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Fire crews rescue woman from flipped car in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

A woman was rescued from a car which flipped off the roadway onto its side and collided with a building in Horrabridge.

Fire crews from Tavistock, Yelverton and Crownhill went to Walkhampton Road at 10.40 and used hydraulic rescue equipment to release the woman.

She was left in the care of paramedics.

Severe accident: A377 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A377 Devon both ways severe accident, from Exeter to Exeter.

A377 Devon - A377 Alphington Road blocked and it's slow in both directions from the Exeter junction to the Exeter junction, because of an accident involving lorry.

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

Multi-agency mission rescues male who fell from cliff

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

Emergency vehicles on road
Torbay Coastguard

A male who fell from a cliff in Torbay in the middle of the night has been rescued after emergency services worked together to retrieve him, coastguards say.

Torbay Coastguard said on Facebook that emergency services were called to cliffs at Corbyn's Head at about 02:05 after a "casualty was found lying injured on the beach below".

They said the male was put in a basket stretcher and later tended by an ambulance crew.

RNLI Torbay reported the rescue involved 30 people from five different teams from the RNLI, police, fire service, NHS and the coastguard.

Torbay Coastguard said: "This was another great example of multi-agency working together."

Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A379 Devon both ways severe accident, between St Albans Road and St Albans Lane.

A379 Devon - A379 Babbacombe Road in Torquay closed and it's slow in both directions between the St Albans Road junction and the St Albans Lane junction, because of an accident involving car and motorbike.

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

Devon animal therapy charity moves to new site

Lucy Wilson

BBC South West

A Devon-based charity which helps disadvantaged young people and adults has moved to a bigger premises after it saw a rise in demand for its services.

Sirona Therapeutic Horsemanship use horses and ponies as a form of therapy. Participants care for the animals, boosting their own mental health and confidence.

The charity has moved from a small farm in Seal Hayne to a 10-acre site on the Dartington Hall Estate.

Sirona
BBC

Devon and Cornwall: Showers clearing before sunny spells

BBC Weather

A few lingering showers during Monday morning will quickly clear to leave it largely dry, with sunny spells developing through the afternoon.

Weather
BBC

Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

All Devon streetlights to become low-energy

BBC Spotlight

All streetlights operated by Devon County Council will be converted to low-energy LED bulbs in the next three years.

So far 34,000 lights have been changed.

The council said that once the programme was complete it would reduce carbon emissions by 75%.

In conjunction with part-time lighting being introduced in some residential areas, the council said it had £3m a year.

Streetlights
BBC

Severe disruption: B3357 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

B3357 Devon both ways severe disruption, between A386 and Moorshop Cross.

B3357 Devon - B3357 Mount Tavy Road in Tavistock blocked in both directions between the A386 junction and the Moorshop Cross junction, because of a fallen tree. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, from J31 for A30 to J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter.

M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off) to J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a vehicle on fire. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe accident: A30 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Devon eastbound severe accident, at M5 J31.

A30 Devon - A30 entry slip road closed eastbound at Okehampton turn off, because of an accident and an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe accident, at J31 for A30.

M5 Devon - M5 exit slip road closed and queues southbound at J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off), because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe accident: A3022 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3022 Devon both ways severe accident, at Old Mill Road.

A3022 Devon - A3022 Avenue Road in Torquay blocked in both directions at the Old Mill Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, from J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter to J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter.

M5 Devon - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound from J29, A3015 (Exeter) to J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a large piece of metal on the road.

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

South West weather: Sunshine and light winds

BBC Weather

weather map
BBC

It will be dry tonight with largely clear skies and one or two mist patches.

Minimum temperature: 4C (39F)

Looking ahead to Saturday, it looks to be another fine day. There should be light winds and a good deal of sunshine, although a little cloud is also expected.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F)

Devon school scoops national science prize

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

A team of school children from Devon has won a national science and technology prize at a prestigious event at Imperial College London.

The group from Atrium Studio School in Ashburton scooped top prize in the Bright Ideas Challenge 2019, winning £5,000 for the school.

Children
The Bright Ideas Challenge
Bright Ideas Challenge winners Manu, Marlon and Torin from Atrium Studio School

Young people aged 11 to 14 were asked to imagine creative ideas to power the cities of the future, ensuring they are vibrant, healthy and clean places to live.

Team Atrium Studio’s winning idea involves capturing hydropower from household taps and storing the energy to power anything from personal devices to cars.

