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Summary

  1. Asian hornet spotted in Cornwall
  2. Exeter and Plymouth Football fans 'took part in mass brawl', trial told
  3. New homelessness legal aid provider 'in place in Cornwall', ministry says after criticism
  4. Bude supermarket tunnel is 'top attraction'
  5. Historic WW1 U-boat propeller returning to Germany
  6. Updates on Tuesday 4 September 2018

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  1. Repair works start on Exmouth slipway

    BBC Radio Devon

    Mamhead slipway in Exmouth

    Urgent repairs to a Mamhead slipway in Exmouth are under way.

    East Devon District Council says it will be closed temporarily so rocks at the revetment can be replenished.

    The work has to be done now so birds are not disturbed in the winter.

    Slipway at Exmouth
    Quote Message: We do appreciate how important access to the water is for visitors and local residents and we will endeavour to limit disruption as much as we can. These works to the sea wall are essential to ensure it remains sound long into the future and it will complement the Environment Agency tidal defences, which are planned to start next year. The timing of the works does not fit well with end of summer potential use of the slipway, but we are restricted by the issues surrounding migrating birds and fish." from East Devon District Council spokesperson
    East Devon District Council spokesperson
  2. Cornwall nightclub to close after 30 years

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Zone nightclub in Redruth has confirmed it is closing its doors in two weeks time, on Saturday 22 September.

    The venue has been open for about 30 years.

    The management has thanked all their customers over the decades and say there could be plans for another club, Zone 2, in the area in the near future.

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  3. Asian hornet sighting in Cornwall 'concerning'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    The sighting of Asian hornets in Cornwall is "concerning", a university professor says.

    Bee inspectors have been carrying out surveillance around the area in Fowey where the bee-killing invasive species was sighted, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) said.

    Surveillance and monitoring in a 1-2km radius area around the initial sighting spot of the insect is being carried out.

    Professor Juliet Osborne, from the University of Exeter, a leading expert on Asian hornets, said: "Last year a nest was found in Devon, and the year before in Gloucestershire.

    "This suggests that further sightings, particularly in the South West of the UK, are highly likely and we must all be vigilant.

    "It is an invasive species providing a major new emerging threat to our beleaguered pollinator populations."

    Asian hornet
  4. Porthleven coast path reopens after winter cliff fall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Coastal path closed signs

    Work to create a new coast path link between Penrose and Porthleven is now complete, eight months after a major cliff collapse forced its closure.

    The new route is more than 2,100ft (650m) long and has been designed to blend into the exposed coastal landscape.

    Another 1,640ft (500m) of new bridleway has been created for horse riders and cyclists as part of the project.

    The path is open with the bridleway link being opened on Friday.

    The work cost more than £40,000.

    Coastal path erosion
    Quote Message: It's been a real challenge to create a route that works for people and also respects the natural landscape, archaeology, wildlife and also works for our farm tenant. We know how much people value this route and Penrose generally, and as a charity we are really grateful for the public support and encouragement we have received throughout the work." from Greg Cross National Trust ranger
    Greg CrossNational Trust ranger
  5. Weather: Staying sunny on Wednesday

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Some late sunshine is possible in places on Tuesday evening.

    Thereafter, expect a partly cloudy and mainly dry night. A few misty patches may form towards dawn under any lengthier clear spells. Light winds.

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

    Weather

    Any early mist patches will lift on Wednesday morning to reveal a dry and increasingly bright day, with some good spells of sunshine developing by the afternoon. Winds remaining light.

    Maximum temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F).

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    Video caption: Water voles around the country have suffered from predators and a loss of habitats.
  7. Loan concerns put Paignton £1m regeneration plans on hold

    BBC Radio Devon

    A £1m plan to regenerate part of Paignton town centre has been put on hold because of a council spending squeeze.

    The improvements to the Station Square area would have been funded by taking out a 25-year loan, but Torbay Council said it could not be confident of making repayments of between £63,000 and £65,000 a year to the government-funded Public Works Loan Board.

    Conservative elected mayor Gordon Oliver was advised to postpone the scheme.

    The mayor agreed, but added that the scheme should be considered for next year's budget.

  8. Football fans 'took part in mass brawl'

    A group of Plymouth Argyle supporters allegedly took part in a mass brawl with Exeter City fans after stopping off in Exeter on the way back from an away match in April 2017, a court has heard.

    The Argyle fans were returning from a 1-1 draw at Portsmouth and, after police stopped them confronting Pompey fans, they got off a train at Exeter instead of carrying on to catch a connection to Plymouth, Exeter Crown Court was told.

