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    Video caption: Fastnet 40: Sailors remember storm that left 19 dead

    In August 1979 hundreds of sailors were caught in a ferocious storm that left 19 people dead.

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    Severe disruption: A38 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon both ways severe disruption, from Pemros Road to B3271 North Road.

    A38 Devon - A38 Tamar Bridge in Plymouth closed and queues in both directions from the Pemros Road junction to the B3271 North Road junction, because of a police investigation.

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

  3. Devon village celebrates community shop's 10th birthday

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Stokeinteignhead Community Shop

    A Devon village is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its community shop.

    People in Stokeinteignhead, near Shaldon, came together in 2009 after their store closed the year before to ensure they didn't lose the local amenity.

    Residents formed a management committee and raised £38,000 to get it up and running again.

    It is still staffed by locals and is staying open until midnight on Monday night to mark the special occasion, with 10% of all sales to go to charity.

    And customers have stayed loyal during all this time.

    Here you can see its first customer after reopening, six-year-old Rebecca Ashton, pictured with then manager Susie Panniewitz; and Rebecca as she is today with current manager Sally Richardson.

    Rebecca Ashton with Susie Panniewitz and Sally Richardson
  4. Zoo wants help to newborn marmoset twins

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A Devon zoo is calling on members of the public to help name a pair of newborn marmoset twins.

    Dartmoor Zoo said the "happy and healthy" common marmosets, often found in south America, had thrilled staff and they were "already seeing their personalities develop".

    The new additions were also bonding well with first-time parents Ted and Marmalade, who took it in turns to care for the babies while the other rested, staff said.

    Keepers have not yet examined the babies to determine the sex in order to minimise unnecessary stress and to allow the family precious bonding time.

    However, the new family is due to move into a brand-new enclosure with "plenty of ropes and branches for them to play and climb on".

  5. Traders fear loss of fees for pitches at Boardmasters

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight

    Traders who paid in advance for pitches at the cancelled Boardmasters festival say they could stand to lose tens of thousands of pounds.

    The Boardmasters music festival was called off last Wednesday just hours before gates were due to open after warnings the Watergate Bay site would be battered by storms. About 55,000 people were expected in Newquay for it.

    Boardmasters site

    The BBC has spoken to a number of traders who said they were not covered by cancellation insurance.

    They said they feared they would be left out of pocket and may even have to close their business because of lost fees and lost income.

    Most decided not to be interviewed on camera in case it affected their chances of getting fees back.

    Festival organisers have yet to comment to the BBC over whether pitch fees would be refunded.

  6. Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers and dry spells

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Some scattered showers are possible on Monday evening, but there is the chance that showers may become more widespread after midnight.

    Not all areas will catch a shower, however.

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


    A generally dry Tuesday for the most part with some sunny spells.

    However, a scattering of showers may develop during the afternoon, more so along the coast.

    Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).

  7. Discount supermarkets make Plymouth and Torbay plans

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A new Aldi store at Plympton is set for approval despite concerns about its impact on local shops.

    The store chain has come up with revised road upgrades and new information on local shopping habits after a decision was deferred in March.

    Plymouth city councillors are now being recommended to allow the scheme in the overflow car park of Chaplin’s in Galileo Close.

    Lidl and Aldi signs

    Meanwhile, rival discount supermarket Lidl is going ahead with plans to reopen a closed Waitrose store in Torquay.

    The German-owned retailer has lodged a planning application to convert the supermarket in St Marychurch Road, which would be the chain’s second branch in Torquay as it already has an outlet in Newton Road which it plans to keep open, it has confirmed.

    More than 200 jobs were lost with the closure of the Waitrose stores in Torquay and Teignmouth earlier this year.

  8. Zoo creating memorial to matriarch elephant Duchess

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Paignton Zoo's African elephant, Duchess

    A Devon zoo is to create a permanent memorial to an African elephant which died earlier this year.

    Duchess, described as the "matriarch of Paignton Zoo", who arrived at the zoo in 1977, died at the age of 49 after collapsing in her enclosure in mid-July.

    Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said an "enormous, immediate and heartfelt public response prompted us to think about how we should remember her".

    He said artists were being invited to submit ideas for designs, and a panel of people, including keepers "who knew Duchess better than anyone", would choose a suitable design and location for the memorial.

    Quote Message: Over the years, hundreds of thousands of people encountered Duchess at Paignton Zoo, were charmed by her and inspired by her. For that reason, we’ve decided to ask the public to help us." from Phil Knowling Zoo spokesperson
    Phil KnowlingZoo spokesperson
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    Severe disruption: Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    Devon both ways severe disruption, from A379 Elburton Road to Reservoir Road.

    Devon - Springfield Road in Elburton closed and queues in both directions from the A379 Elburton Road junction to the Reservoir Road junction, because of a police investigation.

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

  10. Truro business group opposes Next store move plans

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to relocate fashion retailer Next from Truro city centre to an out-of-town retail park would breach planning conditions, according to a business group.

    It was revealed last week that the planned retail park at Hendra, near Threemilestone, would feature stores for Next, Aldi, Go Outdoors, KFC and Smyths Toys.

    Planning permission is already in place for the retail park but a new application has been made to change the use of one of the units from a planned pub-restaurant to a retail unit that would be home to Next.

