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Unions 'dismayed' as digger firm JCB plans job cuts

The Staffordshire-based firm stated a global slump in construction for the planned cuts Credit: PA

Unions say they are dismayed by JCB's plans to cut 400 jobs in manufacturing.

The company, who have a plant in Rocester on the Staffordshire/Derbyshire border, says the move is still in the consultation stage and is a reaction to the decline in world markets.

The GMB union say it's causing a huge wave of uncertainty that could lead to further job losses.

JCB announces 400 jobs 'at risk' in UK

JCB - which has its headquarters in Staffordshire - has announced it is to begin a consultation with staff over proposed redundancies. It's after a downturn in the world market for construction equipment. It's not known where the jobs will go.

Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

The company says up to 400 staff positions are at risk in the UK, but they hope to consider voluntary redundancies.

The Chief Executive of JCB Graeme Macdonald said:

Market conditions in the construction equipment sector have been difficult for some time, but they have worsened quite rapidly in recent weeks. The situation is not about to improve, certainly not in the short term.

– Graeme Macdonald, CEO, JCB

In the first six months of the year, overseas markets have dropped dramatically:



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Alton Towers visitors 'significantly lower' after crash

Two women had to have their legs amputated after the crash on the Smiler ride on June 2. Credit: PA

The number of visitors to Alton Towers fell significantly this year following the Smiler rollercoaster crash.

The theme park said poor weather over the summer had also contributed to less people coming through its doors.

A statement from Merlin Entertainment, who own Alton Towers, said: "Alton Towers Resort has seen significantly reduced visitation following the accident at Alton Towers on 2 June.

"As anticipated, this has continued over the summer peak season, exacerbated by relatively poor weather in the UK in August, resulting in like for like revenues in the Resort Theme Parks Operating Group declining by 11.4% year on year."

Sixteen people were trapped on the ride when two carriages crashed into each other.

Teenager Leah Washington, 18, and university student Vicky Balch, 20, each had to have a leg amputated.

Fire crews called to gas explosion in Great Barr

The explosion happened in Great Barr Credit: West Midlands Fire Service

Two fire crews were called to the scene of a gas explosion in Great Barr this morning.

West Midlands fire service received a 999 call reporting the sound of an explosion just before 09:30am this morning.

Eight firefighters from West Bromwich went to the scene, where there was a small fire which was already out on arrival. Evidence suggests it was the result of a gas explosion at the semi-detached property.

The gas and electricity has been isolated and an ambulance called for precautionary checkups, although there is no suggestion that anyone has been injured at this stage.

A structural engineer has also been called to check the property.


"Serious police incident" closes part of M6 TOLL

Drivers are being warned to avoid the M6 Toll in Staffordshire after what's being described as a "serious police incident".

Junctions T6 and T7 are closed in both directions.

Weekend Picks: Drive-In Movie Weekend

Sandon Hall, Staffordshire Credit: Sandon Hall, Staffordshire

Drive-In Movie Weekend: 12th September (Sandon Hall, Staffordshire)

Sandon Hall will open its grounds this Saturday for a drive-in movie night. Visitors will be able to relax in their cars whilst watching a classic movie on a giant screen in front of the Hall. Three movies will be shown, the first movie will be The Italian Job, followed mid-evening by Dirty Dancing and finally with the all-time classic Jaws will close the event.

*“Drive-In Movies are returning to Sandon Hall on Saturday 12 September. Fancy a different night out? Relax in your car and watch a classic film to the backdrop of the beautiful Sandon Estate. *

*Choose from Italian Job, starring Michael Caine, at 4pm, all-time favourite Dirty Dancing at 7pm and classic suspense movie Jaws at 9.45pm” *

– Jon Guard, General Manager Sandon Hall and Park Enterprises
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