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Summary

  1. Updates from Wednesday 12 Nov 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    Good night

    That's all for Local Live for the night. The service returns at 08:00 on Thursday.

  2. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On tonight's show we'll have a round-up of the evidence from the Hillsborough inquests in Warrington, where former police superintendent Michael Brookfield said it's a "ridiculous myth" that South Yorkshire Police blamed the people who died for the disaster.

    The Hillsborough disaster

    The inquests also heard from former Supt Roger Greenwood, who ran onto the pitch and ordered the referee to stop the match.

  3. Post update

    Traffic headlines

    There are reports the M53 southbound exit slip road is closed, traffic is queuing as a result of an accident at Junction 9 (Ellesmere Port).

    The East Lancashire Road is blocked in Culcheth after a three-vehicle accident.

  4. Showers clearing up

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC

    Today's showers should clear away this evening to leave a largely dry night with clear spells.

    BBC Weather

    It will remain windy but also mild, and temperatures shouldn't dip below 9C (48F).

  5. Roy's praise for Rooney

    England manager Roy Hodgson has praised captain Wayne Rooney's resolve before he wins his 100th cap in Saturday's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia.

    Wayne Rooney and Roy Hodgson

    Croxteth-born Rooney, 29, made his England debut aged 17 in 2003 and is the country's fourth top goal scorer with 43.

    But he has had six red cards, two for England, and Hodgson said he has an "incredible maturity and mental strength".

  6. Santa Dash: council responds

    Liverpool City Council has responded to complaints from organisers of this year's Santa Dash, who have been asked to pay more than £11,000 to the authority.

    Santa Dash in Liverpool

    The money is to offset the parking revenue the council will not receive when roads are closed for the event.

    A spokesman said: "The city council will review this figure and if it is too high then we will adjust it and refund the difference."

  7. 'Save our green land'

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at Liverpool Town Hall where a protest was taking place ahead of a council meeting which could decide the future of Liverpool's green spaces.

    Liverpool protestors

    Opposition councillors have criticised plans to sell off the land to property developers under proposals outlined in the city's local plan.

  8. Robbers steal teen's motorbike

    A teenager was punched and thrown to the ground in Warrington by robbers who stole his motorcycle.

    North Avenue

    Police are appealing for information after the 18-year-old was injured in the attack, in North Avenue, on Friday night.

  9. Hillsborough inquests: full story

    Chris Long

    BBC News

    Here's our full story from today's Hillsborough inquests.

    Hillsborough victims

    A former police superintendent told the Hillsborough inquests it is a "ridiculous myth" that officers blamed those who died for the disaster.

    Michael Brookfield, who chairs a police support group, said officers had shown "enormous grief" and "sympathy for the families".

  10. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A row's broken out over the 10th annual Santa dash charity fun run in Liverpool.

    Organiser Alan Rothwell says he's been handed a bill for £11,000 by the council to cover the loss of revenue from parking during the event, which takes place next month.

    He says this didn't happen last year, and he's reconsidering whether to cancel next year's event if the charges remain.

  11. What do you think?

    Tom Mullen

    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.

  12. Have you lost Pandora?

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    We've had an unexpected visitor today here at Local Live HQ - Pandora the lost puppy.

    Tom and puppy

    She's been rescued by Merseyside Dogs Home, where her online profile has been viewed many thousands of times. But no one knows where she's from and she could be a victim of puppy trafficiking. Is she yours?

  13. Student died from meningitis

    An 18-year-old student found dead at her university halls of residence in Liverpool died from meningitis, police have said.

    Alisha Bartolini

    Alisha Bartolini, from Appley Bridge, near Wigan, was found at Liverpool Hope University accommodation in Taggart Avenue, Childwall on 1 November.

    She had been to a Halloween party the night before.

  14. Sturridge back in training

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has returned to full training for the first time since damaging his hamstring while on England duty in August.

    England striker Daniel Sturridge

    Sturridge, who scored 21 goals in 29 league games last season, was nearing a return to action last month before picking up a calf-strain.

    Brendan Rodgers's side have won only four times in 14 matches without him.

  15. Police 'let down' stabbed nurse

    A Liverpool nurse stabbed 130 times in a brutal murder was "badly let down" by Greater Manchester Police, a watchdog said.

    Katie Cullen and Iman Saeed Ghaefelipour

    Katie Cullen's ex-boyfriend, Iman Saeed Ghaefelipour, attacked the nurse at her house in Stockport in October 2009.

    Ms Cullen, 34, who worked at the Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, contacted the force months earlier when he made a death threat.

    But police withheld vital information about his past, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

  16. Santa dash cash row

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News

    I'm looking into a story about how the annual Santa Dash fun run may be cancelled because of financial problems.

    Santa Dash in Liverpool

    Race organisers claim they have been asked to pay more than £11,000 to Liverpool City Council.

    The money is to compensate for the parking revenue the authority will lose when roads are closed for the event. I'm awaiting a response from the council.

  17. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A row's broken out over the 10th annual Santa dash charity fun run in Liverpool.

    Organiser Alan Rothwell says he's been handed a bill for £11,000 by the council to cover the loss of revenue from parking during the event, which takes place next month.

