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  1. Investigations continue into Frankie Macritchie's being killed by a dog
  2. --- Psychologists supporting friends of "happy and laid-back" boy
  3. Human trafficking accused due in court after M5 van and Newlyn swoops
  4. --- Four men are due in court after police raids
  5. --- Vietnamese in van cared for by police and charity
  6. Hundreds of acres damaged in Bodmin Moor blaze
  7. Network Rail Dawlish sea wall plans 'will ruin our view', say nearby residents
  8. Updates from Monday 15 April 2019

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between A390 and Turfdown Road.

    A38 Cornwall - A38 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between Twelvewoods Roundabout in Doublebois and the Turfdown Road junction in Turfdown, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Diversion in operation - bothways through the A390.

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

  2. Weather: Mostly cloudy with rain

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    Mostly cloudy on Monday evening and through the night with outbreaks of rain.

    The rain could be heavy and persistent at times. The brisk winds will ease overnight, becoming light by the early hours.

    Minimum temperature: 5 to 8C (41 to 46F).


    On Tuesday it is expected to stay mostly cloudy with some further rain.

    The rain will tend to be quite light and patchy in nature though. Later in the day there could be some sunny spells.

    Maximum temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).

  3. Priests to use technology in new roles

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Two priests have been appointed to "key roles" in the Church of England in Devon because of their track record in using technology, glamping, and escape rooms.

    After a "rigorous selection process", Reverend Nick Shutt will be the new archdeacon of Plymouth, while Reverend Andrew Beane will be the new archdeacon of Exeter, the Diocese of Exeter said.

    Andrew Beane and Nick Shutt
    Image caption: Reverends Andrew Beane and Nick Shutt

    The Bishop of Exeter, the Right Reverend Robert Atwell, said he was delighted with the appointments, adding he believed that both men would "serve the people of Devon with joy".

  4. Woman's body found on beach has 'distinctive tattoos'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    The death of a woman whose body was found on Perranporth beach is being treated as unexplained, police say.

    Police and an ambulance were called out shortly before 07:00 on Monday after dog walkers discovered the body along the waterline.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were conducting inquiries "to establish who the woman is and the circumstances surrounding her death".

    They also released a description of her, saying she had "distinctive tattoos", including a "large Celtic-type tattoo on her right thigh and a date in Roman numerals on her ankle".

    She was described as a white, aged in her late 20s to mid-30s, between 5ft 4in and 5ft 6in tall and of average build, and with shoulder-length dark brown hair.

    Searches of the beach have been carried out by police and coastguards.

    Perranporth beach
  5. Fire destroys Bude beach huts

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Four beach huts have been destroyed in an arson attack in Bude, police say.

    Officers said the fire at Summerleaze beach started between 21:40 and 21:45 on Saturday 13 April.

    They have appealed for witnesses.

  6. Parking charges soar by 10%

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Motorists in Exeter found their wallets being hit this morning as the inflation-busting 10% hike in car parking charges came into force.

    Parking charges have risen at every single one of the car parks managed by the city council.

    Parking signs

    It is the second rise in two years after charges increased last April, leaving some commuters £20 a week out of pocket after all-day charges went up.

    Councillors agreed to impose the 10% rise for all stay lengths up to seven hours in February, but they were only implemented on Monday morning.

    The increase in car parking charges is expected to generate an increase of £764,000 on the 2019 target car park income budget.

  7. Children to be taught how to brush teeth

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Children in nursery and reception classes across Devon’s most deprived areas may soon be taught how to brush their teeth.

    NHS England South are currently seeking interest from providers who want to run a supervised tooth brushing service in the county.

    Child brushing teeth

    The scheme would be targeted at children in the "50% most deprived" areas in Devon and would be for children who attend nursery and reception class.

    The aim is to enable children in nursery and reception classes to participate in supervised tooth brushing each day that they attend an eligible early years setting.

  8. Escaped Channings Wood prisoner still at large

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A prisoner who escaped from a Devon jail is still at large, police say.

    Miley Connors, 24, fled from HMP Channings Wood, near Newton Abbot, last Monday morning.

    The convicted burglar was thought to have jumped into a waiting getaway car with three other people inside. The vehicle was later recovered.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said Connors should not be approached by the public but people should call 999.

