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Huge magnolia blooms flower early in Ivybridge

The blooms on Lukesland Garden's magnolia tree are the size of dinner-plates.
The blooms on Lukesland Garden's magnolia tree are the size of dinner-plates. Credit: Jim Wileman/PA Wire/Press Association Images

A magnolia tree in Ivybridge that has the largest spread in the country has flowered early.

The flowers which are the size of dinner-plates are the best seen in more than five years.

Special openings are being organised for the public to visit the tree at Lukesland Gardens near Dartmoor.

Driver dies after being crushed by coach

A coach driver has died after becoming trapped under his vehicle in Ivybridge.

It happened just before 5pm yesterday evening in the car park of The Famous Lee Mill shopping outlet:

The coach was carrying passengers on a day trip from Paignton. The driver had exited the vehicle which then rolled forward into a hedge trapping him underneath.

The driver, a 50-year-old man from Newton Abbot, received serious injuries and died at Derriford hospital shortly after arrival.

Bus driver dies after being trapped under his coach

The 50-year-old driver was trapped under his coach in The Famous Lee Mill car park. Credit: Google Maps

A coach driver has died after becoming trapped under his vehicle in Ivybridge.

It happened just before 5pm yesterday evening in the car park of The Famous Lee Mill shopping outlet.

The coach was carrying passengers on a day trip from Paignton. The driver had exited the vehicle which then rolled forward into a hedge trapping him underneath.

The driver, a 50-year-old man from Newton Abbot, received serious injuries and died at Derriford hospital shortly after arrival.

Officers from Devon & Cornwall Police's Serious Collisions Investigation Unit attended the scene and an investigation is on-going.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 498 180413.

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Fears over Government childcare proposals

New childcare proposals are under attack from both parents and one of the Government's own advisers. Parents are worried the plans could affect child safety, with staff expected to care for more children.

In the last few days one of the Government's key advisers, Professor Cathy Nutbrown, said its plans "make no sense at all." Parents and staff at a nursery in Ivybridge have been giving their reaction.

Body found in Ivybridge woods

Jamie Grewal. Credit: Devon and Cornwall Police

Police say a body found in woods in Ivybridge could be that of a missing teenager.

18-year old-Jamie Grewal was last seen in the town a week ago. The body was discovered in Long Timber Woods yesterday.

Officers are not treating the death as suspicious. His family has been informed.

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