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Tesco ditches 5p bags

From the end of this month, Tesco will no longer offer 5p carrier bags, instead opting only for its 10p bags for life.

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Tesco has announced the plans which will come into force later this month
Tesco has announced the plans which will come into force later this month (Image: Chris-Radburn-Pa-wire.jpg)

Report sightings of diggers to stop ram-raids

An appeal has been issued to people to keep an eye on the roads and to report any early morning sighting of diggers to the police, after one was used to smash into a bank and steal a cash machine.

Detectives are still trying to track down a gang which has used stolen diggers to wrench cash machines from rural shops or building societies in parts of Leicestershire, including one raid in Ashby.

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JCB digger in the side of the Co-op in Kings Bromley
JCB digger in the side of the Co-op in Kings Bromley

Traffic update

If you’re on the way home, make sure to avoid the M1 northbound between junction 22 at Coalville and junction 24A at East Midlands airport. There are long delays in the roadworks area and travel time is around 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, at junction 28 traffic is easing after earlier delays.

In Burton, there is slow moving traffic on the A5121 Wellington Road in both directions around Shobnall Road.

The A52 Brian Clough Way at Pentagon Island is experiencing heavy traffic after an accident involving three cars. The entry slip road from Pentagon Island is partially blocked.

Problems in Kings Bromley this morning
Problems in Kings Bromley this morning

Appeal for dash-cams after body found on A38

Derbyshire Constabulary is looking for anyone who drove down the A38 last week with a dash-cam in their car to come forward.

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Police are looking for dash-cam footage after the body of a woman was found on the A38
Police are looking for dash-cam footage after the body of a woman was found on the A38 (Image: Getty)

Shocking pictures show desperation of Burton's homeless

John Anderson took these photos showing the plight of homelessness
John Anderson took these photos showing the plight of homelessness (Image: John Anderson)

Shocking images showing the desperate situation endured by the homeless in Burton has led to the launch of a campaign group.

Burton resident John Anderson took these snaps of the homeless camping out in undisclosed areas across the town centre, to highlight the growing problem facing those on zero hour contracts or a relationship breakdown.

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Shocking images show car stuck in a wall in Melbourne

Unbelievably the driver was not injured
Unbelievably the driver was not injured (Image: Andy Heafield)

Shock images show the thousands of pounds worth of damage caused after a car reversed into a wall near Melbourne Assembly Rooms.

Luckily, the driver of the Toyota Yaris was not injured, although a bit shaken, after accidentally reversing her vehicle into a boundary wall of the assembly rooms’ car park, off High Street, today, Tuesday, August 8.

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Customers left hungry after Burger King in Uttoxeter isn't selling beef

Fans of the chain’s popular beef burgers were left confused after beef burgers were taken off the menu.

Staff said they were unable to cook beef burgers after top burner had broken down.

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Six out of 10 samples from Burger King were found to contain cloriforms
Six out of 10 samples from Burger King were found to contain cloriforms

Yellow weather warning ahead of potential torrential downpours

A yellow weather warning has been put in place by the Met Office ahead of predictions of torrential downpours in the East Midlands.

The rain is expected to arrive on Tuesday August 8, and last until late on Wednesday evening and top Met Office forecasters have warned that as much as 80mm of rain could fall.

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A yellow weather warning has been put in place for the East Midlands
A yellow weather warning has been put in place for the East Midlands (Image: Getty)

Former Methodist church in Swadlincote town centre up for auction

Swadlincote methodist church up for sale along with these three shops
Swadlincote methodist church up for sale along with these three shops

A former Methodist church it set to go under the hammer with the lucky buyer also taking ownership of the adjoining church hall and next-door three shops - all for a dirt cheap guide price of £160,000.

And the guide price also includes the church organ which is still in situ in the building, and the adjoining burial ground at the Methodist Church, in West Street, Swadlincote.

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Get your hands on the UK's longest sausage roll from Morrisons

Get your hands on a foot-long sausage roll at Morrisons this week
Get your hands on a foot-long sausage roll at Morrisons this week (Image: Morrisons)

A new sausage roll, hailed as the UK’s longest, will be available at Morrisons for one week only.

