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Summary

  1. M5 closure near J28 causing tailbacks
  2. Arrest after man stabbed in Bodmin
  3. Five-hundred ducklings die in shed fire
  4. Yellow weather warning for snow and ice
  5. --- Devon's gritters out in force
  6. --- Number of crashes on Haldon Hill and Telegraph Hill earlier
  7. --- Dartmoor National Park Authority issues snow advice
  8. Predictive text app adds Cornish language
  9. Updates on Friday 8 December 2017

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Tailbacks continue due to M5 closure

BBC Radio Devon

The M5 is closed in both directions between Exeter and Cullompton due to a police incident.

Diversions are in place but traffic is queueing and northbound there are tailbacks to Exminster.

The B3181 diversion route and surrounding roads are all very congested and the A373 between Cullompton and Honiton is also very slow moving as drivers try to avoid the M5.

Highways are asking drivers to avoid the area or use alternative routes if possible.

M5 closed northbound

BBC Radio Devon

Between Exeter and Cullompton the M5 is closed northbound due to a police incident.

Devon travel: Fallen tree in road in Tiverton

BBC Radio Devon

Near Tiverton, Newte's Hill is closed in both directions due to a fallen tree.

Plymouth marine tribute to Cockleshell Heroes

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The bravery of the Cockleshell heroes has been marked with a permanent memorial in France, unveiled by Royal Marines from Plymouth.

A group of Royal Marines have been kayaking on the Gironde River, recreating the route of a commando raid on shipping in the German-occupied port of Bordeaux, during World War Two.

After revealing the memorial at Saint-Genès-de-Blaye, the team there have now set off on a 100-mile march on the escape route.

Only two of the original Cockleshell Heroes survived the operation in 1942.

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Paul Fleet

Weather update: A cold night ahead with showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

It will be another cold night with a widespread frost.

Wintry showers will become more isolated overnight with some clear spells and lowest temperatures are likely over Dartmoor.

Saturday will see iIsolated wintry showers and it will be cold with plenty of sunshine across the region.

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F)

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Kelle Roos

Derby County's Kelle Roos is set to become Plymouth Argyle's seventh goalkeeper this season after joining the club on emergency loan.

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Two arrested on suspicion of Co-op St Austell burglary

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of burglary in St Austell, Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall Police attended the Co-op stores on Moorland Road at 02:15 on Friday after the store alarm was activated.

The two men, both aged 39, remain in police custody and are awaiting questioning.

One police officer spat at and another headbutted

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Two police officers have been assaulted in Devon and Cornwall in the last 24 hours, Devon and Cornwall Police Federation has said.

One officer in West Cornwall was spat at while another in Plymouth was headbutted.

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Rough sea at St Ives

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Brixham tuna 'first to be captured' off South Devon coast

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

An Atlantic bluefin tuna, accidentally landed by a fisherman off Brixham, was the first to be captured off the south coast of Devon.

The 7ft (2m) tuna has been handed to scientists at the University of Exeter for dissection.

Catching and selling bluefin tuna is prohibited in the UK but because more are being spotted in British waters, researchers expect more to be accidentally caught in the future.

Dr Matthew Witt, from the university, said: "Numbers dwindled in UK waters in the late 20th Century, possibly due to fishing, but in the last five years more have been seen off our coasts."

He added: "The species might be recovering, but it's also possible that populations are simply moving and that's why we're seeing more here."

Exeter scientists are hoping to attach satellite tags to bluefin tuna in the future to discover more information about their movements.

Brixham harbour
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The tuna was accidentally landed off Brixham

Arrest after man stabbed in Bodmin

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A 26-year-old man from Bodmin has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and released under investigation after a stabbing, police say.

A 29-year-old man was left with two stab wounds to his lower back which led to a collapsed lung after being attacked in Bodmin on 3 November.

He also sustained a fractured cheek bone, cuts to his face and stab wounds to his left arm.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

Girl, 15, missing from Torrington

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for help to find a 15-year-old girl who is missing from Torrington, Devon.

Ebbie Adams was last seen at 09:20 on Friday.

She is described as being white, of medium build with brown long hair.

She was last seen wearing a school uniform consisting of black trousers, a black blazer with a green logo and a yellow Snoopy rucksack.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police.

Devon travel: Accident on A30

BBC Radio Devon

On the A30 at the Okehampton Services there are reports of an accident.

Met Office issues yellow weather warning for wind

Twitter

A yellow warning of wind has been issued for the South West on Sunday.

