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Ambitious Plymouth art project gets first funding

The festival would fill Plymouth with art. Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

Plans to carve a pair of mythical figures into Plymouth Hoe look to have been resurrected.

The giant chalk figures would form the centrepiece of a new art festival set to come to the city in 2016.

The first batch of funding, believed to be around £30,000, has been secured for the project, which would see Plymouth's streets filled with public art.

Doubts over funding for West rail investments

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has cast doubt on the scale of investment in the South West's railways after admitting just £40 million has been promised - despite calls for a £7 billion package.

The Secretary of State said he wanted to invest in "resilience" in the region's tracks after the collapse of the line at Dawlish last winter.

The damaged line at Dawlish, winter 2014. Credit: PA

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Westcountry fishing ports could lose £10 million

The proposed cuts could be 'devastating' Credit: ITV News

Talks in Brussels are due to end this morning over proposed cuts to the amount of fish the Westcountry fleet can land.

Fishing leaders have described the proposals to remove as much as 12% of the total annual catch - worth an estimated £10 million to ports in Devon and Cornwall - as potentially devastating.

Party leaders to attend Jeremy Thorpe's funeral

Jeremy Thorpe with his wife during the 1974 General Election campaign Credit: PA

The funeral of former Liberal Party leader Jeremy Thorpe is due to take place in London today.

The MP, who represented North Devon for 20 years, died earlier this month at the age of 85, after a long battle with Parkinson's disease.

The service will be held at St Margaret's Church in Westminster. Party leaders past and present will attend as well as Sir Nick Harvey, who inherited Mr Thorpe's North Devon seat.

Former teacher from Devon found guilty of sexual abuse in Kenya

Simon Harris used to be a housemaster and Latin teacher at Shebbear College in Devon Credit: ITV News

A former teacher at a private school in Devon who preyed on Kenyan street children has been found guilty of sexual abuse.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Simon Harris would lure boys to his East African home by offering them food, shelter and money. He was today found guilty of seven charges of indecent and sexual assault, as well as possessing indecent images of children.

Simon Harris has formerly pleaded guilty to sex offences committed against three pupils while he was employed at Shebbear College in Devon during the1980s.

Plymouth City Council to fire and re-hire 200 staff

Plymouth City Council plans to sack nearly 200 staff and then take them back on under flexible hours contracts. Unions are balloting members over strike action and is considering legal action on behalf of some members.

The council says it needs to provide customer services outside normal office hours. 140 staff have accepted the new contracts which will require them to work some weekends and up to eight o'clock at night.

The council deputy leader, Cllr Pete Smith, has accused the unions of being inflexible. The unions, Unison, Unite and the GMB, say their members are prepared to be flexible, but the city council has rejected their proposals and negotiations have broken down for the first time in twenty years.

140 council staff have accepted the new contracts

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Milestone for Derriford

Derriford has gone a year without the MRSA superbug Credit: ITV News Westcountry

Derriford Hospital has reached a significant milestone this week - a year without any patient having an MRSA infection.The hospital has introduced measures to reduce the number of cases, like screening patients before they have an operation.

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