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  1. A pub is 'severely damaged' by fire
  2. Sharp rise in number of children permanently excluded from Devon schools
  3. Cornwall couple say health affected after a nine month battle with damp house
  4. Updates on Wednesday 7 September 2016

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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.

Weather: Due to get drier on Thursday

BBC Weather

After a fine end to the day it will be a dry start to the night with clear spells for many.

However, cloud will thicken during the early hours, bringing mist, fog and some light rain and drizzle, particularly over Dartmoor.

It will also turn breezier around the coasts. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F)

Weather map

Tomorrow any early cloud will thin and break up to leave a largely dry and fine day with sunny spells.

It will still be warm in the sunshine although feeling fresher than recent days, perhaps turning cloudier again later with a few showery outbreaks of rain. Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F)

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

  • A housing company has apologised to a couple and promised to find them new accommodation after the damp in their flat was identified as a health hazard
  • Police say a 74-year-old reported missing from Torquay has been found "safe and well"
  • A Torbay Hospital nurse has celebrated her 83rd birthday, making her one of the oldest nurses in Britain
  • Beachgoers mistakenly put a seal pup in danger by forcing him back into the sea after thinking he had been abandoned
  • A spaniel that was "high on drugs" when examined by vets has since recovered and returned home
  • Plymouth's new £4m coach station has opened

New lifeboat for Looe

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The Sheila & Dennis II - a B Class 85 RNLI lifeboat named after donors to the charity - has been delivered to Looe ahead of officially replacing the current lifeboat the Alan & Margaret tomorrow.

It is being retired after 13 years of service.

Looe lifeboats old and new next to each other in the water

Dave Haines, Looe lifeboats operations manager, said: "We are delighted with this new craft and everyone is very impressed with its performance and handling.

"This boat will ensure we can continue our primary role of saving lives at sea."

A formal naming ceremony is due to take place on Saturday 12 November. 

Housing company apologies for extensive damp

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish housing company has apologised after a Launceston couple complained of health problems from extensive damp in the place they've been living in for nine months.

The penetrating damp in the sheltered flat run by Sanctuary housing has been identified as a Category 1 health hazard.

The couple, both in their 60s, have now been offered alternative accommodation.

Cornish damp expert Stephen Richford said he would also like to see people given help on how to reduce moisture in their homes.

Jubilee Pool in Penzance to mark the end of summer with triathlon

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Jubilee Pool in Penzance will be marking the end of summer with a triathlon this weekend.

The pool will then close for the winter.

Jubilee Pool

The iconic lido reopened in May after suffering extensive damage in the storms of 2014.

83-year-old Torbay nurse: 'I love my job'

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Monica Bulman, a nurse who works on Hutchings ward at Torbay Hospital and has celebrated her 83rd birthday, says she still works 15 to 20 hours a week and has no plans to retire.

Monica and her colleagues
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

 Monica said: “I love my job, each and every part of it. Being a nurse brings me so much pleasure and keeps me on my toes!   

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

"I bought a belt to wear with my uniform when I qualified in 1957 – I still have and wear the very same belt to this day.”

We have lift off - Torbay Airshow dates for 2017 announced

Torquay Herald Express

Dates have been fixed for the 2017 Torbay Airshow, zooming back to the skies over the bay for a second year.

Man appears in court charged with attempted murder

BBC Radio Devon

A 60-year-old man from Topsham has appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

Andrew Richard Barnes, from Altamira, is accused of attempting to murder a 29-year-old man on Monday night.

He appeared via video link at Exeter Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody.

Mr Barnes did not apply for bail.

Couple's nine-month wait in damp-ridden house

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Cornwall couple say their health has been affected after a nine-month battle to get damp and mould in their sheltered housing treated.

The couple have suffered severe damp in their housing association home for nine months

Cornwall Council has designated the damp at the property in Launceston as a Category 1 health hazard - the highest level.

Jeanette and Steve Padginton had to move out of the bedroom because the damp was so bad.

Owner Sanctuary Housing says it is sorry for the length of time it has taken to resolve the problem and it will be offering the couple, who are in their 60s, alternative accommodation this week.

Seal pups have 'mothers smell'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Seal pups risk being abandoned by their mother if people push them back into the sea during pupping season, a marine rescue group warns.

Delia Webb

British Divers Marine Life Rescue said it is normal for pups to remain on dry land to conserve energy.

Dave Jarvis, from the group, said: "If it gets an alien smell from a dog or a human or something else touching it then the smell changes and the mother will then reject it and the pup has been abandoned."

Exeter city centre night club Unit 1 fear planned student block will "jeopardise" their future

Exeter Express & Echo

Exeter city centre night spot Unit 1 is incredibly concerned about future noise complaints from a proposed student block opposite their premises.

