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Farmers in talks with Morrisons over price of milk

Farmers blockaded a Morrisons distribution centre near Bridgwater last week. Credit: ITV News

The National Farmers Union is meeting with Morrisons today over the cost of milk.

It follows a series of demonstrations across the West Country by dairy farmers protesting the amount of money they receive for their milk - which they say is barely enough to live on.

Last week farmers blockaded the supermarket's distribution centre near Bridgwater.

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Factories that mainly employ the disabled facing closure

Two factories in Exeter and Bridgwater which mostly employ people with disabilities are facing closure. Around 78 people are facing redundancy at the Centres.

The Trade Union Community is blaming Devon County Council or the decision which it says will have a devastating impact on the lives of the people who currently work there.

Devon County Council have told ITV West Country:

Employment services are the responsibility of the Department of Work and Pensions rather than local government, and as the Government funds Pluss, contributions from local government have declined each year since 2010.

– Devon County Council

If the closures are confirmed, then the factories are likely to shut at the end of May.

Mother and baby missing in Somerset

Have you seen Chantelle or Kaiden? Credit: Metropolitan Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a mother and her baby who are believed to have travelled to Bridgwater in Somerset from their home in South-East London.

22 year-old Chantelle Perry and her 7-week-old son Kaiden were last seen in Bromley at 11.00pm. She got in a car with another man and officers believe they drove to Somerset. They say there is nothing to indicate that they were abducted.

Police are concerned because Kaiden has recently undergone an operation and needs constant medical care.

Chantelle is white, 5ft 5 ins, with brown hair and speaks with a West Country accent. Anyone with further information should get in touch with the Metropolitan Police.

Police arrest man after mother and child held at knifepoint in Bridgwater

Officers visited more than 250 households in the Sydenham area as part of inquiries Credit: ITV News

A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sex attack on a mother and child in their home in Somerset.

Police were alerted after a man broke into the Bridgwater house through a unsecured door at around 7.50am and tied up a woman and a child.

He proceeded to threaten them with a knife before a sexual assault took place.

Officers visited more than 250 households in the Sydenham area as part of inquiries. It's nearly a month since a man wearing a balaclava and a high vis jacket attacked the pair on Wednesday 21 January, in the Dunwear Lane area of Sydenham.

Police were able to pinpoint the offenders movements after the events and found the weapon used.

The man remains in police custody and is helping officers with their enquiries.

A 59-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a sex attack on a mother and child in their home on Dunwear Road Credit: ITV News

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STATEMENT: Refresco Gerber disappointed at striking employees

20% of the factory employees voted for industrial action Credit: ITV News

Refresco Garber have issued a statement saying they are disappointed the strike is going ahead.

20% of the factory employees voted for industrial action and those taking part will hold a series of 11 walkouts over the next 10 weeks.

Refresco Garber have issued a statement saying they are disappointed the strike is going ahead Credit: ITV news

We are disappointed that this decision has been reached as we have worked hard to protect jobs and pay levels and spent four months negotiating with the Unite union, who recommended to their members on two different occasions that they accept the new terms.

Only four redundancies have been made from a work force of 500 during the process with a further 30 settlement agreements made over the last few months with individuals whose skills didn’t match the future needs of the business. We are in the process of recruiting for these vacancies.

– Refresco Gerber Spokesperson

Tesco to pull out of controversial Bridgwater store

Tesco will not be building a store on the Northgate site. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Tesco has announced it will no longer build a store on the controversial Northgate site in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Controversy over the plans has continued for years, with protests from local residents concerned about independent shops in the town and the use of part of the Brewery Field green space.

The store would have been built on council land which used to be the site of a community swimming pool, which protestors campaigned unsuccessfully to save from closure.

Sedgemoor Splash closed in 2009. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images
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