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    Severe disruption: A386 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A386 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Bal Lane and Station Road.

    A386 Devon - A386 partially blocked in both directions between the Bal Lane junction and the Station Road junction, because of emergency repairs.

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

  2. Trust gorges itself on rare bird breeding success

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Pied flycatchers.. Pic: Andy Brown
    Image caption: A male pied flycatcher with a chick in Lydford Gorge

    Two pairs of rare pied flycatchers, which are on the birds of conservation concern red list, are successfully breeding at Lydford Gorge in Devon, the National Trust says.

    Trust rangers have also been thrilled to have discovered that one pair of the birds born in different parts of the county had paired up and were busy raising their young at the gorge on Dartmoor.

    The Devon pair of birds were ringed in 2014 and the trust said it was able to discover that the male was born near Widecombe-on-the-Moor and the female hailed from South Molton.

    As pied flycatchers migrate thousands of miles during the winter before returning to the UK to mate in the spring, it's not known how or when they paired up.

    However, the trust said it was "very pleased to see these endangered birds doing well after careful work to attract them to the area has worked".

    It added that any chicks were starting to be seen taking their first forays outside the nest in June, and they were expected to stay there until late August when they would then fly south again to the African continent.

    Pied flycatchers.. Pic: AJ Bellamy
  3. Torbay set to declare climate emergency

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Torbay is set to declare at climate emergency and speed up plans to tackle climate change.

    Liberal Democrat councillor Lee Howgate is asking for the commitment at a meeting of the full council on Wednesday 19 June, saying it was time "the environment came first, rather than being seen as an optional extra.”

    If approved, his motion would instruct the council’s cabinet to work with partners on a strategy to make Torbay carbon neutral by 2030. The council would also ask the government for extra money and powers to help it meet the target.

    The motion will be discussed at the first meeting of the council since an alliance of Liberal Democrats and Independents took control after the elections in May.

    Mr Howgate said councillors had "a moral and economic duty to make sure we are facing up to the biggest challenge of our generation – and not leaving a bigger mess to future generations".

    Torquay Town Hall
  4. Devon Tory MPs declare support for leadership candidates

    BBC Radio Devon

    The latest Devon MP to declare support for one of the Tory leadership contenders is South West Devon's Sir Gary Streeter, who has joined Torbay MP Kevin Foster in backing Sajid Javid.

    Other local conservative MPs Central Devon's Mel Stride and Tiverton & Honiton's Neil Parish have said they are supporting Michael Gove.

    Newton Abbot's Anne Marie Morris is behind Dominic Raab.

    Plymouth Moor View's Johnny Mercer is supporting Boris Johnson, as is Torridge and West Devon MP Geoffrey Cox,

    Mr Cox introduced Mr Johnson when the former foreign secretary and mayor of London launched his leadership campaign.

  5. Weather: Mainly dry but getting cloudier

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    Largely dry on Monday night, with some clear spells and mist and fog patches.

    However, cloud will thicken in the early hours.

    Minimum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).


    Rather cloudy on Tuesday, with a chance of some spells of showery rain at times throughout the day. Gentle winds.

    Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F).

  6. Orchids' blooming determination in supermarket car park

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Bee orchids in Exeter

    Some resilient wild orchids have decided to set up shop in a Devon supermarket car park, wildlife experts say.

    The bee orchids - which get their name from their appearance mimicking the shape and colours of a bee to lure the insect in to pollinate - have popped up in a grassy verge banks around the car park of a Tesco Extra store in Russell Way, Exeter.

    The Exeter supermarket colony of bee orchids, spotted by local naturalist David Land, are now safe from the perils of any lawn mower the shop might use to keep the verges in order after the chain agreed to change the timings of its cutting, saving the orchids and allowing them to flourish.

    The orchids - one of 52 species in the UK - can be seen in bloom during June and July and can grow to nearly 30cm in height.

    Devon Wildlife Trust’s Peter Burgess said that "to see them in a supermarket car park is unusual".

    He said: "They are more often found in traditional meadows. It just goes to show that if we make space for nature it can flourish, even in the midst of our towns and cities."

    Tesco managers said: "We hope they will continue to thrive."

    Bee orchids in Exeter
  7. Paedophile ex-postie back behind bars for abusing teens

    Cornwall Live

    A notorious paedophile is back behind bars after admitting the sexual abuse of two teenage girls.

    Former postman Michael Williams made national headlines back in 2010 when he was sent down for eight and a half years for using social networking sites to groom up to 1,000 children, some of whom he went on to sexually abuse.

    He has now pleaded guilty to a total of another seven indecent assaults between 1999 and 2002, before the offences for which he was sentenced in 2010.

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    Severe disruption: A3074 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A3074 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, from Chy-An-Gweal to Tregenna Parc.

    A3074 Cornwall - A3074 Trelyon Avenue in Treloyhan, Cornwall blocked and it's slow in both directions from the Chy-An-Gweal junction to the Tregenna Parc junction, because of a police investigation.

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

  9. Police forensics service faces a major shake-up

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Jobs could be at risk in the Devon & Cornwall Police forensics service under a major shake-up.

    Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has revealed the force’s science support service is undergoing modernisation to take into account new digital processes.

