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Summary

  1. Government asked for cash to modernise Plymouth hospital
  2. Gavin Ford: Radio host found dead at home in Lebanon
  3. Isles of Scilly experience 62mph gusts
  4. Torpoint Ferry service down to one vessel
  5. Rail delays across the region
  6. Beach clean finds 34-year-old crisp packet
  7. Zoo tries to get endangered toads to breed in captivity
  8. Updates on Wednesday 28 November 2018

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    Devon both ways severe disruption, on River Dart.

    Devon - Vehicle ferry not operating on Dartmouth Higher Ferry in both directions in Dartmouth on the River Dart junction, because of strong winds.

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

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    Severe accident: A361 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A361 Devon both ways severe accident, between North Buckland Hill and Stang Lane.

    A361 Devon - A361 in Heddon Mill blocked in both directions between the North Buckland Hill junction and the Stang Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles and a fallen tree.

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

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    Severe accident: A38 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon both ways severe accident, from Pemros Road to B3413.

    A38 Devon - A38 The Parkway in Plymouth closed in both directions from the Pemros Road junction to the B3413 junction, because of an accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: A30 Devon eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Devon eastbound severe disruption, between B3174 Exeter Road and B3177.

    A30 Devon - A30 closed and stationary traffic eastbound between Daisy Mount Cross in West Hill and the B3177 junction in Fenny Bridges, because of a police incident.

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

  5. Armed officers to patrol key festive locations

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Police in Devon and Cornwall say they will again be patrolling key locations and events over the festive period and the New Year with support from armed officers.

    The force says personnel will be visibly carrying weapons "to help offer further security and reassurance".

    Nikki Leaper
    Quote Message: I want to reassure the public that there is no increase in the threat level, nor is there any specific threat within Devon, Cornwall or Dorset. However, the festive period leads to significant events and crowded places where this additional level of support could be beneficial to local policing teams across the alliance area." from Nikki Leaper Head of Alliance Specialist Operations Superintendent
    Nikki LeaperHead of Alliance Specialist Operations Superintendent
  6. North Devon hospital trust set for larger budget deficit

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A hospital trust is set for a budget deficit of £17m as it tackles failings that led to the Care Quality Commission (CQC) saying it "required improvement".

    The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, was rated after an inspection by the CQC in October 2017.

    The report raised concerns in maternity services, end of life care, the emergency department and in outpatients.

    North Devon District Hospital

    Suzanne Tracey, chief executive of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said the improvements had come at a cost and they could not be achieved within a balanced budget.

    She said the board had already decided to set a deficit budget for the year of £12m, but the current forecast was that there would be a £17m overspend.

  7. Authorities 'unable to move cars from blocked driveways'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    If you block someone's empty driveway with your car then neither Devon County Council, nor Devon and Cornwall Police would be able to do anything about it.

    That was the message councillors heard when discussing drop kerbs and the loss of parking provision on main roads in the county.

    Councillor Julian Brazil raised concerns about instances where the ability to park cars was being lost because people were digging up their gardens to install dropped kerbs to give themselves private parking spaces.

    Devon and Cornwall police car

    Highways officer John Fewings told councillors that it was a "big problem", but the county council had no power to do anything about it.

    Mike Jones, senior traffic officer, said that as long as the driveway was empty and it did not contravene any traffic order, there was nothing the police could do if someone blocked an empty driveway.

    A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman confirmed the policing position for the force after the meeting.

  8. Councillors demand rethink over cuts to road maintenance

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Pothole

    Members of Torbay Council want a rethink of plans to cut £320,000 from roads maintenance next year.

    The 15% cut to this year's £2.1m budget is in the elected mayor's plan for the next financial year.

    Members of Torbay's Priorities and Resources Review Panel heard that it would cost £20m to catch up with the road repairs backlog to bring the network back to how it was in 2008.

    Mayor Gordon Oliver said Torbay should be getting £3m each year for roads maintenance, and he told the committee he was asking MPs to support an approach to government for the cash.

    Gordon Oliver
    Image caption: Mayor of Torbay Gordon Oliver has played down concerns raised by Councillor Richard Haddock that £1.3bn of cuts are 'scary'

    The council is having to make £17m of savings by 2022, with £7.5m needed in the next financial year 2019/2020, due a reduction in government funding and increasing costs in adult and children's social care.

    The budget consultation continues until Friday 14 December.

  9. Police launch witness appeal after Torquay robbery

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police want to identify a witness in connection with a robbery in Torquay.

    It happened on 20 October at about 23:20 in the Torquay Marina car park.

    Officers said although the man, pictured, is not involved in the incident, he may have "vital information" to aid their investigation.

    Anyone who recognises him is asked to contact police via 101.

    man police want to identify
  10. Campaigners fight to keep Teignmouth Hospital open

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cllrs David Cox, Chris Clarence, Martin Wrigley, Alistair Dewhirst, Alison Eden
    Image caption: Local councillors outside Teignbridge District Council's HQ

    A group of Teignbridge councillors say they see no reason why Teignmouth Hospital should close as part of plans to centralise medical services in the area.

