New Jaguar centre to create 1400 jobs

There will be a big jobs boost in the West Midlands today when the official opening of Jaguar's new £500m Engine Manufacturing Centre takes place.

The plant will create 1,400 new jobs and a further 5,000 throughout the associated supply chain. The Queen will officially open the plant later today.

Abuse 'normal' in parts of Greater Manchester

The sexual exploitation of children has become "normal" in some parts of Greater Manchester, according to a damning report. The inquiry blamed "sexting", music videos and social media for fuelling sexualisation of under-16s.

Labour MP Ann Coffey lead the inquiry to see what had changed in Rochdale after nine Asian men were jailed in 2012 for grooming vulnerable girls with alcohol, drugs and gifts before forcing them to have sex with multiple men.

Ms Coffey, who represents neighbouring Stockport, said mass sexual exploitation of youngsters in Greater Manchester was "a real and ongoing problem".

'I feel sorry for my burglar'

An elderly woman who gifted a criminal a cash handout after he burgled her Bolton home said she was touched by the convict's letter of apology from prison.

Forgiving Loretta, 75, felt so sorry for 24-year-old Kevin Derbyshire after he gave her a sob story from jail, she wrote back accepting his apology and enlosing a £20 postal order.

During the raid on Mrs Smith's home in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Derbyshire and an accomplice grabbed £10,00 worth of gems including several rings and watches, but were caught after CCTV of the raid was posted on Facebook.

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Crimewatch reconstruction found my stolen dog

Dognapping is on the rise with victims resorting to increasingly desperate measures to get their beloved pets back.

Louise Marsh's beloved Toby was dog-napped three weeks ago in Woking, Surrey. She spent £4000 trying to find him including a Crimewatch-style reconstruction of him and flew a banner over her town.

He was handed to a vet in Kent yesterday!

The campaign has captured the nation and messages from @FindTobyTerrier profile have been retweeted by celebrities including Andy Murray, Will Young and Lorraine Kelly and Border Terrier owners including Dermot O'Leary, Keith Lemon and David Walliams.

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Government report hits out at tough drug laws

Locking people up for drug use doesn't stop them from using drugs. It merely puts them in prison for a few weeks.

– Home Office minister Norman Baker

Tough drug laws are doing nothing to put people off taking them, a Home Office report has said. Countries with effective drug laws treated regular users caught with illicit substances in a similar way to drivers who flout parking laws, the report said.

The report looked at Portugal, where criminal penalties for possessing small amounts of drugs were abandoned 12 years ago. It also looked at the Czech Republic after tougher penalties had been brought in and found there had been little to no reduction in the number of people who had taken drugs.

The nation remembers

Last night Prince Harry attended a service of remembrance and rededication for members of the Victoria Cross and George Cross Association in central London.

The Victoria Cross is the military's highest accolade for bravery, while the George Cross is the country's top award for gallantry by civilians or by military personnel not in the presence of the enemy.

John Stapleton joins us from the Tower Of London to talk to one of those who have received the Victoria Cross and look at the amazing ceramic poppy display.

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How heavy is your handbag?

Women's handbags now weigh as much as half a stone and cost more than an annual holiday, new research reveals today.

Nine out of 10 British women carry more than 10 items of 'junk' in their bag, which tips the scales at an average of 5.4lbs - that's as much as a small dog.

The study found more than half of women lug around spare shoes and one in three pack spare underwear.

This morning we want to know what you carry in your bag... and why! You can get in touch via Twitter and Facebook by 8am on Thursday 30 October. You must be 18 and over, for full terms and conditions visit

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