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'Ultimately what we've seen is a culture where workers are really degraded'

MPs have delivered a damning indictment of working conditions at retail giant Sports Direct. Founder Mike Ashley was bluntly told he was accountable for the "appalling" working conditions at the firm's stores and its warehouse in Shirebrook in Derbyshire, with workers treated as "commodities" rather than human beings.

In a hard hitting report, the Business Committee said it had been presented with a "disturbing picture" of work practices during its inquiry into the company.

The chair of the committee, Iain Wright, MP, has been speaking to ITV News:

A spokesman for Sports Direct said: "We will study the contents of the Committee's report very carefully. It is our policy to treat all our people with dignity and respect. We are pleased to see that the Committee has recognised Mike Ashley's commitment to engage in addressing any shortcomings in the working practices at Sports Direct."


Range Rover crashes into bungalow in the early hours of the morning

Range rover crashed into bungalow on Hearthcote Road Credit: SWNS

Emergency services were called out to Hearthcote Road in Swadlincote at around 1.45am after reports of a crash between two vehicles.

One vehicle had left the road and collided with a bungalow. Due to suspected structural damage to the premises the occupants were evacuated whilst damage was assessed.

The driver of one of the vehicles sustained a minor injury but did not require hospital treatment. Those living in the house were unharmed but due to the damage caused, were unable to return to their house.

Car collision on Hearthcote Road in Swadlincote Credit: Bing

An investigation into the cause of the collision has now been launched.

Derbyshire Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed this collision to get in contact quoting incident number 38-14/7/16.

Appeal after theft of a pensioner's bank card

Images of men police want to speak to Credit: Derbyshire Police

Police have released images of men they want to speak to following the theft of a pensioner's bank card and withdrawals from her account.

At around 10.45am on Wednesday June 15 an 80-year-old woman was shopping in the Co-op, in Elder Way, Chesterfield and paid with her bank card.

She later discovered her card was missing and when she checked her bank statement, found it had been used at several other shops.

Witnesses or anyone with information should call 101 quoting reference 16000165080.

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