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Woman who killed mother has sentence reduced

Douglas' sentence has been reduced to a minimum of seven years

A woman who killed her sick mother in what she believed was an "act of mercy" has had her life sentence cut. Angela Douglas held a pillow over the face of Ann Matthews who was housebound at her home in Plymouth.

Douglas was jailed for a minimum of 12 years after being convicted of murder. That's been reduced to seven years after an appeal.


The West Country at Westminster with Alastair Stewart

Catch up with this month's political show - The West Country At Westminster - presented by Alastair Stewart.

He's joined by Adrian Sanders, Liberal Democrat MP for Torbay, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Conservative MP for North East Somerset, Labour's PPC for Kingswood Jo McCarron, and UKIP's PPC for N Devon and party chairman Steve Crowther.

Among the issues being discussed are : the rise of UKIP and calls by some Tories for a possible pact, Taunton Deane MP Jeremy Browne's recent surprise announcement that he's to step down at the next General Election.

Where does that leave the local Lib Dems? And following Ed Miliband's recent faux pas at his party conference, when he forgot to mention the deficit, are there any political gaffes our guests have made that they'd rather forget?

Man who died on run from police named

A man who died after jumping into Sutton Harbour to escape from a police chase has been named as Darren Wakefield.

The 35 year old died on 12th October after being chased by police on suspicion of stealing a bicycle. He was seen entering the water before becoming trapped between a boat and the harbour wall, and died despite efforts by the emergency services to save him.

The medical cause of death is still to be confirmed. Mr Wakefield was unemployed at the time of his death, and married but separated from his wife.

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Poorly hedgehog loses all his prickles

'Pumpkin' will spend the winter in a heated room in order to recover Credit: Prickles Hedgehog Rescue

A hedgehog with no prickles has won the hearts of staff at a sanctuary in Cheddar. 'Pumpkin' as he's affectionately known was poorly when he was brought in and then lost his spines. He'll have to spend winter in a heated room but it's hoped his spikes will eventually grow back.

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