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'Go slow' drivers 'will be prosecuted'

A police inspector says drivers will be prosecuted for "inconsiderate driving" if they "deliberately slow or stop traffic".

Earlier, there were long tailbacks on the A30 - up to 5 miles - because of a so-called Brexit Blockade. About a dozen vehicles were driving slowly on the A-road.

The convoy of motorists were unhappy with the slow progress of Britain's EU withdrawal.

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Tailbacks caused by 'Brexit Blockade'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Tailbacks
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There are long tailbacks - up to 5 miles - reported on the A30 westbound in Cornwall, caused by a so-called Brexit Blockade.

The convoy of motorists are unhappy with the slow progress of Britain's EU withdrawal.

About a dozen vehicles set off on a 'go slow' on the A30 from Plusha to Truro just before 16:00. They are now travelling back to Truro.

Blockade
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Weather: Drizzle expected overnight and into tomorrow

BBC Weather

This evening will be mostly dry but cloud will thicken later on, perhaps bringing the odd spot of drizzle.

It will be relatively mild with light winds.

Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

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Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with a few patches of light rain or drizzle.

There will be a gentle, north-easterly breeze and brighter skies may move down from the north later on.

Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

Woman 'devastated' by delays to hospital discharge

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The mother of a woman who's been in hospital for a year with a broken back says she's devastated her daughter still has not come home.

Lisa Young
BBC

Jackie Young, 31, from south-east Cornwall, says plans for her daughter Lisa to return home fell through because there weren't enough trained carers.

The nursing agency responsible has apologised for the delay but says it has a duty of care to both patients and staff.

Ms Young says the disappointment has caused distress for her daughter, who is in Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.

Runner aims for Land's End to John O'Groats record

BBC Spotlight

runner
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An athlete from Devon is attempting to run from Land's End to John O'Groats in a world record time.

Adam Holland starts the 17-day race later.

He'll start running from John O'Groats to Land's End - that's the warm up - and then his record attempt will begin travelling the opposite direction. On the warm up he'll run 50 miles a day.

The 31-year-old has to complete the return leg from Land's End in a little over nine days - to beat the current record - which means he'll be running about 100 miles a day.

"I'm going to break it down into each day and then go from there. It's a challenge, it has to be difficult."

Weather: Bright and sunny at times

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Weather
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Early patches of mist or fog will lift later to leave a dry but often cloudy morning.

Through the morning the cloud will break to allow for more bright or sunny intervals to develop, especially during the afternoon.

There will still be some low cloud and mistiness at times, most likely around the coasts and over the moors.

Winds will be light to moderate south-westerly.

Maximum temperature: 9 to 15C (48 to 54F).

Tourism to 'boost economy by £521m in 10 years'

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Cornwall’s tourism industry is expected to continue to rise, boosting the economy by £521m and creating up to 8,000 jobs, according to Visit Cornwall.

While addressing the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Malcolm Bell told members there was quite a demand for Cornwall from the US market and work was under way to get more tourists from overseas.

Mousehole, Cornwall
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There has been "increased interest" from the Australian market but he said the main focus had been from America.

Mr Bell said: “It has come across as a bit of a new Cotswolds, an area to exploit.”

Cornwall currently has about 4.5 million visitors a year, and the industry is worth £1.5bn, according to Visit Cornwall figures.

Mr Bell also said there had been “missed opportunities” highlighting the large number of dolphins which had been seen around the Cornish coast in January which could have brought visitors to the county.

Councillors admit 'driving over speed limit'

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Two councillors have admitted speeding along one of the main routes into Truro because they didn’t know the limit.

The speed limit of Tregolls Road in Truro came up during a discussion at a meeting of the Truro and Roseland Community Network Panel.

A390
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After one councillor noted during discussion that the road had a 30mph limit, Councillor Armorel Carlyon said she thought that it was a 40mph limit and admitted she had often driven well over 30mph.

Councillor John Dyer then admitted that he too had been driving on Tregolls Road at 40mph “like Mrs Carlyon”.

Mr Dyer then criticised the fact that the A390 has variable speed limits through Truro with some stretches being 30mph and 40mph.

Cornwall councillor and cabinet member Bob Egerton was not impressed and said the councillors should take responsibility for their driving.

Weather: Mild, dull and cloudy

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be a dull and damp start for most but the mist and fog will lift for many to leave a cloudy day with a few outbreaks of light drizzle.

Weather
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The mist and fog may linger around some coasts and over the hills and moors.

Brightness will be in short supply and is most likely in areas well-sheltered from the gentle south-westerly breeze.

Maximum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54°F).

Weather: Clear overnight, cloudy later but staying mild

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Some clearer spells overnight at first but cloud is likely to become fairly extensive.

The cloud may give some mist or fog over higher ground. Mild.

Minimum temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will continue mild. The morning is likely to be misty and damp with hill fog and drizzle.

A lot of cloud in the afternoon too, but the chance of the odd break. Light winds.

Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

Should seaweed on Cornish beaches stop being cleared?

