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NSPCC and O2 urge parents to make online safety a New Year's resolution

Authored by Mike Page

The NSPCC and O2 are urging parents to make online safety a priority for their children if they are given smartphones, tablets or games consoles this Christmas.

The advice comes after the charity and mobile network operator found that thousands of parents who have played the O2 NSPCC Parents vs Kids online safety quiz were getting questions about parental controls wrong.

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Ensure safety in your office with PSP training firm

Authored by Duncan Little

“It only takes a day to learn how to save someone’s life but the knowledge can last a lifetime,” says Jeremy Sleet, founder of Health and Safety company No Accident, which recently based itself at the prestigious Plymouth Science Park.

Jeremy has taught First Aid to more than 500 people over the past three years and his courses can cover a vast area of topics – from ensuring safety on...

Work to start on £50m power line project in Devon

Authored by News Desk

National Grid has started work on a £50 million refurbishment of pylons in Devon and part of Cornwall to keep power flowing in the South West and beyond for decades to come.

The line of pylons, running between substations in Exeter and Landulph, was built in the 1960s.

The wires carrying electricity that hang between them, along with other equipment, are approaching the end of...

Have fun but stay safe on Bonfire Night

Authored by Sarah Parker

Devon and Cornwall Police and Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service have come together to issue a joint community message across our region encouraging those celebrating Guy Fawkes Night to remember that fireworks are explosives and should be respected.

Each year both services receive reports and are called out to deal with children and adults being injured by fireworks across our...

Don’t burger up your bank holiday

Authored by Mary

Over 900,000 people in the South West of England are at risk of food poisoning from pink burgers at Bank Holiday barbecues, according to research released today by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

The research reveals that despite 69% stating they are concerned about food poisoning, almost a third (29%) of people in the South West would eat a burger that isn’t fully cooked through. One...

Railway trespass doubles over summer holidays

Authored by Mary

Parents in the South West are being urged to speak to their children as alarming new figures reveal youngsters are twice as likely to trespass on the tracks over summer, compared with winter.

Longer evenings, coupled with the start of the holidays, spell danger for Britain’s youth as UK statistics show trespass doubles in August compared to December.

In 2015, there were 128...

Baby and toddler safety campaign relaunches

Authored by Mary

A Trading Standards campaign to help prevent babies and toddlers from being injured at home is being relaunched on 6 June.

Every year in England 60 children are killed, 450,000 attend A&E and 40,000 are admitted to hospital as a result of accidents in the home.

The Buy Wise Be Safe campaign aims to prevent injuries by providing clear advice on ways to make the home safer...

New Devon commander appointed

Authored by News Desk

Devon and Cornwall Police has appointed Chief Superintendent Jim Colwell to lead frontline policing across the whole of Devon.

Rising from a bobby on the beat across Plymouth in 2001 to a member of the Force’s senior leaders, C Supt Colwell aims to sustain the professional standard of policing service across the county, as well as collaborate with partner agencies to assist community...

Plympton pupils take part in International Safer Internet Day

Authored by ClareG

Students from Ridgeway School have taken part in a day to promote the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology.

The International Safer Internet Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries and is in its thirteenth year. This year’s theme was ‘play your part for a better internet’.

Running up to the day students got involved in a number of activities to help to...

Why yuletide could be ‘drooltide’ for your dog

Authored by Mary

NFU Mutual, the UK’s leading rural insurer, is urging owners to put certain foods on the ‘naughty list’ for their dogs this year. Christmas is well known as a time of excess for humans but, according to the insurer, pet dogs are also prone to eating too much during the festive period and sometimes, what they choose to eat could have serious health implications and end-up in an emergency visit...

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