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Severe weather warning issued in south west

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning for tomorrow evening, with 20-30mm of rain expected to fall within three to four hours.

The yellow warning for rain stretches from 17:00 GMT to 23:59 GMT and is likely to affect drivers during tomorrow evening's rush hour.

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Severe accident: A338 Wiltshire northbound

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A338 Wiltshire northbound severe accident, at St Andrews Road.

A338 Wiltshire - A338 Pennings Road in Tidworth blocked and queues northbound at the St Andrews Road junction, because of an accident. In the roadworks area. Diversion in operation - along Riverbourne Fields.

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South West unemployment lower than UK average

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South West unemployment figures
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Some 2.6% of “economically active” people - those aged over 16 - in the South West of England were unemployed in the three months to September, latest figures show.

The figure is lower than the UK figure of 3.8%.

However, UK wage growth has slowed and the figures showed the biggest annual drop in job vacancies in nearly 10 years, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS said this was down to falling numbers of people working in retail, after the collapse of several store chains and the implementation of shop closure programmes by other firms.