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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A374 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A374 Devon both ways severe accident, between A379 Laira Bridge Road and Shapters Road.

    A374 Devon - A374 Gdynia Way in Plymouth blocked and queues in both directions between the A379 Laira Bridge Road junction and the Shapters Road junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from B3309 to Collorian Lane.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 in Crowlas blocked and queues in both directions from the B3309 junction to the Collorian Lane junction, because of an accident involving a car and a motorcycle.

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

  3. Seal encounter was 'not an attack'

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online


    A swimmer was not "attacked" by a seal as was previously reported, it has been claimed.

    The Seal Project released a statement about the wild seal encounter in Brixham originally reported as an attack.

    A swimmer returning to Breakwater Beach, Brixham and her swimming partner were approached by a bull grey seal on Tuesday.

    The Seal Project said the seal approached the swimmer and "mouthed" her lower right leg, leaving a mild scratch and light bruising on the foot and calf, plus a minor broken skin injury on the left leg.

    The project said the swimmer went to hospital after the encounter to receive antibiotics.

    However, the project added the swimmer was clear the wild encounter was "not an attack" and "quite inconsequential”.

    Grey seals are an intelligent and curious species, added Seal Project and suggested following guidelines released by the Outdoor Swimming Society to reduce the risk of a wild encounter.

    "All the indications suggest the seal was alone and simply curious," added the Seal Project.

    The BBC has not been able to contact the woman named by the Seal Project as the swimmer.

  4. Man gets leg stuck in ride-on lawnmower

    Chris Ellis

    BBC News Online

    A man who got his leg stuck in a ride-on lawnmower has been taken to hospital by air ambulance.

    Paramedics and firefighters were called to Lindridge Hill, Kingsteignton, at 14:45 after the man fell from the mower and got his leg stuck.

    Firefighters used cutting equipment and small tools to free the man.

    His condition or injuries are not known.

  5. South West heavy rain 'could impact driving conditions'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Heavy rain and possible thunder could cause problems for drivers in the South West on Friday morning, the Met Office has warned.

    Traffic is expected to be busy on roads in the region for the beginning of the school summer holidays.

    The Met Office said: "On Friday morning heavy rain, which could impact driving conditions in Wales and South West England, will soon spread north-eastwards reaching southern Scotland later."

    It said more wet weather later on Friday "will leave parts of southern and southwestern England quite wet during the evening rush hour".

    Weather map
  6. Car stolen from funeral directors

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A funeral company in Cornwall has had one of its cars stolen.

    The thieves stole the keys to the car, which also had the keys to the company's hearse attached.

    Personal Choice Funeral Directors had to quickly have another key cut for their hearse, and borrowed one from another company in the meantime.

    They have had to hire a limousine to replace the funeral car.

    There have been unconfirmed sightings of the car in Truro.

    Stolen car
  7. Toddler 'still very poorly' after bus and car crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A woman remains "critical but stable" and a 21-month-old girl is "still very poorly" after a crash between Bere Alston and Gulworthy on Monday, police have said.

    Officers were called to the B3257 at about 15:00 on Monday after the crash between a silver Vauxhall Corsa and a bus.

    The driver of the bus was uninjured and two passengers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

    The woman - the driver of the Corsa - was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth while the 21-month-old girl was airlifted to Bristol Children's Hospital.

    Devon and Cornwall Police is continuing to appeal for witnesses.

  8. River turns luminous green

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A picture of the River Caen in Braunton has emerged on social media, with the water turning a luminous shade of green.

    Speculation as to why the river had turned such a colour varied, with some suggesting that it was due to algae growing in the hot weather - other suggested the Hulk was having a bath upstream.

    The actual reason? It's a green dye used by the Environment Agency to track water flow through the river.

    River Caen
  9. Council looks at 'dead' street name policy change

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    Chris Maddocks
    Image caption: Chris Maddocks has competed in the Olympic Games five times

    A Devon council is considering changing its street naming policy after refusing to allow a street to be named after a local sporting hero because he's not dead.

    Earlier this year, it was proposed that a street in Tiverton be named after Olympic race walker Chris Maddocks, who has competed in the Olympic Games five times - the only Brit to have done so.

    However, Mid Devon District Council refused to allow it because it went against its policy of only allowing streets to be named after the deceased.

    Councillors are due to discuss changing the policy to allow streets to be named after the living next week.

