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Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud clearing as winds drop

BBC Weather

Any lingering cloud will quickly clear overnight on Friday to leave it dry with lengthy clear spells. Winds will fall light too.

Minimum Temperature: 7 to 11C (45 to 52F).

A dry and settled Saturday tomorrow with lengthy sunny spells and winds remaining light. Turning a little warmer.

Maximum Temperature: 17 to 21C (63 to 70F).

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Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has an impromptu kickabout in the city's streets with some local children.

PCC to present summer funding case to Home Office

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall will head to London this month to argue that the force should receive an additional £15m to compensate it for the cost of policing a "summer surge" of visitors.

Alison Hernandez says the force is put under additional strain because the two counties host more domestic visitors than any other.

The Special Grant Application is being finalised by staff at the PCC’s office.

It contains detailed facts and figures that explain the additional pressures placed on officers and staff between April and September.

Alison Hernandez

The tourism sector is vitally important to the South West, and contributes at least £300m a year to the Treasury through VAT. This application is about trying to get some of that money back so we can help to keep visitors and our resident population safe. We have invested heavily in additional resources like a rural and wildlife crime team, collaborations with other blue light services and additional roads policing teams to help to cope with a rise in requests for help because of the summer surge."

Alison HernandezPolice and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall

Local shops milk project aims to reduce plastic packaging

BBC Radio Devon

Seventeen independently-owned shops across Devon and Somerset have started offering a new way of buying milk - without plastic packaging.

Customers at shops that offer the service across East, North and Mid Devon can take along their own reusable jugs or bottles to refill from a milk machine - which is topped up by local dairy farm, Gundenham Dairy each day.

It's hoped the move will encourage shoppers to think about the environment - whilst supporting a local business.


We get the milk delivered every day. We're going through about four cartons which holds about 24 pints. It comes fresh every day. I wanted to get something that would help everybody start using less plastic."

Debbie ClarkBroadclyst Village Stores

Delays to superfast broadband 'short-changing' rural Devon

BBC Spotlight

Campaigners are reacting angrily to further delays in bringing superfast broadband to the most rural parts of Devon and Somerset.

The company responsible for the publicly funded roll-out, Gigaclear has lost its contract.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset Partnership says it will now start the process of finding a new provider.

It means the scheme is potentially four years behind schedule.

In a statement, it said it was working hard to agree a revised plan and it was "disappointed" not to be able to progress.

Graham Long

For businesses to do things like tax returns, VAT etc - the government expects it to be done online these days. Again, it's this dichotomy between rural and urban areas where rural areas are being short-changed."

Graham LongBroadband campaigner

Councillor attacks management after resigning

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A blistering attack on East Devon District Council’s management has been launched by a councillor who resigned from group running the council.

Councillor Paul Millar, who represents the Exmouth Halsdon ward, quit the Independent Group on Monday night.

In an email announcing his departure from the group, Councillor Millar said he found working with the Senior Management Team and trying to have any influence over his transformation portfolio to be impossible, that he had no confidence in the senior management, and that the Independent Group has little desire to change anything really at all.

Paul Millar

His resignation from the group means that they are no longer the largest party on the council, with both them and the Conservatives having 19 seats each.

In a response, Councillor Ben Ingham, leader of the council, said he thanked Councillor Millar for his contribution but that the "personal and unfounded comments" do not help advance understanding of the work carried out by East Devon District Council’s officers and councillors.

It is understood that Councillor Millar had been sacked from his transformation portfolio role by Councillor Ingham prior to his resignation from the group.

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Councillor Millar confirmed he would remain a member of the council and would sit as an Independent.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Spells of sunshine expected

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Patches of low cloud and any light drizzle will clear towards the south coast and it'll become brighter with spells of sunshine developing more widely through Friday morning.

Light or moderate northeasterly winds will make it feel a little cooler.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

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Cornwall and Devon weather: Some rain before turning drier

BBC Weather

A cloudy start to Thursday night with a few spots of rain. Turning drier through the night with a few clear spells developing. Breezy again.

Minimum Temperature: 10 to 15C (50 to 59F).

A dry and largely settled Friday as high pressure starts to build, with plenty of sunny spells and a gentle to moderate northeasterly breeze.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 20C (61 to 68F).

