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  1. Torbay Council has no confidence in its mayor
  2. Main Coverack road 'to reopen next week'
  3. Flood alerts issued for North Cornwall Rivers and Upper River Tamar
  4. Traffic warning as holiday rush begins
  5. Cornwall 'fails to meet bed-blocking target'
  6. Torbay Council to press ahead with plans for its children's services to be run by Plymouth City Council
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday 24 July 2017

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By Lynne French

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday to bring you all the news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss Spotlight tonight at 18:30 on BBC One and the late news bulletin at 22:30. There will also be news throughout the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Exeter City to investigate smoke pellet incident

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City say they will investigate an incident from their friendly at Taunton Town last night, which saw a smoke pellet let-off in the stand.

"On behalf of the fans, the club would like to apologise to Taunton Town and to any supporters at the game for the disturbance, and the difficulties with the authorities, this incident may have caused," a statement said.

"We will be investigating this matter further and will take appropriate action against the individuals involved."

Navy offers help to residents affected by Coverack floods

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Around 35 to 40 personnel from RNAS Culdrose have been helping Coverack clear up following the Tuesday's flash floods.

They've been clearing the local beaches, shops and homes, and say they're doing their bit to support their neighbours.

Naval personnel clearing Coverack's beaches

Fortnightly bin collections: Cornwall Council promises "open and transparent" inquiry

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's bins could be collected once a fortnight under new plans to try to encourage people to recycle more waste.

Cornwall Council says it's considering a range of options, which also include food waste recycling, the introduction of wheelie bins and a special sorting plant so residents no longer have to separate their own recycling.

Figures show recycling in the county is eight percentage points behind the national average. Now the council says a full inquiry is being set up to try and find a solution.

I recognise it is a difficult decision, which is why we're going to have a full inquiry that's going to be open and transparent so people will be able to attend meetings and hear the evidence with their own ears. This is the beginning of the journey, the decision hasn't been made, we might still have weekly bin collections we might not. I don't know anymore than you do.

Sue JamesCornwall Councillor responsible for Environment and Public Protection

BreakingTravel latest: Long delays on M5

BBC News Travel

On the M5 southbound between Wellington and Taunton we have reports of a caravan that has blown over - there are long delays.

The road is blocked in both directions between J26 to J25. Police are on scene and currently dealing with an incident.

Devon and Cornwall knife amnesty

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People can dispose of unwanted bladed items, without fear of prosecution, such as knives, zombie knives, swords, kitchen knives and unwanted collectibles between 17-23 July, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

There will be collection bins at the following police offices: Heavitree Road in Exeter; Torquay; Charles Cross and Crownhill in Plymouth; Camborne, St Austell and Bodmin and Barnstaple.

Love predicts 'brand new' Raiders team

James Law

BBC Sport Online

New Plymouth Raiders head coach Gavin Love says his team this season is likely to be completely different to the players who were at the club last term.

Former player Love rejoined Raiders for his second spell in charge yesterday, and has around six weeks to compile a squad in time for their first game.

Gavin Love
Ville Vuorinen

"There's one player that we may be talking to who may return, but to be honest it's a new project, new ownership, new coach and I think probably a brand new team," Love told BBC Radio Devon.

Woman's leg swells seven inches with huge blister after fly bite

Devon Live

A waitress who had hoped to keep trim with an outdoor exercise class was horrified when one of thighs ballooned up with a giant infected insect bite and then burst – leaving her unable to get into her trousers for a week.

Weather Watchers capture rainy day across south west

BBC Weather Watchers

The BBC Weather Watchers have been capturing today's less glamorous weather. I don't think any tourism promotion shots are being taken today!

We've picked out a couple: Mike B's shot of Teignmouth where high winds, driving rain and choppy seas have combined and Keith's picture of the heavy rain running away in Porthtowan.

To submit your own or view more become a BBC Weather Watcher.

Mike B

Latest weather: Heavy showers continue to fall

BBC Weather

The wind will ease this through this evening. Today's showers will continue overnight however, and they will be often heavy. Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

Saturday weather

The heavy showers will continue through Saturday, with the risk of hail and thunder. It should become drier and brighter by the evening though, especially in western areas. Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

Children's mental health hospital must take immediate action to improve

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A Care Quality Commission inspection has found that Watcombe Hall hospital in Torquay is inadequate, and it has been placed into special measures.