The Met Office has published the following information that covers between 04:00 and 19:00 on Sunday:

A spell of strong winds is expected to move east across the far south of England and Wales on Sunday morning. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible, as well as some delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges. It is likely that some coastal routes, sea front and coastal communities affected by spray and/or large waves.

Yellow warning
Met Office

Weather update: Cold and wintry with snow showers expected

BBC Weather

It will be a cold and windy afternoon with wintry showers and bright sunshine.

Scattered sleet and snow showers are expected, especially over Dartmoor and Exmoor.

It will be feeling bitterly cold in the wind.

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

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BBC

Horse deaths at South West race courses 'more than double'

BBC Spotlight

An animal rights activist group is calling for a ban on horse racing after capturing on camera a horse that was fatally injured and destroyed.

So far there's been double the number of horse deaths at South West race courses this year with seven horses dying compared to last year when there were three, according to Horse Race Death Watch.

In the last decade, there have been 89 horse deaths at South West race courses including 41 at Newton Abbot and 26 at Exeter.

Tori Strong from Devon Animal Save says the world lacks people who care about what's happening adding, "if we don't stand here, then nobody's going to stand here".

The British Horse Racing Authority disputes the figures and says no race meeting can take place unless strict welfare criteria are adhered to.

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Tuna dissected by scientists

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A tuna accidentally caught off Devon has been dissected by scientists at the University of Exeter.

The 7ft (2m) Atlantic bluefin tuna was landed by a fisherman off Brixham.

As catching and selling bluefin tuna is prohibited in the UK, it was handed to Exeter researchers to find out how the tuna came to be in Devon waters.

Dr Lucy Hawkes, from the university said: “This is an endangered species so we want to learn as much as we can from this individual."

She added: “The eye lenses have layers like an onion, and tests on these can reveal a ‘geographical signature’ showing where the tuna has been through its life."

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University of Exeter

Snowy scenes in Princetown

BBC Spotlight

Snow has been falling in some parts of the region today.

Here are some pictures of the snowy scenes in Princetown on Dartmoor.

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Police force to consider giving guns to regular officers

The Guardian

Three police forces, including Devon and Cornwall, are considering plans to give guns to some uniformed bobbies on the beat in order to respond more quickly to a crisis situation, such as a terrorist attack, according to The Guardian.

It reports that one option under consideration is for some officers to openly wear guns on their belt and another is for the guns to be stored securely in patrol cars.

Any change would be in addition to having elite officers with guns in armed response vehicles.

Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Shawn Sawyer said: "We remain in the foothills of developing the operational and training requirements of such an initiative. We would wish to do this under the national lead for firearms and, as importantly, the consent of our communities."

B&Bs 'losing millions' to global online travel firms

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Tourist board Visit Cornwall claims tens of millions of pounds from the county's B&Bs is going to global online companies - amid calls for things to change.

It comes as the Competition and Markets Authority is currently investigating whether some practices used by online travel agents like Booking.com and Expedia are against consumer law.

Accommodation providers pay at least 15% commission to the sites, and are unable to offer cheaper rates on their own websites. Some B&B owners are calling for a fairer deal.

One global travel agent, Expedia says it welcomes "further discussion with the Competition and Markets Authority to review transparency, benefit consumers and increase competition between accommodation providers."

Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall said there is a role for online companies but they need to "be a bit straighter in terms of actually being fairer to the businesses and be a bit straighter in what they present to the consumer".

booking companies and logos
BBC

Devon travel: Kingsteignton accident and stuck lorry

BBC Radio Devon

  • In Kingsteignton, Fore Street is partially blocked by an accident at Crossley Moor Road
  • In Holsworthy, there are reports of an articulated lorry stuck at the top of Waterloo Road. Drivers are being asked to approach the area with care

Roads 'operating as normal' after snow and ice crashes

After a number of crashes on two of the South West's main trunk roads, Devon and Cornwall Police say the A38 and A380 are now "operating as normal".

Snow and ice caused problems for drivers earlier.

Police are still advising motorists to "drive to the conditons" as cold weather sweeps across the region.

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Plan to disregard athletics world records 'totally unfair'

BBC Radio Devon

A team of experts led by Plymouth's Marjon University is urging the European Athletics Council to scrap a controversial plan to disregard all athletics world records set before 2006.

In an editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, the experts argue the plan wouldn't be fair to athletes who legitimately won world records without the aid of performance enhancing drugs.

