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Three courts in the region to close

The Government's announced that three courts in the region will close, despite local opposition.

Crown Courts will no longer sit in Barnstaple or Dorchester, and the magistrates' court in Torquay will be shut by the end of the year as part of a programme to streamline the service. The future of the outdated building had been in doubt, but there had been hopes the court could remain elsewhere in the town.

Torbay's MP says he's worried it will mean witnesses and defendants having long journeys to get to courts in Newton Abbott and Plymouth.


Dorchester vet fined for failing to treat dog for 10 days

A Dorchester vet was reported to the RSPCA Credit: RSPCA

A vet from Dorchester has been ordered to pay £4,000 for failing to treat a dog with a broken back.

Philipa Rodale, from the Weatherby veterinary clinic, was sentenced at Weymouth Magistrates court yesterday. The injured foxhound was reported to the RSPCA by a member of the public after it had been at the clinic for ten days.

The dog's broken back wasn't treated for 10 days Credit: RSPCA

Police appeal for witnesses after fatal crash

The accident happened near Bradford Peverell on the A37 late on Tuesday night. Credit: ITV News

Police officers are appealing for witnesses after a 60 year-old man was killed when he was hit by a car.

The accident happened near Bradford Peverell on the A37 late on Tuesday night. The driver was a 21 year-old from Yeovil who was in a white mini cooper.

Police say they would particularly like to hear from a man who was driving a Green Land Rover who initially stopped at the scene to administer first aid.


Owner of rare painting never knew it was worth a fortune

The owner of this painting had it for 40 years without realising its worth.

Imagine having a painting on your wall for more than 40 years - and never knowing that it was worth a fortune. Well that's what happened to the owner of a piece by LS Lowry.

Today it sold for an amazing £201,000 at auction in Dorset.

Richard Lawrence has more on the story.

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