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'No one to blame' for BHS collapse

BHS in Sutton Coldfield Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of jobs are at risk across the Midlands as BHS has confirmed it is going into administration.

It comes less than a month after the struggling retailer was granted a lifeline by creditors who agreed a plan to reduce the rent on some of its high street stores.

BHS owner, Dominic Chappell, insisted no one was to blame:

"No one is to blame. It was a combination of bad trading and not being able to raise enough money from the property portfolio.

"In the end, we just couldn't reach an agreement with Arcadia over pensions."

– Dominic Chappell
BHS in Sutton Coldfield Credit: ITV News Central

The beleaguered high street chain will file for administration today, threatening almost 11,000 jobs.

BHS in Sutton Coldfield Credit: ITV News Central



Police searching for missing 90-year-old woman

Virginia Clarke Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are searching for a 90-year-old woman who has gone missing from a residential care home in Sutton Coldfield.

Virginia Clarke is believed to have left the home in Grange Road between midnight and 3am this morning.

She has acute dementia and struggles to communicate.

She was wearing dark trousers, a cream T-shirt and a light brown cardigan at the time she disappeared.

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