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Somerset landowners overturn badger cull decision

Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A group of landowners in West Somerset has successfully overturned a decision to allow badger culling closer to their property.

They have been vaccinating badgers on their land, as an alternative to the cull. Natural England was proposing to remove the buffer zone between them and the culling area but has now backed down in the face of legal action.


Raccoon escapes from Somerset zoo

Missy the raccoon dug a hole to escape Credit: Tropiquaria Zoo

A raccoon has escaped from a zoo in West Somerset.

'Missy' got out of her cage at the Tropiquaria by digging a large hole overnight and disappeared. Zookeepers say she'll have no problems surviving in the English climate but they are worried.

They also say her escape was a surprise to her partner, Rocky, who's still in the enclosure and is missing her.

Great South West Walk starts today

The walk stretches from West Somerset round to Dorset Credit: ITV News West Country

The Great South West Walk starts today. It's a series of guided relay walks along the South West Coast Path, which stretches from West Somerset right round to Dorset. A quarter of a million pounds is being spent improving the route, which was badly damaged by last year's wet weather.

West Somerset council to make savings to save its future

West Somerset council is needing to make savings Credit: PA

West Somerset council is so financially stretched that its very future is in doubt, according to a confidential report seen by this programme.

The council, one of the smallest in the country, will have to make savings over the next two years, but after that faces a merger with other authorities, it says.

The report, by the Local Government Association, says the sparsely-populated area is facing a growing budget deficit which means that it will not be able to provide even minimum standards of service in the future. Various options are proposed, including sharing services with other councils.

West Somerset say tey'll consider the report next month.

Campaign against badger cull goes to High Court

A legal challenge against plans for a badger cull in West Somerset is due to be heard at the High Court.

The Badger Trust has won a judicial review into Government proposals to allow animals to be shot to prevent the spread of TB in cattle.

The pilot scheme was due to go ahead this summer but has been postponed pending the outcome of the court case.

The badger cull is being introduced to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle Credit: ITV Westcountry