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Weekend Picks: British Dog Grooming Championships

British Dog Grooming Championships: Sun 2nd Oct (Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa)

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This weekend the British Dog Grooming Championship will determine this year’s Groomer of the Year and the Newcomer of the Year.

Last year 120 groomers competed and hundreds more watched as groomers clipped, trimmed and scissored their way to success.

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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
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