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Lynne French

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

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

    Don't miss Spotlight tonight at 18:30 on BBC One and the late news bulletin at 22:30. There will also be news throughout the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Exeter City to investigate smoke pellet incident

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Exeter City say they will investigate an incident from their friendly at Taunton Town last night, which saw a smoke pellet let-off in the stand.

    "On behalf of the fans, the club would like to apologise to Taunton Town and to any supporters at the game for the disturbance, and the difficulties with the authorities, this incident may have caused," a statement said.

    "We will be investigating this matter further and will take appropriate action against the individuals involved."

  3. Navy offers help to residents affected by Coverack floods

    Hannah Stacey

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Around 35 to 40 personnel from RNAS Culdrose have been helping Coverack clear up following the Tuesday's flash floods.

    They've been clearing the local beaches, shops and homes, and say they're doing their bit to support their neighbours.

    Naval personnel clearing Coverack's beaches
  4. Fortnightly bin collections: Cornwall Council promises "open and transparent" inquiry

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall's bins could be collected once a fortnight under new plans to try to encourage people to recycle more waste.

    Cornwall Council says it's considering a range of options, which also include food waste recycling, the introduction of wheelie bins and a special sorting plant so residents no longer have to separate their own recycling.

    Figures show recycling in the county is eight percentage points behind the national average. Now the council says a full inquiry is being set up to try and find a solution.

    Quote Message: I recognise it is a difficult decision, which is why we're going to have a full inquiry that's going to be open and transparent so people will be able to attend meetings and hear the evidence with their own ears. This is the beginning of the journey, the decision hasn't been made, we might still have weekly bin collections we might not. I don't know anymore than you do. from Sue James Cornwall Councillor responsible for Environment and Public Protection
    Sue JamesCornwall Councillor responsible for Environment and Public Protection
  5. BreakingTravel latest: Long delays on M5

    BBC News Travel

    On the M5 southbound between Wellington and Taunton we have reports of a caravan that has blown over - there are long delays.

    The road is blocked in both directions between J26 to J25. Police are on scene and currently dealing with an incident.

  6. 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.

  7. Love predicts 'brand new' Raiders team

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    New Plymouth Raiders head coach Gavin Love says his team this season is likely to be completely different to the players who were at the club last term.

    Former player Love rejoined Raiders for his second spell in charge yesterday, and has around six weeks to compile a squad in time for their first game.

    Gavin Love

    "There's one player that we may be talking to who may return, but to be honest it's a new project, new ownership, new coach and I think probably a brand new team," Love told BBC Radio Devon.

  8. Woman's leg swells seven inches with huge blister after fly bite

    Devon Live

    A waitress who had hoped to keep trim with an outdoor exercise class was horrified when one of thighs ballooned up with a giant infected insect bite and then burst – leaving her unable to get into her trousers for a week.

  9. Weather Watchers capture rainy day across south west

    BBC Weather Watchers

    The BBC Weather Watchers have been capturing today's less glamorous weather. I don't think any tourism promotion shots are being taken today!

    We've picked out a couple: Mike B's shot of Teignmouth where high winds, driving rain and choppy seas have combined and Keith's picture of the heavy rain running away in Porthtowan.

    To submit your own or view more become a BBC Weather Watcher.

  10. Latest weather: Heavy showers continue to fall

    BBC Weather

    The wind will ease this through this evening. Today's showers will continue overnight however, and they will be often heavy. Minimum Temperature: 11C (52F).

    Saturday weather

    The heavy showers will continue through Saturday, with the risk of hail and thunder. It should become drier and brighter by the evening though, especially in western areas. Maximum Temperature: 17C (63F).

  11. Children's mental health hospital must take immediate action to improve

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A Care Quality Commission inspection has found that Watcombe Hall hospital in Torquay is inadequate, and it has been placed into special measures.

    The inspection of the children's mental health service run by Huntercombe (Granby One) Limited identified a number of areas where it must take immediate action, including:

    • It must deploy sufficient, appropriately trained and competent staff for the safe management of the unit.
    • It must ensure that staff undertake sufficient observations of the young people to ensure they are not left unattended.
    • The provider must ensure that the ward environment is safe. This included improving the psychiatric intensive care unit fence, external doors and access to upstairs bedrooms.
    • The service must ensure that the young people in its care have regular access to fresh air and exercise.
    • The service must ensure that all young people receive timely appropriate care and treatment including for their physical health needs.
    • The provider must send a daily update of any incidents and to provide assurance that all staff had completed appropriate induction and training.
  12. Olly Murs tickets bought at visitor centre to be refunded

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Tickets bought for a cancelled Olly Murs gig at a visitor centre will be refunded, Exeter City Council has said.

