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Jo Pavey to turn on Exeter Christmas lights tonight

Exeter's Christmas Lights will be turned on in the city tonight. Local athlete Jo Pavey will do the honours at 6:30pm in Princesshay.

40 year-old Pavey, from Honiton, became the oldest European female champion in history when she won the 10,000m final this year.

Jo Pavey celebrates winning the Women's 10000m Final at the Letzigrund Stadium, Zurich during the 2014 European Athletics Championships. Credit: PA

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Police's non-emergency line 'unfit for purpose'

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.

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Murder investigation in Barnstaple

Devon & Cornwall police launch murder investigation in Devon

A murder investigation has been launched in North Devon following the discovery of the body of a 59 year old woman.

Devon & Cornwall police were called to a house in Sunflower Road in Barnstaple at 2.20pm. The death was initially treated as unexplained, but following enquires a 38 year old local man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

The dead woman, who was found inside the property, is thought to be local.

20 years of the National Lottery

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the National Lottery, which sees around eight jackpot winners in the West Country every year.

But for Plymouth's Mike Antonucci, his £2.8 million win back in 1995 did not set him up for life. Instead he spent it all on fast cars, yachts and luxury holidays.

Mike Antonucci won £2.8 million in 1995 Credit: ITV News

"Well it probably lasted 14 years, yeah 14, 15 years. I mean do you want to take the money with you, do you want to be the richest man in the graveyard? I don't know, you know."

– Mike Antonucci, Lottery winner
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