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Festive spike in demand for Cambridge foodbank supplies

Supplies ready at Cambridge Foodbank. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Demand for emergency food supplies in Cambridge has seen a festive spike.

Volunteers say it is a particularly busy time of year but throughout the last 12 months they have seen a big increase in the need for help.

Almost 5,000 food boxes were given to people in crisis this year - 13% more adults than the year before and 17% more children.


Co-op recalls chocolate Santas after cell batteries found in them in Suffolk and Essex

The Co-op has launched an urgent recall of the Santas Credit: Suffolk Trading Standards

The Co-op is recalling chocolate Santas after batteries were found inside two of them at stores in the East.

The retailer said there were two “alleged tampering incidents” involving the hollow milk chocolate figures, which sell for £1.

The chocolates that had been subject to tampering were bought at two different locations, one in Suffolk and one in Essex.

It has informed the police and Food Standards Agency and started a national product recall.

The Co-op has sold 165,000 of the German-made Santas, which are available from other retailers, and has advised people not to eat them.

The Co-op said customers with one of these products should not eat it, but call the company’s customer relations team for a full refund.

Weetabix sale could see breakfast cereal firm join £1bn club

The Chinese owner of Weetabix has reportedly put the breakfast cereal firm up for sale in a deal that could value it at £1 billion.

Bright Food Group, which acquired a 60% stake in Weetabix in 2012, is working with Goldman Sachs on the sale process, according to Reuters.

The remaining 40% of Weetabix is held by Baring Private Equity Asia. State owned Bright Food said when it bought Weetabix that it would look to crack the Chinese breakfast market, but the bulk of its sales still come from the UK.

Weetabix has also been embroiled in the wave of strike action affecting the UK over the festive period after workers voted on Monday to go on strike in the new year following a row over shift patterns.

The Usdaw union said action will affect workplaces in Corby and Kettering, with the first strike taking place in the new year.

The company said "changing consumer breakfast habits" have increased demand for biscuit production, resulting in the new shift patterns.


Workers at Weetabix to strike in row over shift patterns

Workers at cereal company Weetabix are to go on strike in the new year after voting for action in a row over shift patterns.

Members of Usdaw backed industrial action by 9-1 on a turnout of almost 70%.

The union said action will affect workplaces in Corby and Kettering, with the first strike taking place in the new year.

Each strike will run for 24 hours, with no more than one stoppage in a single week.

Ed Leach of Usdaw said: "Despite long and detailed discussions, the company has so far refused to offer a suitable financial incentives for employees who have moved shift or will be expected to move onto the new 24/7 shift pattern.

"As a result of the failure to agree, Usdaw conducted a ballot for industrial action and members have overwhelmingly backed a series of 24-hour strikes.

"It is deeply regrettable that the company has pushed staff to this point and we hope that they will look again at their offer, continue to negotiate with us and seek a solution that will avoid the industrial action backed by our members."

Former Arsenal goalkeeper now running the region's biggest country estates

Alan had a 13 year career that included stints at Arsenal, Middlesborough and Blackburn. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Arsenal goalkeeper is the new Events Manager at Holkham Hall in Norfolk.

Alan Miller played for the team for six years during the 80's and 90's but now oversees the many functions on the estate.

From parties to Christmas fairs to outdoor sporting and theatre events there's seemingly nothing this ex-goalie can't handle.

Christmas is very popular now, Easter is very popular, Country fair, triathlon last year, there's lots of exciting things happening here.

When you look back it makes you realise what you actually achieved. Especially when you start at a great club like Arsenal, as a young lad. I was there for ten years, which was a really successful time for the club.

– Alan Miller, Former goalkeeper

Study reveals 'Christmas dash', as a fifth pick up last minute essentials on the big day

19% of us pick up festive essentials on Christmas Day. Credit: ITV Anglia.

A new survey has revealed nearly 1 in 5 of us here in the east will have to make a last-minute dash to a corner shop on Christmas Day.

The study by Nationwide says 19% of us pick up festive essentials such as batteries, stuffing and alcohol on the big day.

The figure puts us at the bottom of the list for least prepared, with the number in some parts of Britain rising to more than 41%.

See below for how we stack up against the other regions.

  • East Anglia, 19%
  • Scotland, 41%
  • London, 36%
  • Wales, 36%
  • South West, 31%
  • Yorkshire and the Humber, 29%
  • North West, 28%
  • West Midlands, 28%
  • Northern Ireland, 27%
  • South East, 26%
  • North East, 25%
  • East Midlands, 19%

Specialist teams investigate after legionella bacteria found at Essex gym

Walton on the Naze Lifestyles

A specialist team has been brought in to carry out a full survey of the water system at an Essex leisure centre after a man contracted Legionnaires disease.

The Walton on the Naze Lifestyles centre remains closed after a customer fell ill in November. He's since been discharged from hospital.

Tendring District Council hopes the centre will reopen in the New Year, depending on the outcome of the survey.

TDC will then undertake any work and changes to procedures recommended by the specialists – taking on board all points they raise.

The aim is to reopen the site as soon as is practicably possible but only when we are 100 percent satisfied that everything has been resolved.

– Lynda McWilliams, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing
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