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MP plans London showcase of the best of our county

Not sure this is one of Karen Lumley MP’s better ideas but we will see

The following article is from the Redditch Standard local newspaper.

THE BEST the county has to offer is set to be showcased in Parliament.

Redditch MP Karen Lumley is the driving force behind the Worcestershire Day  likely to be held within the House of Commons in early summer.

Plans are in their early stages but the idea is to give businesses across a  wide range of industries the chance to promote themselves to ministers, national  media and trade officials from a variety of countries.

Visit Worcestershire, which promotes the county as a tourist destination, and  county council representatives will also be invited to attend.

Mrs Lumley told the Standard: “We know what a great place Worcestershire is  but we need to do whatever we can to make sure we promote it and this is just  one way.

“We’re hoping by getting the London media to attend and travel journalists  they will be able to spread the word so when people are looking to invest they  will see what a great place Worcestershire is to do business.”

Another county promotional event is being organised by West Worcestershire MP  Harriett Baldwin and is set to take place at Worcester Warriors’ Sixways Stadium  in March.

It will give businesses the chance to promote themselves to trade envoys from  various countries across the world from Russia to the Maldives.

Mrs Lumley: “A number of countries have expressed an interest in attending  and we want them to see what we do well so when they are looking to invest they  will consider Redditch and Worcestershire.”

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                A number of entry level positions to conduct a wide range of Ordinance, Munitions and Explosive (OME) handling functions within the largest and most modern explosive storage and processing facility in Europe. Working within mixed military and civilian teams the range of duties will include: supporting OME warehousing and logistical functions, operation of a wide range of mechanical handling equipment, supporting OME production processing supervisors in the assembly, dissassembly, maintenance and repair of a wide range of general munitions, within ammunition process buildings. Ensuring munitions and explosive items are handled and accounted for in a fully compliant manner, through strict adherance to work place procedures and safe systems of work. Whilst applicants should include any previous experience which they feel particularly relevant to the post offered, emphisis for selection will largely hinge on employees ability to perform well against the 3 MOD Core Competencies, listed below. A comprehensive training and development package including a wide range of mechanical handling equipment, will be priovided to the sucessful applicants. The advertised post offers an exciting entry level opportunity for the development of a wide range of nationally recognised weapons, ordnance, munitions and explosives (WOME) competencies.
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UPDATE HE HAS  BEEN FOUND BY POLICE AND IS IN CUSTODY

Man Hunt Under Way

He has escaped before and lasted 21 days on the run after he fled from Coventry Crown Court on April 24th 2007

A manhunt is under way after two prison officers were threatened at gunpoint and forced to release a prisoner, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident which took place as they transported Andrew Farndon, 26, for treatment at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Suffolk Police said officers were contacted just after 6.50pm by staff at the hospital’s A&E department who reported they could see a man with a gun outside.

The prison officers, from HMP Highpoint in Stradishall, near Newmarket, called police moments later and said they had had a gun pulled on them by a man who confronted them as they had arrived at the hospital.

They said the prisoner needed treatment after being stabbed in an incident at the prison. Both the prisoner and the man with the gun then ran away across the car park.

Farden, thought to have been a category C prisoner, is described as white with a shaved head, and was wearing a dark blue baseball cap and a light coloured jumper that was padded on the right side due to his injury.

The man with the gun is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build. He possibly had a Scottish accent and was wearing a white top and blue jeans.

Police are searching the area and are liaising with other agencies and talking to witnesses. Members of the public are advised not to approach either of the men but to call officers straight away.

After he was injured badly enough to be taken to hospital, the prison officers escorting him were threatened by a man armed with a gun as they got out of the vehicle at the hospital, sources said.

The escape is the second in just a week, after category A prisoner John Anslow was sprung from a prison van after it left Hewell Prison in Worcestershire. Three masked men ambushed the van as it took inmates from the prison near Redditch to Stafford Crown Court on Monday.

