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Summary

  1. Frequent callers put 'enormous strain' on ambulance service
  2. Ten tonnes of litter are dumped on the A30 in Cornwall a year
  3. 'Incredible sighting' of albatross off Cornwall
  4. A Devon university works on a virtual reality system to train nuclear engineers
  5. Equine flu forces donkey charity closure
  6. Updates on Monday 11 February 2019

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A388 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A388 Devon both ways severe disruption, from The Union Inn to the Newton St Petrock turn off.

    A388 Devon - A388 in Stibb Cross closed in both directions from The Union Inn junction to the the Newton St Petrock turn off junction, because of an overturned vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: A338 Dorset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A338 Dorset southbound severe disruption, from A31 Ringwood Road to A3060 Castle Lane East.

    A338 Dorset - A338 closed and queuing traffic southbound from Ashley Heath Roundabout to Cooper Dean Roundabout, because of a vehicle fire.

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

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    Severe disruption: A38 Devon eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon eastbound severe disruption, between B3213 and A3121 Kingsbridge Road.

    A38 Devon - A38 blocked and stationary traffic eastbound between Ivybridge and Wrangaton Cross in Wrangaton, because of a vehicle fire.

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

  4. Volunteers to run Lostwithiel library

    Volunteers will now be running Lostwithiel library, Cornwall Council said.

    The library, at Taprell House, has reopened and is being run by a group of volunteers under the management of Lostwithiel Town Council.

    Lostwithiel Town Council said it had worked with Cornwall Council to come up with an "innovative and unparalleled solution" to keeping the library open.

    Following the transfer Lostwithiel Library will remain part of the countywide service meaning customers will keep their existing library cards and will still be able to visit, borrow and order books online from other libraries in Cornwall.

  5. Exeter man jailed for manslaughter

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    An Exeter man found guilty of manslaughter, following the death of another man in Exeter city centre last summer, has been jailed for more than eight years.

    Anthony Moor, 41, died in hospital after sustaining serious head injuries in a fight over a bottle of alcohol on 30 June with 32-year-old Guy Pottle, of Beacon Heath, Exeter.

    Guy Pottle

    Pottle, who had spent the day socialising with the victim, was convicted in December after a four-day trial at Exeter Crown Court.

    He was sentenced to six years for manslaughter, 32 months for a drugs order breach and four years on licence and will serve the sentences consecutively.

  6. Man accused of running a brothel in quiet Plymouth street

    Plymouth Live

    A man has appeared in court charged with running a brothel in the Stonehouse district of Plymouth.

  7. Paignton cat torturer claims two more victims

    Devon Live

    Two more pet owners have revealed horrific details of how their cats were also victims of the Roundham cat torturer and have since died.

  8. Woman attacked by balaclava suspect

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A balaclava-clad suspect who attacked a woman in Liskeard is being hunted by police.

    The victim a woman in her 20s, told police she was punched in the face during the assault, which happened about 21:00 GMT on Saturday by the cattle market car park in Liskeard.

    The man, who was about 6ft (1.8m) tall and of medium build man wearing a balaclava, a black hoody, and a black tracksuit.

    Anyone who witnessed the incident or has any information is asked to contact police.

  9. Devon Air Ambulance has busiest year

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Devon Air Ambulance says 2018 was its busiest year since it began operations 27 years ago.

    The charity dealt with 1,109 patients - 12% more than the previous year.

    Operations Director Nigel Hare said trauma-related incidents, including road traffic collisions and accidental injuries equated to 49% of incidents, with the remaining 51% being medical emergencies such as heart attacks.

    Devon Air Ambulance

    "We are here for all ages and 121 of our missions were to under 18s," he said.

    "We also attended two patients who were over 100."

    The charity, which cost £7.5m to run last year, said Friday was its busiest day of the week, while the busiest time of the day was between midday and 13:00. ·

  10. Ambulance frequent callers 'put lives at risk'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    One woman dialled 999 for an ambulance 129 in just three months - an average of more than once a day, according to figures released by the South Western Ambulance NHS Foundation Trust.

    It said "frequent callers" took up more than 200 hours a day of paramedics' time, putting an enormous strain on the service.

    Ambulances at Emergency Department

    A frequent caller is someone who dials 999 more than five times a month or 12 times in three months.

    Last year, across the greater South West, 15 frequent callers had court convictions, with penalties including fines and custodial sentences.

    The ambulance service said that, while some people did have a genuine need to call regularly, those who did not were potentially putting lives at risk.

    The trust covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and the former Avon area.

  11. Rubbish! Tonnes of litter on main road

    Martha Dixon

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A toilet, cooker and part of a boat are among the bizarre items dumped on the A30 in Cornwall.

    The local authority said its waste collection service collects about 10 tonnes of litter from roadsides and verges along the high speed route each year - enough to fill two double-decker buses.

    Fast-food packaging, takeaway cups and plastic drinks bottles are the most commonly discarded items, but there have also been mobile phones, electrical appliances and furniture.

    Roadside rubbish

    "Not only is it an eyesore and damaging to wildlife, it means our waste collection team are having to collect litter alongside a road where drivers are travelling at speeds of 70 miles an hour," cabinet portfolio holder Sue James said.

    "Please just take your rubbish home and keep our countryside looking beautiful."

    Dropping litter is a criminal offence under Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and, wherever possible, the council investigates reported offences.

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    Video caption: Woman and duvet tie the knot

    Watch as a 49-year-old woman 'marries' her duvet at a ceremony people went to in their pyjamas.

  13. Stalking suspect sought after Whipton incident

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall Police are investigating an allegation of stalking and harassment in Whipton, near Exeter.

    A woman was approached by the driver of white Skoda Fabia on Vaughan Road on Wednesday 6 February about about 14:30, who stopped his car in the middle of the road and began to verbally harass her.

    When a passing motorist stopped to intervene during the incident, the suspect returned to his car and left the area.

    Police said the woman was left shaken by the experience but physically unharmed, and officers would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident, especially the passerby who intervened.

  14. One week to go!

    #FAPeoplesCup

    Don't miss out on your chance to play at St George's Park and be presented with a trophy at Wembley.

    That's in store for the finalists and winners of the 2019 FA People's Cup.

    There are 15 different categories including the new women's walking football one...

    Video content

    Video caption: FA People's Cup: Phil Neville on why you should try walking football

    To find out more about it and how to sign up hear here.

  15. Video content

    Video caption: Virtual reality: The training video for nuclear engineers

    Virtual reality isn't just for gaming - take a look at the training video for nuclear engineers.

  16. 'Incredible sighting' of albatross off Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A zoology student has captured footage of a black-browed albatross off the coast of Cornwall.

    Toby Phelps spotted the rare visitor, which has a wingspan of up to 11ft (3.5m), off the Lizard on Friday.

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    "We were totally in shock and shaking from the whole experience," he said.

    "To get one in February off the coast of Cornwall is incredibly special."

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    The endangered birds (some of which you can see more clearly in the BBC picture below) are normally only found in the southern hemisphere and have an average lifespan of up to 30 years.

    They feed mainly on shrimp, fish and squid, but also on carrion and fishery discards.

    Black browed Albatross