Hunting poll query

Listeners to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme have voted overwhelmingly for the repeal of the 2004 act which banned the hunting of foxes with dogs.

Listeners to the BBC Radio 4 Today programme have voted overwhelmingly for the repeal of the 2004 act which banned the hunting of foxes with dogs.

But questions were raised over the 52.8% vote for the repeal of the Hunting Act after the Countryside Alliance confirmed that it had conducted a drive to encourage activists to vote.

Flying doctors

A health board paid around £10,000 to fly two GPs from mainland Europe and have them provide cover over Christmas, it was reported yesterday.

NHS Highland hired the doctors to provide emergency health care in remote practices in Shieldag and Gairloch and Aultbea in Wester Ross over the festive period.

Sailing glitch

A boy, 14, has hit a last minute setback in his bid to become the youngest person to sail across the Atlantic single-handed.

Michael Perham from Potters Bar, north London, was due to reach his destination of Antigua today, but after a problem with a sail on his 28ft boat he will not reach land until tomorrow.

He has taken more than six weeks to cover the 3,500-miles from Gibraltar.

Cable death

A man died yesterday after apparently coming into contact with a fallen electricity cable.

The victim, in his 60s, was electrocuted in a field near Wembury, outside Plymouth, Devon.

A Western Power Distribution spokesman today said they were still trying to ascertain the circumstances of the accident.

Airline link

Virgin and EasyJet are to team up with an Asian airline to create the world's first budget global network, it is reported today.

Richard Branson's Virgin and EasyJet's Stelios Haji-Ioannou will join AirAsia to form a Malaysia-based alliance, the country's Star newspaper says.

Club shooting

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after being shot at a nightclub early yesterday, police said.

Two other people - a man and a woman - also received gunshot wounds as they celebrated the New Year at the Elbow Rooms club in Chapel Market, Islington, north London.

Police were called to the club at around 2.10am to reports of shots being fired.

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