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Summary

  1. Businessman and ex-Royal Navy officer Charles Howeson to face trial
  2. Police precept increase supported by panel
  3. Hooded gang 'hate attack' on man in 60s
  4. Man dies in Penzance tree crash
  5. Swimmer dies after getting into difficulty
  6. Truro stabbing: Boy, 16, guilty of wounding GBH
  7. Transgender people 'face two-year consultation wait'
  8. Instow could be first British beach to lose bathing water status
  9. Updates from Monday 29 January 2018 until Friday 2 February 2018

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    Video caption: British young people try EU migrants' vegetable picking job in Cornwall
  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A38 and J26 for A38.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J27, A38 (Tiverton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of a broken down lorry and a shed load.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  3. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A30 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, between A388 Western Road and A388 Polson.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 Western Road in Launceston closed in both directions between Pennygillam and Polson, because of a police incident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

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    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall both ways severe accident, at B3274 Victoria Road Victoria.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 closed and heavy traffic in both directions at Victoria, because of a serious accident involving one vehicle.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  5. Devon travel: A377 partially blocked by accident

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Exeter, the A377 Alphington Road is partially blocked by an accident at the Seven Stars traffic lights. There's congestion to Church Road.

  6. Saturday's weather: A cloudy and wet start

    BBC Weather

    Saturday will start cloudy and wet with outbreaks of rain for many.

    There's a risk of some heavy bursts at times in the west.

    The rain will ease late in the afternoon, with some drier and brighter spells expected.

    Maximum temperature: 7C (45F).

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  7. Rise in crashes behind increase in air ambulance missions

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

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    The Cornwall Air Ambulance and its crew carried out 74 missions across the county in January - 24 more than the same month last year.

    Throughout January, a total of 47 missions were flown in the air ambulance helicopter and 27 were carried out using the charity's critical care cars.

    Medical emergencies accounted for 46 missions, including 30 people suffering from heart-related problems, and there were also 28 missions to people who suffered serious injuries.

    Cornwall Air Ambulance paramedic Tom Hennessey-Jones said: "It has been busier this year so far, with 13 road traffic collisions which is higher than average. Do take care when you’re out on the roads, especially in wet conditions."

  8. Cornwall travel: 'Serious' accident in St Austell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In St Austell, Bodmin Road is blocked in both directions after a "serious" crash between a car and a motorbike near Trethowel Woods, police say.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the road may be closed into the evening while accident investigation work takes place.

  9. Man, 23, missing from Torquay

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 23-year-old man has gone missing from Torquay, police have said.

    Gregory Rendle was last seen at about 20:20 on Thursday when he headed from Belgrave Road towards Torre Abbey Green.

    He is described as a white male about 5ft 7in tall with ginger hair and was last seen wearing blue jeans, a beige top and dirty trainers.

    Anyone who has any information is being asked to call Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  10. Hernandez wants new Cornwall police headquarters

    Devon and Cornwall's police and crime panel has backed proposals for a new county police headquarters for Cornwall in Bodmin.

    The councillors approved the budget from Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez, which will increase the police part of council tax by £12 a year - and provide 575 new frontline police officers over the next four years.

    Alison Hernandez

    Ms Hernandez says the chief constable is aware of the need to connect better with rural communities: "Instead of people thinking everything is focused in Exeter we are looking to create a county headquarters in Bodmin.

    "We've got a fairly new station there that we now we can expand on. And we'd really like to work with partners, especially fire and ambulance, if we could get it to be more of a partnership approach it would be even more exciting."

  11. Lorry fire in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fire crews managed to put out a fire on a 32-tonne lorry near Probus.

    It happened soon after 13:00 this afternoon on the A390.

    A crew from Truro and another from St Austell attended and found the lorry well alight.

    Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus used two jets to put it out.

  12. Devon travel: Accidents in Newton Abbot and Dawlish

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Newton Abbot, Brunel Road is partially blocked by a crash between a car and a cyclist near Forde Road - close to the recycling centre
    • In Dawlish, there are reports of an accident on the A379 Teignmouth Road near John Nash Drive
  13. BreakingCharles Howeson to face trial

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    The prominent Plymouth businessman and former Royal Navy officer Charles Howeson has been told he will be tried for a sexual assault on a male under the age of 21.

    Mr Howeson, of Craigie Drive in Plymouth, faces two alternative charges relating to a single incident which is alleged to have taken place in the late 1980s.

    The 68-year-old appeared before Bristol Crown Court. His trial will take place at the same court on 4 June.

  14. Driver trapped in 'precarious position'

    A driver was trapped in a car which was in a "precarious position" after it left the road and ended up on its side in a garden in Cornwall.

    Firefighters feared the car might "roll further" down a slope at Lanhydrock View, Bodmin.

    After arriving at 10:00 firefighters "immediately secured the vehicle using a winch" and the person was treated by paramedics.