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Have you seen missing puppy Sooty?

Police are appealing for information about a missing 10-week-old Shih Tzu puppy in Bridgwater.

The female puppy, called Sooty, is believed to have escaped from its owner’s home in the Turner Road area of the town on Friday 13 November.

A witness has said they found the puppy near Old Taunton Road between 9.30am and 10am the same day, but gave it to two men walking with a whippet-type dog to look after until the owner could be traced.

The puppy has not been handed into the police, any local vets or the RSPCA.

Sooty isn’t micro-chipped but has a distinctive birth defect – her ribs are not in alignment and stick out more at the back.


Police increasingly concerned over missing teenager

15 year-old Sascha Gallichan has been missing since Sunday Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Police are becoming increasingly concerned about the whereabouts of a missing teenager.

15 year-old Sascha Gallichan was last seen in Bath on Sunday morning. Officers believe she maybe in the west Somerset area - in particular Taunton, Brridgwater and Petherton.

Detective Inspector, Lorett Spierenburg, is keen to say to Shascha that she is "not in trouble":

“I want to make it clear that Sascha is in no trouble – we just want to make sure she is ok. She has lots of people who care about her and they just want to know she is safe.

“I would appeal to anyone who may have seen Sascha or someone matching her description, to come forward immediately."

– Detective Inspector Lorett Spierenburg

Anyone with information is asked to contact us now on 101, quoting ref 5215026702.

Work to begin on Bridgwater hotel

Work is due to start in Bridgwater on a new hotel.

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The old Co-Op will be knocked down.

The old Co-Op and other buildings in the Eastover area are to be demolished to make way for the hotel - which will have more than 100 bedrooms.

An impression of the proposed development

The plans were agreed by Sedgemoor District Council in July 2013 - it says the development will transform the area.

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership allocated £4.5m of funding from the Growing Places Fund to the development. The fund was designed to create jobs and boost economic growth.


Price of milk paid to farmers not expected to rise yet

The price of milk paid to farmers is not expected to rise until the end of this year or early next, according to a government minister.

George Eustice was giving evidence to MPs after a summer of protests by dairy farmers across the South West over the low price they get for their products.

A petition calling for the introduction of a minimum price farmers get for their milk triggered this afternoon's one-off parliamentary session.

Farming minister to be quizzed by MPs over dairy prices

George Eustice Credit: Wiktor Dabkowski / PA

The farming minister will be quizzed on the dairy industry by MPs later this afternoon.

George Eustice is being brought before the Agricultural Select Committee where he'll be cross-examined on milk prices. The session will also hear evidence from the National Farmers Union and has been called after more than 50,000 signed a petition asking the Government to introduce a minimum price.

Morrisons announce 'Milk for Farmer's Cheese'

Morrisons have announced their new brand of cheese - after a twenty four hour protest of one of their distribution centres Credit: PA

Morrisons say their new brand of cheese - with more money going to the farmers - will be available from the beginning of October.

"Milk for Farmer's cheese and milk lines", comes after meetings between Farmers for Action and the supermarket following blockades of their distribution centre in Bridgwater.

Morrison's say they're also looking into how they could develop a winter support fund for dairy farmers - another meeting on Friday will determine whether this is possible.

No turning back for farmers fighting for their livelihood

Farmers returned with their tractors to blockade the distribution depot near Bridgwater Credit: ITV News

Farmers are again protesting this evening outside the Morrisons Distribution Centre in Bridgwater.

It comes three days after they agreed to suspend action ahead of talks with the supermarket.

Farmers for Action this afternoon announced they were protesting over delays in negotiations over the price paid for milk used to make cheese.

Here's James Badman from Fathers for Action

Morrisons says the plan is still to introduce a new British Brand to help support farmers but the protesters aren't convinced.

You can watch footage from this evening's protest below:

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