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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:

Weather warning of further strong winds in parts of the Anglia region

There's a warning of further strong winds affecting parts of the Anglia region during Monday. It follows a weekend of blustery weather with winds in East Anglia gusting in excess of 60 mph.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning with the risk of disruption to travel.

Area covered by yellow weather warning on Monday 30 November 2015. Credit: Met Office

This weather warning is in force from 9am until 6pm on Monday 30 November. It covers parts of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northamptonshire and Rutland.

The Met Office says: "Southwesterly winds will increase later on Monday morning, with gales extending eastwards across Wales along with much of southern and central England, and severe gales likely on exposed western and southern coasts.

"Gusts of 50 mph are likely inland whilst gusts of 60 mph will affect some exposed coasts in the west and south. Winds will will gradually ease from the west on Monday afternoon."

"A further depression will move quickly east across the UK on Monday, crossing northern England in the afternoon. A swathe of gales is expected to the south of the depression's track.

"Although wind strengths will probably be slightly less than Sunday's system there is still the possibility of some localised low level impacts."

– Met Office Chief Forecaster's Assessment


Police renew appeal in 25 year old murder case

Patrick Hurling

Police in Hertfordshire are renewing their appeal for information about a murder that happened 25 years ago.

Patrick Hurling was beaten and his house set on fire near Hertford in 1990.

A reward of £20,000 was offered by an anonymous group of businessmen for information on the case. However, despite three people being arrested in connection with the case, no-one has ever been charged.

"Whilst I appreciate Patrick was murdered 25 years ago, I am convinced someone somewhere will have some information they may not have shared with police previously which could be vital to solving the case. If you know anything, please contact us.We have been working closely with Patrick's children who understandably remain keen to discover what happened to their father and see justice for him. If you can offer anything to assist please do call."

– Detective Sergeant Dave Taylor from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire

"Our father was brutally killed and we are desperate for answers. We are fully supportive and appreciative of the efforts of police and would echo their appeal for information. If you know absolutely anything which could assist the investigation we would urge you to please make contact with officers."

– Patrick's family

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...

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