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Woman seriously injured in oil tanker crash in Devon

The woman's car collided with an oil tanker. Credit: ITV News

A woman has been seriously injured after her car collided with an oil tanker in Wilmington, near Honiton in Devon.

The 65-year-old woman, who was found unconscious at the scene, was cut free from her car by fire crews. She was airlifted to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital with head and leg injuries.

The A35 was closed for several hours following the incident but has since re-opened.

Honiton family takes part in ground-breaking DNA research

Six-year-old Noah Puleston might be given a clearer diagnosis Credit: ITV News

A Honiton family have become the first in the South West to take part in ground-breaking DNA research to help fight rare diseases.

Six-year-old Noah Puleston has moderate to severe learning difficulties. Now his family have an opportunity to achieve a clearer diagnosis after the Royal Devon and Exeter hospital was chosen to lead one of 11 new state-of-the-art genomics medicine centres across England.

They go from Doctor to Doctor, have test after test after test, in an attempt to try to find an explanation for their child's disorder and it can often end with we don't know and this project is to try to help these parents."

– Dr Charles Shaw-Smith, Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital


Smoke alarm warning after inquest into Honiton fire deaths

An inquest into the deaths of two teenagers and a little boy, who died in a house fire in Devon, has found that they could have been saved if the smoke alarms were working.

17-year-old Rosie Bennellick, her three-year-old brother Harvey and 18-year-old Andy Gunn were killed after a blaze broke out at a house in Honiton last year.

The fire was started by a six-year-old boy playing with a lighter. The inquest was told that the batteries of the smoke alarms had been removed a week earlier. The coroner concluded that neglect was a factor in their deaths, with an overall ruling of accidental death.

Andy Gunn Foundation launches today

The Andy Gunn Foundation will help those wanting a career in hospitality Credit: ITV News West Country

A charity in memory of a man who died in a house fire in Honiton will launch today,

Andy Gunn was killed in the blaze along with girlfriend Rosie and her brother Harvey. The charity has been set up to help people who want to have career in hospitality but do not have the money to do so.


'Lunatic' driver jailed for Devon crash

Emma Walker's car after the crash Credit: Irving of Exeter

A teaching assistant has been jailed for causing devastating injuries to her three passengers when she crashed while driving ‘like a lunatic’ on a country road in Devon. Emma Walker was going at twice the speed limit before the accident.

She ignored pleas by her passengers to slow down and took her hands off the wheel of her Peugeot to change the music on her phone. Walker, aged 22, was taking three friends on a camping trip from South Wales to Honiton when she crashed on the outskirts of Cullompton in July last year.

Front seat passenger Rebecca Nott, aged 20, almost died. She spent five months in hospital with severe brain injuries which have left her permanently injured.

Injured Rebecca Nott and Macauley Eccles outside Exeter Crown Court Credit: Irving of Exeter

Back seat passenger MacAuley Eccles, aged 17, has been forced to abandon his dreams of becoming a professional basketball player. He was left with one leg shorter than the other after suffering horrific injuries including a dislocated hip.

The other back seat passenger Peter Bebb, aged 26, suffered a broken neck and ruptured spleen.

Walker, of Llys Gwyn, Bridgend, South Wales, admitted three offences of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 16 months by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court.

Demolition for new hospice in Honiton

Demolition for new hospice. Credit: ITV News West Country

A house in Honiton is being demolished this morning to make way for a new hospice.

The charity Hospiscare has owned the site since last year and is due to knock down the existing building today.

Work will begin on a new day hospice in the coming weeks. The charity is trying to raise quarter of a million pounds to pay for it.

Shocking CCTV footage

Shocking pictures have been released of the moment a woman was attacked during a robbery at an antiques shop in Devon.

Police hope the CCTV will lead to the identification of the man who carried out the assault in Honiton.

He stole thousands of pounds worth of rings and other valuables from Banwell Antiques on the High Street. Some viewers might find the following pictures upsetting.

John Andrews reports.

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