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Boy, 4, seriously injured after being hit by 4x4

Jenna Hawkey

BBC News Online

A four-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a collision with a 4x4 in Plymouth, police say.

Emergency services were called to Maidstone Avenue at 17:50 on Thursday following reports of a crash involving a Skoda Yeti and a young boy.

Maidstone Avenue, Plymouth
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The boy, from Plymouth, was taken to Derriford Hospital with serious leg and arm injuries but his condition is not thought to be life-threatening or life-changing.The female driver was not injured.The road was closed but reopened at about 20:10.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J24 for A38 Taunton Road to J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and it's slow on M5 southbound from J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) to J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a break down.

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

Climate Strike: Plastic woman part of Taunton protest

Several hundred people have turned out in Taunton to protest against climate change.

They gathered on Castle Green earlier this morning and marched through the town centre, with placards and a nine-foot model made out of waste plastic in the shape of a woman.

plastic woman
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Climate change protest in Taunton on 20th September 2019
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Climate change protests on 20th September 2019
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HMS Montagu wreck granted protected status
The designation comes following a series of archaeological dives by wounded veterans last summer.

Large fire at industrial unit

BBC Radio Devon

A large fire at an industrial building has been put out by firefighters.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service received a call from a member of the public on Thursday night, reporting a fire in Crawley near Yarcombe.

Three fire appliances from Chard and Honiton and an Aerial Ladder Platform from Taunton initially attended, but were later backed up by crews from Ilminster, Ottery St Mary, Crewkerne and Honiton.

The fire was out by 06:00, with fire officers declaring the cause of the fire as accidental ignition, due to milling machinery.

MP candidate quits after BBC interview

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

Kirsten Johnson has resigned as a Liberal Democrat candidate for MP after an interview on BBC Radio 4.

When asked why her prospective North Devon constituents voted Leave in the Brexit referendum three years ago, Mrs Johnson said it was because they are "98% white", and "don't travel a lot".

In a post on Facebook, she said she was "acutely aware" her comments had caused offence, adding she had "lost the thread" of what she was saying.

Mrs Johnson said her words were "interpreted in ways that I certainly did not intend or believe about the people of North Devon".

Kirsten Johnson
Kirsten Johnson
Mary Truell: The 91-year-old walking 91 miles
Mary Truell is walking 91 miles across Devon's nature reserves to raise money for their upkeep.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, from J26 for A38 to J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 northbound from J26, A38 (Wellington) to J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Woman walker, 91, smashes £3,000 charity target

BBC Spotlight

A 91-year-old woman is walking 91 miles around all 50 of Devon Wildlife Trust's nature reserves to raise money for the charity.

Mary Truell
BBC

Mary Truell, from Lympstone in east Devon, hopes her journey will encourage more people to get out and about and enjoy them more.

She's already smashed her target of £3,000 with 24 miles still to go.

"It's been a wonderful experience," she said.

"People have been very kind and very generous."

Devon and Cornwall weather: A day of sunshine ahead

Alex Osborne

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and fine day with almost unbroken sunshine.

It was also feel pleasantly warm with mainly light northeasterly winds that will be moderate at times towards the south coast.

Max temperature: 19C (66F).

Weather map
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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 and queues on M5 northbound from J31, A30 (Okehampton turn off) to J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a break down.

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

Severe disruption: A30 Devon westbound

BBC News Travel

A30 Devon westbound severe disruption, from A377 to A382.

A30 Devon - One lane closed on A30 westbound from Alphington Junction in Exeter to Whiddon Down, because of a lorry having a tyre changed. Traffic is coping well.

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

'Hundreds of nursing shifts go unfilled' in south west

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

More than 1,100 nursing and health care assistant shifts went unfilled in just one week across three of the region's hospitals, according to figures gathered by the Royal College of Nursing (RCN).

nurse
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The figures suggest almost double that number had been filled with agency and bank staff.

Trusts say they are working to recruit more staff and deploy existing staff to ensure patient safety isn't compromised.

The RCN has launched a petition and says it is a problem that affects everyone:

Susan Masters, from the RCN, said: "We need the citizens of this country to understand that nursing affects all of them, that we need to have the numbers in place, the right numbers of staff in the right place with the right skills to care for them and their families."

