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New partnership to help Bay’s underwater rainforest

Two local names with international reputations are joining forces to help a very special - but largely unknown - species. Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, is linking up with Valeport, the Totnes-based underwater measuring instrumentation specialists.

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Nicholas Hytner to step down as Director of the National Theatre

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Nicholas Hytner announced today that he is to step down as Director of the National Theatre at the end of March 2015.

Nick Hytner said: “It’s been a joy and a privilege to lead the National Theatre for ten years and I’m looking forward to the next two. I have the most exciting and most fulfilling job in the English-speaking theatre; and after twelve years it will be time to give...

Families pay tributes to 3 year old and 2 teenagers who died in Honiton house fire

Authored by Matthew Vizard

The families of the 3 year old boy and two teenagers who died tragically following a house fire in Honiton, have paid tributes to the three.

Police have confirmed the identities of the three young people as Harvey Bennellick, aged 3, Rosie Bennellick, 17 and Andy Gunn, 18, from Bishopsteignton who was Rosie’s boyfriend.

The family of Andrew Gunn paid the following tribute:...

UK reaches one billionth music download

Authored by Matthew Vizard

A significant milestone for the UK music industry has been reached with the one billionth download single sale, according to the Official Charts Company .

Nine years after the launch of legal downloads in the UK, the figure was reached on Monday evening.

Adele's 'Someone Like You' has been confirmed as the most downloaded single of all time. The Official Charts Company has also...

Queen to attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral

Authored by Mary

The funeral of Lady Thatcher will take place on Wednesday 17 April and will be attended by The Queen, it has been announced.

The funeral ceremony, with full military honours, will take place at St Paul's Cathedral in Central London, following a procession from Westminster.

Buckingham Palace said The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the service....

"Disgraceful" celebrations after Margaret Thatcher's death

Authored by Matthew Vizard

More than 100 people gathered in Brixton last night to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's death.

Some scaled the nearby Ritzy Cinema and changed the film listings to read "Margaret Thatchers dead" (sic).

Pictures of anti-Thatcher graffiti scrawled on walls of the London suberb also appeared on Twitter, with one reading: "You snatched my milk! & our hope" and there were reports...

Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher dies aged 87

Authored by Matthew Vizard

The Prime Minister David Cameron has led tributes to his predecessor, Baroness Thatcher who has died aged 87 from a stroke.

Describing it as "a truly sad day for our country", Mr Cameron said "we have lost a great prime minister, a great leader, a great Briton".

Baroness Thatcher's spokesperson Lord Bell announced her death, saying "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol...

Honiton house fire claims lives of two teenagers and three year old boy

Authored by Matthew Vizard

The 3 year old boy seriously hurt in a house fire in Honiton on Friday died in hospital in Bristol on Saturday.

The tragic death follows the announcement that two teenagers had died on Friday at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

At around 7.48am on Friday 5 April, emergency services were called to a reported house fire at a property in Lee Close, Honiton.

The air...

Family taken to hospital following house fire in Honiton

Authored by Matthew Vizard

At around 7.48am this morning, Friday 5 April, emergency services were called to a reported house fire at a property in Lee Close, Honiton.

The Air ambulance and the police helicopter also attended the scene, assisting in the evacuation of casualties to hospital.

Five people were taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital following the fire. Four people remain in serious...

HMV on the verge of £50m rescue deal with Hilco

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Sky News has revealed that HMV, the British music and video retail chain, is on the verge of being rescued in a £50m deal that will preserve 2,500 jobs. Hilco UK, which has been operating in Europe for over 10 years, was founded out of a partnership between UK Management and the Hilco Group in the US, the global leader in distressed retail investment and advisory services. Hilco also already...

Philpotts and Mosley jailed for Derby fire deaths

Authored by Matthew Vizard

Having been convicted of causing the death of six of his children - Jade, 10, John, 9, Jack, 8, Jesse, 6, and Jayden, 5 - in a fire at his Derby house on 11 May 2012, Mick Philpott, 56, has been told at Nottingham Crown Court today that he would serve a minimum of 15 years in prison.

He was convicted of manslaughter along with his wife Mairead and friend Paul Mosley, who were told they...