Girl, four, to receive award for bravery after 999 call

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A four-year-old girl is set to be given a "prestigious" award for bravery after calling Devon and Cornwall Police to alert them to her mother's fall.

Isabelle Wilkinson dialled 999 because her mother, Natasha, had fallen unconscious and she could not wake her up.

Officers said although no speech was heard, it was enough for them to head to the address and request the correct medical treatment for Natasha.

999 call display

Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said Isabelle "displayed courage and initiative far above her years".

"Through alerting the police to her mother’s situation we were able to get her the help she required and ensure she could make a full recovery," he said.

"Everyone at Devon and Cornwall Police is incredibly impressed by Isabelle and proud of her.

"I wish to pass on my warmest congratulations for a well-deserved recipient of this prestigious award."

Isabelle will be presented with her award at a ceremony on Friday.

Cornwall and Devon weather: Dull to start

BBC Weather

Thursday will be a dull and damp start with some mist and fog around.

Through the morning, the cloud will lift and in the afternoon there will be some brightness and even some sunshine breaking through for a time.


Later in the afternoon and the evening, the cloud will lower and thicken again from the west, with a return of some drizzle, mist and fog.

It will be breezy with moderate gusting strong south-westerly winds, which will be fresher in the north.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 20C (61 to 66F).

Police appeal after hundreds of cannabis plants seized

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Cannabis plants
Devon & Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall Police have appealed for information after more than 460 plants were seized from a Plymouth house.

Officers were called to a property in Waterloo Close on Friday morning after workmen discovered a "sophisticated" cannabis farm.

The production set up had been installed in the upstairs and loft, leaving the landlord and other visitors "none the wiser", according to police.

Cannabis plants
Devon & Cornwall Police

Det Con Nathan Drew, of Plymouth CID, said they were looking for "suspicious males" seen entering or leaving the address over the last few months.

“We are seeking two males of Asian appearance who had rented the property."

“The tenants had been there for approximately nine months and were able to operate without raising any suspicions of their unsuspecting neighbours," DC Drew added.

Anyone who has information is urged to contact police by calling 101, or emailing, quoting crime reference CR/80925/19.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via their website.

Life monitors in police custody 'first in the world'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

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Devon and Cornwall Police have become the first force in the world to install life-signs monitors in its custody suites.

The OxyHealth life-signs monitors allow health professionals to keep an eye on the breathing and heart rates of detainees in custody.

The announcement comes following a recent joint report into the force's custody procedures, which concluded that the force displayed a "strong culture of treating detainees with care and consideration".

Assistant Chief Constable Jim Colwell described the "positive" report as a "reflection of the hard work" of custody staff.

ACC Colwell said "further investments" had been made into a "state-of-the-art policing hub and custody centre" in Exeter.

Devon and Cornwall Police are proud to be leading the world with some of the safety equipment that we have installed in our custody. Treating those in custody with dignity, care and respect is not only ethical and the right thing to do, but is more likely to influence positive outcomes for victims and witnesses."

Jim ColwellAssistant Chief Constable, Devon & Cornwall Police

Custody staffing and overtime required 'improvement'

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

An "over-reliance on overtime" was an area that needs to be improved, a report into Devon and Cornwall Police's custody procedure identified.

The report outlined that the force could improve its staffing "to ensure safe detention and avoid excessive use of overtime".

Inspectors saw staff working "extended shifts and on rest days" in order to "meet minimum staffing levels".

"Custody officers were sometimes required to work overtime to cover the role of detention officers," the report added.

Sexual grooming crimes 'double' in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Radio Devon

Sexual grooming crimes in Devon and Cornwall have almost doubled with record numbers of children being targeted on social media, according to police.

More than 100 offences were recorded across the two counties last year whereas the previous year it was about 50.

Officers said many of the victims were under the age of 11.

The NSPCC said social media platform Instagram is especially being used to target children.

It added it wants the government to bring in new laws to make accounts more private and stop online grooming.

Young person on computer

Report into police custody finds 'gaps' in data

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

An unannounced inspection of the running of police custody suites in Devon and Cornwall has been released, concluding the force was "generally delivering good outcomes for detainees".

However, the report did outline a "cause of concern" around the data collation and monitoring, describing the process as "insufficient" and having "gaps" which led to "inaccurate and unreliable" data in several areas.

The report recommended the service must collate "accurate data on all areas of custody" in order to "scrutinise" and improve the custody process.

