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  1. Updates on Wednesday 10 December 2014
  2. More from 08:00 on Thursday

Live Reporting

By Tom Mullen

All times stated are UK

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That's all for Local Live for the night. The service returns at 08:00 on Thursday but you can still reach the team by email at

Coming up on North West Tonight

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

On tonight's show we'll hear how the owner of Liverpool's first £1 home is due to move in before Christmas, after finishing refurbishment work.

Jayalal Madde

Jayalal Madde's four-bedroom house in Toxteth is one of 20 sold-off by the council for the small fee, as part of a scheme to rebuild communities from derelict properties.

We'll also have the latest from Liverpool Crown Court, where a Skelmersdale man who killed his Polish neighbour with a machete has been jailed for life.

Join us from 18:30 on BBC One.

Contempt juror sentenced

A woman who derailed a murder trial with her comments to the jury about a businessman has been given a suspended jail sentence.

Barbara McEvoy was a juror in the trial of John Clinton, who was alleged to have killed his wife of 20 years.

She was removed after it was established she had prior knowledge of the case. The Solicitor General brought contempt of court proceedings against her and she was given a suspended jail sentence today at Manchester Civil Justice Centre.

A retrial of Mr Clinton took place last year and he was convicted of manslaughter of his wife Paula at their home in Aintree, Liverpool.

Accident closes road

Birchwood Way eastbound in Warrington is closed due to an accident between Moss Gate/ Daten Avenue and M62 Junction 11 (Birchwood).

'Thanks for the supplies!'

Tranmere Rovers

tweets: Thank you to all our supporters who donated food for Wirral Food Bank yesterday.

Foodbank supplies
Tranmere Rovers / Twitter

Heroin substitute lost

Police have warned a quantity of a heroin substitute has been lost in the street near a chemist on the Wirral.

A woman was on Walton Road, Bromborough when she had a "medical episode" and was taken to hospital by her husband, police said. The prescription was left behind.

Anger at all-ticket clash

Chester Chronicle

Chester FC fans

have slammed the decision to make next week's FA Cup second round replay with Barnsley an all-ticket match.

Have your Phil of cake

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

tweets: 1 of our Kids Club members is going to win this Gingerbread Liverpool Philharmonic Hall…

Liverpool Philharmonic cake
Liverpool Phil / Twitter

Ofsted warning on schools

Sean Coughlan

BBC News education correspondent

Secondary schools are not making enough progress, says the education watchdog, with less than half in St. Helens rated as good or outstanding.

Sir Michael Wilshaw

Chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw, delivering the education watchdog's annual report, says that secondary schools have "stalled".

He says there are now 170,000 pupils in inadequate secondary schools across the country, about 70,000 more than two years ago.

Hillsborough inquests

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

A police riot van blocked a route designated for ambulances during the Hillsborough disaster, the new inquests have heard.

Hillsborough disaster
Hillsborough inquests

Former Divisional Supt Trevor Dale also agreed that the ambulance service's initial response to the disaster was "a little bit disorganised".

But he told the Warrington court that he and his colleagues "got on top of things" and did a "good job".

More wintry weather due

Anna Church

Weather Presenter

Wintry showers

should continue this evening, mainly across the north.

BBC Weather

More snow is possible, but gales should ease slightly towards dawn. We can expect lows of 6C (42F).

Facebook murderer jailed for life

Chris Long

BBC News

A man has been convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend after rekindling their relationship on Facebook.


David Hoyle, of Idle Road in Bradford, stabbed Rebecca Bamber, 43, to death with two knives and a broken bottle at her Widnes home in June.

Chester Crown Court heard Hoyle left the scene calmly after the attack and smiled at a neighbour. The 39-year-old was given a life sentence.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Skelmersdale man who killed his Polish neighbour with a machete has been told he'll be in prison for at least 28 years.

The judge said Kevin Saunderson, 29, was acting on racial hatred when he attacked Dariusz Ryba at his home in the middle of the night.

Thirty incidents during fire strike

Tom Mullen

BBC News

Merseyside firefighters dealt with 30 incidents during the service's latest 24-hour strike, which ended this morning.

They included two kitchen fires, a car fire, four false alarms and three road traffic collisions, as well as eight automatic fire alarms in peoples' homes.

Firefighters staged the walk-out in a dispute over pensions, but non-union staff members remained on duty.

£1 home joy

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

I've been finding out more about the first home sold for £1 by Liverpool City Council.

One pound home owners

It is one of 20 the authority identified for a project to re-build communities from derelict properties.

Here's homeowner Jayalal Madde (pictured left) at his house in Cairns Street, Toxteth, with mayor Joe Anderson and Ann O'Byrne, cabinet member for housing.

Ofsted: Schools failing

Simon Hoban

BBC Radio Merseyside

If you live in St. Helens there's a two in three chance that your child goes to a school that's rated inadequate or failing.

That's the unwelcome statistic from an Ofsted report published today, which also highlights an overall decline in standards when children make the leap from primary to secondary.

Schools in the North West had 86% in the good or outstanding category but that drops to 71% at secondary. I'll have more on Drive until 18:00.

Wish you were here?

The "weather bomb" may have been a wash-out, but the region has still seen a fair amount of wind and driving rain - as this fantastic picture

tweeted by Steve Mulville shows.

