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New centre to improve engineer training in rural areas

Four firms who saw there wasn't enough training for engineers - particularly in rural areas - have taken matters into their own hands and set up a training academy.

They can send their own staff there, teach apprentices - and other firms can test their new inventions there.

  • Our business correspondent, Mark Gough went to the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology in Bridgnorth, to find out more:

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Crowdfunding bid set up for victim of distraction theft

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for the victim of a distraction theft.

Shocking CCTV footage, shows the woman being targeted by two men at the Aldi store in Oswestry in Shropshire on Tuesday (24 October).

One man can be seen pretending to help the 87-year-old victim, whilst another man takes what is believed to be a purse from her handbag.

Police are appealing for help tracking down two suspects. Credit: West Mercia Police

A crowdfunding page has now been set up by Amanda Williams, who also lives in Oswestry - and she has already smashed her initial £200 target, with more than £1,000 in donations flooding in.

"This could be my nan, your nan, it's not nice to happen to anyone," she wrote.

"Please help me to make this lady believe that there is some good out there still."

Anyone who recognises either of the men, or has any information about what happened, is urged to call West Mercia Police on 101, quoting 251s of October 24, 2017.

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