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  1. Truro assault: Man has 'serious head injury'
  2. Exeter bus station and leisure centre budget approved
  3. Mayor of Torbay faces vote of no confidence today
  4. Coverack flash flood: Road repair work begins
  5. Devon County Council urged to give schools £2m rather than put it in reserves
  6. 'No refunds' for axed Olly Murs Bournemouth and Exeter gigs
  7. Warship made of plastic bottles
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Lynne French

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 to bring you all Friday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss Spotlight with Justin Leigh and Natalie Cornah tonight at 18:30 on BBC One and the late news bulletin at 22:30.

  2. Orchestra 'disappointed' at concert cancellation

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO) says it's "very disappointed" its concert at Powderham Castle has been cancelled after the promoter Stephen C Associates ceased trading.

    The orchestra, which was due to perform on Sunday 30 July, said the circumstances were out of its control, but added that any tickets purchased directly from BSO would be fully refunded.

    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

    The promoter going bust has also resulted in an Olly Murs gig at the castle being axed on Saturday 29 July.

    Stephen C Associates said in a statement it was not in a position to offer refund to ticket holders.

  3. Plymouth diving future 'bright' - Banks

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Former Great Britain coach Andy Banks says diving has a "bright future" in Plymouth despite leaving to take a role with the Australian team.

    Plymouth has produced Tom Daley, Sarah Barrow and Brooke Graddon, but Tonia Couch is now the only senior GB diver based there.

    Tonia Couch (left) and Andy Banks

    "The city of Plymouth is a massive proponent of diving and it always has been," Banks told BBC Sport.

    "Plymouth is always going to have one of the best facilities in the country - there are coaches there that are really good, there's a system there that's really good."

    Plymouth diving future 'bright' - Banks

    Tonia Couch (left) and Andy Banks

    Former Great Britain coach Andy Banks says diving has a "bright future" in Plymouth despite leaving for a role in Australia.

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  4. Cable leadership 'may lead to Lib-Lab pact'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The election of Vince Cable as the leader of the Liberal Democrats may increase the chances of a partnership with Labour according to a University of Exeter political expert.

    The 74-year old Twickenham MP was the only candidate on the ballot paper when nominations closed.

    Quote Message: Vince Cable will face a long uphill battle to re-establish his party as a credible fighting force, and as the Cameron-Clegg coalition was toxic for the Lib Dems, it seems that the only possible route back to power would involve a deal with Labour. Realistically, the best that Cable can hope for may be a Lib-Lab pact in the style of 1977-8, when James Callaghan’s minority government was sustained by an agreement with David Steel’s Liberals that stopped short of full coalition.” from Prof Richard Toye Political historian at University of Exeter
    Prof Richard ToyePolitical historian at University of Exeter
  5. Devon and Cornwall knife amnesty

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    People can dispose of unwanted bladed items, without fear of prosecution, such as knives, zombie knives, swords, kitchen knives and unwanted collectibles between 17-23 July, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    There will be collection bins at the following police offices: Heavitree Road in Exeter; Torquay; Charles Cross and Crownhill in Plymouth; Camborne, St Austell and Bodmin and Barnstaple.

  6. Cornish powerlifter 'back from dead'

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Cornishman Graham Alway says he has come "back from the dead" to qualify for next year's British Drug Free Powerlifting Championships.

    He had a stroke in 2010, but recovered from that and pneumonia to win the south west event and seal his place in the national competition, in the over-45 category.

    Graham Alway

    "If I had weightlifted as soon as I'd come out of hospital i probably would've died, so I left it two years after and I've come back from the dead really," Alway told BBC Radio Cornwall."I would love to come first - I'm seriously happy with second, but first is what I'm there for really."

  7. Helicopter rescue for women stranded by tide

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two people have been airlifted to safety off rocks near Newquay after getting cut off by the tide.

    The women became stranded between Watergate Bay and Whipsiderry about lunchtime.

    Coastguard helicopter

    Newquay's RNLI inshore and all-weather lifeboats, cliff rescue team, RNLI lifeguards from Watergate Bay and the Coastguard helicopter were involved in the rescue.

    The pair were airlifted to the top of the cliff and dropped to safety.

  8. Weather for Devon and Cornwall

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    This evening and tonight skies will cloud over, with showers or longer spells of rain and a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

    Weather for Friday

    Heavy rain will slowly spread eastwards tomorrow, but this should clear away later in the afternoon, leaving drier and brighter conditions to end the day. It will also be very windy to begin with a maximum temperature of 18C (64F).

  9. Jail for stalker who forced victim from her home

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A persistent stalker who repeatedly broke a no-contact order and forced his victim from her own home has been jailed for 14 months.

    Kim Allison, a former Royal Navy helicopter instructor, met his female victim on a dating website after the death of his wife.

    The 62-year-old from Wellbeck Road, Yeovil, began stalking his victim when she ended their five-month relationship.

