Rugeley coal power plant in Staffordshire will close by the end of June this year because of worsening conditions for coal generation, operator Engie said on Friday.
The 1 gigawatt plant in the West Midlands county of Staffordshire is jointly owned by French power and gas group Engie and Mitsui & Co and can provide enough electricity to power a million homes.
The company has ruled out compulsory redundancies before the end of June.
Engie is planning a staged reduction in the number of employees on site in line with its decommissioning plan.
British power company SSE will keep open its Fiddler's Ferry coal-fired power station near Manchester until at least March 31, 2017, having previously said it was likely to close this year.
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Cheese and Ale Festival: Fri 21st - Sat 22nd May (Stafford town)
Thousands of people are expected to descend on Stafford for the town’s third Cheese, Ale and More Festival.
Cheese makers, breweries and local food producers will fill the Market Square with a range of products and array of artisan food.
Festival goers will also be able to enjoy an alfresco bar throughout the weekend along with entertainment from music and street theatre.
And on the Saturday, members of the Staffordshire Chefs Forum will be getting the crowd's taste buds going with cookery demonstrations.
“The festival has had a phenomenal first two years, attracting tens of thousands of people to the town each time and this year it promises to be even bigger and better”.
For prices, opening times and more information visit: www.stafford-towncentre.co.uk/cheeseandale
There is queueing traffic on A50 Eastbound at B5030 Ashbourne Road (Little Chef roundabout) in Uttoxeter .
Police are appealing to find the owners of a falcon that was found in a street.
The large bird of prey was found on Rough Close by a member of the public just after 7.30pm last night.
A local Bird sanctuary was contacted and they are assisting us with our enquiries to re-unite the bird with its owner.
If you have lost a bird of prey or know of anyone who might have lost one please call Staffordshire Police on 101.
Police have found an unexploded device in Ryecroft Close, Newcastle.
It was found near St Georges Church and the area has been evacuated.
Police have confirmed it is not a bomb and is not dangerous. They are now working to identify the device.
The Queen was seen wiping her eye during a service at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, yesterday.
It was in tribute to soldiers from the Duke of Lancaster's Regiment killed while serving in Afghanistan.
Delays of up to 40 minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast between Stafford and Lichfield Trent Valley due to road vehicle hitting a bridge.
Hundreds of motorbikes and classic cars have taken part in the annual Stephen Sutton bike ride to raise money for charity a day after the anniversary of his death.
It was the fourth annual Stephen Sutton Ride Out, and his mother Jane led the way from Lichfield Rugby Club towards Burntwood.
Stephen raised more than £5.5 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust before he died.
Jane Sutton has been speaking to our reporter Lee Comley about the event.
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