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Dairy farmers 'staring into the abyss', union representative tells ITV News

A representative from a key farmers union has told ITV News dairy farmers are "staring into the abyss" at the beginning of 2016 after a key retailer said it was slashing the price it pays for milk.

The Chairman of the National Farmers Union dairy board Rob Harrison said it looked like being a particularly bleak year for dairy farmers and warned that the industry was in absolute crisis.

Meanwhile dairy farmers from another group are planning a march on Downing Streetas the row over milk prices deepens.


Celebrity chef ends 21 year role at Gidleigh Park

Michael Caines will cook for the last time at Gidleigh Park this weekend, bringing to an end 21 years as head chef at the fine dining hotel near Chagford.

The celebrity chef will continue to look after his other restaurants before opening his own hotel at Lympstone in 2017.

"Devon's my county.

I was born in Exeter so having the opportunity to practice at the top end of my industry and to be regarded as one of Britain's top chefs here in my home county using local produce and championing the cause has been a fantastic journey and a wonderful experience."

– Michael Caines, Chef

2015 'good year' for Cornwall tourism

Tourism bosses in Cornwall say 2015 has been one of the best years on record Credit: ITV News

Tourism bosses in Cornwall say 2015 has been one of the best years on record.

Visitor numbers are up on previous years by 5%. Part of the increase is due to terrorism attacks abroad but also the county being showcased in series like ITV's Doc Martin.

Attractions like Newquay Zoo have benefitted and so have many of Cornwall's hotels. Stephen Baker, Managing Director at Carbis Bay Hotel, says the BBC series Poldark has also brought in the crowds.

The more the merrier - as we find out in this report:


Why a bird colony could prevent a multi-million pound development

A row about a colony of protected birds could ruin plans for a £10 million hotel on Drake's Island.

The area is home to a colony of Egrets - a white coloured bird similar to a heron.

Credit: Michael Gore/PA

A report to Plymouth City Council's planning committee has found the egrets would be disturbed if the hotel is built.

A sign gives an artist's impression of the development.

Councillors are expected to make a decision this afternoon.

Term-time holiday fines causing losses for business

Fines for parents who take their children on holiday during term-time appear to be affecting businesses. Credit: ITV West Country

West Country MPs will discuss the impact of changes to term-time holiday rules in Westminster today - after securing a special Parliamentary debate on the issue.

A report found that the introduction of fines for parents who take their children out of school during term-time has caused businesses to lose up to 30% of their income since 2013.

100,000 people from the region signed a petition against the law.

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