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  1. Boy dies after bike-car crash
  2. North Devon man jailed after bomb found under bed
  3. Police investigate 'unexplained' death in Plymouth
  4. Cornwall's biggest mass stranding of dolphins 'for 10 years'
  5. Yellow wind warning issued for Devon and Cornwall
  6. TripAdvisor suspends reviews for 'Bude tunnel'
  7. Red lines and signs mark anti-social behaviour free zones
  8. Updates from Monday 17 September 2018

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  1. Weather: Cloudy with Storm Helene winds developing

    BBC Weather

    It will become increasingly cloudy into the evening as southwesterly gales associated with nearby Storm Helene develop.

    It will be often dry overnight, but some brief spells of rain will cross the area at times.

    Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

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    A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for South West England for tonight and tomorrow morning. Storm Helene could bring strong winds of 50mph with gusts of 60mph likely along coast of Cornwall & high ground.

  2. Motorcyclist suffers 'life-changing' leg injury

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    A man has suffered a "life-changing" injury to his leg after his motorbike was involved in a crash with a car in Newton Abbot on Friday, police have said.

    The head-on collision happened on Ashburton Road at about 06:50.

    The motorcyclist, a 51-year-old man from Buckfastleigh, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

    Bike crash in Newton Abbot

    The male driver of the VW Golf has minor injuries.

    A lorry was also hit by the motorbike after the initial collision. It has minor damage and the driver was unharmed.

  3. Big Beach Clean 'a huge success', say volunteers

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Volunteers took part in the event at Wherrytown Beach, Penzance

    A campaign to clean up beaches across the South West has been labelled “a huge success” by organisers.

    South West Conservatives organised the Big Beach Clean at the weekend.

    The series of events tied in with other campaigns and projects across the region, including the Great British Beach Clean led by the Marine Conservation Society.

    Volunteers took part in the beach clean at Perranporth

    Local officials organised or joined clean-ups at seven beaches in Devon (Bovisand, Croyde, Paignton, Plymouth, South Milton/Thurlestone, Teignmouth and Westward Ho!), four in Cornwall (Carlyon Bay, Carne/Pendower, Penzance and Perranporth), six in Dorset (Bournemouth, Poole, Seatown, Swanage, West Bay and Weymouth) and one in South Gloucestershire (Aust Cliff).

    Quote Message: The South West has some of the most beautiful beaches anywhere and it’s vital we protect them for future generations and ensure our great coastline and wildlife are not damaged by plastic waste and other litter." from Michael Gove Environment Secretary
    Michael GoveEnvironment Secretary
  4. Gunnislake care home closed down by inspectors

    Martha Dixon

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    One care home has been shut down and three in Cornwall and Devon put into special measures following damning reports from inspectors.

    Fernleigh House in Gunnislake, which is run by the Angel Care Agency, looks after 11 people. All residents have now been moved out and Cornwall Council has found them alternative accommodation.

    Inspectors from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) had been visiting the home on a monthly basis following previous problems.

    Fernleigh House

    Trecarrel Care Home in Tywardreath, which is run by Cornwallis Care, cares for about 40 people, many with dementia.

    It was inspected by the CQC following serious concerns raised by health and social care professionals. Inspectors found it to be inadequate in many areas and an action plan has now been put in place.

    Ocean View care home in Torquay and Saffron Care Agency in Teignmouth have also been placed into special measures.

  5. Man 'in bad way' in hospital after collapsing in street

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man in his 50s is "in a bad way" in hospital after collapsing in a street in Exeter, police have said.

    It's believed he was working on his van in Buddle Lane when he had a "medical episode" at about 14:20.

    The road was closed while emergency vehicles took him to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

    It has since reopened.

  6. Carer cuts: 'It's something we're not prepared to take'

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A Devon carer says she's "not prepared to take" a 30% cut in payments from Devon County Council - as dozens gather to protests its new proposals.

    It's claimed potential changes in the payment system could leave some carers losing between £5,000 and £15,000 a year.

    They're currently being discussed at County Hall in Exeter.

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    Devon County Council says it is putting £1m extra into the system as it wants to attract more foster carers at entry level.

  7. Businessman criticises Exeter's anti-social behaviour plan

    BBC Radio Devon

    Sign in Exeter

    New efforts are under way to try to keep the peace between locals and students in Exeter.

