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Air Passenger Duty to be scrapped for all children

Air Passenger Duty will be scrapped for all children by 2016, Chancellor George Osborne has announced.

George Osborne hopes his announcement will reduce the cost of flights for families. Credit: PA Wire

"We’re going to require airlines to list the charges separately from taxes on tickets, but I also want to reduce the cost of those tickets for families directly.

"From the 1st May next year, Air Passenger Duty for children under 12 will be abolished. From the following year, we’ll get rid of APD for children under 16 altogether."

ITV News Consumer Editor Chris Choi tweeted: "Birmingham family with 2 young children welcomes cut in air passenger duty."

"They will save £170 on planned flight to Dubai."

VAT refunds for air ambulances & rescue helicopters

Search and rescue helicopter based at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall Credit: ITV News

As part of the Autumn Statement, the Chancellor is to announce VAT refunds for Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities alongside £7.5 million extra support for air ambulances.

The VAT refunds will be worth £25 million over 5 years.

It is in response to the service the UK’s Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities provide, volunteering their time and expertise to support to emergency services.

At the moment, most Search and Rescue and Air Ambulance charities cannot claim VAT back on their search and rescue activities but this means they will all be able to apply for VAT refunds for them as of 1 April 2015.

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Injury time equaliser denies Argyle three points

There were wins for Exeter City and Torquay United.

Yeovil Town have slipped to second-from-bottom in League One after losing 2-0 at home to third-placed Preston. The Glovers also had Ryan Inniss sent off for a bad foul in the second half.

In League Two, Plymouth Argyle could only draw 1-1 with York City. Bobby Reid had given the Pilgrims a 3rd minute lead on his return to the club, but the visitors equalised deep into injury time.

There was better news for Exeter City who won 3-2 at Accrington Stanley last night. Liam Sercombe, Tom Nichols and Matt Grimes on-target for the Grecians.

And in the Conference, Torquay United beat Eastleigh 2-0 thanks to goals from Toby Ajala and Ryan Bowman.

Man spent six hours clinging to a paddle-board off the coast of Cornwall

Joe Holtaway was rescued a mile south of Marazion beach Credit: ITV News

A man who paddled out to sea as the sun set spent six hours clinging to his board before being rescued by lifeboats in Cornwall.

Joe Holtaway left his clothes and bicycle on the beach at Marazion before heading into the water as it was a "beautiful evening".

He entered the sea with his paddleboard at around 6pm, but drifted so far out he could not return to the shore.

Mr Holtaway's family reported him missing at 8pm and a search operation was launched.

Police were also called by a local woman after she noticed a bike and clothing left on the shore.

Coastguards initially scoured the scene, along with a RNLI Penlee lifeboat and helicopter, but Mr Holtaway could not be found.

Three hours later, at 11pm, the RNLI Penlee lifeboat found Mr Holtaway a mile south of Marazion beach.

He was taken to Newlyn harbour by the lifeboat then conveyed to hospital by ambulance and treated for hypothermia before being released.

In a message posted on the RNLI Penlee Facebook page, Mr Holtaway wrote: "It was a beautiful evening in Marazion, I paddled out on my board in the sunset and drifted further/got colder than I could get myself back to shore from.

"Six hours later the lifeboat took me onboard, and brought me in. Much love, respect and admiration for everyone who was on the beach, the emergency services, my friends and family (all are family.x)."

Mr Holtaway later uploaded a picture of himself drinking tea in a mug at home to his personal Facebook page.

His brother, Ben Holtaway posted: "Joe has been found alive, spent 5 hours at sea but now ok in hospital. Thank you to the Penlee Crew for finding him. Superstars."

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Paddle-boarder rescued after six hours at sea

Joe Holtaway was rescued a mile south of Marazion beach Credit: ITV News

A young man who paddled out to sea on his board at Marazion says he's "feeling a bit worse for wear" after being rescued after more than six hours in the water.

Joe Holtaway was unable to get back to shore last night and was reported missing by his family at around 8pm.

A coastguard team from Porthleven was brought in, and following a three hour search, the Penlee Lifeboat found Joe a mile south of Marazion beach.

He was taken to Newlyn harbour by the lifeboat, and then taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro by ambulance suffering from hypothermia.

He's now recovering at his parents' house. He had this to say on his Facebook page:

It was a beautiful evening in Marazion, I paddled out on my board in the sunset and drifted further/got colder than I could get myself back to shore from.

Six hours later the lifeboat took me onboard, and brought me in.

Much love, respect and appreciation for everyone who was on the beach, the emergency services, my friends and family (all are family.x)

– Joe Holtaway on Facebook

Ambulance staff join national walk out over pay

Ambulance staff on the picket line outside the Exeter ambulance station Credit: ITV News

Health workers in the south west have been taking part in a four hour strike today.

Members of the GMB and Unison unions walked out at 7 o'clock this morning in an ongoing dispute over pay. It's the second wave of industrial action being taken by health workers. They took similar action last month.

Today's four-hour walk out will be followed by a work-to-rule which will last until the end of the month.

The workers are calling for a 1% pay rise, which the Government says it can't afford Credit: ITV News
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