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    Severe disruption: A38 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon southbound severe disruption, from M5 J31 to A382.

    A38 Devon - Temporary closure on A38 southbound from Okehampton turn off to Drum Bridges, because of a vehicle on fire.

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

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    Video caption: Blue shark filmed off the coast of Cornwall
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    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from A390 to B3285.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 blocked and queues in both directions from Chiverton Cross roundabout in Chiverton Cross to Boxheater Junction in Zelah, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  4. Devon and Cornwall weather: Bright spells, but some cloud

    BBC Weather

    Some bright spells are possible for a time on Wednesday evening, to leave it dry with clear spells for much of the night.

    However, skies will cloud over from the southwest again as the night unfolds.

    Minimum Temperature: 11 to 16C (52 to 61F).

    A mainly cloudy and largely dry start to Thursday. Through the day, some bright spells are expected, although cloud may thicken later in the afternoon to bring a few spots of rain. Breezy.

    Maximum Temperature: 16 to 21C (61 to 70F).

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    Severe accident: A39 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Devon both ways severe accident, from Welcombe Campsite to The West Country Inn Hotel.

    A39 Devon - A39 in Meddon blocked and queues in both directions from the Welcombe Campsite junction to The West Country Inn Hotel junction, because of an accident.

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

  6. Council admits being behind Stadium for Cornwall delay

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall Council has admitted that it is responsible for the delay in getting work underway on the Stadium for Cornwall.

    In July Cabinet member Bob Egerton claimed the deal to transfer the land needed for the stadium, which would unlock funding from the government, could be done by the end of that month.

    However, despite his claim that it could take “days if not hours”, nothing happened.

    At a meeting of full council yesterday Conservative councillor David Harris asked Mr Egerton for an explanation.

    The cabinet member for economy and planning said the reason for the delay was because the council needed more land for the planned Northern Access Road, which will serve the Langarth Garden Village development that is planned for the area around the stadium site.

    Mr Egerton said: "I promised it in good faith. I believed at that time that we were about to get it signed off but subsequently we did find there was a bit of a problem."

    He told the council more land is needed for the new road and said that once it had been done the land for the stadium could be secured.

    While Mr Egerton apologised for the delay he was reluctant to say when the deal might be complete.

    He said: "“I am hesitant to give you another timescale having been wrong before. All I can say is that we are actively working on it. It is in the interests of us as a council as well as the stadium partners to get this through and done as soon as possible."

  7. Fire service tackling blaze in retail unit

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Crews from Helston, Mullion and Falmouth Community Fire Stations are dealing with the fire.

    The emergency services were called at 13:25 after a smell of burning at a retail unit in Meneage Street, Helston.

    Police are on scene and have closed the road and asked people to avoid the area if possible.

  8. Exeter city centre £300m redevelopment vision backed

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans

    Councillors have backed a vision for the £300m redevelopment of an Exeter city centre site.

    The major development on Paris Street, to be called CityPoint, includes a new four-star hotel opposite John Lewis, a budget hotel in Sidwell Street, and the relocation of the Civic Centre.

    Exeter City Council’s executive on Tuesday night unanimously agreed that the latest progress on the scheme be noted and to negotiate and enter into a joint ownership and land promotion agreement with the other main land owners on the site.

    But they were warned by Karime Hassan, the council’s chief executive, that while this was the most successful way to bring forward the redevelopment of the whole site, it did run the risk that if one landowner or player pulled out then it could scupper the whole scheme.

    Leader of the council, Councillor Phil Bialyk, said: "We are now in a position to take the next steps in bringing forward the wider site for regeneration and will be working closely with our partners to pool property interests and jointly promote the development proposition.

    "This is visionary and it has a lot going for it. It is important that we look at our city centre as many are struggling."

    It would sit next to the redevelopment of the Bus Station and the new St Sidwell’s Point Leisure Centre, set to open early in 2021. The recommendations were unanimously agreed by the executive.

  9. Man, 52, dies after motorbike crash

    Holly Clemens

    Broadcast Journalist

    A 52-year-old man has died after a motorbike crash in Cornwall, police have said.

    It happened at about 19:10 on 24 August on the B3284 in Allet, Truro.

    The rider, local man, Andrew White was pronounced dead at the scene.

    It is believed that the black Scomadi motorbike was the only vehicle involved.

    Devon and Cornwall Police is asking any witnesses to come forward.

