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Summary

  1. Toddler 'seriously injured' in crash
  2. Beaver attacked dog 'without warning'
  3. 'Thousands' of children have bad teeth removed each year, figures show
  4. Devon fundraisers give Grenfell firefighters 'much needed' break
  5. 'I AM GOD' T-shirt man sought by police
  6. 'Deliberate' fire behind shop tackled
  7. Four primary schools have 'little or unpredictable broadband'
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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Miles Davis

BBC News Online

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.

'Good chance' for Cornwall to host Olympic skateboarding heats

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall has a "good chance" of hosting the qualifying heats for skateboarding in the Tokyo Olympics, a skate park manager says.

Mount Hawke Skate Park has launched a bid to host the heats after the sport was one of five new events added to the Olympics for 2020.

Skateboard
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"We do believe we've got a really strong chance, with the facilities we've got here," Mount Hawke manager Ciaran Ryder said.

Restaurants and shops to open in swanky £4m office block

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth office block is undergoing a £4million revamp which will leave it with space for classy ground-floor shops and restaurants and a fifth-floor penthouse with panoramic views over the city.

Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Warm and dry with possible thundery downpours

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

A warm and dry evening, with some clear spells developing, although in the early hours thunderstorms could develop in the east. Minimum temperature 16C.

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow will see the chance of isolated thunderstorms in the east at first, then it will be hot with plenty of sunshine.

Some coastal fog may arrive later in the afternoon, with a maximum temperature of 26C.

Holiday 'means the world' to 'broken' Grenfell firefighter

Lynne French

BBC News Online

The wife of a firefighter who helped battle the blaze at Grenfell Towers says the offer of a free holiday "means the world" to them.

Nearly 400 holidays across the UK and abroad have been offered on a Facebook group set up by two women from Ilfracombe.

Grenfell Towers fire
AFP

The wife, who has chosen to remain anonymous, says the fire was the most horrific job of her husband's career and has left him "utterly broken".

The family will spend a week in a cottage in Marsden, Yorkshire, thanks to the generosity of the public.

A mass brawl involving more than 100 teenagers broke out in Newquay after club’s ‘no alcohol’ event

Cornwall Live

A mass brawl involving more than 100 teenagers broke out in the centre of Newquay in the early hours of Tuesday.

Songs remember Devon and World War One

BBC Radio Devon

New songs have been written to commemorate the efforts of Devon's Home Front during the Great War.

Local choirs and musicians have been working with the charity Wren Music to create the new material, which is inspired by stories of what life was like for those left behind during World War One.

It's part of the Devon Remembers Heritage Project.

The songs are being performed at three concerts called "Blackberries and Bandages".

Marilyn Tucker is from Wren Music and says people's emotions have been "stirred".

"There have been times in the concerts that we've done, sometimes the audience just gasps because there's been a light bulb moment because they've realised something about Devon and the first World War," she said.

Travel updates for Cornwall: A390 closed in both directions following crash

BBC News Travel

  • Reports of an overturned car on the A39 between Kilkhampton and Higher Clovelly
  • The A390 in Callington remains closed in both directions between Liskeard roundabout and the A388 for crash investigations, with busy traffic on surrounding roads.
  • Southgate Street in Launceston is partially blocked between Market Street and Madford Lane due to an accident

Travel updates for Devon

BBC News Travel

  • One lane of the A38 Plymouth-bound carriageway is closed between Wrangaton and Ivybridge due to a broken down caravan
  • An accident has partially blocked Globe Hill in Woodbury near The Arch
  • An overturned car in Barnstaple near the North Devon District Hospital has partially blocked the on A39 North Road
  • In Teigmouth Coombe Vale Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Deer Park Avenue
  • Advance warning that Bridge Road in Exeter will be closed overnight for resurfacing from 20:30 until 05:30, with diversions in place.

Lost shark tag washes up on beach

BBC Radio Cornwall

A tag attached to a shark four years ago off the coast of Spain has been found washed up on a Cornish beach.

Marine Biologists say the data it can provide is a "dream come true".

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BBC

The tag was found on Cape Cornwall and handed to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust who used a phone number printed on the side to start their investigation.

They found it was attached to a deep water shark in 2013 by marine biologists in Spain and programmed to detach 90 days later.

Now four years later it's found its way to Cornwall and experts say much more of the information it collected can now be downloaded.

Funeral held of 20-year-old A38 crash victim Marshall Arnott

Lynne French

BBC News Online

The funeral has been held of one of three men killed in a crash on the A38 near Plymouth last month.

The men, aged 20, 23 and 24 died on 5 June when the van they were in crashed on the Plymouth-bound carriageway about a mile before the Marsh Mills roundabout. No other vehicles were involved

A38 crash, 5 June 2017
BBC

A floral tribute for 20-year-old Marshall Arnott, the youngest of the three victims, spelled out the word "daddy" from his four-month old daughter.

