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  1. Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud and fresh winds

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    weather map

    By the end of Tuesday night, cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast exposed to moderate or fresh southwesterly winds, which will become strong at times.

    Minimum temperature: 10C to 13C.

    Wednesday morning will be cloudy with further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

    Cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast at times, but in the afternoon it should become drier and a little brighter for areas towards the north coast.

    Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will be initially strong at times, but will turn towards the northwest later.

    Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C.

  2. Council to spend up to £62m on waste trucks and facilities

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall Council has agreed to spend up to £62m of taxpayers’ money on new rubbish trucks and improving processing facilities for the council’s new waste and recycling collection service.

    The council is currently negotiating a new contract for the service, which will start in April 2020.

    As part of the contract, the council is looking to change rubbish and recycling collections so that black bag waste is collected fortnightly and recycling and food waste is collected weekly. The changes to the service will not start until June 2021.

    The full council backed moves to increase the authority’s capital programme by up to £62m as part of the changes.

    However, despite agreeing the money needed for the vehicles and facilities, some councillors claimed people in Cornwall were not happy about having the collection service changed.

    Cornwall recycling centre

    St Columb Major independent councillor Paul Wills said the "majority of people out there don’t want to see any change.

    He said: "They want to continue to put out their recycling once a fortnight and black bags picked up once a week."

    Mr Wills also claimed that the responsibility of cleaning up left-behind rubbish could fall on parish and town councils which would have to increase their council tax to pay for it.

    Independent councillor Mark Kaczmarek said the change to fortnightly black bag collection would result in an increase in people going to household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) to dispose of waste. He said the council should make a pledge not to close any HWRCs and also to build more for communities across Cornwall.

    Environment cabinet member Rob Nolan said he welcomed the opening of a new HWRC in Truro this week and the council would be aiming to have centres close to the most populated areas. However, he could not promise that none would close.

    He added: "I am confident that when we get going (with the new collection service) it will work well and people will get used to it."

  3. Missing man search police find body

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Police searching for a missing man say they have found a body in north Devon.

    Officers said the body of a man was located in Woolsery just after midnight on Tuesday.

    Police said: "Formal identification is yet to take place but the family of missing man, Jesse Holloway have been informed of this update."

    They added that the death was being treated as unexplained and a file was to be prepared for the coroner.

  4. Stolen notes: Choir has scammed cash reimbursed

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A community choir in Mid Devon that was scammed out of more than £2,300 has been reimbursed by a bank, it says.

    The VoiceWorx Community Choir, based in Kentisbeare, lost the money in an email scam in January after scammers intercepted emails and impersonated committee members to access cash, Devon Live reported.

    The choir said: "At the time of the theft, and despite informing the police and banks, it appeared unlikely that anything more could be done to recover the stolen funds.

    "The banks said previously they had fulfilled their legal obligations and could not help the choir after the scammers had sent bogus, but highly plausible emails posing as officers of the choir."

    VoiceWorx Community Choir on The One Show

    But now, following an investigation by the BBC's The One Show and an article broadcast this week, "the Co-operative Bank has helpfully agreed to refund all of the money as a gesture of good faith", choir leaders said.

    The choir said the Co-op Bank has paid £2,318.51, leaving it "with a small reserve to start their new term after paying their debts".

    VoiceWorx said members were celebrating "being back in the black" again.

  5. Ground rent rise threatens Newquay Royal British Legion

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Veterans from the Royal British Legion in Newquay say their future is under threat after landlord Cornwall Council raised their annual ground rent.

    The club, which owns its building, used to pay £600 a year but is now being charged £3,200.

    The club sits on land leased from Newquay Urban District Council in 1973. This passed on to Restormel Borough Council and then Cornwall Council when the Restormel district authority was dissolved.

    The club said it also needed an extension on the lease of the land in order to provide security for it to raise finances to protect its future.

    Despite asking Cornwall Council for an extension months ago, no lease extension has yet been forthcoming, members said.

    Legion member Lewis Gardner says local councillor Geoff Brown has "been supportive" and had offered a compromise, but that Mr Brown's suggested deferral of rent was "not what we want".

    Members are lobbying Cornwall Council's full council meeting on Tuesday about the situation.

    Royal British Legion, Newquay
  6. 'Record-breaking number' of washed-up whales and dolphins

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    More than 250 whales, dolphins and porpoises have been washed up on Cornwall's beaches in a 12-month period - a figure the Cornwall Wildlife Trust describes as "sadly a record-breaking year".

    Figures on cetacean strandings have just been released covering the seven-year period to the end of 2017.

    Across the UK, nearly 5,000 mammals and fish were washed up in that period, including 21 different species of whales, dolphins and porpoises, as well as a selection of turtles and sharks.

    Records for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have been kept for 27 years and, in 2017, there were 255 strandings - the highest figure ever recorded, the trust said.

    The trust said the main reasons for the incidents was "entanglement in nets and other fishing gear", with marine animals founds with marks and wounds consistent with such entanglements.

    Dead dolphin
  7. Devon faces £28m black hole in budget

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon faces a £28m black hole in its budget and could go into the red for the first time in a generation, councillors will be told.

    A report going before Wednesday’s cabinet meeting says the total projected overspend at month four for 2019/20 is £4.3m.

