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A difficult year – with hope for the future

A joint New Year message from Steve Brown, director of public health Devon County Council and Dr Rob Dyer, NHS medical director for Devon.

It is customary at this time of year to reflect, to look at the last 12-months – and then to look ahead.

2020 was certainly like no other for many of us.

What we expected at the beginning of the year - the usual trials and...

SWASFT, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

‘Stay safe this New Year’ says ambulance service 

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) is asking people to welcome the start of 2021 safely, and not make unnecessary 999 calls.

The NHS is experiencing high demand for its services, due to the ongoing coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic alongside normal winter pressures.

SWASFT dealt with around 2,600 incidents a day between 19 and 28 December, and is...

Dartmoor National Park issues guidance for visits during festive period

Visitors to Dartmoor National Park are being asked to continue being ‘careful, considerate and compassionate’ over the festive break so everyone can enjoy the special landscape. Dartmoor National Park Authority is urging people to ensure their visit is safe, enjoyable and memorable by planning ahead, sticking to designated car parks and respecting access rights. The call comes following...

Stagecoach, Devon, Bus

Everything you need to know about Stagecoach bus services throughout the festive holidays

In a bid to keep the wheels turning this Christmas Stagecoach South West have announced extensive timetable information for the festive period seeing you into 2021.

The local bus operator has published service information for the holidays, including timetables for bus services on Christmas Eve through to the New Year, only taking a day off for Christmas Day and New Year's Day....

New Year swim to raise money for tiny babies

Hundreds of brave swimmers will take to the waves at Wembury beach on 01 January 2020 to raise money for Plymouth Hospitals Charity. 85-year-old Terry Clarke, from Wembury, is a passionate fundraiser who organises the fancy dress swim every year.

This year, the former clinical nurse tutor at Derriford, has decided to raise money for the tiniest of babies in the Neonatal Intensive...

New Year brings milder weather

The last few days have seen some crisp wintry days and nights with the coldest temperatures of the year so far.

The weather is set to change with a rise in temperatures and a move to more unsettled weather, but what's the weather looking like for New Years Eve itself?

It will be breezy with rain in western parts through the afternoon and evening of New Year's Eve, but this is...

Plymouth prepares for Boxing Day sales

Retailers in Plymouth City Centre are busy preparing for one of the busiest days of the year – the Boxing Day sales!

With a number of big high street stores offering over 50 per cent discount on their items, there are many bargains to be had.

For all those early birds looking to fuel their shopping sprees, some cafes will be open serving tea, coffee and breakfast including...

"Spiderman" attacked by five men on New Year's Eve

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man dressed as Spiderman was knocked unconscious in Looe on New Year’s Eve.

Between 11.50pm and midnight the victim was walking to the kebab shop in Fore Street when he was assaulted by four or five unknown men resulting in him being knocked unconscious.

The 18-year-old man was taken to Derriford Hospital by ambulance and was treated...

Police report a good start to the New Year following success of Operation Buddy

Devon and Cornwall Police are reporting a good start to the New Year following the success of Operation Buddy , the Force’s New Years Eve Policing Operation.

Police dealt with nearly 600 incidents between 10pm and 6 am with demand peaking between 11pm and 3am.

There was no significant disorder or crime over night and no reported raves.

Devon and Cornwall Police deployed...