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  1. Cornwall travel: A38 Glynn Valley closed after crash

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The A38 in the Glynn Valley, Cornwall, has been closed in both directions between Dobwalls and Carminnow Cross, near Bodmin, due to a road crash.

    Traffic is queueing and the road is expected to remain closed for some time.

  2. Devon and Cornwall weather: Rain and risk of thunderstorms

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Heavy showers or longer spells of rain are expected on Monday evening and into the night with the continued risk of some thunderstorms. It will become windy too.

    Minimum temperature: 12 to 15C (54 to 59F).


    Tuesday will continue unsettled and blustery with spells of showery rain and a continued risk of some rumbles of thunder.

    There could be some disruptive heavy downpours. Strong winds.

    Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F).

    There is a yellow warning for thunderstorms valid from Tuesday 03:00 until 23:59.

  3. Green light for electric car charging points in east Devon

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Electric car drivers in East Devon could get charging points in all 10 of its main car parks.


    Councillor Eleanor Rylance called for a costed five-year programme that would ensure at least 10 electrical charging points for cars and light vans in all its principal car parks.

    The motion, passed by East Devon District Council, also said the council should also "assess the viability of charging points for all types of cycles".

    Ms Rylance said the main things stopping people from switching to electric vehicles were the range, the charging infrastructure and cost.

    "We need to break the deadlock that stops people buying electric vehicles," she said.

    "If you have a vehicle with a low range then you need to charge more often.

    "This is a golden opportunity to tackle climate emergency, so are we going to start on the path to tackle climate change tonight or will we kick it into the long grass?"

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between A390 and A30.

    A38 Cornwall - A38 closed and stationary in both directions between Twelvewoods Roundabout in Dobwalls and Carminnow Cross Roundabout in Bodmin, because of a serious accident.

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

  5. South West police chief hopes for hundreds of new officers

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has said he hopes for hundreds of extra police officers as a result of the government's drive to increase police recruitment.

    The recruitment of 20,000 new police officers in England and Wales was due to begin "within weeks", Prime Minister Boris Johnson said last week.

    The South West force has seen officers numbers fall from about 3,500 in 2011 to about 3,000.

    Mr Sawyer said that, on "a straight [government ] grant funding formula", it could mean about 400 officers for the counties, but that "personally, I think it needs to be more" because the visibility of officers also mattered.

    Mr Sawyer added that he was also stepping up his campaign for his force to be given extra money to cope with the cost of summer policing.

    He said that the South West deserved to be treated as a bigger priority than some other regional forces because of the high numbers of visitors and tourists.

    Shaun Sawyer
  6. Stranded kayaker thanks 'amazing' RNLI crew

    BBC Radio Devon

    A kayaker has thanked the "amazing" RNLI crew from Ilfracombe who rescued her from an isolated beach where she was stranded unconscious.


    Jenny-Marie Taylor, 33, from Barnstaple severely injured her knee while launching into a large wave at about 2:15 BST on Sunday at Sandy Cove which is not accessible by land.

    "My kayak was turned over and I badly hurt my knee and was in a lot of pain, I couldn't even stand and I went into shock," said Ms Taylor who is recovering.

    She said she "went unconscious" before the RNLI crew arrived to rescue her and a friend who was with her.

    "I have never met people more professional in the whole of my life," she said.

    An RNLI crew put her on a stretcher on the lifeboat and she was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

    Ilfracombe volunteer coxswain Andrew Bengey said: "Always carry a means of calling for help and make sure that it is accessible.

    "Thankfully the kayakers were able to call for help and we were able to get to the casualty very quickly."

  7. Plain-clothed poo police patrol Plymouth

    BBC Spotlight

    Plain clothed enforcement officers are patrolling Plymouth from Monday to catch people who don't pick up after their dogs.

    Dog owners caught not doing the right thing will be given a fixed penalty notice of £100.