    He was wearing a grey sweat shirt and blue jeans or trousers and is described as 5ft 10ins (178cm) tall and has an Irish accent.

    Miley Connors
  9. Hatherleigh market plans set to get green light

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for the major redevelopment of Hatherleigh market are set to be given the go-ahead next week.

    Kingswood Homes’ plans to revamp the former cattle market site include 102 new homes, a new market square, an auction facility, a pavilion, commercial units, and car parking facilities.

    Hatherleigh plans

    Around £1m is set to be invested in a new market as part of an overall £20m investment in the scheme.

    Plans for a new supermarket, a medical centre and industrial units - all originally proposed for the site - have been scrapped, though, as there was little appetite locally and commercially for them, and alternative medical provisions were being made elsewhere.

    The proposals have split the town though, with a world record charity auction taking place in February to try and raise funds to buy the market site back.

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    Video caption: See how Hatherleigh market set a world record in February 2019
  10. Hundreds of acres of moorland damaged near Brown Willy

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Bodmin Moor

    A mile-long fire has destroyed hundreds of acres of moorland near the highest point in Cornwall.

    Emergency services said the fire near Brown Willy, on Bodmin Moor, was burning on two fronts.

    Julie Dowton, from the Bodmin Moor Commons Council, estimated about 1,000 acres of moorland had been damaged in the fire at about 23:00 on Saturday.

    She said the moorland would recover but it was "difficult to determine the impact on other flora and fauna".

    Bodmin Moor fire
  11. Man charged after Plymouth 'firearm' assault

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A man has been charged in connection with an alleged serious assault in Plymouth.

    Police were called to Princess Street at about 02:30 on Saturday and found a 27-year-old man with a serious arm injury believed to have been caused by a firearm.

    Crime scene on Saturday

    Officers said a 41-year-old man had been charged with wounding with intent, possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear or violence, possession of firearm when prohibited and robbery.

    A 27-year-old local woman was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder in connection with the incident, along with a 46-year-old man arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, robbery and possession of a firearm. Both remain in custody.

    Police previously said officers believed it was an isolated incident involving people who knew one another.

  12. Vietnamese in van cared for by police and charity

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Police officers and charity workers teamed up to care for 29 Vietnamese people who were rescued from the back of a van stopped on the M5 in Devon.

    The Rapid Relief Team charity and police provided emergency equipment such as sleeping bags, blankets, warm clothing, to the men, women, and children who were rescued, Kingsbridge Police said on Facebook.

    The people were rescued after a van was stopped near Cullompton.

    Devon and Cornwall Police arrested four men aged 55 to 72 on suspicion of immigration and modern slavery offences after being called to Newlyn, Cornwall, on Friday after people were seen getting into the back of a van from a boat. The arrested men are due in court.

    The surplus equipment provided would be used in the local community, police said.

    Clothing, blankets and other equipment
  13. Make utility firms cough up for flood defences - councillor

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Utility companies should help pay towards coastal protection flood defence schemes in east Devon, a councillor says.


    The East Devon District Council meeting on 24 April will discuss a motion calling on the government to request electric, gas, telephone and water companies to be mandated to contribute to coastal protection schemes, where they will benefit from them.

    Councillor Stuart Hughes says more than £2m is still needed to be found before the Sidmouth beach management scheme can go ahead.

    South West Water infrastructure will be protected if the scheme is built, but it has not contributed financially to the £9m scheme.

    Mr Highes said: "Utilities services will be protected by such works. However at present they don’t have to contribute and I don’t recall seeing any scheme that’s gone ahead receiving funding from either the electric, gas, or telephone companies.

    "It seems fair and reasonable that all utility companies contribute towards the cost of coastal and flood protection works."

  14. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A374 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A374 Devon southbound severe disruption, between B3214 Old Laira Road and A379 Laira Bridge Road.

    A374 Devon - A374 Embankment Road in Plymouth closed southbound between the B3214 Old Laira Road junction and the A379 Laira Bridge Road junction, because of a broken down bus.

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

  15. Woman's body found on Perranporth beach

    Martin Shaw

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The body of a woman has been found on Perranporth beach.

    Police and an ambulance were called out shortly before 07:00 on Monday after concerns for the welfare of a woman.

    Emergency services said she died at the scene and a cordon was in place.

    A search of the beach was under way and inquiries were being made to try to find out who she was and how she died, police said.