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Dozens of volunteers help 'spring clean' riverbanks

Dozen's of volunteer litter pickers have been giving the riverbanks in Chelmsford a spring clean.

The sea cadets and members of the canoe club were among the crowds filling up sacks of rubbish.

Sea cadets also helped collect rubbish that had been dumped on the riverbanks. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The event, which had to be postponed after heavy snow back in March was organised by Chelmsford City Council. It's the 13th year the 'spring clean' has been held.

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Final Toys R Us stores to close by April 24th

Toys R Us has announced that all its remaining 75 stores will close by April 24th

Final Toys R Us stores to close by April 24th Credit: PA Wire

Here is list of the final store closures in our region:

  • Basildon - Sat 21st
  • Bedford - Sat 21st
  • Harlow - Sun 22nd
  • Ipswich - Mon 23rd
  • Luton - Mon 23rd
  • Milton Keynes - Sun 22nd
  • Northampton - Mon 23rd
  • Northampton Weston Favell - Sat 21st
  • Norwich - Tue 24th
  • Peterborough - Sun 22nd
  • Stevenage - Thu 19th
  • Thurrock - Fri 20th

The closures will mean the loss of more than 2,000 jobs.

The toy chain collapsed in February and insolvency specialist Moorfields has been selling off the retailer's stock at knockdown prices.

"We are grateful for the hard work of everybody at Toys R Us during this extremely difficult and challenging time. We are working closely with the 2,000 employees affected by the closures to ensure they receive the support they need for redundancy and other compensatory payments."

– Simon Thomas, joint administrator at Moorfields
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