    Temporary red lines will mark the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) area across the city centre between Sunday 16 and Sunday 23 September.

    The PSPO, which covers Fore Street, the High Street and Sidwell Street, means consumption of alcohol, along with other anti-social behaviour, can see people dispersed from the area and fined up to £1,000 at court if they return.

    A PSPO sign stands near Musgrave Row toilets in Exeter City Centre

    The initiative coincides with the start of the new university year.

    Signs will also highlight where alcohol cannot be drunk outside, and encourage students to be considerate to people living in the area.

    Quote Message: You do get groups of students or young people walking together, being loud, having had a drink, going down the pub. They're not disruptive, they're never rude - they're very courteous and they seem to know right from wrong. I don't know who's dreamt up this initiative but it seems incorrect to me." from Ben Mangan Owner of Tea on the Green cafe
    Ben ManganOwner of Tea on the Green cafe
  8. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J26 for A38 and J27 for A38 A361.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J27, A38 (Tiverton), 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

  9. Devon travel: Exeter road closed due to incident

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Exeter, Buddle Lane is closed in both directions due to a police incident between Exwick Road and Dunsford Road.
    • In Kennford, on the A380 Telegraph Hill, one lane is blocked by a broken-down car Torquay-bound between the A38 and Ashcombe.
  10. Children to 'drive' themselves to surgery in donated cars

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Children at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth are now able to drive themselves to surgery or X-rays in their very own car.

    The hospital is the fourth children's unit in the country to receive a Tesla car which is a battery-powered replica of the full size models, with a working MP3 sound system and space in the boot to carry toys and other belongings.

    Children will be accompanied to theatre, X-ray or other appointments and will be able to drive the car themselves.

    girl in car
    Quote Message: This is a lovely gesture and will make a big difference to lots of children who could really benefit from having their minds distracted. from Anita Dykes Matron
    Anita DykesMatron
  11. Carers protest in Exeter over council proposals

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight


    Dozens of foster carers are protesting at County Hall in Exeter over changes which they claim will see them lose between £5,000 and £15,000 a year.

    More than 70 fostering households are campaigning to fight Devon County Council's proposals.

    The authority says it is putting £1m extra into the system as it wants to attract more foster carers at entry level.

    But the higher payments for some carers mean others will lose out.

    Under the plans being discussed by the county council, there will be a new minimum allowance of £229 per child, per week.

    The top allowance will be £505 per child.

  12. Police investigate 'unexplained' death in Plymouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating the "unexplained" death of a 40-year-old woman in Plymouth.

    Officers were called to Percy Terrace in Mutley at about 22:00 on 7 September.

    The woman had "serious" head injuries and died the following day in the city's Derriford Hospital.

    Formal identification is yet to take place. Police said her next-of-kin have been told.

    A 25-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and has since been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    An investigation into the death continues.

  13. BreakingNorth Devon man jailed after bomb found under bed

    Chloe Axford

    BBC Spotlight

    A man from north Devon found with a 9kg (20lb) fertiliser bomb under his bed has been jailed for three years and four months.

    Unemployed amphetamine addict Stephen Bracher, 55, had been working on 17 other devices when he was arrested at his home in Bishops Tawton, near Barnstaple, Exeter Crown Court heard.

    Bracher admitted three counts of having explosive substances, one of possessing a lock knife and one of possessing amphetamines.

    Police found jottings which indicated extreme hatred of black and gay people.

    The court heard Bracher, who was addicted to various drugs, lived in a communal block which backed on to the local primary school.

    When the fertiliser bomb was later blown up on Dartmoor by a bomb disposal team the court heard it made a "significant explosion" and it's not known how much damage it would have caused.

    bombs under bed
  14. Boy dies after bike-car crash

    A 16-year-old boy has died after a serious crash in Exeter.

    Ben Davies, from the city, suffered life-threatening injuries after his bicycle was involved in a crash with a silver Ford Fiesta at the junction of Tithebarn Way and Pinn Lane on Thursday.

    He was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he died from his injuries on Saturday.

    The driver and front seat passenger of the Ford Fiesta were not injured.

    Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Team are investigating and appealing for any witnesses to contact them.