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The Body Shop reveals full list of stores closing including several in Greater Manchester

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The Body Shop is to shut 75 stores over the next four to six weeks resulting in hundreds of job losses.

It comes after the British cosmetics retailer announced it had fallen into administration, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.

Closures began last month (February 20th) with seven stores shutting: Ashford Town Centre, Kent, Bristol Queens Road, Bristol, Canary Wharf, London, Cheapside, London, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, Oxford Street-Bond Street, London and Surrey Quays, London.

More store closures have now been confirmed with 75 closing over the coming weeks – including several in Greater Manchester – and 116 remaining open.

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The stores in our region that are closing include the sites in Bolton, Bury, Oldham and Wigan. Meanwhile, the Manchester Arndale, Manchester Royal Exchange, Trafford Park and Stockport branches are remaining open.

Administrators FRP said the retailer’s current portfolio is ‘no longer viable’ after ‘years of unprofitability’ and that the cuts would ‘
help re-energise’ the brand. 

The Body Shop has around 198 shops in the UK and employs around 2,200 people, including 750 staff at its head office.

Around 270 head office jobs are being cut, reducing roles by 40% and leaving around 400 full-time employees. It will restructure roles at its head office to align with its more financially viable strategy going forward.

The Body Shop ambassador programme, where individuals sell the brand’s products for a commission, is also being closed, FRP said.

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There will be a ‘renewed focus’ on products, online sales channels and wholesale as part of its restructuring.

FRP said: “A reduced store footprint, will coincide with a renewed focus on the brand’s products, online sales channels and wholesale strategies, bringing the brand in line with industry peers and supporting a return to financial stability.”

The Body Shop was founded by the pioneering British businesswoman and activist Dame Anita Roddick and her husband in 1976.

It established itself as a ground breaking ethical, sustainable brand, rejecting animal testing on cosmetics and promoting environmentally-friendly products and ethical sourcing practices.

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The trailblazing brand has since faced tough competition from other ethical brands including Lush, which was co-founded by Mark Constantine – a former supplier to The Body Shop.

In 2006 the couple sold The Body Shop to French beauty giant L’Oreal.

The Brazilian beauty giant Natura acquired the brand from L’Oreal in 2017, and Aurelius bought The Body Shop for £207m at the end of last year.

The 75 Body Shop stores closing are:

  • Aylesbury
  • Banbury
  • Barnstaple
  • Basildon
  • Battersea
  • Bedford
  • Beverley
  • Bexleyheath
  • Blackburn
  • Blackpool
  • Bournemouth Commercial Rd
  • Bolton
  • Brixton
  • Broughton Park
  • Bury
  • Camberley
  • Carlisle
  • Carmarthen
  • Chippenham
  • Cirencester
  • Croydon
  • Didcot
  • Durham
  • East Kilbride
  • Edinburgh Gyle Centre
  • Edinburgh Princes Mall
  • Epsom
  • Fareham
  • Farnborough
  • Glasgow Braehead
  • Glasgow Fort
  • Glasgow Silverburn
  • Glasgow Station
  • Grimsby
  • Halifax
  • Harlow
  • Hastings
  • Hempstead Valley
  • High Wycombe
  • Huddersfield
  • Hull
  • Ilford
  • Ipswich
  • Isle of Wight
  • Islington
  • Kendal
  • Kings Lynn
  • Leeds White Rose
  • Lewisham Centre
  • Lichfield
  • Loughborough
  • Luton
  • Macclesfield
  • Middlesbrough
  • Morpeth
  • Newton Abbot
  • Northampton
  • Oldham
  • Perth
  • Peterborough Queensgate
  • Portsmouth
  • Regent Street
  • Salisbury
  • Stafford
  • Stanstead Airside
  • Stratford Upon Avon
  • Swansea
  • Telford
  • Thanet
  • Trowbridge
  • Wakefield Trinity Walk
  • Walthamstow
  • Wigan
  • Woking
  • Wolverhampton

The 116 Body Shop stores remaining open are:

