Safety measures agreed for Liverpool and Everton derby days

Fans claimed they were "crushed" before the Liverpool-Everton game in January

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New safety plans have been agreed to help protect football fans at derby day matches between Liverpool and Everton after claims of a "crush" emerged.

Liverpool City Council approved a review of crowd management into the ground and communication with fans.

The clubs will work with the FA and the Premier League for weekend fixtures and early kick-offs on derby days.

A inquiry was launched after more than 1,000 Everton fans were held up outside Anfield before a match in January.

Some fans claimed they had been "crushed" in the melee, but police said no-one was injured.

The council has asked Merseyside Police to notify it of any serious or significant complaints on derby day matches.

The force has been requested to invite accredited supporters' groups to attend pre-match briefings.

The review includes the access to Anfield and the queuing arrangements for fans to prevent congestion outside turnstiles.

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    Giants' creative genius 14:44: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    He's the man who brought the Giants to Liverpool.

    Jean-Luc Courcoult

    You've got to admire Jean-Luc Courcoult as he walks through the city in front of Grandmother Giant.

    You can find out more about his eccentric genius in my feature about his love of Liverpool.

     
  2.  
    Giant history lesson 14:39: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    Jenni Farrell was at Newsham Park with husband Stephen and their children Luca, eight, Kian, six, and Freya, five.

    Giants people

    Mrs Farrell said: "It's a fantastic family day out. It's very interesting and the kids absolutely love it. Everybody's in a lovely mood. It's important to remember World War One."

     
  3.  
    Snooze time 14:34:

    It's time for Girl Giant to start snoring as she has a sleep with Xolo.

    Girl Giant snooze
     
  4.  
    Grandma's pipe 14:29: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    Grandma's having a snooze. I wonder if she'll have a puff on her pipe again when she wakes up?

    Grandma

    That was a real highlight of the wake-up routine in Newsham Park earlier.

     
  5.  
    Crowds at St George's plateau 14:25: Jessica Robbins BBC Radio Merseyside

    There's a massive crowd at St George's plateau.

    Crowds at St George's Plateau
     
  6.  
    Queues at station 14:23:

    Ellie Bridges sent us this picture of the queues at Liverpool Lime Street Station.

    Queues at Lime St

    She says the situation's worse than yesterday, when she last travelled in by train.

     
  7.  
    Up close with Xolo 14:17:

    Marie Walker sent us this picture up close and with Xolo.

    Xolo up close
     
  8.  
    Public transport busy 14:13:

    Merseyside Police tweets: Heading to Liverpool to see the @GiantSpectacle ?Plan your journey and leave plenty of time - public transport will be busy #giants

     
  9.  
    Weather for Giants 14:11:

    Cloud will gradually increase this afternoon bringing a risk of showers.

    Weather graphic for 26.07.2014

    Most places will remain warm this afternoon, but feeling along the coast. Maximum temperatures 26C (79F).

    For all the latest on the weather visit the BBC website.

     
  10.  
    Sleep Time for Grandmother 14:06:

    For Grandmother Giant, too, it's almost sleep time.

    Grandmother heads for a sleep
     
  11.  
    Nap time 14:03:

    It's time for a nap. Lucky Girl Giant gets to rest her eyes for a couple of hours.

    Girl Giant
     
  12.  
    They might be Giants 13:55: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    Perhaps the unsung heroes of the whole Giants spectacle are the musicians providing the round-the-clock soundtrack.

    Band

    Has anyone else been as impressed as me by this talented band? Email us and tell us what you think.

     
  13.  
    Taking a swing on Girl Giant 13:52:

    Paul Hollinghurst took this picture of children swinging on the Little Girl Giant.

    Children hitch a ride on Girl Giant

    She doesn't seem to mind.

     
  14.  
    Grandmother's walk 13:46:

    She sure gets around. Grandmother Giant got out of her wheelchair at the bottom of Kensington and had a walk.

