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Canal to be reopened

Spectators gather for grand reopening of the Grand Western Canal in Halberton near Tiverton. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Grand Western Canal and towpath will officially re-open today more than a year after its banks were breached during a severe winter storm.

Narrow boats preparing for the grand reopening of the Grand Western Canal in Halberton near Tiverton. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Taunton line to close for 3 weeks

The main railway line between Taunton and Tiverton is to be closed for three weeks in the new year for repairs.

Network Rail is to spend £15 million upgrading the line and repairing a Victorian tunnel. Replacement coach services are planned along with extra car parking.

The closure is due to start on January the 18th and will last until February the 10th.

Network Rail is to spend £15 million upgrading the line and repairing a Victorian tunnel Credit: ITV News West Country

Fears grow for missing Tiverton woman

There is growing concern for a woman who's been reported missing from the Tiverton area. 48 year old Ann Holding was last seen on Tuesday morning at her home in Cadbury.

Devon and Cornwall Police are eager to speak to anyone with information.

Ann Holding Credit: Devon & Cornwall Police

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Concern for missing Tiverton woman

Police in Devon are appealing for information to find a woman who's gone missing from the Tiverton area.

48 year old Ann Holding hasn't been seen since she left her home in Cadbury, between Tiverton and Crediton yesterday morning.

Ann is described as being white, of slight build and around 5'4" tall with mousey coloured hair and wearing glasses with a brown or purple frame.

She may be wearing beige cord trousers and a blue coloured body warmer and is believed to be driving a green Peugeot 206, registration number Y836 WDS.

1st shop in Mary Portas scheme opens in Tiverton

The first shop to open under the Portas Pilot scheme in Tiverton has been officially launched today. The town was awarded £100,000 from the Mary Portas fund to help regenerate its high street.

A pop-up shop for local artisans to sell their art and crafts has been opened in the town centre. Another shop is planned in the coming months on the site of what used to be a pub. Sue Griggs is the Chair of the Tiverton Portas Town Team.

Full report: First shop opens under Mary Portas scheme

Tomorrow is the official launch of the first shop in Tiverton to open under the so-called Portas Pilot scheme.

The town was awarded a hundred thousand pounds from the Mary Portas fund in July last year, but has been criticised for taking so long to show any results. So is this the start of a revitalised Tiverton? Bob Cruwys reports.

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