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Volunteers help clean litter and debris from beaches

Volunteers have been helping to clean-up beaches across the West Country this weekend.

There were around 30 people collecting litter at Exmouth today. They cleared lots of plastic bottles and fishing nets which take a long time to break down in the environment and damage wildlife.

The event is organised by the charity Surfers Against Sewage. Ross Curwen says winter storms have pushed a lot of rubbish onto the coast:


Concern for 14 year old missing from Exmouth

Harriet Melbourne hasn't been seen since Monday morning Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police are concerned for a fourteen year old girl from Exmouth who left for school yesterday morning (Monday), but did not arrive at school.

Harriet Melbourne is described as a white female, 5’7” tall, with mousey shoulder length frizzy hair, slim build, possibly wearing a tartan skirt , black tights, black jacket and black shoes.

CCTV released after alleged assault on Exmouth bus

The man police would like to speak to in connection with the incident. Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Police have released a CCTV image of a man they would like to speak to in connection with an alleged assault on an Exmouth bus.

The victim, a girl aged 14, was travelling to school on the top deck of the number 57 bus when a male suspect allegedly engaged her in conversation and coaxed her to sit with him, before repeatedly stroking her leg.

Police would like anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV, or who was on the bus, to come forward.


Local volunteer crews deployed to Essex

Outside McDonald's in Lowestoft, Suffolk Credit: Paul Nichols

Volunteer crews from the South West have been deployed to Essex as part of the RNLI's Flood Rescue Team.

They're helping with the problems caused by the overnight tidal surge. The team includes crews from lifeboat stations at St Agnes, Exmouth and Weymouth. A number of RNLI staff from the area are also involved.

Bridge protest against speeding cyclists

Protesters say they fear there could be a fatal accident if nothing is done to curb the speed of cyclists in their village. Residents in Lympstone near Exeter raised their concerns at the opening of a new two and half million pound bridge on the Exe estuary trail.

The cycleway, which links Exmouth to Dawlish has been nearly ten years in the making and is growing in popularity . Richard Lawrence reports.

Officially opening for Exe Estuary trail today

The new Clyst Bridge which links Exeter with Exmouth Credit: ITV News West Country

The completed Exe Estuary trail will be officially opened this lunchtime. A ribbon will be cut to celebrate the £2.6 million Clyst Bridge that links the route between Exeter and Exmouth. The trail also takes in an RSPB nature reserve. It's a popular cycle path with local schoolchildren.

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