    Grandmother Giant
     
  15.  
    Packed William Brown Street 13:41: Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The flyover is packed and Birkenhead Tunnel completely empty. William Brown Street could not have more people on it if it possibly tried.

    Deckchair for Girl Giant

    Little Girl Giant is coming to have a nap on the chair.

     
  16.  
    Public transport delays 13:36: Samantha Dean, BBC Radio Merseyside Travel

    There are delays of 10 minutes on trains between Hunts Cross and Southport. Generally, it's busy on the trains and buses.

     
  17.  
    A Giant stretch 13:30: Steve Coleman BBC Radio Merseyside

    She's stretching her legs - who can blame her! You can take a look at our video on Facebook.

    Grandmother stretches legs
     
  18.  
    Why I loved the Giants 13:26: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's the emotional attachment you get to the different Giants and their facial expressions when you get up close - they are life-like.

    Girl Giant

    The common factor, I think, is of everyone coming out to see the same thing.

     
  19.  
    Busy streets 13:20: Tom Airey BBC News

    I've seen hundreds of people leaning out their windows in Kensington for a look at the Grandmother Giant at eye level.

    Grandmother

    Some of the residents looked a bit surprised - maybe they didn't know she was visiting!

     
  20.  
    Travel problems 13:15:

    Chris Gauton tell us about problems he experienced getting home from the Giants.

    He advises friends to "stay away" because public transport was so poorly organised.

    He says queues outside Lime Street were around four hours. Instead, he had to travel home to Warrington by bus and taxi which took two hours.

    "If we had waited in the queue at Lime Street we would have been lucky to get home from midnight," he says. "Someone at Merseytravel wants, no needs, to resign."

     
  21.  
    Whisky in the park 13:11: Tom Airey BBC News

    My favourite photo of the day so far is Grandmother Giant having a long drink from her hipflask in Newsham Park.

    Gran taking a drink

    It looks to me that it's going down a little too easily!

     
  22.  
    Travel alerts 13:04:

    Merseytravel tweets: For major, unplanned travel disruption during @GiantSpectacle check Travel Alerts bit.ly/MTupdates or call Traveline 0151 236 7676

     
  23.  
    All smiles 12:59: BBC Radio Merseyside

    Look at those smiles! It's got to be one the best days ever for these Liverpool kids.

    Kids smiling
     
  24.  
    Jean-Luc's Air Guitar 12:54:

    He may not have an actual guitar but that's not stopped Giants creator Jean-Luc Courcoult joining in with the band as they travel through Liverpool.

    Jean-Luc Courcoult doing air guitar

    Thank you to Mike Blackmon for sending the photo into us. If you have any pictures you'd like to share with us, email them to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet @bbcmerseyside.

     
  25.  
    Heavy traffic on M56 12:50:

    BBC Travel News says there's heavier than usual traffic and slow traffic on the M56 eastbound between junction 14, (Hapsford) and junction 12, (Runcorn).

     
  26.  
    Shower time 12:46: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    One of my favourite moments following the Giants so far was when the Little Girl took a shower after waking up this morning. It was really clever.

    Shower
     
  27.  
    Train delays 12:41:

    There are delays of up to eight minutes on Merseyrail between Hunts Cross and Southport due to the large number of passengers travelling to see the Giants.

    The disruption is expected to last until 15:30.

     
  28.  
    Wow factor 12:36:

    Paul Mullin was watching the giants wake at Newsham Park with partner Helen Toolan, and children Alexcia, six, and George, four.

    Giants people

    Paul said: "Our reaction has just been 'wow'."

    "It's been incredible. It's been a really good atmosphere and the movement of the giants has been fascinating to watch. The kids love Xolo the dog."

    Helen added: "The Little Girl having the shower was really clever and the dog running around was really realistic."

     
  29.  
    Extra ferries 12:29:

    Merseytravel tweets: Heading to see the #Giants from the Wirral? @MerseyFerries are running extra services ow.ly/zxC7r

     
  30.  
    Taking a ride on a Giant 12:24: Steve Coleman BBC Radio Merseyside

    Imagine getting a swing on Little Girl Giant's arm. Memories that last forever!

