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  1. Work to remove cladding from three Plymouth tower blocks 'to begin in the next few days' - local MP
  2. --- Material used in the towers similar to Grenfell
  3. --- 24-hour patrols in place at blocks
  4. --- Plymouth Community Homes taking 'immediate precautions'
  5. Shorts to become part of uniform at skirt protest school
  6. Firefighters called back to St Agnes Beacon as gorse fire reignites
  7. Basking sharks 'abandon' Cornish coast
  8. Updates on Friday 23 June 2017

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  2. Plymouth tower block resident 'nervous' of cladding

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    John Charrington, who lives in one of three Plymouth tower blocks that are to have their fire-risk cladding removed says he's a "bit nervous" while the material is still on.

    John Charrington

    Plymouth Community Homes, managers of the three Mount Wise tower blocks, say the cladding, which is similar to the material on the Grenfell towers, will be off in days.

    Mr Charrington, 67, said: "When I saw the pictures from London I thought 'That's the cladding going up'.

    "You could see the way it was whizzing up the building.

    "The next day people were chatting about whether it was safe.

    "There's been lots of people here checking the buildings and photographing alarms, but I've got no idea how long it's going to take them."

  3. Penzance sign Sykes from Leicestershire

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Penzance have signed spinner James Sykes after he left County Championship side Leicestershire by mutual consent yesterday.

    The 25-year-old made his white-ball debut for Leicestershire in 2012, with his first four-day appearance coming in 2013.

    James Sykes

    Left-arm spinner James Sykes took 45 wickets in all formats of the game for Leicestershire.

  4. Thou shalt tidy up the Ten Commandments on Dartmoor

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    The Ten Commandments written in stone on two giant slabs on Dartmoor are getting a tidy up.

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    Video caption: Thou shalt tidy up the Ten Commandments

    The monument was created in 1928 to celebrate the rejection by parliament of the proposed new Book of Common Prayer.

    But both slabs have been weather worn over the decades and now they are being conserved thanks to £16,000 from the Parishscapes project and the Dartmoor National Park Communities Fund.

  5. Hanging out at Eden

    A team of people are going to camping with a difference at the Eden Project on Saturday night.

    They are going to be in special tents hanging from the roof of the biomes.

    Hanging tent

    It's being done to raise awareness of the critically-endangered Borneo rainforest.

    Among those camping up high are scientists, film maker and adventurers.

  6. Weather: Drizzle expected later

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    Cloud will continue to spread further to the southeast bringing outbreaks of mostly light rain and drizzle from the northwest along with low cloud, mist and patches of hill fog.

    Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will become lighter during the night. Min Temp 14C (57F).

    Weather map

    It'll be a cloudy and rather damp morning with some further outbreaks of light rain or drizzle.

    Cloud will also cover the hills at times before drier and perhaps brighter weather moves in from the west during the afternoon.

    Light or moderate southwesterly winds will be fresher on the south coast and will veer to the northwest later in the day. Max Temp 20C (68F).

  7. Grenfell tower blaze left Plymouth tower resident in tears

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Diane McHenry, who has lived in one of three at-risk Plymouth tower blocks for 24 years, said she was crying when she saw the Grenfell Tower tragedy on the news.

    Diane McHenry

    The Mount Wise Towers are to have their cladding removed after the material was found to be similar to the Grenfell towers.

    "I felt safe anyway - we have good smoke alarms - but it's good that they're taking it off," she said.

    "It's filthy and disgusting and should have come down years ago."

  8. Steamship company denies monopoly accusation

    The Isles of Scilly Steamship Company has reacted angrily to suggestions it is a 'self-interested monopoly'.

    The claims have been made by TravelWatch SouthWest, a travel watchdog, which supports a revived helicopter link to the islands.

    A judicial review is going to be held after the steamship company challenged the proposals.

    In a statement it said: "It is deeply disappointing that TravelWatch SouthWest made no attempt whatsoever to discuss any of their concerns with us before publishing their letter."

    Scilly beach

    "It shows a very poor and simplistic understanding of the Penzance heliport proposal and the travel market to Scilly, and is a one-sided view of a complex situation.

    "We do not oppose a competing helicopter operation but seriously question its impact on the transport network if operated from Penzance.

