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Schoolchildren stuck on coaches

Schoolchildren got stuck on coaches on a "very narrow road" on Dartmoor.

Police said they were called to Wray Barton, Moretonhampstead, at around 10.55 on Monday with reports a coach, carrying schoolchildren, was stuck.

Police then received further reports that a second coach had become stuck.

A police spokesman said: "Officers and the fire service attended the scene and helped passengers to exit one of the coaches.

"The other vehicle was able to free itself."

Both drivers have been reported to court for driving without due care and attention.

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

Council freezes 'non-essential spending'

Ed Oldfield

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Torquay Town Hall
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Torbay Council has put a freeze on non-essential spending to save money as it faces millions of pounds of extra costs for children’s care.

It is the second year in a row the council has imposed the restriction as it tries to balance it books.

Children’s services are on course to go £4.2m over-budget by the end of the year.

That would leave the council with an overall funding gap of £4m, so it is aiming to find extra savings and transfer cash from reserves to stay within its planned budget.

Although the number of cared-for children has remained stable at around 360, spending is being driven up by an increasing number of residential care placements.

The sector has seen costs rising, and complex cases can lead to bills of up to £10,000 a week.

The cost of agency staff to fill vacancies caused by a shortage of social workers is also adding to the overspend pressure.

An extra £4.4m was added to the children’s social care budget this year on top of £3m extra last year.

But that has not been enough to deal with the extra pressure.

Meanwhile the department is carrying out an improvement plan after an ‘inadequate’ rating by inspectors.

Details of the council’s financial position are outlined in a report to its overview and scrutiny committee which meets on Thursday.

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

Orphan foal gets first taste of freedom

BBC Spotlight

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A orphan foal that was found alone, has made a full recovery.

The foal, named Ava by staff at the Mare and Foal Sanctuary near Newton Abbot, has been getting around the clock care since she was rescued a few months ago.

Ava has now been allowed out of quarantine and has experienced her first taste of freedom while staff at the sanctuary are continuing to monitor her condition.

She now weighs a very healthy 116kg – more than twice as much as she weighed when she was found.

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foal
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Early morning cloud across Devon and Cornwall captured

BBC Weather Watchers

Although cloudy across Devon and Cornwall on Tuesday morning, the cloud will break up and it'll become sunny for most by the afternoon.

Thanks to our BBC weather watchers for sharing their pictures.

If you have photos to share, please email us.

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Paignton
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'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).

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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).

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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

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe disruption, from J23 for A39 to J24 for A38 Taunton Road.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) to J24, A38 (Bridgwater South), because of a vehicle on fire. Traffic is coping well.

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).

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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.

Paignton death 'treated as unexplained'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Paignton body scene
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Police in Torbay investigating a body being found in Paignton say the death is being treated as unexplained.

Officers were called at about 07:10 to reports of a sudden death of a person in the Esplanade Road area and found the body of an adult.

Police said the incident was "ongoing".

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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Sudden death in Paignton investigated by police

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Police in Torbay are investigating a death after a body was found in Paignton.

Officers said they were called to reports of a sudden death of a person whose body was found at about 07:10 in the Esplanade Road area.

"The incident is ongoing and inquiries are continuing", Devon and Cornwall Police said.

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
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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
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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).

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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
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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).

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Dorset chef says women could solve the curry crisis
Dorset chef Sarah Ali Choudhury wants to encourage more women to work in Indian restaurants.

Severe disruption: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe disruption, from J24 for A38 Taunton Road to J23 for A39.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound from J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) to J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of a lorry having a tyre changed.

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

Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, from J23 for A39 to J22 for .

M5 Somerset - Temporary closure and queues on M5 northbound from J23, A39 (Bridgwater North) to J22, Burnham-On-Sea, because of an accident.

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 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

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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.

Severe accident: A358 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A358 Devon both ways severe accident, at Lodge Lane.

A358 Devon - A358 Chard Road in Weycroft blocked and queues in both directions at the Lodge Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

PCC to present summer funding case to Home Office

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

The Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall will head to London this month to argue that the force should receive an additional £15m to compensate it for the cost of policing a "summer surge" of visitors.

Alison Hernandez says the force is put under additional strain because the two counties host more domestic visitors than any other.

The Special Grant Application is being finalised by staff at the PCC’s office.

