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Summary

  1. Updates on Thursday 19 November
  2. News, sport, weather and travel updates return from 08:00 on Friday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates from Merseyside and Cheshire have finished for the day but we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday with the latest news, weather, sport and travel.  

  2. Weather: Breezy with blustery showers

    Dianne Oxberry

    Weather presenter, BBC North West Tonight

    Showers, heavy at times, will continue tonight, although they should become more isolated towards dawn. There will be some clear spells possible further east. Winds will ease and it will feel mild.

    weather forecast

    Tomorrow will be a breezy day across Merseyside, with sunny intervals but also occasional showers.

  3. Councils to ratify Merseyside region's devolution deal

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Councils across Merseyside and Halton are expected to rubber-stamp a historic devolution deal this evening.

    Devolution agreement

    The agreement will see more powers handed over from Westminster on issues such as transport and employment and skills. 

    An elected metro mayor will be put in charge of the city region's finances.

  4. Lewis Dunne shooting: Arrested man released on police bail

    A 20-year-old Everton man, who was arrested on suspicion of murder after the fatal shooting of a teenage boy, has been released on bail, police have said.

    Lewis Dunne

    Lewis Dunne, 16, was found on a towpath near Burrows Court in Vauxhall, Liverpool, on Sunday evening and died later in hospital.

  5. Faith leaders condemn Paris attacks

    Faith leaders in Liverpool have come together to condemn the violence in Paris over the weekend.

    The Bishop of Liverpool, the Archbishop of Liverpool and Merseyside Council of Faiths issued a joint statement saying they stand together to pray and work for peace.

    "No terrorist is ever truly acting in the name of religion and no religion supports the killing of innocents going about their lawful business," they said.

  6. Cranes on the Mersey

    Five huge cranes have been set in place on the River Mersey to start work on a £300m port terminal.

    cranes

    Each crane, at 92m high, arrived earlier this month after an 18,000 mile journey from Shanghai. They are now fully berthed at the Port of Liverpool.

  7. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Emma Stanley

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire

    • A medical expert tells the Hillsborough inquests there is a "strong possibility" one of the victims was still alive when he was on the pitch, several minutes after the game had been stopped.
    • A Muslim barrister from Liverpool writes an open letter criticising the so-called Islamic State group, in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris.
    • Council officials will meet in the next few hours to ratify a historic devolution deal for Merseyside and Halton.
  8. Football: Everton sign Bury youngster Matty Foulds

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Everton have signed Bury defender Matty Foulds. The 17-year-old will join the Toffees for an undisclosed fee in January. 

  9. Driver who left woman with 'life-changing injuries' after crash is jailed

    Southport Visiter

    A lorry driver has been jailed after causing a rush-hour pile-up on a busy road while speeding in 65-tonne truck with faulty brakes - leaving a woman with ‘life-changing’ injuries.

  10. 'Strong possibility' Hillsborough victim was still alive after match stopped, inquests told

    Phil Cooper

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    A medical expert has told the Hillsborough inquests there is a "strong possibility" one of the victims was still alive when he was on the pitch, several minutes after the game had been stopped. 

    James Hennessy

    The jury has previously heard evidence from a police officer, who said James Hennessy's arm was twitching sometime between 15:15 and 15:20 BST. 

    Dr Jasmeet Soar, an expert in intensive care, agreed the 29-year-old could potentially have been saved if he had received earlier medical intervention. 

  11. Football: Everton defender John Stones 'settled' in Merseyside

    BBC Sport

    Chelsea fear they will fail with another bid for Everton defender John Stones in January, the BBC Sport gossip column reports.

    John Stones

    The 21-year-old is settled at Goodison Park and is unwilling to move halfway through the season as he focuses on a place in Roy Hodgson's England team at Euro 2016.

  12. Muslim barrister writes open letter to IS

    A Liverpool barrister and Muslim has written an open letter criticising the so-called Islamic State group, in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris.

    Zia Chaudhry with his MBE

    Zia Chaudhry has been to Buckingham Palace today to receive an MBE for his services to interfaith relations.

    He used the occasion to voice his concerns against those who he thinks are using Islam as an excuse for violence.     

  13. Boxing: Martin Murray confident of winning world title at fourth attempt

    BBC Sport

    Martin Murray concedes his WBO super-middleweight world title fight against Arthur Abraham in Hannover on Saturday could make or break his career.

    Arthur Abraham and Martin Murray

    St. Helens boxer Murray is making his fourth world title challenge after failing to beat Felix Sturm, Sergio Martinez and Gennady Golovkin.

    "I know I can win this and if I do, there are big fights out there for me," said the 33-year-old.

  14. Knowsley hosting international crime prevention conference

    Knowsley is hosting an international conference to look at how crime can be prevented by reducing reoffending rates.

