Plymouth businesses warned about new scam: Malicious USB drives turning up in the post

Businesses in Plymouth are being warned of a brand new scam where cyber criminals are using very old fashioned methods.

Normally criminals try to hack into a business’s systems through the internet – often by breaking into someone’s email, or looking for weak passwords.

But security researchers have spotted that one criminal gang is now posting out USB drives.


If your home has been damaged by the storms 'beware of cold callers'

Trading Standards is urging householders, particularly the elderly and vulnerable, to be on their guard for rogue traders who might try to cash in on the damage caused by recent storms.

At the end of last week and over the weekend Devon, Plymouth, Torbay and Somerset was hit by a series of storms which damaged homes and property.

Now the Heart of the South West Trading...

Storm Eunice update: ‘strong winds’ to peak on Friday and continue over weekend

Devon County Council is advising people to only travel if absolutely necessary with ‘extremely strong winds’ expected over the next few days and reaching a peak in the early hours of tomorrow (Friday) morning.

The Met Office escalated its Yellow Wind Warning for the region, issued on Tuesday, to Amber. And now a Red warning has been issued for northern Devon and it’s coastline....

Storm Eunice: High winds expected early Friday morning

Devon County Council is advising people to take extra care when travelling this Friday morning (February 18) with Storm Eunice expected to hit the region in the early hours.

The south west is expected to be battered by gale force winds from midnight to mid-morning on Friday and the Met Office has issued a Yellow Wind Warning.

Winds in coastal areas are expected to be the...

Drone pilots reminded to share the sky safely this Christmas

Devon Air ambulance crews will be on call throughout the Christmas period ready to respond throughout Devon and beyond.

In December alone, the charity has so far been tasked to 80 missions, delivering vital pre-hospital and time-critical emergency care to 43 patients who experienced a sudden critical injury or illness within our local communities.

The charity's two emergency...

Devon gearing up for Storm Barra

Devon is expecting another battering from the latest named storm tomorrow (Tuesday 7 December).

Storm Barra is forecast to bring gale force winds, particularly in coastal areas, from 9am tomorrow until 6pm on Wednesday.

The Met Office has issued a Yellow Severe Weather Warning for windy conditions throughout the next couple of days, with winds of up to 80mph in exposed...

Bonfires are not an excuse to burn household rubbish, warns Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is asking people who are planning on having a bonfire to make sure that they only burn small amounts of paper, leaves, untreated wood and cardboard and the waste is kept securely before being burned. Only clean, non-commercial waste should be burned like paper, untreated wood and cardboard. The burning of most type of waste is illegal as it causes pollution which can...

Advice to take extra care on Devon's roads following latest weather warning

More heavy rain is forecast for Devon this evening and throughout the weekend, and road users are being urged to take extra care on the county’s roads.

Yellow Severe Weather Warnings have been issued by the Met Office for further persistent downpours tonight and over the weekend.

Heavy rain is forecast from 9pm tonight until 9am tomorrow morning with the possibility of up to...

Reminder to "be bright, be seen" on Devon's roads

British Summer Time ends on Sunday 31 October and as well as remembering to put the clocks back, Devon County Council is reminding road users to “be bright, be seen”.

With people travelling to work and school in the dark and in poor weather conditions when visibility is reduced, the council is urging people to take extra care.

Motorists are asked to look out for more...

Avoid Halloween ‘sight-mare’ from novelty contact lenses

WANNABE witches, warlocks, black cats and devils in Plymouth are being urged to avoid using spooky novelty contact lenses that could harm their eyes this Halloween.

An increasingly popular trend at this time of year is for people to wear coloured novelty contact lenses – but not knowing how to wear or care for them can also result in numerous eye conditions.

This includes...