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Summary

  1. River 'running through cottages' in Ashburton, Devon
  2. Cornwall Council urges people to avoid coast at high tide
  3. Arrest over A30 life-threatening crash
  4. Portreath homes avoid high tide flooding
  5. 'Sand cliff' re-appears after storm batters coast
  6. Updates on Thursday 4 January 2018

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  2. Barnstaple bridge in emergency overnight closure

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    An emergency overnight closure will be in place at Rumsam Bridge in Barnstaple this evening.

    Devon County Council said the expansion joint on the bridge had been damaged and subsequently it's been found to be in need of "immediate attention".

    The road will be closed between Bishops Tawton roundabout and the Lake roundabout from 19:00 and the road is expected to re-open by 06:00 tomorrow.

    Additional work is likely to be needed in future to replace the expansion joint, Devon County Council added.

    Rumsam Bridge
    Image caption: The road will be closed between Bishops Tawton roundabout and the Lake roundabout
  3. Friday's weather: Windy with risk of hail and thunder

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Tomorrow it will be windy at first with changeable conditions through the day.

    A few heavy, blustery showers are likely, with a risk of hail and thunder.

    However, some drier and brighter interludes are likely across the region too.

    Maximum temperature: 8C (46F).

    weather map
  4. New system for reporting graffiti introduced in Exeter

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A new and interactive way to report graffiti in Exeter has been introduced.

    The new system allows real-time alerts to be sent to Exeter City Council's clean-up teams so they can prioritise and inform customers when a job is complete.

    Members of the public can now take a photograph of graffiti on their smartphone and via the new system, send it directly to the council.

    graffiti

    Global Positioning Satellites allow the precise location to be pinpointed.

    Councillor Stephen Brimble, lead councillor for Place, said it's a "great piece of kit".

    He added that it "not only speeds up the reporting of graffiti" but it makes it easier for "the public to get involved, report graffiti and get updates. We are continuing to devote more resources to keeping Exeter clean".

  5. Fire crews help to reduce flooding levels in Ashburton

    Twitter

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service has been working with the Environment Agency to help divert the flow of the River Ashburn.

    It follows flooding in five homes in Ashburton today after the river burst its banks.

    Work is continuing to reduce flooding levels.

    View more on twitter
  6. Cornwall travel: Heavy traffic in Hayle due to accident

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Hayle, on Carnsew Road near Foundry Lane there is heavy traffic due to an accident.

  7. Advice for Devon NHS patients after cancelled operations

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    NHS organisations in Devon have issued advice to patients after non-urgent operations and appointments were cancelled throughout the country.

    Rob Dyer, lead medical director for the healthcare system in Devon, said the NHS in Devon are "actively assessing the number of planned outpatient appointments and operations we can carry out over this period, and how many we may need to cancel".

    “Unless we contact you, patients with planned operations and appointments should attend as normal," he added.

    Tens of thousands of non-urgent NHS operations and procedures in England may be deferred until 31 January, due to winter pressures.

    Officials also told hospitals to delay routine outpatient appointments to concentrate on emergency care.

    operation
  8. Development has 'destroyed beach'

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The construction of a new multimillion-pound development at Carbis Bay beach in west Cornwall has "destroyed the environment", opposers say.

    The Carbis Bay Hotel is carrying out multimillion-pound plans but a spokesman said the site is being carefully managed and that its new sea defences have replaced a crumbling old wall, protecting nearby cliffs from erosion.

    Some local people argue that rubble like waste metal and nails are being swept out to sea.

    waste metal in sand
    Maria Chaffin
    Quote Message: It's nice for the people that stay here but environmentally I think they've just totally destroyed the beach." from Maria Chaffin Carbis Bay resident
    Maria ChaffinCarbis Bay resident
  9. Sandbags brought in to help redirect River Ashburn

    John Henderson

    BBC Spotlight

    Bags full of sand are being lowered into the River Ashburn to try to get it to run into an overspill weir.

    Five homes in Ashburton were flooded earlier when the river burst its banks.

    The Environment Agency is currently in the town working to redivert the flow.

    sandbags
  10. Public urged 'to stay away' from coasts at high tide

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council is urging people to "stay away" from exposed coastal areas at high tide.

    It added although Storm Eleanor has now passed, there are still "strong winds" out there and the Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for high tide tonight and tomorrow morning for many coastal locations around the county.

    High tide will be between 18:20 and 19:50 this evening and between 06:40 and 08:05 tomorrow morning.

    flood alert map
  11. Work to 'redivert' river flow in Ashburton under way

    John Henderson

    BBC Spotlight

    The flood relief operation in Ashburton is continuing after homes were flooded when a river burst its banks.

    The Environment Agency is working to redivert the flow of the River Ashburn.

    The aim is to get the water to run into an overspill weir.

    View more on twitter
  12. Repairs to Portreath sea wall will start tomorrow

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Work to carry out "temporary repairs" to the end of the sea wall in Portreath will start tomorrow, Cornwall Council has said.

    Damage was caused after Storm Eleanor hit the county on Wednesday morning.

    Contractors Cormac will stabilise the concrete ramp and place concrete cubes in various locations to help protect nearby properties from tidal flooding.

    Portreath harbour wall
  13. Devon travel: Reports of accident in Collaton St Mary

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Collaton St Mary, there are reports of an accident on Stoke Road near St Mary's Park
    • In Broadwoodwidger, on the A30 Okehampton-bound there are reports of a broken-down car between Hayne Bridge Road and the A386
  14. Argyle's Fletcher joins Torquay on loan

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle forward Alex Fletcher has joined Devon neighbours Torquay United on loan.

    Plainmoor

    The 18-year-old, who has scored three goals in 11 appearances for the Pilgrims this season, has agreed a 28-day spell at Plainmoor.

    He will be joined by 20-year-old Norwich City defender Michee Efete, who has extended his loan at the National League's bottom side until the end of the season.

  15. Cornish women posed in underwear to battle hang-ups

    Cornwall Live

    Just before Christmas this group of women ditched their clothes and posed in their underwear in a cheeky photo shoot to help encourage body confidence in Cornwall.