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Secret World founder says the cull is "just slaughter"

Pauline Kidner, who founded the wildlife rescue charity Secret World, says the badger cull should be stopped after a dead badger was handed in to the centre in Somerset with bullet wounds to the abdomen.

Ms Kidner claims this proves that the cull marksmen failed to kill the animal humanely.


Shelterbox founder appears on fraud charges

Tom Henderson, the founder of Shelterbox Credit: ITV News West Country

The founder of the Cornish aid charity Shelterbox has appeared in court on fraud charges.

Tom Henderson from Helston faces three counts of fraud and one of attempted theft. He appeared at the Central Criminal Court in London with his son John Henderson and another man, Darren Gervis who also face charges. They didn't enter a plea and will appear again in December, when the court will decide if the case should be moved to a court closer to Cornwall.

Tom Henderson left the charity in July 2012 and was arrested a year later.

Cliff fall teenager is named

A teenage boy who died after falling from a cliff in Torquay last week has been named. Tom Rendle who was 17 and from Torquay, is believed to have fallen from a cliff in the Ilsham Marine Drive area onto rocks last Friday.

Tom was rescued and taken by lifeboat to the harbour, before being taken by ambulance to Torbay District Hospital with a severe head injury, spinal and leg injuries.

He was later transferred to Derriford Hospital where he was pronounced deceased on the evening of Saturday 20 September due to injuries sustained during the fall.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

“Our son Tom lived life to the full and was a cheeky chappy. He will be missed by all of his family and friends.”

– Family statement
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NFU statement on badger death claims

The National Farmers Union has responded to claims that a dead badger in Somerset suffered an unnecessarily lingering death because it had been shot in the abdomen and left to die.

“We have seen no evidence that a badger has been found. If one has been found there is no evidence to suggest it is associated with the cull. All badgers shot as part of the cull have been collected and accounted for. Humaneness monitors are also going out with contractors.”

– NFU statement
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