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New Debenhams boss unveils plans to close distribution centres

Debenhams Credit: PA

The new boss of department store chain Debenhams has unveiled plans to close its Lodge Farm distribution centre near Northampton along with 10 smaller in-house warehouses and put up to 10 stores under review.

The warehouse, operated by DHL, employs 220 staff and will shut in two years' time.

Debenhams say they hope to be able to redeploy many staff affected by the smaller warehouse closures.

Sergio Bucher, who took over as chief executive last October, outlined the overhaul that will see the group shut one of its three distribution centres.

Details of his plans came as the group announced a 6.4% drop in pre-tax profits to £87.8 million for the six months to March 4.


Police re-appeal for missing 22-year-old

missing 22-year-old Natasha Stanley Credit: Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police are re-appealing for information about the whereabouts of missing 22-year-old Natasha Stanley.

Natasha was last seen on Tuesday, 14 March, at around 3pm in Billing Road, Northampton. It is possible that Natasha is likely to be in the London or Basingstoke area.

Natasha is 5ft 7in with short ginger hair. She was last seen wearing faded blue jeans, black Nike trainers, a dark blue T-short and a black hooded top. She has distinctive tattoos on the back of each hand.

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