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Midlands woman jailed after being drunk on a plane

A 41 year old woman from Cheltenham, Gloucestershire has pleaded guilty for being drunk on an aircraft and racially abusing fellow passengers.

Birmingham Crown Court heard that Marsha Woodwart became racially abusive and aggressive on a Thompson Airline flight from Crete to Birmingham on 19 July 2013 when she was found with a litre bottle of vodka and cigarette in the toilet cubicle.

Cabin crew restrained Woodwart after she became increasing aggressive and began spitting at the crew and other passengers.

She was arrested at Birmingham International Airport and has been sentenced to 10 months in prison.


End in sight for Gloucestershire flood cleanup

It has been a difficult time for homes and businesses hit by the recent floods. Some residents are still clearing up damage to their properties.

One pub owner in Gloucestershire was forced to close her pub over Christmas. She was completely cut off and says her situation this **time was even worse than the floods in 2007. But, three months on, she says there is finally some good news.

Report finds badger cull 'ineffective & inhumane'

The pilot badger cull took place in Gloucestershire in Autumn 2013 Credit: PA

A Government-commissioned investigation into the 2013 pilot badger culls in one part of the Midlands is said to have found they were ineffective and inhumane, according to BBC reports.

The controversial pilot culls took place in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset in an attempt to tackle the number of cases of TB in cattle, but research found the number of badgers killed fell short of targets set to limit the spread of the disease.

The aim was to kill 70% in cull areas within a six-week period, but fewer than 50% of badgers were killed in both areas during the first six weeks. Over 5% of badgers took longer than five minutes to die, failing the test for humaneness

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DEFRA: We knew there'd be lessons to be learned

The Independent Expert Panel has not submitted its report to ministers and the report has not been published. We knew there’d be lessons to be learned from the first year of the pilot culls which is why we’re looking forward to receiving the panel’s recommendations for improving the way they are carried out, because we need to do all we can to tackle this devastating disease.

– A DEFRA spokesperson


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Brian May: People won't stand for 'cruel' badger culls

We should also mention that the report discovered that it was very inhumane as well. I don't think people will stand for this. You're talking about badgers taking five or 10 minutes to die. Owen Paterson's denied that but it's obviously true. [...] I have a lot of sympathy for farmers but this is not the way to solve the problem. The way we believe we can solve it is by vaccinating the badgers, and also vaccinating the cows. [...] Badgers can be vaccinated for about £120 a head, but it has just cost £4,200 per badger to kill the poor things.

– Brian May, Queen guitarist and leading anti-cull campaigner, speaking on BBC Breakfast

Badger cull officially over in Gloucestershire

The controversial badger cull in Gloucestershire is officially over.

The cull was called off at midday today - three weeks early - after an extension to the trial proved unsuccessful.

The badger cull is over
The badger cull is over Credit: ITV News

Based on the number of badgers culled so far, experts said even if they continued through to the original December 18 finish date, not enough badgers would be shot.

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Statement on why Natural England is ending badger cull

Natural England has released a statement giving its reasons why it has chosen to end the extended pilot badger cull in West Gloucestershire early.

This decision has been taken based on the decreasing number of badgers seen by contractors over recent weeks which makes achieving a further significant reduction in the coming weeks unlikely. The end of the cage-trapping season tomorrow was agreed by the cull company and Natural England as a sensible point to stop activity.

Defra will update Parliament on Monday with the final number of badgers removed during the extension period.

The eight-week licence extension was granted by Natural England on 23 October.

– Natural England
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