South West News Today

The Prime Minister was in Devon yesterday visiting some of the people who's homes and businesses were flooded at the weekend - He was in Buckfastleigh one of the worst hit areas. As families continue assessing the damage from this years floods, hundreds of people across Devon and Cornwall are now going to be worried that they won't be able to get insurance for their homes next year. 

Cornwall Chamber of Commerce claims Cornish businesses lost twenty million pounds between last Thursday and Monday because of flooding It's because thousands of us stayed at home and many traders couldn't get goods out and about. 

The Environment Agency wants more villages in vulnerable areas to come up with their own community flood plans. Devon has had 200 properties flooded in past six days, Cornwall's had 140 properties flooded. 

Detectives in Cornwall are looking for a man with a distinctive tattoo following a rape in Callington. A young woman, was attacked about ten past midnight on Saturday as she walked home alone along Launceston Road. She had earlier left the Swingletree Pub in Kelly Bray and was walking towards Callington. The suspect had a distinctive tattoo of a celtic knot on his right thigh, the victim also described her attacker as smelling of antiseptic or bleach. 

A part-time footballer's been hit with a £500 fine after an abusive message was posted on Twitter about Plymouth's Olympic diver Tom Daley. A disciplinary panel imposed the punishment on Port Talbot Town FC midfielder Daniel Thomas. He'd previously been arrested, though no charges were brought, following the offensive tweet posted on the social networking site - that referred to 18 year old Daley and fellow Olympic diver Pete Waterfield.

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