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Somerset MP 'disappointed' in new Environment Secretary's failure to visit local farmers

Tessa Munt, MP for Wells
Tessa Munt, MP for Wells Credit: John Stillwell/PA

A Somerset MP who says she wrote to the new Environment Secretary inviting her to meet local farmers, says she's disappointed that she failed to do so.

Wells MP Tessa Munt has criticised Liz Truss for failing to take the opportunity to meet with a group of local farmers and landowners from the Axe and Brue catchment areas during her visit to the Somerset Levels yesterday.

I know local people will be disappointed that she was unwilling to meet with them. I have the means to contact 1,100 affected smallholders, tenants and farmers with land abutting the Axe and Brue Rivers at short notice, and although they have missed out this time, I will write to Liz Truss again, asking that she meet those affected in my area so she understands these problems are not limited to the Parrett and the Tone.

– Tessa Munt MP

Swindon's Jazz Carlin wins historic swimming gold

Silver medalist Lauren Boyle of New Zealand, gold medalist Jazz Carlin of Wales and bronze medalist Brittany MacClean of Canada
Silver medalist Lauren Boyle of New Zealand, gold medalist Jazz Carlin of Wales and bronze medalist Brittany MacClean of Canada Credit: TRACEY NEARMY/AAP/Press Association

Swindon's Jazz Carlin won Wales' first gold in the pool in 40 years at the Commonwealth Games last night.

Carlin broke the Commonwealth record, winning the 800 metre freestyle with a time of eight minutes 18.11 seconds.

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Eight, including pregnant woman, rescued from mud at Weston super Mare

People walking with their dogs underneath the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare
People walking with their dogs underneath the Grand Pier at Weston-super-Mare Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

Avon Fire & Rescue are warning people not to venture too far out and remember to check the tide times after a heavily pregnant woman got stuck to her waist in mud and had to be rescued in Weston Super Mare.

A woman, thought to be eight months pregnant, her partner and a young girl aged around seven, were...assisted to safety. The woman was stuck up to her waist in the mud.

– Avon Fire & Rescue

They were among eight people who had to be rescued by Avon Fire and Rescue Service's hovercraft at the popular tourist resort.

A teenage boy was suffering from exhaustion and unable to get to safety and an older male who was with him was trapped up to his knees.

– Avon Fire & Rescue

Bristol Proms organisers want change of image

Bristol Proms is taking place at the Old Vic
Bristol Proms is taking place at the Old Vic Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the Bristol Proms say they want to get rid of the fuddy-duddy image of classical music. This event is taking place all this week at the Old Vic and people are being encouraged to talk, drink and even clap when they want during songs. Tom Morris is the Artistic Director at Bristol Old Vic:

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Mother, whose daughter died from mad cow disease criticises report

Claire McVey died from CJD at 15 years-old
Claire McVey died from CJD at 15 years-old Credit: ITV News West Country

The mother of a girl who died after being treated for the human form of mad cow disease at Frenchay hospital has welcomed a new report criticising the Government's approach to variant CJD. Annie McVey's daughter Claire died at the age of fifteen. A report by a committee of MPs says there is still a risk of the disease being transmitted by blood transfusion and during surgery and warns the Government has developed a casual attitude to the illness.

1 in 3 in South West struggling for food

Picture of  food bank as 1 in 3 people in the south west struggle for food
1/3 people in South West struggling for food Credit: ITV News West Country

Almost a third of people in the South West are struggling to afford food. That's according to a report by a debt management company. The findings will be officially announced as part of a debt summit in Bristol today. They say an increase in the cost of living and energy bills are to blame.

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