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Summary

  1. Trains cancelled on main line at Dawlish
  2. Hit-and-run victim, 21, remains in hospital
  3. Two injured in six-vehicle A38 crash
  4. Wrong autopilot settings caused plane plummet
  5. People 'in tears' after death of Paignton Zoo giraffe
  6. Recruitment freeze on cards amid overspend at Devon County Council
  7. Police hunt 'freckled' teen who said he would knife women
  8. Police hunt two men after early morning assault
  9. Schoolgirl Mollie is one of UK's youngest Remembrance standard bearers
  10. Updates on Thursday 8 November 2018

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    Video caption: Former agoraphobic Billy Brown is launching a game aimed at helping others like him.
  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A3124 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3124 Devon both ways severe accident, near Itton Road.

    A3124 Devon - A3124 in Itton blocked in both directions near the Itton Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: A377 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A377 Devon both ways severe disruption, from B3042 to B3096 Leigh Road.

    A377 Devon - A377 in Eggesford closed in both directions from the B3042 junction to the B3096 Leigh Road junction, because of a car gone into a ditch.

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

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    Severe accident: A38 Cornwall westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Cornwall westbound severe accident, between B3251 and B3252.

    A38 Cornwall - A38 in Menheniot blocked and very slow traffic westbound between the B3251 junction and the B3252 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  5. Thousands of hand-made poppies go on display

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Thousands of poppies created by local school children and the community will go on display in Tiverton’s Pannier Market this month.

    The project marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and will be on show until 17 November.

    Market traders contacted schools around the town asking pupils to paint their own poppies, while members of the public were also requested to either knit or make poppies.

    Quote Message: The result was fantastic. There have been thousands of poppies, in some form or other, made and delivered to the market with virtually all the infant and junior schools in the area responding. The public were also great with the art and craft groups contributing well. One lady, who had no means of getting into town, knitted over 50 and the market ensured they got there to be part of the display.” from Alan Ottey Town Centre Manager
    Alan OtteyTown Centre Manager
    display of poppies

    A book of remembrance has also been opened.

    The first entry was written by Marilyn Hall, who wished to commemorate her two uncles, whom she never knew.

    One of them died aged 15, having lied about his age to join the army.

  6. 'Pick a turkey' threats will not be tolerated, police say

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Greendale Farm Shop

    Police are investigating "criminal damage" and "alarming calls" made to a Devon farm shop.

    Greendale Farm Shop in Woodbury Salterton faced backlash for providing a service where people can name their own turkey and "help look after it for the next two months".

    "Murder" and "Go vegan" were spray-painted on the door at Greendale Farm Shop in Woodbury Salterton, Devon earlier this week.

    While one person reportedly called and asked the butcher: "How would you like it if I cut you up and put you on the counter?"

    Turkeys at Greendale Farm

    Neighbourhood beat manager Dave Pilling visited Greendale Farm to meet with staff on Wednesday following "criminal damage to the shopfront and produce" on Monday night.

    He said: “I am also aware of some alarming calls made to the store in recent days; I will be meeting one of the people who was subjected to this abuse in the coming days to follow up on this matter.

    “Criminal damage and making malicious calls is against the law and will not be tolerated; regardless of individuals views, these actions are simply not acceptable and cannot be justified.

    "Police inquiries into this matter are under way."

  7. Flu outbreak at Devon primary school

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Tidcombe Primary School

    A primary school in Tiverton, Devon, has been hit by a flu outbreak.

    Public Health England (PHE) and Devon County Council are working with Tidcombe Primary School after a number of pupils and staff reported catching a flu-like illness.

    One child at the school has already been diagnosed with influenza (flu) A.

    PHE South West's Dominic Mellon said: “We are working with Tidcombe Primary School and have provided information to parents on the best way to avoid catching flu."

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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

  9. 40-year-old crisp packet discovered on Devon beach

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A very old packet of crisps has been found during a Devon beach clean.

    The perfectly preserved Golden Wonder packet was discovered by a young volunteer on Saunton Sands near Braunton on Sunday.

    In a post on Facebook, Plastic Free North Devon said: “Anyone drop this...about 40 years ago!”

    They added: "#Noexcuseforsingleuse"

    A 40-year-old crisp packet
  10. City College Plymouth boss: Ignore 'hearsay'

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The under-fire boss of City College Plymouth has told staff to ignore "hearsay, speculation and rumour" about his past.

    New principal and chief executive Garry Phillips has been heavily criticised in a report into serious financial problems at his previous college.

