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Crisp firm 'regrets' closure plans

KP Snacks, the owners of the Phileas Fogg crisp brand, has confirmed proposals to close it's Medomsley Road factory in Consett.

The firm took over the brand when Derwent Valley Foods was bought by United Biscuits in 1993.

103 people are employed at the site. The firm also has a factory at Billingham on Teesside.

“KP Snacks can confirm that we have informed our colleagues at our Consett and Corby factories that, regrettably, in order to develop a sustainable and competitive manufacturing operation, we are proposing to close the sites and to transfer the production to other sites in our network.

“We operate in an increasingly competitive market and need to focus on our cost base in order to develop a sustainable business. Unfortunately, despite plans to grow our POM-BEAR business, our Corby factory is capacity constrained and has been for some time. Now KP Snacks and Intersnack UK have integrated to form a larger UK business, we have the opportunity to expand our POM-BEAR business in the most cost-efficient manner at our larger Teesside site. In addition, after many years of working hard to try and grow our Consett volume, and despite the growth of Phileas Fogg, the under-utilisation of the site has created an unsustainable situation.

“We have 1,800 employees in the UK and have invested £30m across our sites over the past 18 months. We are committed to keeping a manufacturing base and maintaining as many jobs as we can in the UK and we are working to ensure we do this in the most effective way, allowing us to ensure a sustainable future for our overall business.

“We very much appreciate the hard work, commitment and focus on quality of our Corby and Consett colleagues during this difficult time and we will work closely with them as we consult on this proposal in the coming weeks. These are only proposals at this stage and are subject to the appropriate consultation with our colleagues. No final decisions have yet been made.”

– Nick Bunker, CEO, KP Snacks

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Police find body in search for missing 22-year-old Consett man

Dean Robson went missing on Sunday 13th July. Credit: Durham Police

Police searching for a missing 22-year-old man from Consett have found a body.

Dean Robson has been missing from his home in Moorside since Sunday 13th July. The body was discovered in a wooded area at the end of the Moorside Industrial Estate. No formal identification has been made but Mr Robson's family have been informed.

Police find body in search for missing County Durham man

Police searching for a missing County Durham man have found a body.

Dean Robson, from the Moorside area of Consett, has been missing since Sunday 13th July.

The body, which has not been formally identified, was discovered in a wooded area at the end of the Moorside Industrial Estate.

No formal identification has been made at this stage and Mr Robson's family have been made aware of the developments this afternoon. I would like to thank the public for their support today, much appreciated.”

– Inspector Simon Orton, Durham Police

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Missing Consett man: Durham Police statement

Police have released this statement about missing Consett man Dean Robson.

"Dean did not arrive at work on Sunday night which it totally out of character. He usually walks to work and his family tell us that he knows the area like the back of his hand. It is possible that Dean may have had an accident on his way to work, perhaps as a result of taking a short cut.

“We are growing increasingly concerned for Dean and are keen to trace him as soon as possible.

“Dean is a very popular young man who works for the company International Cuisine where he is a well-respected member of staff. Anyone who may know of his whereabouts is asked to contact police as soon as possible.”

– Inspector Simon Orton

Driver arrested after father killed in police chase

The driver of a car that crashed while being chased by police, leading to the death of a North East dad, has been arrested in hospital.

The driver, 32, is to be questioned on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

In the early hours of Tuesday 24 June, Adam Wilkinson, 49, from Consett, County Durham, died after being a passenger in a VW Bora that hit a telegraph pole on Ebchester Bank, near Consett.

The car was being followed by police.

"The 32-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and remains in hospital under constant guard.

"His injuries are not classed as serious but the medical staff have some concerns about his condition and want to keep him in until at least the weekend.

"We would class him as 'stable' and when we have the medical clearance we will then carry out a formal interview."

– Durham constabulary spokesman

The Bora was being followed by a patrol car after police were alerted to suspicious behaviour in the car park at Tesco on Genesis Way by CCTV camera operators.

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