The joint inspection was conducted by HM Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) in May.

It examined the "effectiveness of custody services and outcomes" throughout the detention process, as well as the safe detention and the treatment of detainees, with a particular focus on vulnerable people and children.

Nineteen additional "areas of improvement" were also identified by the report, including over staff deployment and the excessive use of overtime.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloudy with rain expected

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A rather cloudy Wednesday with the odd patch of rain.

It should dry up later though.

Highs of 19C (66F).

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud and fresh winds

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

weather map

By the end of Tuesday night, cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast exposed to moderate or fresh southwesterly winds, which will become strong at times.

Minimum temperature: 10C to 13C.

Wednesday morning will be cloudy with further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

Cloud will cover hills and parts of the coast at times, but in the afternoon it should become drier and a little brighter for areas towards the north coast.

Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will be initially strong at times, but will turn towards the northwest later.

Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C.

Stolen notes: Choir has scammed cash reimbursed

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

A community choir in Mid Devon that was scammed out of more than £2,300 has been reimbursed by a bank, it says.

The VoiceWorx Community Choir, based in Kentisbeare, lost the money in an email scam in January after scammers intercepted emails and impersonated committee members to access cash, Devon Live reported.

The choir said: "At the time of the theft, and despite informing the police and banks, it appeared unlikely that anything more could be done to recover the stolen funds.

"The banks said previously they had fulfilled their legal obligations and could not help the choir after the scammers had sent bogus, but highly plausible emails posing as officers of the choir."

VoiceWorx Community Choir on The One Show

But now, following an investigation by the BBC's The One Show and an article broadcast this week, "the Co-operative Bank has helpfully agreed to refund all of the money as a gesture of good faith", choir leaders said.

The choir said the Co-op Bank has paid £2,318.51, leaving it "with a small reserve to start their new term after paying their debts".

VoiceWorx said members were celebrating "being back in the black" again.

Devon faces £28m black hole in budget

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Devon faces a £28m black hole in its budget and could go into the red for the first time in a generation, councillors will be told.

A report going before Wednesday’s cabinet meeting says the total projected overspend at month four for 2019/20 is £4.3m.

But Mary Davis, the county’s treasurer, said this figure assumed a funding shortfall of £15.8m for special educational needs would not be dealt with this financial year and that planned contributions to reserves of £8m were not made.

Her report says: "Without these two adjustments the projected overspending would be £28.1m."

South West unemployment drops 2.5%

BBC Business News

Unemployment in the South West has continued to fall to a low of less than 2.5%, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The latest 2.4% figure of people aged 16-64 unemployed between May and July 2019 is lower than the UK-wide figure of just under 3.8%.

The official figures also showed earnings nationally grew at an annual pace of 3.8%.

The ONS said rising employment was being driven mainly by more women in work, partly due to the rise in the state pension age.

South West unemployment

Beekeepers urged to watch out for Asian hornets

Adrian Campbell

BBC South West environment correspondent

Bee hives

Beekeepers are being urged to keep their eyes peeled for Asian hornets, which are trying to establish themselves in the UK.

The invasive predators are able to eat up to 50 honey bees in a day and can decimate bee hives.

The British Beekeepers Association has launched Asian hornet week in the hope people will look out for them, photograph any and report sightings.

In the British Isles, they have already been reported in Hampshire and in Jersey this year.

One beekeeper who looks after hives at Torpoint has been using a new device to help stop attacks from the predators.

Tim Payne, from Plymouth City Bees, said fitting a false floor - a so-called hornet floor, developed in France - and dummy entrances in some of his hives had been "working well" in preventing an invasion.

In the meantime, Doctor Peter Kennedy from the University of Exeter has been attaching radio tags to some hornets to find out where nests are.

Anyone who does spot an Asian hornet is asked to report it to the GB Non-native Species Secretariat.

Asian hornet warning sign

Two people seriously injured after two-car crash

BBC Spotlight

Two people remain in hospital with serious injuries after a road accident between Bodmin and Wadebridge.

The incident happened at about 18:30 on Monday on the A389 and involved two cars.

Both victims are at Derriford Hospital.

The road was closed for some time.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Rain clearing for sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

It will be a cloudy start to Tuesday with a few isolated showers.

However, the showers will die away during the morning and it will become dry and brighter from the west with longer spells of sunshine developing.