He has escaped before and lasted 21 days on the run

AN INQUIRY has been launched at Coventry Crown Court into how a man being tried for a vicious attack managed to jump out of the dock and flee.
Andrew Farndon leaped the barrier and ran from the city centre court while on trial for wounding, on Tuesday, April 24. The 21-year-old, whom police have described as “dangerous”, remains on the run 10 days after he fled.
His trial continued in his absence and he was convicted by a jury of wounding with intent, dangerous driving and aggravated vehicle-taking.
Details of the offences have not been released.

Farndon, from Foleshill, Coventry, will be sentenced when he is caught.
The Coventry Telegraph has learned that Farndon was actually in the dock, where he would have been accompanied by officers from the private security company Reliance, when he made his bid for freedom.
He would also have had to go down a flight of stairs  and past security officers at the front door of the court, in Much Park Street, to get out.
A spokesman for Her Majesty’s Court Service said an investigation into how Farndon was able to escape was under way.
He refused to comment further.

Detectives from the CID  at Little Park Street police station in Coventry city centre are continuing to hunt Farndon.
He is described as 6ft 1in, white and with short brown hair. He has a visible scar  on the top of his head.
At the time he escaped from court he was wearing a brown sweatshirt and blue jeans.
Police say he should not be approached.
They have urged anyone who knows of his whereabouts to phone them on 0845 113 5000 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
Anyone who provides information that leads to Farndon’s arrest could be eligible for a reward of up to pounds 500.
RELIANCE are also holding an internal inquiry into Farndon’s escape.
A spokeswoman for Reliance said: “An investigation is under way into what happened, and we will not be able to say anything further until that has been completed.
“Incidents like these are extremely rare. Reliance handles a quarter of a million prisoners every year, which they do very successfully for the vast majority without incident.”

Fugitive found hiding out at relative’s house;

ESCAPE FROM DOCK: Police raid nets wanted man facing indefinite jail term.

A FUGITIVE who jumped out of the dock while on trial for a violent attack in Coventry three weeks ago has been arrested in Reading.
After 22 days on the run, justice finally caught up with Andrew Farndon, who had been hiding out at a relative’s house in the Berkshire town.
He fled Coventry Crown Court on April 24 while being tried for attacking a man with a claw hammer after running his car off the road.
 His victim suffered a fractured skull, convulsions, a blood clot on the brain, and was on a life-support machine, with doctors giving him a 60 per cent chance of survival.
He was in hospital for more than two weeks and now has poor concentration.

Farndon was convicted in his absence and jailed indefinitely for public protection. He must serve three years before he can apply for parole.
Early yesterday morning, officers acting on intelligence from Coventry detectives, raided a house in Reading. Farndon, aged 21, from Foleshill, Coventry, was said to be compliant when officers swooped in the early hours.
Detective Inspector Stuart Bell, of Little Park Street police station in Coventry city centre, said: “Coventry CID. passed information to Reading police and he was arrested at 4.25am.
“He will be brought to Coventry to be put before the crown court.” Farndon’s victim, father-of-two Marc Jackson  of Hillfields, Coventry, said: “I feel I can relax now.
“It’s a relief. I’m still not happy with the sentence, but I have just got to live with it.”
While he was on the loose, Farndon’s mother, Katrina, pleaded in the Coventry Telegraph for him to give himself up.
As well as being jailed for causing grievous bodily  with intent, Farndon was sentenced to 18 months for aggravated vehicle taking, and banned from driving for 2 1/2 years.
He was given a further 18 months in prison for dangerous driving. Both extra prison sentences will run at the same time as the indefinite sentence.
An internal inquiry into Farndon’s escape is being carried out at Coventry Crown Court.
Reliance, the private security firm which provides officers for the dock at the court, is also carrying out an inquiry.

