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700 blood donations needed in Plymouth over Xmas

Around 700 blood donations are needed in Plymouth to maintain supplies over the Christmas holidays.

NHS Blood and Transplant is calling on registered donors as well as new ones to make appointments ahead of the festive period.

A single blood donation can save or improve up to three lives.

Blood donations in storage. Credit: PA



Crowds gather for Barnstaple Xmas lights switch on

Boyband The Overtones are headlining this year's event Credit: ITV News West Country

Crowds of people are gathering in The Square in Barnstaple this evening for the Christmas lights switch on.

Boy band The Overtones are headlining this year's event and will be switching on the lights just before 6pm. A fun fair is also being held on the Strand.

A fun fair is also being held to celebrate the lights being switched on Credit: ITV News West Country

Glovers and Grecians stage dramatic comebacks

There were wins Yeovil and Exeter City today.

Yeovil Town have climbed off the bottom of League One after coming from behind to beat ten-man Notts County. The hosts had Gary Jones sent off for a two-footed tackle, then went ahead when Mike Petrasso latched onto a poor backpass. But Jordan Clarke scored twice in the last ten minutes to secure the three points for Gary Johnson's men.

In League Two, Exeter City also came from behind to beat Shrewsbury at St James Park. The visitors led 2-0 at half-time, but a Tom Nichols double and David Wheeler turned the game around.

Plymouth Argyle suffered their first defeat in 8 games, going down 1-0 at Mansfield. Kelvin Mellor had Argyle's best chance, but hit the crossbar with an open goal.

And in the Conference, Torquay United drew 2-2 with Gateshead at Plainmoor. The Gulls were leading for most of the match after Ryan Bowman's 8th minute penalty. The visitors then scored twice in the last five minutes, but Bowman rescued a point in stoppage time.

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