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Candelight vigil for badgers in Minehead

Minehead protestors held vigil ahead of badger cull Credit: ITV Westcountry

Members of campaign group Somerset Badger Patrol held a candlelit vigil overnight in Minehead to mark the start of the cull.

The group are against the measure. They believe there is little proof that it will prevent the spread of bovine TB. The patrol urging the government to re-think its environmental policy around badgers.

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Baby porpoise washed up on Minehead beach

Porpoise on Minehead beach
Baby porpoise washed up on Minehead beach Credit: ITV News West Country

The Coastguard and Maritime Agency has collected the body of a baby porpoise which was washed up on Minehead beach. Around two hundred dead dolphins and porpoises are found dead on the south west coastline each year. Scientists are keen to find out what is causing the deaths.

The Agency believes most deaths occur after the animals are caught in giant seine nets used by French and Spanish trawlers.

Porpoise in Minehead
Body of porpoise is recovered from Minehead beach Credit: ITV News West Country

Police order vehicles off the road in Minehead

Police in Minehead ordered eight faulty vehicles off the road during a day of checks on local taxis and young drivers.

The joint operation with the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) was run in the town on May 24.

Young drivers were also stopped and examined by the VOSA experts to see if their vehicles conformed to traffic regulations.

A total of 23 cars were stopped and eight issued with prohibition orders, keeping them off the road for up to seven days. A number of vehicle defect tickets were also issued.

Sergeant Andy Whysall of Minehead Police Station said: “A number of those stopped believed their vehicles were roadworthy, but just because you have a valid MOT there is no guarantee that your vehicle has not developed a faulty since it was last tested."

World record attempt takes some beating

It needed more than 600 eggs for the mix. It had to be baked in an industrial oven. And a forklift was brought in to assemble the all-important parts. But when it came to the crunch, did it all come together?

Watch this video of the military-style operation involved in putting together a Victoria sponge that, it's hoped, will break records.

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Minehead bakery to bake world's biggest sponge cake

Trial run of cake bake (and that's just a section!) Credit: Royal Bath and West Show

A bakery in Minehead is hoping to bake the world's biggest sponge cake today.

The five feet wide giant is part of plans by the Royal Bath and West Show to celebrate its 150th anniversary later this month.

It's quite an operation - it needs more than 500 eggs and will have to be assembled in sections.

Show hopes to bake the world's biggest Victoria sponge

A trial run in a giant oven in Minehead Credit: ITV News West Country

Organisers of the Royal Bath and West Show are planning a world-beating Victoria sponge to help celebrate its 150th show.

It will measure five feet across. The picture shows just one section of the sponge being baked in a giant oven in Minehead as part of a trial run.

It will take 500 eggs to make. All the ingredients come from exhibitors at this year's show at the end of May.

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