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Plymouth named best city for families

Plymouth owes its success in the poll partly to its green spaces - including Plymouth Hoe Credit: ITV News

Plymouth has been named the best city in England and Wales for families to live, according to a report which looks at education, safety and childcare costs to local amenities, affordable property and green spaces.

Rising from fourth place last year, Plymouth owes its success this time around to a lower crime rate and improved exam results.

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Tonight's football results

Exeter City were the region's only winners tonight.

Exeter City have beaten League Two leaders Wycombe at St James Park.

The Grecians recovered from conceding an early goal, with David Wheeler and Scott Bennett on-target in a 2-1 win.

Elsewhere tonight, Plymouth Argyle drew nil-nil at Wimbledon.

And in League One, Yeovil Town lost 2-0 at Sheffield United.

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Urgent action to save Teignmouth Beach

Storm damage to Teignmouth Pier last winter Credit: ITV News West Country

Emergency works to save Teignmouth Beach are to be undertaken by the District Council to build up the level of sand to protect against the sea.

An urgent report on Monday said that the beach profile was lower than the "crisis " level and action was needed to protect the sea wall, the Den and car park. The funding is to come from a grant from the Environment Agency.

Teignmouth beach last summer Credit: ITV News West Country

Town Councillor Don Baldey says the issue is not a new one and claims that dredging by the Harbour Commission and dumping the sand off Holcombe is making the situation worse. He has asked the Environment Agency to take action.

"I welcome the news that action is being taken but this is not a long term solution we must look at the Commissions dredging policy and see if that is effecting the recharge of our beach."

– Cllr Don Baldey

'Baker Street' saxophonist Raphael Ravenscroft dies

Raphael Ravenscroft, the British musician behind arguably the best-known sax solo in pop-rock history – Gerry Rafferty's hit ‘Baker Street’ – has died at the age of 60. The Exeter-based saxophonist, whose legendary solo on the 1978 track is celebrated the world over, died after being taken into the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital early on Sunday 19 October.

Ravenscroft, born in Stoke-on-Trent on 4th June 1954, found fame almost overnight following the release of Baker Street in the late 70s. He had already appeared on one disco album by Maxine Nightingale, ‘Right Back Where We Started From’ (1976), as an arranger but emerged as one of pop-rock’s most prominent saxmen with his enduring eight bar riff that propelled Rafferty's song to chart success and inspired an entire generation of saxophonists.

More recently, Ravenscroft became a celebrated member of his local community in Exeter after he organised a charity gala concert in the summer of 2014 in memory of local schoolgirl Nicole Hartup who died after falling from a wall in May this year.

Raphael Ravenscroft Credit: Scarlett Raven
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