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Lorry crash causes major delays on M5 in Devon

The damaged lorry is now on the hard shoulder of the M5 northbound Credit: ITV News

There are major delays on the M5 in Devon after an accident involving a lorry.

The M5 northbound is closed due to accident investigation work between Junction 29 for Exeter and 28 for Cullompton. It's causing congestion all the way to the services at Junction 30.

It is expected to remain closed into the afternoon.

One lane is also closed southbound between Junction 28 for Cullompton and 29 for Exeter due to repairs to the central reservation following the accident

  • Diversion for northbound traffic

Traffic is to leave the M5 at J29, head in to Exeter and turn right on to Ambassador Drive then the B3181 toward Cullompton and follow the solid circle diversion signs.

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The army helps build a memorial garden in Devon

Rifleman Daniel Coffee died in Iraq in February 2007 Credit: Ministry of Defence

Serving members of the Royal engineers are helping to build a new memorial garden in Cullompton for servicemen and women killed in action.

It follows a campaign by a man from the town. David Godfrey's grandson Daniel Coffee was killed in Iraq.

You can watch Richard Lawrence's report on the army at work in Cullompton here:

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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

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.

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