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Pothole misery blamed on weather

Devon County Council already spends 7m a year on road surface repairs

A big increase in the number of potholes in roads across Devon has been blamed on the harsh winter weather.

Devon County Council said more than 7,500 potholes have been fixed so far this year, but there are many more still to be put right.

The Met Office in Exeter says the county has experienced one of its coldest winters in years, with many more severe frosts.

The council said this has resulted in three times as many potholes as normal.

More than 120 workers were out every day repairing potholes on the council's 8,000-mile (12,875km) road network, a council spokeswoman said.

Trevor Parker, who lives near Broadclyst, said he had damaged two tyres and had to contend with more than 70 potholes on a one-mile (1.6km) stretch of road to and from his home.

The council said it spent about £7m a year fixing and repairing the county's road surfaces, but the recent prolonged cold spell meant more would have to be spent.

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