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Devastation to triumph: Family's meningitis journey

It's an illness that leaves many parents terrified but, despite years of publicity, it seems the early signs of meningitis can still be difficult to spot.

Lydia Cross from Braunton in North Devon lost both her legs to the disease - her sister Millie survived unscathed. The whole family have now become ambassadors for the Meningitis Research Foundation. The video above tells their story over the past 12 years.

Suspected meningitis should be treated as a medical emergency. Here are the early signs to look out for:

  • a fever, with cold hands and feet
  • vomiting
  • drowsiness and difficulty waking up
  • confusion and irritability
  • severe muscle pain
  • pale, blotchy skin, and a distinctive rash (although not everyone will have this)
  • a severe headache
  • stiff neck
  • sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • convulsion or seizures

For more information, visit the NHS's meningitis information pages.

Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Heritage Open Days celebrate 20th anniverary

Inside Bristol's Redcliffe Caves this morning Credit: ITV News West Country

Dozens of venues across the region are opening their doors to the public today. Its the 20th anniversary of Heritage Open Days which allow free access to areas not normally accessible to visitors.

Visitors enjoying life underground at Redcliffe Caves Credit: ITV News West Country

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British ship from 1846 found in Canadian Arctic

A British exploration ship abandoned almost 170 years ago has been discovered in the Arctic Ocean off the north coast of Canada.

Two ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, were abandoned by a scientific expedition in 1846 after becoming trapped in the polar ice.

The vessel was located by a remotely-operated underwater vehicle operated by Parks Canada.

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said the find had "solved one of Canada's greatest mysteries", although he revealed it was not yet known which of Erebus and Terror had been discovered.

The West Country at Westminster

Taking part in this month's show are Sarah Newton, the Conservative MP for Truro and Falmouth, the Liberal Democrat MP for Thornbury & Yate Steve Webb - who is also Minister of State for Pensions - and Anne Snelgrove, Labour's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Swindon South. She held the seat until the 2010 General Election.

Up for discussion was the forthcoming Scottish Referendum, a split in the Tory party over Europe, and the Lib Dem's new initiative for free school meals for all children in state-funded schools aged 7 and under.

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