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Lorry upright as recovery work continues on M5

An overturned lorry which forced the closure of the M5 in Somerset is now upright after a recovery operation involving a number of tow trucks,

M5 lorry is lifted upright
A number of tow trucks were needed to right the lorry on the M5 Credit: ITV News West Country

3 tow trucks were needed to pull the articulated lorry and another was required to lift it upright. It overturned on the M5 between junctions 24 at Bridgwater and 25 at Taunton on the southbound carriageway just before 3am.

The lorry on the M5 is pulled upright
The lorry overturned on the M% just before 3am on Wednesday morning Credit: ITV News West Country

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Employment figures show record number in work

The Government received good news on the jobs front today with the latest unemployment figures showing a record number of people in work.

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Men outside a Job Centre Plus branch. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Read: McVey says employment rise reward for country's resilience in downturn

Over 30 million people are now in work, which is an increase of almost a million in the past year - the best figures since records began in 1971.

There is an employment rate of 73.1%, with just over 78% of men and 68% of women in work.

More than 4.5 million people are self-employed, which is the highest since records began in 1992 after an increase of 404,000 over the past year, Office for National Statistics showed.

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

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Cameron: Full employment key aim of economic plan

David Cameron has welcomed today's figures which shows there has been a fall in unemployment.

The Prime Minister tweeted that the figures "show more people have the security of a job than ever before".

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Today's figures show more people have the security of a job than ever before. Full employment is a key aim of our #LongTermEconomicPlan.

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

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McVey: Employment rise reward for country's resilience

The country's "resilience" during the economic downturn "is being rewarded" after figures released today showed a fall in unemployment, Employment Minister Esther McVey said.

Employment Minister Esther McVey
Employment Minister Esther McVey. Credit: PA

Read more: Unemployment falls by 121,000 to 2.12 million

She said: "An important milestone has been reached in our country's recovery. With one of the highest employment rates ever, it's clear that the Government's long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working again is the right one.

"With an employment rate which has never been higher, record women in work and more young people in jobs, the resilience of the country during the downturn is being rewarded.

"We know there is more to do, and the best way to do so is to go on delivering a plan that's creating growth and jobs."

Read: Esther McStay - why has she missed out on a promotion again?

West Country (W)

Unemployment falls nationally to 2.12 million

Despite the latest unemployment figures showing a rise of 3,000 in the South West, nationally unemployment fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 36,300 to 1.04 million, said the Office for National Statistics.

Average earnings increased by 0.3% in the year to May, 0.5% down on the previous month.

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Police thank commuters for patience

One of the lorries tipped over onto its side during the collision blocking all three lanes.

While work to recover the vehicle is due to get under way shortly we’re unable to give a time estimate of how long this will take and the motorway will remain closed for some time.

I appreciate the closure will have caused problems for commuters this morning and I thank the public for their continued patience while we deal with this incident.

– Ch Insp Rhys Hughes, Avon & Somerset Police
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Recovery work due shortly following M5 crash

Avon & Somerset Police are expecting to begin recover work to remove one of the lorries involved in a collision on the M5 .

Two articulated lorries were in collision between junctions 24 at Bridgwater and 25 at Taunton on the southbound carriageway at just before 3am.

The driver of one of the lorries, who is in his fifties, has been taken to Musgove Park Hospital. He has serious arm injuries and is undergoing treatment.

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