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  1. Squatters alert in Plymouth city centre

    BBC Spotlight

    Plymouth city centre landlords have been warned to keep their premises safe after a spate of incidents of squatters occupying empty premises.


    One group was evicted after legal action was taken by landlords but moved in to another neighbouring property, the Plymouth City Centre Company said.

    Police and Plymouth City Council are urging all landlords to make sure their buildings are properly secured.

    It follows a number of squatters occupying the Civic Centre, the former council headquarters.

  2. Sale of grounded Russian ship sparks hopes for cash

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Falmouth's harbour commissioners are hoping some of the money from the sale of the Russian cargo ship which grounded off a Cornish beach in December will come their way.

    The name of the new owners of the Kuzma Minin, which is moored in the Carrick Roads, hasn't yet been revealed.

    The 16-000-tonne vessel, which had 18 Russian crew members on board when it ran aground, but no cargo, was refloated in a "tricky and delicate" operation at high tide on Gyllyngvase beach.

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    Video caption: Watch again: Russian cargo ship runs aground in Cornwall
    Quote Message: I don't know if we're going to get all our money. When the ship was arrested then there are processes in place whereby we'll be paid for the use of the mooring. But, for any of our actions before that, that's yet to be seen." from Duncan Paul Deputy Harbourmaster, Falmouth
    Duncan PaulDeputy Harbourmaster, Falmouth
  3. M5 crash: All lanes now open

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    All three lanes of the M5 are now open after a crash caused significant traffic build-up this morning.

    There are still some delays on the A38 just south of Exeter.

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  4. 'Woods will be destroyed', warn Newton Abbot campaigners

    BBC Spotlight

    Controversial plans to build more than 1,200 homes on the edge of Newton Abbot are being considered at a planning inquiry.


    The application, submitted by PCL Planning on behalf of the Rew family, would include a shopping centre, primary school, employment land and a boutique hotel.

    Campaign group Newton Says No said it believed Decoy Woods will be "destroyed" by putting a road through them.

    "They are pouring concrete too on a zone of Special Scientific Interest and endangering the existence of a very rare species of bat," it said.

    "The plans go beyond all logic or reason."

    PCL Planning has not commented ahead of the inquiry.

  5. Nearly 100 homes without power in Totnes and Exebridge

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Power cuts are currently affecting nearly 100 homes in Devon.

    • 33 properties in Totnes - postcode TQ9
    • 65 properties in Exebridge - postcode EX16

    Power is expected to resume in Totnes (pictured) by 12:30, while Exebridge will be restored by 12:00.

  6. Church 'hooliganism' as ancient Devon garden levelled

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    Once there was a convent garden with ancient trees and plants in Lynton, then it was gone.


    The whole site was cleared, causing fury in the north Devon town.

    The Catholic Church now says it is investigating its "internal processes" after it allowed the garden to be destroyed because of "health and safety" fears.

    Locals said they could not believe the action was taken without any discussion and described it as "hooliganism, devastation and vandalism".

    The church has apologised for the distress caused.

  7. M5 crash: One-hour delays spanning five miles

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Highways England are warning of one-hour delays on the A38 eastbound, after a man suffered "serious hip and arm injuries" in a crash on the M5.

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  8. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A358 Somerset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A358 Somerset both ways severe accident, between Houses Lane and King Alfred Drive.

    A358 Somerset - A358 Tatworth Road in Tatworth closed in both directions between the Houses Lane junction and the King Alfred Drive junction, because of a serious accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  9. Man suffers 'serious injuries' in A38 crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man is in hospital with "serious injuries" after a crash on the A38, police have said.

    It happened at about 20:05 on Monday by the junction for Catchfrench, near Trerulefoot.

    The man, who is in his 30s and from Saltash, was driving a Renault Kangoo when it was involved in a crash with an Isuzu Rodeo.

    The driver of the Isuzu - a man in his 30s and from Liskeard - was also taken to hospital as a precaution. His injuries are described as minor.

    The road was closed for more than eight hours.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  10. M5 crash: Northbound carriageway reopens

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    The M5 northbound has re-opened but it is slow-moving and drivers should expect long delays for a couple of hours in and around Exeter.

    Police and Highways England had been stopping all traffic getting onto the A30 westbound, possibly in preparation for the M5 re-opening.

    There are still queues going up Haldon and Telegraph hills.

    M5 crash site
  11. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A338 Dorset both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A338 Dorset both ways severe disruption, from B3073 Christchurch Road to A31 Ringwood Road.

    A338 Dorset - A338 blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from Blackwater Junction in Hurn to Ashley Heath Roundabout in Ringwood, because of a car fire.

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

  12. £120m cocaine haul smugglers due to be sentenced

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Five men convicted of trying to smuggle more than £120m of cocaine into Cornwall are due to be sentenced on Tuesday.


    The gang's catamaran was brought into Newlyn last summer with 1.4 tonnes of cocaine on board.

    Investigators said some of the drugs would have been sold locally and that the convictions would be a significant blow to the illegal drugs trade.

  13. Man has 'serious hip and arm injuries' in M5 crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    One man has been taken to hospital with "serious hip and arm injuries" after a crash on the M5, police have said.

    Highways bosses said one lane had reopened after a van and a truck were involved in the crash near Junction 30.

    There are still delays in the area and drivers are being advised to use alternative routes.

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  14. Video: Long delays on M5 after crash between truck and van

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Emergency services are at the scene of a crash on the M5 where "long delays" can be expected for drivers.

    Two lanes are closed northbound near Junction 30, in the Exeter area, and this is expected to turn into a full closure shortly in order for the air ambulance to attend, police said.

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    Video caption: Police say the crash will cause "significant disruption"
  15. 'Significant disruption' on M5 due to crash

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Cornwall Police is asking drivers to "seek alternative routes" after a crash between a truck and a van on the M5 near Junction 30, near Exeter.

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  16. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: A31 Dorset eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A31 Dorset eastbound severe disruption, from Cracklewood Close to A338.

    A31 Dorset - Very slow traffic on A31 Ringwood Road eastbound in Ferndown from the Cracklewood Close junction to Ashley Heath Roundabout, because of earlier police incident. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

  17. Weather: Sunny periods with light winds

    BBC Weather

    A fine Tuesday ahead with sunny periods and some patchy cloud developing.

    There will be light and variable winds.

    Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

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