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Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees is to axe the jobs of seven ‘top cats’ at the City Council – including the position of chief executive – in order to save £700,000. Following a series of changes which have seen the council appointing three different chief executives in the past 18 months, the mayor has now decided …

The truth was in there: Plymouth’s Guildhall hosted DEVCON17, one of the West Country’s biggest sci-fi, film and family events. It starred actor David Warner and featured comic and cosplay competitions PICTURES: Guy Channing / www.guychanningphotography.com

People across the West Country were yesterday warned to be on their guard against a “new twist” fraud that’s growing in threat. Conmen posing as police officers have tricked victims as old as 90 across the Avon and Somerset and Devon and Cornwall force areas. People have been duped out of cash and coerced into …

After months of work, a film featuring a West Country father and son who went on an adventure in the Canadian wilderness is set for a big screening. The film follows professional adventurer and Newquay school teacher Chris Lucas and his father Niall Lucas as they tackle a 500- mile canoe journey through the Yukon. …

How did Finding Nemo affect clownfish? Was Jaws bad for sharks? Did the remake of Jungle Book help pangolins? Researchers from the University of Exeter say conservation scientists could work with film-makers to harness the “Hollywood effect” to boost conservation. Scientific advisors and product placement are already commonplace in films, and the researchers say similar …

Have these people got the answer to one of the West Country’s perennial problems? A creative project which taught visitors to a seaside town how to talk to seagulls has resulted in St Ives being shortlisted for a major industry honour at The National BID Awards 2017. Businesses in the Cornish town feared hungry herring …

Villagers who are fighting to save their ancient pub are to call on the US 101st Airborne Division to come to the rescue. In their battle to preserve their local inn, residents of Yarcombe, on the A30 between Honiton and Chard, are to seek reinforcements from the ‘Screaming Angels’, as the legendary air assault warriors …

West Country builder Robert Field has hit the bullseye with his first novel. Darts fan Robert is celebrating the launch of 501, his first published book. And it’s the world of arrows that’s inspired the plot. Set in the fictitious George Inn, 501 explores what lies beneath the camaraderie of pub life and follows the …