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Milk price protest in Bridgwater

Dairy farmers were protesting about the drop in milk prices Credit: ITV News

More than 50 tractors blocked the entrance to a supermarket depot in Somerset last night in protest over milk prices.

Dairy farmers blocked the two entrances at the Morrisons distribution centre near Bridgwater until midnight after a drop in the price they receive for milk. Farmers for Action say the costs are not sustainable.

David Handley from Farmers for Action told ITV News: "For the last four months we've seen milk prices in the UK for farmers fall at a dramatic rate. In the last month they've fallen even further - to a point now we're almost producing milk below the cost of production."

More than 50 tractors blocked the entrance to the Morrisons depot Credit: ITV News

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Bio-gas filling station to open near Bridgwater

Firms are being encouraged to convert their lorries to run on bio-gas Credit: ITV Westcountry

The west country's first bio-gas filling station is being officially opened near Bridgwater this morning.

HGV fleet operators are being encouraged to cut fuel and pollution costs by converting to dual-fuel or dedicated gas vehicles. The new facility at junction 24 of the M5 will be able to fill up to 80 vehicles a day.

Lucky escape after Land Rover overturns on M5

Lucky escape for the two passengers of this Land Rover Credit: Avon and Somerset police

Two people had a lucky escape following a collision on the M5 this morning.

A Land Rover collided with a Ford Transit van near Bridgwater at around 8.55am.

The Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway.

A 60-year-old woman, who was driving the Land Rover, and a man who was in the passenger seat, have been taken to hospital for treatment. Their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

This Land Rover overturned several times and collided with a safety barrier on the other side of the carriageway Credit: Avon & Somerset Police

This was a very lucky escape for the occupants of the Land Rover, as the safety barrier did its job and stopped the vehicle from plunging down a vertical drop of about 160ft.

– PC Owen Davies, Roads Policing Unit

Work starts on Bridgwater's town bridge

Work starts on Bridgwater's town bridge Credit: ITV News

Work on refurbishing Bridgwater's 150 year old town bridge has started. The work costing 370 thousand pounds will repair corrosion from the water. Workers will have to work around tide times but the project should be completed in time for Bridgwater Carnival.

Lorry crash closes M5 in Somerset

There are lengthy delays the M5 in Somerset which has been closed southbound between junction 24 for Bridgwater and 25 for Taunton. It's due to an earlier accident involving two lorries . Drivers are being asked to go via the A38. Avon & Somerset Police have tweeted this photo asking motorists to avoid the area.

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Two men from Somerset missing in mid-Atlantic ocean

Two Somerset men have been named as one of the four Britons feared dead after the yacht they were sailing in capsized in the mid-Atlantic Ocean.

56 year old Paul Goslin from Yeovil and 52 year old Steve Warren from Bridgwater were part of the crew on the Cheeki Rafiki returning from a sailing regatta in the Caribbean.

The yacht got into difficulties near Cape Cod in Massachusetts on Thursday. A search rescue for the crew has this afternoon been called off.

"We searched with multiple assets over 4,000 square miles for pings from the vessel's personal locator beacons.

"After receiving no more transmissions we believe that we would have found them by now if we were going to find them.

"These beacons are small devices and the ones being used have a very short battery life."

– US COASTGUARD SPOKESMAN
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Hinkley C plans investigated by EU

The financial deal for a new nuclear power station in Somerset is to be investigated by the European Commission, in a move that could delay.

Under the deal, announced by the Prime Minister last month, Hinkley C will be built by a French company which will receive a guaranteed price for its energy for 35 years - at twice the current level. The commission will investigate whether this complies with European rules on state aid.

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