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NFU pleased with badger cull

NFU pleased with badger cull Credit: PA

The six week badger cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset officially ends today. It's the second year that badgers have been shot to try to stop them spreading TB to cattle. Last year the cull was extended because not enough animals had been killed. Protesters say it's been a failure again this year, but the National Farmer's Union disagree.

I think generally we are pretty pleased with how it has gone. In large parts of the area we are seeing very few badgers left on the ground now. Unfortunately there are one or two areas where we haven't been able to be as effective as we'd like to because of the actions of protesters but largely we are very happy with it.

– Andrew Guest, National Farmers' Union

Chloe Jasmine was voted off the X Factor

Chloe Jasmine was voted off the X Factor Credit: ITV

Chloe Jasmine from Wells was voted off the X Factor this weekend after a sing off with our other west country act Stereo Kicks. The 24 year old jazz singer failed to impress the judges with her rendition of Will You Still Love Me by The Shirelles.

After Cowell, Louis Walsh and Mel B voted for her to leave the show, the cheeky contestant said: "I was going to just ask - can I be the ninth member of Stereo Kicks?"

She also praised her mentor Cheryl for "taking a chance" and putting her on the live shows.

You're an amazing, formidable woman

– Chloe-Jasmine Whichello

"I'm absolutely gutted that we've lost her. I think we've lost an amazing character."

– Cheryl Fernandez-Versini


Tribute group set up for Katie Ann Bagwell

Tribute group set up for Katie Ann Bagwell Credit: Facebook

A tribute site has been set up for 19 year old Katie Ann Bagwell who died after the car she was travelling in plunged into the River Parrett in Somerset.

"Sadly we lost a beautiful and amazing girl today, the most kindest and unselfish person i know. We are absolutely devastated and there will never be a day that goes by where we don't think about you katie, our lives will never be the same again."

– Facebook tribute page

"gone to soon. rest in peace you beautiful angel"

– Sarah Bayley

"R.I.P Baby'G, brightest star in the sky. Will be missed but never forgotten. Hope that, where ever you are, you're happy."

– Jessicah Louisee Fitch

Stern words for Chew Valley students from Lord of the Rings star

Sir Ian McKellern as Gandalf the Wizard in Lord of the Rings Credit: PA

Lord of the Rings actor Sir Iain McKellen had some stern words for the pupils at Chew Valley School near Bristol during a recent visit. He was visiting the school to celebrate their work promoting human rights, opposing bullying and homophobic language and behaviour at school.

They recently addressed a Stonewall Conference in London and were made Stonewall Champions. Stonewall is an organisation set up by Sir Iain McKellen promoting equal rights.


Teenager dies after car crashes into Somerset river

Teenager dies after car crashes into Somerset river Credit: ITV News West Country

A teenager's died after her car plunged into the River Parrett in Somerset. The 19-year-old woman was being driven along Broadmead near Martock when the accident happened just after 1am on Sunday. The male driver, who's 21, managed to escape. He's been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving.

9 out of 10 people against the badger cull, according to new poll

One alternative to culling is badger vaccination

Results from a poll on the recently trialled badger cull suggests that 9 out of 10 people in the UK are against the practice.

The trial cull in Gloucestershire and Somerset officially ended today. Of the 2000 polled, only 3 in 4 were aware of the cull. They were then given information about the UK trial, and the Welsh government’s success in cutting bovine TB through vaccination rather than culling.

The final poll then showed that 89% said that they wanted the government to stop culling badgers, and instead to follow the Welsh example.

The poll was carried out by ComRes, and was commissioned by Care for the Wild and the Badger Trust.

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