    Girl Giant
     
  31.  
    Puppet tribute 12:19:

    Children from Dukes and Duchesses Nursery have made puppets in honour of the Giants Spectacular.

    Puppets

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

     
  32.  
    A window on the Giants 12:15: BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Handy to live on the Giants' route in Kensington - you can just look out of the window! #giants #liverpool

    The Little Girl Giant
     
  33.  
    Up to no good 12:11: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside

    Xolo the dog has been up to no good again.

    Xolo relieving himself

    He's been relieving himself right in the middle of the road. Clearly, he couldn't find a lamppost.

     
  34.  
    Collecting for the Pals 12:07: Tom Airey BBC News

    I've just met Tony, Butch and Felicity, all collecting for the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund. They're aiming to raise £100,000.

    Tony, Butch and Felicity, collecting for the Liverpool Pals Memorial Fund
     
  35.  
    Taking it easy 12:02: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    Grandma is taking it a little easier in her chair this morning as she travels through Kensington.

    Grandma travelling through Kensington

    Yesterday, she had a few problems with her head whilst travelling up Hanover Street. Let's hope that doesn't happen again today.

     
  36.  
    Is it a Scooter? 11:57: Tom Airey BBC News

    This contraption is being unloaded from a truck in Kensington.

    Scooter being unloaded in Kensington

    Looks like it could be a giant scooter. I wonder who is going to have a ride on that.

     
  37.  
    Waiting for the giants 11:53: BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Amber with Mum Cat from Kensington can't wait!! #giants

    Amber and Cat
     
  38.  
    Another hot day 11:51:

    Liverpool Council tweets: It's another hot day today if you're coming to see the Giants please wear plenty of sun cream & drink lots of water, stay safe in the sun

     
  39.  
    Great thing to be a part of 11:47: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside

    I have to confess, I was a bit of a cynic before all of this but now I've seen the Giants up close, it's just amazing how lifelike they are!

    Smiling crowds

    It's a great thing to be a part of and I love seeing the smiles on everybody's faces in the crowd. That's something money can't buy.

     
  40.  
    Hot in the city 11:42: Tom Airey BBC News

    People in Kensington are lining the streets and waiting patiently for the Giants.

    Giant Refreshments sign

    It's hot already, so the "Giant Refreshments" stand is doing a good trade.

    I recommend you bring a hat and some sun cream if you're heading out to join the crowds.

     
  41.  
    Cheeky Xolo 11:36: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    While the Little Girl was getting ready after her shower, cheeky Xolo the dog dashed in and tried to steal one of her socks.

    Xolo the dog
     
  42.  
    Little Girl gets going 11:32: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    She's up and about after taking a shower.

    Girl Giant wakes up
     
  43.  
    Packed streets 11:28: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Giants are well underway and the streets around Newsham Park are full to brim with people trying to catch a glimpse as they walk back towards the city centre.

    Busy streets
     
  44.  
    The pull of the Giants 11:23: Helen Carter BBC Local Live

    Have their footsteps been felt in London? Are the Giants on the radar in the South? Or is it an event that matters only to Liverpool?

    Xolo the giant dog

    I've taken a look at the effect of the Giants outside Liverpool and the "powerful" pull they have on tourists.

     
  45.  
    Running around the Park 11:19: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    We've been hearing how Xolo the dog has been running around Newsham Park this morning.

    Xolo the dog at Newsham Park

    Check out this cracking video of him arriving at the park last night, much to the delight of the kids in the crowd.

     
  46.  
    Shower time 11:15:

    It's shower time for Little Girl Giant before she walks around Liverpool. Paul Hollinghurst took this lovely picture.

    Girl Giant takes a shower

    Do you have a picture you'd like to share? Email merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk, tweet us or send them via Facebook.

