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Ponsmere Hotel threatened by developers

Campaigners fear plans to turn a historic hotel in Perranporth into private homes will hit the local economy and push property prices even higher.

It reflects what's happening in coastal towns across Devon and Cornwall, with many new apartments being snapped-up as second homes.

The developers, though, say there's no demand for keeping it as a hotel. Steve Hardy reports:

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Flybe bids for contract to service RAF planes

Flybe bids for contract to service RAF planes Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The technical arm of Exeter-based airline Flybe has been selected as the preferred bidder for a major contract to service RAF planes.

They will be responsible for conducting maintenance, repair and overhaul operations at the RAF Brize Norton Airbase in Oxfordshire. It comes after the company announced its first profits in four years.

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Resurfacing work taking place overnight on M5

One lane of the M5 southbound between J24-25 has now re-opened following an incident earlier this morning involving three HGVs. Continuing traffic delays are reported while work takes place to re-open lane 2.

A fully signed diversion is in place along the A38 from Junction 24. Drivers are advised to make sure they have sufficient water in their cars and are reminded not to park on the hard shoulder so emergency vehicles can maintain access to the site.

Lane one and the hard shoulder will remain closed overnight to allow emergency resurfacing to take place.

– Highways Agency statement
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