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    Severe accident: A361 Devon eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A361 Devon eastbound severe accident, between Braunston and Barnstaple.

    A361 Devon - A361 in Barnstaple closed eastbound between the Braunston junction and the Barnstaple junction, because of an accident.

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

  2. Weather: Rain, heavy at times, and windy

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Some outbreaks of heavy rain on Tuesday, again with the chance of the odd rumble of thunder. Remaining rather windy but it will at least be mild.

    Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).


    There will be patchy outbreaks of rain on Wednesday morning, although showers will become increasingly widespread later, some heavy and thundery. Remaining blustery.

    Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

    Four flood warnings are in place in the South West.

  3. Developer 'still committed to Exmouth watersports centre'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Developer Grenadier has confirmed that it is still committed to developing a watersports centre for Exmouth seafront after doubts about the project emerged.

    Planning permission was granted in June and work to relocate Queen's Drive to facilitate the watersports centre was due to begin in September. But some conditions of the planning permission have not been signed off and work has yet to begin on realigning the road.

    East Devon District Council's cabinet unanimously agreed on Wednesday night to commence realignment of Queen's Drive without further delay, even though there is a risk that the council will have incurred the £1.2m costs of developing the road and car park without Grenadier committing to build the watersports centre.

    Peter Quincey, director of Grenadier, said the developer was "still committed to creating a facility that will leave a positive legacy for the local community and will benefit the wider environment too".

    Grenadier is on schedule to commence with the construction of the development as soon as the council's roadworks are complete.

    Exmouth watersports centre plan
  4. Expected rough weather to shut South West main rail line

    Claire Hawke

    BBC South West

    Rail passengers in the South West are being advised to check before they travel on Wednesday morning as no services are to run through Dawlish and Teignmouth in Devon because of "expected extreme weather".

    Strong winds and high tides meant the main line through Devon and Cornwall, between Exeter and Newton Abbot, needed to be closed for safety reasons.

    Network Rail said it is expected to stay shut all morning.

    Engineers will allow the line to reopen as soon as it is safe to do so.

    Train operator GWR said it expected the line "to be closed until at least midday".

    Rail lines
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    Video caption: Schaeffler: 570 jobs at risk over Brexit uncertainty

    Workers say they are "shocked but not surprised" over plans to close two Schaeffler factories

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Fore Street and B3197.

    A379 Devon - A379 in Aveton Gifford blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Fore Street junction and Bantham Cross, because of a broken down lorry.

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

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    Severe disruption: Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    Devon both ways severe disruption, on River Dart.

    Devon - Vehicle ferry not operating on Dartmouth Higher Ferry in Dartmouth on the River Dart junction, because of strong winds.

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

  8. Lorry fire-hit A30 needs 36m of repairs

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight

    A 36m (120ft) long section of the A30 is having to be repaired after a lorry caught fire on the dual carriageway overnight, engineers say.

    The eastbound route near Exeter was shut between Pathfinder village and the Alphington junction after firefighters were called to the scene at about 23:00 on Monday.

    The Highways Agency said the vehicle had been recovered and resurfacing work was under way, but that work on both lanes was required after damage to the road surface went down to depth of 15cm (6ins) "in some parts".

    There was no estimated time for reopening as yet, but staff were working "as quickly as they can", managers said.

    A30 fire scene
  9. Dawlish wall repairs and rail line resilience 'a priority'

    BBC Politics

    The government is insisting that it is "a national priority" to repair the seawall at Dawlish - badly damaged in the storms which hit the South West four years ago - and to maintain the main rail line through Devon and Cornwall.

    A six-month programme of short-term measures is taking place, with ministers pledging to consider long-term options.

    The Conservative MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, told the House of Commons there were concerns that the work may not be finished for years.

    He also said it was "well documented" that the line was "very vulnerable to adverse weather" and that some people "doubted the government's commitment" to ensuring it stayed operational.

    Treasury Minister Robert Jenrick insisted the work would be carried out and it would eventually ensure the line had "super-resilience".

    Dawlish rail line
  10. 'No plans for charges' on children's health services

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    There are no plans for charges for any health services for children and young people in Cornwall, the county council said after a union said it feared such fees could be introduced.

    Cornwall Council

    Unite raised concerns that proposals from the council could eventually lead to some parents needing to "pay for health visitors" because a meeting on Wednesday to discuss its One Vision plan included proposals to "introduce means-tested charging for a range of family support services".

    The council said the meeting would discuss proposal to form an Integrated Children's Services Directorate (ICSD).

    It said they would "bring together the council's education, early years, community children's health, early help and social care services" so it could "provide a one-stop shop for residents in Cornwall, where they only have to tell their story once".

  11. Man, 102, stuck on roof 'died after suffering hypothermia'

    Devon Live

    An inquest has been opened into the death of 102-year-old Ronald Easton, who passed away in hospital after being stuck on his own roof for three days.

    A statement from Plymouth Coroner's Court said he suffered hypothermia and listed cause of death as bronchopneumonia following a "fall and long lie", with a secondary cause of "ischaemic heart disease."

    A full inquest will be held at a later date.

  12. 'Big bang' ends Goodchild's Route du Rhum

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Falmouth skipper Ben Goodchild is inching his way to Brest after his Route du Rhum race came to an end.

    Goodchild was in third place in the 53-vessel Class40, when his mast broke at about 03:30 on Tuesday morning.

    The 28-year-old was sailing in about 30 knots of south-westerly winds at the time.

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  13. Exeter gas leak road 'to reopen by Wednesday afternoon'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Utility engineers hope an Exeter road shut after a gas leak can be ready to reopen on Wednesday.

    Okehampton Street was closed after the leak was detected on Tuesday morning. A diversion is in place.

    Wales & West Utilities said its staff were "working around the clock to resolve this issue as safely and as quickly as possible".

    It said: "Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we expect to fix the leak and fully reopen Okehampton Street by tomorrow [Wednesday] afternoon."

  14. Fears that families may 'have to pay for support services'

    Some parents may have to pay for family support services in future, a union has claimed.

    Unite raised concerns that proposals from Cornwall Council could eventually lead to some parents needing to "pay for health visitors".

    The union said the council was due to meet on Wednesday to discuss its One Vision plan, which includes proposals to "introduce means-tested charging for a range of family support services".

    Unite said it was not clear exactly what the proposals meant and that it was concerned the proposal could pave the way for some parents needing to pay for health visitor services.

    The union said it was also urging councillors to keep services in-house.

  15. Pictures capture spirit of Ottery St Mary Tar Barrels

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Ottery St Mary's Tar Barrels festival is a tradition that's hundreds of years old and here Cameron Peters captures the spirit of the event.

    Tar Barrels

    Wooden barrels are coated in tar and set on fire in the event which attracts thousands of people every Bonfire Night.

    Tar Barrels

    The flaming barrels are then carried on the backs of 'barrel rollers' around the streets in an awe-inspiring display.

    Tar Barrels

    The photography student said: "This was my first time photographing the Tar Barrels of Ottery St Mary. There was so much great energy and pride throughout the town. It was both an exciting and slightly terrifying experience!"

  16. Police 'close Penzance Promenade road'


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    People have reported flooding on the promenade road which has left leaving and debris strewn across the road, "causing dangerous conditions".