Second Prisoner Escapes in less than a week

Manhunt – Bury St Edmunds

Police have launched a manhunt after two prison officers arriving at the West Suffolk Hospital with a prisoner being transported for treatment were threatened at gunpoint and forced to release him.
Officers were contacted just after 6.50pm this evening, Wednesday 25 January, by staff at the Accident & Emergency (A & E) reception of the West Suffolk Hospital at Hardwick Lane in Bury St Edmunds who reported they could see a man with a gun outside the A & E department.
They said the man was pointing the weapon at two prison officers.
Moments later police received a second call from the prison officers, from HMP Highpoint, who said they had a gun pulled on them by a man who had confronted them as they had arrived at A & E with a prisoner who had been stabbed in an incident at the prison.
Both the prisoner, thought to be Andrew Farden, and the man with the gun had then run away across the car park.
No one was hurt in the incident.
Farden is described as white, aged 26, with a shaved head and was wearing a dark blue baseball cap, light coloured jumper that was padded on the right side due to the injury to the shoulder.
The man with the gun is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall, of stocky build, possibly with a Scottish accent and was wearing a white top and blue jeans.
It’s thought they may have escaped in a dark coloured car.
Police have launched a comprehensive search of the area and are liaising with other agencies and talking to witnesses.
Officers are asking anyone with information about the incident or where Farden is now to call Suffolk Police as soon as possible – using 999 if necessary for sightings or 101 to pass information.
Police are advising members of the public not to approach either of the men but to call officers straight away.

Man Hunt Under Way

A manhunt is under way after two prison officers were threatened at gunpoint and forced to release a prisoner, police said.

No one was hurt in the incident which took place as they transported Andrew Farden, 26, for treatment at West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

Suffolk Police said officers were contacted just after 6.50pm by staff at the hospital’s A&E department who reported they could see a man with a gun outside.

The prison officers, from HMP Highpoint in Stradishall, near Newmarket, called police moments later and said they had had a gun pulled on them by a man who confronted them as they had arrived at the hospital.

They said the prisoner needed treatment after being stabbed in an incident at the prison. Both the prisoner and the man with the gun then ran away across the car park.

Farden, thought to have been a category C prisoner, is described as white with a shaved head, and was wearing a dark blue baseball cap and a light coloured jumper that was padded on the right side due to his injury.

The man with the gun is described as white, in his mid 40s, around 5ft 8ins tall and of stocky build. He possibly had a Scottish accent and was wearing a white top and blue jeans.

Police are searching the area and are liaising with other agencies and talking to witnesses. Members of the public are advised not to approach either of the men but to call officers straight away.

After he was injured badly enough to be taken to hospital, the prison officers escorting him were threatened by a man armed with a gun as they got out of the vehicle at the hospital, sources said.

The escape is the second in just a week, after category A prisoner John Anslow was sprung from a prison van after it left Hewell Prison in Worcestershire. Three masked men ambushed the van as it took inmates from the prison near Redditch to Stafford Crown Court on Monday.

Mystery as charred remains of body found in burnt-out car in remote field

  • Police yet to work out gender of charred body
  • Officers alerted after locals saw smoke in field
 A charred body has been recovered from a car which was found burning in a field near a remote village.

Police investigating the grim discovery near the small village of Aston Cantlow, near Alcester, Warwickshire, responded after villagers saw smoking rising up from the field.

Officers have yet to establish whether the body was male or female, while the car itself was turned silver and ‘completely destroyed’ by the blaze.

Discovery: Officer were alerted to the burnt-out car, thought to have been a Peugeot 306, at 7.30am this morning
Discovery: Officer were alerted to the burnt-out car, thought to have been a Peugeot 306, at 7.30am this morning

The car, thought to have been red or dark burgundy Peugeot 306, was found early on Wednesday morning around 150 yards up a dirt track leading off the main road in Aston Cantlow.

The death is currently being treated as unexplained, a Warwickshire Police spokesman said.

 This afternoon a forensic tent had been erected next to the wreck as scene of crime investigators assessed the scene near the sleepy village.

One female resident, who did not wish to be named , said she had seen two police helicopters flying over the village this afternoon.

