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Demolition day for Cullompton eyesore

The building has been in ruins since 2010

A burned out dry cleaners in Cullompton is being demolished this morning, more than four years after it was damaged by fire.

The Harlequin Valet building on the town's high street has been derelict since it caught fire in 2010.

Local residents and businesses who've been campaigning for years for it to be taken down say they're relieved something is being done at last.

It's a complete and utter eyesore, it's been a blight on Cullompton High Street for such a long time now, people are put off when they come to Cullompton seeing that complete and utter burnt out building, it's just dreadful and I think it will be a great thing once it does go.

– Wendy Land, Noah's Ark Preschool

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Lorry driver arrested after woman killed in crash on M5

A lorry driver has been arrested after a woman driver was killed in a crash on the M5 in Devon.

Police would like to hear from anyone who saw the collision between a car and a lorry on the M5 northbound near Cullompton in which a woman died. It happened just after noon, today, Tuesday 27 January.

The crash, involving a heavy goods vehicle and a silver Vauxhall Omega, happened about one mile before junction 28 for Cullompton.

The car driver, a 57-year-old woman from Tiverton, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her family have been informed.

The male car passenger was not injured.

The lorry driver, a 64-year-old man from Cardiff, has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving. He was uninjured.

Serious collision closes M5 northbound

The M5 is expected to remain closed for several hours causing major delays Credit: ITV News

A serious collision involving a car and a lorry has closed the M5 Northbound between Exeter and Cullompton.

It's expected to remain closed for several hours causing major delays. The driver of the car has been seriously injured. The extent of the injuries of others involved is not yet known.

The northbound carriageway is closed between junction 30 and junction 28.

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Fire family 'were saved by their smoke alarms'

Fire officers have praised a family for their actions after a fire destroyed their home near Cullompton.

Working smoke alarms alerted the family to the danger when the blaze started in the kitchen of their end-of-terrace property, and they were able to leave their home quickly and safely.

A closed internal door also helped delay the spread of the fire while the four children and their father left the house without stopping to pick up possessions. Two dogs and a cat also left the property safely.

This was a severe fire with temperatures rising to in excess of 1,000 degrees celsius. I would like to congratulate the family for doing exactly the right thing when the fire occurred and having the early warning in place to alert them to the fire. At this time of night, and due to the severity of the fire, this incident could have had more severe consequences.

– Incident Commander Nigel Deasy, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
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