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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'
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. '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
  4. 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.

  5. 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

    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.

  6. Envelope update

    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

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

    Beavers
  9. Police force welcomes stalking report

    BBC Radio Devon

    Shaun Sawyer

    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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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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
  15. 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.

  16. 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
    Quote Message: 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. from Firefighter's wife
    Firefighter's wife