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Port of Liverpool upgrade will create 2500 jobs

The owners of the Liverpool 2 project say the scheme will create up to 5000 new jobs across the North West. Peel Ports is investing £300m upgrading Liverpool Port to enable it to handle bigger vessels, gaining more business.

Bosses claim the scheme will deliver 500 direct jobs at Port of Liverpool, and 4,500 more in the maritime and logistics supply which are expected to be created over the next 5 years.

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The facility will enable the port to handle super-sized containers Credit: PA

David Huck, Port Director at Peel Ports said: “Employment in the maritime sector is expected to double over the next 20 years and Peel Ports is determined to play a pivotal role both in creating those jobs and ensuring the workforce has the skills we need to be successful. The whole region stands to benefit enormously from growth and investment in maritime and related sectors."

New jobs will include full and part time opportunities for stevedores, pilots, launch crew, line handlers, plant operators, haulage administrators, vessel planning and supervision staff, and work in management, accounts and commercial services. The recruitment process will get underway from 2015.

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Three charged with Jonjo Highton murder

Jonjo Highton
Jonjo Highton

Police investigating the death of a Preston teenager have charged three men with murder. 18 year old Jonjo Highton died from a neck wound on Saturday, he was found by officers on St Stephen's road.

5 other men from the city remain in police custody on suspicion of murder. Owen Whitesmith, 19, Arron Graham, 22 and Craig Walton, 26 all from Preston will appear at court later.

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Toddler found alone on Manchester bus

Piccadilly bus station
Piccadilly bus station Credit: Manchester Evening News

A three-year-old boy has been found all alone on a bus in Manchester.

The toddler was discovered by a passenger on the 216 from Ashton just after 1.30pm.

Passengers realised the boy has been travelling alone and told the driver when they arrived at Piccadilly Gardens.

The driver then handed the three year old to an Inspector who called the police.

It is believed the 3-year-old may have climbed aboard the 216 Stagecoach bus in Droylsden on his own.

It's understood the little boy got on the bus at the same time as a teenage girl and the driver assumed they were together.

The boy's mother has been informed.

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