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  1. South West weather: Cloudy night, light rain

    BBC Weather

    We've seen the last of Tuesday's sunshine.

    It'll be a cloudy night with patchy light rain and drizzle that becomes increasingly light and patchy towards dawn.


    Tomorrow, mainly cloudy with some patchy rain or drizzle, but conditions will become brighter from the west during afternoon allowing some good periods of sunshine to develop later.

  2. 'Big surge' puts pressure on hospital emergency department

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    "Don't go to hospital unless it's an absolute emergency" is the message from the Royal Cornwall Hospital near Truro.

    Managers have said there are not enough beds to cope in its Emergency Department after a recent increase in demand.

    Consultant Andy Virr said there had been a "big surge" on Monday, although it was "hard to put it on one thing".

    He said: "There was a general increase attendance, and once the ward is full of patients who are sick or unable to get home, it backs up."

    Royal Cornwall Hospital
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    Severe accident: A394 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A394 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Hendra Lane and Pengersick Lane.

    A394 Cornwall - A394 in Ashton blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Hendra Lane junction and the Pengersick Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  4. Fisherman Tony Jones died accidentally - inquest

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A Plymouth fisherman who was killed in a capsize died accidentally, an inquest jury has concluded.

    Tony Jones died after the fishing trawler Solstice went over off Plymouth in September 2017.

    The inquest was held at Plymouth Coroners' Office.

    Two other crew members were rescued after after the capsize.

    Tony Jones
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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter and J31 for A30.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed and very slow traffic on M5 southbound between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off), because of an incident.

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

  6. The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital holds 'good' rating

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital has held on to its Care Quality Commission rating of "good".

    The independent regulator described a "strong caring culture" with staff committed to putting patients' needs first in its inspection report released on Tuesday.

    Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital
  7. Truro Emergency Department 'extremely busy'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital near Truro says its Emergency Department is extremely busy and is asking people to think carefully before using the service.

    Managers said there was no specific cause but have urged people to go to Minor Injuries Units instead, or consult their doctor or pharmacist.

    Emergency Department
  8. Building changes call after fire barriers found missing

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall councillors are set to be asked to support a call on the government to give back responsibility for building control to local councils in a bid to improve the quality of homes being built by developers.

    Under the current system, developers can choose their own approved regulator to undertake building control and checks.

    But Threemilestone Liberal Democrat councillor Dulcie Tudor said she was leading a bid to have this returned to local councils amid fears the current system was open to abuse because "any company or person... can choose who regulates them".

    Dulcie Tudor

    She said she was inspired to draw up the motion after it was found that hundreds of new homes in Cornwall had been built without vital fire safety barriers.

    The issue with fire safety barriers affected more than 1,000 homes built by Persimmon and included 160 homes at Lowen Bre in Truro. The barriers stop the spread of fires and potentially save lives.

    Cornwall Council has written to Persimmon asking how many homes in Cornwall are affected and what the company is doing to rectify the problem, but said it had not received a satisfactory response.

    Ms Tudor will present her motion to the next full meeting of Cornwall Council on 21 May.

    Responding to the BBC last month about fire barriers in new homes, Persimmon said it had "identified this as an issue in its south west region" and checks were "ongoing".

  9. Ringing in support: Museum has first St Agnes phone number

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The first ever phone number in St Agnes is back in use as the new number for the village's museum trust.

    St Agnes 1 was allocated to the post office in 1928 and, over the years, morphed into a six-digit figure as more subscribers got telephones.

    In its last incarnation, it was St Agnes (01872) 552301 in a redundant phone box.

    Trust chairman Roger Radcliffe explains, that number has now been revived with the help of BT, and is the new number for the trust...

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    Video caption: First St Agnes phone number 'appropriate for museum trust'
  10. CCTV released in hunt for Valentine's Day robber

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Police have released CCTV footage in the hunt for a knife-wielding robber who stole cash and tobacco from a shop in Devon on Valentine's Day.

    Officers said the masked offender left a cashier at Central Convenience Stores "badly shaken" during the knifepoint robbery at Cross Street, Combe Martin between 21:40 and 21:50 on Thursday 14 February.

    The offender, wearing a black balaclava and had a hood up, was described as white, about 6ft 1in tall, of thin build with "very thin legs".

    He was wearing grey Adidas tracksuit bottoms with white stripes, grey footwear, a blue hooded coat and black gloves.

    He also walked in "a distinctive pigeon-toe fashion", police said.

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  11. Man seriously injured in Newquay robbery

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man has been attacked and robbed on the street in Newquay.

    Police said it happened in the early hours of Sunday, outside the Lighthouse Cinema in King Street.

    They called it an "unprovoked assault" which left the victim with serious injuries.

    They have appealed for witnesses.

    Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay
  12. Hope for library refurb to kick start town regeneration

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Torpoint's library has got a new look, and it is hoped it will kick start regeneration in and around Fore Street.

    The building has been refurbished with a cafe, as well as book-lending and a local archive as part of its handover from Cornwall Council to Torpoint Town Council.

    The building will also become a community hub with a focus on mental health support.

    Torpoint Library
    Quote Message: It's fantastic spot. We just need to get existing customers back while trying to encourage new ones. It's totally inclusive and accessible to all." from Paul Smythe Library Development Manager
    Paul SmytheLibrary Development Manager

    It is due to reopen to the public on Wednesday.

  13. South West weather: Dry and sunny

    BBC Weather

    It'll be mostly dry this morning with some bright or sunny spells at first, although isolated mist or fog patches are also possible around sunrise.

    As the morning progresses the brighter skies give way to cloudier conditions and during the afternoon a band of patchy light rain or drizzle spreads in from the west.

    Winds will be light south or south-easterly. Maximum Temperature: 12 to 15°C.




  14. Summer dogs ban on Westward Ho! beach and prom

    BBC Radio Devon

    Dogs will no longer be allowed on Westward Ho! beach and promenade during the summer.

    Torridge District Council has announced a restriction will be in place from 1 May until 30 September each year.

    Officials said it was hoped the ban would allow various groups to enjoy the resort, and help to keep the area clean.

    Anyone found to ignore signs and restrictions will be fined £100.

    Westward Ho! beach
  15. Double amputee moved six times

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    Tom Adams

    A former Cornwall rugby player who has lost both his legs due to diabetes says he has been moved between hotels six times as he recovers from his surgery.

    Tom Adams cannot return to his home in Camborne and has been waiting for nearly 12 weeks for a wheelchair friendly property to become available.

    Cornwall Council says it's working to resolve the situation as soon as possible.