The Government has confirmed that a second cull of badgers has begun in West Somerset and Gloucestershire. Protestors spent last night patrolling the cull zones trying to prevent the animals being shot as part of the Government's attempts to control Bovine TB.
The badger cull is due to start shortly in Gloucestershire and the county's Assistant Chief Constable says public safety is a priority.Read the full story ›
A cyclist in Swindon has told police he was attacked by a badger. North Swindon police reacted light-heartedly, posting a tongue-in-cheek incident report on their Facebook page.
One of our more unusual reports in the last week has been from someone who had a close shave with a bristly character in North Swindon.
A cyclist was riding on the path by Thamesdown Drive near Redhouse at night when an aggressive badger rushed out of the undergrowth and attacked him on his bike. The shaken rider escaped by a whisker from this black and white case of assault – pretty paw behaviour indeed.
In all seriousness badgers can be territorial, bold and very hostile, so do be wary if you come across one at night and give it a wide berth. Meanwhile if you’ve been ‘sett upon’ or badgered by this offender let us know.
Work has begun on a road in Wiltshire to fill in two three feet deep potholes which has seen the road closed for three weeks.
Part of the road near Corsley collapsed after badgers tunnelled underneath it and there were fears repair work wouldn't be carried out until any cubs had matured.
However, Natural England have approved the work and the road should open at the end of the week.
Many people blame badgers for spreading TB to cattle, but for the people of Corsley in Wiltshire, they're the cause of another problem.
Their digging has damaged a road so badly that it's had to be closed.
And as Caron Bell reports, the law means it won't be fully fixed until the summer:-
A road in Wiltshire has been closed because of damage by badgers. Their sett near Corsley is now so big that the tarmac has collapsed. But by law, the council has to wait until any badger cubs have matured before the road can be mended.
The singer Brian May, one of the leading opponents of the badger cull, is due to meet protesters in Gloucestershire later.
The trial cull, aimed at controlling the spread of TB in cattle, is underway in Somerset and is widely believed to have started in West Gloucestershire. Mr May will also meet people living near the cull zone to discuss their views on the operation.
On the day that the badger cull is expected to get under way, the Environment Minister David Heath has justified the reasons for the controversial action.
Speaking on ITV's Daybreak programme, Mr Heath, the MP for Somerton & Frome said he understands the protestors' concerns, but insists he wants to see both healthy badgers and healthy cattle in the future.
The farming minister David Heath has been in Gloucestershire today to see badgers being vaccinated against TB. It's part of a 5 year project to test the effectiveness of the vaccines.
But he insisted that at this stage it cannot be a replacement for culling the animals.
Ken Goodwin reports:
Farming Minister David Heath tells our reporter Ken Goodwin that the vaccines are just part of the plan to tackle bovine TB.