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RAF Sea Kings will fly from Chivenor base for one more week

Search and Rescue helicopters have been saving lives from their base at Chivenor for 60 years Credit: ITV News

Our reporter Seth Conway is spending the day with Search and Rescue helicopters in Chivenor and has some breaking news.

The RAF Sea Kings from twenty two Squadron were due to stop running today but ITV has learned they'll continue to operate for another week before the service is handed over to a private company.

It's a slight reprieve but it's still a sad moment for the community.

More on ITV West Country tonight at 6pm.

Statement Chivenor will continue to provide full helicopter search and rescue capability for a further period of around one week at the request of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency who asked for this continuance.

The option to provide a continuance of service has been part of the UK SAR Transition Planning programme for all of the 6 RAF SAR flights in the UK and this request will neither affect the level of SAR service across the region served by Chivenor, nor in any impede the future careers of RAF personnel serving at Chivenor.

Anti-nuclear campaigners write to PM over China

An artist's impression of the new nuclear power station at Hinkley Point Credit: EDF Energy

Campaigners trying to stop a nuclear generator being built in Hinkley in Somerset have written to David Cameron.

The Stop Hinkley Campaign has urged the Prime Minister to end co-operation with China, claiming recent explosions in the country have highlighted its poor health and safety record.


Virgin Media customers cut off in the South West

Virgin Media customers in much of the South West have had no TV and Broadband this evening Credit: Virgin Media

Virgin Media customers have taken to Twitter to complain about a breakdown in the company's Broadband and TV service this evening.

Virgin Media has been replying to customers saying that it was aware of the fault, which it says has now been fixed and the service is slowly getting back to normal.

Some customers have been told not to expect normal service to resume until just before midnight.

Solar Eclipse 2015: Your pictures

This picture has been sent to us by Neil Punnett from Hemyock, Devon

The partial eclipse as seen from Hemyock, Devon Credit: Neil Punnett from Hemyock, Devon

Hayley Goleniowska sent us this fantastic photo on Twitter from Cornwall

Hayley took this fantastic photo in Cornwall Credit: Hayley Goleniowska

Picture taken through a welding mask by James Tomlinson in Helston

This picture was taken from Helston Credit: James Tomlinson

This was taken by Jonathan Webster of the eclipse over the sea at Teignmouth at 0945 this morning.

This was taken over the sea at Teignmouth this morning Credit: Jonathan Webster

James Cherry took this great time line in Cornwall

A timeline of the eclipse in Cornwall Credit: James Cherry

Rachel Dodge caught the tail end of it in Yeovil.

Credit: Rachel Dodge

Phil Starkey took this in Penryn, Cornwall.

Credit: Phil Starkey - Photography

Bradley Darlington took this in Plymouth

Credit: Bradley Darlington


What happened to my phone signal?

What happened to my signal? Credit: Lauren Hurley/PA Wire/Press Association Images

It's been revealed that a £150 million project launched four years ago to improve mobile phone coverage in rural areas has resulted in just two masts being erected.

When the scheme was announced it had been hoped it would result in hundreds of new masts.

If you live in the South West what's your reception like? How frustrating is it when you see the words "no service"? Comment on our Facebook page and you could have your comments featured on our programme.

Mobile phone boost for Cornwall

Mobile phone reception in Cornwall should soon improve Credit: PA

Cornwall is to get 35 new phone masts around its coast as part of a nationwide project to improve mobile reception.

The £5 million government project will be targeted at villages where there is no signal. It comes after David Cameron complained about poor coverage while on holiday.

David Cameron and his wife Sam on holiday in Polzeath in Cornwall in August Credit: PA
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