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  1. Weather: Clearing overnight, but more showers possible

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Any heavy showers at first on Wednesday evening will die away to leave it mostly dry with clear spells overnight.

    A cooler night with a light westerly wind.

    Minimum temperature: 4 to 7C (39 to 45F).

    Weather

    Thursday will see some sunshine at times but with showers developing, some heavy with a risk of thunder.

    Light to moderate north-westerly winds.

    Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

  2. Easter surge in people attending A&E in Cornwall

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Hundreds more people attended a South West hospital's emergency department during the Easter Bank Holiday compared to the year before, new figures have revealed.

    More than 2,855 people arrived through the doors of Cornwall's minor injury units with 1,028 of those attending the A&E department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital - 600 more than the year before.

    NHS 111 received 4,233 calls, saw 843 people in out of hours clinics and 435 people in their own home. Of the calls received by NHS 111 350 were from people requesting repeat prescriptions, which could have been supplied by the pharmacies that were open during the Easter break, health bosses said.

    A&E

    The hospital trust urged people to pick the right treatment for the upcoming bank holiday:

    • Self-care: Having a few basic items in your bathroom medicine cabinet can save you time and effort should you become ill
    • Items like paracetamol, a bandage, sticking plasters, and antiseptic cream or indigestion tablets. If troublesome symptoms persist or worsen see your GP
    • Repeat medication: If you or someone you care for requires repeat medication, make sure you have ordered and collected any prescriptions to ensure you have medicine during the bank holidays. Contact your GP practice as soon as possible to organise prescriptions
    • Visit your local pharmacist: You can speak to your pharmacist for confidential expert advice and over-the-counter treatments for a wide range of common illnesses and complaints, such as stomach upsets, allergies, minor cuts, nappy rash, skin conditions and coughs and colds
  3. Care home conversion given go-ahead

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to convert a Grade II listed building in Ottery St Mary into apartments have been approved.

    Belfield Developments had wished to convert The Priory, on Paternoster Row, from its former use as a care home into eight apartments.

    The Priory

    East Devon District Council’s development manager Chris Rose told councillors on Tuesday that the application proposed a viable use of the building while largely retaining the heritage assets aesthetic and group value.

    He added: “While alterations to the north elevation and some of those internally would result in less than substantial harm to The Priory’s significance, this is balanced against the wider benefits from securing the longer term conservation and future of the building in viable use.

    “It is considered that the optimum use is residential and that the proposed development would facilitate the long term conservation of a Grade II listed building and its active role within the townscape.”

  4. Barn to be knocked down despite bat concerns

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A "licence to kill" has been granted, it was claimed, after plans to knock down a barn known to be home to rare and protected bats were approved.

    Councillors voted by eight votes to five on Tuesday morning to give the go-ahead to demolish a barn in East Budleigh, known as The Pound, and for it to be replaced with a house.

    The Pound

    A new bat barn will be built in the garden as mitigation and Clinton Devon Estates have said the new building will provide conditions "more suitable" for bats, including a dedicated loft area and ground floor with free flight access for the animals.

    But concerns have been raised by ecological campaigners about the risk it would pose to the rare bats, saying the demolition of the barn could see them lose their homes and die.

    Chris Rose, the council’s development manager, told the committee on Tuesday that Natural England had since confirmed that the proposed mitigation was acceptable, the proposal as submitted is likely to be granted a bat licence by Natural England for the works. He added that they said it was only necessary to secure provision of the bat house prior to demolition, and evidence of relocation was not required.

    Councillors though were concerned at the response of Natural England. Cllr Brian Bailey accused them of failing in their duty, adding: “I find it amazing that Natural England do not find it necessary to have any evidence of relocation before demolition begins. They are content to issue a licence, which is a licence to kill and destroy their habitat. I feel they are failing in their duty to not have to provide evidence of relocation.”

  5. Devon travel: Overturned tractor on A399

    BBC Radio Devon

    On the A399, at Bratton Fleming, there are reports of an overturned tractor near the entrance to Exmoor Zoo.

  6. Police appeal for witnesses after fatal lorry crash

    BBC Radio Devon

    Lorry crash

    Police are appealing for witnesses after a fatal crash between two lorries on the A35 at Axminster.

    Both drivers were trapped following the head-on crash on Tuesday morning.

    One of the drivers, a 54-year-old man from Winchester, died at the scene. The other driver, a 36-year-old man from the Bristol area, is in Derriford Hospital with serious head and leg injuries.

    Police would like to hear from anyone who saw a white articulated lorry, towing a rust-coloured shipping container, travelling on the A35 from the Dorchester area into Devon between 04.30 and 06:00.

  7. Police warning over self harm drugs

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police are warning people to be aware of a particularly dangerous type of ecstasy tablet that's currently thought to be in circulation across Cornwall, and in particular in the Liskeard and Callington areas.

    In a post on social media Callington police say the tablets - known as Milly's - are bright pink, hexagonal and have a windmill embossed on them.

    It's thought the pills are currently being given to vulnerable people for free to test out their effects.

    The post goes on to say those effects have been disturbing - with some people self harming or attempting to take their own lives.

    The majority of those known to have taken the tablets have been hospitalised.

    Police are asking anyone with any information to call Crimestoppers.

  8. No-deal Brexit ferry contracts to be scrapped

    Press Association

    Transport Secretary Chris Grayling is cancelling a set of contracts to provide ferry services after a no-deal Brexit, at a cost estimated at about £50m.

    Mr Grayling awarded contracts worth a total of more than £100m to three firms - Brittany Ferries, DFDS and Seaborne Freight - to run extra services from ports including Plymouth, Poole and Portsmouth to ease pressure on the main Dover-Calais route.

