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Bomb disposal team called to Lyme Regis

A bomb disposal team were called to a Dorset beach this afternoon after a strange object was found among rocks.

Police were called just after quarter past 12 to Church Cliff beach in Lyme Regis. Shortly afterwards a bomb disposal squad carried out a controlled explosion.

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Funding approved for new coach station in Plymouth

Plymouth's now demolished Mayflower West car park. Credit: ITV News West Country

Plans for a new coach station in Plymouth are a step closer after the approval of council funding.

The £4 million project on the site of the former Mayflower West car park will provide a new base for long distance coaches.

The new coach hub will replace the tired outdated coach station at Bretonside, which is being redeveloped as part of a major redevelopment of the area with plans to build a new cinema and restaurants.

The outdated coach station at Bretonside will be redeveloped. Credit: ITV News West Country

The new hub will provide a modern, high-quality facility for long distance coaches and a much better welcome to Britain's Ocean City.

It will also increase footfall in the city centre's West End, which can only be good for local businesses.

The scheme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of long distance travellers and takes into account feedback received during our recent public consultation. It will make travel in and out of Plymouth more attractive and convenient for visitors and residents and create a gateway the city deserves.

– Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Transport

A planning application for the new coach station is expected to be submitted before the end of the month.

Wind farm owners told to reduce noise levels

The wind turbines at Fullabrook in North Devon. Credit: ITV News West Country

The owners of a wind farm in North Devon have been told they are breaching planning requirements and must reduce the noise levels.

The council's report claims seven out of eight locations at Fullabrook are breaking acceptable levels.

ESB International who operate the wind farm have been given 28 days to outline how they will ensure the turbines don't breach the permitted levels any further.

This has been a long, drawn out process and we are sorry for the length of time this has taken to get to this stage.

However, it was important that we pushed for this monitoring to be vigorous, which ultimately reveals the wind farm is breaching noise levels, as set out in the original planning permission.

We will now be striving to get an outcome from ESB International to make sure these levels are stopped, which in turn should address some of the concerns highlighted by residents.

– North Devon Council Leader Brian Greenslade

Police 101 phone line down due to technical fault

Police forces in the West Country are experiencing problems with their non-emergency 101 phone-line.

Devon and Cornwall Police, Avon and Somerset Police, and Dorset Police have all tweeted that the line is down.

The issue is affecting police forces across the UK. Humberside Police tweeted: "We can confirm that 101 is not working nationally. Fault lies with some kit in Birmingham which is being worked on."

999 calls remain unaffected but this should only be used in an emergency.

A list of alternative non-emergency numbers is available on the 101 website.

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New outdoor gym arrives in Hamp, Bridgwater

The ground works to install a ten-piece outdoor gym have been completed in Mansfield Park on Hamp estate in Bridgwater, with the equipment now available for use.

Works were completed slightly ahead of schedule and within budget.

The free to use outdoor gym includes a double shoulder press, double leg raiser, cross trainer, leg press, spinning bike, bench and double assisted pull-up unit.

Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Peter Downing opens the new outdoor gym alongside representatives of Hamp Community Association and staff from Sedgemoor’s Community Development team. Credit: Sedgemoor District Council

The outdoor gym, which cost £15,577, was funded through RLT2 developer contributions which are held by Sedgemoor District Council.

These works follow a £30,000 investment in new play equipment at Mansfield Park which was completed in October 2013.

Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Peter Downing opens the new outdoor gym alongside representatives of Hamp Community Association and staff from Sedgemoor’s Community Development team. Credit: Sedgemoor District Council
Sedgemoor District Council Chairman Councillor Peter Downing opens the new outdoor gym alongside representatives of Hamp Community Association and staff from Sedgemoor’s Community Development team. Credit: Sedgemoor District Council

REPORT: Morpurgo backs 10 year old's library campaign

One of the world's most successful authors is backing a ten-year-old boy's campaign to protect the library service in Cornwall.

It comes as council cuts across our region leave the future of hundreds of libraries in doubt, with some facing closure and others having to reduce their opening hours. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

We asked Michael Morpurgo why he's worried about libraries in Cornwall - and in Devon where he lives. This was what he said:

The West Country at Westminster

In this month's "The Westcountry at Westminster", Alastair Stewart is joined by Baroness Jolly from Cornwall, a Liberal Democrat peer and government whip in the House of Lords; Labour's Clare Moody who represents the South West as an MEP; and Rebecca Pow, a former journalist, who's hoping to take Taunton Deane for the Conservatives at the next General Election.

Up for discussion on the show - the Rochester by-election and what a UKIP win means for the other parties. Also, on a recent visit to Somerset Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg all but promised an improved transport infrastructure package for the South West. Business and council leaders want to see the A303 and A358 turned into dual carriageway. Plus, nearly one hundred years since the first female MP was elected, how have things changed for women in politics?

Avon & Somerset's PCC is 'as committed as ever'

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens at one of her weekly meetings in Weston-super-Mare Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Payne

Avon and Somerset's Police and Crime Commissioner has told ITV News she remains as committed as ever to her job despite calls for her to quit.

Today marks the start of Sue Mountsevens' third year in office but the anniversary comes at a time when her chief constable is suspended and with an independent investigation into the conduct of some officers and staff underway.

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