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Summary

  1. Updates on Tuesday 9 June
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Wednesday

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  1. Good evening

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    That's it from the team for today. Please join us tomorrow for more updates on news, sport, weather and travel.

    horse and dog share a peck

    In the meantime, I'll leave you with this sweet picture of Merseyside Police's horse Titan and dog Tara sharing a special moment down at the stables.

  2. Clear and dry but frost possible

    BBC Weather

    The dry weather will continue overnight with clear spells.

    chart grab

    Thanks to the light wind, it will turn chilly with a touch of frost possible in the coldest spots.

  3. Follow Fara at the Women's World Cup

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's Fara Williams will make her 140th appearance for England when she takes to the field in their opening game at the Women's World Cup in Canada shortly.

    Fara Williams

    The Lionesses face France in New Brunswick at 18:00 - the game is live on BBC Two, where Reds striker Natasha Dowie is among the commentary team, and on the BBC Sport website.

  4. City gallery to showcase 'useful' art

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Liverpool's Bluecoat has announced an exhibition featuring work inspired by its 1927 founding manifesto, which aims to "promote the arts, literature, science for adult instruction and the diffusion of useful knowledge".

    multi-coloured circle

    Resource, which runs from 18 July to 27 September, will showcase UK-based artists whose work "suggests or subverts a practical purpose", a spokesman for the centre says.

  5. Hillsborough inquests: Barry Bennett

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    The inquests have been focussing on the death of Barry Bennett, a tugboat worker described as being "loyal and loving to his family and friends".

    Barry Bennett

    Glyn Phillips, a practising GP and Liverpool fan who had escaped from Pen 3, was amongst those who tried to revive the 26-year-old.

    He told the court that after working on Barry for "a matter of a few minutes at most", he said he told a woman who was helping that "he has gone".

  6. Grassland fire in Wirral

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    There has been fires on two sections of grassland in Wirral, which Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service believes were started deliberately.

    Firefighters were called out to Bidston Hill at about 13:30 and took about 90 minutes to tackle the blazes.

  7. Gerrard says Sterling could be 'number one'

    BBC Sport

    Ex-Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard says Raheem Sterling has the chance to become the club's "number one player" by committing his future to the Reds.

    Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard

    Sterling, 20, has been criticised for wanting to leave Liverpool, recently rejecting a £100,000-a-week contract.

    The forward has two years left on his deal and Gerrard, who has ended his Anfield career to play in America, has urged his ex-team-mate to stay put, saying "Liverpool is the place for him to learn for the next few years".

  8. Policeman accused of sexual assaults

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    A police constable was "unable to contain his urges" as he committed a string of sexual assaults while on duty, a court has heard.

    Christopher Hopkins, 41, of Whickham Close, Widnes, is said to have targeted three alleged victims between 2006 and 2013, which he denies.

    They included an under-age girl, a 17-year-old girl and a Merseyside Police colleague, Preston Crown Court heard.

  9. Latest headlines

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Today's top stories across Merseyside:

    • Residents and staff at a Liverpool care home ordered to close by the Care Quality Commission deny that it's inadequate and unsafe.
    • A Dingle woman has been jailed for killing the father of her children during a drunken row.
    • A doctor who was asked to confirm the deaths of 16 Hillsborough victims tells the inquests it was "one of the most awful experiences" of his life.
  10. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    A doctor who was asked to confirm the deaths of 16 Hillsborough victims has told the inquests that it was "one of the most awful experiences" of his life.

    Andrew Byrne, an anaesthetist who attended the 1989 FA Cup semi-final as a spectator, went on to the pitch to give first aid to an unconscious fan.

    A police officer then asked him to go to the stadium's gymnasium, which was being used as a temporary mortuary.

  11. Liverpool star celebrates weekend nuptials

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Liverpool's Italian striker Fabio Borini has posted a picture on Instagram from his wedding at the weekend of his mother accompanied by the message: "My mum walking me down the aisle! Beautiful day! Thanks to all the guests to make it such a special weekend!"

    Fabio Borini
  12. Cultural summer fun in Prescot

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Summer season is well underway in Prescot as the town has been enjoying plays and fairs.

    Foden's brass band

    Next on the agenda is the 11th Prescot Festival of Music & the Arts, which runs from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June and features brass bands, jazz and cinema organist Dave Nicholas.

  13. Remembering the arrival of a legend

    Liverpool tweets: It was on this day in 1987 that #LFC signed one of the Reds' greatest ever players - John Barnes.

