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Fire service in tumble dryer safety warning

A number of brands are affected. Credit: Flickr: Gnarls Monkey

Essex Fire Service have issued a safety warning after a number of tumble dryer brands announced they are reviewing the safety of their products.

Fire staff are warning people not to leave running tumble dryers unattended after checks by manufacturers found that excess fluff was coming into contact with heating elements and causing potential fire risks.

The brands affected are Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda.

They have issued this advice.

  • Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Don’t use tumble dryers at night or while unattended.
  • Clean the filters regularly to ensure they do not become blocked with fluff.
  • Items should be removed from the dryer immediately after the cycle and shaken loose to assist cooling.
  • Don't overload plug sockets.
  • Ensure that no more than 13 amps are in any one plug socket.

For more information about which appliances are affected, visit:


Pounds pour in for Posh sporting legend

Fund for statue for Chis Turner tops £25,000 in a week Credit: ITV Anglia

A campaign to pay for a statue in memory of Peterborough United legend Chris Turner has raised over £25,000 in a week.

Supporters need £75,000 for the tribute to Chris who played 364 times for Posh and went onto become manager.

He led the club to successive promotions and a place in the second tier of English football for the first time in Posh's history.

Norwich defender says 'sorry' to Piers Morgan

Ryan Bennett tweeted after criticism from Piers Morgan Credit: : Nigel French/PA Archive/PA Images

Norwich City defender Ryan Bennett has offered a cheeky apology to Piers Morgan, after the Good Morning Britain presenter criticised his performance against Arsenal.

Gunners supporter Piers took to social media to express his dismay after his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Norwich City at Carrow Road yesterday.

Credit: Ferdaus Shamim/Zuma Press/Press Association Images

He also tweeted how unimpressed he was by 'halfwit' Bennett's tackle on Alexis.

After the match Ryan Bennett tweeted a cheeky apology.

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez leaves the pitch with an injury. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Thankfully it seems Bennett's apology was accepted.

Why you may not be able to call for help if you break down on the A149 in Norfolk

RAC warning to motorists of no phone signal on major Norfolk road Credit: ITV ANGLIA

A motoring charity is warning that drivers who break down on the A149 coast road in Norfolk may not be able to call for help because there's little or no mobile phone coverage.

It's among 4,500 miles of Britain's roads named by the RAC as having no 2G - the minimum required to make a call or send a text.

"There are thousands of miles of roads along which you would not want to break down or have an accident because calling the RAC, the emergency services or even home wouldn't be an option."

– Steve Gooding, RAC Foundation Director

Weather warning of further strong winds in parts of the Anglia region

There's a warning of further strong winds affecting parts of the Anglia region during Monday. It follows a weekend of blustery weather with winds in East Anglia gusting in excess of 60 mph.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning with the risk of disruption to travel.

Area covered by yellow weather warning on Monday 30 November 2015. Credit: Met Office

This weather warning is in force from 9am until 6pm on Monday 30 November. It covers parts of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

The Met Office says: "Southwesterly winds will increase later on Monday morning, with gales extending eastwards across Wales along with much of southern and central England, and severe gales likely on exposed western and southern coasts.

"Gusts of 50 mph are likely inland whilst gusts of 60 mph will affect some exposed coasts in the west and south. Winds will will gradually ease from the west on Monday afternoon."

"A further depression will move quickly east across the UK on Monday, crossing northern England in the afternoon. A swathe of gales is expected to the south of the depression's track.

"Although wind strengths will probably be slightly less than Sunday's system there is still the possibility of some localised low level impacts."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment


Police renew appeal in 25 year old murder case

Patrick Hurling

Police in Hertfordshire are renewing their appeal for information about a murder that happened 25 years ago.

Patrick Hurling was beaten and his house set on fire near Hertford in 1990.

A reward of £20,000 was offered by an anonymous group of businessmen for information on the case. However, despite three people being arrested in connection with the case, no-one has ever been charged.

His house and garage were set on fire.

"Whilst I appreciate Patrick was murdered 25 years ago, I am convinced someone somewhere will have some information they may not have shared with police previously which could be vital to solving the case. If you know anything, please contact us.We have been working closely with Patrick's children who understandably remain keen to discover what happened to their father and see justice for him. If you can offer anything to assist please do call."

– Detective Sergeant Dave Taylor from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

"Our father was brutally killed and we are desperate for answers. We are fully supportive and appreciative of the efforts of police and would echo their appeal for information. If you know absolutely anything which could assist the investigation we would urge you to please make contact with officers."

– Patrick's family

More than half of parents in East facing financial stress this Christmas

Parents in this region are facing financial stress this Christmas, with more than half (54%) saying they have cut back on spending on themselves to buy presents for their children.

The poll for Action for Children also showed more than a quarter (29%) regularly struggle to make their money last to the end of the month, making the festive season particularly difficult.

"Parents want to give their children a magical Christmas, and this places a lot of pressure on them to spend. When so many of the region's parents already struggle to make their money last with everyday living costs, Christmas can spark a crisis of stress, bills and debt. Parents worried about their money situation should seek help now to prepare for Christmas and to avoid the dreaded day in January when the Christmas bills land on the mat. ...The Government must consider the importance of family income and how to maintain it in the wider economic environment."

– Yolanda Hampshire, operational director at Action for Children in the East of England
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