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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A30 Cornwall westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall westbound severe disruption, between Branwell Lane and Treweath Road.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 in Penzance closed and very slow traffic westbound between the Branwell Lane junction and the Treweath Road junction, because of a police incident.

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

  2. Weather: Chance of the odd shower

    BBC Weather

    It will remain breezy through Thursday night with clear spells.

    However, there could still be the odd shower, especially during the early hours.

    Minimum Temperature: 7 to 12C (45 to 54F).

    Weather map

    Friday will be fairly cloudy at times with the chance of a few showers, but with some sunny spells expected too. Breezy and cool.

    Maximum Temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F).

  3. Extra ambulances ready for the bank holiday

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Extra ambulances and staff are being made available to respond to the increased demand expected over the bank holiday weekend in the south west.

    A spokesman for South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) said paramedics also want to remind people to "stop and think before dialing 999 for an emergency ambulance and to consider alternative treatment options if appropriate".


    Demand is already up 3.8% on last year’s figures for August, with 54,667 incidents recorded across the south west region for the month so far, the trust said.

    Examples of when to call 999 include choking, chest pain, stroke, serious blood loss and unconsciousness, it said.

    Less serious conditions can be helped by a pharmacy, Minor Injuries Unit (MIU), NHS walk-in centre, or calling NHS 111, it added.

  4. 'Welly wanging' record broken

    Johnny Rutherford

    BBC Spotlight

    The record has been broken in Devon for the Guinness World Record for Welly Wanging, organisers said.

    Eight hundred boots were thrown in the air at the same time at the Holsworthy & Stratton Agricultural Show, apparently breaking the previous record of 636.

    Welly wanging record attempt
    Welly in long grass with crowd behind

    The attempt was carefully marshalled and assessed by an independent adjudicator, organisers said - but has not yet been officially verified.

    Once paired up and sorted, the wellingtons will be "exported to help people in countries less well-off and in need of footwear" through Launceston Rotary Club and Refugee Support Group, a show spokesman said.

  5. One person in hospital after crash in Antony

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A person has been taken to hospital after a crash in Antony, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Trust (SWAST) has said.

    The crash, which involved two cars, happened at about 10:20 between Ferry Lane and Trevol Road.

    Another person was treated at the scene with "minor injuries", SWAST added.

    Meanwhile, crews from Torpoint Community Fire Station - that were also at the scene - have reminded people to "take care" when driving on Cornish roads.

    scene of crash
    Image caption: Firefighters also attended the crash in Antony
  6. Two taken to hospital after 'head-on' Buckfastleigh crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Two people have been taken to hospital after a head-on crash in Buckfastleigh, firefighters have said.

    Crews were called to Strode Road at about 12:25 following reports "someone was trapped in one of the vehicles".

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service removed the casualty from the car who was then taken to hospital.

    Two other people suffered only "minor injuries" while a fourth person was also taken to hospital, fire crews added.

    The road was partially blocked for about two hours but has since reopened.

  7. Water supplies disrupted in Tuckingmill due to burst main

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The TR14 8QY area of Tuckingmill near Camborne is without water due to a burst water main, South West Water has said.

    Engineers added urgent repairs were under way with disruption expected until about 16:30.

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  8. Cornwall travel: Broken-down car and caravan on A30


    Near Lanivet, on the A30 westbound at the St Austell exit, one lane is blocked due to a broken-down car and caravan.

    Police are warning drivers to approach the area with care.

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  9. Possible train disruption due to earlier safety check

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There's possible disruption to train services in Devon and Cornwall due to an earlier safety inspection in the Whiteball Tunnel in Somerset.

    All lines are open but trains are currently travelling at a reduced speed through the tunnel.

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  10. Service staff protest outside Royal Cornwall Hospital

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Staff who work for the outsourcing company Mitie at the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust are staging a protest over pay and conditions.

    The firm took over the so-called "hotel services" which includes everything from cleaning to portering and security in a controversial seven-year contract that started in 2015.

    Unison workers outside Royal Cornwall Hospital

    One employee told the BBC that he earned £1 above the minimum wage when he was employed by the NHS, but that figure now stands at 3p under with the Mitie contract.

    The BBC has contacted Mitie but it has declined to comment.

    Quote Message: Mitie staff, who do some of the lowest paid jobs in the hospital - they're cleaners, porters, catering assistants - and they haven't had a pay rise for at least four years. They work for Mitie, which is a private contractor so not part of the NHS. Their colleagues in the NHS have had a pay rise, they haven't had anything." from Simon Wintle Unison South West
    Simon WintleUnison South West
  11. Weather: Breezy and cloudy afternoon

    BBC Weather

    This afternoon will be breezy and cloudy at times with the chance of a shower.

    Some sunny intervals can be expected too with the best of these late in the afternoon.

    Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

    weather map
  12. Devon travel: Accidents in Buckfastleigh and Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Buckfastleigh, Strode Road is partially blocked near Plymouth Road due to an accident.
    • In Plymouth, on Outland Road at the Manadon Roundabout, there are reports of an accident
    • At Sourton, the A386 is partially blocked near the village hall due to a broken-down vehicle.
  13. Campaign for safe and roadworthy horse boxes

    A campaign is under way in the South West to encourage people towing horse boxes to make sure they are safe and roadworthy.

    Young riders especially are being reminded of the importance of the safe loading and transport of their horses.

    Horse box mechanic Anthony Wallis, from Trailer Medic in North Tawton, Devon, is backing the campaign organised by the NFU and the Pony Club.

    He said it was aimed at encouraging people to get their trailers checked once a year...

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    Video caption: Campaign for safe and roadworthy horse boxes
  14. Woman crashes car into Exmouth fish and chip shop

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A woman in her 70s is being treated for "minor injuries" after crashing her car into the front of a fish and chip shop in Exmouth, police have said.

    It happened at about 09:30 in Brixington.

    Firefighters were also called to the scene.

    Police added the extent of damage to the shop is "unknown".