KEITH the seal has had a reprieve after the Angling Trust announced it would NOT be pursuing an application to Natural England for a licence to shoot her.

An agreement with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue service will see both organisations working together to relocate the mammal back to the sea, out of harm’s way and to protect vulnerable freshwater fish stocks on the River Severn.

The prospect of a “last resort” cull were meant with stern response within angling and outside of it.

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