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Summary

  1. UK's largest tile maker in administration
  2. More snow and ice forecast
  3. Royal Clarence Hotel report to be reviewed
  4. Police appeal for help to identify 'woman in lake'
  5. Farmers sign up for badger vaccination scheme
  6. Updates on Wednesday 30 January 2019

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  1. Weather: Cloudy with freezing fog ahead of a icy start

    BBC Weather

    Yellow weather warnings:

    • Ice from Wednesday 18:00 until Thursday 10:00
    • Snow and ice from Thursday 13:00 to Friday 21:00

    Wednesday evening and overnight should be mostly dry with clear spells for a time but cloud will tend to increase into the early hours.

    One or two freezing fog patches too. Icy with a sharp frost.

    Minimum Temperature: -4 to 2C (25 to 36F).

    Weather

    Early brightness on Thursday will fade as cloud continues to thicken.

    Rain will then spread in from the south west, this falling as snow over higher ground and perhaps down to lower levels for a time.

    Maximum Temperature: 3 to 8C (37 to 46F).

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    Severe accident: A38 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between A389 Launceston Road and A30.

    A38 Cornwall - A38 Launceston Road in Bodmin blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A389 Launceston Road junction and Callywith, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  3. Extra cold weather beds for Exeter rough sleepers

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Rough sleepers in Exeter are being provided with more accommodation to get out of the cold.

    Exeter City Council has activated its Severe Weather Protocol (SWEP) following the drop in temperature and snow showers across Devon.

    Homeless

    The protocol allows the authority to work with partner agencies to organise accommodation for anyone rough sleeping or at risk of rough sleeping during severe weather.

    Temperatures tonight and Thursday are expected to dip below zero and there is a possibility that the freezing conditions might go on into the weekend.

    In November the council opened a night shelter, which has already been used by more than 100 people.

    Councillor Emma Morse said the facility was "invaluable".

    Quote Message: "No-one should be sleeping out on the streets of Exeter and being able to provide a purpose-built facility which allows people to come inside, keep warm and be comfortable is potentially a life-saver." from Emma Morse Lead Councillor for People
    Emma MorseLead Councillor for People
  4. Coast path reopens after repairs

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Part of the South West coast path in Devon that was damaged by flooding has been reopened.

    The Environment Agency carried out extensive repairs to the embankment culvert near the section of the path that follows the River Otter.

    It was closed between the Budleigh Salterton Lime Kiln car park and White Bridge, on South Farm Road, from September after being deemed unsafe and walkers had been directed to use an alternative route.

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    Video caption: PMQs: Luke Pollard and Theresa May on Dalwish and Devon rail lines

    A Devon MP asks about a £300m upgrade plan, five years after part of a rail line was washed in to the sea at Dawlish.

  6. Snow 'potential for 5-10cm'

    Forecasters are warning of snow in the south west on Thursday and Friday with up to 10cm (4in) of snow in some parts.

    The Met Office said the timing of rain and snow on Friday was "currently uncertain".

    Chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: "Areas could see rain and snow for periods of six to nine hours, with 1–3cm of snow gathering in places within the warning area and the potential for 5-10cm, perhaps most likely in the South West and over Wales."

    Weather warning for Devon and Cornwall
  7. BreakingCeramics firm closes with 400 jobs lost

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The UK's largest manufacturer of ceramic wall and floor tiles has gone into administration.

    British Ceramic Tile Limited is based in Newton Abbot in Devon, and also has a site in Cleckheaton, Yorkshire.

    It has ceased trading with immediate effect after losing a "key customer contract in recent days", resulting in 313 redundancies.

    The remaining 67 employees will support the orderly winding down of the business.

  8. Met Office issues new warning for ice

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    The Met Office has warned that ice is likely to disrupt travel on roads in Devon and Cornwall between 18:00 on Wednesday and 10:00 on Thursday.

    The Exeter-based weather service issued a yellow weather warning which also covers the west of England and parts of Wales.

    The warning comes after snow and ice disrupted travel on Wednesday morning.

    There are warnings for snow and ice from Thursday into Friday.

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  9. Police appeal for help to identify 'woman in lake'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Police are appealing for help to identify an unknown woman who was found in a lake in Helston.

    Officers were called to the boating lake in Coronation Park, Helston at 04:30 to reports of a woman in distress in the water.

    Lake
    Image caption: A woman was found in the boating lake

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the woman was on her own and had no identification on her.

    She was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in a "severe" condition due to the effects of exposure, the force said.

    The woman is described as white, aged 60 to 70, wearing a green fleece, top coat, green woolly jumper or cardigan, striped top, green leggings and black shoes.

    Anyone who could help identify the woman is asked to contact police on 101 quoting log number 65 for 30 January.

  10. Two crashes cause delays on the A30 at Summercourt

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Traffic is returning to normal after two crashes caused delays on the A30 westbound at Summercourt.

    The first accident was a three-vehicle collision, which was reported to Devon and Cornwall Police at 09:20.

    A spokeswoman for the force said nobody was injured but the incident closed lane one of the the dual carriageway.

    At 09:40 police were called about a second collision at the same location, which resulted in a minor injury.

    The spokeswoman said Highways had been requested to attend with a gritter and the road was now cleared and reopened.

    Road
  11. Exeter's Francis to start for Wales

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Tomos Francis

    Exeter prop Tomos Francis has been selected to start Wales' opening Six Nations game against France in Paris on Friday.

    The 26-year-old tighthead will win his 35th cap.

  12. Rolled car driver 'reported for defective tyres'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Car on roof

    A driver has been reported for having defective tyres after rolling their car onto its roof on the B3254 Launceston to Bude, Devon and Cornwall Police have said.

    A spokeswoman for the force said the driver, who was the single occupant of the vehicle, was uninjured in the accident which happened at 08:40 near the Boyton turn off.

  13. Travel: Poor conditions on Devon and Cornwall roads

    BBC Radio Devon

    The A30 has now reopened between Whiddon Down and Okehampton following its earlier closure due to snow and ice, but driving conditions remain poor.

    There are reports that the A39 Barnstaple to Bideford is like a sheet of ice with some motorists experiencing delays of up to 45 minutes.

    In Okehampton the A386 Narratons Road is blocked by snow and a stranded vehicle between Hatherleigh Road and Northlew Road.

    Meanwhile there are still hazardous driving conditions on the A30 between Launceston and the A382 Whiddon Down and on the B3254 around Higher Road due to snow.

  14. Woman, 61, missing from Newton Abbot

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Jacqueline Larmett

    Police say they are concerned for the welfare of a 61-year-old woman who has been reported missing from Newton Abbot.

    Devon and Cornwall Police say Jacqueline Larmett, who is around 5ft 5in tall and of slim build, has previously travelled to Cornwall and used public transport, buses and trains to get around.

    Ms Larmett is described as having dyed reddish, shoulder length hair.

    She was last seen wearing a red top, black jeans, brown boots, a cream coat with a fur trim and carrying a brown bag with tassles.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101.