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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A387 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A387 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, between B3253 and B3247 West End Cottages.

    A387 Cornwall - A387 in Widegates closed in both directions between the B3253 junction and the B3247 West End Cottages junction, because of a caravan on fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry with sunny spells

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy at times this morning with some scattered showers, but it will become mostly dry and brighter as sunny spells develop and the showers become increasingly isolated.

    Moderate or fresh west to northwesterly winds will ease and turn to the southwest later.

    Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F)

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  3. Police investigate drones flown at fireworks event

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating after drones were spotted flying over Plymouth Hoe on the first night of the British Firework Championships.

    Two members of the public were identified and reported for air navigation order offences in separate incidents on Wednesday evening, according to the police drones team.

    There are restrictions in place during the event making it a criminal offence to fly any unmanned aircraft between 18:00 and midnight on 14 and 15 August.

    map of Plymouth
    Image caption: Airspace over Plymouth is restricted for all drones during the Championships
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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, from J28 for A373 Honiton Road Cullompton to J27 for A361.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 northbound from J28, A373 (Cullompton) to J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a vehicle on fire.

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

  5. WW2 observation post to be turned into holiday let

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An iconic former World War Two observation post will be turned into holiday accommodation.

    Plans have been given the go-ahead for the conversion of the Brandy Head Range Observation Post, near Otterton, to create a two-bed holiday let.

    The observation post was built in 1940 on Brandy Head and the Exeter-based Gunnery Research Unit, attached to Number 10 Group RAF, tested turret mounted guns as well as wing mounted cannons and latterly noise-mounted cannons.

    The utilitarian observation post still stands as a shell, having lost its roof, but has fallen into disrepair.

    Sam Walker, the tenant of Stantyway Farm, had wished to convert the lookout into visitor accommodation.

    His scheme was supported by land owners Clinton Devon Estates.

    Brandy Head Range Observation Post

    There had been 33 objections to the application, with just three letters of support.

    The objectors had raised concerns that it would set a precedent for further holiday development, walkers would feel they were intruding on holidaymakers, it would harm the quiet character of the place, and as it is a memorial to the RAF a conversion would be "sacrilege".

    Supporters had said that it would be an imaginative reuse for the building, would bring income to the area and diversify the farm, and would save the building from future demolition.

    East Devon District Council planners have granted the scheme planning permission under delegated powers.

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    Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from Stone Hill to Ivyleaf Golf Course Turn-Off.

    A39 Cornwall - A39 in Bush closed and queues in both directions from the Stone Hill junction to the Ivyleaf Golf Course Turn-Off junction, because of an accident.

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

  7. Greta Thunberg to 'do all I can for the environment'

    BBC News

    The Swedish climate change activist Great Thunberg is setting sail from Britain to New York to attend a UN climate summit on a state-of-the-art racing yacht that leaves no carbon footprint.

    The 16-year-old campaigner has inspired school strikes every Friday by students across the globe demanding more urgent action against global warming.

    Speaking on the quayside in Plymouth, she said the message was getting across, slowly.

    Greta Thunberg
    Quote Message: I think that is what keeps me going, just the dedication. I know I will do everything I can, and also, the fact that some things are actually changing. I think that especially, the mindset of many people is changing. Even if that is not enough, or even if it's not fast enough, it's at least something. So it's not for nothing."
    Greta Thunberg leaves for yacht

    After the UN summit in New York, she will move on to meetings in Chile.

  8. Greta Thunberg: ‘I can’t change Trump’s mind’

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Greta Thunberg

    Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg has appeared at Mayflower Marina in Plymouth ahead of her sail across the Atlantic Ocean to the US for climate conferences.

    When asked if she could make US President Donald Trump listen, she answered with a simple “no”, prompting laughter from the crowd.

    “I’m not that special. I can’t convince everyone,” she said.

    “I’m just going to do what I want to do and what will have most impact.”

    The captain of the Malizia II, Boris Herrmann, appeared alongside her.

    He thanked Greta for her courage and called the issue of climate change a “race against time”.

    Greta Thunberg
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  9. Greta Thunberg in Plymouth ahead of trip to US

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Greta Thunberg in Plymouth

    Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is holding a press conference in Plymouth before setting sail for the US to attend UN summits in New York and Chile on tackling global warming.

    The 16-year-old Swedish girl is making the trip across the Atlantic on a high-tech racing yacht, the Malizia II, so she can attend high-profile climate events without using planes or cruise ships which emit greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Swedish teenager, who is taking a sabbatical year from school, has inspired a global protest movement by young people demanding urgent action on climate change.

  10. Woman who murdered artist neighbour, 74, jailed

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Faye Burford and Peter Flux

    A woman who murdered her 74-year-old neighbour after he refused to lend her money to buy drugs has been jailed for more than 20 years.

    Peter Flux was killed at his home in Midvale Road, Paignton, Devon, in February.

    Faye Burford, 41, of Midvale Road, who admitted the stabbing an earlier hearing, was jailed at Exeter Crown Court with a minimum term of 21 years and a month.

    The court heard she stabbed the artist in the face and neck because he refused to lend her £20 to buy drugs.