Live updates

Devon's cottage hospitals under threat

A number of cottage hospitals could lose their beds if proposals from the North, East and West Devon Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) are approved.

Dr David Jenner, a GP and chair of Eastern Locality of the new Devon CCG, said the proposals marked an important step in making sure community health services are sustainable now and in the future.

The passion and interest shown in community services from our local communities over the past year has been fantastic. We have listened to what people have said and believe our commissioning intentions, our proposals for the future, meet this shared vision.

– Dr David Jenner

More marketing needed for North Devon

There's a warning this morning that North Devon's economy will pay the price if the area doesn't find the money to market itself.

Like many parts of the West Country, Councils in North Devon are cutting funding for tourism and an emergency conference is being held next week to rally support for all businesses in the district to help fund a marketing campaign.

Trevor Stanbury is the Conference organiser:

Advertisement

Cliff railway wins engineering award

A photo of the Lynton to Lynmouth cliff railway dating from 1931 Credit: PA

The Lynton and Lynmouth Cliff Railway will receive a national award today because it's an example of exceptional British engineering.

Completed in 1890, the railway is the oldest water-powered funicular railway in the UK.

The award is being presented by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.

Countdown to Rugby World Cup in Exeter

It's a year until the first game of the Rugby World Cup takes place on 18 September 2015 Credit: PA

It's a year today until World Cup Fever hits Exeter with the first game of the Rugby World Cup. Exeter will host Tonga and there will be three games at Exeter Chiefs' Sandy Park during the tournament.

Schools in the city have pledged their support to the five teams who'll be playing there, Georgia, Italy Namibia, Romania and Tonga.

Two treated in hospital after hit by water tank

Two treated in hospital after hit by water tank Credit: ITV News

An investigation is underway into a crash in East Devon in which two elderly pedestrians were crushed by a water bowser. It came loose from a tractor on the A375 at Sidbury, north of Sidmouth yesterday morning. The tank crashed into the man and woman, leaving one with severe leg injuries. They were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

Advertisement

Investigation into water tank crash in Devon

The elderly woman was airlifted to the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital with severe leg wounds Credit: PA

An investigation is underway into a crash in East Devon in which two elderly pedestrians were crushed by a water bowser.

It came loose from a tractor on the A375 at Sidbury, north of Sidmouth yesterday morning. The tank crashed into the man and woman, leaving them with severe leg injuries. They were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment.

Recruitment Agency say downturn in tourism is greater than other years

Recruitment agency Manpower UK says the downturn in tourism employment across the South West this year is greater now than it has been for years. Manpower UK says their survey shows a majority of employers in the South West won't be taking on new staff.

James Hick is from Manpower UK:

They say the South West will lag behind the rest of the country. The powerhouse of London and the South East are predicted to do well and manufacturing in the East and West Midlands gives the area a huge boost. But employment growth in the South West is predicted to stall.

Manpower UK say some employers have stopped trying to find IT workers, engineers and financiers because they know the skills they're looking for don't exist. Contraction there and saturation of the tourism employment market explains why businesses aren't expecting growth in jobs.

Agatha Christie had holiday home near Brixham

This week we've been been bringing you the story behind the world's best-selling novelist. Agatha Christie was not only born in Devon, but she made a grand house near Brixham her holiday home. The mansion called Greenway has been restored by the National Trust and draws visitors from around the world. Watch this report by Kylie Pentelow:

Load more updates