Rock star Brian May led around 2,000 animal welfare supporters - some wearing badger masks - in a march through central London today as they called for the Government to abort plans to cull thousands of badgers.
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Consumer prices have rocketed by 58% since 2003, with the UK industry paying the biggest bills in Europe.
Friday will be a much calmer day for many, with the weather set to remain dryer with sunny periods and much lighter winds than on Thursday.
Teachers and managers in particularly are putting in hundreds of hours of overtime free of charge.