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Summary

  1. Updates on Monday 8 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Tuesday

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Good night

    That's all for BBC Local Live in Merseyside for the night. The service returns at 08:00 on Tuesday. You can still reach the team by email at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  2. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    New figures show that more people in the North West use food banks than anywhere else in the country. The statistics came from Britain's biggest food bank charity, the Trussell Trust, on the day that the Birkenhead MP Frank Field published an action plan to tackle hunger in the UK.

    He co-chaired a Parliamentary inquiry, which found that delays in the payment of welfare benefits was the biggest cause of food poverty.

    And one of the first ambulance staff to respond to the Hillsborough disaster has today told the inquests he was left 'without direction', after telling a superior officer people were dying.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Serious collision in Garston

    A driver has been critically injured after her car was in collision with a bus earlier in Garston.

    The accident happened at the junction of Banks Lane and Banks Road at 12:35, with a blue Vauxhall Astra and a single decker Ariva bus. The 68-year-old is in Aintree Hospital with critical injuries.

    The bus driver, who is 45, is in a serious condition in the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Three passengers suffered minor injuries.

  4. Stabbed man named

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A man who was stabbed to death at a house in Sutton has been named as 38-year-old David Butterworth.

    Police said he died as a result of a single stab wound. A 28-year-old woman from the St. Helens area is being questioned on suspicion of murder.

    His family said: "After the tragic loss of our son David, who will be sadly missed, the family request privacy to grieve him. 'David, you will always be in our hearts.'"

  5. Garston road closed after accident

    BBC Travel says Banks Road in Garston is closed in both directions between the Bank's Lane junction and the Brunswick Street junction, because of an accident involving a car and bus and recovery work.

  6. Santa Dash helped ADHD charity

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Liverpool-based charity The ADHD Foundation said more than 50 people ran the Santa Dash in its honour yesterday, raising £5,000.

    Santa and the Mayor of Liverpool Erica Kemp

    About 8,500 people ran 5km in Liverpool for their chosen charities. The ADHD Foundation said the money would be spent on counselling support to children affected.

  7. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside man's been jailed for 17 years for attacking his wife with an axe and keeping her prisoner for three days.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard June Churchill suffered a fractured skull and thought David Churchill was going to cut her head off.

  8. Churchill 'violent and sadistic'

    Rumeana Jahangir

    Reporter

    A man who attacked his wife with an axe and kept her prisoner for three days at a house in Maghull has been called a "violent and sadistic offender" by police.

    David Churchill

    David Churchill was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court to 17 years in prison, after admitting wounding, false imprisonment and arson with intent to endanger life.

  9. Samuel Eto'o backs reading scheme

    Everton star Samuel Eto'o is backing a book donation scheme in Liverpool.

    Samuel Eto'o

    He will donate copies of his own book, Birth of a Champion, in the hope that thousands of books will be handed in and distributed to children across the city to improve literacy levels and create a new generation of readers.

  10. Testing pollution levels

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been to Manor House Primary School in Frodsham were they have been testing levels of pollution near the school. It comes as MPs say parts of Merseyside are among almost 40 areas of the country breaching EU limits on air pollution, putting peoples' health at risk.

    testing pollution

    Liverpool and Birkenhead are identified as hot spots because of heavy traffic.

    I met deputy head Sally Bedford and eco warriors Emily Stamp and Emily Cleland (pictured above).

  11. What do you think?

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    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. At a food bank

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    I've been to a food bank in Birkenhead, which is where Frank Field is a constituency MP. He's co-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger, which was set up over concerns about the number of people across the UK dependent on food banks.

    One of the people who uses the food bank has spoken to BBC North West Tonight. You can watch my report, and interview, on BBC North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

  13. Twelve plays of Christmas

    Billy Butler

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Twelve Plays of Christmas went to the Everyman today. Little Red Riding Hood started last month and continues until January.

    Francis Tucker and Adam Keast

    I met Francis Tucker and Adam Keast (pictured above).

  14. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside man's been jailed for 17 years for attacking his wife with an axe and keeping her prisoner for three days.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard June Churchill suffered a fractured skull and thought David Churchill was going to cut her head off.

  15. Robin with a difference

    Chester Zoo tweets: Day 7: Not quite a Christmas robin but a pekin robin! Animal #AdventCalendar

    Pekin Robin
  16. BT sorry over service disruption

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Homes and businesses in the Tuebrook area of Liverpool have been left without internet and landline services for more than a week after an underground cable was damaged.

