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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.

Badger cull to be extended to Dorset

The government has announced there is to be a badger cull in Dorset this year. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire

The South West's controversial badger cull is to be extended to Dorset.

Several farmers had applied for a licence to kill the animals, which are thought to infect cattle with bovine TB.

The government says extending the cull is part of a long-term strategy to beat the disease - but protestors argue that existing culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire (which are to be repeated this year) are ineffective and fail to meet their targets.

“England has the highest incidence of TB in Europe and that is why we are taking strong action to deliver our 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease and protect the future of our dairy and beef industries.

“This includes strengthening cattle testing and movement controls, vaccinating badgers in the buffer zone around high-risk areas, and culling badgers where the disease is rife.

“Our approach of dealing with the disease in cattle and wildlife has worked overseas and is supported by leading vets.”

– FARMING MINISTER GEORGE EUSTICE

A wildlife charity which is strongly against the cull has recently awarded a grant to a badger vaccination programme in Dorset.

Brian May taking part in an anti-badger-cull protest in Bristol. Credit: PA

Earlier this week an animal welfare charity - founded by Queen guitarist Brian May - threatened legal action if the badger cull goes ahead for a third year.

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Tributes left to tragic five year old who died in Dorset

Tributes have been paid to the five-year-old who died in Weymouth.

Flowers and teddies have been left outside of the house of the girl, who has been named locally as Alexys Brown.

A police presence remains outside the house while investigations continue while a steady stream of people have turned up to pay their respects.

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Further investigation into death of 5-year-old girl trapped in lift

A police presence outside the house where the little girl died. Credit: ITV News

The death of a five-year-old girl whose head became trapped in a lift is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive alongside Dorset Police.

Firefighters freed the child with specialist equipment at the house in Emmadale Close, Weymouth, but she died at the scene.

Dorset County Council has said it didn't install the lift, saying it was there when the family moved in.

The Aster Group housing association released the following statement.

“We’re sorry to learn of a death at one of our properties at Emmadale Close, Westham, yesterday and our thoughts are with the little girl’s family at this difficult time.

“This is now a police matter and we will assist the investigation in any way we can. Due to the ongoing investigation into this incident, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this stage.”

– Aster Group spokesperson

Council says it didn't install lift that killed 5-year-old

Dorset County Council have said they didn't install a lift at a property in Weymouth that killed a five-year-old girl.

Police were called to a house in Emmadale Close at midday after the girl got her head stuck in the lift. She died at the scene.

A spokeswoman for the council said the lift "was existing equipment when the family moved in."

Investigation into death of girl, 5, whose head was trapped in lift

A police presence outside the house where the little girl died

Dorset Police say an investigation has been launched after the death of a five-year-old girl whose head was trapped in a lift at a house in Dorset.

Police were called to the address in Emmadale Close, Weymouth, just before midnight. Firefighters freed the child with specialist equipment but she was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The road has been closed while crime investigators examine the scene and emergency services deal with the situation.

The child's family have been informed of her death.

Emmadale Close in Weymouth is closed while investigators examine the scene. Credit: ITV News
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