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October 14, 2018 2:43 PM Plymouth's historic Drake's Island fortress on sale for £6m

An historic island fortress has been put up for sale with a guide price of £6 million. Drake's Island in Devon includes a 16th century barracks, a pier and an underground network of tunnels. The six-acre site, which stands 600m off the coast at Plymouth, has planning permission for a luxury hotel and spa. Aidan McCauley, son of the island's owner Dan McCauley 8

October 12, 2018 4:26 PM Royal Society of Biology reveals Photographer of the Year 2018

Striking images of a leopard gecko and intricately-patterned autumnal leaves have won the Royal Society of Biology's Photographer of the Year and Young Photographer of the Year competitions. The theme of Patterns in Nature attracted entries exploring forms, sequences and structures in the natural world, with entries ranging from microscopic symmetries 47

September 29, 2018 7:17 PM Hattie the Fatty half the size and hungry for a home

An obese dog once said to be Britain's largest has halved her weight and is looking for a home. Hattie hit the headlines around the world after she was taken in by Gables Farm Dogs and Cats Home in Plymouth, Devon, earlier this year. Nicknamed "Hattie the Fatty", the plump pooch weighed almost 40kg (6st) when she was rescued by the RSPCA. The hefty hound 13

September 8, 2018 5:42 PM Baboons at Paignton Zoo have been filmed flossing their teeth with bristles and hairs

Just how important is dental hygiene to monkeys? Well it seems our distant cousins take looking after their teeth a lot more seriously than you might think. A group of Baboons at Paignton Zoo in Devon have been filmed using their own hair and bristles from an old broom, to floss their pearly whites. Phil Knowling works at the zoo, and told 5 Live it was “amazing 8

September 5, 2018 8:51 AM Tour of Britain now features a huge penis at Capstone Hill and a ride into Cockermouth

It might not have the Alpine peaks, history and drugs history, but the Tour of Britain bike race does feature a massive penis. Helping sell the Tour to a new audience, Capstone Hill in Ilfracombe, Devon, has been enlivened by the presence of a huge, proud penis. The hill artwork – an installation made of cardboard and plastic – was initially styled to look like a massive 21

September 3, 2018 10:36 PM Tensions are rising in scallop wars

THE Anglo-French scallop war has been ramped up after French fishermen netted 44 bluefin tuna, which their UK rivals are banned from catching. Two French commercial fishing boats were trawling for bream with a net when they caught the bluefin tuna, which is worth tens of thousands of pounds, off the Channel Islands. The fish, rarely seen in British waters 11

August 22, 2018 11:49 PM August Bank Holiday: The roads to avoid

Drivers are being warned to expect delays of up to an hour on motorways on Friday ahead of the August bank holiday. Most roadworks on motorways and major roads in England will be lifted but about 40 sets will remain for safety reasons. Experts predict roads will become congested from 14:00 BST on Friday as holidaymakers mix with commuters. Rail engineering 13

August 10, 2018 8:42 AM Dad 'marks' schools boss's holiday fine letter

A father has "marked and graded" a letter sent by the county's education head with seven spelling mistakes. Daniel Moore from Exmouth, Devon, was sent the letter to inform him of a £60 fine for keeping his son away from school for five days during term time. He called the council "hypocrites", adding he would pay the fine but would return the letter 14

August 5, 2018 1:18 AM Hot here? Europe’s at 115F

HOLIDAYMAKERS were warned to take extra care yesterday as Portugal saw scorching heat of more than 115F (46.6C) and temperatures on the Continent approached record levels. Conditions were relatively balmy in Britain yesterday – around 85F in London and Bournemouth, but it was a different story on mainland Europe. Two million are expected in Cornwall 12

July 30, 2018 11:20 AM Pervert who filmed women in showers is spared prison

A PEEPING Tom has been spared jail after he rigged up a contraption for spying on women in the showers at a holiday camp. William Kelly lay on a wooden platform suspended by ropes above the shower cubicles so he could film female campers. But he was caught naked by police after being spotted by staff at the park in Dawlish, Devon. Kelly, 63, of Exeter 11