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Summary

  1. Updates on Wednesday 17 June
  2. News, sport, travel and weather updates return from 08:00 on Thursday

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  1. Over and out

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    That's the end of today's proceedings but the team will be back tomorrow with news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Please join us from 08:00.

  2. Clear and chilly

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, North West Tonight

    Thicker cloud will gradually clear southwards leaving a dry night with long clear spells.

    Weather graphic

    The north-westerly breeze will also feel light and it will become rather chilly, especially in rural areas on the Wirral. Minimum temperature: 8°C.

    A mainly fine and dry day for many on Thursday with variable amounts of cloud. Excellent spells of sunshine expected. Maximum temperature: 19°C.

  3. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme, we report on Jenni Hicks' evidence at the Hillsborough inquests, as she speaks about losing her daughters in the disaster.

    We hear why singer Rebecca Ferguson had her heart broken by an accounting scam.

    And there is the latest twist in the transfer saga of Liverpool's Raheem Sterling.

    Join us on North West Tonight on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Many happy returns

    Everton tweet: Happy 25th birthday, @joelroblesb! #EFC

    Joel Robles
  5. Top Liverpool pianist hurt in seagull swoop

    Rumeana Jahangir

    BBC News Online

    Here is the full story of how an internationally-renowned pianist has been forced to pull out of concerts after a swooping seagull caused him to injure himself.

    Paul Lewis at piano

    Paul Lewis was leaving rehearsals with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra when he was startled, causing him to fall and sprain a finger.

    The 43-year-old musician had been due to play in two performances but has had to pull out, the orchestra confirmed.

  6. Woman killed herself after fake taxi driver rape

    Ben Frampton

    BBC News

    A woman who was found dead days after being raped by a fake taxi driver killed herself, a coroner has ruled.

    Ceri Linden and daughter Bethan

    Ceri Linden, 20, from Mochdre in Conwy, took an overdose of tablets one week after she was attacked in Chester.

    Coroner Nicola Jones recorded a verdict of suicide at an inquest in Llandudno.

  7. Wirral patient died after alcoholism misdiagnosis

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A patient at a Wirral hospital died from meningitis shortly after doctors allegedly mistook his symptoms for alcoholism, a report has revealed.

    The man, only identified as Mr J, was taken to Arrowe Park Hospital in 2013 after a fit but died two days later.

    While there were a "number of missed opportunities", a Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman report found his death was "probably unavoidable". The hospital's trust apologised for the failings in the patient's care.

  8. Wallasey MP makes Labour deputy shortlist

    Tom Moseley

    Political reporter

    Wallasey's Angela Eagle will compete with four other MPs to become the new deputy leader of the Labour Party after securing enough support to stand.

    Angela Eagle

    Ms Eagle will go against Tom Watson, Caroline Flint, Ben Bradshaw and Stella Creasy in the contest to replace Harriet Harman.

    The winner will be announced at a special conference on 12 September.

  9. Woman jailed over singer accounting fraud

    Dave Guest

    Chief Reporter, North West Tonight

    A woman who conned former X Factor star Rebecca Ferguson by claiming she was a qualified accountant before pocketing almost £21,000 of the singer's money has been jailed for 16 months.

    Rebecca Ferguson

    Fifty-four-year-old Rachel Taylor, from Sandfield Park in Liverpool, admitted making false representation and fraudulently receiving money at the city's crown court.

  10. Latest headlines

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Jenni Hicks, whose daughters died at the Hillsborough disaster, tells the new inquests she still regrets not asking for a doctor to check whether her eldest was still alive.
    • A Liverpool ambulance driver who claimed he was traumatised by the sight of his wife after a botched operation is ordered to hand back his compensation payout.
    • Wallasey MP Angela Eagle secures enough nominations to stand in the contest to be the next deputy leader of the Labour Party.
  11. Hillsborough mother 'in tears' over evidence

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    Jenni Hicks has said she was in tears in court as a police officer told the Hillsborough inquests about caring for her daughter Sarah as she died.

