The company awarded the publicly-subsidised contract to deliver superfast broadband to thousands of rural homes in Devon and Somerset has been given a deadline to come up with a rescue plan for the programme.
Last September, Gigaclear admitted the project was facing significant delays and was two years behind schedule.
Connecting Devon and Somerset, the organisation in charge of the whole project, stopped paying Gigaclear nine months ago.
It has told the firm it must come up with acceptable plans by the end of July to fulfill the contract.
A cloudy start to Tuesday with any lingering rain clearing.
But through the day cloud will gradually become more broken, allowing more in the way of brighter spells.
Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).
More than 40% of what's in Devon's bins could be recycled
Local Democracy Reporting Service
More than 40 per cent of the contents found in bins in Devon could be recycled.
A presentation by Wendy Barratt, from Devon County Council, revealed the amount Devon residents are failing to recycle.
She said the recent findings showed across the county, 40.8 per cent of the contents put into the residual bins were recyclable.
This is the equivalent of 56,000 tonnes of materials and if all Devon householders recycled all of this material, the recycling rate would rise to 71 per cent, rather than the current 54 per cent.
She added that the cost of the 56,000 tonnes going for disposal instead of recycling is approximately £6.7m, while the potential loss of income from the glass, paper, card, metal, textiles and plastic that could have been recycled was more than £1m.
It will be dry tonight with largely clear skies and one or two mist patches.
Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)
Looking ahead to Saturday, it looks to be another fine day. There should be light winds and a good deal of sunshine, although a little cloud is also expected.
Maximum temperature: 20C (68F)
Petition launched to plant wild flowers
BBC News Online
A petition to sow wildflowers across the South Hams is gaining momentum.
The desire to plant wildflowers on grass verges in south Devon stems from campaigners wanting to support the local insect population.
The petition reads: "We would like to see our local grass verges (and any other suitable land) sown with wildflowers and left to grow in order to support local insect populations, as opposed to being sown with grass seed and regularly cut."
It also stressed pesticides should be avoided.
There are almost 300 signatures on the petition.
"Not only do the verges look more attractive but they are a haven for insects, in particular for pollinators.
"In addition to this, emissions from machinery used to cut the old style, grass verges, have been removed."
Frogs lives 'saved' by bacteria
BBC News Online
Bacteria living on the skin of frogs could save them from a deadly virus,
new research has suggested.
Scientists from the University of Exeter and ZSL's Institute of Zoology compared the bacteria living on frogs from groups with varying histories of ranavirus.
Ranavirus kills large numbers of European common frogs, the species most
often seen in UK ponds.
It is one of many threats facing amphibians
The scientists found populations with a history of outbreaks had a “distinct”
skin microbiome, bacteria, when compared to those where no outbreaks had occurred.
Whether a population of frogs becomes diseased might depend on the species of bacteria living on their skin. Ranavirus is widespread, but its presence in the environment doesn’t necessarily mean frogs become diseased – there appears to be some other factor that determines this.
Devon and Somerset fire stations may close under changes
BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent
Some fire stations may close under changes being considered by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
The brigade is due to reveal options for change later on Wednesday.
Bosses said it was to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century.
Unions said closing any fire stations would be a mistake and they were concerned about a potential "lack of fire cover and increased response times".
Talking about a service delivery public consultation on its website, the brigade said it was originally designed over 50 years ago and that "since then, the make-up of our communities and the way in which people live their lives has changed significantly".
It added: "The majority of our existing 85 fire stations have been in place for well over 30 years and the firefighter duty systems have not changed since the 1970s."
Weather: Clear spells and scattered showers overnight
Further spells of showery rain will push in through the course of Tuesday night, some spells could be on the heavy side.
A few mist patches may develop too.
Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).
A rather dull start to Wednesday with areas of rain and mostly cloudy skies.
However, an improving picture into the afternoon as it turns drier and brighter.
Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).
Mental health detainee driven from North Devon to Torquay
Local Democracy Reporting Service
The location of safe places for people suffering a mental health crisis in Devon has been questioned after police had to drive a detainee from North Devon to Torquay.
The officers used up most of a shift on the 150-mile round trip to find an assessment place for the person who had been held under the Mental Health Act.
The incident was raised by Torridge Independent councillor Philip Hackett at a meeting of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel.
He said the problem had arisen after the closure of a designated place of safety in North Devon.
Two places at Exeter were unavailable when the person needed help out-of-hours so the officers had to drive on to Torquay.
Cllr Hackett said: “Surely there needs to be a place of safety to stop two or three officers being taken off shift.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez told the meeting the situation would be reviewed and "there does just need to be another look at that".
A place of safety which can take two people was opened by the Devon Partnership Trust at The Cedars psychiatric hospital in Exeter in April last year following consultation with the police.
The suite operates round-the-clock as part of a response by the NHS and emergency services to reduce the number of people with mental health needs being held in police cells. Now in most cases people are taken to a place of safety instead of a policy custody centre.
The trust has also opened a series of crisis cafes across Devon, including one in Barnstaple, to support people while reducing demand on the emergency services.
Heathrow plans include joining Great Western rail links
The proposals, which include diverting rivers and rerouting the M25 through a tunnel under the runway, will be open to public consultation until mid-September.
It also wants to join existing rail links to the Great Western network.
The controversial scheme to expand Heathrow won government backing last year.
The expansion has faced fierce opposition, but the airport said it had engaged with local communities and other stakeholders.
The proposals are now open to public consultation until 13 September.
