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Trading of illegal tobacco to be targeted in Torbay

Campaign begins to target illegal tobacco sales on Torbay Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA

A new campaign targeting illegal tobacco sales in Torbay is underway. It's estimated that more than one in five of smokers in the area use illegal tobacco. Now Torbay Council is to work alongside the Police, Trading Standards, HMRC and Smokefree South West to tackle the crime.

The partnership has been out talking to people in local community about the negative impact of illegal tobacco, encouraging the public to pass on information, anonymously if they prefer, about illegal tobacco trading in their area.

West MP joins call for ban on animals in circuses

A West Country MP has joined calls for a ban on live animals in circuses.

MPs from the three main parties are backing a private member's bill being debated today to introduce such a ban. Adrian Sanders says a recent visit to Torbay by the Moscow State circus shows animals are not necessary.


Torbay woman's livelihood decided by council coin toss

How would you feel if an important decision about your livelihood was decided by the toss of a coin?

Well, that's exactly what's happened to a woman from Torbay - who wanted to open a cafe in a local park.

When the local council couldn't agree on her planning application - they resorted to the flip of a coin - and she lost. John Andrews has been finding out more.

Flotilla to honour Normandy veterans in Torbay

Normandy veterans on the Fairmile will take the salute from the flotilla. Credit: ITV News / Seth Conway

Normandy veterans will take the salute in Torbay harbour today (2pm) as more than 100 vessels form a flotilla in their honour.

The men who fought on D-Day will be on board the historic WW2 ship The Fairmile for the sail past. It's the Royal Navy's tribute to the veterans and forms the centrepiece of today's commemorations.

Veterans board the Fairmile ahead of this afternoon's salute. Credit: ITV News / Seth Conway


Independent review held into the scandal at Torbay Hospital

Independent review held into the scandal at Torbay Hospital Credit: ITV News West Country

An independent review is to be held into the scandal involving a former chief executive of Torbay Hospital.

Dr Paula Vasco-Knight was critcised in an employment tribunal in February over claims she gave a job to her daughter's boyfriend. She later resigned saying she was leaving the region for family reasons.

Specialist cycling track opens in Torbay

Cyclist get ready to take advantage of the new track Credit: ITV News West Country

The only specialist cycle training track in the South West has opened in Torbay.

The one and a half kilometre circuit allows racing cyclists to train away from the road. It's been built near the Clennon Valley leisure centre in Paignton. It cost around eight hundred thousand pounds to build. Half the cash has come from the organisation British Cycling.

Wife of Torbay Lib Dem MP calls for Clegg to resign

The wife of a Liberal Democrat MP for the South West has signed a petition calling on party leader Nick Clegg to resign.

Alison Sanders is the wife of Adrian Sanders, the Lib Dem MP for Torbay, who has himself been critical of the leadership after last week's poor showing in the council and European elections.

Mr Sanders says his wife is "entitled to her view", although Mr Clegg is still insisting he won't go.

Political correspondent Bob Constantine reports.

Torbay Council asks people to report potholes

Torbay council asks for help to find potholes for repair Credit: ITV WEST COUNTRY

Torbay council is asking for help to find potholes that need to be repaired. It's been given more than £300,000 by the Government. But it warns it can't spot every hole, especially in country lanes and estate roads.

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