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Singer admits exaggerating disability in benefits fraud

An entertainer, who claimed more than £32,000 in disability benefits, has been warned he faces jail after admitting fraud.

Jerry Foale, from Plymouth, has performed as a singer and entertainer all across Europe, but admitted exaggerating his disability to claim benefits for six years.

Foale from Plymouth failed to declare he was working as an entertainer when he claimed disability living allowance and incapacity benefit between 2008 and 2014.

"Only a small minority of benefit claimants are dishonest, but cases like this show how we are rooting out the unscrupulous minority who are cheating the system and diverting taxpayers' money from those who really need it."

– The Department for Work and Pensions


Britain's largest fly has been found in Devon

This is the first time in 15 years that the hornet robberfly has been found in the area. Credit: National Trust

An enormous predatory fly - the largest in the country - has been found at a National Trust farm in Devon.

The hornet robberfly is harmless to humans, but it's a "fearsome predator" of grasshoppers, and its larvae feed on the beetle grubs in cow dung.

Once common across southern England, its numbers have fallen dramatically due to losing its habitat - and this is the first time it has been seen on the East Soar farm near Bolt Head in 15 years.

Credit: National Trust

"We were both surprised and delighted to find this spectacular fly, Britain's largest, on National Trust land near Bolt Head."

– Rob Wolton, who discovered the fly

"A lot of work has been carried out by the Trust and our tenants over the last 4 years to improve the condition of the coastal area for the benefit of a wide range of wildlife. We are really pleased to see discoveries like the hornet robberfly which would not survive without the right grazing conditions."

– Emma Reece, National Trust Area Ranger

Guess which rugby fan was at Sandy Park last night?

Prince Harry met young rugby players, then stayed on to watch the match at Sandy Park. Credit: ITV West Country

Prince Harry met students on a 'rugby empowerment into employment' programme at Sandy Park last night.

He was also visiting to watch the World Cup match - seeing Georgia beat Namibia by 1 point The prince has said he isn't switching his Rugby World Cup allegiance to Wales. When asked at Exeter if he'll now support Wales like his brother now that England are out, he laughed - saying there are lots of teams to support.

Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

The rugby-loving royal also visited Paignton, to give the local rugby club an award for the work it's been doing to encourage more young people to get involved with the sport.


Somerset landowners overturn badger cull decision

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A group of landowners in West Somerset has successfully overturned a decision to allow badger culling closer to their property.

They have been vaccinating badgers on their land, as an alternative to the cull. Natural England was proposing to remove the buffer zone between them and the culling area but has now backed down in the face of legal action.

Man arrested after car crashes into flats in Plymouth

Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country

A 27-year-old man from Cornwall has been arrested after a car crashed into flats last night in Plymouth.

The building on St Levan Road was evacuated and the six occupants spent the night in temporary accommodation. It's understood no one was seriously injured. A police investigation has been launched.

Credit: ITV West Country
Credit: ITV West Country
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