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Afghanistan veterans honoured

Servicemen and women who died during the Afghanistan campaign and veterans have been remembered at a service of commemoration today.

The royal family, civil dignitaries and government leaders all attended the ceremony at St Paul's Cathedral, along with serving personnel, veterans and families.

Warrant Officer Matt Tomlinson is a Royal Marine from Torpoint in Cornwall. He was awarded the Military Cross for saving the lives of colleagues during a fierce firefight in Afghanistan .

The lead vehicle was blown up by an IED and Matt braved incoming rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fire to help rescue the seriously injured driver.

Appeal for witnesses after rock concert assault

Police are appealing for witnesses after an altercation at a rock concert at the Plymouth Pavilions.

Officers are investigating after a man, aged in his late 50’s, was pushed to the floor and then kicked to the face and head several times during a 'Royal Blood' show on Friday 27th February.

As a result, the man's eye socket was fractured.

The concert attracted fans from across the South West and Officers are appealing for witnesses, and in particular are keen to speak with two women guests who approached a security guard to report the incident.


17 years to save up for a home

Hundreds of thousands of young people are struggling to buy their first homes. Credit: ITV News

A housing charity is warning it could take a young couple with a child 17 years to buy a home in the South West.

Research by Shelter looked at wages, house prices and rents to show the challenge faced by many trying to save for a property.

It says that hundreds of thousands of young people cannot afford to buy their own homes.

Fundamentally this boils down to the fact that we're building half the number of homes we need to be building each year - and that's why so many young people are finding themselves in this situation where they just feel like life's been put on hold.

– Kate Webb, Shelter spokesperson

The West Country's phenomenon of people outside the region buying second homes here is also an issue. Shelter suggests that options such as shared ownership, which second homeowners cannot participate in, could help ease the problem.

The charity argues that with young people being priced out of the market many move out of the region to more affordable areas, which has a damaging effect on communities.

You do need young people to put down roots in the communities where they grew up if those communities are going to survive.

– Kate Webb, Shelter spokesperson


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