    John Barnes
  14. Paying John Lennon in chocolate biscuits

    Emma Saunders

    Entertainment reporter

    BBC Radio 2's Whispering Bob Harris has penned his memoirs, revealing a wealth of stories about the guests he has encountered over the years.

    Whispering Bob Harris

    The Daily Telegraph has picked out its favourite ten anecdotes, including the story of how John Lennon was paid in chocolate biscuits to appear on the Old Grey Whistle Test.

    It seems that when Harris told the former Beatle his payment for appearing would be £15, he said: "Bring me £15-worth of chocolate olivers, I can't get them in America."

  15. Football gossip: Reds defender wants coaching return

    BBC Sport

    In the Gossip Column, the Daily Express reports former Liverpool defender Sami Hyypia, 41, says he would like to return to Anfield to work on Brendan Rodgers' coaching staff.

    Sami Hyypia

    Meanwhile, the Telegraph says ex-Fulham boss and former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen, 51, is being considered to become Rodgers' assistant.

  16. Residents defend closed care home

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Residents and staff at a Liverpool care home that has been ordered to close by the Care Quality Commission deny claims by the inspectors that is "dangerous" and "dirty".

    Families of elderly residents at the Mossley Manor Care Home have until the end of the week to find alternative accommodation with the help of Liverpool City Council.

    One 82-year-old resident said he was "absolutely shocked" it had been closed.

  17. Anfield's development continues

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Liverpool have released new images of the redevelopment of the Main Stand at Anfield, including a picture of the 650-tonne crane being used to hoist into place the new roof's truss.

    anfield crane

    Since Liverpool's final home game in May, the 1980s structure that formed part of the existing Main Stand has been demolished.

  18. Mr Smith's arson suspects released on bail

    Warrington Guardian

    Six teenagers arrested on suspicion of arson after a fire at the former Mr Smith's nightclub in April have been released on police bail for a second time.

    Mr Smith's Fire
  19. Latest headlines

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • A mother-of-two who fatally stabbed her ex-partner in a row at her Dingle home is jailed for life.
    • Liverpool City Council says it won't tolerate poor care for vulnerable people after Mossley Manor Care Home was found to be inadequate and unsafe by inspectors.
    • The funeral for the former Everton and Liverpool footballer Tony McNamara takes place in Huyton.
  20. Ex-England star's message for the Lionesses

    Former Everton captain Phil Neville tweets: Good luck England's women team later on today BBC 2 5.30pm ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️

  21. Blue rabbit onesie woman hands herself in

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Police searching for a woman dressed in a blue rabbit onesie and wearing a Minions rucksack in connection with two burglaries in Skelmersdale say she has handed herself in.

    A spokeswoman says officers will interview her "in due course".

  22. Police warning over 'sweet shop' car

    Chester Chronicle

    Police have issued a warning after reports of a man approaching youngsters in Ellesmere Port in a car with the words 'sweet shop' written on the passenger door.

  23. Domestic violence sufferers 'should seek help'

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Following the jailing of Dingle's Farieissia Martin for the murder of her ex-boyfriend in a row, Merseyside Police says people who are in abusive or violent relationships should "seek help before the problems escalate".

    Det Ch Insp Natalie Perischine says help is out there for male victims of domestic abuse as well as women and urges sufferers to use the new Victim Care Merseyside service.

    "This case is an absolute tragedy for all involved yet perhaps it could have been avoided if either Kyle, Farieissia or both of them together had sought help," she says.

  24. 'Jovial' former Blues and Reds star remembered

    Graham Whyte

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The funeral for the former Everton and Liverpool footballer Tony McNamara has taken place in Huyton.

    The 85-year-old, who died last week, made more than a hundred appearances for the Blues before crossing the park in 1957.

    Laurence Lee, the chairman of Everton Former Players' Foundation, says McNamara was a "jovial, nice-humoured chap" who had been one of the charity's most popular members.

  25. Good afternoon

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    I have taken over writing the page now and will be with you until 18:00.

    Feel free to send me your photos or comments via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  26. Watch new Liverpool striker's goals

    BBC Sport

    Wondering how good new Liverpool signing Danny Ings is? Watch a selection of the England U-21 international's 11 Premier League goals for Burnley last season.

    Danny Ings scores against Aston Villa

    Our selection includes a terrific solo effort against QPR, a flicked header at Newcastle, a diving header at Old Trafford and his last goal for the Clarets at Aston Villa.