The inspection of the children's mental health service run by Huntercombe (Granby One) Limited identified a number of areas where it must take immediate action, including:

  • It must deploy sufficient, appropriately trained and competent staff for the safe management of the unit.
  • It must ensure that staff undertake sufficient observations of the young people to ensure they are not left unattended.
  • The provider must ensure that the ward environment is safe. This included improving the psychiatric intensive care unit fence, external doors and access to upstairs bedrooms.
  • The service must ensure that the young people in its care have regular access to fresh air and exercise.
  • The service must ensure that all young people receive timely appropriate care and treatment including for their physical health needs.
  • The provider must send a daily update of any incidents and to provide assurance that all staff had completed appropriate induction and training.

Olly Murs tickets bought at visitor centre to be refunded

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Tickets bought for a cancelled Olly Murs gig at a visitor centre will be refunded, Exeter City Council has said.

Exeter City Council posted on Facebook: "Anyone who bought tickets for the now cancelled Olly Murs concert at Powderham from our Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets in Southernhay can come in on Monday and get a full refund.

"We will also be looking to dish out a small surprise as well."

Olly Murs

Daley reaches World Championships final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Tom Daley has qualified for the final of the World Diving Championships after finishing second in this afternoon's semi-finals.

The top 10 divers made it through, but Daley was towards the top of the leaderboard throughout in Budapest.

Tom Daley
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He finished on 498.65 points, with only Russian diver Aleksandr Bondar finishing above the 23-year-old.

Coverack pollution risk

South West Water (SWW) is warning that local beaches and streams may be contaminated following Tuesday's floods.

The main sewage line in the village was breached during the downpour, and people are being warned to keep clear of the water while repairs are carried out.

Warning signs have been placed near the beach and two local streams, residents are being reminded to wash their hands if they do come into contact with the water and to take all necessary precautions with pets and livestock.

Coverack floods
Adam Paynter

Although SWW says mains drinking water is not affected it is recommending residents who get their water from a private supply such as a borehole, well or spring which has been potentially been covered by floodwater look out for any changes in taste or smell or colour.

It says people should assume the water is unsafe to drink unless boiled and should continue to use boiled water for drinking and bathing until the supply has been tested and shown to be safe.

Householders who have private drainage are also being advised to have them checked to ensure they are still operating correctly.

Travel latest: Earlier accidents cleared

BBC News Travel


  • In Kennford a broken down vehicle on A380 Telegraph Hill Newton Abbot-bound has now been cleared
  • On the A38 Haldon Hill all lanes are now clear at the Plymouth-bound after a collision at the Racecourse Junction
  • In Plymstock Stanborough Road is now clear after an accident near Dunstone Drive


  • The A30 at Millpool is now clear following accident and recovery work around Preeze Cross.

Coverack residents speak of flood devastation

BBC Radio Cornwall

Coverack montage

Man abandoned as a baby in 1950s meets long-lost brothers

BBC News England

Man abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet in the 1950s meets long-lost brothers

A man who was abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet in the 1950s has met his long-lost brothers in Scotland.

Robert Weston, from Plymouth, was found bundled in blankets in the ladies toilet of a cinema in Birmingham in March 1956.

He has now tracked down some of his family using DNA, including his father Charles Chalmers, who was from Turriff but has since passed away.

At the Royal British Legion club in the Aberdeenshire town, Robert met his lost-lost brother Larry Aston, who lives in Wales, and his half-brother Bryn.

Both of Mr Weston's parents are dead, but he is now looking forward to spending time with new members of his family.

'Young people not given access to fresh air' at special measures hospital

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Young people were not given access to fresh air at a mental health hospital which has been placed into special measures, the Care Quality Commission has said.

Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals said "further and more serious quality and safety concerns" were found at a recent inspection of Watcombe Hall hospital, Torquay.

He said: "Young people told us that they did not feel safe. In the previous six months, there had been 38 significant incidents were staff were injured in the course of their work.

"Staff felt overwhelmed and several members of the team had left recently.

Watcombe Hall

“There was a lack of a consistent approach in caring for young people, including the application of blanket restrictions applied to all young people regardless of individual risk.

"For example, staff prevented young people from accessing their bedrooms and did not give them access to fresh air."

There were also gaps in recording and concerns over how staff obtained consent and assessed the patients' mental capacity.

Newquay - major search operation launched after holidaymaker mistakes piece of wood for a human head

Cornwall Live

A major search operation was launched in Newquay after a holidaymaker thought he discovered a human head inside a cave, which was actually a piece of burnt wood.

