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Last Updated: Tuesday, 28 September, 2004, 16:20 GMT 17:20 UK
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Mail order firm back in business

A Staffordshire mail order firm which stopped orders because it could not find enough staff is now back in business.

Internet DIY company Screwfix opened at Trentham Lakes in Stoke-on-Trent in June with plans to take on 550 workers.

But, despite advertising the vacancies, the company struggled to fill them.

The firm has confirmed orders for the next day delivery service are being taken and more people are being recruited.

Roadworks expected to cause delays

Motorists are warned to expect delays with essential roadworks on part of the A500 in Stoke-on-Trent.

The northbound dual carriageway before the City Road roundabout will be reduced to a single lane.

The work will be carried out between 0930 BST and 1530 BST on Thursday and Friday.

It is part of a 40m project which is due to be completed in 2006.

Gulf War veteran calls for more support for soldiers

A Gulf War veteran from Leek, Staffordshire, has called for more to be done to help soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.

Linden Beardmore, 33, served in the Gulf in the early 1990s.

He now receives help and support from a special centre in Shropshire.

He says although it has been 13 years since he fought in the first Gulf War, he is still haunted by his experiences as a young soldier.


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