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A man from Torquay is in a critical condition in Antigua
37 year old Christopher Tester was injured during an attempted
robbery at his parent's restaurant last night.
Friends have launched an urgent 90 thousand pound appeal to fly him
We are all very shocked as you can probably imagine.
His parents are very well loved members of our expat community here,
they have had a couple of restaurants throughout the years
and it is extremely shocking and saddening what has happened
Chris flew out a few days ago to come and help with Christmas
and was due to fly back home on the 29th of December.
It is something you do not expect to hear when you wake
The former Wham bandmate of George Michael has paid tribute
to the friend he says was the finest singer/songwriter of his generation.
Andrew Ridgely, who lives near Wadebridge in Cornwall,
was reacting on social media following news of the global
superstar's passing yesterday at the age of 53.
Writing on Twitter, Ridgely said he was "heartbroken" at the loss
of his beloved friend ...who would be "forever loved"
and missed "by his family, his friends, the world of music
In Guernsey, police say they believe the body of a man who disappeared
six months ago has been found by children out for
a walk on Christmas Eve. Steven Corbet was last seen getting
off a bus at Portelet Bay and reported missing on the 27th
Police say formal identification will take in a few weeks
but evidence at the scene suggested it was Mr Corbet.
There are calls for the government to do more to combat homelessness
Official figures show that around 500 people are sleeping rough
in the region.Charities, though, say this is just
Harriet Bradshaw's been hearing the story of one former
The simple pleasures of many young people.
But for Dan, life hasn't always been this straightforward.
Recently following a relationship breakdown, he ended up
I felt like I was a piece of dirt that someone
It is terrifying for someone who has never done it before,
who had a home and a fantastic life before that and then you have
to come out and do something like live on the streets.
The latest government figures suggest more than 500 people sleep
Unless we see some structural change in terms of government policy around
benefits and housing supply, this problem is only
Life is looking better for Dan since getting help
From this to this, you can see what I have got now,
The government says it is protecting homelessness prevention funding
with an extra ?5.7 million specifically for the Southwest.
Harriet Bradshaw, BBC Spotlight, Exeter.
On to sport and hundreds of football fans have been queuing today
to get their hands on tickets for Plymouth Argyle's FA Cup away
match against Liverpool on January the 8th.
Tickets went on sale at nine o'clock.
Many fans had been waiting since the early hours.
Today's sale was for club members, non members will be able to buy
The club has around eight and a half thousand tickets for the game.
Just got your tickets, how do you feel?
We have been here since 8 o'clock this morning
I am so relieved that we have got our lovable tickets.
Special, we don't play Liverpool every week, do we?
It seems a long time, but never mind.
But Argyle were knocked off the top of League two this afternoon
after drawing 3 all with Wycombe at Home Park.
The Pilgrims led 3-1 but the visitors fought back
Meanwhile there was a point a piece for Exeter and Yeovil with the local
And in the National League, Torquay United beat Forest Green
Hundreds of swimmers braved the chilly waters around our coast
today to take a traditional Boxing Day dip.
This was Charlestown in Cornwall where the rowing club organised
While in St Ives, bathers from as far afield as Australia took
part in the sunny swim at Porthminster beach -
they were raising money for a homeless charity
and for the Wave project which aims to help youngsters build
On to the weather and Ian Ferguson has the forecast...
A marked change of weather type with high pressure
dominating the pattern, meaning the return
of some cold nights, but for tomorrow, a fine day.
We will find further east in the region, temperatures
particularly in the countryside dropping below freezing,
Not so towards the South West peninsula and the Channel Islands.
The odd patch of fog as we start tomorrow,
but effectively it is looking a fine day, for the most part,
a lot of sunshine, a bit more cloud across parts of Cornwall
and here brisk winds feeding in from the south-east,
but light and variable winds as we head further
Similar story in the Channel Islands, temperatures tomorrow
broadly in the range of between seven and 9 degrees.
That is all for us for now. We will have another update at 12 o'clock
tomorrow. Goodbye for now. and longer spells of rain over