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Man to appear in court charged with Dorchester murder

Elliot Handley's body was discovered at a flat in The Grove in May. Credit: ITV News West Country

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of man in Dorchester.

Elliot Handley's body was discovered at a flat in The Grove in May. A post mortem revealed he had died from head injuries. 43-year-old Simon Bennett has been charged with his murder. He'll appear before magistrates later.


Man charged with Dorchester murder

Elliot Handley. Credit: Dorset Police / family

Detectives investigating the death of a 46-year-old man in Dorchester have charged a man with murder.

At around 9.50pm on Tuesday 26 May 2015, police were called to a flat in The Grove and discovered the body of Elliot Handley.

A post mortem examination revealed he'd died from multiple blunt force head injuries.

Simon Bennett, 43, from Dorchester, has been charged with Elliot’s murder. He will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

A 47-year-old man from Dorchester and a 69-year-old man from Weymouth, who had been arrested on suspicion of murder, were released from bail without charge in June.

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Brian May: 'The cull doesn't work'

Queen guitarist Brian May at the mock funeral procession at Westminster. Credit: ITV News West Country

Campaigners against the badger cull say they're preparing a fresh legal challenge.

It came as rock star Brian May led a mock funeral procession at Westminster in memory of badgers already killed in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

The cull, which the government says is backed by leading vets, was recently extended to Dorset but Dr May said he was seeking a judicial review:

Queen guitarist Brian May to lead badger cull march

Queen guitarist Brian May on a Wounded Badger Patrol in 2013. Credit: PA

Brian May will lead a march to oppose the planned Government badger cull later.

MPs will join the Queen guitarist at the event in London, which has been organised by Team Badger - a collective group of animal welfare charities.

Almost 2300 badgers were killed in the last cull, between 2013 to 2014.


Preparations underway for the Dorset County Show

40,000 people are expected to head to the ground over the weekend Credit: ITV News

Preparations are underway this morning for the start of the Dorset County Show.

The event, which celebrates it's 175th anniversary this year, traditionally commemorates the end of harvest. 40,000 are expected to head to the ground, near Dorchester, tomorrow and Sunday.

Badger cull restarts across the South West

The government says Bovine TB costs taxpayers £100m each year Credit: Ben Birchall/PA

The government has announced that the Badger cull has officially restarted across Somerset - as well as in a new area in Dorset.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs says Bovine TB costs taxpayers £100m each year and is a significant threat to the future of our beef and dairy industries.

But protesters argue that the culls are ineffective.

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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