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Harry Patch train crossing the West Country for Poppy Appeal

Credit: ITV News

The Royal British Legion's annual search for volunteers to work the Poppy Appeal is launching in spectacular fashion in Devon and Cornwall today.

A train named in remembrance of war hero Harry Patch, the last survivor of the First World War trenches, is making its way from London to Penzance.

The Class 43 locomotive was unveiled in Bristol by Harry's grandson last year Credit: ITV News

The train is being largely manned by staff at Great Western Rail who are also armed forces veterans.

10:06
train leaves London
12:10
train calling at Exeter
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train calling at Plymouth
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train arriving in Penzance

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Vandals set fire to poppy wreaths in Crediton

One of the damaged poppy wreaths, which was set on fire early this morning Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Vandals have set light to poppy wreaths on the war memorial in Crediton in Devon.

It happened at 1.15am this morning (10 November). The two youths were spotted by a passer-by, who called the police. The boy and girl are 14-15 years old and were wearing hoodies. They ran off towards the park behind the memorial.

Officers and a dog unit searched the area but failed to find them.

This is a deeply upsetting crime which will personally affect many of the residents of Crediton. The wreaths had been placed by a number of individuals and groups who are closely connected to the Act of Remembrance - including the Crediton Women's Institute, Devon and Cornwall Police as well as the family of a Crediton Lance Corporal who died earlier this year whilst serving in Afghanistan.

The wreaths suffered burn damage and there are a number of scorch marks on the war memorial. This is a sickening act of mindless vandalism and we are desperate to identify those responsible.

– Inspector Jane Alford-Mole, Devon & Cornwall Police

Taunton's Ben McBean runs for the Poppy Appeal

Ben McBean in Trafalgar Square before setting off on his run in aid of the Poppy Appeal Credit: PA

Former Royal Marine Ben McBean from Taunton's 40 Commando has taken a 31-mile run through the streets of London, taking a route that forms the outline of a poppy on the London map.

He used a smartphone running app on his mission to raise money for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Appeal. The appeal provides help and welfare to the serving and ex-Service community and their families.

Ben lost an arm and a leg in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan. He now has a career as a businessman and inspirational speaker.

Ben McBean on his quest to trace a poppy on the streets of London Credit: PA

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Plymouth's Ben McBean runs for the Poppy Appeal

Ben McBean in Trafalgar Square before setting off on his run in aid of the Poppy Appeal Credit: PA

Former Royal Marine Ben McBean from Plymouth has taken a 31-mile run through the streets of London, taking a route that forms the outline of a poppy on the London map.

He used a smartphone running app on his mission to raise money for the Royal British Legion'?s Poppy Appeal. The appeal provides help and welfare to the serving and ex-Service community and their families.

Ben lost an arm and a leg in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan. He now has a career as a businessman and inspirational speaker.

Ben McBean on his quest to trace a poppy on the streets of London Credit: PA

Devon's Joss Stone to release Poppy Appeal single

Joss Stone has teamed up with Jeff Beck to record this year's Poppy Appeal single Credit: PA

Devon singer Joss Stone and guitar veteran Jeff Beck have teamed up to record the official Poppy Appeal single for this year.

The duo have recorded a revamped version of the song No Man's Land.

It will be released on 3 November in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

First Poppy picnic takes place

Plymouth Military Wives Choir have joined the families of the armed forces at the first 2014 "Poppy Picnic" in Weston-Super-Mare. Credit: PA

Plymouth Military Wives Choir have joined the families of the armed forces at the first 2014 "Poppy Picnic" in Weston-Super-Mare yesterday. It's part of the national campaign to raise money for the Royal British Legion and is the first of a thousand "Poppy Picnics" taking place across the country this year.

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