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Rugby World Cup trophy greeted by Roman soldiers

Former Bath player and Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan poses with the trophy. Credit: ITV West Country

Former Bath player and Rugby World Cup winner Mark Regan has been leading the Webb Ellis Cup across the North West.

This morning it was greeted by traditional Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall to mark 50 days until the start of the tournament.

Mark Regan told ITV News West Country that "excitement is building" for the event and he is "throughly looking forward" to England playing at Twickenham.

This morning the trophy was greeted by traditional Roman soldiers at Hadrian's Wall. Credit: ITV West Country

Dorset Wildlife Trust 'disappointed' by badger cull application

The Wildlife Conservation Charity has been carrying out a badger vaccination programme. Credit: Wild Stock

Dorset Wildlife Trust have expressed their disappointed about applications submitted to Natural England to cull badgers later this year.

They work to actively support and promote alternative solutions to badger culling in order to control the spread of Bovine Tuberculosis.

Now in its third year, the wildlife conservation charity has been carrying out a badger vaccination programme in West and North Dorset.

Dorset Wildlife Trust is extremely sympathetic to the farmers whose cattle are affected by this devastating disease, but we urge the Government to consider the scientific evidence which indicates that the cull will not reduce Bovine Tuberculosis in cattle.

The problem could even be made worse as increasing the movement of potentially infected badgers into an area cleared of badgers could risk contact between them and uninfected cattle.

– Chief Executive, Dr Simon Cripps

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Dorset badger cull application submitted to Natural England

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

An application to cull badgers in Dorset has been submitted to Natural England.

A number of farmers hope to obtain a licence to kill the animals, which are thought to infect cattle with Bovine TB.

Similar culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire proved controversial, and failed to meet their targets.

Earlier this week, volunteers in the county were given a grant by a wildlife charity to continue their programme of vaccinating badgers against the disease.

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