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Easter travel hotspots in the South West

Travels experts are warning that the West country is expected to have the busiest roads in the country as people head to the region for the Easter break.

  • According to the AA, 16 million cars are expected to head off on trips across the country this weekend.

  • The number of people looking for a break in Devon is up by more than a third compared with this time last year, according to a tourist website.

  • The RAC is warning of delays caused by heavy traffic all weekend on the M5 in Somerset and the A303 towards Exeter.

  • Around 17,000 passengers are expected to fly out of Exeter Airport during the Easter week.


CQC issues warning notice to Devon health trust

A health trust in Devon has been issued with a warning notice by the Care Quality Commission for failing to improve care standards for vulnerable patients.

Devon Partnership NHS Trust had already been told to address concerns relating to people with mental health problems at homes in Dawlish and Exeter.

The CQC also found that a lack of facilities meant some patients had to be treated outside the county.

Extra flights to Paris from Exeter Airport for Easter

Extra flights to Paris from Exeter Airport for Easter. Credit: ITV News West Country

Thousands of extra passengers are expected through Exeter Airport this bank holiday weekend. It says extra flights have been added to Paris for families travelling to Disneyland for Easter.

And the great Easter getaway is underway with our road and rail networks likely to be extremely busy.


Disability sport in Devon to get new funding

Disability Sport in Devon will benefit from the money Credit: ITV News West Country

Disability sport in Devon will get more than 200,000 pounds of funding. It's part of a grant from Sport England. Thirty new sports clubs will be formed across the county for young people and adults with disabilities. The money will also help to develop local coaches.

Firefighters rescue kitten from watering can

Firefighters in Devon have rescued a kitten who got its head stuck in a watering can.

One fire engine attended a property at Cleatlands Close at Tweenaway in Paignton last night after reports of a small kitten being trapped.

Crews rescued the kitten, which was stuck by its head in the spout, using small tools.

One fire appliance from Paignton attended a property to rescue a small kitten who was stuck in a watering can.

The kitten was unharmed. Duty of care was left with the owners.

– Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service spokesperson
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