Probe: Police investigating the grim find have yet to work out whether the body is that of a man or woman
Probe: Police investigating the grim find have yet to work out whether the body is that of a man or woman

She said: ‘There seems to be a lot of police activity up there.  ‘If it’s just a suicide like some people have said it makes me wonder why they’ve sent so many police officers up here.

‘It’s not a public road, the farmer who owns that land drives up there to feed the pheasants, it’s just a dirt track really.

‘You wouldn’t see it in the dark unless you knew it was there. I don’t know how they’ve found it otherwise.’

A spokesperson for Warwickshire Police said officers and fire crews were called to the scene at around 7.30am.

The spokesperson said: ‘Investigations into how the car came to be on fire in the field are at an early stage, and police would like to hear from anyone who has any information about the car and how it came to be where it is.

‘At this time it has not been possible to determine any details about the body inside the vehicle, and the death is being treated as unexplained.’

man held on suspicion of helping murder suspect John Anslow escape from a prison van is a security guard with links to the Prison Service, according to Sky sources.

Local MP Sajid Javid meets with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke,and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt

UPDATE he has now been  released on bail.

man held on suspicion of helping murder suspect John Anslow escape from a prison van is a security guard with links to the Prison Service, according to Sky sources.

Anslow, described by police as “extremely dangerous”, escaped when the vehicle was ambushed by three masked men on Monday.

They smashed windows with sledgehammers and punched the driver, who was taking inmates from Hewell Prison in Redditch, Worcestershire, to Stafford Crown Court.

Anslow is now at the centre of an international manhunt and police are offering a £10,000 reward for information leading to his capture.

Officers have searched properties in the Tipton area of the West Midlands, where Anslow comes from, and so far one man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Late on Wednesday, police were granted more time to interview the 44-year-old man, who is being held at a Staffordshire Police station.

Meanwhile, officers executed further search warrants at two homes in the Tipton area. Property recovered from these addresses are being examined.

Local MP Sajid Javid meets with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt

BROMSGROVE MP Sajid Javid has met with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke, and the Prisons Minister Crispin Blunt, following the escape of suspected killer John Anslow.

Anslow escaped after the prison van he was being carried in was ambushed in Hewell Lane in Tardebigge, between Redditch and Bromsgrove, on Monday morning.

The 31-year-old, who is from the Tipton area, is one of five men charged with the murder of Richard Deakin, who was shot dead in Chasetown, Staffordshire, in 2010.

He was charged on January 18, and was on his way to Stafford Crown Court when he was sprung.

The MP said: “I met with the Justice Secretary and the Prisons Minister to discuss the ambush in Tardebigge and to convey to them the concerns of my constituents. “I was pleased that they confirmed to me that there would be a comprehensive investigation into this incident and the lessons that can be learned from it.

“I would urge local residents to exercise caution and not to approach the escaped prisoner, John Anslow, under any circumstances.”

Mr Javid added: “I am confident that the police will deal with this matter swiftly, and I will do all that I can to support their efforts.”

Petrol tanker drivers start seven-day strike action The refinery at South Killingholme provides fuel to Jet petrol stations

More than 80 fuel tanker drivers at the ConocoPhillips oil refinery at South Killingholme in North Lincolnshire have begun a week-long strike.

They claim their employer, haulage firm Wincanton, is trying to reduce their pay by as much as 20%.

But Wincanton said the industrial action was “wholly unnecessary” and could ultimately put jobs at risk.

Similar action is taking place at depots in Kingsbury in Warwickshire and at Stockton-on-Tees.

The Unite union is warning that deliveries to Jet petrol stations could be disrupted.

The drivers voted by four to one last week to take industrial action, with 95% taking part in the ballot.

Nick Dennis, from Unite, claimed Wincanton wanted to “annihilate” the pay and conditions of drivers.

“Seven months ago the company approached us and asked us to enter into talks into a clear cost-down agenda on our terms and conditions, to enable them to keep their contract with ConocoPhillips.

“What we want is job security going forward. We don’t want extra pay. We are willing to negotiate anytime, anywhere.”

But in a statement Wincanton said it did “not understand why this strike is happening”, and claimed their drivers were “among the best rewarded in the UK”.