    There are proposals to sell the site for £8m and build a new "wellbeing hub" as part of the town's Brunswick Street redevelopment.

    Three GP practices in Teignmouth would move and community clinics would also be provided, but specialist outpatients services and a theatre service would be transferred to Dawlish Community Hospital.

    Rally against the closure of Teignmouth Hospital
    Image caption: Teignmouth Hospital was opened in 1954, the first built under the NHS

    A Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is set to begin an eight-week consultation in early 2019, but Teignmouth Town Council has voted unanimously to oppose the closure of the hospital.

    The CCG says that the best way to secure the survival of primary care in the town is for services to be co-located in a new building and that 12 rehabilitation beds do not need to be sited at Teignmouth Hospital.

    The group says that in order to deliver its vision, it would need to:

    • Relocate community clinics from Teignmouth Community Hospital into the health and wellbeing centre
    • Relocate specialist outpatient provision from Teignmouth Community Hospital into Dawlish Community Hospital
    • Relocate theatre services from Teignmouth Community Hospital into Dawlish Community Hospital
    • Reverse the decision following the consultation to establish 12 rehabilitation beds in Teignmouth Community Hospital
    • Close Teignmouth Hospital and sell the site for reinvestment in the local NHS
  11. Post Office staff face transfer to WH Smith under plans

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Many Post Office branches have closed and facilities relocated to other stores over the past few years.

    Penzance (pictured), St Austell and Truro's branches operate from branches of WH Smith, and now the Post Office plans to transfer control of the Truro branch to its commercial partner as a franchise.

    The Post Office said it would secure the long-term viability of the branch and allow extended opening hours, including Sundays. However, it will also mean that workers are no longer employed by the Post Office.

    Penzance WH Smith and Post Office

    Chris Roche, from the Communication Workers' Union, said he believed it was bad news for staff.

    He said: "Most people don't want to move... they will leave and those highly-trained people will no longer be operating the post offices."

    The Post Office has launched a consultation, but it is only asking for people's views about access, not the staff transfer, saying Truro's branch was due to be operated by WH Smith from 20 February.

    It said it was talking to staff affected "on an individual basis about their options which include transferring their employment to WHSmith in line with TUPE [Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment)] legislation".

  12. Former Plymouth Royal Marine to attempt Atlantic row

    Today Programme

    BBC Radio 4

    A former Royal Marine from Plymouth is set to attempt an unsupported solo row across the Atlantic Ocean - which would make him the world's first physically disabled person to row the route solo.

    Lee Spencer lost his leg in a freak car accident when he stopped to help a stricken motorist.

    The trip he has planned for next month will see him row single-handed to Venezuela and he needs to complete the 3,500-mile trip in under 96 days to set a new record.

    The current able bodied record for the route was set by Stein Hoff in 2002.

    Mr Spencer says "nobody should be defined by disability"...

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    Video caption: Lee Spencer lost his leg in a freak car accident when he stopped to help a motorist

    The attempt will raise money for the Royal Marines Charity and the​ Endeavour Fund.

  13. Brexit: Chamber Tells MPs to 'get on with it'

    Cornish Stuff

    The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has written an open letter to all six Cornish MPs pleading with them to accept Theresa May’s Brexit deal and to "get on with it".

  14. Hunt for missing owl from Cornwall continues

    Eleanor Parkinson

    BBC Spotlight

    The hunt for a giant eagle owl called Charlie who went missing in Cornwall more than a week ago is continuing.

    Charlie escaped from her aviary at a sanctuary near Praze-An-Beeble while it was being cleaned.

    Her owner, Caroline Curtis, says Charlie was born in captivity and there are fears for her survival because she's never had to hunt for food.

    On Tuesday night, there was a positive sighting at Troon near Camborne with a motorist claiming he saw a huge owl in a lane "eating something it had killed".

    However, it had gone by the time Caroline arrived there.

    Charlie the owl
    Image caption: Charlie the owl
  15. Devon travel: Fallen trees partially block roads

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Plympton, Plymouth Road outbound is partially blocked due to a fallen tree near Cot Hill
    • Between Sampford Courtenay and Exbourne, the A3072 is partially blocked due to a fallen tree
  16. Trapped dogs: Four animals rescued from mine

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Dog rescue

    Four dogs who have been trapped down a mine shaft for four days have been brought to the surface in a rescue operation near Truro.

    One is thought to have died and the last is thought to be seriously injured and still underground.

    The hounds, from the Four Burrow Hunt in Cornwall went missing during a trail hunt in the St Allen area on Saturday, a hunt member said.

    Firefighters have been leading the rescue operation after members of Cornwall Search and Rescue found them after consulting mining maps.

    The dogs managed to get underneath wire mesh covering a mine shaft after some erosion beside it, hunt staff said.

    People have been warned to not visit the site.