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High bathing water standards at South West beaches

A surfer at Fistral Beach Credit: PA

More beaches than ever in the South West have achieved the highest bathing water standards this year according to the Good Beach Guide.

One hundred and seventy three beaches across the region were awarded the status, thirty percent more than last year.

It's thought last year's dry summer improved the water quality.

Dartmoor National Park backs pony contraception trial

A wild hill pony is given the contraceptive. Credit: ITV News West Country

The first UK trial to use contraception on wild hill ponies has been backed by Dartmoor National Park.

The Dartmoor Hill Pony Association have been desperately trying to reduce the number slaughtered each year because there is no market for them.

Now 100 mares will be injected with contraceptives.


Red Arrows to return to Torbay this summer

Red Arrows take to the skies Credit: ITV News West Country/Caron Bell

The Red Arrows will be returning to Torbay this summer for another spectacular air show. Torbay Council say the annual event will this year include celebrations for the 70th anniversary of D-Day. It'll take place along the English Riviera coastline on the 24th of August.

80 large animals killed on Dartmoor roads in a year

Ponies on Dartmoor, Devon. Credit: PA

More than 80 large animals have been killed on Dartmoor's roads over the past year. The number includes ponies, cattle and sheep. The National Park Authority says the problem is speeding motorists.

They have clocked drivers doing well in excess of 100mph, with one caught doing 148mph miles an hour near a pub in Yelverton.

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