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Fuel duty frozen for seventh year in row

Fuel duty has been held at 57.95p per litre since the March 2011 Budget Credit: PA

Speaking in his Autumn Statement, Chancellor Philip Hammond cancelled next year's planned rise in fuel duty.

It's the seventh successive year that the tax has been frozen.

In the South West, where many people rely on their car to get around and run their business along a network of long roads, this should be good news.

Mr Hammond said: "This will save the average car driver £130 a year and the average van driver £350 a year.

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Fuel thieves hamper flood clear up

The Environment Agency has condemned thieves who stole 900 litres of fuel from pumps in Westonzoyland, which were being used to tackle flooding on the Somerset Levels.

They broke in to the pumping station last night, cut piping and siphoned off the fuel. It's the second such raid in recent months.

Rural communities short-changed

People in rural communities are paying too much for fuel and goods in local shops, according to the Office of Fair Trading. The government consumer watchdog talked to residents of Okehampton and Hatherleigh in Devon as part of a nationwide survey.

It found that high prices in shops and filling stations couldn't always be explained by their rural location. The OFT's report also calls for better internet links and favourable tax policies.

Rural communities short-changed according to nationwide survey Credit: ITV Westcountry

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