The company said: “There was never any question that Wincanton would implement new terms and conditions without mutual agreement.

“These discussions were derailed by Unite, who forced a ballot for industrial action.”

Coryton Oil  Refinery in Administration and Workers at an oil terminal in north Warwickshire have voted to go on strike  in a row over terms and conditions.

 

The Government has given an assurance it is doing all it can to find a buyer for one of the country’s biggest oil refineries after it fell into administration, prompting fears of job losses and fuel shortages.

Coryton refinery in Essex, which supplies 20% of fuel in London and the South East, has halted sales and told its staff it was unsure when supplies would start again.

The refinery was operating as usual on Tuesday but no deliveries of petrol or other products, including bitumen, were leaving the site. Petrol deliveries to garages and supplies of bitumen for road building and repairs will be affected “pretty soon”, unions believe.

The AA said recent disruption at refineries had been short-lived, adding its main worry was the possible effect on fuel prices. Professional services firm PwC confirmed it had been appointed as administrator to the UK arm of Petroplus, which includes the Coryton refinery, an oil storage site in Teesside and a Swansea research and development site.

The shutdown at the former BP-owned refinery – with a capacity of 175,000 barrels of crude oil per day – came as Zurich-based Petroplus said talks with its lenders had broken down and it had appointed a receiver to the UK refinery.

Linda McCulloch, national officer at the Unite union, said: “One thousand jobs are at risk but we firmly believe that joint action by the owners and Government can help secure the business.”

There are seven other refineries in the UK – at South Killingholme and Lindsey, both in north Lincolnshire; Fawley, near Southampton; Grangemouth, near Falkirk; Stanlow in Cheshire; and Milford Haven and Pembroke, both in Pembrokeshire.

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesman said: “The refinery remains operational. We understand that a process is under way to put in place the necessary commercial arrangements to deliver product into the market.

“Companies have already made alternative arrangements to ensure adequate supply of products are available while these commercial arrangements are being put in place.”

Unite said energy minister Charles Hendry assured the union that the Government was “exploring all avenues” to find a buyer for the business.

Kingsbury oil terminal staff vote for strike action

WORKERS at an oil terminal in north Warwickshire have voted to go on strike  in a row over terms and conditions.

Drivers based at Wincanton haulage in Kingsbury, near Nuneaton, have backed a  campaign of industrial action, along with colleagues in Immingham, Lincolnshire,  and Stockton-on-Tees, in the north east.

The action could hit fuel supplies across the country, particularly in the  Midlands.

Unite said its members at Wincanton backed a campaign of industrial action by  more than 4-1 on a 96 per cent turnout, warning that drivers were being caught  in the middle of a “draconian” agenda of cuts.

National officer Matt Draper said: “For many years, Unite has been warning  that the growing instability in the industry must be tackled.

‘‘This resounding yes vote shows that the time and patience of these drivers  is running out.

“The Wincanton dispute is symptomatic of the wider problems in the petrol  industry which is becoming increasingly unstable as the oil giants, contractors  and retailers fight it out to drive down  costs to the detriment of the drivers and the safe delivery of fuel.”

Unite said it will shortly release strike dates for the drivers, who are on a  contract for conoco Phillips.

About 120 drivers were balloted at the three oil terminals.

Unite said a strike will hit fuel supplies across the UK and in particular  the Midlands and the north of the country.

Back in 2000 the Kingsbury oil depot was at the centre of a dispute over the  rise in fuel prices when protesters blockaded the exits to stop tankers  leaving.

During the crisis thousands of petrol pumps up and down the country were left  dry leaving motorists nowhere to fill up.

BREAKING NEWS from the blog that first broke the story

£10,000 Reward for Missing Prisoner

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Police had already offered a £20,000 reward to catch the killers who shot Richard Deakin

Detectives hunting an “extremely dangerous” murder suspect who escaped from a prison van have offered a £10,000 reward for information about his whereabouts.

