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Cowell loss halts X Factor try-outs

Mid Devon Star: Simon Cowell's mother Julie has died at 89

12:53am Monday 6th July 2015

X Factor auditions have been cancelled following the death of show supremo Simon Cowell's mother.

£100m boost to build new homes

Mid Devon Star: The Government is matching the £50 million pledged by Lloyds Banking Group to boost new builds

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

Ministers are hoping a £100 million boost to small builders will aid the construction of 2,000 new homes.

Call to use ex-inmate intercepts

Mid Devon Star: High-profile offenders to be returned to jail include notorious loyalist killer Torrens Knight

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

Intercept evidence could be used to recall former paramilitary prisoners to jail in Northern Ireland, the UK's terrorism watchdog said.

Runway wait 'costs £31bn in trade'

Mid Devon Star: The Airports Commission last week recommended that a new runway is built at Heathrow to improve air capacity

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

The UK could lose up to £31 billion in trade by 2030 because of the failure to increase flights to Brazil, Russia, India and China alone, according to research.

Minaj show blow after travel delays

Mid Devon Star: Nicki Minaj was due to appear at Wireless Festival

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

American rapper and hip hop star Nicki Minaj missed her supporting slot at Wireless Festival because of "travel issues", organisers said.

Immigrant detentions soar at port

Mid Devon Star: A total of 563 illegal immigrants were held or arrested by Port of Dover police officers last year, up from 148 in 2013.

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

A large increase has been revealed in the number of illegal immigrants detained or arrested by police at one of Britain's main gateways.

£30m boost for adoption services

Mid Devon Star: The Government want to speed up the adoption process

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

The Government has committed £30 million to finding adoptive parents for children in care.

Srebrenica dead to be remembered

Mid Devon Star: The Princess Royal will travel to Bosnia and Herzegovina on Saturday for Srebrenica Memorial Day

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

Thousands of men and boys killed in the Srebrenica genocide 20 years ago will be remembered at a service at Westminster Abbey today.

Alice family seeks extended inquest

Mid Devon Star: Schoolgirl Alice Gross was killed last August (Metropolitan Police/PA Wire)

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

A coroner is today expected to decide whether the inquest into the death of schoolgirl Alice Gross should investigate wider questions around what authorities knew - or ought to have known - about her murderer.

Tributes to sea rescue grandfather

Mid Devon Star: Richard Guest died while trying to save two teenage girls from the sea (Guest family/PA)

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

Tributes have been paid to a "selfless and brave" grandfather who died while trying to rescue two teenage girls who got into difficulty in the sea.

EU shock as Greeks reject austerity

Mid Devon Star: Supporters of the No vote in Thessaloniki celebrate the referendum results (AP)

12:17am Monday 6th July 2015

Stunned European Union leaders are weighing the consequences of the overwhelming Greek referendum vote to reject the austerity terms demanded by the country's international creditors.

New show Married At First Sight tries out a scientific approach to arranged marriage - will it work?

Mid Devon Star: New show Married At First Sight tries out a scientific approach to arranged marriage - will it work?

12:11am Monday 6th July 2015

Scientific techniques will be used to arrange marriages between strangers – and introduce them on their wedding day.

Living Wage 'benefits businesses'

Mid Devon Star: The Living Wage would bring in £4.5 billion in taxes, says KPMG

12:04am Monday 6th July 2015

Paying the Living Wage rather than the statutory minimum would only cost 1.3% of the national wage bill and bring in £4.5 billion in taxes and reduced benefit payments, according to a new study.

Families priced out of rural areas

Mid Devon Star: A chronic housing crisis in rural areas is pricing out young families

12:04am Monday 6th July 2015

Swathes of rural England are set to become "pensioner pockets" in the next six years as young families find themselves priced out of the areas they grew up in, the National Housing Federation (NHF) has warned.

London leads 'unbalanced' recovery

Mid Devon Star: TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady says the Chancellor needs a better economic plan

12:04am Monday 6th July 2015

Jobs in London have been growing twice as fast as the UK as a whole in recent years, showing an "unbalanced" economic recovery, according to new research.

'£12k lower pay without degree'

Mid Devon Star: Job vacancies have increased to a post-recession high, especially for university graduates, according to a new study

12:04am Monday 6th July 2015

Jobseekers without a degree earn up to £12,000 a year less than graduates, a new study has shown.

Contactless payments on the rise

Mid Devon Star: Visa cardholders spent 1.6 billion euro in March 2015 alone, according to figures from Visa Europe

12:04am Monday 6th July 2015

The use of contactless payments in Europe continues to climb with more than one billion transactions in the last 12 months, according to new figures.

