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Summary

  1. Storm-hit sea wall repairs begin in Portreath
  2. Timber spill heading for Devon beaches
  3. 'Quick and sharp' flooding in Plymouth on Thursday evening
  4. Huge gap in undiagnosed dementia patients
  5. Dozens of farmers urge ministers to back nature-friendly agriculture
  6. Washed-up seals 'overwhelm' rescuers after storms
  7. Updates on Friday 5 January 2018

Live Reporting

All times stated are UK

Sinoti Sinoti

Newcastle Falcons run in three first-half tries, then resist a comeback from Exeter to beat the defending champions.

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West Brom

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at St James Park

West Brom ease into the fourth round of the FA Cup with a comfortable victory at League Two side Exeter City.

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Chris Holroyd Wrexham

Chris Holroyd's hat-trick helps revitalise Wrexham's promotion push as they brush aside bottom club Torquay.

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Portreath sea wall repair work making 'good progress'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The contractors repairing the damaged sea wall at Portreath say they're making "good progress".

Cormac started working on the wall after Storm Eleanor blasted a 65ft (20m) hole in it on Wednesday.

People are being urged to stay clear of the wall until the work is completed.

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Weather update: Colder and windy this weekend

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

There will be further showers overnight with some potential hail and thunder in places.

It will be occasionally breezy and colder than of late with the chance of frost in some rural spots, or icy patches where showers have been.

Saturday will remain cloudy across the region with further showery rain at times.

It will be cold with an added wind chill from a brisk easterly wind.

Maximum temperature: 6C (43F).

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Cornwall travel: Horses loose on the road in Connor Downs

BBC Radio Cornwall

In Connor Downs, there are reports of loose horses on Trenawin Lane near Gwinear Road.

Cornwall travel: Road closed due to accident

BBC Radio Cornwall

In Long Rock, the A30 Longrock Bypass westbound is closed due to an accident between the A394 and the A30 Eastern Green. It's affecting traffic heading towards Penzance.

Police say criminal gangs are 'national issue, local problem'

Sarah Gosling

BBC News Online

Devon & Cornwall Police have released a poster explaining how to spot the work of criminal gangs in the local area.

Titled "County lines: National issue, local problem", the poster follows a number of incidents across the South West involving gangs who relocate to the area to sell drugs.

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Albion's game called off due to 'waterlogged pitch'

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Saturday's Plymouth Albion game against Bishop's Stortford has been called off due to a "waterlogged pitch", the club has said.

It will be re-arranged for later in the season.

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Cornwall travel: A30 accident and flooding in St Stephens

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • In Victoria on the A30 westbound, there are reports of an accident between Victoria Road and the A39 Indian Queens
  • In St Stephens, there are reports of flooding on Main Road near Launceston Golf Club. Drivers are being advised to approach the area with care

Devon travel: Queues building on A38 after crash

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View From newspapers for Dorset, Devon and Somerset close

The View From newspapers for Dorset, Devon and Somerset have closed.

On its Facebook page, the firm said it had been forced to shut "with immediate effect" due to "the continued difficult trading climate".

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Facebook user Jilly Parry said she would miss the newspapers "immensely".

Nicola James said: "Such a shame, it was a great way to keep up to date with local news."

Breaking19-year-old man is second to die in A39 crash

A second man has died after a crash on the A39, police have said.

Officers were called to reports of a Vauxhall Corsa on its roof on the A39 Truro to Falmouth road, just before the Norway Inn, at about midnight on 18 December.

The 18-year-old driver from Roche was declared deceased at the scene.

It has now emerged that the passenger, a 19-year-old man from Bulge who was immediately taken to hospital, has since died, Devon and Cornwall Police have said.

Officers from the Serious Collisions Unit are appealing for witnesses and anyone with any information is asked to contact the police via 101.

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Coastpath is 'dangerous and still moving'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Part of a footpath that collapsed this morning between Porthleven and Loe Bar is "quite dramatic, dangerous and still moving" according to the National Trust.

The path has been closed, although Mike Hardy, the National Trust's lead ranger at the Penrose Estate said he doesn't expect anymore of the path to fall away at that spot.

"You can't fix things like this. You can't patch it.

"It's about adaptation and looking at the future, realising the coast is very dynamic and by always knowing we are going to need to migrate back.

"We are working with natural processes rather than trying to patch it up and repair it, because you just can't do it."

A new temporary diversion has been put in place using an existing bridleway, and engineers from Cormac have been to the site.

Cliff fall
Rob Lawrance

Drivers warned to 'take extra care' as temperatures drop

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has warned drivers to "take extra care" on the roads this weekend as the colder weather arrives.

A yellow severe weather warning for ice has been issued by the Met Office.

SWASFT added that drivers should "never assume a road has been gritted".

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Cornwall travel: Reports of accident in Charlestown

BBC Radio Cornwall

There are reports of an accident on Charlestown Road near Quay Road.