    Plymouth City Council said it hoped the undercover patrols would act as a deterrent for persistent offenders.

    The patrols would be concentrating on areas where there had been the most complaints, the authority added.

    Dog walker
  8. Flooding and power cuts alert in thunderstorm threat

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Enjoy the sun while you can because over the horizon there's a big beast of a thunderstorm on its way.

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    The storm is set to start at 0300 on Tuesday and last most of the day.

    Here's what a yellow warning from the Met Office means:

    • There is a small chance that homes and businesses could be flooded quickly, with damage to some buildings from floodwater, lightning strikes, hail or strong winds
    • There is a small chance of fast flowing or deep floodwater causing danger to life
    • Where flooding or lightning strikes occur, there is a chance of delays and some cancellations to train and bus services
    • Spray and sudden flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
    • There is a slight chance that power cuts could occur and other services to some homes and businesses could be lost
  9. Labour congratulations for Tory MP Mercer's minister job

    BBC Radio Devon

    Labour MP Luke Pollard has given a guarded welcome to Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer's appointment as government minister for defence people and veterans.

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    The Plymouth Sutton and Devonport MP tweeted that he had "lots to get his teeth into" after the government's "very poor" record on the care for veterans.

    Charlotte Holloway, Labour's candidate for Mr Mercer's Moor View seat, tweeted that she hoped he could "reconcile his desire for so-called compassionate conservatism with the actions and views of the most extreme right-wing government of modern times".

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  10. Outboard engines stolen from Salcombe yard boats

    BBC Radio Devon

    Thieves towed a number of boats from a yard in south Devon and cast them adrift after taking the outboard engines, say police.


    The theft from boats at Lincombe, near Salcombe, happened between 01:15 and 03:15 on Sunday.

    Police have appealed for witnesses.

  11. Plymouth MP Mercer made a minister in new Tory government

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer says he is looking forward to his role as government minster for defence people and veterans.

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    Downing Street announced on Sunday night that the former army officer and Plymouth Moorview MP has been made a parliamentary under secretary of state at the Ministry of Defence and Cabinet Office.

    He tweeted: "I look forward to my role".

  12. Devon and Cornwall weather: Getting unsettled with showers

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Sunny spells on Monday morning but a risk of some scattered showers.


    Through the day, it will become rather unsettled with showery rain pushing in from the South West, bringing a risk of thunderstorms too.

    Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

    There is a yellow warning for thunderstorms valid from Tuesday 03:00-23:59.

  13. Inflatables warning after three blown out to sea

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The RNLI is warning people not to use inflatables at the beach - after three out of four shouts on Sunday in Looe were caused by the blow-up rafts.


    The charity said the incidents could've easily ended in tragedy because blow-up toys and airbeds were not designed for the sea.

    Dave Haines, Looe's RNLI operations manager, said: "Blow-up toys and airbeds are designed for pools, not the sea, where they can easily be swept out offshore."

    Anyone heading to the beach with an inflatable, should stay and follow the RNLI beach safety advice, including.

    • Ensure children are closely supervised
    • Keep near the shore
    • Do not take inflatables out in big waves
    • Never use them when the orange windsock is flying, as this indicates offshore winds which will blow inflatables further out to sea
    • If they are used on lifeguarded beaches, only use between the red and yellow beach flags, and follow the lifeguard’s advice
    • Anyone who does get into difficulty should stay with their inflatable as it will keep them above the water
    • If you see someone in trouble, dial 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard
  14. Plans for 'coastal powerhouse' in Plymouth

    BBC Spotlight

    There are calls for business and academics to work together as part of plans for a "coastal powerhouse", with Plymouth earmarked as the centre of one "regional cluster".

    Maritime UK has launched the clusters that are designed to attract investment in port communities.

    The group, designed to promote all aspects of shipping, also wants to increase the use of technology in the sector.

    It's claimed the initiative could bring in £100m of annual investment.