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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A381 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A381 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Forder Lane and Ware Barton Roundabout.

    A381 Devon - A381 Newton Road in Bishopsteignton blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Forder Lane junction and the Ware Barton Roundabout junction, because of medical incident.

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

  2. Trago ram-raider jailed

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A man who ram-raided a shop in Newton Abbot, causing £140,000 of damage, has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.

    Dylan Taylor, 43, of Lichfield Avenue in Torquay was found guilty of burglary at Exeter Crown Court.

    He was sentenced in his absence after jumping bail. He is believed to be in Thailand.

    Car in shop

    Taylor drove a Mitsubishi Shogun into the Co-op shop at the Trago Mills complex in Newton Abbot last December and attempted to steal a cash machine.

    The roof collapsed around him, causing him to abandon the vehicle. He left blood on the cash box leading to his identification through DNA. He has three previous convictions for ram-raiding and had only been out of prison for two weeks.

    Car in shop

    He had bought the vehicle for £895 cash just hours before the raid and was identified by the seller.

    Recorder Hannah Willcocks issued a warrant for his arrest after being told that he went missing on Wednesday and his phone has been traced to Thailand.

    A trial in May heard how Taylor was the only one of four intruders to be caught and he had only just been released from a four and a half year sentence for an identical ram raid at the Bridgetown Post Office in Totnes on Christmas Day 2012.

    Daniel Taylor
  3. Opposition parties critical of Exeter sports centre closure

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Politicians in Exeter have criticised the decision to close the Clifton Hill Sports Centre.

    Despite a 1,500 strong petition, twice as many people who are actually members of the sports centre, the Labour-run Exeter City Council voted by 20 votes to seven, with four abstentions, to close the 34-year-old sports centre last week.

    The sports centre in Newtown was severely damaged by the snow in March and the council said that the cost of repairing the building was estimated to be in the region of £700,000 and would have taken up to a year to complete.

    The money made from the sale will be pumped into Wonford Sports Centre, Exeter Arena and ISCA Centre and Riverside Leisure Centre - a further £3m would be spent enhancing those facilities.

    Clifton Hill sports centre

    Councillor Chris Musgrave, the sole Green Party councillor who sits on the council, said that his party would have undergone a full public consultation exercise and called the closure a "travesty".

    Councillor Kevin Mitchell, the lone Liberal Democrat on the council, said that his party would not have found themselves in this situation had they been in charge.

    Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, the leader of the Conservative opposition on the council, said that his party would have not have faced a financial black hole in fixing the centre as they would have had the money to do so. He said: "We would have maintained it and had the money to spend on repairs if needed as we wouldn't have wasted £5m on St Sidwell's Point, it is as simple as that.

    "We will continue to fight this and we would not be cutting services but would be increasing them."

    Leader of the council, Councillor Pete Edwards, said: "The building is the main thing and that building is falling down with the roof gone - the only thing to do is tear it down. We have a new sports centre at St Sidwell's point coming soon."

  4. Mum's campaign for justice after baby killed by his dad

    Devon Live

    The mum of the baby shaken to death by his father has launched a campaign for the justice she says she was denied when he was jailed for just over five years.

  5. Weather: Sunny with some cloud

    BBC Weather

    After a chilly start, it will be a fine day, with prolonged periods of sunshine and only a small possibility of some patchy cloud developing during the afternoon. Winds will be light or moderate northeasterly.

    Maximum temperature: 16 to 18°C.

    Weather
  6. Huge storm drains to protect rail line from flooding

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    Cowley Bridge work

    Network Rail is unveiling some of the major work it's carrying out to protect the main rail line from London to the South West.

    Massive storm drains, large enough to drive a car through, are being installed at Cowley Bridge near Exeter to prevent a repeat of the disruption caused by flooding.

    Cowley Bridge
    Image caption: Dams were used on the lines at Cowley Bridge, near Exeter, in 2012
    Quote Message: Since Victorian times we have had a flooding problem here. Our programme of funding - £50m to improve flood resilience in the South West - includes this project. We've put in a brand new storm drain that can take the equivalent of 5,000m of water per second. We are also enlarging an existing storm drain." from Victoria Bradley Network Rail
    Victoria BradleyNetwork Rail
    Cowley Bridge
    Image caption: A torrent of water covered the tracks causing days of disruption at Cowley Bridge, near Exeter, in 2012
  7. Man arrested in Plymouth rape investigation

    A man has been arrested in connection with an alleged rape in Plymouth last month.

    Police say it happened when a 19-year-old man was subjected to an attack down an alleyway off Armada Street at about 02.15 on 24 May.

    A 30-year-old man from Plymouth was arrested on suspicion of rape and released under investigation pending further inquiries.

  8. Search is on for 'Lucky Star' the entangled seal

    Conservationists are trying to find a grey seal which has got a large piece of fishing net tangled around his neck.

    'Lucky Star' was first spotted four weeks ago, and there was another sighting on Thursday.

    The juvenile male is moving along the north coast of Cornwall and could be sighted anywhere between Land's End and Padstow.

    Anyone who sees him is asked to contact British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546.

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    Quote Message: We know from previous experience if we can get to Lucky Star and cut the net off he has got a really good survival chance." from Sue Sayer Cornwall Seal Research Group
    Sue SayerCornwall Seal Research Group
  9. Resident criticises council and fire service after blaze

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Video content

    Video caption: Fire rips through sheltered housing

    A resident who lost his home in a fire in Truro says there should have been better safety checks in the sheltered housing complex.

