Defra is set to ease current foot and mouth disease movement restrictions next week as a fifth case of bluetongue is confirmed in Suffolk.

From next Thursday (4 October), movements to livestock markets in Defra's 'low risk' FMD area will be allowed subject to strict biosecurity measures.

The 'low risk' area covers Wales and Scotland and parts of England. Movement restrictions will remain in place in Defra's 'FMD risk area' covering 10 counties, as well as Greater London, in the south east of England.

Meanwhile, a fifth case of bluetongue was confirmed yesterday in an animal on a fourth premises near Burstall, Suffolk. The animal will be culled, Defra said.