31/01/2013

Other News In Brief

HMV Cut 190 Jobs

Some 190 staff have been let go from HMV, across their head office and distribution network, administrators have announced.

Deloitte, appointed to run HMV on 15 January, say no redundancies have been made at the shops and all outlets continue to trade.

The administrators have been in talks with restructuring specialist Hilco about taking over the business.

Hilco bought HMV's debt, a move that could pave the way to taking control.

Eastenders Actor Injured In Car Crash

Former EastEnders actor Dean Gaffney has suffered head injuries in a car crash in Derby.

It is understood the 34-year-old actor was returning home from Wednesday's production of A Murder Is Announced when the accident happened.

His injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and he is recovering at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Police said a car struck the central reservation on the A38 at about 22:45 on Wednesday.

Renaissance Silverware Collection Left To Oxford Museum

A collection of Renaissance silverware worth tens of millions of pounds has been bequeathed to Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum.

The late collector Michael Wellby donated the haul of nearly 500 items, described as the most important gift to a British museum for over a century.

The collection includes a rare lapis lazuli bowl, made by Dutch goldsmith Paulus van Vianen, valued at £3m.

A selection of the objects will go on temporary display from next month.

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