Crash victim Marshall Arnott's funeral
BBC

Beaver watchers 'should leave dogs at home'

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

East Devon District Council has warned dog owners to stay away from areas where beavers live, after a dog was attacked at Otterton.

The authority said: "East Devon is very lucky to have a wild beaver population establishing and these animals clearly need to be protected from attack by dogs, as much as the dogs need to be protected from the beavers.

"We would recommend that members of the public going quietly to watch the beavers do not take their dogs with them to the areas in which they are most active, particularly at this time of the year.”

Beaver
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Two-year-old suffers serious head injuries in Callington crash

Lynne French

BBC News Online

A two-year-old boy has been seriously injured in a crash in Cornwall.

Emergency services were called to the collision on the A390 at Callington about midday involving a Peugeot Boxer van and a Peugeot 206 car.

Devon Air Ambulance
Peter Stephens

Devon and Cornwall Police said the toddler sustained a potentially life-threatening head injury and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

It's thought the boy and his family will be transferred to hospital in Bristol.

The road is closed in both directions for collision investigation work and police are appealing for witnesses.

Businesses worried about fall in foreign students coming to Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth businesses have re-booted their campaign urging the government to remove students from immigration figures – after claiming there has been a drop in the number of overseas students coming to the city.

'From a dead cat on my door, it kept escalating'

BBC Radio Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police says it welcomes an official report which warns victims across England and Wales of stalking and harassment they're at risk because of failings by the police and prosecutors.

The report by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary found crimes weren't being recorded, investigations were poorly conducted and legal protection wasn't offered to enough victims.

It follows a police apology to Helen Pearson (below) from Exeter, who was stabbed by her stalker, and had made 125 reports to officers.

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Travel update: Accident in Callington

BBC News Travel

  • In Callington, the A390 is closed in both directions due to an accident between Liskeard Road and the A388 Saltash Road
  • There's slow-moving traffic in Falmouth on the A39 Dracaena Avenue due to temporary traffic lights for roadworks

Torquay's National League fixtures released

James Law

BBC Sport Online

The new National League fixtures are out and Torquay United face a tough start with games against two of last season's play off teams.

Beaten finalists Tranmere come to Plainmoor on the opening day and that's followed by trips to Aldershot and Gateshead.

Kevin Nicholson
Getty Images

This year's Christmas double-header will be against big spending Eastleigh.

Police concerned for missing man with Alzheimer’s

Police are concerned for the welfare of Brian Bovey, who has been reported missing from Brixham.

He was last seen in the King Street area at 09:50.

The 78-year-old was last seen wearing glasses, a grey checked shirt, and blue jeans.

Brian suffers with Alzheimer’s and may be unsteady on his feet, officers said.

Brian Bovey
Devon and Cornwall Police

Glass and crystal ornaments fire warning

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Travel update: Accidents in Barnstaple and Plymouth

BBC News Travel

  • In Barnstaple the A39 at North Road near the North Devon District Hospital is partially blocked due to overturned car
  • In Plymouth, Ferry Road is partially blocked near New Passage Hill due to an accident

'Keep dogs out of the water around beavers'

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Dog owners have been put on alert after reports of an unprovoked beaver attack in Devon.

Witnesses said the beaver "struck [the dog] without warning".

Steve Hussey from the Devon Wildlife Trust said: "So what we're asking people to do is just exercise a bit of caution, follow the country code, keep your dog on a tight lead or close control and out of the water around the beavers."

Beaver
PA

Money needed for Devon roads, MP says

BBC Radio Devon

The North Devon link road is "not fit for purpose" and needs "real investment" - according to one local MP.

The comments come as the government's set out plans to give councils access to a multibillion-pound fund, for local road improvements.

Conservative MP for Devon North Peter Heaton-Jones says an upgrade scheme is "shovel ready" but now money's needed.

Plastic pollution research "vital" for clean beaches

BBC Radio Cornwall

A survey of plastic pollution across the UK coastline has found beaches in Cornwall are the cleanest.

A charity called The Plastic Tide says the amount of plastic on UK beaches has risen by 250% in the last decade.

Plastic on beach
BBC

Peter Kohler is from the charity and says the research is vital to the future of our beaches.

"It can help the government, it can help local authorities, it can help landowners identify when are where plastics wash up on beaches and focus the resources and make it much more efficient to keep all of our beaches cleaner," he said.

Severe accident: A390 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A390 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Liskeard Road and A388 Saltash Road.

