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Exeter City boss Tisdale: "Form is no flash in the pan"

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he believes his team can challenge for the League Two play-offs.

The Grecians had a slow, alarming start to the campaign but are now one of the most in-form sides in the Football League.

In fact, City have only lost one league game in their last 15 since the end of August.

They travel to Stevenage this weekend, hoping to cement their place in the top seven.

A major reason behind Exeter's rise has been their quota of gifted young players like Matt Grimes and Tom Nichols.

Bigger clubs are already circling like vultures, and selling any of the current crop of stars mid-season in January could derail City's progress before it reaches fruition.

Manager Tisdale admits he would rather retain their services, but remains pragmatic, admitting that Exeter City are "a selling club".

Mad Friday: More alcohol to be sold today than on New Year's Eve

Hospitals are braced for a surge in binge drinking Credit: PA

According to Public Health England, more alcohol will be sold in bars and restaurants tonight than on New Year's Eve.

The last Friday before Christmas has become known as Black Friday or Mad Friday because of the large number of office parties taking place. It means police, paramedics and hospitals are braced for a surge in binge drinking and the resulting problems.

Clive Lewis, from Public Health England South West, says "This is the night of the year when there is most likely to be a number of parties and celebrations associated with alcohol. So there will be different responses in different areas but certainly those public services will be planning for this."

A spike in sign-ups to Dry January is also predicted as people start to think about giving their bodies a break in the New Year.

Clive says: “Over 17,000 people took part in Dry January in 2014 and many reported that taking a month-long break from alcohol acted as a reset button concerning their alcohol use for months afterwards, not only helping people to drink less per drinking day but also to drink less frequently.

“As with any commitment to healthier living, people need some time to prepare themselves in advance so that they are in the best position possible to successfully achieve their goal. People who sign up to Dry January will receive the tips, ideas and encouragement to stay motivated and make the most of their month off alcohol.”

To sign up for Alcohol Concern’s Dry January and register for tips and tools to make the most of the month, people should visit www.dryjanuary.org.uk.

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Prison officers in Dartmoor sent to work in Kent

Dartmoor Prison officers have been sent to work 250 miles away Credit: ITV News

Prison officers from Dartmoor have been sent to work 250 miles away at a prison in Kent to make up for staff shortages.

Officers will be working on short term contracts to fill in gaps over the busy Christmas period.

The Ministry of Justice is attempting to recruit one thousand seven hundred new officers across the country to help ease the difficulties which many prisons face.

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