    However, if approved, Next has said that it would close its existing store in Pydar Street in Truro city centre and relocate to the retail park.

    Hendra development

    Truro Business Improvement District (BID) said it would oppose the planning application, claiming it would breach the existing planning agreement which stated that none of the units would sell fashion or footwear.

    A second condition stated that there would be “no poaching” which prevents any retailer from moving from the city centre to the retail park within 24 months.

    Next had said it was “inevitable” the Pydar Street store would close if it can open a store at the new retail park, adding that the lease on its city centre store ended last summer and that it had been “holding over” since then.

  11. Council getting tough on outdoor seating at cafes

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Devon council is planning to get tough with cafes and restaurants that refuse to pay for a permit to put tables and chairs on the pavement.

    Torbay Council is owed about £3,400 from 14 business that have refused to pay for their pavement licences.

    The council’s licensing committee was told the money currently had to be chased as a civil debt. Members approved a new policy to allow officers to revoke a licence if it remained unpaid after 14 days.

    Businesses would then be treated as unauthorised and would have their furniture seized and be sent a bill for the cost of enforcement.

    Tables on street

    Premises found using the pavement without a licence would be told to remove the furniture and apply for a licence within seven days. If they ignore the letter, they would also face their tables and chairs being removed and get a bill for the cost.

    Council officer Gary O’Shea said his colleagues had recently identified nine cafes using pavements without a licence and had received six applications.

    Two had removed the furniture and another was being given more time because of a change in ownership.

  12. Torquay 'incident' arrest nursery remains open

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Jack and Jill Childcare

    A nursery which saw a person arrested after a "recent incident" is still open, it says.

    Police said they were investigating allegations at Jack and Jill Childcare after the family of a child involved reported "the matter" to police. The arrested person has since been released on police bail.

    The nursery said the incident was still "subject to a police investigation".

    "We are unable to comment any further at this time," it added.

    The nursery confirmed to the BBC that it was still open.

  13. One in three children in poverty in part of north Devon

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    One in eight children live in poverty in Devon – and one in three in parts of Barnstaple.

    The startling figures are revealed as part of a new Devon County Council strategy to create "Healthy and Happy Communities" in the county.

    The strategy aims to address health and wellbeing challenges that the county faces and to address the considerable inequalities in health and poverty.

    It states that there have been recent increases in child poverty and more people are accessing emergency food supplies, and that one in eight children (12.5%) are in poverty.

    However in the Forches area of Barnstaple, one in three children are in poverty, compared to just 1.1% of children in the Teignmouth Road area of Dawlish.

    Fuel poverty rates also fluctuate dramatically, with 27.9% of people living in Mount Pleasant in Exeter facing it, compared to just 3.6% in Douglas Avenue in Exmouth.

    Life expectancy in Ilfracombe Central is just 75 years, compared to 90 in Liverton. While in Sidwell Street in Exeter, 8.2 per cent of 16-64 year-olds have a long term health issue, compared to just 0.8 per cent in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

    About 800,000 people live in Devon.

    A consultation on the draft Devon Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy for 2020 to 2025, runs until 5 September.

    The final version of the strategy is due to go to the Health and Wellbeing Board in October for approval.

  14. Arrest after incident at Torquay nursery

    A person has been arrested after a "recent incident" at a nursery in Torquay, police say.

    Officers said they were investigating allegations at Jack and Jill Childcare after the family of a child involved reported "the matter" to police.

    The arrested person has since been released on police bail.

    Police added that they and "partner agencies" are "continuing to carry out inquires".

    Torbay Council's Family Information Service Directory says the nursery can cater for up to 52 children up to the age of five.

    The nursery has been unavailable for comment.

    Jack and Jill Childcare
    Image caption: Jack and Jill Childcare, pictured here in 2014, can look after more than 50 children
  15. Drug crime mapped: SW sees 'some significant increases'

    BBC News UK

    Drug crime is increasing in many small towns and villages even as it falls significantly in city centres, the BBC has found.

    Police data shows drug crimes in England and Wales have fallen by more than 50,000 in the past five years. But national averages hide a major shift in where drug crimes are being committed.

    As well as towns on the peripheries of cities seeing increases, another pattern can be seen along the south coast of England.

    In Dorset, Bournemouth and Weymouth both saw rises of at least 50%, and Swanage, Bridport, Lyme Regis - plus Exeter in Devon and Redruth in Cornwall - all saw significant increases in drug crime.

    It comes as the government pledged an extra £85m to prosecutors to help deal with a rise in violent crime.

    County lines, England's south coast
  16. Arrests after 'men seen fighting with pieces of wood'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A man is recovering from a chest injury after an assault which saw "several men fighting with pieces of wood" in a street in Plymouth, police say.

    The fight broke out in Springhill, Pennycross, at about 14:00 on Wednesday 7 August.

    One man sustained an injury to his chest which "was not believed to be serious", officers said.

    Two men, both aged 27 and from the city, were arrested on suspicion of affray and later released under investigation.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  17. New Penzance medical centre officially opens

    Karen Stuart

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A new medical centre in Penzance has officially opened.

    The St Clare centre, which cost £6m to build, is home to three local GP practices and is to provide care for 21,000 people in the area.

    St Clare Medical Centre