Petition launched to plant wild flowers

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

wild flowers
BBC

A petition to sow wildflowers across the South Hams is gaining momentum.

The desire to plant wildflowers on grass verges in south Devon stems from campaigners wanting to support the local insect population.

The petition reads: "We would like to see our local grass verges (and any other suitable land) sown with wildflowers and left to grow in order to support local insect populations, as opposed to being sown with grass seed and regularly cut."

It also stressed pesticides should be avoided.

There are almost 300 signatures on the petition.

"Not only do the verges look more attractive but they are a haven for insects, in particular for pollinators.

"In addition to this, emissions from machinery used to cut the old style, grass verges, have been removed."

Students set to protest climate change

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

Students across the South West are set to protest the lack of government action to combat the climate crisis later.

Protests are expected in cities including Exeter, Barnstaple, Penzance and Truro.

The Fridays for Future group in Exeter will be meeting at Bedford Square at 11:00 on Friday to demand the government take action against the climate crisis.

This is one of a number of Fridays for Future protests that have happened this year.

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Frogs lives 'saved' by bacteria

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

Bacteria living on the skin of frogs could save them from a deadly virus, new research has suggested.

Scientists from the University of Exeter and ZSL's Institute of Zoology compared the bacteria living on frogs from groups with varying histories of ranavirus.

Ranavirus kills large numbers of European common frogs, the species most often seen in UK ponds.

It is one of many threats facing amphibians worldwide.

The scientists found populations with a history of outbreaks had a “distinct” skin microbiome, bacteria, when compared to those where no outbreaks had occurred.

Whether a population of frogs becomes diseased might depend on the species of bacteria living on their skin. Ranavirus is widespread, but its presence in the environment doesn’t necessarily mean frogs become diseased – there appears to be some other factor that determines this.

Dr Lewis CampbellUniversity of Exeter
Frog
BBC

Devon travel: Reports of people on the road

  • Near Newton Abbot on the A380 South Devon Highway there are reports of people on the road
  • Between Holsworthy and Anvil Corner A3072 Windmill Road is closed in both directions until 17:00 due to resurfacing work - a diversion is in place
  • In Exeter, Barrack Road is partially blocked due to an accident near the hospital entrance

Ruby springing into the world championships

BBC Spotlight

gymnast
BBC

A gymnast from Tavistock has been called up to the Great Britain team for the first-ever Junior World Championships.

Ruby Stacey trains at the Plymouth Swallows club and is the region's first female junior international in a generation.

The 14-year-old is heading off to Hungary next week and her success is already having "a big effect on the club".

South West weather: Dry with sunshine

BBC Weather

Weather map
BBC

Some isolated light showers will clear the south of the county soon.

We also have a little fog over the moors too and that will also clear soon.

We then then have a day with reducing amounts of cloud and increasing amounts of sunshine, the best of which will be in the north of the county this afternoon.

There is a low risk of the odd rogue shower this afternoon.

Winds will be light westerly, becoming onshore this afternoon as sea breezes develop.

Maximum temperature: 18C (64F)

Weather: Rain clearing for dry and sunny spells

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BBC Weather

weather map
BBC

Any lingering daytime rain should clear in Devon and Cornwall to leave a dry rest of the night with lengthy clear spells.

Minimum Temperature: 6C (48)

Looking ahead to Friday, it should remain dry, as high pressure builds over the region. There should be some decent spells of sunshine too.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

Severe accident: A30 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Devon eastbound severe accident, from B3260 Exeter Road to A382.

A30 Devon - A30 in Okehampton closed and queues eastbound from Okehampton Services to Whiddon Down, because of an accident earlier on and gravel on the road.

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

Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe accident, at J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter.

M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J29, A3015 (Exeter), because of an accident.

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

Devon animal shelter searching for a 'cat socialiser'

Millicent Cooke

BBC News Online

Cat
Animals in Distress

An animal shelter in Newton Abbot is on the hunt for a volunteer "cat socialiser" to help out in its cattery.

Animals in Distress is searching for someone who can give one morning or one afternoon a week to help socialise the cats in its care.

"The job isn't just about cuddling cats - although some of them will appreciate a lap to sit on and lots of fuss and attention.

"It also involves just sitting quietly and patiently with some of our more nervous cats to help get them used to being around humans," the job listing reads.

