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Ice warning across Devon and Cornwall

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

Ice warning by Met Office
Met Office

Drivers in Devon and Cornwall are being warned to take "extra care" on Wednesday morning as icy conditions are expected.

Road temperatures could drop as low as -2C overnight in Devon, according to the county council.

It follows a Yellow Warning from the Met Office for ice until 10:00.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Cabinet Member for Highway Management in Devon, warned gritters could only treat "around 2,000 miles of our network".

"So we would encourage everyone to be mindful of conditions, reduce your speed and allow extra time for your journey”, he said.

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The following advice has been issued by Devon County Council:

  • Avoid overnight travel unless absolutely essential as roads will always be more hazardous at night with less traffic and colder temperatures
  • Drive with care and according to the conditions
  • Allow additional time for your journey and reduce your speed
  • Never assume a road has been salted. Remember that showers or rain will wash salt off roads leaving them prone to ice, and in extreme cold even salting will not stop ice from forming

Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara damage 'costs at least £200k'

Daniel Clark

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Austin’s Bridge
Devon County Council

The repair and clear-up bill from Storm Dennis and Storm Ciara is expected to cost at least £200,000, Devon County Council has said.

A spokesman, responding to a request from the Local Democracy Reporting Service, said the figure is set to rise as the clearance of several landslips continues and further damage is discovered across the county.

The damage includes a Grade II listed bridge which has been closed after sustaining damage in Storm Dennis.

Austin’s Bridge at Buckfastleigh, which dates back to 1749, is thought to have been struck by a large tree that had washed into the River Dart during the storm.

Devon County Council has taken the decision to close the bridge as a precautionary measure.

The B3213 Dunsford Hill and B3193 Teign Valley Road near Trusham Quarry remain closed due to landslips, as does Marine Parade at Shaldon, while temporary lights are in place on the A386 Landcross and on the A377 Newbridge while debris is cleared from the roads.

Severe disruption: A38 Devon eastbound

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A38 Devon eastbound severe disruption, from B3352 to A383.

A38 Devon - A38 in Ashburton partially blocked eastbound from Ashburton Rockpark Cross to Goodstone Junction, because of a broken down fuel tanker. Traffic is coping well.

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

River Teign bursts its banks

The River Teign has burst its banks alongside the A38 and B3344 near Chudleigh in Devon and may flood the road, police have warned.

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River Teign
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Coastguard issues wave watcher warning

These wave watchers in Meadfoot, Devon, got a bit more than they bargained for this morning.

Torbay Coastguard said it had issued advice to those caught in the onslaught of a wave breaking over a wall.

“Even with high tide slacking off, there’s lots of debris in the water including large rocks,” the coastguard added.

People on wall next to sea
Torbay Coastguard
wave breaks over people
Torbay Coastguard

Flooding in Looe and Fowey

The high tide and stormy weather has caused flooding in Looe and Fowey.

Looe Community Fire Station posted a video on social media of the flooding.

The fire station said it had not received any call outs to flooded properties, but the road to the station was flooded.

Staff said anyone in danger and in need of assistance should call 999.

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There's also flooding on the A386 near Sourton and the Torpoint Ferry crossings are suspended "due to extreme flooding".

There's also flooding along the river in Kingsbridge.

Kingsbridge
BBC
Kingsbridge

Stormy weather continues to disrupt power and travel

BBC Spotlight

Further disruption is expected as stormy conditions continue to batter the South West.

A yellow warning for wind is in place.

Storm
BBC

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said it had dealt with several incidents since Sunday including a trampoline which had blown over a fence and on to a house, and a number of signs and roofs which had been damaged or loosened.

Western Power Distribution said about 500 properties were without power in Devon and Cornwall this morning.

There are reports of a large tree down on the A390 at Grampound and another on the A390 at the top of the St Mewan dip.

On Sunday winds gusted to more than 70 mph. Some trains and ferries didn't run, while Flybe cancelled most flights in and out of Exeter and Newquay.

Devon MP jokes 'man flu' is worse than coronavirus

Adam Durbin

BBC News Online

Johnny Mercer
PA

Defence Minister Johnny Mercer has joked to MPs his "man flu" is worse than coronavirus.

The Plymouth Moor View MP's voice was strained when addressing Parliament at defence questions.

During some confusion over who was to reply to a question from an opposition MP, Mr Mercer told the Speaker he was "not very well" .

"It's not coronavirus, it's worse - it's man flu," he said.

The coronavirus epidemic has killed more than 361 people and infected 17,000 in China since the beginning of the year.

Man 'slammed' into pavement in unprovoked attack

Rebecca Thorn

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man in his 30s suffered a broken cheekbone and nerve damage when a stranger "slammed" him into the pavement.

The victim was knocked unconscious following the assault in Queen Street, Barnstaple on 12 January.

The attack happened between 00:50 and 01:00 GMT near to the Beats Working Shop and Fever nightclub.

Officers said the offender - a white man - was with one woman and two other men. The woman is described as white with long brown hair and wearing bright, flowery trousers.

The two white men are said to have blonde/mousey-coloured hair.

Det Con Sarah Richards said: "This is a seemingly unprovoked attack on the victim by a complete stranger.

"Police would like to hear from anybody who witnessed the attack and particularly anyone who can identify the offender."

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Airline Flybe 'at risk of collapse'

Andrew Segal

BBC News

Flybe plane
BBC

Exeter-based airline Flybe is at risk of collapse, according to reports.

The airline is reportedly in talks over potential emergency financing after suffering rising losses, Sky News reported.

It reported that Flybe has been holding talks with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Transport (DfT) on whether the government could provide or facilitate any emergency financing to the company.

Some 2,000 jobs are said to be at risk at the carrier, which is Europe's largest regional airline, a main operator at both Exeter and Newquay airports, and major provider of flights for the Channel Islands.

Last February, the airline was bought by a consortium led by Virgin Atlantic, Connect Airways, following poor financial results.

Flybe said it was continuing "to focus on providing great service and connectivity for our customers, to ensure that they can continue to travel as planned".

It added: "We don't comment on rumour or speculation."