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  1. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe accident, near Sladnor Park Road.

    A379 Devon - A379 Teignmouth Road in Maidencombe blocked in both directions near the Sladnor Park Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: A386 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A386 Devon both ways severe disruption, from A388 to B3227 Limers Hill.

    A386 Devon - A386 New Street closed in both directions from the A388 junction in Landcross to the B3227 Limers Hill junction in Torrington, because of a fallen tree. Traffic is coping well.

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

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    Severe disruption: M5 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon both ways severe disruption, from J27 for A361 to J26 for A38.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 from J27, A361 (Tiverton) to J26, A38 (Wellington), because of vehicle tyre change.

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

  4. Councillor 'brought authority into disrepute'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Labour councillor failed to treat others with courtesy and respect and brought the council into disrepute with her conduct, a standards investigation has concluded.

    Emma Brennan, who represents the Heavitree and Whipton Barton ward on Devon County Council, has been ordered to issue a formal and robust apology for her action and undertake anger management training, as a result of events which took place at a meeting on 25 April.

    Four complaints were made about her conduct alleging that she had breached the members’ code of conduct.

    An investigation was carried out by the county solicitor and monitoring officer and Devon County Council’s standards committee reviewed the findings when they met last Tuesday.

    Councillors found that she had failed to treat others with courtesy and respect and that she conducted herself in a manner or behaved in such a way so as to give a reasonable person the impression that they had brought their office or the council into disrepute.

    But the committee agreed that she did not breach the code of conduct in relation to allegations of bullying.

    The committee agreed that Ms Brennan should have anger management training and issue a formal and robust apology to the complainants.

    She has not yet responded to a request for comment.

    Emma Brennan
  5. BreakingParaglider dies off Devon coast

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    A paraglider has died off the coast at Start Point near Kingsbridge.

    Police said the man was recovered from the sea by a lifeboat crew but was pronounced dead at the scene earlier on Tuesday.

  6. Nest boxes helping barn owls 'thrive' in Cornwall

    BBC Spotlight

    Barn owl chick

    Conservationists say barn owls are thriving in parts of Cornwall, partly thanks to nest boxes installed in barns and outbuildings.

    The National Trust is working with a team of volunteers to monitor activity and check that the boxes are set up properly.

    The Cornwall Ringing Group has official licences permitting it members to inspect the boxes and ring the chicks.

    You can listen here about how efforts to cultivate better habitats and install nest boxes for barn owls in west Cornwall are proving a success.

  7. Council rap on debt collectors

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plymouth City Council was at fault for refusing to accept complaints about its debt collectors says an inspector's report.


    The Local Government Ombudsman said the council was wrong because the enforcement agent was acting on its behalf.

    A debtor, identified in a report as Miss X, complained that the bailiffs turned down a reasonable offer of repayment without giving a reason.

    She also complained that the same bailiffs broke regulations by charging multiple enforcement fees.

    The agent was used to collect the debt after magistrates issued a liability order for unpaid council tax.

    The watchdog upheld two cases against the council, saying it was wrong to refer complaints about the agent’s behaviour back to the agent.

    A Plymouth City Council spokesman said: “We accept the findings of the ombudsman in both cases and have already implemented all of the recommendations.”

  8. 'Be water smart' call after dry winter and spring

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Resident and holidaymakers in the South West are being asked to be "water smart" by regional utility South West Water (SWW).

    SWW said its total reservoir storage was currently about 73%, compared to 75% at the same time last year, "reflecting the relatively dry winter and spring".

    Head of Water Resources Rob Scarrott said: “Even though it often seems to rain a lot, the South West has actually had the second lowest amount of rainfall in the UK over the last six months.

    “We have no immediate concerns, but we expect demand for water to increase as we head into the peak summer season."

    The company provides water and sewerage services to Devon and Cornwall, plus small parts of Dorset and Somerset.

    Drift reservoir, Cornwall
  9. Repairs continue on gas leak underneath the A38 Devon

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Emergency repairs are continuing on a gas leak underneath the A38 near Plymouth that caused miles of traffic jams.

    Wales & West Utilities said engineers were working on the issue but it was a "complex job" and they did not know how long the work would take.

    Teams worked through Monday night after the leak was identified. They have closed one lane each way to allow for the work.

    After tailbacks of up to five miles on Tuesday morning, there have been delays of about 15 minutes since 12:00.

    A38 gas leak near Plymouth
  10. Travelodge hunts for seven Cornwall sites

    BBC Spotlight

    Travelodge wants to open seven hotels in Cornwall as part of its £165m expansion plans.


    The company says collectively the expansion in the county would represent an investment of £45m for third party investors and could create about 175 new jobs.

    The sites include Bude, Falmouth, Fowey, Newquay, Penzance, St Ives and Truro.

  11. Thunderstorm warning issued for Devon and Cornwall

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A thunderstorm is expected to hit Devon and parts of east Cornwall on Tuesday evening.

    The Met Office has issued a warning of scattered thunderstorms moving north moving north from 18:00 which "could lead to some power cuts and travel delays".

    Thunderstorm warning
  12. Dog dies after falling down blowhole in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Dog owners should keep their dog on a lead on Cornwall's coast path, they are being told, after a dog died in north Cornwall after falling down a blowhole.

    The pet fell down the Round Hole near Trevone on Tuesday morning, coastguards said.

    A blowhole is a vertical fault in a cliff that is widened after exposure to strong waves - creating water pressure that can escape up through the hole.

    The Round Hole was formed by a collapsed sea cave and can be seen on a sloping field above the east side of the beach.

    Round Hole, Trevone