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'Take a lunch break and go home on time' - TUC urges employees

Workers are being encouraged to go home on time. Credit: PA

Workers in the North West are being urged to take a lunch break and leave on time.

New figures show they did nearly three million pounds worth of unpaid overtime last year.

The TUC says almost half a million people here put in an average of 7.6 hours a week in unpaid overtime during 2017.

This averages £5,897 a year that each of those workers is losing out in pay.

The union is calling on bosses to move away from a long hours culture.

Lots of us are willing to put in a bit of extra time when it’s needed. But it’s a problem if it happens all the time.

– Lyn Collins, TUC Regional Secretary

Consultation opens on plans to redevelop Liverpool's Williamson Square

Artist's impression of the new square Credit: Consultation organisers

A consultation is being opened on plans to develop one of the Liverpool's most historic squares.

The public are being asked to comment on plans to redevelop Wiiliamson Square near the Playhouse Theatre.

The theatre will host the opening session of the consultation which runs until the end of April.

The square was initially laid out in 1745 and became pedestrianised more than 20 years ago.

It was last upgraded in 2004 when almost six million pounds was invested introducing new seating, planting and a fountain.

Williamson Square is one of Liverpool's main public open spaces and should be a vibrant gathering place but over the past decade has for various reasons lost its way and sense of purpose.

This debate and public consultation is an ideal opportunity to have an honest conversation which, with the calibre of the major partners involved and the support of the people of Liverpool, I've no doubt will reset the play button and lead to some positive action - both in the short and long term.

Liverpool city centre has made phenomenal progress over the past decade, the time has now come for Williamson Square to join the party and live up to its potential as a dynamic public space the city can be proud of.

– Councillor Nick Small, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool


Roman barracks dug up in Chester

Credit: Chester Chronicle
Experts believe this is the remains of barracks for roman soldiers Credit: Chester Chronicle

Archaeologists have found a wall from a Roman soldiers' barracks while digging the foundations for a new shopping centre in Chester. The multi million pound Northgate development –– will cover a site once occupied by a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago. Experts are probing underground remains before construction starts by digging a series of trial holes. They believe they have already found the remains of a Roman wall in Hamilton Place, at the rear of The Forum shopping centre, which would have formed part of the soldiers’ barracks.

Sovereign Porter: concerns grow for missing girl

have you seen Sovereign Porter? Credit: Merseyside Police

A 16 year old girl has gone missing from Southport.

Sovereign Porter was last seen at home on Saturday 17th February at 2pm.

Her family are growing increasingly concerned for her safety and are asking for the public's help.

Sovereign was last seen wearing black leggings, a black coat with faux fur trim around the hood and white ‘huarache’ trainers.

We are making extensive efforts to find Sovereign and return her home safely. Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to get in touch by calling 101.

– Merseyside Police

Information can also be left with the independent charity Missing People by calling 116 000 or by emailing


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'We will find you' - a message from police for the convicted murder who's been on the run for a year

Detectives hunting a convicted murderer who escaped on a hospital visit in Liverpool a year ago are warning him he will be found.

Shaun Walmsley escaped from prison officers during a visit to Aintree University Hospital a year ago today.

Walmsley was serving a life sentence for murder and police have warned that he's 'extremely dangerous'.

Amy Welch reports:

Inside the secret £1 million vault under the Liver Building

The city’s first safe deposit box facility has opened at Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building.

The facility allows people to safeguard their most valued possessions in a secure vault.

The space was once a secret vault guarding Royal Liver’s records. When the Royal Liver Building was built, a vault was constructed in the basement as an integral part of its security.

It’s now been given a £1 million makeover by Liverpool Vaults.

Credit: Liverpool vaults

Shaun Walmsley: Police vow to catch escaped murderer

Shaun Walmsley was given a life-sentence for a Credit: Merseyside Police

Detectives hunting a prisoner who escaped during a hospital visit in Liverpool have warned him that he will be found.

Convicted murderer Shaun Walmsley escaped from prison officers during a visit to Aintree University Hospital a year ago today.

Walmsley was serving a life sentence for the murder of Anthony Duffy and police have warned that he is extremely dangerous.

Officers believe he fled abroad, and despite the passage of a year since he escaped they say they're still determined to catch him.

Alfie Evans: Court ruling today on whether toddler should be kept on life support

The parents of Alfie Evans are challenging medics who say continuing treatment is not in his best interest. Credit: Alfie's Army @Facebook

A High Court judge is expected to make a ruling today over whether a seriously ill toddler should be kept on life support.

21-month-old Alfie Evans suffers from constant seizures, and doctors have been unable to diagnose his condition.

His parents Kate James and Tom Evans are challenging medics at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, who say the Alfie's life support should come to an end.

The couple want to take their son, who is in a deep coma, to the Vatican-linked Bambino Gesu Paediatric Hospital in Rome for treatment.

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