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  1. Ex-NHS boss changes fraud plea during trial

    BBC Radio Devon

    The former boss of the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust has been told she faces jail after admitting fraud. 

    Paula Vasco-Knight changed her plea to guilty to one of the two charges of fraud at Exeter Crown Court.

    The court heard that she paid her husband more than £11,000 from NHS funds to make a publication about equality. The publication was never produced. 

    Vasco-Knight, who was a nurse, became the deputy chief executive at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth before being appointed as the CEO at the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust which runs Torbay Hospital. She stepped down in 2014.

  2. Latest travel: A386 blocked by crash

    BBC Travel

    • In Hatherleigh the A386 remains blocked in both directions by an accident near Bassett's Cross 
    • In Plymstock, Stentaway Road is closed between Stentaway Drive and Campbell Road due to a burst water main
    • In Modbury on the A379 at Palm Cross there are long queues of traffic in both directions due to the temporary traffic lights and roadworks
    • Between Nanpean and the A30 there's an abnormal load heading towards the M5 - approach with care
    • Crosscountry trains has announced it will be cancelling services running west of Exeter between 16:00 and 19:00 today because of the forecast high winds and tides
  3. Ex-NHS boss faces jail after admitting £11,000 fraud

    The NHS's former head of equality has been warned she faces a jail sentence after pleading guilty to an £11,000 fraud. 

    Paula Vasco-Knight left court in tears after a dramatic change of plea on the second day of her trial at Exeter Crown Court.

    She used £11,072 of NHS cash to pay her husband Stephen for work on an equality and diversity publication called Transform which never existed.

    Vasco-Knight, 52, of The Seasons, Runcorn, and her husband Stephen, 45, of the same address, both admitted a single count of fraud, which relates to an £11,072 for work on the Transform document.

  4. Devon cub leader who banned girl 'broke rules'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A cub leader who did not allow a girl to join his pack "did not fully comply with the rules," the Scout Association has said.

    They launched an investigation after Eloise Bemand-Wright's mother claimed the eight-year-old was refused entry because she is a girl.

    The leader responsible will be leaving after the summer term, the association said.

    Mother Jane Bemand-Wright said "Eloise has not even received an apology".

    Image caption: Eloise, pictured with her brother Aston, has been attending an alternative Cub Scout pack since being turned away
  5. Couple married for 50 years found dead by son, inquest told

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A couple found dead in their home in Newquay last year had been married for more than 50 years, an inquest in Truro has heard.  

    The bodies of Malcom and Dawn Green were discovered by their son and daughter-in-law.

    The inquest heard Mr Green was found hanging in the hallway. 

    The home office pathologist who examined Mrs Green's body said her injuries were consistent with pressure to the neck and suffocation, and she died first. 

    Medical professionals told the inquest 71 year-old Mr Green had been suffering from anxiety and depression, and had told a care worker he was worried about what would happen to him if his wife died. 

    The inquest continues. 

  6. Four Devon hospitals to close: Campaigners disappointed

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight

    Campaigners against the closure of cottage hospitals in South Devon claim bosses ignored their views. 

    At a meeting today NHS bosses announced they will press ahead with controversial plans to close hospitals at Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth & Paignton. 

    These campaigners said they were disappointed...

    Campaigner against hospital closures

    "It was to give the public the impression that they had some input to this process. 

    "They had absolutely no input to this process. It was a foregone conclusion."    

    Campainger against hospital closures

    "All the time they were talking about the fact that our local services were under increasing pressure from an ageing population and increasing demand, and the response was to cut it. 

    "Cut a million and a half off the expenditure. That doesn't make any sense to me".

    The NHS says money will be better spent on looking after people in their own homes. 

  7. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

    BBC Travel

    A386 Devon both ways severe accident, between B3216 and A3072.

    A386 Devon - A386 in Hatherleigh blocked in both directions between Bassett's Cross and Lamerton Cross, because of an accident involving a car.

    Check local traffic and travel reports for:

  8. Whisky distillery plans: 46 letters of objection, four letters of support

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Residents have objected to plans for a whisky distillery in Devon because the design is too Scottish. 

    One resident of the village of Princetown said the "design is deemed to be Scottish, Dartmoor is not". 

    Princetown Distillery

    The plans from Princetown Distillers Ltd, which include a visitors centre and cafe, have brought in 46 letters of objection and four letters of support. 

