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Axe attack at Nottingham Co-op

Police outside the Co-op on Mansfield Road in Sherwood Credit: ITV News Central

Police are hunting three armed robbers who threatened staff at a supermarket in Nottingham with what is believed to be an axe. The gang struck at 9.50pm last night, just before the store on Mansfield Road in Sherwood was due to close for the day.

The gang struck at 9.50pm last night, just before the store on Mansfield Road in Sherwood was due to close for the day. The three men demanded money but left empty-handed, leaving shop workers badly shaken but unhurt.

This morning, staff turning up for work found the shop closed while police investigations continue at the scene. It's not known when it will re-open.

The Co-op distribution centre in numbers

The Co-operative Group has issued the following statistics abouts its new distribution centre in Derbyshire.

  • Construction costs for the build were £22,000,000
  • 1,000,000 cases of produce will pass through the distribution centre every week
  • The floor area is 480,000 sq ft
  • There will be 2,600 deliveries of produce to the site each week
  • When fully operational it will employ 1060 people
  • 300 new jobs are being created
  • There are 273 vehicles on site
  • It will be in operation 24 hours a day, seven days a week

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First look inside Co-op's Derbyshire distribution centre

The site in South Normanton will eventually employ more than 1000 people Credit: ITV Central

This is a first look inside a £22 million distribution centre built by The Co-operative Group in Derbyshire.

The supermarket chain received more than 2000 applications for just 300 new jobs at the site.

Eventually more than 1000 people will be employed there.

Co-op fashion and home department stores to close

In a statement released today the chain store blamed the closures on changes in the retailing sector Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Midlands Co-operative have announced that its Fashion & Home Department stores are set to close over the next six months.

In a statement released today the chain store blamed the closures on changes in the retailing sector including a growth in internet shopping.

"Whilst our other businesses have flourished, the Society has been incurring substantial losses from the Fashion & Home operation for more than a decade and in spite of sustained efforts to improve performance.

"The latest financial projections indicate a further decline with increasing losses in future years."

Over the next six months, the following stores will be affected:

Chesterfield Department Store, Elder Way

Coalville Department Store, Belvoir Road

Derby Department Store, Exchange Street

Ilkeston Department Store, South Street

Long Eaton Bed Centre, Cross Street

Stafford Department Store, Gaolgate Street

West Bridgford Department Store, Central Avenue

Wigston Department Store, Bell Street