    It has now emerged that two FE Commissioners were due to visit City College Plymouth this week to assess its finances too.

    Mr Phillips and the City College Plymouth governors - who are backing him - are facing a vote of no confidence, called for by union chiefs.

    City College Plymouth

    The crisis is unfolding at a time when more than 50 staff are about to lose their jobs.

    City College Plymouth has so far not responded to requests for comment since the FE Commissioner report was published on Friday.

    Mr Phillips told staff in an email on Monday: "We must continue to recognise and grow on our key strengths, and why we are a good, stable and sound College, with a strong regional and national reputation.

    "We must not focus too much on hearsay, speculation, rumour or perceived outcomes that might not yet be realised.

    City College Plymouth has put forward a plan to save £1.4m this year including more than 50 job losses by Christmas.

    The college union has asked for the restructuring to be halted until questions they have raised about Mr Phillips' appointment have been answered.

  11. Hit-and-run victim, 21, remains in hospital

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Police car

    A 21-year-old woman who was seriously injured by a hit-and-run driver in Plymouth remains in hospital.

    She was mowed down at the junction of Greenbank Road and Lipson Road at about 23:00 on Wednesday.

    Police say she sustained a double leg fracture in the smash.

    Officers say a wing mirror was left at the scene and they are now trying to track down the driver.

  12. Trains cancelled on main line at Dawlish

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Trains have been cancelled on the main line at Dawlish because of high tides and strong winds.

    National Rail Enquiries said: "No CrossCountry Voyager trains will run between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot from 16:30 until 21:30.

    "You can see the amended CrossCountry timetable here. This also shows suggested alternative services to travel on, operated by Great Western Railway."

    The main line at Dawlish is expected to be "completely blocked to all trains" due to " severe weather" on Friday. Train travellers are warned to check before they travel.

  13. 'Boiling water' poured on dog

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A dog has been severely injured after boiling water was poured over its back, according to Kingsbridge Police.

    'Scally-Wag' was found with serious burns to both her sides after her 81-year-old owner heard her crying in pain in the back garden of their home in Thurlestone, Devon.

    injured dog

    The four-year-old collie was taken to the local vet where she received urgent treatment.

    Police are appealing for witnesses and the RSPCA is also investigating following the incident on 20 October.

  14. Work starts on Central Park cafe

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Central Park Cafe

    Work has started on a new cafe in one of Plymouth’s busiest parks.

    The project is part of a four-year £9m scheme to improve Central Park.

    It will have a grass roof and a canopy-covered seating area.

    Plymouth City Council said it will be completed by summer 2019.

    Central Park Cafe
    Quote Message: We have worked very hard to get to this stage of the project and so I am very pleased to see the first spades in the ground." from Councillor Sue Dann Cabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment
    Councillor Sue DannCabinet member for Street Scene and the Environment
  15. RNLI Coxswain collects OBE from Prince William

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    An RNLI Coxswain who has been saving lives for almost 30 years has been awarded an OBE.

    Mark Criddle has launched the lifeboat more than 415 times and is the RNLI’s most decorated serving Coxswain.

    He has held various roles at the RNLI but took on the role of Coxswain in Torbay in 2002.

    Mr Criddle received the award from Prince William at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday.

    Mark Criddle quote
  16. Missing Dartmouth man Martin Bennett found dead

    BBC Radio Devon

    The body of a man that washed up in east Devon was missing Dartmouth man Martin Bennett, emergency services say.

    Martin Bennett

    It follows the discovery of a man's body near Otterton on Monday.

    Mr Bennett was reported missing on 4 November.

    Dart RNLI said on Facebook: "It is with great sadness to report that Martin Bennett, some of us knew him as Ben, has been found dead.

    "Our sincere and deepest condolences to Martin's family."

    Kingsbridge Police also shared its "deep regret" at the discovery.

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  17. One in six properties advertised 'illegally'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Nearly 20% of properties for rent in the South West are being advertised illegally, according to research from the National Housing Federation.

    One in six properties are advertised as not accepting people on benefits, despite it being against the law.

    The NHF said adverts in the South West are worse than any other area in the country.

    It said one in 10 adverts across all of England explicitly discriminate against those on housing benefit - this is compared to 6% in the North East and 7% in London.

    Quote Message: We assume the days of private landlords discriminating against people has been resigned to history with the signs that said 'No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs'. However, this research shows the rampant and shocking discrimination against people on housing benefits in the private market." from Nikki Knowles National Housing Federation
    Nikki KnowlesNational Housing Federation