  • Aberdeen
  • Ashford Outlet
  • Basingstoke
  • Bath
  • Belfast Victoria Square
  • Birmingham New St.
  • Birmingham Bullring
  • Bluewater
  • Bracknell Lexicon
  • Bradford Broadway
  • Braintree Outlet
  • Brent Cross
  • Bridgend Outlet
  • Brighton
  • Bristol Cabot Circus
  • Broadgate
  • Bromley
  • Bury St Edmonds
  • Cannock Outlet
  • Cardiff St Davids
  • Castleford Outlet
  • Canterbury Whitefriars
  • Chelmsford
  • Cheltenham
  • Chesire Oaks Outlet
  • Chester Foregate Street
  • Chesterfield
  • Chichester
  • Clarks Village Outlet
  • Colchester
  • Coventry
  • Crawley County Mall
  • Cribbs Causeway
  • Dalton Park Outlet
  • Derby Intu
  • Doncaster Lakeside Outlet
  • Dudley
  • Dundee
  • Dunfermline
  • Ealing
  • East Midlands Outlet
  • Eastbourne
  • Edinburgh St James
  • Enfield
  • Fleetwood Outlet
  • Foyleside
  • Glasgow St. Enoch
  • Gloucester
  • Gretna Outlet
  • Guildford High Street
  • Gunwharf Outlet
  • Harrogate
  • Harrow
  • Hatfield
  • Hereford Commercial St
  • Hounslow Treaty Centre
  • Icon at O2 Outlet
  • Inverness
  • Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Lancaster
  • Leamington Spa
  • Leeds Briggate
  • Leicester New Shires
  • Lincoln Waterside
  • Liverpool One
  • Livingston Outlet
  • Llandudno
  • London Bridge
  • Lowry Outlet
  • Maidstone
  • Manchester Arndale Centre
  • Manchester Royal Ex
  • Meadowhall High St
  • Metro Centre Platinum Mall
  • Milton Keynes
  • Newcastle Eldon Sq
  • Nottingham Bridlesmith Gate
  • Oxford Street Soho
  • Oxford Westgate
  • Poole
  • Preston
  • Reading
  • Romford
  • Rushden Lakes
  • Shrewsbury
  • Skipton
  • Solihull
  • Southampton West Quay
  • Southend
  • Spalding
  • St. Albans
  • Staines
  • Stockport
  • Stratford City Westfield
  • Sunderland
  • Sutton
  • Swindon Outlet
  • Talke Hanley Outlet
  • Taunton
  • Thurrock
  • Trafford Park
  • Truro
  • Tunbridge Wells Royal Victoria Place
  • Uxbridge Market Square
  • Warrington
  • Watford
  • Wembley Outlet
  • White City Westfield
  • Whiteley Village
  • Wimbledon
  • Winchester
  • Windsor
  • Worcester
  • Worthing
  • York Coppergate Walk
  • York Depot
 

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Man arrested after mum pushing pram stabbed and killed in broad daylight

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder

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Police have arrested a 25-year-old man wanted for the fatal stabbing of a woman while she was pushing her baby in a pram in Bradford.

Police have arrested a suspect, following the murder of Kulsuma Akter, 27. Akter was stabbed several times in the Westgate area of Bradford city centre on Saturday afternoon. 

The mother was rushed to hospital, where despite the best efforts of medics, she sadly succumbed to her injuries. Her baby was unharmed in the incident.

It has also emerged that suspect, Habibur Masum, was on bail for assaulting and threatening to kill her at the time of the attack.

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Masum was conditionally bailed by Manchester Magistrates’ Court in November, despite prosecutors objecting to his release, it is understood.

Court documents show Masum, whose address was listed as Oldham, Greater Manchester, was charged with assaulting Ms Akter on November 23rd and threatening to kill her on November 24th.

Both incidents are alleged to have happened in Greater Manchester. Police had previously confirmed the couple were known to each other but have not confirmed their relationship. 

Masum attended a hearing on November, 27th 2023, where he pleaded not guilty to both offences and was ordered not to contact Ms Akter, it is understood.

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His bail conditions also prevented him from contacting a second person, or visiting a particular address.

Greater Manchester Police has said it is supporting West Yorkshire Police with the ongoing murder investigation.

Both forces have referred themselves to the Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog over previous contact with Masum and Ms Akter.

