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Summary

  1. Angler dies after being swept into the sea off Newquay. His death is the third off the Cornish coast in a matter of weeks, the RNLI says
  2. Man impaled on railings rescued by firefighters
  3. Pedal powered sub launched in cross-Channel challenge
  4. Thousands of solar industry jobs 'at risk' in the South West
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Jonathan Morris

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Miles Davis

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back on Monday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Dry and bright for Saturday

BBC Weather

Tonight the weather is expected to stay dry with long clear spells developing. A few patches of mist or shallow fog may develop in valleys and sheltered rural areas towards dawn. Winds mainly westerly and light. Min Temp:12C (54F)

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On Saturday it'll be a bright, dry and warm morning with sunny spells. During the day low cloud will increase from the west, but it will remain dry until evening. Light or moderate westerly winds will back westerly and freshen in the west. Max Temp:22C (72F)

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

  • Angler dies after being swept into the sea off Newquay. His death is the third off the Cornish coast in a matter of weeks, the RNLI says.
  • Man charged with attempted murder in Saltash
  • Pedal powered sub launched in cross-Channel challenge
  • Thousands of solar industry jobs 'at risk' in the South West

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the A38 Plymouth-bound just after the Rattery junction one lane is blocked due to a broken down van.
  • In Penzance a number of roads in the town centre are closed until 9pm due to a visit by the Man Engine mechanical puppet. 
  • There is busy traffic on the A38 westbound from Saltash heading towards Tideford.
  • In Plymouth Crownhill Road is partially blocked due to an incident at Budshead Road.
  • On the trains there will be no service between Truro and Falmouth Docks until approximately 20:00. 

Surf picking up on Sunday into Monday

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Surf will be a moderate 2-3ft on the north coast this weekend but the swell is expected to pick up through Sunday and into Monday according to this chart for Fistral beach at Newquay from magicseaweed.

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Signs and common sense needed after 15 cars get stuck on Newquay beach

The Cornishman

Cornwall Council is looking at installing dead end signs on the road leading to a beach where up to 15 cars have got stuck over the last year - but drivers are being urged to use a little bit of common sense too.

Solar job fears over government cuts

BBC Radio Devon

Cuts in government subsidies are being blamed for a decline in the solar industry in the south west. 

The industry body, Regen South West, says new solar provision dropped by 65%, in the last 12 months. 

It is feared as many as 2,000 jobs could be lost.

Truro City sign Brazilian keeper Basso

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City has signed veteran former Bristol City and Hull City goalkeeper Adriano Basso on a short-term contract.

Adriano Basso
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The 41-year-old Brazilian last played in England in 2012 for Hull in the Championship, and has made a total 222 appearances in English football.

Truro are awaiting international clearance, which they hope will come in time for their opening game of the season against Chelmsford on Saturday.

Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the A38 at Ashburton heading towards Exeter one lane is blocked due to an incident.
  • Traffic is slow moving in both directions on the A39 through Camelford.
  • On the A38 Plymouth bound just after the Rattery junction we've got reports a broken down van is partially blocking the inside lane.
  • There is slow-moving traffic on the M5 Bristol bound from Taunton.
  • On the trains there is disruption between Truro and Falmouth Docks expected until 17:30.

Man charged with attempted murder

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A man has been charged with the attempted murder of a 46-year-old woman in Saltash, Cornwall on Thursday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said Timothy Walkey, 48, of Warfelton Crescent, Saltash, appeared before Bodmin Magistrates this morning and has been remanded in custody.

Cramped conditions for cross-Channel submarine pair

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Two French engineers will be unable to stand up in their submarine for seven days as they cross the Channel.

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Projet Poisson Pilote

Video footage shows how cramped the conditions are on the pedal powered submarine which left the coast of Cornwall for St Malo earlier.

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Projet Poisson Pilote

Antoine Delafargue, 33, and Michael de Lagarde, 36, will be in a living in a steel hull 2.5m long (8ft) and 80cm (3ft) wide for the journey. Each will take it in turns to sit in the cockpit which has a bubble-style canopy to see through.  

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BBC

Changes to TV licences from September

BBC Radio Cornwall

People in the South West are being reminded that the rules are changing for TV licences. 

