Woman waist deep in mud in Crosby Beach rescued

A woman was rescued by firefighters after becoming trapped waist deep in mud on a beach in Merseyside.

The woman became stuck about 300yd (274m) from the promenade while walking along Crosby Beach.

She was freed after about 25 minutes in the mud and was then checked over by paramedics.

Merseyside firefighters have carried out a number of mud rescues this year. People have been urged to avoid soft mud areas after the tide has gone out.

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    18:00: Good evening

    That's all from the Local Live team, keep warm, and join us for all your news, sport, travel and weather again from 08:00 on Thursday.

    17:56: Frequent snow showers BBC Weather Latest

    It will be a windy night with frequent snow showers pushing in from the Irish Sea.

    Weather forecast

    Clearer spells will allow frost and icy stretches to develop, especially away from coasts.

    17:52: Coming up Roger Johnson Presenter, North West Tonight

    A container load of old and battered objects from half way around the world arrived in Chester today, to the delight of dozens of people.

    Islands project at Chester Zoo

    The artefacts from Indonesia include a boat, some roof tiles and several cages and they're to be used in a new £30 Islands project at Chester Zoo.

    Watch North West Tonight at 18:30 to find out more.

    17:38: Costa charged with violent conduct BBC Sport

    Chelsea forward Diego Costa has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following the Capital One Cup semi-final against Liverpool on Tuesday.

    The Spain striker (pictured) is accused of stamping on Liverpool defender Emre Can in the 12th minute of the 1-0 victory.

    Diego Costa

    He faces a three-match ban and could miss Saturday's league match with Manchester City at Stamford Bridge.

    The player has until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge.

    17:35: Lorry spillage cleared

    Cheshire Police tweets: The spillage of #redbull on the M6 has been cleared. Seems we had pole position on this one over @redbullracing

    Lorry shed its load on M6
    17:23: CCTV released after bus stop assault

    Merseyside Police has released CCTV stills of two men they would like to speak to about an alleged assault in Speke.

    CCTV image

    A man was left with head injuries after an altercation at a bus stop at Speke Boulevard, near to the junction with Speke Road, on the morning of 17 January.

    Police say he was taken to hospital by ambulance, but didn't wait for treatment or provide his personal details.

    17:12: Congestion on M62 BBC Travel North West BBC Travel

    BBC Travel reports there is congestion on the M62 at Broad Green, with slow traffic in Queens Drive at The Rocket.

    17:04: Heavy hail on motorways

    NW Motorway Police tweets: Heavy hail/sleet/snow/rain is falling on parts of the network. Lets arrive home safely tonight, slow down.

    16:57: News on the hour BBC Radio Merseyside

    BBC Radio Merseyside can reveal Liverpool's mayor has asked developers to revise their plans that would see 27 trees removed to allow homes to be built on Sefton Park Meadows in South Liverpool.

    Listen to BBC Radio Merseyside here.

    16:51: Former bank given heritage status

    One of Liverpool city centre's most distinctive office buildings has been granted Grade II-listed status.

    The former Midland Bank on Dale Street - which opened in 1971 - is noted for its "pop architecture" and its distinctive metallic panelling.

    Former Midland Bank, 4 Dale Street, Liverpool

    It is one of 14 across the country to be protected by English Heritage as part of a project to recognise post-war commercial buildings.

    16:41: Teenager arrest over sex assault claim Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

    A 16-year-old boy from Runcorn has been arrested following reports of a sexual assault in the town.

    The police say they're investigating an alleged attack on a 16-year-old girl last Friday afternoon in Town Park in Runcorn.

    The teenager is in police custody and helping officers with their enquiries..

    16:28: Men trapped after staircase blows away

    Nine men have been rescued after a staircase blew away from a portable building in Knowsley, trapping them on the first floor.

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service were called to the site in Lees Road at around 09:10 GMT.

    Firefighters used a short extension ladder to rescue the men.

    16:15: Gorse burning in Formby

    Firefighters will join The Wildlife Trust during a controlled burn exercise on Freshfield Dune Heath in Formby.


    The Wildlife Trust will carry out a controlled burn of two hectares of gorse, at a site that is not accessible to the public, as part of its conservation work on 4 February.

    Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it will use the opportunity as a training exercise to improve their knowledge of the area in the event of a fire.

    15:59: News on the hour Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

    BBC Radio Merseyside can reveal Liverpool's mayor has asked developers to revise their plans that would see 27 trees removed to allow homes to be built on Sefton Park Meadows in South Liverpool.

    Listen live to the 16:00 bulletin

    15:55: Your views Emma Stanley BBC News

    We've introduced BBC Local Live from our base in Liverpool to bring you the latest news, sport, travel and weather all in one place.

