Tesco has announced the closure of its Harlow food distribution centre where 800 people work.
The shop workers union has described the news as "devastating".
"This is absolutely devastating news for our members and their families. Usdaw will be entering into a 90 day consultation with Tesco to explore all possible options to reduce any job losses."
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Sunday forecast: Heavy rain is expected for a time with gusty winds, then clearing during the afternoon.
March in the Anglia region has been much drier and sunnier than normal although temperatures have been around average.
Breezy and rather cloudy overnight but mainly dry. On Sunday, becoming wet and windy for much of the morning after a dry start.