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Rocks play music controlled by the weather

You might think that rocks playing music that's controlled by the weather sounds strange. And it is according to those on Portland who've been experiencing it this week.

They also say it's very beautiful and thought provoking. It's one of a series of art installations around the island.

Our Dorset Correspondent Duncan Sleightholme reports:

Potent plants part of Devon's Agatha Christie festival

The Agatha Christie festival is underway in Devon. It celebrates the work of the best selling novelist of all time who was born in Torquay.

One of the attractions this year is this potent plants garden at Torre Abbey - if features some of the poisons she used in her novels - including Ricin.

It was all the idea of the head gardener, Ali Marshall:

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Raccoon dog missing from zoo in Somerset

The dog escaped on Saturday morning. Credit: Chris Moiser/PA Wire

Police are investigating after a raccoon dog went missing from Tropiquaria zoo near Minehead in Somerset.

The raccoon dog, also known as a tanuki, was last seen at 8pm on Friday night but when staff arrived on Saturday morning they found damage to a wire panel and a steel bar removed.

The animal's name is tanuki, which is also the Japanese name for the species, she was a rescue animal that had been homed with us for a couple of months only.

Although the arrival of the animal had been reported in the local newspapers only a few days before she disappeared, she was not on show to the public, and other than the keeping staff only half a dozen people were aware of where the animal was being kept.

– Chris Moiser, Zoo director

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.


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