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Plymouth job centre staff to strike this week

Staff at the Old Tree Court benefit offices will strike on Thursday and Friday. Credit: ITV West Country

Members of the Public and Commercial Services Union at the Old Tree Court job centre in Plymouth will stage a strike on the last two working days before Christmas.

The industrial action is in protest of plans to transfer some of the 200-strong staff to other offices.

The union, which successfully campaigned for the job centre to stay open, fears the plans will lead to redundancies.

The Department of Work and Pensions says the changes will mean a more efficient, cost effective service. It also says it is committed to finding staff alternative employment.

The strike will take place on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 December.

Woman missing in Derriford

Edith Harrison was last seen on Friday afternoon. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A woman from Totnes has gone missing in Derriford.

Edith Harrison was last seen on William Prance Road at 2:45pm on Friday (15/12) and police say they are concerned about her.

  • white
  • 5ft5" tall
  • around 10 stone
  • having very light blonde hair
  • wearing black lace up shoes, pale blue knitted jumper, black trousers and black coat

If anyone has any information with regards to Edith’s whereabouts, can they please contact the Police, quoting log number 535 15/12/17.


Inquest into deaths of Devon teenagers who took suspected MDMA begins

Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brock, both 19, collapsed at the Pryzm nightclub in Plymouth. Credit: ITV News

An inquest into the deaths of two teenagers who collapsed at a club in Plymouth is due to begin today, 15 December.

Aaron Reilly and Joshua Brock collapsed after taking what police suspect was the drug MDMA, a contraction of the chemical name for ecstasy.

Emergency services were called to Pryzm nightclub in the early hours of Saturday morning, where the two men were found unconscious.

Their families described them as 'kind' boys with great senses of humour.

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