    Peter Mitchell has raised concerns over the bin store where it's thought the fire was deliberately started.

    Sixty firefighters and six engines spent three hours dealing with the fire in Merrifield Close in Truro, on 13 June.

    Cornwall Council says it is looking into how regularly the bin store was checked, and whether lessons can be learned.

    A police investigation is under way and a man was arrested and later released on suspicion of arson.

    Mr Mitchell also says he thinks the fire crews could have got there sooner. This was refuted by Cornwall Council who said "the fire service were their normal, professional selves" adding that their efforts "helped with the saving of lives".

    Fire crews
    Quote Message: If they'd cleared out the bin cupboard properly in the first place this would never have happened. There wasn't enough inspections by the council.
    Quote Message: I think the fire brigade was a bit late arriving. If they had come earlier I think they had a chance of saving it to be honest. from Peter Mitchell
    Peter Mitchell
  10. Cooke leaves Truro for St Mirren

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Cody Cooke has left Truro City for Scottish Premier Legaue side St Mirren.

    The 25-year-old - who was City's top scorer in National League South last season - has signed a two-year deal at the Paisley-based club, having been part of England striker Jamie Vardy's V9 Academy last month.

    Cody Cooke

    "I'm over the moon. It's a huge opportunity and football is all about opportunities - I want to grab this one with both hands," Cooke said.

    "I'm delighted to be here. To get a call from Alan (Stubbs, St Mirren manager) was something that I was just delighted about. I feel ready for the test and it should be an exciting one."

    Meanwhile Truro have signed midfielder Lloyd Gardner from Buckland Athletic.

  11. Driver appeal after car overturns

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Police are still looking for a driver who fled the scene of a crash in Launceston on Thursday morning.

    A silver Mercedes C720 ended up on its roof after hitting a school crossing lamp-post on Roydon Road at about 06:50.

    A fire crew also attended and the male driver left the scene. Police say "inquiries are ongoing to locate the driver."

    Overturned car
  12. Man airlifted from Paignton beach with head injury

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A man was airlifted to hospital after injuring his head on rocks at a beach in Paignton.

    Paramedics initially treated the man before he was transferred to an air ambulance which landed on the beach.

    The man's condition is unknown.

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  13. Church deemed 'unsafe' handed over to local residents

    BBC Spotlight

    A church in Cornwall which was partially dynamited because it was thought to be structurally unsafe, has been handed over to residents so its future can be preserved.

    St Day Church hasn't been used for worship for more than 60 years but now it has been recognised as of social and architectural importance and it's hoped it will be used as a community space for the arts.

    Bernadette Fallon is one of those who has campaigned to save it...

    Video content

    Video caption: Church deemed 'unsafe' handed over to local residents
  14. Mayor's plan to sell Oldway Mansion defeated by council

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A plan by Torbay Mayor, Gordon Oliver, to sell off one of the Bay's most historic houses has been defeated by his fellow conservative councillors.

    They voted that he had acted outside of his mayoral powers in deciding to go ahead with market testing for selling Oldway Mansion in Paignton.

    More than 100 people packed a council meeting in Torbay on Thursday night.

    The authority will now go forward with a plan for the building put forward by its own working party. It recommends a phased redevelopment of the property including repairing the mansion and reopening the café to generate income.

    Oldway
    Quote Message: I think it's a disaster for Oldway. There is no money to do anything more. It will continue to be talk and talk and talk and no action. The money isn't there for this kind of activity. from Gordon Oliver Mayor of Torbay
    Gordon OliverMayor of Torbay
  15. Calls for A38 investment after recent fatal accidents

    BBC Spotlight

    A cross-party report calling for investment into the A38 in Devon and Cornwall is due to be presented to the transport secretary later.

    The 'A38 Case for Action' outlines a need for urgent safety measures after a number of fatal accidents on the route and also makes an economic case for improvements between Bodmin and Exeter.

    South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray is planning to make the handover during a visit to Cornwall by the Transport Secretary Chris Grayling.

    A38 route
  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 and J29 for A30 Exeter.

    M5 Devon - Two lanes closed on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J29, A30 (Exeter), because of debris on the road. Traffic is coping well.

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

  17. Properties closed after 'serious' anti-social behaviour

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A three-month closure order has been obtained in court for four properties in Holsworthy, Devon, after "serious levels" of persistent anti-social behaviour, police say.

    There have been several violent and life-threatening incidents at the premises, including assaults, an arson with intent to endanger life and the latest incident being an attempted murder on the communal lawn.

    The occupants staying in them on North Road have been removed and re-housed with police saying their behaviour was "making life a misery for law-abiding residents".

    It added it's the first time an order like this has been used in the town and it's the biggest closure order ever applied for by Devon and Cornwall Police.

    North Road properties
    Quote Message: We welcome the closure order after experiencing daily issues with the premises which has caused occupants and local residents’ misery and grief which negatively impacts our community. from Insp Shaun Kenneally Devon and Cornwall Police
    Insp Shaun KenneallyDevon and Cornwall Police
  18. Man impales hand on hook after jumping over wall

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man impaled his hand on a slate hook after jumping over a wall in Padstow.

    Firefighters were called to Grenville Road at about 17:10 on Thursday.

    Crews removed the surrounding slates to free the hook before handing the casualty over to the ambulance service.

    man after jumping wall