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Summary

  1. Elderly man dies after two-tractor crash
  2. Police investigation into sexual offences at former Devon school
  3. Torquay bedroom fire: Woman in hospital with burns
  4. Trading in Exeter Pound to cease
  5. Pro-EU barrister to declare Totnes an 'independent city state'
  6. Repairs to storm-hit coastal path 'progressing well'
  7. Skeleton of huge seal to go on display
  8. Late night shopping for August launched in Truro
  9. Updates for Tuesday 24 July 2018

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe accident, between J28 for and J29 for .

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J28, / (Cullompton Services) and J29, / (Exeter), because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Plans for modern eco-home near Looe rejected

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for a modern eco-home have been rejected after councillors agreed that it was not in a sustainable location.

    Cornwall Council's east sub-area planning committee considered the application to build the new four-bedroom home on land at St Martin near Looe.

    The applicant, Andrew Carr, is a local resident who wanted to build the home for his family.

    Eco-home near Looe

    He had the backing of the parish council, which said the house was "an outstanding example of sustainable development" and said that the contemprary design was "architecturally outstanding".

    Cornwall councillor for Looe, Armand Toms, was also in support of the plans and said the site had previously been used as a builders' quarry and so should be considered to be "brownfield".

    However, planning officers said the plans would be an "unjustified dwelling in the countryside" and the location was not sustainable as it was a considerable distance away from any other settlement and services.

  3. Cornwall Council 'still paying below living wage'

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall Council is continuing to advertise jobs at a rate below the living wage, despite seeking accreditation for the scheme.

    On Tuesday morning the cabinet voted in favour of seeking accreditation from the Living Wage Foundation by March next year.

    The council says it has already started to roll out the living wage and is now encouraging all firms that provide services on the council's behalf to also sign up.

    However, on Cornwall Council's jobs pages there were 12 adverts for jobs which had a pay rate of £7.83 per hour and not the £8.75 real living wage rate.

    County Hall, Truro

    Cornwall Council has allocated more than £10m to bring wage rates up to the Living Wage Foundation levels.

    At the moment, the legal minimum wage for under-25s is £7.38 while the national living wage - what the government is now calling its minimum wage - for over-25s is £7.83.

  4. Blood bike volunteer cleared of breaking law

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A Devon charity volunteer has been cleared of breaking the law by having an emergency siren fitted to his motorbike.

    Ian Hopkins from the Devon Freewheelers, an organisation which transports blood and medical equipment, was stopped by police while on a call last October.

    The bike ridden by Mr Hopkins, who is an advanced motorcyclist, is one of eleven owned by Devon Freewheelers.

    The court heard the siren is factory fitted when the charity buys the bikes from new.

    Chief Executive Dan Lavery says if it has to remove the siren from bikes when it is not being used, it causes delays when they are needed for emergencies.

    He says if the case had gone against Mr Hopkins it would have affected similar charities and potentially ambulance services which also operate bikes.

    He was also cleared of speeding at 105mph(169km/h) at Exeter Magistrates court.

  5. Car on its roof closes road in Plymouth

    Ridge Road in Plympton is blocked in both directions between Drunken Bridge Hill and Plympton Hill due to an overturned vehicle.

    An eyewitness says a car is on its roof.

  6. BreakingElderly man dies after two-tractor crash

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A man in his 80s has died in a two-tractor crash near Honiton, Devon.

    Police, firefighters, paramedics and air ambulance crews were called to the crash in Awliscombe at about 09:40.

    Firefighters found one of the tractors toppled over on its side and a man with "severe injuries" trapped inside, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

    The South Western Ambulance Service says its crews attended alongside a rapid response unit and a team from the Devon Air Ambulance.

    Police remain at the scene and the road is still closed.

    Officers are working to inform the man's next of kin.

  7. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, at J31 for A38.

    M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road southbound at J31, A38 (Exminster), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Search for hero woman who saved injured man

    Coastguards are searching for the brave woman who dived into the sea off Plymouth Hoe to save an injured man.

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  9. Totnes independence ‘antidote to chaos’

    BBC Radio Devon

    A South Devon barrister wants to declare Totnes an 'independent city state' because he does not want the town to leave Europe.

    Jonathan Cooper is leading the lighthearted swipe at Brexit and says the idea started as a bit of fun that was born out of exasperation with the Brexit negotiations.

    He and his friends have now written a declaration of independence, designed a new coat of arms and created passports for their proposed city state.

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    Video caption: South Devon Barrister wants Totnes independence
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  10. Devon narrowly beaten by Herefordshire

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Devon's cricketers suffered an agonising 23-run defeat in their Minor Counties Championship match against Herefordshire at Plymouth.

    Chasing 201 to win the home side were bowled out for 177 in their final innings at Mount Wise.

    England youth and Worcestershire spinner Ben Twohig decimated Devon's batsmen - taking 4-70 in the second innings, having also taken four wickets in their first innings.

    Alex Barrow's 50 was the highlight of the innings for Devon, who still await their first win of the season in the Western Division.

    Jack Stephens took four wickets as Devon bowled out the visitors for 181 in their first innings, before Josh Mailling hit 153 as his maiden century rescued an otherwise lacklustre innings as Devon were bowled out for 271.

    Stephens took another four wickets as Devon bowled Herefordshire out for 290 in their second innings leaving Devon just over a day to try, and fail, to reach their target.

  11. BreakingPolice investigation into sexual offences at Devon school

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    An investigation has been launched into alleged historic sexual offences against a girl at a former school.

    Police are calling for ex-students and employees from Ashleigh Court boarding school in Chawleigh, Devon, to come forward.

    Det Con, Rob Poole, said police officers are in the "initial stages of a complex investigation".

    The offences are thought to have happened between 1970 and 1980.

    He said: "We appreciate this was quite some time ago and we are doing all we can to help the victim.

    "We are wanting to speak to anyone who worked or studied at this school during this time period in the hope that they would be able to assist us with our investigation."

  12. King named in GB squad

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth 110m hurdler David King has been named in the Great Britain squad for the European Championships in Berlin next month.

    David King

    The 24-year-old is one of two British men in the sprint hurdles alongside Andrew Pozzi.

    King made the semi-finals at the 2016 European Championships in Amsterdam and competed in last year's World Championships as well as the Commonwealth Games in Australia earlier this year.