    Jenni Hicks

    The 19-year-old and her sister Vicki, who was 15, died in the disaster and their mother was at the inquests in Warrington today to both listen to the evidence and give her own testimony.

    Speaking outside, she said she "was in tears when the officer said Sarah wasn't alone" when she died, adding Russell Greaves' testimony had been "one of the most heartfelt and moving moments I've ever heard from a witness and we've heard quite a few".

  12. St. Helens player makes cross-code move

    BBC Sport

    Exeter Chiefs have signed St. Helens rugby league player Josh Jones on a two-year contract.

    Josh Jones

    The 22-year-old made his debut for Saints as a centre in March 2012, but has also played in the second row and loose forward.

    Meanwhile, winger Matty Dawson has signed a new contract that will keep him with the Super League champions until the end of the 2017 season.

  13. Wirral death crash biker named

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

    A motorcyclist killed in a crash with a van on a Wirral road yesterday has been named as Michael Lonergan, 57, from Little Sutton.

    A41 New Chester Road

    Mr Longeran died after the collision on the A41 New Chester Road close to the M53 at about 19:00 on Tuesday.

  14. Woman's accounting scam 'broke' singer's heart

    Dave Guest

    Chief Reporter, North West Tonight

    Singer Rebecca Ferguson has tearfully told a court how her heart was broken by a woman who won her trust then took her money, leaving her feeling that she can "trust nobody".

    Rebecca Ferguson

    Fifty-four-year-old Rachel Taylor told the former X Factor star she was a qualified accountant and pocketed almost £21,000 of Ms Ferguson's money, including cash that should have gone into a trust fund for her daughter.

    Taylor, from Sandfield Park in Liverpool, admitted making false representation and fraudulently receiving money at the city's crown court.

  15. The Beatles at Abbey Road - the musical

    Kev Geoghegan

    Arts and entertainment reporter

    Ever wished you were a fly on the wall during The Beatles' legendary recording sessions at London's Abbey Road Studios? Well here's the next best thing - they're being turned into a new stage show at the Royal Albert Hall next year.

    The Beatles at Abbey Road

    Spanning the British band's career from 1962 to 1969, The Sessions at Abbey Road will recreate the famous studio on stage in April 2016 - to its exact dimensions, complete with a mixing booth.

    The show will feature 39 musicians and eight singers, as well as recording equipment from the time, and executive producer Stig Edgren told The Times it would give audiences "an honest, respectful and accurate recreation of how musical history was made".

  16. Liverpool biker died minutes after father's warning

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    A motorcyclist described as "caring and loyal" was killed in a crash just minutes after his father warned him to be careful.

    Kevin Thompson and his daughter

    Tributes are being paid to Kevin Thompson, 33, was died in a collision with a van in Townsend Avenue, Norris Green, Liverpool, on 12 June.

    Mr Thompson had celebrated his daughter Ava's third birthday in the days before the accident.

  17. Good afternoon

    Paul Burnell

    BBC News

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

    I'd love to hear from you - free free to send me your photos or comments via email, Facebook or Twitter.

  18. Kitten rescued in Ellesmere Port has leg amputated

    Chester Chronicle

    A five-week-old kitten has been forced to have its leg amputated after being neglected by its owners.

  19. Young tennis players attempt world record

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Young tennis players in Liverpool are attempting to set a new world record for the largest coaching lesson for the second time in two years.

    Children at the International Liverpool Tennis Tournament

    At last year's Liverpool Hope University International Tennis Tournament event, the record was broken after 680 children received a tennis coaching lesson - but that record was later broken by Andy Murray's mum, Judy, who coached 770 children.

    Pupils from more than 20 schools across Liverpool, Wirral, Chester and Greater Manchester are taking part.

  20. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • An off-duty police officer who tried to save the life of a woman caught in the Hillsborough disaster tells her parents he did his "very best" for her at the inquests.
    • A Liverpool ambulance driver who claimed he was traumatised by the sight of his wife after a botched operation is ordered to hand back his compensation payout.
    • Tributes are being paid to biker Kevin Thompson, who died in a collision with a van in Norris Green on 12 June.
  21. Ambulance driver to hand back compensation

    Phil Cooper

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool man who claimed he was traumatised by the sight of his wife after she had a botched hysterectomy at the Liverpool Women's hospital has been told to hand back his compensation payout.

