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Devon farm is harvesting raspberries in winter

It's a bit late in the year for raspberry picking. Or is it? Credit: ITV News

A fruit farm in Mid Devon is continuing to harvest raspberries and it's December.

It's the latest in the year they've ever done so at Stockley Pomeroy near Crediton. A mild autumn following an ideal summer has meant perfect growing conditions.

They're not ruling out being able to pick the fruit on Christmas Day.

It might take a minus five to actually stop them. Or the light levels. As the light levels drop as we go towards the shortest day, it could well be that they don't ripen properly.

But we'll just have to wait and see because it's new territory for us really - to be this far into the autumn.

– anthony thorne, Farmer

Barclay Beales & Stereo Kicks booted off X Factor

Barclay Beales performing in the sing-off Credit: Factor

The dream is over for X Factor finalist Barclay Beales from Bow near Crediton in Devon.

His boy band Stereo Kicks were voted off the ITV competition in the quarter finals, leaving only four acts remaining.

They fell foul of the public vote after the judges were split between the eight-strong band and 17-year-old Lauren Platt.

Simon Cowell had the critical vote to either save the group or force a deadlock and defer to the public vote.

He said: "The act that sang the best on the sing off was Lauren," voting to keep her in the competition.

Cheryl Fernandez-Versini stood by her act, Lauren Platt but told the boy band they had talent and could still grow.

Louis Walsh also stood by his act, Stereo Kicks.

Mel B voted in favour of the boys too, apologising to Fernandez-Versini before she said she had to vote for Lauren Platt to leave.

Some members of the boy band wept as their X Factor stint came to an end but said they were thankful to have been on the show.

Speaking on the Xtra Factor afterwards, Simon Cowell told Louis Walsh his poor song choice was to blame. But Walsh insisted: "I did 100% the best I could and they know that. They'll tell you that later."

But Barclay Beales will still have a shot of the limelight - Stereo Kicks will be taking part in the X Factor Live Tour in 2015.

Barclay (second from left at the back) and Stereo Kicks discuss their Xperience on the Xtra Factor Credit: Factor


Barclay Beales and Stereo Kicks in final five of X Factor

Barclay Beales (on the left) and Stereo Kicks are in the final five of X Factor Credit: Factor

Barclay Beales from Bow near Credition in Devon is in the final five of the X Factor. His band, the eight-strong Stereo Kicks, were voted through without a hitch this weekend after performing Sir Elton John's "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me".

Judge Simon Cowell told the band, "You just did it, you did everything right, you look like a proper group."

You can find out how the guys are getting on here.

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:

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.

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."

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