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Search for missing man

Bob Dale

BBC Live reporter

There's concern for a man who has gone missing in East Sussex.

Michael Toms, who is 56 and from Ticehurst, has not been seen since about 13:20 BST on 19 August.

missing person Michael Toms
Sussex Police

He is not thought to have any money or a mobile phone.

Police say he has links to Andover in Hampshire and Cornwall.

Technology helps detect water leakages

BBC Radio Cornwall

South West Water is aiming to increase detection of leaks in its network by 80%.

The company hopes that increasingly sophisticated technology will help identify issues before they become a problem.

Every year South West Water spends £11 million fixing more than 10,000 leaks on 9,000 miles of network.

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BBC

Wayne Arscott is SWW leakage delivery manager: "Through the technology we actually find these leaks before the customer experiences low pressure."

At the moment, he said, 50 to 55% of leakages are detected but SWW wants to get that to 60 to 80%.

Cornwall Council congratulates GCSE students

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

There has been a slight increase in the GCSE pass rate and the percentage of papers getting top grades, despite concerns about the exam getting harder.

The pass rate increased slightly to just over 67%.

The rise comes as teachers warned harder GCSEs were demoralising some candidates.

Sally Hawken, Cornwall Council’s cabinet member for children and wellbeing said: “I hope the hard work has paid off and you have achieved the results you wanted. I wish you all best for whatever path you decide to follow.

“And as well as students, I’d like to give praise to teachers, staff, governors, parents and carers for their role in helping young people fulfill their potential.”

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Police concerned for missing man with links to Cornwall

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Cornwall and Devon weather: Cloudy at times

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Early mist patches will clear and it will become cloudy at times this morning.

There is also the chance of a few spots of light rain but this afternoon the cloud will break to give some bright or sunny periods and it will become mainly dry.

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Winds will be mainly light or moderate from the south west.

Max Temp: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F)

South West weather: Dry and breezy

BBC Weather

Wednesday night will be dry and breezy at times with clear periods, though cloud will tend to thicken towards dawn.

Rather breezy on Thursday, with the odd light shower or spot of rain possible in the morning.

A generally drier afternoon with lengthier sunny spells.

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Council rules 'window smash' road surface is defect-free

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall Council and its contractor, Cormac, have dismissed complaints about a road which was resurfaced despite claims that a loose chipping smashed a woman’s car window.

Works to resurface Vogue Terrace in St Day started at the end of 2018 but residents of the road say their lives have been plagued by the loose chippings and dust ever since.

Resident Nadia Dell said: “I don’t like living here anymore – my car is covered in dust all the time and the dust is coming into my house.

“One of the chippings smashed the back window of my car and I am now waiting to see if the council and Cormac will cover the cost of the repairs.

“It seems to me that they haven’t completed the work properly. They just seemed to have come here and left all these loose chippings.”

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In a statement Cornwall Council said: “Cormac carried out a surface dressing treatment on this section of road as part of Cornwall Council’s 2019 maintenance programme.

"Signs are in place advising of loose chippings and a maximum speed limit of 20mph.

“Following a complaint by a local resident, we inspected the section and no defects have been identified,” it added.

Future challenges to South West Water supplies outlined

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

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South West Water is facing significant challenges with climate change and the increasing demand for supply, bosses say.

Thousands of new homes are being built in the South West every year, while the population expands over the summer with tourists.

According to the company's head of water resources, Rob Scarrott, the "very high demands" over the summer grows by as much as 30%.

Wimbleball Reservoir on Exmoor is refilled in the winter months by pumping water from downstream to ensure it's full for the summer.

Mr Scarrot said that climate change and population growth would affect water supplies in the coming decades.

"The environment is going to look quite different that what we have today, and we need to plan for that," he said.

However, he added that the company planned 25 years in advance and was "confident" that it had the plans in place for this period.

South West Water provides water and sewerage services to Devon and Cornwall, plus small parts of Dorset and Somerset.

South West Water
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Fire bosses accused of dodging council scrutiny panel

BBC Spotlight

Fire bosses are being accused of rejecting an offer to discuss plans to close eight rural fire stations in Devon and Somerset with the relevant scrutiny committee of Devon County Council.

Councillor Martin Shaw said he was "outraged" by a "refusal of the fire authority to face public scrutiny".

