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Dame Helen Mirren gets waxed... three times!

Mid Devon Star: Dame Helen Mirren gets waxed... three times!

10:17am Friday 31st July 2015

The Dame came face-to-face with three versions of herself at the Madame Tussauds museum in London.

Simon Cowell dresses his toddler son as a cute little mini-me

Mid Devon Star: Simon Cowell dresses his toddler son as a cute little mini-me

10:17am Friday 31st July 2015

The music mogul was pictured driving a golf cart with his 18-month-old son in matching outfits.

Scott and Bailey return in three-part TV special

Mid Devon Star: Scott and Bailey, starring Suranne Jones and Lesley Sharp, is returning to screens (ITV/PA)

9:42am Friday 31st July 2015

Detective duo Scott and Bailey are returning to TV in a three-part special being filmed later this year.

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four chosen as 'must read' by teachers

Mid Devon Star: George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is at the top of teachers' list of books every student should read before leaving secondary school.

9:41am Friday 31st July 2015

George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is at the top of teachers' list of books "every student should read before leaving secondary school".

London Zoo's 'Scissorhands' sloth given teddy bear to replace ailing mother

Mid Devon Star: A teddy bear is giving a sloth lessons in gripping on to things, replacing the role of the animal's mother who is unable to care for her offspring

9:39am Friday 31st July 2015

A baby sloth named "Edward" after his impressive Edward Scissorhands-like claws is being hand-reared with the help of a special teddy bear.

Cara Delevingne supported by Paper Towns author John Green after awkward TV interview

Mid Devon Star: Cara Delevingne supported by Paper Towns author John Green after awkward TV interview

8:59am Friday 31st July 2015

The Paper Town writer came to the defence of the 22-year-old model-actress, following an interview with a US network.

Friday funday? One Direction surprise fans by releasing a new single

Mid Devon Star: One Direction give James Corden first post-Zayn Malik TV interview

8:39am Friday 31st July 2015

The song didn’t premiere on radio, they simply put it straight on to iTunes and Spotify.

Sturgeon: No politician can stand in the way of another independence referendum

Mid Devon Star: Nicola Sturgeon warned politicians to heed the voice of the Scottish people

8:08am Friday 31st July 2015

SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has issued a warning to her unionist opponents that "no politician has the right to stand in the way" of another independence referendum if Scotland votes to have a re-run.

Lloyds profits rise despite PPI bill

Mid Devon Star: Lloyds chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio said they had made strong progress in the first half of the year

8:07am Friday 31st July 2015

State-backed Lloyds Banking Group has added £1.4 billion to its bill for compensating customers mis-sold payment protection insurance (PPI).

One Direction release brand new single Drag Me Down

Mid Devon Star: Drag Me Down is One Direction's first single without Zayn Malik

8:06am Friday 31st July 2015

One Direction have surprised fans by releasing a new single.

Met Police 'refused to rescue canal death boy'

Mid Devon Star: Witnesses claim police refused to jump into a canal to rescue a teenage boy

8:06am Friday 31st July 2015

Police "refused" to rescue a teenager who drowned in a canal while fleeing from officers, witnesses have claimed.

Festival fun: Kaiser Chiefs and Mr Tumble as Camp Bestival kicks off

Mid Devon Star: Festival fun: Kaiser Chiefs and Mr Tumble as Camp Bestival kicks off

7:59am Friday 31st July 2015

It’s a mixed bag of fun as Bestival gets under way.

Game Of Thrones shock as execs reveal it could end after three more seasons

Mid Devon Star: Game of Thrones shock as execs reveal it could end after three more seasons

8:27am Friday 31st July 2015

Fans may have to make-do with only a few more instalments of the hit show.

'£450,000 more' for central London property than homes in commuter belt

Mid Devon Star: Property in areas which are an hour's commute from London cost £272,000 on average, figures show

7:53am Friday 31st July 2015

Buyers in central London have to pay on average £450,000 more for their home than those who live just one hour away, new research suggests.

Lamara Bell's funeral held as M9 crash probe continues

Mid Devon Star: The funeral of Lamara Bell is taking place today

7:29am Friday 31st July 2015

The funeral will be held today for a mother who died after a motorway crash that went undiscovered by police for days.

Family agony as ex-Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs found dead

Mid Devon Star: Family agony as ex-Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs found dead

7:29am Friday 31st July 2015

Stuart’s family have spoken out after his sudden death.

Happy Birthday JK Rowling: We mark the Harry Potter author turning 50 by celebrating her greatest tweets

Mid Devon Star: Happy Bithday JK Rowling: We mark the Harry Potter author turning 50 by celebrating her greatest tweets

8:17am Friday 31st July 2015

JK Rowling turns 50 today.

