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More birds wash up on beaches

Hundreds of guillemots were taken to the West Hatch wildlife centre to be cleaned in February. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

More birds are being washed up on beaches across the south-west coast covered in a sticky substance, the RSPCA has said.

The guillemots have been collected from beaches stretching from Mevagissey in Cornwall to Plymouth and Whitsand Bay.

An RSPCA spokesman said: "Five of the birds have been taken to the RSPCA West Hatch wildlife centre in Taunton, Somerset, where unfortunately they have been put to sleep to end their suffering.

"There is no indication of where the pollution is coming from."

In February, hundreds were killed by the pollutant, which affected a 200-mile stretch of coastline.

Experts at Plymouth University found the mystery substance was almost certain to be an oil additive known as PIB.

But the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said it had been unable to trace the source of the spill and confirmed it had closed the investigation.

Snow hits Dorset and Devon

A scene at Poundbury near Dorchester this morning Credit: ITV Westcountry

There have been significant falls of snow in parts of Dorset and Devon. It's resulted in some disruption - earlier the A37 between Yeovil and Dorchester was reported to be impassable at Holywell Cross. Driving conditions on parts of the A38 in Devon were said to be hazardous.


Full report: Fire service cuts

The Fire Brigade Union is warning tonight that proposed cuts are the 'most savage ever' and could put public safety at risk.

Today the Devon and Somerset Fire Service revealed that it was facing a 3.4 million pound reduction in its grant from Government this year - with a further reduction of more than 2 million pounds next year. Watch Jacquie Bird's report below.


Fire Brigades Union urges public to protest against cuts

Rather than just accept these enormous cuts forced upon us by central government, the fire authority along with chief fire officer Lee Howell should tell the coalition government that this scale of cuts is unacceptable, risks destroying the fabric of this important service, and ultimately puts more lives at risk.


If the cuts proposed go through, there will be fewer firefighters, fewer fire stations and fewer fire engines. After the recent floods and fires firefighters have dealt with so professionally, the cuts would be a real kick in the teeth for both the public and the service. The FBU is asking people in our communities to stand up against damaging proposals for the fire and rescue service before it is too late.


Firefighters' jobs to go in £5.5m cuts

Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service announced £5.5m cuts today Credit: Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service

Front line firefighters in Devon and Somerset could be cut as part of £5.5 million of savings at the fire authority.

The government grant being given to Devon and Somerset Fire Service is being cut by more than 10% this year and a further 7.3% next year.

It's the third worst grant settlement to a fire authority in the country.

Firefighters were told about the proposed cuts this morning.

Fire Service to announce savings plan

Fire engines
Cuts are being made due to a reduction in government grants Credit: ITV West

Devon and Somerset Fire Service is planning to save £3.4 million in the next financial year.

They also want to save another £2 million the year after that. They're having to make the cuts because of a reduction in their government grant. The details of the savings plan will be announced this morning.

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