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Hundreds of Vodafone jobs heading to Wythenshawe

Telecoms giant Vodafone is to create 800 jobs in Manchester under its biggest employment expansion for years.

Vodafone has around 12,500 employees in the UK. Credit: Press Association

The company says it's growing it's customer services hub in Wythenshawe.

They have described the investment as a boost to the "Northern Powerhouse" vision.

Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Jeffery said:

These new, skilled roles will make a real difference to our customers and a real difference to the communities that are the focus of our customer services investment. Our ambition is to give our customers the best experience possible, providing an outstanding level of service and support as we continue to invest in building the biggest and best network in Britain.

– NICK JEFFERY, VODAFONE UK CHIEF EXECUTIVE

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Licence application refused for South Lakes Zoo

South Lakes Zoo Credit: PA

Councillors have refused a licence application for a zoo where almost 500 animals died within four years.

Zoo founder David Gill applied to renew his licence for the South Lakes Safari Zoo in Dalton-in-Furness, Cumbria.

The application was refused by Barrow Borough Council's licensing regulatory committee at a meeting on Monday and Mr Gill now has 28 days to lodge an appeal.

Chairman of the committee Tony Callister said the decision had been unanimous and was made because councillors were not satisfied conservation matters referred to in the Zoo Licensing Act would be implemented.

Vauxhall workers remain 'hopeful' after sale

The French car giant PSA Group announced this morning that it is to buy the European operations of General Motors, including Vauxhall in Cheshire, for £1.9billion. Unions say they have been assured that the plant in Ellesmere Port will continue making the Astra until 2021. Workers say they are concerned but remain hopeful for their jobs.

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