Over-55s 'at higher risk of scams'

Mid Devon Star: Vishing scams involve criminals tricking people out of their savings by pretending to be from their bank or the police

12:04am Monday 6th July 2015

People aged over 55 could be four times more likely than the general population to become victims of a telephone scam where fraudsters pose as a bank or the police, according to figures from the financial ombudsman.

Nani closes on Fenerbahce move

Mid Devon Star: Manchester United winger Nani is set to join Fenerbahce

11:08pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Manchester United winger Nani has arrived in Istanbul to complete a move to Fenerbahce.

Simon Cowell's mum has died

Mid Devon Star: Simon Cowell's mum has died

10:46pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Julie Cowell was 89.

BBC1's drama A Song For Jenny is a painful look back to the events of July 7

Mid Devon Star: BBC1's drama A Song For Jenny is a painful look back to the events of July 7

10:46pm Sunday 5th July 2015

A powerfully moving BBC 1 drama shows how difficult it is to lose a loved one to terrorism.

O'Driscoll set for Liverpool role

Mid Devon Star: Sean O'Driscoll is expected to be confirmed as Liverpool's assistant manager on Monday

10:33pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Liverpool are set to confirm the appointment of Sean O'Driscoll as assistant manager and the promotion of academy coach Pep Lijnders to Brendan Rodgers' backroom staff on Monday.

Beckhams share adorable throwback snaps to mark their 16th wedding anniversary

Mid Devon Star: Beckhams share adorable throwback snaps to mark their 16th wedding anniversary

10:26pm Sunday 5th July 2015

It’s been 16 years since the couple made it all official. SIXTEEN LONG YEARS.

Starc ready to bring the heat

Mid Devon Star: Mitchell Starc is ready to tackle England in the Ashes

10:08pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Mitchell Starc has warned England's batsmen there will be no place to hide when Australia's pacemen turn up the heat for the start of the Ashes series in Cardiff.

Where IS Nicki Minaj? Fans are gutted after rapper misses slot at Wireless Festival

Mid Devon Star: Where IS Nicki Minaj? Fans are gutted after rapper misses slot at Wireless Festival

9:56pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Organisers were forced to admit that they had LOST contact with the singer amid travel issues.

Collingwood: Stokes up for Ashes

Mid Devon Star: Ashes winner Paul Collingwood has backed his Durham teammate Ben Stokes to make an impact

9:48pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Paul Collingwood has warned Australia that potential match-winner Ben Stokes will not take a backward step as he prepares to head into Ashes battle.

Here are all the celebs spotted at Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton battled to win the British Grand Prix

Mid Devon Star: Here are all the celebs spotted at Silverstone as Lewis Hamilton battled to win the British Grand Prix

8:46pm Sunday 5th July 2015

George Lucas, Lindsey Vonn and a few Spice Girls were there to see Hamilton extend his F1 Championship lead.

Saints expect to sign Alderweireld

Mid Devon Star: Southampton expect to beat Tottenham to a deal for Toby Alderweireld.

7:10pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Southampton are expecting to complete a deal for Toby Alderweireld after Atletico Madrid failed to cancel the buy-out clause in time, Press Association Sport understands.

Lionel Richie's 13-year-old album is back on top of the charts and he has Glasto to thank for it

Mid Devon Star: Lionel Richie's 13-year-old album is back on top of the charts and he has Glasto to thank for it

9:46pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Lionel Richie & The Commodores’s The Definitive Collection jumped 103 positions for top spot.

Is Chris Moyles about to make his radio comeback on XFM?

Mid Devon Star: Is Chris Moyles about to make his radio comeback on XFM?

6:46pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Chris left the BBC in 2012 after eight years in the breakfast show slot.

Brough marks victory with 100th try

Mid Devon Star: Danny Brough scored his 100th career try as Huddersfield beat Hull KR

5:15pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Scrum-half Danny Brough scored his 100th career try as Huddersfield strengthened their grip on a Super League top-four spot with a third straight win.

He's so back! Arnold Schwarzenegger is 'honoured' to reprise his Terminator role

Mid Devon Star: He's so back! Arnold Schwarzenegger is 'honoured' to reprise his Terminator role

4:46pm Sunday 5th July 2015

The action hero says he was still fit enough to take on the physical role.

Cav hits back on stormy day on Tour

Mid Devon Star: Mark Cavendish was beaten into fourth in Zeeland

4:39pm Sunday 5th July 2015

A stormy and fractious day at the Tour de France ended with Mark Cavendish blaming his Etixx-QuickStep team-mates for his failure to win stage two to Zeeland.

Two die after lightning strikes

Mid Devon Star: Two people died after being hit by lightning

4:07pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Two people have died as a result of separate lightning strikes in the Brecon Beacons.