    Tell us what you think

    15:45: Yellow warning for snow

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for snow across Merseyside tomorrow.

    Yellow warning for snow

    It has warned there could be 5cm or more of snow in parts of northern, even at some lower levels and more than 15cm possible over higher ground.

    15:36: Hillsborough inquests Ben Schofield Hillsborough reporter

    South Yorkshire's chief ambulance officer said he would 'take all the credit' for the ambulance service's performance at the Hillsborough disaster if it was deemed a success, the inquests have heard.

    But the deputy and assistant chief officers were told their 'heads are on the block' if the operation had not gone well, it was claimed.

    Former Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer David Jones made the allegation while giving evidence at the new Hillsborough Inquests.

    The jury heard ex-chief ambulance officer Albert Page denies the conversation took place.

    15:18: Anfield regeneration jobs fair

    A jobs fair has been announced in Anfield for residents to find out about employment and training opportunities connected to the regeneration of the area.

    Anfield stadium development

    More than 25 organisations will have stands at the fair which is part of a commitment by the Anfield regeneration partners to help local people get jobs.

    The event is taking place at the Isla Gladstone Conservatory, Stanley Park, on Wednesday January 28.

    15:12: Bit windy out

    Thanks to Dave Newby for sending in this picture of the waves at New Brighton today.

    New Brighton in high winds

    I'd love to see your pictures too, you can send them on email, Facebook or Twitter.

    15:00: News on the hour Megan Key BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Hillsborough inquests have heard claims the head of South Yorkshire's Ambulance service told his deputies they would carry the can if it was deemed the emergency operation had failed.

    Former Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer David Jones is giving evidence at the inquests in Warrington.

    The jury's been told that overall boss Don Page pulled him and another senior officer into a meeting at around 18:00 BST on the evening of the tragedy.

    Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin

    14:44: Children's litter campaign Emma Stanley BBC News

    Children from Murdishaw West School are chuffed to bits after being put on the right tracks to learn about environmental crime.

    one of the signs

    Local children entered a poster competition showing how fly-tipping and environmental crime costs money which could be used on local projects instead.

    The project is being run by the North Cheshire Railway users group and Halton Borough Council.

    14:25: A Dream of Wilfred Owen

    A play about the Great War poet Wilfred Owen returns to Liverpool's St George's Hall in March.

    Wilfred Owen

    Known as the soldiers' poet, the story will be told from the perspective of Owen's ghost who will take the audience on a journey back to the time of World War One.

    A Dream of Wilfred Owen has been written by Merseyside journalist David Charters, who has also published two books about Merseyside's history.

    14:13: Another M6 update

    NW Motorway Police say the M6 should be fully open in a couple of hours following the earlier accident on M6 southbound between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford... here's a reminder why...

    Accident on the M6
    13:59: News on the hour Alex Dibble BBC Radio Merseyside

    The amount of money spent on providing social care for the over 65s has fallen by a quarter in the North West over the last 10 years.

    Figures analysed by the BBC reveal our region is the second worst affected in England.

    Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin

    13:56: Tailbacks after M6 accident

    NW Motorway Police tweets: Update for RTC M6 J19/18 SB, tailbacks are reaching J20 M6.

    13:44: Animal feed firm charged over death Rumeana Jahangir BBC News Online

    A company is to be prosecuted over the death of a lorry driver who was buried under a stockpile of animal feed.

    Seaforth Dock in Liverpool

    Malcolm Harrison was working at the Cargill terminal at Liverpool's Seaforth Dock on 6 September 2012 when a mound of soya meal collapsed on him.

    The 64-year-old, from Keighley in West Yorkshire, later died in hospital.

    Following an investigation into his death, the Health and Safety Executive has brought criminal proceedings against Surrey-based Cargill.

    13:35: Bootle road closed

    BBC Travel reports the A566 Knowsley Road in Bootle is closed both ways due to accident involving a pedestrian and a vehicle at Gray Street.

    13:28: Lennon home to be auctioned Tom Mullen BBC News

    A Liverpool house once home to John Lennon's mother is going up for auction.

    Blomfield Road, Garston, Liverpool

    Although he lived with his aunt Mimi at a home in Menlove Avenue, a teenage Lennon would regularly visit his mother, Julia, at 1, Blomfield Road, in Garston.

    Plans have been made for an auction to be held at Liverpool Town Hall on 31 March.

    13:16: Tesco confirms local store closures

    Supermarket giant Tesco has named the 43 stores it is closing across the country, a move that will see 2,000 staff lose their jobs.


