A North Devon schoolgirl is raising awareness of an infection that almost cost her and her sister their lives.
Lydia Cross from Braunton and her younger sister Millie are now ambassadors for the Meningitis Research foundation.
Lydia has made national news in recent years for dealing so well with her prosthetic legs after having both legs amputated below the knee. Millie, though, was the more seriously ill at the time.
Two men who attacked a 65-year-old woman with a meat cleaver as they attempted to rob the shop she was working in in North Devon have today been sentenced.
Lee Prowse who asked for 15 other offences to be taken into consideration was jailed for seven years. While Jamie Latta was given a six year sentence.
Richard Lawrence was at Exeter Crown Court:
Tributes have been paid to a woman who died on a camping holiday in Braunton in Devon on Sunday.
20 year old Bethan O'Brien from Hampshire died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning at a campsite on Staunton Road.
Miss O'Brien has been described a kind and loving woman.
A grandmother who died from a massive brain haemorrhage could have been saved, were it not for a catalogue of errors from two of the region's biggest hospitals. Christine Smith from Braunton had symptoms which should have alerted doctors.
But Derriford in Plymouth and North Devon District in Barnstaple both failed to spot the seriousness of her condition. She died three days before a scheduled hospital appointment.
In a joint statement, the Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust apologised to Mrs Smith's family.
Mrs Smith, from Braunton, had first gone to the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple with persistent headaches, vertigo and numbness in the face. They were symptoms of two deadly enlarged blood vessels putting pressure on her brain.
When the aneurisms were detected, the mother-of-four was referred to Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.
Mrs Smith's daughter, Beverley Hopkins, was determined to discover what had happened with her mother's care at both the North Devon Healthcare NHS Trust and Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and took legal action.
"We were all devastated by her death but when I wrote to the hospital trusts and health ombudsman to find out what had happened and they tried to fob me off for two years it was another kick in the teeth.
"It generally felt they were trying to brush it under the carpet and after getting nowhere for two years I decided legal action was my only option.