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Summary

  1. Man drowned at Crantock named as Oneil Din
  2. Dozens of firefighters tackle blaze at St Agnes Hotel
  3. 'Risk of misidentifying bodies' in Devon mortuary
  4. North Devon Link Road plans discussed
  5. Looe building damaged in 'suspected arson'
  6. Boardmasters festival-goer: Minute's applause for meningitis victim George Zographou
  7. Torquay United's Kevin Nicholson 'leaves club immediately'
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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Devon & Cornwall Local Live

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

That's all from the Local Live team for today. We're back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 tomorrow.

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

Weather update: showers sticking around tonight

BBC Weather

Although there will be plenty of clear spells, a few showers will persist during the night tonight.

It will remain breezy, with the southwesterly wind strengthening a little overnight.

weather map
BBC

Masters 'will learn' from Vassell move

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City chairman Peter Masters says the National League South club "did not get a sausage" from Isaac Vassell's transfer to Birmingham from Luton.

Vassell, 23, spent two years at Truro but joined Luton on a free transfer in July 2016 after his contract expired, meaning the Cornish side did not receive any sell-on fee from the striker's move to the Championship.

Isaac Vassell
Truro City FC

"We live and learn on Isaac - I think that was an opportunity missed there," Masters told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"But as the circumstances were at that time, we just didn't get anything from him. It's a bit disappointing, but good luck to Isaac."

Isaac Vassell

Masters 'will learn' from Vassell move

Truro City chairman Peter Masters says they "did not get a sausage" from Isaac Vassell's move to Birmingham from Luton.

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Man charged over Co-op attack

Stormzy sends best wishes after Boardmasters crowd crush injured fans

Press Association

Stormzy has reached out to people who were affected when a sudden crowd surge interrupted his set at last weekend's Boardmasters festival.

He paused his gig as the scuffle erupted, reportedly leaving three people in hospital with bone fractures.

Posting an image from the show on Instagram, he wrote: "Boardmasters 2017, love you and thank you for an incredible show."

"Sending my love to the people in the front row following the crowd incident, hope you're all blessed."

Stormzy
BBC

A new friend for Archie the fire dog

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Financial pressures may have led to mortuary mix-up risk, papers reveal

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

Board papers have revealed that members of a hospital trust were concerned financial pressures may have contributed to monitoring issues in a Devon hospital mortuary.

There was a "significant risk" of bodies being mixed up at a mortuary, at Torbay Hospital, inspectors have found.

Areas where dead babies and adults were stored were not secure at the hospital, a report said.

The hospital almost lost its licence to store bodies and carry out post-mortems following the the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) inspection in May.

The hospital's board papers show the trust's executive team are concerned that financial pressures on the NHS may be contributing to these sort of problems.

"An increasing tolerance to risk may be exacerbated by the financial situation and reduced availability of capital for maintenance and equipment," the papers said.

Torbay hospital
BBC

Adams frustrated by transfer window

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says having the transfer window open after the start of the season has made it "difficult" for him to sign players.

The Scot has spent much of the summer trying to bolster his attacking options but has so far been left frustrated.

Derek Adams
Empics

"It's not a good situation to be in - we would have liked to have completed all our business by now," Adams told BBC Sport.

"It's not the case because we're dealing with other clubs - the transfer window's still open and they can hold on to their players until they feel it's necessary to let them go."

Derek Adams

Adams frustrated by transfer window

Plymouth boss Derek Adams says having the transfer window open during August has made it "difficult" for him to sign players.

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Penzance shop owner demands 'level playing field'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Penzance shop owner has taken the unusual step of putting up large posters in his window criticising the proliferation of out of town shops and Cornwall Council's planning policy.

The West Cornwall town recently lost its Crown post office and has a number of vacant premises.

Oliver hawker runs a photography shop in the town, he says he's had enough.

"Give us a level playing field," he says.

"I'm not asking for these places to be closed down - they're employing people, the job is being done.

"What I'm now asking for is a level playing field, to give the traders of this town a chance to compete."

shop signs
BBC

This 20-year-old cat has been reunited with his family after vanishing FIVE YEARS ago

Plymouth Herald

A cat which has been missing for five years has finally been reunited with its owners – and he has reached a phenomenal age despite fending for himself

Drugs found inside Kinder Surprise

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Police have found Class-A drugs hidden inside a Kinder Surprise, as well as a large quantity of cash, after a bust in North Devon.

Officers found a significant quantity of what is believed to be heroin and crack cocaine stuffed inside a Kinder Surprise shell at an address in Barnstaple.

Police later stopped and searched a car on the North Devon Link Road, finding a significant amount of cash which has also been seized.

A 41-year-old local woman and an 18-year-old man from London have both been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply a class-A drug and will be questioned this afternoon.

'Extensive damage' in hotel fire

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service have shared more photographs of scenes at the St Agnes Hotel after today's fire.

