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Fire crews save a thatched cottage from serious damage

Fire crews have saved a thatched cottage from serious damage in Mid-Devon after a blaze broke out in the roof.

They spent several hours tackling the fire in Old Borough this afternoon.

Eight fire engines, along with a water carrier, aerial appliance and an incident command unit were mobilised were sent to deal with the fire.

Crews used four breathing apparatus and four hose reel jets to extinguish the fire.

Adorable miniature pony foal needs a name

Credit: Miniature Pony Centre

Do you have the perfect name for this adorable foal?

Dartmoor's Miniature Pony Centre is on the hunt for the perfect name after it welcomed its first foal of the year. Incredibly another six foals are due in the coming months.

Mum Tinkerbell gave birth to a little boy, but staff are still searching for the perfect name for the foal. They're taking suggestions on their Facebook and Twitter pages.

It’s a late start to our foaling season and we have a lot of first time mums. We are extremely excited for all of our arrivals this year!

– Nick Walker, Stud Manager
Credit: Miniature Pony Centre

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Bra-staple shop front comes to an end

The campaign was started by Heather Walters after she discovered she had breast cancer. Credit: ITV News

A shopfront that has led a North Devon town to be known as Bra-staple is coming to an end.

The campaign was started by Heather Walters after she discovered she had breast cancer and has caught the public's imagination.

Almost 2,000 bras and men's pants have now been donated.

The Sling It campaign has also raised £11,500 so far for the Coppafeel breast cancer awareness charity. Credit: ITV News

The Sling It campaign has also raised £11,500 so far for the Coppafeel breast cancer awareness charity. Heather's parents shop Youings on Barnstaple High Street was undergoing renovation work and the scaffolding provided a perfect location to display the bras.

Heather chose today to take down the clothing as she underwent her last session of radiotherapy treatment yesterday.

Almost 2,000 bras and men's pants have now been donated. Credit: ITV News

South West Water owners take over Bournemouth Water

South West Water's parent company has bought Bournemouth Water for £100.3 million.

The Exeter-based Pennon Group has assets of around £5 billion and a workforce of around 4,500 people.

The acquisition, they say, is part of the group's strategy to prepare for changes in the water industry.

Bournemouth Water is a water-only company serving a population of 437,600 people. South West Water provides water and sewerage services to 1.7 million customers in Devon and Cornwall, and parts of Dorset and Somerset.

Wurzels to play Devon County Show

West Country band The Wurzels will play the Devon County Show for the first time, entertaining exhibitors and guests and an exclusive event.

The four-piece group will play their famous hits including Combine Harvester and I am a Cider Drinker at the event on May 21.

The Devon County Show takes place from 21-23 May at Westpoint near Exeter.

Highlights include a motocross stunt team and Farm Wise Devon – a huge new interactive feature especially for children.

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Anxious wait over as primary school places released

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September

It is a big day for thousands of children as they discover which primary school they'll be going to in September.

Offers of places were sent out this morning, with many of our West Country councils reporting that the numbers of those offered one of their top three schools were up on last year.

But we want to hear from you - did you get one of your top choices? Let us know via email, or on Facebook.

Drink-driver banned after 'parking' car on two wheels against a van

Daniel Hawkins was banned from driving after leaving his car like this Credit: Plymouth Herald

A drink-driver has been banned from the roads after leaving his car parked on two wheels - against a van.

Daniel Hawkins was disqualified from driving for 40 months after officers arrested him following the incident in Plymouth in the early hours of March 29.

After discovering the grey Vauxhall Astra up on two wheels, resting against a blue van, police quickly located the 29-year-old. He was found to have 65 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. Almost twice the legal limit of 35.

Hawkins pleaded guilty and, alongside he disqualification, was fined £200, ordered to pay court costs of £85 and the victim surcharge of £20.

More of today's sunny pictures #SunshineSelfieWest

Aimee and her friends 'writing their dissertations' in Plymouth Credit: Aimee Craft
It was a family outing for the Stringer's as they enjoyed the sun in Helston, Cornwall Credit: Claire Stringer
Supporting England on the beach! Sarah Matthews and her family were at Paignton Beach in Devon Credit: Sarah Matthews
Sarah Dix captured this duck soaking up the rays in Somerset Credit: Sarah Dix
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