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Why you won't be able to walk into your local police station any more, in parts of Devon and Cornwall

Penzance is one of eleven police front desks to close Credit: ITV News

Eleven police front desks close this weekend across Devon and Cornwall meaning many victims of crime will no longer be able to report an offence at their local police station. The public walk-in areas are being axed as part of cuts to save thousands of pounds across the force area.

In Penzance the enquiry office closes tonight. Local Councillor Tim Dwelly has organised a petition against the move and is leading a protest in the town on Saturday morning.

"We need to have access - it's simply not acceptable to people around here to either have to go to Camborne or to ring a call centre in Devon in the hope of seeing a police officer face to face, we won't have it."

The changes will save the force just over three quarters of a million pounds.

Devon and Cornwall Police say the numbers of people coming in to stations on foot have dwindled.

"Over the years it's really declined in numbers of people walking into enquiry offices, we have over a million calls every year and ways of people want to contact us, very few of those are actually people walking into police stations into the enquiry office. So we want to better engage with the public, but we would rather have our officers and staff out there in the communities rather than have people sat in an enquiry office all the time waiting for the public to come to us."

For many though, the nearest station they can walk into may now be half an hour away.

Gardening at 100 feet

Taller trees have to be trimmed to stop them growing through the roof

Gardeners at the Eden Project in Cornwall face many challenges at work, perhaps none so troublesome as the Devil Tree.

One of the oldest and tallest trees at the Eden Project, the Devil Tree (proper name Alstonia scholaris) more than lives up to its name. Not only are the seeds and roots poisonous, but gardeners hoping to trim it have to do so while dangling 100 feet above the ground.

Known as “sky monkeys”, these gardeners are trained to use chainsaws while abseiling beneath the giant roof of the Rainforest biome.

See them in action:

Sky monkeys at work

Pieces from the trunk are cut off and lowered to the ground by rope to prevent any damage to other plants.

The Devil Tree is native to Australia, and can be used to make chewing gum, paper and medicine.


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Sherborne shooter announces his retirement

Peter Wilson's ecstasy at winning gold at London 2012 Credit: PA

A west-based Olympic champion has announced his retirement.

Dorset's Peter Wilson, who won the Double Trap gold medal at the London Olympics in 2012, said in a tweet today that he was quitting competitive shooting.

Vote of no confidence in Plymouth Uni vice-chancellor

Wendy Purcell is currently on paid leave from her role at Plymouth University Credit: ITV News

Staff at Plymouth University have given a vote of no confidence in their vice-chancellor, Wendy Purcell.

Members of the University and College Union say the recent problems at the university have undermined morale and risked long-term damage to the institution.

Wendy Purcell who is currently on paid leave, was suspended for three months over allegations of overspending and bullying colleagues.


Hundreds attend funeral of Devon footballer

The funeral of Nick Cole has taken place today

Hundreds of mourners have attended Thorveton Church in Devon today to pay their final respects to a local footballer, who died last weekend.

Nick Cole collapsed after leaving the field during a football match for Bow. The Riverside Leisure centre in Exeter where the 26-year-old worked closed for the day as a mark of respect.

The Riverside Leisure Centre in Exeter has closed today as a mark of respect Credit: ITV News

End of an era for Plymouth pasty firm

The Ron Dewdney pasty shop in Plymouth has been sold back to the Dewdney family Credit: ITV News

It's the end of an era in Plymouth today as after 60 years Ron Dewdney pasties stop production. The shop has been sold back to the Dewdney family and its chain of Ivor Dewdney stores.

In Plymouth, it's said you're either a 'Ron' or an 'Ivor' person. Ron pasties are slightly larger than Ivor's and have a different taste to the pastry.

Well they wouldn't have made a cake to say goodbye, now would they? Credit: ITV News
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