Online retail giant Amazon will create 1,200 permanent jobs in the North West after announcing the launch of a huge new warehouse.

Its new fulfilment centre will be in Warrington and recruitment will begin later this year for positions including operations managers, engineers, HR and IT specialists.

This will be the fourth UK site announced by Amazon in 2017, following Daventry, Doncaster and Tilbury.

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Stefano Perego, Amazon's director of UK customer fulfilment, said: "We are thrilled to begin recruitment for 1,200 new permanent roles in Warrington with competitive wages and comprehensive benefits starting on day one."

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The Warrington fulfilment centre is expected to be operational by autumn.

Amazon’s Daventry site opened in February while Doncaster, Warrington and Tilbury will begin their operations in the autumn.

David Mowat MP, told the Warrington Guardian: “Warrington was recently ranked as the number two town in the country in which to do business, so it’s no surprise that a major international organisation is keen to do business here and employ local people.”

Amazon currently has 12 fulfilment centres across the UK in Doncaster, Coalville, Daventry, Dunfermline, Dunstable, Gourock, Hemel Hempstead, Manchester, Milton Keynes, Peterborough, Rugeley and Swansea Bay.