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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 6 January 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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All times stated are UK

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  1. Good evening

    That concludes our Merseyside Local Live updates for Tuesday. We are back at 08:00 on Wednesday morning, so join us then.

    In the meantime, please send your photos or comments to us on email, Facebook or Twitter.

  2. Coming up on NWT

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Coming up on North West Tonight - two Merseyside Police officers are investigated by the police watchdog over allegations they abused their position to sexually exploit women.

    And we get the latest on where Liverpool's Steven Gerrard is heading at the end of the season.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  3. Hillsborough flame moves to cathedral

    As part of the temporary relocation of Anfield's Hillsborough memorial, the eternal flame has been taken to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

    Hillsborough eternal flame memorial at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral

    It will reside in the cathedral while work is carried out on the stadium and will be returned when the existing memorial is reinstated.

  4. Islands preview

    Following their visitor numbers announcement, Chester Zoo has given us a glimpse of what their new Islands site is going to look like.

    Zoo view

    The £30m development is due to open later this year and will house species including tigers, crocodiles and orangutans.

  5. Man shot in buttocks

    A man has been shot in the buttocks in an attack in Bootle this afternoon.

    Daniel Close

    Police went to reports of gun shots being heard near Hornby Boulevard and a house window being damaged in Daniel Close at about 13:30 and found the injured 21-year-old, who was taken to hospital for treatment.

    Det Ch Insp Tom Keaton said his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening and officers believed he had been the victim of a targeted attack.

  6. Hillsborough memorial move

    Hillsborough families have attended a private service at Anfield this afternoon.

    Temporary Hillsborough memorial at Anfield

    The service, led by Liverpool Football Club's chaplain, was to mark the Hillsborough memorial's temporary relocation while stadium expansion work is carried out.

    The club is placing the existing memorial near the Shankly Gates in safe storage during the expansion. The temporary memorial is at the entrance of the Centenary Stand.

  7. Elderly man cut free

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    An 88-year-old man needed to be cut free after the car he was travelling in crashed and overturned on a Formby Bypass roundabout this afternoon.

    Firefighters rescued the man near the junction with Liverpool Road, Formby, at about 15:20 GMT.

    He was then taken to Aintree Hospital by ambulance.

  8. Berahino battle

    BBC Sport

    The BBC Sport gossip column reports Liverpool are ready to do battle for the £20m signature of West Brom striker Saido Berahino (via the Independent).

    Berahino

    The 21-year-old scored four goals for the Baggies in their FA Cup 7-0 demolition of Gateshead last weekend.

  9. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Merseyside MP claims he isn't being allowed to access a report into a murder at Altcourse Prison in Fazakerley.

    Steve Rotheram, MP for Liverpool Walton, told the Commons he has not been able to access the findings of an inquiry carried out following the killing of a 35-year-old prisoner two months ago.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  10. Officer injured in Remembrance brawl

    Liverpool Echo

    A Royal Navy engineer dislocated a police officer's thumb after drunkenly lashing out at him outside a Merseyside Royal British Legion social club on Remembrance Sunday.

  11. Rovers extend Thompson loan

    Ian Kennedy

    BBC Radio Merseyside Sport

    Tranmere Rovers have extended Josh Thompson's loan deal from Colchester United until 24 January.

    Josh Thompson

    The centre back signed for Rovers in October and has made six appearances for the club.

  12. Zoo figures

    Chester Zoo tweets: We counted animals & now we've totted up visitors. A huge 1,432,867 came in 2014, an all-time record. Thank you all!

    Giraffe
  13. Blustery Wirral

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    The cast of ITV drama Broadchurch are not the only people who like a good walk on the beach.

    Red Rocks beach

    We're grateful to Eric Wells, of West Kirby, for this wonderful shot from his bracing walk on Red Rocks beach earlier today.

  14. Introducing the Beast

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    AFC Wimbledon striker Adebayo Akinfenwa showed off some silky skills against Liverpool last night and even bagged a goal against the team he's supported since he was small - which as anyone who saw the match will know was quite a while ago.

    Adi Akinfenwa

    BBC Sport has pulled together ten things you might not know about the striker they call 'The Beast', including the fact he inspired 39,000 tweets during the FA Cup tie.

  15. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool Walton MP Steve Rotheram claims he's being denied access to a report into a murder at Altcourse Prison in Fazakerley.

    The inquiry was carried out following the killing of a 35-year-old prisoner two months ago.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  16. Locked-in couple rescued

    Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    Firefighters came to the rescue of a couple who became locked in the living room of their first floor flat in Runcorn.

  17. Happy anniversary

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Always one to keep on the right side of the boys in blue, I would like to congratulate Merseyside's chief constable on 40 years in the force.

    Merseyside Police Chief Constable Sir Jon Murphy

    Sir Jon Murphy joined the force as a cadet in 1975 and spent three years in the force support group, during which time he worked on the 1981 Toxteth riots.

    Last year, he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours for services to policing.

    He will be reflecting on this milestone with Radio Merseyside's Simon Hoban after 16:00.

