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Summary

  1. Amazon to build distribution centre in Exeter
  2. Jailed UAE spy's wife says UK 'failed'
  3. More rail disruption as some train services cancelled
  4. Cornwall Council leader to meet Brexit chief
  5. Children's services in '£3.5m overspend'
  6. Concerns raised by Royal Cornwall Hospital inspectors
  7. Newquay to Gatwick flights switching to Heathrow
  8. Dog's 230ft cliff fall sparks lead plea
  9. Updates from Thursday 22 November

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, between J26 for A38 and J27 for A38 A361.

    M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J27, A38 (Tiverton), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Video caption: Daniela Tejada said the foreign office was "now standing up for one of their citizens"

    Daniela Tejada thanked Jeremy Hunt for "taking the time" to meet her at "this crucial point".

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    Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe accident, from J30 for Sidmouth Road J30 Exeter to J31 for A38.

    M5 Devon - Queuing traffic on M5 southbound from J30, Sidmouth (Exeter) to J31, A38 (Okehampton turn off), because of all traffic being temporarily held and an accident.

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

  4. Weather: Dry evening ahead, feeling warmer

    BBC Weather

    Weather

    Although a mostly dry evening ahead, a scattering of showers is possible.

    It will be warmer than the last few nights with some cloud expected.

    Minimum temperature overnight: 3C (37F).

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  5. Foreign Office 'shocked and deeply disappointed'

    The government is "shocked and deeply disappointed" by the jailing for life of a British academic in the United Arab Emirates on an allegation of spying, peers have been told.

    Baroness Goldie said ministers were raising the case of 31-year-old PhD student Matthew Hedges, from Exeter, with the UAE authorities at the "very highest level".

    "We are conveying in the starkest and bluntest terms possible what the reaction has been within the UK to Mr Hedges' situation," she said answering an urgent question at the Lords.

    She said consular staff had met with Mr Hedges on six occasions.

    "We will continue to do all we can to support him as we consider the next steps," she added.

    Lady Goldie said she has no specific information about Mr Hedges' health.

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  6. Cornwall Council leader to meet Brexit chief

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The leader of Cornwall Council is set to meet the EU's chief Brexit negotiator to highlight crucial issues for the county.

    Adam Paynter is set to travel to Brussels on 19 December to meet Michel Barnier and is thought to be the only council leader in the UK to have such an invitation.

    The opportunity has come from Cornwall Council's membership of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) and will also see representatives from Wales meeting Mr Barnier.

    EU and Union Jack flags

    Councillor Paynter said he wanted to ensure the EU was aware of the issues faced by Cornwall and that Cornwall's voice is heard.

    Cornwall Council is set to have two motions to debate around the topic of Brexit when it meets in full next month.

    Until now, the council has had no formal position on Brexit and before the referendum in 2016, decided not to take a view and remained neutral on the issue.

    By having a vote in the council chamber, Councillor Paynter hopes it will provide clarity about trade deals and how they might affect the likes of agriculture and fishing in Cornwall which export on a large scale to the EU.

    Councillor Adam Paynter
    Quote Message: The things I want to look at is Cornwall being open for business. We are a net exporter to the EU, we send more there than we get back. We are heavily reliant on European labour. It is not skilled labour but it is essential for our businesses to thrive. It is not just seasonal work either, it is also in health, manufacturing and tourism. from Councillor Adam Paynter Cornwall Council
    Councillor Adam PaynterCornwall Council
  7. Pay-to-pee proposals approved for public toilets

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Charges will be introduced at six public toilets in the South Hams, while a further 10 could close.

    Severe budget challenges for the district council means it is no longer financially viable for it to continue paying to keep all 41 toilets open.

    The South Hams executive has approved introducing pay-on-entry at toilets in Dittisham, Hope Cove, Ivybridge and for Coronation Road, Steamer Quay and the Civic Hall in Totnes.

    Coronation Road public toilets in Totnes

    Toilets in Bigbury, Torcross and Strete Gate will remain free, but car parking charges are set to rise to cover the costs.

    The toilets in Fore Street, Kingsbridge, will remain free, but the town council will have to make an annual payment of £4,200 in lieu of pay-on-entry facilities being installed.

    It was agreed by the executive that the toilets in Holbeton, Newton Ferrers, Staverton, Bittaford and Ugborough will close in September 2019, unless proposals to transfer them to the town or parish councils are agreed.

  8. BreakingAmazon to build distribution centre in Exeter

    BBC Radio Devon

    The online retail giant, Amazon, is to build a new distribution centre in Exeter.

    South West Business Council said work is set to start in early 2019.

    The 100,000 sq ft (9,290 sq m) unit will be built by Stoford Construction in the Exeter Gateway area, next to Lidl's distribution centre.

    It's expected to bring at least 200 jobs to the area.

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  9. Vision for Morecambe's Eden Project revealed

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The Eden Project has unveiled its vision for Eden Project North - a "major attraction" in Morecambe in Lancashire.

    The Cornwall-based environmental charity presented images and details to its northern partners - which successfully completed a feasibility study in September.

    It is seeking funding to make the project a reality.

    The charity said Eden in Cornwall has contributed £2bn to the local economy and welcomed more than 20 million visitors since it opened in 2001.

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    Image caption: The buildings will feature "re-imagined lidos" and "immersive experiences", the firm said
  10. Police seek man after bakery burglary

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police are appealing for help to identify a man following reports of a burglary in Fowey.

    It happened on 25 June between 00:00 and 05.50 at The Cornish Bakery on Fore Street.

    A safe containing cash and a CCTV hard drive were reportedly taken from the premises.

    Police would like to speak to the man pictured below in connection with the incident.

    man with a scarf over his face
  11. Schools lose £1m to pay for outside mainstream education

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Torbay councillors have backed a plan to move more than £1m of extra funding away from schools to make up for overspending on children outside mainstream education.

    Two Torquay secondary head teachers made a plea at a meeting to let schools keep the cash - allocated by the government under its Fairer Funding Formula to make up for past under-payment.

    They warned the loss of the money could lead to job cuts and more borderline pupils being excluded as work to keep them in classes faced being reduced.

    Torquay Academy
    Image caption: Torquay Academy

    But members of the council's overview and scrutiny board supported the measures put forward by the Schools Forum to transfer more than £1.3m.

    It is set to reach up to £2.6m by the end of March.

    Councillors suggested that part of the pressure on higher needs spending was being caused by the number of excluded pupils.