Archive for February 16, 2012


Construction of Midland Metro extension to begin

Construction can now begin on an extension to the Midland Metro from Snow Hill Station through the city centre to New Street Station, Local Transport Minister Norman Baker announced today.
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The £128m scheme will also deliver a new fleet of trams to run on the extended route.

Norman Baker said:

“This scheme will bring trams back to the heart of Birmingham, which is great news for both the city itself and the wider West Midlands. It will provide a new, sustainable transport choice for those wishing to reach the city centre’s bustling shopping streets and the emerging business district in Snow Hill.

“The scheme will also cut carbon and create growth by getting more people onto public transport, create1,300 new jobs and deliver a £50m boost to the local economy.”

The Department for Transport will provide £75.4m towards the £128 million cost of the scheme which is being led by Centro, the region’s transport authority, in partnership with Birmingham City Council and the Black Country district authorities.

Today’s decision gives final approval for Centro to forge ahead and sign contracts for the new fleet of trams, a bigger maintenance depot at Wednesbury and for the construction of the city centre extension.

Centro chief executive Geoff Inskip said:

“We are delighted to get the final go-ahead from Treasury and Ministers.

“Norman Baker has been a great advocate for this project and we will waste no time in pressing ahead with the construction of the extension which, together with the rebuilding of New Street Station, will transform our public transport network.

“Today’s announcement is marvellous news for passengers and represents a further shot in the arm for the Birmingham and Black Country economy.”

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Police Witness Appeal Over Herefordshire Fatal Road Collision

Police are continuing to investigate yesterday’s road collision in Herefordshire which claimed the lives of a mother and her son.

Two other young boys – brothers of the teenage boy who died – remain in the Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The tragedy happened at around 10.10am yesterday on the B4362 in the village of Lucton, near Leominster when the family’s red Vauxhall Corsa car was involved in a collision with a tractor.

Emergency services battled to free the driver and her three sons from the wreckage. The oldest boy, in the front passenger’s seat, was pronounced dead at the scene and his mother died shortly after being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

The two boys in the back of the car were also flown to hospital in Birmingham.  One of them is described as critical but stable and the other is in a stable condition.

Police say formal identification has yet to take place but the family is believed to be from Powys.

Inspector Damian Sowrey said today: “We are appealing to anyone with information concerning this tragedy to contact Hereford police station by calling the 101 non-emergency number.

“We are continuing to investigate the circumstances and particularly want to hear from anyone who witnessed the collision or who saw either vehicle being driven immediately beforehand.”

He said the collision happened near Lucton School.  The Corsa is thought to have been travelling towards Yarpole and the green John Deere tractor in the opposite direction towards Mortimer’s Cross.

The Herefordshire coroner Mark Bricknell has been informed and it is hoped to open inquests on Friday.

POLICE are searching for a man wanted in connection with burglary, theft of a motor vehicle and recall to prison who has links to Worcestershire.

WANTED: COlin Diggle

Colin Diggle, aged 54, was released from prison in November on licence.

He is thought to have since breached the terms of that licence.

Devon and Cornwall police are following a number of lines of enquiry to find out his current location and intend to arrest and question him once he has been found.

He is described as white, 6’1”, of proportionate build, with brown/grey hair and a beard. He has tattoos of a nude woman on his right arm and the name ‘Diane’ on both arms.

He has tattoos on both sides of neck and throat, and earrings in both ears.

Diggle has links to West Mercia, North Yorkshire, Norfolk Cleveland, Staffordshire, Lincolnshire Hertfordshire, Suffolk, Avon & Somerset, and Durham.

Police are appealing for anyone who has had recent contact with him to call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Anyone who sees Diggle is advised to call police on 999 and not to approach him directly

West Mercia Police Authority Approves New Times For Police Station Public Service Counters

West Mercia Police Authority has approved changes to the opening times of public service counters at stations across the force area.

Proposed new times at most of the 31 public services counters across Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Worcestershire, were approved at yesterday’s Police Authority meeting.

The changes follow an extensive review of opening hours designed to provide a more consistent service across the whole area.

West Mercia Police has stressed the alterations, which come into effect between March and May, will not reduce the availability of police officers when required.

They are being introduced to provide an improved service, according to demand and policing need, while offering best value for money in the current economic climate.

The changes have been thought through following extensive research, including recent footfall surveys at public service counters and analysis of the purpose behind each visit.

Police officers will remain contactable at any time of the day or night through the 101 non-emergency number or by calling 999 in the case of emergency.

Where opening hours have been reduced, alternatives services will be provided including telephone links outside police stations and information stands providing crime prevention materials.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Purcell said: “The changes to public service counter opening times will not affect local policing and all police stations will remain operational.

“We want to make sure we offer a good service to the public and be as accessible as possible.  Visiting your local police station front counter in person is not the only way to get in touch with us.

“West Mercia Police is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week via a variety of contact channels.”

Sheila Blagg, chairman of West Mercia Police Authority, added: “Opening times at each station have been adjusted specifically to fit with local demand.  The resulting bespoke changes minimise their impact on service availability and will not affect the ability of officers to carry out beat duties.”

Supermarket giant accused of slave labour by not even paying staff the minimum wage.

The jobs are  being advertised on the job centre plus website offering JSA plus expenses.

It comes after the supermarket revealed it’s Price Drop campaign was a flop after many shoppers dubbed it the Big Price Con for it’s misleading promotions and offers that cost more after the supermarket claimed it had discounted products.

In a statement a spokesperson for Tesco said

“We take our responsibility as Britain’s biggest private sector employer seriously. This includes giving young people valuable experience of the workplace, and 300 young people have so far gone on to get permanent employment with us as a result of work experience in recent months, but not as a replacement or substitute for our permanent staff.”

But asked if Tesco had reduced the number of agency staff it uses because of Workfare the spokesperson said ” that may be the case in some stores” but i can’t confirm the number of Workfare clients on a store by store basis.

But that leaves Thousands of people who have been treated like slaves by Tesco and haven’t been offered  paid jobs after completing the mandatory workfare scheme.

But Tesco have benefited from Thousands of free hours of labour.

A Twitter and Facebook campaign calling for a boycott of all Tesco stores has been launched.

Tesco is not the only company accused of using slave labour under the workfare scheme.

TESCO NIGHT SHIFT

Job No:

BSD/27442

SOC Code:

0

Wage

JSA+EXPENSES

Hours

TBC

Location

EAST ANGLIA IP32

Duration

Permanent

Date posted

09 February 2012

Pension details

No details held

Description

Interviews as part of SBWA, dates and times to be arranged by the store.Contact Amanda Evans at Tesco.

How to apply

For further details about job reference BSD/27442, please telephone Jobseeker Direct on 0845 6060 234. Lines are open 8.00am – 6.00pm weekdays only. All calls are charged at local rate. Call charges may be different if you call from a mobile phone. Alternatively, visit your local Jobcentre Plus Office and use the customer access phones provided to call Jobseeker Direct. The textphone service for deaf and hearing-impaired people is 0845 6055 255.