    Residents are also concerned about the height of the building and whether the business is too big for Princetown. 

    Villager Alison Geen wrote: "The pagoda whilst typical to Scottish distilleries is not typical here and inappropriate to a building in Princetown or anywhere on Dartmoor."

  9. 77-year-old 'paper boy' donates wages to RNLI

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    A pensioner who does a weekly paper round will hand his annual wage over to the RNLI at Penlee today. 

    David Rickard, from Honiton in Devon will present the lifeboat crew in west Cornwall with a cheque for £1500. 

    He's been donating his wages to the RNLI for the last three years. 

    He told BBC Radio Cornwall that he decided to raise money for Cornish charities, following the death of his mother who was from the county. 

    David Rickard
  10. Flood Alert issued from Start Point to Dawlish Warren

    The Environment Agency said: "Spray overtopping and minor flooding of coastal roads especially in the Torbay area is expected for Thursday evenings high tide. 

    "The time of high water at Teignmouth is 17:45, with a predicted total water level of 1.74m. This includes a surge of 0.15m. 

    "Southeasterly force 6 winds are forecast with up to 2.2m offshore wave heights. Flooding is possible one to two hours either side of high tides. 

    "Conditions on Friday morning’s high tide could be similar with some minor spray overtopping. We will monitor the situation and will issue updates to this message if required."

  11. March by campaigners fail to stop hospitals closing

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight


    NHS bosses are pressing ahead with controversial plans to close four cottage hospitals in South Devon.

    There have been 12 weeks of consultations over the closure of hospitals in Dartmouth, Paignton, Ashburton and Bovey Tracey.

    Today managers confirmed they will close to the anger of campaigners who marched through Ashburton at the weekend to demonstrate against the plans.

  12. Trains cancelled through Dawlish due to 'strong winds and high tides'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    CrossCountry trains west of Exeter will be cancelled after 16:00 to protect them from being damaged.

    A spokesman for CrossCountry said: “We regret that the combination of strong winds and high tides has caused the need for us to cancel a small number of trains at Exeter today. 


    "This is to prevent a train being damaged and potentially blocking the railway for several hours. 

    "These occurrences are rare, affecting less than half of 1% of our trains that travel on this line, and customers are able to complete their journeys using the local Great Western trains that are not affected.” 

  13. Travel update: Road closed due to burst water main

    BBC Travel

    • In Plymstock, Stentaway Road is closed between Stentaway Drive and Campbell Road due to a burst water main
    • At Modbury on the A379 in both directions near Palm Cross there's queueing traffic due to roadworks
    • On the M5 heading between Wellington and Tiverton one lane is closed due to a broken down vehicle
    • In Paignton on the A3022 Totnes Road we've reports there's an incident near Battersway Road
    • In Bodmin busy traffic in the town centre
  14. BreakingFour hospitals to close in Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    Four cottage hospitals in South Devon are to close.

    In the last hour the governing body of the South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group has approved proposals to shut hospitals at Ashburton, Bovey Tracey, Dartmouth & Paignton. 

    The NHS says money will be better spent on looking after people in their own homes. Today's decision comes after months of consultations and meetings. 

  15. Trains cancelled due to waves risk

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    No CrossCountry trains will run west of Exeter after 16:00 today due to weather conditions, the company has said.

    The trains may stop running until 19:00 due to the high tide, strong onshore winds and the risk of waves over the sea wall.

    Image caption: Dawlish 2014

    The company says it is just CrossCountry trains which are affected.

    The railway line and sea wall at Dawlish were destroyed by high tides and stormy seas in 2014.

  16. BreakingCrossCountry trains west of Exeter to be cancelled tonight due to weather

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    CrossCountry has confirmed that none of its trains will be running west of Exeter from 16:00, and up to 19:00, because of anticipated weather conditions.

  17. One hundred more officers for Devon and Cornwall Police

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner says she's found £24m to strengthen front-line policing.

    The force's new four-year plan will see 100 more police constables on the beat, 50 new investigators and a new 30 strong online team.

    But PCSO numbers will be cut by more than half.

    Alison Hernandez said some of the money will have to come from council tax payers, but the rest will come from the force reserves.

    "There's £70m that has been built up in the force reserves and I think it's unethical to keep that there when we know that officers on the front line are stretched."

    Alison Hernandez