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Summary

  1. Man seriously hurt after car 'deliberately driven at him'
  2. Alcohol and drugs seized from clifftop rave near St Austell
  3. Man brought to Devon as a child finds long lost mother in Iraq
  4. 150 dangerous drivers picked up in a year by police in unmarked lorries
  5. Organisers cancel festival after council refuses licence
  6. Foster carer shortage highlighted
  7. Updates from Monday 13 May 2019

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  1. Cornish pet charity in need of carers and cash

    Denis Nightingale

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornish charity which fosters the pets of people escaping domestic abuse says it needs more foster carers and more money.

    Refuge 4 Pets, based in Liskeard, says people often remain in danger rather than fleeing if they can't take their pets with them.

    But it added looking after their animals can be very expensive as the charity pays for vets bills and all the food.

    Mary Wakeham is the director there...

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    Video caption: Refuge 4 Pets is based in Liskeard, Cornwall
  2. South West weather: Sunshine continues

    BBC Weather

    It's going to stay sunny into Monday evening and there will be a dry night with clear skies, although it will remain rather breezy with moderate or fresh south-easterly winds.

    Minimum temperature overnight: 3 to 6C.

    Tuesday is set to remain dry and fine, with plenty of sunshine, although high level cloud will tend to build through the day, making the sunshine a little hazy at times.

    Winds will continue to be moderate or fresh east or south-easterly.

    Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C.

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  3. Truro recycling centre opening delayed until autumn

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    People living in the Truro area will have to wait longer before they can use a new recycling centre after Cornwall Council admitted that it would not open until the autumn at the earliest.

    The Truro Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) at Tregurra Park was due to open this spring but work stopped in March after construction firm Dawnus Construction Holdings went into administration.

    Cornwall Council said it hoped that it could restart quickly and the facility be delivered on time, but has now admitted the the £1.75m HWRC would have to be delayed until a new contractor was appointed. It added that it and partner Suez were "in the final stages" of making that appointment.

    It was anticipated that the revised date opening date "will be early autumn", it added.

  4. Man seriously hurt after car 'deliberately driven at him'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A man has been left with life-changing injuries after a car was driven "deliberately" at him in Devon, police say.

    Officers said the man, in his 50s, was injured when he was hit by a red Hyundai outside the Red Lion pub in Axminster at about 19:40 on Saturday 11 May.

    The vehicle fled the area and was later found on fire in the Fosseway Court area of Seaton, police said.

    The man is in hospital with serious leg injuries.

    Two men, aged 19 and 17, were later arrested. The 19-year-old is still in police custody and the 17-year-old released under investigation.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  5. New entrance plans for Newton Abbot railway station

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Huge plans for a new entrance to Newton Abbot railway station from the Brunel Industrial Estate have been revealed.

    It would be built on land currently used as parking by International Dance Supplies and Royal Mail, with an existing footbridge across the platforms to be extended to connect to the new Brunel Industrial Estate entrance.

    Devon County Council is listed as the applicant, and a planning statement with the scheme said: "It is considered that the proposed new entrance to Newton Abbot Railway Station will improve accessibility to the station from Brunel Industrial Estate to the east, making it a more attractive travel option over the car, thereby promoting the use of the railway as a form of public transport."

    The documents reveal that the footbridge would be approximately 22m long and connect to the end of the existing footbridge. It would be fabricated in the construction area, then craned into position during a night-time rail closure.

    Devon County Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date.

    Newton Abbot railway station plans
  6. Day of action to reinstate GWR buffet car

    BBC Radio Devon

    Campaigners calling for Great Western Railway to "bring back the buffet car" have been at Plymouth station.

    Members of the RMT Union said the removal of the refreshment carriage from the new Intercity Express trains was a step backwards, and they were highlighting their case at the station.

    RMT action

    Union spokesman Mick Cash said the replacement trolley service could prove difficult for staff, particularly when trains were busy.

    A petition to reinstate the buffet car has been signed by more than 1,700 people.

    GWR has been asked for its response to the action.

  7. Man who stole Christmas presents Royal Mail van is jailed

    Cornwall Live

    A man who stole a Royal Mail van full of Christmas presents at knifepoint has been jailed for nine months.

    James Paul Wesley Pearson, 48, of Mullion Cove, commandeered the van in Mullion on 12 December last year before eventually dumping it outside the Royal Mail sorting office in Helston, Truro Crown Court heard.

    Pearson had been due to stand trial but pleaded guilty to affray, assaulting a police officer, taking a vehicle without consent and driving with no insurance.

  8. Brain inflammation girl determined to get back to netball

    Tamsin Melville

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A teenager from Cornwall who suffered a rare form of the brain inflammation condition encephalitis is now in rehabilitation after three months in intensive care.

    Bridget Wells is having to learn to balance, talk and walk all over again at the county's only specialist centre for neurological conditions in Hayle.

    But the 17-year-old said she was determined to start playing netball again in the autumn.

    Bridget Wells

    Her father, Johnny, is now planning to kayak from the Isles of Scilly to Sennen to raise money for specialist equipment at the centre.

    Johnny Wells

    "Rehabilitation is a very, very slow process - this is just to raise awareness that there's this centre that does amazing work and they need facilities to help patients get back into life again," he said.

