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Badger cull protestors gather at High Court

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Badger cull protestors outside the High Court today Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners have gathered outside the High Court in London today for another hearing about the Government's badger cull.

The Badger Trust is seeking a ruling that there has been a failure to install an independent panel of experts to monitor this year's pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The culls are taking place to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle.

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Double amputee will compete in Bristol Half Marathon

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Jo Blinman will be able to take part in the Bristol Half Credit: ITV News West Country

Jo Blinman, who has had both legs amputated but was told she could not take part in the Bristol Half Marathon because she would take too long will now be able to take part after all. Organisers have given the go-ahead for her to compete in the wheelchair event on 21st September.

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Jo Blinman from @paulsplace2014 has been given the go ahead to take part in the Bristol Half marathon. Wheelchair race.

Longleat issues new statement on train accident

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The miniature train as seen in a previous report Credit: ITV News archive

Longleat has issued an updated statement following the accident on the miniature railway yesterday :

"We would like to extend our sympathy and best wishes to all those who were affected by the incident involving the miniature train yesterday (August 20th).

We would like to thank all emergency services personnel for their speedy and professional responses.

We would also like to thank all the members of the public who acted so quickly to offer help and assistance.

We are aware of one significant injury to a woman who, we understand has a broken leg, and was taken by Air Ambulance to the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

A further four visitors were attended to by Longleat first aiders and paramedics before being taken away by ambulance.

Our own staff were immediately on the scene of the incident and began assisting passengers and other visitors following the incident along with paramedics and members of the public.

The train, carriages and track are inspected by staff on a daily basis. All drivers and railway staff undergo a comprehensive training programme, which includes dealing with emergency procedures.

In addition to our own checks, the entire railway system is also subject to rigorous safety inspections by the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) annually.

The train had 155 people on board and can carry up to 169 passengers. We are currently undertaking a thorough investigation to establish the cause of the incident and are co-operating fully with ADIPS and the Health and Safety Executive.

The train will remain closed while this investigation is ongoing. The rest of Longleat is open and operational as normal."

– Longleat statement

Rotherham striker signs for Bristol City

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Kieran Agard signs for Bristol City Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have strengthened their squad by signing Rotherham United striker Kieran Agard for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old has signed a three year contract and will be available for Saturday’s League One match at Rochdale.

We’re delighted to sign Kieran and I’m even more pleased that he’s decided to come to us for footballing reasons.

“He fits into our wage structure and he’s actually come here for less money than he could have got elsewhere in the Championship.

“I’m delighted he’s here because his goalscoring record last season was right up there, not too far away from the golden boot, taken by our own Sam (Baldock).

“I’m looking forward to working with Kieran and welcome him to the club.”

– Steve Cotterill, Manager, Bristol City

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New Portishead lifeboat house takes shape

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The new boathouse takes shape at Portishead Credit: Helen Lazenby

Work on the new boathouse for Portishead's RNLI Station is progressing well and the Chairman of the appeal to raise £180,00 to pay for it says the response from the public has been extremely encouraging.

‘We can’t thank people enough for their generosity and must pay tribute to all our friends from many of the local RNLI fundraising branches in Gloucester, Bristol and Somerset, and further afield, who have all been working flat out and contributing to the Appeal’s success.

Even after extending the Appeal by an additional £52,000, which will pay for the volunteer crews changing facilities, this support has continued and we are delighted to be able to see the target within sight

– Jon Yabsley,Chairman Portishead RNLI Boathouse Appeal
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A digger works on the Portishead boathouse construction Credit: Helen Lazenby

Waste incinerator site could become Forest Green stadium

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Javelin Park could become the new site for Forest Green Rovers Credit: ITV West

A site earmarked for a giant waste incinerator could become a football stadium.

A decision on the controversial plant at Javelin Park in Gloucester is due to be made by the Government next month. But businessman Dale Vince has confirmed it is being considered as a 5000 seater stadium for his club, Forest Green Rovers.

Badger cull campaigners back in court

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The High Court challenge will take place later this morning Credit: ITV West

Campaigners are back at the High Court today in a new challenge over the Government's badger cull.

The Badger Trust is seeking a ruling that there has been a failure to install an independent panel of experts to monitor this year's pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The culls are taking place to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle.

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