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Summary

  1. Grenfell fire: Cornish firefighter 'pushed to limits'
  2. Woman dies after head-on crash near Newquay
  3. Man, 78, dies weeks after Looe crash
  4. Pedestrian 'seriously injured' in crash
  5. 'Youth' rescued from school roof by fire crews
  6. Beavers to be released in flood prevention trial
  7. Views sought on Kingsbridge regeneration plans
  8. Sailing boats to gather in Plymouth for The Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit
  9. Updates on Friday 16 June 2017

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the week, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday 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.

  2. Appeal for help after woman's disappearance

    Kirby Noden, 32, was last seen on Wednesday, 11 January 2017.

    Originally from Cheshire and living in Marazion, near Penzance, she has not been seen by neighbours and there has been no social media activity by her in five months.

    Kirby, sometimes referred to as 'Kirsty', is described as white, of heavy build and 5ft 8in tall. She has dark brown hair and a northern accent.

    Kirby Noden

    Det Insp Ian Ringrose, from the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "Kirby Noden had initially been treated as a high risk missing person following concerns for her welfare from her friends and relatives.

    "She has links to Torquay, Ellesmere Port, Crewe, Cheshire and Merseyside. We are keen to speak to anyone who has had contact with or seen Kirby since December 2016."

    Dean Lowe, 32, from Marazion, originally from Cheshire, has been charged with her murder.

    Police urge anyone with any information to contact them.

  3. Some opposition to Bodmin Jail hotel car park plans

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The new 63-bedroom hotel planned for the site of Bodmin Jail has been approved by planners.

    The Russian entrepreneur behind the scheme wants it to be Cornwall's top attraction. Some locals have opposed separate plans to use green space next to the jail for a car park.

    Bodmin Jail

    Jeremy Cooper is a newly elected Bodmin Town Councillor. He said: "I think everybody's pleased that the jail is being redeveloped and that one of the most iconic buildings in Bodmin is going to be preserved.

    "What I'm opposed to is Hillside Park is a park, it's a play park, the jail is a very wealthy organisation with the money to do this development, they have other land behind their property which could be used as a car park."

  4. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A396 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A396 Devon both ways severe accident, between A3072 and Upexe Lane.

    A396 Devon - A396 Exeter Road in Bickleigh blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the A3072 junction and the Upexe Lane junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  5. Newquay police to patrol on segways

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Newquay police will again be patrolling the town's beaches on segways this summer.

    Between June and September specially trained officers will have access to two segways as an additional resource for their community policing.

    Segways

    The segways will primarily be used for searching for missing people on the beaches. They will also provide public reassurance and neighbourhood officers will carry out crime prevention patrols on all beaches between Crantock and Watergate Bay.

    Insp Dave Meredith said: "This is the second summer we are using segways on the town's beaches. I am delighted that Newquay police are again able to use this innovative equipment to enhance our patrol cover of the great expanse of beaches we cover."

  6. Leading businessman Charles Howeson faces trial on sex offences

    Cornwall Live

    A prominent Westcountry businessman accused of sexual offences has again appeared at court to hear that his trial looks set to be heard in Bristol.

  7. Latest weather: Often very warm or hot with plenty of sunshine

    BBC Weather

    A dry and fine day with plenty of sunshine, especially during the afternoon.

    It's going to feel warm in the sunshine as the winds will be light. The maximum temperature is 22C (72F).

    On Saturday, inland fog will very quickly clear leading to another dry, sunny and very warm day.

    However, there may be some mist along the coast at times.

    Saturday weather
  8. Youngest woman to climb Mount Everest from both sides given gold Blue Peter badge

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Mollie Hughes, who on 16 May became the world’s youngest woman to climb Mount Everest from both sides, has been given a prestigious gold Blue Peter badge.

    The rare accolade was announced live on air last night during the programme, when the 26-year old climber was in the Blue Peter garden recounting her recent experience of ascending the north side of the world’s highest mountain - and entering the record books.

    Mollie Hughes

    The Torbay-born, Edinburgh-based climber, who works for the outdoor retail adventure specialist Tiso, had previously ascended the south side of Mount Everest in 2012 at the age of just 21.

    Each year a handful of gold badges are awarded in recognition of outstanding achievements, bravery, inspiration and citizenship.

    Tim Peake the British astronaut, Oscar-winning film director Steven Spielberg and children’s author JK Rowling are among relatively few previous adult recipients of CBBC Blue Peter’s coveted top award that is a gold-plated brooch in the shape of the iconic Blue Peter ship logo.

  9. Calls for government to invest more in Devon and Cornwall to protect against terrorism

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Devon and Cornwall Police Federation is calling on the government to invest more in the region to protect the public in the event of a terror attack.

    It says the number of counter terrorism officers in the south west has been reduced in the government's national review and despite extra funding for training and equipment, there is no extra money to recruit armed officers.

    It follows two police and crime commissioners this week who have suggested armed civilians could be used to help tackle a terrorist threat.

  10. Historic England 'didn't mean to cause a stir' in pasty row

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A spokeswoman from Historic England has said she "didn't mean to cause a stir" when she said that Cornish pasties may have originated in Devon.

    The comment kicked-off a Twitter spat between our two stations, BBC Radio Devon and BBC Radio Cornwall.

    Celia Richardson was being interviewed by the radio stations about Historic England's new campaign Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places.

    Pasty

    Celia said: “Debate and argument are the meat and potatoes of history.

    "We want to know which parts of England people think have changed the world. This was always going to bring out the country's competitive spirits - and nothing defines local character like food.

    "We didn't mean to cause a stir.”

