These are the last headlines from ECHO this morning.
Heart attacks, urine bags and enormous pressure on Amazon delivery drivers
More and more complaints have emerged about pressure being put on delivery drivers delivering packages for Amazon.
ECHO recently reported the case of Neil Martin, 46, who suffered a heart attack while working for an agency under contract to deliver parcels for Amazon. Mr Martin had phoned his boss at Deva Logistics to ask if someone could come and collect his parcels as he was experiencing symptoms including chest pain, dizziness and sweating.
However, he claimed his boss said they could only spare one driver to collect half of Neil’s remaining route, so the father-of-two, from Prescot, felt he didn’t I had no choice but to continue working. Neil and his wife went to Whiston Hospital after his shift where stunned doctors told him he had in fact suffered a heart attack and “could have died”.
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Deva denied refusing to relieve Neil of his route and said he took his complaints “very seriously”, before suggesting he had contacted the company to ask for money – a claim Neil denied.
Now WalesOnline has reported how an anonymous driver, working for another Amazon contractor called AM Logistics, describes working conditions as ‘horrendous’ with colleagues in Wales even feeling unable to take a break to go in the toilet. The man told reporters he took the job after being made redundant during the lockdown.
Read the full story here.
Desperate holidaymakers travel for hours to queue in Liverpool for new passports
Holidaymakers faced ‘nightmare’ queues for passport appointments as people risked missing their trips.
Those waiting for appointments at the passport office on Old Hall Street had been queuing since it opened at 9 a.m. Many had traveled for hours to be seen but had not been informed of their candidacy.
The government has seen an unprecedented surge in applications, with five million people delaying applying for a new passport during the pandemic. The huge backlog means people are struggling to get passports in time for their travels.
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Those who urgently need a new passport can make an appointment to visit their local office to have one issued. There are just seven Passport Customer Service Centers spread across the UK, one of which is based in Liverpool.
ECHO spoke to people queuing for an appointment on Old Hall Street. Ellie Smith had risen at 6am and traveled four hours from Newcastle to get a passport for her holiday in Greece. She was told to come to the Liverpool passport office but was not seen, although she arrived at the opening at 9am.
Ellie has to travel in two weeks. Despite an 11-week wait, she hasn’t had an update on her candidacy since March.
Learn more here.
‘Small cottage’ transformed into an ‘exceptional’ property for sale
A new home has come on the market in Merseyside which has been completely ‘transformed’ by its current owners.
The property was originally described as a ‘small house’ but is now being offered for sale as an ‘exceptional’ three bedroom house with an annex. The chalet has undergone a complete refurbishment including a new fitted kitchen and bathrooms.
Highlights include the extension annex which has its own shower room and bedroom. On Southport Road, Lydiate, the house is on sale for £300,000 from North Wall estate agents.
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Pictures of the property show that it has an open-plan living and kitchen area with a central island. Described as being ideal for ‘entertaining’, this space has floor to ceiling windows and folding doors that open onto the garden patio.
The ‘bespoke’ kitchen has been fitted with Caple appliances and the lounge area is decorated with brightly colored paneled walls. There is also a feature fireplace and a flat screen TV has been installed on the wall.
On the ground floor there is also a utility room which leads to the new annex which has a shower room and an additional bedroom. This bedroom has floor to ceiling windows that overlook the lawn in the back garden.
See images and more information here.