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Summary

  1. Storm Diana brings down trees and power lines
  2. - Flood alerts and warnings issued
  3. - Torpoint ferry delays
  4. - Gust of 74mph reported in Isles of Scilly
  5. Swimmer in gale force winds rescued by lifeboat crew
  6. Giant bicycle artwork wins national award
  7. Updates on Thursday 29 November 2018

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  1. Two arrested on drug supply offences

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Two people have been arrested following a string of police raids in Paignton.

    Officers and specialist drugs dogs have been executing search warrants across the town over the last two days, including two simultaneous raids earlier today.

    A man and a woman, both 35, have been held on suspicion of drug supply offences, while a further three males, aged 44, 51 and 52 were also detained at the scene in relation to the searches.

    A quantity of what is believed to be class A and B controlled drugs were seized during the operation, named Operation Olympic.

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  2. Weather: Windy with a risk of thundery showers

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    Thursday evening and overnight will be windy with some clear spells.

    There will also be further showers, which could be heavy with the risk of hail and thunder.

    Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).

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    Image caption: Thursday 29 November, 21:00

    Friday will be breezy with spells of sunshine, but also some showers, which could be heavy at times.

    The showers are expected to be more scattered in nature, and it will feel a little cooler.

    Maximum Temperature: 11C (52F).

  3. Giant bicycle artwork created in Devon wins national award

    BBC Spotlight

    A giant artwork - created in Devon - of a spinning bicycle made up of tractors, a 13-tonne excavator and a slurry tank has won a national award.

    The landmark, which was created by a group of South Molton farmers for the Tour of Britain race in September, has won the first ever National Land Art award.

    The team of more than 30 volunteers drove for an 90 minutes in circles - in perfect tandem - to pull it off.

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    Video caption: The group of South Molton farmers has won the first ever National Land Art award
  4. Road reopens after earlier diesel spill

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    In Mabe, the road from Antron Hill to Mawnan Smith crossroads has reopened after an earlier diesel spill.

    Travel update
  5. Reservoir plans rejected over 'potato field fears'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to convert a disused reservoir into "much sought after" holiday accommodation have been rejected - after fears holidaymakers would have to carry their luggage across a field of potatoes.

    The scheme, submitted to Teignbridge District Council planners by Roman Homes SW, would have seen the Kennford Reservoir become holiday lets.

    The applicants said they would turn the current "eyesore" into something with an ongoing commercial use that would generate income for the area - according to planning documents.

    But planners have rejected the proposals saying there's no safe and suitable access to the site and the conservation would be "wholly inappropriate and impractical".

    The view from the Kennford Reservoir
    Image caption: The view from the Kennford Reservoir

    A report said although the applicant owns the reservoir, there is a right of way in connection with the reservoir across the surrounding agricultural field which is in separate ownership.

    The field was found to be in "continual agricultural use" and it's therefore "perfectly possible" the field will be used to grow crops such as maize or potatoes - which would make it very difficult to pass along the designated route other than by foot.

    The applicant has the option to appeal against the decision.

  6. Government urged to take action to save Appledore Shipyard

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Unions are stepping up a campaign to save the historic Appledore Shipyard from closure by calling on the government to take ownership of the site.

    The GMB said the yard in Devon could be saved if it was awarded a contract to build a ferry for the Isles of Scilly.

    Owner Babcock has announced the yard is to close next year.

    The GMB said future work building new frigates and support ships for the Royal Navy could be awarded to Appledore - with a ferry contract keeping it open until then.

    Appledore Shipyard
    Quote Message: GMB feels the Scilly Isles plan could be a realistic way to save the shipyard and prevent the devastation its closure will cause to our community. If the government can't give Babcock the assurances the company needs to take this project on, it must take ownership of this historic yard to protect our sovereign shipbuilding capability post-Brexit. from Matt Roberts GMB
    Matt RobertsGMB

    Earlier this month, the government said it was disappointed at the news of the shipyard's closure.

  7. Weather disrupts train services

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Rail passengers in the South West are being warned of possible delays or cancellations due to the weather conditions and an earlier speed restriction.

    Great Western Railway has also suspended its service between Par and Newquay due to a fallen tree on the line.

  8. College staff in second strike over pay

    BBC Radio Devon

    Staff members at Petroc College - which has sites in Barnstaple and Tiverton - are striking for a second day over pay.

    Members of the University and College Union have walked out as they say their pay has fallen by a quarter over the last decade.

    A number of students also walked out at lunchtime in support of their teachers, but the college says disruption to classes is minimal.

  9. Major diesel spill closes roads

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A number of roads near Penryn have been closed after a major diesel spill in Mabe Burnthouse.

    Cornwall Council says although access to private property is not affected, people should avoid the area "for the next few hours at least" while the clean-up operation takes place.

    Parents are also being warned the road closures will affect the school pick-up period for Mabe school.

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    Devon and Cornwall Police in Falmouth say the roads are closed from Mabe to Argall reservoir, including the road from Antron hill to Mawnan smith crossroads.

    Mabe Burnthouse diesel spill
  10. Pet dog killed in Plymouth blaze

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A dog has died in house fire in Plymouth.

    Crews were called to the blaze at the two-storey home in Dryburgh Crescent, in the Ham area of the city, about 19:30 last night.

    Nearly 30 firefighters tackled the fire that started in an upstairs bedroom of the house and spread into the roof space.

    Nobody was injured, but Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue confirmed a pet dog died in the blaze.

    The cause of the fire is being investigated.

  11. Power cuts across the region

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Power cuts are affecting a number of homes across the region, Western Power Distribution (WPD) has said.

    Cornwall:

    • 910 properties affected by power cuts
    • Two biggest power cuts affecting areas in Polzeath and near Marazion
    • WPD hopes power will be restored by mid-afternoon

    Devon:

    • 194 properties affected by power cuts
    • The South Molton area has 48 properties without power while there are 54 in Bideford
    • WPD hopes power will be restored by mid-afternoon
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  12. Petroc College staff on strike for second day over pay

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Staff members at Petroc College - which has sites in Barnstaple and Tiverton - are striking for a second day over pay.

    Members of the University and College Union (UCU) have walked out as the union says the pay of college staff has declined by 25% over the last decade.

    Petroc is the only college in the South West to be part of the two-day strike.

    The college says only one in 12 of its staff are UCU members and described disruption to classes as "minimal with alternative study options in place".

    Some students walked out in support of staff at lunchtime on Wednesday and say they plan to do so again today.