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  1. Updates on Friday 15 April

Live Reporting

By Jenny Coleman

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

  2. Hillsborough: Final Anfield memorial service held

    The final memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster has been held in Liverpool.

    The annual event has been held at Anfield since the tragedy in Sheffield on 15 April 1989.

    Hillsborough memorial service

    In January, relatives of the victims said they had "unanimously agreed" this year's service would be the last.

    A minute's silence was held across Liverpool at 15:06 BST - the time when the FA Cup semi-final was abandoned following a terrace crush.

    the victims
  3. Weather: Rain overnight, with sunshine and showers tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Rain will gradually clear away south-eastwards, with clear spells following from the north. 

    This will allow temperatures to fall away, leading to frost and ice in places, especially inland and in rural parts.

    weather map

    After a chilly start to Saturday, most places will be largely dry with occasional sunny intervals and perhaps a few wintry showers. 

    It will feel cold in the northerly wind, especially along the coast towards Formby and Southport.  

  4. Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

    Today's top stories in Merseyside and west Cheshire:

    • The final memorial service for the Hillsborough disaster has been held at Anfield
    • Police are investigating after shots were fired at a house in Dingle last night in what is believed to be a case of mistaken identity
    • Police in Merseyside and Cheshire say that their annual crackdown on rogue traders, loan sharks and distraction burglars has been a success
  5. Footballer guilty of contempt of court after tweeting about match

    A semi-professional footballer, who was caught tweeting about playing football just 24 hours after making an insurance claim for whiplash, has admitted contempt of court.

    Gary Burnett

    Gary Burnett, who used to play for Northwich Victoria, made the claim after an accident at a drive-through restaurant in Birkenhead. The following day, he tweeted "nice little trek to Kendal later for footy." 

    The 24-year-old from Wigan has been given a four month suspended prison sentence.

  6. Hillsborough 'You’ll Never Walk Alone' concludes the memorial service

    The 27th - and final - memorial service at Hillsborough concludes with a song of strength and unity - 'You’ll Never Walk Alone'.

    96 doves are released
  7. Hillsborough: Doves released in memory of the 96

    To the song ‘Wind Beneath my Wings', 96 white doves are released by members of the Hillsborough Family Support Group in memory of those who died at Hillsborough.

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  8. Hillsborough: Margaret Aspinall on 'emotional' occasion at Anfield

    Margaret Aspinall of the Hillsborough Family Support Group, is the last to address the memorial.

    Kenny Dalglish meets Margaret Aspinall of the Hillsborough Family Support Group

    Mrs Aspinall, whose son James died in the 1989 disaster, said "our last service at Anfield" was an "emotional" occasion.  

  9. Hillsborough: Trevor Hicks praises 'unbelievable' Liverpool FC

    Bishop James Jones addresses the crowd followed by Trevor Hicks, President of the Hillsborough Family Support Group.

    Messages on Flowers

    Mr Hicks, whose two daughters died, said the way Liverpool FC looked after the families in the weeks after the disaster 'was unbelievable'.    

  10. Hillsborough: Kenny Dalglish reads from The Gospel of John

    There were cheers and a standing ovation for former Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish before he even began his Bible reading. 

    Kenny Dalglish

    He read from The Gospel of John - "Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled".   

    Former Everton striker Graeme Sharp also read Psalm 23 from the Bible - "The Lord Is My Shepherd".

  11. Hillsborough: Names of the 96 shine on memorial structure

    The names of the 96 are lit upon a structure during the final annual memorial service at Anfield.


    The sculpture was commissioned by Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, in cooperation with the Hillsborough Family Support Group in 2014 to mark the 25th Anniversary of Hillsborough. 

    The art sculpture is a simple band representing the bond between the families, friends, survivors and fans and was designed by Julian J Taylor, working from Bridewell Studios, Liverpool.

  12. Hillsborough: Mayor Joe Anderson says 'city stands' with families

    Joe Anderson, Mayor of Liverpool, has addressed the crowds at Anfield.

    He spoke about how he queued for hours to lay a scarf and flowers at the stadium 27 years ago.

    "Although it's the final Hillsborough Memorial it's not the last time Liverpool will remember," he said.

  13. Hillsborough: Standing ovation for expert and author Phil Scraton

    There was a standing ovation at Anfield this afternoon for Hillsborough expert and author Phil Scraton, who read out a poem he had written for the service.

    He became emotional and embraced families after his reading.  

  14. One minute's silence at Anfield held at 15:06

    The crowds gathered for the memorial service at Anfield held a minute's silence at 15:06, the exact time when the FA Cup semi-final was abandoned in 1989.

    One minute's silence at Anfield
  15. Hillsborough: Flag at half mast outside Anfield

    The final Anfield memorial service for the 96 victims of the Hillsborough disaster is taking place at Anfield.

    Flag at half mast outside Anfield stadium

    The annual event has been held at Liverpool's stadium since the tragedy in Sheffield on 15 April 1989.  

  16. Hillsborough: 'You will never walk alone', Reverend Kelvin Bolton tells families

    Reverend Kelvin Bolton says 27th anniversary of disaster is "yet another milestone in your long journey".  

    The Kop

    He repeats that bereaved families and their supporters "will never walk alone" and the crowd applauds. 

    He says he doesn't need to sing You'll Never Walk Alone because it's still echoing around Anfield from last night.

  17. Hillsborough: Names of 96 fans who died are read out at memorial service

    The names of each of the 96 who died after the 1989 disaster are being read out, intercepted by the singing of Abide With Me.

    Victims of Hillsborough