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's a plea from some environmentalists to stop mechanically clearing Cornwall's beaches of seaweed.

They said it was an important habitat for flies, beetles and other insects - which are all in decline.

Wildlife photographer Steve Trewhella said it should be left alone.

But Antony Scarah, who manages Looe beach, said some cleaning had to take place because most tourists did not like the seaweed...

Cornwall travel: Disruption to Skybus flights

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • Between the A394 and Mabe Burnthouse, Antron Hill is partially blocked in both directions due to accident and fuel spillage
  • At Land's End Airport and Newquay Airport, there's disruption to Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly due to foggy weather conditions

Weather: A cloudy start but mild and dry later

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

A fairly cloudy and misty start to Wednesday, with a chance of a spot of light rain or drizzle.

It will be mild and mostly dry later with the chance of some bright or sunny breaks.

Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

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'No suspect identified' in 20% of race hate crimes

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

More than 20% of reported race and religious hate crimes in Devon and Cornwall in a year were given the outcome "investigation complete - no suspect identified".

That's according to new figures published by the Home Office for the 12 months to September 2018.

About 850 incidents took place in the time period across the force area and 173 resulted in not finding a suspect.

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BBC

The figures cover five types of offences - all of which have a specific racially or religiously motivated element defined by statute.

The five offences are:

  • Racially or religiously aggravated assault with injury
  • Racially or religiously aggravated assault without injury
  • Racially or religiously aggravated harassment
  • Racially or religiously aggravated criminal damage
  • Racially or religiously aggravated public fear, alarm or distress

Devon and Cornwall Police said everyone had the right to "live safely and without fear" and all reported incidents were investigated.

Weather: Staying cloudy, but with bright spells

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

Tuesday night will be largely cloudy with patchy drizzle.

Fog is likely to affect the hills and is likely to develop at low levels at times too. Mild.

Minimum temperature: 6 to 9C (43 to 48F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday is expected to be fairly cloudy with patchy mist and drizzle.

However, some bright or sunny spells may develop at times. Very mild.

Maximum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).

Police halt plan to transfer forensic jobs to Dorset

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Devon & Cornwall Police have halted a plan to transfer forensic jobs to Dorset.

The force said the move, announced in October last year, would not be going ahead following discussions involving trades unions, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Police Commissioner Alison Hernandez.

The decision was welcomed in Plymouth, where city councillors had raised concerns about cutbacks in the service and possible job losses.

Police forces in the South West joined a regional forensics organisation in 2014 to improve efficiency and make savings.

A proposed merger between the Dorset and Devon & Cornwall forces was called off last year - after £380,000 was spent on the proposals - after it was opposed by Ms Hernandez.

Break-ins to six vehicles in Newquay

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Police are warning people to take precautions after six vehicles were broken into in Newquay.

Most of the offences occurred between 8 March and 14 March in the Quintrell Downs area, officers said.

Some of the vehicles were entered by force. Others were entered while insecure and parked outside home addresses.

Various items were stolen, including sat-navs, luggage, radios and money, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Weather: Cloudy and dull with chance of drizzle

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

Any early mist should lift, leaving it mainly cloudy and dull on Tuesday, with the chance of a few spots of drizzle.

There may be the odd glimmer of brightness though.

Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

weather map
BBC

Kensey Foods: Cornish factory to close in July

BBC Radio Cornwall

It's been confirmed a food factory in Cornwall - that employs up to 650 people - will close in July.

In January, the owners of Kensey Foods, Samworth Brothers, said they were starting a consultation about its future but now say there's no feasible alternative.

The firm, based in Launceston, makes chilled desserts.

It's believed some members of staff could be redeployed to Kensey's sister company, Ginsters in Callington.

Kensey Foods
BBC

Weather: Cloudy overnight, with chance of drizzle

BBC Weather

Monday night looks set to remain mostly cloudy with the chance of a little drizzle.

There may be some mist and fog over moors too.

Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Plymouth weather forecast
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Cornwall beach steps closed off after cliff fall fears

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

Steps leading down to Whipsiderry Beach at Newquay have been closed off after experts raised fears of possible cliff falls.

The inspection was prompted by a previous landslip in the area.

The decision to close the access steps was taken in the interests of public safety as further cliff falls could occur at any time, Cornwall Council said.

Whipsiderry Beach at Newquay
Cornwall Council

Closing access to any of our public open spaces is not something we take lightly, but safety is our primary concern. I ask the public to bear with us and abide by the closures until further notice."

Councillor Sue JamesCornwall Council

Weather: A bright start, patchy rain later

BBC Spotlight

There will be some bright or sunny periods at first on Monday, along with some scattered showers.

However, cloud will quickly increase and lower as the rain becomes a little more persistent at times.

Weather
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Moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher to the west.

Maximum temperature: 8 to 10C (46 to 50F).

Concerns over mental health facilities in Cornwall

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Councillors have raised concerns about facilities in Cornwall for people detained by police under the Mental Health Act.

Data from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, shows 365 were detained last year, with the majority being taken by police to a dedicated unit at Longreach House in Redruth.

