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Hundreds expected to help rid Westcountry beaches of litter

Hundreds of volunteer litter-pickers will be helping to clean up the region's beaches this weekend. It's an event organised by the Marine Conservation Society. More than 100 countries and regions worldwide are taking part.

The data collected will help keep up pressure on governments to act to reduce the amount of rubbish on beaches.

Hundreds expected to help clear litter from Westcountry beaches Credit: ITV Westcountry

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Fears natural regional lanscapes could be lost

There's no doubt that the Westcountry has some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. And when you know what you're looking for you can see clues which point to how people lived centuries ago.

In Roman times, the people of Somerset, Dorset and Gloucestershire lived in large villages and showed off their wealth with palatial villas. West of the Blackdown Hills in Devon and Cornwall they lived in smaller hamlets with a far less lavish lifestyle.

The evidence remains in the shape of the land today, but there's fears that these regional differences could be lost. Bob Cruwys reports.

'Hot Rocks' project hopes to tap into energy underground

A scheme to tap into the energy beneath our feet is being looked at by a new working party in Parliament. The 'hot rocks' project has been set up to promote ways of extracting natural heat from Cornwall's granite.

But a company, which has won planning permission for two test bore holes next to the Eden project, is struggling to raise the money. Our political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

Controversial waste incinerator gets go ahead in Glos

A contract for a controversial waste incinerator has been given the go ahead by Gloucestershire County Council. Company Urbaser Balfour Beatty has been awarded the contract to build the facility at Javelin Park near Harsfield in Gloucester.

But planning permission has yet to be granted for the incinerator which has been met with protests from local people.

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