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Hundreds of donated Christmas dinners are on their way to families in crisis across Cornwall.
The Cornwall Christmas box project is asking people to pledge a dinner worth £30. Blackwater Primary, Truro, is the first school to sign up to the scheme. A team from Cornwall Social Services will be delivering them to those in need.
We'd like to add things to it that will actually make it a pleasant Christmas Day, so there's mince pies, there's cranberry sauce, Christmas pudding, stuffing and maybe even a box of crackers, so right the way through the day we want to provide the family with something that means the pressure is off them financially to provide a substantial and enjoyable meal for the day."
Plymouth's first home-gown billionaire is going to prison today, but just as a guest.
The founder of the Range chain of discount stores, Chris Dawson, will be in Dartmoor today. He is giving prisoners a pep talk on how to make an honest living.
His chain of a hundred stores and other enterprises are said to have earned him more than £1.2 billion but can still be seen working at weekends in his first store in Plymouth.
Two billion pounds' worth of new road schemes for the region are due to be announced on Monday, ITV News West Country understands.
These are likely to include a tunnel at Stonehenge and making the A358 into dual carriageway - something Yeovil MP David Laws has been campaigning for.
"It's totally unacceptable that we've got a road that is so congested for large parts of the year. That's very inconvenient for people in my constituency who travel around parts of Somerset, it's certainly very inconvenient for people who want to travel across the region. It's absurd that when we're investing so much in other parts of the country that the South West has had to wait for so long."
Bees in the region have produced the most honey in five years. Beekeepers reported an average yield of 30 lbs per colony, in contrast to just 22 lbs last year - that's an increase of more than a third.
The British Beekeepers Association says hot weather and better beekeeping are responsible.
Leon Remphry, the ten year-old boy who's fighting proposals to make cuts in Cornwall's library services, will address the full council this morning.
He will present a petition signed by more than five thousand people.
The Council says it is having to make some difficult financial choices and no libraries will shut.
A website in Plymouth allowing people to give away gifts to those in need at Christmas is going from strength to strength. People have been donating everything from Christmas hampers to holidays as well as unwanted items from previous occasions.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the National Lottery, which sees around eight jackpot winners in the West Country every year.
But for Plymouth's Mike Antonucci, his £2.8 million win back in 1995 did not set him up for life. Instead he spent it all on fast cars, yachts and luxury holidays.
"Well it probably lasted 14 years, yeah 14, 15 years. I mean do you want to take the money with you, do you want to be the richest man in the graveyard? I don't know, you know."
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.
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.