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Unemployment falls nationally to 2.12 million

Despite the latest unemployment figures showing a rise of 3,000 in the South West, nationally unemployment fell by 121,000 to 2.12 million.

The number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month fell by 36,300 to 1.04 million, said the Office for National Statistics.

Average earnings increased by 0.3% in the year to May, 0.5% down on the previous month.

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M5 remains closed as recovery begins

Recovery work is underway to remove one of the lorries involved in a crash on the M5 in Somerset this morning.

Two articulated lorries were in collision between junctions 24 at Bridgwater and 25 at Taunton on the southbound carriageway at just before 3am.

The motorway remains closed between J24 and J25southbound Credit: ITV News West Country

Police thank commuters for patience

One of the lorries tipped over onto its side during the collision blocking all three lanes.

While work to recover the vehicle is due to get under way shortly we’re unable to give a time estimate of how long this will take and the motorway will remain closed for some time.

I appreciate the closure will have caused problems for commuters this morning and I thank the public for their continued patience while we deal with this incident.

– Ch Insp Rhys Hughes, Avon & Somerset Police

Recovery work due shortly following M5 crash

Avon & Somerset Police are expecting to begin recover work to remove one of the lorries involved in a collision on the M5 .

Two articulated lorries were in collision between junctions 24 at Bridgwater and 25 at Taunton on the southbound carriageway at just before 3am.

The driver of one of the lorries, who is in his fifties, has been taken to Musgove Park Hospital. He has serious arm injuries and is undergoing treatment.

Lorry crash closes M5 in Somerset

There are lengthy delays the M5 in Somerset which has been closed southbound between junction 24 for Bridgwater and 25 for Taunton. It's due to an earlier accident involving two lorries . Drivers are being asked to go via the A38. Avon & Somerset Police have tweeted this photo asking motorists to avoid the area.

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£200m Superyacht leaves Plymouth for new owner

The 'Alamshar' is thought to have cost a staggering £200m Credit: ITV News West Country

A new 200 million pound superyacht has left Plymouth after it was constructed at Devonport Dockyard. The "Alamshar" belongs to his Royal Highness, The Aga Khan who is the leader of the world's 20 million Ismaili Muslims. It's rumoured he flew in by helicopter to pick up his purchase.

Refuse collection warning for North Devon

Residents in North Devon are being given an early warning that their rubbish bins might not be collected tomorrow. The local council says it can't guarantee a collection as a one day public sector workers strike will take place.

Collection services are affected by public sector strikes Credit: ITV News West Country

The stoppage will affect all manner of local authority services across the region not just refuse.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Cornwall today

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in Cornwall today Credit: David Jones / PA Wire

The Deputy Prime Minister will be in Cornwall today to announce details of a two hundred million pound investment scheme in the south west.

It's believed the money from the Growth Deals initiative will spent by local enterprise projects on schemes as diverse as further investment at the new Hinkley Point power station in Somerset and improvements to the A38.

Lifeboat named in memory of Cornwall student

A lifeboat was officially named in Clovelly today in memory of a young student.

Family and friends raised £174,000 towards the cost of the lifeboat. Credit: RNLI

The 'Toby Rundle' went into service at the beginning of May, after friends and family raised nearly 2 hundred thousand pounds towards the cost. Today the boat was officially named by Toby's sister.

The boat was officially named by Toby's sister Philippa Credit: ITV News West Country
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