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Summary

  1. The A38 reopens after it was closed for nine hours following a fatal collision
  2. Man arrested over bomb threat sent to a mosque
  3. Arson attack on five-year-old's guinea pig hutch
  4. Rio 2016: Giselle Ansley from Kingsbridge goes for gold tonight in the hockey final - GB v Netherlands
  5. Cornwall Council is being criticised after imported trees from Italy had to be replaced
  6. Rugby clubs to remember fallen of WW1
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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Miles Davis

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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.

Flood warnings and alerts for the South West

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A number of flood warnings and alerts are already in place as the South West braces itself for some severe weather.

The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning with gusts of up to 55 miles an hour expected on the coast, particularly in the north. 

Porthleven
Philip Sanger

The Environment Agency currently has 15 "flooding possible - be prepared" alerts and two "flooding expected - immediate action required" warnings in force.

Family devastated by guinea pig hutch arson

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A five-year-old Plymouth boy says he's devastated after his pet guinea pigs' hutch was destroyed in an arson attack in the early hours of Wednesday in the St Budeaux area of Plymouth.

The female guinea pig, who was just over a year old, was found dead in a neighbour's garden, but the three-year-old male guinea pig has not been found.

"It's just evil and sick - when I told my little boy what had happened, he said it was the worst day of his life and asked why anyone would do that to him," Cody's mother Amy said.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Latest weather: Winds will continue to increase overnight

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Winds will continue to increase overnight reaching gale force around exposed coastal areas like Croyde.

Weather
BBC

There will be some clear spells with most of the showers across western parts of the county.

Minimum temperature: 14C (57F)

Latest travel news

BBC Travel

  • On the A38 at the Splatford Split one lane is blocked Plymouth-bound due to a broken down vehicle
  • On the A380 Hamelin Way one lane is blocked southbound due to a broken down vehicle at the Gallows Gate Roundabout 
  • The B3230 near Bittadon is closed due to a three-vehicle incident between Lynton Cross and Muddiford

Sandbags sent to coastal locations

Arson attack on guinea pigs

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Arsonists set fire to a guinea pig hutch containing two pet guinea pigs belonging to a five-year-old girl in St Budeaux, Plymouth.

Police are asking anyone with any information about the attack, which happened shortly after midnight on Wednesday, to get in touch on 101.

Coach crash jury retires for weekend

The jury in the trial at Truro Crown Court of a driver of a coach that crashed killing two passengers has retired for the weekend.

Margeret Luxton and Carol Muldoon died when the vehicle, which was on a day trip from Exmouth to Looe, collided with a wall on a country road at Morval. Eighteen other people were injured.

The driver Martin Chun, from Whitestone, near Exeter, faces a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and an alternative charge of causing death by careless driving. The jury will continue their deliberations on Monday.

Massive storm swell to peak Friday evening

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Massive waves are heading towards the coast of Cornwall and Devon as a ferocious storm bears down on the south west, according to forecasters from the surf website magicseaweed.com

Forecaster Ben Freeston said swell measuring more than 25ft was heading towards the south west and will coincide with large spring high tides.

Swell
magicseaweed.com

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to visit Cornwall and Scilly

Fishing trawler that became minesweeper protected

BBC News England

The sunken wreck of a fishing trawler that swept for mines during World War One has been given special protection.

The steam boat Arfon had remained untouched on the bed of the English Channel for almost 100 years until it was discovered in 2014.

Diagram of Arfon shipwreck
Swanage Boat Charters Ltd

The protection from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport follows protection for three shipwrecks in Devon - a medieval fishing boat and two 18th Century merchant vessels.

Mass strandings of sea urchins 'caught out by storm'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

"Thousands" of baseball-like sea objects strewn across beaches in the South West are a common type of sea urchin.  

More formally known as burrowing sea urchins, Prof Martin Attrill, from Plymouth University, said they were about the size of a tennis ball and were usually covered with little spines.

Sea Urchin
Nick Higgs/Plymouth University Marine Institute

He said mass strandings of sea potatoes were "not unusual", as they gathered to breed and could wash up together if caught out by a storm.

