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Jobs under threat at Kidsgrove General Electric site

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More than two hundred employees at a General Electric site in Kidsgrove could face losing their jobs after the company said its decision to move forward with the closure of the site will go ahead.

232 employees will be impacted by the closure of the plant by the end of March 2017.

A spokesperson has said:

We are committed to our customers and are working to ensure there will be no disruption to production deliveries and service support now and in the future.

Employees are the heart of our business, and we recognise this is difficult for our workers and their families."

– General Electric Kidsgrove statement


Seven arrested in connection with £400,000 watch burglary

The men were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the burglary at Beaverbrooks at the Intu Potteries Shopping Centre in Stoke Credit: PA

Seven men have been arrested in connection with a burglary from a jewellery store in which £400,000 worth of watches were stolen.

The men were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into the burglary at Beaverbrooks at the Intu Potteries Shopping Centre, Stoke, in the early hours of 10 March.

Staffordshire Police said the men, aged between 19 and 26, were arrested on Wednesday in the Birmingham area on suspicion of conspiracy to commit burglary.


West Midlands terror arrests - four to stand trial

The bomb disposal team were called in after arrests in August. Credit: SNWS

Four men are due to stand trial in February accused of planning to carry out a terror attack. Naweed Ali, 28, Khobaib Hussain, 24, Mohibur Rahman, 32, and Tahir Aziz, 37, are all charged with preparation of terrorism.

The men appeared at the Old Bailey on Monday via videolink from Belmarsh prison and sat in a row chatting to each other before the start of the hearing. Judge Mr Justice Saunders was forced to mute the feed as the defendants could be heard joking and laughing as they tried to adjust the camera angle. They each held their hand up in answer to their names.

The trial, which will take place before a High Court judge is expected to last eight to 10 weeks. The men were arrested on August 26 by the West Midlands Police counter-terrorism unit. They have been charged with preparing for terrorist acts, contrary to section five of the Terrorist Act 2006, between May 26 and August 27.

Ali and Hussain, both of Sparkhill in Birmingham, and Rahman and Aziz, of Stoke-on-Trent, were all remanded in custody and ordered to appear on December 19 for a plea hearing.

Gmail down for users across the Midlands

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There are reports of outages of Gmail across the UK, with the popular email service reportedly down according to hundreds of furious social media users.

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