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Devon and Cornwall weather: Scattered showers overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Tonight, outbreaks of rain will stop as some clearer periods develop, but there will also be a few scattered showers moving in from the west.

Strong southwesterly winds will ease during the night.

Minimum temperature:13 to 16C (55 to 61F)


Saturday, there will be showers during the morning and some are likely to be heavy before they clear away for the afternoon and sunny spells develop more widely by evening.

Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will turn to the northwest and ease during the day.

Maximum temperature: 17 to 21C (63 to 70F)

Council to spend millions on "turning the tide on poverty'

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Torbay Council is to spend £225m to support economic regeneration, tackle poverty and bring in extra income.

The investment works out at nearly £1,700 for each of the 135,000 residents of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham.

One project will create a new £100m Torbay Economic Growth Fund, which aims to develop self-financing schemes to create jobs, build homes and revive high streets.

Another will set up a housing rental company, using £25m to build affordable homes, starting with council-owned sites in Torquay and Paignton.

The plans, which follow a pledge by the Liberal Democrat-Independent partnership running the council to "turn the tide on poverty" will be funded by borrowing from the Government at a discounted rate.

M5: Speed restriction in force after oil spillage closure

BBC Radio Devon

Drivers are being warned of delays hours after an oil spillage closed the M5 out of Devon.

The motorway has re-opened after being closed northbound between Wellington and Bridgwater.

Queues tailed back for five miles and drivers have been warned they will take some time to clear.

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BreakingScarlett Keeling killer jailed for 10 years

BBC Radio Devon

Scarlett Keeling

The man convicted over the sexual assault and killing of Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the lawyer of Scarlett's mother Fiona Mckeown.

Samson D'Souza was charged alongside another man, Placido Carvalho, after 15-year-old Keeling's body was found on a beach in Goa in 2008.

Both men were cleared of her murder in 2016.

However, a judge overturned D'Souza's earlier acquittal on Wednesday.

Fiona McKeown says she's relieved at the sentence.

Placido Carvalho was cleared of all charges.

Travel: M5 reopens after eight-mile long fuel spillage


Travel: M5 to be 'opened shortly' after fuel spillage


Devon and Cornwall weather: Thundery showers and a fresh breeze

BBC Weather


Friday will be mainly cloudy with rain at times and a brisk south-westerly wind. The rain is likely to be occasionally heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder.

The evening will stay cloudy and wet for a time with further outbreaks of rain, some heavy. However, the rain should ease by dawn.

Temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

Travel: M5 closed northbound due to large fuel spillage

BBC Radio Devon

The M5 is closed northbound between junction 26 for Wellington and junction 24 for Bridgewater due to a large fuel spillage stretching about eight miles.

There is a diversion route in place via the A38.

Long delays are expected.

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South West heavy rain 'could impact driving conditions'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Heavy rain and possible thunder could cause problems for drivers in the South West on Friday morning, the Met Office has warned.

Traffic is expected to be busy on roads in the region for the beginning of the school summer holidays.

The Met Office said: "On Friday morning heavy rain, which could impact driving conditions in Wales and South West England, will soon spread north-eastwards reaching southern Scotland later."

It said more wet weather later on Friday "will leave parts of southern and southwestern England quite wet during the evening rush hour".

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Met Office

Urine 'not a treatment' for weever fish stings, RNLI says

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RNLI is again warning people not to treat weever fish and jellyfish stings with urine.

Weever fish
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The urban myth continues, even though the treatment is actually hot water.

The warning comes ahead of the summer holidays.

Sex offenders 'facing a lack of rehab and monitoring'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

A child sex offender who’s recently been released from prison and is looking to find a home in the South West, says chaotic living arrangements and a lack of help have increased the risk of him reoffending.

There are also concerns about the level of monitoring by the police.

A freedom of information request by the BBC revealed that each specialist officer in Devon and Cornwall has been assigned 60 sex offenders - when national guidance recommends a maximum of 50.

Diane Wills is from the South West charity, Circles...

The government says it's spending £6m helping vulnerable former prisoners find stable accommodation.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry and sunny with showers

BBC Weather

Most of today will be dry with sunny spells, however there will be the chance of a few showers bubbling up at times.

Feeling a little fresher than Wednesday with a light to moderate westerly wind.

Maximum temperature: 21C (69F).

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Eclipse over Dartmoor

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Thanks for sending in all your brilliant photos of the lunar eclipse.

This one is from Kestor Rock in Dartmoor, taken by Neil Porter.

Neil Porter

Devon council spends £12k on emergency housing for woman

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

A woman who is living in emergency housing with her two children in Torquay says the council has spent more than £12,000 on her accommodation in the last four months.

Angela Allen and her daughters have been put up in a one-bedroom holiday flat.

