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New stamps honour the West's most iconic bridges

Two of the West's most iconic bridges have been honoured in a new set of stamps by the Royal Mail.

They celebrate the huge leaps in engineering made over the last few centuries:

Do you recognise these bridges? Credit: Royal Mail Group
Tarr Steps, River Barle, Exmoor Credit: Royal Mail Group
Pulteney Bridge, River Avon, Bath Credit: Royal Mail Group

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Man rescued from Devon cliffs

A climber has been rescued from Berry Head cliffs in Devon after getting into difficulty earlier this evening.

A man was climbing without any ropes and became stuck on a cliff ledge.

Specialist line equipment was needed to rescue the man. He had no injuries and was trapped for under one hour.

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Convicted murderer back behind bars

Convicted murderer deported from Australia Credit: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

A convicted West Country killer who went on the run in Australia for 15 years is back behind bars.

Robert Hennessey, 50, was jailed in 1978 for repeatedly stabbing his elderly aunt in Plymouth when he was 14 years old.

Hennessey disappeared after walking out of Leyhill prison, in South Gloucestershire in 1998. Officers finally tracked the 50 year old down in Australia and he has now pleaded guilty to evading lawful custody.

He has been jailed for 16 months.

Robert Hennessey was arrested on suspicion of fraud offences in the Queensland area of Australia in 2013.

Since then we’ve been working closely with the Australian authorities to ensure he was returned to the UK to serve the rest of his sentence and to face justice for the unlawful absconsion.

With the assistance of Devon and Cornwall Police, the victim’s family have been kept updated on Hennessey’s deportation and subsequent court appearances in the UK.

– Det Con Stuart Brooks

Cornish language funding secured

Cornwall Council has welcomed today's pledge from Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that he will ensure that the Government will continue to provide financial support for the Cornish Language Partnership.

The Government had previously said that it would not fund the Cornish Language beyond the current programme which ends on 31 March 2015.

This is good news and we look forward to receiving details of the amount of money we will receive.

We put forward a case for continued government support which explained the importance of the language to Cornish distinctiveness and therefore to the people and the economy of Cornwall.

– Julian German, the Chair of the Cornish Language Partnership

Cornish phone scam linked to terrorism

A phone scam that cost two Cornish victims £130,000 between them has been linked to funding terrorism Credit: Balkis Press/ABACA/Press Association Images

Detectives are investigating whether money defrauded from pensioners in Cornwall by bogus police officers has been used to fund British extremists travelling to Syria.

Devon and Cornwall Police passed the information to national agencies who were then able to trace the money.

Three people have been arrested in London in connection with the £130,000 stolen through the phone scam.

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