  27. Reds star ready for Women's World Cup

    Liverpool midfielder Fara Williams tweets: Excited to be part of a great team as we KO our World Cup campaign against France today #togetherinstagram.com/p/3tL7pcNtED/

  28. Dingle mother jailed for ex-boyfriend murder

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    A mother-of-two who fatally stabbed her ex-partner in a row at her Liverpool house has been jailed for life.

    Farieissia Martin

    Farieissia Martin, 22, denied murdering 21-year-old Kyle Farrell, who died of a single stab wound to the chest from a knife early on 21 November 2014.

    Mr Farrell had been babysitting the couple's young children before Martin returned to her home in Charlecote Street, Dingle, where a row broke out.

  29. Schoolchildren's art at St George's Hall

    Merseyrail tweets: A fantastic art exhibition by children from over 50 schools is now on @SGHLpool, across the road from Lime St station! @dotartschools

  30. Dublin club 'don't need' Liverpool striker

    BBC Sport

    Dublin-based club Cabinteely FC have mocked Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 24, while tweeting their support of their goal-shy players.

    Cabinteely FC players and Mario Balotelli

    Accompanying a picture which compares their players' goal-scoring records to the Italian star's, the club tweets: Stop calling us, stop texting us @FinallyMario, we don't need you for our game on Friday versus @AthloneTownFC

  31. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Liverpool woman Farieissia Martin, who murdered a man with a single stab wound, is sentenced to life in prison.
    • The funeral of former Everton and Liverpool footballer Tony McNamara takes place on Merseyside.
    • Nominations for the Labour leadership open today with the five contenders including Merseyside-born Andy Burnham.
  32. Campaign to save Thingwall Pool

    Marc Gaier

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A campaign has been launched to save Thingwall School of Swimming from closure after it was given notice to leave the site in Knotty Ash.

    Protesters at Thingwall Pool

    The pool, in the grounds of Thingwall Hall, has been run by local businessman Kieron Dunn for the last seven years, but now faces closure after landowners - the religious order Brothers of Charity - gave them notice.

    More than 1,000 people have so far signed the online petition calling for a re-think.

  33. Man denies sex attack in car mistaken for taxi

    Southport Visiter

    A Southport man has denied carrying out a sex attack on a woman who thought his car was a taxi.

  34. Sniffer dogs uncover illegal tobacco

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Thousands of illegal cigarettes - hidden behind panels in two shops in Picton, Liverpool - have been uncovered by specially-trained sniffer dogs.

    Cigarettes found by sniffer dog

    A mixture of counterfeit and smuggled products were discovered - 1.45kg of counterfeit hand-rolling tobacco and 6,700 cigarettes at one shop and 5,660 cigarettes at the other.

  35. Rail disruption in Liverpool

    BBC Travel

    There is a replacement bus service running on Merseyrail between Moorfields and Liverpool Lime Street due to engineering works.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  36. Eastgate Clock to be uncovered in July

    Chester Chronicle

    A protective wrap around Chester's famous Eastgate Clock is due to be taken off at the end of July following a £500,000 restoration scheme to conserve the ancient City Walls.

    Eastgate clock
  37. Dingle woman sentenced for murder

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Dingle's Farieissia Martin, who murdered a man with a single stab wound, has been sentenced to life.

    I'll bring you more details when I have them.

  38. Borini's Anfield future in doubt

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Fabio Borini's agent is demanding showdown talks with Liverpool over the striker's future - but it looks like the Reds will continue to block any loan move for the Italian.

    Fabio Borini

    The arrivals of Divock Origi and Danny Ings have cast further doubt over the future of the player who was Brendan Rodgers' first signing as Liverpool manager in 2012.

  39. Arson attacks destroy dry scrubland in Runcorn

    Runcorn and Widnes World

    In the latest in a spate of deliberate fires at Runcorn Hill, arson attacks destroyed 100 sq m of dry scrubland at the beauty spot yesterday.

    View from Runcorn Hill
  40. Blues and Reds star's funeral to be held

    Phil Kinsella

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    The funeral of former Everton and Liverpool footballer Tony McNamara takes place on Merseyside later.

    The forward, who made more than 100 appearances for the Blues before crossing the park in 1957, died last week at the age of 85.

    A requiem mass will be held at St Agnes Church on St Mary's Road in Huyton at midday.