A390 Cornwall - A390 in Callington closed and slow traffic in both directions between the Liskeard Road junction and the A388 Saltash Road junction, because of an accident involving a car and van.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Veteran to receive replacement medals

BBC Radio Devon

A D-Day veteran who's blind is to receive a set of replacement medals today after he lost his original ones at a motorway service station on the M6 near Walsall.

They went missing as Alfred Barlow, 96, returned home from a trip to Normandy last month.

The actor, Hugh Grant, had offered a £1,000 reward to anyone who could reunite Alfred with his medals.

Conservationists look into beaver attack

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Conservationists are looking into reports of a beaver attacking a dog in Devon.

It happened near Otterton and one witness said "the beaver struck without warning".

Devon Wildlife Trust said at this time of year the beavers have kits and they are very vulnerable.

The beavers were found living on the River Otter in Devon a few years ago.

Across the border, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust has joined with a farmer to bring back beavers in the hope of controlling storm flows into the flood-prone village of Ladock.

The animals have been released into a pen to be monitored by conservationists.

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Police force welcomes stalking report

BBC Radio Devon

Shaun Sawyer
BBC

Devon and Cornwall Police says it welcomes an official report that warns that victims of stalking and harassment are at risk because of failings by the police and prosecutors.

The report by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary found that crimes weren't being recorded, investigations were poorly conducted and legal protection wasn't offered to enough victims.

It follows a police apology to Exeter woman Helen Pearson, who was stabbed by her stalker, and had made 125 reports to police.

Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said: "The force continues to focus on how it can improve and has made significant changes in its training, vulnerability assessment and investigations since the horrific experience of Helen Pearson which culminated with her attempted murder in October 2013.

"Consistency of approach within law enforcement and the wider criminal justice service is critical in placing victims at the heart of the criminal justice process and ensuring that perpetrators are brought to justice."

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Mount Hawke Skate Park to bid to host 2020 Tokyo Olympics skateboarding heats

Cornwall Live

An ambitious bid has been launched to have the qualifying heats for Olympic skateboarding to be held in Cornwall.

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Beaver attack: Dog owners warned to keep pets close to them

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Devon Wildlife Trust says it's aware of an incident in which a beaver attacked a dog near Otterton in East Devon.

Dog owners are being warned to keep their pets close to them.

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Beavers were hunted to extinction in England and Wales during the 12th Century, but a family of wild beavers was first spotted in 2014.

Cornwall's mining past: Former 'dry' to be refurbished

BBC Radio Cornwall

It's hoped a piece of Cornish mining history acquired by the National Trust will provide a snapshot of the way miners lived about 100 years ago.

The East Pool Mine near Camborne is home to an engine house and many mining artifacts including a warehouse which will be refurbished.

Mining historian Kingsley Rickard said the warehouse was the former "dry" where miners got changed before and after work.

"When they came to work, they put on their filthy clothes to go underground, and came up at the end of their shift and were able to clean themselves and go home in a tidy state," he told the BBC.

Mr Rickard added the "huge boiler house" fed steam to the engine and also supplied steam to heat pipes in the "dry" where they could put their clothes to dry - hence the term.

Travel update: Penzance accident

BBC News Travel

In Penzance, Jelbert Way is partially blocked by an accident at Posses Lane.

It's affecting traffic between Penzance and Marazion.

Stalking and harassment victims at risk, report finds

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

An official report has warned that victims of stalking and harassment are being left at risk in England and Wales, because of failings by police and prosecutors.

The report by Her Majesty's Inspector of Constabulary found that crimes weren't being recorded, investigations were poorly conducted and legal protection wasn't offered to enough victims.

Exeter woman Helen Pearson is calling for every front-line police officer to deal with such issues after she was stabbed repeatedly after being stalked for five years.

Devon and Cornwall Police has appointed an officer to lead efforts to tackle stalking and harassment and the force says it's also invested heavily in training.

Helen Pearson
BBC

Plympton Police Station has been saved from the chop – but three others will close

Plymouth Herald

Plympton Police Station has been saved from closure – but stations in Ivybridge, Looe and Launceston will be axed.

Devon fundraisers give Grenfell firefighters 'much needed' break

Press Association

The wife of a firefighter who battled the Grenfell Tower blaze said he has been "utterly broken" by the tragedy.

The couple and their two children are to be among the first to take up hundreds of free holidays that have been crowd-sourced by members of the public.

More than 370 holidays have been offered in the Grenfell Tower Holiday Appeal Facebook Group since the fatal blaze three weeks ago, co-organiser Angie Mays said.

Ms Mays, a fundraiser from Ilfracombe, Devon, set up the campaign with friend and volunteer Kay Gilbert.

grenfell tower
BBC

This has been the most horrific job of my husband's career and he has been utterly broken by it. This means the world to me that I can take them [her family] away from it all, if just for a moment.

Firefighter's wife