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Summary

  1. Updates on 3 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Paul Burnell

All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That's all for Local Live for the night. The service returns at 08:00 on Thursday and you can still reach the team at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Coming up

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Today

    On the day of the Autumn statement we hear about the money Chancellor George Osborne has pledged for the North West.

    There will be the latest from the Hillsborough inquests.

    And we will be looking at the story of the Liverpool sailor who dared to challenge the President of the United States over slavery.

    Watch BBC North West Tonight at 18:30 on BBC One.

  3. Gun amnesty figures

    Twenty guns have been handed to Cheshire Police during the national firearms amnesty. The force said the items included shotguns, replica firearms and ammunition. The amnesty continues until Friday this week.

  4. Motorway delays cleared

    The Highways Agency tweets: Delays on M58 toward M6 have cleared. One lane closed on the E/B link to M6 S/B while we deal with clean up following an accident.

  5. Airport welcomes duty abolition

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport has welcomed news in the Autumn Statement that the Chancellor George Osborne has announced the abolition of Air Passenger Duty (APD) for children under the age of 12 from 1st May 2015 and for children under the age of 16 the following year.

    Liverpool, along with other airport operators across the UK, have lobbied the Government for some time over this unfair tax, arguing that it should be completely scrapped in order to help the aviation industry generate improvements to the economy through more business, jobs, investment and visitors to the UK.

  6. Queues by tunnel booth

    BBC Travel says there's queuing traffic that's heavier than usual on the Kingsway (Wallasey Tunnel) outbound from Liverpool City Centre to the Toll Booths junction.

  7. Tribute to bus lifesaver

    J22WT tweets: Two years ago today a stranger on the bus & staff @RoyalLpoolHosps saved my life goes without saying #THANKYOU

  8. Billy plays the Cavern Club

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Here's Radio Merseyside presenter Billy Butler in his 1960s heyday - DJing in Liverpool's famous Cavern Club.

    Billy Butler

    The photo was sent in via Twitter by @AngelJCake and shows our Billy in 1968.

  9. Salty's season's greetings

    Paul Salt

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    So the Blairs have done a personalised Christmas card...it's been described as "menacingly odd" and "terrifying" so producer Jess and I thought we'd do our own - do you send family photo cards?!

    Radio Merseyside's card

    Get in touch on Facebook using the Get Involved tab.

  10. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Chancellor George Osborne has given his Autumn Statement, unveiling wide-ranging measures to boost the North West's economy.

    This includes £3m of investment in arts projects in cities such as Liverpool to commemorate World War One.

  11. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    "Valuable minutes" were lost during the Hillsborough disaster after a "flawed" assessment by a senior ambulance officer, the new inquests have heard.

    Former station officer Paul Eason admitted his "biggest mistake" was to assume what had happened was down to "crowd problems".

    Mr Eason said he did not see fans crushed in the pens and decided that his first priority was a casualty with a suspected fractured leg.

    He said he and his colleagues "did the best that we could" in extreme circumstances.

    The inquests are being held after 96 football fans were fatally injured after a crush at the FA Cup semi-final held at Hillsborough in 1989.

  12. Another cold night

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    Another cold night with a widespread frost and some patchy fog too, minimum -2C. (28.4F)

    Weather graphic

    Thursday has a cold but sunny start, though cloud will build and there could be an isolated afternoon shower on hills with the maximum temperature 6C (42.8F).

  13. Get in touch

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    We've introduced Local Live from our base in Liverpool. Let us know what you think.

  14. Town drops 'narrow' view on romance

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    A market town's pavements which were designed to stop couples canoodling are to be widened 220 years later.

    Knutsford street plan

    Knutsford's main street was designed to stop men and women walking side by side by the aristocrat who paid for it.

    Lady Jane Stanley, the daughter of the 11th Earl of Derby did not like couples walking arm in arm.

    "I fear there will be lots of people walking hand in hand when it is widened," said Councillor Peter Raynes.

  15. Rodgers praises Gerrard

    Mike Hughes

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Back-to-back wins for Liverpool has moved them up to eighth in the Premier League table - going some way to restoring confidence among the fans.

    Steven Gerrard

    Brendan Rodgers praised Steven Gerrard, who scored in last night's 3-1 victory at Leicester.

    The Reds' boss said: "I thought he was outstanding. Great energy and great freshness in his legs. For his goal - there's not many better in that position. Great composure for the finish. Overall I thought his contribution was vital."

  16. Motorway link road closed

    The Highways Agency tweets: Recovery taking place on the M58 E/B onto M6 S/B link road. Closed at present but hoping to get a lane back soon. Pls plan ahead.

