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Mayflower 400: 'Here we are 400 years later'

BBC Radio Devon

It's 400 years ago today since the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, heading for America.

The ship had just over 100 passengers and 30 crew on-board.

Passengers on the Mayflower included men, women and children from England and the city of Leiden in Holland.

The Mayflower

The Mayflower first landed in America in November 1620, at Cape Cod which is now known as Provincetown, Massachusetts in the area of New England.

It was not the first time that an English ship had arrived in North America with the aim of setting up a colony. In 1607, English settlers founded Jamestown in what is now the US state of Virginia.

Historian Todd Gray says many Americans see the sailing of the Mayflower, and its arrival in New England, as an iconic moment in their country's history.

BBC Radio Devon

A major air and sea search has taken place off East Devon after reports that a paddle boarder was up to a mile offshore.

It came at about 19:30 BST on Tuesday night, as it was getting dark last night off Budleigh Salterton.

Two lifeboats

A coastguard helicopter, two lifeboats and a coastguard rescue team were involved in the search for the paddle boarder.

Nothing was found and the search was suspended pending any further information.

Out-of-hours GP and 111 service 'must urgently improve'

BBC Radio Devon

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.

Row over Covid testing availability

BBC Spotlight

A South West MP has defended the government's Covid 19 testing programme after complaints that very few are available in some areas of Cornwall and Devon.

Cornwall Council said it had been "inundated" with people describing problems trying to get a coronavirus test.

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.

Home Secretary Priti Patel defended the system on Tuesday, telling the BBC capacity was increasing.

Covid testing centre

'Rule of Six' may 'hurt police and public's relationship'

BBC Radio Cornwall

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."

Insp Andy BerryChairman, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation
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People 'should call police over Rule of Six breaches'

BBC Radio Devon

People in Cornwall and Devon should call police if they see others breaking the new "Rule of Six", which aims to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the counties' police commissioner has said.

The rule has come into force in England, limiting the size of social gatherings to six people, including children, to try to stop the spread of Covid-19.

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.

Alison Hernandez

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."

Alison HernandezDevon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

MPs to vote against bill to override Brexit agreement

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Two Devon MPs have said they will vote against the government's attempts to override the Brexit withdrawal agreement when it comes before the House of Commons.

If approved, the Internal Market Bill would go against the agreement signed by the UK and European Union earlier this year.

Former attorney general and Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox has accused Boris Johnson of doing "unconscionable" damage to Britain's international reputation with such a plan.

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.

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NHS Spitfire takes to South West skies

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

People at Falmouth hospital looking up at the sky

Residents in Devon and Cornwall ventured out of their homes to catch a sight of the NHS Spitfire on Saturday.

The plane has the words "Thank U NHS" hand-written across its body to celebrate the work of healthcare workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

The spitfire flew over many of the south west's hospitals including Torbay, Derriford, the Royal Cornwall Hospital, and Newquay, before landing in the town's airport.

The public are now being given the chance to have their own names written on the spitfire in return for a donation.

NHS Thank U Spitfire
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People stood looking up into the sky

Coronavirus: Rule of Six on gatherings comes into force

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Bantham beach

Rules have come into force in England, limiting the size of social gatherings to six people, including children, to try to stop the spread of coronavirus.

People will face fines of up to £3,200 if they repeatedly flout the law.

The new "Rule of Six" will deal a hammer blow to self catering businesses in Devon, according to the chairman of the South West Tourism Alliance.

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 vicar embarks on Mayflower pilgrimage

BBC Radio Devon

A vicar from Devon is leading a new pilgrimage this week to mark the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower.

Reverend Martin Warren is the rector of the Torridge Team of Churches, living in Shebbear.

He and a team of fellow walkers are following the South West Coast Path from Dartmouth to Plymouth and will visit churches along the way.

He said he was "especially" pleased it could ahead amid increasing coronavirus restrictions.

Devon residents urged to follow coronavirus restrictions

Daniel Clark

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.

Calls for council to hold virtual meetings into 2021

Daniel Clark

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.

Virtual meeting

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.

University to offer Covid-19 tests to students

BBC Radio Devon

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."

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Two Derriford staff test positive for coronavirus

BBC Spotlight

Two staff at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth have tested positive for coronavrius it has emerged.

Derriford Hospital

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

Andrew Segal

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.

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School roads closed to enforce social distancing

Roads around some Paignton schools were closed this morning to "assist with social distancing", police said.

The closures were to "ensure the safety of children returning to school" and will continue over the "next few days and coming weeks", officers confirmed.