Do you know this person? Police appeal for help

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing to the public for help following an attempted burglary.

Officers are hoping the public can help identify this person.

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MP calls for farming to be protected in Brexit deals

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A Devon MP has called upon the government to ensure farmers get a good deal in any future Brexit negotiations.

Neil Parish MP
Conservative Party

Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, told the Commons he welcomed the Chancellor's recent decision to guarantee EU funding for farmers up until 2020.

He told the Prime Minister: "We need to make sure the farming and food processing industry is protected through trade deals we do in the future."

Theresa May said she had every intention of working with farmers during future trade negotiations.

Coach station now open as councillors hail 'new era' for Plymouth travel

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth's new £4m coach station is now open, with councillors heralding "a new era for the travelling public and the city centre.

Missing man found in Torquay

Police say a 74-year-old reported missing from Torquay has been found "safe and well".

John Hine, who has Alzheimer's, had been last seen in Frobisher Green walking his dog - a springer spaniel - and it was thought he may have sought shelter from the damp weather.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall: Severe disruption on the M5

BBC Travel

  • Devon: On the M5 at Exminster one lane closed on the Plymouth bound exit slip road due to a broken down vehicle
  • Cornwall: In Truro the A390 Tregolls Road is partially blocked at the Trafalgar Roundabout due to an accident, traffic is slow moving
  • Cornwall: In Mevagissey on Valley Road between Church Lane and Chapel Square we've got reports there's an accident

Cornwall job market a 'dog-eat-dog world' for young people

BBC Radio Cornwall

The job market in Cornwall is a "dog-eat-dog" world according to one young person trying to find work in Cornwall.

Oliver May

A report published today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the charity EY Foundation shows that more than 17% of young people in Cornwall are unemployed, compared to the national average of 11%.

"It's not like a race, you don't see other people running next to you so you don't know how well they're doing, that's what I find the difficult part," says Oliver May, from Saltash, which has one of the highest levels of unemployment for young people in the South West.

Seal pup 'forced into the sea'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Beachgoers mistakenly put a seal pup in danger by forcing him back into the sea after thinking he had been abandoned. 

Seal Pup
Delia Webb

Marine medics were called out twice on Sunday to assess one-week-old Snoozy at Portheras Cove in Cornwall after he was pushed into the water.

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said it was normal for pups to remain on dry land to conserve energy.   

Torbay Hospital nurse celebrates 83rd birthday

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

A Torbay Hospital nurse has celebrated her 83rd birthday, making her one of the oldest nurses in Britain.

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Monica Bulman, a Registered General Nurse (RGN), works on Hutchings ward at Torbay Hospital as part of the specialist outpatient surgical clinic team for endoscopy. 

Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

She has worked for the NHS for 64 years - starting aged 19 in 1952  - and has no plans to retire.   

Council to pave Mid Devon road and then dig it all up again

Exeter Express & Echo

A gigantic 'cock-up' is the phrase used to describe a road closure which has plagued residents and commuters in Tiverton over the summer months.

Busy summer leads to 26,000th air ambulance mission

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

An "extremely busy" July and August saw Cornwall Air Ambulance respond to more than 170 missions throughout Cornwall.

Map showing Cornwall Air Ambulance call outs in July and August
Cornwall Air Ambulance

The patients were split evenly between locals and those visiting the county.

Most of the summer's call outs were for injuries from accidents.

High spaniel returns home

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A spaniel that was "high on drugs" when examined by vets has since recovered and returned home. 

Zoe Richards

Vetinary surgeon Katherine Garside said Lennie from Northam Burrows near Bideford was "twitching a lot" and "hallucinating".

She said they thought he may have taken magic mushrooms or something similar, "he kept trying to catch something that wasn't there".

Man missing from Newton Abbot area found

BBC Radio Devon

Christopher Lock, 44, who has been missing from the Newton Abbot area since Sunday has been found safe, police say.

He was found last night and taken to Torbay District Hospital to recover.

Police thanked the Dartmoor Rescue Group for its assistance and all the members of the public who emailed or called with sightings.

Chairman hails 'exemplary' Vermeulen

BBC Sport

Controversial cricketer Mark Vermeulen is praised for his conduct during his time at Cornish club side Newquay.

Mark Vermeulen
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Latest weather: Becoming brighter throughout the day

BBC Weather

This afternoon the low cloud and mist will continue to lift and disperse in most areas to become generally brighter as warm sunny spells develop.

Weather map

However, further cloud will return into the west and Scilly by evening.

Light or moderate east or southeasterly winds will become fresh at times around the south coast and to the west. Max temp 24C (75F).

Stable work 'drying up' for young people, says charity

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A charity manager says stable work has "dried up" for young people today, following a new report which shows high levels of youth unemployment in the South West.

