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Clarkson says he will miss Top Gear

Mid Devon Star: Jeremy Clarkson thanked people who had written to say they will miss him on Top Gear

5:44am Saturday 18th April 2015

Jeremy Clarkson has spoken of how much he will miss hosting Top Gear, and thanked fans for their support after he was axed from the popular motoring programme.

'Mortgage freedom day' for UK homes

Mid Devon Star: Halifax has calculated the mortgage freedom day for home owners across the UK

2:02am Saturday 18th April 2015

Today is "mortgage freedom day", when home owners will typically have earned enough cash this year so far to pay off the cost of their mortgage for the whole of 2015, according to research.

Second vigil for Karen Buckley

Mid Devon Star: Karen Buckley was a first-year occupational therapy student at Glasgow Caledonian University (PA/Police Scotland)

1:47am Saturday 18th April 2015

A second vigil will be held today to remember student Karen Buckley.

Protest over work 'discrimination'

Mid Devon Star: The GMB said local workers were being discriminated against

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

A demonstration will be held today on the site of a new energy-from-waste plant to protest at employment practices.

Boyband seek fame - but can't sing

Mid Devon Star: Boyband during their audition for Britain's Got Talent (SYCO/THAMES)

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

Simon Cowell has found a new boyband - but they cannot sing a note.

Woman charged over cannabis probe

Mid Devon Star: The Police Service Northern Ireland said there would be more arrests in the complex investigation

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

A woman has been charged with importing £400,000 worth of cannabis, becoming the ninth person charged in connection with a major international drug trafficking operation.

Ringo joining rock hall of fame

Mid Devon Star: Ringo Starr is joining rock and roll's hall of fame

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

Ringo Starr will join the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight with fellow Beatle Sir Paul McCartney doing the honours of introducing him at the ceremony in the US.

Malik thanks 1D at Asian Awards

Mid Devon Star: Zayn Malik made his first solo appearance since quitting One Direction at the Asian Awards in central London

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

Zayn Malik has paid tribute to his former bandmates as he made his first solo appearance since quitting One Direction.

Lenders fight to cut mortgage rates

Mid Devon Star: House buyers are being offered some of the lowest ever fixed-rate mortgage deals

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

The battle between lenders to chop down the mortgage rates on offer has intensified, with a company unveiling a new five-year deal with a record low rate of under 2%.

Argentina 'no desire to use force'

Mid Devon Star: Philip Hammond criticised Argentina's stance

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

Argentina's minister for the Falklands has claimed his country " harbours not the least desire to use force" to regain the islands as it started legal action against companies drilling for oil and gas nearby.

Navy four face sex assault charge

Mid Devon Star: Canadian authorities investigated allegations of sexual assault

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

Four members of the Royal Navy have been charged with sexual assault.

Obesity comes in different types

Mid Devon Star: Scientists have identified different categories of obesity

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

Scientists have identified six types of obese people.

Labour slams PM immigration record

Mid Devon Star: Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is campaigning on the issue of immigration

12:23am Saturday 18th April 2015

Labour will address immigration concerns head on today with an attack on the Tory record and a pledge to create a new Government task force to crack down on exploitation.

Spieth shines as Merritt goes top

Mid Devon Star: Masters champion Jordan Spieth roared back into contention at the RBC Heritage following a second-round 62

12:21am Saturday 18th April 2015

Masters champion Jordan Spieth roared back into contention at the RBC Heritage with a second-round 62 on Friday.

Pellegrini disappointed with Toure

Mid Devon Star: Manchester City's Yaya Toure, left, has not been at his best this season, manager Manuel Pellegrini, right, admits

12:18am Saturday 18th April 2015

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini admits he has been disappointed with Yaya Toure's performances this season.

Belle And Sebastian always the odd ones out

Mid Devon Star: Belle And Sebastian always the odd ones out

12:11am Saturday 18th April 2015

The band’s frontman says they have never blended into any mainstream style.

David Nicholls: Making my books into films is painful

Mid Devon Star: David Nicholls: Making my books into films is painful

12:11am Saturday 18th April 2015

The author says it’s tough trying to bring his novels to the cinema.

Paul O'Grady plans to be TV rebel at 60

Mid Devon Star: Paul O'Grady plans to be TV rebel at 60

12:11am Saturday 18th April 2015

The TV presenter says he won’t slip quietly into his 60s.

