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    Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A35 Devon both ways severe accident, from A358 Musbury Road to B3261.

    A35 Devon - A35 in Axminster closed in both directions from the A358 Musbury Road junction to the B3261 junction, because of a serious accident. Traffic is coping well. Diversion in operation - via B3261 through Axminster.

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

  2. Dolphin put to sleep after washing up on beach

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online


    A stranded dolphin spotted at Hannafore Beach, Looe, Cornwall on Sunday had to be put to sleep after coming ashore.

    The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) received calls about the common dolphin and instructed the public over the phone how to provide care until volunteers arrived at the scene.

    Before they arrived people had repeatedly tried to release the dolphin back into the sea and each time it came back to the shore - something that causes a lot of distress and confusion.

    It was supported in shallow water by volunteers, so a health assessment could be carried out.

    However, the 1.9m male dolphin's reflexes were slow and weak, it struggled to lift its head properly to breathe and showed no signs of trying to swim for itself.

    Therefore, the decision was made to put the animal to sleep to prevent further suffering. The body was recovered for post-mortem examination to help understand why the animal may have come ashore.

    helping dolphin in sea
  3. Government investing £1m in fishing safety

    BBC News

    Nearly £1m is to be spent on moves to cutting deaths in the UK’s most dangerous industry - fishing - by the government.

    Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani said £700,000 was to be provided to give more fishermen potentially lifesaving training on top of an existing £250,000 pot to provide more than 500 personal flotation devices with locator beacons to help find people who have fallen overboard - the most common reason for fatalities at sea.

    There were six fishing fatalities in 2018, either through people falling overboard or due to issues affecting the stability of vessels.

    Ms Ghani said the government wanted to eliminate all preventable deaths by 2027, and the "extra training and better equipment would mean fewer fishermen getting into danger at sea".

    From 23 October, all small fishing vessels will need to be fitted with an emergency beacon or have personal beacons for every member of crew to enable rescuers to find them.

    Fishing ropes and nets
  4. 'Thoughtless moron' accused of regeneration schemes leak

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Major schemes to regenerate key sites in Teignmouth and Newton Abbot could be placed in jeopardy after a "thoughtless moron" leaked confidential information about them, the leader of Teignbridge District Council has fumed.

    The council’s executive gave officers the green light to take forward proposals for Sherborne House in Newton Abbot, and Brunswick Street in Teignmouth at their meeting on Monday.

    The regeneration proposals were discussed entirely in Part II of the meeting with the press and public excluded due to confidential financial information about negotiations being included in the report.

    But prior to the meeting, a copy of the report had been leaked to the Mid Devon Advertiser newspaper, which splashed details of the proposals, including financial information, on Friday.

    Council leader Gordon Hook said:"I want to run an open and transparent administration and put as much as we can into the public domain, but that are some things that should be kept in confidence, such as financial negotiations. To leak this was an act an antisocial act that potentially jeopardises the scheme."

    It had previously been reported that Teignbridge was considering purchasing the former Job Centre building at Sherborne House as part of plans to relocate health provision in the town, plus convert part of the building into social rent apartments.

    The council had previously agreed to prepare a business case on plans for a hotel at the Brunswick Street site and the report contained a recommendation for a national chain to be the preferred operator of the hotel.

  5. Hunt for family of man pulled from the sea in Penzance

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police in Cornwall are trying to trace the family of a man who died after being pulled out of the sea on Tuesday near the Jubilee Pool in Penzance.

    A lifeboat and the coastguard helicopter were called out to assist and he was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital near Truro but didn't survive.

    Officers said he was believed to be a 53-year-old from the Midlands and efforts were continuing to find his next of kin.

  6. Missing Newquay teenager found

    A teenager reported missing has been found by police.

    Rosie Needs, 15, was reported missing from Newquay and has since been located safe and well.

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  7. Police searching for 'high risk' missing person

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Police are searching for a "high risk" missing person from the west Devon area.

    They are also looking for a red Vauxhall Astra.

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    Severe disruption: A361 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A361 Devon both ways severe disruption, from A399 to B3227.

    A361 Devon - A361 blocked and queues in both directions from the A399 junction in South Molton to the B3227 junction in Bishmill, because of a car on fire.

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

  9. Police 'increasingly concerned' for missing teenage girl

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Police say they "growing increasingly concerned" for the welfare of a 15-year-old girl reported missing from Newquay.

    Officers said Rosie Needs was last seen on Saturday morning in the town and inquiries were ongoing to locate her.

    She is described white, of slim build, about 5ft 7in tall, with long black hair, and wearing black jeans and a t-shirt.

    Rosie Needs
  10. Devon freehold beach hut expected to sell for £200,000

    Richard Green

    BBC Radio Devon

    Teignmouth beach hut

    A beach hut in south Devon is up for sale with an auction guide price of a mere £200,000.

    The freehold property is on the Back Beach in Teignmouth.

    When a hut last came up for sale, in 2010, it achieved a price of £83,000.

    Estate agent Nick Wood said the big selling point was the freehold.

    He said: "To get a freehold right on the seashore in the UK is a very, very valuable commodity and a unique opportunity."

    Teignmouth beach hut