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Be safe on Black Friday

People are being reminded to be careful when shopping on Black Friday.

In America, Black Friday is the first Friday after Thanksgiving in the US that kick-starts the Christmas season. To celebrate many American stores offer lots of heavily discounted one-day deals, but usually it’s only on one or two big star products.

Read: What is Black Friday?

It's a day which is becoming increasingly popular in the UK.

Police Scotland have issued the following advice:

  • Use cash machines in well lit, non-secluded areas and stay alert.
  • Check the machine hasn't been tampered with, hide your PIN, beware of who is behind you and keep your cash out of view.
  • When you're out Christmas shopping, you might not realise how much all the presents you're carrying are worth - look after your shopping bags and don't leave them out of view.
  • If you're driving to the shops, park your car in a busy, well-lit area.
  • Don't keep any presents you've bought in the car for longer than you have to and always keep them out of view.
  • Ensure your bag in closed and not easily accessible when not being used.

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Careful of 'free trials' warns council

"If something looks too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. A free trial could end up costing you a lot of money.” Credit: PA

People in Cumbrian are being urged to be avoid ‘free’ trials of goods after some people have been charged up to £95 a month for “free” products.

Shoppers are invited to sign up for a free trial of a product where they’ll pay around £5 for postage and packing. But unless the trial is cancelled within 14 days, monthly payments may be made automatically which could be anything up to £95 a month.

Cumbria County Council’s Trading Standards team is urging shoppers to read the terms and conditions when signing up for a supposed ‘free' trial.

If people are worried they’ve been targeted by this type of scam, they should contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 040506.

"This typically happens on the internet. It’s a widespread problem. The scams involve all kinds of products including anti-ageing miracle creams and serums, health supplements and slimming aids. They’re different products, but all the scams are virtually all the same.

When the product arrives the paperwork contains the small print or terms and conditions. This type of scam is operating on a wide scale and the companies doing this are often based abroad, some as far away as the USA. Consumers should be on their guard; if it mentions repeat billing and it’s a free trial that requires you to cancel then it’s probably a scam.

If something looks too good to be true, it’s probably a scam. A free trial could end up costing you a lot of money.”

– Councillor John McCreesh, Cumbria County Council’s cabinet member for Trading Standards


McVitie's bought in £2bn deal

The factory in Carlisle hires almost 700 permanent staff Credit: PA

One of Carlisle's largest employers, the McVitie's biscuit factory, has been bought by a Turkish firm.

United Biscuits, which make McVitie's and Jaffa Cakes, was bought in an estimated £2billion deal.

Yildiz , who owns Belgium's Godiva Chocolate, is believed to have a strong presence in China, Japan, North America, North Africa and the Middle East. The company hopes to use this worldwide network to drive growth for United Biscuits, who will keep their existing management.

The takeover will create the third-largest biscuit manufacturer.

Elderly woman robbed in Selkirk

An elderly woman has had her purse snatched in Selkirk.

The 86-year-old was walking alone at the junction of Curror Street and Bleachfield Avenue at around 2pm yesterday (Friday) when a young man came up to her and stole her purse from her hand.

He was then seen running off along Curror Street where he was lost from sight.

Scottish Borders Police are appealing for witnesses. Local officers are trying to trace the man responsible and anyone who can help identify him is asked to come forward.

He is described as white, between 15 and 18-years-old with a slim build, short black hair and wearing an orange long-sleeved top.

"The elderly lady was thankfully uninjured but clearly shaken by this incident. I am appealing to anyone who was in that area of Selkirk on Friday afternoon, or who remembers someone fitting the description of the suspect, to get in touch with us as soon as possible. In addition, I would urge anyone with any further information relevant to this investigation to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Bryan Burns


Kendal K Village no longer outlet shopping

Planners in Kendal have allowed the K Village to change from being an outlet shopping centre to a general one.

It's a controversial ruling as some fear it will take trade away from shops in the town center but it's been struggling financially and recently came out of administration so planners felt it would be better to save jobs and keep the centre active.

Milk price cut is down to 'surplus'

A 3p per litre cut was announced by First Milk, which comes into force from today, Wednesday 1st October. Credit: Arno Burgi/DPA/Press Association Images

A milk processor says a cut in the price of milk for farmers is due to high levels of milk production and a weaker demand for dairy products.

Muller Wiseman is the latest company to cut its November milk price.

Its suppliers will now be paid 27.1p per litre, down 1.9p per litre.

It follows cuts from other milk processors.

A 3p per litre cut was announced by First Milk, which comes into force from today, Wednesday 1st October.

Muller UK say their latest price drop for suppliers results from "significantly lower returns from Müller’s sales of cream, butter and surplus milk which is not required to meet customer obligations."

Detailing the life of a 'Cracker Packer'

The term 'cracker packer' will be familiar to anyone who grew up in Carlisle. It is the name long given in the city to workers at Carrs Biscuit factory.

A new book by Cumbrian author Hunter Davies explores the lives of six women who spent their lives on the production lines over a period of fifty years. Ryan Dollard reports.

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