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    Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe accident, at J29 for Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - Three lanes blocked and queuing traffic on M5 southbound at J29, Honiton (Exeter), because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

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    Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe accident, at J31 for A30.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed and queuing traffic on M5 southbound at J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off), because of an accident. Congestion to J30 (Exeter / Service Areas).

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

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    Severe accident: A38 Devon westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon westbound severe accident, at A374 Plymouth Road.

    A38 Devon - The main road is closed, with traffic being routed around the junction and back on again, and queuing traffic on A38 The Parkway westbound in Plymouth at Marsh Mills Roundabout, because of a multi-vehicle accident. Congestion to the Deep Lane Junction. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads at roundabout.

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

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    Severe accident: A386 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A386 Devon southbound severe accident, between Woolwell Road and B3492.

    A386 Devon - A386 Tavistock Road in Plymouth blocked and queuing traffic inbound between Tesco Woolwell Roundabout and George Junction, because of an accident involving a car and lorry.

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

  5. Devon and Cornwall 'do their thing' for Children in Need

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The BBC Children in Need Appeal 2018 has seen people from across Devon and Cornwall "doing their thing" to raise money.

    Currently, the charity supports 2,400 projects across the UK - including 80 in Devon.

    The projects help children facing a range of disadvantages - such as poverty and deprivation, children who have been the victims of abuse or neglect or disabled young people.

    Here's what some have been getting up to today in the region:

    kids at Stoke Gabriel
    Image caption: Children at Stoke Gabriel Pre-school have been busy fundraising
    Chagford Primary getting visit from Pudsey
    Image caption: Pudsey was jumping for joy on his visit to Chagford Primary School
    dressage at bicton college
    Image caption: Bicton College held an "X-Factor dressage" competition to raise money
    Pudsey visited St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School in Cranbrook
    Image caption: Pudsey visited St Martin’s C of E Primary and Nursery School in Cranbrook
    men getting legs waxed
    Image caption: Staff from the Torquay United Community Sports Trust have had their legs waxed for the cause
    children with pudsey
    Image caption: The pupils at Curledge Street Academy in Paignton welcomed Pudsey with handmade flags
    • You can catch all the action on BBC One from 19:30. To donate, click here.
  6. Weather: Cloudy evening, remaining mild

    BBC Weather

    A largely cloudy evening ahead with the chance of some mist and fog.

    The odd spot of drizzle is likely in some places too - remaining fairly mild.

    Minimum temperature overnight of 8C (46F).

    Devon:

    devon weather

    Cornwall:

    cornwall weather
  7. Man 'attempted to touch' girl, 14, in Torquay

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man made inappropriate comments to a 14-year-old girl before attempting to touch her, police have said.

    It happened at about 06:30 on 14 November in Mallock Road in Torquay.

    Officers said the girl immediately left the area and was unharmed.

    The suspect is described as a white man, aged in his 30s or 40s, chubby and about 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall.

    He has long, unkempt brown hair and was wearing a dark hooded jacket and white jogging bottoms.

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

    Mallock Road in Torquay
    Image caption: The indecent incident happened in Mallock Road in Torquay
  8. Les Misérables heading to Theatre Royal Plymouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The critically-acclaimed musical, Les Misérables is heading to Plymouth.

    After nearly a decade since its last sell-out UK tour, it will hit the city's Theatre Royal stage next summer.

    Seen by more than 120 million people worldwide in 51 countries and in 22 languages, it's considered one of the world’s most popular musicals.

    Tickets go on sale at the end of the month.

    Les Mis twitter announcement
  9. Partnership will see more affordable homes in Cornwall

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Three Cornwall Council-owned cottages in the county are being bought and renovated by a local community-led organisation to provide more affordable homes.

    The Peninsula Trust has been working with Cornwall Council to make the properties in Cawsand available for people to buy.

    The council had been faced with a decision on whether it should renovate the cottages itself or sell them at auction but it admitted it wouldn't necessarily be "cost-effective".

    A solution was put forward by the trust - which has previously saved the Old Ship Inn at Cawsand, rebuilding it as a community-owned pub and cafe with flats above.

    The proposal includes buying the coastguard cottages from the council, renovating them and then letting them to local families at an "affordable rent".

    Work on renovating the cottages has begun.

    Cawsand
    Quote Message: We are very pleased with the way this initiative has worked out. It’s another practical demonstration that Cornwall Council is serious about our objective to work with partners and the community to provide the right homes in the right place." from Councillor Andrew Mitchell Cornwall Council
    Councillor Andrew MitchellCornwall Council
  10. Watchdog warns Devon care business in financial trouble

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The care industry regulator has issued a warning that a home care business operating in Devon is facing financial problems.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says Allied Healthcare has not been able to provide assurance of its funding beyond the end of November.

    Devon County Council County Hall

    The CQC's chief inspector of adult social care has written to 84 local authorities across the country including Devon County Council to warn them of a “credible risk of service disruption”.

    But the company says the CQC’s warning is “premature and unwarranted” and its services are “sustainable and safe” with no risk to continuity of care.