He has asked the chair of the scrutiny committee, Councillor Alistair Dewhirst, to invite other people affected by the closures to present instead, and prepare a report on the proposals.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said when it launched a public consultation that it wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century and fire incidents in both areas had decreased 36% between 2008 and 2018.

On Tuesday, Assistant Chief Fire Officer Pete Bond said that he thought the public consultation was going "very well", and rejected claims that it was confusing and should be suspended.

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Rudd defends Universal Credit during SW visit

Jenny Kumah

BBC South West politics reporter

Work and Pensions Secretary Amber Rudd has defended the government's controversial Universal Credit scheme during a visit to the South West.

The scheme, which replaces six benefits, is years behind schedule, linked to rise in food bank use and rent arrears, and critics claim it might make millions poorer.

Ms Rudd argued that it was "more secure and transparent" than previous benefits systems.

She was visiting the region on Tuesday, announcing she intended to put £100,000 into a scheme to train Jobcentre staff to help people with mental health problems.

Of the new mental health support, she said: "Individuals who go into the Jobcentre now get personalised support from a work coach who will put their interest first."

With the visit coming just one day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson came to Cornwall, it has fuelled speculation that a general election campaign is imminent.

Amber Rudd
BBC

South West weather: Dry, bright and sunny

BBC Weather

A good deal of dry and bright weather with sunny spells on Wednesday, although a scattering of light showers or spots of rain also seems likely.

Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F).

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Government 'to offset' impact of no-deal Brexit on farming

BBC Spotlight

A no-deal Brexit could cost the farming industry £850m a year in lost profits as a whole, according to new research conducted by farm business consultants Andersons.

The research concludes that, without a significant increase in government support, some farms could struggle to survive leaving the EU without a deal.

However, the government has said it will provide support to boost some sectors in the "unlikely event" it's required.

Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food - and Cornwall MP - George Eustice said that, if tariffs were imposed, the government was "looking at supporting" the farming industry to "offset" the impacts of leaving without an agreement.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described leaving the EU as an "historic opportunity" to introduce new schemes to support the industry.

Farmer in field
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Councillor ordered to apologise for protesters comment

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Cornwall councillor has been ordered to apologise after making a comment describing some protesters as a “sinister underbelly of Cornish nationalists”.

Dulcie Tudor, councillor for Threemilestone and Gloweth, made the comment during a radio interview held during a protest outside County Hall on 9 July.

A group of people from all over Cornwall had gathered outside the Truro council offices ahead of a full council meeting to protest against what they say is the overdevelopment of Cornwall.

During the event several councillors took time to speak to protesters including council leader Julian German and Andrew Mitchell, Cabinet member for housing.

Cllr Tudor was also among those who spoke to protesters and said she sympathised with them but suggested they would have been better to direct their concerns to MPs and the government, which sets national planning policy which the council has to follow when considering planning applications.

However, she was also interviewed by a reporter from BBC Radio Cornwall and stated “…I totally get where they’re coming from, I totally get it. Apart from the few select people here who are some sort of sinisiter underbelly of Cornish nationalists, apart from that I totally get it…”.

Investigating complaints, council corporate governance officer Eleanor Garraway has ruled that in making the comment breached two parts of the council’s code of conduct.

These were: you must treat others with respect; and you must not conduct yourself in a manner which is contrary to the council’s duty to promote and maintain high standards of conduct by members.

The decision rules that to remedy the breach Ms Tudor should issue a public apology within 28 days.

The Liberal Democrat councillor also has the right to request a review of the decision. Ms Tudor said that she would be requesting a review.

Cornish campaign group Kernow Matters To Us (KMTU) welcomed the decision.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud and scattered showers

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It is likely to become more cloudy during the evening with a few showers moving in close to the north coast.

Elsewhere, mist patches may develop and winds from the south west will be mainly light or moderate.

Minimum temperature: 9C to 12C

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On Wednesday it will be cloudy with some scattered light showers in the morning and some early sunshine.

Brighter spells should increase during the day and light or moderate south westerly winds will hit the north coast.

Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C

Car 'parked' in hedge leaves 'bit of a mess'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Police in Cornwall say they are trying to trace the driver of a car which was left "parked" in a hedge.

PC Emma Buley, who is based in east Cornwall, tweeted a snap of the unfortunate vehicle on Tuesday morning.

