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Council accused of putting PR ahead of safety

Council bosses have been accused of putting PR ahead of safety as the Authority proposes to cut funding for school crossing patrols.

The Conservative leaders of Devon County Council have put forward the plans to cut the money given for Lollipop ladies

The Lib Dem opposition say that the Tories are protecting council departments at the expense of front line services. The Authority says it needs to save money from its road safety budget.

We also spoke to Cllr Alan Connett, Leader of the Lib Dem group on Devon County Council.

We have been exploring alternative ways of funding school crossing patrols in the county in order to help the service continue. We are reviewing feedback from a public consultation, which will be reported back to Cabinet in due course.

– Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council Cabinet Member for Highway Management

The budget for this year will be set at a council meeting in Exeter on February 23.

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High streets across the West Country packed with shoppers for sales

Shoppers at Drake Circus Credit: ITV News

High Streets across the West Country have again been packed with shoppers today, all looking for a bargain. Many retailers have already reported figures for the Boxing Day sales yesterday were up on last year. Somer shoppers in Plymouth weren't after a bargain - just a day out.

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What would you do if you won the lottery?

What would you do if you won the lottery? Credit: PA: Dominic Lipinski

Somerset lottery winners, with a combined fortune of £10 million are pulling on their wellies to visit Conquest Equestrian Centre in Taunton.

As well as helping the volunteers carry out their daily tasks, the winners will be finding out more about the charity and delivering gifts and treats for the volunteers.

Conquest Equestrian Centre is a Somerset charity which offers equine activities for adults and children with a wide range of disabilities.

Exeter Citizens' Advice Bureau warns of soaring debt

The Citizens' Advice Bureau is calling for more Government support for people on benefits Credit: ITV News

A charity in Exeter is warning the amount of debt facing its clients has risen by almost £3,000 this year.

The Citizen's Advice Bureau says the average amount of urgent debt owed is more than £6,000 for expenses such as mortgages, rent and council tax.

The charity is calling for more Government support with benefits and help to buy or rent property.

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