    Edward Ronayne was awarded £9,000 after claiming he never fully recovered from the sight of his wife's swollen body.

    Three appeal judges have ruled the circumstances of what happened to him fell far short of those recognised by the law, adding that he should have been "conditioned" to shocking sights because he worked as an ambulance driver.

  22. Opponents clash with council over Wirral housing

    Wirral Globe

    Opponents of a plan to transfer assets from a Wirral housing association to a Liverpool organisation claim they are being railroaded into accepting the scheme - and warn they won't give up without a fight.

  23. Reds striker out of the Women's World Cup

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Asisat Oshoala wasn't able to inspire a much-needed win for Nigeria, as the Super Falcons crashed out of the Women's World Cup in Canada.

    Asisat Oshoala and Sarah Nnodim

    Nigeria were beaten 1-0 by USA in their final group match to finish bottom of their group.

  24. Elderly woman escapes car accident

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    An 88-year-old woman escaped an accident in Chester without serious injury earlier today.

    Chester accident

    The car she was in overturned on Martin's Lane in Chester at about 10:25, but North West Ambulance Service say she was "fully conscious and alert" and did not sustain major injuries.

  25. Pianist injured after being startled by seagull

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Here's more about the story that international pianist Paul Lewis has had to withdraw from his concerts this week with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra after being startled by a seagull.

    Paul Lewis

    Lewis sprained one of the fingers on his right hand after a rehearsal, when a seagull nesting close by swooped close to his head and caused him to stumble.

    A spokesman for the orchestra said Finghin Collins would be stepping in at short notice to make his Liverpool Philharmonic debut in place of the injured pianist.

  26. Witness appeal after Cheshire cyclist killed in collision

    Chester Chronicle

    Police have made a fresh appeal for witnesses to the fatal collision that killed Guilden Sutton cyclist Alan Cronin on the A483 near Rossett, Cheshire last week.

  27. Have you seen Hugh Grant filming in Liverpool?

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    tweets: Anyone spotted movie star Hugh Grant filming nr the Liver Building? The set's still there, tweet a pic if you see him!

    Filming near the Liver Building
  28. Reds start at Stoke while Toffees host Watford

    BBC Sport

    The Premier League fixtures for the new season have been published and there will be a chance for Liverpool to have their revenge over Stoke on the opening day, as the Reds return to the Britannia Stadium on 8 August for a repeat of the final fixture of last season, which saw them lose 6-1.

    Liverpool's first home game sees the arrival of last season's Championship winners Bournemouth to Anfield a week later.

    Everton open their campaign at home against newly-promoted Watford, before travelling to Southampton in their first two games.

  29. Sailing apprentices ready for sailing cup

    Peel Ports tweets: A shot of the Apprentices getting the ship ready in Dublin before they set sail @Mast_Charity#ApprenticeShipCup15

    Apprentices getting ready for Apprentice Ship Cup 15
  30. Hillsborough: Hicks mother recalls daughters' deaths

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Jenni Hicks has told the Hillsborough inquests that she went to the police station, boys' club, and hospital in her search for her family.

    At the hospital, she discovered Vicki had died but on asking to see her daughter, she said she was "the property of the South Yorkshire Coroner. She was nothing to do with me".

    She said she was eventually allowed to see her daughters, adding: "I knelt down on the floor on my knees. I hugged Vicki... she was cold."

    Completing her evidence, she said she also hugged Sarah, who was "as warm as toast [which] didn't seem right".

  31. Hillsborough: Hicks mother told 'no girls in mortuary'

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    Jenni Hicks, mother of Sarah and Vicki who died at the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, has been giving evidence at the inquests.

    Jenni Hicks travelled to Hillsborough with her husband and daughters but sat separately from them as her ticket for the match was in the North Stand.

    She said after the disaster, she went to find Trevor, Sarah and Vicki at their agreed place and waited with "increasing desperation", before going to a police helpdesk.