     
  47.  
    Smoking her pipe 11:11: Tom Airey BBC News

    The Giants are on the move! Grandmother is still smoking the pipe.

    Grandmother smokes a pipe
     
  48.  
    Watch Grandma waking up 11:07: BBC Radio Merseyside

    Check out this video of Xolo and Grandma waking up in Newsham Park on our Facebook page.

    Grandma having a morning whiskey

    If you like it please share it!

     
  49.  
    Snapping the Giants 11:04:

    Andrea Day sent us this wonderful picture of the Little Girl Giant and her dog, Xolo, taking a well earned nap next to the Chinese arch on Friday.

    Little Girl Giant taking a nap

    If you're watching the Giants today, we'd love to see your pictures - send them to us on email, Facebook or Twitter.

     
  50.  
    Grandma's route 11:00:

    This is where the Grandma giant will be throughout the day as she continues to explore Liverpool.

    Grandma graphic

    Please be aware that these times are subject to change as it is a live event and there could be delays.

    Details on the Little Girl will follow.

     
  51.  
    Xolo wagging his tail 10:55: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside

    Xolo is on all fours wagging his tail. He looks a very happy dog. Thousands of people all around gathering to see the performance.

    Xolo the dog

    There's a three-wheeled car which is a makeshift record player. We're seeing a huge vinyl record being lifted on the roof of a car which acts as a turntable.

     
  52.  
    Unhealthy breakfast 10:51: Tom Airey BBC News

    Grandmother giant starts the day with a huge glug of whiskey from a 3ft hip flask.

    She continues the unhealthy start to the day with a long smoke on a pipe. Hope the Little Girl giant wasn't watching!

     
  53.  
    Plan your journey 10:46:

    Merseytravel tweets: Please plan for your journey in advance and be patient if going to see #Giants event as city centre and transport services are very busy.

     
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    top headlines
     
  55.  
    Xolo's up 10:40: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Xolo's up #giants @BBCNWT

    Xolo waking up
     
  56.  
    Thousands expected 10:37:

    Thousands of people are expected to line Liverpool's streets for the second day of the Giants' visit to Liverpool.

    The Grandmother Giant and the crowds

    An estimated 300,000 people watched the three giants walk through the city on Friday.

     
  57.  
    Giants from above 10:34:

    National Police Air Service Rhuddlan tweets: Enjoying to weather #giants

    Crowds in Newsham Park
     
  58.  
    They're awake! 10:31: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    They're awake! Xolo is wagging his tail, the Little Girl has stood up on her bed and Grandma is slowly stirring.

    There are squeals of delight from the children and ripples of applause from the park.

     
  59.  
    Not long now 10:29: Tom Airey BBC News

    The band kicks in and the Lilliputians are starting to emerge.

    Sleeping Grandma with the band

    Not long to wait now.

     
  60.  
    Bright pink jacket 10:27: Tom Mullen BBC News Online

    I'm here at Newsham Park and the crowd is really heaving. The sun is shining, music is playing and everybody's waiting for the big wake-up.

    The man behind the Giants, Jean-Luc Courcolt, is strolling around smiling in a bright pink jacket.

     
  61.  
    Grandmother wakes up 10:24: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    She'll be on the move soon.

    Giant Grandmother

    Are you watching the Giants? Get in touch.

     
  62.  
    Thousands gather 10:21: Tom Airey BBC News

    I'm among the thousands who have gathered for the start to the Giants' second day in Liverpool.

    Thousands gather in Newsham Park

    We're in Newsham Park listening to moving letters from World War One.

     
  63.  
    Remembering the Pals 10:17: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    The Newsham Park crowd are listening quietly to recordings made by the relatives of some of the Liverpool Pals.

    The World War One volunteer battalions were formed by Lord Derby and took 5,000 local men to the front.

    One recording is of a letter written to the mother of a local soldier after he had died. The relative reading it is very emotional, as is the listening crowd.

