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Holidaymakers miss flights after A38 tanker crash

The Christmas holiday getaway suffered a terrible start today as the A38 in Devon was shut northbound for several hours after a tanker crashed off the road and down an embankment.

The closure led to some people missing their flights from Exeter Airport where 20,000 people are jetting out of the region for the festivities.

Seth Conway reports:

Argyle's two Reid's destroy Dagenham

Plymouth Argyle were the region's only winners today.

Yeovil Town were unable to build on their two straight wins last week. They lost 1-0 at home to second-from-bottom Colchester, who leap-frog the Glovers in the table.

Plymouth Argyle have moved up to fifth in League Two after a comfortable 3-0 win over Dagenham and Redbridge. Reuben Reid scored twice, with his namesake, Bobby, also on-target at Home Park. The Pilgrims are now three points behind the automatic promotion places.

Exeter City have suffered their first defeat in 10 league games. The Grecians were beaten 1-0 at Stevenage. The only goal of the game was scored six minutes from time. Paul Tisdale's men are eighth in the table - just outside the play-off places on goal difference.

And in the Conference, Torquay United lost 2-0 at Braintree. The Gulls failed to test the home goalkeeper in a disappointing performance.

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Fuel tanker crash causes delays for Exeter holidaymakers

A fuel tanker upturned on the A38 in Exeter Credit: Andy Styles

A road closure in Devon led to several Christmas holiday makers missing their flights from Exeter Airport.

The A38 in Devon was closed for several hours this morning after a fuel tanker crashed off the road and down the embankment.

The Exeter bound carriageway was closed at around 7:30am between Buckfastleigh and Ashburton while emergency services dealt with the accident, causing long delays for travellers.

Street urinals trialled on busiest weekend of the year

Temporary urinals near the Rococo club in Exeter City centre Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Exeter's partygoers will benefit from temporary urinals in the city centre this weekend.

As the festive season gets underway people are being warned that there is no excuse to urinate on the street following a night out. The street urinals are being trialled on one of the busiest weekends of the year. They can be found on Bailey Street and just off Mary Arches Street.

Help over Christmas for Exeter's homeless

Exeter City Council have reached out to those who find themselves with nowhere to go this Christmas Credit: ITV West Country

People in Exeter have been offered an out-of-hours service if they find themselves homeless over Christmas.

Exeter City Council have released a phone number for anybody who finds themselves with no where to go over the festive period. The service is available to all - particularly those who face challenges such as a family fall-out or domestic violence.

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Exeter City boss Tisdale: "Form is no flash in the pan"

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says he believes his team can challenge for the League Two play-offs.

The Grecians had a slow, alarming start to the campaign but are now one of the most in-form sides in the Football League.

In fact, City have only lost one league game in their last 15 since the end of August.

They travel to Stevenage this weekend, hoping to cement their place in the top seven.

A major reason behind Exeter's rise has been their quota of gifted young players like Matt Grimes and Tom Nichols.

Bigger clubs are already circling like vultures, and selling any of the current crop of stars mid-season in January could derail City's progress before it reaches fruition.

Manager Tisdale admits he would rather retain their services, but remains pragmatic, admitting that Exeter City are "a selling club".

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