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New owners of Bantham Estate revealed

Bantham Estate Credit: ITV West Country

The new owners of the Bantham Estate in South Devon have been revealed. It's been brought by The Great Tew Estate in Oxfordshire. It's cost £11.5 million and consists of more than 20,000 acres, a number of homes and a golf course.

We look forward to bringing another long period of family ownership to this estate, ensuring that the aspirations of the previous owners are preserved and that employees, tenants and visitors can continue to enjoy all that makes this village and wider estate so special.

– Nicholas Johnston from Great Tew Estate


September sunshine boosts tourism bookings

St Michael's Mount at Marazion in Cornwall - one of the West Country's most popular tourist attractions Credit: ITV News

The warm September sunshine is providing a late season boost to the region's tourism industry.

Some hoteliers are reporting a 30% increase in bookings compared to last year. Many in the industry are hoping the warm weather will help make up for a disappointing start to the year.

Job fears for the South West

Prospects look gloomy for the West Country's job seekers Credit: PA

Employers across every region of the country are expecting to take on more people over the next three months, except in the South West.

The figures come from the recruitment group Manpower UK.

It says heavy reliance on tourism and a jobs boom in recent years means growth in the South West has ground to a halt.


Lydia & Millie Cross become meningitis ambassadors

A North Devon schoolgirl is raising awareness of an infection that almost cost her and her sister their lives.

Lydia Cross from Braunton and her younger sister Millie are now ambassadors for the Meningitis Research foundation.

Lydia has made national news in recent years for dealing so well with her prosthetic legs after having both legs amputated below the knee. Millie, though, was the more seriously ill at the time.

Agatha Christie's grandson tells us his family memories

For millions of her fans Agatha Christie was the pioneer of the murder mystery novel - with an uncanny ability to keep readers hooked with her amazing story telling.

But behind the author - what was she like as a woman? For the second part of our series on Agatha - we've been speaking to her grandson about his memories of staying with her in Devon - and been given exclusive access to the secret family archive.

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