    After the expected 29 March date of EU withdrawal was delayed, first to 12 April and now 31 October, the new services were not required.

    The National Audit Office estimated in February that the maximum cost of compensation to ferry operators if contracts were terminated would be £56.6m, but a Whitehall source said the actual figure was expected to be about 10% lower.

    Seaborne's contract to provide sailings from Ramsgate was scrapped in February after an Irish company backing the deal pulled out.

    Brittany Ferries
  9. Rescued fisherman 'had done all the right things'

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    Peace N Plenty

    A fisherman who was rescued off the south Devon coast after his boat caught fire "had done all the right things", coastguards have said.

    The skipper, Joe Dudley, was working on his own aboard the vessel Peace N Plenty - about six miles off Salcombe - when the fire started on Tuesday.

    He abandoned the boat to get on to a life raft where he was rescued before being brought back to shore.

    Mr Dudley had just completed a sea survival course and said: "I'd say to anyone thinking about doing a sea survival course to do it, and to listen seriously because it could save your life."

    The fire has since gone out and the boat is being towed back to harbour at Brixham. It will be inspected by a Maritime & Coastguard Agency surveyor.

    Tago Mcleod, from HM Coastguard based at Falmouth, said: "This was a man who did everything right from the moment he realised he had a problem. He had a fully registered EPIRB (emergency position-indicating radio beacon) which he activated right away, he was wearing a life jacket and made ready his lifeboat. The EPIRB helped us establish his position to within a few metres."

  10. Skipper rescued after fishing boat catches fire off Devon

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Salcombe boat fire

    A skipper has been rescued after his fishing boat caught fire off Devon.

    Coastguards said the 12m-long fishing vessel Peace And Plenty reported it was on fire about six miles off Salcombe at about 18:00 on Tuesday.

    The skipper abandoned ship to a life raft with a radio and Salcombe's lifeboats were launched to rescue him, bringing him back to shore.

    Falmouth Coastguard said the blaze continued to burn on Tuesday evening and it issued navigational warnings for the abandoned vessel.

    it added that a counter-pollution team was "monitoring the situation and salvage options will be considered on Wednesday".

  11. Thousands expected in Padstow for Obby Oss celebrations

    BBC Spotlight

    Obby oss day Padstow

    Thousands of people are expected in Padstow later for the biggest event in the town's calendar - Obby Oss Day.

    It is one of the oldest May Day traditions in the country and welcomes the start of summer.

    Padstownians will adorn their white outfits with blue or red flashes to show which oss they support and the two Obby Oss will dance through the streets.

  12. Firm conducts thousands of inspections after fire fears

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A housing company has conducted more than 2,700 inspections of timber frame properties in the South West after potentially dangerous fire safety issues were raised.

    New-builds constructed by Persimmon Homes and Bellway Homes were sold with missing or incorrectly installed fire barriers, which are designed to inhibit the spread of fire, BBC Watchdog Live found.

    In some cases, it's thought a lack of fire barriers contributed to the spread of fires that have destroyed homes.

    Loft

    A spokesman for Persimmon Homes said: "We are taking this very seriously and have taken extensive action since the cavity barrier issue was discovered.

    "We are continuing to write to home owners in the South West region to inform them of the issue and to arrange for an inspection of their property.

    "A dedicated team has been established to carry out the inspections and to deal with any remedial work, which is normally carried out immediately and typically takes less than an hour. We have performed over 2,700 inspections of timber frame properties in the South West to date. The process of notifying home owners and arranging inspections is ongoing.

    "We are continuing to communicate directly with home owners with the objective of completing this work as soon as possible."

    Bellway Homes also released a statement to the BBC.

  13. New festival attracts large number of objections

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Fears have been raised that a new music, food and wellbeing festival could bring traffic chaos and drugs to a quiet area in north Cornwall.

    Porthilly Spirit is set to take place at the end of May but its licence application has attracted dozens of objections, leaving a question mark over whether it will go ahead at all.

    The festival is planned to be held at Trefresa Farm near Rock over the weekend of 24, 25 and 26 May.

    Tickets for the festival are on sale with full weekend tickets costing £189, and boutique camping is also available for between £620 and £1,015.

    But Cornwall Council has received 65 representations about the licence application – with just seven in support.

    Porthilly Spirit

    Many of the concerns are around traffic and transport to the site, with people saying that with the event being held on the bank holiday weekend it will already be very busy with visitors to the area.

    They also highlight that the site is served by a single track road and express fears that a proposed one-way system will not be adequate.

    Others are concerned by the noise which will be generated from the live music performances and some raise fears about drugs and drinking.

    The event’s organisers have submitted a comprehensive plan to the council which details how it will manage the festival including transport, alcohol, live music, security and drugs. And they have agreed to cut their initial plan to have 3,000 people at the event – including 600 staff – to a capacity of 2,000.

    Cornwall Council’s licensing act sub-committee is set to meet on 8 May to decide whether to grant a licence to the event.

  14. Police appeal after Ilfracombe knifepoint robbery

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A shop worker was threatened in a knifepoint robbery in Ilfracombe, police have said.

    It happened at the St Mary's Premier Express store on the Promenade at about 20:00 on Sunday.

    A man dressed in dark clothing and a hoodie, with his face covered, fled the shop with a quantity of cash and tobacco products, leaving the cashier "unhurt but very shaken", officers added.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    CCTV footage of the incident can be found here.

    St Mary's Premier Express store on the Promenade, Ilfracombe
  15. Weather: A cloudy start with heavy showers expected later

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    A mostly cloudy start with patches of light rain.

    Some bright or sunny spells will start developing during the afternoon but with the chance of heavy showers later on.

    Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

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