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Snooker stars are uniting to pot more funds for a West Country charity. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has been announced as the latest patron for Jessie May. After learning about the work of the charity and its nurses when World Snooker partnered Jessie May for the 2016/2017 snooker season, Barry decided to take the …

A man on his death bed was granted his dying wish – to feed a horse one last time. Patrick Saunders, 87, had spent most of his adolescence around horses, and began his working life at a stable. He always had a strong connection with the animals, so while in North Devon Hospice’s care, the …

A probe has been launched after a group of street drinkers were seen stuffing 14 live pigeons into a rucksack – for food. Police believe the pigeons’ capture was so the offenders could eat them, and have reported the incident to the RSPCA. Officers say they have identified the group of street drinkers they believe …

Mark Hix is one of the leading lights in the reinvention of British food. The Dorset born chef has been championing seasonal produce and regional dishes for decades and has a string of much loved restaurants in London and his native Lyme Regis. Here, he shares his own personal guide to the most delicious Dorset …

Cornwall is set for a new TV tourist bonanza as the BBC is planning to make a prime-time drama version of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror classic The Birds. Film-makers plan to return to the original setting of the 1952 horror story by Cornwall’s Daphne du Maurier, on which Hitchcock based his 1963 thriller about kamikaze birds …

Ladies I’m worried, and you should be too. Although I realise that ‘you should’ are never two words to use wisely to a woman, trust me on this one – because boffins behind the latest thing in Artificial Intelligence are preparing to replace you. You read that right; women are facing redundancy, the threat of …

West Country troops were last night spearheading Britain’s massive relief effort across a Caribbean laid waste by Hurricane Irma. Service men and women from North Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth and Cornwall were all involved in the drive to deliver aid to the ravaged region. Almost 500 British troops have been deployed. And one of them …

Jeremy White is a colourful character, with orange felt hat and bright waistcoat – but green is the colour he treasures. The green-fingered entrepreneur chats and laughs with an open heart to all who stop and admire his stall of plants at Bridport’s Saturday market. Travelling from East Devon, the former farmer has known a …