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Summary

  1. Updates on Friday 19 December 2014
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates from 08:00 on Monday

Live Reporting

By Julia Bryson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Friday sign-off

    That's all from the Local Live team for today - thanks for joining us. The service resumes on Monday at 08:00. Have a good weekend.

  2. Tonight's weather

    BBC Weather reports there will be further blustery showers overnight.

    weather

    It will remain windy with likely gales in exposed areas.

    Clear spells will lead to a chilly night, but the strong winds will mostly prevent a frost.

  3. Coming up on North West Tonight

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Coming up on tonight's programme - we are live in Liverpool after an off-duty policeman is killed on a night out.

    We also get the latest from the Hillsborough Inquests, as Kenny Dalglish tells the jury of the "mayhem" during the disaster.

    Join us on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. MP accuses Twitter of 'hosting hate'

    Claire Hamilton

    Political reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    An MP who received 2,500 anti-Semitic messages in three days has called for Twitter to ban racist words.

    Luciana Berger MP

    Luciana Berger, Labour MP for Liverpool Wavertree, received a "torrent" of abuse after an internet troll was jailed in October for a racist tweet.

    The MP needed special security advice as the abuse organised by US neo-Nazis also saw her receiving death threats.

  5. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 17:00.

    Local councils across Merseyside and Cheshire are facing a funding cut of 1.8% in the next financial year.

    The authorities are warning key services will have to be reduced.

  6. Worst Christmas trees

    Wirral Globe

    Liscard's Christmas tree has made it onto a list of the worst Christmas trees in Britain.

    The town's festive display was given a spruce-up earlier this month after residents set up a Facebook page complaining about the "depressing" tree.

  7. Brendan Rodgers' hits and misses

    BBC Sport

    BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage rates Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers' signings for the club since July 2012 in his weekly column.

    Brendan Rodgers looking dejected after Liverpool's defeat by Manchester United

    The former Wales international writes: "I am a fan of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and rate him highly as a coach, but he has spent £206.5m since taking over at Anfield and does not have much to show for it."

  8. Who was PC Neil Doyle?

    • PC Neil Doyle joined Merseyside Police in May 2004
    • He was an operational officer who was "well liked and respected by his colleagues"
    • Most of his time spent working as a police officer was in Liverpool
    • He had been commended for his actions when arresting three men in a "violent offensive robbery"
  9. 'Very sad day'

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    The Chief Constable of Merseyside Police Sir Jon Murphy said it was a "very sad day" for the force, following the death of one of its officers.

    Sir John Murphy

    PC Neil Doyle died after he was attacked in Liverpool city centre in the early hours of the morning. He was on a Christmas night out with two other off-duty officers, who were injured but have since been released from hospital.

    "Neil left The Peacock bar along with two colleagues. As they walked along Colquitt Street in Liverpool city centre they were subjected to an apparently unprovoked and vicious attack by a group of males," he said.

  10. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Local councils across Merseyside and Cheshire are facing a funding cut of 1.8% in the next financial year.

    They're warning key services will have to be reduced.

  11. PC Neil Doyle 'may have been recognised'

    Nafeesa Shan

    BBC News

    An off-duty police constable who died after he and two colleagues were assaulted in Liverpool city centre may have been recognised as an officer.

    Police outside the Aloha club

    PC Neil Doyle, 36, was taken to hospital following the attack near the Aloha Club, in Colquitt Street, at about 03:15. He died a short time later.

  12. Hillsborough Inquests: Dalglish evidence finishes

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    Kenny Dalglish has finished giving evidence. You can watch a full report on the events on North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

    kenny dalglish

    The coroner says: "Mr Dalglish, thank you very much for coming. This time, you don't have to come back. You are free to go."

  13. News on the hour

    Alex Dibble

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the 15:00 bulletin, hear the latest on the killing of PC Neil Doyle in Liverpool this morning and the evidence of Kenny Dalglish at the Hillsborough inquests.

  14. Hillsborough Inquests

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Kenny Dalglish is now being questioned by Rajiv Menon, who represents 10 families bereaved by Hillsborough.

    Mr Menon asked him if he saw fans helping out. He said: "We'd have been there helping ourselves if we could."

    He added that he was asked to calm down prisoners at Walton jail who were upset about The Sun's reporting of Hillsborough.

    He was later phoned by the then Sun editor Kelvin McKenzie, but refused to take his call.

  15. Hillsborough Inquests: Latest

    Ben Schofield

    Hillsborough reporter

    Mr Beggs started asking Kenny Dalglish whether he would accept that if fans turned up late and after drinking, they contributed to the Hillsborough disaster.

    Mr Dalglish is stopped from answering some of Mr Beggs' questions by the coroner.

    The former Reds' manager and the jury are asked to leave court again for a few moments for more brief legal argument.

  16. Police killing

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Police have released a photograph of the police officer Neil Doyle killed in an assault this morning.