Controversial Bakers Park improvement plans withdrawn

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Bakers Park, Newton Abbot
LDRS

Controversial plans for improvements to Bakers Park in Newton Abbot have been withdrawn.

The plans were submitted by Teignbridge District Council at the end of March to improve the park.

Among the improvements planned were a new pavilion and football changing room facilities, refreshment kiosk with public toilets, an exercise trail, resurfacing of the tennis courts, and an increase in car parking spaces from the existing 19 to 75.

The scheme though would have also seen the removal of some trees, a smaller football pitch and could have seen the end of the popular ‘Coffee to Go’ van.

Cllr Gordon Hook, the new Liberal Democrat leader of the council, has confirmed that the scheme, submitted under the previous Conservative administration, has been scrapped and that a new and revised scheme is being prepared by his team.

The proposals had received 48 objections and just three general comments, with no letters of support.

Severe accident: A3052 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A3052 Devon both ways severe accident, at B3180.

A3052 Devon - A3052 in Aylesbeare blocked and queues in both directions at the B3180 junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Man charged over fake gun at University of Exeter

University of Exeter
Katie Leadbetter-Hope

A 25-year-old man has been charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence following an incident at the University of Exeter on Wednesday, police said.

Yihe Xiong, of Bonhay Road, Exeter, is due to appear at Exeter Magistrates' Court this morning

Devon travel: Reports of an accident on the A388

BBC Radio Devon

  • At Stibb Cross, on the A388 near the B3227 we've got reports there's an accident.
  • In Plymouth, on the Embankment heading inbound there's reports of very slow traffic.
  • In Paignton, on the A380 King's Ash Road between Fernicombe Road and Tweenaway Cross there's reports of slow traffic.

Fire service may close eight stations

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Fire crew
BBC

Up to eight fire stations may close under changes being considered by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Currently, there are 85 fire stations, 121 fire engines and 2,000 members of staff across both counties.

The service said it wanted to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century and fire incidents in both areas had decreased 36% between 2008 and 2018.

Unions said closing any stations would be a mistake and expressed concerns about a lack of fire cover.

The service said it had saved £12.2m over the last five years but an estimated £8.4m of savings were still needed in the next three.

Weather: Patchy rain and sunny spells

BBC Weather

There will be areas of patchy rain and drizzle today, but some areas will remain largely dry, if not dry altogether.

Maximum Temperature: 17C (63°F)

There will be sunny spells too and a gentle to moderate breeze.

weather map
BBC

Devon and Somerset fire stations may close under changes

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

Some fire stations may close under changes being considered by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

The brigade is due to reveal options for change later on Wednesday.

Bosses said it was to bring an outdated service into the 21st Century.

Unions said closing any fire stations would be a mistake and they were concerned about a potential "lack of fire cover and increased response times".

Devon and Somerset Fire Service vehicle
BBC

Talking about a service delivery public consultation on its website, the brigade said it was originally designed over 50 years ago and that "since then, the make-up of our communities and the way in which people live their lives has changed significantly".

It added: "The majority of our existing 85 fire stations have been in place for well over 30 years and the firefighter duty systems have not changed since the 1970s."

Weather: Clear spells and scattered showers overnight

BBC Weather

Weather map
BBC

Most places should remain dry tonight with clear spells, but the odd shower can't be ruled out.

Minimum Temperature: 7C (45F)

Looking ahead, there will be a few scattered showers on Thursday, but in general there will be lots of dry spells with some sunshine and a light breeze.

Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Police 'stormed' university in gunman threat

Aisling Finn

BBC News Online

Police cars at the University of Exeter
Katie Leadbetter-Hope/Jo Crawford

A student at the University of Exeter said "about seven policemen stormed into the Amory building" following reports of a man with a handgun.

Student Katie Leadbetter-Hope said: "The guy was taken out in handcuffs at about 12:25. He looked like he was of student age and people are speculating he was sitting an exam."

The Amory building is a centre for humanities on the Streatham campus of the university.

Police said nobody was injured in the incident.

Have you seen missing Amy?

A 17-year-old girl from Barnsley who hasn't been seen since Saturday is being sought by police.

Amy Perry
South Yorkshire Police

Amy Perry was last seen in Dodworth, but police think she could have travelled to Essex.

She is described as having thick, long blonde hair and was last seen wearing a black skirt, black leather jacket and suede high heels.

She is also carrying a green and blue handbag.

Anyone with information about here whereabouts is being asked to contact police.