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Man who fitted card skimming devices to bank machines avoids jail sentence

A Romanian man who fitted card skimming devices to bank machines in Devon and Somerset has escaped being sent to jail today. Leonid Rotaru, who's lived in Bridgwater for 3-years, was arrested after he was spotted fitting a skimming device at Tesco in Minehead.

He'd obtained 9,000 pin numbers but today recived a prison sentence that was suspended for 2 years.


£10 million could be lost thanks to wet weekend

Businesses in the region are counting the cost after another wet and miserable bank holiday weekend.

Heavy rain and strong winds put a dampener on many events that were taking place on the last public holiday of the 'summer'. Normally crowded beaches were empty and many holidaymakers left the region early. Visit Cornwall estimates that around ten million pounds could be lost from the local economy.

A miserable bank holiday Monday

The Bank Holiday has once again proved a washout across the region, with heavy rain and strong winds putting a dampener on many events.

There's been heavy traffic on major routes as holidaymakers decided to go home early.

Some events were cancelled - tonight's firework display at the Torbay Regatta has been rescheduled for tomorrow.

Our reporter Jeff Welch braved the rain to see how people have been coping with a miserable Monday:


South West Coast Path

The South West Coast Path has been crowned the country's best coastal path. It is Britain's longest coastal trail, stretching 630 miles from Minehead in Somerset, past Land's End and up towards Poole harbour in Dorset.

The path takes walkers from Minehead in Somerset to Poole in Dorset Credit: ITV Westcountry

It takes in one National Park, five Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and two World Heritage Sites. It won the title at the Coast awards in London.

Ramblers travelling the South West Coast Path take in some spectacular views Credit: ITV Westcountry
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Couple banned from keeping animals for eight years

A couple who kept more than 70 pets in their semi detached home in Minehead have been banned from keeping animals for eight years. The RSPCA found 56 dogs and a variety of other animals. Four had to be put down. Most are now being rehomed.

Our Somerset correspondent David Woodland was in court and reports on how James and Nicola Hood pleaded guilty to nine charges of cruelty and neglect and were fined 500 pounds

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