Plymouth film premiere on cycling hero

A film has been made featuring west country cycling hero Colin Lewis who started competing in the Tour de France after making a bet.

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Westward Ho! pool to remain closed

Tidal pool at Westward Ho will remain closed
Tidal pool at Westward Ho will remain closed Credit: North Devon Gazette

The Westward Ho! outdoor tidal pool is to remain closed for the foreseeable future.

It was damaged by the storms earlier this year and was due to be refurbished before the summer season, but a lack of funding has put plans on hold.


Social media possible factor in rise in doctor complaints

Social media could be a factor in why complaints against doctors have doubled - that's according to researchers at Plymouth University. They've found that between 2007 and 2012, complaints rose from around 5,000 to 10,000. Although the report says there is was no evidence of falling medical standards, a common trend was for patients to use platforms like Facebook to discuss their experiences.

Tom Daley involved in emergency plane landing

A plane carrying diver Tom Daley has had to make an emergency landing in Russia after "a technical issue". He and his partner Dustin Lance Black were among 301 people aboard a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340 which had to put down in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, on a flight from Shanghai to London.

Daley was returning after competing in the world diving championships in Shanghai.


Scary to emergency land in RUS after recent events, yet no word on what problem is after hour surrounded by fire engines #VirginAtlantic

"Virgin Atlantic can confirm that the VS251 travelling from Shanghai to London Heathrow has diverted to Irkutsk Airport, Russia, as a precautionary measure due to a technical issue. Safety and security is always our top priority.

The aircraft is currently on the ground and our customers are being looked after by our cabin crew. Our priority now is to ensure our customers resume their journey as soon as possible.

The airline would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for any inconvenience caused."

– Virgin spokeswoman

There were 286 passengers aboard, including three infants, as well as three flight deck crew and 12 cabin crew.

Teignmouth Pier reopens after 5 months

Photo of Teignmouth Pier which reopens today
Teignmouth Pier reopens after 5 months Credit: Teignmouth Pier

Part of the seafront at Teignmouth since the 1860s, the iconic pier is re-opening after 5 months of repair work. The pier was hit hard by the storms in February and the owners have been working around the clock to repair the damage. Huge waves punched a hole through the wooden floorboards and slot machines were tossed onto their sides.

Speaking to ITV West Country this morning, Nick Brenner said 'it's been a very busy past few days to get everything in order for today.'

The building, which has been in the Brenner family since 1962, has been transformed with new retail units and new machines.

Meeting about closure of Torrington Hospital

A last minute meeting will take place today regarding the closure of Torrington Hospital in Devon. It will give residents the chance to speak with the health authorities in charge before a final decision next week. MP for Torridge and West Devon Geoffrey Cox will also attend. All ten beds at the community hospital could close as the NHS plans to treat more people at home.


Major fire at scrap yard in Devon

A major fire has broken out at a car scrap yard at Woodbury in east Devon.

Nearby homes are being evacuated. There are at least 60 fire fighters dealing with the incident. Plumes of black smoke can be seen some miles away.

Police have told those living nearby to shut doors and windows in their homes.

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