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  1. Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Weather

    If you're travelling to the coast today, here are the times of the next high water. 

    Tide times
  2. Council tax rise to fund more front-line police

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Devon and Cornwall Police have revealed plans for 100 new police officers, 50 investigators and 30 online staff. However almost 200 PCSOs will go over the next four years.

    The changes along with improvements to technology will cost £24m. 

    The force says more than £10m will come from its reserves and the rest from council taxpayers. 

    It means people living in a band D property can expect to pay an extra £3.40 a year. 

    The Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer says the four-year plan will transform the service into a more modern force. 

    Police
  3. Decision day for South Devon's cottage hospitals

    BBC Radio Devon

    The future of four cottage hospitals in South Devon will be decided today.  

    NHS managers want to shut hospitals in Paignton, Ashburton, Dartmouth and Bovey Tracey and spend the money on looking after people in their own homes instead.

    There have been months of consultation and meetings, but the final decision will be made today. 

    cottage hospital in South Devon
  4. A very chilly start to the day

    BBC Weather

    It will feel very cold today and it will be generally cloudy at first with the possibility of a little light drizzle or some very light snow flurries in places. 

    However, later this morning it will become brighter from the south with sunny spells developing.

    Fresh or strong southeasterly winds will reach up to gale force towards Scilly and the far west. Max temp: 9C (48F).

    Weather map
  5. Veteran paper boy doing the rounds for the RNLI

    A 77-year-old man who does a weekly paper round is donating his year's wage to a Cornish lifeboat station.

    David Rickard who is from Honiton in Devon will be visiting RNLI Penlee Lifeboat Station today, to present a cheque for £1,500.

    Over the last three years he's donated £4,000 to the charity, and says he doesn't have any plans to stop delivering papers just yet. 

    David Rickard presenting a cheque to the RNLI
  6. Latest travel: Slow moving traffic on the A38

    BBC Travel

    • On the M5 heading between Cullompton and Exeter there are reports of an incident
    • On the A38 Haldon Hill at Harcombe Bends heading towards Exeter one lane is blocked due to an incident, traffic is slow moving with queues back past Chudleigh
    • In Plymstock, Stentaway Road is closed between Stentaway Drive and Campbell Road because of a burst water main
    • On the A376 from Exmouth heading towards Exeter there's slow moving traffic due to roadworks
    • All sailings of the Brixham Express Ferry have been cancelled today due to the weather conditions
  7. Police 'to spend £24m' on more officers and staff

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    What's been announced?

    The new police and crime plan will take Devon and Cornwall Police into the next four years. 

    We've seen budget cuts amounting to the loss of almost 1,000 staff and officers since 2010, but today the Chief Constable is announcing the recruitment of 100 new police constables, 50 investigators and a team of 30 people working on crimes reported online. 

    How has this been achieved?

    Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner says she's forensically gone through £70m worth of police reserves and managed to find more than £10m from that, and a further £13.7m from the policing precept. 

    It's not all good news...

    For the PCSOs - the Police Community Support Officers - 350 officers at present will be reduced to a minimum of 150 over the next four years, but there were assurances there would be no redundancies. 

  8. Hallsands still under siege from the sea

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Hallsands in Devon was destroyed by storms 100 years ago.

    Video content

    Video caption: Under siege from the sea

    Dredging of shingle sea defences for dockyards in Plymouth was blamed. 

    Now it still faces the wrath of the sea and locals say it has been abandoned again by the authorities.

  9. More police officers on the beat for Devon and Cornwall

    Christine Butler

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Devon and Cornwall Police is to get 100 new constables, 50 investigators and a team of 30 online staff in what's being called a transformation of the service.

    However, the number of PCSOs will be reduced from about 350 to a minimum of 150 over the next four years. 

    The Police and Crime Commissioner said that despite previous cuts of £13m to the force, it has found £24m to pay for new officers.  

    Officers on the beat
  10. Latest news, sport, travel and weather

    Victoria Gould

    BBC News Online

    Good morning from BBC Local Live. We'll be bringing you the latest news, sport, travel and weather for Devon and Cornwall today.

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