She said there was no sign of its occupants "despite a thorough search of the area".

She added that the scene was a "bit of a mess".

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Mainly dry with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

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BBC

Tuesday will remain dry for many places with spells of sunshine.

Some cloud will build at times and there will also be a few scattered showers.

There will be light or moderate west or northwesterly winds which will turn towards the south west by the end of the day.

Maximum temperature: 16C to 19C.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Clear spells and easing winds

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Remaining showers will largely die away, leading to a mostly dry Monday evening with clear spells.

Northwesterly winds will also ease and become light or moderate.

Minimum temperature: 8C to 12C.

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BBC

On Tuesday, the day will start with sunny spells apart from a very isolated shower.

However, the cloud will build during the morning and some scattered outbreaks of showery rain will move in from the west, although most places will be dry again by the evening.

Winds will turn to the southwest and will become mainly light or moderate.

Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C.

New camera cars to tackle Cornwall parking permit problems

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

New technology is being introduced in Cornwall to help tackle the issue of cars without permits parking in resident-only parking zones.

Cornwall Council said it was introducing camera cars to "make best use of technology, give value for money and free up civil enforcement officers so we can use them in other areas where there are parking issues".

The cars are fitted with a camera and automatic number plate recognition technology so checks can be made on cars parked in resident-only parking zones in some areas of Truro.

The camera cars will also check whether vehicles in St Ives have the right vehicle-specific permit.

The council said it would be rolling out the use of camera cars in other areas when other resident parking zones became vehicle-specific permit parking zones.

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Cornwall Council

This is the latest move to improve efficiency and to demonstrate to our residents that we are acting to deter those who park in restricted parking zones."

Geoff BrownCornwall Council

Teenager 'would have got beat up if he refused drugs work'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

A teenager who prosecutors say was being used by London-based drug dealers to deliver heroin and cocaine in Cornwall - a so-called county lines operation - told police he “would have got beat up” if he had refused to work.

The jury at Truro Crown Court heard the teenager from London, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found by police at a flat in Bodmin last year. He told police he agreed to work for a man who he owed money for cannabis.

During a police interview played to the court, the teenager described how he was picked up in a car, brought clothes with him and knew he would be going away, but had not been told exactly what he would be doing.

Nine people are on trial, with four of them accused of human trafficking offences.

A barrister representing a man who denies arranging for the teenager to be exploited said the youth had come up with a story to stop police pursuing him for dealing drugs. The teenager denied this.

The case continues.

Ambulances queue at hospital during prime minister's visit

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Ambulances at hospital
BBC

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been visiting the Royal Cornwall Hospital near Truro, confirming that the site is in line to receive £99.9m for a new women's and children's unit.

Mr Johnson said the money would be available "as soon as the hospital wants it".

However, despite the visit, there was still a reminder of the pressure the system is under, with six ambulances queuing outside the emergency department at about 13:00 on Monday - around the time Mr Johnson was on site (it is not suggested the two matters are connected).

The trust's website said there was a two-hour wait for urgent care at 14:45 with 24 patients waiting to be seen.

Mr Johnson was also visiting the county as part of a campaign launch looking at a number of measures designed to improve vaccination rates.

Cornish golfer Harry Hall picked for Walker Cup

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall golfer Harry Hall has been picked to take part in the Walker Cup 2019 Great Britain and Ireland (GB&I) team.

He is among five English, three Irish and two Scottish players.

Team captain Craig Watson said he believed the chosen squad of 10 "will give us the best chance of regaining the Walker Cup against a strong American team".

The 47th Walker Cup match will be played on 7 to 8 September at the Royal Liverpool course.

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From elsewhere in the South West, Yeovil's Thomas Plumb and Taunton & Pickeridge's Tom Sloman are also in the squad.

Boris Johnson 'very confident' UK is ready for Brexit

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Boris Johnson says he's "very confident" the United Kingdom will be ready for Brexit on 31 October.

The prime minister was speaking at the Royal Cornwall Hospital earlier on his first visit to the South West since getting the keys to number 10.

He said everyone needs to "pull together"...

Royal Cornwall Hospital investment: Boris Johnson 'proud'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson says he's "proud" that Cornwall is getting its "biggest ever" NHS investment.

It was announced earlier this month that the Royal Cornwall Hospital is in line to receive £99.9m for a new women's and children's unit.