    A BT spokesman said: "Unfortunately other utilities are working in this area and their pipe and cable criss-cross the area where we need to dig up the road. so we need to wait until later this month to do the work.

    "This work is presently scheduled for 22 December. It is regrettable when this type of disruption happens and we understand the frustration of people who have lost their service."

  17. Pair attacked in St Helens

    A father and son were attacked by a gang of youths armed with wooden sticks who set upon them in St. Helens last night.

    David Battle

    Police said David Battle, 56, and his son, 28, were on the corner of Westfield Street and Kirkland Street when they were attacked by a group of about six teenagers aged between 13 and 16.

    Mr Battle was struck in the face and suffered a broken nose and facial injuries.

  18. Bike and lorry crash

    A motorcyclist has suffered serious leg injuries after colliding with a lorry in Huyton.

    The accident happened on Wilson Road close to the junction with Stretton Way.

  19. Thousands run Santa Dash

    Nafeesa Shan

    BBC News

    About 8,500 people donned Santa suits at Liverpool's 10th annual Santa Dash - attempting to win the World Santa Challenge for having the most runners.

    Santa Dash in Liverpool

    Runners, some wearing blue Santa outfits in support of Everton, set off from the waterfront for the 5k race.

  20. Curbing pavement cyclists

    Cyclists caught riding on pavements in Birkenhead could be fined by neighbourhood police officers.

    The crackdown comes in response to complaints from shoppers and business owners about the anti-social use of bicycles in pedestrianised areas.

  21. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside man's been jailed for 17 years for attacking his wife with an axe and keeping her prisoner for three days.

    Liverpool Crown Court heard June Churchill suffered a fractured skull and thought David Churchill was going to cut her head off.

  22. Large waves expected

    BBC Weather tweets: 60-70mph winds expected Tues night - Fri. As well as gales, large (30-40ft) waves also expected in NW Scot. Jo

    Stormy coastline
  23. Fire strike advice

    Firefighters in Merseyside will go on strike for 24 hours tomorrow and the fire service says non-union members will maintain an emergency response during the industrial action.

    A spokesman said: "During any industrial action we always ask the public to take extra care and be vigilant, have working smoke alarms on each level of their home and we also urge people to take care with candles, Christmas lights and any Christmas decorations. We also urge people to take care when heating their home during the cold weather."

  24. Body cameras for police

    Nafeesa Shan

    BBC News

    Body cameras will be worn by Merseyside Police officers to give them "an extra pair of eyes and ears" while tackling crime over the festive period.

    Merseyside Police officer wearing a body camera

    All 500 cameras record in High Definition and will be "clearly visible" when they are used by officers patrolling town centres.

  25. Mayor backs taxi claims

    Liverpool Echo

    Mayor Joe Anderson backed claims that taxi giant Delta is unfairly "saturating" Liverpool and taking a living away from city-registered drivers as the row over the firm's expansion appeared to escalate this weekend.

  26. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Chancellor George Osborne's confirmed that Merseyside will only be given greater devolved powers if an elected mayor is put into place.

    The leaders of six councils in the Liverpool City Region have joined forces to push for more control over issues like transport, social care and housing.

  27. Wintry weather

    This photograph of a sleet-covered Hoylake was taken today by Ling Warlow.

    Hoylake weather

    Despite the cold, this tree is keeping warm as it has been wrapped up in wool by a local knitter joining in with the 'yarn-bombing' craze. We'd love to see your photographs, you can send them in on email to merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk

  28. Testing pollution levels

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm heading to Manor House Primary School in Frodsham were they have been testing levels of pollution near the school. It comes as MPs say parts of Merseyside are among almost 40 areas of the country breaching EU limits on air pollution, putting peoples' health at risk.

    Liverpool and Birkenhead are identified as hot spots because of heavy traffic.

  29. Accident on M6

    There are reports of an accident on the M6 southbound between Junction 23 (Haydock) and Junction 22 (Newton-le-Willows) and a rolling roadblock is in place.

  30. Coming up on North West Today

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    In the North West: the rise of the food bank. As MPs unite to tackle hunger - we'll talk to one of the report's authors. They've criticised benefits delays and "rip-off" power firms - as the scale of food bank use here is revealed.

    And work's getting underway on the expansion of Liverpool's Anfield stadium. It will increase the ground's capacity to 54,000. The work - at a cost of £100m - is due to be finished during the 2016-17 season.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

  31. Hillsborough latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An ambulance worker at Hillsborough agrees he was left 'directionless' after spotting fans dying on the terraces.

