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Severe accident: M4 Bridgend westbound

BBC News Travel

M4 Bridgend westbound severe accident, between J36 for A4061 Bridgend and J37 for A4229 Pyle.

M4 Bridgend - One lane closed and it's heavy on M4 westbound between J36, A4061 (Bridgend) and J37, A4229 (Pyle), because of an accident.

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

Man, 77, dies after crash in Barnstaple

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A man has died in hospital after sustaining injuries in a crash in Barnstaple, police have said.

Officers were called to a two-vehicle crash on the A39 at Beccott Cross, near Arlington at about 10:00 on 9 July.

The crash involved a blue Rover 25 and a black Land Rover Freelander.

The driver of the Rover, 77-year-old Samuel Thomas from Redruth, died in hospital on Monday.

The driver of the Freelander was uninjured.

Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Thundery showers and a fresh breeze

BBC Weather

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Friday will be mainly cloudy with rain at times and a brisk south-westerly wind. The rain is likely to be occasionally heavy, perhaps with a rumble of thunder.

The evening will stay cloudy and wet for a time with further outbreaks of rain, some heavy. However, the rain should ease by dawn.

Temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

Travel: M5 closed northbound due to large fuel spillage

BBC Radio Devon

The M5 is closed northbound between junction 26 for Wellington and junction 24 for Bridgewater due to a large fuel spillage stretching about eight miles.

There is a diversion route in place via the A38.

Long delays are expected.

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South West heavy rain 'could impact driving conditions'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Heavy rain and possible thunder could cause problems for drivers in the South West on Friday morning, the Met Office has warned.

Traffic is expected to be busy on roads in the region for the beginning of the school summer holidays.

The Met Office said: "On Friday morning heavy rain, which could impact driving conditions in Wales and South West England, will soon spread north-eastwards reaching southern Scotland later."

It said more wet weather later on Friday "will leave parts of southern and southwestern England quite wet during the evening rush hour".

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Balcony fall victim's mum says she will 'never know'

The mother of Freddie Pring, who died after falling from a hotel balcony in Majorca last month, says she is resigned to "never knowing" what happened to cause his fall.

The 20-year-old, a rugby player with Minehead Barbarians, was on a reward trip with work-mates.

In her first broadcast interview Heather Pring has said she knows there was "no foul play" involved, but it has not been possible to discover why Freddie fell from the balcony in the early hours of the morning.

Freddie Pring's mum, Heather, says she weill never know what happened

A memorial fund has been set up in Freddie's name, to raise funds to provide sports coaching and development to adults and children in West Somerset.

Heather says: "I always knew that my son had amazing qualities but it wasn't until after his death that I became aware how much people rated him."

Freddie's mum says she has only really become aware how 'amazing' he was since his death

River turns luminous green

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A picture of the River Caen in Braunton has emerged on social media, with the water turning a luminous shade of green.

Speculation as to why the river had turned such a colour varied, with some suggesting that it was due to algae growing in the hot weather - other suggested the Hulk was having a bath upstream.

The actual reason? It's a green dye used by the Environment Agency to track water flow through the river.

River Caen
Jo Sanders

Urine 'not a treatment' for weever fish stings, RNLI says

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RNLI is again warning people not to treat weever fish and jellyfish stings with urine.

Weever fish
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The urban myth continues, even though the treatment is actually hot water.

The warning comes ahead of the summer holidays.

Man charged with rape after Ilfracombe attack

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

A man has been charged following an investigation into a serious sexual assault in north Devon.

The incident was reported to have taken place in the early hours of 21 May at a property on Marlborough Road, Ilfracombe.

A 24-year-old man from Ilfracombe has been charged with two counts of rape and one count of assault by digital penetration.

He has also been charged with assaulting a child.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before Exeter Magistrates Court later today

Sex offenders 'facing a lack of rehab and monitoring'

Ben Woolvin

BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

A child sex offender who’s recently been released from prison and is looking to find a home in the South West, says chaotic living arrangements and a lack of help have increased the risk of him reoffending.

There are also concerns about the level of monitoring by the police.

A freedom of information request by the BBC revealed that each specialist officer in Devon and Cornwall has been assigned 60 sex offenders - when national guidance recommends a maximum of 50.

Diane Wills is from the South West charity, Circles...

The government says it's spending £6m helping vulnerable former prisoners find stable accommodation.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry and sunny with showers

BBC Weather

Most of today will be dry with sunny spells, however there will be the chance of a few showers bubbling up at times.

Feeling a little fresher than Wednesday with a light to moderate westerly wind.

Maximum temperature: 21C (69F).

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Severe accident: A377 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A377 Devon both ways severe accident, from B3226 to Rock Hill.

A377 Devon - A377 closed in both directions from the B3226 junction in Kings Nympton to Rising Sun Hotel in Umberleigh, because of an accident involving one vehicle.

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

Eclipse over Dartmoor

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Thanks for sending in all your brilliant photos of the lunar eclipse.

