"As part of the Group’s simplification programme set out in its 2011 strategic plan, the decision has been reached to close Essex House, leading to around 570 role reductions. A further c75 members of staff currently at Essex House will move to our Chelmsford location.
"As with any decision that affects our colleagues, this was a very difficult one to make. We will do everything we can to provide support for both our employees and the local community to manage this transition.
"We will work with our colleagues wherever possible to try to find suitable roles for them elsewhere within the Group."
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More funnel clouds have been spotted spinning down from thunderstorm clouds across the Anglia region as the June summer soaking continues.
Some sunny spells for much of the day with scattered, locally heavy showers, mainly in the east. Cloud increasing from the west later.
Showers this evening, dying out overnight.