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Tesco to close five stores in the Midlands

Tesco is closing another 43 UK stores Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Five Tesco branches in the Midlands are set to close after the supermarket giant announced they were shutting another 43 stores nationwide.

Around 2,000 employees are at risk of losing their jobs as a result of the closures across the UK.

The Tesco express stores in Bearwood and Northfield in Birmingham and Walsall Wood, as well as the Tesco Metro in Smethwick are all earmarked to shut.

The Tesco express on Raymouth Lane in Worksop was also on the list of planned closures.


Book of condolence to open for student Euan Coulthard

The Mayor of Grantham has opened a book of condolence for those wishing to leave messages for Euan Coulthard who tragically died in Durham earlier this month.

The 19 year old University student from the East Midlands went missing after a night out, sparking a huge search operation.

His body was formally identified yesterday after it was discovered in the River Wear.

Euan Coulthard's body was discovered in the River Wear last week. Credit: ITV News

Euan's sister left this tribute earlier today.

"Hi, I'm speaking on behalf of Euan's close family, first and foremost we would like to thank you for creating the page that has been so helpful during this difficult time. The support has been truly overwhelming and we can't thank everyone enough. The Mayor of Grantham Ian Selby has kindly agreed to open a Book of Condolence for Euan to allow friends and members of the community to share their memories of Euan at this sad time.

The Book of Condolence is available for signing at the Mayor's Parlour in the Lobby of the Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter's Green, Grantham from 9:30 to 4:30 weekdays and 9:30 to 2:00 Saturday with extra availability during evening performances.

For anyone that would like to have a message in the book but cannot get to Grantham you can email a message to and it will get transcribed.

Thank you."

– Sister of Euan Coulthard.


Four authorities launch fair funding campaign

Four authorities have come together to launch a campaign for fair government funding.

Nottingham is the ninth hardest hit authority in the country Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire say spending cuts in their areas are higher compared to those made in more affluent ones.

Nottingham is the ninth hardest hit authority in the country.

A petition is being organised which will then be presented to Parliament.

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Body confirmed as Durham University student Euan Coulthard

The body recovered from the River Wear in Durham city last Friday afternoon has now been formally identified as Euan Coulthard.

The 19-year-old was reported missing on Thursday, 15th January after he failed to return home following a night out.

The results of post mortem examination will be forwarded to HM Coroner but police are satisfied there are no suspicious circumstances regarding Euan’s death.

The coroner is expected to arrange for an inquest to open, probably later this week.

We are very grateful for the assistance we received during our searches from Euan’s friends and fellow students, as well as all the other agencies and volunteers who took part. Our thoughts are now very much with Euan’s family at this sad time.”

– Supt Colin Williamson
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