One in ten young people in the south west have borrowed money from lending companies.
The charity Action for Children say a worrying number of 12 to 18-year-olds use payday or high street lenders as an easy way to access money - and this problem is expected to get worse in the run up to Christmas.
Firefighters in the West Country begin another 24-hour strike today. It is part of a long-running dispute with the government over pensions.
Crews will be walking out from 9am today until 9am Wednesday morning. Fire officers are warning people to take extra care during these hours.
A vigilant neighbour raised the alarm when smoke was spotted coming from a thatched property in a Dorset village.
The fire broke out around 1.30pm this afternoon in Fontmell Magna.
Crews from Shaftesbury, Sturminster Newton and Blandford fire stations attended the blaze.
On arrival at the village, the responding crews reported that the roof was alight and requested 3 further fire appliances and these proceeded from Gillingham and Sherborne, with 2 further Wiltshire appliances from Mere and Warminster.
A water carrier also proceeded from Poole fire station.
Firefighters set to work extinguishing the blaze using main lines, hose reels and a compressed air foam line and have worked towards creating a fire break in the thatch.
In total 62 firefighters dealt with the blaze.
RT @dorsetpolice: Motorists are advised to avoid the A350 - road closures in Fontmell Magna are expected to be in place for some time.
Firefighters have requested a further two fire engines at incident in Fontmell Magna - approx 50 firefighters in attendance.
The former leader of Dorset County Council is due before magistrates later.
Councillor Spencer Flower has been charged with failing to declare an interest in a property company.
He's facing three charges relating to his work as a councillor at both the County Council and East Dorset District Council.