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  1. Hundreds stranded on new high-speed train
  2. Cornwall hosts public road speed hillclimb event
  3. Section of South West Coast Path closed after tidal flooding
  4. Agatha Christie play to be read publicly for first time
  5. Updates from Friday 14 September

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  1. "Show off" driver banned for horrific crash

    A man who sped "like a racing driver" through Torquay with his new girlfriend in the car has been banned from driving for causing her horrific head injuries in a crash.

    Jake Madelin drove at up to 60mph before losing control on a bend and hitting a tree and a wall on 28 February 2017.

    Back seat passenger, 18-year-old Serena Gardner, had to be cut free from the wreckage and suffered brain injuries comparable to a serious stroke.

    Exeter Crown Court heard car owner, Samuel Pallett, was also a passenger. He and Serena pleaded with Madelin to slow down in the seconds before the crash.

    Judge David Evans ruled he was probably showing off to Serena, who he had started going out with a few weeks earlier.

    Madelin, 22, of Babbacombe Road, Torquay, admitted causing serious injury by dangerous driving and was jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years.

    He was ordered to do 240 hours unpaid community work, receive ten days supervision, and banned from driving for three years

    The court heard Madelin was "truly remorseful" and had been visiting Serena to help with her rehabilitation. She has returned to college but still suffers problems with balance.

  2. Cornish beaches undergo annual clean up

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Dozens of Cornish beaches will be getting an autumn clean over the next few days.

    The 25th annual Great British Beach Clean, run by the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) began on Friday.

    The aim of the project is to help protect some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK.

    Mark Burnell, organiser and volunteer for the Great British Beach Clean said it can "make a real difference."

    Quote Message: I believe there is a point now where we can make a difference and a change. I think that it's important if everyone can get onto the beach and just pick up little bits there and be aware of what they're doing with their own plastics and rubbish." from Mark Burnell Organiser and Volunteer for the Great British beach clean
    Mark BurnellOrganiser and Volunteer for the Great British beach clean
  3. Stage is being set for Theatre Royal statue

    Diggers prepare the site for new statue

    Work has begun outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth in preparation for the arrival of Plymouth’s contemporary and controversial giant bronze sculpture nicknamed Bianca.

    Contractors have fenced off an area outside the theatre's main entrance which will eventually become home to seven-metre tall, nine-metre wide bronze female figure.

    Work over the next few weeks will involve excavating and installing a concrete sub-structure strong enough to hold the sculpture, which will weigh more than an African bull elephant.

    A bespoke lighting system will illuminate the sculpture, designed by award-winning Plymouth firm The Pyramid Group.

    Adrian Vinken OBE, chief executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth, said that while the sculpture had been commonly known by a working title, it's creator, artist Joseph Hillier, would announce it's formal name in due course.

    Quote Message: Installing such a large piece of public art in the centre of Plymouth involves all sorts of complex challenges and we just need to make sure that these are all properly resolved before the sculpture comes home.” from Adrian Vinken OBE Chief executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth
    Adrian Vinken OBEChief executive of the Theatre Royal Plymouth
  4. South West Coast Path closed after tidal flooding

    Geographical map showing the path closure

    A section of the South West Coast Path has been closed due to flooding.

    The path which runs along the River Otter between Budleigh Salterton, Lime Kiln car park and White Bridge on South Farm Road has been temporarily shut by council contractors.

    High tide and a failed drainage culvert has led to flooding on a nearby cricket pitch which has damaged the public footpath.

    Council contractors have closed the path until the flooded area recedes and repairs are made.

    An "alternative route is available via the footpath parallel to Granary Lane", Devon County Council has said.

  5. New high-speed train breakdown in Devon a 'single issue'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The breakdown of a new GWR high-speed train in Devon is a "single issue" and not a "significant" problem when it comes to the rest of the fleet, a GWR spokesperson has said.

    Hundreds of passengers were left stranded for six hours when the 14:00 Penzance to Paddington service came to a halt at 17:15 just north of Exeter on Thursday.

    About 400 passengers had to be assisted off the Hitachi 800 train with ladders and transferred to another train which took them back to Exeter.

    Dan Panes, from GWR, says the new trains are more reliable than the trains they're replacing...

