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Mother tells of how she almost had her daughter taken by social services

A mother from Exeter has told ITV how her youngest daughter could have been wrongly taken into care after an anonymous complaint was made about her parenting.

Shona Sibary writes a parenting column for the Daily Mail and shares details of her domestic life.

But two weeks ago she received a phone call from Social Workers asking her to agree to an investigation after an anonymous caller made a string of damaging allegations.

Social services has yet to comment.

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Toby Carvery which closed due to norovirus outbreak will reopen tomorrow

Environmental Health officials confirmed the presence of the norovirus in the venue Credit: ITV News

A Toby Carvery which temporarily closed following a suspected norovirus outbreak is due to reopen tomorrow.

Dozens of people claim to have been struck down with sickness and diarrhoea for several days after visiting the pub in Middlemoor in Exeter between March 30 and Easter Sunday.

Environmental Health officials confirmed the presence of the virus in the venue. Several members of staff were also affected and they have been advised to stay away from work until they are symptom free for 48 hours.

The pub, and the adjoining hotel, closed on April 7 for a "specialist clean".

In a previous statement the hotel said:

Health and safety is a primary focus for Toby Carvery and we can reassure our guests that we have taken all the necessary safety precautions and can confirm that the business is safe to trade.

– Hotel spokesperson
Dozens of people claim to have been struck down with sickness Credit: ITV News

The restaurant spokesperson, added:

Both the Environmental Health Officer and Toby Carvery need to be confident that virus is irradiated completely, we therefore anticipate that we will be open again on Friday, April 10.

We will continue to work closely with the Local Authority.

– Toby Carvery spokesperson

Emergency staff test their rescue skills in extreme training day

Around 250 emergency staff have been testing their rescue skills to the limit in three days of training near Exeter.

Rescuers battle their way through a simulated disaster to help victims Credit: ITV News

Devon and Somerset fire and rescue service spent months building a mock up of a collapsed building as part of the exercise.

A paramedic attends to a patient crushed under rubble Credit: ITV News

The aim is to ensure the services work well together in the event of a natural disaster or terrorist attack.

We don't want to be meeting people for the first time on the day it's happened for real so we want to build these relationships, look at what each other's capability is, look at the limitations and how we can work together to achieve a better outcome for the people who are in trouble on that day.

– Paul Cross, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service
Rescuers battle their way through a simulated disaster to help victims Credit: ITV News

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Factories that mainly employ the disabled facing closure

Two factories in Exeter and Bridgwater which mostly employ people with disabilities are facing closure. Around 78 people are facing redundancy at the Centres.

The Trade Union Community is blaming Devon County Council or the decision which it says will have a devastating impact on the lives of the people who currently work there.

Devon County Council have told ITV West Country:

Employment services are the responsibility of the Department of Work and Pensions rather than local government, and as the Government funds Pluss, contributions from local government have declined each year since 2010.

– Devon County Council

If the closures are confirmed, then the factories are likely to shut at the end of May.

Image of man released in connection with Exeter assault

Detectives would like to speak to this man in connection with an attack Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Detectives in Devon have released a picture of a man they want to speak to in connection with an attack in Exeter.

A 25-year-old man, from the Exmouth area was left with serious injuries after he was assaulted on the 7th of February in the city. Anyone who recognises this picture is being asked to contact police.

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