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A Christmas lights controversy in the West Country

While most people in the South West are admiring the Christmas light displays that are popping up in our town and city centres - the residents of two towns aren't being quite so complimentary.

No, in Tiverton and Penzance the displays look like pants - according to locals.

That's not their way of saying they look bad - they literally look like pants.

Penzance Credit: Mick & Karen Warne
Tiverton Credit: Apex News and Pictures

Teresa Fogarty of Penzance Town Council said:

"We got a lot of comments the first year they went up. It was quite hilarious people saw the funny side of it and it's quite quirky which fits in with Penzance, that's the kind of town we are, nobody's been offended by them not that I've heard, and it just adds to the fun of Christmas which is supposed to be a jolly time anyway."

– Teresa Fogarty, Penzance Town Council
Even in the cold light of day the Christmas lights in Penzance bear a strong resemblance to underwear. Credit: ITV News

Do these Christmas lights in Tiverton look like pants?

Tiverton's Christmas lights have been ridiculed on social media for looking like pants Credit: Apex

Tiverton's Christmas lights have been mocked on the internet because they look like giant green pants.

The Christmas lights, which cost £15,000, have given some festive cheer to the town but some are saying they look like a washing line covered in underwear.

Posting on Facebook Janet Johns wrote: 'Ok, if they are not pants.... what are they?" while George Parker wrote on Twitter: "Looking forward to heading home for Xmas to see Tiverton's now infamous pants."

Tiverton Town Council raise funds to pay for the Christmas lights throughout the year.


Tiverton shopkeeper held at knifepoint by masked man

The shopkeeper was held up at knifepoint in Bampton Street in Tiverton Credit: ITV News

Police are appealing for witnesses after an armed robbery at a newsagent's in Tiverton yesterday.

It happened at the Exe Valley News and Cards in Bampton Street at around 7.40am. A masked man threatened the shopkeeper with a knife and demanded cash from the till.

The shopkeeper was unharmed but the suspect got away with a small amount of cash and made off towards Tiverton Market.

The suspect is described as aged in his 20s, around 5ft 7ins tall and of slim build. He was wearing a dark-coloured hoody with dark-coloured trainers and was carrying a bag.

This is a rare and unusual incident and we would ask the community for assistance in trying to identify the male responsible so we can further our enquiries.

If you have any information, no matter how small, then please contact us.

– Inspector Jane Alford-Mole, Devon and Cornwall police

Hundreds say goodbye to Oliver Croker

Hundreds say goodbye to Oliver Croker Credit: ITV News

A community has said farewell to a 12-year old boy who died from head injuries after being involved in a freak accident while watching a football match.

Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral of Oliver Croker this afternoon in Bampton, near Tiverton.

After his death, his family revealed his organs had been used the save the lives of five other children.

People followed the hearse to the church Credit: ITV News
Flowers were left at Bradninch where Oliver was injured Credit: ITV News

Minister tells us how Olly's family is coping

Oliver Croker - known as Olly - died after being hit by a post at a football match in Devon Credit: Family

The funeral of 12-year-old Olly Croker, who died in a tragic accident watching a football game in Devon, is being held this afternoon at St Michael and All Angels Church in Bampton.

The rector, Rev Kevin Chandra, says the family are being surrounded by some great people and, although, it is likely to be tough over the coming months, people are looking after them.


School to close at lunchtime for Olly's funeral

Oliver Croker was a pupil at Tiverton High School, which will close so staff and students can go to his funeral Credit: Tiverton High School

The funeral of a 12-year-old schoolboy is due to take place in Devon at 3pm this afternoon.

Oliver Croker from Bampton died in a freak accident while watching a local football match last month. He was hit in the head during the game at Bradninch Football Club and later died.

Olly was a pupil at Tiverton High School, which will be closing at lunchtime so that pupils and staff can go to the service at St Michael and All Angels Church in Bampton.

Those attending the funeral have been invited to wear their favourite football team's shirts in recognition of Olly's love of the sport.

An inquest will be held at a later date after the council has investigated what happened.

Minute silence held to remember Oliver Croker

Olly Croker died after a post fell on him at a football match on Sunday

Football clubs across Devon have held a minute silence to remember 12-year-old Oliver Croker.

Oliver died following an accident at a match last weekend. Remembrance services have been held at Devon and Exeter League clubs in memory of the Bampton supporter.

This was the scene in Exeter before an under 11s game between Exeter Central and Crediton this morning.

Football clubs across Devon have held a minute silence Credit: ITV News
Minute silence held at Exeter Central and Crediton game Credit: ITV News

Devon football clubs to hold a minute's silence for Olly

Olly Croker died after a post fell on him at a footbal match on Sunday.

Football clubs across Devon will hold a minute's silence this Saturday to remember 12-year-old Oliver Croker.

Devon & Exeter League clubs will hold a silence before their matches t in memory of Bampton supporter Olly Croker, who died following an accident a match on Sunday.

A post on the league's website has asked all clubs to take part. The post also says that many clubs have offered to contribute money to Olliver's family.

Devon & Exeter Football League

'Precious and beautiful boy': Community mourns 12-year-old victim of 'freak accident'

Emotional tributes to 12-year-old Oliver. Credit: ITV West Country

There has been an outpouring of grief and shock from the community in Bradninch, near Exeter, where 12-year-old Oliver Croker has died after a freak accident at a football match.

Oliver died at Bristol Children's Hospital last night, becoming injured when a post fell and hit him on the head.

People in the community have been laying flowers at the scene of the tragedy, and posting tributes on a Facebook group set up in his memory.

His mother revealed that the family have donated his organs, saying she felt "so proud" that her son could help save the lives of other children.

Oliver with his twin brother Billy. Credit: Irving of Exeter
Credit: ITV West Country
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