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Plans to stamp out illegal tobacco in South West

Campaign to stop sale of illegal tobacco in South West Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A new campaign gets underway today to stamp out the sale of illegal tobacco in the region

This comes after new figures show 8 out of 10 people in the South West think the product-often smuggled in and unregulated- is a danger to children.

As it is cheaper than normal tobacco, it's also believed to make it easier for children to start smoking.

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Thousands of tax workers on strike across region

More than two thousand tax office workers are striking across the West Country today angry about proposed job cuts. The office in Barnstaple is one of those scheduled to close. It's the biggest in the region and thirty jobs are at risk.

Unions are staging walk-outs across the country this week. Twenty three tax offices are on the verge of closing.

Dartmouth Lower Ferry enters digital age

Dartmouth Lower Ferry enters digital age Credit: ITV News West Country

Dartmouth Lower Ferry will today begin offering customers a new digital card for ferry crossings. It's expected to speed up the ticketing process and can be scanned through a car's windscreen. Anyone who still has paper tickets will still be able to use them until they run out.

League fixtures out today

The West Country's league teams find out who they'll be playing and when next season later today. The league fixtures are out this morning and fans will keen to see when those crucial west country derbies are scheduled for. The opening day of the season is Saturday August 9th.

Capital One Cup fixtures announced today

The World Cup may be in full swing in Brazil, but the domestic season moves a small step closer today as our local teams find out who'll they'll play in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

Ties will be played during week beginning the eleventh of August. The draw is split between northern and southern sections. League fixtures will be released on Wednesday.

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