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Shop owner devastated after ram raid destroys store

The owner of a post office at Chatteris in Cambridgeshire which was wrecked in a ram raid, says the robbery has left her devastated.

Ramila Karia said her family had only just finished renovating the local post office on the High Street, which thieves all but destroyed in their failed attempt to steal a cash machine.

The damage was so extensive, the street had to be closed for most of the day.


Locals grow tired of 'promised' supermarket that's still standing empty

What happens when a supermarket is built but never opens. Credit: ITV News Anglia

People living in a Fenland town say they are growing tired of a 'promised' supermarket that has been standing empty in a Cambridgeshire town ever since it was built two years ago.

The brand new Tesco store at Chatteris near Ely, cost the company £22 million pounds to build, but then it axed plans to open it as part of a cost-cutting measure.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Stuart Leithes

Tesco offers communities £20k after stores 'mothballed'

Tesco is offering a £20,000 'community fund' to residents in Chatteris and Whittlesey to say sorry for not opening new stores earmarked for the towns.

Empty Tesco store to remain closed Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The deal has been struck by Fenland District Council and follows an earlier Tesco donation to Chatteris groups of £4,000 agreed with MP Steve Barclay after the store was mothballed.

The crisis-hit retailer announced last month it would close 43 stores, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.


Multi-million pound Tesco store 'mothballed'

It is the country's biggest supermarket chain and until today appeared to have an ever growing number of stores in the region but now Tesco is to mothball one of its brand new shops in Cambridgeshire.

The store at Chatteris was due to open in November and construction work is well underway but now it is all going to be boarded up. It is a decision that has not gone down well in the town.

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Opening of Chatteris Tesco store put on hold

The opening of a new multi-million pound Tesco store in Cambridgeshire has been put on hold.

Tesco store sign Credit: PA Images

The store in Chatteris near Ely was due to open in November, but it will now be boarded up until further notice. It was expected to create 250 new jobs.

After careful consideration we have decided to delay the opening of our new store in Chatteris.

We recognise that some people will be disappointed with this decision and we are very grateful for the support we have received in the past for our plans.

We will make sure the site remains secure and tidy whilst we review timelines for the scheme and will be sure to keep the Council and local community informed as our plans progress.

– Tesco spokesperson

Meanwhile, four executives at Tesco have been suspended after the supermarket giant admitted it overstated its profits guidance to the City by £250 million.

Shares in Britain's biggest grocery chain dived to their lowest level in 11 years as the revelation triggered its third profits warning in as many months.

The supermarket refused to confirm reports that UK managing director Chris Bush is among the four members of staff suspended while the accountancy firm Deloitte carries out an "independent and comprehensive" review.

The investigation, which centres on when Tesco reports the income it receives from suppliers, was brought to the attention of Tesco's general counsel by a whistleblower on Friday.

The company carried out a preliminary investigation over the weekend before issuing its profits warning earlier today.

TB screening in Cambridgeshire after cluster of cases

The UKIP group leader at Cambridgeshire County Council is calling for all migrant workers from countries with high levels of tuberculosis to be screened before coming to Britain.

Paul Bullen made his remarks to ITV News Anglia following the diagnosis of 17 cases of the disease among workers at factories in Chatteris near Ely.

Staff at a factory where some of the infected people had worked, have been offered TB screening,

Public Health England says they cannot screen migrants from the European Union for TB, but that migrants from other countries with high rates of the disease are required to give proof they have been recently screened and are clear of the disease.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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