    At the height of his stalking the woman was so frightened that she fled her home in Torquay.

    Allison admitted three offences of breaching a restraining order and one of harassment.

    Exeter Crown Court heard the victim was plagued with obscene messages after Allison posted her details on sado masochistic sex websites.

    After the case Sergeant Simon Lee, from Devon and Cornwall Police's domestic abuse and sexual offences team, said stalking ruined lives and the sentence was a reflection of the "persistent and worrying nature" of Allison’s behaviour.

  10. Services join together for coast safety campaign

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A #Coastsafe campaign has been launched after 21 coast-related deaths in Cornwall last year.

    With tens of thousands of holidaymakers due to arrive over the summer, the aim of the campaign is to bring together safety messages from emergency services, including the RNLI, HM Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service and Cornwall Air Ambulance.


    The campaign includes a range of initiatives, information and advice on topics such as cliff walking and tombstoning (jumping from height into water), rip currents, tides, falling in the water and beach safety.

    Steve Instance from the RNLI said: "Anyone who finds themselves unexpectedly in the water should fight your instincts and remember one core survival skill – floating, until the effects of cold water shock pass and you can catch your breath, before then trying to swim to safety or call for help.

  11. Second meeting for Coverack flood victims

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Temporary accommodation is being sought for three people displaced by the flash flooding in Coverack on Tuesday, Cornwall Council says.

    Following heavy rain and hail, a wall of water swept through the village ripping up the main road of the village and damaging about 50 properties.

    A crowdfunding page set up after the flood has so far raised nearly £3,000.

    Coverack repair work

    Repairs to the road have already begun and skips have been brought in to allow residents to dump flood-damaged belongings.

    Precautionary warning signs have been put up near the beach and local streams amid pollution concerns caused by the main sewage line being damaged.

    A second meeting, chaired by the council's leader, Adam Paynter, will be held on Friday at the Paris Hotel at 11:00 BST to update residents and answer questions.

  12. Call for bereaved families to vote

    The government's being urged to change the law to make sure bereaved families can vote - after a Devon woman missed out on casting her ballot because of the death of her grandmother.

    Under current rules it's possible to get a short-notice proxy vote in the event of a work or a medical emergency. But Torbay's Conservative MP, Kevin Foster, says that should be extended to the recently bereaved.

    Kevin Foster

    The government says there are no current plans to change the rules.

    But Labour MP Bridget Phillipson, who's on a Commons committee related to election rules agreed bereavement should be treated as an emergency.

  13. Devon and Cornwall among safest areas, despite crime rise, police say

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    The South West remains one of the safest areas to live, despite a 17% rise in crime, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

    Referring to the latest crime figures for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the force says the increase reflects "an overall national increase in recorded crime" and could be partially attributable to victims having more confidence to come forward and report crimes.

    Reporting of sexual offences was up by nearly 39%, possession of weapons by 33% and public order offences by nearly 32%. Drug offences fell by 4%

    Middlemoor Police HQ

    Deputy Chief Constable Paul Netherton, said: "No victim should suffer in silence, and we will continue to work hard to support these people and to give a voice to each and every one of them, regardless if this sees a rise in our crime figures."

    He acknowledged forces nationally were starting to see some increases in crime in local communities, but said it was too early to explain why, as the reasons were "likely to be complex", adding that he was confident Devon and Cornwall "continues to remain a safe place to live, work, and visit, and that the likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is still very low".

  14. Love rejoins Raiders as head coach

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Plymouth Raiders have reappointed the club's all-time leading appearance maker Gavin Love as head coach.

    The 39-year-old played 371 times for the British Basketball League side, and managed them for three years before being sacked in September 2013.

    Gavin Love

    Love's return comes after Raiders were sold to businessmen Ross Mackenzie and Richard Mollard on Tuesday.

  15. Final green light for Exeter's new bus station and leisure centre budget

    BBC Radio Devon

    The green light has finally been given to an £8m increase in the budget for Exeter City Council's new bus station and leisure centre development - bringing the total cost of the project to £40m.

    Exeter bus station

    At an extraordinary meeting of the council last night, members voted 24 to 10 in favour, with one abstention.

    Plans to pedestrianise Paris Street are currently subject to a public enquiry, but city councillor Phil Bialyk, who's in charge of the redevelopment, says the project will go ahead whatever the outcome is.

  16. Totnes begging crackdown brings rise in crime

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A crackdown on beggars in Totnes has led to a rise in thefts from cars say police.


    Officers are warning owners to "ensure no valuables are left in cars overnight and ensure they are locked. Marked and unmarked patrols are continuing during the night."

    "We have seen an increase in acquisitive crime, including theft or attempted theft from motor vehicles and shoplifting," they said on Facebook.

    They said that the rise in crime was "anticipated due to a more robust approach in relation to begging, where the income of individuals has been dramatically reduced".