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Protesters march against 'irresponsible' pony breeding

An eight-day march across Dartmoor has got underway in an effort to prevent ponies being bred for human consumption.

The organisers say they want to raise awareness of 'irresponsible breeding' programmes and have criticised conservation methods which encourage the slaughter of the animals.

Three pack ponies are taking part in the 164 mile walk from Dartmoor to Exmoor, carrying supplies for the trip:

The ponies at the beginning of the walk on Dartmoor Credit: A voice for ponies
The ponies are native to Dartmoor Credit: A voice for ponies


Woodside Bridge on East Lyn near Lynmouth unsafe

The bridge has now been closed Credit: Exmoor National Park

Woodside Bridge on the East Lyn near Lynmouth has had to be closed following a recent inspection by Exmoor National Park Authority which has revealed it to be unsafe.

In the meantime, members of the public are advised to use the Tors Road footbridge as an alternative means of crossing the East Lyn.

Our main priority in the first instance was to stop people using the bridge and for safety reasons, we now plan to have it removed as soon as practically possible. We will then be looking into the options for replacing it.

– Dan Barnett, Exmoor National Park


Concern for TV wildlife expert Johnny Kingdom

Johnny Kingdom at the unveiling of the Exmoor Flag in 2014 Credit: ITV News

The grand daughter of popular TV wildlife expert Johnny Kingdom has left a message on his Facebook page to say that he has been taken into hospital.

The thoughts of the team at ITV News West Country are with him and his family. We wish him a speedy recovery.

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