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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:


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

Has Black Friday had its day?

Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich Credit: ITV News Anglia

Thousands of shoppers have been taking advantage of pre-Christmas sales today on so-called Black Friday.

Last year, retailers across the country made £2 billion pounds in just 24 hours - but is this American import as popular as in recent years or has the novelty value already worn off?

Internet sales have already topped the one billion pound mark so it seems shoppers could be moving away from instore to online.

Click below to watch a report by Kate Prout...

Are drink driving penalties tough enough?

From the beginning of December, police forces across England and Wales are launching their annual Christmas Drink and Drug campaign - targeting anyone over the limit.

As police forces in our region join the nation-wide crackdown, road safety charity Brake is calling for tougher punishments for those who break the law.

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A quiet start to Black Friday Frenzy

A slow start at the Intu:MK shopping centre in Milton Keynes Credit: ITV News Anglia

Shops across the East have experienced a quieter start than predicted as today's Black Friday event began in a more sedate way than last year's pre-Christmas shopping event.

Retailers are still hoping that customers could spend their way to the UK's first £1 billion in online shopping by the end of the day but so far instore shopping has not seen the buying rush expected.

'Exploding hover boards' spark warning ahead of Christmas rush

The boards were seized at the Port of Felixstowe. Credit: Suffolk Trading Standards

Nearly 1,500 electric scooters known as 'hover boards' have been seized at the Port of Felixstowe because they're a fire risk.

The scooters are one of this year's must-have Christmas gifts, but some have been found to be unsafe.

Trading Standards are warning shoppers to be cautious about buying electrical products at bargain prices.

"Here in Norfolk, our Trading Standards officers are also on high alert and will not hesitate to take action by removing unsafe products from sale here in order to protect our residents.

Everyone is looking for the latest must have gift at Christmas – and to make their money stretch as far as possible. But our advice is to steer well away from any electrical products being offered at bargain prices, because it often means they are fitted with cheap, unsafe, non-compliant or faulty parts that can overheat or break just days after purchase, increasing the risk of fire or even electric shock.”

– Brian Chatten, Norfolk County Council’s Community Safety and Fair Trading Manager

Kanye West fans set up camp in Norwich for limited edition trainers

Credit: PA Images

Fans of Kanye West have set up camp outside a clothes shop in Norwich in the hope of getting a pair of the rapper's limited edition trainers.

Philip Brown is one of only 10 independent shops in the UK to stock the new shoes Adidas 'Yeezy Boost 350' which go on sale at 10 o'clock on Saturday.

The 'Yeezy Boost 350'.
Fans queuing up outside ready.

Some fans have come as far away as London and have been queuing for quite a while.

Warning issued after spate of vehicle break-ins

Hertfordshire police issued the warning. Credit: Herts Police

Police in Stevenage are warning motorists to be careful after the last two weeks saw a surge in thefts from parked cars.

Several reports have been made regarding thefts from unsecure vehicles, especially vans.

Items stolen include high value power tools, racing car equipment and sat navs.

Hertfordshire police offer this advice to keep your vehicle safe.

  • lock the doors and shut the windows and sunroof
  • Never leave any valuables in your vehicle - not even in the glove box or boot
  • If removal of tools is not possible, fit a good quality tool safe
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