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    Severe disruption: A361 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A361 Devon both ways severe disruption, from A3125 to B3149.

    A361 Devon - A361 Braunton Road in Sticklepath closed in both directions from the A3125 junction to the B3149 junction, because of a police investigation.

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

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    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall westbound severe accident, from A39 to A390.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 closed westbound from Carland Cross to the A390 junction, because of an accident.

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

  3. Devon & Cornwall weather: Warm and heavy showers possible

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather


    It will be remaining dry through Monday night with cloud building and turning rather misty in places.

    Minimum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

    It will be a mainly dry day on Tuesday, with cloud clearing to leave it sunny and warm for most of the day.

    There is the chance that some heavy showers will spread from the south west later in the day.

    Maximum temperature: 24 to 27C (75 to 81F).

  4. A royal romance: 80 years on

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Princess Elizabeth at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, in 1939

    It is 80 years since Queen Elizabeth – then Princess Elizabeth - met Prince Philip at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth in July 1939.

    Elizabeth, then 13, was the daughter of the visiting King George VI and Prince Philip of Greece, aged 18, was a cadet at the Devon college, and nephew of the King's Aide-de-camp Captain Louis Mountbatten.

    "This is the catalyst; this is where it all starts," said Dr Jane Harrold from the Britannia Museum.

    "They had met before, but this was the first time they had any quality time to spend together, and Elizabeth has since written that it's the first time she remembers meeting Philip.

    "It's from this point that she's in regular correspondence with him and that carries on throughout the war. It's a bit of a slow burner but then that's what you might expect given Elizabeth's age at the time."

    The captain of the college, Sir Fredrick Dalrymple-Hamilton, recorded the visit in his diary, including tea of "traditional raspberries and cream mixed with strawberry ice" on Saturday 22 July and croquet on the lawn of the captain's house the following day.

    In this picture, you can see Princess Elizabeth playing croquet, while her future husband is on the far right of the group.

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    Severe accident: A39 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Devon both ways severe accident, from B3233 to Brynsworthy Lawn.

    A39 Devon - A39 blocked and queues in both directions from Instow Turn Off in Westleigh to the Brynsworthy Lawn junction in Roundswell, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe accident: A39 Devon westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Devon westbound severe accident, at Victoria Street.

    A39 Devon - A39 Eastern Avenue in Barnstaple blocked and it's slow westbound at the Victoria Street junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  7. Council responds after travellers go into St Ives car park

    Aisling Finn

    BBC News Online

    Travellers in St Ives

    A Cornwall Council official has been visiting a group of travellers who took up residence in a car park overflow in St Ives, the authority says.

    Seven caravans, along with several other cars, quadbikes and vans have been spotted in the field at Trenwith car park, behind the town’s leisure centre, after they arrived on Saturday night.

    The council said its traveller unauthorised encampment manager was visiting the site on Monday to "establish the group’s circumstances and intentions".

    The council added that it would "accept and tolerate unauthorised encampments for limited periods", providing the group adhered to a code of conduct for unauthorised encampments.

    If the travellers failed to comply, the council said it would apply to magistrates for an eviction order.

    Cornwall Council is currently developing a site for travellers to allow it to "guide" them away from unauthorised encampments.

    The 15-pitch site is due to open next month and occupants will be able to stay for up to 12 weeks.

  8. Council looks for partner to build 500 homes on farmland

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Collaton St Mary

    Torbay Council is looking for a partner to build 500 homes after the government gave it £3m to prepare the land.

    Councillors voted to go ahead with the arrangement which would give it more control over the developments than if the land was sold following a meeting on Thursday.

    The council now owns 10 acres at Preston Down Road, Paignton, which could see the development of up to 150 homes, and 45 acres at Little Blagdon Farm, Collaton St Mary (pictured), enough for 350 homes.

    They have paid £2.4m for the return of the land which was on a long-term lease to the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust.

    It expects to make a profit from the eventual sale of the sites under a partnership deal.

    Surplus funds would go towards creating jobs, regenerating the town centre and heritage assets.

    The council has already submitted a planning application to demolish buildings at Little Blagdon Farm to make way for a junction to the proposed development site.

    More than 100 objections have been submitted against the application, including one from the Paignton Neighbourhood Plan Forum.

  9. Moon left out of World Cup squad

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter prop Ben Moon has been left out of Eddie Jones' latest World Cup training squad.