Finn revels in dream return

Mid Devon Star: Steven Finn, right, took five wickets on day two at Edgbaston

7:10am Friday 31st July 2015

Steven Finn has had a long and difficult road back to the Test arena but after bringing England to the brink of an Ashes victory at Edgbaston he admitted he was finally having fun again.

Rutherford victorious in Stockholm

Mid Devon Star: Greg Rutherford won the Diamond League long jump in Sweden

7:09am Friday 31st July 2015

Great Britain's Greg Rutherford extended his lead in the Diamond League long jump standings with victory in Stockholm.

Rose blooms while Woods makes gains

Mid Devon Star: Justin Rose is the defending champion at the Quicken Loans National

7:07am Friday 31st July 2015

Justin Rose began the defence of his Quicken Loans National title with a compelling five-under-par 66 as Tiger Woods showed flashes of his best form at the event he hosts.

Sex abuse payouts docked after victims commit crimes

Mid Devon Star: Since 2010, 438 sex abuse victims have had government-funded payouts docked

6:50am Friday 31st July 2015

Hundreds of sex abuse victims have had their compensation payments reduced after committing crime themselves, according to new figures.

Dentist who shot Cecil the lion 'wanted to hunt elephant'

Mid Devon Star: Protesters outside Walter Palmer's dental surgery in Minnesota (AP)

5:42am Friday 31st July 2015

The US dentist who killed Cecil the lion wanted to hunt a "very large elephant" after shooting the protected animal, the guide who led the trip has claimed.

Pub landlord facing jail for killing of American with ironing board

Mid Devon Star: Pub landlord Rostam Notarki

3:09am Friday 31st July 2015

A gastropub landlord is facing jail for killing a wealthy eccentric American with an ironing board.

George Osborne challenged over BBC cuts 'Murdoch meeting'

Mid Devon Star: George Osborne has been asked to make public any dealings with media mogul Rupert Murdoch since the general election

12:20am Friday 31st July 2015

George Osborne has been challenged to reveal if he met or contacted Rupert Murdoch during a period which saw BBC funding cuts.

Calais crisis: MoD land 'may be used' to ease Operation Stack congestion

Mid Devon Star: Migrants rush at a police cordon by a truck route along the perimeter fence of the Eurotunnel site at Coquelles in Calais, France.

12:18am Friday 31st July 2015

British troops could join efforts to ease traffic congestion in Kent as the migrant crisis shows no sign of abating.

Trafficking victim's relief at finding refuge in UK safe house

Mid Devon Star: Trafficking victim Emma, not her real name, was forced into prostitution around Europe

12:12am Friday 31st July 2015

A trafficking victim who was forced into prostitution around Europe after being groomed to believe she was going to be a model has spoken of her relief at finding refuge in a UK safe house.

Guy Ritchie ties knot with girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley

Mid Devon Star: Guy Ritchie and girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley have got married

12:12am Friday 31st July 2015

Director Guy Ritchie has married his long-term girlfriend Jacqui Ainsley.

Al Murray: Social media 'mob mentality' threatens free speech

Mid Devon Star: Al Murray has condemned the 'mob mentality' on social media

12:12am Friday 31st July 2015

Comedian Al Murray has criticised the "mob mentality" on social media for attacking free speech.

Psychological fall-out of nuclear accidents 'most serious public health issue'

Mid Devon Star: A major report said more needs to be done to plan for the psychological fall-out of events such as the Chernobyl and Fukushima disasters

12:12am Friday 31st July 2015

Nuclear accidents can have a "devastating" impact on people's lives that has nothing to do with the effects of radiation, say experts.

Family agony as ex-Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs found dead

Mid Devon Star: Stuart Baggs has died aged 27

12:12am Friday 31st July 2015

The sister of former Apprentice contestant Stuart Baggs has said the family's world is "shattered apart" by his sudden death.

Kids Company charity faces police investigation

Mid Devon Star: Police are investigating allegations of crime involving the Kids Company

12:12am Friday 31st July 2015

Children's charity Kids Company is being investigated by police officers specialising in sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse.

Sir Tom Jones to join Rob Brydon for Children in Need Wembley Arena show

Mid Devon Star: Sir Tom Jones to join Rob Brydon for Children in Need Wembley Arena show

12:11am Friday 31st July 2015

Rob Brydon is joining forces with his fellow countryman Sir Tom Jones for a charity concert. The Wembley Arena gig, hosted by the Gavin And Stacey star, will raise money for Children in Need and features performances by Sir Tom and a series of comedy sketches inspired by his career. Rob, who also presents panel […]

How Sofia Vergara left Hot Pursuit co-star Reese Witherspoon in agony

Mid Devon Star: How Sofia Vergara left Hot Pursuit co-star Reese Witherspoon in agony

12:11am Friday 31st July 2015

The pair struck up a firm friendship on the set of their new crime caper Hot Pursuit.

