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Summary

  1. WW2 bomb found off Devon resort
  2. Parents warned to look out for teen death drug
  3. Sinking fishing boat crew rescued off Salcombe
  4. Councillor threatens legal action over harassment claims
  5. Man treated for stab wounds in Exeter
  6. Pair admit string of animal cruelty offences
  7. Exeter Cathedral 'not for sale' says Dean
  8. Devon MP Geoffrey Cox joins Cabinet
  9. Updates for Tuesday 10 July 2018

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A374 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A374 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A379 Laira Bridge Road and B3238 Tothill Road.

    A374 Devon - A374 Gydinia Way in Plymouth closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A379 Laira Bridge Road junction and Cattedown Roundabout, because of a police incident.

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

  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A39 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, between Mill Lane and A390 Green Lane affecting B3289.

    A39 Cornwall - A39 Arch Hill in Truro closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Mill Lane junction and Arch Hill, because of a fallen tree. Diversion in operation - police advise traffic to use Old Coach Road and Penwethers Lane as alternate routes. Congestion to Playing Place.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, at J27 for A38.

    M5 Devon - M5 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic northbound at J27, A38 (Tiverton), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

  4. Parish council fiercely criticises police merger

    Plans to merge Dorset's police force with those in Devon and Cornwall are "simplistic and sketchy" and will lead to a loss of accountability, says a parish council.

    Corfe Castle Parish Council published their response to a public consultation to the plans, described as "the only way forward" amid "significant funding challenges" by the police.

    In a statement, it says: "Crucial data about the costs and financial benefits of change and the impact on the Dorset taxpayer are not made known, which would have allowed us to make an informed decision.

    The authority added: "it is completely wrong to consult at the start of the holiday season because meetings would be poorly attended."

    Dev and Corn
    Image caption: The Devon & Cornwall force already shares helicopter operations with Dorset
  5. Weather: Cloud spells with a risk of showers

    BBC Weather

    Throughout the evening and during the night, it will be mostly dry with a few clear spells but also a lot of cloud for most places.

    There will be a light northerly breeze. Minimum Temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

    Weather map

    A lot of cloud tomorrow with a risk of a few showers from late morning onwards. However, most places will remain dry.

    The best chance of sunshine will be late in the day. There will be a light breeze.

    Maximum Temperature: 20 to 24C (68 to 75F).

  6. Arrest after assault in Paignton

    BBC Radio Devon

    A 26-year-old man from Paignton has been arrested following a serious assault on Gerston Road, Paignton, on Sunday.

    The victim, a 24-year-old local man, was left with a serious head injury after the assault in the town centre at about 02:30 near a takeaway and remains in hospital.

    Police say they expect the assault was witnessed by a lot of people as it was the morning after the England victory over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final.

    Officers asked any witnesses or anyone with information to contact them on 101@dc.police.uk or 101 quoting CR/060871/18.

    Information can also be given anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

  7. Public health warning after teenager's drug death

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Public Health England has issued a warning over drug use after the death of a 15-year-old girl on Saturday.

    Shakira Pellow collapsed in Camborne on Friday and died in hospital the next day after taking an unidentified substance.

    Shakira Pellow
    • If you have decided you are going to take a drug, try a small amount of it first and wait at least an hour to see what the effect is before considering taking any more
    • Some drugs, including those commonly found in ecstasy, have a delayed effect, so you run an even greater risk of overdose if you top up too soon because it doesn't yet seem to be working
    • If you have taken ecstasy, take regular breaks from activities like dancing, to cool down
    • Keep hydrated by sipping no more than a pint of water or non-alcoholic drink every hour
    • The risk of overdose is much higher when substances are mixed with other drugs or alcohol
    • If you've taken something and start to feel unwell, take time out to look after yourself and ask for help if you need it
    • If the problem doesn't improve or is getting worse, you should seek medical help - you won’t be reported to the police
    • If you want to talk to FRANK in confidence then you can call the helpline 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0300 123 6600 or you can chat online between 14:00 and 18:00 every day
  8. Burglar in Par jailed after public restrained him

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A man from St Austell who broke into a car lot late at night and was apprehended by members of the public has been jailed at Truro Crown Court.

    Mikey Fox, 20, who admitted burglary, was found in SC Cars in Par with bolt cutters and two broken padlocks in his bag shortly after midnight on 12 June.

    Local residents decided to investigate after hearing glass breaking and seeing somebody moving around the yard by torchlight.

    Mikey Fox

    They found Fox in the yard, who said he only wanted to look at the cars and go for a drive as he had recently passed his driving test.

    When he tried to run off they circled and restrained him before police arrived to make the arrest.

    Fox was sentenced to four months in a young offenders' institute for the burglary. In addition he must serve nine months concurrently for breaching a suspended sentence for a previous offence.

  9. Animal ban pair were warned by council

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A judge has said a man and woman subjected a number of animals to a "prolonged level of serious neglect" despite having been given warnings in the past.

    Cornwall Council had been working with Janet Carter, 63, and Trevor Hampton, 52, over a number of years, district judge Diane Baker said during a hearing at Truro Magistrates' Court.

    She said they had not initially made sufficient progress but she believed they had "started to properly take responsibility for their actions".

    The court heard Carter owned Newton Moor Farm, in Troon, Camborne, freehold and Hampton ran it.

    Farm equipment in field
    Image caption: Some animals had access to potentially dangerous equipment

    Judge Baker said she would not ban the pair from keeping all animals because she was aware that farming was their livelihood.

    Charles Hulley, defending, said things had "steadily improved" at the farm.

    "The defendants are now putting right what they have done wrong and are spending a lot of time, effort and money on the animals," he said.

