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  1. Building firm collapse leaves customers owed thousands
  2. Transat race to start from France in 2020 instead of Plymouth
  3. Will you be our GP? plea from 'lovely' Cornwall village
  4. Updates from Wednesday 22 May 2019

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, at J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane blocked on M5 northbound at J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a van fire. Traffic is coping well. Approach with care.

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

  2. Falmouth builder raises £11K for cancer niece in paddle

    Builder Body Pemberton has paddled from Falmouth to Brittany to raise money to buy a prosthetic leg for his niece who lost her leg because of cancer.

    Body Pemberton

    Body from Roseland in Cornwall, kayaked 105 miles and raised more than £11,000 for the appeal.

    Josie Bridges wants to be a paralympian and needs a special leg that'll cost £100,000.

  3. Salcombe Harbour plans announced

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Major redevelopment plans for the area around Salcombe Harbour have been unveiled.

    A series of planning applications have been submitted by South Hams District Council that would aim to "modernise" the existing harbour.

    A new two-storey harbour master depot, including workshop, office, welfare and storage areas could be built at Baston Quay.

    The existing harbour master facilities at Whitestrand could be replaced and the existing public toilets improved, while five new commercial units for marine usage would be built around Batson Quay.

    South Hams District Council will determine the fate of its own applications, which will be used by the Salcombe Harbour Authority, at a later date.

    Salcombe plans
  4. Public inquiry into price hikes on bridge and ferry

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Tamar Bridge

    A public inquiry will be held into planned price hikes on the Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry.

    It currently costs £1.50 for cars to cross the bridge or use the ferry. However, under the new charges, it would jump to £2.

    The Secretary of States announced an independent inspector has been appointed to hold the public inquiry on 6 and 7 August at the Guildhall in Plymouth.

  5. Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter


    Nick Hope

    BBC Olympic sports reporter

    London Olympic swimming champion Ruta Meilutyte announces her retirement from the sport at just 22 after missing three drugs tests.

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  6. One treated after Plymouth chip pan fire

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Evelyn Street

    One person has been treated for smoke inhalation after a chip pan fire in Plymouth.

    Firefighters from Camels Head and Crownhill were rushed to Evelyn Street at 09:59 to tackle the blaze in a ground floor flat.

    The person inside was helped out by neighbours before fire crews arrived, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

    They were checked over by paramedics at the scene.

  7. Brittany Ferries cancels Pont Aven sailing from Plymouth

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Brittany Ferries has cancelled sailings of its flagship vessel the Pont Aven from Plymouth.

    The vessel is being repaired due to problems with its steering system.

    The firm said it will not return to service until at least 31 May.

    There have also been changes to sailings between Plymouth and Roscoff.

    The company says passengers can get to Spain on alternative sailings from Portsmouth.

  8. Man charged after drug raid

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A 44-year-old man from Saltash has been charged after police carried out a drug raid in the town on Monday.

    The man is accused of possession to supply drugs, possession of a firearm and possession of a prohibited weapon.

    Two men aged 35 and 39 from London and a 15-year-old Saltash boy arrested have been released pending further inquiries.

    A local 28-year-old man was given a cannabis warning.

  9. Quick-thinking taxi driver saves woman from £1,800 scam

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A quick-thinking taxi driver has been praised by Plymouth City Council for saving a "vulnerable" woman from being scammed out of £1,800.

    "The lady had booked a taxi to take her to her bank after a man claiming to be from the council told her she needed to pay £1,800 for work on her drains," the council said on Facebook.

    "Thankfully private hire driver Dave smelled a rat and got in touch with the council and trading standards and police officers were called out."

  10. Bungalow damaged in accidental garden blaze

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Higher Island

    A bungalow has been damaged by a fire in the South Hams.

    Firefighters from Dartmouth and Kingsbridge were scrambled to Higher Island, Blackawton, at 05:06 to tackle the blaze.

    On arrival, crews found the property's garden fence, shed and a greenhouse on fire.

    The bungalow's roof and guttering were also damaged.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said the fire was started by accident.

  11. Van 'severely damaged' by blaze

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Slade Valley Road

    A van was destroyed in a blaze in North Devon in the early hours of the morning.

    Firefighters were called to Slade Valley Road, Ilfracombe, at about 05:48 on Wednesday following several calls from members of the public.

    The fire service said the cause of the fire was being investigated.

  12. Tory leader hits back at Lib Dem debt claims

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cllr Phil Bullivant

    The new leader of the Conservative group on Teignbridge District Council has hit out at claims made by the Liberal Democrats that they uncovered £60m worth of debt in the council’s finances.

    Liberal Democrat Cllr Alan Connett, the new portfolio member for corporate services, said he was surprised to uncover a "financial mess" left behind by the Conservatives.

    Speaking at Monday’s annual meeting, he said that the debt is made up of £15.5m the council spent on buying the Market Walk shopping centre in Newton Abbot that will eventually have to be repaid, in addition to a further £45m of borrowing that previous administration committed to.

    But Cllr Phil Bullivant, the new Conservative group leader, who was prevented from responding at the meeting due to protocol, has questioned how Cllr Connett could possibly have made the claim.

    Liberal Democrat Cllr Alan Connett

    Cllr Connett said in the meeting: “The £60m debt is a shock to us and I am sure it will be to residents’ right across Teignbridge.

    "Far from the council being left in good financial shape as the Conservatives claim, we are getting to grips with the financial mess and debt we have now inherited."

    In response, Cllr Bullivant said: “The facts are clear that it currently has no debts.

    "His claims are as unbelievable as his response to the council taking £13m from its reserves that generated an income for the council of less than £50,000 per year, and turning into one which returns almost a £1m to support council taxes, which he described as a problem.

    “Over the last three years a great deal of information was provided to councillors and open discussions took place in the council chamber. While the discussions took place about the redevelopment of Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Dawlish, there has always been a list of planned, approved and proposed projects and the cost forecast for future ones."

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A377 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A377 Devon both ways severe accident, from Searle Street to Threshers.

    A377 Devon - A377 Western Road in Crediton closed and very slow traffic in both directions from the Searle Street junction to the Threshers junction, because of an accident involving car and a pedestrian.

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