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  1. Grenfell Tower fire: Cladding from Plymouth blocks to be taken off 'by end of November'
  2. --- MP Luke Pollard says people living in high-rise flats 'being refused insurance renewals'
  3. Police investigate 'serious sexual assault' on teen
  4. Man charged with attempted murder after suspected arsons
  5. MP Sheryll Murray 'victim of 'burn the witch' abuse'
  6. Row over Plymouth bin collections
  7. Exeter Prison 'sees increase in violence in 2016'
  8. Penzance's Business Improvement District called 'not fit for purpose' by critics
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday 29 June 2017

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    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.

  2. Exeter Prison report 'worrying'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Exeter Prison

    A report highlighting an increase in violence in 2016 at Exeter Prison is the latest in a series of "worrying reports" that have been published about jails across England in the last two weeks, the Howard League for Penal Reform says.

    The jail's Independent Monitoring Board said the increase was partly because of staffing pressures, the availability of drugs and overcrowding, its annual report said. But it also said was a "well-run establishment in which staff make a genuine effort to treat inmates with dignity and respect".

    The Howard League‏ - which said it was also concerned about recent reports into Medway, Pentonville, Brixton, Leeds and Birmingham's prison - said Exeter was "one of the most overcrowded prisons in the country".

  3. Boy, 17, attacked in 'unprovoked and cowardly' assault

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A teenage boy has been left with head and arm injuries after being attacked in an "unprovoked" and "cowardly" assault by a group of four other teenagers, police say.

    Officers said the 17-year-old was on his bicycle in Pinhoe Road between 13:00 and 13:15 on Monday when he was set upon by the group by Polsloe Bridge.

    He was repeatedly punched and kicked, knocked to the ground and one of the group attempted to steal the bicycle, which was damaged.

    The four then ran off towards Hamlyn Lane Playing Fields, police said. The boy was treated by an ambulance crew.

    Officers have appealed for witnesses.

  4. Jouster explains fundraising for ovarian cancer treatment

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A jouster from Devon has explained why she is trying to raise £60,000 for ovarian cancer treatment which is not available to her on the NHS.

    Nicky Schellander was told about the drug Olaparib, which will stop the cancer's DNA from replicating, but won't be able to access it on the NHS until she has had three rounds of chemotherapy.

    She has had two, and said: "Rather than waiting for it to come back a third time I'd rather have it now.

    "AstraZeneca have just signed as deal with the NHS to provide it for free if you self-fund the first year," she said, at a cost of £60,000.

    "If it wasn't the only thing that might help me, I would not even consider it," she said.

    "This is the first ovarian cancer treatment to get approval from the NHS in over a decade."

    Nicky Schellander

    Her pioneering surgery in May appeared on BBC2's Hospital.

    She has had messages from more than 60 women, some of whom didn't realised they could access the drug.

    "There is a lack of knowledge around maintenance treatments," she said.

    "I want to get back to full health and get back to doing what I am passionate about and also marry my soulmate."

  5. Cornwall mental health patient sent to Somerset 'wanted family close by'

    The mother of a mental health patient from Cornwall who took his own life after being sent 150 miles for care says he "wanted his family close by him".

    Twenty-nine-year-old David Knight, who was being treated for paranoid schizophrenia when he died, received care at Cygnet Hospital in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, because no beds were available in his home county of Cornwall.

    His mother, Julie Nancarrow, told the British Medical Association (BMA): "It was three-and-a-half hours to get there and three-and-a-half hours to get back, and we would visit him for an hour. That would be eight hours.

    David Knight

    "David was saying: 'Can you stay longer?' so I felt so sorry. I didn't want to walk away and leave him. I said: 'We can't, David, because we have that massive journey home'.

    "He was so far away and I think he just felt he was on his own when he actually wanted his family close by him. I don't want anyone to go through what we've been through. It's just so tragic."

    The BMA has warned that the number of out of area placements for mental health patients has increased by 39% since 2014/15.

  6. Surgery slams MP's claim it 'hires cowboy parking firm to fine and bully patients'

    Cornwall Live

    A doctors' surgery accused by an MP of stinging its patients by hiring a "cowboy" company to dish out unfair parking fines and "bully" them has hit back, saying the fines were only enforced for people who never enter the building and use its car park to go shopping.