  41. Merseyside projects get lottery cash

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Projects across Merseyside are sharing money from the Big Lottery Fund today.

    In Liverpool, Community Forest Trust receives £419,597 to address the needs of people with poor mental and physical health, while The Story Arc CIC receives £9,900 for creative writing workshops to people who are homeless.

    Elsewhere, Wellbeing Enterprises are awarded £403,160 to deliver mental health support in St. Helens.

  42. Labour contenders to be quizzed

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Nominations for the Labour leadership open today with the five contenders including Merseyside-born Andy Burnham.

    Andy Burnham

    They will address delegates at the GMB union conference in Dublin this afternoon.

  43. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Merseyside MP John Pugh says a metro mayor for the region would benefit Liverpool over other areas
    • The Urgent Care and Trauma Centre at Aintree University Hospital undergoes final tests today before it opens to patients
    • Members of a Merseyside swimming school launch a campaign to try to save it from closure
  44. Slow on A55 in Chester

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on the A55 westbound in Chester between Junction 39, A41 at Sainsbury's and Junction 38, A483 Posthouse roundabout.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel

  45. £35m trauma unit set to open

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    A multimillion-pound unit at Aintree Hospital will be given some finals tests today before it begins to treat the region's most seriously ill and injured patients.

    Aintree University Hospital

    The Urgent Care and Trauma Centre at Aintree University Hospital employs 180 people and has seen a £35m investment.

    The unit will be put through its paces later before opening its doors to patients tomorrow.

  46. Closure of Speke Road off slip road

    The Mersey Gateway tweets: From today - intermittent offpeak lane closures on A562 Speke Rd east from St Michael's Rd bridge to Ditton Junction http://bit.ly/1FwBnCH

  47. Reds need proven striker - Aldridge

    Liverpool need to sign a "finished article" striker this summer as well as buying Burnley's Danny Ings, according to former Reds forward John Aldridge.

    New Liverpool signing Danny Ings

    Ings, 22, is out of contract at Turf Moor and will move to Anfield on 1 July, subject to a medical.

    "It's a no-brainer. He looks a threat and the lad's got great potential," Aldridge told BBC Radio 5 live. "But we need a really big marquee signing."

  48. Generator thief jailed

    Warrington Guardian

    An engineer who stole £70,000 worth of equipment from his Woolston employers has been jailed.

    Mark Tillotson was caught on CCTV pinching three generators and a tank from Generator Power, on Kingsland Grange, on 17 February during a night shift.

  49. Disaster victim 'responded to name'

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    An unconscious victim of the Hillsborough disaster appeared to respond when his name was called out, his cousin has told the new inquests.

    Gary Jones with his sister

    Paul Brennan said he held 18-year-old Gary Jones' hand and shouted his name as he was being treated on the pitch.

    An ex-firefighter also described how a girl, aged "three or four", begged him not to leave her badly injured father.

    Mr Jones and the girl's father were among the 96 football fans who were fatally injured in the 1989 disaster.

  50. Meat thieves raid kebab house

    Liverpool Echo

    Hundreds of pounds of stock was from stolen from a takeaway in Wallasey after burglars broke in through the roof.

    Thieves fled with doner meat, frozen burgers and tins of pineapples - only for police to find the stock apparently stashed in a nearby home hours later.

  51. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Merseyside MP John Pugh says a metro mayor for the region would benefit Liverpool over other areas
    • The Urgent Care and Trauma Centre at Aintree University Hospital undergoes final tests today before it opens to patients
    • Members of a Merseyside swimming school launch a campaign to try to save it from closure
  52. Accident on M6 Cheshire

    BBC Travel

    One lane is blocked and there is slow traffic on the M6 southbound between J22, A49 (Newton Le Willows) and J21a, M62 (Croft Interchange), because of an accident.

  53. 'Dirty' care home closed

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    A Liverpool care home has been stopped from operating because it was "dangerous" and "dirty", a health watchdog said.

    Mossley Manor Care Home

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said said managers at Mossley Manor Care Home had "a poor understanding" of their duties and there was insufficient staffing levels.

  54. Dry and settled

    BBC Weather

    This morning will begin largely sunny, albeit a bit chilly.

    weather forecast

    Some cloud will bubble up during the day, although it will remain dry with further sunny spells developing this afternoon.

  55. Good morning

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside today. If you've got a story you'd like me to hear about or a photograph you'd like to share, you can contact me on email, Facebook or Twitter.