A man has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender following the “well-orchestrated ambush” that saw John Anslow being sprung from custody, and is being questioned by police.

Officers from West Midlands Police detained the 44-year-old suspect just hours after Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke ordered an inquiry into how Anslow was able to escape from a prison van.

There is still no sign of the highly-dangerous category A prisoner, now at the centre of an international manhunt.

A gang of three masked men stopped the vehicle, smashed its windows with sledgehammers and punched its driver as it was taking inmates from Hewell prison in Redditch to Stafford Crown Court. Instead of being transferred in a high-security prison service van with a police escort, Anslow was with other inmates in a van run by a private contractor.

Detective Superintendent Martin Evans, of Staffordshire Police, the force leading the hunt, said: “Our investigation into finding escaped prisoner John Anslow is continuing to move quickly as we follow several lines of inquiry.

“Staffordshire Police are offering a £10,000 reward for information that leads to Anslow’s arrest and return to prison. We’re hoping that this sizeable reward will encourage those who know where Anslow might be to come forward. All calls will be treated in the strictest confidence.”

Property has been recovered following the execution of five search warrants in the Tipton area of the West Midlands and is now being examined by police, he added.

Officers have received calls about possible sightings of a silver Mercedes car used by Anslow and his associates,and are appealing for information about a silver Volkswagen Scirocco found abandoned close to the scene. It is thought the offenders used it during the incident, then switched to the Mercedes.

Anslow’s status was upgraded to Category A only after he was charged with the murder of businessman Richard Deakin last week.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01bf2vz/Crimewatch_26_01_2012/

Police offer £20,000 reward over killers who shot man

Gunman entering Mr Deakin's home
The gunman was seen carrying a weapon in Mr Deakin’s garden

Police investigating the “cold blooded and calculated” murder of a man killed in his Staffordshire home are offering a £20,000 reward to catch his killers.

Richard Deakin was shot in the chest while in bed at his home Meadway Street, Chasetown, on 5 July.

The reward was offered on BBC’s Crimewatch programme on Wednesday.

Police have released CCTV images of a masked man entering Mr Deakin’s garden carrying a weapon before leaving with an accomplice in a Vauxhall Corsa.

Two men have been arrested and released on bail as part of the inquiry.

Detectives have said they believe those responsible have links to the Wolverhampton, Tipton or Coseley areas in the Black Country.

‘Pick up the phone’

Det Ch Insp Dave Garrett, from Staffordshire Police, who is leading the investigation, said: “We’re determined to catch Richard’s murderers and are offering a substantial reward to encourage those who have information to come forward.

“There’s every chance that someone who knows the killers saw last night’s programme and we’re urging them to pick up the phone.

“As displayed in the CCTV footage, Richard’s murder was calculated and cold-blooded.

“We need to take these people off the streets and bring closure for Richard’s family.”

The car police believe the gunman escaped in was found abandoned less than a mile away in Coppy Nook Lane, police said.

Mr Deakin moved to Chasetown with his fiance Megan in 2008 where they lived with their daughters, aged four and two. He was alone at the time of his murder.

The reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, police said.

Tesco will target deals according to the income of the people living near it’s stores

Tesco is to start customising its in-store products and promotions according to the income of local families, retail magazine The Grocer is reporting.

As part of the strategy, value-brand products will be promoted more heavily in poorer areas, while the supermarket’s Finest range of goods will fill more shelves in richer neighbourhoods. Stores will also tailor their promotions and discounts according to what they believe will suit customers in each particular area/region.

The supermarket has stressed that there will be no variance in the price of non-discount goods across its branches.

However, given the vast amount of deals on offer in Tesco stores, it’s clear that a shopper in a more affluent area might end up paying significantly more for their basket of goods than someone in a less well-off part of town.

Tesco squeezed at both ends While the supermarket already tailors its products based on the shopping habits of its Clubcard members, this takes the strategy to a new level.

Perhaps one of the reasons behind the controversial move is the fact that its rivals have been eating into its share of the market.