It contains detailed facts and figures that explain the additional pressures placed on officers and staff between April and September.

Alison Hernandez
BBC

The tourism sector is vitally important to the South West, and contributes at least £300m a year to the Treasury through VAT. This application is about trying to get some of that money back so we can help to keep visitors and our resident population safe. We have invested heavily in additional resources like a rural and wildlife crime team, collaborations with other blue light services and additional roads policing teams to help to cope with a rise in requests for help because of the summer surge."

Alison HernandezPolice and Crime Commissioner, Devon and Cornwall

Severe accident: M5 Somerset northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset northbound severe accident, from J24 for A38 Taunton Road to J23 for A39.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and queues on M5 northbound from J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) to J23, A39 (Bridgwater North), because of an accident.

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

Items stolen from stables in two North Devon burglaries

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

A number of items have been stolen in two burglaries from stables in the North Devon area, police have said.

The first incident was reported to have taken place in Higher Bableigh between 09:30 on Sunday, 8 September, and 09:00 on Monday, 9 September.

The second incident took place in Swimbridge between 12:00 on Tuesday, 10 September, and 11:30 on Wednesday, 11 September.

In both incidents, entry was forced into the premises and a number of items including horse collars, rugs, riding hats and riding boots were taken, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Any witnesses are asked to contact officers via 101.

Local shops milk project aims to reduce plastic packaging

BBC Radio Devon

Seventeen independently-owned shops across Devon and Somerset have started offering a new way of buying milk - without plastic packaging.

Customers at shops that offer the service across East, North and Mid Devon can take along their own reusable jugs or bottles to refill from a milk machine - which is topped up by local dairy farm, Gundenham Dairy each day.

It's hoped the move will encourage shoppers to think about the environment - whilst supporting a local business.

Milk
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We get the milk delivered every day. We're going through about four cartons which holds about 24 pints. It comes fresh every day. I wanted to get something that would help everybody start using less plastic."

Debbie ClarkBroadclyst Village Stores

Ashcombe Garden to reopen after restoration

BBC Radio Devon

One of Exmoor's hidden treasures is being opened to the public for the first time since a major restoration.

Ashcombe Garden was started by businessman John Knight in the early 1800s, as a project to transform acres of Exmoor wilderness into a grand estate.

Volunteers have replanted the lost garden with native stocks and it opens next week.

Ashcombe
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Delays to superfast broadband 'short-changing' rural Devon

BBC Spotlight

Campaigners are reacting angrily to further delays in bringing superfast broadband to the most rural parts of Devon and Somerset.

The company responsible for the publicly funded roll-out, Gigaclear has lost its contract.

The Connecting Devon and Somerset Partnership says it will now start the process of finding a new provider.

It means the scheme is potentially four years behind schedule.

In a statement, it said it was working hard to agree a revised plan and it was "disappointed" not to be able to progress.

Graham Long
BBC

For businesses to do things like tax returns, VAT etc - the government expects it to be done online these days. Again, it's this dichotomy between rural and urban areas where rural areas are being short-changed."

Graham LongBroadband campaigner

Councillor attacks management after resigning

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

A blistering attack on East Devon District Council’s management has been launched by a councillor who resigned from group running the council.

Councillor Paul Millar, who represents the Exmouth Halsdon ward, quit the Independent Group on Monday night.

In an email announcing his departure from the group, Councillor Millar said he found working with the Senior Management Team and trying to have any influence over his transformation portfolio to be impossible, that he had no confidence in the senior management, and that the Independent Group has little desire to change anything really at all.

Paul Millar
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His resignation from the group means that they are no longer the largest party on the council, with both them and the Conservatives having 19 seats each.

In a response, Councillor Ben Ingham, leader of the council, said he thanked Councillor Millar for his contribution but that the "personal and unfounded comments" do not help advance understanding of the work carried out by East Devon District Council’s officers and councillors.

It is understood that Councillor Millar had been sacked from his transformation portfolio role by Councillor Ingham prior to his resignation from the group.

Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Councillor Millar confirmed he would remain a member of the council and would sit as an Independent.

Devon and Cornwall weather: Spells of sunshine expected

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Patches of low cloud and any light drizzle will clear towards the south coast and it'll become brighter with spells of sunshine developing more widely through Friday morning.

Light or moderate northeasterly winds will make it feel a little cooler.

Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

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