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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

Police searching for missing Bradford woman

Police in Bradford are searching for a missing woman in need of medication.

Tijahna McPherson was last seen in August Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of Tijahna McPherson, of Bradford.

Tijahna McPherson, 24, was last seen in the Heaton area on 10 August.

Tijahna is on a regular course of medication and there are concerns for her health as she is not believed to have taken this for several weeks.

She is believed to have been to Leeds and Huddersfield recently and enquiries are continuing across West Yorkshire to locate her.

Tijahna is described as being of mixed race, about 5ft 2ins tall and of medium build with brown curly hair.


Bradford Snowboarding Olympian wows with new stunt

Team GB’s Olympic Snowboarder finalist, Jamie Nicholls, has taken indoor snowboarding to a new level with the release of his second stunt video.

It features the 22-year-old, who is from Bradford, completing seven different daring snowboard tricks.

In 2014, Nicholls filmed his first stunt video ‘Hemel Run’ which quickly became a viral phenomenon, receiving over 7 million views.

He aims for the same success with this new video which sees him complete a front-flip with a 540-degree spin in the air, a stunt which has never been done in the UK.

Jamie said: “I am excited to see if everyone likes my 2015 ‘Hemel Run 2’ as much as 2014’s footage! It’s definitely bigger and better than last year’s. I just wanted to do something even more inspiring that would push the limits of UK snowboarding even further.”

Two charged with murder of Clement Desmier

Two men will appear before Bradford Magistrates this morning charged with the murder of 68-year-old Clement 'Butch' Desmier.

Clement Desmier Credit: West Yorkshire Police handout

20-year-old Nathan Jefferson and 32-year-old David Lawler, both from Bradford, have been charged with the murder and robbery of Mr Desmier at his home on Rowlestone Rise, Bradford in August 2012.

The men were arrested and charged following a long running investigation by West Yorkshire Police's Homicide and Major Enquiry Team.

Bradford man jailed over child abuse ring

A man from Bradford who was a member of a child abuse ring in Buckinghamshire has been jailed for nineteen and a half years.

Mohammed Imran from Bradford

Mohammed Imran, 38, was part of the Aylesbury abuse ring who groomed vunerable, under-age girls for sex.

Imran was among the six men who were jailed today for a total of eighty-two and a half years for a range of sex offences on two girls between 2006 and 2013. He was the only defendant to express remorse for his crimes.

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