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Summary

  1. Man admits killing 81-year-old woman in an attack in Par
  2. Gang members who tried to smuggle £112m worth of cocaine are jailed
  3. Fixing potholes across the South West would take '13 years'
  4. Man suffers hip and arm injuries in M5 van and truck crash near Exeter
  5. 'Woods will be destroyed', warn campaigners as inquiry starts into Newton Abbot development
  6. Church is accused of 'hooliganism' as an ancient Devon garden levelled
  7. Sale of grounded Russian ship of Cornwall sparks harbour's hopes for cash
  8. Updates from Tuesday 26 March 2019

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  1. Weather: Chilly overnight and sunny periods on Wednesday

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    It will be chilly on Tuesday night, with temperatures falling away under mostly clear skies. Some shallow mist or fog patches may develop locally.

    Minimum temperature: 0 to 3C (32 to 37F).

    Weather

    After early mist or fog patches lift on Wednesday morning, it will remain dry with light winds, sunny periods and some patchy cloud during the day.

    Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

  2. Red Arrows return to Armed Forces Day in Plymouth

    BBC Spotlight

    The Red Arrows will return to Plymouth this year for Armed Forces Day for the first time since 2012.

    Red Arrows

    The display on 29 June will also include flypasts from a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter and an RAF Spitfire.

  3. Cornwall homes and cycle routes in line for cash boost

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    New homes, cycle routes and a major project aiming to provide regeneration in south east Cornwall will all be debated by Cornwall Council’s cabinet on Wednesday.

    Council

    The cabinet will be asked to approve that £4m be provided from the economic development fund for various projects including Liskeard Cattle Market and a new cycle trail network.

    And it will be recommending to full council that an additional £2.4m be added to the council’s capital programme for works on the cycle trail plans.

    The cabinet will also receive an update on the Housing Development Programme – the council’s ambitious scheme to provide 1,000 new homes by 2022.

    Pilot schemes have been completed at Tolvaddon and Bodmin and the council is now starting work on further schemes which will provide new homes for local people.

    Councillors will also be asked to approve additional projects for the council’s capital programme worth £26m.

    This money will be used for a number of schemes including a backlog of school maintenance which will target those schools which have health and safety issues.

    Money is also being allocated to building a new special needs school in Cornwall.

  4. Pet dog threatened with axe in Plymouth park row

    BBC Radio Devon

    A man threatened a pet dog with an axe in a row between two men, say police.

    Dean Cross

    Police said an argument erupted between the two men at Dean Cross playing fields in Plymouth between 19:00 and 19:30 on Sunday 10 March.

    The suspect, described as a stocky white man in his 30s, about 6ft tall, was walking a brown pit bull-type dog when he threatened the other man's German shepherd dog.

    The attacker was believed to be wearing a blue jacket, carrying a large rucksack on his back and was wearing a head torch.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  5. 'Keep fields green,' say Newton Abbot housing opponents

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    Campaigners have told an inquiry that green land south of Newton Abbot should be off-limits to housing.

    Video content

    Video caption: Kate Van Dike: 'I've got a real affection for this part of the world'

    PCL Planning wants to build 1,200 homes, a shopping centre, primary school, employment land and a boutique hotel on the edge of the town.

    Kate Van Dike of Newton Says No, said Teignbridge District Council did not have "carte blanche to destroy every redeeming feature of every town and village".

    PCL Planning declined to comment, but said in its application that the council was "unreasonable" and the the appeal, which will be considered by an inspector, should not be necessary.

  6. New home plans rejected over lead levels

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Planners have refused permission for new homes near a former lead mine in Plymouth because of the risk to health from contaminated land.

    The city council’s public health protection service objected to the plan for 38 homes off Tamerton Foliot Road.

    Home plans

    A report said the levels of lead were "still too high to allow development of this nature on this site given the current scheme".

    It said the highest recorded level of lead on the site showed "significant possibility of significant harm" to future occupants.

    Some samples from the site were more than four times the threshold for lead.

    The report concluded that the site was unsafe to develop without measures to reduce the effect of the metal.

  7. Opening statements in Newton Abbot development

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    Opening statements have been made in an inquiry into a controversial plan for more than 1,000 new houses and a hotel on the edge of Newton Abbot.

    The proposals also include a school, two care homes and "employment space".

    Wolborough

    A planning inspector is hearing evidence from the developer, Teignbridge Council and local residents about the proposed scheme at Wolborough.

    The developer has argued the council has been "unreasonable" in its dealings with the application, while the council said it had concerns about the development’s impact on transport and greater horseshoe bats.

    The hearing is expected to last five days - three days this week and two more in June.

    Newton Abbot inquiry
  8. Fixing SW potholes would take '13 years'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    It would take 13 years to clear the potholes in the South West, according to a new survey.

    Nearly 200,000 potholes were filled in Devon and Cornwall last year.

    The report from the Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) also said the average time before a road is resurfaced in England is 79 years.

    Chairman Rick Green said some regions have up to £90,000 per mile to spend on fixing the roads - but that's not the case in the South West...

    Video content

    Video caption: Potholes
  9. Beachfront pub complains to council about sand build-up

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A beachfront pub in Cornwall has complained to the local council about the amount of sand that is being blown into its seating area.

    The Mermaid Inn in Newquay said it had cleared 70 tonnes of sand in the last week, and had to hire diggers to tackle the problem.

    Sandy pub

    Manager Tom Cullen said Cornwall Council used to move the sand across the beach twice a year, but had not carried out the process for two years.

    "Because they've stopped, the sand blows over our walls. We've even had a wall knocked down by the weight of the sand against it."

    The sand has previously covered every table in the beer garden.

    Pub

    Cornwall Council said the bay at Porth beach acted as a "wind tunnel", and sand "naturally builds up at the top of the beach and road" by the Mermaid pub.

    "In partnership with the [beach] Management Group, we could constantly clear sand from the site. However, we must consider sustainability, cost, and the impact on those using the beach.

    "We also consider the challenge of climate change that will likely to lead to more frequent and intense storms."

  10. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, from J28 for A373 Station Road Cullompton to J27 for A361.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J28, A373 (Cullompton) to J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of vehicle tyre change. Traffic is coping well.

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

  11. Exeter parkland to be handed over to wildlife trust

    BBC Radio Devon

    Exeter City Council is to hand over the management of large areas of parkland to the Devon Wildlife Trust.

    Park

    Initially the deal will last for seven years and cost the council several hundred thousand pounds.

    But it said the deal would save money over time and the wildlife trust said there would also be benefits for wildlife.

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    Severe disruption: A38 Cornwall eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Cornwall eastbound severe disruption, around B3252.

    A38 Cornwall - A38 in Trethawle blocked eastbound around the B3252 junction, because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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