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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 18 June
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Good evening

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    That's all from the Local Live team.

    Join us for news, sport, travel and weather updates again from 08:00 on Friday.

  2. Clouding over

    BBC Weather

    It will become cloudier across all parts overnight with perhaps the odd spot of rain, most likely in the north towards Southport.

    weather forecase

    Tomorrow will see a cloudy day with patchy rain and drizzle at times, but otherwise mainly some pleasant bright spells.

  3. Coming up

    Roger Johnson

    Presenter, North West Tonight

    On tonight's programme, we hear about the recycling company from Cheshire that has been fined £50,000 after a welder lost his hand in an industrial accident.

    We're at the Hillsborough inquests as the court hears about the final moments of two brothers killed in the disaster.

    And we have spectacular pictures of Chester Cathedral as you've never seen it before.

    Watch more on BBC One at 18:30.

  4. Merseyside pets battle the bulge

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    A portly pooch and a bulging bunny from Liverpool are taking part in a national pet slimming competition run by animal charity PDSA.

    The pets with their owners

    Podgy Poppy, a three-year-old springer spaniel from Bootle, has to be locked out of the fridge with child-locks to prevent her from stealing snacks, while Grace, a rabbit from Whiston, has been classed as obese, after spending her days eating her siblings' food, as well as her own.

    They will be battling the bulge with 15 other supersized pets with diet and exercise plans overseen by veterinary experts

  5. Tennis charity signs agreement with council

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    The Tennis Foundation has entered into a five-year agreement with Liverpool City Council to raise the profile of the Liverpool Tennis Centre.

    Tennis racket and ball

    A council spokesman said it is hoped grant funding will encourage more people to enjoy the health and social benefits of playing the sport.

  6. Vigil held for motorbike crash victim

    Jessica Robbins

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    The girlfriend and friends of 33-year-old Kevin Thompson, who was killed on his motorbike in Norris Green last Friday, have held a vigil at the site of the crash.

    Kevin Thompson vigil in Norris Green
  7. Company fined after worker loses hand

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    A recycling plant accused of having the safety record of a "Dickensian workhouse" has been fined £50,000 after a worker lost a hand in an accident.

    Philip Grace, pictured with his son

    Liverpool Crown Court heard 43-year-old Philip Grace was asked to repair part of a moving conveyor belt at Recresco Ltd in Ellesmere Port in January 2014, but when his arm became snagged, his right hand was severed by a roller.

    The firm, which admitted health and safety breaches, issued an apology and said systems had improved.

  8. St. Helens man avoids jail over asbestos dumping

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    A man has been given a suspended prison sentence for dumping asbestos in Skelmersdale in "the most serious case of fly-tipping West Lancashire Borough Council staff have ever had to deal with", the authority says.

    According to the council, Darren Buckley, 44, of Brendon Grove, St. Helens, was caught on CCTV dumping the waste on the car park at Greenhey Place in June 2014.

    A spokesman said Buckley pleaded guilty to breaching the Environmental Protection Act at Liverpool Crown Court and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £360 compensation order, which covered the cost of the council removing the waste.

  9. Merseyside PCC thanks deputy

    Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy tweets: #PCC thanks Cllr Ann O'Byrne as she steps down as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner:... fb.me/1JO31wv7d

  10. Latest headlines

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • A Liverpool fan tells the Hillsborough inquests he was unable to help a victim of the disaster out of the crowd, because the pressure on the terrace was like a "vice getting tighter."
    • An Ellesmere Port recycling plant is fined £50,000 for health and safety breaches after a worker has a hand severed in a conveyor belt.
    • Twenty-three people are arrested in an investigation into the "widespread supply" of heroin out of Merseyside.
  11. Merseyside deputy PCC steps down

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Merseyside's Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner is stepping down to focus on her new role as deputy mayor of Liverpool.

    Ann O'Byrne

    Ann O'Byrne is leaving the job with immediate effect.

  12. Liverpool formally reject Sterling bid

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool have formally rejected a second bid from Manchester City for England forward Raheem Sterling.

    Raheem Sterling

    It is understood the new offer was a basic £35.5m, which would have risen to nearer £40m when various extras were added.

    The Reds value the 20-year-old, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Real Madrid, at £50m.

  13. Hand amputee 'pleased case is over'

    Simon Moffatt

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    A Liverpool man whose hand was severed in a conveyor belt says he is pleased the prosecution of the firm where it happened has come to an end.