  17. Benefit fraudster jailed

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    A man who admitted conning an elderly woman and committing benefit fraud totalling £200,000, has been jailed for more than three years.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard David Williams, 34, of Parkend Road, Birkenhead claimed various disability-related benefits saying he was a wheelchair user, his wife had to feed him and he never left the house.

    But benefit investigators found he was running his own satellite dishes/boxes fitting business which involved climbing ladders, working on roofs and carrying satellite dishes.

    Watch more on BBC North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

  18. Special delivery

    Claire Minter

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been at Sainsbury's in Upton on day three of the fantastic Radio Merseyside Toy Appeal.

    Toy Appeal

    Billy Butler and I have certainly had a fun day. Don't forget to drop off your toys!

  19. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Chancellor George Osborne has given his Autumn Statement, unveiling wide-ranging measures to boost the North West's economy.

    This includes £3m of investment in arts projects in cities such as Liverpool to commemorate World War One.

  20. Mapping the past

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Here at Local Live HQ we've been taking a closer look at this 17th century map of the region, which was put on display for the first time this week.

    17th century map of Lancashire

    Who knew that Liverpool, Wallasey and Toxteth were spelt as Lerpoole, Wallasee and Tockheath?

    I wonder what the rush-hour traffic was like on the M62 in those days.

  21. Anger at councillor's blunder

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Tuebrook councillor Steve Radford has been having his say on a blunder by councillor Steve Munby - who emailed sensitive information about staff job losses to all 90 members of the authority.

    Steve Radby

    Mr Munby has apologised for the error, but Mr Radford said: "People should never have been given information which is highly sensitive."

  22. New £250m science centre announced

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A new £235m science research centre has been given the go-ahead for Manchester in the Chancellor's Autumn statement - and will feature a branch in Liverpool.

    The Sir Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials research and innovation will also have branches in Leeds and Sheffield.

    The centre, based at the University of Manchester, will build on advances the city has made in developing materials like graphene.

  23. Howard hopes for wins

    Everton shot stopper Tim Howard hopes three points against Hull City tonight will be the catalyst for a run of victories over the festive month.

    Tim Howard

    Howard told the club's official website: "For me, you want to play more than you train. You are not banging your body on the training pitch - it's rest, recover and play again.

    "The important thing is that there are so many games - we lost at Tottenham but we don't let it linger. We go at it again and try to get the three points against Hull."

  24. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Chancellor George Osborne has given his Autumn Statement, unveiling wide-ranging measures to boost the North West's economy.

    This includes £3m of investment in arts projects in cities such as Liverpool to commemorate World War One.

  25. Martinez hopes for winning streak

    Mike Hughes

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    After an eight-match unbeaten run was ended at Tottenham on Sunday, Roberto Martinez is eager for his Everton players to regain the winning touch in tonight's Premier League game with Hull City at Goodison.

    Roberto Martinez

    Steven Naismith could return after a hamstring injury, but James McCarthy is again a doubtful starter due to his hamstring problem.

    Brian Oviedo and Arouna Kone could also be involved. Martinez said: "We are desperate to be surrounded by our fans and to give everything we've got in a really challenging fixture"

  26. Four held over distraction burglaries

    Four people have been arrested in connection with a series of distraction burglaries in Sefton, Merseyside Police have said.

    Three of the men, aged 39, 51 and 60, were arrested on suspicion of committing distraction burglaries involving elderly residents.

    A 24-year-old man was also arrested on suspicion of fraud. They have been released on bail pending further enquiries.

  27. Blast from Billy's past

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Here's a picture of Radio Merseyside DJ Billy Butler in a past life outside the Music Box.

    Billy Butler

    It was sent in to us via Twitter by @AngelJCake. You can send us your pictures via email, Facebook or Twitter

  28. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Chancellor George Osborne says the government's delivered in Manchester and his door is open to other cities which want to follow its cross-party lead.

    He's also announced a quarter of a billion pounds in a new Sir Henry Royce Advanced Material Science Institute in Manchester with branches in Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield.

  29. Autumn Statement: Merseyside reacts

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Chancellor George Osborne has been delivering his Autumn Statement, and has announced plans to improve rail links in the north, and grant more powers to regional authorities.

    George Osborne

    Phil Davies, chairman of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and Wirral Council leader, said: "The chancellor's announcement to include additional combined authorities in the devolution process is just the beginning.

    "The Liverpool city region has already started informal discussions to take back the decision-making over how our communities develop and progress and we look forward to meeting with the chancellor in the future."

  30. Hillsborough update

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's hearing in Warrington has been hearing from former senior ambulance officer Paul Eason.

