The National Farmers Union has called for a badger cull to be introduced in Devon and Cornwall to halt the spread of Bovine TB.
It comes as the government outlined its determination to press ahead with the policy after recent culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire.
274 of the animals were culled in Gloucestershire, falling far short of the amount needed to cut the disease in livestock. In West Somerset, 341 were shot - that's slightly above the minimum target.
In both of the pilot areas, a significant proportion were killed by the more expensive cage trapping and shooting method, rather than "controlled shooting" of free-running badgers - leading anti-cull protestors to argue that the cull was unsucessful. Dominic Dyer from the Badger Trust says that , as a free-shooting trial, the cull has failed.
A mother-of-three who is being deported back to Thailand two days after Christmas says she'll fight the decision all the way.
Kingdao Wade has been told she'll be deported on December 27 because she is living here on a visitors visa. Her Brixham family is now locked in a legal battle with the Home Office to see if they can secure a reprieve.
A coroner in Somerset has called for greater safety on ski slopes at the inquest into the death of a young man from Taunton.
23 year old Aleksander Owens-Thurston died in February when he hit a snow making machine on a steep run at a resort in Austria. Recording a conclusion of accidental death, the coroner Michael Rose said if the machine had been properly padded or moved into a safer position, his life might have been saved.
An inquest has begun into the death of a man from Taunton who died in a skiing accident. Aleksander Owens-Thurston was just 23 years old when he died on a skiing holiday in February this year. He crashed into a snow making machine at a resort in Austria and fractured his skull.
He is said to have been a very good skier but was not wearing a helmet. He was on holiday with his family when the accident happened. They are expected to attend the inquest into his death at the Coroner's Court in Taunton this afternoon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Royal Navy warship HMS Argyll returns home to Plymouth today after six months at sea.
The ship has been involved in a number of drugs seizures - capturing drugs worth an estimated £77 million. She also visited 16 countries along the way.