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Businesses struggling to survive in Tavistock

Tavistock Credit: ITV News West Country

Local businesses in Tavisock are struggling to survive in the current economic climate. That's according to a survey carried out last November.

Two thirds of the 36 businesses that took part have suffered a downturn in profits over the past year. It's thought competition from the internet and chain stores are to blame.


Tesco gets go-ahead for Tavistock store

Traders in Tavistock are concerned that a superstore will affect their business Credit: ITV News West Country

Plans for a new Tesco supermarket to be built in Tavistock have been approved.

West Devon Borough Council's planning committee went against a planning officer's recommendations.

The town is known for its independent shops and businesses, and people are worried it will affect trade in the town. The new store will create more than 100 jobs.

Crash near Goose Fair

Two women have been taken to hospital after a serious car accident at Blackdown near Tavistock.

The collision involving a BMW and a VW Golf happened between Mary Tavy and Lydford.

It caused the temporary closure of the A386 which was already busy because of the nearby Tavistock Goose Fair.

The female occupants of each car were taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Air and land ambulance were in attendance.

Goose fair in Tavistock today

The annual Goose Fair in Tavistock take place today. The historic festival dates back to the 12th century, when farmers would bring their geese to the town to sell. Revellers can still enjoy goose lunches at restaurants across Tavistock.

People come from all over the West for the fair, and old and young alike enjoy the atmosphere.

Historically traders would sell geese in the town. Credit: Press Association


Tavistock family to pick up new mobility car

12 year old Paul Lewis is autistic and the family say they need the mobility car. Credit: ITV News West Country

A family from Devon who were left devastated when their mobility car was taken away collect a new one today (Monday).

The Lewis family from Tavistock say they need the car to be able to transport 12 year old Paul who is autistic.

The Government took the last vehicle away because Paul's needs weren't deemed high enough, but the family successfully appealed for a new car.

It will be collected at midday from a dealers in Saltash.

'Potentially hundreds of victims' - Police

Two women from Tavistock have been arrested by police investigating an alleged European music festival ticket scam.

The women, aged 50 and 21 were arrested on suspicion of fraud by misrepresentation by officers from Devon and Cornwall Police.

The force is investigating an allegation of fraud surrounding the sale of tickets for Tomorrowland 2013 - an electronic music festival held near Antwerp, near Belgium in July.

Police believe there could potentially be hundreds of victims from across the country and are urging anyone who thinks they have been scammed to get in touch.

Teaching Assistant dies while on holiday in France

Felicity 'Fizz' Ward. Credit: Rob Matthews

A teaching assistant from Tavistock has been killed while on holiday in the French Alps.

52 year old Felicity Ward, also known as Fizz, fell 330ft when she was hiking in the Valjouffrey Valley in the Isere region of eastern France.

She taught at St Peter's Church of England Junior School.

The school posted on its website; 'Fizz was a much respected and valued member of staff who will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this sad time.'

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