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Rural Crime in Devon & Cornwall up by 35% in 2013

Rural Crime in Devon & Cornwall up by 35% in 2013
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Rural crime cost Devon and Cornwall over one million pounds last year.

That's according to new figures published by a leading rural insurer. It's an increase of 35% from 2012. The most common items stolen were tools, quad bikes and farm machinery such as plough and hay balers.

The survey says rural crime cost the entire South West around £5.5 million in 2013.

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The not so little lamb who gave a farmer a big shock

Spring has indeed sprung because the cute little lambs are beginning to appear in the fields across the West Country.

And sometimes not so little...

Now farmer's always hope for deliveries without complications. But one farmer from Somerset got a bit of a shock when out popped a lamb weighing a whopping 22 pounds. Three times the size of your average newborn. Duncan Sleightholme reports.

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Dairy farmer says weather having huge impact

Farmers across the west country say months of wet weather will have a serious impact on the industry this year. Livestock and dairy farmers are having to keep animals inside because of the sodden ground. That means hundreds of pounds in extra feed and bedding.

In Cornwall only five percent of the early potato crop has been planted, which will affect supplies in the summer. We spoke to Chris Cardell who is a dairy farmer and a spokesperson for the NFU.

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