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Summary

  1. Mental health patients forced to travel hundred of miles for treatment
  2. More police officers to be Taser trained
  3. Marine cleared of groping student
  4. Fatal RTC on A38
  5. Rogue trader warning for vulnerable people
  6. Site confirmed for new nursing school
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Johnny O'Shea

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  1. Travel: Slow traffic near Penryn

    BBC News Travel

    • Near Penryn on the A39 slow traffic on the approaches to the Treluswell Roundabout due to the road improvements
    • Near Saltash at the Carkeel Roundabout on the A38 slow traffic eastbound
    • Near Penzance on A30 Longrock Bypass there's a lane closure and speed restriction oth directions for drainage works. Heavy traffic 
    • In Plymouth at Sutton Harbour the pedestrian footbridge across Sutton Lock remains closed due to a mechanical fault  
    • In Cornwall, the Place Ferry is out of service between 13:00 and 14:00 due to low spring tides
  2. Site confirmed for new nursing school

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The University of Plymouth has confirmed that its new nurse education facility, The Exeter School of Nursing, will be opening on Topsham Road in Exeter.

    First-year BSc Adult Nursing students will use the site in September.

    It will be using existing buildings.

    Nursing school

    Professor Bridie Kent, head of the School of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Plymouth, said: "It’s great that we’re moving into an existing education site, rather than building something new.

    “It was also key for us to find somewhere that was central, to help reduce the need for students to travel and cut the associated time and costs of travelling – which will particularly support our students who have caring responsibilities."

  3. Police demonstrate new Tasers

    Police officers have been demonstrating the new twin cartridge Tasers that are going to be rolled out across Devon and Cornwall.

    Ch Supt Jim Nye said: "Devon and Cornwall Police maintain and enforce high standards of officers carrying a Taser. Experienced officers are carefully selected to carry a Taser and have to undertake a rigorous pass or fail course."

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  4. Art from the ashes of the Royal Clarence fire

    BBC Radio Devon

    Charred wooden beams damaged when Exeter's Royal Clarence hotel burned down last year have been salvaged to form a work of art.

    The 4m high sculpture by Martin Staniforth is entitled Hope and Renewal.

    Artist

    He said: "It's such a tragic story, such a disaster that we've lost this amazing building from the heart of our city.

    "This is some sort of small good news story off setting that huge disaster."

    It's going on public display from tomorrow on Cathedral Green as part of Exeter Art Week.

  5. Mental health patients sent 100s of miles for beds

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Clinicians and charities say sending mental health patients away from their home area for acute care is detrimental to their treatment.

    New NHS figures show that dozens of patients from Devon and Cornwall have been moved more than 100km between December 2016 and February of this year.

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    Dr Ranga Rao, the Royal College of Psychiatrists' national lead for acute in-patient care, said: "Inevitably, recovery takes longer during out-of-area care because people are away from their home, and don't have access to their friends and family.

    "It can't in any way be beneficial to your recovery."

  6. Argyle to return to Holland for pre-season

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Plymouth Argyle will return to East Holland for their pre-season tour ahead of the League One campaign, which starts in August.

    The Pilgrims will play games against an FC Twente side and FC Emmen on the trip, while their only home friendly will be against Championship side Cardiff on 21 July.

    Derek Adams' side finished runners-up in League Two this season to gain promotion.

  7. Police upgrading Tasers

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall Police are changing the type of Tasers they are using, and training more officers to use them.

    After authorisation from the Home Office, they are switching to twin cartridge devices over the next 18 months.

    Taser

    Ops Commander for Devon and Cornwall Police & Dorset Police, Ch Supt Jim Nye said: "Alongside this conversion, Devon and Cornwall Police intends to increase the number of officers trained to carry Taser up to 1,200 by September 2019.

    "This represents around 85% of the regular, uniformed front line officers (excluding PCSOs & Special Constables); about 41% of total officer strength."

  8. Travel: Flights to Scilly on hold

    Low cloud and fog means that flights from Exeter, Newquay and Land's End to Scilly have been put on hold this morning.

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  9. Helston man Commander Ian Fitter stands down as second in command of Cornwall station RNAS Culdrose

    Cornwall Live

    A Cornishman – who has risen to one of the highest posts in the navy in Cornwall – has stood down as second in command at his hometown's air station RNAS Culdrose.

  10. Trading Standards and police warn against rogue traders

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Trading Standards and police officers are heading for Devon, to highlight the dangers of rogue traders and forceful doorstep sellers.

    It's part of Operation Liberal which targets distraction burglaries and doorstep crime.

    Information stands will be set up in Seaton and Budleigh Salterton. They will also be at the Devon County Show next weekend.

    Paul Thomas, the Head of Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service, said: "Rogue Traders are a blight on communities and make people’s lives a misery.

    "They use high pressure sales techniques to take advantage of householders, especially the vulnerable.

    "We will not tolerate such dishonest trading practices and we will continue to work closely with the Police, through intelligence sharing and joint initiatives, to enable us to protect our residents and legitimate local businesses."

  11. Refugees' football team 'unites nations'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A team of refugees and asylum seekers in Plymouth is breaking down barriers thanks to the common language of football.

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    Video caption: United nations of football team
  12. A38 fully reopened after fatal crash

    Devon and Cornwall Police say the A38 is now reopened after a fatal accident.

    It had been closed near Newton Abbot after a car collided with a parked lorry overnight.

    A man in his late 20s died. His next of kin haven't been informed.

  13. A38 Update: One lane open, but expect delays

    BBC News Travel

    One lane of the A38 is now open after a fatal accident near Newton Abbot this morning.

    Police say a man in his 20s died after his car hit a parked lorry overnight between Newton Abbot and Drum Bridges.

    There are queues on the A38 back to Ashburton. A diversion is in place but is also very busy.

    Police say their investigation work is likely to last some time.

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  14. Tributes to woman who died after falling from horse

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Tributes are being paid to a 23-year-old woman who died after falling from a horse on Dartmoor.

    Amy-Jane White from Plympton was killed in what her mother called a "very serious accident" on Monday.

    Amanda White said on Facebook her daughter suffered the accident at Yelverton and "unfortunately she has passed away".

    Amy Jane White

    Her boyfriend of 15 months, Daniel Huggins, said: "I have lost a lover, friend and soulmate. 

    "She died doing her greatest love in her life, riding horses," said the 31-year-old. 

  15. Man in late 20s in fatal accident

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A man in his late 20s has died in an accident on the A38 near Newton Abbot overnight.

    Devon and Cornwall Police say a car hit a parked lorry and went into a hedge at 02:50.

    Police and ambulance went to the scene where the driver was found unconscious, and died shortly afterwards.

    His next of kin have not yet been informed.

    Police set up an Exeter-bound road closure from Goodstone junction and put diversions in place.

    They say at about 07:45 the road was partially opened.

  16. Newquay surfer Tom Butler nearly lost his life riding huge wave but is now helping kids with anxiety

    Cornwall Live

    A Newquay surfer who nearly died after riding a 45ft monster wave is now helping himself recover - by teaching youngsters to surf.

  17. More Taser training for south west police

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    More training means that about 40% of Devon and Cornwall police officers will be trained to use Tasers.

    The police say it will make both officers and the public safer.

    The force will see twin cartridge tasers introduced, which allow officers to fire them twice if needed.

    Taser

    The Taser means an officer can incapacitate a violent suspect from a distance without having to resort to firearms, but their use remains controversial.

    The human rights group Amnesty say it’s been linked to hundreds of deaths in America, and shouldn’t become the default way for police to deal with a confrontation.