Rocky Horror Show returns to stage with Richard O'Brien

Mid Devon Star: Rocky Horror Show returns to stage with Richard O'Brien

12:11am Friday 31st July 2015

Performing the role in the UK for the first time in more than 20 years, Richard will appear as the narrator on the London stage.

£734,240 lifetime tax bill for average British family

Mid Devon Star: While the poorest families saw their lifetime tax burden rise by 4.1% to £282,545 in 2013/14, the richest 20% of households enjoyed a 2.2% fall compared with the previous year, to £1,488,275

12:04am Friday 31st July 2015

British families pay almost three-quarters of a million pounds each in tax over the course of a lifetime, according to new research.

Average care home costs 'above £29,000 a year'

Mid Devon Star: Care home prices are rising faster than ever, a nursing agency says

12:04am Friday 31st July 2015

The average cost of a care home now exceeds £29,000 a year after rising by more than £700 over the past 12 months, according to figures compiled by a nursing agency.

Number of new homes registrations 'at strongest level since 2007'

Mid Devon Star: Housebuilding figures are the best since 2007, research suggests

12:04am Friday 31st July 2015

The number of new homes being registered is at its strongest levels since 2007, an industry body has reported.

No electricity not a turn-off for first-time buyers

Mid Devon Star: The average price paid for a starter home in May was £211,000

12:04am Friday 31st July 2015

One in five aspiring first-time buyers would be willing to purchase a home with no electricity or central heating if it enabled them to get on the property ladder, research has found.

Premier League unmoved on fixtures

Mid Devon Star: Richard Scudamore is not in favour of moving individual matches

11:39pm Thursday 30th July 2015

The Premier League will not move individual fixtures in an effort to placate clubs competing in the Champions League.

Delighted Koeman avoids complacency

Mid Devon Star: Ronald Koeman was a happy man as Southampton beat Vitesse 3-0

11:34pm Thursday 30th July 2015

Southampton could not have wished for more on their return to European football, but Ronald Koeman will not let complacency slip in against Vitesse Arnhem.

Youngster dreams of return to England 'where you get everything easily'

Mid Devon Star: Ahmadi Mahmood Jan, from Afghanistan, who is living at the Jungle migrant camp in Calais, France.

11:24pm Thursday 30th July 2015

Ahmadi Mahmood Jan is surviving in the Jungle to keep his dream of returning to London alive.

Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley marry in star-studded ceremony

Mid Devon Star: Guy Ritchie and Jacqui Ainsley marry in star-studded ceremony

11:07pm Thursday 30th July 2015

The Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director and his model girlfriend got hitched at their country home in Wiltshire.

Valencia knee worry for Bilic

Mid Devon Star: West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was sent from the stands as his side drew 2-2 with Astra Giurgiu.

11:06pm Thursday 30th July 2015

Slaven Bilic saw his 10-man West Ham let slip a two-goal lead and was sent to the stands on Thursday night - but he was left worried by a potentially serious injury to Enner Valencia.

Saints shine on European return

Mid Devon Star: Shane Long celebrates after scoring the third goal

10:32pm Thursday 30th July 2015

Southampton enjoyed a dream return to continental football, hitting three past Vitesse Arnhem as they secured a first European win in nearly 34 years.

Ten-man West Ham draw with Astra

Mid Devon Star: Mauro Zarate celebrates scoring West Ham's second goal

10:08pm Thursday 30th July 2015

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was sent to the stands after seeing his side let a two-goal lead slip as they once again toiled with 10 men and their quest to reach the Europa League group stages lurched on.

Al Murray: Social media 'mob mentality' threatens free speech

Mid Devon Star: Al Murray: Social media 'mob mentality' threatens free speech

9:58pm Thursday 30th July 2015

The Pub Landlord cited Dan O’Reilly, whose Dapper Laughs character was deemed sexist, as an example.

Al Murray: Social media 'mob mentality' threatens free speech

Mid Devon Star: Al Murray has condemned the 'mob mentality' on social media

9:42pm Thursday 30th July 2015

Comedian Al Murray has criticised the "mob mentality" on social media for attacking free speech.

Release the sheep! Viewers baffled by celebrity shepherding show Flockstars

Mid Devon Star: Flockstars: Meet the celebs chasing farm fame and glory

9:38pm Thursday 30th July 2015

Flockstars? Flopstars, more like.

McLean strike gives hope to Dons

Mid Devon Star: Derek McInnes praised his team's reaction in Kazakhstan

9:24pm Thursday 30th July 2015

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes praised his team for coming out fighting after a poor start in Kazakhstan - but he still rates Kairat Almaty as favourites following a 2-1 Europa League defeat.

Kids Company charity faces police investigation

Mid Devon Star: Police are investigating allegations of crime involving the Kids Company

7:49pm Thursday 30th July 2015

Children's charity Kids Company is being investigated by police officers specialising in sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse.

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