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Killerton House transformed for Christmas

Nutcracker theme at Killerton House Credit: Killerton

A National Trust Property near Exeter has been transformed for Christmas.

Killerton has been decorated along the theme of the Nutcracker. It will open its doors to the public tomorrow.

A team of volunteers have been working on the decorations since May - and have produced hundreds of handmade decorations.

  • 50 strings of fairy lights
  • 90 nutcrackers
  • 1,500 baubles
  • 70 Chinese spoons
  • 30 Christmas trees
Volunteers have made hundreds of decorations Credit: Killerton

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Descendant of Pilgrim Fathers joins Plymouth celebrations

Thousands take part in Plymouth celebrations Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of people took to Plymouth's waterfront last night for the start of celebrations leading to the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower sailing in 2020.

Carrie Southwell is a direct descendant of the Pilgrim Fathers Credit: ITV West Country

Carrie Southwell, A direct descendant of the Pilgrim Fathers lit a candle, and a thousand more were lit as a symbol of the founding of the New World. The event, which is the first of many over the next six years, will be screened at a similar ceremony in Plymouth Massachusetts today.

Closure of A road picnic areas would be 'unsafe'

Plans to close picnic areas alongside the main A roads in North Devon have been described as a safety risk by the local council.

The County Council say it would save a £133,000 shutting the facilities on the A361 and A39.

But the authority is being urged to reconsider, as tired motorists would have nowhere else to stop between the M5 and Barnstaple.

"There's an appalling accident record on the North Devon Link Road. Every time there's an accident it costs the County Council money in terms of responding to it and the small amount of savings I think that would be made here could easily be lost by increased accidents. You can't produce a direct correlation but you can see the argument and that's why Nick Harvey MP and I are petitioning against these further cuts to the Highways budget."

– Cllr Brian Greenslade, Leader of North Devon Council

Having a brain tumour is like 'living with a time bomb'

The UK's first Research Centre of Excellence into low grade brain tumours opened at Plymouth University today.

It's been part-financed by the charity Brain Tumour Research. It will focus on taking research out of the laboratory and into drug testing and clinical trials.

Sandra Bayly's daughter has a brain tumour. She describes it as like living with a time bomb.

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Police say responding to non-emergency calls can take time

Devon & Cornwall Police's non emergency phone service has been described as 'unacceptable' by the Police & Crime Commissioner.

According to a report from Tony Hogg, one in five callers are having to wait twenty minutes to be dealt with. He also described the technology used by the force as 'not fit for purpose'. The Police say they're having to make some difficult choices. Chief Inspector Jim Nye says responding to the calls can take time.

Devon's Jo Pavey recognised at sports awards

Jo Pavey Credit: PA

Devon's Jo Pavey cam third in the Sportswoman of the Year category at a ceremony in London last night.

The runner, who lives in West Hill near Exeter, became the oldest female European champion in history when she won 10,000m gold in Zurich earlier this year when she was almost 41. She was honoured at the Sunday Times and Sky awards.

Jo will be back in Exeter tonight to switch on the City's Christmas lights.

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