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Summary

  1. Cocaine smuggling trial: Five found guilty
  2. School asks for donations to 'ease budget cuts'
  3. Amputee housed in Travelodge by council
  4. Councillors admit 'driving over speed limit'
  5. Cornish tourism to 'boost economy by £521m in 10 years'
  6. Relaunch for land speed record car
  7. Updates from Thursday 21 March

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    Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A386 Devon both ways severe accident, between Manor Estate and Anderton Lane.

    A386 Devon - A386 in Horrabridge closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Manor Estate junction and the Anderton Lane junction, because of an accident and recovery work. Congestion to Yelverton.

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

  2. Violent crime in Plymouth on the up

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Violent crime in Plymouth rose in 2018, according to new figures.

    But the city's police commander has given reassurance about levels of knife crime in the city.

    At a meeting on Wednesday, Ch Supt Tamasine Matthews told city councillors the number of offences for possession of offensive weapons was up as a result of proactive and intelligence-led policing, while incidents of the "use of a bladed article" were down.

    Quote Message: I'm sure you can imagine it [knife crime] is very much on our radar, most notably because of the national issues and in the larger metropolitan forces. We have done a lot of work at a force level and locally to understand what that means for us. I can reassure you that we are the fourth lowest nationally in terms of knife crime issues, and that really is in parity with all crime types for Plymouth as a city." from Ch Supt Matthews
    Ch Supt Matthews

    Figures showed that in the nine months to December last year violent crimes with injury were up by 13.3% from 2,560 incidents to 2,900.

    Violent crimes without injury - which include common assault, harassment and malicious communications - were up by more than a fifth (20.8%) from 3,842 to 4,641.

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    Other categories of crime that also increased include:

    • Domestic abuse - up by 10.7% from 4,560 to 5,047
    • Sexual offences (apart from rape) - up by 9.9% from 475 to 522

    Categories of crime that declined include:

    • Rape - down by 6.3% from 270 to 253
    • Vehicle-related crime down by 7.6% from 1,145 to 1,058
    • Anti-social behaviour - down by 8.7% from 7,569 to 6,911
  3. 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.

  4. Treatment and discharge times improve at Derriford

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A new command centre at Derriford Hospital has helped staff cope with a rise in the number of people at A&E over the winter, Plymouth City Council's health scrutiny committee has heard.

    The hospital trust's director of winter Jo Beer said the command centre allowed staff to monitor how patients were moving through the system, using information about capacity in the hospital, home care, community care and community hospitals.

    It helped deliver improvements in the speed of treatment and reduced delays in patients going home.

    Derriford Hospital

    The proportion of patients whose discharge was delayed because of a wait for home care dropped from 7% of beds last year to just over 2% now.

    The average length of stay had reduced, improving the availability of beds, the council heard.

    The time taken to hand patients over from ambulances also fell, which meant improved availability of emergency crews.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 Station Road Cullompton and J27 for A361.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  6. BreakingCocaine smuggling trial: Five found guilty

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Five men have been found guilty of attempting to smuggle £112m worth of cocaine into Newlyn, Cornwall, last August.

    UK nationals, Dean Waters and Nigel Clark, and Raymond Dijkstra from the Netherlands have been found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine and carrying cocaine on a ship.

    Richard Must from Estonia and Voldemars Gailis from Latvia have been found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine.

    The men are due to be sentenced on 26 March at Bristol Crown Court.

    Officers found more than a ton of cocaine onboard with a street value of over £100 million
    Image caption: Officers found more than a ton of cocaine onboard with a street value of over £100m
  7. Glue 'seeped' on to carriageway after van blaze

    Fifty litres of glue has "seeped" on to a carriageway after a van fire in Devon.

    Fire crews were called to the A30 between Merrymeat to Woodleigh at about 12:50.

    Firefighters extinguished the blaze and highway specialists are working on clearing the eastbound carriageway.

    No-one was injured in the fire.

  8. Cyclist injured in Penzance hit-and-run

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A cyclist has been injured following a hit-and-run in Penzance.

    The 50-year-old man was riding his bike at Longrock Bypass when he was struck from behind by a car.

    dual carriageway

    He was treated at the Royal Cornwall Hospital for a back injury following the hit-and-run, which happened between 19:40 and 19:50 on 5 March.

    Police said the car failed to stop and are appealing for witnesses.

  9. Mobile phone driving stats 'deeply concerning'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon's police commissioner says she's "deeply concerned" about the huge rise in the numbers of drivers admitting to have used a mobile phone at the wheel.

    An RAC study found nearly 50% of people aged between 25 and 34 make or receive calls while driving, and a quarter of all drivers have.

    Alison Hernandez last week unveiled a campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of dangerous driving habits in partnership with the Honest Truth charity.

    Driving with mobile
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    Severe disruption: Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    Devon northbound severe disruption, between Dartmouth and Kingswear.

    Devon - Vehicle ferry not operating on Dartmouth Higher Ferry northbound between the Dartmouth junction and the Kingswear junction, because of weather conditions.

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

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    Video caption: Bloodhound will race 'as soon as possible'

    The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record.

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    Video caption: Bloodhound car project relaunched

    The Bloodhound supersonic car is back, under new management and preparing to renew its pursuit of the land speed record.

  13. Tourism to 'boost economy by £521m in 10 years'

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall’s tourism industry is expected to continue to rise, boosting the economy by £521m and creating up to 8,000 jobs, according to Visit Cornwall.

    While addressing the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Malcolm Bell told members there was quite a demand for Cornwall from the US market and work was under way to get more tourists from overseas.

    Mousehole, Cornwall

    There has been "increased interest" from the Australian market but he said the main focus had been from America.

    Mr Bell said: “It has come across as a bit of a new Cotswolds, an area to exploit.”

    Cornwall currently has about 4.5 million visitors a year, and the industry is worth £1.5bn, according to Visit Cornwall figures.

    Mr Bell also said there had been “missed opportunities” highlighting the large number of dolphins which had been seen around the Cornish coast in January which could have brought visitors to the county.

  14. Councillors admit 'driving over speed limit'

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Two councillors have admitted speeding along one of the main routes into Truro because they didn’t know the limit.

    The speed limit of Tregolls Road in Truro came up during a discussion at a meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel.

    A390

    After one councillor noted during discussion that the road had a 30mph limit, Councillor Armorel Carlyon said she thought that it was a 40mph limit and admitted she had often driven well over 30mph.

    Councillor John Dyer then admitted that he too had been driving on Tregolls Road at 40mph “like Mrs Carlyon”.

    Mr Dyer then criticised the fact that the A390 has variable speed limits through Truro with some stretches being 30mph and 40mph.

    Cornwall councillor and cabinet member Bob Egerton was not impressed and said the councillors should take responsibility for their driving.