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Summary

  1. Bus passenger killed in emergency stop
  2. Sidmouth cliff paint job council branded "vandals"
  3. Ex-Royal Marine's death in Kenya is 'unexplained'
  4. Burst pipe floods homes in Yelverton
  5. Escaped pelican comes home to roost after flying the coop
  6. Plymouth's cobbled Mayflower Steps are to remain after outcry
  7. MP may challenge a minister to a Cornish wrestling bout to promote the sport
  8. Updates from Wednesday 12 June.

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  1. Weather: A cloudy and rainy day ahead

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy day ahead with outbreaks of rain which will be widespread and locally heavy.

    The rain should start to ease and become more intermittent during the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

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  2. Weather: Persistent and thundery showers

    BBC Weather

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    Showers will continue on Wednesday evening and through the night.

    They should ease and become more isolated, but a few will persist through the night. Some clearer intervals later.

    Minimum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F).

    There may be some bright or sunny intervals on Thursday, but there will be showers and perhaps some longer spells of rain too.

    The showers may become heavy and thundery locally.

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

  3. Devon travel: B3180 blocked in both directions after crash

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Aylesbeare, the B3180 is blocked in both directions after a crash involving a lorry and two cars, between the A3052 and Oak Road.

  4. Torbay Council criticised for ill teen's lack of tuition

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Devon council has been criticised for failing to carry out its duty to an ill teenager who was left without tuition for a year.

    The girl, identified as Miss X, was entitled to three hours of GCSE tuition a week in Information and Communications Technology under an education health and care (EHC) plan issued by Torbay Council in September 2017. But the tutor withdrew after the pupil cancelled at short notice seven times in 16 sessions.

    After a year without tuition, the girl’s mother complained on her behalf to the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman

    An investigation found the council was at fault for not restoring the lessons from January last year.

    The council has apologised and agreed to pay the girl £900 for the loss of provision and £100 each month it continued, and to pay her mother £250.

    The report said Miss X had a medical condition which meant she found it better to work in the late afternoon and sometimes had to cancel at short notice. The investigator said she was not responsible for her condition, and he did not criticise the late cancellations or blame her.

    Torbay Council said it had "apologised to the complainant and her mother and has taken the actions identified by the ombudsman.”

  5. Feathery escape artist returned to the zoo

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Pelican returned to his enclosure

    A pelican that escaped from Exmoor Zoo has come home to roost after flying the coop.

    The bird broke free from the Barnstaple attraction on Monday.

    Danny Reynolds, of Exmoor Zoo, said the three-year-old bird flew about a mile away before the bad weather forced him to land.

    Luckily local farmer Kevin Dallyn soon spotted the pelican and raised the alarm.

    Zookeepers used the escape artist's favourite food to entice him in and recapture him.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, from J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter to J31 for A30.

    M5 Devon - M5 partially blocked southbound from J30, A376 (Exeter) to J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Benched: Police want to know who's stolen meadow seat

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A large wooden bench has been stolen from a meadow in Okehampton, police said.

    Thieves took the cedar seat with a salmon design from Simmons Park on 1 June.

    "The bench seat is a very large piece of wood," Okehampton Police said on Facebook.

    "Therefore, [we] are hopeful that someone has seen the offender(s) carrying this piece of wood in the location."

    Stolen bench
  8. Man 'punched and knocked unconscious' in Redruth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man in his 60s was taken to hospital with a "serious head injury" after an assault in Redruth, police have said.

    It happened on Penryn Street - on the pavement by the old church - at about 23:25 on Saturday 1 June.

    The man was punched and knocked him unconscious, officers said.

    The offender is described as a white man, about 6ft (1.8m) tall, of normal build with short, dark hair which was shaved around the back and sides.

    He was wearing a dark coloured short sleeved T-shirt, dark jeans and shoes.

    Police are particularly keen to speak to the driver of a light-coloured convertible car which stopped and helped the victim.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    Penryn Street, Redruth
  9. Ex-marine's Kenya death 'unexplained'

    BBC News England

    A former Royal Marine from north Devon working on anti-piracy security died after a night ashore in Kenya in unexplained circumstances, an inquest heard.

    Benjamin Ryalls, 34, from Bideford, was fit and healthy when he died in a tuk-tuk on the way to his ship in Mombasa in 2012.

    His family said they felt let down by the British government, while Kenyan authorities had withheld information and toxicology results.

    Exeter coroner Philip Spinney said no injuries were found on Mr Ryalls.

    Benjamin Ryalls
  10. Plymouth woman punched in the face after row about her dog

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A woman was punched in the face after a row about her dog in Plymouth, police have said.

    It happened at Cattedown Roundabout at about 07:25 on Friday 7 June.

    The 45-year-old woman sustained facial bruising and swelling as a result of the attack, officers added.

    A 56-year-old local man was arrested on suspicion of assault causing actual bodily harm and has been released on bail until 5 July.

    Witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    Cattedown Roundabout
    Quote Message: This assault happened on a busy roundabout on a main route into the city centre, so someone must have witnessed what happened. We would ask anyone who saw the incident or anyone who has any information to assist with the investigation to come forward." from Devon and Cornwall Police
    Devon and Cornwall Police
  11. MP in bid to raise profile of Cornish wrestling

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A Cornish MP has said he may challenge a colleague to a wrestling match during a debate in the House of Commons later.

    Tory MP Scott Mann is holding an adjournment debate calling on the government to recognise Cornish Wrestling - or "wrasslin'" - and to look at whether the sport could be part of the Commonwealth Games.

    "We are proud of a lot of things in Cornwall," he said.

    "We have a lot of things like gig rowing, but Cornish wrestling goes back to Agincourt, where two Cornishmen were carrying the banner with Cornish wrestlers on it."

    Mr Mann said it was quite a "niche" sport in Cornwall and Sport England had not helped to raise its profile.

    wrestling

    He added: "I might challenge the minister to a wrestle. I'll have to make sure I get that into my speech. It is going to be a fun debate."

    Scott Mann
    Image caption: "We are proud of a lot of things in Cornwall," Scott Mann MP said
  12. Witness appeal after man assaulted on Plymouth roundabout

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A motorcyclist punched and smashed the window of a van before punching its driver in an assault in Plymouth, police have said.

    Emergency services were called to the slip road by Manadon Roundabout, near the A38, on Wednesday 15 May after the incident which happened between 17:30 and 18:00.

    The victim, a man in his 20s, was driving a white Citroen van, when he stopped at traffic lights on the slip road.

    A blue motorbike was reported to have pulled up alongside the van and the rider then punched the front driver’s window, causing it to smash.

    The rider then punched the victim in the face causing visible injury before leaving the area, officers said.

    Devon and Cornwall Police have appealed for witnesses to get in touch via 101.

    Manadon Roundabout