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Plea to Obama to save Wolverhampton Goodyear plant

A man who's facing redundancy from Goodyear in Wolverhampton after working there for 28 years says he feels bereft the US firm have decided to leave the city.

Three generations of Wayne Devaney's family have worked for the firm since it opened in 1927. Last month it was announced the factory will close in 2017 because it's not economically viable.

But now Wayne has written to President Barack Obama to put pressure on bosses to change their minds. Chris Halpin reports.



Burglar confronted by Derby couple live-streaming CCTV

A couple who watched a man stealing from their business in Derby say they only caught him because footage of the burglary was beamed to their mobile phones.

A hi-tech security system alerted them in the middle of the night and they decided to go and confront the thief.

The burglar first rifled through the till of the Indian restaurant and then stole £8000 of cigarettes from the shop next door.

Samy and Kala Thirunavukkarasu, who own the shop, were asleep at home at the time and were alerted to the break-in after receiving an automated phone call triggered by the shop's burglar alarm.

They called the police and drove to the shop on Monk Street in the centre of Derby. There, they were helped by a van-driver who'd just turned up with the morning papers.

The burglar tried to escape through a yard and over a wall into a car park next door. But Mrs Thirunavukkarasu and the delivery man ran round and managed to grab hold of him, until the police arrived.

Report: Iconic Goodyear Wolverhampton plant to close

More than 300 workers are facing redundancy tonight with the closure of the iconic Goodyear tyre-making plant in Wolverhampton.

Unions described the move as "a devastating blow".

The factory has been a rich part of the Midlands' manufacturing heritage for nearly nine decades and closing it has been described as "the end of an era". Watch Peter Bearne's full report:

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Former BMW employee jailed for stealing millions from the company

An accountant is behind bars after he used fraud to steal almost £6 million from BMW to fund his lavish lifestyle.

Johannes Franken, 50, of Fockbury Road in Bromsgrove, made false representations and altered supplier invoices at the business in Cowley to pay funds into his account. He spent more than £200,000 on cars and holidays.

Johannes Franken will spend five years behind bars

He was sentenced to five years and four months in prison at Oxford Crown Court after pleading guilty to money laundering and fraud.

The company says they have had to review their procedures to avoid it happening in the future.

I hope this sentence will act as a deterrent and show that crime does not pay.

– Investigating officer Det Sgt Duncan Wynn
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