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North Devon School closes amidst abuse inquiry

A North Devon school at the centre of an inquiry into physical abuse has given up its licence to operate.

Chelfham Mill near Barnstaple was a boarding and day school for around forty boys with emotional and behavioural problems. It's licence was suspended for six weeks in July while the abuse claims were investigated. Now it's chosen not to reopen.

The County Council says it's working to find alternative places for the school's 14 day pupils. A police investigation is still ongoing.

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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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