    Fans escaping pens during Hillsborough disaster

    He says he thought a fan with suspected broken leg in the Leppings Lane end of Hillsborough stadium was a "priority".

    Mr Eason says his "mistake... was presuming it was something it turned out not to be". He'd thought it was "crowd trouble".

  31. Man strangled and robbed

    A 47-year-old man was strangled and robbed by a gang of balaclava-clad men in Runcorn.

    Gorsewood Road

    Police are appealing for information after the attack, which happened on Friday afternoon on a pathway leading to Gorsewood Road, in the Murdishaw area.

    The victim tried to escape, but the pressure applied to his neck caused him to pass out. He woke up to find cash had been stolen.

  32. Tranmere match off

    Tranmere Rovers FC tweets: "Today's reserve game against Wrexham has been postponed due to burst pipes at Rivacre Park."

  33. Toy appeal fun

    Billy Butler

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's day three of our toy appeal and I'm here at Upton Sainsbury's. Come and drop your toys off!

    Billy Butler at Sainsbury's
  34. Rodgers hails Gerrard

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is "not sure" when Steven Gerrard will sign a new deal - but believes his captain still has more to offer.

    Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard

    Gerrard, 34, who has been offered a new contract, scored on his return to the starting line up in last night's 3-1 win at Leicester.

    "If I can manage his training and games he can still have real impact for this team," said Rodgers.

  35. Coming up on North West Today

    Annabel Tiffin

    Presenter, North West Today

    Powering the region's regeneration? We examine how the Chancellor's Autumn Statement will affect the North West.

    And a senior ambulance officer tells the Hillsborough inquests his biggest mistake was presuming there was crowd trouble.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

  36. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A senior ambulance officer who was at the Hillsborough disaster says he was concerned about not having a seat with a view over the whole stadium for the match.

  37. Train disruption ends

    Mersey Rail tweets: Failed train has now been moved. Services are still subject to delays and cancellation until further notice. Apologies for this disruption.

  38. Martinez: 'No offers for McCarthy'

    BBC Sport

    Everton boss Roberto Martinez has stressed he has had no contact from Arsenal regarding James McCarthy.

    James McCarthy

    The Gossip column reports that the Blues boss is looking forward to seeing the midfielder stay with the Toffees "for a long, long time".

  39. Police search for arson suspect

    Lancashire Police want to speak to a Liverpool man about an arson attack in Burscough in May.

    Kristi McFarlane

    Kristi McFarlane is known in the Croxteth area of the city.

  40. Hillsborough latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A senior ambulance officer who was at the Hillsborough disaster says he was concerned about not having a seat with a view over the whole stadium for the match.

    Two ambulance officers usually sat overlooking the pitch in seats in the south stand. But former Station Officer Paul Eason's told the inquests that Sheffield Wednesday sold them for the FA Cup semi-final.

    It meant that Mr Eason and a colleague stood on pitch level in one corner of the stadium.

    He says he didn't complain at the time and he didn't think to take a pair of binoculars out of the ambulance.

  41. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A north Liverpool company which turns food production and animal waste into biofuel has secured a multi-million contract with one of the country's largest food producers.

    H2 Energy manufactures waste recycling plants which are set up next clients' factories and the converted waste is used to power and heat the site.

  42. What do you think?

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    We've introduced Local Live from our base in Liverpool. Let us know what you think.

  43. Saturday Night Fever cancellation

    Jane Kennedy emailed after she attended last night's opening night of Saturday Night Fever, which was cancelled amid technical problems at the Liverpool Empire.

    Liverpool Empire

    Jane said: "The show started late. It stopped at one point, started again and a bit later at which we thought was the interval we were told the show had been cancelled and to see the front staff re any queries.

    "About 10 minutes later they said that the box office would be contacting people."

  44. In Santa's good books?

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Earlier I asked you to tell me what your parents did to keep you in Santa's good books during the run-up to Christmas.

    Kim Loughran posted on Facebook: "My Mum used to say that the little red robin was watching us on the windowsill, to make sure we are sleeping, I told my two boy's, now I tell my Grandson the same.

    "Oh my son has bought an Elf on the shelf as well...don't know who more excited him or my Grandson ...xx"

  45. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool councillor has apologised after emailing sensitive information about staff job losses to all 90 members of the city council.

    Steve Munby made the mistake when he sent a message about the new "street scene" teams.

  46. 17th century map on display

    Rumeana Jahangir

    Reporter

    A 17th Century map of old Lancashire including Merseyside and "part of Cheshyre" has been put on public display for the first time.

    Map of Lancashire

    The design, drawn by Elizabethan cartographer William Smith, shows major towns, such as Blackburn and includes Bowland Forest and Pendle Hill.

