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North Somerset couple 'burn' £150,000 cigarette savings

Jerry Baker and Helen Wyatt with the burning cheque Credit: ITV News West Country

A couple from Weston-super-Mare in North Somerset has set fire to a cheque for £150,000 to represent how much money they've lost as a result of smoking for 30 years.

The stunt was all part of national No Smoking Day.

Jerry Baker and Helen Wyatt gave up a year ago and have already been able to pay for a holiday, computer and new car with the money they've saved.

Council's budget meeting tonight

North Somerset Council meet tonight to discuss budget proposals. Credit: ITV News West Country

North Somerset Council is meeting tonight to discuss budget proposals.

It'll have to make big savings after its central government grant was cut.

Overall, the council needs to cut more than eighty six million pounds over the next six years.

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Route of giant electricity pylons

The long-awaited route has been published today for a series of giant electricity pylons across Somerset. It comes after a series of high profile campaigns by protestors who'd argued they'll ruin the countryside.

National Grid wants to run cables from near Bridgwater to Avonmouth. It's announced one section will be buried underground. While that's been welcomed by some, others say their fight continues.

Map Credit: ITV West
Map Credit: ITV West

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