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  1. Girl, 16, killed in road crash near Braunton named

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A 16-year-old girl who died in a road crash near Braunton last week has been named as Audrey Fillon.

    Police said they were "continuing to investigate the circumstances" surrounding the death after she was in a collision with a Nissan pick-up truck at about 00:40 on Friday, 28 June.

    The teenager, from Braunton, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  2. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A376 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A376 Devon both ways severe accident, at Old Ebford Lane.

    A376 Devon - A376 Exmouth Road in Ebford blocked and queues in both directions at the Old Ebford Lane junction, because of an accident involving three cars.

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

  3. Devon and Cornwall weather: Staying fine

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    There will be some Tuesday evening sunshine in places.

    Into the night, it will stay dry with mostly clear, starry skies. A chilly night for early July.

    Minimum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

    Weather

    It will be mainly fine on Wednesday with good sunny spells, although there could be a partial build-up of cloud in the middle of the day.

    Slightly warmer than Tuesday. Gentle winds.

    Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

  4. New ambulances 'load patients on to stretchers in public'

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There is concern from some patients in Cornwall that the county's new narrower ambulances mean people cannot be transferred from a wheelchair to a stretcher without it being done in public.

    Cornwall has 63 new hi-tech vehicles worth £8m, with most of that money coming from the government. They are narrower than many standard UK ambulances, allowing them to more easily access out-of-the-way places with narrower roads.

    Neil Lechevalier, director of operational services at South Western Ambulance Service, said the ambulances employed the Power-LOAD stretcher system, which can lift and lower patients into and out of the ambulance and "basically almost loads itself, almost without help from the paramedic".

    However, he admitted some compromises have had to be made in order to introduce the new equipment which meant people would have to be put on the stretcher lift system out the back the ambulance.

    Bigger and smaller ambulance
  5. Torquay seafront road closed a month after hotel fire

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Shedden Hall Hotel fire

    The road outside a seafront hotel devastated by fire a month ago is expected to remain closed to traffic all this week.

    An investigation is being carried out into the safety of the road after an arson attack at the disused Shedden Hall Hotel at Torquay.

    The damaged building near the road was demolished after it was declared unsafe, and investigations of the site revealed a cellar reaching under Shedden Hill.

    A path for pedestrians has been reopened, but the road is expected to remain closed to traffic while the safety of the road structure is assessed.

    Meanwhile Torbay Council officials are in talks with the owner of the site, which was being redeveloped for flats and houses before the blaze on 4 June, about its future.

    Councillors and Torbay MP Kevin Foster had raised concerns about a delay to work starting on the derelict site, which was given planning permission in May 2017.

    A local building company was given approval to convert the main building into four flats, demolish modern extensions and build seven houses in the grounds.

    No one was injured in the incident which police said was being investigated as arson.

  6. Budget cuts could see schools close on Friday afternoons

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon’s schools could soon be forced to shut on Friday afternoons due to budget pressures, a leading councillor is predicting.

    Rob Hannaford, chairman of Devon County Councils Children’s Scrutiny Committee, said he is convinced a school in Devon will soon join schools nationwide closing on Friday afternoons to give teachers the preparation and planning time required, because they cannot afford to pay for an additional teacher to cover those sessions.

    A group of more than 80 cross-party MPs have written to Chancellor Philip Hammond urging him to increase school and special needs funding before permanent damage is done to the education of children across England.

    An example used in the letter of the damage being done includes Exeter Road Community Primary School in Exmouth, which has already reduced the number of teaching assistants at the school from 24 to 18 in order to cut costs.

    That school's headteacher Paul Gosling said that the crisis over lack of funding meant that, despite already axing a quarter of support staff, they are facing a budget deficit of £100,000 this year.

  7. FlyBe: Racism claims denied by airline after viral video

    BBC Newsbeat

    FlyBe has denied racism was the reason it stopped a British group getting on a flight from the Netherlands to the UK.

    Videos posted to social media by the sister of Chloe Williams - one of four women who were denied boarding the flight to Birmingham on Sunday - accused the staff of "racial profiling".

    The Exeter-based airline says it stopped the passengers from boarding because of their "disruptive behaviour".

    Chloe Williams, Abigail Nsumbi Male, Abigail Bazola and Zahonie Mills
    Image caption: Chloe Williams (bottom left), with friends Abigail Male, Abigail Bazola and Zahonie Mills
  8. Ram-raiders target Kilkhampton Co-op

    BBC Radio Devon

    Ram-raiders have driven into the front of the Co-op in Kilkhampton and made off with alcohol and other items, police say.

    Officers said they were linking the incident to the theft of two cars from a garage in Holsworthy in the early hours of Saturday.

    The attack on the shop, which involved four men, happened at about 04:30 on Saturday.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

    Kilkhampton Co-op
    Image caption: Police said four men attacked the shop (Google Street View picture)
  9. Court threat for water scooter user after 'stupid' antics

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A water scooter user has agreed to a voluntary ban from Brixham harbour after being caught on video breaking by-laws.

    Torbay harbour master Adam Parnell confronted the offender with CCTV evidence of him being "being particularly stupid" in the harbour and gave the man the option of not using the harbour or facing prosecution.

    He said the action had sent “shockwaves” through the water scooter community.

    The harbour master said: "He agreed voluntarily not to put his boat back into the water. It meant the young chap did not end up with a criminal record, but ensures the safety of the bay."

    Details of the incident emerged as Mr Parnell gave an update to Torbay Council’s harbour committee on recent incidents around Torbay.

    Councillors were told there were three reported near-misses involving such craft in April, including two near swimmers at Broadsands and Torre Abbey.

    Mr Parnell said a review of warning signs was due to be carried out alongside a programme of education and information for water users.

    Brixham harbour
  10. Schools trust told to improve financial management

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Devon academy trust has been given a Financial Notice to Improve.

    Earlier this year, the South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust, based in Ashburton, announced it was having to make cutbacks, including making some 75 staff redundant.

    The trust runs seven schools in the area, including in Ashburton, Buckfastleigh, Moretonhampstead and Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

    The Education Funding and Skills Agency said it was concerned about the trust's weak financial position and has told the trust board it must do more to ensure a balanced budget.

    The trust said it had developed an action plan to deal with its difficult financial situation.

    South Dartmoor Multi Academy Trust website
  11. Football: Truro manager Wilkinson expected to go to Bury

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Paul Wilkinson is expected to be appointed manager of Bury just two weeks after agreeing a contact with Truro City.

    Wilkinson was caretaker manager of Truro at the end of last season before signing permanently a fortnight ago.

    The former Grimsby Town and Northampton Town coach came in after Leigh Robinson was sacked a month ago but could not stop Truro from being relegated.

    He will leave Treyew Road without winning a match during his tenure.

  12. I'm not Iron Man! Police give unsafe bike helmet warning

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A Devon and Cornwall Police officer has warned parents to know what crash helmets their children are wearing after stopping someone sporting a helmet styled as a superhero's which was not legal in the UK.

    The officer, 50bikecop on Twitter, said the rider was wearing the helmet styled like Marvel's Iron Man while on a 125cc machine.

    The helmet, available to buy online, had no British safety marking and fake US ones, they added.

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