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Amazon to recruit 500 staff for new warehouse in Leicestershire

The online retailer Amazon is recruiting 500 staff for its new warehouse in Leicestershire.

Jobs fair at Loughborough today. Credit: ITV News Central/Peter Bearne

A series of job fairs are being held to fill the vacancies ahead of the parcel processing unit's opening in Coalville this autumn.

The first event is being held in Loughborough today. The company plans to employ the 500 new workers over the next 3 years.

Today job hunters were applying for posts at a recruitment event in a hotel in Loughborough. Credit: ITV News Central/Peter Bearne

Amazon, the world's largest retailer, says successful applicants will get at least £7.35 per hour and a package of additional benefits.

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The 1,000,000 sq ft parcelling and processing warehouse on Berridge Lane will employ 500 workers handling orders for larger products like household appliances.

The warehouse is due to open in the autumn in time for the run-up to Christmas.

46 arrested in Leicestershire drink drive crackdown

The overall total of arrests is eleven more than during June 2015 Credit: PA

Leicestershire Police has arrested a total of 46 people during their 35 day drink drive summer crackdown. 42 of the arrests made were men, of those twelve were aged between 17-24.

arrests in Leicester
arrests in Hinckley and Bosworth

Too many people are still risking both their lives, and those of innocent people, by getting behind the wheel while unfit to drive.

It is just not worth the risk, if you choose to drink and drive our round the clock patrols will catch you whether you are in the city, our towns or villages.”

– Chief Inspector Phil Vickers
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Weekend Picks: Park Festival

Western Park Festival: Sat 9th July (Western Park, Leicester)

The festival returns this weekend for the fifth year. It will showcase local emerging bands and acoustic acts across three stages.

Western Park Festival returns in Leicester this weekend for the fifth year. Credit: Philip J Vernon

Last year around 8,000 people attended the festival at in Leicester. Throughout the day there will also be food and activities for all the family to enjoy.

There’ll be a range of fun and interactive activities for the youngsters such as zorbing, climbing wall, quad biking, workshops and children's stories in the ‘Kidzone’.

What started out as an open day for a play area revamp, has become an annual family music festival.

It's a great day out for everyone of all ages."

– Adrian Alexander

For opening times and more information visit:



Queueing traffic on M1 Southbound due to resurfacing work and an accident. Credit: Highways England

There is very slow traffic on the M1 Southbound due to resurfacing work and an earlier accident involving four vehicles.

The road is closed between J22 A50 (Coalville) and J21A A46 (Leicester) with congestion on the M1 to J23 A512 (Loughborough).

Travel time is at least an hour with the disruption expected to last until the afternoon.

M1 Southbound between J22 and 21a expected to be shut until the afternoon

The M1 Southbound is closed between J22 and J21a for repair work after a four vehicle collision and a fire overnight.

Resurfacing is taking place after extensive fire damage to the motorway.

All three lanes are closed. The closure is likely to last until this afternoon.

Highways England says:

The diversion is to follow the solid circle, exit at junction 22, take the A50 southbound.

At the A50/A46 interchange, take the fourth exit onto the A46 southbound, to rejoin the M1 at junction 21a.

– Highways England

M1 Southbound closed for emergency repair after accident

The M1 is closed Southbound between J22 A50 / A511 (Coalville) and J21A A46 (Leicester North / Kirby Muxloe) due to resurfacing work after an earlier accident involving two vehicles.

Resurfacing is expected to be ongoing throughout the morning peak period.

Highways England are advising of this diversion: "Exit at J22 take the A50 southbound. At the A50/A46 interchange take the 4th exit onto A46 southbound to re-join M1 at J21A."

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