An effort to stop people being killed on Devon and Cornwall's roads has been launched.
The 'Vision Zero' scheme aims reduce the number of deaths to zero by 2040.
Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez told Radio Cornwall road accidents are killing too many people.
With 60 people dying and hundreds more seriously injured every year, Ms Hernandez said: "For us one of the biggest costs to all of us is the loss of lives and the impact on families and that is an absolutely immense impact.
"We want to make sure we are cutting out the ability for people to actually lose their lives on our roads," she said.
Police search for missing 63-year-old Devon woman
Police are appealing for witnesses in their search for a missing 63-year-old woman from Devon.
Cher Maddison was last seen at her Ashreigney home in Chulmleigh around 13:30 BST on Thursday.
Devon and Cornwall Police said they were concerned for her welfare, and searches were ongoing.
Ms Maddison is described as white, about 5ft 4ins tall, with dark brown shoulder length hair.
She was wearing blue jeans, distinctive blue croc shoes with a pink strap, and was carrying a brown overcoat and high visibility vest.
Anyone who sees Ms Maddison or has any information on her whereabouts is asked to police on 999, quoting log number 0494 of 17 September.
Plymouth sees 40 new cases of coronavirus
Plymouth has 40 new cases of coronavirus according to the latest government statistics.
The figure relates to those confirmed in the seven days leading up to 14 September.
In the previous week, Plymouth saw 42 new cases of the virus.
South West cereal farmers, millers and bakers are
counting the cost of months of extreme weather as wheat yields are down by as
much as 40% - the lowest in 40 years.
Devon-based Lee Owen, who has been a baker for 25 years, told BBC Spotlight the price of the flour he is using is up by between 13 and 15%.
"I've seen increases in the past but this one is such a high increase and as a small business it's had a major effect on us. Unfortunately we've had to pass it on to our customers which we don't like doing."
Miller John Stevens said he lost 40% of his crop this year and is relying on reserves.
Meanwhile, the National Farmers Union warned the UK - which produces 85% of its own wheat - that it may have to rely on imports next year to make up for the shortfall.
"If this repeats itself next year, there would be a problem, we would be short of wheat," he said.
The UK Met Office told BBC News that the extremes of wet and hot conditions that have marked this year are likely to become more common as our climate continues to change.
Covid-19: Police say everyone has 'legal responsibility'
Police have reminded people they have a "legal responsibility" to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and abide by the "rule of six" which came into force on Monday.
Devon and Cornwall Police said it will maintain the 4Es approach to the new legislation - engagement, education and encouragement to get the public to abide by the rules. Enforcement remains a final option.
The new rule prohibits gatherings of more than six people and means police can break up groups exceeding the limit and subject them to a £100 fine.
Assistant Chief Constable Glen Mayhew said: “The change to Covid-19 legislation and subsequent change in the law, means everyone has a legal responsibility to play their part and not gather in a group of more than six people.
“The new rules are clear. We all have a personal responsibility for following them to help stop of the spread of a deadly virus.”
There are some exceptions to these rules, including if the group is all part of the same household or two linked households.
The organisation Devon Doctors, which provides out-of-hours GP and 111 medical services to more than a million people across Devon and Somerset, has been told it must urgently improve by a health watchdog.
The Care Quality Commission said an inspection in July found its NHS 111 service was not meeting targets, patients did not always receive safe care or treatment, and staff were not trained sufficiently.
Inspectors said they would continue to monitor Devon Doctors extremely closely.
There are calls for NHS workers to be given priority for tests because many are having to isolate not knowing whether they were infected and having to take time off work.
David McGuire, from Penryn, said he had been trying to get a test for his 12-year-old daughter who developed cold-like symptoms when she went back to school.
He spent two days trying, even setting an alarm every hour through the night to try get one online.
A test is now on its way in the post, but he told the BBC the system was a shambles.
He said: "It would be funny if it wasn't so serious, and scary, and didn't have such impacts on people.
"The kids my daughter had been at school with are still there because we haven't had a test result."
Tracey, from Plymouth, also said she had experienced problems with getting a test after developing a cough, including "trying in the middle of the night to book it, but there's been nothing at all".
One person told the BBC that, at the weekend, about 100 cars were parked in test and trace
station in Exeter, with people having driven up to 115 miles to get there and "all were told to turn around and go home by
distressed staff and police" because they did not have a QR code.
