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Fatal collision on A30 near Redruth

Devon and Cornwall Police say they were notified of a collision on the A30 on Saturday. Credit: PA

A man has died following a collision between a motorcycle and a tractor in Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall Police say they were notified of the incident on the A30 on Saturday.

The collision happened westbound between Scorrier and Redruth and involved a Harley Davidson motorcycle and an agricultural tractor drawing a trailer.

A 62-year-old man from the Redruth area died as a result of the collision.

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.


Council pays more than £1.8m compensation over single pothole claim

Potholes like this (not the one involved in the claim) cost the council thousands in compensation. Credit: ITV West Country

Somerset County Council has paid out more than £1.8million in compensation over a single claim involving a pothole.

The Council handed the "general damages" to a third party following an accident on a road it manages.

The payout was revealed by a Freedom of Information (FoI) request submitted by the Somerset County Gazette newspaper.

The TaxPayers' Alliance says the payout reveals the level of "waste" and "inefficiency" across councils.

We are lucky to have freedom of information requests to find this information out and force the council to do better.

– James Price, campaign manager, TaxPayers' Alliance

The council says it cannot go into further detail about the claim due to legal reasons.

The FoI request shows an increase in the amount paid out by the council in recent years.

  • 2014-15: £171,425 paid out to 28 claimants
  • 2015-16: £895,716 paid out to 33 claimants
  • 2015-16: more than £2.1m paid out to 31 claimants

Apart from potholes, other common claims include drains and erosion of roads.

Toll lodge on Bath bridge 'significantly damaged' by accident

The lodge was damaged by a vehicle colliding with it early this morning. Credit: Rosie Marteau

The toll lodge on Cleveland Bridge in Bath is significantly damaged after an accident early this morning.

The A36 Bathwick Street is closed in both directions.

Authorities say a single vehicle was involved and it collided with several bollards and a nearby building.

Bath & North East Somerset Council say highways engineers hope to reopen one lane over the bridge with temporary traffic signals at lunchtime.

These are expected to remain in place throughout this evenings rush hour.

Traffic is very heavy and drivers are advised to the avoid this route.

The council say that despite the incident the bridge is still structurally sound.

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