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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Fore Street and B3392.

    A379 Devon - A379 in Aveton Gifford blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Fore Street junction and the B3392 junction, because of flooding. Approach with care.

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

  2. Weather: Heavy rain at times

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy but mild night with spells of heavy rain at times, but turning more showery in nature later in the night with the odd rumble of thunder possible.

    Breezy as well. Minimum Temperature: 7 to 11°C (45-52F).

    Weather map

    A relatively mild, rather cloudy and breezy start to the day, with further heavy, possibly thundery showers.

    Turning drier and brighter from the southwest later in the afternoon.

    Maximum Temperature: 10-13C (50-55F).

  3. Lusty Glaze rock fall beach 'overwhelmed by support'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The owners of a private beach that suffered a major rock fall earlier this week say they are "completely overwhelmed by the support and offers of kindness for this little cove".

    Several beach huts were damaged in the incident at Lusty Glaze beach in Newquay on Monday afternoon, but nobody was hurt.

    In a post on its Facebook page, Lusty Glaze said: "In a location like this, you can't battle nature. You have to work with it."

    Lusty Glaze

    It added: "We've got straight on with making the beach look pretty again.

    "In the 100-year history of Lusty Glaze we've had all kinds of events thrown at us by mother nature and this landslide is just the latest one.

    "You just have to make the best of a bad situation and we're working hard to make the beach ready for this summer."

  4. Stranded sheep dramatically rescued from Bude cliffs

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    sheep rescue

    Five sheep who were stranded half way up a cliff face near Bude were rescued by an RSPCA rope rescue team.

    The RSPCA said the sheep, who had been stuck for several days, were unable to move out of danger as they were balanced precariously on a steep ledge.

    They were put into bags and hoisted safely to the top on 27 February.

    RSPCA chief inspector Richard Abbott, who led the eight-strong rescue team, said: "Temperatures were well below freezing, and we knew with the snow forecast we had to do everything we could to ensure the five sheep were successfully rescued before the blizzards hit.

    "We were able to set up on the cliff above the sheep before descending over the cliff face till we were beneath the sheep so we were able to move upwards towards them.

    "Thankfully we were able to catch them and then lift them back to the top of the cliffs in bags before we successfully reunited the sheep with the farmer."

    sheep rescue
  5. Police appeal after theft in Plymouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police want to identify a man and a woman after reports of a theft in Plymouth.

    It happened overnight on 13 January in the Milehouse area of the city.

    A bank card was subsequently used to purchase scratch cards on Albert Road on 14 January between 11:30 and 12:15.

    Devon and Cornwall Police say they would like to identify the man and woman pictured "as they may hold information vital to the investigation".

    Anyone with information is being asked to contact police via 101.

    Two potential thieves
  6. These 'pointless' road signs could be scrapped in Plymouth

    Plymouth Herald

    A wide-range of 'pointless' road signs could be scrapped in Plymouth, after a government-issued report found some of the warnings were "entirely superfluous".false

  7. Devon travel: Fallen tree causes slow traffic

    BBC Radio Devon

    • On the A38 Plymouth-bound just past Buckfastleigh, between the Dartbridge Junction and the Rattery turn off, there continues to be very slow traffic after an accident and Lane One was closed due to a fallen tree
    • In Kingsbridge, Church Street, between Waterloo Road and Ebrington Street, is blocked due to an accident
    • In Kingsteignton on the A383 Newton Road there is very slow traffic between Priscott Way and Kingsteignton Road
    • In Dawlish on the A379 Exeter Road there's still slow traffic in both directions
    • In Okehampton there's continued heavy traffic on Exeter Road due to roadworks
    • In Horrabridge the A386 between Old Station Road and Grange Road is now clear and the broken-down vehicle has been removed
    • No problems reported at the airport or on the trains
    • Traffic's flowing smoothly on the Tamar Bridge and there's up to a 10-minute wait with three ferries running between Torpoint and Devonport
  8. Flood alerts issued for parts of Devon

    Flood alert

    Flood alerts have been issued by the Environment Agency for parts of Devon.

    Flooding is possible for Lympstone, Exmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Honiton, Ottery St Mary and the Sidmouth area.

    Flood Alerts
  9. Man died from cardiac arrest after being 'buried alive'

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A former Devon UKIP candidate has been found guilty of the manslaughter of an employee, after refusing to install proper safety measures at his site, a court has heard.