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Government called to improve A30, A303 and A358

BBC Spotlight

The government is again being urged to recognise the importance of improvements to parts of the the South West's major A-roads, including the A30, A303 and the A358.

The Peninsula Transport group has written to Transport Secretary Grant Schapps, singling out the importance of the A303's route over the Blackdown Hills.

One Devon councillor recently described the route as "appalling".

The move comes after a combination of accidents and sheer volume of traffic caused huge tailbacks on the A303 and on to the M5 over the holidays.

A decision on possible improvements is due in November.

Tour of Britain: More details about South West stages

BBC Radio Devon

More details have been revealed about next year's Tour of Britain cycle race, which will see the first two stages held in Cornwall and Devon.

The Covid-delayed 2020 race is due to see stage one beginning on Sunday 5 September 2021 in Penzance, going 170km (105 miles) through Cornwall, to end in Bodmin, organisers said.

The provisional route, subject to final approval, was also being planned to visit St Just, St Ives, Hayle, Camborne, Pool, Redruth, Falmouth, Penryn, Truro, Newquay, St Austell and the Eden Project, they said.

The second stage of the cycle race, which was supposed to start today, is due to take in a planned 185km (115 mile) route on Monday 6 September 2021, starting in the new town of Sherford in the South Hams and finishing in Exeter.

The cathedral city last hosted a stage finish in 2014.

The complete race is due to end on Sunday 13 in Aberdeen.

Previous Tour of Britain in Devon

Driving test booking system suffers 'unprecedented demand'

BBC Radio Cornwall

People learning to drive across the South West are facing long waits for lessons and tests.

The online booking system for the practical exam has resumed and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) said that, from next week, drivers would be able to book up to 18 weeks ahead for their test rather than the usual six.

However, problems also include long queues for members of the public to book tests on the DVSA's website. At about 09:30 on Monday, the BBC found the queue to book a practical tests had about 140,500 people in the queue.

Nick Glossop, an instructor in the Helston area, said he knew it had been difficult for pupils to book tests, but added that instructors had access to other ways to book examinations.

He said: "Sometimes they're having to wait five or six hours to get a test booking open, and there's a long queue for that. But instructors who have the government gateway service are able to bypass that and book tests quite quickly."

The DVSA said it was facing "unprecedented demand for tests".

It added that from Monday a "further 375,000 testing slots will be available to book. We will also be safely increasing the number of tests each driving examiner conducts per day."

It said: “We thank everyone for their patience and are sorry for any inconvenience caused to those who haven’t been able to book a test so far.”

DVSA website

Police see 'crazy, mad shift' on Saturday night

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Devon and Cornwall Police officers say that Saturday night was incredibly busy, with more than 1,215 logs before midnight across the force area.

Officers also dealt with a further 250 in the early hours of Sunday, which was "quite high", the force said.

Four officers were reported to have been assaulted during the shift in Plymouth alone. None of those injuries were serious, the force's Response Section E said on Twitter.

PC Jon Hitt, based in Plymouth, added that he had a "crazy, mad shift" which saw the city's custody suite "full up".

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On Saturday, motor patrol officers in Devon said they recorded two drivers going at more than 100mph on the A30 and A38 near Exeter.

They tweeted a picture showing that one reached 108mph.

Another driver was caught averaging 107mph over two miles on the A380 towards Newton Abbot on Sunday.

All the motorists were facing a driving ban, they said.

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Former Plymouth school to become homes

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Plans have been drawn up to turn classrooms into homes at a former Plymouth school.

An application has gone in to create 23 flats over the four floors at Stoke Damerel High School for Girls in Keppel Place, off Albert Road, Devonport.


The building was in use as a school from early in the last century until the last pupils left in 1986.

It has since been used for storage but has become derelict and was set on fire and damaged in 2009.

Norwegian Homes Leisure Ltd has now applied to the city council for permission to convert the landmark grey stone building into homes.

Oak tree blocks planning application

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A mini housing estate which risked harming an oak tree has been blocked by Plymouth planners.

The mature tree stood next to a proposed new access road to 14 houses on open land at Cann Lodge in Tamerton Foliot.

Planning site

Plans to reach the homes from the end of Cheshire Drive were opposed by residents, and other objectors argued the scheme went against policies to protect the environment.

Highways officers had earlier raised concerns including the potential harm to the roots of the tree from the proposed new access road.