    Phillip Grace, 43, from Kensington in Liverpool, had to have his arm amputated below the elbow following the incident at Recresco in Ellesmere Port.

    The glass recycling company was fined £50,000 after admitting health and safety breaches. A company spokesman said lessons have been learned.

  14. Cancerous dog left in agony by alcoholic owner

    Liverpool Echo

    A dog suffered a painful tumour after its owner spent money on drink rather than taking it to the vet, Liverpool Magistrates' Court has heard.

  15. Slow at Runcorn roadworks

    BBC Travel

    There is very slow traffic on the A557 Weston Point Expressway southbound between the A5126 Weston Link junction and Runcorn in the roadworks area.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  16. Good afternoon

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

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

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

  17. Reds star wanted Richards link-up

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge has hinted on Twitter that he wished former Manchester City defender Micah Richards, who completed a free transfer to Aston Villa on Wednesday, had joined his club.

    The star tweets: My brother signed for Aston villa. All the best @MicahRichards wish you was with me!! #bargain link up soon my g

  18. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today' stop stories on Merseyside:

    • A Liverpool fan tells the Hillsborough inquests he was unable to help a victim of the disaster out of the crowd, because the pressure on the terrace was like a "vice getting tighter."
    • Cheshire Police issue a warning about a scam which involved an attempted blackmail on Facebook.
    • Twenty-three people are arrested in an investigation into the "widespread supply" of heroin out of Merseyside.
  19. Serious crash near Warrington

    BBC Travel

    A serious accident has closed the A579 Winwick Lane in Croft and there is very slow traffic in both directions between Newton-Le-Willows and the A572 Newton Road junction.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  20. Recycling firm fined over severed hand

    Simon Moffatt

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    I have more on the story that a glass recycling company in Cheshire has been fined £50,000 after a man's hand was severed in a conveyor belt.

    Phillip Grace, 43, from Liverpool, had to have his arm amputated below the elbow following the incident at Recresco Limited in Ellesmere Port, where he was working a welder and was asked to repair the moving belt.

    He was told production wouldn't be stopped as he worked and while he carried out repairs, his right hand became snagged in the belt, pulled towards a roller and severed.

  21. Football gossip: Toffees star set for United?

    BBC Sport

    In the Gossip Column, The Sun claims Manchester United will move for Everton's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 22, if they cannot sign Atletico Madrid forward Mario Mandzukic, 29.

    Romelu Lukaku

    Read more on the story here (subscription required).

  22. Recycling firm fined £50k over severed hand

    Andy Gill

    BBC North West Tonight

    I'm at Liverpool Crown Court where Ellesmere Port glass recycling firm Recresco have been fined £50,000 for health and safety breaches after welder Philip Grace, 43, had his hand severed in a conveyor belt.

  23. Watches worth £100k seized in raids

    Tom Airey

    BBC News

    I have more details on the items that were seized during drugs raids in Bootle, Huyton and Liverpool this morning.

    Officers searching the properties removed 500g of crack cocaine, several cannabis plants, £50,000 in cash and three watches worth at least £100,000 each, Merseyside Police say.

    Fifteen people have been arrested in the raids, along with eight in connected raids in Gwent, Devon and Cornwall.

  24. Dolphins spotted in Liverpool Bay

    Liverpool Echo

    A pod of nearly 100 dolphins has been spotted in Liverpool Bay over the last week.

  25. Police issue Facebook scam warning

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    Cheshire Police have issued a warning about a scam which involved an attempted blackmail on Facebook.

    The force says that after a user accepted a friend request from a girl, his photo was used in a doctored image of someone engaging in a sexual act in the presence of a child and sent to his employer's Facebook page. He was then told unless he paid £7,500, the doctored image and others like it would go viral.

    Cheshire Police advise Facebook users to ignore friend requests from strangers and say anyone who is subject to criminal activity should contact them.

  26. Gamers threaten boycott over Reds star

    BBC Sport

    In the Gossip Column, the Metro reports that Fifa 16 fans are threatening to boycott the 2016 version of the computer game if Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson wins the vote to appear on the front cover.

    Jordan Henderson
  27. La Plante pens Prime Suspect prequel

    Genevieve Hassan

    Entertainment reporter

    Liverpool-born writer Lynda La Plante's been talking about a prequel to Prime Suspect for years - but now it's finally a reality.

    Lynda La Plante

    Tennison, a six-part drama, has been commissioned by ITV, and follows the young Jayne Tennison at the start of her career in 1970s London.

