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Baby porpoise washed up on Minehead beach

Porpoise on Minehead beach
Baby porpoise washed up on Minehead beach Credit: ITV News West Country

The Coastguard and Maritime Agency has collected the body of a baby porpoise which was washed up on Minehead beach. Around two hundred dead dolphins and porpoises are found dead on the south west coastline each year. Scientists are keen to find out what is causing the deaths.

The Agency believes most deaths occur after the animals are caught in giant seine nets used by French and Spanish trawlers.

Porpoise in Minehead
Body of porpoise is recovered from Minehead beach Credit: ITV News West Country

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World record attempt takes some beating

It needed more than 600 eggs for the mix. It had to be baked in an industrial oven. And a forklift was brought in to assemble the all-important parts. But when it came to the crunch, did it all come together?

Watch this video of the military-style operation involved in putting together a Victoria sponge that, it's hoped, will break records.

Minehead bakery to bake world's biggest sponge cake

Trial run of cake bake (and that's just a section!) Credit: Royal Bath and West Show

A bakery in Minehead is hoping to bake the world's biggest sponge cake today.

The five feet wide giant is part of plans by the Royal Bath and West Show to celebrate its 150th anniversary later this month.

It's quite an operation - it needs more than 500 eggs and will have to be assembled in sections.

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Butlins recruiting abroad for Minehead jobs

Butlins holiday centre in Minehead Credit: ITV Westcountry

Butlins has denied reports that people in Somerset are losing out on jobs in favour of recruits from Eastern Europe. The Sunday Mirror claims its holiday resort in Minehead is offering no work locally while advertising for staff through employment agencies in Poland and Hungary.

A Butlins spokesman said it remains one of the largest employers of locals in the area.

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Man who fitted card skimming devices to bank machines avoids jail sentence

A Romanian man who fitted card skimming devices to bank machines in Devon and Somerset has escaped being sent to jail today. Leonid Rotaru, who's lived in Bridgwater for 3-years, was arrested after he was spotted fitting a skimming device at Tesco in Minehead.

He'd obtained 9,000 pin numbers but today recived a prison sentence that was suspended for 2 years.

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