Plymouth man in epic seven-day challenge to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Assocation

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A man from Plymouth is doing a 1,500km cycle, ultra marathon and open water swim over seven days to raise funds and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Assocation after losing a friend to the condition.

Rauri Haddlington is currently in the middle of the seven-day trek across Japan from Okaya to Lake Toya.

His friend Stef died of Motor Neurone Disease in August 2014 and his mother died of the same condition when the pair were 16.

He said: "It's going well, I'm just coming to the end of my bike ride, then swimming and running are to follow.

"We've been incredibly well received... we're trying to raise money and awareness and remember an old friend."

RNLI issues advice ahead of forecasted storms

BBC Spotlight

With gusts expected to reach 40-50mph inland, and 50mph along exposed coastlines on Saturday a Met Office warning has been issued.

The strong winds and large waves are due to coincide with a period of spring tides this weekend.

A giant wave hits the south Cornwall seaside town of Portmellon in 2004
PA

Guy Addington, Community Incident Reduction Manager for the RNLI, said: "Stormy conditions may be tempting to watch but the sea is very dangerous and unpredictable and big waves can easily knock you off your feet.

"We understand why people want to experience extreme weather, but we strongly urge people to respect the water and if you are planning a coastal activity, our advice is to watch the shore from a safe distance."

Council claims trees 'did not develop as expected'

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A former councillor has accused Cornwall Council of wasting taxpayer's money by buying trees for the gateway to Pool, which did not grow properly.

The council has responded by admitting the trees did not thrive as expected, even though they normally do well in urban environments.

The London Plane trees came from Italy at a cost of more than £1,000 each

Head coach of Redruth Rugby Club resigns

BBC Sport

Redruth head coach Steve Larkins has resigned from his role and will be replaced by backs coach Marek Churcher.

Larkins had been in charge since 2014 and guided the club to fourth place in National League Two South last season.

Rugby players
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

"With a young family, Steve has found it hard with all the travelling and away games we do," chairman Treve Dunstan told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"We respect his decision. He leaves the club in a healthy position, on a high after where we finished last season."

Breast pliers attacker Nigel Reeby spared jail to care for frail Dad

BBC News England

A man who used pliers on his former girlfriend's breast during a sustained attack has been spared jail in order to care for his elderly father.

Nigel Reeby, 48, assaulted Rosalynd Davies in July 2013 after she told him to leave her farm near Okehampton.

He admitted actual bodily harm at Exeter Crown Court and was jailed for 8 months, suspended for two years.

WW1 Somme fallen has 'huge significance' for rugby clubs

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Some of the 19,240 Shrouds of the Somme will be on display at Sandy Park Stadium on Saturday as Exeter Chiefs host Ulster Rugby in a pre-season friendly.

An exhibition at the stadium about the Devon and Ulster Regiments and the losses they suffered on the first day of the Battle of the Somme will include 3,237 of the shrouds - those lose by those two regiments on 1 July 1916.

Shrouds of the Somme
Steven Haywood

Tony Rowe OBE, chief executive of Exeter Rugby Club, said: "The fact that both the Devon and Ulster regiments lost a great number of men during the battle means this weekend's fixture between the respective clubs has huge significance and we will be welcoming representatives from Ulster Rugby to come and pay their own respects."  

Latest weather: Bright and breezy this afternoon

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

The afternoon will be mostly dry with sunny periods, but one or two heavy and blustery showers are possible later.

Weather
BBC

Winds will become especially strong around the coasts, and it will feel fresher.

Maximum temperature: 22C (72F)

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: A358 incident

BBC Travel

  • On the A358 we've had reports of an incident on the outskirts of Axminster near Abbey Gate Lane
  • In Devon at Budleigh Salterton the Knowle Hill incident has cleared
  • An advanced warning has also been issued in Buckfastleigh A38 Exeter bound between Lower Dean & Dartbridge closed 20:00-06:00. Diversions will be in place
  • Police say the A3052 has reopened
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Man arrested after mosque bomb threat

BBC News England

A 43-year-old man from Plymouth has been arrested by anti-terror officers investigating a bomb threat received by a mosque.

He has been detained for questioning about a letter sent to Jamia Masjid Abu Bakr mosque in Eastwood, Rotherham, on 1 August.

