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BMW workers fight against 'unacceptable' pension changes

BMW final salary pension closure will be fought ‘tooth-and-claw’, says Unite

The union behind 5000 BMW workers - many of which are based in Chichester, Swindon and Oxford - are fighting changes to their pension scheme.

Unite has expressed fury at plans to cut back salary pension schemes to future benefits and for new staff.

Changes are due to come into place from June 2017.

Today, meetings will be held at all four of the BMW sites at Oxford, Swindon, Coleshill in the West Midlands and Chichester.

The plant in Swindon is one of four areas affected in the UK

A 60-day consultation on the plans will begin this Thursday.

BMW says the cuts are in line with increases in national insurance payments and the cost of future liabilities.

“It is clear that our members will be losing thousands of pounds a year in retirement incomes, if this proposal is allowed to go ahead.

This is plainly unacceptable and Unite will be fighting this proposal tooth-and-claw.

It is becoming increasingly too easy for highly profitable multi-national companies to energetically salami-slice workers’ pensions in pursuit of even greater profits.

– Tony Murphy,Unite national officer for the automotive industries

Warning for festival-goers heading to SoundClash

Amnesty bins will also be in operation Credit: SoundClash Festival

Police are warning thousands preparing to enjoy a festival in Hampshire to stay safe and avoid using drugs on the site.

Around 17,500 people are expected to attend SoundClash this Saturday at Somerley in Ringwood.

The one-day festival starts at 1pm and will run until 1am.

Organisers and police are also reminding festival-goers of the dangers of illegal drugs, including new psychoactive substances.

We have been working hard with the organisers of this event and will be present at the festival in a bid to help prevent any problems and ensure those attending can enjoy it in a safe environment.

“We will be maintaining a robust position on drugs, including new psychoactive substances, all of which are banned from site. If you are found with drugs you will at the very least be ejected from site and barred from returning, and there is a very good chance you will be arrested and prosecuted. Festivals in previous years have shown that even just dabbling in illegal drugs and psychoactive substances can have catastrophic or fatal consequences.

– Kelly Whiting,Superintendent


Woman sexually assaulted in Brighton

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was grabbed from behind by a man and sexually assaulted in Hollingbury, Brighton.

The 18-year-old victim was walking along Braybon Avenue between 10.30pm and 10.45pm on Wednesday 21st September when a man came up very close behind her. He grabbed her and sexually assaulted her by touching her. She screamed and he ran off towards Mayfield Crescent.

The woman was not hurt but was shaken by her ordeal. The suspect is described as 6', slim and was wearing grey tracksuit bottoms and a zipped up hooded top that was pulled tightly around his face.

Detective Constable Leon Howe said: "We have been stepping up patrols in the area and carrying out house to house enquiries. We would like to hear from anyone who has any information about this or any witnesses."

Pensioner repeatedly punched in face during attack


Police are appealing for witnesses after a pensioner was repeatedly punched in a charity shop in Eastbourne.

The 75 year-old victim was in the Chestnut Tree House shop in Terminus Road at around 1pm on Friday, 16th September when he was approached by a man who asked him: "Are you looking at me funny?”

The suspect then punched the victim in the face before pushing him to the floor and then continued to repeatedly punch him. Shop staff and customers stepped in and pulled the man away who then ran out of the shop.

The victim was treated at the scene for facial cuts and bruises, as well as a deep cut to his elbow, before being taken to hospital as a precaution.

The suspect has been described as white, 5'10”, of medium build with short light brown hair and a full beard. He was wearing a white top and green jacket.


One man arrested over knifepoint robbery on taxi driver

One man has been arrested following a CCTV appeal after an alleged knifepoint robbery on a taxi driver in Bournemouth.

The victim - a local man aged in his 50s - picked up two men and a woman in his taxi outside Bournemouth train station at around 12.10am on Tuesday 20th September.

As they travelled along Wimborne Road the woman asked the driver to go down Lawford Road and pull over.

It was reported that all three left the taxi and began to walk off, before the two men returned and demanded money from the taxi driver and threatened him with a knife.

The victim was not physically injured in the incident.

A 32-year-old Bournemouth man has been arrested on suspicion of robbery and is currently assisting officers with enquiries.

Witness appeal to assault

Officers in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses to come forward following an alleged assault in the town.

Sometime between 2am and 2.30am on Sunday 25th September it was reported that an altercation occurred between a group of men and a second group of men who were travelling in a silver Vauxhall Insignia near to the underpass along Wellington Road.

A 21-year-old man from Bournemouth sustained a facial injury. A 28-year-old man from Eastleigh in Hampshire suffered facial injuries and a fractured hand. They were taken to hospital for treatment.

Five Bournemouth men, aged 22, 23, 24, 25 and 27, have been arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and have been released on police bail pending further enquiries.

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