    Professionals from Italy and the Netherlands will be among those gathering to review the success of a three year ‘Reducing Reoffending’ project.  

    During the project, offenders were offered mentoring sessions and attended the Life Change Programme.

    Eight out of 15 case studies did not re-offend in the first 12 months and in the other seven case studies, the gravity of offences was greatly reduced.

  15. April Ashley portrait enters National Museums Liverpool collection

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A portrait of transgender icon and former model April Ashley has become a permanent part of National Museum Liverpool's collection.

    April Ashley

    Ms Ashley, who was born in the city, was one of the first Britons to undergo gender reassignment surgery in 1960.

    The photo was featured in a recent Museum of Liverpool show about her, which drew almost a million visitors.

    Museum deputy director Jen McCarthy said in acquiring the portrait: "we welcome her home once again".

  16. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Graham Whyte

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire

    • A Liverpool barrister and Muslim has written an open letter, criticising the so-called Islamic State group, in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris.  
    • Council officials will meet in the next few hours to ratify a historic devolution deal for Merseyside and Halton.
    • A ninth person has been arrested following a police operation targeting suspected drug dealers in south Liverpool.  
  17. Southport FC appoint new manager

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Southport Football Club have confirmed the appointment of Dino Maamria as their new manager.

    Dino Maamria

    Maamria, who had two spells at the club as a player, replaces Paul Carden, who left by mutual consent earlier this week.

  18. Ninth person arrested after drug raids

    A ninth person has been arrested after cocaine and heroin were seized in police raids on suspected drug dealers in south Liverpool this morning.

    The 22-year-old woman from Halewood is due to be questioned by police later.

    The raids were the culmination of a year-long investigation after concerns raised by local residents about drug dealing. 

  19. Payout over man's sinusitis death

    A young dancer killed by a common infection which caused an abscess on his brain was twice turned away from A&E.

    Mercury Press

    Jason Langton, 20, from Chester, had sinusitis and was sent home from Wrexham Maelor Hospital days before his death in 2010. 

  20. Football: Reds boss says Sturridge 'training but not 100%'

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the club's out-of-sorts striker Daniel Sturridge has been training but is "not 100% fit".

    Jurgen Klopp

    Speaking ahead of the Reds' away clash at table-toppers Manchester City, he said: "He's as fit as he can be after this break. He has trained with us. He is not 100 per cent."

    On Saturday's match at the Etihad, he added: "Man City are pretty good, very experienced. We will be prepared."

  21. April Ashley portrait enters National Museums Liverpool collection

    Chris Long

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A portrait of transgender icon and former model April Ashley has become a permanent part of National Museum Liverpool's collection.

    April Ashley

    Ms Ashley, who was born in the city, became one of the first Britons to undergo sex-change surgery in 1960.

    The photo was featured in a recent Museum of Liverpool show about her, which drew almost a million visitors.

    Museum deputy director Jen McCarthy said in acquiring the portrait, "we welcome her home once again".

  22. Man admits stabbing Concert Square doorman

    Rachael Connors

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    A man has admitted stabbing a doorman in the neck at a bar in Liverpool's Concert Square in August. 

    Modo bar

    Kyle Crowe, 21, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and possessing an offensive weapon at Liverpool Crown Court.

    He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 26 November.

  23. Football: Martinez prepares for 'very important period'

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Here's a bit more from Roberto Martinez's press conference, in which he insisted Everton's "big names" will not be up for sale during the January transfer window.

    Roberto Martinez

    Martinez said he believes the Premier League season is entering a crucial period, as the Toffeemen prepare for a home clash with bottom-placed club Aston Villa.

    He said: "We're involved in 19 Premier League games plus cup ties until the next international break. It's a very important period."

  24. CCTV appeal after Wirral shop worker punched in robbery

    Police in Wirral have released CCTV of a suspected robber after a shop worker was punched and a bottle of vodka stolen from a shop in Seacombe.

    CCTV appeal

    The robbery happened at Singhsburys in St Pauls Road at about 22:15 on 26 September.

    The staff member was not injured but was left "extremely distressed" by the ordeal, Merseyside Police said.

  25. Video: Police raids on homes of suspected drug dealers

    Merseyside Police have released video footage of this morning's raids on the homes of suspected drug dealers across Liverpool.

    Liverpool drug raids

    Eight people were arrested and "significant quantities" of cocaine and heroin seized in the operation, which targeted addresses in Toxteth, Aigburth and Garston.

  26. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire

    • Eight people have been arrested and cocaine and heroin seized in police raids on suspected drug dealers across Liverpool
    • The memorial fund for PC Dave Phillips has reached £259,000, comfortably exceeding its £250,000 target
    • Meetings are taking place at councils across Merseyside and Halton in Cheshire to ratify plans for a metro mayor under the terms of the devolution agreement
  27. Football: Martinez insists 'big players' not for sale

    BBC Merseyside Sport

    Everton manager Roberto Martinez has insisted none of the club's "biggest names" will be for sale during the January transfer window.

