Council backs St Boniface as patron saint of Devon
has been adopted as the patron saint of Devon.
Council voted in favour of the decision on Thursday.
was born in Crediton and studied at the monastery in Exeter.
travelled to Europe as a missionary and was made Bishop of all Germany East of
the Rhine by Pope Gregory in 722AD. Later he was martyred in 754AD at Dokkum in the Netherlands and buried at Fulda in Germany.
St Boniface Day is 5 June.
The Boniface Link Association has been campaigning to have him officially made the county's patron saint.
Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Comissioner Alison Hernandez is to give others advice on how to overcome being a victim of stalking and abuse.
She'll address a seminar being held at Exeter Golf and Country Club by a new Exeter business group called Fernpower, which aims to help empower women in business who are faced with obstacles like discrimination or domestic abuse.
The new leader of the Conservative group on Teignbridge District Council has hit out at claims made by the Liberal Democrats that they uncovered £60m worth of debt in the council’s finances.
Liberal Democrat Cllr Alan Connett, the new portfolio member for corporate services, said he was surprised to uncover a "financial mess" left behind by the Conservatives.
Speaking at Monday’s annual meeting, he said that the debt is made up of £15.5m the council spent on buying the Market Walk shopping centre in Newton Abbot that will eventually have to be repaid, in addition to a further £45m of borrowing that previous administration committed to.
But Cllr Phil Bullivant, the new Conservative group leader, who was prevented from responding at the meeting due to protocol, has questioned how Cllr Connett could possibly have made the claim.
Cllr Connett said in the meeting: “The £60m debt is a shock to us and I am sure it will be to residents’ right across Teignbridge.
"Far from the council being left in good financial shape as the Conservatives claim, we are getting to grips with the financial mess and debt we have now inherited."
In response, Cllr Bullivant said: “The facts are clear that it currently has no debts.
"His claims are as unbelievable as his response to the council taking £13m from its reserves that generated an income for the council of less than £50,000 per year, and turning into one which returns almost a £1m to support council taxes, which he described as a problem.
“Over the last three years a great deal of information was provided to councillors and open discussions took place in the council chamber. While the discussions took place about the redevelopment of Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Dawlish, there has always been a list of planned, approved and proposed projects and the cost forecast for future ones."
After any isolated fog patches clear, it will be another dry day, with sunny periods, some of which are likely to be a little hazier than the past few days.
A little fair weather cloud is also likely to develop during the afternoon.
Winds will be mainly light and variable.
Maximum temperature: 14 to 17°C (57 to 63°F).
Police officer failed to arrest man with crack cocaine
A Devon and Cornwall Police officer - who failed to arrest a man found in possession of crack cocaine - has been given a final written warning.
It follows an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct into a stop and search.
The incident was referred by the force in November 2017 after others raised concerns.
A hearing found the police constable had committed gross misconduct for failing to arrest the man for a drugs offence.
The officer had the grounds to arrest the suspect for a drugs offence but chose not to. The officer’s improper conduct and failure to appropriately handle and log evidence meant the man could not be subsequently prosecuted for any offence relating to the drugs found on him. His actions compromised the integrity of the investigation and also put his colleagues in a difficult position.”
A referral was also made to the Crown Prosecution Service as there was an indication a criminal offence may have been committed. The CPS decided not to authorise any charge.
Takeaways dish up wheat, egg and milk to allergy sufferers
BBC South West
Kebab shops in Devon and Somerset are being warned they must do more to provide safe food for allergy sufferers.
Inspections by the Trading Standards Service found more than 40% of kebab takeaways failed to comply with laws designed to keep consumers safe.
Officers visited 38 takeaways in Devon and Somerset. In five cases, milk was found in kebab meat without it being on the label. In 12 cases where officers said they had allergies to wheat, egg and milk, they were still served food which contained them.
Nineteen arrested in County Lines crackdown
BBC News Online
As part of a national crackdown on County Lines drug gangs, 19 people have been arrested, thousands of pounds of drugs have been seized, as well as £81,000 cash.
Devon and Cornwall Police officers joined forces with Regional Organised Crime Units across the country for a national week of action to disrupt the activity of suspected County Lines networks.
County Lines is the term used to describe urban gangs supplying drugs to other parts of the UK using dedicated mobile phone lines.
Police said the gangs are likely to exploit children and vulnerable adults in order to move and store drugs and money, often using coercion, intimidation, violence and weapons.
Between 13 and 20 May:
19 people were arrested - 16 men and three women.
33 vulnerable adults and two children were engaged for safeguarding
49 suspected 'cuckooed' addresses - where drug dealers target the vulnerable - were visited.
