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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A381 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A381 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A380 Besigheim Way and Church Road.

    A381 Devon - A381 Teignmouth Road in Kingsteignton closed in both directions between the A380 Besigheim Way junction and the Church Road junction, because of sheep on the road. Approach with care.

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

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    Severe disruption: A38 Devon eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon eastbound severe disruption, before B3416.

    A38 Devon - A38 in Plympton blocked and stationary traffic eastbound before Deep Lane Junction, because of a car fire.

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

  3. Weather: Showers around tomorrow

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be dry and clear in many areas with any showers dying away. Winds will remain moderate westerly.

    Minimum: 9C

    Weather map

    Tomorrow will be a more cloudy day with occasional glimpses of sunshine but also the chance of some showers which may be heavy at times. Winds will be moderate or fresh south westerly.

    Maximum: 19C

  4. Large barn fire at Inwardleigh

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Multiple fire crews are dealing with a large barn fire at Inwardleigh in west Devon.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says they sent crews from Hatherliegh and Okehampton, along with the water bowser from Danes Castle and specialist officers at about 14:30.

    Additional support was then called in from Holsworthy and North Tawton.

    The barn measures 20m x 40m and houses vehicles and machinery that are being removed using a telehandler.

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  5. Council leader critical of police merger

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    The leader of Plymouth City Council has attacked plans for the merger of Devon, Cornwall and Dorset police.

    Tudor Evans says the move is being discussed behind closed doors without proper public consultation.

    He wants to know how the merger will be funded and how it'll affect local tax payers.

    In a strongly worded statement issued today he said "every fibre of my being believes the merger is a bad thing for Plymouth in its current form".

    In a statement the Police & Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez responded to the comments, saying: "Tomorrow I will attend the Police and Crime Panel in Plymouth where elected members nominated by each local authority in Devon and Cornwall will have the opportunity to scrutinise the process so far.

    "I will be joined by Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer who will explain the operational case currently being made as part of our considerations into the proposed merger. As PCC I have not yet made a decision as to whether or not we merge with Dorset, and we are still in the formal engagement period.

    A public survey is available online.

    Police
  6. South Western Railway strike suspended

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A planned 24-hour strike on Saturday by guards on South Western Railway (SWR) has been called off.

    This is to allow further talks on a dispute about the role of guards, the RMT union has announced.

    The union said further strikes on SWR, on August 18 and a 48-hour stoppage from August 31, remained on.

    Strike sign
  7. Fastest man on a mower breaks John O'Groats to Land's End record

    Andy Maxfield is officially the fastest person to travel from John O'Groats to Land's End on a lawnmower.

    Video content

    Video caption: A Lancashire man breaks the world record for travelling the country on a lawnmower

    The Lancashire man completed the trip in five days, eight hours and 36 minutes.

    He's raised more than £9,000 for charity.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon both ways severe disruption, between J27 for and J26 for .

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 between J27, Tiverton and J26, Wellington, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: A389 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A389 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, between B3274 and Ring o'Bells Inn.

    A389 Cornwall - A389 in High Lanes blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the B3274 junction and the Ring o'Bells Inn junction, because of a broken down vehicle.

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

  10. Children taught to sew after grant given

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People in a village in north Cornwall are using their expert knowledge of quilting to inspire the next generation.

    St Wenn, near Wadebridge, received a grant of £979 from a local windfarm to buy state of the art sewing machines.

    During every school holiday teenagers and primary school children meet to make cushions and quilts.

    Tutor, Lesley Coles, has taught all over the world - including Mongolia...

    Video content

    Video caption: Children are being taught to sew after grant given
  11. Parasite from tap water began eating Camborne teen's eye

    The Sun

    Skye Wheeler, 19, from Camborne, Cornwall, lives in constant fear that the bug - which is still "sleeping" in her eye - could cause her to go blind, or even kill her.

  12. Perranporth beach-goer complains sand 'too damp'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Perranporth beach

    A beach-goer has complained that the sand on Perranporth beach was too damp for building sandcastles.

    The Tripadvisor review has been shared hundreds of times after being posted on Facebook by local surf shop Piran Surf.

    One person commented it was the funniest thing they had ever read while others said damp sand was preferable for sandcastles anyway.

    The reviewer who scored the two-mile long beach three out of five, and said it was "far too busy for my liking" said: "The beach itself looked really good for surfers, however I found the sand to be much too damp - not great for building sandcastles."

    On Facebook, those commenting suggested the writer ought to have moved up the beach, away from the sea.

    One person joked: "Also went to Perranporth once and the sea was wet. If you could sort that out to it would be very much appreciated."

    Tripadvisor review

    Mark Thorn, from Piran Surf, said: "Isn't it funny?"

    He said they often had people coming into his shop asking questions such as "does the tide only come in when it rains?" and "what time does the surfing start?"

    But he added that people who did not live near a beach had no reason to know how the tides and waves worked, saying: "Why would they know?"

    He added: "It is just a bit of fun."

  13. Woman with dementia, 82, missing from Paignton

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    An 82-year-old woman with dementia has gone missing from Paignton, police say.

    Melva Fields was last seen at about 10:30 in Hennock Road and officers are "increasingly concerned".

    She is described as 5ft 2ins (1.5m) tall with short grey hair. She wears glasses and was last seen wearing a white and black woolly, stripy top with a nautical badge on it.

    She was also wearing a necklace with a small heart pendant and black leggings with stripes on the sides.

    Anyone who has seen Melva or has any information is asked to call 999.

    Melva Fields
  14. BreakingMurder probe after street assault woman dies

    Police have launched a murder investigation after an elderly woman who was seriously assaulted in Cornwall died in hospital.

    Lesley Davies, 81, from Par, had life-threatening head injuries after she was assaulted in the street on Thursday 19 July.

    She died as a result of her injuries at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in the early hours of Saturday 4 August, police said.

    A 69-year-old man was arrested on 19 July on suspicion of attempted murder and has been bailed until 17 August.

    Quote Message: There were a number of people in the area at the time of this incident. I would ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or the events before and after, to contact the police if they haven’t spoken to us yet. The police are continuing to work closely with the victim’s family to provide support at this difficult time." from Det Insp Ian Ringrose
    Det Insp Ian Ringrose
    Lesley Davies