The South Western Ambulance Service which covers Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall says it is on the verge of declaring a internal 'major incident'.
Plymouth Argyle have been beaten at home by Oxford United this afternoon. Lewis Alessandra had given the Pilgrims a first half lead, but after Aaron Bentley was sent off, the visitors scored twice in the second half.
Exeter City suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat at Wimbledon. Liam Sercombe scored a consolation for the Grecians in injury time.
And in the Conference, Torquay United drew 0-0 at Welling.
The South Western Ambulance Service which covers Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall says that it is on the verge of declaring a internal 'major incident'.
The average number of calls 999 takes from this area is 2,500 a day. Yesterday they took 3,500 calls.
Steve White, says the 111 service is overwhelmed and that the police force are being used to provide health care cover.
People started waiting outside Drake Circus 01:08am on Boxing Day. By 6am when the shops started to open, there were 6-hundred people waiting and by ten o clock 10,000 people had passed through the doors - all eager for a bargain.
All the predictions are that the post Christmas sales will be a major boom for the retailers. There were reports of a quieter than usual period leading up to Christmas Eve. But it appears that online sales are now working well with high street retailers.
So far the main shops are reporting that the average spend of their shoppers is up in these Boxing Day sales - which has to spell good news for high streets across the west country.
There are celebrations at Somerset trainer Paul Nicholls' yard today after his record ninth win in the King George VI chase at Kempton Park. The horse he trained, Silviniaco Conti, won the prestigious race for the second successive year.
He made his win at the King George VI Chase look easy as he drew four and a half lengths away of the rest of the field for his 2nd successive victory in the race. And that made a record ninth win in the race for a delighted Paul Nicholls waiting at the finish.
And the horse appears to have enjoyed his victory- according to his posting on twitter he had a brilliant day and was quite emotional!
Barnstaple police station has had to be evacuated after a boiler broke and flooded the custody suite.
Five people were in custody at the time three were released on bail or dealt with, two were moved to other custody suites.
Drunks who become abusive and disorderly in hospital A&Es should be arrested as fines do not work, the head of the College of Emergency Medicine has said.
Dr Cliff Mann, a consultant at Musgrove Park Hospital in Taunton claimed people would be less inclined to get drunk and end up in emergency departments if they knew they may be arrested and potentially prosecuted.
He told the Observer newspaper that current methods of dealing with drunks are not a deterrent, as many people end up simply repeating their behaviour.
Dr Mann, who said his aim is to "diminish the harm from drunkenness" and backed calls for minimum pricing, said weekend binge drinking should not be accepted or considered normal.
He described argumentative and obnoxious patients, and their acquaintances, who can end up being physically abusive towards staff, and said workers are fed up having to deal with such people.
But a number of organisations, including the Police Federation, disagreed with Dr Mann's proposal, saying the issue is too complex to deal with by "a crackdown on troublesome drunks", adding that jailing people is not always the answer.
Katherine Brown, director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies think tank, and Emily Robinson, director of campaigns at charity Alcohol Concern, told the Observer the problem needs to be tackled at the source, by looking at the easy availability of cheap alcohol.
There's a replacement bus service running on First Great Western between St Ives (Cornwall) and St Erth due to staff shortage. There is at the moment no estimate on when things will return to normal.