Got a TV Licence?

You need one to watch live TV on any channel or device, and BBC programmes on iPlayer. It’s the law.

Find out more
I don’t have a TV Licence.

Summary

  1. Police find 'human remains' in search for missing Ellesmere Port woman
  2. Merseyside PC cleared of dangerous driving over scrambler bike shunt
  3. South Liverpool businesses 'frustrated' over fireworks event move
  4. Updates on Thursday 3 November

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Get involved

Our live coverage across the day

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

Weather: Dull and dreary overnight

BBC Weather

A dull and dreary evening but feeling milder than last night. Temperatures down to 5C.

More from BBC Weather

Ellia Arathoon: Police find 'human remains' near M53

Possible human remains have been found near the M53 by police investigating a woman's disappearance.

Ellia Arathoon was last seen in the Cromwell Road and Shepherds Close areas of Ellesmere Port
Police handout/Google
Ellia Arathoon was last seen in the Cromwell Road and Shepherds Close areas of Ellesmere Port

They were found close to the road in Ellesmere Port by officers looking for Ellia Arathoon.

Cheshire Police said while they had not yet been identified, they were being linked to Ms Arathoon's disappearance and her family had been informed.

The 29-year-old was last seen in the Cromwell Road and Shepherds Close areas of the Cheshire town on Friday.

Two local men, aged 37 and 39, were arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday and remain in police custody.

Herbert Howe funeral: Cortege route revealed

Liverpool Echo

The cortege route for the funeral of Herbert Howe tomorrow has been revealed so that members of the public can pay their respects to the celebrity hairdresser.  

Latest headlines from Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Police in Liverpool are introducing a temporary dispersal zone in the city centre this weekend in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour

Klopp's tea room chat in FA Cup 'magic' list

BBC Three

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's odd interview in Exeter's tea room last season has been included in BBC Three's list of ten times the "magic of the FA Cup" made strange things happen.

You can see the whole list here.

Countdown to the River of Light festival

Ellia Arathoon: Human remains investigation could take 'several days'

Ellia Arathoon’s family have been informed after police officers found what may be human remains following the 29-year-old's disappearance on Friday.

Det Insp Stephen Jones, from Cheshire Police, said:

I understand that this development is upsetting for the community and I would like to appeal for support from the public as the investigation continues.

I realise there has been a desire to help police with the search for Ellia but it is important that members of the public do not approach this area while we are conducting a detailed examination in difficult circumstances.

It is estimated that it will take several days before we are able to complete our enquiries in relation to what is a complex crime scene.

Det Insp Stephen Jones

BreakingPossible human remains found near M53

Officers investigating the disappearance of an Ellesmere Port woman have discovered what may be human remains, Cheshire Police say.

ellia and street
Police handout/Google

The discovery was made earlier today by officers searching an area close to the M53. 

The remains have not yet been identified - however, police are linking this with the disappearance of Ellia Arathoon, who went missing on Friday.

Two men, aged 37 and 39, were arrested in relation to her disappearance and remain in police custody on suspicion of murder.

Murder suspect in missing woman case released

A 41-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of murdering a mother who disappeared two weeks ago has been released pending further inquiries.

anita on CCTV stills
Merseyside Police

Anita Stevenson, 39, was last seen by her partner at their Wirral home on 18 October.

Det Ch Insp Paul Denn, from Merseyside Police, said earlier this week that her disappearance was "completely out of character".

"I would urge anyone who saw Anita in the area on that day, or who has seen her since to contact us.

"I would also like to appeal to Anita herself: Anita, if you are out there please contact us, or your family who are desperately worried, to let us know you are safe."

PC cleared after knocking criminal off bike

A policeman who knocked a criminal off a scrambler bike has been cleared of dangerous driving.

PC James Ellerton
BBC

PC James Ellerton said he wanted to "protect life" after seeing Devere Ogungboro go "flying" through a Liverpool junction in September 2015.

Disqualified driver Ogungboro, who was serving a suspended jail sentence, was doing wheelies and weaving through traffic, Liverpool Crown Court heard.

Merseyside Police said the case showed "the real dilemma" faced by officers.

Assistant Chief Constable Ian Critchley said: "On the day, Constable Ellerton did what he thought was the right thing and he made a decision to protect members of the public."

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A policeman who used his van to stop a man riding a scrambler bike through the streets of Liverpool has been cleared of dangerous driving  
  • A 41-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murdering Wirral mother Anita Stevenson has been released
  • Police in Liverpool are introducing a temporary dispersal zone in the city centre this weekend in a crackdown on anti-social behaviour

River Mersey firework display 'builds on success of Three Queens', says Director of Culture

Liverpool and Wirral Council have teamed up this year to put on a joint fireworks display on the River Mersey. 

It means several other events have been cancelled, including the annual display at Sefton Park in South Liverpool, Liverpool's Director of Culture Claire McColgan explains the decision was partly due to the success of the Three Queens event last year.  

