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A peek behind the scenes at ITV News West Country

Young people have dropped into the ITV News West Country studios to find out about working in the media and to see what goes on behind the scenes in a busy newsroom.

It's all part of the CDN Open Day, organised by the Creative Diversity Network, to inspire more young people to pursue a career in journalism.

Our presenters Ian and Kylie give an introductory talk about life in the newsroom Credit: ITV News
The young visitors listening out for some tips about how to get ahead in broadcasting Credit: ITV News
Ian and Kylie meet some of the would-be media stars Credit: ITV News
Taking time out to scour the newspapers for that all-important headline story Credit: ITV News
Getting miked up for their starring role Credit: ITV News
The would-be journalists get a presenter's eye view of the studio Credit: ITV News
Getting a bit too comfortable in the studio Credit: ITV News
Sharlette tries her hand at presenting the weather Credit: ITV News
She has quite a critical audience - including our presenter Kylie and our weathermen Bob and Alex Credit: ITV News
The green screen is translated to the weather map on telly Credit: ITV News
Trying some camerawork - this is the car park roof where we film our weather reports Credit: ITV News
Another visitor to our newsroom today - Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer was being interviewed for a story tonight Credit: ITV News

FT: Alfreton Town 4 - 2 Torquay United

Torquay United have slipped out of the Conference play-off places after losing 4-2 at second-from-bottom Alfreton.

Former Gulls striker Karl Hawley gave the hosts an 18th minute lead. Louis Briscoe equalised on the half hour, but Alfreton went in at half-time ahead after a goal from Tom Shaw.

Briscoe levelled for a second time, but Paul Clayton and Hawley added further goals for Nicky Law's side.


Bee Summit in Cornwall

Beekeepers, environmentalists and academics will heading to the Royal Cornwall Showground today to discuss the decline in bee populations.

The Cornwall Bee Summit will look at best practice on pollination,beekeeping and land management.

Honey bee collecting pollen from snowdrops. Credit: PA

The event is being chaired by Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton and guest speakers include Dr Richard Watkins from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Professor Juliet Osborne from the University of Exeter.

Here in Cornwall we are blessed with a passionate and incredibly knowledgeable beekeeping community, as well as some of the leading academics in the field.

As the UK faces up to the need to save our bees, with the Government shortly publishing a pioneering National Pollinator Strategy, I want this Cornish expertise to be at the forefront of the fight back.

– Sarah Newton, Conservative Truro and Falmouth MP


RFA Argus to help with Ebola outbreak in Africa

RFA Argus is being sent to Sierra Leone to help deal with the Ebola outbreak. Credit: ITV News West Country

Falmouth based hospital ship RFA Argus is being sent to Sierra Leone to help deal with the Ebola outbreak and could be used to evacuate British casualties.

The Prime Minister has deployed the Royal Navy ship and three Merlin helicopters from RNAS Culdrose.

It's understood Argus will come into Falmouth in the next couple of days to stock up with supplies before leaving for its mission.

Elderly man punched in the face in Camborne

Police in Cornwall are appealing for witnesses to an unprovoked assault on an elderly man in Camborne.

The 68-year-old man was taking items to a charity shop in Trelowarren Street around noon on 22 September when he was knocked off his feet by a male skateboarder.

When he protested, he was punched in the face by the offender and knocked to the floor, receiving cuts to his arms and face, plus a suspected broken nose.

Police have issued a description of the suspect:

  • White
  • 15-17 years old
  • Slim build
  • 5ft 10ins - 6ft tall
  • Dark, shoulder length hair
  • Wearing a black T-shirt and blue jeans

More Privatisation of NHS in Cornwall

Children’s health and wellbeing services in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly are to be put out to tender.

NHS Kernow, Cornwall Council, NHS England and the Council of the Isles of Scilly are putting 23 services into a procurement process.

The services include school nursing; speech and language therapy; Health Visiting; Family Nurse Partnership and child and adolescent specialist mental health services.

The new contracts, which have a combined value of £22 million per year, must be in place for 1 April 2016.

This decision will ensure we have a robust service in place for 1 April, 2016, that allows children, young people and their families to access services that improve children and young people’s health and wellbeing.

– Sue Smith, NHS Kernow
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