Conservative St Ives MP Derek Thomas said pressure could be taken off the testing system if people with no symptoms were not clogging it up.
The Police Federation in Devon and Cornwall says the relationship between the public and the police risks being damaged by the new coronavirus "Rule of Six".
Under the new rules for England, which came into force on Monday, only up to six people from multiple households are allowed to meet up, applying both indoors and outdoors, and to all ages.
So, gatherings in private homes, venues such as pubs and restaurants, and in outdoor spaces such as parks are all affected.
Devon and Cornwall Police Commissioner Alison Hernadez said on Monday that people should call officers if they saw others breaking the new rule, which aims to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
But the federation, which represents rank and file officers up to the level of chief inspector, said there was bound to be resentment if officers had to break up family gatherings or children's parties.
Local federation chairman Insp Andy Berry tweeted that officers were already "run ragged with serious incidents across the force" and policing events like children’s parties which broke the rule "cannot be a priority as well".
He told the BBC he would prefer it if it was not part of police duties.
It's not the kind of thing that we're used to doing. We're used to doing tough jobs and having hard conversations with people, but ... I don't think me and my colleagues think it is any good for our relationship with the public. I don't think the public want to see us doing it either, if I'm honest."
Police are carrying out an extensive search at woods in east Devon in connection with the murder of a woman who went missing at the beginning of the month, officers have confirmed.
Lorraine Cox was last seen in the early hours of the morning in Exeter City Centre on 1 September. The 32-year-old was reported missing two days later.
An area of Exeter was cordoned off last week and police said they had launched a murder investigation. Senior officers have not elaborated on whether a body has been found or what information led them to believe she had been killed.
Further searches are taking place in woods near the town of Newton St Cyres, about 5 miles from Exeter.
Last Saturday, a 22-year-old man charged with Lorraine's murder appeared in the city's magistrates' .
Christopher Mayer, of no fixed address, is due to appear before Exeter Crown Court via videolink on Tuesday.
Five men - aged 22, 30, 33, 43 and 71 - who were arrested by investigating officers, have been released on bail until 7 October.
People will face fines of up to £3,200 if they repeatedly flout the law.
Commissioner Alison Hernandez said there were several ways to contact police, including an online web chat facility with officers in the control room.
You should call the police if you have concerns about people having big parties in your neighbour's house. That's absolutely something you can contact the police on. ... Fundamentally, as we've always done all summer, police will use their 'Four Es' approach: engage with people, explain the rules, encourage them to comply; then, if they don't, enforce."
Mr Cox backed Brexit and was the government's top legal adviser when the withdrawal agreement was drawn up.
South West Devon MP Gary Streeter has tweeted that he "will not be supporting the government" over the bill".
He said he would publicly explain his reasons in a Facebook article later this week
Policing Minister Kit Malthouse has called the bill a "practical" step. He echoed comments made by Justice Secretary Robert Buckland on Sunday, who said the bill was an "insurance policy" just in case the UK and EU do not agree a post-Brexit trade deal.
Alistair Handyside, who also owns holiday cottages in East Devon, also told the BBC that what mattered now was what would happen over the next few weeks in the run-up to the festive season.
He said: "If we don't get December with Christmas and New Year, which are peak weeks, we will see carnage, we honestly will."
The government said the new rule "simplifies and strengthens the rules on social gatherings, making them easier to understand and easier for the police to enforce" in its bid to tackle coronavirus, which had seen a recent "rapid increase in the number of daily positive cases".
Devon residents urged to follow coronavirus restrictions
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Devon residents are being urged to do their bit to reduce coronavirus spreading in the county after a rise in cases.
While the number of cases being confirmed still remains relatively low, recent days have seen an increase in infections, with 53 cases in the last seven days, compared to 42 the previous week.
Dr Virginia Pearson, Devon’s director of Public Health, said that not all of the new cases were linked to returning international holidaymakers, which had been the pattern previously.
She said: "The virus is still here and it is very easy to get infected, especially indoors.
"I am therefore urging all Devon residents, of all ages, but specifically to our younger residents who perhaps do not feel the risk felt by older and more vulnerable residents, to follow the public health advice at all times."