Moderate or fresh northerly winds will slowly ease and turn to the northwest.

Maximum temperature: 15C to 19C.

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Rain clearing for dry spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Much of the rain will clear on Monday evening, leaving just a few isolated showers by Tuesday.

The cloud should also break at times and allow some clearer periods to develop.

Northerly winds will become light or moderate to the east, but remain fresher to the west.

Minimum temperature:10C to 13C.

weather map

Although starting quite cloudy with just a few isolated showers, it will become generally dry as spells of sunshine develop on Tuesday.

Light or moderate north or northwesterly winds will turn to the west by the end of the day.

Maximum temperature:14C to 18C.

Fire station closure 'could be death of local service'

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight


Protesters took to the streets in a Devon town to oppose proposed cuts to the fire service on Saturday.

At Colyton Carnival, campaigners marched behind the town's fire engine to protest against the plans to close fire stations across Devon and Somerset.

Colyton residents said they believed the cuts would be the death of the fire service locally. The town's station is one of the eight earmarked for closure.

The fire service said there had been a big decrease in incidents and it needed to focus more on fire prevention, and also needed to save money.

It is encouraging members of the public to take part in a consultation until 22 September about its future.


Devon and Cornwall weather: Rain clearing for drier spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

weather map

It will be a mostly cloudy Monday with outbreaks of occasionally heavy and possibly thundery rain.

The rain will become more showery in the afternoon and there should also be some drier periods developing.

Moderate southwesterly winds will become variable for a time and then fresh to strong from the northwest.

Maximum temperature: 14 to 17C.

County Lines: Drug gang share videos on social media
They show big piles of cash and expensive watches bought before the group were jailed.

South West weather: Outbreaks of rain and drizzle

BBC Weather

A dry start, however later some outbreaks of rain and drizzle are expected.

Perhaps a few spots of rain into the evening, thereafter a dry night will follow with fairly lengthy clear spell - winds will ease too.

Maximum temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F).





'Unprecedented' demand on police over summer

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police has experienced one of the busiest summers on record.

According to the force, the number of people in the two counties peaked in excess of 11 million at times between June and the end of August.

During this period the police received more than 72,000 999 calls, 320,000 101 calls and 33,400 emails or webchats from the public.

In addition, the force recorded 26,500 crimes, which resulted in more than 4,700 arrests.

Police van

Ch Supt Glen Mayhew said the summer had seen "unprecedented levels of demand" on the police with "no extra resources" to cope with the surge.

Ch Supt Mayhew said: “It is testament to the outstanding work of officers and staff across the force that we have been able to do our utmost to meet demand levels."

He described resourcing the "peak in demand" as "incredibly challenging at all levels" the force.

“Whether this be roads policing, assisting vulnerable people, call handling or maintaining a visible presence in our communities – doing more with less can be very difficult to manage," he added.

In July, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said 20,000 new police officers would be recruited across England and Wales.

Home Office figures show forces in England and Wales lost 20,564 officers between March 2010 and March 2019.

South West weather: Mainly dry and sunny

BBC Weather

It is expected to remain mainly dry with some lengthy spells of sunshine.

Just the small chance of a few isolated showers.

A dry evening with some late sunshine, and a dry night will follow, though cloud will tend to thicken as the night wears on and winds will strengthen.

Maximum temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F)





Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers clearing on Thursday

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Winds will freshen for a time on Wednesday evening and these may bring further showers.

Overnight, the winds will abate and it will become mainly dry with a few clear spells.

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


A cool and breezy Thursday but it is expected to remain mainly dry with variable amounts of sunshine.

Just the small chance of a shower on the north coast.

Maximum temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F).

£1.9m road safety plan is mapped out

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Twelve improvements have been outlined to make one of the UK’s most dangerous roads safer.

The A3121 – a 9km stretch of road connecting the A379 west of Modbury to Ermington and the A38 east of Ivybridge – has been identified by the government as one of the 50 most dangerous A roads in the country.

Between 2012 and 2016, there were 31 collisions on the A3121. Six were fatal or resulted in serious injuries.

The Department for Transport has awarded Devon County Council £1.9m for improvements.

Kitterford Cross on the A3121
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Kitterford Cross

If approved by the council cabinet when it meets on 11 September, the first phase of up to 12 road safety schemes will begin this autumn.

