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Convicted murderer back behind bars

Convicted murderer deported from Australia Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A convicted West Country killer who went on the run in Australia for 15 years is back behind bars.

Robert Hennessey, 50, was jailed in 1978 for repeatedly stabbing his elderly aunt in Plymouth when he was 14 years old.

Hennessey disappeared after walking out of Leyhill prison, in South Gloucestershire in 1998. Officers finally tracked the 50 year old down in Australia and he has now pleaded guilty to evading lawful custody.

He has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Hennessey was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in the Queensland area of Australia in 2013.

Since then we’ve been working closely with the Australian authorities to ensure he was returned to the UK to serve the rest of his sentence and to face justice for the unlawful absconsion.

With the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, the victim’s family have been kept updated on Hennessey’s deportation and subsequent court appearances in the UK.

– Det Con Stuart Brooks

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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

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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