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Pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire to end tomorrow

The culling of badgers in Gloucestershire is to cease at midday tomorrow (Saturday) Credit: PA

Natural England has released a statement saying that it has agreed with the company undertaking the pilot badger cull in west Gloucestershire that culling operations will cease tomorrow (Saturday, 30 November).

It adds that, following discussions with the NFU, the cull company and Natural England, the licence for the extension of this year’s pilot cull will stop with effect from noon on Saturday.

The licence for the cull - which was introduced to curb the spread of TB in cattle had been extended as not enough badgers had been killed for the trial.

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Large fire at former quarry in Chipping Campden

A fire engine outside the damaged unit. Credit: ITV News West Country

Emergency crews have been damping down after the biggest fire in Gloucestershire since last winter.

More than 70 firefighters were called to the blaze at a recycling plant in an old quarry near Chipping Campden.

Crews from neighbouring Hereford and Worcester were brought in to back up the Gloucestershire brigade.

Inside the damaged storage unit. Credit: ITV News West Country
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Toddler Sophia was only left for a few minutes

The inquest into the death of Sophia Lily Parslow's heard her mother left her watching Peppa Pig on TV for just a few minutes.

She returned to find the 17 month old hanging from a roller blind cord.

It's believed Sophia had probably climbed onto a chair to look out of the window or at a photograph of herself when she became entangled in the cord.

Her mother Amanda O'Halloran from Tirley said she was only gone for a few minutes to get a new nappy.

When I came downstairs I panicked because I could not see her anywhere. Then I saw her behind the right hand curtains - she was suspended by the roller blind chain around her neck."I could see that she had vomited. I dialled 999, put her on the floor and gave her CPR for 10 minutes whilst still on the phone.

An ornament on the window sill had been knocked over and a picture of Sophia, which she liked to look at, was behind the curtain.She could have tried to get the picture, knocked over the ornaments and got entangled in the looped cord.

– Amanda O'Halloran, Sophia Parslow's mother

No parent ever thinks this will happen to them. It's every parent's worst nightmare. It was tragic accident.

– Asst Coroner for Glos, Katy Skerret

After the tragedy Amanda and Chris launched a campaign for loop cords on window blinds to be outlawed.The British Blind and Shutter Organisation has since announced that regulation changes will be introduced next March to ensure safety devices accompany cord blinds.

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Badger-culling in Gloucestershire likely to continue

A badger Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Badger-culling in Gloucestershire is likely to continue for longer than planned after a pilot project killed half the number expected.

A six week trial killed 700 of around 2,400 badgers in the county, thirty per cent of the total population, rather than the planned seventy per cent.

The Cull was to try and control the spread of bovine tuberculosis carried by badgers. An application to extend it is now being considered.

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