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Speed camera catches out nearly 19,000 motorists

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

One Devon speed camera caught more nearly 19,000 drivers breaking the speed limit in the last three years.

The camera on the A386 Alma Road in Plymouth was activated a total of 18,838 in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

The road, which is two lanes of dual carriageway, has a 30mph speed limit.

Over the three-year period, the camera was activated once every 105 minutes, although the number of activations also includes emergency service vehicles attending call outs.

The camera was also the one across Devon and Cornwall that led to the most most Fixed Penalty Notices being issued during the period.

There were 3,116 issued, with other motorists caught breaking the speed limit either offered a speed awareness course or sent to court due to the severity of the offence.

speed camera

A Freedom of Information Request to Devon and Cornwall Police asked for the roads on which the top 10 highest recorded speeding offences took place.

The highest recorded speed was on the A30 at Victoria in Cornwall, in which a motorist was caught doing 126mph on the 70mph road.

Information provided by the force also revealed that in 2018, there were 293 speeding offences where motorists were caught doing over 100mph, an increase on the 258 in 2017.

Severe accident: A38 Cornwall both ways

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A38 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from Tredinnick Lane to A374.

A38 Cornwall - A38 in Tideford closed in both directions from the Tredinnick Lane junction to Trerulefoot roundabout, because of a serious accident involving two cars.

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

Severe disruption: A390 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A390 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, from Merrymeet to A390.

A390 Cornwall - A390 in Merrymeet closed and queues in both directions from the Merrymeet junction to Butchers Arms Junction, because of a jackknifed lorry.

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

Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

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A379 Devon both ways severe accident, from Red Lion Hill to Springfield Road.

A379 Devon - A379 Elburton Road in Brixton closed in both directions from the Red Lion Hill junction to the Springfield Road junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Woman taken to hospital after 20ft rock fall in Cornwall

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Cornwall Air Ambulance

A woman was rescued after falling about 20ft (6m) from rocks on to a Cornish beach.

Cornwall Air Ambulance was called to Gwithian on Thursday at about 13:30.

The woman sustained a leg injury and was taken to hospital.

Critical care paramedic, Pete Storer said the injury made it "impossible" for the woman to climb out.

"We worked alongside the coastguard team to safely bring the casualty to the top of the cliffs on a stretcher," he said.

"It was a challenging scenario, particularly as we were working against the incoming tide.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance

Geothermal pool launch delayed to spring 2020

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

Swimming pool and swimmers
Jubilee Pool
Artist's impression of the proposed geothermal pool

The launch of a geothermal pool in Penzance has been delayed to spring 2020.

Jubilee Pool set out plans to be the UK's first lido to be heated using geothermal energy.

In a recent facebook post, Jubilee Pool said: "We have decided to move the launch of our geothermal facilities to spring next year. It had been hoped that we could launch this winter but the power upgrade we need to get that done won’t be in place and we’ve also become increasingly worried about the business risks of a winter launch."

Director Susan Stewart said launching the pool in winter, a "high-risk period", was likely to attract less tourists to the Penzance site. It is hoped a spring date will increase the popularity of its launch.

The decision to move the geothermal launch date was also made because a power upgrade required for the pool could not be delivered in time for winter.

The pool, in its current unheated state, will remain open on selected weekends.

New organisers wanted for charitable festival

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

festival sign

Organisers of a festival held in memory of a woman who lost her life to cancer have put out a plea for someone to take over the running of the popular music event.

Claire Ray and Jon Plane have organised LauFest for the past three years, but have reached the "hard decision" that the 2019 Wembury based event was their last one.

"We would love someone to take up the LauFest reins and take it forward" said Claire who feels her and Jon can no longer give the time and resources needed to run the festival.

They have asked that the festival remains in memory of Laura Plane and the proceeds go to CoppaFeel! which has already received £10,000 from the Devon festival.

Laura was an ambassador for the educational breast cancer charity and raised £70,000 before she lost her life to breast cancer.

Following her passing, husband Jon started a Twitter campaign to get the Foo Fighters to dedicate their wedding song to Laura when the band was headlining Glastonbury.

Lead singer, Dave Grohl granted this wish, inspiring Jon to hold a festival party in memory of Laura.

Laura Plane

Severe accident: A374 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A374 Cornwall both ways severe accident, at B3247.

