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  1. Updates from Tuesday 2 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Nafeesa Shan

All times stated are UK

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Tonight's forecast

It will be a dry and cold night with light winds and clear spells. A widespread frost is likely with some localised freezing fog patches possible.

Gerrard's 'coaching future'

BBC Sport's Gossip column reports Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has told Steven Gerrard he can have a place on Liverpool's coaching staff when his illustrious career ends, according to the

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers
BBC Sport

Car break-in at Anfield

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A thief broke into a businessman's car near Liverpool's Anfield football stadium and stole items including three match tickets and two laptops.

Anfield stadium

The Mercedes was targeted on Friday evening and a pair of Rayban sunglasses were also stolen, along with a grey Givenchy bag and some Singapore dollars.

Merseyside Police is appealing for information. The thief is described as white, about 5ft 11in and wore a grey hooded top, jeans and trainers.

Life-saving drugs test in Merseyside

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

The minister for life sciences George Freeman was in Merseyside to launch a new volunteers network to help test potentially life-saving drugs.

He says our region is leading the way in developing 21st Century medicines, but is concerned by the amount of time and money it takes before treatments are available for patients.

He says people won't be sent on trials without the approval of their doctor.

Meet the Globetrotters

BBC Radio Merseyside

tweets: @marcgaier meets @Globies as they take their anti-bullying programme to Bleak Hill Primary #sthelens

Marc Gaier meets @ Globies

Hillsborough ground was 'safe'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

A former South Yorkshire Police football liaison officer has told the Hillsborough inquests he believed the stadium was safe ahead of the 1989 disaster.

Hillsborough stadium
Getty Images

Stephen Sewell, who was an inspector at the time, was asked if he thought it was safe by Sheffield Wednesday's barrister.

Mr Sewell confirmed he'd inspected the stadium before the match and didn't raise any issues with the club. Ninety-six people were fatally injured at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

What do you think?

Nafeesa Shan

BBC News

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what you think.

Police raise thousands in mock arrest

Merseyside Police raised more than £12,000 for locking up celebrities and company bosses in a mock arrest fundraiser.

Celebrities and company bosses in a mock arrest fundraiser
Merseyide Police

Twelve people including actors Paul Barber, who played Denzil in Only Fools and Horses, and Emmerdale star Samantha Giles were held in the custody cells at Belle Vale police station, for up to 24 hours.

They took part in the charity event on Friday in aid of the Prince's Trust, which helps disadvantaged youngsters.

Toffees' McCarthy 'to stay'

BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

Everton manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed there has been no contact with any clubs over James McCarthy.

James McCarthy of Everton in action with James Tomkins of West Ham United during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison Park on November 22
Getty Images

He says he looks forward to seeing him in an Everton shirt for a "long time".

Firefighters' demonstration

Cheshire Fire

tweets: Firefighters demonstrating safety zoning and compartment fire behaviour fire fighting techniques

Firefighters demostration
Cheshire Fire

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the

16:00 news bulletin: A convenience store in Liverpool's lost its bid to overturn a ban on sales of alcohol.

Strike action halted

Strike action at the Jacobs Biscuit factory in Merseyside's been called off to allow talks between union officials and management.

About 800 members of the

GMB union at the Aintree plant were to have walked out for 24 hours tomorrow in a dispute over sick pay and conditions. Three further stoppages this month had also been planned.

Police renew shooting death appeal

Emma Stanley

BBC News

Police investigating the fatal shooting of a Liverpool man have

appealed for information on the second anniversary of his death.

Browning pistol
Merseyside police

Jamie Starkey, 21, was shot several times as he left his house in Higher Lane, Fazakerley, on 2 December 2012.

Five men have been arrested and questioned as part of the investigation and the weapon has been recovered.

Vehicle with medication stolen

Merseyside Police St Helens South

tweets: We are warning people to be on their guard after a vehicle containing medication was stolen in Eccleston yesterday

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A South Yorkshire Police football liaison officer at the time of the Hillsborough disaster says he believed the stadium was safe.

Listen live to the 15:00 bulletin.

Harlem Globetrotters tackle bullying

World famous basketball team the Harlem Globetrotters were on Merseyside this morning helping schoolchildren stamp out bullying.

Harlem Globetrotters played an exhibition game on the flight deck of the Intrepid Sea, Air Space Museum in New York in October

The players, who are on a tour of the UK, went to Bleak Hill Primary School, in the Windle area of St Helens, sharing their ABC of Bullying Prevention programme alongside their ball handling skills.