    The victim, Peter Clements, 48, died after being buried alive under 9ft (2.7m) of mud. He was digging a trench next to a swimming pool owned by Keith Crawford.

    The 74-year-old, of Pocombe Bridge near Ide, denied manslaughter and failing to ensure the safety of an employee, and was found guilty of both counts by the jury at Exeter Crown Court.

    The jury heard how Mr Crawford, a millionaire property magnate, refused to pay £480 to hire a trench box which would have prevented the tragedy, despite Mr Clement's pleas.

    Mr Clements suffered several broken ribs and other injuries from the crush, and died from cardiac arrest in hospital three days after trying to escape from the trench on Mr Crawford's land near Exeter.

    Mr Crawford said he paid Mr Clements £3,600 to do the work and that he was a self-employed builder who was responsible for his own safety.

    A former soldier, Mr Crawford was the UKIP candidate for Exeter in the 2010 and 2015 general elections, losing to Labour's Ben Bradshaw on both occasions.

    Keith Crawford
    Image caption: Keith Crawford
  10. Travel: Vehicle crashes into tree

    BBC Radio Devon

    • On the A38 Plymouth-bound at Buckfastleigh between Dartbridge Junction and Lower Dean Junction, there is very slow traffic after a vehicle left the road and went into a tree, bringing it down. Lane one is closed as a result
    • In Horrabridge on the A386 between Old Station Road and Grange Road we have reports of broken-down vehicle
    • In Bideford on the A386 between Old Station Road and Grange Road we have reports of broken-down vehicle
  11. BreakingFormer UKIP candidate guilty of manslaughter

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    A former UKIP parliamentary candidate has been found guilty of causing the death of a worker who died after being buried alive under 9ft (2.7m) of mud.

    Keith Crawford, 74, of Crusader Court, Pocombe Bridge, near Ide, denied manslaughter and failing to ensure the safety of an employee and was found guilty of both counts by the jury at Exeter Crown Court.

    He turned down pleas by victim Peter Clements to dig a trench more safely just 20 minutes before its sides fell in, the court heard.

    During the trial, the prosecution alleged Crawford owed a duty of care to Mr Clements but would not pay £480 to hire a trench box which would have prevented the tragedy.

    Crawford stood as the UKIP candidate in Exeter in the 2010 and 2015 general elections, losing to Labour's Ben Bradshaw on both occasions and for the South West constituency in the European Parliament elections in 2014.

  12. Shock at sudden death of Cornish football player

    Cornwall Live

    Tributes have been paid to a well-known Cornish footballer, Martin Day, who passed away suddenly on Thursday 8 March.

  13. Appeal for care from drivers in poor weather

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    With drizzle and some fog forecast across the region, Devon and Cornwall Police are asking people to drive more carefully.

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    Last week, the region saw a large number of accidents caused by poor weather conditions as Storm Emma battered the South West.

  14. Residents urged to report dog fouling

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    East Devon residents are being urged to report cases of dog fouling to the council so enforcement action against irresponsible dog owners can be taken.

    At last week's full council meeting, councillor Peter Burrows asked what steps East Devon District Council were taking to stop the amount of dog mess being left on the streets in the district, particularly in Seaton.

    He asked the question of the Portfolio Holder for Environment, councillor Tom Wright, after it was reported there had been 60 cases of dog fouling recorded in Seaton over the last four years, but this was an underestimated and misleading figure.

    In response, Mr Wright said dog fouling was a big issue and members of the community needed to deal with irresponsible dog owners by reporting them so that enforcement action could be taken.

  15. Care home beds rented to help struggling hospital

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC News Online

    RCHT sign

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital has been forced to set up a special command centre and take extra measures like commissioning care home beds, because of winter pressures.

    A bout of bad winter weather and a flu outbreak have led to the opening of the so-called gold command centre - which is usually initiated in a major incident.

    Rab McKewan, Chief Operating Officer at RCHT, said: "We've put a GP into our emergency department today to divert cases into primary care.

    "We're providing more crisis response for people at home and more nursing home support, and we're putting more social care together for patients to go home from hospital. We've commissioned an additional 40 care home beds today."

    Members of the public are being asked to only use the A&E department in a genuine emergency.