Longreach House
Local Democrary Reporting Service

Under section 136 of the act, police can detain someone they believe to be mentally ill and in need of immediate help to ensure their safety and/or the safety of others.

Detaining them in a police cell should only be used in exceptional circumstances, and this had not happened in Cornwall for more than two years.

The trust's report was put before Cornwall Council's health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee earlier this week.

Councillor Bert Biscoe said he was worried about the increase in mental health issues police have to deal with and whether they have the capacity to take on the extra work.

He suggested that if another facility was needed, it could be provided at the new police headquarters in Bodmin.

Cornwall person detained every day under Mental Health Act

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Police detained an average of one person every day last year in Cornwall under the Mental Health Act, according to a report.

Figures from Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust show 365 people were held under section 136 of the act.

It allows police to act if they believe that a person is suffering from mental illness and is in need of immediate help to ensure their safety or the safety of others.

Longreach House
BBC

Of those detained, 22 were under the age of 17, with the highest proportion - 120 - aged between 18 and 29.

The majority of those detained were transferred to Longreach House in Redruth to be assessed by qualified staff.

Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Very windy and wet

BBC Weather

Today it will be a windy and mostly cloudy day with outbreaks of rain, which could be heavy at times.

Weather map
BBC

Further rain into the evening and staying windy, with fresh to strong westerly winds.

Maximum temperatures: 10 to 13C

Cornwall travel: Skybus flights cancelled due to weather

BBC Radio Cornwall

All Land's End and Newquay Skybus flights are currently on hold due to strong winds

Hospitals apologise over cancer blunder

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Hospital bosses have said sorry to a woman from Cornwall who wasn't told she had cancer until the week before she died, despite being diagnosed three months earlier.

Sixty-three-year-old Beverley Smith died in July.

Beverley Smith
BEN SMITH

The results of a biopsy taken at Derriford Hospital last March were not shared with her, or those treating her at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, until July.

Both hospitals have issued a joint statement apologising to her family.

Cloudy with spells of heavy rain

BBC Weather

Largely cloudy and windy with outbreaks of mostly light rain or drizzle. The rain may become heavy at times as cloud also lowers.

Max temp: 9 to 12C.

Weather
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Five Cornish MPs to vote for no-deal Brexit

BBC Radio Cornwall

Five of Cornwall's MPs say they'll vote for a no-deal Brexit after Mrs May's deal was defeated by 149 votes on Tuesday.

MPs will vote at 19:00 on whether to block the UK from leaving the EU without an agreement later this month.

George Eustice, Scott Mann, Derek Thomas, Sheryll Murray and Steve Double have declared they'll be voting no-deal whereas Sarah Newton has said she won't support leaving without a deal.

Mr Eustice - the MP for Camborne and Redruth - who voted in favour of the prime minister's deal on Tuesday - thinks pursuing a no-deal Brexit is the best option...

Windy with a few showers, though calmer and drier later

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Very windy at first, but the winds will gradually ease.

Weather
BBC

Conditions will stay mostly dry with some sunny spells, but the odd shower is also possible, particularly during the morning.

Maximum temperature: 8 to 11°C (46 to 52°F). There's a yellow wind warning until 15:00.

'A third of children leaving primary school overweight'

Richard Whitehouse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Almost a third of all children in Cornwall leave primary school overweight, according to a new survey.

As part of the National Child Measurement Programme, a total of 10,513 children aged four, five, 10 and 11 were measured and weighed in 2017 and 2018 – more than 90% of the children in those year groups.

In the Year 6 group 1,495 were overweight or very overweight – that was 29.9% of those measured.

Of those, 665 were found to be overweight (13.3%) and 830 were obese (16.6%).

Overweight child
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A total of 3,462 children in Year 6 – 69.3% – were found to be healthy weight, higher than the national average of 64.3%.

There were 42 children (0.84%) who were underweight.

The figures are included in a report which is due to go before Cornwall Council’s health and adult social care overview and scrutiny committee later.

When letters are sent to parents giving them details of their children’s measurements a leaflet is included to encourage them to contact specialist staff with any questions or concerns.

West country MPs to vote in crucial Brexit debate

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A number of Conservative MPs have announced they will be backing Theresa May's Withdrawal Agreement in Tuesday's "meaningful vote", having previously rebelled.

But there was little public sign of the flood of switchers the Prime Minister would need to overturn the 230-vote majority against her plan in January.

West Cornwall MP Derek Thomas tweeted: "I will be voting for the deal tonight. I am reassured by changes to the backstop. "The priority for me is to ensure we leave the EU on March 29th. I also want to see an end to the uncertainty beginning to have a worrying impact on people and their business up and down the country."

Scott Mann of North Cornwall said: "I have decided to vote in favour of the deal despite my deep reservations and concerns about the backstop. I am disappointed that we have found ourselves in this position as a country, but there is now a real chance that if we do not take the deal Brexit could be lost."

In a video on his Twitter feed, Plymouth Moor View MP Johnny Mercer said: "In my judgment, the best thing to do today is vote for the deal and try to get this process done."

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