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The reasons for refusal published in a decision letter on the city council’s planning portal outlined a series of conflicts with planning policies including:

  • Failure to show safe vehicle and pedestrian access
  • Failure to justify building on a Neighbourhood Green Space or replace it with other leisure land
  • Causing harm to the landscape character by damage to the Tamerton Foliot Conservation Area through the loss of open grassland “affecting the tranquility of the area”, and reducing the separation between Whitleigh and Southway
  • Causing harm to the historic environment by the effect on the Tamerton Foliot Village Conservation Area and Cann House, and important views towards the listed St Mary’s Church
  • Unacceptable and harmful impact on protected trees
  • Failure to show how there would be a minimum 10% improvement in biodiversity

Southway councillor Mark Deacon, who objected to the application, welcomed the refusal because he said the scheme went against policies in the Plymouth and South West Devon Local Plan.

More than 250 dog thefts in South West since 2017

BBC Radio Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police

More than 250 dog thefts have been reported in Devon and Cornwall over the past three and a half years - but only two offenders have been charged.

According to figures from the police, there were 257 reported dog thefts across the two counties between January 2017 and August 2020.

Just before last Christmas a labradoodle puppy called Waffle was stolen at knifepoint while being walked in St Austell.

Owner Catherine Hussain says she "can't stop thinking" about her pet, who is still missing.

Funeral for Devon's last D-Day survivor

BBC Radio Devon

The funeral for an army veteran who is believed to be Devon's last D-Day survivor is taking place today.

Geoffrey Pyne from Exeter, passed away on 6 August at the age of 100.

Mr Pyne joined the army at 18 and served with the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

The D-Day landings saw troops from the UK, the US, Canada, and France attack German forces on the coast of northern France on 6 June 1944, marking the start of the campaign to liberate Nazi-occupied north-west Europe in World War Two.

Mr Pyne's service is due to to take place at Exeter Crematorium.

Warning of traffic congestion

The Highways Agency is warning of likely congestion on roads in the south west on Friday at the end of the Bank Holiday week.

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School of Mines announces ‘recruitment pause’ for course

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The Camborne School of Mines will not be accepting new students onto its undergraduate Mining Engineering course in 2021, due to a fall in demand for places.

The University of Exeter said it “is introducing a pause on recruitment to it, and will explore a range of options to allow undergraduates to study mining, possibly through other engineering programmes".

It will continue to recruit to its geology and postgraduate mining programmes.

Penryn Campus

The University of Exeter has also paused recruitment for its undergraduate English programme at its Penryn campus for 2021/2022.

Students joining this year are continuing as planned but a “small number" who deferred to start next year are now in discussions over “alternative choices”.

The university said in a statement it did not take the decision “lightly” and added “we will be using this time to review the course, working with staff and students to consider different models for English and Literary studies at Penryn, and supporting students affected".

Leisure centres 'at real risk' of closure

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

Water in swimming pool

Two councils in the South West are calling on the government to provide extra funding for leisure centres.

South Hams District and West Devon Borough Councils said the money was needed to help local authorities meet the costs of reopening and operating leisure centres following the coronavirus lockdown.

They said centres were facing "substantial increased costs" as a result of increased Covid-19 measures, and some had reported a 50% fall in income.

John Hart, chairman of South West Councils, said there was a "real risk" some leisure centres would not be able to reopen.

"That will undermine national initiatives to reduce obesity and make the nation healthier and more resilient," he said.

"It is vital that the government holds firm to its promise to do whatever is necessary to support councils’ efforts."

Police see online child sex offences double in a year

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall Police logged 52 online child sex offences in the 12 months up to the end of March, double the number of 26 in the previous year.

The NSPCC, which gathered the figures, said it was calling on the government to push forward with plans for an Online Harms Bill to be "on the statute book by the end of 2021".

Devon and Cornwall Police said the increase was "in line with the national rise of offences of this nature", and also due to greater use of social media, people being more confident to report crimes, and changes to the way police recorded information.

We always take reports of abuse against children seriously, and work closely with partner agencies to ensure that victims and their families are well supported. It is important that parents and guardians have open conversations with their children and feel confident in reporting any concerns to the police."

Det Ch Supt Steve ParkerDevon and Cornwall Police

South West records 89 new coronavirus cases

BBC Radio Devon

Devon has 78 new cases of coronavirus according to the latest figures from Public Health England.

The numbers relate to the week leading up to 30 August.

Plymouth showed the biggest week-on-week rise with cases rising from 19 to 33, while the South Hams area increased from three to 10.

However cases in Torbay fell from 13 to four, and Torridge and West Devon are two of just five council areas with no new cases in the week.