    The Express store in Liverpool Kensington, Metro shops in Bootle, Ormskirk and Runcorn and the Homeplus in Chester will all close.

    The Express and Home Plus stores will close on 15 March with the Tesco Metros and Superstores on the list closing on 4 April.

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

    Tesco's confirmed five stores across the region will be closed down because of financial pressures - two are on Merseyside, two in Cheshire and one in Lancashire.

    The Express store in Liverpool Kensington, Metro shops in Bootle, Ormskirk and Runcorn and the Homeplus in Chester will all close.

    Tesco has already confirmed it's scrapping plans to build a new unit in Kirkby.

    Listen live to the 13:00 bulletin

    12:50: Wet and windy weather

    This afternoon will be cold with sunny spells and scattered rain or snow showers feeding in on the strong to gale force northwesterly winds.

    wet and windy weather

    These winds will be strongest around exposed coasts areas such as Hoylake.

    12:40: Shed load of trouble on M6

    NW Motorway Police say you can expect long delays on the M6 southbound between Holmes Chapel and Knutsford... and here is why...

    lorry shed its load
    12:32: Hillsborough memorial quilt created Chester Chronicle

    A woman from Ellesmere Port has created a quilt as a memorial to the 96 people killed in the Hillsborough disaster.

    Linda Whitfield sent out a request on social media for donations of Liverpool football shirts.

    She soon had enough shirts to make a quilt in memory of those who lost their lives in the 1989 disaster.

    12:19: Health Trust explores future

    A Merseyside NHS Trust could be one of the first in the region to join forces with GPs to provide out-of-hospital care and reduce more of the pressures on A&E and other acute services.

    Nurse on the ward

    It is one of the options Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust said it would explore after receiving support from the NHS.

    12:04: Coming up Roger Phillips BBC Radio Merseyside

    From 12:00, I'll be discussing the cost of social care for the over 65s and a new scheme in Scotland where pregnant women are given shopping vouchers as an incentive to give up smoking.

    11:59: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    From next year, the government will cap the amount you can spend on care in your old age to £72,000 - to stop people wiping out their life savings.

    It is something that happened to Viv Galley from Stockport, who said she spent everything she had on caring for her husband Bill who had Alzheimer's.

    Listen live to the 12:00 bulletin

    11:54: Gritters on standby

    Cheshire East Council says the gritters are on standby as another spell of cold weather heads for the region.

    Snow gritting vehicle

    The council also says it would be nice to take a moment to check on vulnerable neighbours.

    11:39: Merseyrail up and running

    Merseyrail tweets: Services are disrupted on the Northern line - http://www.merseyrail.org/disruption *** CLEARED NOW ***

    11:28: Costa stamps 'accidental' - Mourinho

    Diego Costa's alleged stamps during Chelsea's Capital One Cup semi-final win over Liverpool were "absolutely accidental", says boss Jose Mourinho.

    Chelsea's Diego Costa and Liverpool's Martin Skrtel

    Costa trod on Emre Can and Martin Skrtel in a second-leg tie that saw the Londoners progress after extra time.

    Mourinho insisted the Blues striker was blameless. But Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers said: "He has this edge to him. With Emre Can, that was poor, I felt."

    11:15: Animal feed firm prosecuted Emma Stanley BBC News

    An animal feed company is to be prosecuted following the death of a lorry driver who was buried under a mound of feed.

    Malcolm Harrison was working at the Cargill terminal at Seaforth Dock in Liverpool on 6 September 2012 when a stockpile of soya meal collapsed on him. The 64-year-old from Keighley died of his injuries in hospital.

    The Health and Safety Executive is bringing criminal proceedings against Cargill plc on Health and Safety charges following an investigation into Mr Harrison's death.

    11:06: Care cost calculator

    The BBC has launched an online guide to the care system for the over-65s.

    Older person's hand

    The "care calculator" covers both residential care and the support provided in people's own homes, for tasks such as washing and dressing.

    Users can submit their postcode and find out how much each service costs wherever they live in the UK.

    10:28: Bungling intruders get wrong house Liverpool Echo

    Armed gunmen burst into a Wallasey home and attacked a man - after raiding the wrong house.

    Five masked men forced their way into the family home on Sunday night and fled with a small amount of cash.

    The intruders, who were armed with a handgun and a knife, punched a 30-year-old man, who was at home alone.

    Police believe the men behind the terrifying ordeal targeted the wrong house.

    10:14: Coming up Sean Styles BBC Radio Merseyside

    After 10, I'll be talking about the price of your food shop and how to eat well for less.


    And if you're finding January a bit miserable, listen to the programme to find out about a new comedy club venue in Liverpool.

