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Donington named the new home of Formula E

Donington Park has been announced as the global HQ for Formula E, the FIA’s new global electric motor-racing series.

Donington Park race-track, set to be the new home of Formula E... Credit: Daniel Law/PA

Additionally, two teams - fronted by Hollywood A-lister Leonardo Di Caprio and Virgin supremo Richard Branson respectively - will use the circuit for their testing and development work.

Dozens of civil engineers and technicians have begun work on the new build, with around 150 highly technical racing engineers set to be working on site from May.

The fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E race car, should be hurtling round the Leicestershire circuit in the near future... Credit: Britta Pedersen/DPA/Press Association Images

The Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) contributed a £3.65m loan facility towards the £5.7m scheme to ensure the circuit was selected by Formula E.

Toyota production-line up 60% in 2013

Toyota made 60% more cars at its Derbyshire site last year than in 2012.

Toyota's Burnaston factory, in Derbyshire, produced 180,000 cars in 2013... Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The increase marks the biggest growth out of all the car manufacturers in the country, according to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.

180,000 cars rolled out of its Burnaston factory in 2013.

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Winning the ultimate competition - a trip into space

Oliver Knight who's won a trip into space Credit: ITV Central

Oliver Knight is just 25 but next year he will realise a lifelong ambition - to go into space. He one of 23 people who won competition for a place in space. He went to a specialist training camp in Florida and came out on top.

"Only 537 people have ever been in space in the history of mankind. So to be one of the next people is absolutely incredible and I really feel privileged to have this opportunity" says Oliver Knight

Healthcare app for patients launched in Staffordshire

Doctors in Staffordshire have launched a new mobile phone app which will give patients easy access to healthcare information.

The doctors say the 'Choose Well' app can tell people where their nearest pharmacy, GP's surgery or dentist is and its opening hours.

We know some people feel confused about what services they can access and where. Hopefully this app will help explain that and will be with them whenever they have their mobile device handy.

– Dr Charles Pidsley, Chair of East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
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Teenager hit by Xbox scam receives free console

A teenager hit by an internet scam has finally received an Xbox One after a generous donation from his local electronics store.

Peter Clatworthy, 19, thought he had paid £450 for an Xbox One on eBay for his four-year-old son McKenzie for Christmas.

The 19-year-old said he was 'overwhelmed' by the gift. Credit: ITV News

However, instead of receiving the next-generation Xbox, he was sent a picture of the console from the seller with "thank you for your purchase" inscribed on the back.

After hearing about the episode, Nottingham electronics company CeX decided to donate an Xbox One to him in time for Christmas.

Peter Clatworthy had actually paid £450 for this picture of the console. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Clatworthy paid tribute to the generosity of the store during an interview with the Nottingham Post: “This shows there are some nice, kind people out there and it’s really overwhelming. I can’t thank them enough."

The 19-year-old said his son would be "over the moon" with the gift.

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Mobile phones: a classroom menace or learning tool?

by Peter Bearne

The schools are all back now, and after a summer of texting and messaging to their hearts' content, thousands of children are spending the day parted from their mobile phone. The vast majority of Midlands schools ban mobiles from the classroom, but could they be missing out.

Research carried out by one of our universities suggests mobile phone technology can help children's learning.

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