The story of a painfully shy 11-year-old boy - Roman Povey struggles to make friends and was dreading the prospect of another birthday.....with just a couple of birthday cards.
Well, thanks to a worldwide appeal by his mum, Molly, on the internet - Roman enjoyed a much happier birthday at home in Newton Abbot. Jacquie Bird sent this report -
A friendless 11-year-old boy has been inundated with cards and presents from around the world after kind hearted strangers responded to an online plea.
Little Roman Povey from Newton Abbot became so worried he didn't have any friends to celebrate his birthday with his mum turned to the internet to help him out.
Since putting out the appeal, Molly has received more than 200 cards - from Dubai, Denmark, Austria, Egypt, New Zealand, Finland, Germany and Norway - which she plans to give to Roman on his birthday, tonight.
The school boy has even received parcels from NASA and 20th Century Fox.
The plea worked so well that more than 55 friends, family and kind-hearted strangers packed into a restaurant last night to surprise the school boy.
Roman's troubles started when he struggled to make friends at school, and he has received just one party invitation from peers at school.
His mum says the difficulties stem from his shyness and problems with his speech, and Roman even used to cry himself to sleep at night because he has no friends.
Molly decided to take matters into her own hands, and put out a post on Facebook.
Roman doesn't have any friends and often cries himself to sleep because of this. In seven years he has had only had one party invite.
Sometimes he sits crying asking if he will get a call to invite him to a classmate's party, and we have to explain that he won't.
I have even rung friends up and asked if I can pay the party fee to take Roman along and keep an eye on him - but no, this has not worked either.
I cannot express how heart-breaking these past few years have been seeing my beautiful boy so upset, so often.
He has struggled to make friends because of he has difficulty communicating.
When the kids come over to talk to him he can't keep up with them, which makes him feel bad.
He has delayed speech, I think he's fine but other people struggle to understand him.
If any school parents could ask their children to say happy birthday to him on the or maybe give him a card if in his class - I know it would mean the world to him to feel special for once and popular.
The post was shared by friends, and friends of friends, and quickly started to gather momentum.
Anyone wanting to wish him a happy birthday can do so by searching 'Cards for Roman' on Facebook
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Ex-service people who've recovered from PTSD are trained to help those who're still suffering the mental scars of combat.
Similar groups are proving very successful at Budleigh Salterton and Barnstaple.
Dan Fielding heads 'Veterans Peer Support'. He's a former Royal Marine who says his PTSD meant his family also suffered:
Fifty five jobs are being axed at a South Devon tile manufacturer - more than a sixth of the workforce.
British Ceramic Tiles, which is based in Newton Abbot, said the job losses were necessary as it changes its manufacturing operation from low to higher quality products.
The company says the 55 posts will go at their Heathfield factory, with another dozen being shed in West Yorkshire.
Newton Abbot Racecourse has commissioned a bronze sculpture of jockey AP McCoy to recognise his achievements and contribution to the sport.
The sculpture will be unveiled before the start of the first race today and will go on show in the weighing room at the racecourse.
"McCoy provides such excitement at every fixture he attends here at Newton Abbot and we know it's the same at racecourses across the country. He's become synonymous with horseracing and is an example of the determination to succeed in the sport.
We're thrilled to be able to unveil this at our final fixture and recognise McCoy's achievements."
The bronze sculpture was created by William Newton, a sculptor based in Wincanton. The unveiling will mark the end of the 2014 racing season at Newton Abbot Racecourse.
A divorced husband who trashed his ex-wife's home in Chudleigh and tried to blow it up, has been jailed for 18 months.
Mark Bridgeman from Newton Abbot used a large hunting knife to slash furniture, causing almost £6,000 worth of damage. He also switched on all the gas hobs. He did it after he found out she was going to re-marry.
A teenager has been arrested after a hit and run in Newton Abbot.
One man is in a serious condition in hospital after a car mounted the pavement and hit him on The Avenue in the early hours of yesterday morning.
An 18-year-old local man has been arrested and released on bail.
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A man is fighting for his life after being involved in a hit and run in Newton Abbot.
It happened in the early hours of this morning when a car mounted the pavement and hit the man.
He is being treated in hospital and police have cordoned off the area.
The Newton Abbot foodbank will officially reopen today on new premises. They say there is a huge need for their services as they help families in crisis. It's estimated they give out 80 to 100 food parcels a month.