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'First sighting' of Blue Whale off the coast of Cornwall

An incredibly rare sighting of a Blue Whale has been captured on camera by scientists off the coast of Cornwall.

It's believed to be the first sighting of the huge mammal in English waters.

The whale was photographed over a deep-sea canyon approximately 400km southwest of our coastline:

The whale was spotted over the northern margin of the Bay of Biscay Credit: Prof Russell Wynn, National Oceanography Centre
The huge mammal is twice as long as a double-decker bus and rarely seen in English waters Credit: Prof Russell Wynn, National Oceanography Centre

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It costs nearly £6,800 to cull one badger

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The cost of culling badgers to tackle TB in cattle in our region is more than previously thought.

It costs £6,775 to kill one badger. This is nearly £600 more than predicted by the anti-cull Badger Trust, who made a Freedom of Information request that led to the real figures being released by the Environment Department (DEFRA).

The overall cost of the cull is almost £16.8 million.

A DEFRA spokesman says bovine TB has cost £500 million over the last decade.

The government has recently approved extending the cull to Dorset.

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Energy price cut threatens hundreds of jobs

Industry bosses warn the regions renewable energy sector is at risk after price cut. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Hundreds of jobs are under threat across the West Country after the Government announced it wants to cut the amount of money householders are paid for the electricity their solar panels generate.

Industry bosses warn the region's renewable energy sector is at risk by a proposal to slash the price from 12.5 pence per kilowatt hour to just 1.6 pence.

Explosion at a house in Cornwall

Explosion at a house in Cornwall Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

One person is in hospital after an explosion at a house in Cornwall.

Emergency services were called to a property on Trecalgo View in Camelford late last night. The home was badly damaged and near by cars were also damaged by flying debris.

A corden is in place for the clean up operation and police are investigating what caused it. There's thought to be no further risk of explosion.

The sole occupant is recovering in Royal Cornwall Hospital and believed to be in a stable condition.

Explosion at a house in Cornwall Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police
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