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Wedding fears after bridal shop closes down

The Mystia bridal boutique in Gloucester has closed down Credit: ITV News West Country

Customers of a bridalwear shop in Gloucester which has closed down suddenly are concerned it may affect their wedding plans.

Mystia Bridal Boutique has ceased trading, with a number of brides-to-be with orders in place. It is a member of the British Bridal Retail Association, has issued the following statement about the closure of Mystia Gloucester.

Here at the BBRA we would like to express our regret that this has happened to one of our members. We have no information around the closure nor how may brides are affected as the member is not returning our calls or requests for information. Thankfully, as a member retailer they should have offered their brides our free insurance. Brides who got this were required to call our insurance partners to activate the free cover and to register their purchase. Those that did will be covered and should contact the insurers on the telephone number provided on their policy. Those that did not register will not be covered. If you paid by credit or debit card you should contact the issuer to make a claim. I apologise for the distress that our member has caused so many. Our membership will work hard to help those affected.

– British Bridal Retailers Association spokesperson

The British Bridal Retailers Association says its members are on standby to do all that they can to assist brides that have been affected. You can find a member nearest to you here.


Hundreds of sheep stolen from farms in Somerset

Hundreds of sheep have been stolen in the last six weeks. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Nearly 500 sheep have been stolen from Somerset farms in the last six weeks in what police say is an "unusual" spike in sheep-rustling.

The thefts include nearly 150 lambs and ewes from near Langport in the middle of the night, nearly 130 from a farm near Baltonsborough and sheep's skins found blocking a land drain in Glastonbury.

Cows are also being targeted, with a cattle lorry from East Huntspill found burnt out in Langport, and cows stolen from a shed in Ilchester.

Farmers are losing tens of thousands of pounds from these thefts, and police say the meat of these animals could be sold illegally. They hope a nationwide appeal for information will help the investigation.

It’s sickening what these mindless thieves do. The sheep have probably suffered in transit and not been killed humanly either.

– Anonymous victim of sheep-rustling

Keep calm and curry on?

There are 15,000 curry houses in Britain. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

There are 15,000 curry houses in Britain, but the industry is in crisis, say some restaurateurs. An immigration cap means some are struggling for staff, while second generations of Bangladeshi immigrants are deciding against working in the family business.

A conference has been held near Bristol for leading industry members to swap ideas and get advice.

Here is Robert Murphy's report.

Cider producers back petition handed to Downing Street

Cider producers back petition handed to Downing Street Credit: PA: Barry Batchelor

Cider makers in the south west have backed a petition that's been handed into Downing Street today.

It asks the Government to reject an EU tax on small producers.

The consumer group the Campaign for Real Ale says it will force small cider businesses to close.

Ian Packham from CAMRA spoke to ITV News.


Bristol Holiday Inn fined £65,000 for food poisoning outbreak

Chicken liver parfait was found to be the source of the infection. Credit: Holiday Inn, Bristol City Centre

A Holiday Inn in Bristol's city centre has been fined £65,000 following an outbreak of food poisoning in which dozens were infected.

The hotel in Bond Street pleaded guilty to three reports of food poisoning in November 2013, which saw at least 44 people fall ill, three of them hospitalised.

An investigation found that chicken liver parfait was the source of infection.

Thieves ram car into wrong shop at Bristol's Cabot Circus

The thieves appear to have reversed their car into Kuoni by mistake. Credit: ITV News

Thieves who reversed a car into a Bristol clothes shop and stole designer goods appear to have hit the wrong one first - smashing into a travel agent before realising their mistake.

Nobody was hurt and nothing was taken from upmarket holiday agents Kuoni, however luxury clothes shop Garment Quarter had £20,000 of clothing and accessories stolen.

Police believe three men were involved in the break-in, which happened early this morning. They are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Garment Quarter had thousands of pounds worth of designer goods stolen. Credit: ITV News
Police believe three men were involved in the break-in. Credit: ITV News

Caffe Nero says badger cull milk boycott is about staff safety

The badger cull is strongly supported by farmers but controversial among animal rights activists. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Caffe Nero has defended its boycott of milk from badger cull areas as necessary to protect its staff.

In a statement the coffee chain insisted it was not bowing to intimidation, but that it had to act when staff well-being was threatened.

With just 2% of our annual milk supply impacted, we made what we feel was the right choice ... We are not intimidated by protestors in spite of their ongoing and upsetting efforts to threaten our business. At the end of the day, we know that the authorities will support us if needed. However, we made a decision to limit any risk to our people as quickly as possible.

– Caffe Nero statement

Animal rights activists told Caffe Nero they would protest if the coffee chain continued to use milk from badger cull areas.

Dairy farmers in Gloucestershire and Somerset have criticised activists for their tactics, and talked of boycotting the coffee chain for its decision. Caffe Nero says it has discussed its reasons with the National Farmers' Union.

West Country MP criticises Caffe Nero's badger cull stance

The badger cull is strongly supported by farmers but controversial among animal rights activists. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A West Country MP is criticising Caffe Nero's decision to stop using milk that has come from farms in badger cull zones in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

With two big milk producers in his constituency Ian Liddell-Grainger says the coffee shop's decision will put jobs at risk.

Caffe Nero took the move after anti-cull protesters threatened to boycott the cafe unless the company refused to the use the milk.

I have a lot of farmers in my constituency. I have superb dairymen, superb cattle, wonderful milk. Don't boycott British milk to put British jobs at risk because you've got some petty vendetta. Get a job, grow up and stop annoying the police."

– Ian Liddell-Grainger, Conservative MP for Bridgwater & West Somerset
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