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    Video caption: Hundreds of people were stranded on the train just north of Exeter for six hours

    GWR said every effort was made to get the train moving on Thursday and it's looking into the cause of the breakdown.

    Full refunds have been offered to passengers affected.

  6. Storm Helene: Yellow warning of wind

    Storm Helene is expected to bring a period of very strong winds to western parts of the UK late Monday and for a time on Tuesday, the Met Office has said.

    The warning is in place between 18:00 on Monday and 12:00 on Tuesday.

    What to expect (from the Met Office):

    • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible.
    • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible.
    • Some roads and bridges may close. Fallen trees may be an additional hazard.
    • There is a small chance that injuries could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts.
    • There is a chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
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  7. Defibrillator to be installed in memory of Bude man

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A defibrillator will be installed in Bude in memory of a 28-year-old man who collapsed and died while jogging.

    Jay Osborne, who grew up in the area, was found to have an undiagnosed hereditary heart condition.

    His family and friends set up a charity which aims to help reduce the number of young people who die of sudden cardiac death.

    The charity, Jay's Aim, has three main objectives:

    • Provide information on how you can check if you or a loved one might be suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition
    • Spread knowledge of cardiac conditions in the young
    • Provide emergency life-saving equipment and life-saving training

    The defibrillator will be installed at Bude Football Club.

    Jay's brother, Dan Osborne, said it was a "fitting tribute".

    Quote Message: If I was to say that 12 young people every single week in Great Britain die from sudden cardiac arrests, and that's young people between the ages of 14 to 35, I think that most people would be quite shocked." from Dan Osborne Jay's Aim
    Dan OsborneJay's Aim
  8. Hurricane Helene is expected to affect Cornwall

    Satellite image of the tropical storms

    The tail end of Hurricane Helene is expected to batter the South West, the Met Office has warned.

    She is currently one of several tropical storms in the Atlantic, with Florence sparking mass evacuations as she heads towards landfall in the United States.

    The stormy weather is expected to affect the Cornish peninsular when Helene hits land on Tuesday.

    A small section of Wales and the tip of Ireland could also be affected before the storm is expected to die out on Wednesday.

    Emma Smith, meteorologist at Exeter-based Met Office said more details would emerge within the next day over what impact the storm might have.

    Quote Message: Helene is moving up from the Atlantic towards us. Hurricane Joyce is also in the Atlantic so we need to see how those two systems are going to move around each other because that could have an impact. It looks like Helene will move towards Ireland on Tuesday morning. It's possible that the west coast of Wales and Cornwall could get some winds as well, but we will get a clearer picture of what to expect very soon." from Emma Smith meteorologist
    Emma Smithmeteorologist
  9. Woman rescues pets in Ottery St Mary fire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    fire damage

    A woman rescued her pets and took them to a nearby shop after her flat was involved in a fire in Ottery St Mary.

    The blaze started on the second floor and roof of the building in Brook Street at about 09:00, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

    The building has a pine shop on the ground floor and it's believed there are two flats above.

    Tina Chauhan runs the shop nearby...

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    Video caption: The fire started on the second floor and roof of a property above a shop

    Firefighters remain at the scene damping down with part of the town cordoned off.

  10. Man has 'life-changing' injuries after motorcycle crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man has "life-changing" injuries after a crash on the A383, police have said.

    The head-on crash between a car and a motorcycle happened at about 06:50 on Ashburton Road in Newton Abbot.

    The motorcyclist was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth while the driver of the car sustained "minor injuries", Devon and Cornwall Police added.

    The road was blocked for several hours but has since reopened.

    scene of crash
  11. Roof of property damaged after Ottery St Mary fire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The roof of a property in Ottery St Mary has been badly damaged after a fire broke out.

    Firefighters remain at the scene in Broad Street.

    Road closures are in place around the town's main square.

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    Video caption: Video: Helen Clarke
  12. Roads to stay closed 'for most of the day' after fire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Some roads surrounding the main square in Ottery St Mary are "likely to remain closed for most of the day" after a "major" fire, police have said.

    There are currently road closures in place on Silver Street and Gold Street.

    It's believed the blaze started in the roof and second floor of a property, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

  13. Firefighters remain at Ottery St Mary blaze

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Firefighters are continuing to tackle a blaze in Ottery St Mary.

    The main square in the town has been closed.

    firefighters on scene