Police vehicle crashes in 'adverse weather'

A police vehicle has crashed on the A30 westbound near Temple, Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed.

A police vehicle carrying out driver training has been damaged in a minor collision on the A30 near Temple. No other cars were involved and no-one was injured. A section of central reservation was damaged and it is believed this incident was due to adverse weather.

SpokesmanDevon and Cornwall Police

Train services 'may be cancelled, delayed or revised'

BBC News Travel

National Rail Enquiries said: "A broken-down train between Newton Abbot and Plymouth is causing disruption to journeys between these stations.

"Services may be cancelled, delayed or revised. We anticipate disruption will continue until 16:00."

Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A361 and J26 for A38.

M5 Devon - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 northbound between J27, A361 (Tiverton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), because of an overturned caravan.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Royal Navy help Coverack clean up

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Naval personnel from RNAS Culdrose are helping to clean up Coverack after Tuesday's devastating flash flood.

The main road into the village was destroyed when a torrent of water tore through the coastal village, ripping up tarmac and flooding homes and businesses.

Naval personnel helping in Coverack

We've been working on the beaches and we've been working on a few shops and houses. If anyone needs any support from us while we're down here, just approach us, we're more than happy to help out in whatever way we can.

Lieutenant David AndrewsRoyal Navy

Crashes causing delays on Devon's roads

Heavy rain and strong winds are causing disruption across many parts of Devon this afternoon on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The Environment Agency has issued a number of flood alerts for rivers across the South West.

There have been a number of accidents...

  • The A38 is completely blocked at Rattery, heading towards Exeter and there's been another crash on the A38 Haldon Hill, also heading towards Exeter
  • Emergency services have been called to the M5, just north of Tiverton, after a car towing a caravan overturned on the Bristol-bound carriageway
  • Crews have also been dealing with a car that's collided with the central reservation on the A38 near Plympton
  • There are delays on the trains too, due to a broken-down train between Plymouth and Newton Abbot

Coverack 'open for business' after flash flood

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Despite the very wet weather Coverack is open for business, Cornwall Council has said.

The B3294 is closed but a diversion is in place and you can still access the village. Media reports saying all roads in the village are closed are not correct, the council said.

The road will be "patched" and Cormac Ltd will return in November to complete work, and improve and repair sea walls.


"You may need to wear your wellies, but businesses and shops are open for business and would be grateful of your trade and support, the authority added.

​Waste hub 'had Grenfell Tower style cladding boss reveals

Devon Live

The boss of a Devon fire-hit waste firm has revealed how Grenfell Tower style cladding allowed the blaze to rip through the site causing £6.1m damage within minutes.

Ansley in action as England lose semi-final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Women's Hockey World League: England lose to USA in semi-final

Kingsbridge's Giselle Ansley was in England action as they were beaten by the USA in a sudden-death shootout in the last four of the World League Semi-Finals.

England will now play Argentina in the third-place play-off.

Train delays in Devon

Floods and crashes causing delays across Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel


  • The A38 at Rattery Exeter-bound is blocked by a three-vehicle crash between Culver Lane (Rattery turn off) and the B3380 the Lower Dean Junction
  • On the A38 Haldon Hill we have reports of an accident Exeter-bound at the racecourse junction
  • On the A30 at Liftondown there's stop-start traffic eastbound between the A388 Liftondown and the A386 at Sourton Cross
  • The A39 at Abbotsham is partially blocked but passable due to flooding between Buckleigh Road and Fairy Cross
  • On the A361 between South Molton and Tiverton heading towards the M5 there's slow moving traffic
  • On the A399 near the South Molton roundabout traffic is queuing on to the A361 due to a flash flooding and roadworks
  • On Tavistock Road at Hexton Hill Road the road is blocked by floodwater
  • At Exeter Airport there are some delays to Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly due to the weather conditions


  • On the A30 near Indian Queens heading eastbound one lane is closed due to two broken-down vehicles. Traffic is slow in both directions
  • On the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross there's an overturned vehicle near Zelah causing very heavy traffic eastbound
  • On the A30 Hayle Bypass one lane is blocked westbound by an accident involving a car and a trailer near the Loggans Moor roundabout. Traffic is very heavy in both directions

'Significant amounts of standing water'

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

Parts of the South West have seen heavy and torrential rain for several hours.

