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Campaigners want to re-open Totnes High Street to traffic

Hundreds of protestors marched through Totnes Credit: ITV News

Hundreds of protestors marched today, calling on Devon County Council to re-open the High Street to traffic through the centre of Totnes.

Walking up the High Street where they can no longer drive, opponents to the road rearrangements in Totnes say it's an economic disaster for the town.

Actor Peter Richardson says: "All the people who say I like Totnes with no cars and stuff are just signing up to a town that is going to be empty in the winter and shops will die because they can't sustain and they can't make it work."

Around two to three hundred locals marched up the street before holding a rally demanding a return to how it was. One of the campaigners said: "Devon County Council are destroying my town. We want shared space, Devon County Council please listen."

But the local authority says far from harming business, trade has improved, along with safety for shoppers. And those who prefer the new system weren't afraid to confront today's protestors.

Alan Fuller is pleased that commuters can't race up the High Street.

"The people who drive through in the morning, the rat runners from Torbay through to Plymouth direction, make this an unbearable street. Since the road has been reorganised I think it's a much more pleasant place to shop."

Thousands of music fans descend on Looe

It's the fourth year running for Looe Festival Credit: ITV News

Thousands of music fans are in Looe this weekend for Cornwall's second largest festival.

Ninety acts, including the Changing Room and the Polperro Fishermen's Choir as well as headliners Squeeze and Frank Turner will be playing.

It's the fourth year running for the festival, which is bigger than ever. The original idea was to help lengthen the tourist season.

The fancy dress theme this year is Celts and Cowboys and it's lovely to see everybody walking around town, having a great time, and really showing Looe at its best and helping our local economy, I think."

– Tanya Brittain, Festival Organiser


Protest over road layout in Totnes

Campaigners say traffic should be allowed to return to the High Street Credit: ITV News

Around three hundred people staged a protest march in Totnes today to try to change the road layout in the town.

The campaigners say traffic should be allowed to return to the High Street as shops are closing as a result.

But those in favour of the new system say it's created a much more pleasant environment in the town centre, that is safer for shoppers.

Around three hundred people were involved in the protest Credit: ITV News

Police Tweetathon highlights toll of alcohol consumption on the emergency services

A total of 43 people are in police custody after a night of alcohol related disorder across Devon and Cornwall.

Officers dealt with a total of 374 incidents between 8pm on Friday and 3am on Saturday.

These included a number of drunk drivers, several drink-related accidents, and six drunk men fighting near Exeter St David's Station.

The aim of the Tweetathon was to help the public understand the variety and quantity of calls received by the emergency services and the resources needed to deal with alcohol-related incidents.

These included a number of drunk drivers, several drink-related accidents, and six drunk men fighting near Exeter St David's Station.

It's estimated around 40% of all calls to police during the night are to report alcohol-related incidents.

FT: Gloucester 22 - 25 Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs' Damian Welch (centre) is tackled by Gloucester Rugby's Ben Morgan (left) and Richard Hibbard. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Exeter Chiefs have picked up their second win of the season after beating Gloucester at Kingsholm.

Despite conceding two early tries, Rob Baxter's men battled back to win 25 - 22.

Ben White scored the Chiefs' only try, with 17 points coming from the boot of Gareth Steenson.

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