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  1. Marina rescue for boat owner

    BBC Radio Devon

    A boat owner who fell from a pontoon at Sutton Harbour Marina in Plymouth has been rescued by the port's coastguard team.

    It happened just before 13:00 at the fuel pontoon.

    The casualty was left in the care of ambulance crew, while the coastguard secured his vessel.

  2. Saltash fire: Woman died of 'smoke inhalation'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A woman who was found dead after firefighters were called to a blaze is believed to have died of smoke inhalation, police say.

    The fire broke out in Culver Road, Saltash, at 13:30 on Sunday and firefighters found the body of a woman inside the property.

    Detective Inspector Glenn Willcocks said Devon and Cornwall Police's investigation had not found anything suspicious but the woman's death remained unexplained.

    Police have been investigating the cause of the woman's death
    Image caption: Police have been investigating the cause of the woman's death

    He said: “Initial forensics and crime scene investigations have now taken place, as well as an initial post-mortem on the deceased.

    "On the back of this, it is our current belief that the woman died of smoke inhalation."

    Det Insp Willcocks said the woman's next of kin had been informed and the house would now be secured and the police cordon removed.

    Anyone with any information is asked to contact 101 quoting log 409 for 30 December.

  3. Weather: Largely dry and cloudy for the start of 2019

    BBC Weather

    Largely dry on Monday evening and through the night, but staying generally cloudy with the cloud perhaps thick enough to give a little drizzle.

    However, there could be some clear spells later in the night.

    Minimum temperature: 5 to 8C (41 to 46F).


    On Tuesday, the first day of 2019 will be another mild and mostly cloudy day, with a little drizzle possible.

    However, there may be some sunny spells breaking through at times. A light breeze.

    Maximum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).

  4. Arrest after pregnant woman injured in car crash

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A man has been arrested after a two-vehicle car crash in Falmouth on Christmas Eve that saw a pregnant woman injured, police say.

    Officers said the head-on collision involved a blue Volkswagen Golf and a blue BMW 3 series car at about 17:50 on Monday 24 December on Melvill Road, near to the junction of Avenue Road.

    Two men who were in the BMW fled the scene.

    The driver of the Golf, a 31-year-old pregnant woman, was trapped in her vehicle and her husband and young son sustained minor injuries.

    The woman was kept in hospital overnight over initial fears she was seriously injured, but she was later allowed to return home to fully recover.

    A 20-year-old man from Truro was later arrested on suspicion of driving whilst disqualified. He was released under investigation.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  5. Up to four police officers 'assaulted every day over Christmas'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    An average of three to four police officers in Devon and Cornwall have been assaulted every day over the Christmas period, one of the counties' most senior officers says.

    Assistant Chief Constable Paul Davies said officers, including volunteer Specials, had been "punched, kicked, spat at and verbally abused" while on duty.

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  6. Shock at number of attacks on police every day over Christmas

    Plymouth Live

    An alarming number of police officers have been attacked across Devon and Cornwall in the line of duty this festive season.

    Police in south Devon say violence ion that areas alone stemmed from 16-year-olds to adults.

  7. Mousehole sewage system to be replaced after four leaks

    BBC Spotlight

    A Cornish seaside village is to have its sewage system replaced after four separate leaks in the past eight months.

    In May, the sewage pumping station in Mousehole was shut down for major repairs due to a damaged pipe, with the same thing happening again this month.

    A tanker has been used to transfer waste to another pumping station.

    South West Water said work would begin in January 2019.

  8. Car 'completely destroyed' in suspected arson

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A car was "completely destroyed" in a suspected arson in Axminster, a fire service has said.

    Crews were called to Millwey Rise Industrial Estate at about 00:15.

    On arrival, the car was "well alight", Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said.

    It added police have been informed.

  9. Saltash fire: Found body is of 'woman in her 20s'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A body found in a property in Saltash after firefighters were called to a blaze has been identified as that of a woman in her 20s, police say.

    The blaze broke out in Culver Road at 13:30 on Sunday, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    The body was found inside the property and the woman's next of kin had been informed, officers added.

    Quote Message: Police are currently treating this death as unexplained and await the outcome of a forensic post-mortem. A scene guard remains at the property." from Devon and Cornwall Police
    Devon and Cornwall Police

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 101, quoting log 409 for 30 December.

    Culver Road
  10. Pharmacists access patients' records to ease NHS pressures

    BBC Spotlight

    Pharmacists in Cornwall and Devon can now access patients' basic medical records - with patients' consent.

    Health mangers said it was to help ease pressure on GPs and emergency departments as the busy winter season continues.

    They are also able to provide some prescribed medication.

  11. Fishing: EU rules could have 'grave' impact on UK industry

    BBC News UK

    Fishing nets

    New EU rules on fishing quotas could have a "grave" impact on the UK's fishing industry, a House of Lords committee has said - just a day before the new policy is introduced.

    Under previous rules crews often discarded, into the sea, fish that took them over their quota for that species.

    But under the new policy, the full haul must be brought back to shore. This change is to stop fish being wasted.

    The legislation has been called "badly designed" by UK industry bodies.

    Major fishing ports in Devon and Cornwall include Brixham, Plymouth and Newlyn.

  12. 'End of an era' for salmon netting

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Colin Matthews

    New measures to protect salmon stocks in South West rivers come in to force on 1 January.

    It means all net fishing will be banned and rod fishing will be heavily restricted.

    Saltash fisherman Colin Matthews fought the ban. He has fished the Tamar since he was six years old.

    "This is definitely the end of an era now," he said.

    "They said it might come back, there's no talk about that now. There's no re-assurances we could come back in 10 years."

  13. Rail strikes to affect New Year's passengers

    BBC Radio Devon

    Strike action is due to affect South Western Railway (SWR) services across the region on New Year's Eve.

    Rail, Maritime and Transport Union (RMT) workers on SWR walked out at midnight.

    Rail replacement buses are running between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil Junction, with a reduced train service between Weymouth and London Waterloo.

    South Western Railway said a reduced service would run across the network
    Image caption: South Western Railway said a reduced service would run across the network