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  1. Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry although showers possible

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    A dry Wednesday evening and overnight period is set to follow, with clearer spells. Where the winds fall light, a few mist patches may develop too.

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


    Dry and bright for most places on Thursday, with some decent spells of sunshine.

    A few showers are possible, but these should generally be well-scattered.

    Maximum temperature: 20 to 23C (68 to 73F).

  2. Hospital did not diagnose cancer for more than three years

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    The family of a former Cornish pub landlord has received a six-figure payout after a three-and-a-half year delay in diagnosing his kidney cancer.

    Charles Herbert, from Helford, was admitted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital near Truro after a fall.

    Scan results indicated there could be a tumour in his left kidney but the results were not properly reviewed immediately.

    The cancer showed up on a scan taken in 2011 but he was not told about it until 2015, by which time it was incurable. He died in November 2016, aged, 61.

    The family's lawyer, James Pink, from Irwin Mitchell Solicitors, said lessons must be learned as it was "incredibly worrying" the original scan results were not acted upon at an earlier opportunity.

    In a statement, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has apologised for the shortcomings in Mr Herbert's care and said it regretted the missed opportunity to diagnose his cancer in 2011.

    Charles Herbert
  3. Bloodhound Diary: All roads lead to South Africa

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West


    Do you remember the Bloodhound supersonic car which was tested in Cornwall?

    It underwent slow-speed trials at Newquay Airport.

    Well, we say slow, but it was still 200mph (320 km/h) during its runs there in October 2017.

    Well, as world land speed record holder Andy Green is telling anyone who feels the need for speed, Bloodhound "is going to the desert this year" in the next stage of attempts to see if it can beat the existing land speed world record of 763mph (1,228 km/h).

    Bloodhound will touch down in South Africa in the middle of October for three to four weeks of "high speed testing" on a dry lake-bed track at Hakskeenpan in South Africa.

    This high-speed testing is a key part of getting ready for an attempt at a new 800mph+ Land Speed Record next year.

    You can read Andy Green's latest diary entry about it here.

  4. Inquiry calls after 'council chief gave appeal advice'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Calls have been made for an independent investigation after East Devon District Council’s chief executive allegedly told developers to appeal his own council’s refusal of planning permission for the Sidford Business Park.

    In 2018, East Devon District Council, on the grounds of harm to highway safety, relating to increased heavy goods vehicle usage of the area’s narrow roads, refused the plans for land, currently used for agriculture, in the village of Sidford.

    A larger scheme submitted by the applicants was rejected previously by the council in 2016.

    Applicants Tim and Mike Ford challenged the 2018 refusal by the council and three days of arguments for and against the development took place in July.

    Sidford business site

    At the planning inquiry though, Richard Kimblin QC, on behalf of the applicants OG Holdings Retirement Benefit Scheme, and Joseph Marchant, their planning agent, said that following the refusal of the 2016 scheme, Mark Williams, the council’s chief executive, advised them they should appeal.

    The claims, made both in writing and verbally, were unchallenged by East Devon District Council during the inquiry.

    Mr Kimblin's final closing arguments at the inquiry said: "After the 2016 application was refused, there was a meeting with Councillor Stuart Hughes and the CEO of the council. The CEO advised that the way to progress was to appeal. That is an extraordinary state of affairs."

    East Devon District Council told the Local Democracy Reporting Service that Mr Williams "did not advise the appellant of anything" but "expressed the view that there were ... three potential options open to the applicants: resubmit with changes to the proposed scheme; appeal the decision; or walk away from the site".

    A decision on whether to allow the appeal to allow the plans for 8,445sqm of employment space built on the outskirts of the village is set to be made by the autumn.

  5. College offering Plymouth Uni degrees goes bust

    Sean Coughlan

    BBC News, education correspondent

    GSM London, one of the biggest private higher education providers in England, has gone into administration - and will stop teaching students in September.

    The college says it has not been able to "recruit and retain sufficient numbers of students to generate enough revenue to be sustainable".

    It teaches about 3,500 students - with degree courses validated by the University of Plymouth.

    The college, based in Greenwich and Greenford, says 247 jobs are at risk.

  6. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A38 Cornwall westbound

    BBC News Travel

    A38 Cornwall westbound severe accident, from A390 to B3254.

    A38 Cornwall - One lane closed on A38 westbound in Liskeard from Island Shop Junction to the B3254 junction, because of an accident involving a vehicle that has left carriageway. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Dead fish spark pollution probe in Devon river

    River samples are being taken from a Devon river after dead fish were spotted by a member of the public.

    The Environment Agency is investigating the pollution in the River Mole, near South Molton.

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  8. Man denies Salisbury Cathedral Magna Carta theft attempt

    Mark Royden outside Winchester Crown Court

    A man accused of trying to steal the original Magna Carta has pleaded not guilty in court.

    Mark Royden, 46, from St Margaret’s Street in Canterbury is accused of attempting to steal Magna Carta from Salisbury Cathedral and of causing criminal damage to the glass case where it’s kept on public display.

    It’s alleged on 25 October last year, Mr Royden used a hammer to try to break into the case. The document wasn’t damaged and no-one was injured. The cost of replacing the case was more than £14,500.

    In his second court appearance at Winchester Crown Court, Her Honour Judge Evans told Mr Royden, who used to live in Ilfracombe, Devon, he would stand trial next year.

    He’s been released on bail until his next court appearance in October and been ordered not to enter Salisbury Cathedral or the cathedral close.

    Magna Carta is priceless - one of Britain’s most influential legal documents. It’s a charter of rights agreed by King John in the year 1215.

  9. St Teath death: Police try and trace car witnesses

    Donna Birrell

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Police investigating the death of a man whose body was found on a road in Cornwall are trying to trace witnesses who may have seen a particular car.

    The 31-year-old's body was found dead beside the B3267 at St Teath at about 01:20 on Sunday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said they were keen to speak to anyone who may have seen a sapphire blue three-door Peugeot 206 travelling in the area between Saturday night and the the early hours of Sunday.

    A 39-year-old man from the area was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and failure to stop a vehicle. He was later released, pending inquiries.

    St Teath death scene
  10. Bugaled Breizh: Inquest concluding 15 years after deaths

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A final inquest hearing into the deaths of two French fishermen is to be held 15 years after the vessel sank off Cornwall.

    The five-strong crew of the Bugaled Breizh drowned when it sank 14 miles off the Lizard peninsula in January 2004.

    At a pre-inquest hearing in Truro, Acting Chief Coroner for Cornwall Andrew Cox said the central issue was still to determine how the vessel sank and the “case needs the pressure putting on”.

    He said the hearing would consider four options, including whether a submarine was involved, or if there had been a fishing accident.

    The two-week hearing into the deaths of Pascal Le Floch and Yves Gloaguen has been listed to start on 25 November.

    Bugaled Breizh
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    Severe disruption: A39 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Devon both ways severe disruption, from West Lyn Road to River Lynn View BnB.

    A39 Devon - A39 Watersmeet Road in West Lyn closed and it's heavy in both directions from the West Lyn Road junction to the River Lynn View BnB junction, because of a lorry that's broken down.

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