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Plumb Center owner set to axe up to 800 jobs

A general view of a Plumb Center depot. Credit: PA Images

Plumb Center owner Wolseley, which has its headquarters in Leamington Spa, is set to axe up to 800 jobs.

It's part of a restructuring programme that will see it shut 80 branches and a distribution centre. The shake-up will cost the firm £100 million.

The group employs 6,000 people in the UK and operates across 750 branches.

The closure of around 80 branches and one distribution centre is expected to lead to up to 800 job losses, the impact of which we will minimise through redeployment and attrition as far as possible.

The programme is subject to consultation which will commence shortly and is expected to take 90 days.

– Wolseley spokesperson

Disruption between Leamington Spa due to fallen tree

There is disruption between Leamington Spa and Banbury due to fallen tree on the line.

The incident is causing disruption to journeys between these stations with trains likely to be delayed by up to 30 minutes.

Trains will be unable to run from Banbury towards Leamington Spa until the line has been cleared.


Watch moment Sikh protest takes place in Leamington Gurdwara temple before 55 arrested

In the footage released by the 'Daily Sikh Updates' site on Facebook the group of approximately 55 protestors can be heard chanting at the marriage between a Sikh and a non Sikh couple at the temple.

Warwickshire Police have confirmed that 54 of those arrested have now been released on bail with a further one man remaining in police custody at this time on suspicion of aggravated trespass.

All but one of the "bladed weapons" seized after an incident at a Sikh temple 'were ceremonial'

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All but one of the "bladed weapons" seized after an incident at a Sikh temple which sparked a mass arrest were ceremonial, police said. Armed officers surrounded the Gurdwara Temple in Leamington Spa after reports that between 20 and 30 men had entered the building, many armed with blades.

Some 55 people were arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass and a "significant number of bladed weapons" were seized, Warwickshire police said earlier on Sunday. The force later confirmed that the majority of these were Kirpans - one of the five physical symbols of faith worn by Sikhs.

Fifty-five people arrested after protest at Leamington Sikh temple

Fifty five people have been arrested on suspicion of aggravated trespass after a protest at a Sikh temple in Leamington Spa.

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Officers were called to the temple on Tachbrook Drive at 6.47am this morning after a group of men entered the building.

Police say twenty to thirty men, some armed with 'kirpans' - ceremonial swords - entered the Gurdwara Temple early this morning in what is believed to be a row over inter faith marriages.

They said they believed it was the escalation of a local dispute and say they will work with the Sikh community to address some of these on going issues.

We would like to reassure people that this was a contained incident that we believe was an escalation of a local dispute.

A significant number of bladed weapons were seized from the scene. As a result of reports that the men were in possession of these weapons we deployed armed officers as a precaution. Nobody was injured in the incident.

Over the coming days we will be working with local the Sikh community to address some of the ongoing issues that have culminated in today's events.

– Superintendent David Gardner


Several arrests for 'aggravated trespass' at Leamington Sikh temple

A number of arrests have been made on suspicion of aggravated trespass at a Sikh temple in Leamington after an earlier incident involving armed men.

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Armed men reported at an incident in Leamington Sikh temple

Leamington Gurdwara Temple Credit: ITV News Central

Police say that they are responding to an ongoing incident at the Gurdwara Temple in Leamington Spa.

A group of 20 - 30 men entered the temple this morning and they are treating it as an aggravated trespass.

Police believe some of the men are in possession of bladed items and as such armed officers have been deployed to the scene.

They they believe it is an escalation of an ongoing local dispute and is NOT being treated as a terrorist incident.

Police are asking people to avoid the area.

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Weekend Picks: Food and Drink Festival

Children dancing at the Leamington Food & Drink Festival Credit: Mischa Haller

The Leamington Food and Drink festival is back this weekend for the 9th annual year.

There will be more than 150 traders offering culinary delights to visitors as well as a Live Kitchen, Kids Cookery School, competitions and live music.

There will also be a BBQ Masterclass for visitors to learn how to make the perfect grill.

The food and drink festival is always a landmark occasion in Leamington’s calendar which attracts thousands of visitors from across the country.

People can look forward to an exciting programme of demonstrations, cooking and baking competitions as well as sampling a wide range of delicious dishes”

– Stephanie Kerr, executive director of BID Leamington

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Man charged with attempted murder over stabbing

A woman was stabbed in Newland Road on Friday evening Credit: ITV News Central

Daniel William Bourke, from Leamington Spa has been charged with the attempted murder of a woman who was found with stab wounds.

Police were called to the incident at 5.52pm on Friday 26 August where they discovered a woman, who is also from Leamington Spa, with stab wounds to her neck, back and abdomen.

The woman, who is in her 30s, was taken to hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

45-year-old Bourke will appear at Warwickshire Magistrates Court on Monday 29 August.

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