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Dixons Carphone hopes to take on 800 Phones 4u staff

Dixons Carphone has offered to take on 800 of the 5,600 staff who faced being out of work after the collapse of mobile phone retailer Phones 4u.

The jobs are for staff who currently work at Phones 4u concessions within Currys/PC World stores, which were recently taken over by Dixons Carphone.

A statement on the company website said: "With regards to our Phones 4U shop-in-shop colleagues we hope to help them secure new roles with us and are opening up discussions with the administrators to agree our position."

Dixons Carphone also tweeted that roles could be available for Phones 4u staff at Carphone Warehouse and Dixons.

More hope was offered by reports that network operators Vodafone and EE may be willing to buy part of Phones 4u's business.


Firefighters at scene of Wolverhampton scrap metal blaze

Fire crews are damping down at the scene of a major fire at a scrap metal plant in Wolverhampton.

Thick black Smoke could be seen around the city after the fire broke out in Eastfield. At its height more than 40 firefighters were dealing with the blaze.

Residential Home owners statement over care investigation

The owners of a residential home in Nottingham being investigated after a family filmed the care given to a relative have released a statement.

Avery Healthcare say they are grateful to the family "for bringing these incidents of unsatisfactory conduct to our attention".

Avery is working closely and cooperatively with social services and the CQC to facilitate their investigations. One of the concerns in the sector is what happens behind closed doors and the role played by covert video cameras has been the subject of debate for some time. We provide comprehensive training and support to all our staff and the vast majority are kind and caring in a profession that bears a heavy responsibility looking after vulnerable older people. Nevertheless, there are a very small number of staff who do not uphold those standards of personal conduct.

– Avery Healthcare

Suspected illegal immigrants seen clinging to lorry on M6

Three people have been arrested on suspicion of gaining illegal entry to the UK.

General view of the M6 motorway Credit:

It's after they were seen clinging onto the underneath of a lorry travelling along the M6 motorway near to junction 8 this morning.

Staff suspended as investigation launched into care home

Five staff have been suspended at a residential home after a family filmed the care given to a relative.

The Council House in Nottingham Credit: Simon Cooper/Press Association Images

Police are now investigating Acer Court Care Home in Nuthall and Nottingham council have suspended their contracts with the home.

They called an emergency meeting and immediately decided they would stop sending residents there.

We have taken the decision to suspend our contract with Acer Court and are now working closely with the County Council and partner agencies. We have allocated a social worker to each of the 16 residents living there who are funded by the City Council to offer support at this time.”

– Helen Jones, Director of Adult Social Care at Nottingham City Council


Birmingham MP blames government for council job cuts

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne has reacted to the news of the jobs cuts at Birmingham City Council by blaming the Government for "destroying the city."

Birmingham MP Liam Byrne Credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It was announced yesterday that the council were facing a difficult financial situation.

This government is trying to destroy our City, the safety of our parents’ social care and the strength of our children’s’ services. While leafy Surrey gets more help, we get smashed. We will never forget or forgive the Tories and their Lib Dem friends for what they’ve done to us, our city and our families.”

– Liam Byrne MP
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