Police breath tests for 130 drivers


tweets: Cheshire Roads Policing staff carried out a 130 breath tests yesterday during the first day of Drink Drink Campaign-#nonefortheroad

Balotelli sorry for Instagram post

BBC Sport

Liverpool striker

Mario Balotelli has apologised for a post on social media which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli

Balotelli, 24, quickly deleted the post from his Instagram page of Nintendo computer game character Super Mario.

The Italian had tweeted to deny the text of the post was offensive before his apology.

News on the hour

Graham Whyte

BBC Radio Merseyside

A South Yorkshire Police football liaison officer at the time of the Hillsborough disaster says he believed the stadium was safe.

Listen live to the 14:00 bulletin.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

The Football Association is to investigate a social media post by Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.

The player has deleted it and apologised. Watch

North West Today at 13:30 for the full story.

Harlem Globetrotters stamp out bullying

Marc Gaier

BBC Radio Merseyside

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters have been visiting children at Bleak Hill Primary School in the Windle area of St Helens to stamp out bullying.

Harlem Globetrotters' Willie Shaw visits Bleak Hill Primary School

They've been sharing their ABC bullying prevention programme and their ball handling skills.

Crash vehicles blocking road

Merseyside Police has confirmed a crash in Netherton caused damage to two vehicles which are blocking the road.

A spokesman said a Citroen Berlingo and a Renault van were involved in the collision in Lydiate Lane at about 10:15, and recovery vehicles are on the way to the scene.

The vehicles are expected to be cleared shortly.

Balotelli extremely naive: Lineker

Gary Lineker

tweets: I very much doubt Balotelli's retweet was deliberately racist or anti-Semitic on his behalf. Just extremely naive.

Everton interested in Chelsea player

BBC Sport's Gossip column reports Everton are interested in loaning Chelsea's midfielder Mohamed Salah. QPR, Stoke and Sunderland are all also interested in landing the 22-year-old, according to the

Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah

Toy Appeal tour

Jimmy McCracken

BBC Radio Merseyside

It's day two of

BBC Radio Merseyside's Toy Appeal tour. I'm at Asda in Croft Business Park in Bromborough with the team, come and join us if you can.

Jimmy McCracken

Morrisons employee denies data fraud

Lauren Potts

BBC News, Yorkshire


Morrisons employee from Liverpool has appeared in court charged with fraud.

Morrisons store, Enfield

Andrew Skelton, a senior internal auditor, denied abusing his position to fraudulently disclose personal data at the supermarket chain's Bradford headquarters.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between November 2013 and March. Mr Skelton, 43, was granted bail by Bradford Magistrates' Court and will appear at the city's crown court later in the month.

Prescription medication lost

People are being urged to be cautious after prescription medication belonging to a 72-year-old man was left on a bus between Huyton and Broad Green Hospital.

Merseyside Police says the man got off the bus in Broad Green at about 13:00 on Monday and left a carrier bag with his medication on board.

Accident closes road in Netherton

BBC Travel reports Lydiate Lane, in Netherton, is closed and there is queuing traffic in both directions at the Buckley Hill Lane junction because of an accident involving two cars.

Man critical after car overturns

A 37-year-old man is in a critical condition after a car overturned on a road in Billinge.

Birchley Road at the junction of Trent Road

Merseyside Police found the black VW Golf in Birchley Road at about 06:00 on Sunday. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved.

The man, from St Helens, suffered injuries to his neck, sternum and spine and is being treated in the Walton Neurological Centre.

Gerrard still good enough: Barnes

John Barnes believes midfielder and club captain Steven Gerrard's best form is

"still good enough for Liverpool".

Steven Gerrard on the substitutes bench against Stoke
Getty Images

Former Liverpool winger Barnes told

BBC Radio 5 live there was no doubt Gerrard was "past his best", but that he still merits a place at the club.

"At this stage of his career, his best at this moment in time is still good enough for Liverpool," Barnes said.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

The Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has apologised after posting an image online containing words of an anti-Semitic nature.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin.

Man freed from two-vehicle crash

A 63-year-old man was rescued by firefighters after being trapped in two-vehicle crash in Kirkdale.

The man was taken to hospital after he was freed by

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. His female passenger was also treated by paramedics.

The fire service were called Westminster Road on Tuesday afternoon. A 37-year-old man and a child were out of the other vehicle when firefighters arrived.

Changes to buses in Wirral


tweets: Avon Buses are changing most of their Wirral network service numbers on 8 December, more details here

Balotelli apologises for tweet

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has apologised for a post on social media which appeared to contain anti-Semitic and racist references.

Mario Balotelli

Balotelli, 24, deleted the post from his Instagram page of Nintendo computer game character Super Mario.

Earlier Mario Balotelli

tweeted: I apologize if I've offended anyone. The post was meant to be anti-racist with humour. I now understand that (...)