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Met office raises warning level to Amber for Crawley as Storm Dennis approaches



Storm Dennis is making its way across the Atlantic very quickly and with the news earlier in the week that the storm was due to hit the area at the weekend it meant a second weekend of wind and rain problems.

A yellow warning was issued earlier for wind and rain but now the Met office has raised the warning of rain from yellow to amber.

flooding in crawley
Previously flooding has affected many roads through Crawley

The Amber warning is from 00:15 through to 18:00 on Sunday 16th Feb and is in addition to the yellow warning for wind already in place.

The Met office says that the Amber warning means that the storm is likely to bring very heavy rain fall which is likely to lead to flooding and much disruption to travel across the whole weekend.

With some areas of Crawley still struggling with flooding this news will only add to the distress and disruption already seen so far.


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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