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Man arrested after fire damages four homes in Tiverton

Four homes in Magnolia Court in Tiverton were damaged by fire.

Police and the fire service have launched a joint investigation following a fire which damaged four homes in Devon.

The fire, which is being treated as suspicious, broke out at Magnolia Court in Tiverton at around 4pm yesterday, and spread to neighbouring properties. No-one was injured.

A 30-year-old local man was arrested in connection with the incident and was later released on bail until 25 September.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to contact the Police on 101, quoting reference KT/13/1196. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or report online at www.Crimestoppers-uk.org

Fire damages five homes in Tiverton

Five homes in Magnolia Court in Tiverton have been damaged by fire.

Five homes in Tiverton have been damaged in a large fire this afternoon - one of them almost totally destroyed.

The blaze at Magnolia Court is thought to have started in a garden but it quickly spread because of the breeze.

At it's height 7 fire engines were there - no one was hurt.

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High hopes for Tiverton Balloon Festival

The Tiverton Balloon festival starts today Credit: Hugh Rooney / Eye Ubiquitous

Today sees the start of the Tiverton Balloon Festival.

The three day event takes place on the Petroc College and Tiverton High School campus. This year it includes a music festival, with over 35 bands and a comedy stage on the Friday night.

Get more information here.

Full report: Saving our country pubs

by Bob Cruwys

Pubs can be crucial to community life but over the past few years, as people have changed their habits and are spending less on going out, many have shut.

But now, more community pubs have started opening, where locals have clubbed together to buy their local and save it from closure.

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Repairs to Grand Western Canal start today

Grand Western Canal - this section has been dry since the breach Credit: ITV News West Country

Repair work starts today on the Grand Western Canal near Tiverton, with a turf cutting ceremony to mark the beginning of the 6 month project.

Part of the canal wall collapsed during torrential rain last November. Twenty homes had to be evacuated, and thousands of fish spilled into the fields.

The repairs are expected to cost around three million pounds and Devon Council wants to finish them in time for the canal's two hundredth anniversary next year.

This section of the canal has remained open Credit: ITV News West Country

More than 15 cases of Ash Dieback in the West Country

Woodland owners are being urged not to panic this evening as a disease that has badly affected Ash trees across Europe, has now spread to the West Country.

There have been more than 15 cases of Ash Dieback identified here, but this is the first time an infected tree from a nursery has passed it on to an existing ash tree.

Efforts are now being made to try to stop the infection spreading further.

Seth Conway reports:

Infected trees to be felled in Devon

Leaves wilting in the wrong season is a sign of Ash dieback infection according to the Forestry Commission. Credit: ITV News West Country

There have been more than 15 cases of Ash dieback in the region in recent years.

But this outbreak at Bickleigh near Tiverton is the first time the disease has spread from an infected tree to previously healthy indigenous trees.

Repairs begin on flood-damaged road in Devon

Devon was hit badly by floods last year Credit: ITV Westcountry

Work starts today to repair a road in Devon that was damaged in the floods last winter.

The area around Tiverton was badly affected by floodwater and Burn Valley Road in Bickleigh has been unable to support the weight of traffic since being damaged last November.

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