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Summary

  1. Man, 82, found dead in car
  2. Aquarium blames heatwave for job cuts
  3. Rail lines reopen through Dawlish after passengers switched to buses over 'extreme' weather
  4. Two taken to hospital after two-car crash
  5. Plymouth college principal told to hand back £100K bonus
  6. MPs back Devon and Cornwall police boss calls for better funding
  7. Updates on Wednesday 7 November 2018

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  1. Envelope update

    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

  2. Padstow sea tragedies remembered in fishermen photos

    BBC Spotlight

    Photographs of Padstow fishermen have brought back memories of two tragedies which claimed the lives of five local men.

    Picture of Kirsty's uncle

    Among those featured in a book of photographs are Kirsty Masters clutching a picture of her uncle who was among those who died in the space of a week in 1992.

    Kirsty Masters

    Kirsty said: "It's a massive loss, you don't get over it.

    "Because it was five local boys in one week the whole town was affected.

    "But a massive community spirit came because everyone was experiencing some kind of loss."

    Padstow

    The book, Sea, Salt and Solitude by Chris Hewitt, has been produced to raise funds for The Fishermen’s Mission, a charity providing welfare support to fishermen and their families.

  3. Schoolyard becomes farmyard as 60 sheep flood primary

    Hattie McCann

    BBC News Online

    Sheep in school

    A primary school in Exeter was invaded by a flock of sheep on Wednesday morning.

    Stoke Hill Junior School, on Mincinglake Road, had its playground turned into a farmyard when 60 sheep were herded on to the school ground by a concerned member of the public.

    Sheep in school

    It's believed they had spotted the flock in the road and shepherded them through the school gates for safety.

    Police were called at about 08:00 to try and sort out the baaa-rmy situation.

    The farmer responsible was soon located and arrived to collect his sheep and they were safely back in their field by 09:15.

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, at J28 for A373 Station Road.

    M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and slow traffic northbound at J28, A373 (Cullompton Services), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  5. Weather: Showers will clear up for a dry night

    BBC Weather

    Weather

    Showers will start dying out this evening to give a dry and clear start to the night.

    However, further showery rain will move in from the west, mostly after midnight. Cooler than last night but still windy.

    Minimum Temperature: 4°C (39°F)

  6. Big price for tiny building

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    former searchlight emplacement

    This tiny wartime building on Seaton seafront has sold in an online auction for £72,500.

    The former searchlight emplacement on West Walk was built in 1940 and formed part of a network of World War Two defences on the south coast.

    Auctioneers Lambert Smith Hampton described it as a 'rare opportunity to own a piece of British history' and suggested it could be converted for various uses, from a large private beach hut to a seafront café.

    It attracted 100 bids and the hammer finally went down at more than three times its guide price.

  7. Envelope update

    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. Woman sexually assaulted in Barnstaple

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Barnstaple

    Police are searching for witnesses of an alleged sexual assault on a woman in Barnstaple.

    It happened between 20:45 and 21:15 on Friday 26 October in the Newport Road and Hollowtree Road area of the town, police said.

    A 36-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident but has since been released on bail until Wednesday 21 November.

  9. Plymouth bids goodbye to big screen

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    The big screen in Plymouth will be coming down next year, the city council has confirmed.

    Plymouth was one of eight cities chosen to host a giant screen as part of the build-up to the 2012 Olympics.

    Plymouth City Centre Company said “several key components” have failed and recently the screen has been “suffering from regular power outages”.

    It said much of the equipment was too old to be repaired and replacements were no longer available.

    “The screen has been in place since 2008 and has gone well beyond its expected lifespan,” it said.

    Big screen
  10. Aquarium blames heatwave for job cuts

    Jane Douglas

    BBC Spotlight

    The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is to cut staff numbers by about 10% to help balance its books.

    Up to 15 jobs will be lost at the Plymouth attraction, which is blaming the summer heatwave for a 15% drop in visitor numbers during May, June and July.

    Latest figures show the aquarium made an annual loss of more than £500,000.

    Roger Maslin, CEO of the tourist attraction, said staff have been informed of the "regrettable" need to resize the business and any job cuts were likely to be made by the end of November, depending on the outcome of a consultation process.

    He said: “The NMA is a charity that relies on ticket revenue from public footfall but as an indoor attraction the business plan is heavily dependent on the weather". He added the cuts would "help future-proof the charity against increasingly dry weather".

    Aquarium
  11. Waves over the track in Dawlish

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Thank you for sending in all your videos and photos of the waves and stormy weather this morning.

    Alan Wall sent us this great video of the waves thundering into the Dawlish coastline, and spraying all over the train tracks.

    Video content

    Video caption: Waves at Dawlish

    Network Rail had closed the main line overnight and this morning as a precaution but trains began to use the line again from 10:00.

  12. Car ‘completely destroyed’ by fire

    Hattie McCann

    BBC News Online

    Lower Town

    A car has been “completely destroyed” by a fire in Mid-Devon.

    Firefighters from Cullompton were called to Lower Town in Sampford Peverell at about 02:30 following reports of a burning car in a layby.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service asked officers to investigate the blaze as they believed the car may have been stolen.

    Police say that they are no longer investigating and have tracked down the owner.

  13. Two taken to hospital after two-car crash

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Two people have been taken to hospital in Cornwall following a two-car crash on the A30.

    Emergency services were called to the Roseworthy Dip between Camborne and Hayle at about 08:14 on Wednesday.

    The South Western Ambulance Service said that two people have been taken to Tresliske Hospital.

    Police said one man, believed to be one of the drivers, had been hurt but his injuries were not thought to be life-threatening.

    The other driver, a woman, was not injured.

    Officers warned drivers to take care in adverse weather conditions.

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  14. Council spends £25k on private security

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    East Devon District Council is spending nearly £25,000 a year on private security firms to patrol or protect council owned property.

    The figures were revealed at last week’s full council meeting following a question from Cllr Cathy Gardner.

    She asked the leader of the council to confirm whether the council uses private security firms to patrol or protect council owned property, and if so where and at what cost.

    In response, Cllr Ian Thomas, leader of the council, said: “We use two different security firms which are employed across the corporate stock.”

    The Knowle
    Image caption: The council spends more than £6k on security at The Knowle in Sidmouth

    He said that the council spends £6,363.35 on security at The Knowle HQ in Sidmouth, £5,450.90 at Exmouth Town Hall, £7,200 at the Younghayes Centre in Cranbrook and £4,200 at the East Devon Business Centre in Honiton.

  15. Weather: Cloudy and windy with blustery showers

    BBC Weather

    Weather

    Today will be rather cloudy and windy with blustery showers, some of which are heavy and thundery.

    However, there should be some sunny intervals at times too.

    Showers will become isolated by the evening.

    Maximum Temperature: 13°C (55°F)