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Summary

  1. Woman dies in bungalow fire in Looe
  2. Tributes to boy, 3, killed in crash
  3. Woman in hospital after being rescued from sea
  4. Cyclist seriously injured in Penzance crash
  5. Man rescued from flat fire in Paignton
  6. Multiple-vehicle crash on A30
  7. Plymouth airport site decision expected soon
  8. Rail fares rise from today
  9. Updates on Tuesday 2 January 2018

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All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 07:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

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Mount Batten Ferry cancelled due to Storm Eleanor

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The Mount Batten Ferry will not be running on Wednesday as a result of Storm Eleanor.

weather update
Mount Batten Ferry

Warnings across Devon and Cornwall as Storm Eleanor hits

There are 11 flood warnings and six tide alerts across Devon and Cornwall as Storm Eleanor is due to coincide with high tides to cause flooding in coastal areas.

Map showing weather warning for South West of England
Environment Agency

Man suffers smoke inhalation after caravan fire

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A man was treated for smoke inhalation after a caravan fire in Ottery St Mary, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Crews were called to the "well alight" caravan in Higher Metcombe at about 16:00.

Ambulance staff also attended the blaze to help administer first aid for the casualty.

Crews removed cylinders they had deemed safe and isolated the electricity in the caravan.

St Mawes Ferry sailings cancelled due to "adverse" weather

Twitter

All sailings of the St Mawes Ferry on Wednesday have been cancelled due to "adverse seas conditions".

There's bad weather on the way for the South West, with particular concern about strong winds and high tides from Storm Eleanor.

Severe gales are expected on the coasts with squalls bringing spells of intense rainfall and very strong gusts.

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Property left with smoke damage after 'laptop fire'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A property has sustained smoke damage after a fire "started in a laptop".

It happened at about 14:30 in the village of Denbury between Totnes and Newton Abbot, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

On arrival, the property was "heavily smoke logged", the fire service said.

The laptop that started the fire was "destroyed".

A39 Shirwell closes for 200ft retaining wall to be built

BBC Radio Devon

The A39 has closed in north Devon while a new 200ft-long retaining wall is built.

The road is shut for 13 weeks near Shirwell, north of Barnstaple.

Devon County Council said the work was essential to stop an embankment from "completely collapsing".

As well as the concrete retaining wall, the £200,000 scheme also involves drainage improvements and resurfacing.

Traffic diversions are in place.

Plymouth Hoe toilets set for revamp

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The public toilets around Plymouth Hoe are set to be revamped this year, the city's council has said.

Improvement works will take place on the loos at West Hoe Park, the Hoe Promenade and Tinside.

The work will cost £709,755 and is being funded through a Plymouth City Council programme.

The new loos will include unisex toilets with mother and baby changing facilities, toilets for those with disabilities and showers.

Similar toilets were installed last year at Southway, Richmond Walk and Devil's Point and are able to be automatically scheduled to open and close to avoid anti-social behaviour.

The first set of improvement works is due to be finished by the spring.

West Hoe
Google
The toilets at West Hoe Park are included in the revamp

A386 clear after earlier accident

BBC Radio Devon

In East-The-Water, the accident on A386 Barnstaple Street between Torrington Street and Old Barnstaple Road has now cleared.

Wooden lodge 'completely destroyed' by blaze

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A wooden lodge has been "completely destroyed" in a fire, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has said.

It happened at about 14:00 in Cheriton Bishop.

An elderly man received oxygen therapy and was left in the hands of ambulance staff, the fire service said.

Fake engineer targets elderly woman in 'despicable' raid

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

A woman in her 80s has had her purse stolen during a "despicable" distraction burglary in Axminster, police say.

Officers said the man, who claimed he was phone engineer, called at the property close to Waggs Plot at about 10:30 on Saturday while pretending to be working on phone lines.

He fled the property with the purse containing cash when the victim said someone else was at home.

He was described as white, aged between 50 and 55, about 5ft 11in tall, of thick-set build and with brown, greying hair.

Det Con Matt Burnell, of Honiton CID, said: "This crime was pretty despicable given the age and the vulnerability of the victim, plus the deception used to get into the home."

