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  1. Fatal genetic disorder rates higher than thought, experts say
  2. Legionella closes minor injuries unit
  3. Handgun reported in city centre
  4. Row over flagpoles at police headquarters
  5. Man loses mobility car after benefits reassessment
  6. Power tools worth thousands stolen from vehicles
  7. Updates on Thursday 17 January 2019

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  1. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A38 Devon eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon eastbound severe disruption, from B3352 to A383.

    A38 Devon - All traffic being temporarily held and debris on the road on A38 eastbound from Ashburton Rockpark Cross to Goodstone Junction.

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

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    Severe accident: A3058 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3058 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Arundel Way and B3276 Porth Way.

    A3058 Cornwall - A3058 Henver Road in Newquay closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the Arundel Way junction and the B3276 Porth Way junction, because of a serious accident.

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

  3. Handgun reported in Truro

    Lemon Street Market

    Armed police searched people in Truro following reports of a woman with a handgun.

    Police said a member of the public reported seeing a woman with a gun near the toilets at Lemon Street market.

    A police cordon was put in place and a number of people were stopped and searched.

    No weapon was found and the armed officers have now been stood down.

  4. Planners approve flats on former Paignton police site

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Planners have approved the design of a block of 36 flats to go on the former site of Paignton police station.

    The L-shaped block will have homes on four floors plus underground parking.

    The developer, McCarthy Contractors will pay £265,000 to benefit the community under a planning agreement.

    The land at the junction between Southfield Road and Blatchcombe Road in Paignton has been empty for several years after police moved out.

    Members of the committee approved a change of use application to allow the council's Medical Tuition Service to use the MyPlace youth centre building at Parkfield, Colin Road, Paignton.

    It will provide education for up to 50 children who cannot attend mainstream school for health reasons.

    Quote Message: This has come back at many times for us to look at, and I think it is a really good example of how things can be worked on and improved by the developer working closely with our officers." from Barbara Lewis Councillor
    Barbara LewisCouncillor
  5. BreakingBody found in Instow has been dead for 'considerable' time

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The body of a man has been found on the beach at Instow, police have said.

    Devon and Cornwall Police was called by the coastguard at about 14:20.

    Officers said it "appears the body has been deceased for a considerable amount of time".

    Police and the coastguard remain on the scene and a cordon is in place while inquiries continue.

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  6. Row over erection of flagpoles at police HQ in Bodmin

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A row's broken out in Bodmin about whether Devon and Cornwall Police should install two 20ft (6m) high flag poles at its Cornish headquarters.

    Some residents have started an online petition against the plan - complaining it's a waste of money at a time when the Police and Crime Commissioner wants to charge residents in Cornwall more for policing.

    It's thought the cost of the work is about £1,100.

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    Quote Message: We are able to make that investment because of prudent management of the capital budget, which is not to be confused with the budget that pays for day-to-day expenditure like police officer salaries. We have spent a relatively modest £1,160 on installing two flagpoles to allow us to fly the Cornish flag outside this important building. I hope the public would agree with me that improving facilities in Cornwall for our community, our hard-working officers and staff is money well spent. from Alison Hernandez Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall
    Alison HernandezPolice and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall
  7. Cornwall travel: Crash near Dairyland Farm World

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    At Gummows Shop on the A3058, there are reports of a crash between a car and motorbike near Dairyland Farm World.

  8. Exeter City set to bolster squad

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City are close to signing two players from Premier League clubs.

    A left-back and a winger have almost agreed terms on moving to St James Park, with one on loan and the other on a permanent deal.

    Exeter manager Matt Taylor hopes to have the players registered in time to be available for City's trip to Newport County on Saturday.

    Matt Taylor

    "It's been an intense search, we've been as patient as we possibly could, but when these players became available we moved as quickly as we could," Taylor told BBC Sport.

    "It'll mean we've fought off competition not only from our league, but the league above as well.

    "That shows our reputation as a club for developing young players."

  9. Legionella bacteria closes Totnes minor injuries unit

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The minor injuries unit at Totnes Community Hospital has been temporarily closed after the discovery of Legionella bacteria in some taps and showers on the hospital site.

    The rest of the site - including inpatient wards and outpatient clinics - is continuing to operate as normal.

    Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the unit, said it hopes to reopen on Friday once the disinfection of the building has been completed.

    Patients needing minor injuries treatment during this period are advised to visit Newton Abbot Community Hospital which is open seven days a week from 08:00 until 20:00.

