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Go-ahead given for 90,000 panel solar farm

One of the company's smaller sites Credit: ITV
Tne solar panels will be installed in these fields Credit: ITV

The go-ahead has been given today for a 90,000 panel solar farm, planned on land owned by Dorset South MP Richard Drax at Mapperton. East Dorset District Council's planning committee deferred making a decision on 23 June because they said they needed to make a site visit. Seven councillors voted for the project and three against. There has been strong opposition from campaigners. The energy company is Wiltshire-based Good Energy. More shortly.

Warning as dangerous plant spreads across the West

This picture shows how big giant hogweed is - it doesn't reveal how dangerous it can be Credit: Richard H Shaw/CABI BIOSCIENCE

Giant hogweed is spreading throughout the region and has left several people with severe burns. In other parts of the country, children have received third degree burns.

10-year-old Lauren Fuller from Thornbury in South Gloucestershire was badly burned after sheltering from the rain under giant hogweed. She had just moved to Scotland when it happened.

I was out with my dad fishing, and it was raining and I was underneath a big bush. It didn’t burn straight away. I woke up in the morning and my hands were just pure red.

– Lauren Fuller

Medical advice is to wash immediately with soap and water and stay out of the sunlight - this seems to activate the sap in Britain's most dangerous plant.

Number of organ donors drops

The NHS is calling for more people to sign the organ donors' register Credit: Philip Toscano/PA

A new appeal has gone out for more people to sign the organ donors' register after the first fall in the number of donors for a decade. More than 4,000 people had a transplant last year - but the number of donors fell by five per cent.

The NHS Blood and Transplant Organ Donation and Transplantation Directorate, which is based at Stoke Gifford near Bristol, says fewer people died last year in circumstances where they could donate. It also says there's been no change in rates of consent.

Of the transplants carried out, 1,092 were made possible by living donors who gave a kidney or part of their liver, while 3,339 patients benefitted from organs donated after death. To join the NHS Organ Donor Register visit here or call 0300 123 2323.

“We are truly grateful to the families of the 1,282 deceased donors and to each of the 1,092 living donors who made transplants possible last year. Their donations allowed over 4,400 people to get the organ transplant they’ve been waiting for to save or vastly improve their lives.

“We have always known that because the opportunities to donate are so small, it is essential to increase the number of people who say yes to organ donation. If the pool of potential donors is reduced then this is even more important."

– Sally Johnston, NHS Director of Organ Donation

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