  18. Gerrard 'close' to LA Galaxy deal

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard is on the brink of finalising an 18-month deal to join Los Angeles Galaxy.

    Steve Gerrard

    The 34-year-old is expected to sign a contract worth about £6m, making him one of the highest earners in Major League Soccer.

    An announcement is expected this week following Friday's shock news that Gerrard would quit Liverpool at the end of the season.

    He will be available to join the Galaxy once his Reds contract expires in June.

  19. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Hillsborough families have gathered at Liverpool Football Club to watch the eternal flame in the memorial to their loved ones transferred to the city's Anglican Cathedral.

    Listen live at 15:00.

  20. MP's seaside prosperity call

    Southport's MP is calling for greater support for coastal towns to ensure they benefit from economic recovery.

    Southport promenade

    Liberal Democrat John Pugh is leading a debate later in the wake of a new report on the impact of economic growth on seaside resorts.

    He said the tourism and leisure industry is faring better in the South than in the North West and he also believes there has been too much concentration on city deals and the extra funding they command.

  21. Replacing Stevie G

    Phil McNulty

    Chief football writer

    When Steven Gerrard suffered a rare blemish in the middle of his latest masterclass, AFC Wimbledon's fans pounced on the topic that will dominate Liverpool's agenda between now and the day he takes his leave.

    Steven Gerrard books Liverpool's place in round four of the FA Cup with both goals in their 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon
  22. Grant cuts warning

    Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News

    Halton Council leader councillor Rob Polhill has blasted the Government over the latest hit to the borough's finances.

    Mr Polhill called the local authority's grant settlement, revealed on 18 December, 'very poor'.

  23. PC murder accused in court

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    Two men have appeared in court accused of murdering an off-duty policeman on a Christmas night out.

    PC Neil Doyle

    PC Neil Doyle, 36, was attacked near the Aloha Club in Liverpool on 19 December.

    Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherry Tree Road, Huyton and Christopher Spendlove, 30, of Brandearth Hey, Stockbridge Village appeared via videolink from prison at Liverpool Crown Court.

    They will next appear in court on 20 March for a plea hearing. A provisional trial date has been set for 22 June.

  24. News on the hour

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Hillsborough families are gathering at Anfield to watch the eternal flame in their loved ones' memorial transferred to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  25. Sunny afternoon

    Sara Blizzard

    BBC Weather Presenter

    It will be mostly dry this afternoon with sunny spells and an occasional shower.

    Weather presenter

    It will stay dry with clear spells and light winds overnight allowing temperatures to fall close to freezing.

  26. Cargo wreck found

    The wreck of the cargo ship Cemfjord, which sank in the Pentland Firth on its way to Runcorn, has been located on the seabed.

    Cemfjord sinking

    Eight crew members perished in the sinking.

  27. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    Coming up on North West Today, we have the latest on the two Merseyside Police officers who are being investigated over claims they abused their position to sexually exploit women.

    And as people across the country are urged to use pharmacies and walk-in centres because of the current demand on hospitals, Liverpool GPs ask patients to think twice before going to A&E.

    Watch more on BBC One at 13:30.

  28. Rafa to return?

    BBC Sport

    Former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez could replace Brendan Rodgers at the end of the season, admitting he has offers on the table and is unsure of his future at current club Napoli.

    Rafa Benitez
  29. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The eternal flame in memory of the 96 Hillsborough victims will be moved from Anfield to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral later.

    Listen live to the bulletin.

  30. Gig memories

    The Farm's Peter Hooton tweets: Can't believe this was 7 years ago - the very first gig at the @EchoArena the week before the official opening!

    Pete Hooton gig pic
  31. Micky on the shortlist

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Tranmere's Micky Adams has been shortlisted for the League Two Manager of the Month award for December.

    Micky Adams

    Rovers picked up two wins and a draw as well as beating Oxford United in the FA Cup.

    The winner will be announced on Friday.

  32. Hillsborough memorial move

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The eternal flame in memory of the 96 Hillsborough victims will be moved from Anfield to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral later as part of the ground's redevelopment.

    Hillsborough memorial

    Families of those who lost loved ones will gather by the Shankly Gates for a private service led by Liverpool's club chaplain at 14:00.

    A lantern from the eternal flame will be used to light a candle in the memorial chapel at the cathedral.

    Hillsborough families will also be shown the new temporary memorial at the Centenary Stand. The club says the existing memorial will be put in storage until the redevelopment is finished at the start of the 2016/17 season.

  33. Hospital waiting times

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    If you want to pick your way through the current debate about hospital waiting times then our colleagues on BBC Health have produced this handy online guide.

    Hospital graphic

    According to the guide, overall A&E admissions are down this week at the Royal Liverpool Hospital with 87.2% of people being seen within four hours.

  34. Carra's warning

    Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher tweets: Liverpool struggled for goals this season their top scorer is going to MLS next season!!!!!!

  35. Post update

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The police watchdog is investigating claims two Merseyside Police abused their positions to sexually exploit young women.

    Listen live at 12:00.

  36. Everton goalkeeper retires

    BBC Sport

    Everton Ladies and England goalkeeper Rachel Brown-Finnis has announced her retirement from football.