Three others in the block are being rented by Torbay Council to house people in need.

The council has now announced it will spend £100m on an affordable housing programme.

Angela Allen

There are currently more than 1,000 people on the housing waiting list in Torbay and the new Liberal Democrat-Independent administration says more homes are desperately needed.

It's borrowing £25m to set up a housing company, with about 200 homes already earmarked for sites in Torquay and Paignton.

The news has been welcomed by Ms Allen but she says it’s unlikely to help her in her current situation any time soon.

“The amount the council is spending on my emergency accommodation is shocking," she said.

"The lack of suitable property is a a huge problem. There is nowhere. I’ve been very lucky.

"A woman who was previously living downstairs has been moved into a really grotty B&B.”

Devon and Cornwall weather: A mostly dry and sunny day

BBC Weather

It will be a dry morning with some sunny spells, although the sunshine may be rather hazy.

The afternoon will be cloudier with an increasing chance of showers developing.

Maximum temperature: 22C (71F).

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South west has lowest unemployment rate

BBC Business News

The south west region continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment in the country at 2.6%.

Unemployment across the UK was 3.8% between March and May 2019. The rate is at its lowest since late 1974.

It was highest in the North East at 5.6% which saw no change on the previous quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Figures also showed wage growth in the UK was 3.6% in the year to May 2019, the highest growth rate since 2008.

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MP urges government to prevent Vanessa George release

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Luke Pollard, the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has urged the government to intervene over the planned release from prison of Vanessa George, dubbed "Britain's worst female paedophile".

Mr Pollard told the Commons on Monday that the decision must be reviewed.

Speaker John Bercow advised that he "persist" in his efforts to force the Parole Board to think again.

The 49-year-old - who worked at Little Teds nursery at Plymouth - was jailed in 2009, but the Parole Board has recommended that she be freed under "strict" conditions as she is no longer regarded as a "significant risk" to the public.

George was convicted of abusing more than 60 toddlers and sending photographs of them to other paedophiles.

Vanessa George
Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It should be a largely dry day with sunny spells and fairly warm with light winds.

However, there is the chance of a few light showers passing through.

It will be dry overnight with some clear periods, becoming cloudier later in the night with the potential for some mist to form as well.


Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers fading but may return

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Any showers should fade on Monday evening to leave it dry in the night with mostly clear skies and light winds.

Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).


After a fine and sunny start to Tuesday, there will once again be a risk of a few showers during the late morning and afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

Taking the lead: Recruitment drive for more therapy dogs

Janine Jansen

BBC Spotlight

There's a big recruitment drive in the South West for more volunteers with therapy dogs.

The charity Pets as Therapy currently has more than 250 canines working in the region.

Patients at Torbay Hospital's intensive care unit get regular visits from the charity volunteers and their pets.

Matthew Robinson works for the charity...

Paignton Zoo elephant Duchess dies at 49

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Paington Zoo

An elephant that has lived at a Devon zoo for more than 40 years has died.

Female African elephant Duchess collapsed in her house at Paignton Zoo early on Sunday morning.

Despite a "determined and extended response from her keepers", the decision was made to euthanize her, staff said.

Duchess was born in 1970 and came to Paignton in 1977 and, for many years, lived with female Asian elephant Gay.

Senior head keeper of mammals Rob Rouse said it's been a "difficult time".

It’s a shock to the whole team, in particular those who worked with her closely and she will be sadly missed, she was a massive part of our zoo family."

Rob RouseSenior Head Keeper of Mammals, Paignton Zoo

New A303 safety measures a 'token effort'

BBC Radio Devon

The husband of a woman killed in a fatal crash on one of the main routes through the South West - the A303 - said he is "disappointed" by new safety improvements.

Trudi McHugh died in a crash on the A303 Ilminster bypass in 2015.

Paul McHugh said that the changes represent a "token effort" and do not go far enough to improve safety on the road.

Road managers said new safety work on the road was due to start on Monday night, including extra signs and coloured spaces.


Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.


Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.


Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

After some late sunshine this evening, Friday night will be largely dry with clear spells, variable amounts of cloud and light to moderate northerly winds.

Early on Saturday areas of cloud will break up to allow sunny spells for most of the day.

There is a small chance of a few isolated showers developing during the afternoon and clear spells overnight.

Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Devon and Cornwall weather

Elderly couple claims dream home has defects

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

A Devon couple, who just over a decade ago bought their dream new home for retirement, say they are having to live in temporary accommodation because of what surveyors have called defects with the property.

Maura and Lionel O'Connor, who are in their eighties, say their home has always had problems, but their guarantee has run out and the developer insists it's not to blame.

Major work is being carried out to repair the property funded by insurers, but there are disputes over who is responsible.