Three Queens Liverpool
Getty Images

She said: "This year, Bonfire Night is on a Saturday, so there is a real opportunity for us to develop a whole programme around the firework event.

"Since we did the Three Queens, we have developed a good relationship with the Wirral - and both sides can enjoy this firework display.

The River of Light event starts at 16:00

Travel: Delays in Runcorn

BBC Travel

The A557 Weston Point Expressway in Runcorn is partially blocked and delays northbound at the A5126 Weston Link junction because of a broken down car.

Latest from BBC Travel

Weather: A dull, drizzly afternoon

BBC Weather

A dull and drizzly afternoon in store. Becoming quite breezy too, especially near the coast. Highs of 10C. 

More from BBC Weather

Anita Stevenson: Man arrested on suspicion of murder released

A 41-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder by police investigating the disappearance of Anita Stevenson has been released "pending a disposal decision".

Anita Stevenson
Merseyside Police

Cheshire Police praised by HMIC after being ranked 'outstanding' in inspection

Cheshire Police has been praised by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary, after being ranked "outstanding" in a recent inspection for its use of resources and future planning. 

Cheshire Police
BBC

The force was rated as "good" overall in the annual inspection, which looks at how efficient it is as reducing crime and keeping people safe.  

RSPCA appeal after beagle with tumour is dumped in Huyton

An elderly dog with a tumor has been dumped outside an animal charity in Huyton.

Beagle dog
RSPCA

The beagle has an 3ins (8cm) tumour, which was inflamed. 

He was found tied up outside the Dogs Trust centre on Tuesday.

RSPCA inspector Louise Showering said:

Despite his obvious discomfort, he is a lovely natured dog and very affectionate - he was giving us big licks when we arrived to help him.

We would really like to speak to anyone who recognises this dog to try to find out how he ended up here.

Police federation chairman 'angry' about PC dangerous driving case

Merseyside Police Federation chairman Peter Singleton has said he is "angry and disappointed" about the case against PC James Ellerton for dangerous driving being brought.

He said:

How can it be in the public interest to charge an officer and put them before a court when they were simply trying to protect the public from harm?

I'm angry and disappointed in the IPCC and the CPS in their actions in bringing this case to court in the first place. The IPCC seem determined to criticise and castigate police officers who are simply doing their best to protect the public.

If this case had resulted in a guilty verdict, then officers' ability to protect the public may have been reduced as [they] would shy away from difficult and dangerous decisions.

I accept the IPCC have a job to do but they don't seem to take into account the reasons for an officer's actions.

They don't think of the consequences for the individual [and] don't seem to take a balanced approach. They've never worked a night shift. They've never seen an angry man or picked up the pieces after a road traffic accident.

Merseyside PC acted 'to protect public', senior officer says

Merseyside Police ACC Ian Critchley has said PC James Ellerton, who has been cleared of dangerous driving after using his van to stop a man riding a scrambler bike through the streets of Liverpool, "made a decision to protect members of the public".

The trial of PC Ellerton has shown the real dilemma faced by our officers out on the ground, who are trying to proactively deal with people who are putting the lives of others at risk through the criminal and anti-social use of scrambler and motorbikes on our roads.

Today, the jury has found him not guilty of dangerous driving. On the day, PC Ellerton did what he thought was the right thing and he made a decision to protect members of the public.

The impact that scrambler riders have on our communities can never be underestimated.

Scrambler bike rider 'could have killed someone', PC told trial

PC Ellerton, who has been cleared of dangerous driving, told the jury at his trial that he drove at Devere Ogungboro's bike at low speed to prevent him returning to the city streets, busy with late night revellers and traffic.

He said:

The sole purpose was to protect life - to prevent him returning to the city, where potentially he could have seriously injured or killed someone.

The only time I've known Liverpool to be quiet is Christmas Day. You have got a vibrant nightlife in [the] city centre, there's always lots of pedestrians in that area.

The riding of the bike was dangerous. I could not allow him to return.

Scrambler bike rider stopped by PC to face dangerous driving charge

A Merseyside Police officer who used his van to stop a man riding a scrambler bike through the streets of Liverpool has been cleared of dangerous driving.

PC James Ellerton
BBC

Earlier, the jury heard PC James Ellerton was on duty as part of an armed response unit and behind the wheel of an unmarked police van when he first spotted two scrambler bikes in Liverpool city centre being driven dangerously.

He followed one ridden by Devere Ogungboro, as it headed out of the city to the Toxteth area. 

Mr Ogungboro then turned around and headed back towards the city centre along Park Road in Toxteth. 

PC Ellerton, following behind, drove on the other side of the road to block the bike. 

CCTV shown to the jury then showed the bike slow down before appearing to attempt to go past the police van, but PC Ellerton turned the van into the scrambler, knocking Mr Ogungboro off the bike and causing a severe injury to his knee. 