From 1 September a licence will be needed to download or watch BBC programmes on-demand, including catch up TV, on BBC iPlayer. 

Anniversary of the deaths of Annie Varran and Calvin Trevena to be marked with carnival tribute

West Briton

Beautiful yellow ribbons will adorn a carnival float as friends remember much-loved couple Annie Varran and Calvin Trevena on the year anniversary of their tragic death.

Why has there been a fall in solar farms?

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

There's been a fall in new solar and biomas installations in the South West according to the industry body Regen SW. It says cuts in government subsidies have meant big drops in them being installed across the region.

In Devon, the amount of new MW capacity has fallen by 57% and in Cornwall it's fallen by 76%.

Solar panels
BBC

Regen SW blames cuts in government subsidies but the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy says it was right to scale back subsidies so the low carbon energy sector can stand on its own two feet. It says solar has been a UK success story.

Diary dates for the Rio Olympics

Council criticised for resurfacing single track and leaving potholes on busier routes

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has been criticised by residents for wasting money in the parish of St Neot on resurfacing tracks which carry little traffic, while nearby busier routes remain blighted by potholes.

One narrow single track - with only one property along it - has been entirely relaid along a two-mile stretch.

Potholes
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Cornwall Council says it does not routinely treat roads on a worst-first basis, but intervenes when it is appropriate and cost effective to do so. 

French duo start pedalling submarine to France

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Two French engineers have left Cornwall and are now peddling to St Malo.

The Poisson Pilote left Plymouth earlier today and submerged just off the coast of Cornwall, near Cawsand.

Antoine Delafargue, 33, and Michael de Lagarde, 36, plan to travel 135 nautical miles (250km) at depths of 100m. They expect the challenge to take seven days.  

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BBC

'Vital information' as Man Engine visits Penzance

British track star Pavey says experience counts in her favour

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Long-distance runner Jo Pavey says experience can give her a winning edge as she prepares for the Rio Olympics, the fifth in her career.

Jo Pavey
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Pavey, 42, from Devon, said: "I try not see myself as old. [But] one great thing about being old is that you can use your experience in what works for me.

"And also having that perspective in life, being a mum and going training with the kids.

"I'm just really enjoying my running and I think if you enjoy something, you can achieve things that maybe you thought weren't possible."   

'It came from nowhere': Cornwall resident talks about getting into difficulty on the coast

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Truro resident has spoken of her "absolutely shocking" experience when she and some friends were cut off by a rip current after visiting a quiet beach.

Speaking on BBC Radio Cornwall, Claire said "it was very frightening... we were upset when we came home. It [rip current] can catch anyone out".  

Her comments follow the news of the death of a 42-year-old angler who was holidaying in Cornwall.

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The RNLI said his death is the third off the Cornish coast in a matter of weeks. 

Gardeners in St Austell have managed to grow a tomato which looks just like a rubber duck

Cornish Guardian

Yes, you read that correctly. A tomato...that looks like a rubber duck.

Sunny spells and patchy cloud

BBC Weather

It will be mainly dry this afternoon with sunny spells and patchy cloud. 

There is the small chance of a very isolated and light shower around the north coast. 

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Winds will be light or moderate from the west or southwest. The top temperature today: 22 Deg C (72 Deg F).

Torbay marks 30 years of the steam fair

BBC Radio Devon

Torbay Steam Fair, which kicks off today and lasts all weekend, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Here are some pictures from the opening day...

Steam Fair
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Steam Fair
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Steam Fair
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Steam Fair
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On Janet Kipling's Devon Debates today...

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

What's in a name? There are claims Exeter Chiefs is 'offensive' to native Americans and needs to change - what do you think? 

Also, the Rio Olympics officially kicks off tonight - are you staying up and will you be glued to it for the next fortnight? 

And is it still Fish and Chip Friday round your plaice...? (get it?). Listen to Janet Kipling here.

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Helston the A394 is partially blocked near Rowe's Lane due to an accident
  • On the A38 westbound from Saltash heading towards Tideford there's busy traffic
  • On the A30 westbound between Bolventor and Temple there's slow moving and queueing traffic through the roadworks
  • In Penzance a number of roads in the town centre are closed until 21:00 due to a visit by the Man Engine  

Cross-Channel submarine pair pass Drake's Island

Angler death: Rescue teams battled 'difficult' conditions

BBC Spotlight

Rescue teams battled "difficult" conditions last night in the search for an angler reported missing off Newquay.

