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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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Around 20 people involved in mass brawl ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens

The violence spilled out into the street

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A large group of people were involved in a mass fight ‘with knives’ in Piccadilly Gardens last night.

Around 20 people were caught up in the large brawl on Monday evening, and according to reports some were armed with knives.

The fight took place outside Morrisons on the end of Oldham Street, and happened around 9:30pm.

Witnesses reported seeing some of the suspects carrying knives, although police didn’t recover any from the scene, and busses were forced to stop as the violence spread out onto the road.

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Someone who witnessed the fight said on Twitter: “Piccadilly gardens is the roughest place on earth… a lovely night out helping ruined by a group of young kids kicking each others faces in”.

Officers responded to the incident, but no arrests were made or serious injuries reported.

This incident was the third of serious violence in just a few days.

Saturday afternoon saw another incident outside Morrisons in Piccadilly Gardens, in which a man was slashed in the face.

And on Sunday a brawl involving two tables at Barca bar in Castlefield happened, with some involved arming themselves with weapons like bar furniture and a baseball bat.

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Leading scientists call for end of face masks and social distancing by June

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Leading scientists have written to the UK government calling for social distancing and face masks to be scrapped from June.

In total 22 scientists have signed the communication, saying that these measures should finish on June 22nd – the same date limits on social contact are set to be scrapped in England.

One of the scientists who has added their name to the letter is Dr Roland Salmon, the former director of the communicable disease centre in Wales.

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Dr Salmon told BBC Radio Wales: “I am not venting my frustration but I do think some dialogue is well overdue.

“I have always felt that there has been little credible evidence benefit for many of the measures that we take.”

According to him, the letter was written to encourage the government to focus on protecting vulnerable people rather than the masses as we move forward.

Dr Salmon said we need to deal with the ‘here and now’ when asked about the threat of variants, going on to add that the vaccine has shown it helps prevent severe disease and death.

He added: “We can’t stop living forever while we wait for things to happen”.

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Scientists who’ve signed the letter include Prof Robert Dingwall from Nottingham Trent University, who sits on the New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group (NERVTAG). 

There’s also Prof Anthony Brookes, a geneticist and health data scientist at the University of Leicester, and Prof Carl Heneghan, director of the Centre for Evidence Based Medicine at Oxford University.

The letter reads: “We are being told simultaneously that we have successful vaccines and that major restrictions on everyday life must continue indefinitely. Both propositions cannot be true.

“We need to give more weight to the data on the actual success of the vaccines and less to theoretical risks of vaccine escape and/or surge in a largely vaccinated population.”



It continues: “Covid-19 no longer requires exceptional measures of control in everyday life, especially where there have been no evaluations and little credible evidence of benefit.

“Measures to reduce or discourage social interaction are extremely damaging to the mental health of citizens; to the education of children and young people; to people with disabilities; to new entrants to the workforce; and to the spontaneous personal connections from which innovation and enterprise emerge.”

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Boris Johnson is regarded as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters

It follows weeks of allegations against the PM

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According to a new poll Boris Johnson is seen as ‘untrustworthy’ by six out of 10 voters in Britain, with Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer seen as more trustworthy.

The poll from Ipsos MORI was shared by the Evening Standard, and comes after weeks of leaks and allegations about sleaze aimed at the prime minister.

The research found that Mr Johnson is trusted by just 35% of voters and deemed untrustworthy by 59%, while Sir Keir is seen as trustworthy by 42% and is untrusted by 41%.

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Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI, said: “On honesty Boris Johnson is clearly trumped by Keir Starmer, so this is an area of potential risk for him. 

“However, his own supporters still trust him, and the public overall have never seen it as one of his strongest attributes … and as previous leaders such as Tony Blair have shown, you don’t have to be ahead on trust to win elections. 

“The key question is whether and if these stories continue and start to change the public’s overall view on him as PM.”

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The poll was taken following weeks of reports about murky donations being used to refurbish the prime minister’s flat, as well as disclosures about covert lobbying.

However, it was undertaken before the most recent allegations that Mr Johnson said he’d rather see ‘bodies pile high’ than have another lockdown, so those reports won’t have been taken into consideration by those polled.

Despite all the recent controversy, the prime minister and government’s net satisfaction hasn’t changed much since March, with both Mr Johnson (44 satisfied/50 dissatisfied) and Sir Keir (36/46) having net negative ratings.

Ipsos MORI interviewed 1090 adults across the UK by telephone from April 16th to the 22nd – you can find full details here.

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