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  1. Updates on Tuesday 16 December 2014
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Local Live has finished for the day. We're back with more news, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Wednesday.

Tonight's weather

BBC Weather reports it's expected to be a wet, windy and mild night on Merseyside with heavy and persistent rain in places.


Rain should become lighter and patchier by dawn but it will stay cloudy.

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

A report finds a catalogue of failures during the treatment of a paranoid schizophrenic who killed his parents.

Plus, we take a look around the vessel dubbed Britain's "number one pirate catcher" in Birkenhead.

Join us live on BBC One from 18:30.

Laser pen footage released

A video has been released of

a laser pen being shone towards a police helicopter in Warrington.

Laser pen
Cheshire Police

Police say a 23-year-old man was handed a four-month prison sentence after admitting shining a light at the aircraft in October.

PC Andy Shaw said: "When the cockpit is flooded with green light, we can't see properly and the pilot can't operate the helicopter safely."

Missing syringes

Tom Airey

BBC News

A box of "potentially harmful" syringes has gone missing at Halton General Hospital.

Police say the medication disappeared overnight on Monday from the minor injuries unit.

Sue Adair

The syringes contain adrenaline, amiodarone and atropine.

Santa's hospital call

Jessica Robbins

BBC Radio Merseyside

Children from Alder Hey Hospital received Christmas cheer when Santa arrived.

Santa at Alder Hey

Ditching the traditional sleigh he turned up courtesy of an RAF helicopter.

Dawn over Anfield

Paul Burnell

BBC News

Many thanks to David Hudson for this gorgeous shot of daybreak in Anfield earlier today.

Anfield Sunrise
David Hudson

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Books not butties

Liverpool University Library

tweets: Please don't shelve sandwiches. If you need help differentiating between books & food ask a member of staff #experts

University of Liverpool bookshelf
University of Liverpool


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BBC News

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News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the 17:00 bulletin: A teenager has been detained for two years for painting racist graffiti at a school in Maghull just hours after a Kenyan pupil had died.

Merseyrail delays

Merseyrail has told us there's going to be fewer trains on the Northern line this afternoon due to a problem with line-side equipment at Sandhills.

Delays to services from Ormskirk and trains between Hunts Cross and Southport are possible,

with the disruption expected to last until 17:30.

Ambulances had 'bolt croppers'

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

Ambulances carried "industrial bolt croppers" that could have cut through fences on the Hillsborough terraces, a medic has told the inquests.

Hillsborough Inquests

Peter Litster, who helped save lives in the 1989 disaster, was continuing to give evidence at the inquests.

You can read more from his evidence here.

Bedroom blaze escape

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

The home of a Widnes family

caught fire yesterday.

The blaze broke out in a first floor bedroom of a terraced house in Cross Street shortly before 4pm.

Care failures over parent killer

A catalogue of failures occurred during the treatment of a paranoid schizophrenic who killed his father and mother, a health report has found.

Leslie Gadsby
Merseyside Police

NHS England reviewed the care given to Leslie Gadsby (pictured), who killed his father in 2004 and later murdered his mother after being released from a secure hospital.

Mersey Care NHS Trust and mental health charity Imagine's failures included managing his care after being released and assessing his risk to the public. The trust said changes had been made and the report's recommendations "will help the whole of the NHS to ensure services for patients are improved".

Man arrested after assault

Tom Airey

BBC News

Other officers helped and the PC was taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries including cuts and bruises.

A 48-year-old man from Chester has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Police officer attacked

Tom Airey

BBC News

A police officer has been assaulted in Chester city centre.

Cheshire Police says an officer was dealing with an abusive man near Chester Town Hall Station, in Princess Street, yesterday evening when he was attacked.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside


16:00: Mersey Care NHS Trust has been criticised for a catalogue of failings over its treatment of a paranoid schizophrenic, who stabbed his mother to death six years after killing his father.

On air

Billy Butler

BBC Radio Merseyside

A teenage singing sensation has been approached by American music experts after winning a contest run by US radio and TV star Ryan Seacrest - Bronnie Hughes from Caldy sings live.

Billy and Bronnie

In our 12 Plays of Christmas feature we head to Southport Little Theatre for Dick Whittington.

Listen now.

Racist graffiti teen sentenced

A teenager who admitted painting racist graffiti at a school in Maghull hours after a Kenyan pupil had died has been sentenced to two years detention.

Erick Maina
Family pic

James Coleman, 18, of Buckfast Close, Netherton, admitted racially aggravated criminal damage at an earlier hearing after daubing graffiti about the death of Erick Maina (pictured), 15, near his school.

It comes a week after a 17-year-old was given ten months detention for the same offence.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the

15:00 bulletin people have been arrested by officers investigating robberies on Merseyside.

