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£50,000 donation for Devon researchers

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Dementia researchers in Exeter and Plymouth will join forces Credit: Jan Woitas/DPA/Press Association Images

Dementia researchers in Exeter and Plymouth have been brought together in a new bid to beat dementia. Alzheimer's Research UK is donating £50,000 over the next two years to create a centre of excellence. The investment is part of the charity's £100m Defeat Dementia fundraising campaign.

Tall Ships bring £8.5m to Cornish economy

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Spectacular: the Tall Ships event at Falmouth Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/

The organisers of this year's Tall Ships Regatta say the event is thought to have brought in around £8.5m to the Cornish economy. More than 70,000 people visited the Regatta site at Falmouth Docks during the first three days and over 100,000 people took to the water on boats.

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Bishop of Taunton to retire

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Bishop Peter Maurice with his wife Liz Credit: Diocese of Bath & Wells

The Bishop of Taunton has announced he's to retire next spring after more than 40 years as a clergyman. The Right Rev Peter Maurice has been Bishop for the past eight years and was previously Archdeacon of Wells. He said he and his wife Liz were looking forward to spending more time together after he turns 64 next April. More details here.

Stalker will appeal his life sentence

Joe Willis stalked Helen Pearson for five years before stabbing her
Joe Willis stalked Helen Pearson for five years before stabbing her

A stalker who subjected a neighbour to a five-year campaign of intimidation before stabbing her is trying to overturn his life sentence for attempted murder.

Joe Willis was convicted in April of attacking Helen Pearson from Exeter with a pair of scissors. He stalked her for five years before the attempted murder in St Bartholomew's Cemetery last October.

Badger vaccination scheme won't cover the South West

The Government's announced a new scheme to vaccinate badgers - but it won't cover the West Country, or mean an end to the controversial culls.

Instead ministers say they'll fund vaccination schemes in central England, in an effort to stop the spread of bovine TB outside the South West. This is in addition to the culls in parts of Somerset, which are due to restart soon.

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