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Cheltenham MP joins protestors at Weetabix packing plant

MP Mark Horwood has joined protestors outside a factory in Cheltenham.

Mr Horwood took the case of 105 Weetabix employees who have been made redundant to parliament yesterday. The packing plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate announced it was closing down last month. Employees don't feel that the redundancy package they were offered is fair.

Enhanced redundancy package offered to protestors

Employer offers protestors enhanced redundancy package Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Following a protest outside a Weetabix factory in Cheltenham the employer has offered an enhanced redundancy package.

105 employees at the plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate were made redundant after the factory announced it would close. They say their not happy with the redundancy packages they were offered.

Following a consultation process, we have agreed to work with our employees, their trade unions and local employment agencies to proceed with a phased closure of the business beginning in early 2015.

An enhanced redundancy package has been offered and we will be supporting employees to find new roles with out-placement support and a number of local companies have already been in touch to make us aware of vacancies.

Throughout this period we will be providing support to employees in the search for alternative employment. This has been a difficult decision and we appreciate it affects all of our people and their families.

– Vibixa

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Weetabix employees protest over redundancy package

Employees of Weetabix say they're unhappy with their redundancy packages Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Workers at a company that's closing down in Cheltenham are protesting over their redundancy packages.

Workers due to be made redundant from a Weetabix packing factory in Cheltenham are protesting today against their redundancy packages.

Employees at a Weetabix packing plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate say their unhappy with the redundancy packages they've been offered. The factory announced in October that it would close, leaving its 105 employees looking for another job.

Cheltenham MP Martin Horwood will join protestors. He raised their case in parliament yesterday.

Protestors outside Weetabix factory in Cheltenham Credit: ITV West Country/Ken Goodwin

Weetabix employees protest in Cheltenham

Weetabix employees protest over redundancy package Credit: John Stillwell/PA

Workers due to be made redundant from a Weetabix packing factory in Cheltenham are protesting today against their redundancy packages.

The plant on the Kingsditch Industrial Estate announced in October that it would close, leaving its 105 employees looking for another job.

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Halloween scare as snake spotted in Cheltenham

Milk snake like this was spotted in Cheltenham Credit: PA

Halloween revellers got a real fright when they spotted a snake slithering around a busy town.

The 60cm milk snake, which is orange, black and white, was seen in Cheltenham yesterday and again today.

The snakes, which are not dangerous to humans, are normally found in Canada, the United States and parts of South America.

Missing baby and parents found safe

Following a police appeal for information about a child who was taken from her foster carer by her natural parents in Cheltenham, all three have now been found. The child is safe and well.

Gloucestershire Police say that the two-month-old baby and her parents, a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old girl, were found near to Cheltenham train station at around 1.15pm. The child will be returned to foster care and no action will be taken against the parents

Officers would like to thank everyone for their help in tracing the child and her parents.

Appeal after baby goes missing in Cheltenham

Charlie Collins and Nicole Harper Credit: Gloucestershire Police

Police are trying to trace a baby who has been taken from her foster carer by her natural parents.

Charlie Collins, aged 19 and 17-year-old Nicole Harper both of Princess Elizabeth Way in Cheltenham took 2-month-old Lily May Collins from her foster carer from an address on Gardners Lane in Cheltenham at around 10.25 this morning (October 16).

Nicole and Charlie were both seen pushing a black pushchair near to The Range on Tewkesbury Road at around that time. It is believed that the two may have, or plan to leave Cheltenham by bus or train.

We’re extremely worried for the welfare of Lilly May as although we don’t believe that Nicole or Charlie will hurt her, they may not have any food for the baby and there are concerns around their ability to look after her.

– Insp Brian Murnaghan, Gloucestershire Police
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