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Union told by bosses that Bernard Matthews 'Is not up for sale'

Bernard Matthews Credit: ITV News Anglia

Unite, the country's largest union says it will be monitoring developments at turkey producers Bernard Matthews after management said it was 'business as usual'.

It comes after recent reports speculated that the company which has staff working across both Norfolk and Suffolk, was being put up for sale.

Unite says it has held a meeting with management at the company's headquarters in Great Witchingham, where bosses said the business was not up for sale, although a number of interested parties had made approaches.

Unite represents 450 of the 2,000 staff at Bernard Matthews.

"The management said that the company was not up for sale, although there had been approaches about Bernard Matthews’ current financial standing. The message was very much: ‘Business as usual’. There had been losses, but they were being addressed by a redevelopment plan as the company gears up for the peak Christmas production period. The management said that sales were good, although profit margins remained tight. There was no mention of any job losses, but Unite will be keeping an eagle eye on the situation as it develops in the weeks and months ahead, as the job security of our members is paramount.”

– Unite regional officer Steve Harley

Suffolk and Essex hottest places in UK on Sunday and it's getting hotter

Blue skies over Yaxley in Cambridgeshire on Monday morning. Credit: Dave Bradley

Cavendish in Suffolk and Writtle in Essex were the hottest places in the UK on Sunday as the temperatures climbed to 27.6°C (81.7°F).

It made it the hottest day of the year so far in the Anglia region and it is set to get hotter over the next few days with temperatures possibly peaking at 34°C (93°F) or higher.

The highest temperature in the UK so far this year was 27.8°C recorded at Porthmadog in Wales on 5 June.

It will get hotter over the next few days. On Monday, the temperature had reached 26.6°C by 10.30 am at Marham in west Norfolk.

Maximum temperatures in the Anglia region on Sunday 17 July 2016

  • 27.6°C in Writtle, Essex
  • 27.6°C in Cavendish, Suffolk
  • 27.4°C in Cambridge
  • 27.3°C in Monks Wood near Sawtry, Cambridgeshire
  • 27.0°C in Santon Downham, Suffolk
  • 26.8°C in Tibenham, Norfolk
  • 26.7°C in Bedford
  • 26.5°C in Harpenden, Hertfordshire
  • 25.9°C in Norwich
  • 23.1°C in Cromer, Norfolk


Aerial photos show busy Latitude Festival

Aerial view of Latitude festival Credit: Mike Page

Thousands of music fans have been enjoying fine weather at the Latitude festival in Suffolk this weekend

Aerial view of Latitude festival Credit: Mike Page

These aerial shots of the festival at Henham Park near Southwold taken by Mike Page show just how busy the site is.

Latitude main stage Credit: Mike Page

The four day event ended today with a total attendance expected to be around the 35,000 mark.

Latitude campsite Credit: Mike Page

Man charged after firearms incident

A 29 year old man has been charged by Suffolk Police following a firearms incident in Haverhill town centre on Friday afternoon.

Rafal Jaszowski, of Connaught Road, Haverhill, is charged with possession of an imitation firearm. He was bailed to appear at Bury St Edmunds Magistrate Court on Monday 8 August 2016.

Suffolk stages British championship motocross round


British championship motocross returns to the region tomorrow (Sunday)

Round Six of the series is being staged at Blaxhall near Woodbridge in Suffolk, which also includes a championship for junior riders.

Fifteen year old George Grigg-Pettitt, a student at Hadleigh High School, is currently fifth in the standings. And there's a strong local presence in the senior classes with Ipswich rider Jake Nicholls among the front runners.

Latitude festival gets underway in Suffolk

Video report by ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer.

The music kicks off at the 11th Latitude Festival at Henham Park in Suffolk tonight.

More than 35,000 are expected to attend the four day event which also features theatre, comedy and literature.

Latitude Festival 2016 at Henham Park in Suffolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

More than 500 acts will be on stages and areas dotted across this site over the next couple of days.

The big headliners include The Macabees, The National, New Order, and in the comedy tent there's Russell Howard, Josh Widdicombe and Bill Bailey.


Boots offer 'deepest condolences' after manslaughter verdict

Vinnie Barker was assessed at Boots. Credit: PA

Boots Opticians say they offer their "deepest condolences" to the family of an eight-year-old boy from Ipswich who died when an optometrist failed to spot a life-threatening condition.

Vinnie Barker died from fluid on the brain five months after a routine eye test by 35 year-old Honey Rose at Boots in 2012.

Rose was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Ipswich Crown Court this morning.

We offer our deepest condolences to Vincent Barker’s family.

Our thoughts throughout this difficult period remain with the family following these tragic events.

– Ben Fletcher, Managing Director, Boots Opticians

Optometrist guilty of manslaughter after failing to spot condition

Honey Rose didn't spot Vinnie Barker's condition. Credit: ITV News Anglia/Suffolk Police

An optometrist has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after failing to spot a life-threatening condition on an Ipswich boy.

Eight-year-old Vinnie Barker died from fluid on the brain five months after a routine eye test by 35 year-old Honey Rose at Boots in 2012.

The prosecution argue that Vinnie had swollen optic discs and could have been saved if it had been spotted.

Woman dies after motorcycle crash

Woman dies after the motorcycle she was on crashed Credit: ITV News Anglia

A woman has died after the motorbike she was on crashed.

It happened on Peasenhall Road in Walpole, Suffolk at around 6pm yesterday evening. A man was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich hospital.

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