  7. 'Burning to death' nightmares after Plymouth cladding delay

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    A young mother says she has nightmares about "burning to death" with her baby, after work on three tower blocks was delayed.

    The Plymouth towers will have cladding removed after it emerged it was made of similar material to Grenfell Tower. It was expected to be removed within days, but authorities now say it won't be taken down until at least November.

    Chloe Brewster

    Twenty-two-year-old Chloe Brewster fled her flat in the Mount Wise Tower estate with her baby after a fire broke out in one of the blocks earlier this year.

    She said: "It's absolutely horrifying to think that it's going to be at least to the end of the year that they're going to remove the cladding," she said.

    Plymouth tower block

    "At the end of the day they're not the ones that are having nightmares about burning to death with a baby in a tower block."

    Social housing provider Plymouth Community Homes said additional safety precautions were in place to ensure residents' safety.

  8. Penzance BID: Town has 'benefited enormously'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Supporters of Penzance's Business Improvement District (or BID) say the town has benefited "enormously" from the company's work.

    More than 400 businesses in the town currently pay a levy of 2% of their rateable value to the not-for-profit company to help them promote the town centre and improve its appearance. However, some retailers are calling for it to be scrapped, saying it is not fit for purpose.

    Jubilee Pool

    Martin Nixon, chairman of the Friends of Jubilee Pool, said the BID had done great work in putting the town on the map.

    He said: "They’ve invested wisely in positive PR for this town. It’s all very well us thinking locally 'Penzance has got its down sides and its challenges', but, universally, the positive PR, the national PR, thanks to the BID, has no doubt benefited Penzance enormously."

    BID Chairman Nick Hood said the not-for-profit company "worked very hard".

  9. Latest weather: Rain and staying cloudy

    BBC Weather

    Tonight is going to be a pretty wet one, and the rain may still be heavy at times. It will, at least, be very mild. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


    It will be staying cloudy through Thursday, with some spells of light rain still possible. It will feel warmer tomorrow as winds remain light. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

  10. Exeter Prison 'sees increase in violence in 2016'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Exeter Prison saw an increase in violence in 2016, partly because of staffing pressures and the availability of illicit drugs, the jail's Independent Monitoring Board has said in its annual report.

    Exeter Prison

    The board said that safety "has been compromised by a number of pressures on the prison, especially low staff numbers and increased use by prisoners of NPS" [new psychoactive substances, formerly known as "legal highs"].

    It added that it believed it was a "well-run establishment in which staff make a genuine effort to treat inmates with dignity and respect" but that the prison was also still suffering from "considerable" overcrowding and low morale.

    There were four deaths during the year "believed to be self-inflicted", the report also said.

    The category B jail has a certified normal accommodation of 326 but an operational capacity of 561.

  11. Plymouth Argyle: Pilgrims re-sign Gregg Wylde and Doncaster's Aaron Taylor-Sinclair

    BBC Sport

    Aaron Taylor-Sinclair and Gregg Wylde

    Plymouth Argyle have re-signed former Rangers winger Gregg Wylde (pictured right), while left-back Aaron Taylor-Sinclair (pictured left) has also joined the League One side.

    Wylde, 26, left the Pilgrims for Millwall last summer but had his Lions contract cancelled in May.

    Fellow Scot Taylor-Sinclair, also 26, had spent the past two seasons with Doncaster but was released after their promotion to the third tier.

    Left-back Gary Sawyer has also signed a new deal to remain at Home Park.

    The 31-year-old has made 72 appearances since rejoining the Pilgrims for a second spell in 2015.

    He helped them win promotion to League One last term, but was restricted to playing 22 games because of injuries.

  12. Firefighters hope for in-tents support of charity fundraising sale

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Glastonbury tents

    Any keen campers in Cornwall who need a second-hand tent with a festival history can help raise money for charity, thanks to local firefighters.

    Firefighters from Tolvaddon have returned to the county after collecting up hundreds of discarded tents from the Glastonbury Festival.

    The Tolvaddon crews are to sell the camping equipment for charity in Hayle at the end of the month

    The Fire Fighters Charity has benefited from previous sales.

  13. Grenfell Tower fire: Plymouth high-rise cladding works timetable released

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Tower block managers in Plymouth are to remove and replace unsafe cladding on three high-rise blocks of flats "as soon as possible".

    The Mount Wise blocks have been found to have unsafe cladding after testing as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London.

