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By Lynne French

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  1. Our live coverage

    That's all from BBC Local Live this Friday, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the day's news, sport, weather and travel updates.

    Don't forget Spotlight tonight with Justin Leigh and Carole Madge at 18:30 on BBC One and the late news at 22:30.

    Storm Brian is on its way, so stay safe and don't get blown away!

  2. England's Big Picture: Trebarwith Strand

    BBC News England

    Each day we feature an interesting photograph shared with us from across England, and this week's round-up features this shot from Cornwall.

    Trebarwith Strand. Pic: Emily Fox

    This photograph was taken by Emily Fox at Trebarwith Strand, near Tintagel.

    Emily said: "I took this long exposure photo as enormous waves came crashing into the narrow bay."

    Find out how to submit your pictures here.

  3. Weather for Saturday: Very windy with blustery showers

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Gales will develop near the coast overnight before a very windy Saturday, with gales for many or severe gales in exposed coastal areas, giving a cool feel, with gusts of up to 70mph possible.

    Saturday's weather map

    There will also be heavy, blustery showers in all parts, with a maximum temperature of 14C (57F).

    Weather warning
  4. River Teign powers Castle Drogo's electricity

    BBC Radio Devon

    One of Devon's historic properties will be generating its own power again using 100-year-old technology.

    Hydro power, which was at the cutting edge when Castle Drogo was built at the beginning of the 20th Century, has been restored.

    River Teign

    The River Teign will provide more than half the electricity needed for the house, saving the National Trust about £25,000 a year, the trust said.

    Castle Drogo
  5. Football: Torquay sign Reid on permanent deal

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United have signed Exeter City forward Jamie Reid on a permanent deal until the end of the season.

    The 23-year-old was on a six-month loan from the League Two club - his third temporary spell at his hometown side.

    Jamie Reid

    Reid has scored five goals in 63 league appearances for the Gulls, with whom he began his career as a youth player before moving to Exeter City.

    He made 27 appearances for the Grecians, scoring twice against AFC Wimbledon in his second game in 2013.

    Meanwhile, Gulls goalkeeper Neal Osborn has returned to Southern League club Barnstaple Town on loan until the end of the season.

  6. One in 10 homes in Cornwall is empty

    Cornwall Live

    Cornwall boasts almost 30,000 empty homes and that does not even include second and holiday homes, a new report has revealed.

  7. South West prepares for Storm Brian as Looe suffers flooding

    Devon and Cornwall are preparing for Storm Brian as people in Looe in Cornwall say they have already experienced some flooding.


    Looe harbour-master Tina Hicks (pictured) said: "Any storm in Looe produces flooding if we have a high tide and the wind in the wrong direction.

    "We had flooding this morning coming up through drains, and more of that and water over-topping the quays is expected."

    Tina Hicks

    She added that the town was working with the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council to improve flood defences, including trying to get funding for a flood gate and an extension to the pier.

    Meanwhile, flood warnings are in place between Lands End and Gribben Head for tonight, train services through Dawlish will be affected, and the Scillonian ferry won't sail to the Isles of Scilly from Penzance tomorrow.

    Coastguards and the RNLI have warned warning people to stay away from the coast.

  8. Football: Exeter prepare for Port Vale visit

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Exeter City have no fresh injury worries for the visit of Port Vale in League Two.

    Ryan Harley returned to the bench last week but is still short of match fitness, while Luke Croll, Jordan Moor-Taylor, Ryan Brunt and Robbie Simpson are still out.

    Paul Tisdale

    City go into the game off the back of a 4-1 loss at home to fellow high-flyers Luton Town and face a Vale side who, under new manager Neil Aspin, have won their last two games despite languishing at the wrong end of the table.

    "I don't know the manager at Port Vale, but I do know that he's made a big difference.

    "I know that he's probably done what I would have done: he's stiffened his teams resolve; they've suddenly tightened up," Exeter manager Paul Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon.

  9. Devon secures £9m for transport schemes

    BBC Radio Devon

    Devon County Council is getting £9m from the government to help fund two major transport schemes.

    The Department for Transport cash will be combined with £6m of developer contributions for a new road and bus route at Sherford, near Plymouth, and road improvements east of Exeter.


