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  1. New houses to be built in Exeter's 'garden community'
  2. Tunes in the Dunes capacity increased
  3. Devon Link Road: £93m upgrade work to begin next year
  4. A386 Bideford fatal crash victim named
  5. Devon County Show 2019
  6. Plymouth road scheme set to cause disruption
  7. Updates from Thursday 17 May 2019

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  1. Robots and insects: The farming answer to climate change

    Anna Varle

    BBC News Online


    Farming leaders in Devon say it's time for agriculture to be recognised as part of the solution to climate change - not the problem.

    A report by the Committee on Climate Change says the industry needs to make major changes to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2050.

    But researchers involved in a multi-million pound project say they're already looking at a number of innovative ways to do this, including using robotics to harvest crops and farming insects to feed animals and humans


    Professor David Hosken, a researcher at the University of Exeter's Penryn campus, is investigating the use of crickets to feed animals and people.

    Quote Message: The ultimate aim of the project is to provide a protein source that has low environmental impact...I think it could be massive, actually. In 50 years time, I'll be surprised if large proportions of our protein intake are not supplied by insects." from Professor David Hosken University of Exeter
    Professor David HoskenUniversity of Exeter
  2. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A38 Devon westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon westbound severe disruption, at A374 Plymouth Road.

    A38 Devon - A38 in Crabtree exit slip road closed westbound at the A374 Plymouth Road junction, because of a car fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

  3. School funding cuts 'having impact on mental health'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon's Director of Health says the dire state of finance in schools is putting pressure on the county's mental health services.

    Professor Virginia Pearson told Devon County Council's Cabinet the cuts in funding meant schools did not have the resources to provide support, which was costing the council a huge amount of money in treating people at a later date.

    In presenting this year's public health annual report, Professor Pearson set out a ten point plan to improve the mental health and wellbeing of the population of Devon.

    The ten recommendations include:

    • The promotion of mental health and wellbeing in schools and educational settings.
    • Recognising and addressing the mental health risks associated with poverty, poor housing and lack of decent employment.
    • Implementation of recommendations concerning maternal mental health and women from vulnerable groups.
    • Recognising the potential impact of caring on carers' own mental health and wellbeing.
    Quote Message: Without mental health there is no health, and it is increasingly recognised that we should be giving the same priority to mental health as physical health in terms of prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation. Poor mental health carries an economic and social cost of over a hundred billion pounds each year in England." from Professor Virginia Pearson Devon's Director of Health
    Professor Virginia PearsonDevon's Director of Health
  4. Lifeboats called to stricken vessel off Lizard Point

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online


    The Lizard and Penlee lifeboats were launched earlier to assist a fishing boat that was taking on water 4.5 nautical miles west of Lizard Point.

    The Newlyn vessel "Girl Pamela" had suffered engine failure with four people on board.

    The Penlee crew was able to safely tow the vessel safely in to Newlyn Harbour.

  5. Council proposes ban on anti-bird netting

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    nets over trees
    Image caption: In Guildford, netting was put in place to stop birds nesting so the trees can be removed

    Cornwall councillors will be asked to back calls to ban developers from placing nets over hedgerows which prevent birds from nesting.

    A motion will go to Tuesday's full council meeting, which is looking to prevent the use of nets on hedgerows.

    Sam Tamlin, the Liberal Democrat councillor behind the motion, said the issue had been highlighted elsewhere in the country and that, by passing the motion, the council could prevent the introduction of netting.

    Quote Message: As far as I am aware there have not been any incidents here so I am doing this as a pre-emptive strike. We do not have any control over it and it isn't illegal but we want to make sure it doesn't start happening here in Cornwall." from Sam Tamlin Cornwall Council
    Sam TamlinCornwall Council

    Earlier this week, MPs debated a petition, signed by 350,000 people, that called for "netting" to become a criminal offence.

  6. In pictures: Fisherman's Friends at the Minack Theatre

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The Minack Theatre was packed out on Wednesday night as the Fisherman's Friends performed a selection of shanties at the iconic venue.

    Before the show, the male singing group from Port Isaac said they were looking forward to bringing some "nautical nonsense" to proceedings.

    Take a look...

    Fisherman's Friends at Minack theatre
    Fisherman's Friends at Minack theatre
    Fisherman's Friends at Minack theatre
  7. A386 Bideford fatal crash victim named

    BBC Radio Devon

    A woman who died following a collision on the A386 near Bideford last week has been named as Kelly Gliddon, whose maiden name was Kelly Sussex.

    The 41-year-old from Torrington was in a Vauxhall Astra that crashed with a BMW and a Citroen van at Landcross at Little America, Landcross, last Thursday at about 15:00. She was declared dead at the scene.

    Her family have paid tribute to her, saying she was a "devoted mother to two boys, Charlie and Shay, beloved daughter to Mike and Diane, and sister to Lynsey; sadly she has been taken from us".

