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  1. Severe weather homeless plan activated

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Torbay has activated its severe weather plan to provide extra shelter for the homeless.

    The decision was taken to keep the extra provision in place until Sunday because of the temperature dropping below zero.

    The alert means the Leonard Stocks Centre near Torquay town centre has opened up a communal area for up to 16 people.

    Users will also have access to showers and laundry, and be given food and drinks at the hostel in Factory Row.

    Churches are also being opened up to provide shelter for the homeless.


    A similar plan has also been put in place in Exeter.

  2. Woman airlifted to hospital after Cornwall rock fall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Mawgan Porth
    Image caption: The woman was in danger of being cut off by the tide at Mawgan Porth

    A woman has been airlifted to hospital after falling on to rocks near Newquay.

    Coastguards were called just before 14:30, sparking a major search and rescue operation at Mawgan Porth involving two lifeboats, a rescue helicopter and paramedics.

    The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) confirmed a woman in her 20s fell on to rocks and was in danger of being cut off by the tide.

    A lifeboat managed to get the casualty to medics waiting on the beach.

    She was airlifted to hospital but is not believed to be seriously hurt.

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    Severe disruption: A38 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A3064 and A386 Outland Road.

    A38 Devon - A38 The Parkway in Plymouth blocked and stationary traffic in both directions between Weston Mill and Manadon Roundabout, because of a police incident.

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

  4. Call for body scanners in prisons

    BBC Radio Devon

    Video content

    Video caption: New Leeds prison scanner catches drug smuggling

    Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has renewed her calls for body scanners to be introduced in prisons in the South West.

    The X-ray scanners are being installed in 10 prisons in England to help cut drug smuggling, but none of Devon's prisons is included in the scheme.

    Aerial view of Dartmoor Prison

    Ms Hernandez wants to see them at Dartmoor (above), Exeter and Channings Wood.

    But Frances Crook, from the Howard League for Penal Reform, says installing just one scanner in each jail won't solve the problems.

    Quote Message: You either have technology that deals with the whole problem or you invest in something else. What I would prefer to see, I think, is investment in staff. Prisons are very complicated places and they've cut staff over the last few years. Now they're trying to put new staff in, but they haven't invested in proper staff training and staff development and management training as well." from Frances Crook Howard League for Penal Reform
    Frances CrookHoward League for Penal Reform

    A Prison Service spokesman said: “We are are spending an extra £70m on improvements to prison safety, security and decency and and have recruited over 4,300 new officers in the last two years with 1,400 more due to begin training soon. Staffing levels are now at their highest levels since 2012.”

  5. Pair released on bail following child neglect arrest

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Two people who were arrested after a toddler was found alone in a Torquay street have been released on police bail.

    The boy, who police said was aged between one and two, was found in Main Avenue at about 13:30 on 2 January.

    A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall Police said: "A woman in her 40s and a man in his 30s were arrested on suspicion of child neglect. They have both since been released on police bail until Wednesday 30 January.

    "The child has been taken into police protection and is safe and well."

    Police investigations are ongoing.

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  6. Russian cargo ship detained in Falmouth

    Eleanor Parkinson

    BBC Spotlight

    The Russian cargo ship that ran aground yards form a Cornish beach has been put under detention by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

    Surveyors detained the Kuzma Minin because they say the vessel needs to undergo repairs before setting back out to sea.

    people standing on a beach looking at a ship grounded a few metres from the shore

    The 16,000-ton ship is currently moored in the Carrick Roads in the Fal Estuary after being grounded off Gyllyngvase Beach in December.

    The MCA says there have been no signs of pollution from the ship.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, at J31 for A38.

    M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J31, A38 (Okehampton turn off), because of a broken down lorry. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Flybe - 'one of the most punctual airlines in the world'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter-based airline Flybe was among the most punctual airlines in the world in 2018, according to analysis released this week.

    More than 77% of their flights were on time last year - ranking eighth among Europe's major airlines and 10th in the world for low-cost airlines.

