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Dolphin stranded in the River Parrett

A dolphin has become stranded in the River Parrett Credit: Jimmy Hancock

What is thought to be a dolphin or a porpoise has become stranded in the River Parrett in Bridgwater.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue say it got stuck close to the Bristol Channel coastline.

Firefighters launched a rescue effort in conjunction with the RSPCA after being called shortly after 6pm last night.

A DSFR spokesman said: “At this stage it is hoped that with the tide going out that the animal will manage to swim in the right direction back to the sea."

Three in hospital after Plymouth house fire

The fire started on the ground floor of a house in Chaddlewood Avenue Credit: ITV News

Three people have been taken to hospital after fire crews rescued them from a house fire in Plymouth.

The fire started on the ground floor of a house in Chaddlewood Avenue in St Judes early this morning.

The woman and two men were trapped upstairs. They were rescued from a first floor window and taken to the city's Derriford Hospital suffering from severe smoke inhalation.



Welsh Government Minister welcomes appointment

Lee brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills needed to undertake the post and will continue to hold his post as Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

I believe that this will give a fresh perspective to the Adviser role, providing the opportunity to share and learn from each other and across borders.

As a serving Chief, Lee will understand the need to deliver effective services during these times of challenging budget cuts."

– Lesley Griffiths MP, Minister for Local Government and Government Business.

Lee Howell takes consultancy role in Wales

The Chief Fire Officer for Devon and Somerset said he was truly delighted to have been appointed as the Welsh Government's Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser and Inspector for Wales.

Lee Howell said he was looking forward to providing high quality independent advice based on 25 years public, private and charity sector experience in order to support the Welsh Government in its work.

I have strong family connections in Wales and understand and respect the passion and pride Wales has as a confident nation, driving forward change, whilst at the same time, being rightly proud of its past. I look forward to contributing to its future.

I am also looking forward to building even stronger relationships between the Fire and Rescue Services in Wales and the Welsh Government as we collectively tackle some extremely challenging issues whilst continuing to provide the high quality public services the people of Wales rightly expect."

– Lew Howell, Chief Fire Officer, Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Service.

Fire boss takes up part time job in Wales

The Chief Fire Officer of Devon and Somerset is going part time to take a consultancy role in Wales.

Lee Howell has been hired by the Welsh government to work as an adviser and inspector for the fire service.

The Fire Brigades Union says it is furious with the announcement.

It says in a time of cuts to Devon and Somerset Fire services the decision to go part-time is a "kick in the teeth" for local fire crews.

Devon and Somerset fire cuts proposals voted on

Devon and Somerset fire cuts proposals voted on Credit: ITV News West Country

Proposals to reduce the numbers of full-time firefighters and stations in Devon and Somerset are going to the vote later this morning. The county's fire authority has to make cuts of around eight million pounds in the next two years. The number of back-office staff will also be cut.

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