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Summary

  1. Man jailed for Devon doorstep ammonia attack
  2. Tiverton hit-and-run suspects released
  3. Man charged with Exeter Synagogue arson attack
  4. Child protection policies investigated in Anglican Church
  5. Man suffers facial injuries in knife attack
  6. South West weather 'powers 13%' of England's solar energy
  7. Car and ticket machine damaged by expanding foam
  8. Updates for Monday 23 July 2018

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A39 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Devon both ways severe disruption, from B3138 Hollowtree Road to Whiddon Drive.

    A39 Devon - A39 Eastern Avenue in Whiddon Valley closed in both directions from Mcdonalds Roundabout to Tesco Roundabout, because of a burst water main.

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

  2. Still no opening date for new Exeter railway station

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    There is still no planned date for the proposed Marsh Barton railway station to come into use.

    The site in Exeter was due to open in 2016 but has been hit by delays and rising costs, going from £4.3m to £13m.

    Match funding of £8.4m for the station has been found, but unless the station is delivered by March 2021, the growth deal funding will be lost.

    In March it was announced by Cllr Stuart Barker, cabinet member for economy and skills, that the funding deficit was expected to be closed within the next six months.

    Artist's impression of how Marsh Barton station would look like
    Quote Message: The situation at Marsh Barton is that we had a station design that met Network Rail's design standards as agreed by the steering group (which includes Network Rail). However, following the award of the contract to design and build the station, Network Rail's design standards changed. This has led to the design being changed and subsequent rising costs and a funding gap. We have discussed this with the Department for Transport who shared our concerns, but they have recognised the merit of the scheme." from Cllr Andrea Davis Cabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste
    Cllr Andrea DavisCabinet Member for Infrastructure, Development and Waste
  3. Road scheme withdrawn after criticism from MP's brother

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The MP for St Austell and Newquay, Steve Double, was criticised by his own brother after supporting road restrictions that Joel Double was "vehemently against".

    Rugby club in Tregorrick
    Image caption: Plans had been put forward to restrict traffic using a road which cuts through Tregorrick near St Austell

    The plans had been put forward by local Cornwall councillor James Mustoe, who works for St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double, and Mr Double had supported them.

    However, the proposals were criticised by St Austell Rugby Club, whose chairman - Joel Double - issued a strongly-worded statement opposing the plans.

    Under the plans the road would have been for "access only" from the junction with Pentewan Road to the junction with Sawles Road, which would have affected the rugby club located on Tregorrick Road.

    The road which would have been closed

    The plans had been drawn up to try to stop the road being used as a "rat run" but have now been withdrawn by Cornwall Council.

  4. Police hunt for vandal who committed 'vile act'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Human excrement left on rainbow painted bench

    Police are hunting for a vandal who defecated on a bench painted in rainbow colours ahead of Cornwall's Pride celebrations next month.

    An anti-gay message was also left in the human excrement on the bench in what Cornwall Pride organisers have described as a "vile act".

    Volunteers in Newquay have been painting benches on Beach Road and on The Crescent but on Saturday evening someone attempted to ruin one of them.

    A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said the force was investigating the incident.

    He said: "A number of benches in the area have been painted to help celebrate the Pride event which is taking place shortly.

    "It has been reported that one bench in The Crescent had been defecated on; a distasteful message was also scrawled across the bench.

    "Police are currently in the midst of reviewing CCTV of the area. It is clear that someone will know who is responsible for this distasteful criminal damage, and we urge that they come forward and speak to the police."

    The spokesman said the force would "not accept intolerance within Devon and Cornwall" and asked anyone with information to come forward.

    Cornwall Pride is on 25 August.

    Bench painted in rainbow colours
  5. Devon mule enjoys historic win

    BBC Spotlight

    A mule that was rescued by the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary has made history by winning his first dressage event.

    Wallace had been banned from taking part in British dressage competitions because his father is a donkey.

    But after coverage on the BBC, the organisation changed its rules.

    Award-winning Wallace came to Devon after being rescued from Ireland. He was later rehomed by a rider in Gloucestershire.

    Winnie Murphy, from British Dressage, said that the sport should be more inclusive...

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    Video caption: Wallace the award-winning mule
  6. Playful seal follows kayaker off Looe

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Seal in sea off Looe, Cornwall

    Kayaker Rupert Kirkwood says a playful seal followed him while he was at sea off Looe.

    He says he watched the animal rolling in seaweed, barking, splashing and "larking about" and "had the same look in its eye as a dog wanting somebody to throw its ball".

    Seal in sea off Looe, Cornwall

    Mr Kirkwood, who goes by the pseudonym The Lone Kayaker, records all of his sea journeys online.

    In the past he has filmed sharks, whales, dolphins, sunfish, turtles, otters, puffins and giant tuna in the sea off Devon and Cornwall.

    Seal in sea off Looe, Cornwall
  7. GWR defends overcrowded service to South West

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Great Western Railway (GWR) says a train service, which was criticised on Twitter because of overcrowding, was "busier than normal" for a number of reasons.

    The company was taken to task by social media user Sophie Walker.

    View more on twitter

    She said some children had been put in a guards' van despite the family booking four weeks before their journey and phoning to double check on Sunday night that they had table seats.

    Other passengers on the train also complained about the crowded conditions.

