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88 year old Sheila Willis suffers from dementia Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are appealing for help in finding an 88-year-old woman with dementia.

Sheila Willis has been missing from the Coundon area of Coventry for more than two hours.

Members of the public are asked to call 101 if they see Sheila.

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Poll: Have the dairy protests changed your views?

Dairy farmers take live cows into Stafford supermarket to campaign over milk prices. Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

The UK unions are calling for the four farming ministers to hold a joint meeting with them to find solutions to serious problems.

The dairy, lamb and arable sectors in particular are seeing serious challenges and are now finding it increasingly difficult to operate with a profit due to supermarkets constantly reducing the prices of their products on the shelf.

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The price of milk over the last two years Credit: Figures: AHDB Dairy

Police called after live cows taken into Asda superstore

Dairy farmers take live cows into Stafford supermarket to campaign over milk prices. Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Police have been called to a supermarket in Stafford after dairy farmers protesting over the price they are paid for their milk took live cows into a superstore.

Two cows were taken into the Asda store in Stafford this lunchtime. Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Around a dozen protesters took the two heifers into the Asda superstore in Stafford this lunchtime.

At the time Staffordshire Police said:

At around 12.30pm on Sunday 9 August we received a report of a small number of farmers with cows carrying out a protests at Asda in Stafford.

Officers are in attendance to ensure that the protest remains peaceful and minimal disruption is caused to the general public.

– Staffordshire Police spokesperson
Police say they removed the protesters from the supermarket 'peacefully' Credit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Asda issued the following statement:

Our milk is supplied by the Arla farmer cooperative. The Arla dairy cooperative is owned by farmers. We moved to this model after guidance from those who were supplying us and means the price received by our farmers is set by their own cooperative business. They receive an on-account payment for their milk and take an equal share of any remaining profit. There is no link between retail prices and farmgate price.

– Asda spokesperson

NFU calls for urgent meetings with farming ministers

The UK unions are calling for the four farming ministers to hold a joint meeting with them to find solutions to serious problems.

The NFU are seeking urgent meetings with ministers. Credit: Julian Stratenschulte/DPA/Press Association Images

The dairy, lamb and arable sectors in particular are seeing serious challenges and are now finding it increasingly difficult to operate with a profit due to supermarkets constantly reducing the prices of their products on the shelf.

Since January 2015, 236 farmers have left the dairy sector and the trend look set to continue.

The NFU has also estimated that only around 10 per cent of dairy farmers are on contracts that track farmers’ cost of production, meaning most dairy farmers are selling milk below the cost of production.

"UK farmers do have the potential to play an enormous part in the economic recovery of the UK and, at the same time, to provide much more of the food the country needs. Therefore we call on the UK farming ministers to meet jointly with us as soon as possible to identify what they can do to alleviate the very serious problems facing our industry and help the UK farmers reach their very real potential.”

– UK farming unions

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Video shows live cows being taken into Asda store

This video shows the moment protesting dairy farmers took two cows into a supermarket in Stafford.

The farmers are campaigning against retailers who they say aren't paying them a fair amount for the milk they produce.

Around a dozen police were called to remove the protesters this lunchtime.

Video credit: Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press

Milk protesters take cows INTO Stafford supermarket

Dairy farmers protesting over the price they're paid for their milk have taken cows into a supermarket in Stafford.

The National Farmers Union say the supermarkets don't have a sustainable model for what they charge the consumer for the milk, or what the farmers actually get back.

A number of police were called to the ASDA superstore in Stafford, but the protesters have now left.

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