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Hedgehogs under threat from gardeners

Hundreds of hedgehogs have been handed into a Gloucestershire wildlife sanctuary after being injured by unwitting gardeners.

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Campaigners in court to challenge badger cull

Campaigners are back at the High Court in a new challenge over the Government's badger cull
Campaigners are back at the High Court in a new challenge over the Government's badger cull Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Campaigners are back at the High Court today in a new challenge over the Government's badger cull in Gloucestershire.

The Badger Trust says an independent panel of experts has not been put in place to monitor this year's pilot culls, which are trying to stop the spread of TB in cattle.

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Report says children should have been helped sooner

The children lived in squalid conditions
The children lived in squalid conditions Credit: ITV News

Four children who were subjected to years of neglect by their parents should have been taken into care far earlier, according to a report out today. The children who were from Gloucestershire, lived in squalid conditions and were infested with lice. The mother and father were each jailed for two years in June.

A report by the Safeguarding Children Board found that the authorities should have taken tougher action to help the children.

The motivation was to support the parents, who themselves had all sorts of issues of their own, to improve the way that they were caring for their children to make it better. I think we can all see now and it's clear from the review that actually the level of neglect was at a level where these children needed to be removed earlier.

– David McCallum, Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board

Midlands commuters will pay 3.5% more for rail fares

Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year.
Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA

Commuters across the Midlands will face a 3.5% increase in rail fares next year.

According to the TUC a season ticket from Northampton to London is set to increase by £185 to £5,317 and Stoke on Trent to Birmingham New Street could rise by £102 to £2,934.

Prices have shot up by 25% since 2010.

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New 'planetarium' will take visitors back in time

One of the country's most important Roman sites is being brought to life, a hundred and fifty years after it was first discovered. Visitors to Chedworth Roman Villa in Gloucestershire, are getting the chance to experience it with a planetarium-style projection. The "discovery dome" has been developed by a student from the University of Bath.

John Tredinnick a researcher at the University says visitors will be taken back in time during the tour:

Football fans: Who travels furthest for away games?

Which football fans travel the most to away games?
Which football fans travel the most to away games? Credit: PA Image

It's been revealed that Aston Villa fans have to travel the least to get to away games, out of any Premier League club.

According to findings from the AA route planner Newcastle United supporters have it the hardest, they will travel the furthest at around 8,200 miles, costing them £1,100 in fuel.

Take a look at the list below to see where your team is on the list of the number of miles travelled.

  • Newcastle United- 8,198
  • Swansea City- 7,905
  • Southampton- 6,781
  • Hull City- 6,259
  • Crystal Palace- 5,924
  • Burnley- 5,660
  • West Ham United- 5,508
  • Chelsea- 5,419
  • Tottenham Hotspur- 5,392
  • Everton- 5,362
  • Liverpool- 5,334
  • Queens Park Rangers- 5,285
  • Arsenal- 5,234
  • Manchester City- 5,097
  • Manchester United- 4,871
  • Stoke City- 4,570
  • West Bromwich Albion- 4,412
  • Leicester City- 4,398
  • Aston Villa- 4,237
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