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Father and son jailed for stealing over £850,000 worth of components from car giant

A father and son from Pennywell have been jailed for stealing components from car giant Nissan's manufacturing plant in Washington and putting them on e-bay.

235 sat-navs - worth over £600,000 - went missing over a three month period at the end of 2011, as well as £250,000 worth of sat-navs being taken in February 2012.

Police launched an undercover investigation which led them to Anthony and Stephen Ganley at Tony's Car Radios in Sunderland, who they found had been selling stolen sat navs through the shop and online.

The two men were sentenced, along with two others, yesterday at Newcastle Crown Court.

Anthony Ganley was jailed for three years after he admitted conspiracy to steal and conspiracy to handle stolen goods, and Stephen Ganley was jailed for five years.

Productivity down at Nissan plant

Productivity is down slightly at the Japanese owned plant in Sunderland Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Productivity at the Nissan car factory on Wearside fell last year by 1.7%.

The figures come a day after the new Qashqai started coming off the production line.

The introduction of new models like this has led to a temporary downturn, according to The Society of Motor Manufacturers.



Vince Cable on Nissan success

Business Secretary Vince Cable has commented on the success of Nissan's Sunderland plant saying he welcomes their contribution to the economy.

"The British car industry is thriving - car exports last year brought in #30 billion for our economy - and I welcome Nissan's contribution in delivering this success.

"We want to build on this. That is why we are working together with business to give companies like Nissan the confidence to invest, delivering skilled jobs, driving growth and building a stronger economy."

– Business Secretary Vince Cable
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New Qashqai due from Sunderland Nissan plant

Sunderland workers seen assembling the Qashqai. Credit: PA

A new Nissan model will come off the production line today, which has helped create 500 new jobs at the Japanese car giant's UK plant in the coming months.

The second generation Qashqai will be built in Sunderland, where the workforce is set to increase to over 7,000 for the first time.

Around 286,000 Qashqai cars were built last year, with production numbers expected to be similar in 2014.

The car is Nissan's best-selling model in Europe.

Carmaker to use quayside as showroom

Qashqai car outside the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art Credit: Nissan

Sunderland carmaker Nissan is to showcase its latest creation at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and along the Gateshead and Newcastle quayside.

The 'Qashqai' will be the subject of films and displays at the art centre starting this Saturday, January 18th, for 4 days.

Visitors will be able to see early designs of the new car and the Qashqai itself before the official vehicle launch on January 22nd.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge will be illuminated and there will be Nissan staff on hand to answer any questions about all aspects of the company.

Nissan's Vice President for Manufacturing in the UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick says:

"Nissan has created the next generation Crossover by redesigning Qashqai from the ground-up. We think it's fitting to celebrate that design in one of Europe's leading modern art galleries."

"The event will showcase the role of our design and technical centres in developing this innovative new model, as we move into full production at our Sunderland plant."

"At the same time we would like to invite anyone interested in working for Nissan to meet with members of our team, and give customers the chance to buy their next Nissan."

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