    Allied healthcare looks after 78 people in Exeter and Barnstaple, with funding from the local authority, NHS and direct from clients.

    A Devon County Council spokesperson said: "The chief executive of Allied Health Care has given assurances that there is no risk to the continuity of service."

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    Video caption: Andrew Cotton: Broken back surfer returns to ride big waves
  12. Smoke alarm warning after kitchen blaze

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Firefighters are reminding people to check their smoke alarms after they attended a kitchen fire earlier.

    Fire crews from Falmouth and Truro were called to the blaze at Glen View, Penryn at about 09:30.

    No-one was injured.

    A spokesman said: "The easiest way to protect your home and family from fire is with a working smoke alarm."

  13. Flybe is a 'good business model' says Devon MP

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon MP has said the Exeter-based company, Flybe, is a "good business model" and is confident it has a future.

    Hugo Swire's comments come after it was announced earlier this week the airline has put itself up for sale - just weeks after issuing a profit warning.

    The MP for East Devon said the region needs the airport [Exeter] and the "connectivity" it brings with other countries...

    Video content

    Video caption: Last month, the airline warned full-year losses would be £22m
  14. Iranian men to be quizzed by Border Force officers

    Five men will be questioned by Border Force officers after being picked up from a vessel in the English Channel.

    A Home Office spokeswoman said the men, claiming to be Iranian nationals, will be interviewed in Falmouth after being removed from the commercial vessel earlier.

    "The group will now be interviewed by Border Force and their cases progressed in accordance with the immigration rules," she added.

  15. Devon travel: Three-vehicle crash in Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, there are reports of a three-vehicle crash on the A3064 Weston Mill Drive near the fire station. There's slow traffic in the area.

  16. 'Rival' St Austell schools could merge

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Two secondary schools in St Austell could be united in a new multi-academy trust.

    Poltair School has this week written to parents explaining that it has an “excellent opportunity” to join Cornwall Education Learning Trust (CELT).

    Penrice Academy and Poltair School in St Austell

    CELT is an amalgamation of two existing multi-academy trusts (MAT) and Peninsula Learning Trust, which includes St Austell-based Penrice Academy, and Newquay Education Trust (NET).

    It would bring together the two secondary schools in St Austell which have, for years, had a friendly rivalry between their students.

    The NET is made up of Newquay Junior Academy, Newquay Tretherras and Brannel School.

    The merger of NET and PLT to form CELT is set to take place in September 2019. As well as the existing schools the CELT will also have a free school opening in 2020.

    In its letter to parents Poltair School head teacher Stephen Tong states: “We are considering this as we believe that it will help us fulfil and achieve a number of stated goals on behalf of Poltair School and its students.”

    It also says that by joining a MAT with three other secondary schools it would help “deliver school improvement when required” and ensure “enrichment, breadth and strength in students’ learning experiences”.

  17. Family of missing man contacted after body found

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    A Cornish family have been contacted by police after a body was found in Wales.

    Officers said the body was found at Pembray beach, Carmarthenshire, on Thursday.

    A spokesman said: "Whilst formal identification has yet to take place, the family of Nicholas Cocks have been informed of this development."

    Mr Cocks, 62, from Bodmin was reported missing on Sunday 4 November.

    The death is not being treated as suspicious.

  18. Police call for volunteers amid recruitment struggle

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon and Cornwall Police have called for people to volunteer to help the force in a scheme called Citizens in Policing.

    While the police have long had the special constabulary, which sees people working as volunteer officers alongside “regular” officers, there are also a number of other volunteer roles available.

    police car

    Sarah Corber, citizens in policing development officer, said in 2016 the police force looked at “the in funding and the reduction of police officers in Devon and Cornwall” and “realised that we are not maximising the community around us”.

    Sarah, who is based in Camborne and covers the west half of Cornwall from Truro to Penzance, has been working to increase the number of volunteers and making people more aware of how they can volunteer for the police.

    She explained that the special constabulary was “crucial to the force” and said there was work being done to attract a wider range of people to get involved.

    “What we are finding at the moment with the special constabulary is we have a lot of young people getting involved but they then move on very quickly to become regular police officers,” she said.

    “We are struggling to maintain our numbers.”

    She said the police wanted to hear from more people who wanted to become specials as volunteers, not as a way of starting a career in policing, and from “older people and people from more diverse backgrounds”.

  19. Campaigners question local NHS handling in Dartmouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    Health campaigners in Dartmouth have written to the Secretary of State asking for an inquiry into the way the local NHS is handling provision of care in the town.

    The cottage hospital was closed in 2016 and a deal to replace it with a private care operator fell through.

    Now, the NHS is talking about building a new healthcare facility on the edge of town.

    Andrew Jarrold is from the Dartmouth Healthcare Action Group and says a community group to work closely alongside the NHS has not been set up - and should have been...

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    Video caption: The cottage hospital in the town was closed in 2016

    The NHS said there was a full consultation in 2016 and plans are being developed in partnership with local people.