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  1. Concern over lack of NHS dentists
  2. Missed appointments cost Plymouth NHS £600k in three months
  3. Appeal to boost funds for Lady Astor statue
  4. Bay project to protect grey seals
  5. Updates on Friday 25 January 2019

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  1. Overnight weather for Devon and Cornwall: Mild and cloudy

    BBC Weather

    The odd break in the cloud is possible overnight but in general, it looks like staying cloudy with the cloud thick enough to give a few patches of drizzle. Mild.


    Devon weather forecast


    Cornwall weather forecast
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    Severe accident: A361 Devon westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A361 Devon westbound severe accident, between the Sampford Peverell turn-off and A396.

    A361 Devon - A361 blocked and queuing traffic westbound between the the Sampford Peverell turn-off junction in Sampford Peverell and Gornhay Cross in Tiverton, because of a multi-vehicle accident.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, at J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - M5 entry slip road partially blocked and slow traffic southbound at J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a fuel spillage.

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

  4. 'Challenging' new target for housing in Teignbridge

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An extra 157 homes a year will have to be built in Teignbridge to meet government targets.

    Teignbridge Council

    Teignbridge District Council’s Local Plan target is for 620 new homes a year to be built, but the numbers are now calculated by the government.

    As a result, the number of new homes that must be built a year in Teignbridge will rise to 777 and the council is obliged to meet that figure irrespective of whether they agree with the number.

    The new local housing need numbers say that 7,765 homes must be built in Teignbridge in the next 10 years – rising from the existing figure of 6,200.

    Of the new homes, 4,230 are required around Newton Abbot, 650 around Bovey Tracey, 215 in Kingskerswell, 385 in Kingsteignton, 340 in Teignmouth, 915 in Dawlish, 435 in Chudleigh and 2,000 around South West Exeter.

    Councillor Humphrey Clemens, the council’s executive spokesperson for planning and housing, said it was a "challenging figure which we will endeavour to meet, and we have to meet".

    "The government has set the criteria for the whole country to work out the housing need and we have to go along with it," he said.

  5. Rugby player jailed for booze session assault in Paignton

    Rob Byrne

    BBC News Online

    Matthew Croscombe

    A former Plymouth Albion rugby player has been jailed after attacking a stranger in a Paignton street.

    Matthew Crosscombe, 27, of Fernicombe Road in Paignton denied inflicting grievous bodily harm but was jailed for four years at Exeter Crown Court.

    Crosscombe had been drinking for 11 hours after watching England play Sweden in the World Cup on 7 July last year, the court heard.

    He punched Keiran Lofthouse, 25, in an unprovoked attack leaving him with a fractured skull.

    His life was saved by a 90 minute emergency operation at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital.

    Crosscombe lashed out after getting into an argument with Mr Lofthouse's girlfriend. He spat in her face and slapped her before reaching over her shoulder to punch Mr Lofthouse with a right hook, the court heard.

    The court was told the former soldier was thrown out of the forces because of his record of drunken violence which led to a previous jail sentence for other unprovoked drunken assaults on strangers.

    Recorder Mr Michael Parroy, QC, told him: "A man was left fighting for his life for no reason whatsoever other than that you wanted to use some violence.

    "The fact you are not facing a more serious charge is a tribute to the medical skills of the doctors at Torbay and Derriford Hospitals," he added.

  6. Campaigners 'determined' to reach Nancy Astor statue target

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    More than £90,000 has been raised in less than three months to erect a statue of Lady Nancy Astor in Plymouth.

    Lady Astor was the first woman to take her seat in the House of Commons in 1919, after being asked to stand as the MP for the Plymouth Sutton constituency - a seat previously held by her husband, Lord Waldorf Astor.

    Campaigners say they're "absolutely determined" to reach the Crowdfunding Appeal target of £100,000 within the next five days.

    Lady Nancy Astor, December 1919

    Politicians from across the political spectrum have voiced their support for appeal, including Prime Minister Theresa May, while all the city's living former MPs have donated.

    South West Devon MP, Sir Gary Streeter, said it was important to honour Lady Astor.

    "I am impressed by the campaign having raised such great sums of money and I am optimistic they will secure the balance shortly," he said.

    "I feel very strongly the significant growth in the number of female MPs at Westminster during the course of my parliamentary career has made a huge difference to the way we do business.

    Lady Nancy Astor, 1957

    Lady Astor was elected in seven consecutive elections and held her seat until 1945.

    She was granted the freedom of the city in 1959 and before her death in 1964, Lady Astor bequeathed her home at Elliot Terrace on Plymouth Hoe to the people of Plymouth where it's used as the Lord Mayor's official residence for civic events for visiting dignitaries.

