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  1. People living in Exeter city centre are still not allowed to return home following a major fire
  2. Thousands of people flocked to Plymouth city centre for the MTV Crashes music concert
  3. The Port Eliot arts festival near St Germans in Cornwall is in full swing
  4. Updates on Friday 29 July 2016
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Latest weather: Isolated showers over the weekend

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Any isolated showers will die away during the course of the evening to leave dry but humid conditions overnight.

Some clear spells may develop by dawn, with perhaps the odd mist or fog patch over high ground. Min Temp: 12C (54F)

Weather map

Saturday should start off dry, with cloud slowly clearing through the day to leave a bright, fine day with plenty of sunshine. The odd isolated shower is possible towards the end of the day, but most people should stay dry. Max Temp: 22C (72F)

Sunday should be a dry and bright day with even more sunshine than on Saturday. On Monday and Tuesday there's a return to cloudy conditions with some prolonged spells of rain at times.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

  • People in part of Devon, facing a lack of local carers are trying to set up their own agency to provide them
  • A warrant has been issued for a man from Newquay who has lost contact with probation officers
  • Staffing levels have been increased at Derriford Hospital as crowds gather for the MTV Crashes event in Plymouth
  • People living in Threemilestone are asking motorists and residents to be more considerate during the current roadworks

Water bowsers head to Lundy

Water bowsers are on their way to Lundy Island as a prolonged dry spell has left the island facing a water shortage.


With 30 people in permanent residence - rising up to 160 in peak season - the island is reliant on rainfall for its water supplies.

Island manager Derek Green said: "The weather in the first half of the summer has been fairly calm which has been great for our visitor numbers but the lack of rainfall has put pressure on our water supplies."

Toilet blocks in Fowey could soon become cafes or art galleries

Cornish Guardian

Toilets threatened with closure in Fowey could instead be turned into cafes, offices or even art galleries under ambitious community plans.  

Fire service tests 'going very well'

BBC Spotlight

Firefighters in Devon have been testing new equipment that sprays a mist inside a building on fire to reduce temperatures.

Lee Howell

Lee Howell, chief fire officer for Devon and Somerset said: "It's very unusual, we don't often set fire to buildings or get the chance to test new equipment. 

"It's been going well, we've seen temperatures drop from 400c to 40c in a matter of seconds."

WATCH: Rogue seagull causes a flap in St Ives shop

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A wandering seagull which took a liking to a shop's fruit and veg display in St Ives caused chaos after staff tried to shoo it out.

Seagull causes chaos in shop

Norway Store owner Marie White said: "It flapped its wings and knocked over a bottle of Sambuca before we could get it out."

The seagull is a regular visitor, she said. "It normally loiters on the street and if it gets quiet it takes a hop into the shop."

Investigations under way after house collapse

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Engineers are investigating what caused the partial collapse of a house in the West Devon village of Sampford Courtenay.

A house in Sampford Courtenay has partially collapsed

Yesterday afternoon part of a cob wall unexpectedly crumbled into the main road. Nobody was injured.

Boating lake users hit out at "disappointing" council clean up

The Cornishman

Penzance's boating lake is "completely unusable" according to a model boat owner who has criticised Cornwall Council for not making a better job of clearing it.  

The latest firefighting technology on show

Heavy traffic coming into Cornwall

Firefighters starting fires in Devon

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Firefighters will start a fire in Devon today to test a new generation of life-saving firefighting equipment.

Fire starters

Four empty houses due for demolition in North Prospect will be deliberately set alight, and then crews will test a new sprinkler system which is probed through walls. 

Devon and Somerset's Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell says the exercises involve simulating real life scenarios.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the M5 from Tiverton heading towards Bristol there is slow moving traffic
  • In Plymouth there are delays on Western Approach and Union Street due to construction work at Derrys Cross
  • Expect busy traffic on roads in and round Sidmouth due to the start of the Sidmouth Folk Week
  • On the A39 through Camelford there is very heavy traffic in both directions
  • On the A30 between Bolventor and Millpool heading westbound there is slow moving and queueing traffic

Cob cottage wall collapses into street

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A house built of cob - a traditional combination of mud and straw - has partially collapsed in Sampford Courtenay, Devon.


