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Farming - the UK's most dangerous industry

Farming is one of the biggest industries in the West Country and today it was named as the most dangerous - with safety regulations being regularly ignored.

Two people lost their lives last year here in the South West in farming accidents, but hundreds more suffered serious injuries.

Claire Manning has met one farmer who was badly injured when his trailer got caught on a power line.

Devon mine strikes gold for jobs

The site of the mine in Plympton, which is due to re-open later this year Credit: ITV News

An on-site laboratory at a tungsten mine in Devon has created 13 new jobs. The £130 million mine at Wolf Minerals in Plympton will be Britain's first metal mine for over 40 years.

When it opens at the end of summer it will employ another 200 people.

Miliband says he'll make the West Country rail service 'a priority'

Labour leader Ed Miliband told ITV News West Country that he will make investment in the regions transport infrastructure 'a priority'.

We recognise the priority in the South West has got to have in relation to rail. There are clearly big issues, not just because of what happened at Dawlish, but in terms of connectivity. I'm not coming here with a blank cheque - you wouldn't expect me to do so as we have to get the deficit down - but it is important to say we are going to make this a priority.

– Ed Miliband, Labour Leader


Report criticises response to Dawlish line damage

The trainline was washed away during storms last year Credit: ITV News West Country

It's exactly a year since part of the Dawlish train line was washed away, and a new report has criticised the response of some key organisations.

It says grants and compensation schemes were slow to appear and poorly advertised. There was praise though for Network Rail and the 'Open for Business' campaign.

Cameron responds to Dawlish train line concerns

David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the railway Credit: ITV News

At Prime Minister's Questions, David Cameron answered Anne Marie Morris' concerns over the maintenance of the Dawlish railway line:

We are working with the South West Peninsula Rail Task Force to bring together all the strategic and local transport schemes. I'm absolutely determined that the South-West of this country will have strong road, rail and air - these are absolutely vital to our long term plan.

– David Cameron

Calls to maintain Dawlish line a year after storm

The line was left badly damaged in February 2014 Credit: ITV News West Country

It's a year ago tonight since a huge storm washed away part of the railway line at Dawlish on the Devon coast.

The line was out of action for eight weeks, costing the region's economy over £100 million in lost business. Today Anne Marie Morris, MP for Newton Abbot, will ask the Prime Minister to ensure that route is maintained alongside other investment in the region.

South West firms set to take on new staff

The CBI says the outlook for job seekers in the south west is 'positive' Credit: PA

A survey says half of businesses in the south west expect to take on more staff this year - with job prospects for younger people also improving.

More than a hundred firms were questioned by the CBI. The organisation says the outlook for the year is 'positive'.

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