    Assuming the fundraising target is reached, the statue will be situated near Lady Astor's former home and will be officially unveiled on 29 November - exactly 100 years after she was officially elected.

    3 Elliot Terrace
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    Video caption: Brixham seals to be watched from afar

    A herd of seals is being monitored from distance over fears that proximity to humans is disturbing them.

  8. Wind warning for Saturday night


    A warning for winds up to 65mph has been issued by the Met Office.

    It covers Devon and Cornwall with the strongest gusts expected to be around the coasts.

    The warning will begin at 21:00 on Saturday and last until Midday on Sunday, with travel disruption expected.

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  9. Missed appointments cost Plymouth NHS £600k in three months

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Missed hospital appointments in Plymouth are costing the NHS hundreds of thousands of pounds.

    In the three months from July to September, more than 7,000 no-show patients wasted just over £600,000.

    A missed appointment costs the NHS an average of £85.

    Despite the figures, University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust is performing better than average and is in the top quarter of trusts across the country.

    Derriford Hospital

    A team at Derriford is working with NHS Improvement on ways to reduce missed appointments, including trialing new wording on text reminders.

    The hospital has also introduced a flexible service, with patients being able to rebook if they cancel in advance.

  10. Bay project to protect grey seals

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new project is being set up to protect grey seals in Torbay.

    Half the world's population of grey seals live in Britain and Ireland, with many around the coasts of Devon and Cornwall.

    Grey seals, Brixham

    Cameras are being set up at Brixham Marina, and will be installed in other locations around Torbay in the coming months, to learn more about the local seals, so they can be better protected.

  11. Adult safeguarding referrals in Plymouth hit record high

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The rate of requests seeking help for adults at risk of neglect, abuse or exploitation in Plymouth has hit a record level.

    The city's adult safeguarding team had its highest number of referrals in the last three months of 2018, with almost 1,300 cases.

    Eight out of 10 did not end up as direct safeguarding cases and were passed to other agencies for help with problems such as homelessness or mental health issues.

    The figure emerged at a meeting of the city council's adult social care committee.

    close up of two people holding hands

    Jane Elliott-Toncic, lead officer for adult safeguarding, said the team has done a lot to publicise ways people can report it if they see something that worries them.

    Councillors also heard about the success of the city's ground-breaking Creative Solutions Forum, which brings services together to tackle alcohol or drug addiction.

    Andy Bickley, independent chair of the Plymouth Safeguarding Adults Board, said "it is having significant positive effects on the lives of some of the most vulnerable in the city."

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  13. 'County lines' heroin and cash seized by police in Newquay

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Heroin with a street value of about £2,000 was seized from a property in Newquay on Thursday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police also seized mobile phones, a vehicle and about £1,000 in cash from Higher Tower Road.

    Insp Dave Meredith said over the past 18 months, there'd been a "significant increase" in the supply and use of Class A drugs in the town.


    It's thought drug gangs from larger urban areas who use violence and intimidation to operate a practice called "County Lines" in smaller towns and rural areas are responsible.

    Quote Message: "Due to the impact of heroin and crack on our community, one of our priorities is the disruption of County Lines networks. I am delighted a consignment of heroin was been taken off the town's streets" from Insp Dave Meredith Newquay Police
    Insp Dave MeredithNewquay Police
  14. Appeal to boost funds for Lady Astor statue

    BBC Radio Devon

    A fundraising campaign to erect a statue in Plymouth to commemorate Lady Nancy Astor, which is due to end next week, is still £10,000 short of its target.

    Lady Astor was elected as Plymouth Sutton MP 100 years ago and was the first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons.

    Lady Astor

    The Crowdfunding appeal has been supported by all of the city's former MP's, along with Olympic star Sharon Davies and former Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe.

    Lady Astor won the seat, which had previously been held by her husband Waldorf Astor, who moved to the House of Lords when he succeeded to his father’s peerage.

  15. Lack of NHS dentist prompts man to pull his own teeth out

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Finding a dentist in Cornwall is the number one complaint to the county's health watchdog.

    Healthwatch Cornwall is launching a survey to find out about people's experiences with dentistry.


    The Chief Executive Amanda Stratford says there are cases of real desperation, with some claiming to have been waiting for three years to access an NHS denistry place.

    "One gentleman contacted us because he'd been driven to take his own teeth out," she said.

    The government says work is taking place to improve access and NHS England is working closely with providers.

  16. Friday's weather for Devon and Cornwall: Overcast with patchy rain

    BBC Weather

    Lots of cloud around this morning, which is thick enough to give patches of light rain or drizzle and misty over some of the hills too.

    Friday am weather map

    This afternoon, lots of cloud will linger with further patchy drizzle.

    It will be mild with temperatures from 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F).