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  1. Driver punched in face by teenagers through window

    A man out driving in Exmouth was punched in the face through an open car window by a teenager, police said.

    The driver and his partner were driving along Duke's Crescent into Prince of Wales Drive at about 12:30 on Tuesday when they came across three teenage boys.

    Det Con Ailsa Mason said the victim suffered "serious facial injuries" including "deep lacerations and a facial fracture" as a result of the attack.

    The victim was wearing glasses at the time of the attack but did not suffer any lasting injury to his sight.

    Det Con Mason said: "This was an unprovoked assault in a residential area in broad daylight.

    "The offenders attacked the victim as he waited to pull out of a junction after walking deliberately slowly in front of his car to instigate the confrontation."

    The offenders are described as all being white teenage boys about 17 years old - one about 6ft tall, of medium build, with blonde straight hair longer at the top and short on the sides.

    He was described as having a "fine but prominent nose" and was clean shaven.

    Another teenager was said to be about 5ft 9ins, with dark hair cut in a blunt style, straight across the front and longer around the hairline. He was described as having a square face with a smallish nose and wearing a faded black jumper with a large motif on the chest.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police via or by calling 101.

  2. New town Cranbrook to increase population to 18,000

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The new town of Cranbrook near Exeter will grow to have a population of around 18,000 people under a plan submitted to central government.

    East Devon District Council has submitted the local plan for Cranbrook to the Secretary of State for examination.

    Local plans are drawn up to shape the future development of towns and villages.

    East Devon District Council said the plan envisaged the town growing to 7,750 homes.

    When building first started in 2011 Cranbrook there were 2,900 homes planned as well as schools, shops, a library and energy plant.

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    Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, from B3267 to Polrode Mill Cottage.

    A39 Cornwall - A39 in St Teath closed and queues in both directions from the B3267 junction to the Polrode Mill Cottage junction, because of an accident.

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

  4. Boardmasters refunds: Organisers release more details

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online


    Organisers of Boardmasters have released more information about ticket refunds after the cancellation of the music festival.

    Everyone who bought a ticket from an official seller will get back the face value of their festival ticket, as well as the face value of all festival extras.

    These include litter bonds, parking and campervan passes, glamping, pre-pitched and reserved camping, phone charging, boat parties, wellbeing classes and activities and locker hire.

    In addition, any unscanned Boardmasters After Party tickets will be refunded at face value to ticket buyers outside of the Newquay area.

    Organisers said they are "working as quickly and as hard as we can to issue refunds".

    More information can be found here.

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    Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, from J26 for A38 to J24 for A38 Taunton Road.

    M5 Somerset - Long delays and stop-start on M5 northbound from J26, A38 (Wellington) to J24, A38 (Bridgwater South). Travel time is around 40 minutes.

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

  6. Devon swimmer wins three medals in first Team GB call up

    Andy Birkett

    BBC News Online

    Cameron Williams

    A swimmer from Plymouth is being touted as the next Olympic gold medalist after breaking the British junior record for the the third year in a row.

    Cameron Williams is significantly faster than the Olympic and World 100m breaststroke champion was at the same age.

    On his first international call-up for Team GB, the 15-year-old returned with three silver medals from Azerbaijan.

    "I think not being lazy is the key point to success," the Dartmoor Darts swimmer said.

    "I feel like I'm heading in the right direction. It feels like all the hard work that I'm putting into the sport is all paying off.

    "It is a great feeling."

  7. Devon travel: Bull and cow on the A381

    BBC Radio Devon

    Near Newton Abbot, on the A381 in Wolborough, near the church, there are reports there's a bull and cow on the road. Approach with care.

  8. Storm-hit A379 Slapton road 'will not be repaired again'

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    Damaged A379

    A vulnerable section of coast road in south Devon will not be repaired again if it is washed away by the sea, it has been claimed.

    The Slapton Line Partnership - made up of local councils, the Environment Agency and Natural England - said locals need to prepare for a future without it.

    The partnership was formed when the A379, between Strete and Torcross, was first washed away in 2001.

    Last year, the road was breached again by Storm Emma, and was shut for five months while repairs were carried out.

    Now, the authorities say there is no room to move the road further back; and neither is there the money.

    A series of public events is being held this week and next, to give people more information.

  9. Boscastle flood: 15 years since Cornish village was hit

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Boscastle flood

    It's 15 years since the Cornish village of Boscastle was hit by a flash flood.

    Four buildings were destroyed, cars were sent careering into the harbour and about 100 people were airlifted to safety on 16 August 2004.

    Boscastle flood

    At the height of the incident, 6,350 cubic feet (180 cubic metres) of water were flowing down the River Valency every second.

    Some 1,850 tonnes (150 lorry loads) of flood debris were also removed by the Environment Agency following the floods.

    No major injuries or loss of life were reported.

  10. Beach cleans 'good for mental health', beach cleaner says

    BBC Radio Devon

    Emily Stevenson

    A Plymouth University graduate who has taken to Devon's beaches to rid them of single-use plastics says that litter picks can be good for our wellbeing.

    Emily Stevenson, who set up a social enterprise called Beach Guardian a year ago, has said she believes beach cleans can have a big impact on mental health and can also help to tackle social isolation.

    Ms Stevenson said she hoped knowing the personal benefits of litter picking would encourage more people to get involved in beach cleans.

  11. Matavesi brothers named in Fiji Rugby World Cup squad


    Cornish brothers Josh and Sam Matavesi have been named in the Fiji squad for the upcoming Rugby World Cup.

    Hooker Sam, who plays his club rugby for Cornish Pirates, is in line to make his World Cup debut, while older brother Josh, who plays in the back line for Newcastle Falcons, will step out for his second major tournament after making two appearances in 2015.

    The pair will take part in a 10-day training camp before flying to New Zealand to play their final warm-up match against Tonga on the 31 August.

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