The foot-long pastry is available all week from the supermarket giant which has stores in Burton and Swadlincote.

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'Lifeline' bus service based in Burton is under threat due to budget cuts

Elderly and disabled villagers have been reduced to tears after the news that two “lifeline” bus services could be scrapped as council bosses look to cut costs.

Mobility Link, based in Stapenhill, provides door-to-door services and could have to scrap its Needwood and Lichfield Connect Mobility Link services, sparking fury among its 200-plus passengers, who live in rural villages near Burton. They say the loss of the service would leave then trapped in their own homes and unable to get to the shops.

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Kitten has part of ear cut off by 'depraved scum' in Stapenhill

Mollie is now recovering after her ear was sliced.
Mollie is now recovering after her ear was sliced.

The devastated owners of a curious kitten who had part of her ear sliced off by “depraved scum” have warned others to be on their guard.

Paul and Yasmin Edwards, of Heathlands Grange, Stapenhill, are speaking out after little Mollie returned home from her great escape with half her ear slashed off. At first the couple thought she had been attacked by another animal but a trip to the vet told a very different story.

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Block paving damaged by trees roots in Swadlincote high street is being replaced

Derbyshire County Council workers are currently in Swadlincote High Street
Derbyshire County Council workers are currently in Swadlincote High Street

Block paving that was creating a trip hazard in Swadlincote High Street is now being repaired – just a day after the Burton Mail exposed the problem.

Derbyshire County Council is now on the scene after it was reported that tree roots have been lifting the paving causing an elderly woman to trip and narrowly avoid falling on the raised blocks.

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Burton's iconic Ferry Bridge is sprayed with graffiti

Vandals who have targeted an iconic Burton bridge using spray paint have been blasted as “disgraceful and disrespectful” by residents who worked tirelessly to restore the monument last year.

The Ferry Bridge in Stapenhill, has been at the heart of the town since 1889 and has now fallen foul to vandals who have sprayed graffiti on the landmark, which only underwent a £1.5 million revamp last year.

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Vandals have struck on the Ferry Bridge by spray painting three surfaces on the bridge. Infuriating local group Friends of the Ferry bridge and local residents
Vandals have struck on the Ferry Bridge by spray painting three surfaces on the bridge. Infuriating local group Friends of the Ferry bridge and local residents

Fifteen-year-old boy has admitted drug dealing

The teenager was caught dealing drugs
The teenager was caught dealing drugs (Image: Getty)

A 15-year-old teenage drug dealer has admitted selling heroin and cocaine in Burton. The youngster, who cannot be named for legal reasons, appeared at Cannock Magistrates’ youth court where he admitted two charges of dealing Class A drugs in Burton.

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Man hit cat on the head in Midway

A 50-year-old man who hit a cat on the head has been ordered to pay compensation after admitting a series of charges.

Andrew Hogg, of Main Street, Linton, appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court to admit three offences, all of which happened in Chestnut Avenue, Midway, on July 3.

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Andrew Hogg hit a cat on the head (File photo)
Andrew Hogg hit a cat on the head (File photo) (Image: Getty)

Great news for Burton Bridge

A major Burton bridge is to get a £6.1 million cash boost for improvements which will stop a weight limit being imposed on the main route. It comes after persistent lobbying from councillors and Burton’s MP for improvements there.

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Staffordshire County Councillor Conor Wileman and Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, pictured on the bridge, are delighted to have secured the phenomenal funding to restore the bridge
Staffordshire County Councillor Conor Wileman and Burton MP Andrew Griffiths, pictured on the bridge, are delighted to have secured the phenomenal funding to restore the bridge

A day for brollies

You may have woken up to some pretty miserable weather and the bad news is the showers are set to continue for most of the day.

There is heavy rain between 8am and 9am but is expected to ease off during the course of the day. Temperatures are set to reach 14C.

It's going to be a dry and sunny day today but scattered showers are predicted
It's going to be a dry and sunny day today but scattered showers are predicted (Image: Getty)