A374 Cornwall - A374 in Sheviock blocked and it's slow in both directions at the B3247 junction, because of an accident involving one vehicle.

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

Low wages in coastal communities: ‘We live on nothing’
The Coram family live on a deprived estate in Penzance and say low wages make daily life a struggle.
Overcoming loneliness in Penzance
Kelvin Liew moved to Cornwall after his marriage ended and struggled to make new friends in an unknown area.

Plymouth shop has alcohol licence suspended

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Union Street Mini Market

Councillors have decided to suspend permission for a Plymouth mini-market to sell alcohol for three months.

The move followed a review of the licence at the Union Street Mini Market following concerns from police about its role in alcohol-related crime and disorder in the area.

Manager Aminjan Uresh said he would fully comply with the decision and had already removed alcohol from sale ahead of the suspension coming into force.

Mr Uresh, known as Jay, who is a partner in the business, said the temporary loss of the licence was damaging trade, but he was determined to carry on at the shop which he had run since 2004.

Mr Uresh maintained that he felt it was unfair to single out his store for blame over street-drinking and anti-social behaviour in the area, adding that he planned to take over as the designated premises supervisor.

The temporary suspension was imposed by the city council’s licensing sub-committee to give time for staff to be trained on Challenge 25 alcohol policies and when to refuse to serve people.

City councillors decided to remove the previous designated premises supervisor. They also added extra conditions banning the sale of drinks containing 6.5% alcohol or above and the sale of single cans or bottles of beer or cider.

Two men seriously injured in A388 Callington crash

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Two men have been seriously injured in a road crash near Callington, police say.

Officers said that two silver-coloured cars crashed on the A388 at about 16:30 on Sunday.

A 73-year-old man from the Bodmin area suffered life-threatening injuries.

A 58-year-old man from the Swansea area suffered serious injuries "which could be life-changing".

The road was closed for a forensic examination.

Police have appealed for witnesses and also urging anyone with dashcam footage to come forward.

Multi-vehicle crash on A38 Plymouth

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

A multi-vehicle crash on the A38 at Plymouth is causing tailbacks on the dual carriageway and several approaching roads, highways bosses say.

The A38 Parkway heading between Forder Valley and Marsh Mills is blocked due to the crash, with traffic queueing eastbound and westbound traffic is reported as also "very slow moving".

Tavistock Road and Outland Road are also very congested due to the incident.

Plymouth Highways said a highways inspector was on site and police were en route.

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Severe accident: A38 Devon eastbound

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A38 Devon eastbound severe accident, between A386 Outland Road and A38.

A38 Devon - A38 in Plymouth blocked and queues eastbound between Manadon Roundabout and Marsh Mills, because of an accident involving four vehicles. Congestion to St Budeaux, westbound side as traffic slows to look at the accident.

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Coastguard volunteers learn police strategy for search and rescue

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

Coastguard volunteers in Cornwall are being trained to use the same strategy and techniques in search and rescue as the police.

Up until now, they've used their own methods of searching for missing or lost people.

Senior coastguards are now working directly with the police to learn the latest "profiling" techniques, which it's hoped will increase their chances of finding people.

Three volunteers walking across hill

Tonnes of rubbish in landfill after incinerator breakdown

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

An extended shutdown of Cornwall’s waste incinerator has led to almost 1,300 tonnes of rubbish being sent to landfill.

The Cornwall Energy Recovery Centre (CERC) was forced to extend its annual shutdown after a turbine broke which meant it was unable to generate electricity from the waste.

A problem with the turbine was first spotted in June 2018 and it was stopped generating electricity to the national grid until April this year when the problem was finally fixed.

A report about the turbine damage and repairs has now been published and will be considered by Cornwall Council’s neighbourhoods overview and scrutiny committee on Thursday.


The investigation report stated that, despite the problems, Cornwall Council continued to receive all services under its contract with operator Suez and that all the costs relating to the repairs would be covered by Cornwall Energy Recovery Limited and not the council.

The St Dennis and Nanpean Community Trust, which was set up to receive money from the CERC for community projects, was also unaffected by the shutdowns and did not see any reduction in funding.

The report’s conclusion stated that 1,278 tonnes of contract waste was required to be sent to landfill and a further 170 tonnes of contract waste was "diverted to a third party energy recovery facility".

The report also said that, since it restarted in April, the CERC had been performing “well”.