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North Devon Animal Ambulance will be given a second ambulance today to deal with an increase in demand for its services.
The charity has had to spend thousands of pounds each week on veterinary care for all animals and pets that are either no longer wanted or their owners cannot afford the treatment
19-year-old Plymouth swimming sensation Ben Proud is hot favourite to win a second Commonwealth gold in the Tollcross pool this evening.
Proud set a new games record and personal best in the 50m freestyle semi-final last night. He claimed England's first swimming gold of the Games on Friday night in another sprint, the 50m butterfly, as well as a team relay bronze.
Meanwhile, Sophie Taylor became the third England teenager to win a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke. Taylor has been training alongside Proud and the Plymouth Leander swimming team for the last month in the lead up to the Games. She put herself on the national map by storming home ahead of favourite Lorna Tonks of Australia.
The RNLI and the Amateur Swimming Association are teaming up at Bude to launch a safe swimming initiative.
It comes after statistics revealed a high number of incidents where children were unsafe in the water.
- 17% of parents say their child has got into difficulties in the water
- 5% of parents say their child has been in a serious incident in the water
- 21% of parents don't always supervise their children in the water
- 9% of parents say their children can't swim
- 21% of parents believe if their child can swim a length of a 25m pool they will be safe to swim in the water.
A Somerset MP who says she wrote to the new Environment Secretary inviting her to meet local farmers, says she's disappointed that she failed to do so.
Wells MP Tessa Munt has criticised Liz Truss for failing to take the opportunity to meet with a group of local farmers and landowners from the Axe and Brue catchment areas during her visit to the Somerset Levels yesterday.
– Tessa Munt MP
I know local people will be disappointed that she was unwilling to meet with them. I have the means to contact 1,100 affected smallholders, tenants and farmers with land abutting the Axe and Brue Rivers at short notice, and although they have missed out this time, I will write to Liz Truss again, asking that she meet those affected in my area so she understands these problems are not limited to the Parrett and the Tone.
The mother of a girl from North Devon who died after being treated for the human form of mad cow disease has welcomed a new report criticising the Government's approach to variant CJD. Annie McVey's daughter Claire died at the age of fifteen. A report by a committee of MPs says there is still a risk of the disease being transmitted by blood transfusion and during surgery and warns the Government has developed a casual attitude to the illness.