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Rugby World Cup arrives in the West Country

The Webb Ellis Trophy visits the West Country as part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour Credit: Hannah McKay/PA

The Webb Ellis Trophy is in the West Country today s part of the 100 day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

It'll begin it's journey at the Eden Project before heading to Perranporth Beach. It then moves east - taking in Haytor on Dartmoor, Sandy Park in Exeter and Weymouth.

Sandy Park is hosting three games during the competition which is due to kick off in September.

Meanwhile the fixtures for next season's premiership campaign have been revealed. Exeter Chiefs open their season away at Bath on October 17th. Their first home match is against London Welsh on October 24th.

First Great Western plans for strike

First Great Western have ammended timetables ahead of strike Credit: First Great Western

First Great Western has released new timetables ahead of a planned 48 hour rail strike that will begin tomorrow.

80% of the RMT union's First Great Western members voted to strike in a dispute relating to the new Hitachi Inter-City trains. The union say First Great Western have refused to give "very basic assurances" about passenger safety and jobs.

The strike is due to start at 6.30pm on Wednesday July 8th, and will continue for 48 hours.

Changes to regular services:

  • Between London Paddington and Plymouth: One train every two hours
  • Between Penzance and Plymouth: One train every two hours
  • Between Exeter and Exmouth: Every two hours
  • Between Exeter and Paignton: Every two hours
  • Between Barnstaple and Exeter: One per peak
  • Between Plymouth and Gunnislake: One per peak

The following services will not be operating:

  • Between Looe and Liskeard
  • Between Newquay and Par
  • Between Falmouth and Truro

The Night Riviera sleeper service is cancelled on Wednesday 08 and Thursday 09 July.

To find out how these changes will affect your journey go to First Great Western's website.


Rare butterfly coming back to the West

The Heath Fritillary is one of the rarest butterflies in the country. Credit: Iain Leach

One of the UK's rarest butterflies is making a comeback thanks to a new site in Exmoor National Park.

The Heath Fritillary has multiplied in numbers, thanks to work by the Park Authority to create suitable coppice clearings in nearby areas

Future of Seaton's beach huts to be discussed today

Credit: ITV News

The future of Seaton's beach huts will be discussed by councillors at a meeting today.

East Devon District Council wants to auction the huts on five-year leases.

Tenants are angry, and concerned that the huts could be sold to the highest bidder, particularly after they repaired them from storm damage three years ago.


Soldier crushed during training exercise was expecting first child

Private Cameron Laing was crushed to death during a military exercise on Dartmoor. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

An inquest has been hearing how a young soldier, who was about to become a parent, died during a military exercise on Dartmoor when he was hit by a unhitched trailer.

Private Cameron Laing ended up being pinned against the truck that had been towing the trailer, suffering severe injuries to his head and chest.

Those at the scene tried to resuscitate him for more than 45 minutes, but the inquest heard that his injuries were so severe that there was never any hope of success. Private Laing was declared dead at the scene.

The inquest is expected to last for three days.

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