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Summary

  1. Updates from Thursday 25 April 2019
  2. Sunken fishing boat was 'overloaded' says report
  3. Snake dumped in river one of 700 RSPCA call-outs
  4. Wind warning for Devon and Cornwall
  5. Hay lorry on fire blocks A303
  6. Four arrests made in Newquay drug operation
  7. Council sorry for 11-year planning wait

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  1. Millicent Cooke

    Broadcast Journalist

    George, nicknamed "Georgie Porgie", weighs 70kg (11st) after gorging on baked goods

    Millicent Cooke

    Broadcast Journalist

    A massive malamute nicknamed Georgie Porgie balloons to 70kg after munching on pasties and pies.

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    Severe accident: A30 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Devon both ways severe accident, from Taunton Turn-Off to Howley Turn-Off.

    A30 Devon - A30 in Yarcombe blocked and slow traffic in both directions from the Taunton Turn-Off junction to the Howley Turn-Off junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  3. Six tonnes of hay on fire

    A lorry containing six tonnes of hay was "well alight" on one of the main roads into Devon.

    The fire broke out on the A303 near the Devon and Somerset border shortly after 13:00.

    The fire service said a trailer carrying another six tonnes of hay was detached from the lorry to stop the fire spreading.

    The road was closed heading westbound while the fire was dealt with.

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    Severe accident: A39 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Devon both ways severe accident, between B3233 and A3125.

    A39 Devon - A39 in Barnstaple closed and queuing traffic in both directions between Instow Turn Off and Roundswell Roundabout, because of three accidents. Congestion to Portmoor Roundabout.

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

  5. Police fine 14 drivers using mobile phones

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Bus

    Police in Plymouth using a bus as a vantage point caught 14 drivers using their mobile phones.

    Officers on the bus passed on the details to marked and unmarked police vehicles which issued penalties.

    The drivers caught will be fined £200 and get six penalty points.

    Police said they would be using the technique again across Devon and Cornwall.

  6. Knitted penguins flock to Paignton

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Knitted penguins

    A penguin fan has created knitted versions of each species of the bird to celebrate World Penguin Day.

    Jane Walker, a penguin patroller at Living Coasts in Paignton, has knitted 10cm (4in) tall versions of all eighteen species.

    She said it took her about two or three hours to knit each one.

  7. Felicity Hannah

    Wake up to Money, BBC Radio 5 live

    Woman in security unfirom

    Felicity Hannah

    Wake up to Money, BBC Radio 5 live

    More than 320,500 self-employed people in Britain are working two or more jobs, new analysis suggests.

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    Severe disruption: A303 Somerset westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A303 Somerset westbound severe disruption, between Giants Grave and B3170.

    A303 Somerset - A303 in Buckland St Mary closed and queuing traffic westbound between the Giants Grave junction and the B3170 junction, because of an earlier vehicle fire.

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

  9. Glamping pods added to Bodmin Jail hotel plans

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Plans to turn the historic Bodmin Jail into a luxury hotel have been supplemented with a new application to build 60 "glamping pods" in a neighbouring field.

    The jail - which claims to have "the only working execution pit in the UK" - has been considered for development for years.

    Bodmin Jail

    Supporters say it will bring a vital economic boost to the town, but there are concerns over excessive development and traffic problems.

    The original jail was built for King George III in 1779, but the current structure was built with the help of 20,000 prisoners who brought 20,000 tonnes of granite from Bodmin’s Cuckoo Quarry.

  10. Hay lorry on fire blocks A303

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The A303 near the Devon and Somerset border is blocked between the B3170 and Giants Grave near Buckland St Mary due to a lorry carrying hay on fire.

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  11. Four arrests made in Newquay drug operation

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A police operation involving drug dealing in Newquay has resulted in the arrests of four people.

    Forty vehicles were stopped and numerous people were searched.

    Devon and Cornwall Police called it a "day of action" against Class A drug dealers and County Lines networks.

    Newquay

    A man and a woman were arrested on Tam Tracks and charged with possession of drugs and intent to supply.

    Another man was arrested in Mount Wise after he was found to be carrying a knife, and a fourth man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of a controlled drug in the area of Lusty Glaze.

    Devon and Cornwall Police have described it as a successful operation which "shows their resolve to tackle drug crime in the town".

  12. Woman found after extensive search

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Two coastguard teams and a search and rescue helicopter were involved in the rescue of a woman on a beach in Cornwall last night.

    The unconscious woman was airlifted to hospital.

    Images shared by the National Police Air Service show how the woman was found using a combination of dogs on the ground, and thermal imaging from the air.

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    Mevagissey and Portscatho Coastguard teams were also on the scene, as well as St Austell Police and the Cornwall Air Ambulance team.

    The woman was found by a police dog called Rudi.

  13. Barrel jellyfish in Torquay

    Barrel jellyfish

    Huge barrel jellyfish have been pictured around the harbour in Torquay.

    The jellyfish have been spotted in the shallow waters of the marina and harbour.

    Guy Pottinger, 35, said: "It looked as though they were feeding off something on the harbour wall.

    "As I walked on I noticed lots more jellyfish in the water."

    The jellyfish are attracted inshore by plankton blooms which provide a plentiful supply of food.

    Barrel jellyfish
  14. Snake dumped in river one of 700 RSPCA call-outs

    BBC Spotlight

    Snake dumped in the river
    Image caption: The RSPCA was called to Ottery St Mary to rescue this snake dumped in the river

    The RSPCA received almost 700 calls about neglected, abandoned and stray exotic animals across Devon and Cornwall last year.

    According to new figures from the charity, across England and Wales in 2018, the number of calls it had on its cruelty hotline increased by 13% from 2017 to 1,175,193 calls.

    Among the incidents in the South West, officers were called to rescue a corn snake dumped in a river in Ottery St Mary and rescued a turtle left in an Exeter waterway.

    The charity says some owners do not research the level of care the animals need to stay safe and healthy.