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Tributes paid to cyclist who died this weekend

Chris Dennehy

Tributes have been paid to a cyclist who was killed along a busy dual carriageway in Devon on Friday.

Chris Dennehy died on his daily commute to work when he collided with a lorry on the A38 near Lee Mill. The 58 year old's family say he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. The lorry driver was arrested and has since been released on bail.

Police question lorry driver over death of cyclist

The cyclist was travelling along the A38 at Smithaleigh when the collision occurred Credit: ITV News

Police are continuing to question a lorry driver after a cyclist was killed along a busy dual carriageway in Devon.

The driver was arrested and taken into custody after the collision on the A38 near Plymouth on Friday.

The 58-year-old cyclist, who is local to the area, suffered serious injuries and was flown to Derriford Hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

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A & E departments under extra pressure after surge in patient numbers

Hospital accident and emergency units across the region are being put under extra strain following a surge in patient numbers.

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital and the Royal Devon and Exeter are both dealing with an extra 200 patients a week, while Torbay Hospital has seen an increase of 90 patients a week. John Andrews reports:

Big increase in demand at Derriford Hospiital

Big increase in demand at Derriford Hosipital Credit: ITV News West Country

Plymouth's Derriford Hospital says it's seeing a huge increase in demand on its emergency services.

It's seeing an extra 30 people a day - more than two hundred a week.

Management aren't sure what's behind the increase but they're urging people to think carefully before heading to the hospital for treatment. It's also planning to recruit extra staff to cope with the pressure.

Plymouth Argyle player in hospital after training

A Plymouth Argyle footballer is in hospital after falling ill during training.

Marvin Morgan who signed for the club from Shrewsbury last year, was taken to Derriford Hospital yesterday morning. The striker spent the night there and is now awaiting test results.

The 31-year-old thanked the club's physio for 'saving his life' on his Twitter account.

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Young trees destroyed

Vandalised saplings Credit: ITV News West Country

700 saplings in Plymouth have been destroyed by vandals. The trees, which were planted in the spring, include oak, ash and cherry. The saplings were destroyed over a series of months at the site in Bircham Valley, near Derriford Hospital. Only a few young trees now remain.

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