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High streets across the West Country packed with shoppers for sales

Shoppers at Drake Circus Credit: ITV News

High Streets across the West Country have again been packed with shoppers today, all looking for a bargain. Many retailers have already reported figures for the Boxing Day sales yesterday were up on last year. Somer shoppers in Plymouth weren't after a bargain - just a day out.

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Major job losses as paper mill closes

Wansbrough Paper Mill is due to close today with the loss of 176 jobs Credit: ITV News

More than 170 people will be left jobless over Christmas with the closure of a Somerset town's biggest employer.

Staff at Wansbrough paper mill in Watchet will clock off for the last time this afternoon. It marks the end of a manufacturing tradition dating back more than 250 years.

The plant owners, DS Smith, have blamed the loss of a major contract and the need for huge investment to bring the mill up-to-date.

88,000 workers in the SW won't get Christmas Day off

Spare a thought for the NHS staff who will have to work over Christmas Credit: ITV News

The Trade Union Centre is urging people to spare a thought for those having to work on Christmas.

It has revealed 88,000 people in the South West would not have the day off. It's an increase of 4,000 over the last three years.

Medical staff and care workers make up a large share of those working.

1 in 31
employees in the South West are set to work

Christmas Day is a special day that millions of us spend with our nearest and dearest. So we should all spare a thought for the people who will be hard at work while we're opening our presents, tucking into the turkey and relaxing with our families. Many on duty on Christmas Day will be on low pay, especially in sectors like hospitality and social care.

– TUC GENERAL SECRETARY FRANCES O'GRADY
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