Gareth Horner, from the RNLI, said there was a 3m swell and they were searching in "total darkness on a clear night and had to initially illuminate the search area with parachute flares".

A 42-year-old man was found in the water by rescue teams and later died.

His death is the third off the Cornish coast in a matter of weeks, the charity said.  

Gareth Horner
BBC

Police investigate alleged serious assault

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are investigating an alleged serious assault on a 46-year-old woman in the Saltash area.

Officers said she remained in the intensive care unit at Derriford Hospital.

A 48-year-old local man is currently in custody, having been arrested on suspicion of assault, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

The force added it was called to the town on Thursday evening and police were appealing for witnesses.

Huth turns down Torquay United offer

Ronald Huth
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Former Paraguay defender Ronald Huth turns down a contract offer from National League side Torquay United.

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Heading out: Cross-Channel sub pair leave for St Malo

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

The two submariners aiming to pedal across the Channel from Plymouth to St Malo have set off.

Crew enter sub for cross-Channel bid

French engineers Antoine Delafargue, 33, and Michael de Lagarde, 36, plan to travel 135 nautical miles (250km) at depths of 100m. They expect to take seven days.

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Projet Poisson Pilote

High rents hit Exeter tenants

BBC Radio Devon

Households in Devon are seeing their income swallowed up by high rents according to research by the BBC.

Rent
BBC

It reveals that people in Exeter earning the average monthly take home pay of about £2,000 are particularly hard hit. It can cost more than a third of their income to rent a property.

Ministers say they've doubled the housing budget, including investing £8bn in an extra 400,000 quality affordable homes to rent and buy across the country.

Angler's death is the third in a matter of weeks, RNLI says

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

The death of a 42-year-old man fishing off Newquay has been the third death off the Cornish coast in a matter of weeks, the RNLI said.

Gareth Horner, from the charity, said: "Every situation is different, but there are a lot of things that can go wrong.

"Our advice to anglers is to wear a flotation device, don't do it alone, and tell people where you are."

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Well-wishers send messages to cross-Channel sub pair

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Messages of goodwill and good luck have been pouring in for the two Frenchmen taking part in an underwater odyssey in a pedal-powered submarine.

Sub
Project Poisson Pilote

"Bon voyage, on pense bien à vous!"  (Have a good trip, we are thinking of you!) - from Edward Courcel.

"On est avec vous!!!" (We are with you!!!) - from Laetitia Navarro.

"Bonne chance et bravo." (Good luck and congratulations) - from Tanali So.

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Projet Poisson Pilote

French engineers Antoine Delafargue, 33, and Michael de Lagarde, 36, plan to travel 135 nautical miles (250km) from Plymouth to St Malo.

The pair, who have designed and built the vessel themselves and expect the trip to take seven days.

British adults struggle to spell 'Torquay' correctly

Torquay Herald Express

Torquay is the third most misspelt location by British people making a booking on a hotel company website, it has been revealed, with people often spelling it 'Tourkey' or 'Tourkie'.  

Adams planning ahead with Argyle

Derek Adams
Getty Images

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams says he is already planning for the 2017-18 season, after signing a new contract.

Derek Adams

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Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams says he is already planning for the 2017-18 season, after signing a new contract.

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Drinking water taken onboard cross-Channel sub

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Drinking water is being taken onboard a pedal powered submarine which two French engineers Antoine Delafargue, 33, and Michael de Lagarde, 36, plan to take 135 nautical miles (250km) from Plymouth to St Malo.

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Projet Poisson Pilote

The pair, who have designed and built the vessel themselves expect the trip to take seven days and have taken 200 litres of water.

There is also enough oxygen to last them for a month.

Sea angler death not treated as suspicious by police

Press Association

Devon and Cornwall Police said they were not treating the death of an angler who was pulled from the sea near Newquay as suspicious. 

Emergency services were called by the man's family after he did not attend a planned family event yesterday evening. 

The 42-year-old was pulled from the water by the RNLI and airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.

Officers said a relative had carried out formal identification of the body, and his next of kin had been informed.