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Mother tells of how she almost had her daughter taken by social services

A mother from Exeter has told ITV how her youngest daughter could have been wrongly taken into care after an anonymous complaint was made about her parenting.

Shona Sibary writes a parenting column for the Daily Mail and shares details of her domestic life.

But two weeks ago she received a phone call from Social Workers asking her to agree to an investigation after an anonymous caller made a string of damaging allegations.

Social services has yet to comment.

65-year-old pedestrian airlifted to hospital following serious car crash

A 65-year-old pedestrian was airlifted to hospital following serious car crash Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Archive

A 65-year-old man has been airlifted to hospital following a serious crash in Sidmouth.

Emergency services were called to Church Street in Sidford on April 16 after a Vauxhall Corsa collided with the pedestrian.

The man sustained serious injuries and was taken by air ambulance to Derriford Hospital. He is in a stable condition.

The driver, a 41-year-old man from Seaton, was uninjured.


South West bucks national trend as unemployment figures rise

The South West was the only region to see a rise in unemployment Credit: PA

The number of people out of work in the South West has risen in the last quarter - the only region to see a rise in Great Britain.

The South West has bucked the national trend, with the figures revealing unemployment has gone up by 7,000, to 126,000 in the three months to Feb 2015 - an increase of 4.6%.

But, despite the numbers, our region continues to have one of the highest employment rates with 76.8% in work.

Queen's Brian May on the campaign trail in Cornwall

The Queen guitarist says Lib Dem politician Andrew George meets the standards of his Common Decency movement. Credit: ITV West Country

Queen guitarist Brian May is due at a rally in Penzance just after midday to support Liberal Democrat Andrew George's election campaign.

Dr May says the politician meets the standards of his Common Decency movement, which is backing candidates that work for peace, social justice and wildlife.

And with just three weeks to go to the General Election, two more Conservative Party big hitters will also visit the region.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt will be in Cornwall today, and Home Secretary Theresa May will be visiting Devon and Cornwall on Saturday. The party has targeted the South West as the place to gain seats if they want to win the election.

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