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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 28 February 2019
  2. Cornish MP resignation over Brexit
  3. Exmouth rape trial: Boy replied 'no comment' to police questions
  4. 'Concern' for HMP Channings Wood in new report
  5. Devon-based transport company announces redundancies
  6. Police continue to investigate Paignton death
  7. Westcountry Royal Marine bases saved
  8. More than 500 homes lose power overnight

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 Station Road Cullompton and J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J29, A3015 (Exeter), because of a broken down vehicle and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. The Zutons added to Little Orchard festival line-up

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The Zutons are set to play at the Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival, it has been announced.

    The band will join Reef, The Wurzels, Skinny Lister and Mad Dog Mcrea at the three-day festival in Penhallow.

    Festival organiser Ian Whittaker said: “After the success of last year’s festival and the new layout, we are all excited to push the event into new directions once again."

    Tickets are on sale now for the event which starts on 13 September.

    The Zutons
  3. Scilly Steamship Group cancel helicopter service

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A helicopter service between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly will not resume as scheduled in April due to a lack of demand.

    Island Helicopters between Land’s End and St Mary’s was operated by the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group, who also provides shipping and plane travel to the islands.

    It introduced the helicopter route last year, and customers already booked to fly this year are being contacted and offered alternative arrangements.

    A spokesman for the Isles of Scilly Steamship Group said: “We know passengers will be disappointed and we apologise to them but ultimately this was a commercial decision.

    “We had hoped to make it work but we simply haven’t seen enough demand to justify continued investment in a helicopter operation. Instead we will focus on our core sea and fixed-wing operations, continuing to provide a lifeline service to Scilly.”

    Plans for a new heliport in Penzance have been approved for a service to St Mary’s and Tresco that is due to begin operating in 2020.

    Helicopter
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    Severe disruption: A3074 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3074 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, near St Ives Train Station.

    A3074 Cornwall - A3074 The Terrace in St Ives blocked and slow traffic in both directions near the St Ives Train Station junction, because of a broken down lorry. Police directing traffic.

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

  5. Exmouth rape trial: Boy replied 'no comment' to police questions

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A teenage boy accused of raping and attempting to murder a 10-year-old girl replied "no comment" when asked by police about the attack.

    The 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is accused of grabbing the girl as she walked home from school in Exmouth, Devon on 4 October.

    Bristol Crown Court heard the girl noticed footsteps running behind her before she was dragged down a bank and into a stream.

    A jury of nine women and three men have been told the boy, who was 16 at the time of the incident, admits choking the girl and sexually assaulting her.

    He denies attempted murder, attempting to choke with intent to commit rape, and rape of a child under 13.

    Det Con Joanne Rotchell, of Devon and Cornwall Police, told the court that two interviews were conducted with the boy following his arrest.

    When asked about the route he was cycling at the time of the attack on two separate occasions, he replied "no comment" both times.

    When asked where he was when the girl was attacked, about her injuries and what happened to her, he again replied: "No comment."

    The trial continues and is due to last for two weeks.

    Bristol Crown Court
    Image caption: Bristol Crown Court heard the girl noticed footsteps running behind her before she was dragged into a stream.
  6. Devon NHS managers ‘warned on work-stress doctor’ who was found dead

    BBC Spotlight

    NHS bosses were warned against contacting a doctor who was on sick leave with work stress, an inquest heard.

    Alastair Watt

    Father-of-two Dr Alastair Watt, 45, was found dead near his home in North Tawton, Devon in December 2017.

    The diabetes consultant at Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust had suffered a severe head injury while cycling in April 2016.

    After being in hospital for three weeks, his mental health had deteriorated and he had been signed off work with stress, the inquest at County Hall in Exeter heard.

    Occupational health had advised Dr Watt’s managers against having work-based discussions with him while he was on sick leave in November 2017.

    Catherine Smith, manager of acute services at the trust, told the inquest at County Hall in Exeter that she had replied to an email from him while he was on sick leave.

    “I wanted to get a view from him how he wanted to proceed, she said.

    “I was mindful that I did not do anything to create more stress.

    “I did not think it would have an impact.”

