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French farmers protest over wolf attacks

Credit: Reuters

French farmers drove a flock of around 250 sheep around Paris on Thursday to highlight the effect a growing wolf population is having on their flocks.

Previously hunted to extinction across most of Western Europe, wolves crossed the Alps from Italy into the French countryside in the 1990s as a European convention on the conservation of wildlife re-introduced packs back into the wild.

A file photo of wolves in the wild in south eastern France. Credit: Reuters

Now farmers are complaining that packs of the government-protected predators are attacking livestock.

There have been 4,800 attacks on sheep by wolves so far this year – 1,000 more than in 2013, according to official figures from the French Sheep Organization (FNO), AFP have reported.

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Port Vale 'fully supports' police action against fans

Football club Port Vale has said it would fully back any police action against any of its fans involved after trouble broke out between fans of Wolverhampton Wanderers and the team.

Port Vale fans after promotion to League One. Credit: Clint Hughes/PA

Port Vale club secretary Bill Lodey said: "The club are bitterly disappointed regarding the violence that has been reported in Burslem town centre.

"We will fully support any actions taken by the police in apprehending those responsible and they can expect severe penalties."

'Disappointment' over trouble between football fans

Police has said they are "disappointed" a "significant number" of football fans decided to cause trouble when Port Vale played rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in League One today.

Chief Inspector Dave Bird, of Staffordshire Police, said:

We are disappointed by the actions of this significant number of so-called fans who attended today's fixture intent on becoming involved in disorder.

All those arrested will be questioned about their actions and CCTV evidence from today will be examined by officers.

The behaviour of this significant minority doesn't represent the club or our city.

Football disorder after Port Vale vs Wolves match

Police have been pelted with bottles and missiles after trouble broke out between football fans following a highly-charged local derby game.

Officers arrested 23 people when Port Vale entertained rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in League One today.

Port Vale's Lee Hughes and Wolverhampton Wanderers' Danny Batth Credit: Jon Buckle/EMPICS Sport

Staffordshire Police said it was "confronted by a significant group of home fans" involved in "violent disorder" who had gone out of their way to target police lines.

The force is now scouring CCTV from the day's fixture, which Wolves won 3 - 1, in a bid to trace everybody who had a hand in causing trouble.

Port Vale said it would fully back any police action against any of its fans involved.

23 fans arrested after Port Vale vs Wolves match

Officers from Staffordshire police have confirmed that 23 people have been arrested following disorder after the Port Vale vs Wolverhampton Wanderers match.

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