Zoo puts giraffe to sleep: 'You have to do the right thing'

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A young giraffe with neck problems has been put to sleep by Paignton Zoo.

The youngster, born in May, was rejected by his mother Janica, so zoo keepers stepped in to bottle feed him, but x-rays discovered two of the vertebrae joints in his neck were collapsing.

Young giraffe with mother
Paignton Zoo

Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said: "Naturally this is a blow, but working with animals brings highs and it brings lows, as anyone who has ever owned a pet or kept livestock will know - but they will also know that you have to do the right thing for the animals in your care."

Rothschild's giraffes are classified as Endangered.

Weather warning in place for the South West

Serious crash in Falmouth

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A serious crash has taken place in Falmouth involving three vehicles, police say.

Emergency services were called just after 12:15 to the incident in which two people were injured.

Jury retires in coach crash trial

BBC Spotlight

The jury in the trial of a driver of a coach that crashed killing two passengers has retired to consider its verdict.

Margeret Luxton and Carol Muldoon died when the vehicle, which was on a day trip from Exmouth to Looe, collided with a wall on a country road at Morval. Eighteen other people were injured.

The driver Martin Chun, from Whitestone, near Exeter, faces a charge of causing death by dangerous driving and an alternative charge of causing death by careless driving.

A38 reopened after nine hours following fatal collision

'Funny' beach-flung orbs are common sea urchins

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

"Thousands" of "funny" baseball-like sea objects strewn across beaches in the South West have been identified as a common type of sea urchin.

Sea urchin
Totnes Subaqua Club

Freelance photographer Mike Newman said he spotted "great numbers" of the pods when he was surfing on Long Rock beach in Cornwall. 

The objects have reportedly baffled holidaymakers who were concerned they were poisonous. But marine expert Prof Martin Attrill said they were harmless "sea potatoes", known more formally as burrowing sea urchins.

New service to help East Devon residents recycle more announced

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A new service to help East Devon residents recycle more of their waste will be phased in across the district from February next year.

The district's 68,000 households will be able to recycle cardboard, mixed plastics and Tetra Paks, which will be collected every week from the kerbside.

Councillor Iain Chubb said: "Our aim has always been to deliver a more sustainable recycling and waste collection service that benefits the environment, helps our residents do the right thing by recycling more and is economically viable."

Rugby clubs pay tribute to fallen heroes of WW1

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The servicemen killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme will be remembered by an exhibition ahead of Saturday's pre-season rugby friendly between Exeter Chiefs and Ulster Rugby.

An exhibition is being set up for the day at Sandy Park Stadium including 3,237 of the Shrouds of the Somme - 19,240 individual creations each representing a British soldier who lost his life on the first day of the battle in World War One.

Shrouds of the Somme exhibition
BBC

The shrouds represent the 3,237 servicemen from the Devon and Ulster regiments who paid the ultimate sacrifice on the first day of battle on 1 July 1916.

The exhibition will be free for supporters before the game and up until half time.

After getting wet and stung by nettles, wheelchair bound Pete takes hedge cutting into his own hands

Exeter Express & Echo

A wheelchair-bound man with no legs has been forced to take grass cutting into his own hands to navigate Tiverton's pavements.

Series of accidents leave roads closed

People living in flood prone areas being advised to stock up on sand bags

BBC Radio Cornwall

People in flood prone areas of Cornwall are being advised to stock up on sand bags with high winds and heavy rain expected.

Sand bags
BBC

With exposed parts of the county likely to be hit by 60 mile an hour winds on Saturday, the Cornwall Fire and Rescue service is advising people to take precautions with the reminder that neither the council nor the Environment Agency has a statutory duty to provide sandbags.

Endangered giraffe put to sleep at Paignton Zoo due to neck problems

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Paignton Zoo has put a young giraffe to sleep after he was rejected by his mother.

The youngster, born in May, was rejected by his mother Janica, so zoo keepers stepped in to bottle feed him.

Rothschild's giraffe
Paignton Zoo

Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said: "He’d started to develop a distinct kink in his neck and x-rays showed that at least two of his vertebrae joints were collapsing.

"Treatment would be prolonged and stressful, and he would still be left with a bent and potentially painful neck which would become accentuated as he got older and his neck grew proportionally longer."