9:17 pm, Mon 01 Oct 2012
Mobile phone app to help motorists involved in collisions
A new way of saving the lives of people caught in road accidents was launched today.
It's an app you can download to your mobile phone that is full of vital information that could help you and the emergency services.
It was launched in Exeter today, as Richard Lawrence reports:
The 'P.A.N.I.C' App has been developed in partnership with the Police, Fire service, Ambulance service and Devon County Council.
PANIC stands for Protect, Assess, Number, Injuries and Call which tells the user exactly what to do in the event of a crash.
It was developed after 18 year old Nicole Perrett from South Devon admitted that she did not know what to do when she was involved in a crash.
The App will be available in Apple, Android and Blackberry versions and available on the
10:55 am, Wed 27 Jun 2012 Westcountry News In Brief
Bideford to get super-fast broadband
High-speed broadband will be available to more than ten thousand homes in Bideford next year.
The town is one of eight South West locations – and the first in North Devon – set to benefit from the latest phase of a £2.5 billion ‘super-fast’ fibre optic roll-out.
BT says the upgraded connection will offer speeds many times faster than those currently available to most UK homes and businesses, with typical download speeds of up to 80Mbps.
The UK’s current average broadband speed is 7.6Mbps, according to regulator Ofcom.
5:01 am, Wed 30 May 2012 Rethink on Devon Wind Farm
An electricity company has revealed that it's revising its plans for a wind farm off the North Devon coast following public objections. RWE NPower says it is reducing the spread of turbines that people would see across the horizon by 40%, after public and environmental concerns.
The plans would reduce the impact of the wind turbines on the seascape
Credit: ITV Westcountry
A planning application for fewer turbines is being submitted, from 417 down to 278. If permission is granted for the project, the company hopes the Atlantic Array Wind Farm will go live in 2016.
5:32 pm, Fri 09 Mar 2012 Is The Electric Car The Future?
Richard Lawrence heads to Exeter to see a new solar powered car
Richard Lawrence was in Exeter to see one of only a handful of solar powered sports cars.
It can do a speedy nought to sixty in just three seconds. It was there along with a host of other 'green' businesses from the South West.