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Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram is trying to make face masks mandatory on trains and buses in the region. This comes ahead of the removal of legal measures imposed by government on Monday. However, face coverings will still be compulsory on Mersey Ferries. Greater Manchester's Andy Burnham, West Yorkshire's Tracy Brabin, Liverpool City Region's Steve Rotheram, North of Tyne's Jamie Driscoll, Dan Jarvis in the Sheffield City Region and the West of England's Dan Norris are appealing to the Prime Minister.


Croxteth Park Farm has been granted a licence to operate despite a litany of failures including meerkats escaping from enclosures and animals being found emaciated. However, the attraction will have to comply with a range of new measures, including independent inspections by vets once every three months.


New Everton manager Rafael Benitez claims he has felt strong support from fans living close to him following his appointment at Goodison Park. Some supporters apparently against the idea of the Toffees hiring the former Liverpool boss hung a threatening banner close to his home on the Wirral last month. That incident, which is being investigated by Merseyside Police, did not prevent the club bringing in the Spaniard as replacement for Carlo Ancelotti. Benitez said at a press conference: “To be fair, the Evertonians around my place are quite happy and were very supportive. Even the Liverpudlians accepted it was an opportunity for me to come back to the Premier League. It was quite good.

“Talking about the banners – we can talk about one or two people. You never know. It is better to think positive, how a lot of people were encouraging me to do well. I am happy with that.”

Benitez left LFC in 2010 and has worked for five other clubs since but has retained a strong affinity for the city itself. His family home has remained in the area.


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