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Climate change campaigners on the march in Bideford

Climate change campaigners have delivered a letter to Conservative MP Geoffrey Cox's office to complain about the reduction in subsidy for renewable energy technologies.

They say that local installers are going out of business as a result.

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It's ahead of a national climate change protest taking place in London on November 29.

Warning: stay away from Longrock beach

People are being warned to stay away from Longrock beach near Penzance in Cornwall after reports that petrol may be washing up there.

Cornwall Council say reports that deposits of "an unidentified viscous liquid which may be petroleum based" are being washed up on the beach have been filed by members of the public.

Staff from the Council are erecting signs along the affected parts of the beach, asking people to keep children and dogs at a safe distance from the material.

The deposits, which have appeared along the high water mark from Marazion to Wherry Town, average between 2ft and 6ft in length.

Part of the beach is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall, part by the St. Aubyn Estate and part by the Council.

Staff from the Environment Agency are arranging for samples of the substance to be taken and sent off for analysis. Work is also underway for the substance to be removed as quickly as possible.


Why a bird colony could prevent a multi-million pound development

A row about a colony of protected birds could ruin plans for a £10 million hotel on Drake's Island.

The area is home to a colony of Egrets - a white coloured bird similar to a heron.

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A report to Plymouth City Council's planning committee has found the egrets would be disturbed if the hotel is built.

A sign gives an artist's impression of the development.

Councillors are expected to make a decision this afternoon.

Devon's Joss Stone poses naked for new PETA campaign

Devon singer Joss Stone has shed her clothes to support a new campaign by the animal welfare organisation PETA.

In a new poster, the singer poses in body paint to try to persuade people not to choose animal skin products for their clothes, shoes or handbags.

Joss Stone shows her skin to persuade people not to wear an animals'. Credit: PETA

The soul singer is a lifelong vegetarian, and wants to encourage people to use synthetic snake skin, mock crocodile, and vegan leathers as alternative ways to enjoy fashion without wearing another creature's skin.

Farmers sceptical about University of Exeter TB report

The University of Exeter study found a higher risk of TB with intensive farming practices. Credit: ITV News West Country

Farmers say they're sceptical about a report from the University of Exeter linking intensive farming to a rise in TB in cattle.

The study shows that herds of more than a 150 strong are 50% more likely to suffer an outbreak of the disease. Using silage as feed is also said to increase the risk.

The Deputy President of the National Farmers Union, Minette Batters, was at the Beef South West event in Exeter. ITV News West Country presenter Ian Axton asked her what she thought of the report:

Increased TB risk at farms with large herds of cattle

Farmers who try to get too much from their land and livestock have been linked to an increased risk of bovine TB.

The research from Exeter University found:

  • Farms with herds of 150 cattle or more - were 50% more likely to suffer an outbreak, than those with herds of 50 or fewer.
  • For every 10 hectares of maize grown - a favourite food of badgers - the TB risk increased by 20%
  • And the feeding of silage was linked with doubling the TB risk among dairy and beef cattle.

Jacquie Bird reports:


Study finds higher risk of TB with intensive farming practices

Study finds higher risk of TB with intensive farming practices. Credit: ITV News

A study by the University of Exeter has found there is a higher risk of bovine TB with intensive farming practices such as large herds.

The research found farms with herds of 150 cattle or more were 50 per cent more likely to suffer a bovine TB outbreak than those with herds of 50 or fewer.

The risks also increased with maize growth, fewer hedgerows and the use of silage.

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