    It means Moon, 30, who has won eight caps since making his debut last November, could face an uphill struggle to make it into the final squad for this autumn's World Cup in Japan.

    Ben Moon

    Fellow Exeter forwards Luke Cowan-Dickie and Harry Williams are included in the squad, which will be training in Italy, along with backs Jack Nowell and Henry Slade.

    England play warm-up matches against Wales and Ireland next month before the final party is selected for the World Cup which starts in mid-September.

  10. Campaigners appealing for increased seal protection

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    dog biting seal

    A report entitled: "Please Do Not Disturb! - issues of seal disturbance in the United Kingdom" has highlighted the impact human activity is having on their populations, the Seal Protection Action Group has reported.

    Funded by the group and the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust for The Seal Alliance, the report documents case studies around the British coast where the protected animals are suffering.

    Researchers found evidence seal populations were suffering disturbance from human intrusion, both accidental and deliberate, through recreational activities as well as tourism.

    The report warned repeated disturbances could do serious harm to individual animals through stress or serious injury.

    Campaigners said they would also like to see more protection of essential habitats for seals.

    Quote Message: Our seals are under increasing threat from deliberate killing, climate change, over-fishing, toxic pollution, entanglement in nets, ingestion of plastic and serious injury from collisions with vessels." from Andy Ottaway Seal Protection Action Group
    Andy OttawaySeal Protection Action Group
    Seals on rocks
  11. Penitent protesters highlight 'fast fashion'

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    penitent protesters

    Extinction Rebellion protesters gathered in Truro on Saturday to object to fashion industry practices that they claimed were environmentally damaging.

    Some of those involved dressed as penitents, a medieval Christian order who sought to absolve themselves of sin by taking on various penances.

    protest march

    The purpose of the protest was to highlight the damage caused by "fast fashion", the practice of mass producing cheap, disposable clothing, organisers said.

    Such clothes have become a focal point for environmental campaigners, who wish to highlight how consumers can change their behavior, reduce their carbon footprint and prevent waste.

  12. Travellers move into St Ives overflow car park

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A group of travellers has taken up residence in an overflow car park in St Ives.

    It is believed they arrived in the field at Trenwith car park, behind the town's leisure centre, on Saturday night.

    On Monday morning, there were seven caravans counted, plus a number of other cars, vans and quad bikes.

    St Ives councillor Andrew Mitchell posted on social media on Sunday that he had been to the site and spoken to some of the travellers who said they "wanted to work with the council", had come from Plymouth and "intended to stay a week".

    St Ives travellers
  13. Torbay residents getting second chance on town councils

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Torbay Council will ask residents if they want town councils in Torquay and Paignton for a second time after a Tory move to block the idea failed.

    The controversial scheme is seen by the council’s Liberal Democrat and Independent leadership as a way to save services at risk from government cuts and bring decision-making closer to voters.

    The council voted at a meeting on Thursday to start a second stage of consultation on the proposals in September. As a result, people will be asked on their views on setting up the new councils from next April.

    But Conservatives argue the scheme could be used to add up to £300 a year to Band D council tax, and create and unwanted and unnecessary extra layer of councillors and bureaucracy.

    The proposal caps the first year’s Band D council tax at £90 and will produce almost £3.5m, which will allow town councils to take over services currently controlled by top-tier authority, such as museums and public toilets.

    Government funding for Torbay has dropped by £21m over the last four years and the council is facing another £18m of cuts over the next three years.

    Torbay Council
  14. Disabled surfers ride the waves

    BBC Spotlight

    disabled girl surfing

    The UK's biggest disability surfing event took place in Cornwall over the weekend.

    The Summer Surf Challenge is run by charity the Wave Project, which helped 160 children take to the water and try their hand at hanging 10 at Watergate Bay, near Newquay.

    Supported by surf mentors from across the community, the event aimed to make the sport inclusive for everyone.

    Twelve-year-old Alex, who has cerebral palsy, pictured here, made the trip with her family all the way from Hampshire to take part in the event.

    girl in beach wheelchair
  15. Plymouth police chase 'dinosaur' down street

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    There was an unusual creature spotted by police in Plymouth over the weekend.

    The Charles Cross Police Team has posted a video showing a person in a dinosaur costume running at speed late on Saturday night.

    They suggested it might have been a "Do-you-think-he-saw-us", while another commented that they recognised the perpetrator as "Terry Dactyl".

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