Dorset farmer frustrated over TB delays

One of Dorset's leading farmers says he's increasingly frustrated with the Government's decision not to extend badger culling trials.

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Tory MP's half-brother charged with sex abuse

The half-brother of senior Conservative MP John Whittingdale has been charged with one count of inciting a child to commit an act of gross indecency as part of Operation Cayacos, Scotland Yard said.

Charles Napier, 67, from Sherborne in Dorset, is among two men charged in connection to alleged historical abuse. The charges are said to relate to offences in the late 1970s when the victim was 11 years old.

Napier has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on July 29.


David Tennant and Olivia Coleman return to west country for new series of Broadchurch

David Tennant and Olivia Coleman return to west country Credit: Broadchruch

David Tennant and Olivia Coleman will be returning to the west country for a new series of Broadchurch. The ITV drama which was watched by 9 million people last year is filmed in and around West Bay in Dorset and in Clevedon in North Somerset.

The second series has been penned by Chris Chibnall, who created and wrote the first series. He has previously said that the new run will be "completely different".

ITV's director of drama Steve November said: "We're delighted Broadchurch is back in production, but we're remaining tight-lipped about how the story develops.

"Suffice to say Chris has delivered as always and the scripts are just as exciting as the first series."

Executive producer Jane Featherstone said: "The reaction to Broadchurch from UK viewers has been incredible. So we'd like viewers to enjoy the new series knowing as little as possible about what's to come and for the story to unfold in real time."

Baby swans hatch in Dorset

Swans like these will be seen around Dorset Credit: Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

The first baby swans have hatched at the Abbotsbury Swannery in Dorset.

The new cygnets herald the arrival of summer according to folklore. Staff say they're a couple of weeks earlier than usual and are surprised because the winter storms disrupted the nesting season.

Chicks have hatched on three nests so far. More chicks are expected later in the week.

TB hits farm of Dorset badger cull campaigner

A Dorset farmer who campaigned for the Badger Cull to be extended into the county, has spoken of his despair at the discovery of TB on his farm.

This afternoon Paul Gould from West Stour began the heartbreaking task of loading a quarter of his prize cattle onto a lorry to be taken off for slaughter. Eli-Louise Wringe has spent the day on the farm and has this report.

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