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260 Dairy Crest jobs to go in site closures

Dairy Crest said there is lower demand for glass bottles Credit: PA Wire

Dairy Crest Group is to shut two of its sites, with a loss of 260 jobs.

Some 200 jobs will go at its Hanworth bottling dairy in west London, which is expected to close in 2016, while 60 jobs will go in the closure of its cream potting facility in Chard, Somerset, late next year.

The dairy food company said it was closing the two sites due to lower demand for glass bottles and financial viability.

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US college head in video game challenge to students

The president of Columbia College Scott Dalrymple will pay for the winning student's textbooks for a school year if they beat him at Madden 25 Credit: Columbia College/YouTube

A US headteacher has pledged to pay for a student's textbooks for a year if they beat him at a popular video game.

Wearing a baseball hat and eye black, Scott Dalrymple, president of Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri, hands down the challenge in a video posted on YouTube.

Students at the college will go up against each other in an online Madden 25 challenge before the winner goes head to head against Dalrymple.

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Hundreds queue for new iPhone

Arndale Centre Credit: MEN Syndication

Hundreds of gadget fanatics have queued through the night in Manchester’s Arndale Centre to get their hands on the new iPhone 6.

The Manchester Evening News report the first die-hard customer arrived 18 HOURS before the doors opened at the Apple Store in the shopping complex. Some punters even ordered pizzas to their place in the line, for breakfast. The new handsets go on sale at 8am.

Women guilty over £21m 'pyramid scheme'

A group of women have pleaded guilty to operating a £21 million "pyramid" scheme which left thousands of investors out of pocket.

The scheme, called Give or Take, urged women in the West Country and Wales to "beg, borrow or steal" £3,000 with the promise that they would receive a payout of £24,000 when they reached the top of their "pyramid."

Mary Nash, 65; Susan Crane, 68 and Hazel Cameron, 54, have all admitted operating and prompting the scheme at Bristol Crown Court and will be sentenced next month.

Three other women, including the scheme's chairman, were each jailed for nine months in 2012 following a trial while a further three received suspended jail terms.

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Vehicle tax will be enforced 'from electronic records'

A spokesman for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has said that changes to the rules of tax discs will not affect the agency's ability to enforce the law:

There is absolutely no basis to these figures and it is nonsense to suggest that getting rid of the tax disc will lead to an increase in vehicle tax evasion.

We have a proven track record in making vehicle tax easy to pay but hard to avoid, with over 99% of all vehicles taxed. Given the systems now in place we take enforcement action direct from our electronic records rather than requiring a tax disc.

– spokesman, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency

'Clear concern' among motorists over tax disc changes

The chief engineer for RAC has said that a survey shows there is "clearly concern among motorists about forthcoming changes to tax disc rules:

There is clearly concern among motorists over the issue of enforcement. Most of the changes make sense and will benefit the motorist, but too many motorists are unaware of the detail.

The big question has to be whether enforcement using only cameras and automatic number plate recognition will be sufficiently effective.

– David Bizley, RAC chief engineer

Poll: 63% of drivers expect rise in number of untaxed cars

An RAC survey of more than 2,000 drivers showed that almost two-thirds of respondents believe changes to the rules on tax discs would prompt more tax evasion.

  • 36% were unaware of the scrapping of the paper disc
  • 47% did not know when the change was due to take effect
  • 63% feared there would be a rise in the number of untaxed cars on the road
  • 44% reckoned the change would actually encourage people to break the law

(Source: RAC)

Tax disc changes 'could cost economy £167m per year'

Next month's ending of the need to display a car tax disc could lead to tax evasion costing the economy £167 million a year, according to the RAC.

Motorists will not need to display tax discs from October Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

It said it feared that the number of tax-dodgers could equal the number who try to avoid paying motor insurance.

RAC chief engineer David Bizley said: "We could be looking at around £167 million of lost revenues to the Treasury, far exceeding the £10 million that will be saved by no longer having to print tax discs and post them to vehicle owners."

From October 1, motorists will no longer need to display a tax disc on their vehicle windscreen. They will still need to pay their vehicle excise duty car tax, with records being monitored electronically.

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