In a report to the meeting, Dave Black, Head of Planning, Transportation and Environment, said: "This will allow Devon to improve the A3121’s safety, particularly at Kitterford Cross where a number of people have been and continue to be injured.

"The improvements will also improve journey times and allow visitors better access into the South Hams.”

Tamar Bridge temporarily closing to pedestrians and cyclists

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Tamar Bridge
Tamar Crossings

Maintenance works on the Tamar Bridge between Plymouth and Saltash will mean that the pedestrian and cycle lane will close from 25 September until April 2020 to accommodate vehicle traffic.

A shuttle bus for pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooter users is to be provided "around the clock", bosses said.

They will operate between Tamar Bridge car park and Fore Street in Saltash at every 15 minutes during the day and 20 minutes at night.

The 12-month renovation project began in April following inspections which identified part of the bridge's waterproofing as needing replacement.

Opening of the lane to cars was to ensure minimal traffic disruption by keeping four lanes in use at all times during renovation, Tamar Crossings said.

Drivers were also being advised there could be delays during the work, "particularly at peak times", and they should plan their journeys and listen to the latest traffic reports", it added.

Keeping four traffic lanes open at all times to reduce potential disruption and delays means we need to close the south cantilever to pedestrians, cyclists and mobility scooters for the remaining phases of the scheme."

Richard ColeEngineering Manager, Tamar Bridge and Torpoint Ferry Joint Committee

Cricket: Dinnis stars as Cornwall beat Devon

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Bowler Tom Dinnis took 11 wickets as Cornwall came away from Exeter with an 86-run win from their big rivals in their final match of the season.

Needing 207 to win in the final innings, Devon were bowled out for 120 with Dinnis taking 8-49 to add to the three wickets in the first innings as the Duchy ended the season in sixth place in the minor Counties Western Division, leapfrogging Devon who finish in seventh.

Greg Smith hit 48 as Cornwall were bowled out for 252 in their first innings, with Devon scoring 352-7 in reply as retiring Somerset wicket-keeper Peter Trego got 72 while opener Mitchell Pugh scored 78.

Cornwall replied with 306 all out, leaving their hosts needing 20-7 to win in their final innings.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Breezy and sunny

BBC Weather

A breezy but fine Wednesday morning with spells of sunshine.

Clouds will increase from the north-west, bringing some showers in the afternoon - a cooler day.

Winds will freshen for a time in the evening and these may bring further showers.

Overnight, the winds will abate and it will become dry with a few clear spells.

Maximum Temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).





Call for fire bosses 'to take people's views into account'

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay's MP says he hopes fire service bosses will take into account views from local people about plans to reduce night-time staffing at one fire station.

The plans to reduce staffing at the Paignton station is part of proposed cuts from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Fire bosses said the proposals were being considered because incidents had decreased by more than a third and they needed to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century.

A consultation is under way.

Conservative MP Kevin Foster has expressed his anger at planned fire cuts, saying that, while there had been advances in fire safety in recent years, basic fire cover was still needed.

Mr Foster added that he was hopeful that the service would listen to feedback from his constituents.

Campaigners are protesting on Tuesday at plans to reduce night-time staffing at Paignton Fire Station.

Fire engine

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloudy with bright spells

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It'll be quite cloudy at times with a few scattered outbreaks of light rain or drizzle possible.

However, there should also be some brighter periods with the sun breaking through - with the best of the sunshine likely towards the south coast.

Light or moderate southwesterly winds will become fresher around the coast too.

Max temperature: 19C (66F).

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Staying mostly dry

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Monday night will be mostly dry with clear spells and variable amounts of cloud.

Light to moderate westerly winds.

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

Devon and Cornwall weather

A fair amount of cloud around at times on Tuesday but it will stay mostly dry and some sunny intervals will develop at times.

Brisk south-westerly winds.

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

Council strongly advised to reject fire service cuts

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay Council has been strongly advised to reject proposed cuts to the fire service.

The council's overview and scrutiny committee recommended all six options put forward by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue should be rejected.

Seven fire stations could close, including night-time cover in Paignton, with the loss of an engine in Torquay and day cover for a second engine in Brixham.

The fire service said it wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century, and that fire incidents in the area had decreased 36% between 2008 and 2018.

Devon and Somerset fire engine