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Summary

  1. Appeal to trace doctor at eight-vehicle A38 fatal crash
  2. Man punched to the ground in Bideford
  3. Man in hospital after attack near Plymouth's Theatre Royal
  4. Coverack remembers flash flooding a year on
  5. Romanian medical pair marry and graduate on same day
  6. Updates for Wednesday 18 July 2018

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A376 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A376 Devon both ways severe disruption, at Featherbed Lane.

    A376 Devon - A376 Exeter Road in Exmouth closed in both directions at the Featherbed Lane junction, because of emergency repairs.

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

  2. Weather: Showers fading and more sunny spells

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Any showers will fade on Wednesday evening, with some spells of late evening sunshine.

    Conditions will then be dry and partly cloudy overnight, with some clear spells.

    Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

    Weather

    A fine start is anticipated on Thursday, with some early sunshine.

    Through the day, cloud will build, but further warm, sunny spells are expected. Conditions should stay dry, with light winds again.

    Maximum temperature: 22 to 25C (72 to 77F).

  3. 'Hugely popular' Exeter City fan Frank Sealey dies

    Devon Live

    Frank Sealey, who was described as a 'hugely popular' Exeter City fan, has died.

    Working as the club’s trust membership secretary, Frank was also the membership co-ordinator of the Junior Grecians and worked tirelessly to deal with more than 3,000 trust members.

  4. Michael Spiers robbery: 'Sensational details' warning

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Jurors in the trial of three men accused of being involved in an armed robbery which saw of £1m worth of jewellery stolen from a shop in a daylight raid have been warned not to get carried away by the "sensational details" of the case during their deliberations.

    Truro Crown Court has heard how four men entered the Michael Spiers' store in Truro armed with an imitation pistol during the raid on 10 January.

    They all pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a firearm with intent, but a further three men - from Lithuania, Plymouth and Manchester - deny charges in connection with the planning of the raid.

    The charges they are on trial for include conspiracy to commit robbery and assisting an offender.

    The barrister for one defendant described the robbery as "pretty exciting stuff", but said that while some of his client's connections may be suspicious, that didn't mean he had been involved in the plan to carry out the robbery.

    The stolen property has never been recovered.

    The trial continues.

    Michael Spiers store
  5. Breaking'Callous' man jailed for murdering partner in lighter row

    A "callous" man has been jailed for life for murdering his partner when he strangled her after they had a row over a lighter and she decided to split up with him.

    Darrell Rose, 36, of Magdalen Road, Exeter, denied murder but was convicted at Exeter Crown Court of killing 32-year-old Geraldine Mellor and will serve a minimum term of 15 years in prison.

    The court heard the former mental health patient murdered his partner, with whom he'd had a stormy six-month relationship, at the supported housing where she was living in Exeter in January in a fit of anger after taking amphetamines and smoking cannabis.

  6. Closing arguments in £1m jewellery armed robbery trial

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Michael Spiers

    The jury in the trial of a gang accused of carrying out the theft of £1m-worth of jewellery from a shop in Truro has been listening to the closing arguments of the case.

    Truro Crown Court has heard how four men entered the Michael Spiers' store armed with an imitation pistol during the daylight raid on 10 January.

    They all pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of a firearm with intent, but a further three men - from Lithuania, Plymouth and Manchester - deny charges in connection with the planning of the raid.

    The charges they are on trial for include conspiracy to commit robbery and assisting an offender.

    The stolen property has never been recovered.

  7. Level two heatwave warning issued for South West

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    The Met Office says there is a 60% chance of heatwave conditions between midnight on Friday and midnight on Sunday in parts of the South West.

    Heatwave map

    It will become increasingly humid through the end of the week with warm nights across much of England.

    The Met Office says parts of the South West are likely to see good periods of sunshine, contributing to hot daytime temperatures.

    A level two heatwave stands for "alert and readiness" with two levels above that - amber (heatwave action) and red (national emergency).

  8. Councils let verges and parks grow wild to help bees

    BBC Spotlight

    Councils across the South West are letting roadside verges and parks grow wild to help bee populations.

    Devon's county and Cornwall councils have been praised for plans to encourage pollinators by Friends of the Earth and conservation charity Buglife.

    Bee on flower

    Local authorities are being urged to reduce mowing of parks and roadside verges to save money and provide wildflowers to help Britain's under-threat bees.

    A number of local authorities are taking steps to help pollinators, such as creating habitat, Friends of the Earth and Buglife said.

    In Devon, measures have included only undertaking weed control to prevent damage to infrastructure such as drains and not using pesticides, while local people are being encouraged to do their bit for bees.

    Councillor Roger Croad, of Devon County Council, said the work had "successfully encouraged communities and schools to create areas of wildflowers, build well designed bug hotels and take other positive steps to conserve pollinators" across the county.

  9. 'No firm decision' on future of west Devon toilets

    BBC Radio Devon

    The leader of West Devon Borough Council says no firm decision has been made on potential closures of public toilets in the area.

    A report on the medium-term financial position of the council reveals that it could face a £3.7m budget shortfall by 2023/24. A number of plans to save £700,000 in the budget were discussed at a meeting on Tuesday night.

    The council currently spends £181,000, excluding salary costs, on 12 public toilets.

    Okehampton toilets

    The future of the facilities in the district - a discretionary service provided by the council - could save the authority at least £50,000, with options ranging from shutting them completely, to devolving them to parish councils.

    Council leader Philip Sanders said the authority was looking at as many options as possible to keep some of the loos open.

    He said: "We'll be looking at pay-on-entry systems, and also if there is any duplication of facilities if there are others nearby. We will also be looking at sponsorship."

    Toilets potentially affected include facilities in: Brentor, Chagford, Hatherleigh, Horrabridge, Lydford, Okehampton (pictured), Tavistock and Yelverton.