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Council rap on debt collectors

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plymouth City Council was at fault for refusing to accept complaints about its debt collectors says an inspector's report.

Plymouth
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The Local Government Ombudsman said the council was wrong because the enforcement agent was acting on its behalf.

A debtor, identified in a report as Miss X, complained that the bailiffs turned down a reasonable offer of repayment without giving a reason.

She also complained that the same bailiffs broke regulations by charging multiple enforcement fees.

The agent was used to collect the debt after magistrates issued a liability order for unpaid council tax.

The watchdog upheld two cases against the council, saying it was wrong to refer complaints about the agent’s behaviour back to the agent.

A Plymouth City Council spokesman said: “We accept the findings of the ombudsman in both cases and have already implemented all of the recommendations.”

'Be water smart' call after dry winter and spring

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Resident and holidaymakers in the South West are being asked to be "water smart" by regional utility South West Water (SWW).

SWW said its total reservoir storage was currently about 73%, compared to 75% at the same time last year, "reflecting the relatively dry winter and spring".

Head of Water Resources Rob Scarrott said: “Even though it often seems to rain a lot, the South West has actually had the second lowest amount of rainfall in the UK over the last six months.

“We have no immediate concerns, but we expect demand for water to increase as we head into the peak summer season."

The company provides water and sewerage services to Devon and Cornwall, plus small parts of Dorset and Somerset.

Drift reservoir, Cornwall
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Thunderstorm warning issued for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A thunderstorm is expected to hit Devon and parts of east Cornwall on Tuesday evening.

The Met Office has issued a warning of scattered thunderstorms moving north moving north from 18:00 which "could lead to some power cuts and travel delays".

Thunderstorm warning
Met Office

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny before heavy showers

BBC Weather

A largely dry Tuesday, with cloud quickly clearing to leave it sunny and very warm for much of the day.

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By the evening, some heavy showers and thunderstorms will spread from the south west.

Maximum temperature: 24 to 27C (75 to 81F).

Devon & Cornwall weather: Warm and heavy showers possible

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

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It will be remaining dry through Monday night with cloud building and turning rather misty in places.

Minimum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

It will be a mainly dry day on Tuesday, with cloud clearing to leave it sunny and warm for most of the day.

There is the chance that some heavy showers will spread from the south west later in the day.

Maximum temperature: 24 to 27C (75 to 81F).

Moon left out of World Cup squad

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter prop Ben Moon has been left out of Eddie Jones' latest World Cup training squad.

It means Moon, 30, who has won eight caps since making his debut last November, could face an uphill struggle to make it into the final squad for this autumn's World Cup in Japan.

Ben Moon
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Fellow Exeter forwards Luke Cowan-Dickie and Harry Williams are included in the squad, which will be training in Italy, along with backs Jack Nowell and Henry Slade.

England play warm-up matches against Wales and Ireland next month before the final party is selected for the World Cup which starts in mid-September.

Adult social care spending gap in Devon

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

A new report has found that Devon County Council to be one of the lowest spenders on adult social care.

Most adult social care spending in England is paid for by local councils.

The report, commissioned by the Salvation Army, examined nationwide social care spending of rural and urban councils and concluded that Devon was among the worst.

The charity calculated the "spending potential" for over-65s with a disability of every local council and unitary authority.

In Devon, the theoretical per person spending was approximately £6,900, a fraction of the £32,000 that Lambeth Council in London can spend.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud mist clearing for sun

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

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It will be a cloudy, breezy and misty start to Monday, with some local drizzle.

Throughout the day, it will become dry and warmer with spells of sunshine and winds will ease.

Maximum temperature: 22 to 25C (72 to 77F)

Devon and Cornwall weather: Scattered showers overnight

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Tonight, outbreaks of rain will stop as some clearer periods develop, but there will also be a few scattered showers moving in from the west.

Strong southwesterly winds will ease during the night.

