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Stop pouring fat down the drain, say beach campaigners

Ilfracombe is one of the beaches under scrutiny. Credit: Suzy Harrison/Press Association Images

Campaigners are trying clean up two beaches in Devon and Cornwall to stop them being branded unsafe for swimming.

Ilfracombe and Porth are both predicted to fail strict Environment Agency quality controls next year. Surfers Against Sewage are urging people not to throw items down the toilet and to stop pouring fat down the drain.

Sheep killed by dogs in Braunton

Police are warning dog owners to keep their animals under control after 2 sheep were killed in an attack in North Devon.

The sheep were attacked on Fairlinch Farm in Braunton after 7pm last night, the farmer found 2 dead this morning and another was seriously injured.

Police are appealing for witnesses and say pet owners need to make sure they don't go into any fields with livestock.

"Incidents like these are very distressing for the farmer and animals. Owners must ensure their pets are not allowed into any fields with livestock.

Walkers in the countryside should keep their dogs in sight and always on a lead whenever near farm animals.

People who live near farms must make sure their pets are secure in their homes or gardens to prevent any attacks on sheep and other livestock.”

– PC Simon Ogden, Devon and Cornwall Police


Somerset road will remain closed until August

Work on the road at Beer Wall Credit: ITV News

People in Somerset cut off by flood relief work have had an apology from the county council - because the job will take an extra three weeks.

The A372 at Beer Wall near Othery was shut by floods and pumping work for months last year.

It's been closed since the beginning of April so culverts could be installed, and it's not due to open until some time in August.

Future of Devon bats to be decided at High Court

Future of Devon bats to be decided at High Court Credit: PA: Klaus Bogon

Devon Wildlife Trust is taking High Court action over a council decision to build houses on a site where rare bats breed.

Teignbridge District Council approved plans for 230 houses to be built 170 metres from land where greater horseshoe bats congregate to give birth and raise their young.

The case is due to be heard at Bristol later today.


Seeing stars over Dartmoor

A West Country photographer has captured these extraordinary images of the Milky Way over Dartmoor.

Jon Scott, from Plymouth, says the conditions were near-perfect, with no moon and clear skies. But Jon suffered for his art - he had to hike for five hours to reach the best viewing point, and was up to his knees in marsh for much of the night!

By morning heavy fog was covering the entire moor and visibility was down to about 50 metres. I had to navigate out using an old-fashioned compass and OS map, certainly not for the faint hearted!

– Jon Scott, photographer
Milky Way over Dartmoor Credit: @jonscottfilm
Dartmoor sky at night Credit: @jonscottfilm
Perseoid meteor shower Credit: @jonscottfilm
Milky way over Dartmoor Credit: @jonscottfilm

Fish genetically mutated by Cornish mining

Research at Exeter University has linked the evolution of fish to pollution from Cornwall's mining boom.

Scientists have found that pollution from historic mines in the South West has "severely affected" the genetic diversity of local populations of brown trout.

The report highlights the difference between so-called clean rivers like the Camel and the Fal, with more contaminated rivers such as the Hayle.

Prince Charles letters reveal he was FOR the badger cull

The letters were published today after a long legal battle Credit: PA

Letters from Prince Charles made public for the first time have revealed how he was FOR the badger cull.

After a lengthy court battle, the Prince's correspondence to Labour ministers a decade ago have been published. In one of his letters to the Prime Minister he says it's "intellectually dishonest" that the over-populated badgers can't be culled.

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