    It was recently found in the John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester, where it will be exhibited until 22 December.

  47. Christmas tree logistics

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Ever wondered what it takes to get a 40-foot Christmas tree into Liverpool Cathedral?

    Liverpool Cathedral

    Have a look at this fascinating time-lapse video on our Facebook page.

  48. Broken down train

    Due to a broken down train between Moorfields and Sandhills all lines are disrupted. Train services through these stations may be subject to disruption on all routes.

  49. Stunning West Kirby

    This stunning picture of West Kirby was snapped this morning and posted on Twitter by the people who run Paloma bar.

    West Kirby

    You can send us your own photos via email or get in touch using the Get Involved tab.

  50. Theatre show cancelled

    Liverpool's Empire theatre has apologised after the opening night of Saturday Night Fever was cancelled, amid what were understood to be technical problems.

    Liverpool Empire

    The stage version of the hit John Travolta movie is at the Empire this week as part of a UK tour. The theatre is offering refunds to those affected.

  51. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool councillor has apologised after emailing sensitive information about staff job losses to all 90 members of the city council.

    Steve Munby made the mistake when he sent a message about the new "street scene" teams.

  52. Canal barge set on fire

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Police and firefighters are investigating after a canal barge went up in flames last night.

    The vessel was found on fire close to Weaste Lane, Warrington, at about 19:44.

  53. Concerns over rogue off-licences

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool residents are being urged to help stamp out alcohol-fuelled anti-social behaviour in their neighbourhoods by reporting off licences that break the law.

    One shop in Kensington has had its drinks licence revoked for selling alcohol to street drinkers and drunks.

    But people living in the area say that with more than 20 licensed premises on their doorstep, the problems will remain.

  54. Injury doubts for Everton clash

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    There will be late fitness tests for Everton players James McCarthy and Steven Naismith ahead of the Blues' home game with Hull City tonight.

    James MCarthy and Steven Naismith

    The Goodison Park club will be hoping to bounce back from the weekend's disappointing defeat away at Tottenham.

  55. Elf on the shelf

    Tony Snell

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Three days into December, have you had to say "Father Christmas is watching you now" to the kids or grandkids yet?

    Elf on the shelf

    Meet the Elf on the Shelf that sits and keeps an eye on the children during December before reporting back to Santa. My Mum and Dad told me that Father Christmas could see me through the TV! What did your parents do to keep you in line and on that nice list in the run-up to Christmas?

    Let me know on Facebook.

  56. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Lancashire Police want to speak to a Liverpool man about an arson in Burscough in May. Kristi McFarlane is known in the Croxteth area.

  57. Hillsborough inquests

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    The former chief constable of Merseyside Police was involved in asking police officers to review and change evidence they had given about the Hillsborough disaster, an inquest jury has heard.

    Hillsborough disaster

    Sir Norman Bettison was a superintendent for South Yorkshire Police at the time.

    He ordered a colleague to interview officers to see if they would issue additional statements clarifying evidence they gave to the 1989 public inquiry led by Lord Justice Taylor.

  58. Energy firm announces 150 jobs

    Marc Gaier

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm in north Liverpool, speaking to officials from green energy firm H2 Energy Ltd, which is poised to announce the creation of 150 jobs.

    H2 Energy Ltd

    The company is about to reveal details of a major agreement with 2 Sisters Food Group - the UK's second largest food manufacturer.

    H2 Energy refineries will be deployed at 2 Sisters production sites, converting food production waste and animal by-products into renewable energy.

  59. Rush hour congestion

    Jenny Summers

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    BBC Travel is reporting congestion in both direction near the Showcase Cinema in Croxteth.

    There are also hold-ups along the A5090 in Litherland and on Copy Lane, Netherton and on the Runcorn Widnes Bridge.

  60. Largely dry and bright

    Mel Coles

    BBC Weather

    After a cold start with a widespread frost and a few freezing fog patches, it will be a largely dry and bright day.

    BBC Weather

    Sunny spells are expected across southern areas, but it may tend to cloud over further north. Feeling chilly despite any sunshine, with top temperatures of 5C (40F).

  61. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Ex-servicemen from Merseyside who fought in the Korean War will join former comrades as a memorial is unveiled in London to honour their bravery.

    The ceremony comes after years of work by veterans to gain recognition for Britain's role in the conflict, between 1950 and 1953.

  62. Good morning

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Hello and welcome to Wednesday's Local live, where I'll be bringing you updates on news, sport, weather and travel from across Merseyside.

    We'd love you to send us pictures, comments or snippets of news. Contact the team via email, Facebook or Twitter.