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Vandals set fire to poppy wreaths in Crediton

One of the damaged poppy wreaths, which was set on fire early this morning Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

Vandals have set light to poppy wreaths on the war memorial in Crediton in Devon.

It happened at 1.15am this morning (10 November). The two youths were spotted by a passer-by, who called the police. The boy and girl are 14-15 years old and were wearing hoodies. They ran off towards the park behind the memorial.

Officers and a dog unit searched the area but failed to find them.

This is a deeply upsetting crime which will personally affect many of the residents of Crediton. The wreaths had been placed by a number of individuals and groups who are closely connected to the Act of Remembrance - including the Crediton Women's Institute, Devon and Cornwall Police as well as the family of a Crediton Lance Corporal who died earlier this year whilst serving in Afghanistan.

The wreaths suffered burn damage and there are a number of scorch marks on the war memorial. This is a sickening act of mindless vandalism and we are desperate to identify those responsible.

– Inspector Jane Alford-Mole, Devon & Cornwall Police

Plymouth's Ben McBean runs for the Poppy Appeal

Ben McBean in Trafalgar Square before setting off on his run in aid of the Poppy Appeal Credit: PA

Former Royal Marine Ben McBean from Plymouth has taken a 31-mile run through the streets of London, taking a route that forms the outline of a poppy on the London map.

He used a smartphone running app on his mission to raise money for the Royal British Legion'?s Poppy Appeal. The appeal provides help and welfare to the serving and ex-Service community and their families.

Ben lost an arm and a leg in a landmine explosion in Afghanistan. He now has a career as a businessman and inspirational speaker.

Ben McBean on his quest to trace a poppy on the streets of London Credit: PA

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Devon's Joss Stone to release Poppy Appeal single

Joss Stone has teamed up with Jeff Beck to record this year's Poppy Appeal single Credit: PA

Devon singer Joss Stone and guitar veteran Jeff Beck have teamed up to record the official Poppy Appeal single for this year.

The duo have recorded a revamped version of the song No Man's Land.

It will be released on 3 November in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

Poppy appeal launched in Devon

This year's appeal is being launched in Chivenor Credit: ITV News West Country

This year's poppy appeal is being launched in Devon this morning at the Royal Marines Base in Chivenor.

The theme for the 2013 appeal is 'family'. Local school children from the area have been invited to take part in a service to remember servicemen and women who've lost their lives.

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Remembrance Sunday in Plymouth

Crowds on Plymouth Hoe for Remembrance Day Credit: ITV West Country

Thousands of people turned out on Plymouth Hoe this morning for the annual remembrance service. At 11am veterans, cadets and servicemen and women stood side by side as they paused to remember those killed in action.

Plymouth's war memorial become focal point of remembrance service Credit: ITV West Country

Military Wives and War Horse help launch Poppy Appeal

The Poppy Appeal was launched at various ceremonies around the region today. The Royal British Legion is hoping to top last year's record breaking total of £40 million.

Our Defence correspondent John Andrews went to Dartington where the Military Wives Choir and Stephen Spielberg's film of War Horse have helped focus attention on Devon servicemen, past and present.