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  1. Updates from Monday 18 June until Friday 22 June 2018

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  1. Hunt for Hatherleigh's wind-blown parrot Cleo

    BBC Radio Devon

    A parrot has literally gone with the wind after her cage was blown over in a gust.

    Cleo

    Cleo is an african grey with a red tail who flew off towards Hatherleigh Moor on Thursday afternoon after the wind blew her cage open.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Derby Road and Warren Road.

    A379 Devon - A379 Embankment Road in Kingsbridge closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Derby Road junction and the Warren Road junction, because of a building fire.

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

  3. Overnight weather staying clear

    BBC Weather

    It will remain fine with sunshine this evening, giving way to some long clear spells overnight.

    Turning fairly cool once again with just a gentle breeze.

    BBC weather pic
  4. Devon Hospital stars in WW1 drama

    BBC Radio 4

    The Seale Hayne venue near Newton Abbot played a remarkable role in treating World War One soldiers suffering from shell shock - and is the setting for BBC Radio 4's latest series of Home Front.

    The series dramatises the real life Dr Arthur Hurst, who pioneered cures for shell shock, or 'war neuroses' as he preferred to call it, at Seale Hayne when it was a military hospital 100 years ago.

    By the end of the war, 20,000 men were suffering from shell shock. Thousands more had experienced its symptoms during their military service.

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    Video caption: Actor Mark Heap discusses his role in Home Front; the pioneering doctor, Arthur Hurst.
    Quote Message: I don’t want to gush, but I do realise the immense amount of trouble and skill spent on pulling me back into rational working order from WW1 soldier in a letter to Dr Hurst
    WW1 soldier in a letter to Dr Hurst

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  5. Greendale Farm Shop revamp 'will bring 30 new jobs'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Major new expansion plans for Greendale Farm Shop would provide "significant benefits" to East Devon, council planners are being told.

    Greendale

    FWS Carter and Sons wish to expand the existing farm shop as well as build a new dedicated classroom facility at the site on the A3052, between the Greendale Business Park and Crealy.

    They say they would be making a significant investment in the farm shop, that already makes sales of around £100,000 a week, would create 30 new jobs, and expand on the shop which is a focal point to the rural community which it serves.

    The farm shop already employs 68 people (56 full time and 12 part time), but the company says the new proposals would directly create 30 new jobs (8 full time and 22 part time) in documents submitted with a planning application to East Devon District Council.

  6. Modbury bonfire out of control in dry spell

    BBC Radio Devon

    A large bonfire grew out of control in parched conditions near Modbury.

    Fire crews from Modbury, Kingsbridge and Ivybridge were called out shortly after midday and stopped the fire from spreading to barns in Loddiswell.

    Fire
    Fire
  7. Torbay Council mulls taking back under-fire bin collections

    BBC Radio Devon

    Torbay Council's looking at taking back control of a waste company that's come under fire from local residents.

    Bins

    Hundreds took to social media, or wrote to their local councillors, complaining that TOR2 weren't collecting their rubbish on time.

    The council's now negotiating with the Kier Group - which has a majority shareholding in TOR2 - to decide whether or not to take full control of it.

    Steve Darling, the leader of the Liberal Democrats on the council, says it's a step in the right direction.

    Quote Message: The council will be entering into negotiations to see if there are any hidden nasties and it will then decide how to better manage the contract, should someone else run it or should it come in-house. from Steve Darling Liberal Democrat group leader
    Steve DarlingLiberal Democrat group leader
  8. BreakingEx-soldier jailed for attack on police

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Former soldier David Bull has been jailed for attacking police officers when he was pulled over and found to be drink driving.

    Bull picked up Sgt David Clark in a headlock and tried to gouge his eyes out in the assault in Tavistock in April 2017.

    He also kicked PC Jenny Mash in the leg and dislocated her knee.

    Bull, 37, from Luton in Bedfordshire, was found guilty of two charges of grievous bodily harm with intent.

    He was jailed for seven years and told he would serve a minimum of three and a half years.

    Sgt Dave Clarke
  9. Calls for urgent improvements to A38 handed to Grayling

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    A report has been handed to the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, calling for urgent improvements on the A38 after a number of serious road crashes.

    MPs across Devon and Cornwall are calling for the work.

    There have been a number of fatal accidents on the road, and the document called the "A38 Case for Action" is urging the government to invest in making the road safer, and also boost the local economy.

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  10. Creditors back plans to close Plymouth House of Fraser

    BBC Business News

    Creditors have backed department store chain House of Fraser's plans to close more than half its stores, including its Plymouth shop.

    Earlier this month the retailer announced plans to shut 31 stores to offset financial difficulties.

    Some 250 jobs in Plymouth are thought to be affected by the closure of one of the longest-standing stores in the city's retail community.

    High Street landlords were unhappy with the plan as they will have to shoulder the burden of financial losses, but they were outvoted.

    The decision to accept the rescue plan means the 169-year-old business avoids going into administration.

    House of Fraser Plymouth
  11. Pirates open at home

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Cornish Pirates will face Doncaster in their opening fixture of the Championship season.

    Cornish Pirates

    The Penzance-based club are the venue for newly-promoted Coventry's first away game the following week before the Pirates' first away match at Hartpury a week later.

    The club end the season away at Doncaster and have been drawn with London Irish, Hartpury and Bedford in the Championship Cup.

  12. BreakingFormer naval officer jailed for seven-and-a-half years

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Charles Howeson

    A former senior naval officer has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years after committing a string of indecent assaults against men in the 1980s and 90s.

    Charles Howeson, 68, from Plymouth, was last year found guilty of 10 indecent assaults against eight men.

    He held high profile business positions including with the Consumer Council for Water and First Great Western Trains and was lieutenant commander on HMS Cleopatra.

    Howeson
  13. Devon travel: Accident closes A381

    Twitter

    Drivers are being asked to avoid the A381 between the Ware Barton Roundabout and Bishopsteignton after an accident.

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  14. Locals object to 'copulating' on Lizard village green

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Villagers have opposed plans for a campsite to hold a music festival claiming last year revellers were "copulating" on the village green.

    Henry's Campsite on The Lizard Peninsula has applied for a premises licence to hold events including the three-day Little Big Gig in September. The popular event has been attracting dedicated followers for the past eight years.

    Jane Grierson, who runs a B&B in the village, raised a number of concerns about public nuisance and noise from the event.

    Lizard village
    Quote Message: During the time of the Little Big Gig, one couple was seen on the village green actually copulating. This is the genre of some of the people who attend the gig, and such disgusting behaviour does not fit in with the AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) and family holiday aspect that The Lizard has always promoted and is in danger of losing." from Jane Grierson
    Jane Grierson

    Michael and Janet Edwards, who also live in the village, objected to the "appalling level of noise" caused by events at the campsite.

    One other objection also highlighted "inappropriate behaviour" stating, "unsavoury people can be seen, many drunk, wandering all over the village and into private gardens, urinating and defecating there. And worse."

    Cornwall Council will discuss the plans on Wednesday. The campsite refused to comment on the claims made by residents.

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    Video caption: A mum who sacrificed her car 12 years ago gets a surprise replacement.