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Holidaymakers miss flights after A38 tanker crash

The Christmas holiday getaway suffered a terrible start today as the A38 in Devon was shut northbound for several hours after a tanker crashed off the road and down an embankment.

The closure led to some people missing their flights from Exeter Airport where 20,000 people are jetting out of the region for the festivities.

Seth Conway reports:

Fuel tanker crash causes delays for Exeter holidaymakers

A fuel tanker upturned on the A38 in Exeter Credit: Andy Styles

A road closure in Devon led to several Christmas holiday makers missing their flights from Exeter Airport.

The A38 in Devon was closed for several hours this morning after a fuel tanker crashed off the road and down the embankment.

The Exeter bound carriageway was closed at around 7:30am between Buckfastleigh and Ashburton while emergency services dealt with the accident, causing long delays for travellers.

Street urinals trialled on busiest weekend of the year

Temporary urinals near the Rococo club in Exeter City centre Credit: ITV West Country/Seth Conway

Exeter's partygoers will benefit from temporary urinals in the city centre this weekend.

As the festive season gets underway people are being warned that there is no excuse to urinate on the street following a night out. The street urinals are being trialled on one of the busiest weekends of the year. They can be found on Bailey Street and just off Mary Arches Street.

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Help over Christmas for Exeter's homeless

Exeter City Council have reached out to those who find themselves with nowhere to go this Christmas Credit: ITV West Country

People in Exeter have been offered an out-of-hours service if they find themselves homeless over Christmas.

Exeter City Council have released a phone number for anybody who finds themselves with no where to go over the festive period. The service is available to all - particularly those who face challenges such as a family fall-out or domestic violence.

Police statement following manslaughter charges

"Our thoughts are with the family of Thomas Orchard at this difficult time. The two-year long investigation that has followed has been difficult for all of those involved.

“The case was subject to an immediate referral to the IPCC by the Force and has been independently conducted by them since 2012. The Force and all officers and staff involved have fully co-operated with investigators from the IPCC and, latterly, the Health and Safety Executive throughout their investigation. [...]

"As a result of being charged a decision has been made that the officer and two members of staff have been suspended and this will be continually reviewed. We will continue to give appropriate welfare support to those officers and staff concerned.

“Devon and Cornwall Police take 25-30,000 people into custody each year and we remain committed to ensuring that they remain safe and receive a high standard of care from us.”

– Statement from Devon and Cornwall Police
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