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Summary

  1. Derriford A&E still 'requires improvement'
  2. Witness appeal after fatal crash near Honiton
  3. Seal death 'one of world's worst cases'
  4. Five days of rail disruption expected as RMT strike
  5. New marine zones created to protect wildlife
  6. Village votes to leave town council
  7. Updates from Friday 31 May 2019

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  1. Large property fire in Bude

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Firefighters are tackling a large fire at a property in Bude.

    Roads around the property on Bagbury Road, in the St Anne's Hill area, have been closed, and people are advised to stay away.

    Four appliances from Bude, Holsworthy, Hartland and Delabole are involved in the incident.

  2. Leaving Devon and Cornwall? Major delays on M5

    If you're leaving Devon and Cornwall there are major delays on the M5.

    In Somerset, northbound, there's severe congestion, between J26 and J20.

    There's stop-start traffic and severe delays between the two junctions. Travel time is one hour 50 minutes.

  3. Witness appeal after fatal accident near Honiton

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The police are appealing for witnesses to a fatal accident on the A30 in east Devon on Thursday.

    A 36-year-old man from Basingstoke who was driving a white VW motor caravan died at the scene near Parsons Bridge. His daughter sustained minor injuries and has now been released from hospital.

    Emergency services were called at about 14:20 to an accident involving a car, a lorry and a caravan.

    It happened on the Honiton-bound carriageway about a mile from the Daisymount Junction.

    Officers are especially interested to hear from anybody with dash-cam footage of the incident.

    Crash scene
  4. Chris Jones

    BBC rugby union correspondent

    Rob Baxter and Mark McCall

    Chris Jones

    BBC rugby union correspondent

    Exeter and Saracens' Premiership final meeting may have been inevitable, but the outcome still remains intriguing.

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  5. TV presenter 'delighted' with new marine zones

    Marine science presenter Maya Plass has welcomed extra protection for marine life in south Devon.

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    The government is designating 41 new Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs) including the Erme estuary, the upper part of the Dart estuary and an area east of Start Point.

    Maya tweeted that it was "fantastic news" and she was "delighted" at the extra protection for rare and endangered species.

  6. Hundreds attend 'private party' after festival cancelled

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Hundreds of people have attended a "private party" at the site where a music festival was due to go ahead in north Cornwall - which was refused a licence after local objections.

    The Porthilly Spirit festival on a farm near Rock had its application refused earlier this month just weeks before it was due to take place.

    Porthilly Spirit

    The festival had been due to have 1,400 paying guests, with another 600 staff on site with pop-up restaurants, yoga sessions, meditation and music performances.

    Cornwall Council refused the application, saying the traffic management plan was not sufficient.

    Photos and videos have appeared on Facebook and Instagram from people who attended the alternative private function.

    Those involved said it had been a celebration of the festival organiser Will Herrmann's wedding anniversary.

    Cornwall Council said it had been informed of the private event, which did not require a licence.

  7. Five days of rail disruption expected as RMT strike

    BBC Spotlight

    Passengers who travel on South Western Railway services to and from London Waterloo are to face five days of disruption next month.

    The RMT Union has announced strikes from 18 June to 22 June.

    It is in the long-running dispute over the role of guards.

    Walkouts were suspended in February but no agreement has been reached in the meantime.

  8. New marine zones created to protect wildlife

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Twelve new marine conservation zones have been designated in the seas around Devon and Cornwall.

    The UK government has announced new safeguards from the Dart estuary to the Isles of Scilly.

    More than 6,000 sq km in the South West will now be part of the UK's blue belt - that's an area twice the size of Cornwall.

    Species and habitats that will benefit include fan mussels and the deep sea bed.

    Quote Message: This is a tremendous moment for our internationally famous coast and surrounding seas. Until now, far too much of it has been unprotected. The challenge now is to manage these sites properly, stop damaging activities like scallop dredging and monitor their condition so that we can be sure to leave future generations with something at least as good as we have today. from Harry Barton Chief Executive of Devon Wildlife Trust
    Harry BartonChief Executive of Devon Wildlife Trust
    Pentire Point
  9. South West weather: Murky with fog patches

    BBC Weather

    It'll be quite a murky start to the day with patchy drizzle and a few isolated fog patches.

    Although skies will quickly clear, in most places, through the morning, allowing some good periods of warm sunshine to develop.

    However, patchy sea mist or fog patches are likely to continue to affect southern coastal areas throughout the day.

    Winds will be light or moderate south or south-westerly.

    Maximum Temperature: 18 to 21°C.

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  10. Derriford A&E still 'requires improvement'

    BBC Spotlight

    Derriford Hospital's emergency department has been rated as "requiring improvement" following a recent inspection.

    The unannounced review by the Care Quality Commission found staff were committed to improving patient care.

    But there are concerns over poor patient flow through the hospital and triage processes taking too long.

    The hospital said its accident and emergency wing was built to treat a maximum of 240 people per day but on average sees more than 300, with one day last month peaking at nearly 400 patients.

    Derriford Hospital