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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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£10 million could be lost thanks to wet weekend

Businesses in the region are counting the cost after another wet and miserable bank holiday weekend.

Heavy rain and strong winds put a dampener on many events that were taking place on the last public holiday of the 'summer'. Normally crowded beaches were empty and many holidaymakers left the region early. Visit Cornwall estimates that around ten million pounds could be lost from the local economy.

A miserable bank holiday Monday

The Bank Holiday has once again proved a washout across the region, with heavy rain and strong winds putting a dampener on many events.

There's been heavy traffic on major routes as holidaymakers decided to go home early.

Some events were cancelled - tonight's firework display at the Torbay Regatta has been rescheduled for tomorrow.

Our reporter Jeff Welch braved the rain to see how people have been coping with a miserable Monday:

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