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All the Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Cafe Rouge restaurants which are closing

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Casual Dining Group, the owners of Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas, have filled for administration and are closing 91 sites.

Casual Dining Group operates 250 sites across the UK, and is set to permanently close 91 of them with immediate effect. The closures will lead to 1,909 redundancies.

It will see the closure of Bella Italia in Manchester Piccadilly, Deansgate and Didsbury, as well as the Cafe Rouge restaurant in the Trafford Centre. 

James Spragg, CEO of Casual Dining Group, said: “After reviewing all our options with advisors, it became clear that we needed to take this action in order to protect the business and secure the best possible future for Casual Dining Group as we look to conclude a potential sale.”

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He continued: “We are acutely aware of our duty to all employees and recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for them.

“Working alongside the administrators we will do everything we can to support them through this process with a view to preserving as much employment as we are able to.”

Alix Partners have been appointed to handle the process, Clare Kennedy the joint administrator said: “We appreciate that this is an extremely difficult time for all those associated with Casual Dining Group.

“Our immediate priorities are to assist those whose employment has been affected by today’s announcement and to secure a sale for the group in order to protect jobs and provide the group’s much-loved brands with a sustainable platform for the future.”

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11 Las Iguanas restaurants are set to close, however the Manchester Deansgate branch has not been affected.

The full list of Casual Dining Group closures

Bella Italia

  • Newbury
  • East Kilbride
  • Baker Street
  • Cambridge
  • Cheltenham Prom
  • Soton Above Bar
  • Blackpool Church
  • Watford
  • Plymouth
  • Dunfermline
  • Islington
  • Gloucester Quays
  • Hatfield
  • Southend
  • Didsbury
  • Solihull
  • Brighton Belotta
  • Windsor
  • Manchester Deansgate
  • Camberley Atrium
  • Aberdeen
  • Loughborough
  • Crewe
  • Colliers Wood
  • Brighton Marina
  • Cardiff
  • Shaftesbury Ave
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Leeds
  • Silverlink
  • Bexley
  • New Brighton
  • Orpington
  • Manchester Piccadilly
  • Café Rouge
  • Bury St Edmonds
  • Newbury
  • Maidstone Earl St
  • Solihull
  • Pinner
  • Blackheath
  • Harborne Birmingh
  • Leamington Spa
  • York
  • Dulwich
  • Epsom
  • Birmingham Mailbox
  • Woking
  • Hitchin
  • Oxford
  • Leicester
  • Chester
  • Cheltenham
  • Loughton
  • Chelmsford
  • Cambridge
  • Edinburgh
  • Southgate
  • Esher
  • Bromley
  • Salisbury
  • Canterbury Long
  • Trafford Centre
  • Exeter Princesshay
  • Hertford
  • Milton Keynes

Las Iguanas

  • Harrogate
  • Brighton Marina
  • Derby
  • Sheffield
  • Woking
  • Chester
  • Brunswick Square
  • Braintree
  • Bournemouth
  • Norwich
  • Newcastle

Belgo

  • Belgo Kingsway
  • Belgo Nottingham
  • Belgo Centraal

Airport sites

  • Café Rouge Rapide Inverness Airport
  • Bristol Airport
  • The George Ale & Coffee House (T5)
  • The Darwin Ale & Coffee House (T3)
  • Jersey Airport
  • Oriel Luton
  • Oriel Heathrow T4
  • La Salle Heathrow T2
  • Bella Italia Luton
  • Oriel Heathrow T3
  • Huxley’s Heathrow T5
  • The Shipyard Jersey

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Mount Snowdon has officially changed its name following a petition

The petition got 5,000 signatures

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Mount Snowdon has officially had a name change, following a petition which garnered 5,000 signatures.

A county councillor from Gwynedd brought forward a motion which encouraged the local authority to drop the English name of both Snowdon and Snowdonia, leading to the petition.

Councillor John Pughe Roberts said the reason for implementing the motion was ‘all down to respect’ for both Wales and the Welsh language.

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The petition urged the National Park to formally use the Welsh names Eryri for Snowdonia and Yr Wyddfa for Snowdon.

And now, the Snowdonia National Park Authority will use both Welsh names, rather than the English versions.

Officials at the National Park voted in favour of the move earlier this month, saying it was ‘a mark of respect for our cultural heritage’.

Naomi Jones, head of cultural heritage at the Snowdonia National Park Authority, said: ”Many public bodies across Wales have moved to use both the Welsh and English names, or the Welsh name only, when referring to Yr Wyddfa and Eryri, as have many of the mainstream English-language press and filming companies.

“This is very encouraging, and gives us confidence that this change in the Authority’s approach will be accepted for the benefit of the Welsh language and as a mark of respect to our cultural heritage.

“We have historic names in both languages, but we are eager to consider the message we wish to convey about place names, and the role they have to play in our current cultural heritage by promoting the Welsh language as one of the National Park’s special qualities.

“By referring to our most renowned landmarks by their Welsh names we give people from all over the world the opportunity to engage with the Welsh language and its rich culture.”

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However, the National Park will still legally have to use both the Welsh and English names in any official documentation.

Snowdon is one of the most well-known landmarks in the UK, and stands at 3,560ft – making it the highest mountain in Wales.

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Man arrested following three attempted kidnappings of schoolgirls

A 33-year-old was arrested.

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Police have arrested a man following their release of CCTV footage featuring a car they believe was used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle reportedly attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on November 21st.

Detectives also think the same man ‘possibly’ tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

Now police have confirmed that a 33-year-old man was arrested by officers today, Monday November 28th, on suspicion of three counts of attempted kidnap.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Officers identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield, of GMP’s Salford CID, said: “Although we have made this arrest, we are still very much looking to speak to anyone who may have information or dashcam footage, which could help us to establish the circumstances.

“We understand that the local community will be concerned but we are doing all we can to solve this investigation.

“I’d urge anyone who knows anything at all to please get in touch as soon as possible. In particular we are interested in the movements of a Black Vauxhall Astra 08 plate with a silver driver’s wing mirror cover; the passenger side is black.”

Police are still keen to speak to anyone with dashcam footage from the following times:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm
  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am
  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

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Police believe this car was used in three attempted kidnappings of schoolgirls

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Police have released CCTV footage of a car they believe was used in three attempted kidnappings around Salford.

A man driving the vehicle attempted to force a 15-year-old girl into the car at a bus stop in Monton on November 21st.

Detectives also think the same man tried to abduct another girl earlier that same day, as well as a third teenager five days previous.

According to Greater Manchester Police, the victims have been left ‘extremely shaken up’.

Detective Inspector Chris Horsfield said: “It’s very important that we get this man identified and off the streets as soon as possible.”

Police have identified the vehicle in the footage as a black Vauxhall Astra with a silver cover on the driver’s side wing mirror.

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Anyone with dashcam footage from the following times, officers are keen to speak to you:

  • Liverpool Street, Salford, between Fitzwarren Street and Albion Way on November 16th, between 7:45-8:20pm

  • Mossfield Road and Ackworth Road, Swinton, on November 21st, between 8-9am

  • Rocky Lane, Monton Green and Monton High Street on November 21st, between 6-7pm

 

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