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The new designs include keeping "most of the beach" as well as a new footpath.

Airline Flybe 'at risk of collapse'

Andrew Segal

BBC News

Flybe plane

Exeter-based airline Flybe is at risk of collapse, according to reports.

The airline is reportedly in talks over potential emergency financing after suffering rising losses, Sky News reported.

It reported that Flybe has been holding talks with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport (DfT) on whether the government could provide or facilitate any emergency financing to the company.

Some 2,000 jobs are said to be at risk at the carrier, which is Europe's largest regional airline, a main operator at both Exeter and Newquay airports, and major provider of flights for the Channel Islands.

Last February, the airline was bought by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic, Connect Airways, following poor financial results.

Flybe said it was continuing "to focus on providing great service and connectivity for our customers, to ensure that they can continue to travel as planned".

It added: "We don't comment on rumour or speculation."

Lack of "steady" pilot caused plane to hit hedge

A plane crashed into a hedge during takeoff at Branscombe Airfield, Devon, because the pilot did not have "steady" control in a strong crosswind, a report has concluded.

A flight between Branscombe Airfield and RAF Henlow ended up in the privet because the plane had become "weathercocked" in a 9 knot, 180 degree crosswind, the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said.

There were no injuries to the pilot and the Piper PA-28-181 Cherokee Archer II aircraft was "substantially damaged" by the impact.

The report said the strongest crosswind aircraft of the same model had safely taken off in was 17 knots.

Proper technique and practice are vital to achieve a safe cross wind takeoff, especially when the wind speed is close to the demonstrated maximum."

AAIB report

The report described the crash as happening after the nose of the aircraft lifted during takeoff at low speed, became briefly airbourne and was turned by the wind towards the airfields boundary hedge.

This happened because the "pilot’s directional control of the aircraft was not steady", the AAIB said.

The nose of the plane continued the rise, while at the same time sinking into its wheels until the tail crashed into the ground.

After becoming airbourne in a "nose-high, low speed" position, the pilot attempted to turn back to the runway but ended up "mushed" into the hedge.

Devon police helicopter suffers 'sustained laser attack'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

A Devon-based police helicopter came under a "sustained attack" by a laser, police say.

The National Police Air Service South West said its Exeter-based aircraft was attacked on Saturday night while trying to assist with the apprehension "of violent offenders" when it was hit by a beam which caused the pilot to "turn away and don protective equipment".

Such beams can dazzle and distract aircraft crew, and possibly "have catastrophic consequences", the service's national website says.

The South West service said the Exeter crew found the offender's location in "less than a minute" and, if they were convicted, faced up to five years in prison.

The crew was safe after the incident, officers added.

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Severe weather disrupts trains passing through Dawlish

Waves crashing against train

Trains have been disrupted due to stormy weather battering the South West.

CrossCountry says a reduced number of trains are able to run on all lines between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot in Devon.

The disruption is expected to last until 14:30.

National Rail Enquiries said there was a severe weather warning in place at the Dawlish sea wall. Trains might be revised to start and terminate at Bristol Temple Meads or Exeter St Davids.

Plymouth hospitals 'still need to make improvements'

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Hospital inspectors say they are disappointed with the speed of improvements at University Hospitals Plymouth.

Maternity services have improved but more needed to be done in medical care, diagnostics and surgery, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said.

Health trust Chief Executive Ann James admitted some of the ratings were disappointing, but added that, at a time when there was huge pressure on services, they showed how hard staff are working.

Derriford Hospital

The CQC absolutely recognises in the opening pages of their document that demand is outstripping our capacity ... We are getting more patients in than we sometimes have physical space to treat in a timely way ... That's putting a huge demand on all of our services in every area."

Ann JamesChief executive - University Hospitals Plymouth

Devon and Somerset Fire told to improve response times

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Devon and Somerset Fire engine

Devon and Somerset Fire Service has been told it needs to improve its response times.

Inspectors said the service was only meeting its target of responding to house fires within 10 minutes in about 70% of cases.

The new report from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services also raised concerns about the fitness of firefighters.

Inspectors were told nearly half of the workforce - which includes about 580 full-time firefighters and 930 retained firefighters - had not had a fitness test for three years.

Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said he welcomed the report and the service had "already addressed many of the areas identified for improvement since the inspection in June".

He also said the report recognised the service was "good" at effectively keeping people safe and secure from fire and other risks.

General Election 2019: The controversial numbers

BBC Politics

The Reality Check team has navigated the most questionable figures that have cropped up in the election campaign.

They include:

  • £1.2 trillion - the extra amount the Conservative Party said that Labour would spend over the next five years"
  • £500m a week (a Labour claimed that a Conservative trade deal with the US would mean the NHS having to spend this amount on drugs)
  • 40 new hospitals
  • A £6,000 increase in household bills
  • Five million Labour Leavers

You can find our breakdown and analysis of these figures here.

BBC Reality Check