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Sea shanty group lobbies Conservative Conference

A sea-shanty group from Exmouth has been supporting a campaign to promote investment in two West Country ports. The Exmouth Shanty Men performed at a fringe event at the Conservative party conference.

David Leighton, Associated British Ports said it was part of a campaign by Plymouth, Teignmouth and other ports against tighter EU regulations which they say would deter private investment.

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Matthew Maynard joins Somerset as Director of Cricket

Matthew Maynard, Somerset's new Director of Cricket Credit: Somerset CCC

Somerset CCC has appointed Matthew Maynard as the new Director of Cricket.

The 48 year old spent the whole of his 20 year playing career with Glamorgan where he made 395 First Class appearances scoring nearly 25,000 runs at an average of 42.53. He also led the Welsh side to the County Championship title in 1997.

Maynard played in 4 Test Matches between 1988 and 1994 and 14 One Day Internationals between 1994 and 2000. In 2004 Maynard was appointed as England assistant coach, a post he held until 2007.

Maynard has also enjoyed considerable success coaching in South Africa and in 2012, his first year in charge of Nashua Titans, he led them to both the domestic four day and T20 titles and was named Coach of the Year by Cricket South Africa.

“I am absolutely delighted to be appointed as the Director of Cricket at Somerset CCC. It’s a huge honour. It will be a new challenge for me and one that I am looking forward to very much. I’m very excited about being involved with such a talented group of players and I can’t wait to get started.”

– Matthew Maynard

“We are delighted that Matt has been appointed as our Director of Cricket and he will have direct responsibility for coaching the 1st XI. His track record speaks for itself and he has a wealth of leadership experience, coaching knowledge and passion for the game. I have every confidence that he will build on our strong foundations and the winter period provides a great opportunity for him to prepare the squad for a successful 2015. I know he will receive a very warm welcome from all the coaching and playing staff, as well as our Members and supporters.”

– Guy Lavender, Somerset, Chief Executive

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Man dies after Wadebridge crash

A man has died following a collision near Wadebridge in the early hours of this morning.

Police, fire and ambulance crews were called to the B3314 between Wadebridge and Rock around 1am, after reports of a single vehicle collision.

The male driver of the vehicle, a silver coloured VW Polo, died at the scene. The road was closed until around 11am while investigations at the scene took place.

The man’s next of kin have been informed.

The deceased is a man in his twenties, from the Leicestershire area.

North Devon school confiscates food from lunchboxes

A plateful of the sort of food that would be confiscated from lunch boxes Credit: ITV News West Country

Teachers at Caen Primary school in Braunton in North Devon are confiscating unhealthy food from children's lunch boxes as part of a healthy eating initiative.

They insist it is their right to remove chocolate and crisps - and certain types of fruit juice - as part of their drive to improve the diet of their pupils - and make them aware of the importance of eating healthily.

The story has provoked a furious response on our Facebook page. Here are a couple of comments from viewers:

Caen Community School Credit: ITV News West Country

I think this is terrible , they should take into account what that child may be having for dinner when they get home , but over all it is the parents responsibility to ensure their child's diet is satisfactory . also what happens when the lunch is confiscated ? does the school then give that child a free lunch ? or do they go hungry for the rest of the day .... lets concentrate on the children at risk from other things , not what they eat at school unless its obvious that child isn't getting a well balanced diet , but even then there must be other ways of sorting this ... not by depriving that child of some form of food for the day !..

– Jackie from Camborne via Facebook

Do they replace what is confiscated with healthy or do the children go hungry?? Parents should supply a healthy lunch but surely children with full tummies are better than hungry children who's lunch has been confiscated!

– Alex Hall via Facebook

Woman dies after cliff fall at Newquay

A woman in her eighties has died after falling from cliffs near Newquay. The Coastguard and police were called to Porth Beach, Newquay, at 3.20pm yesterday after reports of a woman found unconscious in a cave. The woman,is believed to have fallen from the cliffs above near to Whipsderry beach. She was taken to Treliske for treatment where sadly she later died. Her next of kin have been informed and a file is now being

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Taunton Foodbank appeals for donations

Taunton Foodbank appeals for donations with increasing numbers Credit: ITV News

Taunton Foodbank is appealing for people to donate more food as their supplies have dwindled. They say increasing numbers of families have been referred to them for food and they've been feeding children in the holidays that would normally receive free school meals. The volunteers that run it say without their help crime would increase as people would either starve or steal.

Nearly 10% toddlers in region have tooth decay

Nearly 10% toddlers in region have tooth decay Credit: ITV News

A new survey has revealed that almost 10% of three year olds in the region have tooth decay. According to Public Health England, 9.6% of children examined were found to have rotten teeth. Public health experts are urging parents to take advantage of free dental care for kids.

Self build home projects encouraged by Government

Self build home projects encouraged by Government Credit: ITV News

A number of locations across the south west are to be the forefront of the Government's new strategy aimed at help self build projects. Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks and Teignbridge will receive grants to encourage people to design and build their own homes.

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