Fishermen in Weymouth today collected safety equipment from the families of three fishermen who lost their lives
Tonight sees the premiere of a surf film made about North Devon surfer Andrew Cotton who rode one of the largest waves ever recorded
As the case against the man accused of causing the M5 crash is dismissed, our reporter Bob Cruwys has been to meet survivors.
Police in Cornwall are appealing for witnesses after a van driver approached a 10-year-old girl on her way home from school in Looe on Monday 9 December. It happened on Pendrim Road near the junction of Elm Tree Road at around 3.10 yesterday afternoon.
The schoolgirl was beckoned over towards a grey transit-sized van. She walked away and the driver beckoned her over again. The girl then ran off. The van is believed to have driven off in the direction of Barbican Road.
The driver was described as being a white man in his early 40s with thinning grey hair.
The man who organised a fireworks display near the scene of a crash on the M5 has criticised the authorities after a case against him was dismissed.
Geoffrey Counsell was accused of failing to ensure the safety of others after 7 people died in a crash on the motorway near the display at Taunton Rugby Club.
A Judge directed the jury to find him not guilty.
Speaking through his soliciter, Mr Counsell said "Before a final decision to go ahead with the display was taken the Highways Agency, the Taunton Deane Borough Council and the Avon and Somerset Constabulary were consulted.
"All were informed of the fact and nature of the display. No objection of any kind was raised. As matters transpired, the Taunton Deane Borough Council and Avon and Somerset Constabulary were to be the agencies which prosecuted me in respect of that same display.
"The display was carried out without incident. It was a very foggy night and the fireworks produced some smoke, which would have mingled with the fog.
"However, I saw nothing to cause me to believe that any firework smoke would cause a hazard and I do not believe that it did so.
"As the judge noted in his ruling, the prosecution case was founded on criticism of me for 'failing to take a step which had never been taken before'.
"It is perhaps relevant to note that there were around 1,000 people at the display, including serving police and fire officers. Not a single one of those people raised any concern at the time about the smoke or fog, whether during or after the display."
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Greenpeace say they are not "getting there hopes up" amid reports in Russian media that the 'Arctic 30' will be pardoned.
Some newspapers in the country say the an amnesty by the government would see legal proceedings against the activists dropped.
Three people from Devon were among 30 people arrested during a protest at an oil rig in the arctic. They were released on bail after spending two months in jail.
Nobody here is getting their hopes up just yet. This is just one of many media reports, with some saying legal action against the Arctic 30 will be dropped and others saying they will not be included in theamnesty. Until the Duma adopts an amnesty that includes the Greenpeace activists and freelance journalists, everything is speculation.
– Ben Ayliffe, Greenpeace
The Arctic 30 should never have been detained in the first place. They were seized in international waters, then jailed and charged with a crime they didn’t commit. The charges against them should be dropped, they should be allowed home to be with their families and the ship the Arctic Sunrise should be returned to its crew.
The Judge presiding over the trial of an organiser of a firework display near the scene of a crash on the M5 said he had "no previous reason to think it was a hazard."
7 people died in the pile up on the motorway in 2011. Geoffrey Counsell was accused of failing to ensure the safety of others when smoke from a fireworks display blew onto the road before the crash.
But Judge Justice Simon directed the jury to return a verdict of not guilty.
– Judge Justice Simon
The prosecution case required Mr Counsell to appreciate and react more or less instantly to something not thought to be a hazard to anyone and had no previous reason to think it was a hazard.He added: "There was no proper basis that you could have concluded that a reasonable person would have appreciated a reasonable risk and reacted to it to stop the display
Taunton Deane Borough Council say they will reconsider the guidance for putting on large fireworks displays following the acquittal of an organiser Geoffrey Counsell.
Mt Counsell was accused of failing to ensure safety when he organised a display at a rugby club near to where 7 people died in a crash on the M5.
The Council is now seeking to work closely with the relevant authorities to see if the current guidance regarding large fireworks displays, such as the one at Taunton Rugby Club, is appropriate. We also pledge our support for any changes that may be deemed necessary. Our primary concern is to minimise the risks of this type of unimaginable incident happening again.
On behalf of the Council, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the families of the bereaved and the families and friends of all those affected by these terrible events.
– Cllr John Williams, Council Leader, Taunton Deane Borough Council
I would also pay tribute to all those who showed such bravery at the scene, to all the emergency services and to staff at the hospitals where the injured were treated.
There will be a Coroner’s inquest in due course and the Coroner may make recommendations having heard the evidence laid before the inquest.
Police in Dorset will be offering extra support to victims of domestic violence over the Christmas period. More visits will be paid to high-risk victims as part of the plans.
Dorset Police receives around 700 reports of domestic abuse per month, which often increase over the Christmas and New Year period.
The housing market in the South West is continuing to recover. That's according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
91% of surveyors expect sales to increase by the end of the year. Price expectations for houses being put on the market in our region are at a ten year high.
Cornwall will be launched as the country's first rural Social Enterprise zone later today.
Civil Society Minister Nick Hurd will meet with businesses and apprentices at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen Restaurant at Watergate Bay.
Social Enterprises are businesses that have a social and environmental commitment, rather than being motivated by profit.