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More marketing needed for North Devon

There's a warning this morning that North Devon's economy will pay the price if the area doesn't find the money to market itself.

Like many parts of the West Country, Councils in North Devon are cutting funding for tourism and an emergency conference is being held next week to rally support for all businesses in the district to help fund a marketing campaign.

Trevor Stanbury is the Conference organiser:

Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

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Eden Project to take on more than 20 apprentices

The apprentices will be trained in a range of jobs including working in horticulture and hospitality Credit: ITV Westcountry

Cornwall's Eden Project unveils its biggest ever apprenticeship scheme today.

More than 20 apprentices will be taken on at the end of the month. They'll work in a variety of areas including horticulture, vehicle maintenance and hospitality.

The scheme is being run in partnership with Cornwall College and the Edge Foundation.

Countdown to Rugby World Cup in Exeter

It's a year until the first game of the Rugby World Cup takes place on 18 September 2015 Credit: PA

It's a year today until World Cup Fever hits Exeter with the first game of the Rugby World Cup. Exeter will host Tonga and there will be three games at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park during the tournament.

Schools in the city have pledged their support to the five teams who'll be playing there, Georgia, Italy Namibia, Romania and Tonga.

Two treated in hospital after hit by water tank

Two treated in hospital after hit by water tank Credit: ITV News

An investigation is underway into a crash in East Devon in which two elderly pedestrians were crushed by a water bowser. It came loose from a tractor on the A375 at Sidbury, north of Sidmouth yesterday morning. The tank crashed into the man and woman, leaving one with severe leg injuries. They were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

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Investigation into water tank crash in Devon

The elderly woman was airlifted to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital with severe leg wounds Credit: PA

An investigation is underway into a crash in East Devon in which two elderly pedestrians were crushed by a water bowser.

It came loose from a tractor on the A375 at Sidbury, north of Sidmouth yesterday morning. The tank crashed into the man and woman, leaving them with severe leg injuries. They were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

Recruitment Agency say downturn in tourism is greater than other years

Recruitment agency Manpower UK says the downturn in tourism employment across the South West this year is greater now than it has been for years. Manpower UK says their survey shows a majority of employers in the South West won't be taking on new staff.

James Hick is from Manpower UK:

They say the South West will lag behind the rest of the country. The powerhouse of London and the South East are predicted to do well and manufacturing in the East and West Midlands gives the area a huge boost. But employment growth in the South West is predicted to stall.

Manpower UK say some employers have stopped trying to find IT workers, engineers and financiers because they know the skills they're looking for don't exist. Contraction there and saturation of the tourism employment market explains why businesses aren't expecting growth in jobs.

Plymouth in top universities list for gay students

Plymouth in top universities list for gay students Credit: ITV News

Plymouth is one of the top universities in the country for gay students. A study by the charity Stonewall found that it met nine out of ten criteria - including having policies on homophobic bullying and holding events for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students. Only 10 percent of universities in Britain have reached that standard. Exeter University has met eight of the 10 points.

Agatha Christie had holiday home near Brixham

This week we've been been bringing you the story behind the world's best-selling novelist. Agatha Christie was not only born in Devon, but she made a grand house near Brixham her holiday home. The mansion called Greenway has been restored by the National Trust and draws visitors from around the world. Watch this report by Kylie Pentelow:

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