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  1. Updates from Thursday 13 June.
  2. Rocker 'excited' song used by US rapper
  3. Tributes to man stabbed on doorstep
  4. Council backs out of refugee home plan

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  1. Cornwall Council to invest £500,000 in creative projects

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Cornwall Council looks set to invest more than half a million pounds in creative industries which will lead to an additional £5m coming into the county.

    By approving the funds extra money will be available through national and European funding programmes.

    As part of the plans, grants will be paid to a number of individual projects across Cornwall:

    • Creative Kernow will get £340,000, allowing them to extend their project which provides support for businesses in the creative sector, including film and TV.
    • Newlyn Art Gallery will receive £50,000 towards an "innovative participation, employment and audience diversity project" called New Voices in deprived areas in Cornwall.
    • A grant of £20,000 is earmarked for IntoBodmin, which is planning an engagement and inclusive participation project.
    • The Ordinalia Nessa Project has been allocated £100,000 to stage three Medieval mystery plays in Cornwall in 2020.
    • £30,000 is to be given to "maximise the opportunities presented by the Mayflower 400 celebrations".
    Charlestown Harbour
    Image caption: Charlestown Harbour: TV projects such as Poldark bring about £60m per year to the Cornish economy (Visit Cornwall)

    The council's Cabinet will be asked to approve the funding when it meets next week.

    By doing so, Cornwall Council will help unlock £5,051,291 from the EU and national funding schemes for the various projects, including promoting Cornwall for use in TV and film.

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    Severe accident: A38 Devon westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Devon westbound severe accident, from B3413 Forder Valley Road to A386 Outland Road.

    A38 Devon - A38 The Parkway in Plymouth blocked and stationary westbound from the B3413 Forder Valley Road junction to Manadon Roundabout, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

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

  3. Plans for new dental centre in Plymouth

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plymouth City Council is working with partners on a plan for a new dental centre to tackle the city's waiting list for NHS care.

    There are an estimated 8,000 people waiting for an appointment, including about 1,600 children.

    The work at the new clinic would be carried out by supervised fifth-year students from the Peninsula Dental School at Plymouth University, councillors were told.

    It is understood that talks are at an early stage and no detailed plans have been brought forward.

    NHS England says it is reviewing NHS dental provision in Plymouth to provide more access, which has been affected by a shortage of dentists due to difficulty recruiting and retaining staff.

    Quote Message: We will continue with that work essentially targeting children and young people who are in greatest need, and we will ensure we work to improve access to dental services. If we can put a dentist on the high street we could potentially wipe out the waiting list for dentists in the city." from Cllr Jemima Laing Plymouth City Council
    Cllr Jemima LaingPlymouth City Council
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    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, 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 an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

  5. Five vehicles damaged in Barnstaple arson

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Five vehicles have been damaged in an arson attack in Barnstaple, firefighters say.

    Fire crews were called to reports of a campervan on fire on Lower Moor just after 03:20 but, on arrival, found that several vehicles were involved.

    Lower Moor
    Image caption: The fire occurred on Lower Moor in Barnstaple

    A campervan, a van and a car were all severely damaged by fire, while two other cars were slightly damaged.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue service said the fire was started deliberately.

    Police have been informed.

  6. Youth services in Devon protected for five years

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Youth services in Devon will continue to be provided for the next five years after a vote from Devon County Council's cabinet on Wednesday morning.

    They also agreed to launch an invitation to tender for the running of the next five years of the service, with the successful bidder taking over on 1 April, 2020.

    Councillors praised the decision to continue to run the service, as other areas of the country had seen it cut.

    The county's eight youth and community centres are in Barnstaple, Okehampton, Exeter, Totnes, Bideford, Tiverton, Newton Abbot and Dawlish.

    They will continue to be made available to support young people who are at risk of permanent exclusion from mainstream education, and there will be a temporary presence in both Cranbook and Sherford until a permanent facility is built and handed over to the respective town councils.

    The eight hubs delivered 23,000 visits in the last year and 1,400 separate sessions. They are also working with 150 vulnerable people across Devon.

    Devon County Council
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    Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe accident, at J31 for A30.

    M5 Devon - An accident, which is now on the hard shoulder on M5 southbound at J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off). Traffic is coping well.

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

  8. Bus firms criticised for not using St Erth transport hub

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Bus operators have been criticised for not using a new multi-million pound transport centre in west Cornwall.

    The St Erth Multi Modal Hub has received more than £5.4million in EU funding along with £1.89m from Cornwall Council and £3.2m from the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.

    It recently opened after more than 18-months of work and was designed to create a new expanded park and ride service to St Ives as well as providing a better way for more people to access public transport.

    However buses are not using the hub and are instead continuing to pick up passengers along the busy A30 which locals say is dangerous and is causing congestion.

    Local man John Matthews said it was "ludicrous" that the hub was not being used by buses. "They have done a great job in putting in the hub, but it is supposed to be a transport hub but Kernow First are refusing to use it."

    In a statement Cornwall Council said: "It is the intention to have all bus services calling at the newly created transport hub at St Erth Station. However we recognise that this needs to form part of the wider operating schedules for the bus services."

    Kernow First said it is: "working with the council to introduce these commercial services whilst at the same time making sure this is not at the expense of the reliability of these services elsewhere on the network."

    Bus hub
  9. Council backs out of refugee home plan

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A woman from Devon who's in the process of buying a house for a Syrian refugee family says she's shocked the council she's been working with has pulled out of the project.

    Anthea Duquemin came into some money after her mother died and decided to use it to buy a house in Crediton, where a family could be homed under the government's Syrian Vulnerable Person's Resettlement Scheme (VPRS).

    Mid Devon Council approved her choice of house and she went ahead with the purchase - set to be completed by the end of the month - only for the council to withdraw from the project.

    Ms Duquemin said she "could not believe it".

    "I was totally totally shocked and I had to ask them to put it in writing to me because I couldn't believe what I was hearing."

    "Mid Devon Council made a commitment to contribute to the government's scheme by supporting up to five families."

    Anthea Duquemin

    In a statement Mid Devon Council said it would discuss the matter at a meeting next week.

    "A briefing paper regarding the council's involvement in this (VPRS) scheme has been prepared and is due to be discussed by members," it said.

    "Until their discussions have taken place it would be inappropriate to comment further."

  10. Unique map that never went into print found in attic

    Kevin Hay

    BBC Spotlight

    A unique 18th century map of Exeter that never went into print has been discovered in an attic.


    The engraving was made in 1743 but historians think it was probably considered a bit old fashioned at the time

    The map shows drawings of individual buildings instead of concentrating on street names and layouts.

    This style of map-making was going out of fashion by the mid-18th century but for modern historians the map offers a wealth of information about Exeter's vanished buildings.


    The map will go on public display at St Nicholas Priory in Exeter this weekend.

  11. Gas supply problems affecting 400 homes in Copplestone

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    About 400 homes in a Devon village have had their gas supply interrupted.

    Wales and West Utilities said it was "very sorry" and is working to get the gas flowing again in Copplestone and the surrounding villages.

    It added it is a "complex job" and it doesn't know how long it will take to fix.

    Alternative heating and cooking facilities are being given to the most vulnerable people in the area.