Discount chains like Aldi and Lidl have been enjoying double digit sales growth in recent years, while stores like Waitrose and Sainsbury’s have been applying pressure at the higher end of the market.

Make no mistake: the supermarket giant is feeling the pressure, having issued its first profit warning for 20 years at the start of January.

The Grocer reports that Tesco will initially trial the strategy in around 300 of its stores.

Half-price at Tesco is no cheaper than full-price rivals as Tesco offers dubbed the big price con

Half-price at Tesco is no cheaper than full-price rivals

Tesco offers dubbed the price big con

Other supermarkets selling frozen turkeys at the same price as ‘discount’

For Christmas shoppers watching their pennies, the offer of a half-price frozen turkey sounds too good to miss.

Unfortunately, Tesco’s heavily promoted deal is not all that it seems.

Too good to be true? Tesco's heavily-promoted half-price turkey is not all that it seems

Rival supermarkets are selling their own frozen turkeys for around the same price –  without the supposed 50 per cent discount.

A Tesco half-price, extra-large frozen  turkey is reduced to £25 from £50, while the equivalent bird sold by Asda is available at the full price of £24.

In theory, stores are supposed to advertise a product at the higher price for at least 28 days before using it as a benchmark for any price cut promotions.

Tesco insists that it complied with this rule by selling the turkeys at their full original price during the summer months of August and September – when very few shoppers would want a frozen turkey.

The Tesco offer reinforces the view that supermarkets try to pull the wool over customers’ eyes with bogus deals.

Some 42 per cent of shoppers do not believe that all offers are genuine, according to an Ipsos MORI survey last week.

The Office of Fair Trading is under pressure to prosecute supermarkets who mislead shoppers.

How the birds compare

Tesco’s turkey offers, which appear on its website, promise that small, medium and large frozen birds will all be half-price until December 27.

But Asda’s prices, without any claimed price cuts, are virtually identical.

They come in at £24 for an extra-large turkey, £20 for a large, £16 for a medium and £12 for a small.

The only apparent difference between the two types of frozen turkey is that Tesco describes its birds as ‘basted’.

Sainsbury’s has a number of Bernard Matthews turkeys. Again the full-price for these is close to the half-price figure claimed by Tesco.

One industry insider criticised the Tesco tactics, saying: ‘It is meant to be the season of goodwill but clearly all Tesco is interested in is confusing its customers.’

Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said: ‘Supermarkets must do more to help people in tough times by offering real deals, not fake price cuts, and by making it easier to compare prices.

Fair game: Tesco insists that it complied with consumer rules by selling the turkeys at their full original price during the summer months of August and SeptemberFair game: Tesco insists that it complied with consumer rules by selling the turkeys at their full original price during the summer months of August and September

‘With family budgets under pressure from all sides, promised price cuts must be genuine.’

Tesco insisted the claimed  savings are real.

A spokesman said: ‘We cannot comment on how competitors  market or price their products. We are focused on providing great value for our customers.

‘Tesco own-brand frozen turkeys are a new range this year, introduced to stores in August, which are now part of a genuine half price offer.’

Which? has found that 40 per cent of us will be buying less food this year and one in four will spend less on the Christmas meal.

Four in ten will make savings by shopping at cheaper stores like Aldi and Lidl, while a third will be trading down on products.

Mr Lloyd said: ‘The good news  is that own-brand foods can taste just as good as premium brands, if not better, even for classics like champagne and mince pies.’

Tesco’s heavily promoted half price deal is not all that it seems.

Tesco customers claim that prices were increased in August,  so Tesco could then claim when it launched it’s price drop campaign in September that prices were cheaper but many items had already been sold at the lower price before it’s price drop .

Tins of  Quality Street the store claimed they were £10 but were now half price but the store has been selling the tins at £5 for some weeks.

If they were really half price the store should be selling them at £2.50. Many of it’s so called offers are misleading if not illegal it was claimed.

Tesco said some of the things highlighted were down to human error.

Earlier this week the BBC show PANORAMA: made the same claims as customers.