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Parents of meningitis sufferers welcome new vaccine

Both Lydia and Millie suffered from meningitis Credit: ITV News West Country

The parents of two sisters who both contracted meningitis have welcomed news that a new vaccine will be available on the NHS this year.

Lydia Cross from Braunton lost both her legs to the disease and her sister Millie also became seriously ill at a young age. Their mother, Jodie, today said the vaccine was "way overdue" but they were "really pleased" that a deal had been agreed with drugs company GlaxoSmithKline.

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What does the "strategic alliance" actually mean for Dorset and Devon & Cornwall Police forces?

Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed that it will pool resources with neighbouring Dorset in what is known as a "strategic alliance".

We spoke with the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall Police, Tony Hogg, who explained what it means in practice:

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Court hears how foreign workers never saw their wages in alleged slavery trial

A court has heard how foreign workers in Plymouth were made to work seven day weeks but never saw their wages.

Three women and two men from the Czech Republic are accused of trafficking for the purposes of exploitation.

Ruzena Tancosova, Petr Tancos, Nela Dzurkova, Martin Tancos and Katerina Kurejova deny two charges of conspiracy to traffick for the purposes of exploitation between January 2010 and September 2014. They lived in various addresses in Plymouth.

The group deny two charges of conspiracy to traffick for the purposes of exploitation Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA

Martin Tancos and Ruzena Tancosova deny acting as a gangmaster between the same dates.

Tancosova and Petr Tancos also deny requiring a person to perform forced labour between March 2010 and 2014.

Today witness Josef Bukovinsky told Plymouth Crown court that one of his bosses Ruzena Tancosova gave him ten pounds every three months.

He told the court at one point he earned £270-320 for a six day week working 12 hour shifts in a local factory.

The trial continues.

How much of that did you get?

– Malcolm Galloway, Prosecuting

Nothing.

– Josef Bukovinsky

What would happen if you didn't go to work?

– Malcolm Galloway, Prosecuting

They threatened to me that they would beat me up and Petr would take me into his garage and beat me up with a baseball bat.

– Josef Bukovinsky
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