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Tesco offers communities £20k after stores 'mothballed'

Tesco is offering a £20,000 'community fund' to residents in Chatteris and Whittlesey to say sorry for not opening new stores earmarked for the towns.

Empty Tesco store to remain closed Credit: ITV News Anglia.

The deal has been struck by Fenland District Council and follows an earlier Tesco donation to Chatteris groups of £4,000 agreed with MP Steve Barclay after the store was mothballed.

The crisis-hit retailer announced last month it would close 43 stores, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.

Mayor stops driving after Tesco crash

Mayor's car crashes into supermarket Credit: Archant

The Mayor of St Edmundsbury, who accidentally drove his car into his local supermarket just days after taking office, has said he's given up driving.

Councillor Terry Buckle, who's 73, lost control of his Vauxhall Vectra while trying to park at the Tesco store in Bury St Edmunds last week. Mayor Buckle said the accident, his first in 56 years of driving, frightened him so much he's vowed not to get behind the wheel again.