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    Severe accident: A3022 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3022 Devon both ways severe accident, from Walnut Road to Rathmore Road.

    A3022 Devon - A3022 Rathmore Road in Torquay closed in both directions from Torre Abbey Traffic Lights to the Rathmore Road junction, because of a serious accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: A38 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon both ways severe disruption, at A386 Manadon Hill.

    A38 Devon - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, on A38 The Parkway in both directions in Crownhill at Manadon Roundabout, because of a police incident.

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

  3. Flood scheme to protect '100 most vulnerable properties'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Sidmouth

    Councillors have unanimously approved a £759,000 scheme to protect Sidmouth homes from "the very real threat of flooding".

    Devon County Council's cabinet backed the Sidmouth Surface Water Improvement Scheme which will reduce the risk of surface water flooding to more than 100 homes and businesses in the town, the meeting earlier heard.

    The scheme involves the construction of a new and larger drainage system in the town centre that will divert surface water directly into the River Sid and the construction of an earth dam which will act as a surface water storage area at The Knowle.

    Subject to funding and planning permission work could begin in January.

    Quote Message: This scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to around 100 of the most vulnerable properties. We know from experience that parts of Sidmouth are particularly vulnerable flooding and the impact flooding can have on homes and businesses, and I have delivered sandbags in person to some of these properties that are at risk of flooding." from Councillor Stuart Hughes Sidmouth ward councillor
    Councillor Stuart HughesSidmouth ward councillor
  4. Mixed views on mine closure from locals

    BBC Spotlight

    A Dartmoor mine is closing after three years with the possible loss of up to 200 jobs.

    Australian firm Wolf Minerals (UK) has gone into voluntary administration after talks with international backers seeking further finance failed.

    It had hoped to produce about 3,000 tonnes of tungsten and tin a year after reopening the mine at Hemerdon, near Plymouth, in Devon, in 2015.

    The firm had spent £130m in start-up expenses alone.

    People living nearby have mixed views....

    Man
    Quote Message: The only bad thing is that people could lose their jobs, obviously they have families to look after, but apart from that the closure is a good thing."
    Woman
    Quote Message: It can be quite annoying when your doors and windows are shaking [because of the blasts from the mine]."
    Man
    Quote Message: That's a shame about the closure, I'm sorry about that. It was creating local employment and it now creates uncertainty about what will happen next."

    However, mining analyst John Meyer, of SP Angel, said: "We expect the mine to reopen following renegotiation with the principal creditors."

  5. Dartmoor tungsten mine 'expected to reopen'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A tungsten mine on Dartmoor whose operator is in administration is expected to reopen after renegotiations with creditors, an industry analyst says.

    Australian firm Wolf Minerals (UK) went into voluntary administration after talks with international backers failed to get further finance for Drakelands mine at Hemerdon, near Plymouth, in Devon.

    The mine had only reopened in 2015 with ambitions to produce about 3,000 tonnes of tungsten and tin a year. Its closure could see the possible loss of up to 200 jobs.

    However, mining analyst John Meyer, of SP Angel, said: "We expect the mine to reopen following renegotiation with the principal creditors."

    Hemerdon mine
    Quote Message: We expect the mine to restart once the administrator has agreed settlement with creditors and found a suitable buyer for the business. We hope the administrator will have the foresight to keep the mills turning to preserve value in the business and enable a quick restart of the mining operation, preserving jobs and maintaining skills within the local community." from John Meyer Mining analyst, SP Angel
    John MeyerMining analyst, SP Angel
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    Severe disruption: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Lodge Lane and Sherford Road.

    A379 Devon - A379 Elburton Road in Brixton blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Lodge Lane junction and the Sherford Road junction, because of a fallen tree. Approach with care.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 Station Road and J29 for Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton Services) and J29, Honiton (Exeter), 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

  8. Tungsten mine 'on the verge' of finding profitable ore

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Blasting has been stopped at a tungsten mine on Dartmoor just as its operator, now in administration, was "on the verge" of finding more profitable ore, industry analysts say.

    Australian firm Wolf Minerals (UK) went into voluntary administration after talks with international backers failed to get further finance for Drakelands mine at Hemerdon, near Plymouth, in Devon.

    The move could see the possible loss of up to 200 jobs.

    The mine had only reopened in 2015 with ambitions to produce about 3,000 tonnes of tungsten and tin a year.

    Mining analyst John Meyer, of SP Angel, said: "Wolf appeared to have mined through most if not all of the difficult tungsten ore... and was on the verge of entering into a more profitable part of the mine in our view."

    He added that the the pit "is seen by a number of tungsten mining experts as viable" at current tungsten prices.

    Hemerdon mine
  9. Police funding 'needs to look at geography'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Devon and Cornwall's police and crime commissioner is pushing for what she says is fairer funding for the counties' force.

    Alison Hernandez has been giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee about the sustainability of police finances.

    She said she had been explaining to MPs the unique position the force is in when delivering services around both counties...

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    Video caption: Police funding 'needs to look at geography'

    The government is yet to comment.

  10. Truro City bolster squad

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City have made three signings as they aim to bolster their struggling National League South campaign.

    Forward River Allen has returned to the club on a permanent deal from Tiverton Town.

    Meanwhile Plymouth Argyle 19-year-olds Dan Rooney and Jordan Bentley have joined on month-long youth loans.

    Defender Bentley has played twice for Argyle's first team, whole Rooney has yet to make the senior side.

    All three players could feature in Truro's league fixture against Hemel Hempstead Town on Saturday.

  11. Dartmoor tungsten mine firm Wolf Minerals ceases trading

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The company behind the tungsten mine on the Plymouth edge of Dartmoor has announced it has ceased trading with immediate effect.

    Australian firm Wolf Minerals, which employs about 200 people at Hemerdon mine, had been in talks for months trying to persuade its international backers to refinance the mine.

    Those talks have failed and the mine has gone into voluntary administration.

    Hemerdon mine
  12. Proposals to change fees for foster carers approved

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Proposals to change fees for foster carers in Devon have been approved by the county council's cabinet.

    Some of Devon's most experienced foster carers have claimed the potential changes in the system could leave some losing between £5,000 and £15,000 a year, which could stop them caring for the county's most vulnerable children.

    Some of those involved held a protest outside County Hall in Exeter while the council cabinet meting was under way.

    Devon County Council said the proposed changes were "a simpler and fairer system" which concentrated "on the needs of each child".

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  13. Share trading for tungsten mine firm suspended

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Trading of shares in the company behind the tungsten mine on the Plymouth edge of Dartrmoor has been suspended because of uncertainty over its finances.

    Wolf Minerals warned on Tuesday it was within two days of running out of money if talks with its international backers did not result in a successful injection of finance.

    Those talks have been under way for months and the company has said they are close to a conclusion.

    Its share price has fallen by a third since the end of last week.

    Hemerdon mine has a history of successfully refinancing itself, and the latest move comes against a background of a rising tungsten price and recent operating improvements at the mine.

    Hemerdon mine