    The company, which operates more than 450 flights a day, is the only UK operator to feature in two top 10 lists.

    purple Flybe aeroplane

    In 2017, Flybe was named the most punctual UK-based airline in the Which report on the 'Best and Worst Airlines'.

    Flybe's Chief Operating Officer, Sir Timo Anderson, has welcomed the recognition, which he said owes a lot to the hardworking crews and engineers, and they hope to achieve an even better performance in the year ahead.

  9. Two suffer 'possible life-changing injuries' in crash

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Two men suffered possible life-changing injuries in a crash on the A39 on Thursday evening, police have confirmed.

    Emergency services were called to the scene near St Kew at about 18:35 following a head-on collision between an Audi and a BMW.

    The driver of the Audi, a 23-year-old man, and the driver of the BMW, a 35-year-old man, both sustained multiple serious leg injuries and were taken to Derriford hospital by air ambulance. They remain in hospital.

    Image caption: The two men were airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth

    The A39 and surrounding roads were closed for more than five hours while emergency services attended the scene.

    Investigators are appealing for anyone who witnessed the crash, or the manner or driving of either vehicle prior to the collision, to contact police.

    Anyone with dash cam footage is also being asked to get in touch.

  10. Aircraft flips during emergency landing near Honiton

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online


    A light aircraft crash landed in a field near Honiton.

    Local fire crews were called to a field in Colestocks at about 13:15 on Thursday.

    The small plane had attempted an emergency landing due to a mechanical failure, but flipped when it dug into the ground.

    The pilot was not injured and crews made the aircraft safe, Honiton Fire Station said.

  11. Missed GP appointments 'cost NHS England £216m'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Health managers in Cornwall have said too many people are missing GP appointments without cancelling them properly.

    It comes as it's revealed patients who miss GP appointments are costing NHS England £216m a year.

    At one surgery in the county, more than 1,000 appointments were missed last year - with each one costing £30 in wasted time.

    The British Medical Association urged patients to "play their part" to help the NHS cope with rising demand.

    Ian Chorlton is the chair of NHS Kernow and said people need to understand there is a cost - and not just a financial one - every time someone fails to turn up...

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    Video caption: NHS Digital GP appointments data shows more than 1.2 million GP hours are wasted each year
  12. Truro to make Treyew Road league return

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City's tenure as Torquay United's tenants is over after the club announced that Tuesday's National League South game with St Albans City will be played at Treyew Road.

    The club had been playing their games 100 miles away after leaving their home at the start of the season in order for a supermarket to be built on the site of their old ground.

    Treyew Road

    But plans for the development have stalled and the White Tigers returned last month for an FA Trophy tie.

    Their last game at Plainmoor was on New Year's Day, when only 52 'home' fans made up the 2,812 attendance against their tenants.

  13. 'Large increase' in graffiti in Falmouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A "large increase" in graffiti has been spotted around Falmouth, police have said.

    The images are usually sprayed on to private property, officers added.

    Falmouth and Helston Police said graffiti is criminal damage which will "incur personal costs to get it removed".

    Anyone with information or who might be responsible is asked to call police on 01326 30628.

    Image caption: Police say this design (pictured) is one that commonly appears in the town
  14. Gritters out in Cornwall

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council will be gritting roads in the Newquay and St Austell areas to the Devon border from 15:00.

    It said it will work on its precautionary salting routes.

  15. Plymouth road reopens after lorry gets stuck under bridge

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Embankment Road in Plymouth has reopened after a lorry got stuck under a bridge earlier.

  16. Cold weather alert issued by Met Office

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The Met Office has issued a cold weather alert for parts of England - including the South West.

    It said there is a "60% probability" of severe cold weather until 6 January.

    It is warning this weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.

    cold weather warning
  17. Different lorry stuck under bridge for second day in a row

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A lorry has got stuck under a bridge on Embankment Road in Plymouth, police have said.

    On Thursday, a different lorry got stuck at the same place.

    The road is closed while the lorry is turned around.

    Some bus services are delayed as a result.

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