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Victim was a "loving mum, daughter, sister and friend"

The body of Sophie McDonald was found at a house in Dawlish on Thursday Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

The family of Sophie McDonald, whose body was found at a house in Iddesleigh Terrace in Dawlish this week have paid tribute to her, describing her as a loving mum, daughter, sister and friend.

They say they would like to be left in peace, to come to terms with events and grieve.

36-year-old James McDonald, from Dawlish has been charged with the murder of Sophie McDonald and remains in custody to appear at Exeter Magistrates Court tomorrow (Saturday 31st January).

Man arrested in Dawlish murder investigation

The body of a woman was found at the house in Iddesleigh Terrace this morning Credit: ITV News

A murder investigation is underway after the body of a 36-year-old woman was discovered in Dawlish this morning, 29 January.

The body was found at a house in Iddesleigh Terrace. A 36-year-old man from Dawlish was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and is in police custody.


Funding for flood defences in Somerset

The Somerset Levels will get £4.2 million to spend on flood defences Credit: PA

The Government will spend 15 and a half million pounds on flood defences in Somerset over the next six years.

More than four million (4.2) will go towards the Somerset Levels and Moors. Seven thousand properties are expected to benefit from the money.

The Treasury has also promised more funding to improve the rail link through Dawlish which was badly damaged in the winter storms.

More funding has been promised for the rail link at Dawlish Credit: PA


Trains suspended through Dawlish

On the trains, the CrossCountry service is suspended between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot due to poor weather conditions along the sea wall.

Tickets are being accepted on First Great Western services.

CrossCountry services won't run through Dawlish until around 11:00. First Great Western will still run, although may be delayed because of speed restrictions.

Huge waves crash over Dawlish rail track

TRAINS are being cancelled and delayed on the Plymouth to Exeter railway line as "huge waves" crash over the repaired track at Dawlish.

It has led to the following Tweet from a passenger:

Damage left by the winter storms has now been repaired Credit: PA

Last year the damaged Dawlish line, which was left with its tracks hanging in mid-air after the sea wall collapsed and the foundations were washed away in February, became one of the defining images of the storms that hit the South West.

MP calls for additional rail route through Devon

As the Transport Secretary visits Devon to discuss rail links in the county in the wake of the Dawlish disaster, one of the county's MPs says it is imperative that there should be an alternative route.

We've got to have a reliant system that would mean two lines one going via Dawlish as it currently does and one going through Okehampton and Tavistock, as it now should. And as I've said, the case is compelling.

– Geoffrey Cox MP Con, Torridge & West Devon
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