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  1. Devon and Cornwall weather: Clear spells and easing winds

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    Remaining showers will largely die away, leading to a mostly dry Monday evening with clear spells.

    Northwesterly winds will also ease and become light or moderate.

    Minimum temperature: 8C to 12C.


    On Tuesday, the day will start with sunny spells apart from a very isolated shower.

    However, the cloud will build during the morning and some scattered outbreaks of showery rain will move in from the west, although most places will be dry again by the evening.

    Winds will turn to the southwest and will become mainly light or moderate.

    Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C.

  2. New camera cars to tackle Cornwall parking permit problems

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    New technology is being introduced in Cornwall to help tackle the issue of cars without permits parking in resident-only parking zones.

    Cornwall Council said it was introducing camera cars to "make best use of technology, give value for money and free up civil enforcement officers so we can use them in other areas where there are parking issues".

    The cars are fitted with a camera and automatic number plate recognition technology so checks can be made on cars parked in resident-only parking zones in some areas of Truro.

    The camera cars will also check whether vehicles in St Ives have the right vehicle-specific permit.

    The council said it would be rolling out the use of camera cars in other areas when other resident parking zones became vehicle-specific permit parking zones.

    Quote Message: This is the latest move to improve efficiency and to demonstrate to our residents that we are acting to deter those who park in restricted parking zones." from Geoff Brown Cornwall Council
    Geoff BrownCornwall Council
  3. Border Force recruiting in Plymouth to prepare for Brexit

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The UK’s Border Force is recruiting extra officers in Plymouth as part of its preparations for Brexit.

    The government agency enforces the law on immigration and goods entering or leaving the country.

    It is part of the Home Office and officers carry out checks of people and goods at ports and airports. The agency also works on counter-terrorism and human trafficking.

    Plymouth is one of the locations for the recruitment of 1,000 extra staff to prepare for Brexit.

    The city is a route for significant trade and travel between the UK and Europe through Brittany Ferries' operation at Millbay Docks.

    News of the extra jobs comes as Plymouth City Council’s Labour leader Tudor Evans raised concerns about an apparent lack of preparations for a no-deal Brexit.

    He told councillors ministers were warning local government to prepare for an economic shock if the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 31 October.

    He added he feared some businesses could be in trouble if a no-deal Brexit went ahead.

    His concerns reflect a government assessment of the effects of a no-deal Brexit leaked to the Sunday Times, which warned of possible shortages of food and medicines.

    Cabinet minister Michael Gove responded that the study was a “worst-case scenario”.

    Border Force officer
  4. Teenager 'would have got beat up if he refused drugs work'

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    A teenager who prosecutors say was being used by London-based drug dealers to deliver heroin and cocaine in Cornwall - a so-called county lines operation - told police he “would have got beat up” if he had refused to work.

    The jury at Truro Crown Court heard the teenager from London, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found by police at a flat in Bodmin last year. He told police he agreed to work for a man who he owed money for cannabis.

    During a police interview played to the court, the teenager described how he was picked up in a car, brought clothes with him and knew he would be going away, but had not been told exactly what he would be doing.

    Nine people are on trial, with four of them accused of human trafficking offences.

    A barrister representing a man who denies arranging for the teenager to be exploited said the youth had come up with a story to stop police pursuing him for dealing drugs. The teenager denied this.

    The case continues.

  5. Permission for holiday park games pitch is refused

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A holiday park is likely to have to dig up a multi-use games pitch and relocate it after planning permission was refused.

    The multi-use games area (Muga) at St Merryn Holiday Park, just 16m from the nearest home, was installed without planning permission and residents complained about noise which led to Cornwall Council starting enforcement proceedings.

    Owner the Cher Varya Group applied for permission to retain it, but the council’s east sub-area planning committee unanimously has refused it.

    Permanent residents nearby complained there was constant noise day and night from balls bouncing, balls hitting the wire mesh fence and shouting.

    Noise assessments carried out by the council found it had been built too close to homes and there were "no satisfactory means of mitigating the harm that is being caused by the use of this area".

    The holiday park had insisted that the area had previously been used for football and it had chosen the location after consulting with the park’s residents’ association. However, those who objected said there had never been football played in that area and they had not been consulted at all.

    A representative from the holiday park said to the planning committee: "We apologise for this being a retrospective application as we thought it was permitted development."

    St Merryn Holiday Park pitch
  6. Woman who died in water off Brixham was from Huddersfield

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A woman found dead in the sea off south Devon was visiting the county from Huddersfield, an inquest has heard.

    The body of 49-year-old Tracy Knott, from Kirkheaton, was recovered after police were called to water near Brixham's Freshwater Quarry car park, in Torbay, early on 11 August.

    The inquest, at Plymouth’s Coroner’s Court, was opened and adjourned. It is expected to continue later in the year.

    A man in his 60s was found on rocks nearby and taken to hospital with "a number of injuries", Devon and Cornwall Police said at the time of the incident.

    A dog that was with them was taken to kennels.

  7. Coast protection works at Long Rock completed

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A major project to improve the coastal resilience in Mounts Bay in Cornwall has been completed, with a 1,148ft (350m) length of the coast at Long Rock now open to the general public.

    More than 12,500 tonnes of locally-sourced rock has been used to protect the most vulnerable section of this part of the coast from eroding and being breached during storm conditions.

    The works are part of a wider £3.7m strategic project to improve coastal resilience in Mount’s Bay and will also include environmental improvements to Marazion Marsh, Cornwall Council said.

    The works are being wholly funded by grants from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Environment Agency Flood Defence Grant-in-Aid (FDGiA).

