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Jobs under threat amid reports cider factory is to close

The cider mill at Shepton Mallet is reportedly being moved to Ireland Credit: ITV News
The cider factory has not officially confirmed the closure plans Credit: ITV News

There's concern for the future of 120 jobs at a cider factory in Somerset.

Production at Shepton Mallet Cider Mill has been under review for more than a year. Now there are reports parent company C&C wants to move cider production its plant in Ireland.

The company has declined to comment.

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Campaigners help save groundsman with learning difficulties from redundancy

Daniel White has been doing his job for nearly 30 years. Credit: ITV West Country

A Somerset groundsman with learning difficulties who was threatened with redundancy has been told he can keep his job of 30 years.

15,000 people signed a online petition in support of Daniel White - who has worked in Collett Park in Shepton Mallet for nearly three decades.

A new company, Landscape Group, took control of the council's contract two years ago, and wanted staff to work across all the sites - something Mr White wouldn't have been able to do safely.

Daniel White has worked at the park for nearly 30 years. Credit: ITV West Country

Somerset handbag company criticised on human rights

Protestors in Bristol called on Mulberry to protect the rights of workers. Credit: ITV West Country

There has been a protest in Bristol today about how the handbag company Mulberry has treated workers in Turkey.

The company, based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, is being criticised for failing to protect the rights of workers after reportedly sacking staff who had joined a union at its factory in Izmir. Mulberry say it is investigating.

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Woman suffers sexual assault at supermarket tills

Police are appealing for the public's help to identify this man. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are appealing for the public’s help after a woman was sexually assaulted at the tills in Shepton Mallet.

They have released a CCTV image of a man who they believe may have information about the incident.

It happened inside the Tesco supermarket in Townsend Shopping Centre at around 11:15 am on Tuesday 30th June.

The man was described as wearing a black t-shirt and three quarter length trousers.

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Day two of the Royal Bath and West Show

It's day two of the Royal Bath and West Show and with the sun still shining tens of thousands of people have spent the day at the site near Shepton Mallet.

Amongst them was the Environment Secretary Liz Truss who met with farmers to discuss the Government's pledges to help rural communities.

Victoria Davies reports

Royal Bath and West Show: what's in store for Day Two

500 traders are exhibiting at this year's Royal Bath and West Show. Credit: ITV News

Day two of the Royal Bath and West Show will see Environment Secretary Liz Truss talking to farmers about the government's promises to champion their industry.

They include getting a fair deal from supermarkets and a strategy to eradicate bovine TB within 25 years. We'll be speaking to her about what the South West's farmers and food producers can expect from the next five years.

Local produce is at the heart of the show. Credit: ITV News

There's also 500 traders exhibiting local produce, along with livestock competitions and food marquees - and thousands of visitors celebrating food, farming and country life.

Tune in to ITV News West Country at 6pm for the latest from Shepton Mallet, and catch up with all the highlights from day one here.

Royal Bath and West Show opens today

The Duchess of Cornwall at the Show in a past year. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Gates for the 153rd Bath and West show have opened, with thousands expected at the Shepton Mallet showground over the next four days.

More than 4,000 livestock are at what organisers call "England's biggest celebration of rural life", along with 500 traders. However there won't be a high profile political visitor today, as the event coincides with the Queen's Speech for the new Government.

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