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Latest West Country weather forecast

There's some sunshine forecast today with lighter winds and sunny spells, although it won't be as mild as yesterday.

It should be brighter everywhere this afternoon. Feeling a bit cooler but if you get out of the breeze and into the sun, it'll feel quite pleasant.

You can watch the latest weather forecast with Bob Crampton here:

South West set for small rise in house prices

Last year saw a much bigger rise in prices. Credit: Barrington Coombs/EMPICS Sport

Experts are predicting a 2% increase in houses prices in the South West next year.

According to the annual market forecast from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the region is set for one of smallest regional growths in the country.

A372 in Somerset re-opens after flood protection works

The Somerset Levels were badly flooded last winter. Credit: ITV News

A main road in Somerset which has been closed for 11 weeks for flood protection works re-opens this morning.

The A372 at Beer Wall was flooded for several weeks last winter. Somerset County Council is confident the works will keep the road open if there is a repeat of those conditions.

There are more works to come next spring, when four new culverts will be installed as part of the 20 Year Flood Action Plan.


Newquay's traditional Huer's Hut restored

The hut had a crucial role in the fishing industry.

Repairs are due be completed today on one of Newquay's Huer's Huts.

Situated on Towan Head, the hut dates from the 19th Century, and was used by lookouts to spot shoals of pilchards in Newquay Bay. The work has cost £30,000.

It is hoped the wraps can come off early in January.

The work on the hut should be completed today. Credit: ITV News

Mother calls on NHS to help children with muscular dystrophy

Ruth Le Gal's son has muscular dystrophy. Credit: ITV News

A mother from Devon is urging the NHS to approve a drug that could help treat children with muscular dystrophy.

Ruth Le Gal's son Leo is being treated with Translana in America - and while it is widely approved elsewhere in Europe, the NHS are yet to make it available here.

She says it is vital children get it as soon as possible.

Although the medication isn't designed or intended to restore function that has been lost - so we haven't seen him miraculously leap up and run around - it has stabilised his condition, which is a fantastic thing for us because it means he is no longer getting any worse.

– Ruth Le Gal

NFU calls for badger culls to be introduced to Devon & Cornwall

The NFU calls for a badger cull to be introduced to Devon & Cornwall Credit: PA

The National Farmers Union has called for a badger cull to be introduced in Devon and Cornwall to halt the spread of Bovine TB.

It comes as the government outlined its determination to press ahead with the policy after recent culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

274 of the animals were culled in Gloucestershire, falling far short of the amount needed to cut the disease in livestock. In West Somerset, 341 were shot - that's slightly above the minimum target.

In both of the pilot areas, a significant proportion were killed by the more expensive cage trapping and shooting method, rather than "controlled shooting" of free-running badgers - leading anti-cull protestors to argue that the cull was unsucessful. Dominic Dyer from the Badger Trust says that , as a free-shooting trial, the cull has failed.

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