Officers seized £81,187 in cash.
Suspected Class A drugs, including around £7,000 of cocaine, 45 wraps of
heroin, crack cocaine, plus suspected cannabis and unknown tablets were also
Seven weapons were seized including knives, a BB gun and an axe.
Nine mobile phones were seized, plus £25,000 of designer goods.
Throughout the week we have taken action against suspected individuals as well as giving support to young people and vulnerable people who are at risk from County Lines. Young people and vulnerable adults are exposed to physical and mental abuse from these organised networks, and in some instances are trafficked to places a long way from home.
Project to help people make sustainable clothes choices
Authorised travellers sites could be created across Devon
Local Democracy Reporting Service
A network of authorised transit sites for gypsies and travellers to stay at across Devon could be created.
Councils across the county have agreed to seek a more coordinated way to deal with influx of travellers who often turn up at "high profile and unsuitable" locations.
Devon County Council, working with district councils, is exploring the creation of a "network" of pieces of land across Devon, with one or two in each district area, in which gypsies and travellers can be directed to if they turn up in those unsuitable locations.
A willingness to explore negotiated stopping has been agreed already. It would means that local authorities would no longer resort immediately to legal means.
Instead they would direct travelling families to stay, for limited periods of time, on land already identified and agreed where it isn’t causing great inconvenience to anyone.
Pioneering £2.7m project will help dementia sufferers
Outbreaks of rain may linger through the course of the night.
However, it should become largely dry by dawn, though a few mist patches may develop.
Minimum temperature: 7 to 10C (45 to 50F)
Tomorrow, any mist will clear early.
It will be a bright day with sunny spells, variable amounts of cloud and a few potentially sharp showers.
Maximum temperature: 13 to 16C (55 to 61F)
South Hams to consider climate request
Local Democracy Reporting Service
The South Hams will consider a request from Teignbridge to work together to be carbon neutral by 2025.
Teignbridge District Council recently declared a climate emergency and set a target of being carbon neutral by 2025, and earlier this week, sent an email to South Hams District Council asking them to join them and work together.
A packed public gallery of climate change campaigners at Follaton House saw the council eventually agree to consider Teignbridge’s request, as well as to consider working with Devon County Council.
But researchers involved in a multi-million pound project say they're already looking at a number of innovative ways to do this, including using robotics to harvest crops and farming insects to feed animals and humans
Professor David Hosken, a researcher at the University of Exeter's Penryn campus, is investigating the use of crickets to feed animals and people.
The ultimate aim of the project is to provide a protein source that has low environmental impact...I think it could be massive, actually. In 50 years time, I'll be surprised if large proportions of our protein intake are not supplied by insects."
School funding cuts 'having impact on mental health'
Local Democracy Reporting Service
Devon's Director of Health says the dire state of finance in schools is putting pressure on the county's mental health services.
Professor Virginia Pearson told Devon County Council's Cabinet the cuts in funding meant schools did not have the resources to provide support, which was costing the council a huge amount of money in treating people at a later date.
The promotion of mental health and wellbeing in schools and educational settings.
Recognising and addressing the mental health risks associated with poverty, poor housing and lack of decent employment.
Implementation of recommendations concerning maternal mental health and women from vulnerable groups.
Recognising the potential impact of caring on carers' own mental health and wellbeing.
Without mental health there is no health, and it is increasingly recognised that we should be giving the same priority to mental health as physical health in terms of prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation. Poor mental health carries an economic and social cost of over a hundred billion pounds each year in England."
Devon Link Road: £93m upgrade work to begin next year
Local Democracy Reporting Service
The major £93m upgrades to the North Devon Link Road are set to begin in November 2020.
The improvement scheme to widen a 7.5km stretch of the A361 for a stretch of carriageway had planning permission granted earlier this year.
Wednesday’s Devon County Council cabinet meeting saw councillors agree to progress with plans for a pedestrian and cyclist underpass at Bishop’s Tawton Junction and a pedestrian and cyclist bridge at Landkey Junction.
A fine Thursday morning with some hazy spells of sunshine.
A little more cloud is expected in the afternoon but it will remain dry and bright with some hazy sunny spells.
Feeling cooler compared to Wednesday.
Maximum temperature: 14 to 17C (57 to 63F).
Devon County Show 2019: Gates prepare to open
Presenter, BBC Radio Devon
The Devon County Show kicks off on Thursday, promising to celebrate the very best of rural life.
It may be looking quiet here at the ground at the moment, but farmers and exhibitors have been preparing their livestock and produce for months in preparation for the three-day event, which attracts up to a 100,000 people.
Drivers are being warned to expect heavy traffic around the showground at Westpoint.