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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".

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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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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