Job centre picture

David Sayers, from the youth charity Tomorrow's People in Plymouth, said: "Many years ago people tended to have jobs for life, there tended to be a lot more apprenticeships... there were always big factories which you could go into and that's sort of all dried up now."

Figures out today from the Chartered Management Institute and the charity EY Foundation showed more than 17% of young people in Cornwall were unemployed, compared to the national average of 11%.

Man in court for attempted murder after Topsham axe attack

Exeter Express & Echo

Details of a shocking incident in Topsham have emerged this morning after a man has been charged with attempting to murder his lodger.

Plymouth coach station officially opened

BBC Radio Devon

Plymouth's multimillion-pound new coach station has been officially opened.


The site in Mayflower Street has seven bays, information screens, a ticket office and cafe and cost nearly £5m.

It replaces the Bretonside bus station where a new leisure complex is due to be built.

Air ambulance flies 26,000th mission

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Cornwall Air Ambulance has flown its 26,000th mission since it began in 1987.

Air ambulance helicopter
Cornwall Air Ambulance

The milestone call out was for a toddler who had fallen from a wall in Boscastle last month. The paramedic aircrew flew the little boy and his mother to North Devon District Hospital in 22 minutes.

Paula Martin, chief executive of the charity said: "Cornwall Air Ambulance receives no government funding for rescue missions so the charity's supporters can be extremely proud... for the last 29 years their generosity has helped our paramedics to save thousands of lives."

Dog 'hallucinates' after eating suspected drugs, vet says

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

An unwell dog that was taken for treatment by his owner was high on drugs, vets have said.

Zoe Richards

They examined Lennie the spaniel after he ate something that made him sick on the Northam Burrows, near Bideford in Devon, on Sunday.

Veterinary surgeon Katherine Garside said Lennie "was twitching a lot" and "hallucinating".

"We were suspicious he had some recreational drugs or maybe some magic mushrooms," she said.

MP Scott Mann says he supports 90-acre Camel Creek "6-star" resort plan for jobs and investment

West Briton

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann has publicly declared his support for the proposed Camel Creek development between Wadebridge and St Columb, billed as Britain's first "six star" holiday resort.

Housing Association 'very sorry' for couple's nine month stay in damp house

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A housing association says it is "very sorry" for the time it has taken to move a couple in their sixties out of a damp house.

Light switch

Jeannette Padginton, 64, and her husband Steve Padginton, 65, from Launceston say they have suffered health problems after remaining in the house for nine months.

"There is a shortage of homes in the area, so finding somewhere suitable to temporarily house Mr and Mrs Padginton has not been quick nor straightforward," Sanctuary Housing said.

MP calls for jobs at Stonehouse Barracks to be kept in Plymouth

Multimillion-pound technology will offer 'quickest' evacuation times

BBC Radio Cornwall

New multimillion-pound technology in the Saltash tunnel will allow it to be evacuated in an emergency in the "quickest and most efficient manner", an expert has said.

Julian Strong

Julian Strong from Highways England said: "In the unlikely event of a fire happening or any particular incident which would require us to evacuate the tunnel in a hurry, we would be able to use this pubic address system which will provide commentary throughout the length of the tunnel."

The tunnel has been closed overnight for the last couple of months while the technology, which is also used for London's roads, has been installed.

Councillor 'worried' over Devon schools exclusion spike

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A councillor has said he is "worried" about the increase in the number of children being excluded from schools across Devon.

Andy Hannan

Last year there were 99 exclusions, an increase of more than two thirds on the year before, according to Devon County Council.

Labour councillor Andy Hannan said: "I'm worried because it has severe impacts on the children who are involved because if they are permanently excluded they're much less likely to do well in education".

Cornishman crowned Scrabble World Champion

Plymouth Herald

A Cornishman has proved he has a winning way with words - by being crowned the Scrabble World Champion.

Couple living in damp house for nine months should have been moved 'sooner'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man who claims he and his wife suffered health problems after living in a damp house for nine months says they should have been moved sooner.

Steve Padginton, 65, and Jeannette Padginton, 64, have been offered alternative accommodation this week by the owners of the property Sanctuary Housing, after Cornwall Council identified the penetrating damp as a category 1 health hazard.

"If it's that urgent why haven't the bosses said to the maintenance team get down there, get the people out and get the problem solved," Mr Padginton said.

Multimillion-pound bus station opens today in Plymouth

Plymouth's multimillion-pound new coach station is being officially opened today.

Bus station
Plymouth City Council

The site in Mayflower Street will have seven bays, information screens, a ticket office and café and cost nearly £5m.

It replaces the Bretonside Bus Station where a new leisure complex is due to be built. National Express will run the new station which is expected to see more than 50 departures a day, starting tomorrow.

Cornwall bucks asylum-seeking children trend