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Bankrupt James auctions football memorabilia

David James declared himself bankrupt in May Credit: Chris Ison/PA

Former England footballer David James will auction off football memorabilia today after falling into financial difficulties.

The goalkeeper, who lived on Dartmoor, declared himself bankrupt in May, despite earning an estimated £20 million during his football career. He will hold an online auction of hundreds of items of football memorabilia to help pay off his debts.

Christmas money worries for 1 in 4

More than a quarter of people in our region are worried about how they will afford Christmas this year, according to a new survey.

The Money Advice Service says almost a third of us will turn to credit cards to help fund our celebrations, while 1 in 25 will take out a payday loan.

It is urging shoppers to plan their festive spending carefully, including making a budget, comparing online and high street shops and looking for special offers.

Christmas shoppers should spend wisely Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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Flood victims face five-fold rise in insurance

Thousands of flood victims across our region are facing spiralling insurance premiums this winter - while others can't get any insurance at all.

That's despite more assurances from David Cameron in the aftermath of the winter storms that hit Devon and Cornwall - and months of flooding on the Somerset Levels.

But some are now facing a fivefold increase in their premiums - or are facing winter without any cover. Here's David Woodland.

Moorland villagers face home insurance battle

A fifth of the 126 flood victims at Moorland on the Somerset Levels haven't been able to get buildings insurance this year. Others have seen huge hikes in premiums even if they didn't flood.

The swollen River Parrett runs next to Rebecca Horsington's Farmhouse but it has never flooded the house, as it overflows in the other direction.

Despite that she was told her insurance would rise from £425 to £3500.

Moorland at the height of last winter's floods. Credit: PA

It makes a nonsense of what has happened here because we have had the dredge happen, we've had flood defences put in, so really our flood risk is a lot lower than it was before the floods hit and therefore the insurance premiums should be reflecting that.

– Rebecca Horsington

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Mystery donor leaves £2,000 at charity shop

The money in bundles of £20 notes was left in a bag outside a charity shop in Exeter Credit: ITV News

A mystery donor has left more than £2,000 in cash at the door of a charity shop in Exeter. They left the money in a bag outside the store in Cowick Street with other second-hand goods.

Staff called the police in case the money - in bundles of £20 notes - was left by mistake. Officers are now trying to trace the person who left the money after the shop closed on Monday night, 10 November.

There is nothing to suggest that it is not legitimate but we want to make sure that the person who left the money intended to do so.

The money, which was in used £20 notes and was in excess of £2,000, was in the bag with other items and left outside a charity shop.

It was left before the shop opened and all we are trying to do is confirm that it was the donor's wish to give the money to the charity.

We would like to hear from the person who left the money or from a relative who knows if someone has given away a large sum recently.

– Devon & Cornwall Police spokesperson

Tour of Britain raised £6 million for Devon

Crowds cheer on the peloton as they watch below Hay Tor during a hill climb on Dartmoor, Devon, during the stage five of the 2014 Tour of Britain. Credit: PA

This year's Devon stage of the Tour of Britain generated more than £6 million for the local economy, according to an independent report.

Around 230,000 spectators turned out along the 110-mile route from Exmouth to Exeter.

Environment Agency criticised over flood spending

A new report has criticised the amount of money being spent on some flooding projects by the Environment Agency.

According to the National Audit Office, many schemes are only being maintained to a 'minimal level' because they only protect a few homes.

The Agency has defended its record, insisting it is making record levels of investment.

Dredging begins on the River Parrett, near Burrowbridge in Somerset, where the area suffered flooding. Credit: PA

Cornwall Council rethinks school crossing cuts

Cornwall Council has agreed to delay cutting a number of school crossing patrols.

The council was hoping to save £80,000, but it will carry out a risk assessment first before making a final decision.

It has also reached a deal with the RNLI to maintain the current level of lifeguard cover on 57 beaches, despite reducing its contribution to the charity from £1.4million to £950,000.

Many manned crossings could stay. Credit: PA
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