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Strike threat by Doncaster Tesco drivers

Strike action by nearly 200 drivers is on the cards at the Tesco distribution centre in Doncaster, after 90-day termination notices were given out by their new employers, Eddie Stobart (ESL). Unite condemned the haulage giant as being “vicious, greedy and hypocritical".

Last month, the transport workforce was transferred from Tesco to ESL and yesterday the new employers issued the notices. Now the drivers, members of Unite, are being balloted on strike and industrial action. The ballot closes on September 12.

Unfortunately, we thought this is the action that ESL would take. The scale of the job losses will be grim news for Doncaster – a town already badly hit by the government-induced recession._ _ESL has acted in a vicious and greedy fashion. It is also hypocritical as one reason put forward for this action is to cut CO2 emissions – but now it will be using depots 30 miles away to service the Tesco distribution set-up in Doncaster – so where is the ‘green’ bonus in that?

– Matt Draper, Unite national officer

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No to Tesco in Boston Spa

Council planners will today consider plans for a Tesco store in Boston Spa in West Yorkshire.

If the plans go ahead, the Crown Hotel will be converted into an Express convenience store.

Residents have shown their opposition to the scheme by covering a wall in the town with anti-Tesco messages.

At a meeting on February 20 the Parish Council unanimously voted against the store.

CCTV: Police appeal for witnesses to Hull arson

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CCTV pictures have been published Credit: Calendar

Police investigating a suspected arson attack at a house in Clarendon Street in Hull are trying to identify two potential key witnesses.

CCTV shows two men firstly in the Tesco Extra store and then leaving St Stephens shopping centre and walking up Londesborough Street towards Argyle Street in Hull in the early hours of Saturday 21st July.

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CCTV pictures have been published Credit: Calendar

Police believe the two men may have seen the suspect and even walked either with him or close to him on Argyle Street in the direction of the Great Thornton Street area.

The suspicious fire is believed to have happened at a property on Clarendon Street on that Saturday morning when someone set fire to an object and placed it inside a shed which consequently set alight and caused damage to the nearby house.

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CCTV pictures have been published Credit: Calendar

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D-day for Tesco store plans in Holmfirth

Pro-Tesco campaigners in Holmfirth
Pro-Tesco campaigners in Holmfirth Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Kirklees planners are due to decide whether Holmfirth will get a tesco superstore or not. The council's planning committee are visiting the proposed site before making their decision. Local campaigners for and against the scheme will lobby the planners.

Campaigners in favour of a Tesco supermarket in the town greeted planners at the site when they visited this morning.

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