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  1. Motorcyclist dies after accident
  2. Attempted murder charge after stabbing
  3. Fire breaks out in cafe on Maenporth beach
  4. Lizard gorse fire fanned by strong winds
  5. Island's seabirds triple after rat removal
  6. Updates from Tuesday 28 May 2019

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, from J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter to J28 for A373 Honiton Road Cullompton.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J29, A3015 (Exeter) to J28, A373 (Cullompton), because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

  2. Weather: Becoming increasingly cloudy and staying cool

    BBC Weather

    It will be dry for most of Tuesday night. There will be clear periods at first but it will become increasingly cloudy during the night.

    Some rain and drizzle will move in from the west late in the night.

    Minimum temperature: 5 to 8C (41 to 46F).


    Wednesday will be cloudy, with mist lingering on coasts and hills.

    There will be outbreaks of rain and drizzle throughout the day. It will be cool for the time of year.

    Maximum temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F).

  3. Anger over 'deliberate attack' on Exeter trees

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Exeter tree attack

    A number of trees in an Exeter park have been vandalised after being "deliberately targeted", the city council says.

    Exeter City Council said four lime trees and a pine in Well Oak Park, near the Royal Exeter & Devon Hospital, were "deliberately stripped of bark using a handsaw and hatchet".

    David Harvey, lead councillor for environment and city management, said that the attack occurring "amid a backdrop of the country losing hundreds of thousands of trees through ash dieback makes this even more frustrating".

    He added: "This is nothing but criminal damage and I would appeal to anyone who has any knowledge of the attacks to contact the police."

  4. Major housing plans submitted for Exeter site

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for 400 new homes, a care home, and new green spaces on land next to Exeter’s Morrisons supermarket have been revealed.

    The scheme for land south of Prince Charles Road in Exeter consists of 296 one, two and three-bedroom apartments built in three separate blocks of five storeys, and 104 four-bedroom three-storey townhouses.

    The site, near to Exmouth Junction, is a long-term brownfield site which has historically been used as a railway goods yard, rail sidings and coal concentration yard, before most recently being used for surface storage.

    Details with the planning application, handed into Exeter City Council planners this week by Eutopia Homes (Exeter) Limited, state that the proposal will facilitate approximately £90m of private sector investment, will generate residential spend of circa £11.9m per annum, £735,300 in Council Tax per annum, £732,300 in New Homes Bonus per annum, and will create 127 full time equivalent construction jobs.

    Exeter City Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date.

    Exeter housing plans
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    Severe disruption: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe disruption, at Bluegate Hill.

    A379 Devon - A379 in Modbury blocked and queuing traffic at the Bluegate Hill junction, because of branch on the road.

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

  6. No injuries in Maenporth beach cafe blaze

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    No injuries were reported after a beach cafe in Cornwall had to be evacuated when a fire broke out, firefighters say.

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said four crews were called to the Life's A Beach cafe at Maenporth, just south of Falmouth, at about 09:50 after multiple 999 calls.

    Smoke was reported as billowing across the area after the blaze was fanned by strong winds.

    The cafe evacuated and the blaze was swiftly brought under control but its roof was destroyed.

    An investigation has begun into the cause.

    Maenporth fire
  7. Flybe boss to leave after 'curve balls' in saving jobs

    Clodagh Rice

    BBC News Business Reporter

    The chief executive officer of Exeter-based airline Flybe, Christine Ourmieres-Widener, has told staff she is leaving on 15 July.

    She will step down after the sale of the business to Connect Airways and that "we have been able to secure the jobs of our employees with the sale to Connect Airways".

    Her successor is to be announced before she steps down.


    Flybe was sold earlier in the year to a consortium including Virgin Atlantic and Stobart Group.

    In her note to staff, Christine Ourmières-Widener said: "It has been the greatest privilege to lead Flybe over the past two tumultuous years and to work with such an outstanding and dedicated team of people.

    "I knew that taking the helm at the time I did would pose real challenges - but the scale of them after years of difficulty at the company surprised even me.

    "However, together we persevered and, despite the many curve balls thrown at us late in the day, have been able to secure 2,500 jobs with the sale to Connect and provide our customers with the service they have come to enjoy without any significant disruption".

  8. Ducks run over on Truro road

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A woman from Bodmin says she is in shock after seeing a driver crush a family of ducks on a road in Truro.

    Sarah said she was watching the mother and eight ducklings cross the road at Boscowen Park when a motorist drove over them on Tuesday morning, with at least four of them dying, while the rest were injured.

    The incident has been reported to the RSPCA, which said its staff were trying to look after the surviving ducklings.

    Dead ducks in Truro
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    Severe disruption: A385 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A385 Devon both ways severe disruption, near St Barnabas Church.

    A385 Devon - A385 in Tigley blocked in both directions near the St Barnabas Church junction, because of a broken down transporter.

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

  10. Maenporth beach cafe's roof destroyed in fire

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The roof of a beach cafe just south of Falmouth has been destroyed in a fire.

    Smoke was reported as billowing from the Life's A Beach cafe at Maenporth at about 10:00 on Tuesday.

    The blaze is is now out, but firefighters remain at the scene as smoke is continuing to smoulder from the remains of the roof.

    Maenporth fire
  11. BreakingFire breaks out in cafe on Maenporth beach

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A fire has broken out at the beach cafe just south of Falmouth.

    Smoke was reported as billowing from the Life's A Beach cafe at Maenporth at about 10:00.

    There are reports that the roof of the building has been badly damaged.

  12. Man seriously injured after crashing into lamp-post

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Marine Way

    A man has been seriously injured after his car crashed into a lamp-post in Devon.

    Police said it happened on Monday at about 02:25 on the A376 Marine Way in Exmouth.

    The man was trapped in the Volkswagen Golf and had to be released by firefighters.

    He was taken to hospital in Exeter with "potentially life-threatening injuries".

    Officers closed the road for several hours as investigation work took place.

  13. Football: Goalkeeper Covolan-Cavagnari joins the Gulls

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United Football Club have confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Lucas Covolan-Cavagnari.

    The 27-year-old is a former Brazil Under-20 international and joined giants Vasco Da Gama as a youngster.

    After coming to England, he joined Whitehawk and Lewes before moving to his most recent club, Worthing.

  14. Tories have 'civic duty to stop Jeremy Corbyn being PM'

    Victoria Derbyshire

    A Plymouth Conservative MP says the Tories have a “civic duty” to stop Jeremy Corbyn becoming prime minister and for Brexit to go forward.

    South West Devon MP Sir Gary Streeter told the Victoria Derbyshire programme that he would rather choose a short period of economic disruption "to get Brexit done, and get the country reunited behind a positive Conservative vision".

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  15. Lizard gorse fire fanned by strong winds

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There has been a gorse fire on the Lizard.

    It happened on Monday night just after 21:00 at St Keverne Beacon.

    At its height, it stretched along a front of 100m after being fanned by strong winds.

    Firefighters from Helston and St Keverne were called out to deal with it.

    St Keverne Beacon fire