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Devon man pleads not guilty to carrying an explosive device on the London Underground

Damon Smith faces a two-week trial on April 24

A man from Devon accused of putting a suspicious device on a London tube train has denied carrying an explosive.

Damon Smith from Newton Abbot appeared at the Old Bailey earlier via video link from Belmarsh jail.

He spoke only to confirm his name and enter a not guilty plea.

Police allegedly discovered the device after two members of the public found a backpack on an underground train in October last year.

It was handed to the driver, who inspected the backpack, prompting the evacuation of North Greenwich Underground station.


'Suspicious device' leaves major road cordoned off in Newton Abbot

A road close to Newton Abbot town centre has been closed in both directions after what police describe as a 'suspicious device' was found at a property.

Tudor Street has now been closed off and a 200 metre cordon is in place around the site.

The A381 East Street has also been closed between King Street and Powderham Road.

The police are yet to comment further.

Tributes to 'Big hearted' motorcyclist who died after crash with car

A biker who died after a serious crash with a van in Newton Abbot has been described by his family as a "big hearted man".

53-year-old Jerry Daniell from Torquay died in hospital after his motorbike collided with a Mercedes B180 on Shaldon Road last Thursday.

53-year-old Jerry Daniell from Torquay died in hospital after his motorbike collided with a car on Shaldon Road Credit: Family photo

His family have released an emotional tribute to the father of two, calling him their "rock".

On the 23rd September we lost our Jerry, a broad shouldered and big hearted man who was the kindest father, brother, uncle, partner, boss and friend.

He helped people in so many ways, offering them advice and opportunities but most of all by always encouraging them to follow their passion. When giving his opinion he thought about what the other person needed and never his own personal gain. He was the greatest listener and never spoke ill or judged anyone.

He loved his family and friends and was never happier than when he was sharing time with them. He has left us with incredible memories of holidays, parties and meals together which were often down to his huge generous nature. His business prowess built his successful factory and his big heart stretched to his love of his employees. They will truly miss him.

Jerry was the rock of our family and the love of my life. Sadly he has left behind two sons who will dearly miss him - Jerry, you were a true gentleman and we love you so much.

– Family tribute

The Mercedes driver, a 68-year-old man from Newton Abbot, was uninjured.

He was arrested for failing to provide a breath test, and on suspicion of driving without due care and attention.

He has been bailed until 21 October.

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