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Thieves cause ecological "dead-zone" after act of "mindless vandalism"

Staff at a nature reserve in Kent say a thriving breeding ground has been turned into an ecological "dead-zone" after what they call a "mindless act of vandalism".

Habitats were left smothered in diesel after equipment was stolen from an outbuilding of the Northward Hill nature reserve at Cooling on the Hoo Peninsula and a fuel storage tank was left open - spilling around 2-thousand litres of toxic fuel.

Sarah Saunders spoke to RSPB warden Will Tofts...

Farmers told they can use red diesel while clearing roads

HM Revenue & Customs have confirmed today that, during extreme weather, farmers in the South can use red diesel in their tractors to help grit and clear snow from public roads.

Normally any vehicle used to clear snow from public roads is entitled to use red diesel. However, only vehicles that are constructed or adapted and used solely for spreading material on roads to deal with winter conditions can undertake gritting work while using red diesel.