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Dyson to recruit hundreds of engineers

Researchers working at Dyson HQ in Malmesbury

Wiltshire-based company Dyson is looking to recruit 650 new staff. The firm, which has its headquarters in Malmesbury, is looking for engineers to work work on developing smaller gadgets such as cordless vacuum cleaners and hand driers.

250 of the new recruits would be based in the UK.

The firm is celebrating a good year - profits have risen 19% - to £364 million.

Dyson says less than half the team are affected

Dyson is focusing its contact centre capacity on the peak periods, to ensure we have the support available when our owners need it most. _

Following a consultation, fewer than half of Dyson’s Wiltshire-based customer care team is having their contracted weekly hours reduced by 90 minutes to bring them in line with our standard 39 hour week.

They still have the opportunity to work overtime and work towards targets and incentives that make up – or even exceed – those 90 minutes.

– Dyson spokesperson

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MP angry at Malmesbury planning mistake

A Wiltshire MP has strongly criitcised confusion over a controversial housing scheme in Malmesbury. The government announced yesterday (Tuesday 19 March) that 180 homes on land off Tetbury Road would go ahead.

Later a minister said the wrong letter has been issued and that a final decision would be taken by his department instead. Local MP James Gray wants to know what went wrong.

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Cigarettes stolen in newsagent break-in

Three men wearing hoods and balaclavas have broken into a newsagents in Malmesbury and stolen cigarettes. The incident happened at 3:20am yesterday morning at Abbey News, Market Cross.

Police say the men kicked open the front doors, forced the cigarette shutters open and took most of the cigarettes on the stand away in black bags.

Two of the males are described as being of average height and build and the third is described as over 6ft and slim.

Sir James Dyson to improve flood defences in Malmesbury

Sir James Dyson, the inventor and entrepreneur, may step in to improve flood defences in the Wiltshire town of Malmesbury, where his company headquarters are based. Recent floods in the town were the worst for half a century.

And several families are unlikely to be able to return to their homes for months. Watch Robert Murphy's report.

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