  11. Warning that some baby sleep bags may not be up to standard

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Some baby sleep bags have failed quality tests, Devon, Somerset and Torbay Trading Standards Service has warned.

    Baby sleep bags are full length fabric bags with a neck opening and armholes but without sleeves or a hood. They are designed to keep the baby warm, when sleeping in a cot or Moses basket, without the need for extra bedding.

    The service sent 10 different baby sleep bags for laboratory testing, sampled from across the range including high street retailers, supermarkets and department stores, to check that they lived up to the claims that they are compliant with the latest British Standard requirements.

    Many of the products tested failed to live up to this claim. Some of the products had neck sizes which were too small or too large.

    Several products tested were found to shrink following washing, fabric loops used for display purposes were a potential risk and could trap little fingers or had zips which did not meet the British Standard specification.

  12. Woman dies after crash on Monday

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A woman has died after a head on crash near Newquay earlier this week.

    Six people were reported as injured at the time of the collision on the A3075 on Monday morning. It involved a polo and a focus.

    The driver of the polo a woman in her 40s sustained fatal injuries.

    A passenger in the focus sustained injuries that have been described as potentially life altering.

    Police are appealing for witnesses.

  13. Glastonbury security will be tighter than ever

    BBC Radio Devon

    The founder of the Glastonbury Festival has told the BBC security at this year's event will be tighter than it's ever been.

    Glastonbury

    Following the terror attacks in London and Manchester, festival organisers have had a series of meetings with police to discuss the possibility of a threat.

    Festival goers are being warned searches of cars and bags as people arrive on site will be much stricter than previous years, so ticket holders are being urged to travel light.

  14. Distressing video shows horse being put to sleep at Newton Abbot racecourse

    Devon Live

    A video showing the final moments of a racehorse at Newton Abbot racecourse has been released by animal rights group, Devon Animal Save.

  15. What do I do in the event of a fire?

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has issued advice of what to do in the event of a fire if you live in a block of flats:

    • If there is a fire inside your flat their advice is to alert all the people in your flat and leave, closing doors behind you.
    • You should follow your escape plan and if there is lots of smoke, crawl along the floor where the air should be clearer
    • Always use the stairs rather than the lift and call 999 as soon as you are in a safe place
    • If there is a fire elsewhere in the building, then the structure of your flat – walls, floors and doors are designed to give you a minimum of 30-60 minutes protection from a fire
    • If there is a fire in your building, but not inside your own home, then you are usually safer to say in your flat unless the heat or smoke from the fire is affecting you
    • If you stay put, you should still call 999

    The advice follows a major blaze that engulfed London's Grenfell Tower.

    Grenfell
  16. Orphaned pony 'likes the camera'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    An orphaned pony, whose mother died while giving birth to him, has been raised in a family home.

    I got to meet the foal, and the man who welcomed him into his house, Pip Lovelock.

    Seeing Toffee happily grazing in the open green fields alongside a dozen or so other rescue ponies was a heartening sight.

    Toffee

    Having been born in such difficult circumstances he’s now passed his first birthday and is doing well.

    He was raised in the house alongside Pip's young sons and their dogs.

    He’s a sociable young pony, and seemed to like the camera – maybe being raised among people has made him like that. Pip Lovelock clearly has an amazing bond with him.

  17. Dartmouth diver wins international award

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A deep-sea scuba diver on a mission to explore and preserve some of the planet’s most ancient corals has won a top international award.

    Sonia

    Dr Sonia J Rowley, a British Sub-Aqua Club advanced diver from Dartmouth, uses the latest technology to enable her to dive to depths of more than 150 metres – exploring little-known "twilight reefs", where most humans never go.

    Sonia

    She has been awarded the prestigious Sir David Attenborough Award by the world’s oldest biological society, The Linnean Society of London, in conjunction with the Systematic Association, which also champions international biological research.

    She is only the second person to receive the prestigious accolade.

  18. Concern for disabled residents in tower block following London fire

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A meeting has been arranged between the fire service and residents of a tower block in Cornwall after concerns were raised over safety in the event of a fire.

    Residents from the 11-storey Park House in St Austell have already contacted the housing association that runs it - Ocean Housing - to express their fears.

    Park House

    Stephanie lives on the top floor and says she has concerns about her neighbours with disabilities.

    "I have heard that there are people who are say, wheelchair bound, who are living on high floors and we have had fire drills before when they have been unable to get out, and its very concerning."

    Earlier, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service issued safety advice.

  19. Travel update: A39 blocked in both directions

    BBC News Travel

    Cornwall

    • In Truro on the A390 Highertown around the County Hall roundabout there's slow traffic
    • In Falmouth the A39 Dracaena Avenue is blocked in both directions between Laburnum Drive and Kimberley Park Road due to an accident
    • On A39 between Winnards Perch and Wadebridge there are temporary traffic lights for resurfacing work. Slow traffic in the area
    • On the A388 at Kelly Bray there's very slow traffic due to road resurfacing work
    • On the A30 eastbound around Bodmin there's slow moving and queueing traffic. Westbound around Temple is also busy

    Devon

    • At Exebridge the A396 is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Grant's Hill and Perry New Road
    • On the A38 at Drumbridges all lanes have reopened after an earlier accident. Traffic is still slow moving
  20. Therapy dog eases exam stress

    Rob England

    BBC News Online

    Students stressed-out during exam season are getting help from a cuddly dog.

    Anxiety appears to melt away when Labradoodle Omari turns up at Tretherras School in Newquay, Cornwall.

    And Omari is taking it in her stride.

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    Video caption: Therapy dog eases exam stress