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17 year old to be sentenced for mother's murder

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Leah Whittle was stabbed in Weymouth in July Credit: ITV Westcountry

A 17 year old man is due to be sentenced for the murder of his mother in Dorset.

Leah Whittle, who was 42, was stabbed to death at her home in Weymouth in July. Her son Kieren Smith was found guilty of murder following an 8 day trial at Winchester Crown Court yesterday.

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Cornwall bus routes safeguarded

Bus routes in Cornwall have been safeguarded after talks between Cornwall Council and a private operator.

It was feared some routes run by Western Greyhound would be withdrawn. But a deal has been reached between the company and the council over subsidies to keep the routes running.

Fears Sidmouth could flood following cliff collapses

Emergency action is being taken to shore up cliffs in east Devon, amid fears the town of Sidmouth could flood.

In recent days, the cliffs have collapsed in several places. Residents are worried that if it continues to happen, the town could be at risk of tidal flooding.

Our Environment Correspondent, Duncan Sleightholme reports.

17 year old convicted of murdering his mother

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Leah Whittle was stabbed in Weymouth in July Credit: ITV Westcountry

A 17 year old man has been convicted of murdering his mother in Dorset. Leah Whittle, who was 42, was stabbed to death at her home in Weymouth in July.

Her son Kieren Smith was found guilty of murder following an 8 day trial. Dorset Police say it was a particularly horrific and sustained attack on a woman who was unable to defend herself. He'll be sentenced tomorrow.

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Nightmare Hotel

Residents in Newquay are pleading with Cornwall Council to pull down a derelict hotel. They say that living next door to it has become a nightmare.

The Fistral Bay Hotel has been empty for more than five years. Locals claim it attracts vandals and drug users and are worried it could be burnt down.

Royal Marines in court

Five Royal Marines charged with the murder of a captured Afghan national appeared in court today.

The commandos were charged with murder following an incident believed to have happened in September last year in Afghanistan.

The men, who for legal reasons can only be referred to as Marines A, B, C, D and E, attended for a plea and case management hearing at the Military Court Centre in Bulford, Wiltshire, but the case was adjourned to March 8.

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