Control zones lifted

The temporary control zones imposed in Kent and Surrey have now been lifted.

Final tests on cattle at the farm in Romney Marsh, Kent, have given the animals the all clear from foot-and-mouth.

Initial tests on animals at Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey had also proved negative.

Meanwhile, the St Merryn meat plant, in south Wales, has also been given the all-clear after a sheep that was giving cause for concern was assessed by vets, the Welsh Assembly said.

The government is still awaiting the results of independent tests on soil taken from the suspected source of the original outbreak at the Pirbright laboratories.

Professor Brian Spratt's review of biosecurity arrangements at Pirbright is also due out later in the week.