    Four other people were injured in the collision and were taken to North Devon District Hospital.

    One of the occupants of the Vauxhall, a 29-year-old man from Bideford, was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. He has been released under investigation.

    Police said an investigation was ongoing.

    Kelly Gliddon nee Sussex
  8. Plymouth road scheme set to cause disruption

    Jenny Kumah

    BBC South West politics reporter

    New link bridge

    A major road building scheme in Plymouth is set to cause disruption to residents and businesses in the east of the city.

    The £49m Forder Valley Link road aims to improve travel to the north of the city and important sites like the hospital in Derriford.

    It will involve a new bridge, additional lanes and cycling and pedestrian routes.

    But it will also mean that part of Forder Valley Road West will be closed for a year and half from next summer.

    The project manager is Steve Flaxton...

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    Video caption: The project will involve a new bridge, additional lanes and cycling and pedestrian routes
  9. Young farmer doesn't have a cow about show appearances

    BBC Spotlight

    A farmer with her own herd of Ayrshire cows is competing in the first day of the Devon County Show.

    Now that may not sound particularly unusual, but Anna Mortimer, from Crediton, is just 12 years old.

    She started showing cattle when she was four and got her very own first calf to rear when she was eight.

    Now she has her own herd of cows, and, although she's been competing in the show since she was seven, she said she was still excited about the event.

    Anna Mortimer
    Quote Message: It just feels better with your own calves to try and learn new things." from Anna Mortimer
    Anna Mortimer
  10. Mevagissey GP surgery services 'will continue for now'

    Matt Small

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The NHS says all services will continue for now at Mevagissey's GP surgery while bosses look at alternative arrangements after its partner GP handed in her notice.

    People in the village have been telling BBC Cornwall they're worried about the future of the service after a letter was sent out to patients saying Dr Katherine James was leaving the practice, which has about 5,300 patients.

    Dr James informed NHS England, which commissions services, she was ending her contract on 31 July.

    Mevagissey GP surgery website

    NHS England has written to all patients, saying it was "looking at alternative options for patients of Mevagissey Surgery".

    It added it had begun an online survey "asking for valuable feedback from patients to understand how this could affect you and what impacts there may be in terms of accessibility, travel and range of services provided".

    The deadline for responses is Wednesday 5 June.

    Meanwhile, staff at the surgery itself said they were encouraging patients "to come and make their voices heard", and that members of Friends of the Surgery would be in the village over the coming days to hear people's views.

  11. Farm shows off its latest spikey additions

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A community farm in Plymouth is getting straight to the point by showing off its latest spikey additions.

    Weighing just a couple of ounces each, BEES in Plympton, has been revealing its three new baby south African pygmy hedgehogs, born a couple of weeks ago to resident pair Horace and Hattie.

    Horace and Hattie were adopted by the team at BEES earlier this year so they could be a part of educational projects with local schools.

    Hattie gave birth to two baby boys and a tiny girl who were described by staff as "utterly adorable".

    BEES director Nathan Potts said: "It’s Hattie’s first litter and it’s been an exhausting experience for her keeping up with their demand for food – but she’s proven to be a fantastic mother."

    Baby hedgehog
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    Video caption: Newquay Zoo hand-rears endangered baby Owston's civet

    The endangered Owston's civet is one of just 17 in captivity worldwide

  13. War veteran remembers the horror of Monte Cassino

    Kevin Hay

    BBC Spotlight

    A Devon war veteran is on a pilgrimage to Italy to remember his fallen comrades.

    Ninety-five-year-old Tony Roper, from South Brent, who volunteered for service when he was 17, is attending a ceremony at Monte Cassino to mark the 75th anniversary of what was one of the bloodiest battles of World War Two.

    About 55,000 allied troops were killed or wounded in the four-month-long battle to capture the town's ancient abbey from German paratroopers.

    Tony Roper
    Quote Message: I think it's well worth remembering the sacrifice that was made by so many men. I would like to think that the commemoration will serve as a proper reminder of the awful horror of war." from Tony Roper
    Tony Roper
  14. Sub-postmasters wanting to quit 'in limbo'

    BBC Spotlight

    Post office counter

    Sub-postmasters in the South West say they are in limbo as they wait for new operators to take on post offices in their communities.

    Steve Pile said he had been waiting seven years for a new operator to be found in Charmouth in Dorset. He is retiring on Friday without anyone taking over.

    In Trewoon in Cornwall, Sally Bourton said she could not afford to leave until another post office was established at another shop in the village.

    This is despite the Trewoon branch earmarked for what Post Office Ltd calls its transformation programme in 2012, meaning it could be moved into another shop or taken over by another business.

    Post Office Ltd describes such closures as temporary and its planned changes would lead to a sustainable network across the country.