    Exeter City Council posted on Facebook: "Anyone who bought tickets for the now cancelled Olly Murs concert at Powderham from our Exeter Visitor Information and Tickets in Southernhay can come in on Monday and get a full refund.

    "We will also be looking to dish out a small surprise as well."

    Olly Murs
  13. Daley reaches World Championships final

    James Law

    BBC Sport Online

    Tom Daley has qualified for the final of the World Diving Championships after finishing second in this afternoon's semi-finals.

    The top 10 divers made it through, but Daley was towards the top of the leaderboard throughout in Budapest.

    Tom Daley

    He finished on 498.65 points, with only Russian diver Aleksandr Bondar finishing above the 23-year-old.

  14. Coverack pollution risk

    South West Water (SWW) is warning that local beaches and streams may be contaminated following Tuesday's floods.

    The main sewage line in the village was breached during the downpour, and people are being warned to keep clear of the water while repairs are carried out.

    Warning signs have been placed near the beach and two local streams, residents are being reminded to wash their hands if they do come into contact with the water and to take all necessary precautions with pets and livestock.

    Coverack floods

    Although SWW says mains drinking water is not affected it is recommending residents who get their water from a private supply such as a borehole, well or spring which has been potentially been covered by floodwater look out for any changes in taste or smell or colour.

    It says people should assume the water is unsafe to drink unless boiled and should continue to use boiled water for drinking and bathing until the supply has been tested and shown to be safe.

    Householders who have private drainage are also being advised to have them checked to ensure they are still operating correctly.

  15. Travel latest: Earlier accidents cleared

    BBC News Travel


    • In Kennford a broken down vehicle on A380 Telegraph Hill Newton Abbot-bound has now been cleared
    • On the A38 Haldon Hill all lanes are now clear at the Plymouth-bound after a collision at the Racecourse Junction
    • In Plymstock Stanborough Road is now clear after an accident near Dunstone Drive


    • The A30 at Millpool is now clear following accident and recovery work around Preeze Cross.
  16. Coverack residents speak of flood devastation

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    Video caption: Coverack montage
  17. Man abandoned as a baby in 1950s meets long-lost brothers

    BBC News England

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    Video caption: Man abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet in the 1950s meets long-lost brothers

    A man who was abandoned as a baby in a cinema toilet in the 1950s has met his long-lost brothers in Scotland.

    Robert Weston, from Plymouth, was found bundled in blankets in the ladies toilet of a cinema in Birmingham in March 1956.

    He has now tracked down some of his family using DNA, including his father Charles Chalmers, who was from Turriff but has since passed away.

    At the Royal British Legion club in the Aberdeenshire town, Robert met his lost-lost brother Larry Aston, who lives in Wales, and his half-brother Bryn.

    Both of Mr Weston's parents are dead, but he is now looking forward to spending time with new members of his family.

  18. 'Young people not given access to fresh air' at special measures hospital

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Young people were not given access to fresh air at a mental health hospital which has been placed into special measures, the Care Quality Commission has said.

    Dr Paul Lelliott, deputy chief inspector of hospitals said "further and more serious quality and safety concerns" were found at a recent inspection of Watcombe Hall hospital, Torquay.

    He said: "Young people told us that they did not feel safe. In the previous six months, there had been 38 significant incidents were staff were injured in the course of their work.

    "Staff felt overwhelmed and several members of the team had left recently.

    Watcombe Hall

    “There was a lack of a consistent approach in caring for young people, including the application of blanket restrictions applied to all young people regardless of individual risk.

    "For example, staff prevented young people from accessing their bedrooms and did not give them access to fresh air."

    There were also gaps in recording and concerns over how staff obtained consent and assessed the patients' mental capacity.

  19. Newquay - major search operation launched after holidaymaker mistakes piece of wood for a human head

    Cornwall Live

    A major search operation was launched in Newquay after a holidaymaker thought he discovered a human head inside a cave, which was actually a piece of burnt wood.

  20. Police vehicle crashes in 'adverse weather'

    A police vehicle has crashed on the A30 westbound near Temple, Devon and Cornwall Police has confirmed.

    Quote Message: A police vehicle carrying out driver training has been damaged in a minor collision on the A30 near Temple. No other cars were involved and no-one was injured. A section of central reservation was damaged and it is believed this incident was due to adverse weather. from Spokesman Devon and Cornwall Police
    SpokesmanDevon and Cornwall Police