Cornwall has 11 new cases of the virus, compared to 16 recorded for the week up to 23 August.

'No literature degrees on offer' in Cornwall

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Concerns have been raised about the future of some university courses in Cornwall after admissions were paused for some degrees.

Staff at the University of Exeter campus in Penryn along with students and local politicians said they are concerned about the move by the university.

The university is reviewing the English Literature course at the campus and there have been claims it could be closed entirely.

A source contacted the Local Democracy Reporting Service and said that there were plans to close the course and that this could mean there would no longer be any literature degrees on offer in Cornwall.

They also said that this could have an impact on other courses in the Humanities department at Penryn with some staff working across several areas.


It comes after the university announced that it would not be taking any new maths students in Penryn and other courses are also said to be closed to new admissions.

The university said in a statement that it had only paused recruitment for 2021/22 due to a low number of people applying to the English undergraduate course at Penryn.

Person sent from Devon to Wales for Covid-19 test

BBC News

A person with coronavirus symptoms was told to go from Devon to Wales for testing.

The government website says the potential Covid-19 patient was directed to a testing centre 109 miles away in Carmarthen.

But the distances appear to have been calculated as the crow flies, rather than being a true reflection of how long it would take to drive - the Devon to Carmarthen route was actually a 206-mile drive according to Google Maps.

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Torbay rubbish left uncollected due to bad parking

BBC Radio Devon

People living in Torbay are being urged to park considerately so that the emergency services and dust carts can get through.

Rubbish was not collected in three streets in Torbay last week because of cars blocking the road.

The fire service said it's a perennial problem.

Mike Morey is a senior councillor in Torbay he said double yellow lines are being added to the road layout where there are particular problems.

North Devon Council forecasting £385k Covid deficit

BBC Radio Devon

North Devon Council is currently forecasting a deficit of £385,000 in its budget as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, a report has said.

District councillors heard that, despite funding from central government totalling more than £1m, the authority still faced a large shortfall.

Councillors agreed to take all remedial action they could while continuing to monitor finances.

Community raises £200k to buy fire station

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Volunteers in Budleigh Salterton hoping to raise enough funds to buy their former fire station and turn it into a community workshop have hit their fundraising target.

Budleigh Salterton fire station closed its doors for the final time in April this year, after the fire authority backed controversial proposals put forward to save cash but also to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service.

Fire station

The affected firefighters are now responding from Exmouth and Sidmouth, and the two-storey building is set to be auctioned off in September, with a guide price of £125,000.

But due to the popularity of the site on Station Road, the Budleigh Community Workshop Trust has estimated that around £200,000 may be needed to be able to complete the purchase.

The BCWT had raised £150,000 towards the purchase of the building before last month launching a crowdfunding campaign for the last £50,000.

More than £45,000 had been raised through the support of the public, and on Tuesday morning, East Devon District Council’s Community Grant Panel unanimously supported pledging the last £4,867 to ensure the target is met.

Man dies after being hit by a tyre on A38

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News

More details have emerged about the death of a man who was hit by a tyre that fell off a passing vehicle in Devon.

The 79-year-old was walking his dog along the A38 dual carriageway near to Heathfield, Newton Abbot at about 10:25 BST on 1 September.

A Mitsubishi L200 towing a livestock trailer lost its wheel on the Exeter-bound carriageway which collided with the pedestrian.

The man died at the scene of the incident, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The force are asking any witnesses to come forward contact the police on 101, quoting log 261 of 1 September 2020.

One coronavirus death in Devon

Local Democracy Reporting Service

One coronavirus death has been recorded in Devon, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

The data relates to the week between 15 and 21 August, with no deaths in Cornwall recorded for the same period.

The individual died at a private residence in West Devon.

It means the death-toll for Devon and Cornwall has stayed at single figures for 10 consecutive weeks.

Police finding 'huge value' in dashcam scheme

BBC Radio Cornwall

The police are taking advantage of the big rise in the number of people fitting a dashcam in their cars.

In a scheme called Operation Snap, Devon and Cornwall Police are asking anyone who films a bad or dangerous driver to send the footage to them - they say it's been a big success.

Insp Simon Jenkinson said his department was stretched and this sort of technology could be the way forward.

It's about embracing technology and knowing there's a lot of footage out there that offers huge value. People will recognise that the police can't be everywhere all the time. We've all been out in a car, seen something, and wished police have been there, or that they were in a position to do something about it - now they can. It represents the public being able to work with us to help prevent collisions and serious incidents on our roads, and enhance road safety.

Simon JenkinsonDevon and Cornwall Police