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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

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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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Totnes pound heads into cyber space

Totnes pounds being printed - could the paper version be taken over? Credit: ITV Westcountry

A new app will allow people to pay for goods and services in Totnes pounds using their smart phones.

The town has had its own currency for several years, encouraging people to trade locally.

The phone app has been developed by the team running the more recent Bristol pound, which has been taken up by 500 traders.

PCC blasts 'horrendous harm' caused by alcohol

"I am afraid we live in a society where people are less willing to take responsibility for their own actions and their impact on others and now it is clearly time for everyone in the South West to take responsibility for their own use of alcohol.

"For many months I have spoken about the horrendous harm caused by the misuse of alcohol and these figures illustrate, in the starkest possible light, the staggering human cost: 314,000 alcohol related hospital admissions and 758 people dead – through drink, in a single year are simply not acceptable.

"These avoidable demands are being met by the public at large – the costs of caring for, and the harm caused by, drunks is being paid for by many who never drink in anything other than moderation.

"So on most evenings our casualty units are full of drunken men and women injured through fighting, after falling down drunk or being beaten by a drunken partner at home.

"The excessive burden on the police, the ambulance service, on doctors and nurses has to change. If tax-payers want the police to protect their homes and their children they cannot be expected to spend time clearing up the mess left from drunken binges."

– Tony Hogg, Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

Alcohol abuse costs our hospitals £91 million a year

Hospital admissions triggered by alcohol abuse cost the West Country taxpayer an estimated £91 million in one year, according to a new report.

New “alcohol harm maps” show more than 300,000 people were admitted to Devon and Cornwall hospitals in 2012-13 because of alcohol misuse.

The analysis by campaign group Alcohol Concern also showed that deaths of 758 people in Devon and Cornwall that year were alcohol-related.

Cheap alcohol for sale. Credit: PA
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