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Liverpool Echo
Liverpool Echo
Hannah Rees

Bin worker strike, teenager jailed and the Beehive pub closing

Good afternoon, these are the latest ECHO headlines.

Bin workers and street cleaners to strike across Liverpool

Bin workers, street cleaners and park maintenance workers in Liverpool are set to walk out in a dispute over pay.

Members of Unite employed by Liverpool Streetscene Ltd, Liverpool Council's refuse and street cleaning arm, will strike on Monday January 23 until Saturday January 28.

Unite general secretary Sharon Graham said: “Our members play a crucial role in keeping Liverpool clean and they deserve a fair days’ pay. LSSL and Liverpool council can’t sweep this issue under the carpet any longer. Our members at LSSL will be receiving Unite’s total support throughout this dispute.”

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The workers are seeking a pay increase of 4% and an additional £1,000 to offset the cost of living crisis. Many of the roles they undertake are lowly paid, for example refuse drivers, who must hold a HGV licence, are only paid £14.71 an hour.

Read the full story here.

Rio Jones jailed for life after shooting schoolgirl at bus stop

A teenager has been jailed for life after shooting a schoolgirl in the neck at a bus stop.

The innocent schoolgirl was caught in the crossfire after Rio Jones discharged six gunshots at a rival as he pursued him through the streets of Toxteth on an electric bike. The 19-year-old was found guilty of attempting to murder the target, Shakur Watson, and inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent by a jury in October following a trial.

He returned to Liverpool Crown Court this morning, Tuesday, to be sentenced having also admitted possession of a firearm with intent to endanger life. Jones - appearing via video link to HMP Manchester wearing a grey Nike jumper - showed no emotion as he was imprisoned for life with a minimum term of 16-and-a-half years.

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Landlady of traditional pub The Beehive 'gutted' to leave as it closes for 'complete overhaul'

The Beehive is to close down and relaunch following a "substantial investment", with long serving landlady France Lloyd heartbroken to be saying goodbye.

The Beehive, based on Paradise Street in Liverpool city centre, has been open for more than a century. Landlady Frances Lloyd is "gutted" to be leaving the popular pub, but she was unable to carry on behind the bar after a series of devastating personal setbacks.

In 2020, her husband died of covid after working alongside her for years. Then, she suffered a stroke leaving her "physically unable" to complete many of the manual tasks often required in a pub, and bar work in general.

Read the full story here.

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