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Family's plea for tighter gambling regulations

A father and son from Sheffield are heading to Downing Street today to demand tighter regulation of the gambling industry. David Bradford served eight months in prison after stealing £50,000 from his employers to fund his secret gambling addiction.

Later the family discovered their home had been re-mortgaged to pay off David's debts and now they face losing their home of 30 years in the next couple of weeks. David's debts total nearly £500,000.


Historic Hull bank notes to go under the hammer

Two historic bank notes issued in the 19th century by a privately-owned bank in Hull are each expected to fetch hundreds of pounds at auction.

This historic £5 note is expected to sell for more than £200 at auction Credit: Spink Auctioneers
£10 note issued in the 19th century by a private Hull bank is to be auctioned Credit: Spink Auctioneers

The £5 and £10 notes were issued by the Hull and Kingston upon Hull Bank which printed its own money. At one time the bank was partly-owned by William Wilberforce's family.

They will be auctioned at Spink Auctioneers in Bloomsbury, London, next week.

Cash-strapped charity may be forced to stop restoring Victoria Cross graves

A charitable trust that helps to restore the graves of soldiers who have been awarded the Victoria Cross, fears it will struggle to carry on cleaning them due to a lack of funds.

Albert Edward Shepherd's gravestone before it was restored by the Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust Credit: Victoria Cross Trust
Albert Edward Shepherd's gravestone after it was restored by the Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust Credit: Victoria Cross Trust

The Doncaster-based Victoria Cross Trust has been restoring graves in the region - like Albert Shepherd's in Royston in Barnsley, for four years. It's now appealing for support from the public to help carry on the work.

Morrisons to close North Yorkshire store

Northallerton store set to close

Supermarket giant Morrisons has announced that its Northallerton store in North Yorkshire is among the 11 it is planning to close across the country.

The closure announcement was made last week, following the revelation that half year profits to August had fallen by nearly 50% compared to the same period last year. But the Bradford-based chain did not disclose which stores were to go, saying the decision had only just been announced to staff.

The full list has now been revealed, with most of the closures in the North of England, Morrisons' traditional stronghold. Supermarkets in Salford, Manchester and Sunderland will all close, while the Midlands, the West Country and London have been hit too. The move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million and is in addition to the closure of10 supermarkets which shut earlier this year.

We have looked extremely carefully at whether the stores can be turned around but unfortunately we cannot see a way of making them viable. We are therefore proposing their closure. We are consulting with colleagues and unions and we will be discussing how to reduce redundancies and redeploy colleagues around our business.

– Morrisons

Investment expert: Morrisons has failed to deal with changes in market

Morrisons workers throughout the Calendar region are fearing for their jobs after the Bradford-based supermarket announced it is closing a further 11 supermarkets. Up to 900 jobs are said to be at risk.

It follows the announcement that half year profits to August have fallen by nearly 50% compared to the same period last year.

Investment manager David Battersby from Redmayne Bentley stockbrokers explains where it has all gone wrong:


Morrisons boss expresses 'great regret' at store closures

The Chief Executive at Morrisons, the Bradford-based supermarket, has expressed his "great regret" at the closure of 11 stores, which will put 900 jobs at risk.

The firm's suffered a 35 per cent drop in pre-tax profits in the six months to August.

"This is a difficult decision but one which we cannot see any way through to make those stores viable."

– David Potts, Chief Executive

The closures are in addition to 10 supermarkets which shut earlier this year.

Mr Potts said the closures being set out today were mainly smaller-sized supermarkets. He would not disclose the location of the sites straight away with the decision only just being announced to staff.

The move will result in a one-off cost of £20 million.

Morrisons boss: Boosting trading will be 'a long journey'

Credit: Press Association

The Chief Executive of Morrisons has outlined his priorities for the Bradford-based supermarket after it confirmed it plans to close 11 stores, putting 900 jobs at risk.

“The immediate priority is to deliver a better shopping trip to stabilise trading performance. Our six strategic priorities will then deliver improvement in the core supermarkets, where we have the greatest opportunity. It will be a long journey. We approach the challenge with energy, confidence and many strengths, particularly our strong balance sheet and cash flow, which enables investment in improving the customer shopping trip.”

– David Potts, Chief Executive

300,000 illegal cigarettes seized in Grimsby raid

A massive consignment of illicit cigarettes has been uncovered by Trading Standards during an operation in Grimsby.

Sniffer dog Yo-yo sits atop his find of illegal cigarettes Credit: NE Lincs Council

Trading Standards officers working with specially trained sniffer dogs found an estimated 300,000 illicit cigarettes and 150kg tobacco as they searched six premises, including a flat and a house, in the Freeman Street area of Grimsby.

The huge haul is the largest seizure Trading Standards have made in the borough since they began a crackdown on illicit tobacco sales a year ago. Most of it - more than 250,000 cigarettes and 130kg of tobacco - was discovered in a first floor flat above a shop.

To give an idea of the scale – almost 90,000 cigarettes and 82.5kg of rolling tobacco have been seized by Trading Standards during the past 12 months. Yesterday's find was about three times as much.

The estimated street value of the illicit cigarettes found yesterday is about £80,000 and to buy them legitimately would cost £200,500.

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