  10. Police appeal after hundreds of cannabis plants seized

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    Cannabis plants

    Devon and Cornwall Police have appealed for information after more than 460 plants were seized from a Plymouth house.

    Officers were called to a property in Waterloo Close on Friday morning after workmen discovered a "sophisticated" cannabis farm.

    The production set up had been installed in the upstairs and loft, leaving the landlord and other visitors "none the wiser", according to police.

    Cannabis plants

    Det Con Nathan Drew, of Plymouth CID, said they were looking for "suspicious males" seen entering or leaving the address over the last few months.

    “We are seeking two males of Asian appearance who had rented the property."

    “The tenants had been there for approximately nine months and were able to operate without raising any suspicions of their unsuspecting neighbours," DC Drew added.

    Anyone who has information is urged to contact police by calling 101, or emailing 101@dc.police.uk, quoting crime reference CR/80925/19.

    Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via their website.

  11. Life monitors in police custody 'first in the world'

    Adam Durbin

    BBC News Online

    heartbeat

    Devon and Cornwall Police have become the first force in the world to install life-signs monitors in its custody suites.

    The OxyHealth life-signs monitors allow health professionals to keep an eye on the breathing and heart rates of detainees in custody.

    The announcement comes following a recent joint report into the force's custody procedures, which concluded that the force displayed a "strong culture of treating detainees with care and consideration".

    Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell described the "positive" report as a "reflection of the hard work" of custody staff.

    ACC Colwell said "further investments" had been made into a "state-of-the-art policing hub and custody centre" in Exeter.

    Quote Message: Devon and Cornwall Police are proud to be leading the world with some of the safety equipment that we have installed in our custody. Treating those in custody with dignity, care and respect is not only ethical and the right thing to do, but is more likely to influence positive outcomes for victims and witnesses." from Jim Colwell Assistant Chief Constable, Devon & Cornwall Police
    Jim ColwellAssistant Chief Constable, Devon & Cornwall Police
  12. Axminster Carpets to cut jobs over 'Brexit uncertainty'

    BBC Radio Devon

    The managing director of the Devon firm, which has supplied the Royal Family and Wetherspoons, has written to its 130 staff asking if any would consider taking voluntary redundancy.

    The company says the uncertainty over Brexit has lead to a "lack of consumer-spending confidence."

  13. Parking meters to be installed by beach despite objections

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Marine Beach

    A Devon council is going ahead with parking meters near a popular beach despite a mass protest.

    Torbay Council has decided to install the meters on a stretch of Marine Drive at Preston Beach in Paignton, a local councillor says.

    Conservative Chris Lewis, who was against the installation, said he had been told the council’s parking panel decided to go ahead with the plan after an internal meeting.

    Almost 1,300 letters of objection were sent and more than 1,800 people signed a petition against 24-hour meters on the road, which currently has free parking with a restriction to prevent overnight stays.

    Objectors warned it would shift cars onto nearby residential roads, put people off using the beach outside the summer season - discouraging healthy lifestyles - reduce trade and add extra costs for beach hut owners.

    The council said the charges would increase turnover in the parking bays and be fairer for visitors.

    Mr Lewis said he had been told the meters would be installed for an 18-month trial period.

    Torbay Council has been asked for a comment.

  14. Clouds frame sunset over Redruth

    Thanks to Tom, from Redruth, in Cornwall, for this great image.

    If you have pictures to share, please email us.

    Sunset
  15. Warning over fake Boardmasters refund account

    Boardmasters organisers are warning about a fake refund social media account in the wake of the festival's cancellation last month.

    They have previously said refunds were available for anyone who bought a ticket via the festival website or an official ticket seller.

    Anyone looking for details regarding refunds and support is asked to visit their website or use their official social media channel to get in touch.

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  16. Plymouth council considers shorter school summer holidays

    Jenny Kumah

    BBC South West politics reporter

    The timing of school holidays in Plymouth could be changed so children get a shorter holiday in the summer and a week added later in the year.

    Parents are being consulted on the proposed changes to term times, which the city council says will provide a potential two weeks of holiday for families when they're less expensive.

    The point when prosecutions for unauthorised absence would be triggered could also be increased from four days to five-and-a-half days.

    classroom
    Quote Message: I think having to work together with people to try and strike the balance between having an affordable holiday - which is obviously good for children and young people and their development - and being in school to learn." from Jon Taylor Plymouth City Council
    Jon TaylorPlymouth City Council