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Recruitment Agency say downturn in tourism is greater than other years

Recruitment agency Manpower UK says the downturn in tourism employment across the South West this year is greater now than it has been for years. Manpower UK says their survey shows a majority of employers in the South West won't be taking on new staff.

James Hick is from Manpower UK:

They say the South West will lag behind the rest of the country. The powerhouse of London and the South East are predicted to do well and manufacturing in the East and West Midlands gives the area a huge boost. But employment growth in the South West is predicted to stall.

Manpower UK say some employers have stopped trying to find IT workers, engineers and financiers because they know the skills they're looking for don't exist. Contraction there and saturation of the tourism employment market explains why businesses aren't expecting growth in jobs.

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Unemployment rises in the South West

The number of people out of work in the South West has risen despite a decrease in unemployment nationally.

Official figures show the number of unemployed people in the region now stands at 137,000 - an increase of 1,000 from the previous quarter. According to the recruitment group Manpower, employers in the south west say they're unliikely to take on staff over the coming months.

Chief Constable will remain in job during IPCC investigation

Chief Constable Patrick Geenty will remain in his job while under investigation by the IPCC

Chief Constable Patrick Geenty will remain in his job while he is under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson has released the following statement:

My role as Commissioner is to represent the people of Wiltshire and Swindon in police and crime matters.

After giving careful consideration to information I have received from the IPCC, together with independent legal advice which my office commissioned, I have decided that the public interest would be best served by Mr Geenty continuing in his role whilst the IPCC investigation is underway. I am required to consult the IPCC on this decision and I have done so.

The purpose of an investigation is to establish the facts behind a complaint and that is what I am waiting for.

Nothing has been placed before me at this stage which, in my judgment, would justify suspension. If new evidence is produced by the enquiry team, I will review my decision.

– Angus Macpherson, Police and Crime Commissioner for Wiltshire and Swindon

Positive unemployment figures for South West

The latest jobs figures for the South West show 137,000 people were unemployed in our region for the months May to July 2014. This is a slight increase on the previous quarter of February to April when 136,000 were out of work.

The unemployment rate has risen 0.1% to 5.0%, which is still one of the lowest rates it's been for the last 6 years.

Across the whole of the UK unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.02million in the three months to the end of the July. The unemployment rate fell to 6.2%, its lowest rate since the September to November 2008.

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Swindon student in hospital with meningitis

A 17-year-old student at New College, Swindon, is in the Great Western Hospital with bacterial meningitis. Although the condition can be life-threatening, he is in a stable condition.

Public Health England is providing antibiotics to members of the college who may have been in close contact with the student. It is also warning them to be aware of the possible signs of infection:

  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Severe muscle pain
  • Blotchy skin or rash
  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Seizures

Suspected meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency. Bacterial meningitis can lead to septicaemia (blood poisoning) which can be fatal.

The college has two on-site nurses to provide extra information to concerned students and parents. For more information, visit the NHS meningitis page.

Heart attack victim couldn't be treated because paramedics thought he'd been electrocuted

An inquest heard that paramedics were not able to treat a heart attack victim because they wrongly thought he had been electrocuted.

Roger Hayward, who was 71 and from from Calne, died after trying to cut a tree that had fallen and brought down electric cables in February's storms. An inquest today heard he was seen falling to the floor. Paramedics turned up but couldn't treat him for 45 minutes until the power lines were turned off. They then declared him dead at the scene. But an expert witness told the coroner the cables were not active. The coroner said Mr Hayward died from a heart attack.

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