    She said she was told they had no girls inside the temporary mortuary at the ground and so returned to the family's car, adding that it was the only one left in the car park.

  32. Police officer 'did very best' for Hillsborough victim

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Here is the latest from the Hillsborough inquests, where the court has been hearing evidence about the death of Sarah Hicks.

    Sarah Hicks

    An off-duty police officer who tried to save the life of the 19-year-old told her parents he did his "very best" for her.

    Russell Greaves gave first aid to Sarah on the pitch after her father left with her younger sister in an ambulance.

  33. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • New figures show police in Merseyside and Cheshire investigated more than 1,000 cases of sexual offences against children in the last year
    • The jury at the new Hillsborough inquests hear evidence about efforts to save 19-year-old Sarah Hicks
    • Tributes have been paid to motorcyclist Kevin Thompson, who was killed in a crash with a van on Townsend Avenue in Norris Green last Friday
  34. Leading Liverpool pianist injured in seagull attack

    Liverpool Echo

    Liverpool-born international pianist Paul Lewis has had to drop out of two concerts with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra - after an altercation with a seagull.

    Paul Lewis
  35. Liverpool rice mill awarded listed status

    Phil Coomes

    Picture editor

    Heap's rice mill in Liverpool is now on the National Heritage List for England. It is one of the earliest and last surviving warehouse complexes in Liverpool's Baltic Triangle, a once thriving industrial area.

    Heap's rice mill, Liverpool

    Historic England has awarded listed status to more than 500 places across the country.

  36. Killed biker 'idolised his daughter'

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    Tributes have been paid to motorcyclist Kevin Thompson, who was killed in a crash with a van on Townsend Avenue in Norris Green last Friday.

    Kevin Thompson

    Mr Thompson, pictured with his three-year-old daughter Ava at her birthday party last week, was 33 and worked in sales.

    His family said: "Kevin idolised his daughter, spent every spare minute he had with her and enjoyed taking her to events in Liverpool and further afield. He referred to Ava as 'his one and only princess'."

  37. Hillsborough inquests: Fan who helped Sarah Hicks 'in tears'

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    The court is now hearing from Peter King, an Liverpool supporter since 1956, who tried to help Sarah Hicks at the Hillsborough disaster.

    He carried Sarah Hicks across pitch and sobs in the witness box as he says for 26 years he thought he'd carried a man, not Sarah.

    Through their lawyer, Michael Mansfield QC, Jenni and Trevor Hicks have thanked the four witnesses who tried to help their daughter.

  38. A&E doctors 'mistook meningitis for alcoholism'

    Liverpool Echo

    An A&E patient died from meningitis hours after doctors at Wirral's Arrowe Park Hospital allegedly mistook his symptoms for alcoholism, a damning report today revealed.

    Arrowe Park Hospital

    The blunder was one of five medical mishaps investigated by a health watchdog in Merseyside during October and November last year.

  39. Hillsborough inquests: Trevor Hicks 'shouted for help'

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    The court is now hearing from Fred Maddox, another off-duty police officer who tried to help Sarah Hicks.

    The court hears that when Trevor Hicks was trying to save his daughters he was shouting: "Help me, they're all I've got. Help them".

  40. Hillsborough inquests: 'Sarah was not alone'

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    As he completed his evidence, Russell Greaves, the off duty police officer who helped Sarah Hicks, addressed her parents Jenni and Trevor:

    "I know that just mere words cannot comfort Trevor or Jenni Hicks or remove their sense of loss, pain or utter devastation.

    "But I would like to take this opportunity to say to them that I did my very best for Sarah in the circumstances. I could not have done more. For the time I was with Sarah, Sarah was with someone who cared and Sarah was not alone."

  41. Sarah Hicks 'carried on makeshift stretcher'

    Judith Moritz

    North of England correspondent, BBC News

    The inquests have been told that Sarah Hicks was placed on an advertising hoarding, used as an impromptu stretcher and carried across the pitch.

