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Supermarket first in the country to introduce 'quiet hour' for autistic shoppers

More and more of our children are being diagnosed as autistic. Thirty years ago, it was considered a relatively rare condition affecting around one in 500, but now that figure stands at one in every 100.

Much of that could be down to better awareness - but its cause is still a mystery. However, it leaves a generation of children and their parents struggling with the sensory overload of modern life.

Now some respite is now being offered in perhaps the most unlikely of places - a supermarket in Crawley is going out of its way to help.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Emma Castle, who's son Oliver has autism, Abi Smith, Emma Holdsworth and Raj Sivalingam, as well as supermarket manager Gary Powis and Jo-Ann D'Costa Manuel of Autism Parent Power.

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Goring residents say NO to Tesco!

Campaigners against plans for a new Tesco store in Goring say the proposed site is not safe as it's on a blind junction and there are not enough pavements.

Around 150 people gathered outside the former Queen's Arms pub on Reading Road in protest last night, as Mel Bloor now reports.

Interviewees: Phip Woodhatch from the 'Stop Tesco in Goring' campaign and Jayesh Patel, Goring shopkeeper

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Opposition to Tesco's Kent superstore

Video. Angry residents in Margate have lodged an appeal against a Government ruling that allows Tesco to build a new superstore in the town. It follows a lengthy public enquiry and a decision not to carry out an Environmental Impact Assessment on the site

Retail guru Mary Portas has demanded a meeting with David Cameron, saying she believes the store will become a symbol of a failure to tackle the problems facing high streets.

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