    He says this didn't happen last year, and he's reconsidering whether to cancel next year's event if the charges remain.

  18. Video stars for Children in Need

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Check out the special video we've made for Children in Need - featuring presenters and staff from across the station. Here's Jenny Summers mid-song.

    Jennifer Summers

    We think you'll agree producer Steve Coleman has made something truly special!

  19. Everton player praised

    Scotland boss Gordon Strachan has told Everton's official website it's a "treat" to be able to call upon the services of Steven Naismith.

    Steven Naismith and Gordon Strachan

    He said: "I think Steven is a treat for a manager because, when you pick him, you know fine well what you are going to get.

    "He might not always be magnificent but he's workman-like with a touch of class at times."

  20. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests this afternoon is former superintendent Roger Greenwood (pictured), who ran onto the pitch and ordered the referee to stop the match.

    Roger Greenwood

    He's been speaking about his memories of the 1981 FA Cup semi final, which also saw a crush occur on the Leppings Lane terrace.

    He said: "The cause was the people at the back. I suppose there were too many people at the back."

  21. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Work's getting underway on a £150m scheme to transform the Great Homer Street area of north Liverpool.

    What's known as Project Jennifer has been held up by delays for more than a decade.

  22. Suarez speaks out

    Controversial former Reds star Luis Suarez was rarely out of the headlines during his time at Liverpool - and it looks like things haven't changed since his move to Barcelona.

    Luis Suarez

    Spanish newspaper Sport includes extracts from the Uruguayan's autobiography in which he says "I was treated worse than a criminal" after his World Cup biting incident. He also talks about his "clandestine Barcelona talks".

  23. Hague's politics lecture

    Former Conservative leader and foreign secretary William Hague is to give a lecture on politics in Chester later today, followed by a question and answer session.

    William Hague

    Almost 200 students from the university and Chester's high school have applied to attend the event, at the university's Riverside Campus.

  24. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A former senior police officer has told the new Hillsborough inquests it's a "ridiculous myth" that South Yorkshire Police blamed the disaster on the people who died.

  25. Post update

    Nightclub future uncertain

    Claire Hamilton

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    The future of one of Liverpool's most famous nightclubs looks uncertain, as a planning application's been submitted for flats opposite.

    The plans being considered by councillors in the city next week say developers wouldn't be able to build the flats in Wolstenholme Square until Nation (home of Cream) closes.

    BBC Radio Merseyside understands that the developer owns the 3,000 capacity Nation and the neighbouring Kazimier.

  26. Hedgehog thanks

    Jo Krasner

    Manager of the A Team

    Ninety-year-old Alice Nash sent us these sweet knitted hedgehogs with a note to say thank you to our A Team volunteers.

    Knitted hedgehogs

    The volunteers help BBC Radio Merseyside listeners with their problems. Last week we were at Liverpool Town Hall for the "Up for Arts" event, featuring a display of historical postcards.

    Mrs Nash greatly enjoyed it and it was lovely to receive her note. Thank you!

  27. Post update

    Bright but blustery

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC

    Brighter weather at times with fairly blustery showers. Some of these showers will be heavy and possibly thundery, particularly this afternoon. Temperatures will rise into the low teens.

  28. Post update

    Coming up on North West Today

    Eleanor Moritz

    North West Tonight

    A senior police officer has told the jury in the new Hillsborough inquests that it's a "ridiculous myth" that South Yorkshire police blamed the people who died for the disaster.

    Retired Det Supt Michael Brookfield wasn't on duty at the match itself but went to help police after the fatal crush in which 96 Liverpool fans died.

    More on this story on BBC North West Today at 13:30 on BBC One.

  29. Four-legged guest

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    We've just welcomed a very special guest to the BBC Radio Merseyside studios - an adorable cross-breed dog called Pandora.

    Pandora

    She's been rescued by Merseyside Dogs Home, and her profile on their website has been viewed more than 750,000 times, with 500 offers to re-home her. But no one knows where she's from.

    Staff from the home will be talking to Simon Hoban on Drive later.

  30. Post update

    News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Opposition councillors in Liverpool are joining forces to oppose proposals in the latest local plan to sell off or build on the city's green spaces.

    They claim the Labour-led authority's trying to sneak proposals through, even though residents would vote against them if they could.

  31. Rooney: 'I must win World Cup'

    BBC Sport

    England's Liverpool-born captain Wayne Rooney says he will never be a Three Lions legend like Sir Bobby Charlton until he wins the World Cup.

    England captain Wayne Rooney

    The former Everton forward needs seven more goals to eclipse Charlton as England's all-time leading scorer.

    "Obviously I'm not going to be as big a legend as Sir Bobby Charlton," Rooney writes in Saturday's programme for England's Euro 2016 qualifier with Slovenia at Wembley.

  32. Post update

    On air

    Roger Phillips

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    On today's show I'm looking at the future of Liverpool's green spaces, as opposition councillors condemn plans to sell them off under current proposals outlined in the city's local plan.