Minimum temperature:13 to 16C (55 to 61F)

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Saturday, there will be showers during the morning and some are likely to be heavy before they clear away for the afternoon and sunny spells develop more widely by evening.

Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will turn to the northwest and ease during the day.

Maximum temperature: 17 to 21C (63 to 70F)

M5: Speed restriction in force after oil spillage closure

BBC Radio Devon

Drivers are being warned of delays hours after an oil spillage closed the M5 out of Devon.

The motorway has re-opened after being closed northbound between Wellington and Bridgwater.

Queues tailed back for five miles and drivers have been warned they will take some time to clear.

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BreakingScarlett Keeling killer jailed for 10 years

BBC Radio Devon

Scarlett Keeling
BBC

The man convicted over the sexual assault and killing of Devon teenager Scarlett Keeling has been sentenced to 10 years in prison, according to the lawyer of Scarlett's mother Fiona Mckeown.

Samson D'Souza was charged alongside another man, Placido Carvalho, after 15-year-old Keeling's body was found on a beach in Goa in 2008.

Both men were cleared of her murder in 2016.

However, a judge overturned D'Souza's earlier acquittal on Wednesday.

Fiona McKeown says she's relieved at the sentence.

Placido Carvalho was cleared of all charges.

Travel: M5 reopens after eight-mile long fuel spillage

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Travel: M5 to be 'opened shortly' after fuel spillage

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Thundery showers and a fresh breeze

BBC Weather

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Friday will be mainly cloudy with rain at times and a brisk south-westerly wind. The rain is likely to be occasionally heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder.

The evening will stay cloudy and wet for a time with further outbreaks of rain, some heavy. However, the rain should ease by dawn.

Temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

Travel: M5 closed northbound due to large fuel spillage

BBC Radio Devon

The M5 is closed northbound between junction 26 for Wellington and junction 24 for Bridgewater due to a large fuel spillage stretching about eight miles.

There is a diversion route in place via the A38.

Long delays are expected.

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South West heavy rain 'could impact driving conditions'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Heavy rain and possible thunder could cause problems for drivers in the South West on Friday morning, the Met Office has warned.

Traffic is expected to be busy on roads in the region for the beginning of the school summer holidays.

The Met Office said: "On Friday morning heavy rain, which could impact driving conditions in Wales and South West England, will soon spread north-eastwards reaching southern Scotland later."

It said more wet weather later on Friday "will leave parts of southern and southwestern England quite wet during the evening rush hour".

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Met Office

Urine 'not a treatment' for weever fish stings, RNLI says

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RNLI is again warning people not to treat weever fish and jellyfish stings with urine.

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The urban myth continues, even though the treatment is actually hot water.

The warning comes ahead of the summer holidays.

Sex offenders 'facing a lack of rehab and monitoring'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

A child sex offender who’s recently been released from prison and is looking to find a home in the South West, says chaotic living arrangements and a lack of help have increased the risk of him reoffending.

There are also concerns about the level of monitoring by the police.

A freedom of information request by the BBC revealed that each specialist officer in Devon and Cornwall has been assigned 60 sex offenders - when national guidance recommends a maximum of 50.

Diane Wills is from the South West charity, Circles...

The government says it's spending £6m helping vulnerable former prisoners find stable accommodation.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry and sunny with showers

BBC Weather

Most of today will be dry with sunny spells, however there will be the chance of a few showers bubbling up at times.

Feeling a little fresher than Wednesday with a light to moderate westerly wind.

Maximum temperature: 21C (69F).

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Eclipse over Dartmoor

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Thanks for sending in all your brilliant photos of the lunar eclipse.

This one is from Kestor Rock in Dartmoor, taken by Neil Porter.

Eclipse
Neil Porter

Devon and Cornwall weather: A mostly dry and sunny day

BBC Weather

It will be a dry morning with some sunny spells, although the sunshine may be rather hazy.

The afternoon will be cloudier with an increasing chance of showers developing.

Maximum temperature: 22C (71F).

