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Fears for the future of Northampton's historic market

Traders fear for the future because of proposed changes to the layout of Northampton's historic market. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Despite being a fixture in the town for hundreds of years there are fears about the future of Northampton's historic market.

Some stall holders say changes to the layout in the Market Square mean they will get less footfall and could be forced to shut up shop.

"This will be the finish of us, this will affect us so badly. The council do not know what they're doing, they have no idea whatsoever, no consultation whatsoever with traders.

"We might make it until Christmas, but we won't make it after that I don't think, so it'll be the end for us. Very sad, very angry."

– Anne Andreoli, Market trader

Northampton Borough Council is spending £30,000 on the project and says the works will improve the market and bring in more shoppers and traders.

Officials insist all traders were invited to have their say at a meeting.

  • Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Sarah Byrd

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Department store offers 'try-before-you-buy' overnight stay

A night in the department store: the ultimate try-before-you buy experience in Cambridge. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A department store in Cambridge is offering the ultimate 'try-before-you-buy' deal by allowing customers to stay in an in-store apartment.

John Lewis has launch 'The Residence' which is the first ever fully furnished in-store apartment which some customers will be allowed to use overnight.

The company says it has created a space for customers to try out the products recognising that jumping on a bed, sitting at a dining table or trying out a sofa for size is never quite the same in a shop as doing these things at home.

  • Click to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

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