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Hair salon in Dawlish floods after storm

Hair salon in Dawlish floods after storm Credit: ITV West Country/Richard Lawrence

Claire's hair salon in Dawlish was flooded out this morning after storm passed through Devon last night.

The owner of the salon, Heather Hartup, says it's happened every two years since 2003. She believes storm drains that had clogged up may have been responsible.

Lightning strikes Police Communications in Devon

A lightning strike has damaged Police Communications at Devon and Cornwall Police Headquarters in Exeter.

It hit a mast this morning and has caused what the Police says is "significant disruption to telephony services". As a result in order to keep disruption to a minimum all telephone calls to police are being diverted to the Plymouth control room.

All 999 calls will be answered as a priority.

People are being asked to keep telephone contact to a minimum and that non urgent contact is made through the Force internet service until normal service is resumed.

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September sunshine boosts tourism bookings

St Michael's Mount at Marazion in Cornwall - one of the West Country's most popular tourist attractions Credit: ITV News

The warm September sunshine is providing a late season boost to the region's tourism industry.

Some hoteliers are reporting a 30% increase in bookings compared to last year. Many in the industry are hoping the warm weather will help make up for a disappointing start to the year.

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