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Westwood wins in Ryder Cup foursomes

Worksop's Lee Westwood has won his foursomes match alongside Jamie Donaldson in the Ryder Cup.

Comeback: Westwood and Donaldson won their foursomes match after losing in this morning's fourball session Credit: Press Association

The pair beat Zach Johnson and Matt Kuchar 2&1 to avenge their earlier loss in the fourballs to give Europe a two point advantage over the USA.

Government insists it has not compromised future UK Coal investment

The government today insisted that a deal with UK Coal to provide a commercial loan of £4m for the managed closure of two of our region's deep coal pits, is in the best interests of the taxpayer and employees.

It comes after local MP Yvette Cooper said the deal 'just wasn't good enough.'

We have worked closely with the company for months during this difficult time following a sharp fall in global coal prices. Our commercial loan will support a managed closure that is in the best interests of the taxpayer and employees. The only alternative was immediate insolvency.

We have also been meticulous in designing the support offered to 2015 so that it does not compromise the possibility of further investment in the company in the future. I will continue to work with the company and unions and am personally committed to doing all we reasonably can to support the remaining deep coal pits, subject to getting value for money for taxpayers.

– Business, Enterprise and Energy Minister, Matthew Hancock

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Yvette Cooper: Pit closure deal 'just not good enough'

Yvette Cooper, the local MP for Knottingley, says she is disappointed with the news that UK Coal and the Government have reached a deal that will lead to the closure of Kellingley and Thoresby Collieries by the end of 2015.

This closure deal is just not good enough. For six months UK Coal and Ministers have been talking about this closure plan and avoiding any serious work on a long term plan to keep Kellingley open instead.

There is coal at Kellingley for years and we know the pit could have a strong future. Ministers and management have kept telling us that they are prepared to approach Europe for help with a long term plan to keep Kellingley open. But it’s now nearly too late because they haven't done the work and they've been concentrating on the closure deal instead.

Time is running out. Without new faces being developed, the cost of keeping Kellingley open is getting higher and higher.

This affects hundreds of jobs in our area, but also whether we still have a British coal industry at all. At a time when the Government is prepared to invest in clean coal technology at Drax, why do they want to be dependent only on imported coal?

– Yvette Cooper

UK Coal secures funding for managed pit closures

UK Coal has confirmed that it has secured funding for the managed closure of its deep mining business in the region.

Kellingley Colliery Credit: ITV Calendar

The deal includes a commercial loan of £4m from government as well as support from other partners which will allow the company to safely close Kellingley Colliery in Yorkshire and Thoresby Colliery in north Nottinghamshire.

Andrew Mackintosh, Communications Director, said:

“This is a day of very mixed emotions, but it was critical that we managed to avoid insolvency and the immediate collapse of the business. We are very grateful for the support we have been given and this deal does not prevent fresh investment in the company, even at this late stage.

Thoresby Colliery, Nottinghamshire Credit: ITV Calendar

“We would like to thank the government, our people, our customers, suppliers and other interested parties for all of their support and will work with them to ensure a smooth transition in the coming months.”

They added that they are now seeking state aid to preserve the pits long term.

Ryder Cup tees off with Westwood hoping to impress

The Ryder Cup will take place at Gleneagles over the weekend with Europe looking to retain the trophy they won at Medina two years ago.

And for Europe's most decorated player, Worksop's Lee Westwood, it will be a ninth appearance.

Chris Dawkes caught up with Lee at his last competition, the Wales Open, before heading up to Scotland:

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VIDEO: Forty activists released after blocking coal train

40 protesters detained by police after they stopped and climbed on a coal train in Nottinghamshire have been released.

The Greenpeace activists blocked the 400-metre freight train on sidings leading to Cottam power station for ten hours yesterday after flagging it down using the stopping signals.

A life-size polar bear puppet was used to stop the train from moving.

British Transport Police have confirmed they arrested 3 activists and spoke with 37 others.

A life-size polar bear puppet was used to stop the train from moving. Credit: Greenpeace UK
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Investigation after Greenpeace activists occupy coal train

Investigations will begin today into how a group of climate change protestors managed to stop a freight train loaded with coal.

50 Greenpeace activists managed to stop and occupy the coal train Credit: Greenpeace UK

50 Greenpeace activists boarded the train yesterday as it was heading to Cottam Power Station near Retford.

They stopped the train for eight hours before being detained by police.

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