Detective Superintendent Jude Holmes, from GMP Oldham district, said: “We share the shock and concern that our communities feel in the wake of this tragic incident, and our thoughts are with Kulsuma Akter’s family at this truly distressing time.

“Habibur Masum is wanted by West Yorkshire Police on suspicion of murder. Due to his links to Greater Manchester, we have our specialist officers following several lines of enquiry to locate him.

“I urge members of the public to remain vigilant, and if you have any information on his whereabouts, call 999 as a matter of urgency.

“Due to previous police contact with Habibur Masum and Kulsuma Akter, Greater Manchester Police has made a referral to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.”

Police have arrested a 25-year-old man on suspicion of murder. A 23-year-old man was also arrested in Cheshire on suspicion of assisting an offender.

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Hunt for murder suspect after mum pushing pram killed in broad daylight

It is not clear whether is Masum is armed as police warn not to approach him

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Police are searching for a man from Oldham after a mum was stabbed to death in Bradford while pushing her baby in a pram.

Habibur Masum, 25, is wanted over the attack which took place in the Westgate area of Bradford at 3.21pm on Saturday (April 6th).

The victim, a 27-year-old woman, suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to hospital where she sadly died of her injuries, West Yorkshire Police said.

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The force also confirmed the baby was not harmed in the attack as the public is warned not to approach Masum.

It is understood Masum was known to the victim although police have not confirmed their relationship at this time. A knife was found at the scene but it is unclear if he is armed.

Masum was pictured on CCTV wearing a grey hooded, zip-up coat with three large horizontal lines of grey, white and black on it, grey tracksuit bottoms with a black logo and burgundy trainers. 

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A witness also reported seeing him wearing a grey hoodie with the hood up shortly after the incident on Westgate, at the junction with Drewton Road.

Masum is from Oldham and is believed to have links to Burnley and Chester. He is described as an Asian man, of slim build.

Detective Chief Inspector Stacey Atkinson said: “We have had significant resources following up a number of lines of inquiry to locate Habibur Masum but at this time his whereabouts are unknown.

“I would urge anyone who does see him not to approach him but to call 999 immediately.”

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She said the death of such a young woman in the ‘most awful circumstances’ will ‘understandably cause concern in the local community’.

Detective Chief Inspector Atkinson Added: “I would like to reassure the wider public that we are working tirelessly to investigate this horrendous crime and bring the person responsible to justice.

“To help us with this we are urging anyone who was in the area who may have dashcam footage or seen or heard something, however small it may seem, to please come forward.

“A scene remains in place which includes some road closures and I thank the public for their patience while we conduct our enquiries.”

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Man arrested in murder investigation after human torso found in Salford nature reserve

A man in his 20s is being questioned by police

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A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a human torso was found wrapped in plastic in a nature reserve in Salford.

As detectives continue to investigate the discovery of human remains found by a passerby on Thursday, April 4th, a man in his 20s from Salford was taken into custody on Saturday evening for questioning, Greater Manchester Police say.

DNA testing is being carried out to determine the identity of the victim, who is believed to be a male ‘likely to be aged older than 40’ and ‘has only been deceased for a matter of days’, officers say.

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GMP says it is conducting a thorough search of the area by utilising local officers and specialist branches including search dogs and assistance from underwater search teams, to help comb the site.

The force says although it has ‘not found anything else that is of interest to the investigation’, ‘work will not stop’ until it is certain the area has been thoroughly searched.

Chief Superintendent Tony Creely, of GMP’s Salford district, said: “The arrest we made yesterday evening is an important step for our investigation, but we must keep an open mind and a big part of this is speaking to anyone who may have crucial information.

“As we continue to work in the area, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the public for their concern and cooperation so far, and we are mindful this is a disturbing incident for the local community, but I can assure you that since we were made aware, we’ve been pursuing every single line of enquiry to help us find out what has happened.

“I cannot stress the importance of people contacting us with information if they know anything at all. You may have information that you don’t feel is of importance, but it could be to us, please pass it on, it could be the key piece of information we need to progress this investigation.”

Anyone who thinks they may have witnessed something suspicious in the Kersal Dale area over the last few days is urged to call GMP on 101 and quoting log number 2695 of April, 4th 2024.

A dedicated portal for anyone to submit images or video footage which could help police can be found HERE.

 

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