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<B>Weds Nov 18:</b> Prison guards say they've had enough, 'Eye' opening, big train carriage joy and gong for Heathcote

Published on November 18th 2009.


PRISON GUARDS HAVE WALKED OUT OF Walton Prison after claims senior management have bullied and harassed them. Over 200 staff walked out at 7pm last night. The Prison Officers’ Association's Liverpool Branch chairman, Paul Leigh , said: “The staff here are in fear for their health and safety because of the unsafe manning levels and they’re also in fear of the management.” The guards have promised to be back at work today.

PAUL HEATHCOTE HAS RECEIVED AN MBE FROM PRINCE CHARLES for his services to the hospitality industry. Heathcote, who runs some of the North West's best-known restaurants, including Simply Heathcotes and the Olive Press, said, “It is an honour to be recognised in this manner for doing something I really love.”

LIVERPOOL'S ‘EYE’ IS TAKING SHAPE and could possibly open tomorrow, after contractors worked around throughout the day yesterday. The 60m high, 365-tonne wheel, a smaller version of the London Eye, will take its passengers on a 15-minute ride that should offer spectacular views of the city. The Liverpool One Wheel will be running until 31 January, and tickets cost £6 each.

MERSEYRAIL MAY ADD MORE TRAINS to its Liverpool network to help boost rush-hour capacity. The operator is struggling to cope with rising passenger numbers and wants to run as many six-carriage trains as possible, and is in talks with Angel Trains, which owns and leases Merseyrail’s current fleet. If agreed, the rolling stock of three more three-car units will be taken from London’s Underground.

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