Severe accident: A386 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A386 Devon both ways severe accident, between Torrington Street and Old Barnstaple Road.

A386 Devon - A386 Barnstaple Street in East-the-Water blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Torrington Street junction and the Old Barnstaple Road junction, because of an accident.

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

Fatal Totnes crash: Police seek 'Transit-type van'

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Totnes crash
BBC

Police investigating a road crash near Totnes last month in which a three-year-old boy was killed are trying to trace a van that was seen in the area.

Reuben Williams died when the car being driven by his mother collided head-on with another vehicle near Totnes, between Fork Cross and Folaton Gate, on 20 December.

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were "still seeking witnesses to the collision and urge the public to come forward".

Officers added: "In particular, they would like to speak to the occupants of a white Transit-type van with a trailer that was parked in a lay-by near to Fork Cross."

Reuben's parents have paid tribute to their "excited and energetic" boy.

Two men - a 30-year-old man from Brixham and a 38-year-old man from Torquay - were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They were released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Reuben Williams
Family Handout

Devon travel: Problems in Dawlish and on A30 Honiton

BBC Radio Devon

  • On the A30 Honiton bypass, between A35 Monkton Road and the B3177 (Fenny Bridges), there is slow-moving traffic due to an earlier four-vehicle crash. It's also affecting traffic on the A35 High Street in Honiton
  • In Dawlish, Ashcombe Road is closed between Aller Hill and Lower Dawlish Water Road due to an earlier building fire

Weather: Gales before winds ease late on Wednesday

BBC Weather

There will be rain, occasionally heavy, with strong winds at first this evening.

The rain will quickly clear east, with heavy, blustery showers following, accompanied by strong and gusty winds, with localised gales likely.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Weather
BBC

it will be very windy through Wednesday morning, with sunshine and scattered blustery showers, sometimes heavy.

Through the afternoon, the showers mostly die away, leaving sunny spells, as the wind eases.

Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Five injured in A30 four-vehicle crash

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Five people have been injured in a multiple-vehicle crash on the A30 in east Devon, firefighters say.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said crews were called to the four-vehicle crash scene at about 14:40 on the Exeter-bound carriageway.

The service said hydraulic cutting gear was used to release a male from one of the vehicles, and firefighters assisted one female from another vehicle.

It added: "There were five walking wounded who were being assessed by ambulance personnel on scene."

Flood alerts for north Devon and north Cornwall coasts

BBC Spotlight

Flood alert
Environment Agency

There's bad weather on the way for the South West, with particular concern about strong winds and high tides from Storm Eleanor coinciding this evening and tomorrow morning.

Severe gales are expected on the coasts this evening and overnight, with squalls bringing spells of intense rainfall and very strong gusts.

The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for the north Devon and north Cornwall coasts.

It said 30ft waves and 60mph winds could possibly combine with high tides, resulting in hazardous conditions in exposed locations.

It added that coastal flooding was likely in north Cornwall during Wednesday morning's high tide, with Bude was particularly at risk.

People are being asked to take care near the coast.

The agency said it had opened its incident rooms in Bodmin and Exeter and it had "teams out on the ground".

Looe bungalow fire: Tributes paid to victim Susan Crapp

BBC Radio Cornwall

Looe fire
BBC

The mayor of Looe has led tributes to a woman who died in a bungalow fire in Cornwall.

The woman, named locally as Susan Crapp, died at her home in Barbican Hill, East Looe, on New Year's Eve. Her two dogs also died in the fire.

Mayor Armand Tom said: "She lived on her own but had her two dogs.

"She didn't bother anybody, she was a nice lady and worked locally all her life."

Local councillor Edwina Hannaford, who lives in the street where the fire broke out, said it was "catastrophic" and thanked firefighters who tackled it.

The cause of the fire is being treated as unexplained and an investigation is continuing.

Cornwall travel: 'Car on roof' on A3059 Newquay

BBC Radio Cornwall

In Newquay, there are reports of a car on its roof on the A3059, near Newquay Airport. Approach with care.

Storm-damaged roof retail park to reopen

BBC Radio Cornwall

West Cornwall Retail Park
BBC

West Cornwall Retail Park at Hayle will reopen on Wednesday morning after storm damage.

