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Peterborough Tesco store ditch "irritating" self-service checkout voice

The Tesco store in Peterborough. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There's some good news for supermarket shoppers in Peterborough because the frustration of being at a self-service checkout and hearing that dreaded phrase "unexpected items in the bagging area" is about to be a thing of the past.

Tesco is revamping all its machines and rolling out a new voice that's "friendlier, more helpful and less talkative."

It's now being trialled in Peterborough, but will be in all stores by the end of October.

Click below to compare the previous voice to the new one


Train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service

The train line between Peterborough and Ely could be made a community rail service. Credit: Department for Transport

Rail users on the train line between Peterborough and Ely could be given more say in how its run after the government announced plans to turn it into a community rail service.

The Hereward Line runs for 29 miles through Manea, March and Whittlesey.

If it is designated a community service, local people could have more say over the design and operation of passenger services.

"By designating the Hereward line as a community rail service, we can breathe new life into this route, ensure its long term future, and improve connections that will help grow the local economy."

– Claire Perry, Rail Minister

Nineteen rail lines around the country have been designated as community lines since 2005 including the Wherry Lines services between Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and the East Suffolk Lines between Ipswich, Felixstowe and Lowestoft.

Fans reminded to act respectfully at Chris Turner memorial derby

Chris Turner.

Cambridgeshire Police are reminding fans to act respectfully at the forthcoming Chris Turner memorial game involving Cambridge United and Peterborough United.

The former Peterborough United and Cambridge United Manager passed away in April following a battle with dementia.

The game will be played at Peterborough's ABAX Stadium on August 1 (3pm kick-off).

Football fans can expect friendly and fair policing at the forthcoming derby match.

The police operation has been developed to ensure everyone has a great day out and the vast majority of fans will enjoy the event in the right spirit.

We can no doubt expect passionate and healthy rivalry between these two family-friendly clubs and their supporters and our focus will be on those whose behaviour has the potential to spoil everyone else's enjoyment.

– Chief Inspector Karen Newton

Peterborough celebrates Portuguese Festival

Last year's festival Credit: ITV Anglia

Peterborough's Cathedral Square will be transformed into 'little-Portugal' this weekend as the city hosts its second Portuguese Festival.

Last year's festival Credit: ITV Anglia

There will be activities ranging from plays to music and dance. It'll be an opportunity for thousands of the city's Portuguese community to demonstrate their food, heritage and culture.

Last year's festival Credit: ITV Anglia

"I'm really pleased the Portuguese Festival is returning for a second year. It shows just how interested our residents are to learn about different cultures and ways of life."

– Annette Joyce, Peterborough City Council

"This is a great chance for all city residents to come and find out more about Portuguese culture as well as sample some traditional food and drink. We're very happy to be working with the council to put on the festival for its second year and I hope even more people come down to enjoy themselves."

– Paulo Batista

Investigation into series of arson attacks in Peterborough

There were a series of fires in the Peterborough area on Wednesday night. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cambridgeshire Fire Service is appealing for information after a spate of deliberate fires around Peterborough on Wednesday night

The arsonist set fire to public toilets in the Walton area and four fires around Paston Ridings.

The incidents took place between 7pm and 11pm and anyone with information is asked to contact police.


Death crash trial of Norfolk PCC's son to begin

The son of Norfolk's police and crime commissioner is due stand trial accused of causing death by dangerous driving.

Henry Bett is the son of farmer Stephen Bett, the former Tory chairman of Norfolk Police Authority, who now serves as the independent PCC for the county.

The 26-year-old denies the charge which relates to a collision between a tractor and a car in December 2013.

The trial will be held at Peterborough Crown Court.

Police hunt stab suspect

Police are hunting an attacker who stabbed a man Credit: Peterborough Police

Police investigating the stabbing of a man in Peterborough have released an e-fit of the suspect.

The 42-year-old victim was walking his dog along the Riverbank Pathway at the rear of Botolph Green, near Farriers Court, in Orton Longueville, when the attack happened at about 5.35pm on Friday, May 22.

He was using his phone to text a friend when a man jumped out of the bushes and demanded he give him his phone and watch.

The victim refused and the offender stabbed him in the stomach before making off on a bicycle.

The victim thought he'd been punched but then saw blood seeping through his t-shirt.

He was taken to Peterborough City Hospital but did not require surgery and returned home some hours later.

"This was a serious assault that could have resulted in a more serious injury. I would urge people to look closely at this image and contact police immediately if you have information."

– DC Fran Scott

The offender was described as white, in his late 20s or early 30s, 5'10", medium build with short light hair, wearing blue jeans with light markings or rips to the left upper leg and dark shoes.

Anyone with information should contact DC Scott on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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