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'He's done remarkably well' : people of the South West thank Prince Philip

Prince Philip will not make any further official appearances in the South West after announcing his retirement.

The 95 year-old will step down from service in the autumn and there are no scheduled engagements in the West Country before then.

Today, we spoke to people in Ashburton and Bristol, who gave us this reaction to the news:



Burst water main creates 100 feet high fountain

A Devon woman has filmed a burst water pipe that brought traffic to a standstill on a busy street in Ashburton.

The video by Sharon Cummings shows a fountain shooting 100 feet into the air on East Street yesterday (19 January).

A dental practice had to close for the afternoon while South West Water carried out repairs.

Two accidents block A383 in Devon

The A383 Ashburton Road in Devon is blocked after two separate accidents on the same stretch of road this morning.

Problems on the lane include an accident involving a car between Love Lane and Howton Lane. There are also reports of a jackknifed lorry and ice.

The Exeter bound slip road off the A38 onto the A383 is also closed.


Devon football referee punched by player

A football referee from Devon says he might quit the game after he was punched in the face by a player he sent off. Don Distin, 49 was treated for bruised eyes and a split lip after the incident at an Ashburton and Torre reserve team match on Saturday.

"I had an x-ray at the hospital and at the present time they can't see any fracture and there is just bruising and trauma.

"But I can't open my right eye and there is a lot of bruising around it and swelling to my cheek. It is difficult to eat and I am a bit despondent."

– Don Distin, referee

"I have never seen anything like it and I've been involved in the game for 40 years.

"I have been a referee myself and this was an absolute disgrace.

"Everyone ran on the pitch. It was a totally shocking thing to see, even their players couldn't believe it. The league has to come down very hard on this."

– Mark Uglow, Ashburton Reserves Manager

Jamie Aylett, chairman and secretary of Torre FC, described the player's behaviour as "disgraceful" and said his team was quitting the league.

"We wish the referee a speedy recovery and would like to state that since the incident we have withdrawn from the league because we no longer have any credibility.

"I'm getting lots of grief on football forums but this is one incident by a player who has let the whole league system down."

– Jamie Aylett, chairman and secretary of Torre FC

A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed they were called at 3.15pm Saturday after an altercation between a match official and a player. No arrests have been made.