Amanda Mealing: I'm nothing like my scary Casualty character

Mid Devon Star: Amanda Mealing: I'm nothing like my scary Casualty character

12:11am Saturday 18th April 2015

The 46-year-old actress plays formidable senior consultant Connie Beauchamp in the BBC medical drama.

Is Kim Butterfield the Hollyoaks serial killer?

Mid Devon Star: Is Kim Butterfield the Hollyoaks serial killer?

12:11am Saturday 18th April 2015

Nurse Kim is one of the prime suspects to be the serial killer who has been murdering hospital patients in the Channel 4 soap.

Stevie McCrorie: Winner's sheen will wear off soon

Mid Devon Star: Stevie McCrorie: Winner's sheen will wear off soon

12:11am Saturday 18th April 2015

The talent show star knows he has some hard work ahead of him.

What items did Sir Ian McKellen take from The Hobbit set?

Mid Devon Star: What items did Sir Ian McKellen take from The Hobbit set?

12:11am Saturday 18th April 2015

The star, who played Gandalf, almost got caught out by director Peter Jackson.

Did the Goggleboxers go all out for their 50th episode?

Mid Devon Star: Did the Goggleboxers go all out for their 50th episode?

10:36pm Friday 17th April 2015

They were all on top form for the 50th ever episode of the show.

Handley treble sees Rhinos rule

Mid Devon Star: Zak Hardaker was among the tries as Leeds beat St Helens

10:25pm Friday 17th April 2015

A hat-trick of tries from teenage winger Ash Handley helped Leeds to a handsome 41-16 win over reigning champions St Helens that takes them six points clear at the top of Super League.

Zayn Malik has shaved his head and people are freaking out

Mid Devon Star: Zayn Malik has shaved his head and people are freaking out

9:37pm Friday 17th April 2015

The good news is that his face has stayed exactly the same.

Peaty breaks world record

Mid Devon Star: Adam Peaty is a world-record breaker

8:48pm Friday 17th April 2015

Britain's Adam Peaty has broken the men's 100 metres breast stroke world record with a time of 57.92 seconds at the London Aquatic Centre.

Navy four face sex assault charge

Mid Devon Star: Canadian authorities investigated allegations of sexual assault

8:36pm Friday 17th April 2015

Four members of the Royal Navy have been charged with sexual assault.

'Fantasist' denies baby rape claims

Mid Devon Star: Matthew Stansfield is on trial at Bristol Crown Court over the sexual abuse of a child

7:17pm Friday 17th April 2015

A paedophile has denied he planned to abuse a baby with other men he met over the internet.

Paedophile admits string of rapes

Mid Devon Star: Michael D'Costa will be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court

7:04pm Friday 17th April 2015

A "predatory" paedophile who kept a "sickening" account of his abuse has admitted a string of offences including 10 counts of rape.

Minimum 11 years for killer, 13

Mid Devon Star: The family of Glynis Bensley outside Wolverhampton Crown Court after the sentencing of her killer, Petri Kurti

7:04pm Friday 17th April 2015

A boastful 13-year-old boy has been jailed for a minimum of 11 years for the murder of a woman mugged as she walked home from the pub.

Rodgers shocked by Balotelli abuse

Mid Devon Star: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli has been the target of more than 8,000 abusive social media posts this season alone

5:45pm Friday 17th April 2015

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he was "surprised and shocked" by the online racist abuse targeted at the club's striker Mario Balotelli.

Charity hashtag boost for Twitter

Mid Devon Star: The hashtag system helps make it easier to donate on Twitter

5:26pm Friday 17th April 2015

Twitter users can now donate to charity by tweeting the organisations they want to support using a hashtag and the amount they wish to give.

Set of Beatles autographs for sale

Mid Devon Star: The microphone that was used to record the drums of Ringo Starr in the recordings of Sergeant Pepper, which is being sold at auction (J P Humbert Auctioneers/PA)

5:26pm Friday 17th April 2015

Money can't buy me love but it can pay for some sought-after Beatles memorabilia.

How much is a full set of Beatles autographs worth?

Mid Devon Star: How much is a full set of Beatles autographs worth?

5:16pm Friday 17th April 2015

A piece of paper signed by all four members of the band has been valued at around £1,500 .

