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Fire crews show why we shouldn't drive through floods

Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service re-enacts some of the worst consequences of driving through flood water Credit: ITV News

A campaign has begun urging motorists not to risk their lives by driving through flood water.

It's called 'Turn Around, Don't Drown' and is run by Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service.

Crews have been demonstrating the dangers involved in driving through water that's too deep.

Fire crews demonstrate the efforts involved in rescuing motorists from deep water Credit: ITV News

As you'd expect over the last two years with the extreme weather we've had, we've had very nearly a hundred rescues from vehicles in the water each year.

Most of them happen in the hours of darkness and a lot of them are caused just by the ignorance of the power of moving water.

– ANDY REYNOLDS Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service

You can see footage of Cornwall Fire Service re-enactment of a water rescue below:

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MTV Crashes to return to Plymouth Hoe

Last summer's MTV Crashes attracted thousands to Plymouth Hoe Credit: ITV News

Plymouth has been chosen to host a popular music festival for the next three years.

The success of this summer's 'MTV Crashes' event means organisers are also planning to extend it to two nights instead of one.

More than 20,000 people turned out for July's gig on the Hoe - and millions of people saw it across the music channel's global network.

It featured the Kaiser Chiefs among the headliners.

The Kaiser Chiefs were headliners this year - big bands are expected for future MTV Crashes events in Plymouth Credit: PA

We’re chuffed to bits that MTV want to come again and want to be in partnership with us over three years.

Anyone who was on the Hoe this summer will know what an epic event it was. The crowds loved it, the bands loved it, MTV loved it and millions of people across the world got to see Plymouth at its best.

This decision marks the start of a lot of hard work for our staff and partners to make this happen. It will be bigger, better – and with more beer tents!

– Councillor Peter Smith, Plymouth City Council

Plymouth City Council has agreed to underwrite MTV Crashes as it has major economic benefits for the city.

Ticket details and prices will be announced in the New Year.

Black Friday's weather outlook with Bob Crampton

We are into a very windy day, especially around the coast. Again some sunshine getting through but cloud cover will move in.

The wind picked up last night - it could gust to gale force today. The best of the sun in Cornwall this morning - cloudy further east.

That's liable to spread into the sunny areas this afternoon. Still those strong easterly winds, probably toning down the highs of 13 degrees.

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£2 billion funding for West's roads due to be announced

Two billion pounds' worth of new road schemes for the region are due to be announced on Monday, ITV News West Country understands.

These are likely to include a tunnel at Stonehenge and making the A358 into dual carriageway - something Yeovil MP David Laws has been campaigning for.

"It's totally unacceptable that we've got a road that is so congested for large parts of the year. That's very inconvenient for people in my constituency who travel around parts of Somerset, it's certainly very inconvenient for people who want to travel across the region. It's absurd that when we're investing so much in other parts of the country that the South West has had to wait for so long."

– David Laws MP, Lib Dem, Yeovil
David Laws MP. Credit: PA

Plymouth light show to mark three towns' amalgamation

Smeaton's Tower, the Guildhall and the Palace Theatre in Plymouth will be the centre of a special project celebrating the hundredth anniversary of the three towns tonight.

There will be video projections featuring photos, images and memories from local communities marking the amalgamation of three towns of Plymouth, East Stonehouse and Devonport.

Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Hoe. Credit: PA

Drivers urged not to risk going through flood water

A campaign urging motorists not to risk their lives by driving through flood water is launched today.

Called 'Turn Around, Don't Drown', Cornwall Fire Service will be demontrating the risks involved in taking a chance with water that could potentially be much deeper than drivers suspect.

A car in flood water. Credit: PA
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