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Prime Minister backs war veteran's case

The Streets family are living in temporary accommodation while their case is reviewed Credit: ITV News

A war veteran from Falmouth and his family, who were denied social housing, are having their case reviewed - following pressure from forces charities.

Father-of-four Jamie Streets had to leave the army and couldn't work due to a brain tumour. His family were turned down as they were classed as having made themselves homeless.

We asked the Prime Minister to comment and this is what he had to say:

The local MP Sarah Newton has quite rightly stepped in and has raised this case with the local Cornwall Council and they are now thinking again about whether they can provide a long term housing solution for Mr Streets and his family which I'm sure is the right thing to do.

So let's hope that the local council has a good look at this and think about how to make some special arrangements in this vital case.

– David Cameron, Prime Minister

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Hail and snow hits the West Country

A band of hail and snow has travelled through the West Country, bringing with it wintry conditions.

One farmer on the Somerset Levels took this picture of the hailstones settling on his cattle - but the cows did not bat an eyelid.

Some of the ladies on Northmoor Farm unfazed by the weather unlike their owners! Credit: James Hall & Becky Riley

If you have any photos of the wintry weather where you live, email us at westcountryweather@itv.com. Do tell us your name and where you took the picture and we may feature them on ITV News West Country.

Man arrested in Dawlish murder investigation

The body of a woman was found at the house in Iddesleigh Terrace this morning Credit: ITV News

A murder investigation is underway after the body of a 36-year-old woman was discovered in Dawlish this morning, 29 January.

The body was found at a house in Iddesleigh Terrace. A 36-year-old man from Dawlish was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is in police custody.

Policeman and two civilians appear in court in relation to Thomas Orchard's death

Sgt Jan Kingshott (centre) Credit: ITV News

A police sergeant and two civilian custody detention staff have today appeared at Exeter Magistrates Court to face charges in connection with the death of Thomas Orchard.

Sgt Jan Kingshott along with Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden were jointly charged with the allegation that they unlawful killed Thomas Orchard with the use of unreasonable force.

Simon Tansley (in centre in coat) Credit: ITV News

The three accused spoke only to confirm their names and the case was transferred to Bristol Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Feb 26th.

Michael Marsden (centre) Credit: ITV News

Mr Orchard, a church caretaker, was arrested in Exeter City Centre in October 2012. He was taken to Heavitree Road police station and found to be unconscious in his cell a short while later. Mr Orchard died in hospital a week later.

Mr Orchard's mum Alison Orchard spoke of her frustration at the length of time it has taken for the case to get this far but she said the family were relieved that proceedings were now under way.

Cameron announces £88 million investment in South West

David Cameron visited the Exeter Science Park to announce the growth deal. Credit: ITV News

The Prime Minister is on a whistle stop tour of the South West and has announced a £88 million investment into the area.

The money will be spent on various projects including building work, and road improvements and bringing broadband to remote areas.

The government says it will create 22,000 jobs and 11,000 new homes.

The investment will create 22,000 jobs Credit: ITV News

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Hope for war veteran in housing crisis

Jamie and Charmaine are currently living in temporary housing provided Cornwall Council Credit: ITV News

A former soldier who served in Afghanistan and Kosovo has appealed to Cornwall Council after his family were denied social housing.

Jamie Streets, his wife Charmaine and their four children had to leave their private rented accommodation as they could no longer afford the rent.When they applied for a council house they were declined as they were classed as having made themselves voluntarily homeless.

Mr Streets was injured in a fall from a horse whilst serving in the Household Cavalry, and was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumour. He is still recovering from the illness and has been unable to work.

The family is currently living in a temporary house provided by Cornwall Council, but received a letter giving them 28 days to find an alternative.

Cornwall Housing applies Cornwall Council’s housing allocations policy which fully takes into account the homelessness legislation and provisions relating to Armed Forces Veterans which have been introduced by the Government in relation to housing.

To be fair to all others who apply to the Council for housing as a result of becoming homeless, we have to apply strict criteria as set out in housing legislation to make a judgement on whether or not we have a duty to house them and judge each case accordingly.

– Statement from Cornwall Council

Mr Streets' case has since attracted support from the public across social media.

Following a meeting with Cornwall Council the authority has agreed to review the case. The family hope to find out if they will be rehoused within the next week.

Plymouth Albion avoid administration after fundraising over £250,000

United at last! Credit: ITV News

Plymouth Albion will not be entering administration after a hugely successful fundraising appeal.

Friends of Plymouth Albion pledged over £250,000 and combined with existing funds, the rugby club are able to meet immediate requirements.

Further funds are still needed but the club say this is a major step forward.

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