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How does debt affect you?

New figures show that more people than ever are struggling with debt in the South West Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

How does debt affect you? New figures show that more people than ever are struggling with debt in the South West.

ITV West Country wants to know if this affects you! Do you struggle to manage your money? Or do you think its easy to stay on top of your bills?

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Rise in numbers of people struggling with debt

A fifth more people are struggling with debt than last year Credit: PA

The number of people struggling with debt in the South West is on the rise.

That's according to the charity StepChange, which says its helpline was contacted by more than 14,000 people in the region in 2014 - a rise of 20% since 2013.

On average, those contacting the charity were £11,000 in debt.

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Keepers lose count of Gloucestershire-based flamingo flock

Staff are now relying on photos and videos to conduct the annual flamingo count Credit: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Greater flamingos have bred so well at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre the keepers have lost count.

Staff are now relying on photos and videos to conduct the annual flamingo count. The Gloucestershire-based centre is home to the largest flock in the country with 350 birds.

This years count is already underway and staff will double check the numbers over several days.

How many can you count? Credit: ITV News

By using photos and video, we can count our birds accurately. We can also track individuals and learn about flamingo society behaviour. This is vital conservation work which can’t be done in the wild because looking at thousands of birds at once makes your eyes go fuzzy!

– Phil Tovey, Flamingo Keeper

PICTURES: Man arrives in court charged with the murder of teenager Zac Evans

44-year-old Ewen Reynolds arrives at Cheltenham Magistrates Court Credit: ITV News

Ewen Reynolds arrives at Cheltenham Magistrates Court this morning charged with the murder of teenager Zac Evans.

The 19-year-old died outside the Pike and Musket pub in Tuffley in an alleged 'machete attack'. Two others were also injured.

Ewen Reynolds is charged with the murder of teenager Zac Evans Credit: ITV News
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