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B&Q stores in Midlands among 60 stores to close

Retail giant Kingfisher has revealed a Birmingham and Nottinghamshire store are among the 60 B&Q stores it plans to close.

B&Q is owned by retail giant Kingfisher. Credit: Kingfisher

The locations on Baums Lane in Mansfield and Stetchford Road in Birmingham will shut within the next two years.

The identity of four others have also been revealed but the remaining stores set for closure has not been disclosed as staff have not yet been informed.

Kingfisher, the parent company of home improvement chain B&Q, plans to axe about 15 percent of "surplus space" as a result of a review of its 360 B&Q stores.

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Inquest opens into death of Tunisia museum victim

Sally Adey was on a cruise when she was killed on a trip to the Bardo museum. Credit: Metropolitan Police

A British tourist killed in a terror attack in Tunisia died of gunshot wounds to her abdomen and pelvis, a coroner has heard at the opening of the inquest into her death.

Mother-of-two Sally Adey, from Shropshire, died in the shooting at the Bardo National Museum in Tunis on March 18th.

She had been on a Mediterranean cruise with her 52-year-old husband Robert, who survived the attack.

Ms Hartridge said a post-mortem examination carried out in the UK by a Home Office pathologist on March 25th had established provisional cause of death as "consistent with gunshot wounds to the abdomen and pelvis".

More than 20 people were killed in the attack, including 17 cruise ship tourists and two gunmen.


Policeman charged with murdering wife appears in court

A Northamptonshire police officer has appeared in court charged with murdering his wife.

Otis Goldsmith had served with Northamptonshire Police for 28 years Credit: ITV Anglia

49-year-old Otis Goldsmith was arrested last Thursday afternoon after the body of his wife Jill Goldsmith, 49, was found at their home in Wootton Hall Park.

A post mortem examination found she had died from a head injury.

The off-duty officer, who has served the force for 28 years, appeared at Northampton Crown Court via video link and was remanded into custody.

He is next due to appear in court the week commencing 13 July 2015.

West Midlands smashes record for number of new businesses

The West Midlands has smashed the record for the number of new businesses launched in the area in a single year, according to new research.

Statistics have revealed that there were 25,059 companies formed in 2014 Credit: Adam Peck/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Statistics have revealed that there were 25,059 companies formed in 2014, up from a previous best of 21,412.

That is a 17% increase and brings the total number of businesses operating in the region to a high of 135,935.

The West Midlands is now the third most entrepreneurial area in the UK based on the number of incorporations in 2014, behind only London and Greater Manchester.


Man in hospital with serous head injury after car overturns

A man has been anaesthetised and taken to a major trauma centre after the car he was travelling in overturned in Staffordshire last night.

The car he was travelling in overturned in Staffordshire last night. Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the junction of Dingle Lane and Sandon Road in Hilderstone shortly before 10.30pm.

Crews discovered a car that had come to rest on all four wheels despite reportedly overturning after leaving the road and colliding with a tree. There was significant damage to the passenger side of the car. The sole occupant of the car, a man in his 20s, was treated by ambulance staff for a serious head injury before being anaesthetised."

– West Midlands Ambulance Service

Students evacuated following fire in Nottingham

Students in Nottingham have been evacuated while firefighters have been tackling a blaze in Nottingham overnight.

It happened at the former factory on Player Street in Radford yesterday afternoon. The road there is still closed.

Students will find out later if they can return to their accommodation.

Student's murders branded 'savage and unprovoked attack'

The families' lawyers have released a statement branding the murder "a savage and unprovoked attack".

22-year-old Neil Dalton from Derbyshire was stabbed to death, along with fellow student Aidan Brunger, in a bar in Kuching in the state of Sarawak in August 2014.

Neil Dalton Credit: ITV News

This was a savage and unprovoked attack which lead to the death of two young men who had travelled to Borneo with the sole aim of using their medical skills to help people. Since that day the families have put their faith in the Borneo justice system, which is very different to our own, adding further strain and difficulty during this devastating ordeal. After a long and complicated trial they are relieved that justice has been done."

– The families' British lawyer Kieran Mitchell, from Slater and Gordon
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