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Firefighters extinguish blaze at St Agnes Hotel

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

About 50 firefighters have helped to tackle a blaze at the St Agnes Hotel, in Cornwall.

The fire, which broke out just before 12:00 BST started in the kitchen.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said while the exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined, it was accidental.

The extent of the damage is not yet known.

No-one was injured in the blaze and at least one building nearby was evacuated.

St Agnes Hotel
Chris Alexander

Red Arrows back over Fowey later

BBC Radio Cornwall

The RAF Red Arrows will be displaying over Fowey this evening.

Last year the event was cancelled after more than 30 years because of safety fears.

The aerobatic display is part of the Fowey Regatta and Carnival Week, and will see the aircraft flying over the sea this year, rather than the estuary.

Red arrows over Fowey
BBC

Harbour master, Paul Thomas, said they are hoping to raise enough money to cover the cost of the display.

"We are about halfway there. There have been some really generous donations from local businesses. The money we get from car parks will go directly to funding the display".

BreakingMan drowned at Crantock named as Oneil Din

A man who died when out swimming off the north Cornwall coast has been named as Oneil Din, a 27-year-old from Coventry.

Numerous friends have paid tribute to Mr Din online, including from the church, the Great Commission Ministry, which said Mr Din was a member and said: "We thank you for your smiles and laughter."

An inquest into the death of Mr Din was opened and adjourned at Truro City Hall this afternoon.

Oneil Din
Facebook

Travel update: Accident in Plymouth

BBC Radio Devon

In Plymouth, Knighton Road is blocked in both directions due to an accident near Greenbank Avenue.

Autistic Plymouth boy's family 'thrilled' over Kinder Egg shark hunt

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A family is "thrilled" to be getting a specific toy for their "shark-mad" autistic son after an eight-month quest to find one.

Six-year-old Jayden Lakey from Plymouth will be "over the moon" to receive a Kinder Egg containing the plastic shark.

The family's original request to buy one directly from Ferrero, which owns Kinder Egg, was turned down.

Ferrero said it now had one and would ensure "its safe passage to Plymouth".

jayden lakey
Lakey family

Severe disruption: A35 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A35 Devon both ways severe disruption, between Heathpark Way and A375 Sidmouth Road.

A35 Devon - A35 Exeter Road in Honiton blocked and very slow traffic in both directions between the Heathpark Way junction and the A375 Sidmouth Road junction, because of a vehicle fire.

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

Severe disruption: A391 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A391 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, at A30.

A391 Cornwall - A391 Truro Road in Lanivet partially blocked and very slow traffic at Innis Downs Junction, because of an overturned lorry and a fuel spillage. On the roundabout.

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

Herrera to lead Torquay on Saturday as Todd expresses interest

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United say assistant boss Robbie Herrera will take charge of the side on Saturday after Kevin Nicholson left the club this morning.

Meanwhile, former Gulls defender Chris Todd has told BBC Sport he would be keen to speak to Torquay about the vacant manager's role.

Kevin Nicholson
Rex Features

"Of course I've got the hunger to do it [manage] again - if they speak to me and it feels right then I'd do it, but it's got to be right because I've got to give up a lot.

"I'm not going to say I'm desperate for the job, [but] if someone wants to speak to me I would - I'd be foolish not to."

Kevin Nicholson

Player-manager Nicholson leaves Torquay

Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson leaves the National League club after almost two years in charge.

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BreakingKitchen fire at St Agnes Hotel

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A kitchen fire at a hotel in Cornwall is being tackled by fire crews.

Six fire engines are at the scene of the St Agnes Hotel.

Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus are using two hosereels, jets and thermal imaging cameras.Traffic in St Agnes is being affected and drivers are advised to avoid the area.

Lifesaving paramedic moves on from air ambulance

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A paramedic who has carried out thousands of lifesaving missions is leaving Cornwall Air Ambulance to work at a GP surgery in Devon.

Paul Symonds joined the ambulance service in 2002 in the hope he would one day be able to work on Cornwall Air Ambulance and he fulfilled that dream 10 years later.

He said: "Since 2002 I have wanted to be here making a difference and helping people. Achieving that dream has been an unbelievable experience and one I’ll keep with me forever."

Paul Symonds
Cornwall Air Ambulance

What is new about this year's A-levels?

BBC News Channel

Thousands of teenagers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland are receiving their A and AS-level results today.

But, in England, there have been changes to this year's A-level qualifications.

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Police appeal to help find missing girl, 15

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police says a teenager missing from Redditch has links to Taunton and Exmouth.

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Police are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

'Risk of bodies being mixed up' at Torbay Hospital

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

There was a "significant risk" of bodies being mixed up at a mortuary, inspectors have found.

Areas where dead babies and adults were stored were not secure at Torbay Hospital, in Devon, the report said.

The hospital almost lost its licence to store bodies and carry out post-mortems following the the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) inspection in May.