    Dr Watt, who the inquest heard earlier was “passionate” about his job, was concerned that he was letting short-staffed colleagues down.

    His GP wife, Ruth Watt said he had suffered from work stress which got worse after the accident, but managers had not believed he was overworked.

    The inquest continues.

  7. Traffic stopped on A30 due to two-vehicle crash

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    On the A30 between Summercourt and Fraddon Services, one lane is blocked eastbound due to a two-vehicle crash.

    Highways England said recovery is en route but drivers can expect about 25 minutes to be added to normal journey times.

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  8. Cornish cocktail bar gets licence to expand

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A cocktail bar will be able to expand into its first floor after being granted an extension to its licence.

    The Moth and Moon in Killigrew Street, Falmouth, applied to alter its existing licence which also asked that a condition saying the bar had to have door staff on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays be removed.

    The owners explained they had not had a single incident since opening last year - which was confirmed by door staff and the police.

    The former Mason's Arms which is now the Moth and Moon in Falmouth
    Image caption: The former Mason's Arms which is now the Moth and Moon in Falmouth

    A resident who lives nearby had objected to the licence application with concerns about noise and public nuisance from the bar.

    But the owners said that a noise test carried out by an independent expert found there was no noise detectable from the bar in the neighbouring property.

    A committee agreed to grant the licence as applied for.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 Station Road Cullompton and J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane blocked on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J29, A3015 (Exeter), because of tarpualin in the road. Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

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

  10. 'Concern' for HMP Channings Wood in new report

    BBC Radio Devon

    HMP Channings Wood

    A new report on HMP Channings Wood reveals continuing concern over the state of the prison.

    The annual report from the Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) said the prison continued to decline in the year leading up to August 2018 - both in relation to the safety and well-being of the prisoners themselves and in the physical condition of their surroundings.

    Among the concerns were a significant increase in the use of the drug Spice, the serious deterioration in the state of the men's living blocks and the relative inexperience of many of the new officers.

    The IMB, which is made up of 16 unpaid volunteers who all live locally, monitors the prison near Denbury 365 days a year - checking the prisoners are treated with fairness and decency.

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    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall eastbound severe accident, between A3076 and A30 Summercourt Central.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 in Mitchell blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between Mitchell Turn Off and Summercourt Central, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  12. Cornish respite centre saved - but only for three months

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A respite centre in Cornwall which was threatened with closure will stay open, it's been announced.

    However, Oakleigh House in Menheniot, will only be open for definite for another three months.

    There was a public outcry about the move to close the unit which offers respite care to people with mental health problems.

    NHS Kernow says it has listened to those with concerns and will take three months to work with Oakleigh - also known as Sanctuary House - to come up with a solution.

    Dr Iain Chorlton is the Chairman of NHS Kernow and is describing the move as a pause...

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    Video caption: Oakleigh House is based in Menheniot, near Liskeard
  13. Devon-based transport company announces redundancies

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon-based Gregory Distribution Limited (GDL) has announced up to 50 redundancies as a result of British Ceramic Tiles in Newton Abbot going into administration.

    GDL employs more than 2,700 staff at 36 depots across the UK - three of which are based at North Tawton, Plymouth and Cullompton.

    It says it will redeploy people wherever possible and give staff every assistance in finding new jobs.

    The Gregory Distribution Limited site at North Tawton
    Image caption: The Gregory Distribution Limited site at North Tawton
  14. George Eustice: A political biography

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The MP for Camborne, Redruth and Hayle has resigned as Farming and Fisheries Minister.

    George Eustice said extending Article 50 could be the "final humiliation for our country".

    George Eustice
    • George Eustice is a longstanding Brexiteer who stood as a UKIP MEP candidate before joining the Conservatives.
    • An ex-farmer, he was a former press secretary to David Cameron and played a leading role in Mr Cameron's 2005 Conservative leadership campaign.
    • He was elected as the Conservative MP for Camborne and Redruth in 2010.
    • Eustice served on the EFRA Select Committee from 2010.
    • In September 2011, he argued that Cornwall's heritage should be administered by a Cornish organisation rather than English Heritage.
    • Eustice was appointed Minister of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) on 11 May 2015.