    Roberto Martinez

    Amid renewed speculation that Chelsea could make a fresh bid for defender John Stones, Martinez said: "The transfer window won't de-rail Everton's progress.

    "None of the club's biggest names will be leaving the club"

  28. New role for former Wirral West MP Esther McVey

    Former employment minister and Wirral West MP Esther McVey has been appointed chair of the British Transport Police Authority.

    Esther McVey

    She will oversee the authority's work on transport security and tackling sexual violence on the rail network as part of her four-year term.

  29. Merseyside public respond to St Luke's Church survey

    People in Merseyside would like to see theatre, film and other performances at Liverpool's landmark church St Luke's.

    St Luke's Church, Liverpool

    They were responding to a council survey about plans for the future of the damaged building, commonly referred to as the "bombed out church".

    Liverpool City Council has published the results of the survey, which is based on responses from more than 6,300 people, who made suggestions including installing food and drinks facilities.

  30. Merseyside venues review security after Paris attacks

    Giulia Bould

    Reporter, BBC Radio Merseyside

    Music and sporting venues across Merseyside are reviewing security arrangements in the wake of the Paris terror attacks.

    Echo Arena

    Among them is Liverpool's Echo Arena, which has been consulting officers from the Merseyside police counter terrorism unit.

    The arena's chief executive Bob Prattley is asking people planning to attend concerts in the next few months to arrive earlier than normal and leave all bags at home.

  31. Latest headlines in Merseyside and Cheshire

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and Cheshire

    • Eight people have been arrested and cocaine and heroin seized in police raids on suspected drug dealers across Liverpool
    • Meetings are taking place at councils across Merseyside and Halton in Cheshire to ratify plans for a metro mayor under the terms of the devolution agreement
    • The memorial fund for PC Dave Phillips has reached £259,000, comfortably exceeding its £250,000 target
  32. PC Phillips death: Fund for late officer reaches £259k

    The memorial fund for PC Dave Phillips, who was killed in a collision while on duty in Wirral has reached £259,000 - comfortably exceeding its target.

    PC Dave Phillips

    PC Phillips died after a pick-up vehicle mounted a central reservation in Wallasey, last month. A fund was set up in his memory with a £250,000 target.

    Clayton Williams, of Wheatland Lane, Wallasey has been charged with murder and is due to go on trial next year.

  33. Football: Liverpool winger, 18, eyes place in Euro 2016

    BBC Sport

    Liverpool's teenage winger Harry Wilson has targeted a placed in Wales' senior squad at Euro 2016.

    Harry Wilson

    Wilson, 18, became the youngest ever Welsh international in 2013 when aged 16 years and 207 days he won his first cap against Belgium.

    Wilson, on loan at Crewe Alexandra from Liverpool, scored the winner in Wales Under 21s 2-1 win over Armenia and played in the 1-1 draw against Romania.

  34. Weather: Cloudy start with sunny spells later

    It's looking like a cloudy start this morning with isolated showers that may be heavy at times.

    BBC weather

    The showers will continue into the afternoon, with some decent sunny spells.

  35. Eight arrested in Liverpool police raids on suspected drug dealers

    Eight people have been arrested and "significant quantities" of cocaine and heroin have been seized by police in raids across Liverpool.

    Police drug raids

    Thirteen addresses in Toxteth, Aigburth and Garston were searched in a crackdown on the supply of class A and class B drugs earlier.Det Supt Lee Turner said: “Today’s operation is about disrupting criminal activity and our message to those involved in this type of activity is clear. We will not tolerate the supply of drugs on our streets."

  36. Latest headlines is Merseyside and Cheshire

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Today's top stories in Cheshire and Merseyside:

    • Meetings are taking place at councils across Merseyside and Halton in Cheshire to ratify plans for a metro mayor under the terms of the devolution agreement with the Government
    • Eight people have been arrested and cocaine and heroin have been seized in police raids on suspected drug dealers across Liverpool
    • A Merseyside muslim is to be made an MBE by the Prince of Wales for her efforts in bringing different faiths together
  37. Travel: Rush hour delays across Merseyside

    BBC Travel is reporting congestion along Coopers Lane in Knowsley, and along the M62 coming out of Liverpool.

    There is also slow-moving traffic along Leeds Street and Chaloner Street in the city centre.

  38. Good morning

    Tom Mullen

    Reporter, BBC News Online

    Hello and welcome to Thursday's Local Live service for Merseyside. I'm here with all your news, travel, sport and weather from across the region.

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