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2,000 Tesco jobs at risk as store closure list revealed

Tesco Credit: PA Wire

Around 2,000 Tesco workers have been told their jobs are at risk after the supermarket giant announced the location of 43 store closures.

Seven superstores and six Homeplus outlets are among the unprofitable shops identified for closure by new chief executive Dave Lewis.

Mr Lewis said: "The decision to close the stores has been exceptionally difficult to take. I recognise it will affect many hard-working colleagues, our customers and local communities.

"Our priority is to explain what this announcement means for our colleagues and, wherever possible, offer them alternative roles with Tesco."

Planned ambulance strike action cancelled

Strike action will no longer go ahead tomorrow

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has announced that planned strike action by its staff will no longer go ahead.

The Trust says it was notified by Unison, Unite and GMB of their intention to strike on Thursday 29 January, but that following talks between unions and the government, the action has been suspended.

We welcome the suspension which means we can concentrate on business as usual.

We recognise the right of our employees to strike and in light of this action we had been continuing to work closely with all our staff, partners and the public to help us reduce demand on our services and help us to continue to protect our patients and achieve an adequate and safe level of 999, 111 and PTS cover.

– South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust


Police target drivers who use mobile phone at wheel

Police target distracted drivers Credit: ITV news

Drivers who use their mobile phones at the wheel are being targeted in a joint operation in Hampshire and the Thames Valley. During a week long operation police offices will focus on offenders.

Reaction times for drivers using a phone are around 50 per cent slower than normal driving and figures show you are four times more likely to crash. Police say even careful drivers can be distracted by a call or text - and a split-second lapse in concentration could result in a crash. Motorists caught using a mobile while driving are warned they could be fined or disqualified from driving

The police campaign is being backed by the family of 28 year old Rachel Titley who was killed on the Isle of Wight. Her car was in collision with another vehicle. The driver had been texting around the time of the crash.

Bodleian Library makes thousands of books available online

Oxfords Bodleian Library Credit: PA

More than 25,000 early English texts from 1473-1700 have been released online to members of the public as part of a collaborative initiative led by the University of Oxford's Bodleian Libraries and the University of Michigan Library.

The electronic editions range from 15th to 18th century texts including Shakespeare, and little known books about witchcraft and sword-fighting.

We are opening up these fantastic books to people who wouldn't normally be able to access them. I'm fascinated to see what people will do with them.

– Michael Popham, Head of Digital Collections at the Bodleian Libraries.
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