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Storms damage historic building

Damage to one of South Devon's most historic buildings is being assessed.

Conker Shoe Company in Totnes, which dates back to the 16th century, partly collapsed in Friday's storms.

Much of the High Street had to be evacuated and remained closed while scaffolding was put up. Investigations show that much of the historic facade is affected.

Conker Shoe Company in Totnes partly collapsed in Friday's storms. Credit: ITV News West Country

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Towns with small shops like Totnes boost house prices

Totnes, which recently won a battle against national chain Costa, is a good example of independent shopping Credit: ITV News West Country

High streets populated with thriving independent businesses have added an average of £40,000 to nearby house prices over the last decade, according to a study by American Express.

It suggested that homeowners living close to a flourishing high street could see their property value outperform similar homes elsewhere by as much as £70,000 over the next 10 years.

The study identified five "high street hot spots" it described as good examples: Whitstable, Kent; Marlborough, Wiltshire; Hungerford, Berkshire; Totnes, Devon, and Yarm, North Yorkshire.

MP's Islamic veil comments cause Twitter backlash

Sarah Wollaston's tweets on 'offensive' Islamic veils

The Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston says Islamic veils are an 'intolerable subjugation of women which should not be allowed to masquerade as freedom.'

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Tory MP refuses to stop government tweet attacks

Dr Sarah Wollaston MP (Con, Totnes), says she will not stop criticising the Government on Twitter, despite the fact that Labour have used her comments to attack Government policies. Here is a sample from her Twitter feed:

Brains behind Transition Town Totnes awarded

Rob Hopkin's idea was born in Totnes Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The man who co-founded the Transition Towns Movement in Totnes is to be awarded for his work. Rob Hopkins developed the community-led charity that works towards a low carbon future in 2005. Today he will be named a Doctor of Science at a ceremony in Bristol Cathedral.

Get more information on Rob Hopkin's work here.

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