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  1. Weather: Rain clearing for dry and sunny spells

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    BBC Weather

    weather map

    Any lingering daytime rain should clear in Devon and Cornwall to leave a dry rest of the night with lengthy clear spells.

    Minimum Temperature: 6C (48)

    Looking ahead to Friday, it should remain dry, as high pressure builds over the region. There should be some decent spells of sunshine too.

    Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

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    Severe accident: A30 Devon eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Devon eastbound severe accident, from B3260 Exeter Road to A382.

    A30 Devon - A30 in Okehampton closed and queues eastbound from Okehampton Services to Whiddon Down, because of an accident earlier on and gravel on the road.

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

  3. Poldark premiere excitement

    The red carpet is being rolled out for the Cornish premiere of the fifth and final series of BBC One’s Poldark.

    Hundreds are expected to line the streets this evening to see the stars of the hit show at the Regal Theatre in Redruth.

    Fans are expecting to see actors Eleanor Tomlinson who plays Demelza Poldark and Jack Farthing who plays George Warleggan at the show.

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    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, at J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J29, A3015 (Exeter), because of an accident.

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

  5. Cornwall's coastline to be improved

    BBC Spotlight

    Plans have been unveiled for improvements to 164 miles (264km) of Cornwall's coast.

    The proposals include the coastline between Newquay and Penzance, and between St Mawes and Cremyll, as part of the new England Coast Path.

    The complete route is a 2,700-mile-long (4,345km) distance walk currently being developed by Natural England.

    Landowners and local residents are being asked for their views over the next eight weeks.

    Coast path sign
  6. Woman taken to hospital after police involvement

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    police cars in street

    Armed officers, police negotiators and paramedics were called to Honiton today following concerns over the welfare of a woman in Chestnut Way.

    The woman was initially taken into police custody at the scene and was subsequently handed over to the care of medical professionals.

    She has since been taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

    A witness said they were woken at 07.15 to armed police in Chestnut Way.

  7. Devon animal shelter searching for a 'cat socialiser'

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online


    An animal shelter in Newton Abbot is on the hunt for a volunteer "cat socialiser" to help out in its cattery.

    Animals in Distress is searching for someone who can give one morning or one afternoon a week to help socialise the cats in its care.

    "The job isn't just about cuddling cats - although some of them will appreciate a lap to sit on and lots of fuss and attention.

    "It also involves just sitting quietly and patiently with some of our more nervous cats to help get them used to being around humans," the job listing reads.

  8. Protect the Cornish pasty plea by MP

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Concerns have been raised in Parliament about the future of exports of Cornish delicacies such as pasties and clotted cream, if there's a "no deal" Brexit.

    The Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, Luke Pollard, told the Commons: "In the event of a no deal, something the forerunner in the Tory leadership contest seems quite keen on, protections for Cornish pasties and Cornish clotted cream to name but a few will be at risk.

    "So what steps is Defra taking to ensure that they are protected, come Hallowe'en this year, so we've got protections for those vital goods that our farmers and growers grow?"

    Cornish pasties

    Environment minister Robert Goodwill replied that the Government had contingency plans.

    "We wish, in the event of a no-deal situation, to set up our own scheme and negotiate with our friends across the Channel to ensure we can have some degree of co-operation.

    "But I must stress 'no deal' is not an option I would want to support.

    "We need to get a deal, we need to get it over the line."

  9. Controversial Bakers Park improvement plans withdrawn

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Bakers Park, Newton Abbot

    Controversial plans for improvements to Bakers Park in Newton Abbot have been withdrawn.

    The plans were submitted by Teignbridge District Council at the end of March to improve the park.

    Among the improvements planned were a new pavilion and football changing room facilities, refreshment kiosk with public toilets, an exercise trail, resurfacing of the tennis courts, and an increase in car parking spaces from the existing 19 to 75.

    The scheme though would have also seen the removal of some trees, a smaller football pitch and could have seen the end of the popular ‘Coffee to Go’ van.

    Cllr Gordon Hook, the new Liberal Democrat leader of the council, has confirmed that the scheme, submitted under the previous Conservative administration, has been scrapped and that a new and revised scheme is being prepared by his team.

    The proposals had received 48 objections and just three general comments, with no letters of support.

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    Severe accident: A3052 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3052 Devon both ways severe accident, at B3180.

    A3052 Devon - A3052 in Aylesbeare blocked and queues in both directions at the B3180 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  11. Hard-up council owns £8m art collection

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Hard-up Torbay Council owns an art collection worth almost £8m, its accounts reveal.

    The works include William Holman Hunt’s ‘The Children’s Holiday’, painted in 1864, which is at Torre Abbey museum in Torquay.

    Other highlights include drawings by Victorian artist Edward Burne-Jones for his stained glass panels ‘The Planets’.

    Last year the local authority imposed a freeze on non-urgent spending because of financial pressures.

    It has had to find £7m of savings to balance this year’s books and faces an estimated £18m shortfall over the next three years.


    Spending on children’s services went £5m over budget, which the council blamed on the increased number of children in care and the rising cost and complexity of cases.

    Staff leaving packages cost the council £200,000 in the last financial year.

    The payments went to six council staff and 11 from schools.

    The number of council employees not including schools fell during the year by 48 to 958.


    The council owns watercolours by Thomas Luny and FJ Widgery and a rare proof set of Victorian artist and poet William Blake’s ‘The Book of Job’.

    The estimated value of the holding has fallen by £300,000 in the last year to £7.8m, according to the council’s annual statement of accounts.

    The council’s heritage property portfolio is valued at £24.6m, with the most important being Torre Abbey, an 800-year-old former medieval monastery worth an estimated £20m.

    Torbay has seen its Government grant fall by £21m over the last four years due to austerity.

  12. Devon's 'most rebellious town' is fighting for its fire station

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online petition

    Residents of a town in East Devon have started a petition to save their fire station after it was announced it could shut to save money.

    Up to eight fire stations may close under changes being considered by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

    Stations under threat include seven in Devon: Appledore, Ashburton, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Kingston, Topsham and Woolacombe.

    In Somerset, Porlock station is also under review.

    Residents of Colyton have now created a petition to fight the closure which more than 150 have already signed.


    "Due to shifts in the population of Devon and Somerset, a change to our emergency services is being proposed," the petition reads.

    "One of the options to tackle this is to close Colyton Fire Department.

    "As a community, we cannot let this happen.

    "On these rural roads, sparse fire stations and not to mention recent callouts for the need to have this station, this must not go ahead.

    "We will fight for our fire department."

    The letter is signed "Colyton, the most rebellious town in Devon".

  13. Cornwall travel: Caravan broken down on the A30

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • On the A30 eastbound, between Highgate Hill and Cornwall Services we've got reports there's a broken down camper van.
    • At St Teath, on A39 Allen Valley Road there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks. There are reports of slow traffic.
  14. Six arrested over threats and machete reports

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    police on road

    Six people were arrested following reports of a man making threats while armed with a machete in Plymouth.

    Units were called to Lipson Vale, Plymouth at about 21.10 last night.

    Officers surrounded a property on Percy Terrace at around 23:30.

    A quantity of cash and a machete was seized at the scene.

    Two women aged 18 and 32 and three men aged 20, 27 and 48 all from Plymouth were arrested on suspicion of affray.

    A 17-year-old male from Kent was also arrested on suspicion of affray and money laundering.

    All six remain in police custody.