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Doomed ship leaves River Mersey to be scrapped

HMS Plymouth
HMS Plymouth Credit: PA

Doomed warship HMS Plymouth has left home, sailing the River Mersey, on its final journey to be scrapped in a foreign port.

The Royal Navy ship, where the Argentinians formally surrendered their garrison after invading South Georgia during the Falklands War, could not be saved, despite a 25-year long fight since it was decommissioned in 1988.

She sailed on the morning tide on the Mersey, leaving her berth for the open seas and is thought to be heading for a port in Turkey where she will be scrapped.

Campaigners had raised money to launch a legal action to have the ship "arrested" and prevent the ship leaving.

But Peel Ports, who own Vittoria Dock in Birkenhead where she has languished rusting and unloved for years, said they had no "practical choice" but to scrap the vessel.

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Devon air ambulance aims for night flights

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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

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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

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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.

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GCSE results day

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

A school in Torbay is celebrating its GCSE results - 10 months after being put into special measures.

55 per cent of students at Westlands School gained a C's or above in both Maths and English - 12 per cent higher than last year. Many schools are collecting their results today. 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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