    09:59: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    From next year the government will cap the amount you can spend on care in your old age - to stop people wiping out their life savings.

    The limit will be £72,000.

    Listen live to the 10:00 bulletin

    09:54: Johnny Vegas to be a dad again St Helens The Reporter

    St Helens comic Johnny Vegas and his wife are expecting their first child.

    Johnny Vegas

    The funnyman, who has a son from his first marriage, announced the news via Twitter, posting a picture of the scan and photoshopping a pint of Guinness into the picture.

    Johnny's wife, Irish journalist and TV presenter Maia Dunphy, captioned the snap: "Well Johnny, at least we know he's definitely yours."

    Johnny added: "No need for a DNA test then, or for Maia to splash out on expensive maternity gear, just borrow my jeans."

    09:46: Liverpool 'fantastic' despite cup exit Pat Nevin BBC Radio 5 live

    "It was captivating. First and foremost, I thought Liverpool were fantastic. Jordan Henderson was brilliant. The way they've got themselves back after a sticky start to the season shows Brendan Rodgers has got a huge amount out of this team."

    09:38: Quad bike crash

    An investigation is underway after a quad bike crashed with a car in Birkenhead yesterday evening.

    the junction of Worcester Road and Hoylake Road

    Two young men were found lying injured in the road, and were taken to Aintree Hospital with head injuries.

    Merseyside Police want to speak to anyone who saw the collision at the junction of Worcester Road and Hoylake Road.

    09:25: Shop thieves post stolen DVDs home

    Thieves used an Asda supermarket's own in-store post box in Ellesmere Port to mail stolen CDs and DVDs to themselves.

    Asda logo

    Bosses discovered that people were pinching padded envelopes to post discs stolen from the store.

    The envelopes have been moved behind a counter on the other side of the supermarket from its post office.

    09:12: Blues beat Lincoln BBC Sport

    In last night's Conference action Chester recorded their biggest victory since returning to the Conference top flight in 2013.

    The blues beat Lincoln City 4-0 at the Swansway stadium.

    08:59: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's hoped a cap on the amount you can spend on care will stop people in the North West losing their life savings.

    From next April an individual will only be able to spend £72,000 before the government picks up the bill - in an effort to stop people spending all their money.

    Listen live to the 9:00 bulletin

    08:53: Listed status for former bank

    The former Midland Bank at 4 Dale Street in Liverpool has been given a Grade II listing.

    former Midland Bank at 4 Dale Street

    The building - and 13 other post-war office buildings in England - were chosen in an English Heritage project to research and assess commercial buildings of 1964 to 1984.

    Constructed in the early 1970s to the designs Bradshaw, Rowse and Harker, English Heritage said the building employs "a high-quality Modernist design" and "a form of late 1960s pop architecture" that has "brought fun and diversity to the streetscape".

    08:45: Coming up Tony Snell BBC Radio Merseyside

    This morning we'll hear about the authentic artefacts arriving at Chester Zoo today as part of a £30m project.

    Island attraction at Chester Zoo

    And we'll try to bust some of the health and safety myths out there as we continue our look at the Health and Safety Executive.

    08:35: Road closed in Birkenhead

    BBC Travel reports the A552 Woodchurch Road is closed in Birkenhead between J3 of the M53 and Arrowe Park Road because of a fallen tree. It is causing traffic queues.

    08:29: Mum's lucky escape Liverpool Echo

    A Merseyside mum spoke of how she had a lucky escape after her car was smashed off the road by a rogue driver - sending her vehicle crashing through a wall and into her neighbour's front garden.

    Mum-of-five Sophie Moss told the newspaper she believes she was deliberately rammed off the road.

    08:19: Reds miss out on League Cup final Phil Kinsella BBC Merseyside Sport

    A great effort by Liverpool but in the end it was to no avail as a goal four minutes into extra time saw Chelsea reach the final of the Capital One Cup.

    Chelsea v Liverpool

    Branislav Ivanovic scored the winner for Chelsea to win the tie 2-1 on aggregate.

    08:08: It might snow today, wrap up

    The Met office has issued a yellow "be prepared" warning for snow.

    weather map

    Across northern England 3-8 cm could accumulate by tomorrow morning, especially over high ground and strong, gusty winds will add to the mix.

    There's also a warning travel may be disrupted.

    08:00: News on the hour Giulia Bould BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's hoped a cap on the amount you can spend on care will stop people in the North West losing their life savings.

    From next April an individual will only be able to spend £72,000 before the government picks up the bill - in an effort to stop people spending all their money.

    Listen live to the 8:00 bulletin.

    08:00: Good morning Emma Stanley BBC News

    I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside today. If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter



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