The road from Forge Cottage to Bulland Cross in Sampford Courtenay, near Okehampton, was cordoned off.

It is not yet known what caused the collapse.

No-one was reported injured.

Cliff warning after two dogs plunge to their deaths

West Briton

Dog owners are being urged to take care while walking their pets near cliffs after a dog died in Padstow and a puppy fell 45ft near Falmouth. 

Dartmoor group to launch community care agency

BBC Radio Devon

People living on north east Dartmoor are getting together to try and set up a not-for profit community social care agency due to a "chronic shortage of regulated care providers in the area".

Old person

The group said about three people from the Moretonhampstead and Chagford area were stuck in hospital every week unnecessarily, because there was no one to care for them at home. 

Devon County Council, which is responsible for adult social care, says there is a national shortage of carers, and it has teamed up with a private company to provide personal care in the area. 

Choc ices away...

BBC Radio Cornwall journalist Hannah Stacey has just made herself the most popular person in the newsroom by buying everyone a choc ice to celebrate Friday afternoon.

Choc ice

Sidmouth Folk Festival starts today

BBC Spotlight

The annual Sidmouth Folk Festival starts today. It began 62 years ago with 100 or so folk dancers congregating in the town for what was then called a "seaside holiday with dancing".

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Puffins flourishing on Lundy

Poldark excitement mounts

Aidan Turner will return to television screens as Ross Poldark later this year.


The first series of the remake of the 1970s show was a huge success and fans have been keenly anticipating Poldark's return in September.

Labour launch inquiry after Totnes branch backs independent candidates in by-election

Torquay Herald Express

THE Labour Party has launched an inquiry after its Totnes branch decided to run three independent candidates in Wednesday's election.  

House collapses in Devon village

Port Eliot hitting its stride

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Thousands of people have converged on the Port Eliot festival near the village of St Germans in south east Cornwall.

Port Eliot
Carolina Faruolo

The festival is on its second day with guests such as Dawn French, comedian Noel Fielding and musician Beth Orton.

Global warming brings jellyfish to South Devon beaches

Torquay Herald Express

Global warming is causing swathes of jellyfish to flock to British beaches as warmer seas attract the stinging menaces. 

Man proposes at St Michael's Mount

A man from Doncaster successfully proposed at the most beautiful spot he could think of - on the slipway to St Michael's Mount in west Cornwall.

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New trio for Plymouth Raiders

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Australians Peter Hooley and David Humphries and forward Deji Adekunle have become the first signings for new Plymouth Raiders boss Jonathan White.

Peter Hooley and David Humphries
Plymouth Raiders

Hooley and Humphries qualify as British players through family ties and all three played college basketball in the United States until this summer. 

Hooley averaged 12.5 points a game at Albany University, Humphries played under former NBA coach Mike Dunlap at Loyola Marymount University while Adekunle will become Raider's tallest player at 6'11 and joins having graduated from Kiele University having also played at Northwestern State and Williston State. 

Homes set on fire as new firefighting gear is tested

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Homes due for demolition will be set on fire by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue so they can test new equipment.

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St Austell 'Clay Town' rebrand plan to celebrate china clay history

St Austell in Cornwall could be rebranded as part of a move to celebrate its history with the material.


By the early 20th Century, Cornwall dominated the global market, producing half the world's china clay which was used to produce the finest porcelain and pottery.

The rebrand is part of a multimillion-pound regeneration project including the production of Cornishware pottery in the county it was named after, nearly 100 years after it first appeared.

'Granddady of Folk festivals' back for 62nd year

BBC Spotlight

Tens of thousands of people will descend on Sidmouth as the Folk Festival gets started. 