Weather in Crosby
Steve Mulville

Steve captured the stormy conditions in Crosby at midday, and described the weather as "hellish".

Martinez to play youngsters

Everton boss Roberto Martinez has been speaking to the press ahead of tomorrow's Europa Leage clash with FC Krasnodar.

Roberton Martinez
Getty Images

He said: "We have done our homework and we are unbeaten in the Europa League. Tomorrow is for our internal pride."

He also said the match would be a great chance to "see a little bit into the future", as the club's youngsters are expected to feature.

Weather bomb wash-out

BBC North West Tonight

Looks like the "weather bomb" failed to go off in the North West. What's it been like where you are?

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News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Skelmersdale man who killed his Polish neighbour with a machete has been told he'll be in prison for at least 28 years.

The judge said Kevin Saunderson, 29, was acting on racial hatred when he attacked Dariusz Ryba at his home in the middle of the night.

Body found in canal

Tom Mullen

BBC News

A body found in a canal has been identified as that of missing John Burns, Merseyside Police says.

The 36-year-old, of West Derby, went missing on 30 November after leaving his home.

Police said a body recovered from the Leeds-Liverpool canal yesterday is his, and his family have been informed.

Man jailed for machete murder

Tom Airey

BBC News

Police have released an image of the murder weapon used by Kevin Saunderson, who has been jailed for killing his neighbour.

Merseyside Police

The 29-year-old was heard shouting racial abuse and threats before launching the attack on Dariusz Ryba in Inglewhite, Skelmersdale in June.

At Liverpool Crown Court, Saunderson was told to serve a minimum of 28 years.

'Follow that van'

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Merseyside Police has launched a crackdown on people who attack cash delivery vans.

Van and police

The force said its Titan unit was working alongside police forces in the region to tackle the crime.

Det Supt Jason Hudson said: "The police routinely follow cash delivery vans in marked cars to deter attacks. The vans and cash boxes carry a host of security devices such as CCTV and dye that explodes when a cash box is forced open, staining the bank notes and offenders themselves."

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A man has been jailed for 28 years for murdering his Polish neighbour with a machete in Skelmersdale.

Watch Blues' press conference

Everton manager Roberto Marinez is speaking to the press ahead of the Blues' Europa League clash with FC Krasnodar.

Roberto Martinez
Getty Images

You can watch the press conference live

via this video on Youtube. Striker Arouna Koné is also speaking.

'Not good enough'

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers admits

his team have "not been good enough" after they were dumped out of the Champions League.


Despite a precise Steven Gerrard free-kick, the side could only manage a 1-1 draw with Swiss side Basel at Anfield.

The Reds now drop into the Europa League.

What do you think?

Tom Airey

BBC News

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Tell us what you think.

Missing woman safe

A woman who went missing from home has been found safe and well, Merseyside Police said.

Michelle Schofield, 50, went missing from home in St. Helens at the weekend.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

A Skelmersdale man who killed his Polish neighbour with a machete has been told he'll be in prison for at least 28 years.

Knowsley congestion

BBC Travel reports there's queuing traffic on the Knowsley Expressway in Knowsley at the moment.

The congestion is on the southbound side between Tarbock Island and the Speke Road junction.

£1 house

Phil Cooper

BBC Radio Merseyside

The owner of Liverpool's first 'One pound home' says he's hoping to be fully moved in with his family before Christmas.

Jayalal Madde

Major work on Jayalal Madde's home on Cairns Street is now complete. Mr Madde has spent £40,000, ten times more than his original budget, due to structural changes he has made.

Armed robbery at betting shop

A man has stolen cash from an Everton betting shop in an armed robbery on Tuesday.


Police said he entered Betfred on Breck Road at about 11:15 and threatened the cashier with what is believed to be a gun.

Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Funeral poverty

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

According to a Labour MP people are being forced to sell their possessions or falling into debt by taking out high-interest pay day loans to fund a decent send-off for their relatives.

But are funerals out of reach or ordinary people? And could people be forced to bury their own loved ones? Get in touch on 0151 709 9333.

Coming up on North West Today

Annabel Tiffin

Presenter, North West Tonight

Too many secondary schools in the North West are simply not good enough, and education in the region remains a postcode lottery. In some areas, children have only just above a one-in-three chance of going to a good secondary school.

And the first of the "homes for a pound" project in Liverpool has now been completed. The council sold empty properties for just £1 for people who promised to refurbish them and live in them for at least five years. Today the Mayor of Liverpool will look round the first to be finished.

Watch more on BBC North West Today at 13:30.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Tens of thousands more teenagers are going to failing secondary schools, according to Ofsted's Annual Report released today.

It's a mixed bag for high schools in the North West with St. Helens dropping in rank to 148, which means only 35% of secondary school pupils in the area are are attending a school rated good or outstanding.

Police close down bar

Cheshire Police used new powers from the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to successfully apply for a closure order of a late night bar in Bridge Street, Warrington town centre.

Fusion Bar and Grill in Bridge Street was issued with the notice following a serious fight in the premises in the early hours of last Thursday. At a hearing at Warrington Magistrates' Court yesterday, the closure order was granted for three months.

The act came into force in October and this is the first time that the powers have been used to close licensed premises in Cheshire. Under the act officers are now able to apply for closure orders at premises where somebody is, or has been, causing distress or nuisance.