    ITV has yet to decide which actress will inhabit the role first made famous by Dame Helen Mirren.

  28. Resurfacing of commuter route to begin

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Resurfacing work on one of Liverpool's main commuter routes is to begin next week.

    The Islington corridor - which includes Erskine Street, Brunswick Road, Low Hill, Islington, New Islington between Everton Road and St Anne Street - is to be resurfaced as part of a £2.7m Liverpool City Council scheme.

    A council spokesman says the work will also include improvements to traffic signals and footpaths.

  29. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    A police officer who helped carry a 17-year-old victim of the Hillsborough disaster off the terraces has told the inquests he did not put him in the recovery position because he showed no signs of life.

    Today, the inquests are focussing on the deaths of Kevin Traynor and his elder brother Christopher.

    Det Con Malcolm Turner helped carry 17-year-old Kevin from the crush and checked him over for a couple of minutes, but found no signs of life, which he said was confirmed by a man who said he was a doctor.

    He told the court had he found a pulse or any reaction, he would have cleared Kevin's airway and put him in the recovery position, but as he did not, there seemed little point.

  30. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Homes in Bootle, Liverpool and Huyton are raided as part of a police operation targeting suspected heroin dealers.
    • The Hillsborough inquests hear about the final moments of Kevin Traynor and his elder brother Christopher.
    • New technology is installed at a set of traffic lights in Liverpool in a bid to improve safety for cyclists.
  31. Rail disruption in Liverpool

    BBC Travel

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

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  32. Williams celebrates Women's World Cup win

    BBC Sport

    England and Liverpool midfielder Fara Williams tweets: Another great performance from the squad tonight, so happy to be through to last 16. Time to recover n prepare for Norway ⚽️

    Fara Williams celebrates scoring
  33. Three more arrested after drugs raids

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Three more people have been arrested following drugs raids in an investigation into the "widespread supply" of heroin from Merseyside to other parts of England and Wales.

    Ten people in Merseyside, five in South Wales and three in the Devon and Cornwall area are being held.

    Thousands in cash have been found during searches at houses on Thomas Lane in Knotty Ash, Cremorne Hey in Huyton and Darnley Street in Toxteth. Two cannabis farms have also been found at addresses on Oakhill Road in Broadgreen and Oakfield in Anfield.

  34. Hillsborough inquests latest

    Ben Schofield

    BBC Radio Merseyside reporter

    A Liverpool fan has told the Hillsborough inquests about he tried to reassure a 17-year-old boy who was caught in the fatal crush.

    Today, the court is focussing on the final moments of Kevin Traynor, and his elder brother Christopher, who was 26.

    Jonathon Ellis was standing towards the front of Pen 3 and says Kevin was just behind him.

    He told the court he recalled how Kevin became distressed and panicked as the pressure in the crowd tightened like a vice, and that his reassurances seemed to calm Kevin down, but that eventually he noticed the boy was no longer standing behind him.

  35. Cycle-friendly traffic lights unveiled in city

    Jimmy McCracken

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    I'm at Pall Mall in Liverpool where new technology is being used to improve road safety for cyclists.

    New cycle junction in Liverpool

    The £3.5m system, which gives cyclists a five second head start on other vehicles, has been installed on Leeds Street at the junctions with Vauxhall Road and Pall Mall.

    It uses thermal and video sensors to first detect if anything is in the cycle lane and then work out if it is a cyclist, meaning the advance green light for cyclists is not used when there is no-one there, thereby avoiding delays to other road users.

  36. Police warning over Facebook scam

    Emma Stanley

    BBC News

    I'm looking at reports that Cheshire Police are investigating a blackmail scam in which a Facebook user was befriended by a girl and a short time later, a doctored image of the victim was sent to their employer's Facebook page.

  37. Liverpool midfielder scores in Lionesses win

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's Fara Williams scored a penalty to help England to a 2-1 victory over Colombia and book their place in the last 16 at the Women's World Cup.

    Fara Williams scores for England

    The midfielder doubled the Lionesses' lead from the spot in the first half after Karen Carney had latched onto a loose ball to score the first, but an injury-time goal from Lady Andrade set up a tense finale.

    England will play Norway on Monday for a place in the quarter-finals.

  38. School car parking campaign launched

    Halton Council tweets: Young people have launched a campaign to stop parents parking outside their school bit.ly/1BkW3fw

    Children holding banners
  39. Reds star allegedly caught using laughing gas again

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool's Raheem Sterling has been pictured apparently inhaling laughing gas for a second time.

