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Dairy farmers call for fairer division of milk profits

Some dairy farmers are facing increasing financial hardship as milk prices drop Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

This lunchtime the Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss is chairing a meeting to discuss the pressures facing dairy farmers.

Some say the price they're paid for milk has been cut by 20% in the past six months. Mark Humphry, who is chairman of the farmers providing milk to Bruton's Wyke Farms, says he'll soon be selling milk for less than it costs to produce. He blames the supermarkets.

From the milk that we produce in the dairy to the cheese that ends up on your plate, there should be enough margin there if it's shared evenly between the retailer, which is the supermarket, the processor and the farmer. We should all be able to make a living but there is a huge feeling at the moment that the retailer is taking the lion's share of it and not sharing it.

– Mark Humphry, Dairy farmer, Taunton
Mark Humphry is a Somerset dairy farmer

Driver pops the question in a police car !

The proposal on the side of the road Credit: Nicola Richards

A police constable from Bridgwater captured a romantic moment when two road accident victims got engaged in her police car !

PC Nicola Rickards was called to the scene of a road accident which left the Citroen, belonging to Caine Hutchings and his girlfriend Emily Dukeson, in a ditch near Shapwick on the A39. No-one was hurt.

As Nicola was giving the couple a lift to safety from the scene, Caine proposed to Emily. He had been intending to pop the question at Blue Anchor but because of the accident they never reached their destination.

“I said I’d drop them and the dogs at the Pipers Inn in Ashcott, he sat in the back and she was in the front.

“All of a sudden he produced the box through the middle; I’m not sure who was more excited.

“I had to remind her to give him an answer after a few ‘oh my gods’ and ‘seriously?’ from her, and said he ought to get down on one knee and do it properly when we got to the pub and that I wasn’t leaving until he did.”

– PC Nicola Rickards

Caine did, and Nicola took a photo to capture the moment.

“We had to get a photo of me going down on one knee in front of the police car after we got to the pub or no one would have believed what I’d done.

“We were only in the police car a short time, but the accident had put everything in perspective so I decided that I would ask there and then because anything can change in just a moment and I didn’t want to wait any longer.”

– Caine Hutchings

“I didn’t have a clue that was going to happen. As far as I was aware we were going to Blue Anchor to take the dogs for a walk.

“In the car, Caine said ‘did you really think we were going all that way just to walk the dogs’ and pulled the box out.

“After the accident I was in shock and crying, people thought I had been crying because I was so happy that I was getting married but it was because of the accident.”

– Emily Dukeson

The couple plan to marry next year.


Car parking problems for hospital's neighbours

Alternative parking for Southmead Hospital at BAWA Club Credit: ITV News West Country

Residents in streets near the new Southmead Hospital are complaining that staff and visitors are cramming their cars into nearby streets. North Bristol NHS Trust says that a new multi-storey car park creating 2,700 spaces won't be built until Autumn 2015. In the meantime it is providing a number of spaces at the nearby BAWA club, but it appears these aren't being used.

Parking spaces at BAWA are not being used Credit: ITV News West Country

Motor cyclist seriously injured in Gloucestershire

Police are appealing for information following a collision involving a motorbike and two cars at Highnam, near Gloucester yesterday evening

The incident happened just after 5.30pm on the B4215, adjacent to Highnam Village Hall.

A 30-year-old man from Newent, riding a black Suzuki motorbike, was in collision with a silver Citroen C3 driven by a 19-year-old local woman and a grey Audi A3 driven by a 48-year-old local woman.

The man was taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol with injuries to his leg and pelvis. He remains in a serious condition.

The women in the other cars were uninjured.

Road closures were in place until 11pm while a collision investigation took place.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the collision, particularly the driver of a small blue car that was turning from the entrance to Highnam Village Hall who may be unaware of the crash.

Matt Kvesic signs contract extension with Gloucester

Matt Kvesic signs a new contract with Gloucester Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gloucester Rugby's England international openside flanker Matt Kvesic has signed a contract extension with the club.

The former Worcester player made 29 appearances last season

"I'm really happy to have things sorted out, and to have got it out of the way so early. I'm enjoying my rugby massively at the moment, and I think everyone can see the progress that we're making as a team.

"It's a great club, on and off the field. We play at a great stadium in front of fantastic fans. Agreeing to stay was a very easy decision.

– Matt Kvesic


Cotterill glad to get record out of the way

Bristol City manager Steve Cotterill was frustrated at his team's defensive lapses which cost them two points against Bradford City even though they set a new club record of 14 matches unbeaten since the start of the season.

Despite Aden Flint's double, City were twice pegged back at Ashton Gate but still extended their lead at the top of League One to six points.

Dorset tank stars in Brad Pitt movie

A scene from the film Fury starring a rather large extra from the Tank Museum in Dorset Credit: Columbia Pictures

Dorset tank stars in Brad Pitt movieA scene from the film Fury starring a rather large extra from the Tank Museum in Dorset Credit: Colombia PicturesThe new Brad Pitt war film Fury goes on general release today, and one of the other stars of the show is a Sherman Tank supplied by The Tank Museum at Bovington in Dorset.

Pitt and his five man crew take it into Germany in the last months of the Second World War.

The Museum is holding an exhibition about its role in the film.

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