Janet Dowling

Janet Dowling, who moved to Sidmouth after going to the festival for 40-years said: "It is glorious. There are stories in every part of Sidmouth. I'm so glad I'm living here."  

Folk musicians and dancers will fill the town over the next week.

Man arrested after 'trying to get on carnival float' at Torbay Carnival

Torquay Herald Express

A man has been arrested after alleging trying to jump on board one of the floats in the Torbay Carnival procession

Emergency fear over illegal parking

BBC Radio Cornwall

There are fears illegally parked vehicles could be putting lives at risk in Cornwall. 


Residents and traders in some Cornish tourist hotspots say there have been cases where ambulances and fire appliances have been held up because of badly parked vehicles.

Richard Gibbons, Station Manager with Cornwall Fire & Rescue Service, said irresponsible parking was a serious problem for crews.  

Hotting up in Exeter

Trial of 'life saving' firefighting gear

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Trials of a new generation of life-saving firefighting equipment will take place in Plymouth today. 

Fire engine

Four empty houses due for demolition will be set ablaze as part of a series of training exercises by crews including a new sprinkler system.

Devon and Somerset's Chief Fire Officer, Lee Howell said the technology could have helped crews tackling the blaze at Richer Sounds in Exeter on Wednesday.

Centre for ceramic arts plan for St Austell

The team behind a multimillion-pound regeneration project in St Austell hope the town will become a "centre for ceramic arts".

Clay pit

James Staughton, chairman of the St Austell Bay Economic Forum and chief executive of St Austell Brewery, said it was a "huge opportunity" for the town.  

"By putting together a programme of events as a cultural destination, I think we can encourage people in who will spend their time and hopefully their well-earned money."  

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudy morning with outbreaks of light rain or drizzle affecting many areas along with low cloud and patches of hill fog. 

It will brighten up in some areas this afternoon, but there will also be some further occasional showery outbreaks of rain. West or southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate. Maximum temperature 20 Deg C (68 Deg F).

Weather map

Still no news on Torquay takeover

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United chairman David Phillips tells me there is 'still no news' on a proposed takeover of the National League club.

Getty Images

The Gulls have been in talks with Swindon-based Gaming International since March and the firm's period of exclusivity ends on Sunday.

If they fail to get a deal done, the Gulls can open up talks with other bidders - if there are any.

Liberal Democrat wins Cornwall Council seat

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Liberal Democrat Maggie Vale was elected to Cornwall Council last night after winning the Newlyn and Goonhavern by election.

Ballot Box

The seat was previously held by Conservative Lisa Shuttlewood who resigned. Mrs Vale won with 247 votes.

Paul Charlesworth of the Conservative Party took second place with 234 votes and independent candidate Kenneth Yeo was third with 163. The turnout was 26%.

Exeter man caught on camera performing sex act on woman's laundry

Exeter Express & Echo

An Exeter man was captured on film rifling through a woman's underwear drawer before sexually relieving himself on her bed, while wearing her nightgown on his head  

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

  • Residents and traders in Cornwall's coastal resorts want more to be done to stop illegal parking in the peak holiday season.
  • A horse yard in north Cornwall confirmed it has been hit by a case of the highly infectious disease Strangles.
  • Firefighters in Devon will be starting fires of their own today in an usual trial of the latest technology in tackling blazes.
  • A teenage girl was knocked to the ground and robbed in Teignmouth

Exeter City sweat on injury news

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City are assessing the extent of ankle injuries to two of their key players.

Jordan Moore-Taylor
Getty Images

Central defender Jordan Moore-Taylor and winger Lee Holmes were both hurt as the Grecians beat a Cardiff City side 3-0 in a pre-season friendly on Thursday night.

"It could be anything from four days, to four weeks, to four months, you just don’t know until you have them in the next day and you see the reaction from it," manager Paul Tisdale told the club website.