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Hinkley C on the verge of getting EC approval

Hinkley C on the verge of getting EC approval Credit: PA

Britain's first new nuclear plant in a generation is on the verge of getting the go-ahead. The European Commission is said to be about to approve plans for the £16 billion project at Hinkley Point in Somerset. Under the deal, Hinkley C will be built by a French company, EDF energy, which will receive a guaranteed price for its energy for 35 years - at twice the current level.

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A woman has been sexually assaulted in Bath

Woman sexually assaulted in Bath Credit: PA

A woman has been sexually assaulted in Bath. The alleged incident happened soon after midnight on Saturday 13th September in the Spring Lane, Larkhill area of the city.

The 28 year old woman was walking home along Charlcombe Lane when she met a man she recognised from earlier that evening from outside the Larkhall Liberal Club. They walked together for a while, then parted. Soon after she was grabbed from behind and assaulted.

He is described as white, in his 40s, short, of heavy build, with fair hair in a long mullet-style at the back. He was wearing light blue jeans and a green or khaki T-shirt.

Ambulance keys snatched in Calne

Wiltshire Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of a set of ambulance car keys in Calne.

The incident took place at approximately 2am on Sunday 21st September 2014 outside the Talbot Pub, Calne.

The ambulance service were called to attend an urgent medical issue at the pub. However whilst treating a patient, an unknown person accessed their vehicle, drove it 20 metres down the road before running off with the keys.

"This was a mindless act which could have resulted in an extremely serious incident for the patient being treated.

"The ambulance wasn't in use for the rest of the night which could have put other people's lives at risk too.

"We still haven't located the keys to the vehicle but someone will know who was involved in this incident and I would urge them to come forward."

– PC Mel Neal, Wiltshire Police

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Search for men in distraction burglary

Police are searching for two men following a distraction burglary in South Gloucestershire where the victim was a man in his eighties.

He answered the door and a man told him he needed to check the water pressure as they were fitting a kitchen at a property further up the road.

The victim let the man into his house and shortly afterwards noticed a second man in his hallway. The pair left the house and the victim because suspicious and went upstairs to find his bedroom had been searched.

  • The first man was white, in his mid twenties, 5ft 8ins, with a long face.He was wearing a navy knee-length coat, with a zip on the front, a blue checked baseball cap and blue denim trousers.
  • The second man was white, in his late twenties to early thirties, 6ft 2ins, of a bigger build than the first man. He was wearing a baseball cap and a dark jacket.

“We don’t believe anything was taken during this burglary but this has clearly been a distressing ordeal for the victim.

“If you’ve seen men matching these descriptions in the Barrs Court area, or have information which could help our inquiry, please call us.”

– Det Con Louise Macpherson

If you can help, please call the 24-hour Police Enquiry Centre via 101 and quote reference 97175/14.

NFU statement on badger death claims

The National Farmers Union has responded to claims that a dead badger in Somerset suffered an unnecessarily lingering death because it had been shot in the abdomen and left to die.

“We have seen no evidence that a badger has been found. If one has been found there is no evidence to suggest it is associated with the cull. All badgers shot as part of the cull have been collected and accounted for. Humaneness monitors are also going out with contractors.”

– NFU statement

Humane Society comments on badger cull claims

The Humane Society's executive director and veterinarian, Mark Jones, has voiced his concern over claims that a female badger who had been shot in the abdomen in Somerset will have taken a considerable time to die.

Earlier today pictures were released by the wildlife charity Secret World claiming that "Badger 41" had been shot in the abdomen and left to die.

Badger 41 may have taken "a considerable amount of time to die" Credit: Secret World

“The discovery of badger 41 confirms our worst fears about the horrendous animal suffering the so-called trained badger cull marksmen will be inflicting. Shooting badgers in the abdomen will likely result in those animals taking a considerable time to die. DEFRA’s assurances that steps have been taken to ensure this year’s culls would be humane have been shown to be meaningless. Badger 41’s death was almost certainly not humane; how many more like her are suffering the same fate?

– Mark Jones, Executive Director at Humane Society International/UK,
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