Zookeeper Libor Mach teaching a young seal to swim

Seal pup learns to swim at Torquay zoo

You might think seals are born being able to swim but a zoo keeper in Devon has had to take on the task of teaching a youngster in his care

Paddy Madden

Madden returns to haunt his old club

Former Yeovil Town striker Paddy Madden returned to haunt his old club with a late equalising goal. Exeter City and Torquay also drew.

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1 in 10 parents skip meals to feed their children

Gillian, a single mother of three, says she's grateful for donations from the Exeter Food Bank, without which she says her family could be forced out of their home.

The charity Shelter claims that more than a third of working parents are cutting back on food spending to cope with increasing housing costs. With 1 in 10 even skipping meals.

What we need to see the Government do is make sure the safety net is strong, so if people lose their jobs, or their income falls off a cliff they don't lose their homes straight away, and can take that chance to get back on their feet.

– Shelter

Paignton Zoo helps save rare frog

A Golden Mantella frog Credit: Paignton Zoo

Paignton Zoo has been praised for its work in preserving a rare frog which is on the Critically Endangered list.

The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which promotes the values of good zoos and aquariums, has compiled a list of the top ten reptiles and amphibians benefitting from the help of its members.and the Golden Mantella frog from Madagascar, is one of those featured.

Unusually, the Golden Mantella frog doesn't croak. Instead, males attract females with a series of clicking noises.

“Amphibians are in trouble, and Madagascar’s amphibians are in BIG trouble. I believe we have a moral obligation to help protect biodiversity. Golden mantellas will die out in the wild unless we act now.”

– Mike Bungard, Paignton Zoo


Devon's air ambulance aims for night flights

They're the lifesavers that currently only operate in the daytime. The Devon Air Ambulance service responds to emergencies within minutes - but their two helicopters are currently NOT allowed to fly at night.

That could mean no rescues are possible after four o'clock in the winter.

The charity that runs the service wants to extend its flying hours - but it needs to raise a million pounds to fund it.

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Work begins to widen access road to Exeter Airport

Exeter Airport
Work to widen the access road into Exeter Airport has begun. Credit: ITV News West Country

Passengers flying from Exeter Airport are being urged to allow more time for their journey after roadworks on the access route began today.

There are traffic lights on the main road into the airport while work starts on a project to widen the road.

It's due to finish in March, but the traffic lights will only be there until October.


Unconscious boy and woman rescued from Woolacombe Beach

A 9 year old boy and woman in her late forties are seriously ill in hospital after being rescued by RNLI lifeguards at Woolacombe Beach in North Devon.

Both were unconscious when they were rescued. They were taken to North Devon District Hospital by RAF Helicopter.

The surf conditions were heavy today and the RNLI have dealt with a number of incidents in the North Devon area.

Plymouth warship seizes cocaine in the Caribbean

Plymouth warship HMS Argyll
HMS Argyll on counter-narcotic duty in the Caribbean Credit: MoD

The Plymouth-based warship, HMS Argyll, has seized nearly 600 kilos of cocaine with a UK street value of £21 million. It followed a 12-hour pursuit across the Caribbean.

The Type 23 frigate is on counter-narcotic operations in the region and was tasked to pursue a suspicious boat. The ship used its sea boats and Lynx helicopter to detain the crew and seize the drugs.

Crew of HMS Argyll carry bags of cocaine seized from a suspicious vessel in the Caribbean
The crew of HMS Argyll seized 18 bags of cocaine with a street value of £21 million Credit: MoD

Five people found on board the boat were detained in HMS Argyll and handed over to US justice on Friday (22 August).

The Royal Navy has a hard-earned record of tackling illegal drugs smuggling and we should be extremely proud that HMS Argyll has been involved in a dramatic and very successful operation to disrupt the supply. The operation showed tenacity and professionalism.

– Armed Forces Minister Mark Francois
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