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Vandals set fire to poppy wreaths in Crediton

One of the damaged poppy wreaths, which was set on fire early this morning Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Vandals have set light to poppy wreaths on the war memorial in Crediton in Devon.

It happened at 1.15am this morning (10 November). The two youths were spotted by a passer-by, who called the police. The boy and girl are 14-15 years old and were wearing hoodies. They ran off towards the park behind the memorial.

Officers and a dog unit searched the area but failed to find them.

This is a deeply upsetting crime which will personally affect many of the residents of Crediton. The wreaths had been placed by a number of individuals and groups who are closely connected to the Act of Remembrance - including the Crediton Women's Institute, Devon and Cornwall Police as well as the family of a Crediton Lance Corporal who died earlier this year whilst serving in Afghanistan.

The wreaths suffered burn damage and there are a number of scorch marks on the war memorial. This is a sickening act of mindless vandalism and we are desperate to identify those responsible.

– Inspector Jane Alford-Mole, Devon & Cornwall Police

Stereo Kicks X Factor performance interrupted

Stereo Kicks made it through to the next round of the X Factor last night. The eight strong boy band, which includes Devon's Barclay Beales, was successful despite an unscheduled interuption by comedian Lee Nelson. He invaded the stage and joined in only to be escorted off by a security guard.

You can watch the performance below - Nelson's stunt is at 1:15:

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Barclay Beales survives to sing another week

Barclay Beales and Stereo Kicks perform in the sing off Credit: ITV/X Factor

Boyband Stereo Kicks, which features Barclay Beales from Bow, near Crediton in Devon, have survived a second sing-off in ITV's X Factor.

Louis Walsh and Mel B opted to send home Lola Saunders, while Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Simon Cowell chose to get rid of the group

It meant the decision was thrown back to the public vote, with Lola losing out.

After the sing-off Louis, who mentors Stereo Kicks, said: "It was an amazing sing off. I love Lola and Stereo Kicks you sang your heart out."

Passengers say there needs to be a testing system

Passengers arriving Newquay Airport give their reaction to a pilot's arrest on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit Credit: ITV News

Passengers arriving at Newquay Airport in Cornwall today have been reacting to the news that a pilot from Devon was arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit while preparing to fly.

"I turned off the news when I heard, flying is always a worry anyway"

"There needs to be a testing system put in place by those higher up"

– Flybe passengers

A 48 year old man, from Copplestone, near Crediton, Devon, was arrested on suspicion of over the prescribed limit for carrying out duties to prepare to fly yesterday (29 October). He has since been bailed until 8 December.

Crew member raised concerns over pilot

The pilot was removed from his plane which was due to fly from Newquay to London Credit: PA

A Flybe pilot was taken off his passenger plane and arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit just before he was due to take off.

The pilot was due to fly from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick on yesterday morning before he was removed for the breath test.

Police were alerted after a fellow crew member on the Exeter-based Flybe flight became concerned.

A 48 year old man, from Copplestone, near Crediton, Devon, was arrested and taken to Newquay police station.

He has since been bailed until 8 December.

Passengers were delayed by five hours.

Pilot arrested on suspicion of being over alcohol limit

Flybe plane on the tarmac at Newquay Airport Credit: ITV News

A Flybe pilot from Devon has been arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit while preparing to fly.

The 48-year-old pilot from Crediton was due to fly from Newquay Airport in Cornwall to London Gatwick on Wednesday morning when he was held.

The flight was then cancelled and passengers faced delays of up to five hours, with some missing connections.

The man has yet to be charged and was later released on police bail until December 8.

The pilot was due to fly from Newquay Airport when he was stopped Credit: ITV News

A Flybe spokesman said: "Flybe can confirm that one of its pilots volunteered to help the police with their inquiries at Newquay Airport yesterday.

"The airline is not able to comment further while the police investigation is taking place."

The alcohol limit for pilots, air crew and air traffic controllers is 20mg per 100ml of blood. The drink drive limit in the UK for motorists is 80mg per 100ml of blood.

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Stereo Kicks through to next round of the X Factor

Stereo Kicks are staying as an eight-piece band on the show Credit: Twitter/The X Factor

Devon teenager Barclay Beales and his band Stereo Kicks are through to the next round of the X Factor.

The eight-piece boy band was in the bottom two last weekend, staying only when Chloe-Jasmine Whichello lost the sing-off.

But the boys turned it around on Saturday’s show, performing a medley of The Beatles classics “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude”, which was enough to see them straight through to next week.

Their success comes after rumours that at least one member would be made to leave the competition after their mentor Louis Walsh admitted that he never wanted the group to have eight members.

But as he introduced them last night he said “Eight boys, and I did say eight – the ultimate octoband.”

Their performance impressed Simon Cowell, who praised the boys for sticking together and added "Any time you want to leave Louis, and come and join me, I'll mentor you."

Crediton is backing Barclay Beales

Saturday night promises to be quite an evening for Devon teenager Barclay Beales - as he and his band Stereo Kicks appear in the second of the live X-Factor shows.

It's 80's night on Saturday. Hundreds of people will be voting for him in his hometown of Crediton, as Seth Conway found out when he visited Barclay's old school today:

Boy band's Barclay has high hopes for this weekend

Barclay Beales comes from Bow near Crediton in Devon Credit: ITV

Saturday night promises to be quite a night for Devon teenager Barclay Beales. He and his band Stereo Kicks appear in the second of the live X-Factor shows.

He has the backing of hundreds of people in his hometown of Crediton.

Barclay Beales is one of eight would-be singers that make up Stereo Kicks Credit: ITV
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