Inspirational performances by clean athletes such as Paula Radcliffe would be removed from history along with the cheats, if the plan goes ahead.

Lead researcher, Prof Andrew Edwards of Plymouth's Marjon University says the European Athletics Council's proposal seems "totally unfair."

He added: "We argue that it is a double punishment for those clean athletes who have competed against and overcome drugs cheats to now lose their world records. Many of our most inspirational and iconic sporting memories would be tarnished."

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Snow showers 'caught out drivers'

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Dusting of snow on Dartmoor captured by Pip Howard:

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Police urge drivers to slow down after string of accidents

BBC Radio Devon

Police are urging drivers to slow down after a string of minor accidents in wintry conditions affecting Haldon Hill and Telegraph Hill.

In one crash, three cars went into the central reservation of the A38.

There was a single vehicle accident at Haldon Hill and there was also a shunt on the A38 at Kennford.

Officers say there were no injuries but too many drivers are travelling too fast for the conditions.

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Plymouth marines unveil memorial to Cockleshell Heroes

BBC Spotlight

An intrepid group of sick and injured Royal Marines from Plymouth have unveiled a memorial in France to the Cockleshell Heroes on the 75th anniversary of the original raid.

The marines from the Hasler Company have been kayaking on the Gironde River, recreating the route of a commando raid on shipping in the German-occupied port of Bordeaux, in World War Two.

Eight of the 10 men involved in the operation in 1942 died.

The monument at Saint-Genes-de-Blaye, in France, is dedicated to them.

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BBC

Dartmoor National Park Authority issues snow advice

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

With snow showers forecast for the region, Dartmoor National Park Authority is urging people to stay safe.

It says although Dartmoor does attract people for winter fun it's "important to remember that Dartmoor is not just a playground – it is a place of work and home to many – so by all means enjoy Dartmoor, but please use common sense if you are coming on to Dartmoor during periods of snowfall".

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Dartmoor National Park

Five-hundred ducklings die in shed fire near Uffculme

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

An agricultural shed with 500 ducklings inside has been destroyed by fire.

It happened at Blackborough near Uffculme at about 22:00 on Thursday.

Four fire crews from Cullompton, Honiton and Exeter tackled the "well alight" shed which was "100% damaged by fire", Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

Three propane cylinders were also in the shed, but the fire service said after checks these have been deemed safe.

Fire crews have extinguished the blaze.

Devon project to help young people gain job skills expands

BBC Spotlight

An Exeter-based programme, which helps young people lacking some essential job skills get back into work, is about to expand into Torbay.

The Business Empowering Employment Programme (BEEP) started life as a legacy project from the 2015 Rugby World Cup in Exeter.

Now, firmly established, it's looking to extend its work further afield.

Since it started, 93% of the people on the programme have either progressed towards getting a job or started formal training.

Kieron Yeoman is a motivational coach with the project and says the focus is on those things employers look for such as communication skills and time keeping.

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BBC

Hotels named in government minimum wage report

Cornwall Live

Two of Cornwall's most established hotels, the Bedruthan Hotel and Budock Vean Hotel, have been named and shamed in a government report.

BreakingNumber of crashes on Haldon Hill and Telegraph Hill

BBC Radio Devon

There have been a number of minor crashes on the A38 and A380 Haldon Hill and Telegraph Hill this morning due to snow and ice.

Devon and Cornwall Police are asking drivers to "slow down and drive according to the conditions".

The Police Incident Commander Martin Worthington said some people are driving far too fast for the conditions.

Map of A38
Google

Calls for fairer system for B&B owners

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

B&B owners are calling for a fairer system so Cornwall's guest houses can compete with global online travel agents.

It comes as the Competition and Markets Authority is currently investigating whether some practices used by online travel agents like Booking.com are against consumer law.

Accommodation providers pay at least 15% commission to the sites, and are unable to offer cheaper rates on their own websites.

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BBC

It would be fairer if we were allowed to have a crack at the whip in terms of marketing.

Gill Jenkins

For too long the accommodation providers and the consumers have been the ones to suffer. The big companies are coining in and are making all the money.

Suzie BarberRuns a new website aiming to offer a fairer deal for providers and consumers.

Booking.com said: "We always strive for the utmost in transparency so it's clear messaging only refers to the inventory on our platform."

It says there's no requirement for properties to list free-cancellation rates, and: "ultimately we want to give a small B&B in the English countryside a fair chance to be discovered and to grow their business."