Two teenage conmen have been jailed for their part in phone scams which tricked dozens of pensioners out of thousands of pounds.
19 year olds Rahim Choudhury and Abdul Shafee were part of a gang that conned 30 pensioners from across the South West out of a total of £88,000.
They sometimes pretended they were police.
Choudhury received three years, two months in prison and Shafee, 15 months.
Detective Inspector Tony Hubbard from the South West Vice Crime Unit spoke to ITV news after the sentencing.
A convicted West Country killer who went on the run in Australia for 15 years is back behind bars.
Robert Hennessey, 50, was jailed in 1978 for repeatedly stabbing his elderly aunt in Plymouth when he was 14 years old.
Hennessey disappeared after walking out of Leyhill prison, in South Gloucestershire in 1998. Officers finally tracked the 50 year old down in Australia and he has now pleaded guilty to evading lawful custody.
He has been jailed for 16 months.
Robert Hennessey was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in the Queensland area of Australia in 2013.
Since then we’ve been working closely with the Australian authorities to ensure he was returned to the UK to serve the rest of his sentence and to face justice for the unlawful absconsion.
With the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, the victim’s family have been kept updated on Hennessey’s deportation and subsequent court appearances in the UK.
Much of the West Country has woken up to a dusting of snow - if you have any pictures, do email them to email@example.com including where you took the photo.
We may use them on tonight's programme!
A teenager who was last seen buying a train ticket from Paddington to Bath has now been missing for two weeks.
17-year-old Ryan Ranson from Devon was seen on CCTV at the station on Friday 23 January. He went missing after failing to show up to work in Plymouth. His parents say he is not in trouble and they just want him home.
Second blast of wintry weather forecast for the UK says weatherman Alex Beresford.Read the full story ›
A new series of our political discussion programme, The West Country at Westminster, kicked off last night with Ian Axton at the helm.
Guests were Duncan Hames, the Lib Dem MP for Chippenham, Thangam Debbonaire, Labour's prospective Parliamentary candidate for Bristol West, and the Conservative hopeful in North Devon, Peter Heaton-Jones.
With the election 100 days away on January 27th, they look ahead to the forthcoming contest and discuss the key priorities, such as the NHS, and the rise of social media - particularly Twitter, following an outburst by another local MP who aired his feelings online.
See the debate here and join in the discussion on Twitter with #wcaw
A fine and dry winter's day across the region with some patchy cloud and plenty of sunshine. There will be a northwesterly breeze that will ease through the day. Feeling noticeably colder than on New Years Day. Maximum temperature 11 deg C (52 deg F).
Tonight will start mainly dry and cold with winds easing. However, milder, cloudier conditions will gradually encroach from the west with rain arriving later, locally heavy across the moors and hills. Minimum temperature 2 deg C (36 deg F).
Saturday will begin wet and windy with the risk of coastal gales. Rain locally heavy over higher ground. Becoming drier later with winds easing into the evening. Maximum temperature 14 deg C (57 deg F).
Outlook for Sunday to Tuesday: Largely fine and dry on Sunday after a cold start, turning cloudy with patchy rain possible later. Remaining mild, cloudy with some patchy rain at times on Monday and Tuesday.
The joint administrator of City Links said in a statement that all staff affected by the redundancies had been informed and would receive advice on making claims for redundancy and notice pay:
It is with regret that we have to announce substantial redundancies at City Link Limited, which ceased accepting new parcels on 24 December 2014. The Company endured substantial losses, which ultimately became too great for it to continue as a going concern, and City Link Limited entered administration following an unsuccessful sale process.
At meetings across City Link Limited’s UK sites on Monday 29 December 2014 and Tuesday 30 December 2014, employees were informed that there would be substantial redundancies as no new business was being taken on. Many of these employees were sent home, and informed that they would shortly receive formal correspondence to confirm their work status.
The administrators of City Link have announced 2,356 redundancies after a deal to keep the delivery firm afloat foundered.
A statement from Ernst & Young said the jobs would be shed at all of the companies UK sites. A workforce of just 371 will remain to process parcels still in the network and to help wind down operations.
Ernst & Young said that an offer for the firm had been made by a consortium "which offered no money up front" and that no deal had been reached.
Workers facing redundancy from collapsed courier firm City Link were offered hope today after it was claimed there had been a "credible bid" to save part of the business.
Staff at the company, many of whom learnt of its collapse on Christmas Day, have been warned to expect "substantial redundancies" among its 2,727-strong workforce.
But they were offered a small degree of hope after Mick Cash, general secretary of the RMT union, disclosed unconfirmed details of a possible rescue, with Business Secretary Vince Cable said to be aware of developments.
Mr Cable's department said queries about the potential bid should be made to administrators at EY. EY did not immediately have a response to the RMT's claim.