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  1. Updates from Monday 4 June until Friday 8 June 2018

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  1. A new look for Paignton seafront?

    BBC Radio Devon

    artist's impression of modern hotel

    This is what Paignton seafront could look like in the future in plans go ahead.

    Developers want to demolish the Park Hotel and replace it with a new, contemporary hotel - a proposal that's proving divisive among local business owners and the public.

    green space with hotels and houses behind
    Image caption: The site of the Park Hotel on Paignton seafront
  2. Weather: Some showers but largely dry

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    There is the slight risk of a shower continuing into tonight but in general, it will be dry with some late sunny intervals, giving way to clear periods.

    Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F)

    Weather in Devon and Cornwall

    A few showers are expected to break out during the course of Saturday.

    However, there will in general be plenty of dry weather with spells of pleasantly warm sunshine.

    Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F)

  3. Emergency department 'extremely busy'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The emergency department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro is "extremely busy" this afternoon and health services are asking people to "use alternative services" wherever they can.

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    At 17:55 there was a waiting time of more than three hours in the emergency department.

    Real time information is available through the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust website.

    Emergency department waiting time
  4. Kayaking sisters haul sacks of plastic from Truro river

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    woman with two kayaks by a river

    Two sisters from Cornwall are encouraging people who use kayaks and paddle boards to spend a bit of time each week cleaning up the sea, and the county's rivers and waterways.

    Mary James and her sister Bernie Bush have collected huge amounts of litter from the river at Malpas in Truro.

    Quote Message: I go out at least twice a week picking up all the plastic from the shoreline along the river, and there is loads. But I'm lucky that I can get to it in my kayak - most people couldn't get there. I would love to encourage more kayakers and paddle boarders to get out there, come ashore and pick up some litter." from Mary James
    Mary James
  5. University of Exeter diabetes discovery 'exciting'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Scientists at the University of Exeter Medical School have made what they say is a breakthrough discovery during a study on Type 1 diabetes.

    They found the insulin levels of Type 1 diabetics stabilise after seven years - which contradicts previous beliefs that the insulin produced by people with the condition drops relentlessly with time.

    Dr Beverley Shields led the research and hopes that by learning what changes after the seven-year point, scientists can develop a way to preserve insulin-secreting beta-cells in patients. She says it's an "exciting" discovery.

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    Video caption: Exeter University make diabetes breakthrough
  6. Royal Cornwall Show: Rare beauties

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Some feathered or furry fellas in the rare breeds tent are attracting some attention.

    These African geese in fact originated in south east China and many were then imported to the UK from the USA, apparently.

    These ones now live in Lower Carnkie, Redruth.

    African geese

    These very cute British Saddleback pigs from Morvah are a “hardy breed”, we are told.

    British Saddleback pigs
  7. Plymouth becomes first UK 'plastic free' city district

    BBC Radio Devon

    The waterfront area in Plymouth is the first city district in the country to achieve "plastic free" status.

    The accreditation has been issued by the charity Surfers Against Sewage, marking the first step towards a plan to cut plastic usage.

    Plymouth City Council is launching a "plan for plastics" on the Hoe, which will see the introduction of reusable plastic bottles and cups as well as a series of beach cleans and litter picks.

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    Quote Message: Plymouth is at the very forefront of this drive to remove usage of single use plastic across the UK. It's really good, today being World Ocean Day, that we have stepped up and shown that we can actually do something tangible to help our planet and our ocean." from Councillor Darren Winter Plymouth City Council
    Councillor Darren WinterPlymouth City Council
  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A376 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A376 Devon both ways severe accident, between Ebford Lane and Nutwell Road affecting B3179.

    A376 Devon - A376 Exmouth Road in Ebford closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Ebford Lane junction and the Nutwell Road junction, because of a serious accident involving a car and lorry. Congestion to Clyst St George.

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

  9. BreakingArmed police at Mount Hawke

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Armed police were called to Mount Hawke near Truro to deal with a man "believed to be in possession of a weapon".

    Police said armed units were sent to Church Road "following concerns for the welfare of a man".

    A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Negotiators made contact with the man who declared that he was having a medical episode."

    The man was treated by paramedics and taken to hospital.

    Police said no offences had been committed.

  10. Overturned toilet trailer causing delays on M5

    An overturned trailer - reported to be carrying a Portaloo - has caused severe delays on the M5 near Clevedon in Somerset with queues stretching back into Devon.

    According to the Highways Agency there are now delays of up to three hours on the northbound carriageway.

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  11. Extra £1.5m needed after asbestos found on Tamar Bridge

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An extra £1.5m is needed for "critical" maintenance on the Tamar Bridge after asbestos was discovered.

    Work was stopped on the suspension system when the harmful material was discovered in March.

    That led to a seven-week delay with the works while the area was made safe and specialists were brought in to help bring in safety measures.

    Tamar Bridge

    The asbestos was found during a project to replace the bolts in the bridge suspension system.

    In March, the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee was told asbestos-related material had been unexpectedly discovered but work should be finished by October.

    A report to the committee said as a result, the final bill has risen from an initial £6m to £7.5m.

  12. Police appeal after bikes stolen in Plymouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for information after two bicycles were stolen in Plymouth.

    They were taken from the Bridwell Road area of the city today, police said on Twitter.

    Anyone who may have seen the bicycles or knows of their whereabouts is asked to contact police via 101.

    stolen bike
    stolen bike
  13. Bicycle wardens to patrol towns in north Devon

    BBC Radio Devon

    North Devon will soon be under the watchful eye of wardens on bicycles.

    They will be looking out for anyone littering, fly-tipping and dog fouling in a bid to tackle anti-social behaviour.

    North Devon Council say the wardens will offer advice and handout fines to anyone caught breaking the law.

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  14. Conservatives hold 'youngest councillor' seat

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Clarissa Slade

    Lance Kennedy has won a by-election caused by the death of 21-year-old councillor, Clarissa Slade.

    Ms Slade was elected in 2015, aged 18, to represent the Cranmore Ward as a Conservative on Mid Devon District Council.

    She was thought to be Britain's youngest local councillor when she was elected. She died at her home in Winchester, where she was going to university, by her housemate in March.

    Lance Kennedy
    Image caption: Lance Kennedy was mayor of Bodmin four times

    The Tories retained the seat getting 479 votes, with the Lib Dems in second place (346) and Labour in third (238). Turnout was 27.4%.

    Mr Kennedy was also elected to represent Cranmore Ward on Tiverton Town Council.

    The Liberal Democrat's Irene Hill won another by-election for the Castle Ward on Tiverton Town Council.