Dry conditions are raising fears of bruising damage to the British potato crop.

With around half the UK crop harvested, the British Potato Council said the problem was most prevalent in the east, where many larger packers are based.

Growers have been using irrigation equipment in front of harvesters to minimise the damage, although the majority are taking the view of getting as much of the crop into store as fast as possible, and then separating the various size and quality fractions.