    Raheem Sterling

    The Sun claims to have caught the 20-year-old England international sucking from a balloon filled with nitrous oxide, just two months after manager Brendan Rodgers warned him about his behaviour.

    The player was filmed giggling at an Ibiza yacht party after apparently taking the legal high, according to the newspaper. Read more on the story here (subscription required).

  40. Posthouse roundabout delays

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on the exit slip road 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.

  41. Charity 'all-nighter' in aid of children's hospice

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Families and staff at Claire House Children's Hospice in Wirral are asking people to stay up all night on Friday to help give more parents of seriously ill children the chance of a good night's sleep.

    Isabelle at Claire House

    They're hoping money raised from their first 'all nighter' will allow them to provide much needed respite to more mums and dads.

  42. Reds 'reject Man City's £40m Sterling offer'

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Liverpool are playing hardball over Manchester City's pursuit of Raheem Sterling.

    Raheem Sterling

    The Reds are reported to have rejected an increased bid for the England international worth up to £40m with add-ons.

    It's thought City will be come back with an improved offer, closer to Liverpool's £50m valuation.

  43. Latest headlines

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

  44. Chester parents fined £130k for school absence

    Chester Chronicle

    Parents in Cheshire West have been fined almost £130,000 for their children's non-attendance at school including pupils playing truancy but also those who choose to take their kids on holiday in term-time.

  45. Documentary celebrates life of Billy Fury

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Billy Fury was often described as Britain's answer to Elvis and as one of the biggest stars of the 1960s, he left a powerful legacy.

    Billy Fury

    A new documentary - premiered at FACT in Liverpool tonight - highlights his short life as Britain's original teen idol who had more Top 40 hits than The Beatles during the 1960s.

  46. New Brighton casino 'could close', say owners

    Liverpool Echo

    The owner of New Brighton's Grosvenor G Casino says it is "seriously considering" closing the club.

    The casino opened within the resort's Marine Point development in May 2012 and has 66 full and part-time staff.

  47. Congestion on Derby Road, Seaforth

    BBC Travel

    There is slow traffic on A565 Derby Road southbound in Seaforth between the A5098 Marsh Lane junction and the A5058 Miller's Bridge junction.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel

  48. Latest headlines

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's top stories on Merseyside:

    • Police release images of 12 people at the Hillsborough disaster in the latest of their witness appeals
    • Fifteen people are arrested across the UK in raids led by Merseyside Police investigating the supply of heroin
    • New video technology is being used at a road junction in Liverpool in a bid to improve safety for cyclists
  49. Williams on target as England go through

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's Fara Williams was on the scoresheet for England as the side beat Colombia 2-1 to ensure qualification from the group stage of the Women's World Cup.

    fara williams

    Williams slammed home a penalty for her 38th international goal to give England a two-goal lead at half-time before Colombia scored in injury time to set up a nervous finish for Mark Sampson's side.

    England will face Norway in the last 16 after finishing second in Group F behind France.

  50. Cheshire Police issue Facebook warning

    Jenny Coleman

    BBC Local Live

    Cheshire Police are warning social media users about a blackmail scam after a Facebook user was befriended by a girl and a short time later, a doctored image of the victim was sent to their employer's Facebook page.

    Police say the image showed the victim engaging in a sexual act in the presence of a child and the victim then received a message stating that, unless £7,500 was paid, the photograph and images like it would go viral.

  51. Cycle-friendly traffic lights

    Giulia Bould

    BBC Radio Merseyside

    New technology is being used at a road junction in Liverpool in a bid to improve safety for cyclists.

    Leeds Street, Liverpool

    They signals display a green bike before the full light comes on for other traffic - allowing cyclists a five-second head start on other vehicles.

    The state-of-the-art system, costing £3.5m, has been installed on Leeds Street at the junctions with Vauxhall Road and Pall Mall.

  52. Disruption in Seaforth

    BBC Travel

    One lane is closed and there is queuing traffic on A565 Crosby Road South southbound in Seaforth at the Cambridge Road junction because of a broken down vehicle.

    Keep up to date with BBC Travel.

  53. Bright and breezy

    BBC Weather

    It will be a bright and breezy day with some cloud and some sunny spells. Cloud will thicken this evening. Highs of 17C.

    BBC Weather
  54. 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.