    Rachel Brown-Finnis

    The 34-year-old made her England debut at 16 and won 82 caps. She played at two World Cups and the 2012 Olympics for Great Britain.

    Brown-Finnis, who has been with Everton since 2003, will become a club ambassador.

    "It is simply down to the amount of pain I suffer with my knee and back over the course of a season," she said.

  37. Travel boss grilled

    Roger Phillips

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Merseytravel helps keep the region on the move, but how do you think it is performing?

    Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel, will be in the hot seat from 12:00 to 13:00 to answer your questions.

    Listen at 12:00.

  38. Police sex acts investigation

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    Two Merseyside police officers are being investigated over claims they abused their position to sexually exploit women.

    Merseyside Police Headquarters

    A sergeant is alleged to have threatened to arrest a woman unless she performed a sex act on him and a detective constable is accused of asking a victim of domestic violence to perform a similar act.

    The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating both claims.

  39. A&E warning

    The Royal Liverpool Hospital tweets: If you come to A&E with minor illness/injury, you may wait while staff treat very poorly patients. #examineyouroptions

  40. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The police watchdog has revealed it is investigating claims two Merseyside Police officers abused their positions to sexually exploit women.

    Listen live at 11:00.

  41. Delays likely

    Cheshire Police tweet: Report received of an incident on the A41 at Hatton Heath near to the Tattenhall turn off, delays likely - please factor this in to your journey.

  42. PC murder trial date

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Two men accused of murdering Merseyside police officer Neil Doyle will go on trial on 22 June.

    PC Neil Doyle

    PC Doyle died after an incident on a night out in Liverpool.

  43. Sublime Gerrard sees Reds through

    Watch match highlights as Steven Gerrard booked Liverpool's place in round four of the FA Cup with both goals in their 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon.

    Steven Gerrard celebrates winner against Wimbledon

    His second half free-kick was the moment of real class that proved the difference in a closely-fought tie.

  44. Police sex investigation

    Lynette Horsburgh

    BBC News

    I'm looking at two separate investigations by the police watchdog into allegations that two Merseyside police officers - a sergeant and a detective constable - abused their positions to sexually exploit women.

    More to come later.

  45. A&E warning to patients

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Patients are being warned to think twice by the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. before going to A&E.

    The hospital urged patients with minor ailments and injuries to "examine your options" rather than spending time in the casualty ward.

    Ambulance at A&E

    The call was echoed by GP Dr Fiona Lemmens from the Aintree Park Group Practice who urged people to use pharmacies and walk- in centres before heading to hospital.

    It comes amid growing pressures on the region's hospitals which are struggling to cope with the volume of winter admissions.

  46. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Two boys aged 13 and 16 who were arrested over a knife attack in Sefton have been released on bail while investigations continue.

    Listen live at 10:00.

  47. Teens bailed over assault

    Two teenage boys arrested on suspicion of assaulting a 28-year-old man in Seaforth on Friday have been released on police bail.

    Merseyside Police said the pair aged 13 and 16 were freed pending further inquiries.

  48. McCarthy misses tie

    BBC Sport

    Everton midfielder James McCarthy will miss the FA Cup third-round tie with West Ham with a hamstring injury.

    James McCarthy

    Defender Antolin Alcaraz is suspended, so John Stones is likely to start after having missed the last two games with an ankle problem.

  49. Prison officers injured

    BBC North West Tonight

    Three prison officers were taken to hospital after a disturbance at HMP Liverpool on Monday.

    Prisons Minister Andrew Selous said: "This kind of violence against our hardworking prison officers is abhorrent and unacceptable, and my thoughts are with these staff members and their families."

    The Home Office said it could not comment on the extent of the officers' injuries.

  50. Jam buster work starts

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The final phase of a £5m project to tackle traffic jams on a key route between the North West and Wales is under way.

    A483 junction with A55

    The A55 to the A483 near Chester is having traffic lights installed as well as road widening improvements made to parts of the junction.

    Bob Baldwin, project manager at the Highways Agency said: "It is going to be a case of short term pain for long term gain."

  51. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool GPs are calling on patients to think twice before going to A&E.

    Listen live

  52. Crime family may have hidden £3.2m

    Liverpool Echo

    Authorities chasing the illicit fortunes of Liverpool's notorious Fitzgibbon crime family suspect their drug-dealing profits could be buried in hidden assets.

  53. Gerrard's cup brace

    BBC Sport

    Two goals from Liverpool's talisman Steven Gerrard steer Liverpool through to the fourth round of the FA Cup with a 2-1 win at AFC Wimbledon.

    Stevie Gerard

    The Reds were rewarded with a home tie in the next round against Bolton Wanderers.

  54. Rainy morning

    BBC Weather reports there will be a spell of wet weather this morning with some heavy rain at times and brisk winds.

    Weather graphic

    It will then become mostly dry this afternoon with sunny spells and an occasional shower.

  55. News on the hour

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool GPs are asking patients to think twice before going to A&E.

    Listen live at 08:00.

  56. Good morning

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    I am poised to bring you all of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

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