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Campaigners meet Environment Secretary to challenge badger cull

Members of the Badger Trust spoke to Liz Truss in her London office Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Campaigners fighting to stop the badgers culls in Somerset say they've had a 'constructive' meeting with the Environment Secretary.

Members of the Badger Trust spoke to Liz Truss in her London office, claiming the culls are both costly and ineffective in halting the spread of TB in cattle.

Afterwards they said she had agreed to consider various points about animal welfare and vaccination.

Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive Badger Trust Credit: ITV News

She said the chief veterinary officer still continues to advise her that it is a tool that needs to be used. She made no commitment on extension of the culls at this stage even though we did agree if there were any steps to go forward they'd have to go through proper licencing and consultation processes. She did accept that cattle measures are important, she did accept badger vaccination has a valuable roll to play as well which is a step forward from her predecessor Owen Patterson.

– DOMINIC DYER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE, BADGER TRUST

Police want witnesses following serious M5 collision

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Police are appealing for witnesses following a serious accident on the M5 this morning.

A silver Nissan, driven by a 34 year-old man, overturned at junction 9 travelling northbound at around 5.45am.

The motorway was closed between junction 11 and junction 9 northbound while the man was cut out of the vehicle by the fire service. His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

The vehicle is being recovered and one lane is now open.

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Parents in the south west spend £180 million on school uniforms

Parents in the south west spend £180 million on school uniforms Credit: ITV News

Parents in the south west spend £180 million a year on school uniforms for their children - according to research by the Children's Society.

Charity 'the Wrong Blazer' says that around ninety-five per cent of parents say the amount they are expected to pay for their children's uniforms is 'unreasonable'.

The research shows that over 100,000 children in the region have gone to school in incorrect uniform.

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