    The motion from cabinet member, Richard Chesterton, suggests in "exceptional circumstances" where the living individual has made an "outstanding contribution" to the local area, changing street names should be permitted if approved by the individual and has "unanimous agreement" between councillors.

  10. Urine 'not a treatment' for weever fish stings, RNLI says

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The RNLI is again warning people not to treat weever fish and jellyfish stings with urine.

    Weever fish

    The urban myth continues, even though the treatment is actually hot water.

    The warning comes ahead of the summer holidays.

  11. Man killed in rock fall was from Hampshire

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    Sandymouth beach

    A man killed by falling rocks was 66 years old and from Hampshire, police have said.

    The man was killed on Tuesday when rocks fell on to him shortly before midday at Sandymouth beach near Bude.

    Richard Gibbons from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service told the BBC on Wednesday the man had been "up in the rocks and unfortunately suffered part of a rock fall".

    He said: "The rocks fell on top of him and he was pinned by a substantial piece of stonework."

    The man's body was recovered at about 15:45 on Wednesday at the end of a 28-hour operation by the fire service, coastguards and the police.

    The man has not yet been named.

  12. Man charged with rape after Ilfracombe attack

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A man has been charged following an investigation into a serious sexual assault in north Devon.

    The incident was reported to have taken place in the early hours of 21 May at a property on Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe.

    A 24-year-old man from Ilfracombe has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of assault by digital penetration.

    He has also been charged with assaulting a child.

    He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Exeter Magistrates Court later today

  13. Calls to recognise West Cornwall as dark sky reserve

    BBC Spotlight

    There are calls for West Cornwall to be recognised as an International Dark Sky Reserve.

    Dark sky reserves are public or private land possessing an exceptional or distinguished quality of starry nights and nocturnal environment that is specifically protected for its scientific, natural, educational, cultural, heritage or public enjoyment.


    Bodmin Moor was officially designated a dark sky area three years ago.

    Local councillors say the quality of light in West Cornwall is better than Bodmin as it is protected under its status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

  14. Video content

    Video caption: Cornwall barrel jellyfish: Essex diver has 'unbelievable experience'

    A chance encounter with Britain's largest jellyfish was "absolutely stunning, says diver.

  15. Man, 76, treated for smoke inhalation after kitchen fire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 76-year-old man was treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in his kitchen.

    Crews were called to St Paul's Road, Preston, Paignton at about 21:20 on Wednesday.

    The blaze caused about 50% fire damage and severe smoke damage, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, between J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter and J31 for A30.

    M5 Devon - It's slow on M5 southbound between J30, A376 (Exeter) and J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off), because of earlier debris on road. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  17. Sex offenders 'facing a lack of rehab and monitoring'

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A child sex offender who’s recently been released from prison and is looking to find a home in the South West, says chaotic living arrangements and a lack of help have increased the risk of him reoffending.

    There are also concerns about the level of monitoring by the police.

    A freedom of information request by the BBC revealed that each specialist officer in Devon and Cornwall has been assigned 60 sex offenders - when national guidance recommends a maximum of 50.

    Diane Wills is from the South West charity, Circles...

    Video content

    Video caption: One child sex offender says a lack of help has increased his chances of reoffending

    The government says it's spending £6m helping vulnerable former prisoners find stable accommodation.

  18. Plymouth's Heather Knight 'excited' for Test match

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth cricketer Heather Knight will lead out England at Taunton later in an Ashes Test match against Australia.

    The hosts are trailing 6-0 in the multi-format series with four points on offer for winning the Test.

    England lost all three one-day internationals and cannot afford to lose or draw the Test.

    Heather Knight
    Quote Message: It's now all about going and doing it against the Australians. Keeping it very simple. It's exciting too because it doesn't happen very much for us, test cricket. To play and on my home ground as well...I'm really looking forward to it. from Heather Knight England cricketer
    Heather KnightEngland cricketer
  19. Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry and sunny with showers

    BBC Weather

    Most of today will be dry with sunny spells, however there will be the chance of a few showers bubbling up at times.

    Feeling a little fresher than Wednesday with a light to moderate westerly wind.

    Maximum temperature: 21C (69F).

    weather map
  20. Burst water main closes B3303 in Camborne

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    In Camborne, the B3303 is closed in both directions due to flooding caused by a burst water main around The Old Shire Inn.

    South West Water says properties in the TR14 7QG area may have their water supplies disrupted as a result.

    It added there is currently to timescale for when the pipe will be fixed.

    Map of burst main