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Tackle poverty, religious figures tell PM as Parliament opens

Canon Chancellor Anna Norman-Walker said deficit reduction must not come at the expense of the poor. Credit: ITV News

As the Queen officially opens Parliament today, senior religious figures in the South West are urging the government to put tackling poverty at the heart of its agenda for the next five years.

Canon Chancellor Anna Norman-Walker from Exeter Cathedral says it's vital the most vulnerable are not forgotten by the Prime Minister. She told ITV News West Country that economic prosperity must be felt across society.

Seeing stars over Dartmoor

A West Country photographer has captured these extraordinary images of the Milky Way over Dartmoor.

Jon Scott, from Plymouth, says the conditions were near-perfect, with no moon and clear skies. But Jon suffered for his art - he had to hike for five hours to reach the best viewing point, and was up to his knees in marsh for much of the night!

By morning heavy fog was covering the entire moor and visibility was down to about 50 metres. I had to navigate out using an old-fashioned compass and OS map, certainly not for the faint hearted!

– Jon Scott, photographer
Milky Way over Dartmoor Credit: @jonscottfilm
Dartmoor sky at night Credit: @jonscottfilm
Perseoid meteor shower Credit: @jonscottfilm
Milky way over Dartmoor Credit: @jonscottfilm


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Nurse accused of killing patient pleads not guilty

Amanda Young has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. Credit: SWNS

A nurse accused of killing a patient with an overdose of medication has pleaded not guilty at Bristol Crown Court today.

Amanda Young, 40, from Yeovil, is alleged to have administered a fatal overdose of clozapine to 22-year-old Joshua Gafney at 4.5 times the maximum legal dose of the drug. He died at his Somerset home in 2012.

Joshua Gafney died at home in 2012. Credit: SWNS
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Three arrested after body found in Dorchester garage

The man's body was discovered at the Compass Garage in Dorchester. Credit: ITV News

Detectives have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of a body in Dorchester. Three men have been arrested.

Police discovered the man's body in the Dorchester Collection Garage in The Grove shortly before 10pm on Tuesday night.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Jez Noyce, of Dorset Police’s MCIT, said: “Following the discovery of a man’s body, Dorset Police has launched a murder investigation.

“Enquiries are now underway to establish exactly what happened yesterday.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen anything suspicious in The Grove or has any other information that could be useful, to please call me urgently.

“All calls will be treated in strict confidence.”

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