    Social housing manager Plymouth Community Homes has released an expected timetable of the works:

    Tower block
    • 28 June: Installation of fire alarm system and heat detectors beginning in communal areas; scaffolding company due to be appointed to draw up plans to scaffold and weather-proof towers
    • 5 July: Main contractor due to be appointed for works to remove cladding
    • Mid July: Design of the sprinkler system expected, but installation will not be known until designs are received from contractor
    • End of July: Appointment of scaffolders and erection of scaffolding due to begin. It will take at least eight weeks and is weather dependent
    • End of September: Target for completing the erection of scaffolding; work to remove panels due to begin, but is weather dependent
    • End of November: Target for completion of the panels' removal
    • December: Installation of the non-combustible cladding due to begin, but the timescale cannot be confirmed "until the system to be used is identified"
  14. Thug dragged ex round flat by her hair, beat and stamped on her

    Devon Live

    A man has been jailed for almost five years after going to his ex's flat after she had broken up with him, stamping on her chest and punching her in the face.

  15. Ipplepen dig 'expensive' pottery find 'never before seen in South West'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Pottery fragment. Pic: University of Exeter

    A "high-quality" fragment of a cup found at a dig in Devon is thought to be the first time such a type of glazed pottery has been found in the South West, archaeologists say.

    University of Exeter archaeologists and local volunteers have been working on and off in the Ipplepen area for the last six years, and have been unearthing new evidence showing how people made their living more than 1,300 years ago.

    This latest highlighted find - likely to be a type of Romano-British pottery known as South East Glazed Ware - showed that "ancient farmers and ironworkers in South Devon could afford quality goods and had an affluent lifestyle".

    It was found at the weekend by a local volunteer with the excavating team and was thought to have been produced in South East England in the late 1st and early 2nd Centuries, the university said.

    It added: "The cup would have been expensive at the time. It could have been a treasured personal possession."

  16. Jouster battling ovarian cancer speaks of 'devastation' over not being able to have family

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Jouster Nicky Schellander, 44, has spoken of her "devastation" at not being able to have a family after battling ovarian cancer.

    She had pioneering surgery in London in May and is now fundraising £66,500 for drug Olaparib to stop the cancer growing.

    Nicky was diagnosed with cancer in August 2015.

    Nicky Schellander

    She had surgery and chemotherapy and went into remission - but the cancer returned aggressively in February this year.

    Nicky, who lives with fiancé Cy Margieson, said: "It was devastating for me."

    "The dreams that my fiancé and I held, are getting harder - we lost our baby and chance of starting a family, so now, the priority is to concentrate on staying alive."

  17. Grenfell Tower fire: Plymouth blocks' cladding replacement 'complex works'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Tower blocks

    Tower block managers in Plymouth say they are committed to removing and replacing unsafe cladding on three high-rise blocks of flats "as soon as possible", but added that it will be a "large and complex programme of works".

    Unsafe cladding on the Mount Wise blocks was to be removed "by the end of November 2017", Plymouth Community Homes said.

    The blocks have been found to have unsafe cladding after testing as a result of the Grenfell Tower fire in west London.

    The social housing manager also said it was continuing to develop "a further programme of works to replace the panels with a product that is compliant" and that, throughout the works, it would "continue to review the fire risk assessments for the towers to ensure our residents’ safety".

  18. Plymouth left-back Sawyer pens new deal

    BBC Sport

    Gary Sawyer

    Plymouth Argyle left-back Gary Sawyer has signed a new undisclosed-length contract with the League One side.

    The 31-year-old has made 72 appearances since rejoining the Pilgrims for a second spell when he became manager Derek Adams' first signing.

    He helped them win promotion to League One last term, but was restricted to playing 22 games because of injuries.

    In total, the former Bristol City and Leyton Orient defender has played 178 times for Plymouth.

  19. Travel: Problems around Marsh Mills, Plymouth

    BBC News Travel

    In Devon, there are some problems around the Marsh Mills roundabout area of Plymouth, including:

    • Traffic is heavy on A38 Plymouth-bound near the roundabout due to an accident involving one car
    • On A374 Plymouth Road at Marsh Mills roundabout, traffic is slow moving due to a collision involving two vehicles

    In Cornwall, the B3362 in Lawhitton is blocked in both directions between Lawhitton and Milton Abbot due to an accident