Sections of roof were damaged in high winds last week.

Retailers on the site - which include Boots, Costa, Marks & Spencer and Next - apologised to customers for the closures.

West Cornwall Retail Park
BBC

Five fires across Devon as fears of fire-starter grow

Devon Live

It has been an exceptionally busy night for firefighters across Devon who have fought a series of fires in Exeter, Paignton, Newton Abbot, Dawlish and Bradninch.

Three are believed to be the work of arsonists and one person has been taken to hospital after being trapped.

A30 diversions after 'severe' crash

Drivers are being told to expect delays and consider alternative routes for any journeys on the A30 near Honiton after three lanes were closed as a result of a multiple-vehicle crash.

Highways England said the "severe" crash occurred on the west-bound carriageway between the A35 and the A375.

The west-bound carriageway has been closed completely and an east-bound lane closed to allow emergency services access.

Diversions are being put in place, with road users travelling west-bound being advised to follow them "and exit the A30 on to the A35 Monkton Road".

People travelling through Honiton on the A375 should re-join the A30 at Heathpark, the agency said.

Drivers have been advised by police to avoid the area.

'Substantial' fly-tipping incident on Dartmoor

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Police in Ivybridge are investigating a "substantial" fly-tipping incident on Dartmoor, which saw items ranging from vehicle parts to old blankets being dumped.

Officers said on Facebook: "Unfortunately it isn’t an uncommon occurrence on the moors but this is quite a substantial amount!"

Items dumped included: parts of a vehicle, vehicle seats, paint, stereo speakers, tyres, clothing, blankets, a toy guitar and furniture units.

Police said: "A new year sometimes means a clear-out but someone has overstepped the mark with this."

Fly-tipping on Dartmoor
Facebook/Ivybridge Police

A30 lanes closed after multiple-vehicle crash

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Lanes of the A30 have been closed near Honiton after a multiple-vehicle crash, police say.

Officers said that the westbound lane had been shut completely at Clover Leaf junction, and one lane eastbound was closed.

Drivers have been advised to avoid the area.

Highways England said the crash occurred on the west-bound carriageway between the A35 and the A375, and an east-bound lane had been closed "to allow emergency services to work".

It also reported that delays were "building".

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PM considers promotions for seven female ministers

The Daily Telegraph

Theresa May is considering promotions for seven female ministers in a reshuffle next week in a bid to improve the gender balance of her Cabinet.

She is looking at bringing Truro and Falmouth MP Sarah Newton and other female ministers into Cabinet.

However, she is being warned by male Tory MPs that women should be promoted on “absolute merit” rather than on the basis of their gender.

Football: Truro City 3-1 Poole Town

BBC Sport

It's a Happy New Year for Truro City as they began 2018 with a 3-1 win at home to Poole Town.

Niall Thompson, Ben Gerring and Connor Riley-Lowe scored the goals.

The result leaves Truro fourth in the National League South, just three points off the top.

Manager Lee Hodges said he was "delighted" with the performance.

Severe accident: A30 Devon westbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Devon westbound severe accident, between A35 Monkton Road and B3177.

A30 Devon - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A30 westbound between the A35 Monkton Road junction in Honiton and the B3177 junction in Fenny Bridges, because of an accident involving a car and van and recovery work.

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

Football: Torquay v Eastleigh game to be rescheduled

BBC Sport

Torquay United's home National League match against Eastleigh is having to be rescheduled after it was postponed because of a waterlogged pitch.

Heavy morning rain left the New Year's Day fixture in doubt, with referee Adam Bromley deeming the Plainmoor pitch in a unplayable condition during the morning.

No date has yet been set yet.

Calls for action against Kingsteignton's 'rising crime'

Devon Live

Calls are being made for further action to be taken to tackle anti-social behaviour, vandalism and crime that is blighting Kingsteignton.

Football: Newport County 2-1 Exeter City

BBC Sport

Exeter City dropped three places to seventh as Newport County celebrated Robbie Willmott's spectacular 30-yard winner at Rodney Parade on New Year's Day.

Padraig Amond's classy header put the hosts in front early on and Jason Stockley replied to level after the break.

Willmott's 66th-minute strike put the Exiles back in front and they held on for victory.

