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Badger cull has resumed in Somerset

This year's controversial badger cull in West Somerset is underway, the Government has announced.

The second year of a four-year scheme has started in the two counties in an attempt to prevent the spread of bovine TB in cattle.

We are pursuing a comprehensive strategy supported by leading vets which includes cattle movement controls, vaccinating badgers in edge areas and culling badgers where the disease is rife. This is vital for the future of our beef and dairy industries, and our nation's food security. At present we have the highest rates of bovine TB in Europe. Doing nothing is not an option and that is why we are taking a responsible approach to dealing with bovine TB.

– Elizabeth Truss MP, Environment Secretary

West MP joins call for ban on animals in circuses

A West Country MP has joined calls for a ban on live animals in circuses.

MPs from the three main parties are backing a private member's bill being debated today to introduce such a ban. Adrian Sanders says a recent visit to Torbay by the Moscow State circus shows animals are not necessary.

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Tall Ships Regatta begins in Falmouth

Tall ships come to Falmouth Credit: ITV West Country

Some of the world's most beautiful sailing vessels are gathered in Falmouth tonight for the Tall Ships Regatta.

More than 200,000 people are expected to visit over the next four days, bringing a £12 million boost to the local economy. It's the first time since 2008 that the event's come to Cornwall.

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Red Arrows thrill the crowds at Minehead Festival

The RAF Red Arrows have been performing at the Minehead Festival in Somerset this afternoon. The town is packed with people watching air displays over the seafront.

Red Arrows in the skies over Minehead, Somerset. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys
The displays are taking place over the seafront to packed crowds. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys
The sunny weather has made for ideal flying conditions for the RAF display team. Credit: ITV News/Bob Cruwys

British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth

Fireworks at their best. Credit: PA

The British Fireworks Championships in Plymouth got underway last night. Now in their 19th year, tens of thousands of people gathered on the Hoe to see four tonnes of fireworks light up Plymouth Sound. Six of the UK's top pyrotechnics companies will be vying to see who's best over two nights of competition.

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