This one is from Kestor Rock in Dartmoor, taken by Neil Porter.

Eclipse
Neil Porter

Devon and Cornwall weather: A mostly dry and sunny day

BBC Weather

It will be a dry morning with some sunny spells, although the sunshine may be rather hazy.

The afternoon will be cloudier with an increasing chance of showers developing.

Maximum temperature: 22C (71F).

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Severe accident: A48 Neath Port Talbot both ways

BBC News Travel

A48 Neath Port Talbot both ways severe accident, at B4283 Water Street.

A48 Neath Port Talbot - A48 in Margam closed in both directions at the B4283 Water Street junction, because of an accident. Traffic is coping well.

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

Severe disruption: A48 Neath Port Talbot westbound

BBC News Travel

A48 Neath Port Talbot westbound severe disruption, from M4 J38 to A4241 Harbour Way.

A48 Neath Port Talbot - A48 Margam Road closed westbound from Margam to Margam, because of an overturned cement lorry.

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

South west has lowest unemployment rate

BBC Business News

The south west region continues to have the lowest rate of unemployment in the country at 2.6%.

Unemployment across the UK was 3.8% between March and May 2019. The rate is at its lowest since late 1974.

It was highest in the North East at 5.6% which saw no change on the previous quarter, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Figures also showed wage growth in the UK was 3.6% in the year to May 2019, the highest growth rate since 2008.

Read more: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49002056

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MP urges government to prevent Vanessa George release

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Luke Pollard, the Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, has urged the government to intervene over the planned release from prison of Vanessa George, dubbed "Britain's worst female paedophile".

Mr Pollard told the Commons on Monday that the decision must be reviewed.

Speaker John Bercow advised that he "persist" in his efforts to force the Parole Board to think again.

The 49-year-old - who worked at Little Teds nursery at Plymouth - was jailed in 2009, but the Parole Board has recommended that she be freed under "strict" conditions as she is no longer regarded as a "significant risk" to the public.

George was convicted of abusing more than 60 toddlers and sending photographs of them to other paedophiles.

Vanessa George
Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It should be a largely dry day with sunny spells and fairly warm with light winds.

However, there is the chance of a few light showers passing through.

It will be dry overnight with some clear periods, becoming cloudier later in the night with the potential for some mist to form as well.

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Showers fading but may return

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

Any showers should fade on Monday evening to leave it dry in the night with mostly clear skies and light winds.

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

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BBC

After a fine and sunny start to Tuesday, there will once again be a risk of a few showers during the late morning and afternoon.

Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

Taking the lead: Recruitment drive for more therapy dogs

Janine Jansen

BBC Spotlight

There's a big recruitment drive in the South West for more volunteers with therapy dogs.

The charity Pets as Therapy currently has more than 250 canines working in the region.

Patients at Torbay Hospital's intensive care unit get regular visits from the charity volunteers and their pets.

Matthew Robinson works for the charity...

Paignton Zoo elephant Duchess dies at 49

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

duchess
Paington Zoo

An elephant that has lived at a Devon zoo for more than 40 years has died.

Female African elephant Duchess collapsed in her house at Paignton Zoo early on Sunday morning.

Despite a "determined and extended response from her keepers", the decision was made to euthanize her, staff said.

Duchess was born in 1970 and came to Paignton in 1977 and, for many years, lived with female Asian elephant Gay.

Senior head keeper of mammals Rob Rouse said it's been a "difficult time".

It’s a shock to the whole team, in particular those who worked with her closely and she will be sadly missed, she was a massive part of our zoo family."

Rob RouseSenior Head Keeper of Mammals, Paignton Zoo

New A303 safety measures a 'token effort'

BBC Radio Devon

The husband of a woman killed in a fatal crash on one of the main routes through the South West - the A303 - said he is "disappointed" by new safety improvements.

Trudi McHugh died in a crash on the A303 Ilminster bypass in 2015.

Paul McHugh said that the changes represent a "token effort" and do not go far enough to improve safety on the road.

Road managers said new safety work on the road was due to start on Monday night, including extra signs and coloured spaces.

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.

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BBC

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny and a gentle breeze

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

After a fine and sunny morning, it will become increasingly warm, although cloud will soon bubble up and allow a few light showers to develop Monday afternoon.

Any showers should fade in the evening to leave it dry with mostly clear skies and light winds overnight.

Weather
BBC

Severe disruption: A361 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A361 Devon both ways severe disruption, from B3149 to A3125.

A361 Devon - A361 in Bradiford closed in both directions from the B3149 junction to the A3125 junction, because of a police investigation. Traffic is coping well.

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

Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

After some late sunshine this evening, Friday night will be largely dry with clear spells, variable amounts of cloud and light to moderate northerly winds.

Early on Saturday areas of cloud will break up to allow sunny spells for most of the day.

There is a small chance of a few isolated showers developing during the afternoon and clear spells overnight.

Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

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