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Power Network says they are prepared as Storm Ciara is set to hit Crawley this weekend

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High winds are forecast from Saturday evening and expected to last through till the end of Sunday.

UK Power Networks is gearing up to respond to any power cuts caused by the high winds forecast across the region, during Storm Ciara due to hit the country from Saturday evening through Sunday.

Read more: Find out what to do in the event of a power cut.

The company that delivers power supplies to 8.3 million homes and businesses across the South East, East of England and London is preparing for a forecast of strong winds, which could bring down branches and trees, damaging overhead power lines.

The electricity network is built to be resilient, but extreme weather can sometimes damage overhead lines so extra engineers, damage assessment teams, call takers and other staff are in place and ready to respond over the weekend and into the next working week.

Head of customer services and innovation at UK Power Networks, Ian Cameron, said:

“We understand how difficult is to be without electricity, especially during cold weather, and will do our best to restore supplies quickly if they are affected.

“Keeping people safe and fixing power cuts is our priority, so if you see any damaged power lines our advice is to stay away, keep everyone clear and call us on 105.

“We ask people to make sure they are prepared at home too. We provide free extra help to people living in vulnerable circumstances, who are on our Priority Services Register.”

Details on eligibility and how to register can be found at www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk

Engineers will be able to restore some power supplies quickly without visiting damage sites, however it may not be possible for teams to climb and repair overhead power lines, until the winds have subsided to a safe level.

People can report any power cuts or damaged power lines by ringing 105, and customers can find up-to-date information on the company’s website or by following @ukpowernetworks on Twitter.

See how we restore power at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDTZK9mJE3U

UK Power Networks will be keeping customers regularly updated.

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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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