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Train driver was 'reading newspaper' in Devon

A train driver has been suspended after being photographed apparently reading a newspaper while driving a train.

The First Great Western (FGW) driver was caught on camera as the high-speed passenger train emerged from a tunnel in Devon on 4 July.

FGW said the photograph looked "frankly astonishing" but the circumstances would be investigated.

The driver has been suspended while the investigation is carried out.

The photograph was taken as the 05:53 BST train from Plymouth to London Paddington came out of a tunnel at Coryton, near Dawlish.

A spokesperson from FGW said: "First hand this photograph is frankly astonishing and appears to show behaviour that falls way short of the professional standards we expected from our train drivers."

"We have suspended a driver in relation to this incident, pending the outcome of a full investigation. He has not driven a train since we were made aware of this photograph," they added.

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