Mr Johnson said the money will be available "as soon as the hospital wants it".

He's visiting the county as part of a campaign launch looking at a number of measures designed to improve vaccination rates.

Boris Johnson
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I talked to [Health Secretary] Matt Hancock twice this morning about the funding and he absolutely swore to me that the money will be ready just as soon as the hospital wants it. I've just been going round the wards, talking to the team here. They're very excited. It's the biggest ever NHS investment in Cornwall, I'm proud to say."

Boris JohnsonPrime Minister

Boris Johnson's first visit to SW since becoming PM

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as part of a visit to the South West.

Mr Johnson is talking to staff at the site near Truro about a number of measures designed to improve vaccination rates, including for measles, mumps and rubella (MMR).

It's his first visit to the region since becoming prime minister.

Boris Johnson
BBC
Boris Johnson
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Over-budget Cornwall archive 'money well spent'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's new archive which is due to open next month is "money well spent", according to council bosses.

The £21m Kresen Kernow will provide a purpose-built storage facility for some of the county's most precious documents, bringing the former Records Office and the Cornish Studies Library under one roof.

The archive, on the old Redruth Brewery site, is part-funded by the lottery but Cornwall Council ran almost £5m over budget due to challenges on the site.

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Cornwall Council

The principal lead for culture and creative industries at Cornwall Council, Tamsin Smith, said Cornwall was so "fortunate" to have the "internationally leading edge" archive, which was "money well spent".

Cornish culture is incredibly important. It is not just about the few enjoying things, this is absolutely about everybody coming in and engaging with your story."

Tamsin SmithCornwall Council

Baby born on helicopter to meet pilot and crew

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

A baby born in the back of a coastguard helicopter between the Isles of Scilly and the mainland is set to meet the air crew that got him to hospital.

Baby
Via Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust

Torran McDonald is celebrating first birthday blissfully unaware of how challenging his arrival was a year ago on Monday.

His mother went into labour earlier than expected while on the islands on 19 August and was being flown to hospital on the mainland on the coastguard search and rescue helicopter based at Newquay when he was born on board.

Parents Alicia and Sandy McDonald are returning to say a proper thank you to pilot Captain Mark Coupland, the helicopter crew and local midwife Linda Benson who all helped to welcome him safely into the world.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers and sunny spells

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

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Monday will see some scattered showers and spells of sunshine.

Some of these showers may be heavy and possibly thundery before becoming increasing isolated towards the evening.

There will be moderate or fresh winds from the west or northwest and some stronger winds around the coast and within the showers.

Maximum temperature: 15C to 18C.

Matavesi brothers named in Fiji Rugby World Cup squad

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Cornish brothers Josh and Sam Matavesi have been named in the Fiji squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

Hooker Sam, who plays his club rugby for Cornish Pirates, is in line to make his World Cup debut, while older brother Josh, who plays in the back line for Newcastle Falcons, will step out for his second major tournament after making two appearances in 2015.

The pair will take part in a 10-day training camp before flying to New Zealand to play their final warm-up match against Tonga on the 31 August.

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Yellow warning for rain

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Today will be generally cloudy and, although many places will be dry initially, outbreaks of showery rain will become more persistent throughout the morning and also heavy at times.

Cloud will lower to cover high ground and southwesterly winds will become strong to near gale force.

Maximum temperature:16 to 19C (61 to 66F)

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Heavy rain expected across Devon and Cornwall

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A yellow weather warning for heavy rain across Devon and Cornwall has been issued.

The Met Office said the warning comes in force from 08:00 on Friday.

More information can be found here.

Weather warning
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Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry with sunny spells

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be cloudy at times this morning with some scattered showers, but it will become mostly dry and brighter as sunny spells develop and the showers become increasingly isolated.

Moderate or fresh west to northwesterly winds will ease and turn to the southwest later.

Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F)

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Fastnet 40: Lifeboat crewman remembers yacht race tragedy

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornishman involved in the Fastnet rescue 40 years ago has been remembering the tragedy which cost the lives of 19 people.

More than 300 boats, carrying 2,500 sailors, set off from Cowes for the biennial race to Fastnet rock in southern Ireland in August 1979.

But on the second night, a ferocious storm ripped through the fleet, leading to what was the biggest air-sea rescue mounted in peacetime.

