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Summary

  1. Firefighters rescue man from estuary
  2. Diesel was 'pouring out' of overturned crash lorry
  3. Looe festival: Headline acts announced for saved event
  4. Academy trust that runs five Cornwall schools 'made false claims for government money'
  5. Devon has 190 miles of roads with no mobile phone signal
  6. Poldark: Series five to be the last
  7. Updates from Monday 10 September

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  1. Weather: Rain becoming more persistent

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Much of Monday evening should be dry with clear spells.

    Later in the night cloud will thicken which may bring some light rain or drizzle, with a moderate southwesterly breeze.

    Minimum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

    Weather

    Quite a cloudy and damp start to Tuesday.

    Into the afternoon some more persistent but still fairly light rain is possible. It will also be rather misty, with some fog over the hills. Gentle, mainly westerly winds.

    Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F).

  2. Plans for 99 new homes on South Crofty land

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    South Crofty, Pool

    New plans have been submitted to build 99 new homes on land at South Crofty in Pool.

    Crofty Developments has made the outline application to Cornwall Council for a development which it said would "fulfill an important role in contributing towards the regeneration of Camborne, Pool and Redruth, particularly in terms of providing new homes and supporting economic growth in the local community".

    The new homes, including two and three-storey homes and three-storey apartment blocks, are planned for a site north of Kerrier Way, which is on the former South Crofty mine site which closed in 1998.

    In a design and access statement, developers said that Mayne's Shaft would be rehoused in a building with access provided to Western United Mines for maintenance and ventilation purposes.

    It also stated that seven open mine shafts would be capped and a sub-station demolished.

    However, the design and access statement said that there was unlikely to be any affordable housing on the site due to the site's history and significant remediation costs involved.

    The outline planning application was submitted last week and there is no indication when a decision will be made.

  3. Devonwall constituency 'undemocratic' and 'insulting'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A proposed new Parliamentary constituency stretching across north Cornwall and north Devon is "undemocratic" and "insulting" according to a local MP.

    The plans from the Boundary Commission include a plan to create a "Devonwall" seat that crosses the River Tamar.

    Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard, said: "This is nothing less than a cynical attempt at a bureaucratic power grab making it easier for the Conservatives to win an election before a single vote is cast."

    The review has been carried out after Parliament said the number of constituencies across the UK should be reduced from 650 to 600 with roughly the same number of electors in each - between 71,000 and 78,500.

    The plans have been previously criticised in both Devon and Cornwall, and protests held against them.

    Devonwall

    The Bude, Launceston and Bideford constituency, which has been previously nicknamed "Devonwall" constituency, is one of 17 South West sub-region constituencies planned.

    The commission said it was "confident" in its new map and proposals, and added the "Devonwall" area was "unavoidable" if plans to make constituencies more equal in size were to be successful.

  4. Children's services cause predicted £8m council overspend

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon County Council is facing an £8m black hole in its budget as a result of a predicted children's services overspend.

    Budget monitoring reports for the first three months of 2018/19 show that the county council is set to go over budget by £8.1m, with children's services showing a forecast overspend of £8.7m.

    The council's cabinet when it meets next Wednesday is being recommended to note the overspend forecast and needs to take action to contain and reduce it by March 2019.

    The report of County Treasurer Mary Davis said it was still relatively early in the financial year to project with certainty what the final year end position for Devon would be.

    But it added that, like many other local authorities, Devon County Council was grappling with high levels of demand for children's services.

    She added that residential placements "are proving particularly difficult to contain within the budget allocated".

  5. Appeal rejected for taxi driver who refused guide dogs

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A taxi driver who refused to take guide dogs in his car has lost his appeal against the council's decision to take away his taxi licence .

    In May, East Devon District Council received a complaint from two visually-impaired people, who said that Syed Al Miah had refused to let them and their dogs in his vehicle.

    The council's Licensing Sub-committee stripped Mr Miah of his licence, as he was "no longer considered a fit and proper person" to hold it.

    Mr Miah appealed the decision, but Exeter Magistrates found in favour of the council, and ordered him to pay £5,000 in legal costs.

    Dog

    The council said Mr Miah "changed his story on several occasions".

    A spokeswoman said: "At interview he said he was scared of the dogs, at the licensing hearing he stated that for safety reasons he believed his vehicle not to be big enough, despite it being licensed to carry five passengers, and at the appeal hearing he claimed that when arriving at the hotel he wasn't sure if he had attended the correct job."

  6. Acts announced for revived Looe music festival

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Organisers of a revived Looe music festival have announced the first acts to play on the main stage at the three-day event later in September.