    Leslie Worrall was one of the first staff to go to the Leppings Lane end of the ground. The inquests jury heard he told a senior officer there were a number of dead bodies in the pens. But Mr Worrall says that he wasn't asked to declare a major incident or go to the police control box.

    He's agreed he was left to act in isolation from the rest of his colleagues.

  32. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    An ambulance worker at the Hillsborough disaster agrees he was left 'directionless' after spotting fans dying on the terraces.

    Leslie Worrall, who's giving evidence at the Hillsborough inquests, was one of the first ambulance staff to go to the Leppings Lane end of the ground. The jury's heard he told a senior officer there were a number of dead bodies in the pens.

  33. At Fare Share warehouse

    Jenny Summers

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I've been to Fare Share's warehouse in South Liverpool to see the work they do diverting tonnes of food saved from landfill every year. Charlene Spencer showed me round.

    An inquiry into food poverty in Britain, lead by Birkenhead MP Frank Field has found that 98 per cent of surplus food is thrown into landfill every year.

    You can listen again to Breakfast on the Iplayer.

  34. Your views

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    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.

  35. Vehicle fire on M53

    There are reports of one lane blocked due to a vehicle fire on the M53 southbound at Junction 10 (Little Stanney).

    One lane of the motorway is also blocked at Junction 3 due to an accident between Woodchurch and Moreton Spur.

  36. On air

    Roger Phillips

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    How is it that we are living in a country where tonnes of food is sent to landfill every year - and yet thousands of people can't afford to feed their families? That was the starting point for a group of MPs lead by Birkenhead's Frank Field who today have published their report into food poverty in Britain.

    It's wide ranging, looking at everything from food waste to school dinners. Do you think we waste food? And why in the 21st century do we need food banks? Let us know your thoughts please.

    You can call 0151 709 9333 or get in touch on Facebook.

  37. Merseyside mayor

    Arif Ansari

    Political editor, North West

    I've been speaking to the Conservative chancellor George Osborne about the possibility of a devolution deal in Merseyside.

    George Osborne

    He said it would be possible but the region would have to agree to a London-style directly-elected 'metro mayor'.

  38. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside MP is leading calls this morning for an end to hunger as a parliamentary report on poverty reveals more people are using food banks.

    Birkenhead's Frank Field is co-chairman of the the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger, set up following concerns over the "unprecedented" numbers of people across the UK depending on food banks.

  39. Views after the wave

    Paul Kerley

    BBC News Magazine

    Acclaimed war photographer and Liverpool-born film-maker Tim Hetherington was killed in Libya in 2011.

    Photograph by Tim Hetherington

    But in the summer of 2005, he had travelled with Christian Aid to India and Sri Lanka to meet communities recovering from the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

    His resulting work was used by the charity to mark the disaster's first anniversary - in the exhibition Every Time I See The Sea.

  40. No gritters

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Wirral Council says gritters weren't sent out last night because it hadn't dropped to freezing temperatures despite the hail and sleet.

    There have been four accidents on the M53 in the borough this morning.

  41. Huge rise in food banks

    BBC North West Tonight

    A cross-party group of MPs says benefit delays, high utility bills and people having less disposable income are to blame for the huge rise in the use of food banks.

    Food bank

    If you've had to use a food bank and are willing to talk to us on camera , please email us your contact details nwt@bbc.co.uk or inbox us on Facebook.

  42. Phone and internet down

    People living in parts of Tuebrook have been without telephone or internet connections for more than a week.

    We are waiting for a statement from BT and will bring you more as we have it.

  43. Woman held over murder

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A 28-year-old woman is being questioned by police on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed to death at a house in St. Helens.

    Police were called to a house on Tilbrook Drive in Sutton at about 01:15 on Sunday. The 38-year-old man was taken to hospital with stab wounds but later died.

  44. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside MP is leading calls this morning for an end to hunger as a parliamentary report on poverty reveals more people are using food banks.

    Birkenhead's Frank Field is co-chairman of the the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger, set up following concerns over the "unprecedented" numbers of people across the UK depending on food banks.

  45. Lusitania exhibition

    Nafeesa Shan

    BBC News

    An exhibition featuring memorabilia from the sinking of Liverpool liner, Lusitania, will go on display in March to mark the 100th anniversary of the disaster.