Dozens of yachts were caught in the violent storm between Land's End and Ireland, and lifeboats and helicopters from Cornwall were launched to rescue crews from capsized vessels.

Alan Barnes MBE, who was on a lifeboat out of Falmouth, said they had instructions to find any vessel, be it boat or life-raft, rescue anyone they found, and report what they encountered.

The seas were really, really big and very, very steep, and it was getting dark. You could just see what almost looked like a white moustache coming at you. We'd been asked to intercept any craft that we could see and see if they had survivors."

Alan BarnesLifeboat crew member
Fastnet 40: Sailors remember storm that left 19 dead

Weather Watchers: A cloudy start in Devon and Cornwall

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Both Devon and Cornwall are having damp, windy and cloudy starts on Wednesday, as these picture from two of our Weather Watchers are showing.

But it will be drier this afternoon and also brighter at times.

Mawgan Porth by Dammo
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Reports of transgender hate crime 'almost triples' since 2016

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Woman
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Bex Mercer, a Transgender woman from Plymouth, has received verbal abuse in public a number of times.

The South West has seen a threefold increase in reported hate crimes against transgender people over the past three years.

There were 86 crimes recorded in the region in 2018, compared to 30 in 2016.

Devon and Cornwall police claim that the rise is largely explained by better reporting and recording of the incidents.

However, concerns remain that the figures are still lower than the reality, because many victims may still be reluctant to report incidents to the authorities.

Insp Sally Kingdon from Devon and Cornwall Police said the force's community links indicated that the incidents likely only represented the "tip of the iceberg".

"We genuinely want to encourage reporting so we can understand what's happening and where, so we can do something about it", she added.

LGBT charity the Intercom Trust has called for greater public awareness and understanding.

Andy Hunt from the charity said there was "a lot more" hate crime in public discourse and politics, especially online.

Mounts Bay improvement project open

BBC Radio Cornwall

Mount's Bay
Google

A major project to improve Mounts Bay has been completed, with a 350-metre length of the coast path at Long Rock now open to the general public.

The project involved installing 12,500 tonnes of rock along the shoreline to protect the coast from eroding and being breached during storm conditions.

Two ramps have also been included to improve access to the beach.

The works are part of a wider £3.7m strategic project to improve coastal resilience in Mount’s Bay which also includes environmental improvements to Marazion Marsh.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Rain and scattered showers

BBC Weather

There will be widespread outbreaks of rain on Wednesday morning.

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Following the clearance of the rain, scattered showers will develop, but there should still be some fairly lengthy dry spells. A breezy day.

Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F).

Devon and Cornwall weather: More rain and windy

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Cloud will thicken on Tuesday evening, rain will start to edge in from the south-west and winds will strengthen.

Rain will likely become widespread through the overnight hours.

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

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BBC

Further outbreaks of rain are expected on Wednesday, some spells could be on the heavy side and it will likely be windy.

There should still be some drier interludes later in the day though.

Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

Royal Cornwall Hospital at highest alert level

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospital near Truro has again moved to its highest level of alert and is asking people not to go to its emergency department unless there is a life-threatening situation.

Bosses said they were not in as difficult a position as they were in May with the current level four alert - formerly known as a black alert - and they hoped stand down from the situation by the end of Tuesday.

They said they were urging residents and holidaymakers to use minor injuries units, or to ring the NHS 111 service.

Royal Cornwall Hospital
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Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloudy with showers

BBC Weather

A scattering of showers is expected on Tuesday and it will be rather cloudy.

However, not all areas will catch a shower and there will still be some sunny periods.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

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Weymouth medical bike 'not being withdrawn'

A medical bike with life-saving equipment will not be withdrawn from service in Weymouth but its future is under review.

There had been some speculation on social media that the rapid response bike would be "pulled".

But South Western Ambulance Service Trust said it was still being used on an "ad-hoc" basis because only one paramedic is trained to use it.

A petition to save the facility had attracted more than 2,000 signatures.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers and dry spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Some scattered showers are possible on Monday evening, but there is the chance that showers may become more widespread after midnight.

Not all areas will catch a shower, however.

Minimum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

Weather
BBC

A generally dry Tuesday for the most part with some sunny spells.

However, a scattering of showers may develop during the afternoon, more so along the coast.

Maximum temperature: 15 to 18C (59 to 64F).