Wolff: Let drivers show emotions

Mid Devon Star: Toto Wolff, pictured, will allow drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg to continue to express their emotions after grands prix

5:16pm Friday 17th April 2015

Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff has made it clear he will never make any attempt to quell the emotion of drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Downie wins historic bronze

Mid Devon Star: Fifteen-year-old Ellie Downie has made history in Montpellier

4:35pm Friday 17th April 2015

Teenage gymnast Ellie Downie has made history by winning Great Britain's first ever women's major championships all-round medal after clinching bronze at the European Championships in Montpellier.

Zebroski sentenced to jail term

Mid Devon Star: Newport have terminated Chris Zebroski's contract after he was sentenced to more than four years in prison

4:24pm Friday 17th April 2015

Newport striker Chris Zebroski has been sent to prison for more than four years.

Pelley is new European Tour chief

Mid Devon Star: The European Tour has a new chief executive

4:16pm Friday 17th April 2015

Canadian Keith Pelley has been named as the new chief executive of the European Tour, succeeding George O'Grady.

Draw spoils Anderson achievement

Mid Devon Star: James Anderson, pictured, has beaten Sir Ian Botham's Test wickets record for England

4:11pm Friday 17th April 2015

James Anderson surpassed Sir Ian Botham as the top wicket-taker in England's Test history, only for West Indies to spoil his party by clinging to a draw in the series opener in Antigua.

Where are all the actors who've played Darth Vader now?

Mid Devon Star: Where are all the actors who've played Darth Vader now?

3:57pm Friday 17th April 2015

Well, the actors in the six proper Star Wars films at least.

Murder probe after two women found

Mid Devon Star: Merseyside Police have launched a murder hunt after two women were found dead in Bootle

3:55pm Friday 17th April 2015

A murder investigation has been launched after the bodies of two women were discovered.

Unpaid internships 'unfair'

Mid Devon Star: Latest election news

3:55pm Friday 17th April 2015

Graduates struggling to support themselves financially while trying to further their careers are facing a job market which "privileges those who have the financial backing to go without an income".

'Most wanted' fugitives captured

Mid Devon Star: Jayson McDonald has been captured in Amsterdam (National Crime Agency/PA)

3:38pm Friday 17th April 2015

Two fugitives who featured on the UK's most wanted list on suspicion of drug trafficking have been captured in Europe with 24 hours of each other.

Rodgers defends Sterling and Ibe

Mid Devon Star: Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called for perspective in relation to the off-field mistakes made by youngsters Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe

3:26pm Friday 17th April 2015

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers called for a sense of perspective after a week when young players Raheem Sterling and Jordon Ibe were splashed all over the front pages for off-field activities.

Football fans 'terrorising trains'

Mid Devon Star: Dawn Parkinson's family endured an "absolutely terrifying" journey as drunken football supporters "overran" their train carriage (BTP/PA)

3:24pm Friday 17th April 2015

Football fans are terrorising rail passengers with thuggish behaviour every week, a senior police officer has said.

Miliband 'won't need to woo SNP'

Mid Devon Star: Labour leader Ed Miliband has ruled out a formal coalition with the SNP

3:24pm Friday 17th April 2015

The spectacular surge of the Scottish National Party in the polls has put the spotlight squarely on the question of their potential relationship with Labour in a hung Parliament, in the wake of last night's TV encounter between Nicola Sturgeon and Ed Miliband.

Pellegrini unfazed by speculation

Mid Devon Star: Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini accepts he must deal with speculation over his future

2:54pm Friday 17th April 2015

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is not hurt by the latest bout of speculation concerning his future.

Hamilton delighted by current form

Mid Devon Star: Lewis Hamilton feels he is in the best form of his career

2:49pm Friday 17th April 2015

Lewis Hamilton feels he is currently in the best form of his Formula One career.

See Warwick Davis do his best Yoda impression

Mid Devon Star: See Warwick Davis do his best Yoda impression

2:46pm Friday 17th April 2015

The actor proves he can fill in for some of the other roles on set if needed.

PM 'sympathy' for abuse victims

Mid Devon Star: Lord Janner is said to be too ill to face trial over historic child sex abuse allegations

2:45pm Friday 17th April 2015

David Cameron has sympathised with those who feel "frustrated" that Lord Janner will not face charges over alleged child abuse.

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