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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

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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

Death in police custody in Somerset

The man was being held at the new police custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park Credit: ITV News

A 40-year-old man has died while being held at the new police custody centre in Bridgwater.

He was arrested on Sunday December 28 after a fire in College Street, Burnham-on-Sea. He was taken to the custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park, where he was charged for being drunk and disorderly and hindering a member of the fire service. He was remanded in police custody to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court yesterday, Tuesday 30 December.

The man was checked at 4am that morning and found to be unresponsive. Paramedics were called in but he was pronounced dead at approximately 4.10am.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Cells at the new custody centre in Bridgwater Credit: ITV News
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BREAKING: Death in police custody in Somerset

The man was being held at the new police custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park Credit: ITV News

A 40-year-old man has died while being held at the new police custody centre in Bridgwater.

He was arrested on Sunday December 28 after a fire in College Street, Burnham-on-Sea. He was taken to the custody centre at Bridgwater Express Park, where he was charged for being drunk and disorderly and hindering a member of the fire service. He was remanded in police custody to appear at Taunton Deane Magistrates Court yesterday, Tuesday 30 December.

The man was checked at about 4am that morning and found to be unresponsive. Paramedics were called in but he was pronounced dead at approximately 4.10am.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating.

Cells at the new custody centre in Bridgwater Credit: ITV News

Community rallies around pensioner who had Christmas presents stolen

Complete strangers have been organising donations for Mrs Griffiths. Credit: ITV News

81-year-old Margaret Griffiths had spent the past few weeks carefully gathering and wrapping presents for her large family, and arranging them under the tree.

But at some point between last Friday night and Saturday morning, someone broke in to her Bridgwater home and took all 19. However it is not just Mrs Griffiths' family who are outraged by what has happened.

Local people - many complete strangers - have clubbed together to replace the presents, using social media to get organised and even getting local businesses to chip in. Fay Loveridge read about the incident in the Facebook group Breaking News Somerset and Beyond, and was moved to help give Mrs Griffiths "just a bit of Christmas back".

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Pensioner's Christmas presents stolen from under her tree

Burglars have stolen Christmas presents from a Bridgwater pensioner's home.

19 wrapped presents were stolen from under the 81-year-old woman's tree, in what police have called "a really mean-spirited crime".

The burglary happened sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning. Police are appealing for information.

The victim's presents were stolen from under her tree. Credit: Heikki Saukkomaa/STT-Lehtikuva/Press Association Images

Fears that Hinkley nuclear plant is being delayed

The site for the proposed nuclear power station in the shadow of the existing reactors Credit: ITV News

There are growing fears that the European Commission is delaying the building of a new power station at Hinkley Point in Somerset. It's still to sign off all the building regulations surrounding the project.

Today Labour south west MEP Claire Moody will meet the Commission to try to speed up the process.

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