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Cold weather delays daffodil crop

Has spring really sprung? Credit: PA : Anthony Devlin

A flower breeder from Falmouth says a cold and dry January means his daffodil crop has failed to flower in time for the first days of spring.

Ron Scamp,72, who has the world's largest collection of novelty daffodil varieties with 2,700 different types, says it is a marked contrast from last year where he had more than 250 varieties in full bloom. This year he has only about 10.

Commercial growers would normally expect their fields to be full of yellow blooms when 'meteorological spring' began on March 1st. Daffodil farmers believe the recent cold weather will delay the burst of colour by up to two weeks.


Fifty firefighters working to contain fire at a disused pub

More than 50 firefighters are tackling the blaze at the Anchor Inn in Chudleigh Knighton.

More than fifty firefighters are currently tackling a fire at a disused pub in Devon.

Three fire engines were originally called out to the Anchor Inn at Chudleigh Knighton at 2:30 this morning. The incident commander then asked for another three engines to attend the scene.

No one's injured but crews are still trying to stop the flames spreading to other buildings.

The B3344 is closed while emergency services deal with the fire.

'Our lives has been turned upside down', say family

10 year-old Samuel Crocker, was hit by a van on Saturday afternoon and later died of his injuries.

Cameron Trivett, from Crediton, has been charged with causing death by careless driving.

The family have issued the following tribute, saying their lives has been turned upside down:

On Saturday afternoon our life was turned upside down when our darling Samuel was knocked down while on his way to visit his friend. Later that night the bright light that was Samuel was extinguished. We all miss our little 'mole' so much and can't begin to imagine how we move on from the devastating situation we are in now.

Someone so small has left a massive hole that can never be filled, but he will always be remembered for his cheeky, fun-loving nature and we are grateful to have had him in our lives, albeit for such a short time."

– Samuel's family

Campaigners meet Environment Secretary to challenge badger cull

Members of the Badger Trust spoke to Liz Truss in her London office Credit: ITV News

Campaigners fighting to stop the badgers culls in Somerset say they've had a 'constructive' meeting with the Environment Secretary.

Members of the Badger Trust spoke to Liz Truss in her London office, claiming the culls are both costly and ineffective in halting the spread of TB in cattle.

Afterwards they said she had agreed to consider various points about animal welfare and vaccination.

Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive Badger Trust Credit: ITV News

She said the chief veterinary officer still continues to advise her that it is a tool that needs to be used. She made no commitment on extension of the culls at this stage even though we did agree if there were any steps to go forward they'd have to go through proper licencing and consultation processes. She did accept that cattle measures are important, she did accept badger vaccination has a valuable roll to play as well which is a step forward from her predecessor Owen Patterson.

– Dominic Dyer, Chief Executive, Badger Trust


Anti-helmet MP breaks arm cycling in Exeter

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Archive/Press Association Images

An Exeter MP, who refuses to wear a helmet because he believes it gives cyclists a false sense of security, has fallen off his bike and broken his arm.

Labour MP Ben Bradshaw tumbled from his bike when cycling over 'heavy drizzle' in his constituency.

Bradshaw only went to hospital a day later when an x-ray revealed he had broken his arm.

It was Friday night and there was a heavy drizzle which made the road very greasy and the bike just went over. I didn't think I was hurt so I cycled home and the next day was out canvassing. But when I returned to London I went to the minor injuries unit and they found I had fractured my right hand and my elbow. The nurse said I must have a high pain threshold."

– Ben Bradshaw MP
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