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300 new jobs created at Ellesmere Port car plant

Car manufacturer Vauxhall has announced 300 new jobs will be created at its plant in Cheshire.

The Ellesmere Port plant will increase its workforce ahead of the production of a new Astra model.

The Vauxhall Astra production line at the Vauxhall Motors factory in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. Credit: Press Association

The new jobs will be phased in over the first quarter of 2015.

Last month, the company celebrated the 50th anniversary of its first car at the plant.

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Old-school barber offers training for grooming boom

Joseph Lanzante says barbers will always "provide" for their families Credit: ITV

An old-school barber from Lancashire is helping people to create new jobs for themselves.

Joseph Lanzante, from Clitheroe, says the male grooming industry is booming, and it offers work even when other industries disappear.

The barber is training people who are changing careers because of redundancy or worries over job security.

He says anyone who develops the skills of a barber will "always put food on table" because they can cut hair "anywhere in the world."

Government pledges £328m for NW transport and jobs

The money will buy new trams for Manchester Credit: ITV

The government's pledged £328m towards improving the North West's transport network, and to training schemes designed to give new skills to jobseekers. The Growth Deal will see the money invested next year, with more to come in 2016/17.

Transport improvements will include twelve new trams for Greater Manchester's Metrolink network, "new connections" to and from central Liverpool to help regenerate other parts of the city, and repairing bridges on key routes into Blackpool to support the tourist trade.

Bridges on key routes into Blackpool will be repaired Credit: ITV

The deal will also pay to train students and jobseekers across the North West. A centre dedicated to highly-skilled manufacturing will open at Furness College in Cumbria, and £47m will be spent on improving six colleges in Liverpool.

Training for jobseekers and students is part of the package Credit: ITV

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Arrests over alleged mistreatment at Lancashire care home

Police say a man from Preston has been arrested following an investigation into the mistreatment and neglect of residents in a care home in Lostock Hall.

The 63 year old was arrested on suspicion of being a guardian neglecting a patient at the Briarwood Rest Home in Lostock Hall.

He's has been bailed until next month pending further enquiries.

A 58 year old woman also from Preston was previously arrested on suspicion of assault and has also been bailed.

Meanwhile, a 41 year old woman from Preston arrested on suspicion of wounding has been bailed until the same date.

The arrests are part of an on-going investigation by the Lancashire force into the alleged mistreatment and neglect of residents at the Briarwood Rest Home which cares for around 20 elderly people.

The investigation began earlier in June after police were made aware of a complaint about the treatment of a resident at the home.

Following the initial complaint other allegations have been made and these are now also under investigation.

Detective Inspector Jes Holland, of Lancashire Police said: “These arrests are part of a thorough investigation into serious allegations of mistreatment of residents at Briarwood Care Home.

The enquiry is complicated and is at a relatively early stage.

We have a team of specialist detectives working on this case who are also offering support to those families who may have had loved ones identified as being allegedly mistreated.

“Our priority from the outset has been to ensure the safety of patients within the home and the Constabulary has been working closely with working closely with the Care Quality Commission and the Adult Social Care Service at Lancashire County Council."

Manchester City's stadium set to become second largest in Premier League

Manchester City have today announced phase two of the Etihad stadium expansion.

It will see a further three rows of seats built pitch-side and take total capacity to just over 55000.

Watch a spectacular fly-through video showing the entire construction process:

The club says that work began in March 2014 to add around 6000 seats to the South Stand and both projects are due to complete in time for the start of the 2015/16 Barclays Premier League season.

Demand has soared from fans hoping to secure a seat following the news of the South Stand expansion, and the waiting list for new seasoncards now stands at 7,500.

Planning permission has also been granted for a third phase which could see a further 6000 seats and a total capacity of around 61000, making the Etihad the second largest stadium in the Premier League.

Tom Glick, Chief Commercial Officer, said:

“We have always been committed to bringing fans closer to Manchester City, to the players and to the pitch.

Whether that’s through digital innovation, community work, international tours, or as in this case, physically allowing fans to be right next to the action, it is our top priority.

We are already looking forward to seeing the expanded stadium in action for the 15/16 season.”

For nine months of 2013 Manchester City held a free exhibition on the Etihad Campus in order to consult with local residents, fans and other stakeholders.

The decision to increase the capacity of the Etihad Stadium has enabled the Club to provide even more seasoncards and at the same time to improve the on-site hospitality offering.

As with all of the Club’s infrastructure projects, the expansion provides both employment and procurement opportunities for the local community.

Approximately 160 people will be employed through the project at its peak and up to 110 match day jobs will be created in these first phases.

The work begins with immediate effect and will continue throughout the 2014/15 season.

Arriva apologise to 93 year old for ambulance delay

Jack Dean waited 5 hours for an Arriva ambulance on his 93rd birthday Credit: Manchester Evening News Syndication

Bosses from private operators Arriva have apologised to a dementia sufferer from Altrincham who was left waiting for an ambulance for 5 hours.

Jack Dean was being taken to a nursing home in Timperley for respite care on his 93rd birthday.

The bus company has a contract to transport non- emergency cases in Greater Manchester.

Arriva says it was down to the complex needs of other patients and the volume of journeys on that day and has launched an investigation.

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