Jamie Merrill

Jamie Merrill is a news reporter and feature writer for The Independent, The Independent on Sunday and i.

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Common and grey seals are protected under Scottish law but fish farms and salmon fishermen can apply for a licence to cull them

Salmon farms that slaughter protected seals to be 'named and shamed' after landmark ruling

Campaigners have won a victory against the £400m a year salmon industry

For the first time a list of drones used by government departments will be published

Government to release secret details about the use of drones over UK skies

The move is a significant victory by campaigners

The Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham

Data protection regulator launches staunch defence of Freedom of Information Act

The staunch defence comes as Justice Secretary Michael Gove announces a crackdown on freedom of information laws

Smooth operator: the new Ford Mondeo

All-New Ford Mondeo, motoring review: Mondeo Man is still stuck in the middle lane

It feels as though Ford has evolved, rather than making a radical jump

Legal aid boycott: Court chaos expected as lawyers refuse to take up new cases

As a boycott by lawyers of legal aid work begins in protest at cuts in fees, Jamie Merrill investigates the impact

Orkney Island farmers forced to sell cattle early after increased rainfall and low temperatures

As England and Wales bask in a heatwave, the far-flung Scottish island suffered temperatures 15C lower after three times the average rainfall in May

Beauty may really be in the eye of the beholder, say scientists

Scientists say an initial period of platonic friendship allows couples to overlook the less desirable physical attributes of their future partner

The bedrooms

The Peat Spade, Hampshire: A refurb that needs to dig a little deeper

Hampshire's Peat Spade inn is popular with fly-fishers on the River Test, but its rooms leave Jamie Merrill feeling cold

Glastonbury 2015: Teenage kicks in the Beat Hotel - more like Magaluf than Worthy Farm

Jamie Merrill ventures to the Beat Hotel where it's packed from dawn 'til dawn

Sinful style: the new BMW X6M

BMW X6M, motoring review: It guzzles fuel and looks awful, yet this super-SUV is great fun

In design terms, this car is the ultimate two-fingered insult to city-car drivers and the electric car owner

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Rolling in the deep

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Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
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House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
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International Tap Festival comes to the UK

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Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

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Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

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BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
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Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
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Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
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