    Carter and Hampton were banned from keeping equine and poultry, handed suspended sentences and ordered them to pay a total of £10,000 towards the costs of the prosecution.

  10. Blood stocks sink as England hopes soar

    BBC Radio Devon

    England's success in the World Cup has led to a drop in Plymouth's blood stocks, say doctors.

    People have been so busy watching the football and enjoying the heatwave over the last two weeks that NHS Blood and Transplant say they are about 2,000 blood donations down.

    The service says it is in urgent need of fresh donations as a result and stocks of O negative are particularly needed.

  11. Animal ban pair: Pony's hooves caused 'considerable pain'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Ducks
    Image caption: Some ducks on the farm were being kept in the dark

    A man and a woman banned from keeping equine and poultry allowed a pony's hooves to become so overgrown it had to be put down, Truro Magistrates’ Court heard.

    Janet Carter, 63, and Trevor Hampton, 52, both of Camborne admitted a series of animal welfare offences including causing unnecessary suffering to the 24-year-old pony.

    Kevin Hill, prosecuting for Cornwall Council, said the animal’s condition was discovered when an RSPCA inspector went to a field in Troon on 14 March 2017 following a report from a member of the public.

    The "extremely lame" pony’s hooves were found to be "very long and misshapen", causing it "considerable pain", he said.

    The court heard the pony had to be put down when it was found that there was "no hope" of being able to correct the "extensive" damage to its hooves.

    Mr Hill said Carter arrived while the inspector was on site and commented: "If there is a problem we’ll have it shot and that’s that."

    Further visits were made to the farm by Cornwall Council inspectors in 2017 and early 2018 when various animals including sheep, pigs, cattle, chickens and ducks were found to be living in inappropriate conditions.

  12. Jewellery store staff believed robbery gun was real

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Staff of a jewellery store that was robbed by masked men, believed an imitation gun they were carrying was real, a court has heard.

    Four men entered the Michael Spiers store in Truro on 10 January and stole nearly £1m of jewellery and watches.

    Truro Crown Court heard evidence from David Brignall who was the manager on duty in the store at the time.

    He said: "I put my hands in the air, said 'please don't hurt anybody, take what you want, nobody will stop you'."

    He told the jury he was sprayed with a liquid on his chest and neck that caused "shortness of breath" and "irritation".

    "A gentleman came in and stared at them," Mr Brignall said. "I shouted at him to get down, then the gun was pointed at him.

    "He went towards him and sprayed him I believe in the face. When he went to his knees, another man went over with a crow bar threatening him."

    Mr Brignall explained that he saw the robbers open the "main diamond window" and "swept" the contents onto the floor before putting it into a holdall.

    Five men are on trial for offences relating to the robbery:

    • Tomas Bakierskis, 24, from Lithuania and Rogertas Slekaitis, 25, from Lithuania, both deny possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence. They previously admitted conspiracy to commit robbery
    • Andrius Buinevicius, 41, from Lithuania, denies both charges
    • Gytis Inokaitis, 36, of Stuart Road in Plymouth, pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery at an earlier hearing
    • Harijus Jackiaskis, 33, of Partington Lane in Manchester, denies assisting an offender
    • Agris Davidonis, 30, of Petroc Court in Gunnislake, previously pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice
    • Haroldas Ivanovas, 20, and Salius Mickus, 28, both from Lithuania, have previously admitted conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation firearm
    Michael Spiers
  13. Murder investigation launched in Exeter

    Lisa Hay

    BBC News Online

    Police have launched a murder investigation following the death of a man assaulted in Exeter City Centre.

    The 40-year-old man died in hospital nine days after being assaulted outside the Tesco Metro on Exeter High Street at 23.00 on 30 June.

    Senior Investigating Officer Jo Hall said he was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and then transferred to Derriford Hospital where he died on 9 July.

    A 31-year-old man has been charged with grievous bodily harm.

  14. WW2 bomb: Teignmouth seafront has been evacuated

    Jane Chandler

    BBC Spotlight

    This is the 630kg German World War Two bomb that's forced the evacuation of Teignmouth seafront.

    Diver with WW2 bomb
    Image caption: The German SC1200 was discovered by scuba divers

    Police have cordoned off part of Teignmouth seafront and urged people in flats and shops to keep doors and windows open.

    Police car at Teignmouth seafront
    Image caption: Police have cordoned off part of Teignmouth seafront
    Holidaymaker Imelda Smith
    Image caption: Holidaymaker Imelda Smith has been told to stay away from the seafront
    Quote Message: We were walking along the seafront at midday, going to get an ice cream, when the police told us to move. We're on holiday, staying in a top floor holiday flat overlooking the seafront, and they have told us to stay at the back of the building. We didn't expect this at the end of the holiday'' from Imelda Smith holidaymaker from Oxfordshire
    Imelda Smithholidaymaker from Oxfordshire

    Royal Navy divers have been called in to examine the device and plan to tow it to a safe distance away from the seafront to safely detonate it.

    A spokeswoman said the explosion was likely to be large and as the area was a nature reserve the team would be taking environmental considerations into their decisions.

  15. WW2 bomb found: Police clearing area around Teignmouth pier

    Jane Chandler

    BBC Spotlight

    Parts of Teignmouth have been evacuated after a World War Two bomb was found near the pier.

    The ordinance was discovered by scuba divers at about 10.00. Devonport-based Royal Navy divers believe it is a 630kg device dropped by the Germans.

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    The beach has been cordoned off by police to allow bomb disposal teams and the diving unit to deal with it.

    People living along the seafront are being asked to leave their doors and windows open to avoid the danger of shattered glass in the event of an explosion.

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    Image caption: People are being urged to keep glass doors and windows open in case of an explosion

    The bomb's going to be towed out to sea and destroyed by a controlled explosion.