    But Mary Davis, the county’s treasurer, said this figure assumed a funding shortfall of £15.8m for special educational needs would not be dealt with this financial year and that planned contributions to reserves of £8m were not made.

    Her report says: "Without these two adjustments the projected overspending would be £28.1m."

  8. South West unemployment drops 2.5%

    BBC Business News

    Unemployment in the South West has continued to fall to a low of less than 2.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

    The latest 2.4% figure of people aged 16-64 unemployed between May and July 2019 is lower than the UK-wide figure of just under 3.8%.

    The official figures also showed earnings nationally grew at an annual pace of 3.8%.

    The ONS said rising employment was being driven mainly by more women in work, partly due to the rise in the state pension age.

    South West unemployment
  9. Four injured in A390 road crash

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Four people have been injured, one seriously, in a road crash on the A390 between Truro and St Austell, police say.

    Officers said they, firefighters and ambulances were called to the crash scene involving two cars close to a Mercedes-Benz dealership at about 10:30 on Tuesday.

    One woman is reported to be in a serious condition and three other people sustained minor injuries.

    The A390 has been closed by Waitrose in Truro, on the junction with A39, and at Tregony Road in Probus.

    Police said: "The road is likely to remain closed for some time and motorists are advised to avoid the area for the time being."

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

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  10. Reckless watercraft users 'could face police action'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Watercraft users who behave dangerously around swimmers are being warned police and the coastguard could take action against them.

    It follows concerns from a group of swimmers in Penzance who said their lives were being put at risk because those on the sea vehicles were getting too close, adding they believed it was a growing problem.

    James Instance, from Falmouth Coastguard, said those who used the craft must behave responsibly.

    Quote Message: There have been cases in the past where people have acted recklessly and incidents where people have been prosecuted. So let's not say this is an entirely lawless area although there are some very grey areas around it. But if you are acting recklessly and you undertake something that causes someone else harm, it is going to be a very difficult time." from James Instance Falmouth Coastguard
    James InstanceFalmouth Coastguard
  11. Three injured in Carclaze road crash

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Three people have been injured, one critically, in a road crash in St Austell, police say.

    Officers said three cars - a BMW, a Fiat 500 Abarth and an Audi A3 - were involved in the crash on the A391 in Carclaze at about 06:45 on Monday.

    The driver of the Audi, a man in his 20s from St Austell, sustained potentially life-threatening injuries and is in hospital in Plymouth, where he remains in a critical condition.

    The BMW driver, a man in his 40s from the Par area, and his male passenger were both treated for minor injuries.

    The Fiat driver was uninjured.

    The road was closed for eight-and-a-half hours for a police investigation.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A390 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A390 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from Merther turn-off to A3078.

    A390 Cornwall - A390 in Tresillian closed and it's slow in both directions from the Merther turn-off junction to the A3078 junction, because of an accident.

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

  13. Watercraft users 'putting swimmers' lives at risk'

    Denis Nightingale

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Watercraft user off Penzance

    A group of sea swimmers in Penzance say the increasing use of small personal watercraft near Battery Rocks is putting lives at risk.

    Regular swimmers, who swim most days of the year, claim the water scooters are passing within metres of them, despite them wearing brightly-coloured floats to warn riders of their presence.

    Swimmer Karen Arthur told the BBC that she feared for her life.

    She said: "My concern is that doing something for my mental and physical health and I nearly get killed on a regular basis by people who don't look where they're going on very dangerous machines."

    Rachel Andrews, from the Royal Yachting Association, is an instructor to people using the craft, said they were a cheap way of getting out "to enjoy the water that we all love" and the two groups needed to work together to improve safety.

  14. Beekeepers urged to watch out for Asian hornets

    Adrian Campbell

    BBC South West environment correspondent

    Bee hives

    Beekeepers are being urged to keep their eyes peeled for Asian hornets, which are trying to establish themselves in the UK.

    The invasive predators are able to eat up to 50 honey bees in a day and can decimate bee hives.

    The British Beekeepers Association has launched Asian hornet week in the hope people will look out for them, photograph any and report sightings.

    In the British Isles, they have already been reported in Hampshire and in Jersey this year.

    One beekeeper who looks after hives at Torpoint has been using a new device to help stop attacks from the predators.

    Tim Payne, from Plymouth City Bees, said fitting a false floor - a so-called hornet floor, developed in France - and dummy entrances in some of his hives had been "working well" in preventing an invasion.

    In the meantime, Doctor Peter Kennedy from the University of Exeter has been attaching radio tags to some hornets to find out where nests are.

    Anyone who does spot an Asian hornet is asked to report it to the GB Non-native Species Secretariat.

    Asian hornet warning sign
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    Severe accident: A388 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A388 Cornwall both ways severe accident, at Penpill Cross.

    A388 Cornwall - A388 in Venterdon blocked and it's slow at the Penpill Cross junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  16. Plans for 3,700 solar panels at Exeter site

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plans have been submitted for more than 3,700 solar panels at a site in Exeter.

    The city council wants to to put them on screened-off land at Water Lane in Marsh Barton, at a site where the council currently stores green waste.

    The authority said the idea was the site would power the council's fleet of vehicles with any excess energy going into the National Grid.

    A decision will be made at a later date.

    Solar panels