More on police raids

Nine people have been arrested by officers investigating robberies on Merseyside.

It comes after a number of attempted robberies and attempted raids at pubs, off-licences and shops.

The suspects are from St Helens and Liverpool, Merseyside Police said.

Rodgers: 'Our dressing room is very strong'

BBC Sport

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has dismissed talk of

dressing room unrest at the Premier League club.

Brendan Rodgers talks tactics with Sterling, Johnson and Gerrard

The Reds are 11th in the table and out of the Champions League, but Rodgers insists his players remain united.

Princess Royal opens control centre

A £7.6m joint command and control centre for Merseyside Police and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service in Bootle is being opened by the Princess Royal.

Princess Royal at the Wolfson Building

Earlier Princess Anne opened a £7m new Wolfson building (pictured) at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine.

It will focus on maternal and child health, neglected tropical diseases and public health pesticide development.

News on the hour

Alex Dibble

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the

14:00 bulletin: Princess Anne has arrived in Bootle to officially open Merseyside's new joint police and fire command and control centre.

Congestion after crash

A Mercedes van and Peugeot 206 have collided in Broadgreen, causing traffic congestion on Thomas Lane.

Merseyside Police said there were no reports of serious casualties and officers were investigating following the crash at 12:50.

Dress our tree


tweets: If you're travelling to or from Hoylake station this Christmas take a decoration and help us dress our stations tree!

Coming up

Roger Johnson

Presenter, North West Tonight

At lunchtime we will be hearing why a Liverpool Council grant to an arts award has caused such a stir.

And there's a chance to view the new statue in Liverpool's bombed out church commemorating the Christmas Truce of 1914 in World War One.

Watch BBC One from 13:30.

Speed gun warning

Merseyside Police Allerton

tweets: Local officers will be outside Booker Avenue school with a speed gun today. #20MPH

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the

13:00 news bulletin: Liverpool manager Brendan Rogers has denied reports of dressing room unrest.

Thirteen homes raided

Liverpool Echo


raided 13 properties across Merseyside this morning as part of a crackdown on armed robbers.

Primary places promise

Six areas of Liverpool look set to get extra primary school places to deal with increased demand.

The city's cabinet is to discuss plans for an extra 150 places next September after the government approved £15m to tackle the shortage.

The primary schools chosen in Church, Picton, Princes Park, Riverside, Wavertree and Belle Vale have all received good Ofsted reports and meet the criteria for funding to expand each over the next seven years.

Watch: Martinez hails Barkley

BBC Sport

Everton boss Roberto Martinez says

Ross Barkley's goal was "stunning" in his side's "clinical" 3-1 victory over QPR at Goodison Park.

Roberto Martinez

Man's chin bitten

Wirral Globe

A 32-year-old man who

sank his teeth into another man's chin during a fight has been jailed for four years.

News on the hour

BBC Radio Merseyside

In the

12:00 news bulletin: Ambulances at the Hillsborough disaster carried bolt croppers that could easily have cut through the cages that made up the pens on the Leppings Lane terraces, a medic says.

Coming up

Roger Phillips

BBC Radio Merseyside

A pioneering women's centre in Wirral is highlighted in a new report today calling for greater use of community orders rather than sending women to prison.

The study by Soroptimists' International is being presented to justice minister Simon Hughes later and says the women's prison population could be halved by using services such as Tomorrow's Women Wirral.

Listen live at 12:00.

Hillsborough inquests latest

Ben Schofield

BBC Radio Merseyside

An ambulance man who helped save casualties at Hillsborough says vehicles carried bolt croppers that could easily have cut through the cages that made up the pens at the Leppings Lane terraces.

Peter Litster, who was a leading ambulanceman in South Yorkshire, said the croppers were among the equipment in a rescue box carried by crews.

He told the Hillsborough inquests they had levers which were up to 3ft (900cm) long and would have been of "incredible use".

Northern cultural powerhouse

Ian Youngs

Entertainment reporter, BBC News

Merseybeat and Madchester. Coronation Street and Our Friends in the North. David Hockney and Henry Moore. Much of the UK's great culture

has come from the north of England.

Everyman Theatre
Philip Vile

Measures to stimulate creativity further are now part of the government's plans to build a "northern powerhouse", alongside schemes to improve transport and the economy.

News on the hour

Giulia Bould

BBC Radio Merseyside

Five people have been arrested as Merseyside Police crackdown on robberies at pubs, off-licences and shops.

Listen live to the 11:00 bulletin.

Vehicle closes M6 lane

BBC Travel reports a lane is closed on the entry slip road on the northbound M6 at J22, A49 (Newton Le Willows), because of a broken down vehicle.