Devon and Cornwall weather: A dry day with sunny spells

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Any patchy cloud on Tuesday morning will largely clear and will otherwise be dry with good spells of sunshine.

Feeling pleasant in the sun.

Highs of 20C (68F).

Weather map
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Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, from J26 for A38 to J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - M5 closed and stationary northbound from J26, A38 (Wellington) to J25, A358 (Taunton), because of an accident earlier on and accident investigation work. Diversion in operation - follow the A38 towards Taunton then take the A358 until you rejoin M5 at J25.

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

MP candidate apologises over 'white' North Devon comments

BBC Radio Devon

The Liberal Democrats' prospective parliamentary candidate for North Devon has apologised after she said the area was "98% white" and local people had not "appreciated" the EU.

Some 57% of people in the area who took part in the 2016 European Union referendum voted to leave the EU.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Sunday afternoon's The World This Weekend, Dr Kirsten Jones said: "We don't have a lot of ethnic minorities living in North Devon, people aren’t exposed to people from other countries, they don’t travel a lot and I think there is a slight disconnect that North Devon being isolated, being rural and low income perhaps hasn’t appreciated the advantages of being in the European Union."

North Devon's incumbent MP, Conservative Peter Heaton-Jones, had demanded she apologised, saying: "She was saying: 'you're too white, you're too poor, you're not well-travelled to make the right decision and therefore the Liberal Democrats are going to have to tell you what you should be thinking'.

"That is an extraordinarily patronising and condescending offensive thing to say about the majority view here in North Devon."

Dr Johnson said on Twitter she "misspoke", adding her comments "do not reflect my views or that of my party.

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Devon and Cornwall weather: Overnight cloud clearing

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

Apart from the odd spot of drizzle on Monday evening, a mainly dry but largely cloudy night is anticipated. Later in the night, clear spells will develop from the north. A chillier night.

Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather
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A dry Tuesday with some areas of cloud initially, but there will be more in the way of sunshine later in the day. Gentle northerly breezes.

Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Exeter county councillor resigns

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A Labour Party county councillor representing Exeter has resigned, triggering a by-election.

Cllr Emma Brennan, who represented the Heavitree and Whipton ward, was first elected to the council in May 2017.

No reasons for her stepping down have been announced.

A by-election to elect her replacement is set to take place on 24 October.

Nominations for candidates must be received by Exeter City Council, who are administrating the election on behalf of Devon County Council, by 16:00 on 27 September.

The list of nominated candidates will be published on 30 September and anyone wishing to vote must be registered by 8 October.

The elected councillor would serve until May 2021, when the next elections are due to be held.

City council have nothing to go on for Exeter toilet usage

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Exeter City Council has no idea how many people used the toilets of city centre business over the summer.

Councillors in April voted to close 15 of the 26 toilets that the city council operates and those toilets have since closed.

As well as the council having to make £60,000 of savings from its budget, councillors were not told that there would still be 11 public toilets available and there would be an abundance of publicly accessible alternatives in the city centre.

Proposals were also put forward for a community toilet scheme to be introduced that would allow the general public to use toilets in city centre businesses – although the majority of businesses did not support it.

Following the closures, Cllr Diana Moore asked questions at last Tuesday night’s executive meeting about usage levels, saying: “How many city centre businesses welcomed visitors who were not customers to use their toilets this summer?”

But in response, Cllr Phil Bialyk, leader of the council, said that they didn’t have any figures to that effect.

He said: “We would have to ask all the businesses who have facilities to keep a record and if they thought someone was a customer or not. I don’t think anyone records that information and in the larger stores over more than one floor, it would be very difficult to say, and I don’t think anyone has the resources to record that.”

Asking if public toilets would be part of the CityPoint scheme – the £300m redevelopment of the area around the bus station – Cllr Bialyk said that they would have to look at the planning proposals that came forward, and then it will be discussed at the time when they did.

Exeter public toilets
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Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, at J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - M5 lane closed on entry slip road southbound at J25, A358 (Taunton), because of a break down. Traffic is coping well.