Driving conditions are challenging with significant amounts of standing water on some roads, including the A377 near Umberleigh.

Four flood alerts for the South West are in place. The alert means flooding is possible and people should be prepared.

Road into Walkhampton, Dartmoor

Fortnightly rubbish collections for Cornwall?

Bin bags

Controversial plans are being considered to try and encourage more people in Cornwall to recycle their waste.

The council has a target of a 50% recycling rate by 2020 - but at the moment only 35% of the county's waste is recycled - eight percentage points below the national average.

Among the changes up for discussion are food waste collections, the introduction of wheelie bins for domestic properties and a special waste sorting plant which would mean householders no longer have to separate their own recycling.

Cornwall Council says there will be an open and transparent public inquiry to discuss all the options.

Fat soaked tea towels catch fire in tumble dryer

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Fire crews were called to Praa Sands early this morning.

They removed the tumble dryer from the property and no-one was injured.

Latest travel: Overturned vehicle causing delays on A30

BBC News Travel

  • Drivers are being warned about a ladder in the road on the A30 eastbound by Carland Cross
  • On the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross, and overturned vehicle near Zelah is causing very heavy traffic eastbound

Four flood alerts in place across South West

Across England there are five flood alerts in place - four are in South West.

In Devon - Barnstaple, Braunton, Ilfracombe and Combe Martin Area and Exmoor Rivers.

Flood alert

In Cornwall - North Cornwall Rivers and Upper River Tamar.


HMS Albion royal visit

Johnny Rutherford

BBC Spotlight

Princess Anne

Princess Anne is visiting Devonport today.

She's attending a rededication ceremony for HMS Albion. The amphibious assault ship's recently had a two-year long £90m upgrade.

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Severe accident: A38 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Devon eastbound severe accident, between Culver Lane and B3380.

A38 Devon - A38 in Rattery closed eastbound between Rattery turn off and Lower Dean Junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Health and social care under 'unprecedented pressure'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

The health and social care system is under "unprecedented pressure" according to the councillor responsible for adult social care in Cornwall.

Rob Rotchell was responding to figures which show a flagship government scheme to help cut bed-blocking in Cornwall isn't working.


The Better Care fund was introduced in 2013 to free up hospital beds, but according to the latest figures from Cornwall Council, the number of days where patients had to stay in hospital because there was no onward care rose by 35% despite a target to reduce it by 10%.

Mr Rotchell says the challenge is great, with the demand greater in Cornwall because of its ageing demographic.

"The number of older people who are living longer and needing our services is getting greater every single year," he said.

Cornwall Council 'continuing to work' in Coverack

BBC Radio Cornwall

This morning Cornwall Council leader Adam Paynter spoke to residents in Coverack about the recent flooding.

He said: "We're continuing to work here with partners to make sure we can get the damage cleared up as fast as we can. Cormac have made great strides in sorting the road out on the far side.

Adam Paynter

"Given today's weather forecast we're likely to have more heavy showers going through the day, perhaps into tomorrow morning, but I can say all the highways drains were checked yesterday and they have been cleared, they are all running.

"Clearly there is a lot of rain running down through the roads so hopefully that's all being directed the right way." He said residents have raised concerns about further landslips and he would work to make sure they are addressed.

Cornwall Council also announced this morning that the main road into the village - which was badly damaged in the flood - was expected to be reopened by the middle of next week.

Coverack road
Adam Paynter

Daley qualifies for diving semi-finals

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth's Tom Daley finished third in the 10 metre individual preliminary round to qualify for the semi-finals at the World Aquatics Championships.

The semi-finals start at 14:30 BST this afternoon in Budapest.

Tom Daley
Getty Images

If Daley comes through that he will dive for gold in tomorrow afternoon's final.

Axed Olly Murs gigs promoter 'owes festival cash'

Olly Murs

A promoter that went bust leading to the cancellation of Olly Murs concerts owes a council money for unpaid music festival fees, it has emerged.

Stephen C Associates Ltd, run by Stephen McManus, organised the two concerts in Dorset and Devon but said on Thursday it had ceased trading.

The Bournemouth Echo has since revealed Mr McManus also owes money for Poole's Upton House Music Festival.

Poole council said an invoice relating to the festival had not been paid.

Companies House records show several previous companies of Mr McManus, including SCM Events Ltd, Balmlane Events Ltd and Musical Concepts Ltd, have also been dissolved.