    Children in a crew comfort area

    GWR said a "crew comfort area" had been made available to the family who had booked table seats.

    And the firm said work on the main line from Paddington to the south west, and a fault in a carriage had led to the train being overcrowded.

    Quote Message: Unfortunately this train is busier than usual because of ongoing engineering work at Newbury, and it operating with a carriage less than planned due to a fault. Customers with a booked seat reservation who are unable to sit at their allocated seat will be entitled to a refund. When stopping at Bristol we also advised customers that another service was departing a few minutes later to help improve their journey experience." from GWR spokesperson
    GWR spokesperson
  8. Overturned caravan blocking one lane of A30

    BBC News Travel

    On the A30 near Fraddon we have reports of a caravan on its roof blocking the southbound carriageway.

    Traffic is queuing back to the Indian Queens junction.

    Traffic map
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    Severe disruption: A30 Cornwall westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall westbound severe disruption, from B3275 to A30.

    A30 Cornwall - One lane closed and queuing traffic on A30 westbound in Penhale from Fraddon Services to Summercourt, because of Jacknifed Caravan. Congestion to the Toldish roundabout where the A30 joins with the A39.

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

  10. Swimmer falls short in Scilly seabird challenge

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A woman who was attempting to swim from west Cornwall to the Isles of Scilly has been forced to abandon the challenge after five hours.

    Andrea Ayres was attempting the 26 mile swim to raise money for the RSPB and their work with seabird conservation.

    Unfortunately the water conditions made it impossible for her to carry on. She said on social media she "aborted the attempt" with a "really sad heart".

    Quote Message: After 5 hours of battling through the sea it is with a really sad heart that we have had to abort the attempt after getting caught in the carn base tidal mixture for 3 hours. This is an area where the waters converge from the Bristol channel, the English channel and the scillies and made the going incredibly tough not allowing us to make any headway. I just want to say a massive thank you for all the support and messages." from Andrea Ayres Sea swimmer
    Andrea AyresSea swimmer
  11. Elderly man attacked by gang in Camborne

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A 70-year-old was left with a broken leg after being seriously assaulted by a group of men in Camborne last month.

    Devon and Cornwall Police say it happened at about 16:45 on 29 June on Gurneys Lane near Commercial Square.

    They say the man was sitting down in the town square when he was "set-upon by a group of men who assaulted him".

    He was taken to hospital for treatment to his leg.

    The police would like to hear from anyone with information.

    Commercial Square
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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, from J28 for A373 Station Road to J29 for Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J28, A373 (Cullompton Services) to J29, Honiton (Exeter), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  13. 'Shameful' conditions on 'overcrowded' train

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A train passenger has criticised Great Western Railway for “shameful” conditions on a train bound for the South West.

    View more on twitter

    Sophie Walker has been live-tweeting her journey on board the 12:30 service from London Paddington to Penzance.

    GWR are aware of the thread, and have tweeted an apology.

    View more on twitter

    Ms Walker, who is the leader of The Women's Equality Party, is on her way to Plymouth to speak at an event at the Moments Café on New George Street.

    View more on twitter

    The BBC has contacted GWR for a response.

  14. Bishop 'horrified' at Exeter Synagogue attack

    The Bishop of Exeter says he's "horrified" to hear about an arson attack at the Exeter Synagogue.

    Emergency services were called to Synagogue Place at 19:50 on Saturday where they found the ground floor toilets on fire.

    The Rt Revd Robert Atwell said: "I was horrified to hear what happened at Exeter Synagogue at the weekend. Tolerance and mutual respect are hallmarks of a civilised society, and I would implore everybody, regardless of their religion, to condemn any action that seeks to intimidate or harm others.

    "Everybody should be free to practise their religion, and I ask Christians to stand in solidarity alongside our Jewish neighbours and people of all faiths. We must unite to ensure that our community can enjoy a future characterised by tolerance, freedom, and mutual respect."

  15. BreakingMan jailed for ammonia attack

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Kraig Owens (police mugshot)

    A 28-year-old has been jailed after he threw ammonia into a man's face in a doorstep attack.

    Kraig Owens, of High Street, Crediton, splashed the corrosive liquid into Jonathan Gent's eyes after going to his flat to confront his partner Kerry Sercombe. The court heard Owens had been in a brief relationship with Miss Sercombe in the past.

    Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court jailed him for two years after he admitted to causing actual bodily harm.

    He claimed he took the ammonia to threaten the people inside, rather than use it as a weapon.

    Mr Gent's eyes swelled but he did not suffer any permanent damage.

  16. Suspect in Par attempted murder bailed

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A man who was arrested in connection with the attempted murder of an elderly woman in Cornwall has been bailed.

    The 69-year-old man was sectioned under the Mental Health Act and police say he remains in a secure unit.

    Pembroke Close in Par

    Officers were called to Pembroke Close in Par at 14:10 on Thursday where they found the woman with life-threatening head injuries.

    The 81-year-old victim was transferred to Derriford Hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

    Police say they are continuing to investigate.

  17. Plymouth divers to compete at world championships

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two Plymouth divers are competing at the World Junior Championships in Kiev this week.

    Matthew Dixon and Victoria Vincent, who both train at the Plymouth Life Centre, are part of a British squad made up of Commonwealth and European medalists.

    The event starts today and runs until Sunday.

    Matthew Dixon