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Dairy farmers to stage another blockade tonight

Dairy farmers are planning another protest against supermarket prices in Somerset tonight.

They are meeting at Sedgemoor market and will then go on to blockade a distribution centre in their ongoing fight against milk prices, which they say are driving them out of business.

Many of them are having to sell milk for less than it costs to produce and Farmers for Action say the supermarkets are ignoring their plight.

Dairy cows. Credit: PA
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Full report: 50 Gloucester Road traders in court

More than 50 traders on Gloucester Road in Bristol were summonsed to court today after failing to pay a business levy that was introduced earlier this year.

The Business Improvement District was started with the aim of raising money to attract more trade to the area. But some shop owners say they have been left confused about how to pay and what the money will be used for.

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Winter comes to Cribbs Causeway with the help of Union J

The mall at Cribbs Causeway has been transformed into a winter wonderland Credit: Cribbs Causeway
Getting their skates on - the ice rink offers an extra treat for Christmas shoppers Credit: Cribbs Causeway
The boyband Union J, which features George Shelley from Clevedon (second from left) is switching on the Christmas lights at the Mall tonight Credit: Union J

Statement from Puxton Park over lone adults ban

Most of the attractions at Puxton Park are geared to under 7s Credit: ITV News

The Managing Director of Puxton Park in North Somerset has issued a statement following a complaint that the attraction has banned single adults without children from entry on child protection grounds.

This has been blown out of all proportion. The main aspect not being reported is that Puxton Park is predominantly an attraction for children aged 0 years to 7 years with 90% of the park dedicated fully to child’s play, which is not suitable for lone adults.

“Some adults may be interested in our falconry department and we offer falconry experience days which are open to all. We have not set out to discriminate against single adults but we take child protection extremely seriously.

We would rather be over zealous when unaccompanied adults visit us armed with cameras than put children at any potential risk. Even schools follow similar policies with regards to the photography of children.

Our members fully support our decisions and we have received nothing but praise for our policy including positive feedback from a Child Protection Specialist, who commended us for our child protection principals.

Within seven years we have only had one complaint about this policy from the gentlemen last week.

At the time of setting the policy the other parks within the area had a similar stance to us. I have spoken to two or three similar client-based parks this morning and they still have the same policy as we do. I’m not going to name names as it’s unprofessional of me to do so.

In light of this coverage we will look at what other parks are doing with their admissions policy, speak to our customers and review.

– Alistair Mead Managing Director of Puxton Park

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Bristol Christmas shopping season starts tonight

Bristol's Cabot Circus shopping precinct will switch on its Christmas lights tonight. Acrobatic group Circulus will perform circus skills before the 6:20pm switch-on.

Events in the city centre will start at around 4:30pm - when Bristol Cathedral Choir will perform in the Galleries shopping centre.

The switch-on marks the start of the city's Christmas shopping season - and the opening of Broadmead's German Christmas market.

A packed Cabot Circus during a previous Christmas. Credit: PA

Rolls Royce jobs plight raised in Parliament

The MP who represents workers at Rolls Royce in Patchway has raised their plight at Prime Minister's Questions.

Yesterday it was announced that the firm is shedding 2,600 jobs, although it is not yet clear where the axe will fall.

Jack Lopresti, the MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, asked David Cameron for a meeting with him and representatives to find a way to minimise the impact of the job losses.

The Prime Minister replied that he would do everything he can to champion companies like Rolls Royce.

Here's the exchange:

Filton MP to meet Rolls Royce reps today over job cuts

The MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke, Jack Lopresti, will meet with Rolls Royce representatives in London today after the announcement that the company will be shedding 2,600 jobs.

Jack Lopresti's constituency includes the company's plant in Patchway. It is not yet clear how many losses will be at the South Gloucestershire site. The first cuts could be next year.

An engine hangs in a testing cell at a Rolls-Royce factory Credit: PA
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