The builders and freeholders of the site, McCarthy Contractors South West Limited, strongly deny they're to blame, saying they complied with every building and planning requirement, and are an award winning family company that takes pride in its workmanship.

Maura and Lionel O'Connor

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It will be a dry day and, although a little cloudy at times, there will be some longer sunny spells developing.

Light or moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher at times towards the north coast and the far west.

Maximum: 22C (72F)


Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry but increasingly cloudy

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Thursday morning will start largely dry with some bright or sunny periods, but cloud will be increasing through the afternoon with some scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle developing.

Cloud will also lower later in the afternoon and some hill fog patches are likely to develop to the west by evening.

Southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate but fresher for time around the north coast.

Maximum Temperature:18 to 20C (64 to 68F).


Devon and Cornwall weather: More cloud but mostly dry

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

During Wednesday, cloud will be increasing from the northwest with mostly cloudy skies expected after midnight.

Most places should stay dry, but some patches of light rain or drizzle cannot be ruled out.

Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

Devon and Cornwall weather

Thursday will be mostly cloudy day but also staying fairly dry for most of the morning and afternoon.

A few brighter spells likely in the afternoon, but a little drizzle is expected later.

Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

South West Water 'on track to cut pollution incidents'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

South West Water (SWW) says it is "on track" to deliver "zero serious and significant pollution incident" targets by 2020 after being strongly criticised by the Environment Agency.

The utility achieved just two stars out of a possible four after an "unacceptable level of performance", the Environment Agency said in its annual report.

It was also given a red rating for pollution incidents for "consistently demonstrating unacceptable performance".

SWW said it achieved its "best ever wastewater performance in 2018", but it also recognised "there is still more to do and we have an action plan in place to continue to drive improvement".

It added that, as well as aiming for zero serious and significant pollution incidents, it was working on "a further reduction in other incidents and 100% compliance with wastewater permits".

"We will continue to work alongside the Environment Agency to achieve this," it said.

South West Water HQ

SWW provides water and sewerage services to Devon, Cornwall, plus parts of Dorset and Somerset.

Fire cuts 'could hit medical emergency responses'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

A north Devon mum, who believes her son's life was saved by firefighters trained as medical co-responders, is warning "we are all in big trouble" if proposed closures of fire stations in Devon and Somerset go ahead.

Josh Clark collapsed with seizures after contracting meningitis five years ago.

His mother, Nicola Clark, said she was told the nearest ambulance was almost half an hour away, but firefighters from Woolacombe, trained as co-responders, attended within minutes and provided oxygen that could have prevented severe brain damage.

Nicola Clark

I feel that, without their response, areas like this don't have a chance."

Nicola Clark

A public consultation into the controversial proposals has started, which sees seven stations in Devon and one in Somerset earmarked for complete closure, while another eight could lose one of their engines.

The service said it wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century and fire incidents in both areas had decreased 36% between 2008 and 2018.

South Western Ambulance Service said it was aware of the proposals but that it had "no concerns about the provision of fire co-responders, and will continue to maintain a high level of community response".

Torquay fire leaves 11 homeless

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Torquay fire

Eight adults and three children have been made homeless as a result of a large fire in Torquay on Tuesday.

It affected three terraced properties in Shirburn Road and saw 12 fire crews involved in battling the blaze after they were called to the scene at about 15:20.

No-one was injured.

Structural engineers have been assessing the buildings.

Torbay Council said it had found accommodation for one person, while the rest were staying with friends and family.

Those affected are a mix of owner-occupiers and tenants.

Funding system 'costing NHS in Devon staff'

BBC Radio Devon

Devon is losing out on hundreds of NHS staff because the health secretary is misinformed about how the funding system works, according to the Labour leader of Plymouth City Council.

Tudor Evans said he had written to Matt Hancock asking him to look at the rules again.

Mr Evans said Devon was missing out on between £30m and £40m, and unitary authority area Plymouth on about £18m.

The Department of Health said most NHS staff were employed on national contracts, which meant they got the same basic pay no matter where they lived.

Hospital sign

South West Water has 'unacceptable level of performance'

BBC News England

South West Water (SWW) has achieved just two stars out of a possible four for an "unacceptable level of performance", the Environment Agency has said.

The agency's annual report said only one of the nine major water companies in England was performing at the expected level, with most likely to miss 2020 targets.

SWW was also given a red rating for pollution incidents for "consistently demonstrating unacceptable performance".

Trade body Water UK said the report was "disappointing" and the situation was "never black and white".

SWW said it recognised there was "still more to do and we have an action plan in place to continue to drive improvement".

Waste water
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SWW provides water and sewerage services to Devon, Cornwall, plus parts of Dorset and Somerset.