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At least four people died in a horrific crash on the M5 motorway yesterday. Others injured in the tragedy were last night being treated at hospitals in Bristol. Eye witnesses said a lorry smashed through the central reservation and collided with several vehicles. Avon and Somerset Police said the collision happened between junction 16, near …

West Country attractions are pioneering virtual reality and digital technology as experts work to revolutionise the way visitors experience historic locations. Historians, academics, designers and architects aim to help tourist destinations use virtual reality headsets, tablets and smartphones to bring history to life, meet characters from the past and explore artefacts that are otherwise inaccessible. …

A dad is is to tackle the epic running challenge he had to abandon in a heart-breaking family tragedy. Glen Bevan, 42, says “the devil needs destroying”. He and his wife Natalie lost their son George at birth in 2010, shortly before Glen was due to tackle the Atlantic Coastal Challenge, which involves running three …

Snooker stars are uniting to pot more funds for a West Country charity. World Snooker chairman Barry Hearn has been announced as the latest patron for Jessie May. After learning about the work of the charity and its nurses when World Snooker partnered Jessie May for the 2016/2017 snooker season, Barry decided to take the …

A man on his death bed was granted his dying wish – to feed a horse one last time. Patrick Saunders, 87, had spent most of his adolescence around horses, and began his working life at a stable. He always had a strong connection with the animals, so while in North Devon Hospice’s care, the …

A probe has been launched after a group of street drinkers were seen stuffing 14 live pigeons into a rucksack – for food. Police believe the pigeons’ capture was so the offenders could eat them, and have reported the incident to the RSPCA. Officers say they have identified the group of street drinkers they believe …

West Country troops were last night spearheading Britain’s massive relief effort across a Caribbean laid waste by Hurricane Irma. Service men and women from North Devon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Plymouth and Cornwall were all involved in the drive to deliver aid to the ravaged region. Almost 500 British troops have been deployed. And one of them …

Jeremy White is a colourful character, with orange felt hat and bright waistcoat – but green is the colour he treasures. The green-fingered entrepreneur chats and laughs with an open heart to all who stop and admire his stall of plants at Bridport’s Saturday market. Travelling from East Devon, the former farmer has known a …