    Acts so far confirmed include: The Huckleberry Finns on the first evening, Friday 21 September.

    Mad Dog Mcrae, comedian Kernow King and the Falmouth Soul Sensations are also due to appear.

    King Creature will take to the main stage on Saturday, with The Viewers playing on Sunday.

    Organisers said that "work was continuing to secure other acts for the programme".

    Mayor of Looe Armand Toms said people had been "overwhelmed with the level of support we have received from bands and artists who are keen to support the festival".

    The festival was under threat after the charity staging the event went into administration last week.

    Looe Music Festival
  7. Cornwall and Devon child arrests in fall 78% in seven years

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The number of children arrested in Cornwall and Devon has fallen by 78% over the last seven years - one of the highest rates in England - a charity says.

    The Howard League for Penal Reform said its research found that Devon and Cornwall Police made 895 arrests of children aged 17 and under in 2017, down from 4,132 in 2010.

    Across England and Wales, the total number of child arrests fell by 68%, from almost 250,000 in 2010 to just over 79,000 last year. The highest drop was 85% in the West Mercia force area.

    The league said the decrease, compiled from responses to Freedom of Information requests, showed the success of a campaign to keep as many girls and boys out of the criminal justice system as possible.

    The charity also said that keeping children out of the system helped prevent crime.

    Police car
  8. 'Devonwall' constituency in latest MP numbers plans

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Bideford, Bude and Launceston

    A new cross-county parliamentary constituency across north Devon and north Cornwall has been included in the latest recommendations to change the number of MPs in the UK.

    The constituency of Bideford, Bude and Launceston is among the Boundary Commission for England's proposals which have been laid in Parliament.

    The proposals, which could see the number of MPs cut from 650 to 600 to even-out constituency sizes, still have to be debated and voted on by MPs.

    Plans for a so-called "Devonwall" constituency - a cross-River Tamar seat - have been previously questioned in both Devon and Cornwall.

    Critics said its MP would find it difficult to represent constituents equally because of geographical size and unique situations and cultures in each county.

    Parliament approved the principle of reducing the number of MPs in 2011.

    The commission said it was "confident" in its new map.

  9. Car stolen while man unloads shopping

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    A man has minor injuries after his car was stolen as he unloaded his shopping bags.

    Police are appealing for witnesses following the theft of the black Toyota, which was driven off at high speed.

    Inquiries to find the vehicle are ongoing.

    The theft took place at about 11:00 on 25 August in Gestridge Road, Kingsteignton.

    Quote Message: The owner of the car had just returned from shopping and was unloading bags from the car, when an unknown man got into the driver’s seat and drove the car away at speed. The victim, who was with the vehicle at the time, fell during the incident and sustained minor injuries as a result. from PC Kirsty Ampleford Investigation officer
    PC Kirsty AmplefordInvestigation officer
  10. Firefighters rescue man from estuary

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A man has been airlifted to hospital after falling off a bridge and into an estuary.

    He fell from Bowcombe Bridge, near Kingsbridge, into the shallow water and suffered a serious leg injury, at about midnight.

    Firefighters from Kingsbridge and Salcombe, along with specialist rescue crews from Exmouth, set up lighting and used a 45ft ladder to rescue the man from the water.

    rescue
  11. Diesel was 'pouring out' of overturned crash lorry

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Liverton crash

    The owner of a cottage which was hit by a lorry has said diesel was "pouring out" of the vehicle and she feared it would "explode".

    It happened in Liverton Road near Newton Abbot at about 06:15 when the lorry overturned and crashed into the property - causing "substantial damage" to its porch.

    porch damage

    The driver was taken to hospital but his injuries are unknown, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    Lynn Mason was in bed when the lorry hit her home...

    Video content

    Video caption: worried about explosion after lorry overturns

    The road remains closed.

  12. Group concerned over changes to gender identity laws

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Women in the South West have been raising concerns about proposed changes to the law on gender identity.

    Members of the the group Fairplay for Women are worried about possible changes to the Gender Recognition Act that could mean spaces such as public toilets that were hitherto exclusively for women could be opened up to transgender people who identify as women.

    Members of the group were in St Ives and Plymouth this weekend.

    Dr Nicola Williams, from Fairplay for Women, said they fully understood the rights of transgender people - but wanted to avoid some legal pitfalls, and ensure that women remained safe...

    Video content

    Video caption: Women have been raising concerns about proposed changes to the law on gender identity.

    Trans activists have welcomed the possibility of changes, saying they were "long overdue".

    A public consultation on possible changes to the legislation will end on 19 October.

