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Baby donkey chosen as Weston's new tourism mascot

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Raggles with his mother Rosy at Puxton Park stables. Credit: Puxton Park

A five-week-old donkey called Raggles has been chosen as the new mascot for Love Weston, Weston-super-Mare's tourist board. Raggles lives at Puxton Park stables and staff say he already has a lovely temperament. He will tour the country promoting Weston as a beach holiday destination.

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Raggles meets another mascot. Credit: Puxton Park

Taunton Deane Borough Council to move to County Hall

Taunton Deane Borough Council has finally voted to move to Somerset County Hall, one month after a similar proposal was narrowly rejected.

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A sign outside the Council's current premises. Credit: ITV News

The council says it costs £650,000 a year to occupy the ageing Deane House off Station Road in Taunton. Its report also found that creating a public sector 'one-stop-shop' together with the County Council would make life easier for service users.

Discussions will now start with the County Council about how best to facilitate the move.

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Key findings from report into neglect of children

The report by the Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children Board, the agencies involved outlined the lessons they needed to learn as a result of the case. Here are their key findings:

  • Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children's Board itself says it is improving training and support for professionals who work with children
  • Gloucestershire County Council emphasises the importance of responding to neglect accusations as rigorously as it responds to physical and sexual abuse. It also says the council must consider why parents are refusing statutory intervention for their children.
  • The District Council says it is working to improve communication between its services, including between housing staff who enter tenant properties for various purposes
  • Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust says it will ensure that children's views are fully taken into account when making decisions about their care, and that their staff will receive more training on recognition of neglect
  • Gloucestershire Police says its staff too will receive more training in neglect recognition
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Illegal migration to the UK 'increasing'

Irregular migration to the UK "is increasing", an anti-trafficking expert said.

Andy Desmond, Director of Anti-Trafficking Consultants, told Good Morning Britain that the hot weather simply makes cases, such as those of migrants in lorries, "more overt because of their own distress."

Following the discovery of 35 Afghan Sikhs in a shipping container at Tilbury Docks at the weekend, a lorry has been discovered carrying 15 migrants with suspected dehydration in Somerset. The German driver has been arrested.

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Stowaways have spent night in Somerset village hall

Stowaways have spent night in Somerset village hall
Stowaways have spent night in Somerset village hall Credit: ITV News

15 foreign nationals have spent the night at a village hall in Somerset after they were discovered in the back of a lorry. It was stopped by police at a service station on the A303 near Ilminster yesterday and the German driver was arrested. Immigration officials are investigating how the group, who claim they are from Eritrea and Kashmir, entered the country.

Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to get postnatal depression

Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to get postnatal depression
Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to get postnatal depression Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A study of women in Bristol has found that new mothers who breastfeed their babies are less likely to get postnatal depression. The researchers surveyed 14 thousand babies in the area over time during the 1990s and learned that breastfeeding, in addition to the well-established benefits to babies, helps the mental health of their mums. Those who planned to breastfeed and went on to do so were 50 percent less likely to become depressed than those who hadn't.

Work starts on Somerset flood defences

Work starts on Somerset flood defences
Work starts on Somerset flood defences Credit: ITV News West Country

Work is due to start on flood defences for a Somerset village which was cut off last winter. The £180 thousand scheme will provide better protection for Thorney at times of flooding. It's part of the 20 year Flood Action Plan for the county, which also includes raising the road to nearby Muchelney to ensure access during flooding.

Thousands of tonnes of unburnt waste is removed in Swindon

Thousands of tonnes of unburnt waste is removed
Thousands of tonnes of unburnt waste is removed Credit: ITV News

Thousands of tonnes of unburnt waste is being removed from a recycling plant in Swindon that has now been burning for more than four weeks. It's hoped this will give crews space to tackle the fire at Averies in Marshgate more aggressively. The Environment Agency took control of the site after the owners failed to comply with orders to deal with the material.

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