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Drivers fined £3 million in toll fines on Mersey Gateway Bridge

The new Mersey Gateway Bridge has just won an award for its engineering, but its system of tolls is proving less of a winner with some drivers.

Figures released to Granada Reports show the crossing between Widnes and Runcorn has seen nearly 300,000 penalty charges issued.

That's in the four and a half months from when it opened to the end of February.

It's estimated those fines have generated around £3 million in income, or around one pound in every five the bridge has raised.

The Mersey Gateway Board says drivers are benefiting from quicker, easier and more reliable journeys.

Matt O'Donoghue has our exclusive report.


WATCH: The Granada Debate

Three children in every classroom have a diagnosable mental heath condition but faced with budget cuts - services for children and adolescents are being cut back. Waiting times are getting longer. So what is the solution? Join Alison Mackenzie and her guests, Andrew Stephenson the Conservative MP for Pendle, Angela Eagle the Labour MP for Wallesey and Dr Marc Bush , Policy Director at the Young Minds Charity.

Topman pulls controversial t-shirt after Hillsborough backlash

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Topman has removed a t-shirt from its stores and website after its design caused a Hillsborough backlash.

The red shirt had the word "Karma" down one sleeve and a large "96" on the back, along with a rose and the phrase "what goes around comes back around" underneath.

Ninety six Liverpool fans died in the Hillsborough disaster in 1989.

Topman said the design was inspired by a Bob Marley track but when the £20 shirt went on sale online it came to the attention of Liverpool fans, who expressed their disgust on Twitter.

A spokeswoman for the retailer said:

Topman apologises unreservedly for any offence caused by this t-shirt.

"The design was inspired by a Bob Marley track with the number referring to the year of re-release. The garment has been removed from sale online and in stores."

– Topman spokesperson

Earlier, one Liverpool fan said on Twitter:

So it's a #BobMarley song and it's managed to get through god knows how many people before it's printed. "Just shows you how few people know about the biggest sporting disaster and cover up this country's ever seen"

– Liverpool fan

Nick Murphy, @nickmurftweets, tweeted:

Please @Topman - take this off the shelf. A genuine mistake I'm sure but this is insulting and upsetting. #JFT96"

– Nick Murphy, @nickmurftweets


Saying a final farewell to soul singer Eddy Amoo

Singer Eddie Amoo, The Real Thing who died last month Credit: family photo

The public are being invited to the funeral later of Liverpool singer Eddy Amoo who fronted the group The Real Thing.

He died last month at the age of 74

The band had a string of hits in the 70s including ''You To Me Are Everything'' and "Can You Feel The Force"

Eddies family say everyone is welcome to the service at the Metropolitan Cathedral.

WATCH: Mum's appeal to find son's killer

Louis Brathwaite

A fresh appeal's been made to find the killer of a 16 year old boy in Manchester 10 years ago.

Louis Brathwaite died when a gunman opened fire in a William Hill betting betting shop in Withington. His mum Sophia Zollner, has made an emotional appeal:

At around 8.40pm the man, who is yet to be identified, opened the door of the shop and stood in the entrance, firing five shots at random into the crowd.

Despite the 16-year-old’s best attempts to take cover, Louis was hit twice, sustaining injuries to his shoulder and abdomen which ultimately took his life.

An image has been released of what he might look like today:

Age progressed image of Louis Brathwaite

A £50,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Louis’ killer remains available.

Water workers strike over pension row

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Hundreds of water workers are due to take strike action later over United Utilities' plans for their staff pension scheme. The strike has been called due to a management plan to impose changes to a staff pension scheme from April 1st. Its claimed the changes will reduce scheme members' pensions significantly, - unions believe younger members of staff could lose as much as £10,000 per year of their guaranteed income in retirement.

United Utilities are making an unnecessary and unjustified grab for the retirement incomes of their workers. The pension scheme is in good financial health and there is no need for these changes to be made. It is not too late for management to see sense and stop the strike action by halting their plan

– Vic Walsh, UNISON North West

The unions helped to shape the final version of the new scheme. Rather than scrap the defined benefit scheme as planned, we agreed to introduce a hybrid scheme, which will cost us considerably more. So, we have made considerable concessions already and hope that the unions will show a similar desire to compromise

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