    But concerns have been raised about the impact of changes on the service in Plymouth, which has already seen the effect of cutbacks with fewer crimes being investigated by forensics staff.

    Under the restructuring plan, fingerprint and chemical laboratories would be based with Avon & Somerset Police and Devon & Cornwall would host a digital centre. The force would also have a series of forensic hubs where staff would collect material from crime scenes for analysis.

    Devon & Cornwall Police

    The plan follows a decision in March to drop a plan to transfer employment of the Devon & Cornwall team to Dorset Police.

    Mr Sawyer told members of the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel that the changes could take between six months and a year, adding he hoped any staff who might lose their job could be retrained and redeployed, but redundancies could not be ruled out.

    Discussions would be taking place with staff and the GMB union.

    He said there were concerns about a backlog in forensics work which was having an impact on the progress of sexual offence cases.

    Mr Sawyer said: “Digital fingerprints can be looked at as easily from Scotland as Saltash. We have to work in the real world.”

    The chief constable was responding to a question about the changes from Plymouth Labour councillor Sally Haydon, who commented: “We don’t want to lose any of our highly skilled staff from here.”

  10. Police 'responded quickly' to cleaver-wielding man

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police "responded quickly" to reports of a man wielding a meat cleaver in Newquay while wearing a "Friday the 13th" style mask, a senior officer says.

    A man was reported chasing people in the Fore Street area of the town at about 04:40 on Saturday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said they received a "number of calls" from terrified members of the public who had been threatened. No one was injured.

    A 45-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested soon after. He was later released on bail, pending forensic investigations.

    Cleaver and mask. Pic: Newquay Police E Section Response
    Quote Message: That time of the morning we have normal patrol teams out and about. But, in addition, we were fortunate to have armed response officers and dog handlers ... I think we did act very quickly and detained him very quickly, which is good for public safety." from Insp Dave Meredith Police Inspector for Newquay, Devon and Cornwall Police
    Insp Dave MeredithPolice Inspector for Newquay, Devon and Cornwall Police
  11. Salcombe says farewell to round-Britain dinghy sailors

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two sailors have left Salcombe on an epic journey in an open boat, sailing non-stop around the UK.


    Will Hodshon and Rich Mitchell are sailing a 60-year-old 16ft wooden Wayfarer dinghy Nipegegi anti-clockwise around the UK.

    They are fundraising for the RNLI and Surfers Against Sewage.

    Will Hodshon and Rich Mitchell
  12. People chased by cleaver-wielding man

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A man wearing a "Friday 13th"-style mask and brandishing a meat cleaver chased people around a seaside resort, police have said.

    The seized knife and mask

    It happened in the Fore Street area of Newquay, Cornwall, at about 04:40.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said they received a "number of calls" from terrified members of the public who had been threatened.

    Officers arrested a 45-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent at about 05:10 and he's been released on bail. No one was injured in the incident.

  13. New website for young people in Plymouth

    Generation Plymouth

    A new website has been launched "written for and by young people in Plymouth".

    Generation Plymouth was set up "with the aim of encouraging young people living in Plymouth to engage with news stories happening in their local communities" according to the creators of the site.

    All of the contributors are aged 16-25 and the site promises opportunities for young people in Plymouth to get experience in journalism.

  14. Knee op prep reveals prostate cancer

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    Lesle Burden and Paul Gidley

    A Plymouth man's life was saved by having a pre-operative assessment for a knee replacement, he says.

    Nurse Lesle Burden checked on earlier blood tests Paul Gidley had had and picked up the signs of an aggressive prostate cancer after seeing a high PSA [prostate-specific antigen] level.

    She told him to go straight back to his GP and to have this followed up, which led to him being treated with radiotherapy, surgery and hormone therapy.

    About 3,000 men a year in the South West are diagnosed with the disease, with one in six men nationwide developing it.

    In the meantime, Paul said he hoped to get his new knee soon and he was urging other men to go to their doctor if they had concerns.

    Paul Gidley
    Quote Message: If you notice anything different, if anything changes, if you get up to go to the loo a couple of times a night, just go and see your GP. No one wants to go, but, believe you me, if you don't you may well end up paying the ultimate price." from Paul Gidley Prostate cancer patient
    Paul GidleyProstate cancer patient
  15. High tide warning in the sand for Cornwall beachgoers

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The RNLI are trying a novel approach to try and stop so many people being cut off by the tide on Cornish beaches.

    View more on twitter

    A professional sand artist has been hired to write in huge letters in the sand with a rake at Bedruthan Steps warning visitors what time they have to return by.

    Steve Instance from the RNLI says it's a very common spot for people to get caught out.

  16. South Western Railway staff to strike

    BBC News England

    Rail commuters on some of the country's busiest routes are facing disruption due to a planned five-day strike over the future of train guards.

    Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) plan to walk out on Tuesday over South Western Railway's (SWR) "failure" to satisfy their request for a guard on each train.

    Commuters into London, as well as racegoers at Royal Ascot, are likely to be impacted. SWR also has services from London to Exeter, via Honiton and Salisbury.

    The operator called the strikes "unnecessary".

    South Western Railway train