Talks are under way in Syria to get the injured Devon photographer Paul Conroy out of the beseiged city of Homs. His work in reporting the world's trouble-spots has been praised by his friend the singer Joss Stone, and by Lord Leveson today at his inquiry into newspaper ethics.
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Avon and Somerset Police are beginning a campaign to stop drink and drug driving over Christmas by publicly naming offenders.
The Staying Well Service is being launched by South West Ambulance Service to help its employees deal with traumatic and dangerous events.
It's a pretty rather start to the final month of 2015.