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Gas canister set off at club in Kettering

Ambulance crews were called to a bar in Northamptonshire last night to reports of a gas canister being set off.

Map showing location of incident in Kettering where a gas canister was set off. Credit: ITV News Central

One person was taken to hospital and two others were treated at the scene at Bar Qbano in Ebenezer Place, Kettering.

Great Central Railway resubmits £10m bid to create museum in Leicester

The Great Central Railway has resubmitted a £10 million lottery bid to create a museum in Leicester, after missing out on funding earlier this year.

The attraction would open at the terminus at Leicester North in 2019 and would be filled with priceless locomotives and artefacts which tell the story of how railways have helped Leicester to thrive.

Bosses say 300 jobs would be created in the construction of the museum Credit: Great Central Railway

"We had some really constructive feedback from the Heritage Lottery Fund Trustees following our last bid and we are confident we have made this visionary project even better! Not only will the museum help people reconnect with their railway story, sitting right alongside our thriving heritage line it will be a unique attraction. We're confident tens of thousands of people will visit every year."

– Managing Director of the Great Central Railway Bill Ford

Bosses at the Great Central Railway predict that 300 jobs would be created in the construction of the new museum and nine full-time posts created once the attraction opens.

The total cost is estimated at £16 million. The remaining match funding would be secured through other grant applications and a fundraising programme.

The attraction would open in five years time Credit: Great Central Railway


Business leaders to present 'overwhelming' case for HS2

Business leaders from Birmingham are to present what they call an 'overwhelming' business case for bringing high speed rail to the city.

A computer generated image of a possible HS2 train Credit: HS2

The CEO of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Jerry Blackett, is to give evidence in Manchester to the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee, which is examining the economic impact of HS2.

He's expected to tell the committee that 80% of people in a recent survey said the project will have a positive impact on the West Midlands.

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Miliband attacks Sports Direct over zero-hours contracts

Ed Miliband will single out high-street chain Sports Direct for criticism over its use of zero-hours contracts in a speech today.

Sports Direct has said it will change its working practices. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The Labour leader will accuse a number of firms of using "Victorian practices" in using such terms, which see employees given no guaranteed hours and those at the top can escape taxation.

Speaking in Coventry, Miliband will describe Sports Direct as an example of a firm where the "vast majority" of employees are on zero-hours - calling it a "bad place to work" for many staff.

The retail giant agreed last month to make "major changes" for staff after legal action brought by a former employee.

Sports Direct did not comment on Mr Miliband's attack, but repeated an earlier statement on its plans to make changes.

A spokesman said: "The company will continue the process of reviewing, updating and improving our core employment documents and procedures across our entire business beyond its existing compliant framework."

Inner city fast-food outlets 'fuelling' obesity

A new report by experts at Leicester University has linked diabetes and obesity rates to the number of fast-food outlets in inner cities.

Researchers have described the results as 'alarming'. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The study of 10,000 people in the UK found there twice as many fast-food outlets within 500 metres of homes in non-white and socially deprived neighbourhoods.

They also claim how close you are to fast-food outlets may be linked to your risk of Type-2 diabetes and obesity.

Researchers say the results have 'important implications' for councils when they are granting planning permission for fast-food outlets.

Our study suggests that for every additional two outlets per neighbourhood, we would expect one additional diabetes case, assuming a causal relationship between the fast-food outlet and diabetes.

– Professor Kamlesh Khunti

The report comes on the day that MP Keith Vaz officially opens a new Diabetes Out-Patient Centre in Leicester General Hospital.


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Jaguar Land Rover workers threaten to strike over pay and pensions

Jaguar Land Rover is facing the threat of strike action after workers overwhelmingly rejected the company's latest pay and pension offer.

Some 96% of workers voted against Jaguar Land Rover's proposed changes to pay. Credit: PA Wire

Unite union said 96 per cent of its members had rejected the proposed changes, claiming it "fell short of expectations" and "failed to recognise the workforce’s contribution to last year’s profits of £2.5 billion".

ITV News Business Editor Joel Hills said that while the company was "thriving" the Jaguar Land Rover workforce were "unhappy with the way wealth is being shared".

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Back to work, thanks to the power of the Midlands' car industry

The growing car industry in the Midlands is helping people who have not had a job in years get back to work. Many are not used to the quality control standards now demanded by firms like Jaguar Land Rover.

One of its suppliers has set up an academy to drill the message home to jobhunters that working in a factory is not as easy at it looks.

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Frustration as cycle route work forces 3 mile diversion in Lincoln

The work will continue until March 2015 Credit: Kate Hemingway

Work to create a cycle route and improve the footpath on a road in Lincoln is forcing drivers to take a 3 mile diversion around the centre of Lincoln. The improvement works on Station Road in North Hykeham are ongoing for 16 weeks until March 2015. But because of a level crossing half way down station road Lincolnshire County Council says it's been forced to put a strict one way system in place.

A number of parents whose children attend a nursery situated half way down the road say the roadworks are adding up to an hour each way on their usual drive to drop off and pick up their children as they take a three mile diversion through the centre of Hykeham.

Businesses off station road, such as the Lindum Group, who employ 400 members of staff, say the work has also cost them around £300,000 in lost trade.

The construction firm, which also has a number of hauliers coming to and from its base, says it's also impacting staff and their working hours. The company has even resorted to letting its staff leave off early to miss the rush hour traffic.

Full consideration was given to all means of traffic management during the works on Station Road – unfortunately due to the proximity of the level crossing to the works, and the safety implications associated with the unmanned barrier crossing, Network Rail has not permitted the use of two-way traffic management with traffic lights. We are aware of traffic congestion in the area, particularly at peak time, and are working with local businesses and residents to constantly monitor and review the situation.

– Vanessa Strange, Transportation Manager at Lincolnshire County Council

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Cable to unveil £1bn vehicle research hub in Warwick

Business Secretary Vince Cable will unveil a new £1 billion pound hub at the University of Warwick today, which will research and develop vehicles of the future.

Business Secretary Vince Cable Credit: PA

The Government and the automotive industry are each contributing half of the money to the Advanced Propulsion Centre.

It is thought it will place the MIdlands at the centre of the future global motor industry.

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