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JCB donates six figure sum to save Wedgwood Pottery

Staffordshire firm JCB has made a six figure donation to the appeal to save the Wedgwood Museum Pottery Collection.

JCB have donated a six figure sum to save the Wedgwood Pottery Collection Credit: PA

The campaign has already raised well over £2 million to prevent the pottery from being sold off to repay the museum's debts.


Memorial stone to be unveiled in memory of Gurkhas

A memorial stone will be unveiled at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire later, in memory of all Gurkhas who have lost their lives in services of the British Crown.

The Chautara will be opened by Princess Royal, Princess Anne. Credit: National Memorial Arboretum

The Chautara, a stone resting place traditionally used by Nepalese sherpas, will be opened by the Princess Royal, Princess Anne,

The opening ceremony is a precursor to a series of events scheduled next year set to celebrate the 200 year anniversary of Gurkha service to Great Britain.


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Administrator closes 362 Phones 4u stores as 1,700 jobs go

A shuttered Phones 4u store on Oxford Street in central London. Credit: PA Wire

The administrators of Phones 4u said tonight that 362 stores would close with the loss of almost 1,700 jobs.

Rob Hunt, joint administrator and partner at PwC, said: "It is with much regret that we have today made the difficult decision to close a large number of stores. It is a very sad day for the staff working at those locations and our thoughts are with them. We will make every effort to help the affected staff."

A further 720 staff have been kept on to assist with the closure programme.

The mobile phone retailer, which employed 5,600 people, collapsed last week after all three major mobile networks stopped dealing with the chain.

EE said earlier today it would buy 58 Phones 4u stores, saving 359 jobs, in a deal with PwC, while Vodafone said last week it would pick up 140 stores and keep 900 employees on.

Network operator EE to buy 58 Phones 4U stores

Network operator EE is to buy 58 Phones 4U stores.

The deal will save more than 350 jobs at the collapsed Staffordshire-based mobile phone retailer.

The firm went into administration last week.

Network operator EE is to buy 58 Phones 4U stores Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Vodafone said on Friday it would buy 140 stores, securing more than 850 jobs.

EE said the stores and 359 employees will be transferred with immediate effect, although the location of the shops has not been disclosed.

The stores will be re-branded to EE and it is planned that most will be opened in the next week.

Phones 4U went into administration last week Credit: PA

Vodafone Phones 4U store details to be released

Details of the 140 stores bought by Vodafone from the collapsed mobile phone chain Phones 4U will be released today.

Administrator Price Waterhouse Cooper says it had to make 628 redundancies at the Staffordshire-based firm but is continuing to talk to potential buyers.

Phones 4U went into administration last week Credit: PA

Second inquest to resume into death of Stafford patient

A second inquest is to resume into the death of Stafford Hospital patient John Moore-Robinson, 20, who died after being sent home from the hospital with an undiagnosed ruptured spleen in April 2006 following a mountain bike accident.

John Moore-Robinson died in 2006 after a doctor failed to spot he had a ruptured spleen Credit: ITV News Central

Coroner Catherine Mason adjourned the inquest in April and requested that Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, who run the hospital, make the necessary staff available as witnesses.

After the first inquest in 2007 an internal report from the hospital said Mr Moore-Robinson's treatment could have been negligent.

REPORT: Second inquest granted into death of man at Stafford Hospital

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