Plans to close Council-run residential homes in Devon are on hold because of a legal challenge.
The County Council says it's been asked by the Court to temporarily suspend the closure programme until this challenge has been resolved. It's submitted an appeal against this decision which will be heard as soon as possible.
Travellers have lost their battle to stay in Rock Park in Barnstaple.
Police have escorted travellers to the county boundary to ensure there is no attempt to set up elsewhere in the town. Barnstaple Town Council yesterday obtained a ‘writ of possession’, which would have been enforced by the High Court Sheriff’s Office tomorrow. It is likely that the prompt action of agencies across the town curtailed the travellers’ stay significantly, as reports suggested they had intended to remain until Sunday.
Following the result of the Scottish referendum, Cornwall Council is preparing its case to be given greater powers to raise and spend its own money in the way it wants.
Cornwall Council Leader John Pollard is calling on the Government to give Cornwall more freedom to manage its own affairs.
Eight people have been charged following a major police investigation into human trafficking and modern slavery in Plymouth and Cornwall.
The five women and three men are charged with conspiracy to traffick persons into the UK for the purpose of labour exploitation. They will appear before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court this morning (19 September). Those charged are:
- Lenka Cmejlova, 32, of Union Street, Plymouth.
- Jiri Sebelik, 37, of Union Street, Plymouth.
- Martin Tancos, 35, of Saltash Road, Plymouth.
- Katerina Kuriova, 35, of Saltash Road, Keyham, Plymouth.
- Nela Dzurkova, 26, of Ford Park Road, Plymouth.
- Petr Tancos, 35, of Ford Park Road, Plymouth
- Sandra Tancosova, 25, of Flora Court, Plymouth
- Ruzena Tancosova, 34, of Union Street, Plymouth
The eight people were arrested on Tuesday by police in a joint operation to tackle slavery and human trafficking.
Eight suspected victims of human trafficking were recovered by police and partner agencies and remain in the care of Plymouth City Council, The Salvation Army and the British Red Cross.
Claire's hair salon in Dawlish was flooded out this morning after storm passed through Devon last night.
The owner of the salon, Heather Hartup, says it's happened every two years since 2003. She believes storm drains that had clogged up may have been responsible.
A lightning strike has damaged Police Communications at Devon and Cornwall Police Headquarters in Exeter.
It hit a mast this morning and has caused what the Police says is "significant disruption to telephony services". As a result in order to keep disruption to a minimum all telephone calls to police are being diverted to the Plymouth control room.
All 999 calls will be answered as a priority.
People are being asked to keep telephone contact to a minimum and that non urgent contact is made through the Force internet service until normal service is resumed.
The leader of Devon County Council says the West Country needs to make sure it 'doesn't lose out' because of promises made to Scotland by the Government.
John Hart is the chair of South West Councils, which represents 41 local authorities in the region.
Storms have hit the West Country over night causing flash flooding across the region.
Exeter airport has seen 23mm of rain in the last two hours. And there are reports that homes have flooded in South Devon.
The Great British Beach Clean begins today - with beaches around our coastline in line for an end of season clean-up. Among those targeted are Babbacombe, Dawlish Warren and Croyde. The three-day event has been organised by the Marine Conservation Society.