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Somerset businesses say road closures are damaging trade

Businesses in a Somerset village say they're losing a huge amount of trade after the third road closure in twelve months.

The A372 is shut at Bere Wall while the road is raised and new culverts are dug to allow flood water to escape. Villagers in Aller say road closed signs in Langport 4 miles away means tourists are giving them a miss. Visitors are down 80%.

I'm losing a lot of trade because this time of year I would have a lot of passing trade, people who are out for a few nights and they see the sign and pull up and come in and this field should have four, eight, ten units in here, people just passing by, this is the trade I'm losing out on.

– Ken May, Caravan Park Director

Exeter Chiefs stung by Wasps

Exeter Chief's Jack Nowell (left) is tackled by Wasps' Ashley Johnson Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs' hopes of finishing in the top four of the Premiership have suffered a setback after losing at Wasps this afternoon.

Will Chudley and Thomas Waldrom crossed for the Chiefs, but the hosts won the game with a converted try two minutes from the end.

There was still time for a Gareth Steenson drop goal to secure a losing bonus point for Rob Baxter's men.

Final score: Wasps 36 Exeter Chiefs 29.

It was a big game for us but we were a passive and edgy team in the first half. I am happy with the second-half effort and if we had showed the same quality in the first half then it may had been a different story.

Games get bigger and bigger at this time of the season and I am frustrated when we don't show the qualities which we have got, as the game had nearly got away from us by half-time.

– Rob Baxter, Head Coach, Exeter Chiefs


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Cameron surprises family by saying yes to selfie

Cameron takes a selfie with first time voter and his family. Credit: ITV West Country

First time voter Dan Atkins got more than he bargained for when he went to meet the Prime Minister in his home village of Norton-sub-Hamdon.

The 19 year old asked David Cameron for a selfie and was surprised when he said yes.

Stephen Hunt celebrates completing the London Marathon

Stephen Hunt celebrates after completing the London Marathon

West Country marathon runner Stephen Hunt sent us this photo of him with his medal.

The electrical engineer from Exeter completed the London Marathon in 4 hours 18 seconds. He was running in memory of his baby daughter Tallulah - who was stillborn in 2011. He hopes to raise £2,500 for charity Sands, which supports families who lose their babies.

Student Emily Stott was running in memory of her brother Jimmi, and to raise money for the RNLI. They tweeted a message of support for her this morning.

Cameron: the West Country is critical in the election

David Cameron says voters in the West Country could make the difference in whether the Conservatives or another party form a government after the general election.

He's been outlining his plans for the first 100 days after the election at a rally near Yeovil. He says it's one of 23 key seats he needs to keep his party in power. He's targeting other seats in the region too.


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Cameron: Economy is issue at heart of campaign

David Cameron has said the economy is the issue at the heart of the campaign as he continued on the election trial with a speech in Norton-sub-Hamdon in Somerset.

Mr Cameron set out the Conservatives' programme for government in its first 100 days if it is re-elected to power and said Labour should not be given a second chance with the country's finances.

West Country sailors prepare for round the world race

Skipper Darren Ladd says sailing the yacht is a team effort

Four skippers from the West Country will be at the helm of boats during this year's Clipper Round the World Race.

They include Darren Ladd from MIdsomer Norton in Somerset. He'll skipper one of twelve boats uring the year long race. His crew will be mostly amateur sailors who've paid for a place in the race. It starts in August.

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