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Crawley residents lucky escape as storm Ciara causes tree to smash cars in town centre

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Residents living on Pegler Way in Crawley town centre have had a very lucky escape as Storm Ciara brought down a huge tree onto their car park.

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The tree smashed one car with one resident Mr Watkinson saying it looks like the car was a right-off.

Located opposite the Travelodge and old Morrisons car park in the town centre it was only a miracle that none of the residents were trying to get into one of their cars at the time.

The tree came down at around 11:30 this morning and has also damaged another car which is still trapped underneath it.

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With reports of trees coming down around the town the emergency services are being stretched.

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The residents of the car park say they are all trapped and unable to get to work as they are unable to move any of their cars until it is cleared.

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Residents are concerned over two other trees which they say look weak and rotten. Photo: @DavidYesOliaso1

But many are also questioning the safety of the remaining trees which according to some look to be weak and rotten.

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BREAKING NEWS: Risk of redundancies at Crawley’s Tesco Extra as company adapts in-house bakeries

1,816 bakery staff are being put at risk of redundancy across the country.

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Tesco has announced that they are making changes to their large in-store bakeries as a result of what they is a ‘shift in customer tastes and preferences’.

They say that from May changes to the bakeries will include:

  • Altering space and range to cater to changing customer demand, including the increase in alternatives to traditional loaves
  • Continue to offer scratch baking in 257 stores but make some changes to other bakeries. In 201 stores the most popular products will continue to be baked from scratch with other products moving to part-baked. And in 58 stores they are converting the bakery to full bake-off where all products are delivered pre-prepared, then baked and finished in store.
  • Improve the customer experience by investing and continuing to roll out new, up-to-date fixtures as well as growing our regional bakery ranges in partnership with small local suppliers.  

Tesco’s added:

“Due to some stores doing less scratch baking, as well as the simplified routines these changes will bring, we will unfortunately need fewer colleagues to work in these areas.

As a result, there are 1,816 bakery colleagues being put at risk of redundancy. At this difficult time, our priority will be to support those colleagues impacted, including finding an alternative role from the many thousands of vacancies we will have available across our store networks between now and May, for those who wish to stay with us.”

Jason Tarry, UK & ROI CEO, said:

“We need to adapt to changing customer demand and tastes for bakery products so that we continue to offer customers a market-leading bakery range in store. We know this will be very difficult for colleagues who are impacted, and our priority is to support them through this process. We hope that many will choose to stay with us in alternative roles.”

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