    Totnes Community Hospital
    Quote Message: We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the closure, but protecting people's health and safety is our first consideration. from Dr Selina Hoque Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust
    Dr Selina HoqueDirector of Infection Prevention and Control at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

    More about Legionella bacteria here.

  10. Global change can start with a local focus, study says

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    People’s love for their local areas could help tackle global environmental problems, researchers say.

    Parochialism is often seen as a negative thing, but researchers from the University of Exeter argue that "positive parochialism" could be a foundation for environmental action and change.

    Their study looks at the impact of the Parish Maps Project, which started in the 1980s and saw local communities come together to create maps of their local area, charting the things that they value locally.

    Quote Message: It led to a huge upswell in local environmentalism... there’s no necessary conflict between feeling connected to your local area and feeling connected to the wider world. For a long time, the consensus has been that if we want people to think about global issues they need a cosmopolitan world view – but this may not be the case. Given where we are now in terms of trying to encourage people to make changes to help the environment, 'positive parochialism' offers something that has been overlooked." from Professor Patrick Devine-Wright University of Exeter
    Professor Patrick Devine-WrightUniversity of Exeter
    Image caption: The Parish Maps project saw communities chart the things that they valued in the local area

    The study examined Parish Maps archive materials held at the University of Exeter, and researchers also carried out in-depth interviews with people who were involved in the original project to examine its legacy.

    Prof Patrick Devine-Wright added that the research highlights how the project encouraged people to engage with environmental policy and planning in "emotional and creative ways".

  11. Plans submitted for new St Austell link road

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Plans have been submitted for a multimillion-pound link road between the A30 and St Austell.

    The nearly four-mile stretch will replace the B3274 from Stenalees to Trezaise and then form a bypass around Roche linking to the old A30 west of Victoria.

    The proposed new road, which will have a 60mph speed limit, will be single carriageway with an additional overtaking lane on the steeper sections.


    A shared pedestrian and cycle path will run alongside the whole length of the route, and an "ecology corridor" under the new road will allow the movement of wildlife.

    Traffic calming measures are also being proposed on the existing roads through Bugle, Stenalees and Roche, while the current A391 through Bugle and Stenalees could be downgraded to a B road.

    The planning application was submitted by AECOM Limited on behalf of the local authority on Wednesday, January 9, and it's hoped the scheme will be completed in 2022.

  12. Devoto and Cowan-Dickie get England recalls

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter centre Ollie Devoto and hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie have been recalled to the England squad ahead of the first Six Nations Test in Ireland next month.

    Devoto has not been involved with the national side since 2016 when he was still with Bath, while Cowan-Dickie's last cap came against South Africa last summer.

    Ollie Devoto

    But there is no place for prop Alec Hepburn, although fellow front-row Harry Williams does keep his place.

    Jack Nowell is recalled after returning from injury against Castres last week while Henry Slade is also in the squad.

  13. Power tools worth thousands stolen from vehicles

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police are investigating after power tools worth thousands of pounds were stolen from vehicles in the Launceston area.

    Officers received reports of 13 separate thefts and attempted thefts, mainly from vans, between 15 and 16 January.

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    There have been similar spates in St Austell, Bodmin, Callington, Bude and Camelford.

    Police say they have made "extensive enquiries" and are working through "a large amount of information" in an effort to identify the suspects.

    The public is being advised not to leave tools and equipment in their vans for prolonged periods, especially overnight, and are appealing for anyone with information regarding the thefts to come forward.

  14. Concern for missing man thought to be in Cornwall

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police say they're concerned for a missing man who is thought to be in either the Truro or Falmouth area.

    Stephen Holloway, 54, is from the West Midlands and is described as about 6ft (1.8m) and of medium build.

    Officers added he has brown/grey hair and a tanned complexion.

    Anyone with information is asked to call 999.

    Stephen Holloway
  15. Andrews extends Torquay loan

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United have extended the loan of Bristol City youngster Jake Andrews until the end of the season.

    The 21-year-old midfielder, who has also had time at Cheltenham Town and Chippenham Town, initially joined the club at the end of August.

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  16. BreakingRail services disrupted after person hit by train

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Rail services between Exeter St Davids and Dawlish are subject to delays and alterations due to a person being hit by a train, the British Transport Police has said.

    Officers were called to Starcross station at about 10:00.

    Disruption is expected until 14:00, National Rail added.