Health chiefs said inspectors had visited again on Tuesday and found "all urgent actions" had been taken.

Torbay Hospital
BBC

Unemployment and wages are falling in Plymouth - but jobs are still available

Plymouth Herald

The number of people out of work in Plymouth has dropped for the fourth month running as nationally the total of unemployed people is the lowest since 1975.

But wages are falling, in real terms, prompting calls for Government action.

Tackling seagulls with Snapchat

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A new approach to educate tourists on seagulls has been launched in St Ives for the summer holidays.

The town's Business Improvement District (BID) has launched a new Snapchat geofilter, warning people not to feed the gulls.

Carl Lamb, St Ives BID manager, said: "As the summer months are in full swing, we continue to come up with new initiatives to educate visitors and locals on gulls, as this is an issue that isn't going to go away."

"The Snapchat filter is a creative and fun way to communicate our message and will hopefully educate a younger audience."

To work alongside the Snapchat filter, eateries around the town have also been supplied with 'Don't feed the gulls' branded napkins to hand out to customers with food purchased including pasties and ice creams.

Snapchat logos
BBC

Severe accident: A358 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A358 Devon both ways severe accident, between Whitford Road and A3052 Boshill Hill.

A358 Devon - A358 Seaton Road in Musbury blocked and heavy traffic in both directions between the Whitford Road junction and the A3052 Boshill Hill junction, because of an accident.

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

Glasgow mental health patient sent to Devon for treatment

Press Association

A mental health patient from Glasgow was asked to travel 480 miles to Devon for treatment, a freedom of information request has revealed.

More than 1,000 mental health patients have been sent outside their health board area for treatment in the past three years, according to new figures.

A freedom of information request from the Scottish Conservatives revealed some patients were sent to England for care between 2014/15 and 2016/17.

The research found one person from Glasgow was asked to travel 480 miles to Tavistock in Devon and to parts of London for treatment.

In total, 1,007 mental health patients suffering from conditions such as eating disorders, severe depression and learning disabilities were asked to travel "out of area", the equivalent of 17 a week.

Woman selling belongings to help disabled husband communicate

BBC Spotlight

A woman from Cornwall is selling her belongings to buy a piece of equipment she hopes will help her communicate with her severely disabled husband.

Nigel and Wendy Bassett
Wendy Bassett

Nigel Bassett suffered a traumatic brain injury when he crashed his motorbike in 2014.

His wife Wendy is selling their furniture to raise £10,000 to buy a specialist computer designed to help paralysed people communicate by focusing their eye on a word or image.

Football: Player-manager Nicholson leaves Torquay

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United player-manager Kevin Nicholson has left the National League club after almost two years in charge.

He is the first boss in England's top five divisions to depart from his position this season.

Kevin Nicholson
Rex Features

The 36-year-old left-back replaced Paul Cox in September 2015 and leaves the Devon club bottom of the fifth tier, with just one point from four games.

The future of Torquay assistant Robbie Herrera is not known, with the club yet to announce who will lead the side at Guiseley on Saturday.

How the mess left at Boardmasters benefits thousands of homeless people

Cornwall Live

A charity says the mess left behind at Boardmasters will benefit thousands of homeless and displaced people both in Cornwall and France.

BreakingTorquay United's Kevin Nicholson 'leaves club immediately'

Alan Richardson

BBC Radio Devon

Torquay United have announced that player-manager Kevin Nicholson has left the club immediately.

Three successive defeats have left the winless Gulls at the foot of the National League after four games.

BreakingCrantock rip current victim from Coventry

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A man who died after being caught in a rip current off the coast of Cornwall was from Coventry, police have said.

The 27-year-old holidaymaker died, and two others were taken to hospital, after being swept out to sea off Crantock beach, near Newquay, just before 19:30 BST on Tuesday.

They were rescued by two local surfers and airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

The man died shortly after arriving.

crantock beach
BBC

Travel update: Accident at West Hill

BBC Radio Cornwall

At West Hill the A30 is partially blocked by an accident around Daisy Mount Cross.

Large amount of cash and clothes stolen

BBC Radio Devon

Hundreds of pounds worth of cash and clothes have been stolen from a property in Exmouth, police have said.

It happened on Church Road on Tuesday night between 23:30 and 03:00 BST.

Police said the intruders got into the building, leaving it in a mess, before making off with £600 in cash, several items of clothes and some headphones.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Cornish restaurant 'best in the country'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish fish restaurant has been named best in the UK, after five years at the top for the previous winner.

The Good Food Guide put Port Isaac's Restaurant Nathan Outlaw, named after its owner, just ahead of Cumbria's L'Enclume, ending its winning run.

Traditional favourites such as Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck still feature in the top 50 list.

But new restaurants to feature include a tiny 12-seat restaurant and one set on a caravan site in Anglesey.

Nathan Outlaw
PA
Nathan Outlaw