    PC Neil Doyle

    The 36-year-old died shortly after he was attacked in the early hours of this morning. Two other officers were injured in the incident in Colquitt Street.

  17. Police killing

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at the press conference into the killing of off-duty police officer Neil Doyle. A line of inquiry is that he was recognised as a police officer before the "violent and unprovoked attack" took place.

    Merseyside Police says he had only married his wife Sarah in July and they were due to go on their honeymoon next month.

    Forensics experts outside the Aloha Club

    Forensic teams have been gathering clues outside the Aloha Club. Detectives are looking for a gang of men in connection with the attack.

  18. Hillsborough Inquests: latest

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    There has been a pause in evidence for legal discussion about John Begg's questioning.

    Kenny Dalglish and the jury were asked to leave but have now returned.

  19. Hillsborough Inquests: Dalglish questioned

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Kenny Dalglish is now being questioned by John Beggs, who represents match commanders Chief Supt David Duckenfield and Supts Marshall and Greenwood.

    Kenny Dalglish

    Mr Beggs picks out a paragraph in Dalglish's autobiography, My Liverpool Home, which talks about Liverpool fans "bunking in" to Wembley - without tickets - for the 1986 cup final.

    Kenny Dalglish (pictured) said: "I'm just a normal human being. Not judge and jury on how people should behave."

  20. News on the hour

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 14:00

    All the latest on the Hillsborough inquests as Kenny Dalglish gives evidence.

  21. Hillsborough inquests

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Kenny Dalglish tells the Hillsborough inquests the purpose of the announcement was to "call for calm... amongst the supporters" and let them know fans weren't fighting.

    He said he remembers the crowd applauding his statement, "so obviously they heard the message".

  22. Hillsborough Inquests: Dalglish evidence

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Kenny Dalglish said: "It was mayhem. Nobody knew what was going on. There were stories coming from every angle"

    He said he was asked to make a public announcement over the PA system. He told the crowd people had been hurt and to help the police.

  23. Hillsborough Inquests: Dalglish sworn in

    Ben Schofield

    Hillsborough reporter

    Kenny Dalglish has been sworn in at the coroner's court. He's wearing a red tie and a red '96' pin badge on one lapel.

    The lawyer introducing him says he had a '"hugely successful career as both a player and manager." Kenny responded: "Could've been better."

    Dalglish says between kick-off and match being stopped, his focus was on the pitch. 'Unfortunately I think we had started well.'

  24. Hillsborough Inquests: Dalglish evidence

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Kenny Dalglish is being brought into court to start giving his evidence.

    He will be questioned first by Christina Lambert QC ("CL") on behalf of the coroner, Lord Justice Goldring.

  25. Flags lowered

    Flags are flying at half mast at police stations across Merseyside following the killing of PC Neil Doyle, who was attacked in the early hours of this morning.

    EATON RD POLICE STATION

    This is Eaton Road police station. Merseyside police will be holding a news conference later this afternoon.

  26. Hillsborough Inquests

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Kenny Dalglish walking into the Coroner's court.

    KENNY DALGLISH

    He'll be giving evidence this afternoon - it'll be the first time he's spoken in person about the Hillsborough disaster in a court of law. Read more here.

  27. 'Shocked and saddened'

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Merseyside's Police Commissioner Jane Kennedy has said she is "deeply shocked and saddened" by the news of the death of PC Neil Doyle.

    She's tweeted: "I am sure I speak for people across Merseyside when I send his loved ones, friends and colleagues our thoughts and most heartfelt sympathy."

    Flags have been lowered at police stations across Merseyside following the murder, which took place in the early hours of this morning.

  28. Reds bid for Benzema

    BBC Sport

    According to the BBC Sport Football Gossip Column, Liverpool are prepared to make a £50m bid for Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema, 26, in the January transfer window.

    Karim Benzema
  29. 'A good cop'

    Merseyside Police Federation tweets: Our chairman Peter Singleton described PC Neil Doyle as "a good cop that any officer would be proud to call a colleague" #policefamily

    and also: Chairman Peter Singleton: "Neil was the kind of officer the police service is built on. This is devastating news."

  30. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 12:00

    An off-duty policeman murdered in Liverpool this morning has been described as "a good cop that any officer would be proud to call a colleague".

    Constable Neil Doyle was attacked on Colquitt Street - along with two other off-duty policemen at 03:15.

  31. Teens held after police chase

    Wirral Globe

    A 13-year-old was one of four teenagers arrested following a high-speed police chase in Wirral.

    Officers were on routine patrol on Seabank Road in Wallasey at around 1.40am on Thursday when a silver Peugeot 307 failed to stop when requested to do so.

  32. Hillsborough latest

    Ben Schofield

    Hillsborough reporter

    The inquests into the Hillsborough disaster are hearing from leading ambulance man Anthony Boyington, who arrived at the Penistone Road entrance to the stadium at 15:33.

