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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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Government commits to badger culls in West Country

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Badger Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Badger culls will go ahead as planned this autumn in Somerset and Gloucestershire as the Government affirms its committment to tackling the spread of TB in cattle. It says it can improve on last year's pilot culls whihc failed to meet targets.

Plans being considerd include increasing assessments on farm security to prevent badgers mixing with cattle and accessing feed, plus making it mandatory for all farmers to disclose their TB history to buyers.

Owen Paterson loses job in reshuffle

Owen Paterson (centre) visiting Northmoor Pumping Station in Somerset. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has lost his job in David Cameron's cabinet reshuffle.

The Conservative minister came under intense pressure, following his handling of the flooding on the Somerset levels, and also received criticism for the horsemeat scandal andthe unsuccessful badger culls.

Prospective MP stands down from Frome contest

The Lib Dem Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome has announced she has stepped down from the race to take over from David Heath as MP for Somerton and Frome.

In a letter sent out today, Sarah Yong said:-

I just wanted to let you know that it is with great regret that I've decided to stand down from my role as Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Somerton and Frome.

"I have made this decision for personal reasons and as a result of changes in personal circumstances.

"It's a decision I've not taken lightly, and it's one I take with a heavy heart.

"I would have loved to have followed in David Heath's footsteps as the MP for Somerton and Frome.

– Sarah Yong

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Badger Trust granted judicial review into cull

Protestors have won a a judicial review into the badger cull Credit: ITV News West Country

Anti badger cull campaigners have won a legal battle against the Government as they attempt to prevent the cull resuming this year.

A judge has granted the Badger Trust permission for a Judicial Review in the High Court into the continuation of the cull in England.

The test case will challenge DEFRA, Secretary of State Owen Paterson and Natural England claiming they have failed to put in place any Independent Expert Panel for the planned culling of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset in 2014.

The Trust says: "Without this, there can be no proper assessment of the safety, effectiveness and humaneness of the culling operation, something that would be needed before any lawful decision to continue with further culls around the country."

Animal rights charities launch challenge to badger culls

Animal rights charities claim the badger culls breach an international agreement on protecting wildlife Credit: PA

Three animal rights charities charities have today launched a challenge to the badger culls, saying they breach an international agreement on protecting wildlife.

The group argue that the culls, due to resume in parts of Somerset and Gloucestershire later this year, do not comply with the Berne Convention because they fail to take account of the impact on other species. The government disputes the claim.

Badger cull protester cleared of breaching injunction

The case has been dropped against Cathy Scott, who denied breaching last year's badger cull injunction Credit: GNS

The only person in the UK accused of breaching last year's badger cull injunction has been cleared after the prosecution dropped the case.Cathy Scott, 37 from Coventry, was alleged to have run into a badger-killing field at Tibberton, near Gloucester, shouting and waving a torch on 3 October 2013.

She had denied breaching a High Court injunction banning anyone from protesting within 100m of homes or using torches, LED lights and camera flashes near the badger cull zone.

Today at Gloucester crown court, the Crown Prosecution Service announced it had reviewed the case and is not proceeding with the charge.

Prosecutor Tim Greaves said that the decision by the Crown not to offer evidence "is not, and should not be viewed in any way, as an acceptance of the submissions made by the defendant".Judge Jamie Tabor QC formally found Ms Scott not guilty.

Ms Scott regularly travelled from Coventry to Gloucestershire during the badger cull last year to protest against it.

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