  13. Devon has 190 miles of roads with no mobile phone signal

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Some 190 miles of roads in Devon do not have any mobile phone signal, according to the RAC Foundation.

    The foundation, which has analysed data from communication regulator Ofcom said that, nationally, there were more than 5,500 miles of roads in Britain where drivers whose vehicles broke down could not call for help.

    Devon is in the top 10 local authority areas most affected, with the Scottish Highlands topping the list at 910 miles of road with no coverage.

    They are among about 5,540 miles of British roads - about 2% - that do not have coverage for calls from any of the country's four mobile networks.

    The foundation said that, although coverage improved a great deal and all motorways had signal, the research showed there was still work to be done.

    Phone user beside car
  14. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A361 Devon westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A361 Devon westbound severe accident, between the Loxbeare turn-off and the Knowstone turn-off.

    A361 Devon - A361 blocked and very slow traffic westbound between the the Loxbeare turn-off junction in Loxbeare and the the Knowstone turn-off junction in Knowstone, because of an accident.

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

  15. South Devon gain key unit of policing

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall Police have introduced a new basic command unit which will give South Devon a “bigger voice”.

    The unit will cover Teignbridge, Torbay and South Hams and will become the fourth key unit of policing across the force.

    Chief Superintendent Keith Perkin will take on the role which will allow a “greater influence over priorities” for the local area.

    Chief Superintendent Keith Perkin
    Quote Message: “Devon and Cornwall Police has recognised the need to put a renewed focus on policing in South Devon. This change will allow a greater influence and ultimately a better means for making positive changes in the local communities. South Devon has a proud history of delivering, through partnership, tangible benefits for local communities. I look forward to working with colleagues and partners in supporting them to continue this work.” from Keith Perkin Chief Superintendent
    Keith PerkinChief Superintendent
  16. Poldark: Series five to be the last

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    The fifth series of Poldark, which has started filming this week for BBC One, is to be the final one, the broadcaster has announced.

    The Cornwall-based drama, which has legions of loyal fans around the world, is to be based on an unwritten "lost decade" between 1800 and 1810 in Winston Graham’s saga.

    Poldark

    Series four finished with the climax of book seven, The Angry Tide - the shocking death of Elizabeth Warleggan, played by Heida Reed in the show.

    But Graham leaped forward 10 years for the start of the eighth book, The Stranger from the Sea, so TV series writer Debbie Horsfield is to fill in the gaps from this period and end the series there, she said.

    The show - filming in Cornwall, Bristol and surrounding areas - is due to be broadcast in 2019.

    But are Ross and Demelza back? ...

    Yes, Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson are returning as the eponymous couple (pictured).

    Also back are Jack Farthing (George Warleggan), Luke Norris (Dr Dwight Enys), Gabriella Wilde (Caroline Enys), Ellise Chappell (Morwenna Carne), Harry Richardson (Drake Carne), Tom York (Sam Carne) and Beatie Edney (Prudie).

  17. Plans for £4m sea defences in west Cornwall on display

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Multimillion-pound plans for new sea defences at Long Rock, near Penzance, are due to go on display.

    Cornwall Council is proposing 984ft (300m) of new rock armour, along with better seating and easier beach access.

    Current "vulnerable" coastal defences consist of "a mix of natural sand dunes, masonry sea walls, cladded revetments and intermittent rock armour, in varying states of repair and condition," Cornwall Council said.

    Details of the project that would cost nearly £4m will be on display at Marazion Town Hall between 15:00 and 17:00.

    Long Rock
  18. Arson-hit block of flats still under guard

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Savage Road fire scene

    A block of flats in Plymouth damaged in an arson attack blaze is still under guard several days on from it catching fire, police say.

    Two fires were started deliberately in the six-storey building in Savage Road, St Budeaux, just before 11:00 last Wednesday.

    The blaze caused extensive damage to the communal central stairwell, as well as smoke damage to the 12 flats in the block, displacing about 30 residents.

    Police said inquiries were "ongoing to establish the exact circumstances" surrounding the fire and have appealed to for witnesses.

    Det Sgt Maggie Wood, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said officers were keen "to ensure that we have spoken to everyone who has any involvement in this incident".

    Quote Message: This was a major incident for the city and extremely distressing incident for the affected residents who have temporarily lost their homes ... The local neighbourhood team is offering a reassuring presence within the area to help alleviate residents' concerns." from Det Sgt Maggie Wood Devonport CID, Devon and Cornwall Police
    Det Sgt Maggie WoodDevonport CID, Devon and Cornwall Police