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Tough time for the High Street as shoppers switch online

It was a tough festive season for high street shops as shoppers switched to online sales.

The festive retail figures are continuing to reflect the growing trend towards buying online which is having an impact on many stores in shopping centres and on traditional High Streets.

Next has reported a sharp increase in online sales over Christmas while trading in its stores declined.

The retailer is traditionally seen as a good indicator of the general health of the High Street.

Click to watch a report from Chelmsford by ITV News correspondent Kevin Ashford


Man found on fire outside homeless hostel

A man in his 20s is in a critical condition after he was found on fire outside a homeless hostel in Peterborough.

He was discovered with severe injuries outside the YMCA in Wellington Street just after 8am on Thursday.

Police say they don't yet know the full circumstances - but they don't think anyone else was involved. The man, from Norfolk, has been airlifted to a specialist burns unit in Chelmsford.

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