There are current 6.6 cases being confirmed per 100,000 population in Devon, compared to the national average of 20.2, and the demographics were mainly in working aged people, according to public health specialist Maria Moloney-Lucey.
Cases would need to triple to reach the level where they would be put on the government’s watchlist, with cases needing to be about 10 times higher than they currently are before any ‘local lockdown’ rules may be imposed.
Exeter’s leisure centres are set to open again in the coming
weeks following extensive work to ensure they are safe to use.
centre will now be run under the direct management of Exeter City Council rather than
being outsourced to a private company.
Memberships were frozen during lockdown and the council said there would be no charge for current members until at least 1 January 2021.
The council's plan is to open the ISCA Centre and Exeter Arena on 28 September, Wonford Sports Centre and Northbrook Swimming Pool on 5 October and Pyramids Swimming Pool and Riverside on 12 October.
Information about new memberships at reduced rates will be available
Council leader Phil Bialyk said: “This is a fresh start for our leisure centres, and it is
great that the service has been taken back in-house by the council.
“Our aim is to create top class facilities for the people of
Exeter, as part of our drive to remain one of the healthiest and most active
locations in the country.”
Calls for council to hold virtual meetings into 2021
Local Democracy Reporting Service
The financial and environmental impact of the switch to holding virtual council meetings will be assessed by Devon County Council as calls have been made to enable them to continue into 2021 and beyond.
The authority has held all its meetings virtually since the country went into lockdown in March, and Wednesday’s virtual cabinet meeting heard that early indications showed a saving of £20,338 when compared to the first four months of 2019/20 on public transport, travel, catering and subsistence.
Councillor Frank Biederman, leader of the Independent Group, had put forward a motion to July’s full council meeting, calling for the Procedures Committee to consider a report on meetings in the future and what committees, briefings and task groups could meet virtually.
Wednesday’s cabinet meeting saw the committee unanimously recommended that full council, when they meet in October, agree to the request and the Procedures Committee be asked to debate the issues raised by the motion.
As Prime Minister Boris Johnson urges people to stick to the government's new 'rule of six' to try to slow the increase in Covid-19 infections, a Devon paramedic is calling on the public to take it seriously and practice social distancing.
Mark Walker says the recent news about more cases should be a wake-up call.
"It's not going away.
"We are making life more difficult for ourselves by not listening to what we are told - not wearing facial coverings, not avoiding large social gatherings... and it is going to come back and bite us."
The University of Exeter has signed a contract with a private company to buy thousands of coronavirus tests for students and staff.
The deal, which is thought to be the first of its kind in the UK, will allow large numbers to be tested throughout the academic year, with results provided within 24 hours. The tests will be offered to those with symptoms and in high risk areas.
Sean Fielding, the university's director of innovation, impact and business, told BBC Radio Devon the testing is "just part of that safety approach that we have developed and if we can get the community on campus to be safe then that means the communities around us can be safe too."
Two staff at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth have tested positive for coronavrius it has emerged.
A spokeswoman said neither members of staff, who work in different areas of the hospital, had shown any symptoms and were "remaining isolated" following government advice.
The hospital, which has more than 8,600 staff, has not closed any wards.
"There has been an increase in the number of cases of confirmed Covid-19 in Plymouth in recent weeks," said the spokeswoman.
"Our staff are part of that Plymouth community and so we were anticipating a possible increase in cases in our patients, our staff or both."
She said "risk of transmission is minimal" between staff and patients because of protection such as masks, aprons, gloves and goggles.
Emergency services warn about 999 and 111 use
BBC South West
Devon and Cornwall Police are asking people to be careful of so-called pocket dialling on mobile phones after a number of recent incidents of problems with people calling 999 by accident.
Officers said they received such 999 calls every day and were asking people to lock their screens before putting phones in pockets.
They said it was also important to supervise children if they were playing on a phone.
Police also asked people not to hang up if they dialled 999 in error, and instead speak to the operator so they knew the caller was safe.
Meanwhile, the Royal Cornwall Hospital has said it had seen an increase in the number of people turning up at its emergency department rather than contacting the NHS's 111 service first.
Hospital staff turned to social media over the weekend to reiterate the message that the 111 system helped them manage arrivals and maintain social distancing while the hospital was running at reduced capacity.