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easyJet: 'We have no plans to move away from Luton'

easyJet say they are not leaving Luton. Credit: PA

easyJet have moved to reassure staff that jobs won't be lost as a result of plans to potentially move their legal headquarters away from the UK.

The airline have confirmed they're looking into moving their legal home from Luton to a European city due to the uncertainty caused by Brexit.

Despite that move, they say that they have "no plans" to leave Luton as their main HQ.

easyJet is lobbying the UK government and the EU to ensure the continuation of a fully liberal and deregulated aviation market within the UK and Europe. This would mean that easyJet and all European airlines can continue to operate as they do today.

As part of easyJet’s contingency planning before the referendum we had informal discussions with a number of European aviation regulators about the establishment of an AOC (air operator certificate) in an European country to enable easyJet to fly across Europe as we do today.

easyJet has now started a formal process to acquire an AOC.

Until the outcome of the UK/EU negotiations are clearer easyJet does not need to make any other structural or operational changes.

We have no plans to move from Luton – our home for 20 years.

– easyJet statement

Reports: easyJet opens talks about moving its HQ away from the UK

easyJet are reportedly in talks about moving away from the UK. Credit: PA

Luton-based airline easyJet has reportedly opened talks with EU governments about moving its HQ away from the UK.

It comes a day after the firm pledged that the headquarters would stay in Luton and that jobs with the company were safe.

Speaking to ITV News Anglia yesterday, Commercial Manager Neil Slaven said that the company is committed to staying in the UK.

"easyJet was born in Luton 20 years ago and we've been very successful operating from Luton over that time," he said.

"We continue to be successful in Luton, and we're absolutely there to stay."

However, Chief Executive Carolyn McCall has apparently suggested in private meetings this week that a move away from Britain is "almost inevitable" as a result of the uncertainty caused by the Brexit vote.

ITV News Anglia has contacted easyJet asking for a statement but has so far received no response.

The company currently employs around 1,000 people at its Bedfordshire base.


EasyJet confirms it's committed to staying in Luton

Easy Jet has committed itself to a future in this region and promised its headquarters will remain at Luton.

The reassurance follows fears a vote to leave the EU may have meant jobs were moved overseas.

Just days after the airline issued a profits warning, ITV News Anglia has been told there are no plans to cut investment in the region.

Watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Olivia Kinsley.

Serious case review published after death of Luton baby

Jessica (left) and Angela Price were jailed for eight years each in Nov 2015 for causing the death of baby Imran Credit: South Beds News Agency

The Luton Safeguarding Children Board has published a serious case review into the death of a seven month old baby in Luton in January 2014.

The report said that the cause of baby Imran's death is undetermined, but the post mortem examination indicated dehydration and malnutrition as factors.

The review gathered information from all the agencies involved with the family of baby Imran and found the following:

  • Indicators that the mother was struggling to cope with parenting in less than favourable conditions were not recognised.
  • No single agency took assertive leadership.
  • Overall response by Health Visiting Service was fragmented, lacked coordination and was hampered by inexperienced practitioners.
  • Baby Imran's needs were not sufficiently recognised at a time when there was an emerging picture of the mother failing to engage with services.
  • A more robust intervention could have been made.

"This distressing case starkly highlights the huge workloads child protection professionals were trying to cope with at the time of this toddler’s tragic death. However, opportunities to help him were sadly missed and information gathered about the family over a four year period was never properly shared. While the mother and grandmother, found guilty of allowing Imran’s death, were evasive and deceitful it is clear that more effective communication and intervention could have saved his life.”

– NSPCC spokesperson

The review highlighted a number of areas to be improved following the death of baby Imran:

  • Better sharing of information between agencies.
  • Outpatient staff to inform others of anything out of the ordinary when attending to children.
  • More experienced Health Visitors needed.
  • More detailed record keeping.
  • Missed GP appointments to be followed up.

Each of the agencies involved in this case have since submitted an action plan to address the concerns raised in the review. The implementation of this will be monitored by the LSCB.

Luton Mosque hoping Ramadan can help build bridges to wider community

Muslims across the region have been fasting each day between sunrise and sunset from the 6th of June to the 6th of July as part of the holy month of Ramadan.

But once the sun has gone down there's a chance to catch up with friends and family at the evening meal or Iftar - and in Luton one mosque has been using the event to build bridges with the wider community.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Russell Hookey.

Luton man charged with race offences

A thirty year old man from Luton has been charged with two racially aggravated public order offences following an EDL protest outside a mosque in Birmingham at the weekend.

Thomas Johnstone, from Hitchin Road in Luton has also been charged with two counts of using threatening behaviour.

He's due to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court later today.


Luton Town reveal new kit after striking fresh sponsorship deal

Luton Town players in their new kit Credit: Luton Town

Luton Town have unveiled their new kit for next season.

The Hatters will be sponsored by SsangYong Motor UK Ltd for the next two years. They've also struck a kit deal with Puma.

Gary Sweet with Paul Williams, CEO Ssangyong Credit: Luton Town

“SsangYong have been supporters of the football club for a while and boast many Kenilworth Road regulars among their workforce. “They are determined to strengthen the links with the community in Luton, and are keen to support all of our teams from Nathan’s lads in League Two right through to the ladies and community teams we run.

– Gary Sweet, Luton Town Chief Executive

Luton-based TUI: 'The EU without the UK is barely conceivable'

TUI are based in Luton. Credit: PA

Luton-based travel company TUI has responded to Britain's decision to leave the EU by saying that it is 'barley conceivable' to imagine Europe without the UK.

The Leave campaign won by a 51.9% majority overnight.

CEO Fritz Jouseen admitted he was shocked by the decision but has backed his company to get through a period of uncertainty.

The EU without the UK is barely conceivable but we respect the democratic decision of the British people and trust the UK government will take all steps necessary to ensure economic and political stability and to ensure that British holidaymakers will not be affected by the UK's decision to leave the EU.

We are well prepared and confident that TUI Group as a truly global company will not be significantly affected by the decision.

It remains to be seen how the decision will affect consumer sentiment.

– Fritz Joussen, TUI CEO

Have you seen missing Katie?

Katie McLaughlin.

Police are appealing for the public’s help in tracing a woman who has gone missing from her Luton home.

Katie McLaughlin, 25, was last seen in Tennyson Road two days ago, and officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.

Katie is white, 5’2”, with shoulder-length straight blonde hair, and is described as vulnerable at this time.

Anyone who believes they may have seen Katie, or has any information as to her whereabouts, is urged to contact police on 101 quoting reference 420.

Police hunt missing Bedfordshire teen

Police appeal for information to help find missing teen. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information to help find a 16-year-old boy who has been missing from his home in Luton since last night (Saturday).

Zaker Ahmed left his house in Ivy Road at approximately 10.30pm and has not been seen since.

He’s described as 5’6”, slim, Asian, with black hair. He was last seen wearing a grey cardigan, maroon jeans, and black shoes.

Police say they are becoming increasingly concerned for his welfare and are appealing for anyone with information to call 101, quoting reference number 95 of 19 June.

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