    They want developers to look at brownfield sites instead, as an estimated 40,000 new homes will be needed in Liverpool by 2028. But are there sufficient brownfield sites to meet that demand?

    I'll also be talking to Sarah Green from the End Violence Against Women Coalition as convicted rapist and footballer Ched Evans is expected to train with Sheffield United today.

  33. Motorway blocked

    The M6 northbound is reportedly blocked due to a police incident at Junction 21.

  34. Couple rescued from fire

    An elderly couple were rescued from a house fire in the Wirral this morning.

    Eastham Village Road

    Firefighters were called to the blaze in Eastham Village Road, Eastham, at about 03:58.

    The couple were led to safety from an upstairs bedroom, and treated in hospital for smoke inhalation. An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

  35. Post update

    News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Councillors worried Liverpool's parks and open spaces could be used for future housing developments are demanding the sites are given greater protection.

  36. What do you think?

    Tom Mullen

    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.

  37. New school opens in Parr

    Leanne Harper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at the opening of the first special school in the country built under new funding arrangements.

    Mill Green School

    Mill Green School has been built on the former Parr High School site in Parr, St. Helens at a cost of around £4.5m. It is funded under the coalition's Priority Schools Building Programme which replaced the Building Schools for the Future initiative.

  38. Train delays

    There are reports of disruption between Crewe and Liverpool Lime Street stations due to engineering works that have overrun.

  39. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool City Council insists the city's open spaces aren't under threat today, as their opposition joins forces to fight proposals to sell off or build on green belt land.

  40. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at the new Hillsborough inquests in Warrington, where former police superintendent Michael Brookfield is giving evidence.

    Hillsborough clock

    He said: "It's a ridiculous myth that is appallingly dishonest that South Yorkshire Police blamed the people who died."

  41. Fall in unemployment

    BBC North West Tonight

    Unemployment in NW fell by 23,000 in April-June quarter, say Office of National Stats. NW unemployment rate in NW is 6.3%. National rate 6%

  42. Final day for poppy memorial

    Sean Styles

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Around four million people have been to see the field of 888,246 ceramic poppies surrounding the Tower of London. The installation is being dismantled today - with each poppy going to a good home.

    Poppies

    What a beautiful keepsake that will be. This morning we're asking you to tell us about the most treasured possession in your home. Post your comments on Facebook.

  43. Slow Chester traffic

    BBC Travel says there's queuing traffic on Parkgate Road inbound in Chester between Two Mills Traffic Lights in Ledsham and the Texaco roundabout.

    There's very slow traffic on Wrexham Road northbound in Chester between the Wrexham Road junction and the Posthouse roundabout.

  44. Two charged with drugs offences

    Two people from Ormskirk have been charged in connection with a Lancashire Police investigation into drug dealing in Skelmersdale.

    A 33-year-old man from Aughton has been charged with conspiracy to supply cocaine and money laundering. And a 33-year-old woman has been charged with assisting an offender.

  45. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The senior officer who was in charge of police inside the Hillsborough stadium is due to give evidence at the new inquests today.

    Former Superintendent Roger Greenwood was the officer who ran onto the pitch to speak to the referee and stop the match.

  46. Rodgers' tips for Sterling

    Raheem Sterling has shared the valuable instructions that Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers provided to the 19-year-old on his path to become a first-team regular for club and country.

    Brendan Rodgers and Raheem Sterling

    He told the club's official website: "The best piece of advice I've been given is to live, eat and sleep football. It was great advice given to me by the manager, and it has helped me going forward."

  47. Choir's classical success

    Simon Moffatt

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been out to watch Archbishop Beck Chamber Choir sing, ahead of their concert with classical music star Andrea Bocelli at Liverpool's Echo arena next week.

    Choir

    The school's singers will perform on 18 November after Bocelli, the world's biggest selling classical artist, ran a competition to find amateur choirs to join him on his tour.

  48. Spirograph memories

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Never worked for me this.....ever! And there's a bit missing. Morning from @bbcmerseyside Breakfast.

    Spirograph
  49. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool City Council insists the city's open spaces aren't under threat today, as their opposition joins forces to fight proposals to sell off or build on green belt land.

  50. Cinema staff in pay row

    Liverpool Echo

    Staff at a Liverpool arthouse cinema are campaigning for a salary rise after bosses agreed to pay the living wage to workers at its sister site in London.

  51. Blues hopeful on Barry

    BBC Sport

    Everton hope Gareth Barry will miss "weeks not months" with ankle injury. He's ligament damage but it is still too swollen to assess.

    Gareth Barry
  52. Rush hour delays

    BBC Travel is reporting congestion in both directions along the London Road in Liverpool.

    The M62 into and out of the city is also busy, with heavy traffic reported in both directions.

  53. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The senior police officer who stopped the FA Cup semi-final at Hillsborough is due to give evidence at the new inquests today.

    Former superintendent Roger Greenwood ran on to the pitch to speak to the referee as the disaster unfolded on the terraces.

  54. Good morning

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Local Live from across Merseyside.

    I'm here to bring you news, sport, weather and travel updates. If you'd like to contribute pictures, news, or anything else, contact the team via email, Facebook or Twitter.