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Summary

  1. Police officer jailed for having sex with 14-year-old girl
  2. Appledore Shipyard future remains in doubt a month before planned closure
  3. Cornwall fire service angry at hoax call
  4. Two seal pups spotted on rocks in Cornwall
  5. 'Holy grail' rare purple shells found on Scilly
  6. Updates from Monday 18 February 2019

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A388 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A388 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from Polhilsa to Kelly Bray.

    A388 Cornwall - A388 Launceston Road in Kelly Bray blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from the Polhilsa junction to the Kelly Bray junction, because of a serious accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A3079 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A3079 Devon southbound severe accident, from A3079 to Thorndon Cross.

    A3079 Devon - A3079 in Boasley Cross blocked and queuing traffic southbound from the A3079 junction to the Thorndon Cross junction, because of an accident involving 2 vehicles.

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

  3. Council moves £1.4m of school cash to higher needs budget

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The government has allowed Torbay Council to take £1.4m from mainstream schools to cover overspending in its higher needs budget despite opposition from head teachers and governors.

    The council had to ask for special permission from the Secretary of State for Education to move the money in the next financial year.

    Its Schools Forum came up with the plan as part of a strategy to make up for overspending on higher needs – providing services for children with special educational needs, alternative provision, special schools and excluded pupils.

    Headteachers spoke out against the transfer, which was opposed by nine out 10 people who responded to public consultation last year.

    But the Schools Forum went ahead with the request, along with a series of other measures to find savings, after hearing the deficit was expected to reach £2.7m by the end of March.

    The council is not able to cover the shortfall from its own resources, so any solution had to be found from within the education budget.

  4. Weather for Devon & Cornwall: A dry night but chilly

    BBC Weather

    Showers will die away early on Monday evening to leave patchy areas of cloud and some clear spells overnight that will allow it to turn a little chilly by dawn, with isolated hill mist or fog patches.

    Winds will be westerly moderate, backing south-westerly after midnight.

    Minimum temperature: 2 to 4C (36 to 40F).

    Tuesday will see a bright start to the day, with some good sunny spells during the morning, although cloud will gradually build from the west during the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

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  5. Respite centre 'kept me alive,' user warns ahead of closure

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Users of a mental health respite centre which is closing down have warned it has provided a vital lifeline for many people.

    Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group (KCCG) says it is withdrawing funding for the Re-gain, at Oakleigh House, Menheniot, from 31 March.

    The service provides residential stays for guests to give both them and their carers breaks through the year.

    KCCG said the decision was "underpinned by a range of evidence and feedback, which demonstrate the impact on improving people’s mental health".

    Quote Message: It's kept me alive on many occasions. I feel safe there, I feel secure ... It kept me out of hospital, kept me from self-harming on a number of occasions." from Alison Oakleigh House guest
    AlisonOakleigh House guest
  6. Cornwall travel: A30 closed westbound

    BBC News Travel

    The A30 in Cornwall is closed westbound between the A395 at Kennards House and the A389 near Bolventor due to a road crash, Highways England said.

    Devon and Cornwall Police and other emergency services are at the scene and a diversion is in place.

    Motorists are being urged to allow extra time for journeys.

  7. Big Issue sellers use card readers

    BBC Radio Devon

    Some Big Issue sellers in Devon have started using card readers because of the growing number of people who don't use cash.

    Tony Flynn used to be an estate agent in South Africa but said things started to unravel when he had mental health issues and he found himself homeless.

    He sells the Bbig Issue in Barnstaple and has just started to use a card reader.

    Big Issue
    Quote Message: The youngsters these days are paying with their phones. They don't understand having cash on them. A lot of them are interested in the magazine, you know the ones in college and who read a lot and that, and are interested in things and would purchase the magazine." from Tony Flynn Big Issue seller
    Tony FlynnBig Issue seller
  8. Terror officer 'relentlessly pursued' victim, 14'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Child safety charity the NSPCC has said not enough is being done to protect children on social media, after a police officer had sex with a 14-year old girl he made contact with on Snapchat.

    Peter Drummond of Three Mile Cross, Berkshire, was jailed for eight years at Truro Crown Court.

    He was found guilty at Truro Crown Court of three counts of sexual activity with a child, but not guilty of three counts of rape.

    The NSPCC said its Wild West Web campaign was demanding that the government made the internet safe for young people by regulating social networks.

    Quote Message: "Drummond relentlessly pursued his underage victim on social media, tracking her whereabouts, so that he could satisfy his sexual desires. His actions will have a long-lasting impact on the teenage girl involved, who has bravely spoken out to ensure he is unable to target other vulnerable young people in this way." from NSPCC
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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, from J27 for A361 to J26 for A38.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J27, A361 (Tiverton) to J26, A38 (Wellington), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  10. Council pushes ahead with 'Amazon warehouse' plans

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Torbay Council is going ahead with a plan to invest £15m in a new warehouse said to be for online retailer Amazon, despite concerns raised by councillors about its impact on traditional high streets.

    A special meeting of the full council voted in favour of buying the centre, which is to be built near Exeter, after hearing its advisers had already spent more than £100,000 working on the proposal.

    The decision was made at a special urgent meeting of the full council held in private.

    The new distribution centre is due to built in the Exeter Gateway area to the east of the city, near the M5, alongside a Lidl distribution warehouse.

    Amazon has been linked to the site, but has refused to confirm it will be the tenant. Torbay Council has declined to comment on the Amazon deal.

  11. Cornwall travel: Car hits pedestrian in Newquay

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Newquay, Mount Wise is blocked by a collision between a car and a pedestrian at Berry Road.

    Traffic is at a standstill approaching the junction.

  12. Truro's 'ghost town' reputation being tackled

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Truro's reputation as being a "ghost town" after 18:00 is being tackled with the expansion of a scheme to get more people to spend an evening out in the city, city centre bosses say.

    Thirty-three shops, bars and restaurants have joined Super Saver Monday- which offers deals for £5 on the first day of the working week.

    It was introduced a year ago but is now being adopted by more businesses.

    Alun Jones is from Truro's Business Improvement District...

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    Video caption: New efforts are being made to boost Truro's evening numbers
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    Severe accident: Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    Cornwall both ways severe accident, at Berry Road.

    Cornwall - Mount Wise in Newquay blocked and very slow traffic at the Berry Road junction, because of an accident involving car and pedestrian.

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

  14. Woman questioned after body found near cliffs

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    A 73-year-old woman has been arrested after a body was found at the bottom of the cliffs in Cornwall, police say.

    Officers were called by a member of the public who had spotted a woman's body near Gwithian on Friday afternoon.

    The dead woman was believed to be a 74-year-old from Wiltshire, officers said.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the woman's next of kin had been informed, the death was not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner.

    They said: "In connection to this matter, a 73-year-old woman from Westbury, Wiltshire, has been questioned on suspicion of aiding or abetting a suicide under the Suicide Act 1961."

    She was later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

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    Severe disruption: A390 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A390 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, around Aberdeen Close.

    A390 Cornwall - A390 Bridge Street in Kilhallon blocked and heavy traffic in both directions around the Aberdeen Close junction, because of a level crossing failure.

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