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Devon air ambulance aims for night flights

The Devon air ambulance is looking to extend operating hours Credit: ITV Westcountry

Devon air ambulance wants to run flights at night.

The Charity which funds the two Air Ambulance service has set a target to extend flying hours to 10pm all year around from 2016. But it needs more funding for new equipment.


Badger cull campaigners back in court

The High Court challenge will take place later this morning Credit: ITV Westcountry

Campaigners are back at the High Court today in a new challenge over the Government's badger cull.

The Badger Trust is seeking a ruling that there has been a failure to install an independent panel of experts to monitor this year's pilot culls in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The culls are taking place to try to stop the spread of TB in cattle.

All-rounder awarded benefit season by Somerset

Pete Trego has been awarded a benefit season by Somerset CCC Credit: ITV Westcountry

Somerset cricketer Pete Trego has been awarded a benefit season in 2015 by the county club.

The 33 year old all-rounder made his debut fourteen years ago and has played in 467 senior games scoring 17 centuries and taking 544 wickets.

GCSE results day

Students will open their GCSE results this morning Credit: ITV Westcountry

A Torbay school is celebrating achieving GCSE results that are 12 per cent higher than last year-10 months after failing an Ofsted inspection/10 months it was put into special measures by Ofted

55 per cent of the students at Westlands School gained a C or above in both Maths and English. It's one many schools in the south westl collecting their GCSE results today.It's the day many students will decide whether to continue with education or to start work


Cornwall's Sky Tip under threat

It's a symbol of St Austell's rich mining heritage and one of Cornwall's most distinctive landmarks - but the Sky Tip - the 300 foot high mound that's visible for miles across the county - is now under threat from developers.

Francesca Carpenter has finding out why so many people want it to stay, and looking in the archives.

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Wells Cathedral cleared over tour fall

Wells Cathedral has been cleared of Health and Safety breaches after a woman fell 30ft from a tower during a guided tour in April.

The council is satisfied there has been no breach under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and associated Regulations, however we and Wells Cathedral believe it is important to learn from this incident and put in place measures to ensure this type of accident cannot occur again.

– Mendip District Council statement

Recommended measures that the Cathedral will now consider include:

  • Improved guard rails
  • Review of tour group sizes and tour guide ratio
  • Review of pre-information for visitors
  • Review of tours' suitability for children
Wells Cathedral, Somerset. Credit: PA

Man arrested over Somerset lorry released on bail

Avon and Somerset police have released a 50-year-old man on bail following his arrest in connection with a lorry carrying 15 people near Ilminster.

ITV News understands he is the driver of the lorry.

A force spokesman said: "A 50-year-old man has been released on police bail pending further enquiries. He was arrested yesterday on suspicion of facilitating entry of people into the UK. 15 people who were found in the back of a lorry remain in a rest centre."

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