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Badger cull could be extended to Dorset

There's increasing pressure for a cull of badgers to be extended to parts of Dorset. Farmers say TB is continuing to spread through their herds and are calling for the Government to act on pre-election pledges, to eradicate the disease.

Pilot badger culls started in Somerset 2 years ago. Now applications are being prepared which could see the cull extended to part of our region as Duncan Sleightholme reports.

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Recovery efforts begin for stricken train

A train operator has come under fire after two carriages derailed - an hour after it was warned a herd of cows had got onto the line.

It happened at Godmersham, midway between Ashford International Station and Canterbury West, just after half past nine yesterday evening

No-one was injured and the line is likely to remain closed for several days. David Johns reports, speaking to passenger Vince Stevenson, eyewitness David Goodenough; the Managing Director of Southeastern, David Statham; and local resident Stephen Taylor.

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Fox-hunting vote postponed as SNP say they'll vote against changes

Fox-hunting vote postponed after SNP say they'll join in vote Credit: PA

A vote to relax the fox-hunting ban in England and Wales has been postponed. It had been due to take place in the Commons tomorrow - but was delayed when Scottish MPs threatened to defeat the proposal which would allow an unlimited number of dogs to flush out a fox to be shot.

The plans had provoked fury among anti-hunt protesters - and reopened the debate into fox hunting, which was banned ten years ago.

Abigail Bracken has been looking at the arguments.

Dream trip on Belmond British Pullman - all in the name of charity

Sick babies, abandoned dogs or the elderly? If you give money to charity, how do you decide which one gets to benefit from your hard earned cash? More and more charitable organisations are depending on our generosity to keep them going. But persuading us to donate is getting tougher. Now they're having to come up with even more novel ideas and schemes to attract our attention. This weekend, one Kent charity even hired a very famous train to raise money. Andrea Thomas reports. She spoke to Anne-Marie Kelly from the Heart of Kent Hospice, Jan Perfect from Community Action South East and Graham Carpenter, Chief Executive of Dandelion Time.

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Heavy Horses Help in Hastings

When it comes to bashing the bracken - what you need are some hardy horses. And so visitors to a country park on the south coast, will see Exmoor ponies, some Ardennes horses, and wild cattle - all doing their bit for nature conservation.

As David Johns found out, it's all the idea of Hastings Council. Good for tourism, it told us and good for the environment too.

He spoke to horse owner Frankie Woodgate, Murray Davidson from Hastings Borough Council, and Anna Bogg from the Sussex Pony Grazing & Conservation Trust.

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South-east wine & strawberries for Wimbledon!

Whether you're a sporting fan or not, you can't have failed to notice Wimbledon fortnight has just begun. And once again suppliers in the south east are making hay while the sun shines by sending their wares to the world-famous tournament.

But for the first time in Wimbledon's history, there'll be an English wine on the menu - and it's from Bolney in Sussex.

David Johns reports, speaking to wine maker Sam Linter and strawberry grower Marion Regan.

Asian wasp which is deadly to trees invades Kent

A large swathe of woodland in Kent is under threat from a deadly Asian wasp. The insect has come over to the UK for the first time ever and laid its eggs in the buds of sweet chestnut trees at Farningham Wood.

The Forestry Commission has begun felling trees to stop the threat spreading to other parts of the country. The pest's larvae was spotted by an amateur insect enthusiast.

Watch Andrea Thomas' report:

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Hope for sheep death prosecution

A farmer from Sussex has spoken of his anger after one of his lambs was chased off a cliff by an out-of-control dog.

A local photographer captured the moment the lamb was forced to the cliff edge at Seven Sisters country Park in Seaford.

It's the latest in a series of incidents of sheep-worrying in the county.

David Johns has our report; he spoke to farmer Sam Stanisstreet and James Osman from the NFU. Still pictures by Eddie Nolan.

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