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Row over Merseyside derby kick-off time

Police say the risk of disorder around Goodison Park would be increased by a late kick-off Credit: PA Images

Liverpool City Council has threatened to take legal action if the Premier League refuse a request to change the kick-off time of February's Merseyside derby.

The match at Goodison Park is scheduled to take place at 5.30pm on Saturday February 7 and be televised by Sky Sports.

Merseyside Police have raised their concerns about the timing of the match increasing the risk of disorder in Liverpool.

The police, supported by Liverpool City Council's Licensing Committee, want the match to start no later than 1.30pm on a weekend.

Everton informed the Premier League of the police's objections on December 9.

The issue will be discussed on Tuesday afternoon by the council's licensing committee, which is set to also write to the Premier League with the proviso it "will take legal advice on all appropriate options to enforce the position" in the event of no change of kick-off time being determined.

The police report stressed there was no specific intelligence indicating any organised disorder is planned but stated the wider implications of a late kick-off meant they had to take action now.


Two men appear in court charged with murder of Liverpool police officer

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Two men have appeared at court in Liverpool charged with the murder of off-duty police constable Neil Doyle.

28-year-old Andrew Taylor of Cherrytree Road in Huyton and Christopher Spendlove who's 30 and from Stockbridge Village, were remanded in custody until the 6th of January for a preliminary hearing at Liverpool Crown Court.

Both are charged with murder and two assaults.

36-year-old Pc Doyle died after an incident in Colquitt Street in Liverpool early on Friday morning.

Two men charged with murder of Merseyside police officer Neil Doyle

PC Neil Doyle who died after being assaulted early on Friday morning Credit: Merseyside Police Credit: Merseyside Police

Two men have been charged with the murder of Merseyside Pc Neil Doyle.

Andrew Taylor, 28, of Cherrytree Road, Huyton, and 30-year-old Christopher Spendlove, from Brandearth Hey, also Huyton, will appear before magistrates at Liverpool Crown Court tomorrow, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Both men have also been charged with grievous bodily harm in relation to two other men who were also attacked.

The attack took place in the early hours of Friday in Liverpool city centre.

Rescued seal exhausted but may still return to its natural habitat

The seal was found in a field in Newton le Willows Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

A seal rescued from a field in Newton le Willows has been described as exhausted and is now being assessed at a wildlife centre.

Police, fire officers and a local farmer earlier herded the seal onto an RSPCA trailer.

The seal has now been taken to the RSPCA's wildlife hospital in Stapley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment.

Once fully recovered they hope to release the seal back into its natural habitat.


Don't wash your turkey says University of Manchester study

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Nearly half of home cooks still wash their Christmas turkeys despite the increased risk of food poisoning it creates, according to a University of Manchester study.

An online national survey of almost 900 people also found that men who took charge of preparing the family bird were more likely to contravene the advice of the Food Standards Agency, which warns washing can cause harmful bacteria to spread.

The study found that 48.6% of respondents always or usually washed their turkey under the tap, while only 41% said they never washed the festive poultry.

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The survey was led by Professor Dan Rigby, at The University of Manchester, and Professor Sarah O'Brien, of The University of Liverpool.

Prof Rigby, a lecturer in environmental economics, said: "Washing poultry is often said to be something that older people were brought up doing, but the survey showed that it is 18 to 34-year-olds who are most likely to wash their turkey this Christmas. We also found that men were more likely to wash the turkey than women.

"People are underestimating the level of contamination. Despite years of information campaigns against washing poultry, the habit seems hard to kick for many and the findings of our survey suggest this is not just an older generation habit that will fade away.

"Christmas is one of the most pressured days for home cooks to deliver a great meal but people are still not getting the food hygiene message around turkeys - the centrepiece of the meal. The message is simple: wash your hands, not your bird."

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