Zoo staff battle around the clock to save sick orangutan
BBC South West
Animal experts at Paignton Zoo in Devon have been
battling around the clock to save a sick primate, staff say.
Keepers, vets and vet nurses responded swiftly when 22-year-old female orangutan Gambira, who was born at the zoo, was taken ill suddenly.
They found she had an infection of an air sac - a
large pouch in the throat, thought to be used for vocalisation and connected to
the respiratory system. The condition is known as air saccultis, and can be
During emergency surgery and treatment, which often saw staff staying up with her through the night, they had to cut drainage holes in her air sacs and are thought to have removed "1.5 to 2 litres of pus in total".
Staff said she had been "improving slowly but steadily" since the treatment and also underwent a second short procedure to flush the air sacs a week
later which found much less fluid.
They added that they were "keeping a very close eye on her" and monitoring to ensure a chest infection clears.
Zoo spokesperson Phil Knowling said: "We almost lost her, she was very close to death. What shines
through at these difficult times is the dedication and care of the keepers and
the vet team."
University's diabetes research centre gets £6m grant
Diabetes research in Exeter began in 1987 and the centre has made many discoveries that have transformed the treatment and care for diabetics, including improving helping improve clinical care in the NHS.
Largely dry on Monday night, with some clear spells and mist and fog patches.
However, cloud will thicken in the early hours.
Minimum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).
Rather cloudy on Tuesday, with a chance of some spells of showery rain at times throughout the day. Gentle winds.
Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).
Police forensics service faces a major shake-up
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Jobs could be at risk in the Devon & Cornwall Police forensics service under a major shake-up.
Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has revealed the force’s science support service is undergoing modernisation to take into account new digital processes.
But concerns have been raised about the impact of changes on the service in Plymouth, which has already seen the effect of cutbacks with fewer crimes being investigated by forensics staff.
Under the restructuring plan, fingerprint and chemical laboratories would be based with Avon & Somerset Police and Devon & Cornwall would host a digital centre. The force would also have a series of forensic hubs where staff would collect material from crime scenes for analysis.
The plan follows a decision in March to drop a plan to transfer employment of the Devon & Cornwall team to Dorset Police.
Mr Sawyer told members of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel that the changes could take between six months and a year, adding he hoped any staff who might lose their job could be retrained and redeployed, but redundancies could not be ruled out.
Discussions would be taking place with staff and the GMB union.
He said there were concerns about a backlog in forensics work which was having an impact on the progress of sexual offence cases.
Mr Sawyer said: “Digital fingerprints can be looked at as easily from Scotland as Saltash. We have to work in the real world.”
The chief constable was responding to a question about the changes from Plymouth Labour councillor Sally Haydon, who commented: “We don’t want to lose any of our highly skilled staff from here.”
Knee op prep reveals prostate cancer
Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight
A Plymouth man's life was saved by having a pre-operative assessment for a knee replacement, he says.
She told him to go straight back to his GP and to have this followed up, which led to him being treated with radiotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy.
About 3,000 men a year in the South West are diagnosed with the disease, with one in six men nationwide developing it.
In the meantime, Paul said he hoped to get his new knee soon and he was urging other men to go to their doctor if they had concerns.
If you notice anything different, if anything changes, if you get up to go to the loo a couple of times a night, just go and see your GP. No one wants to go, but, believe you me, if you don't you may well end up paying the ultimate price."
Police use informal punishments for sex offenders
BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent
Devon and Cornwall Police has handed more than 100 informal punishments to sex offenders in four years despite guidance restricting their use.
Community resolutions are intended to be used outside of the court service to resolve low level offences or anti-social behaviour incidents. Offenders agree to apologise and perhaps repair damages.
The offender does not get a criminal record and it does not show up on a DBS criminal records check, which is why using them to deal with reported sex offences is controversial.
That is a very small proportion of the total number of reported sex offences - just under 1% of the 12,000 sex offences reported to Devon and Cornwall Police in that time. But, of course, sex offences are serious by definition.
The charity Victim Support said it was "very concerning and completely inappropriate for community resolutions to be used in cases where a sexual offence has been committed" and that the public "could be put at risk if sexual offenders are not receiving criminal records".
Devon and Cornwall Police said the resolutions were only used for sex offences in very rare instances - for example, "peer-on-peer" offences where young people in relationships were having sex before reaching the age of consent, or "sibling on sibling" offences within a family.
It added they were also only employed for such offences "when the victim, or their parent or guardian, has been consulted, and the offender accepts responsibility".
Weather: Cloudy start, sunshine later
A fairly cloudy morning with some scattered showers.
More in the way of sunshine in the afternoon, with most areas remaining dry, and it will be breezy.
Schools in the county also have a maintenance backlog of more than £40m, with £23m of the repairs considered critical.
On Monday, the committee agreed to call on the cabinet to once again lobby parliament and the region's MPs over the inadequacy of the current funding for Devon's schools.
Cllr Alan Connett, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Devon County Council, said the county was being short-changed in education.
Is Parliament listening and are our MPs - other than the one for Exeter - listening, as they keep voting for the budget and are the ones depriving the children of Devon? At what point do we just say that we can do no more? Every council meeting, every cabinet meeting, and probably every scrutiny meeting, we say that Devon is being shortchanged when it comes to education, but they are not listening."
Dawn Stabb, Head of Education and Learning at Devon County Council, said schools have had to make a significant reduction in staffing levels, and that some had discussed reducing their hours or closing early on a Friday due to the lack of funding.
The Department for Education (DfE) said school funding in England was at "its highest ever level".