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New plans to combat bovine TB will include culling

New plans to combat bovine TB will include the culling of badgers Credit: PA

Further measures to combat bovine TB have been revealed following the announcement of the results of the second year of badger culls.

An action plan for farmers sets out plans to help reduce the risk of disease spread on their farms. There will be a new service giving farmers within the badger cull areas bespoke veterinary advice on TB management.

Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss says the new approach will continue to include culling.

During the last parliament bovine TB rates in England soared to the highest in Europe. That is why we taking strong action in pursuing our comprehensive strategy, including tighter cattle movement controls, vaccinations and culling.

The Chief Vet’s advice is that results of this year’s cull in Somerset show they can be effective. That is why I am determined to continue with a comprehensive Strategy that includes culling.

– Elizabeth Truss, Environment Seceretary

There are also plans for a consultation on tougher measures for transporting cattle. An online map will show high and low risk areas. The Government has awarded £50,000 in small grants to livestock markets to help them introduce checking systems.

Independently audited results of the badger culls show cull figures for the year, and says that levels of humaneness and a high standard of public safety were maintained. In Somerset 341 badgers were removed - exceeding the minimum target.

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Yeovil footballers to share Christmas cheer at local hospital

Yeovil Town players may have Manchester United on their mind, but today the team will be visiting the town's hospital.

Manager Gary Johnson and his players will be handing out presents to sick children who will be spending Christmas at the hospital.

The Glovers have been drawn against the Premier League giants in the FA Cup third round. The match is live on television on Sunday January 4th.

Manager Gary Johnson said he was "ecstatic" at the win. Credit: Clint Hughes/EMPICS Sport

Inquest into Taunton man's ski death begins

An inquest into the death of a man from Taunton who died in a skiing accident will be held today.

Aleksander Owens-Thurston was on a family holiday in Austria in February. The 23-year-old, who was not wearing a helmet, lost control on an advanced black run and crashed into a snow machine.

Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February. Credit: Family

Devon family could be torn apart this Christmas

Kingdao and Andy Wade and two of their children. Credit: ITV News

Three Devon children face losing their mother just after Christmas because she is due to be deported.

Kingdao Wade has been with her family in Brixham on a visitor visa from Thailand.

She should have a spousal visa - but new rules make it impossible for her and her husband Andy to qualify for one until at least May. She is due to be deported on December 27th.

I will fight every way, all the ways I can, for the right for my family to be together and for my children to have their loving mother.

– Andy Wade, Kingdao's husband

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How Text Santa money helped the Alzheimer's Society

This Friday on ITV we will be asking for your help to raise as much money as we can for our Text Santa campaign. Thanks to your generosity we raised more than £5 million last year to be divided between six charities.

One of the charities to benefit is the Alzheimer's Society. Our reporter Claire Manning has met one man who has been helped by the charity. He was diagnosed with dementia at the age of just 55.

Police statement following manslaughter charges

"Our thoughts are with the family of Thomas Orchard at this difficult time. The two-year long investigation that has followed has been difficult for all of those involved.

“The case was subject to an immediate referral to the IPCC by the Force and has been independently conducted by them since 2012. The Force and all officers and staff involved have fully co-operated with investigators from the IPCC and, latterly, the Health and Safety Executive throughout their investigation. [...]

"As a result of being charged a decision has been made that the officer and two members of staff have been suspended and this will be continually reviewed. We will continue to give appropriate welfare support to those officers and staff concerned.

“Devon and Cornwall Police take 25-30,000 people into custody each year and we remain committed to ensuring that they remain safe and receive a high standard of care from us.”

– Statement from Devon and Cornwall Police
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