  9. An even keel for 275m semi-submersible ship off Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Boka Vanguard off Cornwall

    For anyone who likes their heavy lift ships, the Boka Vanguard is currently moored off south west Cornwall, near Mounts Bay, due to go into Falmouth at some point.

    It's pretty big and capable of transporting the likes of oil drilling platforms and even an aircraft carrier because it is semi-submersible, meaning it can partially sink under what it is to carry and resurface with its cargo of up to 110,000 tonnes on its main deck.

    This is the 275m-long vessel, which has a crew of 40, seen from Rinsey at the weekend. But you can also just about see it from Penzance and Lamorna.

    Boka Vanguard off Cornwall
  10. Devon council tackles climate change with cash pledge

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A drive to cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change is being backed by a cash pledge from Devon County Council.

    Wednesday's cabinet meeting will see councillors asked to set aside £250,000 towards an initiative to persuade organisations, communities and individuals to do more to reduce global warming.

    The cash comes from an emergency fund the council holds and has been used to create the Climate Change Emergency Reserve.

    The funds have been reallocated from the 2018/19 budget, for which a £63,000 underspend was recorded - with the cabinet to be asked to approve the allocation of the funds to get the climate change initiative moving.

    Council leader John Hart has also called for a Devon Carbon Plan to be produced that would set out how everyone - from the largest organisations through towns and villages right through to individuals - is going to reduce emissions.

    climate protesters at county hall in Exeter
    Quote Message: We clearly can't do this alone, but I want Devon to take a lead in bringing organisations, communities and individuals together to take action. This is an issue that affects us all and requires action from all of us from large-scale corporate concerns to the individual resident." from John Hart Leader of Devon County Council
    John HartLeader of Devon County Council
  11. Medical firm builds huge factory in Plymouth

    Plymouth Live

    A Plymouth manufacturer, which makes medical equipment, is building a £2.5m factory extension as part of a £100m investment which will create up to 100 jobs.

  12. Drivers nicked by 'undercover' police lorry

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    More than 150 dangerous drivers have been picked up on roads in Devon and Cornwall in the past year in an operation using unmarked lorry cabs - so officers can see down into cars and vans.

    Police lorry

    Police said a total of 167 offences were recorded, including dozens of people using mobile phones or not wearing seat belts.

  13. Organisers cancel festival after council refuses licence

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A music, food and wellbeing festival due to take place at the end of May has been cancelled.

    Porthilly Spirit, which was set to include activities such as Cornish seasalt pickling and gong meditation, was refused a licence by Cornwall Council last week despite having sold 700 tickets.

    Organisers said ticket holders would be given a full refund for the event, due to be headlined by singer Tom Odell, on a farm near Rock, Cornwall.

    Rock

    Will Herrmann, owner of Trefresa Farm where the event was set to be held, said in a statement on Monday that the decision to cancel had been taken with "great personal regret".

    "A huge amount of work has been carried out by the organising team to put together a fantastic event programme, and we are hugely disappointed to be unable to welcome everyone to enjoy a weekend on the farm," he said.

    Mr Herrman said the team would now work hard to address the concerns of the local community in preparation for a new licence application for the event in 2020.

  14. Football: Weale to leave Exeter City

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City goalkeeping coach Chris Weale is leaving the club after a season in the role.

    The 37-year-old former Yeovil Town and Leicester City goalkeeper is leaving to be closer to his family.

    Chris Weale

    "I have thoroughly enjoyed working here and developing my skills and, hopefully, I have had a positive influence on not only the group but the squad overall," he told the club website.

    "However, during the season, the time commitment has put a strain on my family and on reflection, and, giving it a lot of consideration, I will be leaving my position as first-team goalkeeping coach.

    "I will stay and support the club’s recruitment of the first team goalkeeping coach and goalkeepers however Matt (Taylor, Exeter City manager) sees fit."

  15. Man finds long lost mother in Iraq

    Jon Kay

    BBC News

    A man from north Devon who spent 30 years thinking he was an orphan has found his family, thanks to a BBC investigation.

    Amar Kanim was brought to the south west by former MP for Torridge and West Devon Emma Nicholson after he was injured in a napalm attack in Iraq.

    She had been told all his family had been killed.

    Amar grew up with her in north Devon where he still lives. A DNA test proved that his mother in Iraq is still alive.

    You can read all about his incredible story here.

    Amar Kanim
  16. Alcohol and drugs seized from clifftop rave

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Police have issued a warning to parents after a potentially "disastrous" illegal rave was broken up in Cornwall on Saturday night.

    Alcohol and drugs were seized from a large group of 14 to 16-year-olds near St Austell.

    Seized drink and drugs

    The incident happened "extremely close" to cliffs with a very steep, unfenced drop, St Austell Police said on Facebook.

    They added that the "combination of alcohol, drugs and a dangerous location could have had terrible results and what was intended as a fun evening for those present could have ended in disaster".

    Quote Message: Please talk to your teenagers about the potential dangers of consuming drugs and alcohol and how it affects their safety when under the influence. Officers do not want to be knocking on your door to deliver bad news." from St Austell Police
    St Austell Police