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MP responds to Trump's call for ban on Muslims

Donald Trump Credit: PA

A West Country MP has responded in her own way to calls by the Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for a ban on Muslims entering the US, in the wake of the deadly California shootings.

Mr Trump said a shutdown should remain until the US authorities "can figure out" Muslim attitudes to the US. The White House quickly responded that the comments were against US values and national security interests.

And Sarah Wollaston, who represents Totnes, tweeted this response for the UK.

Just which one is it? Council spells road three different ways

You'd forgive the postman for maybe getting confused after bungling council workers spelt a street name three different ways.

Brian Kelly was left baffled after he noticed his local authority had managed to spell Whiteley Avenue three different ways on signs it had put up.

The wrongly spelled sign number 1

The mistake was made after the old wooden signs, bearing the correct spelling, rotted away, and South Hams District Council rushed to replace them.

The brand new signs were erected in place, but to the dismay of local residents including Mr Kelly, they all bared different spellings.

After sending the council a map indicating where the dodgy signs are, Mr Kelly has now been told the signs are on a list to be replaced.

It's bizarre - you'd think the council would just be able to copy the old signs - but instead they came up with not one but two different spellings.

They told me they will be correcting the mistake - but have to wait to buy a batch of new signs - because it's cheaper.

– Brian Kelly
The wrongly spelled sign number 2

We apologise to the residents of Whiteley Avenue for this error and we are ordering new signs to rectify the problem.

– South Hams District Council spokesman
The council was able to get the sign right on one occasion


Elderly woman conned out of life savings over the phone

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Fraudsters are targeting elderly people in the West Country and duping them out of their life savings over the phone.

Police say the latest victim, a woman in her 80s from Totnes, was persuaded to hand over £6,000 because she was worried her bank account was at risk.

A man phoned her, saying he was from the Serious Fraud Department of the Metropolitan Police and that there had been security problems with her account. She was asked to withdraw her money, and was later persuaded to hand it over as 'evidence' to a female colleague who then visited later in the day.

Similar incidents reported in Devon in the last few days include a 76-year-old woman from Plympton, a man from Totnes and a 53-year-old woman from Torrington, who were all asked to hand over money but refused.

Police are warning that fraudsters will pretend to be calling from the bank or from the police, and will be incredibly convincing.

The latest scam is to ask the victim to transfer money through a foreign currency exchange.

Dartington Hall Trust considers housing refugees

Dartington Hall Trust in Totnes considers housing refugees

Dartington Hall Trust in Totnes says it 's considering housing refugees in Europe.

It says it could adapt old buildings to provide temporary houses to displaced families at the hall.

But says it wants to discuss with local groups to find the best response to the crisis.


The West Country unites to help refugees

Dozens of people from across the South West are rushing to donate money and goods to refugees caught up in the Syrian crisis.

Support groups are being set up, with people who want to help getting together to organise collections, donations and even journeys to mainland Europe to deliver aid.

Ghee Bowman, works for a group called 'Totnes & Exeter Calais Refugee Solidarity', and is helping raise awareness of the crisis and send supplies:

Devon MP wants 16 and 17-year-olds to vote on Europe

Sarah Wollaston speaking in parliament Credit: ITV News

Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston has spoken out in favour of giving 16 and 17 year olds the vote in the forthcoming EU referendum.

She was one of only three Conservatives to vote for the measure - which was eventually rejected. But she said that youngsters she met DID have the mental capacity to understand the issues.

The question is whether is we as a House have the capacity to actually change our view and to give them a voice and a vote. And I don't believe I could return to those schools in my constituency and look those young people in the eye and say that I denied them the opportunity.

– Sarah Wollaston MP Con, Totnes

Concerns Totnes rainbow crossing could confuse dementia sufferers

Totnes had a temporary rainbow crossing last year during its Pride event supporting LGBT rights. Credit: Proud2Be

A Devon town's plans for a rainbow zebra crossing supporting gay rights could have an uncertain future after fears it could cause hallucinations.

Medical experts have expressed concern that the brightly coloured crossing could have side-effects for people with Alzheimer's.

The Proud2Be group spearheading the campaign say they were told to seek expert advice, and received the following statement from a medical professor.

People with dementia might not recognize it as a safe crossing place, but that is no worse than the current position. DSDC always advises changing as little as possible in the environment of people with dementia, but we mean in their house and immediate environment, because there is evidence that this helps them.

We would never ask councils to preserve their town in historic form for the sake of the minority with dementia who might find change challenging.

– Professor June Andrews, Director of the Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), University of Stirling
Proud2Be say they do not want to affect anyone's quality of life. Credit: Proud2Be

We are thankful to Professor June Andrews for her expert opinion on the matter, as we would not want the crossing to impinge on anybody's quality of life or experience of Totnes. We are also working closely with Totnes Town Council and other community groups; to ensure that Europe's first permanent rainbow crossing can be enjoyed by the whole community.

– Mat Price, Proud2Be co-founder
Cities across Europe have had temporary rainbow crossings. Credit: Proud2Be

The group trialled a temporary crossing on Totnes High Street last year, as part of Totnes' second-ever Pride celebrations.

Cities such as London, Brighton and Sydney have all had temporary multi-coloured crossings, but if the Totnes plans go ahead the town would be the first in Europe to have a permanent one, joining Vancouver in Canada.

The proposed location of the crossing is on either side of the town's Wills Memorial. Local councillor Carol Wellwood said she believed this location was ideal.

If we had a rainbow crossing on either side of the memorial it would help safety, encourage diversity and give people a real sense of fun.

– Carol Wellwood, Totnes Town Councillor
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