    "There is no monopoly, and we reject accusations of self-interest. We will be contacting TravelWatch to try and give them a better understanding of this complex issue."

  9. Paignton teen guilty of groping sleeping girl but cleared of rape

    Devon Live

    A teenager has been cleared of raping a 17-year-old girl after she fell asleep in his bedroom but found guilty of groping her.

  10. Hernandez won't retract gun comments

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner says she doesn't support vigilantism but she won't be retracting her comments about licensed gun owners helping to defend their communities in the event of a terrorist attack.

    Alison Hernandez said she wanted to stimulate a debate when making to the comments to BBC Radio Cornwall, to discuss what would happen if a member of the public shot someone.

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    Video caption: Police chief in armed civilians row

    Today on BBC Radio Devon she said she wants people to follow police advice and run, hide and tell in the event of a terror attack.

  11. Grenfell fire: Plymouth tower blocks in the spotlight

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: Government should be 'clear' they'll cover cost of emergency repair, says Plymouth MP

    Tower-block resident Steve didn't sleep at home last night. He was told cladding on the block of flats in Plymouth where he lives had been given the lowest possible safety score, and said it was "human instinct" to be concerned.

    Steve lives at Mount Wise Towers - made up of three blocks - Tavy, Tamar and Lynher - which are coloured blue, red and green respectively.

    The blocks dominate the Devonport skyline, a historically industrial area of the city which houses the biggest dockyard in Western Europe, are run by housing provider Plymouth Community Homes.

    Devonport is among the 10% of the most deprived areas in the country, and is the most deprived of Plymouth's 39 neighbourhoods.


    Steve, 34, who lives in Tamar - or the red tower - said he felt nervous following the fire at Grenfell, in west London, which left at least 79 people dead.

    "I slept somewhere else last night," he said. "It was just the initial thought of finding out about our flats after what happened in London. You think, if it happened in London, if it did happen here it doesn't bear thinking about."

  12. Music gets green light for Mazey day

    Live, so-called pop-up music, will be allowed at Penzance's Mazey Day this weekend.

    There were some concerns musicians playing on the street and in pubs could be banned at tomorrow's big festival day in Penzance because of licensing laws.

    Mazey Day

    However, councillors say they've persuaded the police not to prosecute anyone playing at the event.

  13. Exmouth woman fined for fly tipping

    An Exmouth woman has been fined more than £1,400 for fly tipping.

    Jill O'Donnell of Old Bystock Drive, Exmouth Place, pleaded guilty and was fined £1,451.

    Exeter Magistrates Court heard she dumped more than 20 bags of domestic waste and some old carpets in the service lane behind her home during the summer of last year.

    She was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £145.

    The chairman of the Magistrates told the defendant: "It is clear that council officers bent over backwards to try to help you but you did not accept it. This was a deliberate act which we regard as a serious offence."

  14. Travel: M5 busy

    BBC News Travel

    • At Chivenor the A361 partially blocked near Heanton Hill Lane due to an accident
    • On the M5 southbound around Exeter there's slow moving traffic
    • On the A38 westbound between Carkeel and Notter there's heavy traffic
    • In Liskeard Old Road is partially blocked near Woodgate Road due to an accident
  15. This is why diggers were moving tonnes of sand from the dunes at Perranporth beach

    Cornwall Live

    A number of complaints were made to Perranzabuloe Parish Council on Tuesday after people spotted diggers cutting back the large dunes that Perranporth beach is famous for.

  16. Travel: A30 traffic slow at Bodmin

    BBC News Travel

    • In Ipplepen, Gropers Lane is partially blocked due to an accident near Bickley Road
    • On the A30 Bodmin bypass heading eastbound there's slow traffic
    • On the A30 westbound around Temple there are delays
  17. Exeter academy skirt boys win right to wear shorts

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Boys who wore skirts to school in a protest have won the right to wear shorts to lessons from next year.

    The boys from Exeter's ISCA Academy had been told shorts were banned because they were not part of the uniform.

    But the school has now said "as summers are becoming hotter" shorts will be brought in as uniform next year.

    It said it could not allow an immediate change to uniforms because it "would put undue pressure on some of our families".