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Bristol MP says call for Gargan to resign is 'witch hunt'

Charlotte Leslie is the MP for Bristol North West. She has criticised the calls for Nick Gargan to resign. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Another MP has condemned the process that's led to Avon and Somerset Chief Constable Nick Gargan being asked to resign.

Mr Gargan was told to step down after an independent panel found him guilty of eight counts of misconduct. But Charlotte Leslie has joined fellow MP Ian Liddell-Grainger in saying the process smacks of "a witch hunt devoid of real facts".

Nick Gargan was found guilty of eight charges of misconduct, though not of the gross misconduct charges he originally faced. Credit: PA


Badger cull to be extended to Dorset

The government has announced there is to be a badger cull in Dorset this year. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

The South West's controversial badger cull is to be extended to Dorset.

Several farmers had applied for a licence to kill the animals, which are thought to infect cattle with bovine TB.

The government says extending the cull is part of a long-term strategy to beat the disease - but protestors argue that existing culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire (which are to be repeated this year) are ineffective and fail to meet their targets.

“England has the highest incidence of TB in Europe and that is why we are taking strong action to deliver our 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease and protect the future of our dairy and beef industries.

“This includes strengthening cattle testing and movement controls, vaccinating badgers in the buffer zone around high-risk areas, and culling badgers where the disease is rife.

“Our approach of dealing with the disease in cattle and wildlife has worked overseas and is supported by leading vets.”

– Farming Minister George Eustice

A wildlife charity which is strongly against the cull has recently awarded a grant to a badger vaccination programme in Dorset.

Brian May taking part in an anti-badger-cull protest in Bristol. Credit: PA

Earlier this week an animal welfare charity - founded by Queen guitarist Brian May - threatened legal action if the badger cull goes ahead for a third year.

Do you remember The Warminster Thing?

It is 50 years since a mass UFO sighting took place in Warminster. Credit: British Pathe

UFO experts are travelling to Warminster this weekend to mark the 50th anniversary of the Warminster Thing.

It was the UK's first recognised 'mass sighting' where hundreds claim they saw a "cigar-shaped orange glow in the sky".

The Wiltshire town gained global attention when a picture of the UFO emerged.

The Wiltshire town became internationally famous after its reputation for UFOs. Credit: British Pathe
Credit: British Pathe

Banksy puts the music into his Bemusement Park

DJ Yoda is among artists performing at the former Tropicana tonight Credit: PA

The first live music event will be held at Banksy's Dismaland exhibition in Weston-super-Mare tonight.

Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Yoda and Breakbeat Lou will be performing while visitors see the work of more than 50 artists at the former Tropicana site on the seafront.

There will be music or comedy every Friday night during the five week exhibition at the Bristol artist's so-called Bemusement Park.

Music and art will be on offer to visitors to Banksy's Dismaland tonight Credit: PA


First Great Western workers due to walk out tonight

A three-day rail strike is due to start from midnight tonight. Credit: PA

First Great Western rail staff will be walking out from midnight tonight - marking the beginning of a three day strike.

Members of the RMT union say the company have failed to guarantee that jobs will be protected when new high-speed trains are introduced in 2017.

Passengers are being urged to check their travel plans.

Balloon launch to take place in memory of Dolton

Dolton Powell was stabbed to death in Gloucester on Sunday 23 August Credit: Family

The family of Dolton Powell are inviting all of his family and friends to a balloon release in his memory at Gloucester Park on Sunday 30 August at 6pm.

They have written some heart-breaking tributes to the 21-year-old.

The family has also set up a site where people can contribute to his funeral expenses - and the cost of the balloon launch.

No turning back for farmers fighting for their livelihood

Farmers returned with their tractors to blockade the distribution depot near Bridgwater Credit: ITV News

Farmers are again protesting this evening outside the Morrisons Distribution Centre in Bridgwater.

It comes three days after they agreed to suspend action ahead of talks with the supermarket.

Farmers for Action this afternoon announced they were protesting over delays in negotiations over the price paid for milk used to make cheese.

Here's James Badman from Fathers for Action

Morrisons says the plan is still to introduce a new British Brand to help support farmers but the protesters aren't convinced.

You can watch footage from this evening's protest below:

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