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Farewell to Aids man

The funeral is taking place of an Exeter man who developed Aids after giving medical assistance to an accident victim who was HIV positive.

Paul Gregory, 41, became infected in March 1997 after helping a man who had fallen through a roof, not knowing he had HIV.

Mr Gregory, who was married with four children, died just before Christmas.

His funeral is taking place at Exeter Crematorium with donations going to the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Stab policewoman leaves hospital

A south Devon policewoman who suffered knife wounds during an incident at her home, has been released from hospital.

Fay Hurved was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after the incident on 21 December.

She had knife wounds to her neck, back and chest. Her 52-year-old estranged husband was taken to Torbay Hospital after being found with a knife in his chest at Mrs Hurved's home in Dawlish.

Police have described the incident as domestic.

Extra week for Christmas lights

A Plymouth man who decorates his house with thousands of lights each Christmas is keeping the display alight for an extra week due to popular demand.

Thousands of people have seen Stuart Slade's decorations at Haye Road in Elburton over the last five years.

The lights recently won the BBC Spotlight Award for the South West's Best Decorated House 2003.

Rescue team heads to Iran

Three members of Rapid UK from Devon and Cornwall have joined the international rescue effort after a devastating earthquake in Iran.

Paramedic Nick Spence, from Newquay, Barry Sessions, from Lustleigh, and Anthony Thomas, from Bovey Tracey, are to join a flight from Stansted Airport on Friday evening.

They will play a key role over a 48-hour period in trying to find people trapped in the rubble.


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