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VITAL funds raised for two charities through the ‘Eden Project Sleep Out’ in November are easing the mid-winter plight of homeless people across the region. The fifth annual event in aid of St Petroc’s Society and the Amber Foundation – where 100 sponsored volunteers bedded down on hard ground for one night in front of …

A NEW wave of energy projects are set to be delivered across the South West by a consortium that includes Devon County Council. Almost £2 million has been awarded to Bristol City Council, in partnership with Devon County Council and Plymouth City Council. The €1.9 million grant from the European Investment Bank and the European …

PLYMOUTH City Council is starting work on plans to make Plymouth Sound the UK’s first National Marine Park, after securing national funding. Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Scene made the announcement at the council’s cabinet meeting, following the news that the Marine Management Organisation has agreed to provide £75,000 towards the first …

MORE than a third of homes in Cornwall which had a house fire in the last year did not have a smoke detector, latest figures show. Of the 304 house fires attended by firefighters from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) between January 1 and 1 December 1, 2018, 120 did not have a smoke detector. And …

RESIDENTS in Plymouth are being invited to participate in this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. There will be a special public ceremony at the Peace Garden on Plymouth Hoe from 2pm on Sunday, January 27, 2019, to remember all those who have died in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The national theme of this year’s …

PUPILS, teachers and parents from schools across Devon walked, cycled and scooted their way to school during December for the Sustrans ‘Leg it to Lapland’ winter challenge. Sixteen schools took part in a race to be the first school to reach 2,100 miles – the equivalent of travelling from Devon to Lapland. Schools collected ‘virtual …

POLICE in the West Country will be cracking down on speeding during the final two weeks of January. Excessive speed is one of the fatal five top contributory factors to deaths and serious injuries on UK roads. For two weeks between January 14-27, Devon and Cornwall Police and partner agencies will be targeting drivers who …

FORMER Somerset County Cricket Club chairman Andy Nash will be among the many novices taking part in the 2019 Virgin Money London Marathon on April 28. Nash is running the event to raise money for Children’s Hospice South West. As he prepares to step up his training for the big day, Nash returned to the County Ground in Taunton …