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Brand new multi-million pound warship to be based in Plymouth

An artists impression of what the new ship will look like Credit: ITV News/ Artists impression

The MOD has announced that Plymouth will be the home of one of its new multi-million pound warships.

The Type 26 Global Combat Ships frigates are part of a national ship building plan, and will be based at both Plymouth and Portsmouth.

The government says they will help deliver the most modern navy in the world.

Has "Hush" closure worked?

"Hush" which sold legal highs has been closed for three months after complaints of anti-social behaviour Credit: ITV News

Police in Taunton have set up a dedicated phone-line to find out if the closure of a shop selling legal highs has reduced anti-social behaviour in the town.

Hush, in Bridge Street, was ordered to close by magistrates for three months after complaints from nearby residents and traders.

Officers are asking people to ring 01823 363 185 with their feedback.


Business Secretary visiting Somerset Levels

Vince Cable will be seeing how small businesses in Somerset are coping, a year after floods devastated the area. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Business Secretary Vince Cable will be spending the day on the Somerset Levels.

He'll be looking how small businesses are coping, a year after floods devastated the area.

The Government has made more than a million pounds available to help flood-hit firms, many of which took years of hard work to build up.

MPs due to visit the Eden Project in Cornwall

Inside one of Eden's famous biomes Credit: ITV News

The Government's Culture, Media and Sport Committee will be at the Eden Project later as part of a study into tourism.

Representatives will take a tour around the project before meeting key figures in the industry. The aim of the visit is to encourage tourism outside London - and discuss the future of the industry in Cornwall.

Workers protest over job losses on West Country trains

Union says removing buffet cars on West Country tains will lead to an elitist transport system Credit: ITV West Country

A rail union will protest across the region today in a campaign against the removal of buffet cars on First Great Western trains.

The RMT says losing the buffet cars wil lead to job losses and an 'upstairs downstairs' service on West Country trains. Events will be taking place at stations across the south west from 7 o clock this morning.


Big slump in post-Christmas sales in the South West

People shopping in Drakes Circus in Plymouth just before Christmas Credit: ITV News

Business leaders in the South West are warning of more doom and gloom on our region's High Streets.

Despite huge discounts in many stores, post-Christmas sales figures are down 15% on last year. It's thought many shops are struggling to compete with sales online.

Even on Christmas Day we've now got those figures back it looks as though there was something like 130 million hits online again and that is really taken the steam out of the high street.

It is worrying because High Streets are really important to our communities.

– Tim Jones, Devon & Cornwall Business Council
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