    Mr Boyington described two groups of fans putting two casualties onto his ambulance. He had to turn away a third.

  33. Police officer murder

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseyside Police says it's not yet known what caused PC Neil Doyle's death.

    Colquitt Street

    A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out later to establish this. Two other off-duty officers were also attacked and have been treated in hospital for facial injuries.

  34. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the news at 11:00.

    It's emerged the man murdered in Liverpool city centre early this morning was an off-duty officer from Merseyside Police.

    Constable Neil Doyle worked out of Eaton Road station - and we are just hearing two others attacked were off-duty officers.

  35. Update on murdered officer

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Merseyside Police has confirmed all three men attacked in Colquitt Street this morning were off-duty police officers.

    Two suffered facial injuries and have been discharged form hospital. A murder investigation is ongoing into the death of PC Neil Doyle from Eaton Road police station.

  36. Fugitive arrested

    Daniel Coles

    BBC News

    One of the UK's most wanted fugitives has been arrested while attempting to return to Britain in a light aircraft.

    Light aircraft

    Paul John Scott, from Liverpool, is a suspected member of a drug-smuggling gang.

  37. Off-duty officer murder

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    It's been confirmed that a man who was murdered in Liverpool this morning was off-duty police officer, Neil Doyle.

    Colquitt Street

    I'm on Colquitt Street near the scene of the investigation and I'll bring you more news as we have it.

  38. Howard offers support to Mignolet

    BBC Sport

    Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard has offered his support to Merseyside rival and Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 26, as he faces the possibility of a lengthy spell on the sidelines, the BBC Sport Football Gossip Column is reporting.

    Tim Howard
  39. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    In the last few minutes, police have told BBC Radio Merseyside a man murdered in Liverpool city centre earlier today was an off-duty police officer.

    Constable Neil Doyle worked out of Eaton Road police station.

    Hear more details in the news at 10:00.

  40. BreakingBreaking News

    Merseyside Police confirm the 36-year-old man who died following an assault in the city centre this morning was an off duty police officer.

    Constable 6944 Neil Doyle, who worked from Eaton Road police station, died following an assault on Colquitt Street.

  41. Schools plan to be approved

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Plans to expand primary schools in six areas of Liverpool will be approved later.

    The plans are to meet increased demand due to the city's growing population. The government's given more than £15m for the project, in places like Princes Park, Wavertree and Belle Vale.

  42. Inquests to hear from Dalglish

    Ben Schofield

    Hillsborough reporter

    The jury at the Hillsborough inquests are due to hear from Kenny Dalglish, who was Liverpool's manager at the time of the disaster.

    Kenny Dalglish

    As the disaster unfolded, the police asked him to make an announcement to the fans inside Hillsborough and appeal for calm.

    Kenny was known as the King of the Anfield Kop and after the disaster helped lead Liverpool through what many consider to have been its darkest hour.

    He, along with players, went to the funerals of those who died. A large turnout is expected at the inquests to hear what he has to say about the disaster

  43. Twitter must block anti-Semitic words, says abused Labour MP

    The Daily Telegraph

    Twitter should automatically block racist words which have no place in modern life, says Wavertree MP Luciana Berger . She has been speaking of the anti-Semitic abuse she has suffered on social media.

    Luciana Berger
  44. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Listen live at 09:00.

    The jury at the Hillsborough inquests are due to hear from Kenny Dalglish today.

    He was Liverpool's manager at the time and was idolised by many of those who died.

  45. Live from the Phil

    Tony Snell, Presenter,

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The Breakfast Show is coming live from the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this morning, where I've already taken to the stage to play the spoons.. with a rather lukewarm reception!

    Philharmonic Hall

    You can watch the video on the BBC Radio Merseyside Facebook page.

  46. Man dies after assault

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    A murder investigation has begun after a man died following an assault in Liverpool city centre.

    The 36-year-old was taken to hospital following the attack near the Aloha club, on Colquitt Street, in the early hours. He died a short time later.

    the Aloha club, on Colquitt Street

    Two other men were also assaulted and have been treated in hospital for facial injuries.

    Merseyside Police said the scene was cordoned off and officers were trying to establish what had happened.

  47. Balotelli given match ban

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli has been given a one-match ban by the Football Association as punishment for his Super Mario post on social media.

    Mario Balotelli
  48. Cold and windy

    Charlie Slater

    Weather Presenter, BBC East Midlands Today

    A colder day than of late, and another windy day, with a mixture of sunshine and a few blustery showers.

    BBC grab

    The showers will be wintry at times.

  49. Good morning

    Julia Bryson

    BBC Local Live

    Hello from Liverpool, where I'll be bringing you the news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside. If you'd like to contact us with a story, comment or photograph, you can get in touch on email, Facebook or Twitter.