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Hunting ban supported by Tory MPs and Brian May

There is an upcoming vote on overturning the hunting ban. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA

A group of Conservatives are campaigning against lifting the ban on foxhunting.

It's thought around 40 Tory MPs are backing "Team Fox" ahead of a free vote on overturning the 10-year old ban. They include the new MP for Torbay, Kevin Foster.

The group is supported by rock star and animal rights campaigner Brian May.

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Rail workers vote to strike against First Great Western

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Rail workers have voted to strike against First Great Western in a dispute over safety and jobs.

The RMT union say they have raised concerns over new hi-tech Super Express trains, including the need to keep safety-trained guards on trains and possible job losses, but that these have not been resolved.

80% of the union's First Great Western members voted for strike action. RMT say they are open for further talks, and considering their next move.

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Man charged with attempted murder after Yeovil knife attack

Police say the attack was unprovoked. Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a teenage girl was stabbed in Yeovil.

The 17-year-old is in hospital following emergency surgery. Two others were also injured in the knife attack which police say was unprovoked.

30-year-old Lee Jeffries-Jones of no fixed address remains in police custody, and will appear at Taunton Crown Court on 24th July.

Exeter suspicious devices were "old computer materials"

A bomb disposal squad examined the packages yesterday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

The suspect suitcases which brought Exeter to a standstill yesterday contained "old computer materials and electrical wiring".

Police say one person left the suitcases in a skip, and somebody else took them, but abandoned them on York Road and King William Street with "no malicious intent".

The nearby primary school and the surrounding area were closed for around seven hours, with hundreds of homes evacuated, while a Royal Navy bomb disposal squad examined the devices.

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Man responsible for Exeter bomb scare left packages "innocently"

A bomb disposal squad examined the packages yesterday. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police have found the man responsible for a bomb scare which brought Exeter to a standstill yesterday.

He is described by police as a "local hoarder", who left the two suitcases containing wires and electronics in York Road and King William Street "completely innocently".

The nearby primary school and the surrounding area were closed for around seven hours, with hundreds of homes evacuated, while a Royal Navy bomb disposal squad examined the devices.

Hundreds of homes in Exeter were evacuated yesterday. Credit: ITV News
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