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  1. Weather: Sunny spells but also feeling fresher

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    Mostly dry as we head through Tuesday evening and overnight.

    There will be some cloud at times but with some clearer skies as well. Mainly light winds.

    Minimum Temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).


    A fresher feel to the weather on Wednesday.

    There will be some sunny spells along with areas of cloud and just the chance of the odd light shower.

    Maximum temperature: 16 to 20C (61 to 68F).

  2. Armed police respond to 'naked man with gun' calls

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A 42-year-old man has been arrested following reports of a naked man with a gun in Exmouth.

    Armed officers were called to Albion Street at about 05:27 on Tuesday to reports of a naked man in possession of a firearm.

    Police say a man was located and detained following a short search and a weapon was seized by officers.

    Albion Street

    The suspect is believed to have suffered a "medical episode" and he was taken to hospital as a precaution, police say.

    He was later arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a firearm.

    He remains in police custody.

  3. Wembury bathers warned on pollution after sewer blocked

    BBC Radio Devon

    Swimmers have been warned to stay out of the water at one of Devon's most popular bathing beaches.


    Signs were put up at Wembury, near Plymouth, "as a precautionary measure" after a sewage blockage on Monday, said South West Water.

    "We attended within the hour and found and cleared a blockage," said a spokeswoman.

    The blockage was caused by a build-up of unflushable material, such as baby wipes, hygiene wipes, moist toilet tissue, cleaning wipes, cleansing pads and sanitary products, the utility said.

    "We encourage our customers only to flush the '3Ps' - pee, paper and poo - and dispose of any other items, such as wipes, cleansing pads and sanitary products, in the bin," it added.

  4. Holiday lodges and hotel plans revealed

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    New plans have been revealed to build holiday lodges and a hotel on a site where a planned housing development was pulled two years ago.

    Pre-application planning advice is being sought by developers who want to build the holiday complex on land at Estover Farm in Halsetown, near St Ives.

    The site was the focus of a campaign two years ago after plans were submitted to build 165 homes.

    Halsetown plans

    Outline planning permission was granted by Cornwall Council for the development but the plans were withdrawn after they were called in by the Secretary of State.

    The new proposals, from Mark Scoot of Torquay-based Maypool Estates, have been drawn up to build an 80-bedroom hotel and restaurant on the site, along with holiday lodges and associated facilities.

    A pre-application submission said that its layout would ensure no harm "to the wider setting of the [nearby] AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty)".

    The original outline planning application for homes was opposed by St Ives Town Council and a local campaign group. No comments have been submitted to Cornwall Council's planning portal yet about the pre-planning request over the proposed new development.

  5. Home Office says 'most police constables earn £39k+'

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    More than half of police officers earn more than £39,000 a year, the Home Office says.

    It revealed that more than half of officers are "at the top of the pay bracket" in response to statistics revealed in the annual Police Federation survey.

    According to the federation, almost 40% of Devon and Cornwall officers said they're worried about their finances and many have been forced to take second jobs.

    The force has about 3,000 officers.

    Police tape

    The survey stated that "90% thought that morale was low in the force" and "80% did not feel fairly paid considering the stresses and strains of the job".

    A spokesman for the Home Office said: "The police pay award for 2018/19 represents the highest consolidated pay award since 2010.

    "And the number of people joining police forces is at a 10-year high, which demonstrates policing is still a desirable and sought-after career.”

  6. Devon travel: Crashes in Saint Ann's Chapel and Modbury

    BBC Radio Devon

    • On the B3392 in Saint Ann's Chapel, there's slow traffic in both directions due to an accident near Blackberry Lane. This is affecting traffic travelling between Bigbury and Modbury
    • In Modbury itself, on the A379 Broad Street, near the White Hart Inn, there are reports of an accident
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    Severe accident: A381 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A381 Devon both ways severe accident, between A3122 and turn for Hutcherleigh.

    A381 Devon - A381 in Halwell closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A3122 junction and the turn for Hutcherleigh junction, because of an accident involving a car and motorcycle.

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

  8. Investigations continue into crossbow throat-cut death

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Investigations are continuing into how a man died after his throat was "lacerated" in an incident involving a crossbow in north Devon, police say.

    Officers found the victim when they were called to Dyers Close, Braunton, on Friday afternoon.

    Dyers Close

    The man, aged in his 40s, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth but died on Sunday, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    A woman, also in her 40s, was treated for a leg injury and officers described the case as "isolated and contained".

    The pair "were known to one another", officers said.

    Det Insp Phil Gray, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said officers were "currently awaiting for a forensic post-mortem to be carried out" on the man's body."

    He added: “The man has not yet been formally identified, however, next of kin are aware.

  9. Cornwall travel: Crash on A39 Perranarworthal

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Perranarworthal, there are reports that the A39 is blocked in both directions due to a crash between Perranarworthal and the Devoran toundabout. Traffic is very heavy in the area.

  10. Hit and run driver threw surfer into air 'like a rag doll'

    Devon Live

    A pedestrian was thrown into the air "like a rag doll" after being hit by a speeding driver from Bolton - who has been jailed - while crossing the road in North Devon.

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    Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between The Norway Inn and Devoran Roundabout.

    A39 Cornwall - A39 in Perranarworthal blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between The Norway Inn junction and the Devoran Roundabout junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  12. Delivery bikes and cash stolen in pizza takeaway raid

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Police are hunting thieves who broke into a takeaway and stole £250 in cash and two delivery bikes.

    The burglars smashed the window of Papa John's Pizza in Woolwell, Plymouth, and emptied the contents of the till.

    They also made off with two delivery mopeds, one of which has now been recovered, and gained entry into a nearby fish and chip shop.

    Papa John's Woolwell

    Officers said they believed the thieves raided the store in the early hours of Tuesday.

    Police have appealed for information.

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  13. Police search for man who fled from scene

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    A police search is being carried out after a male suspect has fled from the scene of a road offence.

    The police helicopter and drones team are assisting the incident after a "fail to stop" on Percy Street, Plymouth.

    Officers were called at 11:50 and a 20-year-old male was detained at the scene in Budshead Road.

    The search for the other male suspect is ongoing.

  14. Livewell Southwest's care rated as "outstanding"

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Care Quality Commission has rated the care offered by Livewell Southwest in Plymouth as outstanding.

    A team of CQC inspectors visited the organisation, which is an independent social enterprise providing health and social care services for people across Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon, in May 2018.

    The quality of five mental health services and two community health services were checked.

    Following this inspection the organisation's rating for caring has been raised to outstanding.

    The organisation is still rated as good for being safe, effective, responsive to people's needs and well led.

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, between J27 for A38 A361 and J26 for A38.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J27, A38 (Tiverton) and J26, A38 (Wellington), 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

  16. Police hunt knifepoint robbery suspect

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Police are seeking a suspect after an attempted knifepoint robbery in Bideford.

    The incident happened between 11:40 and 11:50 on 1 August on the A39 between High Clovelly and Woolsery.

    A UPS delivery van driver suffered minor cuts to his forearm after the man held him at knifepoint.

    The suspect was driving a dark blue Ford Focus or Fiesta car, after he failed to get in the van he returned to his car and made off empty-handed.

    Police e-fit of the man in question

    Police have released an e-fit image of a man they are seeking, he is described as being of mixed race, about 6ft tall with a muscular stocky build.

    He was wearing a dark green long sleeved top and dark blue jeans.

    A police spokesman said: "This is a highly unusual incident and we are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area at the time of the offence to contact us. We would like to hear from anyone who recognises the man in the image."