'Coherent response' to IS urged

Mid Devon Star: Alex Salmond said diplomatic efforts against IS need to be better co-ordinated and look at the areas of propaganda and the group's financing

4:01pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Tackling the threat of Islamic State (IS) requires a coherent response and not the "knee-jerk" extension of Syrian air strikes, Alex Salmond said today.

Pit choices hand Hamilton victory

Mid Devon Star: Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the British Grand Prix at Silverstone

2:45pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Lewis Hamilton praised his own pit-stop calls as he completed a hat-trick of home victories by winning an entertaining British Grand Prix.

Tributes to sea rescue grandfather

Mid Devon Star: Richard Guest died while trying to save two teenage girls from the sea (Guest family/PA)

2:18pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Tributes have been paid to a "selfless and brave" grandfather who died while trying to rescue two teenage girls who got into difficulty in the sea.

Unite backs Corbyn as Labour leader

Mid Devon Star: Jeremy Corbyn has won the support of the Unite union in his bid to become the next Labour leader

1:47pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Leaders of the country's biggest trade union have voted to back Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership.

Murray enjoying home advantage

Mid Devon Star: Andy Murray makes his way to the practice courts at Wimbledon

1:45pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Andy Murray believes the roaring home crowd at Wimbledon can make all the difference as he bids to clinch a second men's singles title at the All England Club.

Anniversary of 7/7 bombings marked

Mid Devon Star: The 10th anniversary of the July 7 bombings is to be marked

1:17pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Britain will this week mark the 10th anniversary of the July 7 terrorist attacks.

Houghton hoping Sampson stays

Mid Devon Star: Mark Sampson delivered on the big stage with England

1:05pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Captain Steph Houghton hopes England hang on to manager Mark Sampson after his tactical ingenuity guided the Lionesses to third place at the Women's World Cup.

Kyrgios plans to play in Davis Cup

Mid Devon Star: Nick Kyrgios is a new crowd favourite for many at Wimbledon

12:33pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Wimbledon showman Nick Kyrgios has reaffirmed his commitment to playing for his country in the Davis Cup after a political row threatened to rip apart Australian tennis.

Davenport: Draw tough on sisters

Mid Devon Star: Serena Williams, left, and sister Venus will meet for the 26th time in Monday's last-16 clash at SW19

12:33pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Elder sister Venus will directly block Serena Williams' calendar grand slam path on Monday, in a Wimbledon clash that is both essential viewing and impossible to watch.

Murray backed to combat threat

Mid Devon Star: Andy Murray, pictured, faces Ivo Karlovic second on Centre Court in Monday's hectic fourth-round schedule

12:16pm Sunday 5th July 2015

Andy Murray knows exactly how to "neutralise" ace master Ivo Karlovic's shotgun serve, according to Tim Henman.

Strauss issues Ashes warning

Mid Devon Star: Andrew Strauss believes Australia will need to be near their best to beat England this summer

12:00pm Sunday 5th July 2015

England's director of cricket Andrew Strauss has warned Australia they will have to produce "outstanding cricket" if they are to end their long wait for an Ashes series triumph on these shores.

Fiona Bruce: 8 things everyone needs to know about about the foxy presenter...

Mid Devon Star: Fiona Bruce: 8 things everyone needs to know about about the foxy presenter...

11:06am Sunday 5th July 2015

We did a bit of investigating of our own into the world of Fiona Bruce, and here are some fab facts we dug up..

Sampson hails battling Lionesses

Mid Devon Star: Mark Sampson has guided England Women to their best World Cup finish

7:50am Sunday 5th July 2015

England boss Mark Sampson was full of praise for his players' fighting spirit as they beat Germany 1-0 after extra-time to finish third in the Women's World Cup.

Greeks reject austerity terms

Mid Devon Star: David Cameron will hold talks with key advisers as the UK prepares to react to the result of Greece's referendum

4:51am Sunday 5th July 2015

Greeks have stunned the leaders of the European Union by voting overwhelmingly to reject the austerity terms demanded by the country's international creditors.

More sunshine due after rainy days

Mid Devon Star: More balmy weather is on the way, but not before an unsettled few days of showers.

2:39am Sunday 5th July 2015

The UK is set for more balmy July weather but not before an unsettled few days of showers.

Gunman son 'couldn't kill a mouse'

Mid Devon Star: Tunisian hotel gunman Seifeddine Rezgui (SITE Intelligence Group/PA)

2:38am Sunday 5th July 2015

The mother of the Tunisian beach gunman has revealed her son once refused to kill a mouse because he "couldn't kill anything".

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