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Talks planned in Tesco drivers row

Tesco distribution centre, Doncaster
Tesco distribution centre, Doncaster Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Talks aimed at averting fresh strikes by drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster will be held this week.

About 180 members of Unite say they face losing their jobs after being transferred to new employers, Eddie Stobart Ltd, in August. They claim notices of termination of employment were issued soon afterwards, with no promise that they would be re-employed.

The drivers held a 48-hour strike last week and will take further action on Thursday and Friday unless the row is resolved.

David Pickering, Eddie Stobart managing director, said a commitment had been given for more than 120 alternative driving roles within the Stobart Group, while Tesco had offered an additional 90 warehousing jobs in the Yorkshire region.

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Video: Lorry drivers on strike

More than a hundred and eighty drivers at a Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster have started a forty-eight hour strike.

Unions say staff members, employed by Eddie Stobart Limited, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action in a row over possible job losses. The dispute is due to end on Thursday but it's thought food supplies to dozens of Tesco stores across the Calendar region will be affected.

Fire update: Road will remain closed for a further two hours

The lorry involved in a fire on a main road in Thirsk has been moved, however some of the bales which fell onto the A19 remain on fire and are causing a lot of smoke to blow onto the carriageway.

The road surface and bridge have been checked and are structurally sound however highways officials and the fire service have decided that the A19 and the A170 should remain closed due to the danger that the smoke will cause to motorists.

The road is expected to remain closed for another two hours.

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Resident speaks after lorry crash

Dozens of people had to leave their homes this morning in Lincolnshire after a lorry crashed into a bungalow - damaging a gas pipe.

Around 30 homes were evacuated after the crash on Boston Road in Horncastle. Houses on three surrounding roads were emptied as gas and structural engineers worked on the scene. The lorry driver has been taken to Lincoln County Hospital. Neighbour Ken Pickering saw the crash happen.

Lorry crashes into home

The driver of this lorry was injured when it crashed into a bungalow Credit: Nerys McGarry

Emergency services were called to Boston Road at Horncastle after a lorry crashed into the side of a bungalow. The driver was taken to Lincoln County Hospital but details of his injuries have not yet been confirmed.

A gas pipe was damaged, leading to the evacuation of about 30 nearby homes as a precaution. The occupants have now been allowed back in.

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