    The court is hearing from an off-duty policeman who helped to carry Sarah Hicks across the pitch. Through their lawyer, her parents have thanked him.

  42. Hillsborough inquests resume

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    I'm at the new Hillsborough inquests in Warrington where the jury is hearing evidence about efforts to save 19-year-old Sarah Hicks.

    Sarah Hicks

    It is the third day focusing on the deaths of Sarah and her 15-year-old sister Vicki.

    Their mother Jenni, who was also at the match, is among the witnesses expected to give evidence later.

  43. Tunnel congestion cleared

    Merseytravel tweets: Grid repair in B'head Tunnel now complete. Traffic is moving freely in both tunnels and all congestion has cleared.

  44. Report highlights Merseyside medical failures

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Failures by medical bosses in Merseyside have been highlighted in a report by a health watchdog.

    The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has published the findings of more than 160 investigations it carried out across the country over a two-month period, in which 41% of the complaints were upheld.

    They include the case of a woman in Merseyside, who claimed she was given a flu vaccination without her consent - and one in which nurses failed to follow the correct procedures for a diabetes review.

  45. Heritage workers discover 'imp' in Chester Cathedral

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Heritage workers filming inside Chester Cathedral with a drone noticed a small face staring down at them from the stone walls.

    The Chester Imp

    Watch the footage of the demonic face bound in chains.

  46. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Concerns are raised in Cheshire over how local policing will be affected as a major reorganisation to save £34m comes into effect next month
    • There are queues in the Birkenhead tunnel as engineers carry out emergency repairs on a collapsed grid causing major tailbacks
  47. Police to travel further in station shake-up

    Phil McCann

    Cheshire political reporter, BBC News

    A cost-saving shake-up will see police officers in Cheshire having daily briefings outside their beat area before travelling to work.

    Cheshire Police

    Cheshire Police is ending its current structure of 19 Neighbourhood Policing Units, replacing them with eight "local policing units".

    It will see officers attending morning meetings in Chester, Macclesfield, Crewe and Warrington before driving to their beat area. But the plan has led to concerns police could waste time stuck in traffic.

  48. Airbus given further orders boost

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    Plane wings for an additional four A330-300s will be made at the Airbus factory in Broughton, it has been announced.

    A330-300

    A commitment has been reached with EVA Air, a Taiwanese airline, for the new planes.

    It follows an order of 20 A330-300s from Saudi Arabian Airlines on the first day of the Paris Air Show.

  49. Congestion in Wallasey tunnel

    BBC Travel

    There is heavy traffic on the Kingsway (Wallasey) tunnel inbound from the Toll booths to Liverpool City Centre.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel

  50. Traffic light failure in Tuebrook

    BBC Travel

    There is a traffic light failure on A5049 West Derby Road in Tuebrook, Liverpool at the B5189 Green lane junction. Road users are asked to approach with care.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel

  51. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Concerns are raised in Cheshire over how local policing will be affected as major reorganisation to save £34m comes into effect next month
    • A motorcyclist is killed in a crash with a van on the A41 New Chester Road close to the M53
    • There has been a 14% increase in the number of recorded sex offences against children in Merseyside, an NSPCC report says
  52. Inside the Mersey Gateway

    The Mersey Gateway tweets: What does it feel like to stand at the bottom of the north cofferdam? Check out this 360° view http://bit.ly/1Tqkqhn

    Mersey Gateway cofferdam
  53. Birkenhead tunnel delays

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there is slow traffic on the Queensway (Birkenhead) Tunnel eastbound from the Toll booths to Liverpool City Centre because of emergency repairs.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel

  54. Biker dies after crash with van

    Tom Mullen

    BBC News

    A motorcyclist was killed in a crash with a van on a Wirral road last night.

    A41 New Chester Road

    The 57-year-old from Little Sutton was involved in an accident on the A41 New Chester Road close to the M53 at about 19:00 BST on Tuesday.

  55. Cloudy start with rain later

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy start, with rain arriving mid morning. Brighter and fresher this afternoon. Highs of 21C.

    BBC Weather
  56. Good morning

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Hello from Liverpool, 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.