:06: Helen Jones BBC Radio Merseyside

    David Cameron has said thousands of grandparents who care full-time for their grandchildren could be given paid leave and greater financial support.

    This morning, we are asking how involved are you with your grandkids and do you think grandparents have sufficient rights and support?

    Get in touch on email, Twitter or Facebook and listen live here.

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

    A Liverpool foodbank says it's seeing a growing number of families who are struggling to feed their children during the summer holidays.

    July and August are among Hope Foodbank's busiest times, with parents finding it difficult to provide the extra meals that they would normally get in school.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

    Barkley "reacting well" 09:53:

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has told BBC Radio Merseyside midfielder Ross Barkley is "reacting well to treatment".

    Barley and Martinez

    The 20-year-old suffered medial ligament damage in training last Friday and could be out of action for several months.

    Take extra care when driving 09:44:

    Cheshire Fire tweets: Take extra care when driving today. Heavy rainfall overnight so there's lots of surface water on the roads. Tips:

    Scouse Nous update 09:36: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    Guesses for the Scouse Nous so far include the eagle statue which used to be on Paradise Street and Liverpool's Jacob's factory.

    Unfortunately they are both not what we are looking for, so the guessing continues!

    Wedding bells 09:30:

    The BBC News website's Magazine section has done a feature on Gretna Green.


    The Scottish village has been a popular place to get married since the 18th Century.

    A local hotel manager said Liverpool provided one of its main customer bases.

    Pals memorial to be unveiled 09:23: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A memorial to the Liverpool Pals who volunteered to fight at the start of the First World War is to be unveiled by Prince Edward.

    The sculpture of first memorial to the Liverpool Pals

    The £85,000 frieze will be revealed in front of an invited audience on the main concourse at Lime Street railway station a week on Sunday.

    Lt Col Tony Hollingsworth MBE from the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund is pleased the memorial will be seen by so many people.

    Sustainability shortlist 09:15:

    Cheshire Police tweets: We are delighted to be finalists for the @BIFMAwards in the 'sustainability and environmental impact' category

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    Falcao interest 09:08:

    The BBC Sport gossip column is reporting Liverpool are still keen on signing Monaco striker Radamel Falcao.


    The 28-year-old from Columbia has also been attracting the attention of Italian side Juventus, according to the Daily Mail.

    News on the Hour 09:00: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    Prince Edward is to unveil a memorial to the Liverpool Pals who volunteered at the start of World War One.

    At the end of the month, a sculpture will be revealed on the main concourse at Lime Street railway station, followed by a re-enactment of the signing up at St George's Plateau exactly 100 years on.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

    Daughter discipline 'felt good' 08:55: Chester Chronicle

    A father who whipped his estranged daughter with a belt in the street as she ran for safety said he felt 'good' for disciplining her.

    Albert Lewis, 56, threw stones at his daughter's head, before chasing and beating her with a belt while she was struggling to escape through a locked gate.

    Lewis, of Lime Grove, Hoole, pleaded guilty to assault by beating at Chester Magistrates Court.

    Lane closures on M62 08:49:

    Cheshire Police tweets: Update to Accident on the M62 EB J11 - J12. Closures currently on Lane 2/3 expect long delays. If possible avoid the area and use the M56.

    Scouse Nous 08:41: Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's Scouse Nous is as follows: "In Merseyside, this started to crumble and cause some concern. You can still see it today, but it doesn't crumble anymore."

    It's a little tricky, this one could take a while!

    Get in touch on email, Twitter or Facebook if you know it.

    Foodbank struggling with demand 08:34: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool foodbank has told BBC Radio Merseyside it's seeing an increasing number of families who are facing food poverty during the summer months.

    Hope Foodbank has revealed July and August are among its busiest times, but with many people going on holiday, donations are often at their lowest - leaving volunteers struggling to meet demand.

    Accident on M62 08:27:

    Cheshire Police tweets: Accident on the M62 EB between J11 - J12, proceed with caution please. Highways agency are on scene.

    Rail fare increases 08:20: Liverpool Echo

    Campaigners against rail travel price hikes claim costs for some Merseyside routes could go up by £37 in the next year.


    The TUC says the price of some fares could be up to 3.6% higher in 2015.

    Suarez makes his debut 08:12:

    Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez made his debut for Barcelona yesterday.


    Suarez's four-month ban for biting has now been relaxed to allow the player to train and play in friendly matches.

    The side beat Mexican side Club Leon 6-0.

    Bands of showers 08:05:

    BBC Weather reports there will be bands of occasionally heavy showers across Merseyside at first today.


    It is expected to then dry off with sunny spells across the whole region this afternoon.

    News on the Hour 08:01: Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool foodbank has told BBC Radio Merseyside it's struggling to keep up with demand during the summer months.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

    Good morning 08:00: Tom Airey BBC News

    Morning folks, I'm here with Tuesday's news, sport, weather and travel updates for Merseyside.

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



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