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Summary

  1. Council protest over harassment accused
  2. Derriford Hospital gets £30m towards A&E extension
  3. Farmer jailed for letting calf starve
  4. Man has two broken bones after cyclist crashes into him
  5. Seal dies after being "harassed" into sea
  6. NHS trying to contact hepatitis C sufferers in South West
  7. Updates on Friday 7 December 2018

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  1. Weather: A frost-free night with scattered showers

    BBC Weather

    It will be a less mild night than Thursday with a strong westerly wind keeping it frost-free.

    There will be scattered showers but a few clear intervals as well.

    Minimum temperature overnight of 5C (41F).

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  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A386 Devon both ways severe accident, between Tarka Lane and Ryalls Corner.

    A386 Devon - A386 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Tarka Lane junction in Little Torrington and the Ryalls Corner junction in Little Potheridge, because of a serious accident.

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

  3. Permanent closure of 'high-speed rat run' approved

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Unanimous approval was given to permanently shutting a "high-speed rat run" through the middle of Clyst Honiton.

    An experimental traffic regulation order - which saw the roundabout arm to Clyst Honiton closed off with concrete barriers - was introduced in November 2017.

    It followed a survey of residents in the village where 86% supported the closure as there was a perception traffic was increasing through the village.

    The East Devon Highways and Traffic Orders Committee unanimously agreed on Friday that the closure should be made permanent - with bollards and a gate set to be installed.

    The alternative route from the roundabout to the village is via the Clyst Honiton bypass.

    The total scheme cost, including all design, legal and works costs is estimated to be £115,000.

    Clyst Honiton sign
    Quote Message: It has been fantastic to bring the bypass forward but it didn't improve quality of life for the people of Clyst Honiton - but this will deliver it. It will make it into a cul-de-sac and reduce the traffic in the area." from Sara Randall-Johnson East Devon District Council
    Sara Randall-JohnsonEast Devon District Council
  4. Reality Check: Your Christmas tree's carbon footprint

    Reality Check

    They're the ultimate Christmas decoration and millions are bought in Devon and Cornwall and across the UK each year.

    But what impact do Christmas trees - real and artificial - have on the environment?

    Reality Check's Lora Jones takes a look...

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    Video caption: Reality Check: Your Christmas tree's carbon footprint
  5. Plymouth hospital staff 'over the moon' with funding

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Staff at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth say they're "over the moon" with the news that the hospital has been awarded nearly £30m to build a new Urgent and Emergency Care Hub.

    The funding was announced by Health Secretary Matt Hancock earlier as part of a £168m boost for the South West.

    A further £12m is being invested in new diagnostic scanners and digital histopathology - used to study of changes in tissues caused by disease - across Devon and Cornwall.

    At Derriford Hospital, the bulk of the money will be used to build a state-of-the art integrated facility, replacing the existing Emergency Department at Derriford Hospital which was built in the 1970s.

    Building work is expected to start in 2020.

    A&E department at Derriford Hospital
    Quote Message: We're over the moon. What this will give us is space to care. That's really important in being able to offer people the highest standard of care in an environment that gives them privacy and dignity. As a major trauma centre, we will have state-of-the-art resuscitation facilities; a purpose-built frailty unit with rapid early specialist medical and social assessment and intervention." from Anne Hicks Consultant
    Anne HicksConsultant
  6. Flood warning issued for River Torridge

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A flood warning is now in force for the River Torridge from Dolton to Bideford - including Taddiport and Weare Giffard.

    Heavy rain falling in the Torridge area overnight has caused the River Torridge to rise and flood waters may be "deep and fast flowing".

    Residents are being urged to be aware of local surroundings.

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  7. Call for instructors to help disabled drivers relearn

    Harriet Bradshaw

    BBC Devon Reporter

    A South West charitable company that allows people with disabilities to drive, is calling for more instructors to sign up.

    Cornwall Mobility - based in Truro - offers people free assessments following a medical referral.

    It also offers driving lessons, but there's a high demand for the service and the company is now calling on people to help.

    Robert Priddle had a stroke three years ago and since then, he's had to work hard to gain mobility in his right side and improve his speech.

    He's now been given the green light to start driving again - with the help from Cornwall Mobility.

    It's something his wife, Margaret, never thought would happen...

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    Video caption: Cornwall Mobility in Truro offers free assessments following a medical referral
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    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall eastbound severe accident, between A38 and Codda.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 in Bodmin closed eastbound between Callywith Junction and Bolventor, because of an accident involving six vehicles. Diversion in operation - Traffic is to follow the A38 from Bodmin to Saltash via Liskeard, and follow the A388 back towards Launceston.

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

  9. Sailor's distress call as boat upturns in Southern Ocean

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    Video caption: Yachtswoman Susie Goodall's distress call after her boat overturns in the southern ocean

    This is the emergency call made by British yachtswoman Susie Goodall after a ferocious storm flipped her yacht over in the Southern Ocean.

    The 29-year-old, who lives in Falmouth, was taking part the Golden Globe - a solo, non-stop round the world race - when the storm hit on Wednesday, 2,000 miles from Cape Horn.

    Her 36ft yacht 'DHL Starlight' pitchpoled and the mast broke.

    Susie Goodall

    In the recording, Ms Goodall can be heard saying: "The boat is destroyed. We rolled and I flew across the cabin and I think I was knocked out for a moment or two."

    A rescue operation is expected to reach her later.

    Earlier, she posted a message on Twitter saying that sea conditions were finally improving.

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