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South west has lowest unemployment rate

BBC Business News

The south west region continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment in the country at 2.6%.

Unemployment across the UK was 3.8% between March and May 2019. The rate is at its lowest since late 1974.

It was highest in the North East at 5.6% which saw no change on the previous quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Figures also showed wage growth in the UK was 3.6% in the year to May 2019, the highest growth rate since 2008.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49002056

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MP urges government to prevent Vanessa George release

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Luke Pollard, the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has urged the government to intervene over the planned release from prison of Vanessa George, dubbed "Britain's worst female paedophile".

Mr Pollard told the Commons on Monday that the decision must be reviewed.

Speaker John Bercow advised that he "persist" in his efforts to force the Parole Board to think again.

The 49-year-old - who worked at Little Teds nursery at Plymouth - was jailed in 2009, but the Parole Board has recommended that she be freed under "strict" conditions as she is no longer regarded as a "significant risk" to the public.

George was convicted of abusing more than 60 toddlers and sending photographs of them to other paedophiles.

Vanessa George
Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It should be a largely dry day with sunny spells and fairly warm with light winds.

However, there is the chance of a few light showers passing through.

It will be dry overnight with some clear periods, becoming cloudier later in the night with the potential for some mist to form as well.

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BBC

Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers fading but may return

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Any showers should fade on Monday evening to leave it dry in the night with mostly clear skies and light winds.

Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

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After a fine and sunny start to Tuesday, there will once again be a risk of a few showers during the late morning and afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

Taking the lead: Recruitment drive for more therapy dogs

Janine Jansen

BBC Spotlight

There's a big recruitment drive in the South West for more volunteers with therapy dogs.

The charity Pets as Therapy currently has more than 250 canines working in the region.

Patients at Torbay Hospital's intensive care unit get regular visits from the charity volunteers and their pets.

Matthew Robinson works for the charity...

Paignton Zoo elephant Duchess dies at 49

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

duchess
Paington Zoo

An elephant that has lived at a Devon zoo for more than 40 years has died.

Female African elephant Duchess collapsed in her house at Paignton Zoo early on Sunday morning.

Despite a "determined and extended response from her keepers", the decision was made to euthanize her, staff said.

Duchess was born in 1970 and came to Paignton in 1977 and, for many years, lived with female Asian elephant Gay.

Senior head keeper of mammals Rob Rouse said it's been a "difficult time".

It’s a shock to the whole team, in particular those who worked with her closely and she will be sadly missed, she was a massive part of our zoo family."

Rob RouseSenior Head Keeper of Mammals, Paignton Zoo

New A303 safety measures a 'token effort'

BBC Radio Devon

The husband of a woman killed in a fatal crash on one of the main routes through the South West - the A303 - said he is "disappointed" by new safety improvements.

Trudi McHugh died in a crash on the A303 Ilminster bypass in 2015.

Paul McHugh said that the changes represent a "token effort" and do not go far enough to improve safety on the road.

Road managers said new safety work on the road was due to start on Monday night, including extra signs and coloured spaces.

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.

Weather
BBC

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.

Weather
BBC

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

After some late sunshine this evening, Friday night will be largely dry with clear spells, variable amounts of cloud and light to moderate northerly winds.

Early on Saturday areas of cloud will break up to allow sunny spells for most of the day.

There is a small chance of a few isolated showers developing during the afternoon and clear spells overnight.

Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Devon and Cornwall weather
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Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It will be a dry day and, although a little cloudy at times, there will be some longer sunny spells developing.

Light or moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher at times towards the north coast and the far west.

Maximum: 22C (72F)

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry but increasingly cloudy

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Thursday morning will start largely dry with some bright or sunny periods, but cloud will be increasing through the afternoon with some scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle developing.

Cloud will also lower later in the afternoon and some hill fog patches are likely to develop to the west by evening.

Southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate but fresher for time around the north coast.

Maximum Temperature:18 to 20C (64 to 68F).

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