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  1. A mentally ill man is to be detained indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital after he attacked two police officers with an angle grinder
  2. Two former teachers have been convicted of sexually and physically abusing boys at a residential school in the late 1970s and early 1980s
  3. Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is on black alert after a surge in patients
  4. Two hospitals are among the worst in the country for delays in discharging patients, a report reveals
  5. An extra lane on a notorious stretch of the A30 in Cornwall opens
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Paignton Zoo animals to star in CBBC show

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Animals at Paignton Zoo are set to hit the limelight as the main characters in a new CBBC comedy documentary.


    Gorillas, penguins and giraffes will be given human voices and computer-generated moving mouths as the show follows them having the last laugh over keepers at the zoo.

    "This new series promises our young audience a fact-filled and fun packed series centered around the fascinating characters and everyday adventures at the zoo”, controller of CBBC Cheryl Taylor said.

  2. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    • A man who attacked two police officers with an angle grinder is to be detained indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital
    • The Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is on black alert after a surge in patients
    • A Plymouth man has been convicted of sexually and physically abusing boys at a residential school in the late 1970s and early 1980s
    • An extra lane on a notorious stretch of the A30 in Cornwall opens
  3. Black alert status 'terrible' for surgery patients, MP says

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust's (RCHT) black alert status is "terrible for patients" whose planned surgery is likely to be cancelled, the MP for Truro and Falmouth has said.

    RCH A&E entrance

    The RCHT announced it was on black alert today after receiving a surge in patients coming to the accident and emergency department. A hospital goes on black alert when it can not cope with the number of incoming patients because not enough are being discharged.

    MP Sarah Newton said that while it was heartbreaking to hear, patients should be reassured that a hospital goes on black alert "to make sure people do receive safe care and they put contingency plans in place".

  4. Angle grinder police attacker 'made preparations'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A man who attacked two officers with an angle grinder had "made preparations" unbeknown to attending officers, a detective inspector has said.

    Stephen Yabsley

    Officers were initially called to a property on Retreat Close in Kingsbridge last year following threats made by Stephen Yabsley to another resident.

    "Power tools had been plugged into extension cables and positioned within the premises," Det Insp Simon Costin said. Today Yabsley was sentenced to be detained indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital for the attack.

  5. Up to 100 new jobs could come to Plymouth Business Park

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    Up to 100 jobs could be created in Plymouth thanks to a proposed expansion of the council-owned Langage Business Park, authority bosses have said.

    Langage Business Park

    Plymouth City Council is investing £3.2m in the second phase of the park expansion, after the first 30,000 sq ft was snapped up by local food producer Dartmouth Foods Ltd this year.

    "We believe there is a real appetite from businesses to come here or expand, but they lack the right premises", leader of Plymouth City Council Ian Bowyer said.

  6. Latest travel headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • On the A30 heading between Sourton Cross and Okehampton one lane is blocked due to a broken down coach
    • On the A38 westbound from Saltash heading towards Tideford there is busy traffic
    • In Tavistock the A386 Plymouth Road is partially blocked due to an incident around Pixon Lane
    • On the M5 around Exeter heading towards Plymouth there is slow moving traffic  
  7. Public land auction could lead to private developer 'disaster'

    Harriet Bradshaw


    Local campaigners say it would be a "disaster" if public land in the South West due to be auctioned was bought by a private developer.

    Wildlife corridor

    The Public Open Spaces Charitable Trust (POSCT) is selling nine lots across the UK next week used by the likes of dog walkers, playing children, residents and cyclists, including two in Exeter.

    Concerned resident Gareth Thomas has called a public meeting in the city tonight to discuss the future of the wildlife corridor in the Stoke Valley area. The POSCT says the land will be sold with all current restrictions to ensure it is used as public open space.

  8. New A30 lane for 'nine mile' queue stretch

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    An extra lane has opened on a stretch of the A30 known for its "nine mile" weekend queues.

    "I think everybody knows that around Bodmin on a Friday and a Saturday there are big queues up to nine miles long, 35,000 vehicles use this road per day," Jeremy Edwards from Cornwall Council's transportation team said.

    He added the extra lane should ease the pressure on the trunk road and get people out of the county more quickly.

  9. MP calls for 'clearer accountability' after damning bed-blocking report

    Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    An MP has called for "clearer accountability lines" and more integrated care in the South West, after two hospitals in the region were ranked among the top 10 worst in the country for bed-blocking.