    The new link road will provide the main access to Sherford from the A38, while near Exeter the money will pay for improvements to Moor Lane junction.

    Andrea Davis, council cabinet member of infrastructure, said: "This is great news for Devon. Great for Devon residents, and great for Devon businesses."

    She added that both schemes would be a boost for new housing, jobs and connectivity in Devon.

  10. Twenty-five foot wave recorded... Brian's coming!

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    Winds of 55mph and a 25ft (7.6m) wave has been recorded by a Met Office buoy nearly 400 miles off Ireland.

    View more on twitter
  11. Judge tells groundworker he must 'stop battering people'

    Cornwall Live

    A groundworker from Heamoor, near Penzance, who stormed into one of his girlfriend’s neighbour’s homes and launched a furious attack after overhearing a rowdy late night argument has been told by a judge he has to 'stop battering people'.

  12. Retirement village plans opposed by residents

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    People living Torquay say they'll fight plans for a £70m retirement village on the site of a former holiday camp.

    English Care Villages wants to develop the so-called "resort style" village at Maidencombe, with 180 separate homes and communal facilities.

    Chairman Keith Cockell said: "We build in the facility so if any of our residents unfortunately find themselves in hospital, they can come back home immediately they've had their hospital treatment."

    Artist's impression of care village

    But Christine Davies, from the Maidencombe Residents' Association, said she was worried about the impact it will have on Torbay.

    She said: "We're going to do our homework and we're going to make sure that if this does get built - which I sincerely hope it won't - it does not affect Torbay in the way we're afraid it will and certainly Maidencombe itself."

  13. Coastguard photo warning as storm approaches

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Coastguards are warning people not to risk their lives to take photographs as named-storm Brian approaches the South West.

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for strong winds, with large waves, potential flooding and some structural damage when the Atlantic storm hits on Saturday.

    View more on twitter
  14. Football: Truro striker wants big cup following

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City forward Cody Cooke hopes they can sell out Charlton's away end when the National League South side go to the League One club in the FA Cup.

    The Cornish side could be allocated as many as 4,000 tickets for the tie at the former Premier League club.

    Truro City celebrate

    Truro-based fans face a 600-mile round trip for the tie, the first time the club has ever made the first round.

    "When Charlton came out of the draw we went through the roof, everyone's excited," Cooke told BBC Cornwall.

    "If we can take a big tribe from Cornwall up there, and possibly sell out the away end, it's going to be huge for everyone involved, not just the club but the city as a whole.

  15. 'Working a treat' flood barriers in place over weekend

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Fowey coastal barrier

    Flood barriers put up in Fowey by the Environment Agency to protect against stormy weather are to remain in place over the weekend, the agency says.

    The temporary barriers along the riverside, put up on Thursday - and described by one resident as "working a treat" last night - were erected "to give Fowey better protection from potential coastal flooding", the agency said.

    The barriers are usually employed used to prevent rivers flooding.

    Storm Brian - which could bring gusts of wind of up to 70mph (112kmph) - is forecast to affect parts of southern England on Saturday morning.

    We'll have a full forecast later.

    View more on twitter
  16. What's in a name? Great South West map leaves out Bristol

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Are we the South West or the West of England?

    The region claims to be speaking with one voice at last as it pushes for more government investment and that point is underlined by what's said to be the biggest-ever gathering of the region's political and business leaders in Exeter today for a "growth summit".

    Great South West

    But it’s an oddly-shaped map of the South West - leaving out Bristol and the districts around the city, even though it includes representatives from Wiltshire and Gloucestershire.

    The Bristol metropolitan area has gone its own way already under the West of England banner, causing some tension in the wider geographical region they’re promoting as the "Great South West"

    A curious disclaimer on the Great South West website says: "The name Great South West is a working title at present and may alter as the initiative gains momentum in order to be appropriate... This is not a brank used by the West of England LEP."

    And I understand Gary Streeter, Conservative MP forSouth West Devon, is calling for the region effectively to turn away from Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and define itself as simply Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset.

    Their campaign hashtag is #backthesouthwest, but they know that, until they thrash out exactly what the South West is, they won’t rival the Northern Powerhouse.