     
  64.  
    Changes to buses 10:11:

    There will be significant changes to buses because of the Giants' visit to Liverpool.

    You can see a full list of changes here.

     
  65.  
    What a pair of slippers 10:06: Paul Beesley BBC Radio Merseyside

    What a pair of slippers Grandma has!

    Grandma's slippers
     
  66.  
    Road closures 10:00:

    A number of roads across Liverpool will be closed today while the Giants walk across the city.

    List of road closures

    You can find a full list here.

     
  67.  
    Hardly slept 09:56: Sue Owen Editor, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I hardly slept last night! Too hot, and also I'm so excited about another day with the Giants.

    Little Girl Giant asleep in Newsham Park

    But the heat clearly hasn't stopped the Little Girl, her Nan and Xolo the dog getting a good rest in Newsham Park. I'm really jealous.

     
  68.  
    Giant crowds at the park 09:51: Andy Gill BBC North West Tonight

    tweets: Big crowd Newsham Park #Liverpool for #giants day 2. @BBCNWT

    Crowds at Newsham Park
     
  69.  
    Mumbling in his sleep 09:46: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at Newsham Park this morning where the giants are sleeping following their long walk around Liverpool yesterday.

    Xolo the dog sleeping

    If you get close enough to Xolo, you can hear him mumbling in his sleep!

    The only problem is I can't understand what he's saying because it's all in French.

     
  70.  
    Giant routes 09:41:

    Giant Spectacular tweets: Check the routes on the map along with the timings for today. Both giants leave Newsham Park at 10 am giantspectacular.com/saturday

     
  71.  
    Poor effort on litter 09:36: James Mountford BBC Radio Merseyside

    When we first arrived at Newsham Park, the site was extremely messy from last night.

    Litter in Newsham Park

    There were empty beer cans, plastic bottles and all sorts of rubbish strewn across the grass.

    It has started to be cleaned up now but I have to say it is a poor effort on the litter front.

     
  72.  
    Lovely gift 09:30:

    Giant Spectacular tweets: Woke up to a lovely gift of a very kind family #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/TX4ZmTYuTn

    New blanket for Grandma giant
     
  73.  
    'Set off in plenty of time' 09:23:

    Merseyrail is advising people to set off in plenty of time if they want to see the Giants. It follows problems yesterday getting everyone in and out of the city.

    They're also asking Wirral line passengers to use Liverpool Central Station and the Northern line passengers to use Moorfields.

    For more information visit the Merseyrail website.

     
  74.  
    Relive the magic 09:16: Judith Moritz North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Thousands of people lined the streets of Liverpool yesterday to welcome the Giants to the city.

    Giant puppet on the streets in Liverpool

    If you you missed any of the action yesterday or simply want to relive the magic you can watch my report on the BBC News website.

     
  75.  
    Waiting to see the giants 09:11: Paul Beesley BBC Radio Merseyside

    There are nearly 300 people gathered in Newsham Park already this morning waiting for the giants to wake up.

    Family picnic

    I met a family of 15 who've brought a huge picnic with them, including some cava for the adults.

     
  76.  
    Hot and sunny 09:05: Charlie Slater Weather Presenter, BBC North West Today

    Another hot and sunny day with lots of blue sky for many of us from the word go.

    Weather graphic for 13:00 on 26.07.2014

    Some cloud is likely to bubble up later in the afternoon but it won't spoil the day, instead we'll have sunny spells rather than widespread blue sky and sunshine.

    Temperatures will reach highs of 27C (81F).

     
  77.  
    Good morning 09:00: Owen Walker BBC Local Live

    It's day two of the giants visit to Liverpool. The Little Girl Giant, her Grandmother and Xolo the dog had spent the night in Newsham Park.

    All the giants sleeping in Newsham Park

    We'll be following them throughout the day as they continue to explore Liverpool.

    If you have any pictures or comments you'd like to send us, email them to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk or tweet us at @bbcmerseyside.

     

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