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

Campaigners protest to save fire station

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

People in Ashburton have been campaigning to keep their fire station open.

People in Ashburton took to the streets again to campaign to keep their fire station open.

It is the latest demonstration over planned changes to the Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service which could see eight stations close.

The fire service says it needs to focus more on prevention and that there is a big drop in the number of incidents.

However, the Ashburton crew claim they were called out six times in the past week.

Half way through the march, they got another call to go to Ivybridge as standby because of a shortage of appliances in the area.

A consultation is underway looking into the proposals.

Kev Lewis, the officer in charge of Ashburton Fire Station
BBC

It just emphasises the case for keeping every appliance and every station in the service open and hopefully keep us fully crewed so that they're all available to do these kind of moves."

Kev LewisOfficer in charge of Ashburton Fire Station

Burning car found on roof in Buckfastleigh

Charley Adams

BBC News Online

burnt out car on roof
Buckfastleigh Fire Station

Fire crews were called to reports of a car on fire in the early hours of Sunday morning.

On arrival, the crew from Buckfastleigh found a car on Church Hill that was on its roof and on fire.

All passengers had fled the scene.

The crew put out the fire and searched the area.

car on fire
Buckfastleigh Fire Station

Accidental deaths around SW coasts 'more than double'

Lucie Fisher

BBC South West

There’s been a big increase in the number of accidental deaths around the Devon and Cornwall coast this year, according to new figures.

Data from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency shows that, in the 12 months up to September, 28 people died in the sea and in rivers, compared with 11 the previous year.

Experts said men were more likely to take risks, along with people who were away from home and on holiday.

Sea shore
BBC

There's a lot of research about tourists versus home behaviour and it proves people on holiday perform more risky behaviour than those at home."

Dr Isabel RichterPsychologist

Devon and Cornwall weather: A cloudy and drizzly day

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A dull and overcast start to Monday with low cloud giving misty conditions over high ground.

It will remain pretty cloudy with some drizzle at times, especially over the moors and along the north coast, where mist and fog patches will persist.

Max: 20C (68F).

Weather
BBC

Accidental deaths around SW coasts 'more than double'

Lucie Fisher

BBC Spotlight

There’s been a big increase in the number of accidental deaths around the Devon and Cornwall coast this year, according to new figures.

The figures from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency show in the 12 months up to September, 28 people died in the sea and in rivers compared with 11 in the previous year.

Experts say men are more likely to take risks along with people who are away from home and on holiday.

Sea
BBC

There's a lot of research about tourists versus home behaviour and it proves people on holiday perform more risky behaviour than those at home.

Dr Isabel RichterPsychologist

Devon and Cornwall weather: A cloudy and drizzly day

Dan Downs

Weather Forecaster

A dull and overcast start to the day with low cloud giving misty conditions over high ground.

It will remain pretty cloudy with some drizzle at times, especially over the moors and along the north coast, where mist and fog patches will persist.

Max: 20C (68F).

weather map
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Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, from J27 for A361 to J28 for A373 Honiton Road Cullompton.

M5 Devon - Temporary closure and stationary on M5 southbound from J27, A361 (Tiverton) to J28, A373 (Cullompton), because of a vehicle on fire.

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

Nicky Law

Nicky Law's stoppage-time penalty maintains Exeter's unbeaten start to the League Two season in a thrilling draw with Leyton Orient.

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Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, from J24 for A38 Taunton Road to J25 for A358.

M5 Somerset - M5 partially blocked and it's slow southbound from J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) in Huntworth to J25, A358 (Taunton) in Somerset, because of an accident.

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

Devon and Cornwall weather: Cloud clearing as winds drop

BBC Weather

Any lingering cloud will quickly clear overnight on Friday to leave it dry with lengthy clear spells. Winds will fall light too.

Minimum Temperature: 7 to 11C (45 to 52F).

A dry and settled Saturday tomorrow with lengthy sunny spells and winds remaining light. Turning a little warmer.

Maximum Temperature: 17 to 21C (63 to 70F).

Ryan Lowe: Plymouth Argyle manager has street kickabout with kids
Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has an impromptu kickabout in the city's streets with some local children.