Mr Ogungboro will also face a charge of dangerous driving over the incident. His trial is due to take place in February.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • A Merseyside PC who used his van to stop a man riding a scrambler bike through the streets of Liverpool has been cleared of dangerous driving
  • Liverpool's director of culture says a fireworks display on the waterfront this weekend will "once again put the city on the map"
  • A housing charity claims hundreds of children in the North West will wake up in temporary accommodation this Christmas

Mersesyide PC cleared of dangerous driving after using van to stop scrambler bike

A Merseyside Police officer who used his van to stop a man riding a scrambler bike through the streets of Liverpool has been cleared of dangerous driving. 

PC James Ellerton said he acted to prevent Devere Ogunboro from continuing his reckless behaviour. 

The court heard 27-year-old Mr Ogunboro had been weaving in and out of traffic, and driving across the wrong side of the road. 

PC Ellerton has been found not guilty, following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

Historic St Helens building celebrates 120th anniversary

Liverpool Echo

A historic building in St Helens is marking its 120th anniversary with a day of celebration.

St Helens Library
Geograph / Michael Heavey

Lark Lane restaurant owners 'upset' by Liverpool fireworks display move

Liverpool and Wirral Council have teamed up to put on a joint fireworks display this year on the River Mersey this Saturday.

Restaurant owners in South Liverpool say moving the display away from Sefton Park will affect their business on what is one of their busiest nights of the year.

Lark Lane
Google

One restaurant owner on Lark Lane, who wishes to stay anonymous, said:

On a business level and a personal level, I'm quite upset really.

It's a shame because all the businesses along Lark Lane are generally independent and I feel this has taken it away to the big corporate restaurants in town and not supporting the independent ones.

It is in the top three busiest nights on the lane - with families coming in before the display and people coming onto the lane later.

It also brings new people in - it's a real shame.

Everton star's medals go under the hammer

Medals won by Ciff Britton as an Everton player and as Hull City manager are to be sold in Beverley.

The wing half played for the Toffees in the 1930s and went onto manage the club in the 1950s.

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Liverpool's director of culture says a fireworks display on the waterfront this weekend will "once again put the city on the map"
  • A housing charity claims hundreds of children in the North West will wake up in temporary accommodation this Christmas
  • Merseyside Police are warning residents in Wirral to remain vigilant after reports electricity boxes had been interfered with

Police appeal for Skelmersdale man who is wanted on recall to prison

Southport Visiter

Lancashire Police are trying to trace a Skelmersdale man who is wanted on recall to prison.   

Liverpool businesses 'frustrated' as council cancels local fireworks in favour of city display

Businesses in south Liverpool say they are frustrated by the council's decision to move this year's fireworks event away from Sefton Park. 

Fireworks
BBC

The authority is holding a joint display with Wirral Council on the River Mersey - but it means several other events around the city have been cancelled.

Local restaurant owners say they will lose the benefit from what was one of their busiest nights of the year.

Liverpool's Director of Culture Claire McColgan says the authority has received backing from the private sector for the show on the waterfront, and has says it is display that "won't be seen anywhere else in the UK".

£400m Liverpool 2 deep sea terminal set to open

More cargo than ever before will be able to arrive in the North of England because of a new deep sea terminal near Liverpool. 

Liverpool 2
BBC

The Liverpool 2 deep sea terminal opens at Seaforth tomorrow and will be able to handle the world's biggest container ships.

It cost around £400m pounds to create and the site is big enough to fit four premier league football stadiums.

Charity says 1,700 North West children will be 'homeless' this Christmas

Housing charity Shelter says 1,700 children in the North West will be in temporary accommodation, including B&Bs, this Christmas. 

Children silhouette
BBC

The figures, which are based on official government statistics, are up 51% on last year.  

Latest headlines in Merseyside and west Cheshire

  • Housing charity Shelter says 1,700 children in the North West will be in temporary accommodation, including B&Bs, this Christmas
  • Businesses in south Liverpool say they're "frustrated" by the council's decision to move this year's fireworks event away from Sefton Park
  • The Liverpool 2 deep sea terminal at Seaforth opens tomorrow - it will be able to handle the world's biggest container ships

Travel: Congestion at The Rocket in Liverpool

BBC Travel

Heavier than usual traffic on the M62 heading towards Liverpool on the A5080 at The Rocket.

Latest from BBC Travel

Weather: Cold, dry morning but showers later

BBC Weather

A cold start with some misty patches. It should be mainly dry this morning but there will be a few showers this afternoon. Highs of 9C.

A cold mainly dry morning but some showers this afternoon. Highs of 9C.

More from BBC Weather

Good morning: Join us for today's live news coverage

Jenny Coleman

Reporter, BBC Local Live

Hello from Liverpool, I'm here with all your news, sport, travel and weather updates from across Merseyside and west Cheshire 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.