    They walked through the centre of Exeter to the King Billy pub, which was full of City supporters celebrating a 2-1 win over Barnet, and fighting broke out moments after they arrived, prosecutors said.

    CCTV camera inside and outside the pub filmed much of the violence, which included people being hit over the head with bottles and punched in the face, the jury was told.

    Four Plymouth supporters and three Exeter fans are on trial.

    The seven - from Exeter, Plymouth and Weston-super-Mare, and aged between 25 and 55 - all deny affray and say they were acting in self defence.

    The trial continues.

  9. Fire crews to get help from first therapy dog

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    A four-month-old puppy is to become the UK’s first defusing therapy dog and will support firefighters across Devon and Somerset.

    Digby, an Australian Labradoodle, is the latest recruit at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

    He will work with fire crews in critical incident defusing sessions, which help prevent crews suffering from long-term psychological damage after traumatic incidents.

    The puppy will also provide contact with vulnerable people in schools, hospices and hospitals.

    Digby and his handler Matt Goodman
    Image caption: Digby will work with the fire service and the community

    Digby attended his first session following a serious crash on the A35 near Honiton in July, where he worked alongside his handler.

    Training manager Matt Goodman said: “The use of therapy dogs has been scientifically proven to help people who have been exposed to traumatic situations, or who are dealing with very challenging situations in their lives, such as ill health or learning ability.”

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    Severe accident: A399 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A399 Devon both ways severe accident, between Cross Street and Whitegates.

    A399 Devon - A399 Woodlands in Combe Martin closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the Cross Street junction and the Whitegates junction, because of an accident and recovery work.

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

  11. Cyclist rescued from river after falling 10m from path

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A cyclist has been saved from a river following a three-hour rescue operation.

    The man had been cycling on a path in Saltram when he came off and fell 10m into the River Plym estuary.

    Paramedics said they were called at about 15:50 on Monday.

    They attended, alongside specialist rescue teams from the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service.

    Crews used specialist equipment to save the man, who was unable to move, and he was taken to Derriford Hospital by ambulance.

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  12. Ex-restaurant and car park may become homeless shelters

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A former Exeter restaurant and part of a city centre car park could both be used this winter as homeless shelters.

    Exeter City Council planners on Monday night unanimously approved plans to transform the former Spice Island restaurant on Magdalen Street into a "winter night shelter and community facility for homeless people".

    They also approved a large temporary outbuilding and a toilet block to be built in the corner of Howell Road car park.

    Homeless support organisation Julian House, which will lead the scheme, said it was "essential" as the city "faces challenges with around 20 to 30 rough sleepers a night".

    The Hotel Du Vin, opposite the former restaurant, had objected, saying it "could lead to anti-social behaviour and guests could be intimidated if large groups of people gathered outside the facility, causing them to take their business elsewhere".

    However, the plans were backed by councillors, with Cllr Phil Bilayk saying that the hotel was being overprotective of its guests and that homeless people were no more anti-social that anyone else.

    Spice Island restaurant
  13. Police officers chase 20-year-old man with knife

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A 20-year-old man has been arrested following a "lengthy" police chase in Plymouth.

    Police were called to Lipson Road at about 15.20 on Monday following reports of a man with a knife in Freedom Fields.

    On arrival, officers said the suspect ran away and they chased after him on foot.

    Police said they used a Taser and the man was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a bladed article.

    He remains in custody.

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    Severe accident: A394 Cornwall westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A394 Cornwall westbound severe accident, between A39 Treliever Roundabout and Antron Hill.

    A394 Cornwall - A394 in Penryn closed and queuing traffic westbound between Treliever Roundabout and the Antron Hill junction, because of an accident involving a car and motorcycle.

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

  15. Driver caught 'doing paperwork' behind the wheel on the M5

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A driver has been caught filling out "paperwork" while going 70mph on the M5.

    Police said the man has been reported for the offence and would be receiving points on his licence.

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  16. Plans to redevelop 'worst place to stay' in Devon town

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Park Hotel

    A planning application has gone in for a new 161-bed hotel to replace the closed Park Hotel, which was rated as one of the worst places to stay in Paignton.

    New owner the Fragrance Hotel Group wants to demolish the three-storey terrace of Victorian villas and redevelop the site overlooking Paignton Green, the beach and pier.

    Plans for new Park Hotel in Paignton

    The 47-bedroom hotel on Esplanade Road is one of three the Singapore-based group has bought in Torbay.

    It also owns the closed Palace Hotel at Babbacombe and the Corbyn Head Hotel on Torquay seafront, which is being operated by a management company.

    A separate planning application has been lodged to demolish the hotel.

    Both applications will be decided by Torbay Council in due course after a public consultation.