Newport stay 11th in the table, three points off the play-offs.

Newport v Exeter stats
BBC

Devon travel: Accident on A30 Honiton bypass

BBC Radio Devon

In Honiton, on A30 Honiton bypass westbound, between A35 Monkton Road and Exeter Road, there is slow-moving traffic following an accident.

It's affecting traffic heading towards Exeter.

Guy Gnabouyou

Former Marseille and France Under-21 striker Guy Gnabouyou leaves National League outfit Torquay United.

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Football: Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Walsall

BBC Sport

Plymouth have soared away from the League One basement with a home win over Walsall thanks to Ryan Taylor's thumping 67th-minute strike on New Year's Day.

Target-man Taylor fired Argyle ahead with an instinctive left-foot strike after Ruben Lameiras' mazy run was halted by a sea of Saddlers defenders on the edge of the box.

Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J25 for A358 and J21 for A370.

M5 Somerset - Severe delays and stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J25, A358 (Taunton) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare). Travel time is an hour and 10 minutes.

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

Barnstaple to Exeter rail season ticket costs £2,080

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

The biggest increase in rail fares in five years has come into force this morning, which will see an average rise in fares of 3.4%.

It means a season ticket from Barnstaple to Exeter will increase to £2,080.

Protests are being held at stations across the UK, including in Totnes (pictured), as many commuters return to work after the Christmas break.

Campaigners warned many people were "being priced out of getting to work".

The Department for Transport said price rises were capped in line with inflation.

Rail tocket price protest
BBC

The challenges facing universities in 2018

Sean Coughlan

BBC News, education correspondent

University graduation
BBC

It's been a bad year for universities.

The row over vice-chancellors' pay has been a long, drawn-out box set of disasters for universities, with the highest-paid leader, the head of the University of Bath, stepping down, in a moment that was both unprecedented and deeply symbolic.

Falmouth University's vice chancellor's £60,000 pay rise was branded a "disgrace" in 2016.

Tuition fees have been frozen and an imminent major review of student funding has cast a cloud of financial uncertainty.

A new higher education regulator has come into force, with the Office for Students charged with ensuring value for money.

Instead of being seen as undisputed forces for public good, universities have faced accusations of looking out of touch and self-serving.

It's a very unfamiliar and uncomfortable position for universities, of which there are four in Devon and Cornwall: Exeter, Falmouth, Plymouth and Plymouth Marjon. It's one that they will want to escape in 2018.

So how will universities reverse out of the swamp? I look at this question here.

Two charged after St Austell assault

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Two people have been charged in connection with an assault in St Austell, police say.

Officers said a man was "seriously assaulted" late on Saturday at a property in Park House flats in the town.

He was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where his condition was described as "serious but stable".

Police said a 37-year-old woman and 39-year-old man were in custody after being charged with grievous bodily harm, actual bodily harm, harassment and false imprisonment,

They are due to appear at Truro Crown Court on 30 January.

Parents pay tribute to son, 3, killed in Totnes crash

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live

Reuben Williams
Family Handout

The parents of a three-year-old boy who died in a two-vehicle head-on crash in Devon last month have paid tribute to their "gentle, kind and cuddly" son.

Reuben Williams died when the car being driven by his mother collided with another vehicle near Totnes, between Fork Cross and Folaton Gate, on 20 December.

His parents, who are local, said: "We loved Reuben for being excited, energetic and wild.

"He had an unquenchable thirst for discovery and knowledge, and loved nothing more than being held. He felt safe in our arms.

"He was our morning wake up call. He was our insect adventure. He was our snuggle-down movie time. He was our giggly tickle-lover. He was our bedtime milk and story. We have lost a piece that cannot be replaced."

Two men - a 30-year-old man from Brixham and a 38-year-old man from Torquay - were arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving. They were released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Police said they were still seeking witnesses to the collision.

Weather: Some sun possible before cloud and wind increases

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

Cloud and light rain or drizzle, together with hill fog patches, will clear for a time to become brighter with a little sunshine possible.

Weather
BBC

However, cloud will increase again by evening as rain returns from the west later. Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will turn to the west for a time, but return to the southwest later and strengthen to near gale force.

Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).