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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

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

    M5 Devon - M5 partially blocked and it's slow southbound from J30, A376 (Exeter) to J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off), because of an accident.

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

  2. 'Overwhelming' response as D-Day veteran goes viral

    BBC Spotlight

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    Video caption: Harry Billinge has received letters of thanks from all over the world

    A D-Day veteran who featured in the BBC's D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations says the public response to his television appearance has been "overwhelming".

    After Harry Billinge appeared on BBC Breakfast, the interview went viral on social media and has reached more than 20m people.

    Since then, Mr Billinge, 93, has been receiving letters from all over the world.

    Quote Message: Everybody has said 'I saw you on the telly, Harry'. It's all very overwhelming...It's been wonderful. Everybody's very kind to me. I've got more friends now than I ever have before, through the television and all this wonderful technology." from Harry Billinge D-Day veteran
    Harry BillingeD-Day veteran

    Mr Billinge, who lives in St Austell, had already raised more than £10,000 towards the Normandy Memorial, the first part of which was unveiled on 6 June.

    More money is needed to complete the project, and the Normandy Memorial Trust says Mr Billinge's appearance led to a surge in donations.

  3. Warning over mobile garden furniture sellers

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards team is warning people not to deal with a gang selling garden furniture from a white hire van bearing the “Enterprise Rental” logo.

    The advice follows reports of the gang approaching residents in Feock earlier.

    Quote Message: “Typically the gang will claim that they have excess stocks to sell, items left over from new-build properties or some similar excuse. Cold calling to offer garden furniture is a new version but the same risks and warnings apply. In reality there is no idea where the garden furniture has come from, no guarantee as to the quality and even a risk that it may be second-hand. They certainly will not be a bargain. And, of course, the gang will be here today and gone tomorrow so any guarantee they promise will be worthless and there will be no chance of getting a refund if problems are found.” from Leanne McLean Trading Standards Officer
    Leanne McLeanTrading Standards Officer

    Cornwall Council is reminding members of the public never to deal with anyone offering goods from the back of a van or from people who knock at the door without an appointment.

  4. 'Serious' crash in Winkleigh

    Twitter

    Motorists are being advised to avoid the Winkleigh area of mid-Devon while emergency services attend to a "serious" crash.

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  5. Cornish football club's stand 'destroyed' by high winds

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The stand at Illogan RBL Football Club has been "destroyed" in high winds.

    In a post on Twitter, the club said no-one was injured and it was thankful to everyone that helped get part of the roof off the road and tied down securely.

    A club spokesman said it will need completely rebuilding.

    Illogan RBL Football Club
    Illogan RBL Football Club
  6. Public consultation for fire stations closure plan

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Controversial proposals to close seven fire stations in Devon and reduce cover at others will be put out to public consultation.

    In a change to the plan put forward by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, taxpayers will be able to express a preference for separate options, after councillors approved a change requiring the service to present "individual options".

    Some councillors raised concerns about the impact the changes could have on the number of fire deaths and senior officers told them information on any changes to risk will be published as part of a three-month public consultation which is due to begin next month.

    Firefighters
  7. Soup kitchen location website launches in Exeter

    BBC Radio Devon

    A website that can guide homeless people to the nearest place that serves free food is being launched in Exeter later.

    Nextmeal.co.uk uses GPS signals to map out places like soup kitchens or shelters in cities around Europe.

    A number of companies have already signed up to be featured on the site.

    soup kitchen

    Founder Martin Stone said he thought it would be "quite useful" for people to know after they leave a soup kitchen where to go next.

    "Some people are new to a city and have got no idea or are perhaps suddenly homeless thinking 'where shall I go?'," he said.

    "The first thing you do is make sure you eat well and this GPS points straight to the next available soup kitchen wherever you are."

  8. Woman who died after being hit by car named

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A woman who died after being hit by a car near the Royal Cornwall Hospital has been named as 87-year-old, Patricia Martin.

    Emergency services were called to the A390 - one of the main roads into Truro - at about 09:55 on Wednesday.

    Mrs Martin, from Truro, was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Devon and Cornwall Police is continuing to appeal for witnesses.

    A390
  9. Mount Batten beach set to reopen for summer holidays

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Mount Batten beach

    A popular Devon beach is expected to reopen in time for the summer holidays after the discovery of asbestos on it.

    Mount Batten beach has been closed for about a month as a precautionary measure after pieces of cement containing asbestos were discovered.

    Plymouth City Council said the health and safety of residents was "our top priority and we needed to risk assess the situation".

    It added about 1,300 pounds (600 kg) of asbestos has already been removed from the area and the amount contractors are finding "appears to be getting less and less over time".

    Contractors will continue to sweep the area to see how much of the material there still is.

    The council said it hoped to reopen the beach towards the end of July "providing we are satisfied that it is safe to do so".

  10. Cheers for Brexit 'deal or no deal'

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    There were cheers at Sandy Park in Exeter when Boris Johnson told the audience the UK would leave the European Union on 31 October.

    Mr Johnson has committed to leaving the EU on 31 October "deal or no deal" and has called on his Conservative leadership rival Jeremy Hunt to do the same.

    Both men are appearing at hustings before Conservative Party members.

    Boris Johnson
  11. Hunt faces the cameras at hustings

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Conservative Party leader candidate Jeremy Hunt carried out some quick broadcast interviews before going into the hustings at Sandy Park in Exeter.

    There is a large media presence at the home of the Exeter Chiefs as well as hundreds of Conservative Party members listening to Mr Hunt and competitor Boris Johnson.

    Jeremy Hunt
  12. Johnson & Son at party leader hustings

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Boris Johnson's father Stanley has turned out to support his son Boris at the hustings for the next leader of the Conservative Party.

    Mr Johnson junior is at Sandy Park in Exeter to debate with Jeremy Hunt in front of Conservative Party members.

    Boris Johnson
  13. Hunt v Johnson at Exeter hustings

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Hunt supporters

    Supporters of the two candidates to be the next prime minister are at a hustings event in Exeter.

    Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Boris Johnson are debating this morning at Sandy Park, home of the Exeter Chiefs.

    The winner of the contest will take over from Theresa May on 24 July.

    Johnson supporters
  14. Fire station closures up for public consultation approval

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Controversial proposals to close seven fire stations in Devon and reduce cover at others are being considered by the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority later.

    Councillors are being asked to approve a public consultation on the plans which would start next month.

    The stations earmarked for closure are at Appledore, Ashburton, Budleigh Salterton, Colyton, Kingston, Topsham and Woolacombe.

    Managers say fires have reduced in the last decade and resources need to be reallocated.

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