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Seagulls shot in Berwick

Police are investigating after a spate of seagull shootings in Berwick.

Dead and injured seagulls having been found in the areas of Ravensdowne, Parade, Walkergate and Church Street.

Several birds have died after being shot with an air weapon in the last three months.

A seagull Credit: PA

We want to remind people that it is an offence to kill or injure seagulls. It is also very distressing for members of the community to find these dead and injured birds where they live.

The people responsible may not only be committing offences by shooting gulls, but could endanger the public by using firearms in a public place."

– Neighbourhood PC Beth Spours

Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting reference number of 258 29/06/16 or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Berwick woman killed in Scottish Borders crash

A woman who died in a road crash near Kelso on June 17th has been named as Michelle Bennett.

Police Scotland confirmed the 47-year-old, from Berwick-Upon-Tweed, died after the Suzuki Ignis she was travelling in overturned on the B6350 near Redden Farm.

A female passenger was air lifted to hospital in Edinburgh, and remains in a serious but stable condition.

A further two passengers, and the female driver of the car, were taken to Borders General Hospital. Their injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Officers are asking any witnesses to get in touch by calling Police Scotland on 101.

East Coast Mainline delays after person hit by train

Rail passengers are being warned to expect delays on the East Coast Mainline after a person was hit by a train.

Virgin East Coast has announced that all lines are blocked between Berwick and Newcastle. Services are expected to resume some time after 1:15pm.

Berwick MP 'devastated' for General Mills factory workers

Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick, has said she is devastated that the General Mills factory will close in the town.

She has previously written to the Prime Minister asking for his support for workers at the site.

I am devastated for the workers to learn from General Mills that they have decided to close their profitable factory in Berwick-upon-Tweed in the autumn, despite over 50 years of production of Jus-Rol products on the site by its hugely talented workforce.

I will continue to work with the local taskforce to do all I can to link interested buyers with General Mills to find an alternative future for the site, and hopefully many of its dedicated staff.”

– Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP


Council say taskforce will help those losing jobs at Berwick factory

Northumberland County Council say a taskforce will help those set to lose their jobs when General Mills close their factory in Berwick.

265 jobs are expected to go when the facility closes in the autumn.

A taskforce was set up when General Mills announced their plans to close the site in October. It involves iNorthumberland County Council, the local MP, Berwick Town Council, Northumberland’s development company Arch, Jobcentre Plus, the North East Chamber of Commerce, The Confederation of British Industry, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and UK Trade and Investment.

The council said taskforce members will be offering individual support for all employees including help on finding new work, CV and interview skills, advice on benefits and help with future training.

Companies in General Mills supply chain network will also be approached to see what support they may need.

Councillor Allan Hepple, Cabinet Member for Economic Growth with Northumberland County Council and chair of the taskforce, said:

This is very sad news for the county, and particularly for the staff who work in the factory, which has been a big employer in the town for many years.

We know this closure has affected some entire families who work at the factory and the taskforce will do absolutely everything it can to provide short, medium and long term support both to those directly affected, the town of Berwick and the wider economy.

We will also continue to press the government with the ongoing support from our local MP for any help they can give.”

– Councillor Allan Hepple, Chair of the taskforce

Union say staff at Jus Rol factory are 'devastated'

Staff at General Mills Jus Rol factory in Berwick are devastated by the factory closure confirmation says their union.

Usdaw (Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers) Area organiser Rab Donnelly said:

Since the initial announcement we have been in extensive consultation meetings with the company, looking at ways to avoid a closure. With great sadness for the workers on the site, their families and the wider community, this proved not to be possible and General Mills have today announced that the closure of the Berwick factory will go ahead.

This has been an extremely difficult process for all concerned and is devastating news for the staff.”

– Rab Donnelly – Usdaw Area Organiser

Berwick Jus Rol factory to close with the loss of 265 jobs

The Jus Rol factory in Berwick will close with the loss of 265 jobs.

Its owners General Mills announced it will close the facility by autumn.

The company had shared a proposal to close the Berwick facility on 29 October 2015 and the final decision has now been confirmed.

General Mills said it will provide severance and transition benefits to all affected employees.

The Berwick facility manufactures baking mixes, and refrigerated and frozen dough products. It has been operated by General Mills since 2001.

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