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Just when you thought it was over Storm Dennis to hit Crawley this weekend



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Just as the fallen trees are finally taken away and the loose bins and garden furniture is returned to its originally positions another storm is set to arrive at the weekend but this time it is bringing a lot more rain.

Storm Dennis has just been named and it looks to be bringing with it more wind and a great deal of rain this time. The Met office has issued yellow warnings for both wind and rain.

BREAKING NEWS: Met office raises warning to Amber for Crawley as Storm Dennis approaches

Set to hit around lunchtime on Saturday 15 Feb and to last 24hrs the storm is already expected to cause disruption across most of the UK.

But whilst most of the UK will be affected by the high winds, those in the south and in particular in Crawley are two be hit by not just the high winds but heavy rain that could cause more flooding than Ciara caused.

During Storm Ciara there were nearly 150 emergencies in just 24hours with roads closed across the county as trees fell and flooding stranded drivers.

Flights at Gatwick were affected and trains had issues on the lines.

Now it looks that for the second weekend in a row a storm will wreak havoc on the town.


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.



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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