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Hundreds of job losses threatened at cooker factory

Hundreds of jobs are under threat at a cooker factory under to plans to "realign" the business.

Glen Dimplex Home Appliances (GDHA) said proposed changes at its site in Prescot on Merseyside were likely to lead to up to 300 potential redundancies among the 1,000-strong workforce.

The firm, which makes cookers and fridge brands Stoves, Belling, New World, Lec and Britannia, said any job losses will start from August.

Changing consumer trends and consolidation of major UK retailers were blamed for having a "negative impact" on the company's finances.

Andy Griffiths, chief executive of Glen Dimplex Consumer Appliances, said:

It is with a heavy heart that we are today announcing this significant change to our business.

"We are incredibly proud of our people and our long-standing history of manufacturing at this site, and we know how tough this news will be on our colleagues. Sadly, these proposals are necessary to ensure a viable GDHA business going forward."

– Andy Griffiths, chief executive of Glen Dimplex Consumer Appliances

The firm said it will enter into consultation with unions and will be consulting with employee representatives over the coming months.

Police warning to public after horse painkillers stolen from farm in Prescot

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Merseyside Police has issued a warning to the public after a large number of horse painkillers were stolen from a farm on Gellings Lane in Prescot overnight.

Officers say a total of 240 Danilon horse painkillers were taken in two boxes, in addition to other first aid items. The drugs are in individual sachets.

CCTV enquiries are ongoing to identify those responsible.

In a statement, police reminded the public that the drugs are extremely strong and would be seriously harmful if taken for personal use.

Anyone who finds the items is urged to call 101 quoting incident number 414, or hand them in at the nearest veterinary pharmacy.

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