    Lusitania

    A German submarine torpedo sank the Cunard vessel off Kinsale, Ireland, on 7 May 1915, killing about 1,200 people.

  46. Appeal for missing woman

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A St. Helens woman who has been missing since Saturday is being urged to get in touch with Merseyside Police.

    Michelle Schofield

    Michelle Schofield, 50, went missing after she made a phone call to the ambulance service from the junction of Kirkstone Avenue and Bowness Avenue in Moss Bank on Saturday evening.

  47. Memory trees

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    This plaque at Shaftesbury Youth Club in Birkenhead shows the members who died in World War One.

    Members of Shaftesbury Youth Club who died in the First World War

    Trees are being planted in their memory as part of a project by The Woodland Trust.

  48. All together for charity

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Hoping for the Christmas number one is Pete Hooton, leader singer of The Farm, whose classic hit All Together Now has been reworked Band Aid style to raise money for the Red Cross.

    Pete Hooton with Jarell Quansah (left) and Daniel Lowey (right)

    The song recalls the Christmas Truce of 1914 when British and German troops played football in no-man's-land. The song includes a choir made of players from Premier League academies with Liverpool's Jarrell Quansah (left) and Everton's Daniel Lowey (right) taking part.

  49. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside MP is leading calls this morning for an end to hunger as a parliamentary report on poverty reveals more people are using food banks.

    Birkenhead's Frank Field is co-chairman of the the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger, set up following concerns over the "unprecedented" numbers of people across the UK depending on food banks.

  50. Fracking research centre

    Details are to be given later on plans to turn a science park run by the University of Chester into a world class fracking research centre.

  51. Woodland project

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm heading to Shaftsbury Youth Club in Birkenhead, where I'm going to find out about a tree-planting project set up by The Woodland Trust.

    The trust is marking the anniversary of the outbreak of World War One with a plan to create 1,000 acres of woodland and have sent out tree planting packs to organisations across the UK.

    You can hear more on BBC Radio Merseyside.

  52. FA Cup third round draw

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    The draw for the third round of the FA Cup takes centre stage today with Everton and Liverpool coming into the competition.

    We've also got Southport definitely through and Chester and Tranmere Rovers could still make it if they win their replays.

    But unfortunately Northern Premier League club Warrington Town's wonderful run came to an end after they lost 2-0 at Gateshead.

  53. Man hit by car dies

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    A 47-year-old man has died after he was hit by a car in Croxteth.

    Police said the crash happened at the junction of Deyesbrook Lane and Croxteth Hall Lane at about 23:50 on Saturday.

    The 77-year-old driver of the car, a Toyota Prius, was unhurt.

  54. Overturned vehicle on M62

    One lane is closed on the M62 eastbound due to an overturned vehicle between Junction 6 Knowsley Expressway (Tarbock Island) and Junction 7 St. Helens Linkway (Rainhill Stoops).

  55. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside MP's leading calls for government action to help end hunger.

    Birkenhead's Frank Field is co-chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger, which was set up over concerns about the number of people across the UK dependent on food banks.

    Its report says there's been a dramatic increase in demand for assistance - blamed partly on the length of time it takes to process new benefit claims and because of benefits sanctions.

  56. Wintry scene

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    This was the scene in Port Sunlight as I drove through on my way to work this morning. Hail and sleet had settled on the ground, making it look picture postcard perfect.

    Port Sunlight

    If you'd like to send us a photograph from around Merseyside, you can email us at merseyside.locallive@bbc.co.uk.

  57. Anfield work starts

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Work starts today on the expansion of Anfield.

    Artist's impression of the new Anfield stadium

    The £100m scheme starting with the extension of the Main Stand will increase the ground's capacity to about 54,000.

  58. Three crashes on M53

    Jenny Summers

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Take extra care on the roads this morning in the wintry conditions. There were three crashes on the M53 near Bebington, Wirral, in the space of an hour.

    All vehicles skidded on the icy motorway.

  59. Icy conditions easing

    A few icy stretches first thing and further wintry showers but these should gradually ease leaving a fine day for many.

    Weather

    A few showers will continue across Cheshire into the afternoon though. It will be cold and windy.

  60. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    There have been three crashes on the M53 near Bebington in Wirral in the space of an hour this morning.

    All have skidded on the icy motorway with some cars hitting the central reservation.

  61. Good morning

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Hello from Liverpool, I hope you're feeling warmer than I did waiting for my train this morning! I've got the news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside today. If you'd like to get in touch, you can do so on email, Facebook or Twitter.