    The development, along with creating a new sea defence and public amenity space, has also created two new ramps on to the beach to allow greater public access to the water.

    Rocks at Long Rock
    Quote Message: It has been clear from the storms over the last few years that this area is particularly vulnerable and the rock armour represents the best solution in the short-term to protecting the businesses and community of Long Rock." from Councillor Simon Elliott Cornwall Council
    Councillor Simon ElliottCornwall Council
  8. Ambulances queue at hospital during prime minister's visit

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Ambulances at hospital

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been visiting the Royal Cornwall Hospital near Truro, confirming that the site is in line to receive £99.9m for a new women's and children's unit.

    Mr Johnson said the money would be available "as soon as the hospital wants it".

    However, despite the visit, there was still a reminder of the pressure the system is under, with six ambulances queuing outside the emergency department at about 13:00 on Monday - around the time Mr Johnson was on site (it is not suggested the two matters are connected).

    The trust's website said there was a two-hour wait for urgent care at 14:45 with 24 patients waiting to be seen.

    Mr Johnson was also visiting the county as part of a campaign launch looking at a number of measures designed to improve vaccination rates.

  9. Cornish golfer Harry Hall picked for Walker Cup

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall golfer Harry Hall has been picked to take part in the Walker Cup 2019 Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) team.

    He is among five English, three Irish and two Scottish players.

    Team captain Craig Watson said he believed the chosen squad of 10 "will give us the best chance of regaining the Walker Cup against a strong American team".

    The 47th Walker Cup match will be played on 7 to 8 September at the Royal Liverpool course.

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    From elsewhere in the South West, Yeovil's Thomas Plumb and Taunton & Pickeridge's Tom Sloman are also in the squad.

  10. Boris Johnson 'very confident' UK is ready for Brexit

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Boris Johnson says he's "very confident" the United Kingdom will be ready for Brexit on 31 October.

    The prime minister was speaking at the Royal Cornwall Hospital earlier on his first visit to the South West since getting the keys to number 10.

    He said everyone needs to "pull together"...

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    Video caption: Boris Johnson is visiting the South West for the first time as prime minister
  11. Funds needed to install Brixham tide bell

    BBC Radio Devon


    Volunteers are raising funds to install a giant bell on a beach at Brixham to mark the tide going in and out.

    The £20,000 "Time and Tide bell" has been given to the town as part of a national project by Devon artist Marcus Vergette, but still needs planning permission from Torbay Council and the Marine Management Organisation.

    Six of the 16 planned have already been installed, including one at Appledore in north Devon.

  12. Royal Cornwall Hospital investment: Boris Johnson 'proud'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he's "proud" that Cornwall is getting its "biggest ever" NHS investment.

    It was announced earlier this month that the Royal Cornwall Hospital is in line to receive £99.9m for a new women's and children's unit.

    Mr Johnson said the money will be available "as soon as the hospital wants it".

    He's visiting the county as part of a campaign launch looking at a number of measures designed to improve vaccination rates.

    Boris Johnson
    Quote Message: I talked to [Health Secretary] Matt Hancock twice this morning about the funding and he absolutely swore to me that the money will be ready just as soon as the hospital wants it. I've just been going round the wards, talking to the team here. They're very excited. It's the biggest ever NHS investment in Cornwall, I'm proud to say." from Boris Johnson Prime Minister
    Boris JohnsonPrime Minister
  13. These little piggies went to pilates

    Heidi Davey

    BBC Spotlight

    A fitness instructor from Devon has come up with an unusual form of exercise: doing pilates while interacting with miniature pigs.

    Piggy pilates

    Harry Parkes has set up a class called Piggy Pilates, running the sessions at Pennywell Farm at Buckfastleigh which have, so far, been a sell out.

    "I thought it was a wind-up at first but I had heard of goat yoga, and obviously the benefits of exercising with animals is much-reported," she said.

    Ms Parkes said the first session was a bit "hare-brained" but everyone who came loved it and the pigs enjoyed the attention.

    She added: "They're really inquisitive, they're really cheeky and they love a little scratch halfway through."

  14. Boris Johnson's first visit to SW since becoming PM

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson is at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as part of a visit to the South West.

    Mr Johnson is talking to staff at the site near Truro about a number of measures designed to improve vaccination rates, including for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

    It's his first visit to the region since becoming prime minister.

    Boris Johnson
    Boris Johnson
  15. Next storm 'could close Slapton Line closed permanently'

    BBC Spotlight


    A road in south Devon could be closed permanently if it is damaged by another major storm.

    The organisations looking after the A379 Slapton Line said it could not be moved further inland and may be left to the elements.

    In recent years, the management policy has been to retreat – to move the road inland.

    About £5m has been spent on it in the last five years.


    In 2018, Storm Emma destroyed a 700m stretch and more than £2.5m was spent repairing the road then.

    The warning now is that, if funding like that is not available in the future, residents would need to start thinking about how they will live if there was no road.

    Quote Message: We have looked at the space that we have moved the road into and the space that is left, and our conclusion is that there is no more space to retreat the road." from Alan Denbigh Chairman, Slapton Line Partnership
    Alan DenbighChairman, Slapton Line Partnership
  16. Body found in water in Ilfracombe formally identified

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A body found in water near Ilfracombe has been formally identified as missing woman Theresa Hamilton, police say.

    Officers were called by the RNLI on Friday 2 August after it was discovered.

    Her family had been informed and the death was currently being treated as unexplained, with inquiries ongoing, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

  17. Cornwall travel: Penzance road partially blocked

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Penzance, Adelaide Street is partially blocked due to an accident between Penwith Street and Albert Street.