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Somerset badger cull fails to reach target

The three week extension of the badger cull in Somerset has failed to reach its target.

The Government has announced 90 badgers were killed in the period up to Friday, taking the total number killed in the cull area to 940.

That represents a 65% reduction in the badger population - less than the 70% target.

Today I am announcing to the House that the three week extension period in

the Somerset control area concluded as planned on Friday 1st November.

During this period, a further 90 badgers have been removed, giving an overall total of 940 for the first year of the four year cull.

This represents a reduction of 65% in the estimated badger population before culling began.

This will deliver clear disease benefits as part of a four year cull in the area.

– Owen Paterson, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

A similar cull in Gloucestershire has been extended until December 18th.

Torquay man seriously injured following crash

A man from Torquay is seriously ill in hospital after an accident in Gloucestershire at around 9.30 last night.

The 27 year old was driving a silver Ford Mondeo that collided with another car on the A46, near Shurdington.

The man was taken to hospital with potentially life threatening injuries Credit: ITV News Westcountry

He was taken to hospital with potentially life threatening injuries.

A 42 year old local man driving a green Skoda Octavia was also injured, but less seriously. Police want to hear from anyone who might have seen the two cars.

Brian May calls for Environment Secretary's resignation

Queen Star and anti-badger cull campaigner Brian May has called for the resignation of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson over the pilot cull.

The guitarist said Mr Paterson had failed to meet the test of "honesty and transparency" expected by the public.

Brian May has called for the resignation of Environment Secretary Owen Paterson over the badger cull Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Statistics from the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) revealed that the six-week cull, which aimed to kill 70% of the badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset failed to meet targets.

As a result, cull operators applied to Natural England to extend the shooting period.

Read: Badger Trust mounts legal challenge on cull extension

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