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Widower who lost wife to bowel cancer calls for better treatment

Discovering bowel Cancer early is key Credit: ITV News

A man from Newton Abbot whose wife died from bowel cancer is calling for more to be done to ensure patients get the right treatment early on.

Phil Stocker's wife Liz died from the illness when she was just 41.

Bowel Cancer UK says a simple procedure known as a biomarker test is rarely done in the early stages of bowel cancer - meaning patients are missing out on the best treatment options.

Phil Stocker Credit: ITV News

When you do get symptoms you really need to be acting on those as soon as you get them and go to your GP. Really push your GP to get the correct tests done because GPs will all to often dismiss it as irritable bowel syndrome or any number of other things."

– Phil Stocker



Cold weather delays daffodil crop

Has spring really sprung? Credit: PA : Anthony Devlin

A flower breeder from Falmouth says a cold and dry January means his daffodil crop has failed to flower in time for the first days of spring.

Ron Scamp,72, who has the world's largest collection of novelty daffodil varieties with 2,700 different types, says it is a marked contrast from last year where he had more than 250 varieties in full bloom. This year he has only about 10.

Commercial growers would normally expect their fields to be full of yellow blooms when 'meteorological spring' began on March 1st. Daffodil farmers believe the recent cold weather will delay the burst of colour by up to two weeks.

Fifty firefighters working to contain fire at a disused pub

More than 50 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the Anchor Inn in Chudleigh Knighton.

More than fifty firefighters are currently tackling a fire at a disused pub in Devon.

Three fire engines were originally called out to the Anchor Inn at Chudleigh Knighton at 2:30 this morning. The incident commander then asked for another three engines to attend the scene.

No one's injured but crews are still trying to stop the flames spreading to other buildings.

The B3344 is closed while emergency services deal with the fire.

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