    Royal Cornwall Hospital

    The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and the Royal Cornwall Hospital were ranked 8th and 10th for the number of days lost because of delays in discharging patients by a report from the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

    The MP for Torbay, Kevin Foster, who is on the committee, said: "In Torbay, in my own constituency, we now have an integrated care organisation which means there isn't this split between NHS on one side, social care on the other."

  10. Officer finds colleague 'pale and dying' after angle grinder attack

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A police officer who was cornered by a man wielding an angle grinder escaped to find his colleague "pale and dying", a detective inspector has said.

    Armed officers near the property

    Det Ins Simon Costin recalled how two officers received "life-threatening" injured after Stephen Yabsley attacked them with the device at a property in Kingsbridge, Devon last year. Yabsley was detained indefinitely at Broadmoor Hospital for the attack today.

    “No sentence can accurately reflect the significant impact this has had on all the police officers involved,"  Det Insp Costin said.

  11. Jack Oulton: Redruth scrum-half impresses new head coach

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Redruth boss Steve Larkins says new scrum-half Jack Oulton has impressed him in his short time at the Rec.

    Jack Oulton

    The 20 year-old, who is a former Exeter youngster, joined the Reds last month from neighbours Cornish Pirates.

    "Jack's very good, he's already proved that in pre-season training, he's looking really sharp," Larkins told BBC Radio Cornwall. "He's a quality player, he's got a lot of experience playing for Exeter and Pirates as well, and I'm sure he'll bring that to Redruth."

  12. Man paralysed in 'routine surgery' wins three-year compensation battle

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A man left paralysed following "routine" spinal surgery has won his compensation battle at the High Court.

    Phil Scudder

    Phil Scudder, 50, who now lives in St Columb, Cornwall, had a decompression operation in 2011 to remove a slipped disc at the Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre in Sussex. He was unable to move his legs when he woke up and now uses a wheelchair.

    Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust accepted liability and issued an apology to Mr Scudder and his family.

  13. Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust on black alert - but what does the status mean?

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust says it's on black alert after seeing a surge in patients arrive at its doors. But what is black alert?

    • The NHS uses a national internal alert system based on the colours green, amber, red and black to rank how busy a local health and social care system is
    • Black alert status occurs when a hospital cannot cope with the number of people coming into the accident and emergency department because too few people are being discharged
    • It effectively means the hospital does not have enough bed capacity to cope
  14. David Fox: Plymouth Argyle bring in former Crewe Alexandra midfielder

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle have signed former Crewe Alexandra midfielder David Fox.

    The 32-year-old was a free agent having been released by the Alex in May after a season at Gresty Road.

    The former Manchester United trainee and Norwich City player has featured in three of Argyle's pre-season friendlies this summer.

    David Fox
  15. Warm and sunny with a slight risk of a shower

    Holly Green

    BBC Weather

    It'll be a warm and sunny afternoon, and most places will stay dry. However, there will be the odd slow-moving, heavy and perhaps thundery shower in places. Maximum temperature: 22 Deg C (72 Deg F).


    Any showers will soon die away to leave a dry night across the region with some clear spells. 

    It'll feel mild and the odd mist or fog patch may form. Minimum temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

  16. Millionaire pal of David Cameron bought £11.5m Devon estate 'on a whim'

    Exeter Express & Echo

    A millionaire friend of former Prime Minister David Cameron has told of how he snapped up an entire £11.5 million Devon coastal estate - on a whim.

  17. Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall: Slow traffic on the A30 westbound

    BBC Travel

    • Between Temple and Bodmin on the A30 heading westbound there's slow moving traffic  
    • On South West Trains there's a revised service between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids due to a signalling problem at Basingstoke
    • On the A38 at the Marley Head Junction on the entry slip road heading towards Plymouth there's a broken down vehicle
    • In Boscastle, Penally Hill is closed in both directions between Dunn Street and Valency Row due to an earlier building fire
  18. Hospital bed-blocking and Donald Trump

    Janet Kipling

    BBC Radio Devon

    Janet Kipling's here until 16:00 - debating the big stories of the day. 

    Thousands of patients are stuck in hospital unnecessarily in Devon every year - has it happened to you and what can be done about so-called bed-blocking?

    Also, how would you feel if Donald Trump became the next US President? That's Janet Kipling between 13:00-16:00.

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