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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.

Man arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs

Merseyside Police has arrested a man and recovered a quantity of cannabis following a warrant at a property in Prescot today, Friday, 19 January.

At around 9.15am, a warrant was carried out at a property on Manchester Road.

A 21-year-old man from Prescot was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class B drug and taken into custody for questioning.

Anyone with information about drug supply in their area is urged to call police on 101, or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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Man charged with murder after fatal stabbing

54-year-old Thomas Grace was found with a knife wound on Tuesday. Credit: Merseyside Police

A man's been charged with the murder of a man who was stabbed to death in Prescot on Merseyside.

Thomas Grace, 54, was found seriously injured in Beaconsfield on Tuesday night. Dale Murray, 31, of no fixed abode, is due to appear at Liverpool Magistrates' Court later today.

Breaking: Prescot murder victim named

Police in Merseyside have confirmed that the man who was fatally stabbed in Prescot last night is 54-year-old Thomas Grace from Prescot, known to his family and friends as Tommy.

A man hwas been arrested on suspicion of murder after Mr Grace was stabbed.

The North West Ambulance Service requested assistance at around 9.30pm after he was found seriously injured in Beaconsfield. He was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A police cordon remains in place while forensic enquiries are carried out. Patrols in the area have also been stepped up.

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