Good & outstanding schools increased

New figures from OFSTED claims more and more children in the south west are going to schools rated as 'good' or 'outstanding' schools

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Polls open for Euro and local elections

Polls open for Euro and local elections Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

It's polling day across the south west - with Euro elections taking place - and, in many areas, local elections.

In Cornwall voters are making a little bit of history by taking part in the first UK trial of recyclable cardboard polling booths.

Seven hundred will be in use across the county. Polling stations are open until ten o'clock tonight.

Surge of scarlet fever in the South West

New figures have revealed an alarming rise in the number of cases of scarlet fever in the South West.

The number of cases of scarlet fever has increased by almost a quarter in the last year. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire/Press Association Images

According to Public Health England, there were 239 cases in 2013 to 2014 compared to 96 in 2012 to 2013.

Since last year there's been an increase of 23.5% in the number of scarlet fever cases in the South West.

The agency says it's investigating the reasons behind the increase.

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Major decline in West Country bee species

A bumble bee. Credit: PA

75% of the most threatened bee species have been lost to some of the region's counties.

A report by nature conservation charity Buglife says the large garden bumblebee (Bombus ruderatus) is still found in Gloucestershire and Somerset, but over the past 50 years has disappeared from Dorset and the far South West.

The increased use of pesticides and unpredictable weather have contributed to their decline.

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