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Fifty firefighters working to contain fire at a disused pub

More than fifty firefighters are currently tackling a fire at a disused pub in Devon.

Three fire engines were originally called out to the Anchor Inn at Chudleigh Knighton at 2:30 this morning. The incident commander then asked for another three engines to attend the scene.

No one's injured but crews are still trying to stop the flames spreading to other buildings.

The B3344 is closed while emergency services deal with the fire.


'Our lives has been turned upside down', say family

10 year-old Samuel Crocker, was hit by a van on Saturday afternoon and later died of his injuries.

Cameron Trivett, from Crediton, has been charged with causing death by careless driving.

The family have issued the following tribute, saying their lives has been turned upside down:

On Saturday afternoon our life was turned upside down when our darling Samuel was knocked down while on his way to visit his friend. Later that night the bright light that was Samuel was extinguished. We all miss our little 'mole' so much and can't begin to imagine how we move on from the devastating situation we are in now.

Someone so small has left a massive hole that can never be filled, but he will always be remembered for his cheeky, fun-loving nature and we are grateful to have had him in our lives, albeit for such a short time."

– Samuel's family

Dinner ladies in Plymouth go head to head

Dinner ladies in Plymouth go head to head Credit: ITV News

It'll be whisks at dawn in Plymouth this morning as seven school dinner ladies battle it out to be crowned the best school chef in the south west.

Their challenge will be to cook a healthy two course meal costing just one pound sixty a head.

The winning chef will compete in the national championships in Birmingham in July.


Tributes left and a vigil held for boy from Crediton

10 year-old Samuel Crocker Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A man has appeared in court accused of careless driving following the death of a ten-year-old boy from Devon. Samuel Crocker was knocked down on a road known as Threshers in Crediton on Saturday afternoon.

It's just a short distance from his school Landscore Primary and many pupils would have passed the flowers on their way to class this morning.

Samuel was knocked down close to his school in Crediton Credit: ITV News

He was a really, really lovely boy, he was really blooming in Year 6 he was doing really well in his studies he was making really good progress.

– Gary Read, Headteacher

Staff at Landscore Primary are being open and honest with the children about what's happened to their friend and have given the children the chance to air their own grief on a message board and memorial tree. One friend wrote how Sam was the kindest person they'd ever met, how he would help everyone and how he made them laugh. The pupils are also being offered counselling should they need it.

A book of condolence has been opened at the school and at the town's parish church.

Pupils have signed a book of condolence Credit: ITV News

A vigil has been held at Holy Cross Church for the community to remember Samuel and light a candle for him.

We can help them by talking, just having someone come and listen then we would love to do that.

– James Gregory, Pastor, Crediton Congregational

Cameron Trivett a 24 year old man from Crediton, has been charged with causing death by careless or inconsiderate driving and driving a vehicle that failed to stop after a road traffic collision.

Devon and Cornwall's PCC defends £500,000 move to new offices

Tony Hogg (pictured left) says the move will save money in the long run Credit: ITV News

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner has defended his decision to spend half a million pounds changing offices.

Tony Hogg said the move of one mile to Middlemoor Police HQ next year was part of ongoing efficiency savings and made 'undeniable financial sense'.

At the moment Mr Hogg rents private premises at Pynes Hill Business Park in Exeter.

Driver charged after 10 year-old boy dies in collision with van

10 year-old Samuel Crocker Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

A driver has been charged with causing death by careless driving after a 10 year-old boy was killed on Saturday afternoon

Samuel Crocker was taken to the Royal Exeter Hospital after being hit by a van. He later died of his injuries.

Cameron Trivett has been detained by police and will appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court on Monday 2nd March.

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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