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  1. Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital porters strike over 12-hour shift plans
  2. Torbay votes to keep separate winter and summer parking charges
  3. Cornwall's NHS says GPs could be lost to Devon because of better pay
  4. Drunk men who tired to swim to Burgh Island branded 'ridiculously stupid' by police
  5. South West prepares for Storm Brian
  6. Updates on Friday 20 October 2017

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By Lynne French

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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!

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
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.

High tide closes Penzance Promenade

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

Storm Brian: 'Check weather reports and flood alerts' warning

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
National Trust

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
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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.

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.

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.

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
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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.

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.

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.

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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'.

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
English Care Villages

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."

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.

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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 City FC

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.

'Working a treat' flood barriers in place over weekend

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Fowey coastal barrier
Environment Agency

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.

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Oops! Stuck lorry closes road

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.

Weekend engineering to hit South Western Railways services

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The train operator's routes include services through Devon to Exeter.

Rugby: Pirates sign two after Bolwell injury

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates are waiting to hear the extent of a knee injury suffered by flanker Matt Bolwell.

The 22-year-old was hurt in the first 20 minutes of Saturday's British and Irish Cup win at Hartpury and had a scan on the injury on Thursday.

"It's such a shame for Matt as he's been tremendous," coach Gavin Cattle told BBC Radio Cornwall.

Matt Bolwell
Brian Tempest

"He's a really aggressive and committed player, and as coaches we're just waiting for him to have a bit of luck."

Bolwell's injury has seen an already-depleted Pirates squad further strained, with the club forced to bring in Redruth flanker Chris Fuca and Camborne's Kieran Westlake on loan to bolster the squad for Sunday's cup tie with Ulster.

Flanker Fuca, 32, has been a stalwart in the Redruth and Cornwall sides for much of the last decade, while 21-year-old centre Westlake is a former Exeter Academy player.

Friday afternoon's weather: Some sunshine before it turns wet and windy

BBC Weather

Most areas should see a window of sunshine this afternoon.

However, later on, a band of wet and windy weather will arrive and steadily spread east with coastal gales likely.

Weather map

Today's maximum temperature is 15C (59 F).

Chief constable sweeps crash debris off road

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer has helped clear debris from the A35 following a crash in Devon.

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Officers said the minor shunt happened at about 08:00 between two cars on Gammons Hill, Axminster.

An ambulance attended and one lady was taken to hospital as a precaution after the crash.

Both cars needed to be recovered following the crash because the road was blocked.

The force said: "Nearby was a car with Ch Supt Glen Mayhew and Chief Constable Sawyer, who were both on their way to Dorset for a meeting.

"Both helped at the scene and helped remove the vehicles from the road. The chief constable even swept up the debris on the road to aid a swift reopening of the road."

Good to know Mr Sawyer and Mr Mayhew still muck in!

Brittany Ferries cancel Saturday crossings to France

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Atlantic Storm Brian has prompted Brittany Ferries to cancel their sailings to France on Saturday.

The Plymouth to Roscoff services affected tomorrow are the 15:30 crossing and the sailing due to depart at 22:00.

Armorique in Plymouth
Brittany Ferries

The company has also brought forward the departure time for tonight's crossing to Roscoff from 22:00 to 20:30.

Dowling in line for Gulls recall

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United could recall George Dowling to their midfield for the trip to Halifax in the National League.

The 19-year-old, who is on loan from Bristol City, has been missing since being injured early on in Gary Owers' first game as manager over a month ago at Barrow.

Getty Images

The Gulls are still without midfielders Jake Gosling, Sam Chaney and Yan Klukowski, as well as defender Myles Anderson and forward Jon-Paul Pittman.

Torquay are bottom of the National League, six points from safety, having won just one of 16 games in all competitions this season.

Hospital founder's granddaughter backs campaign

Eleanor Parkinson

BBC Spotlight

A former pop star is backing a campaign to save one of Cornwall's cottage hospitals.

The ward at Edward Hain Hospital in St Ives has been closed for 18 months because of concerns about fire regulations and local people fear it may be closed altogether.

Edward Hain Hospital sign

Now Kit Grindstaff, granddaughter of the hospital's founder, and half of the "Dancing in the City" 70s duo Marshall Hain, has recorded a protest song.

She said it had been "incredibly moving" to see what the hospital means to people.

Kit Grindstaff

"Of course we knew about the hospital and our grandfather's involvement in St Ives and everything he'd done for the town," she said.

"But when you see first hand and start hearing from people who work there and have had treatment and hear their impassioned outpouring, it's incredibly moving."

England's Big Picture: 16-22 October - Ashcombe

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 Devon.

Tractor. Pic: Ralph Rayner
Ralph Rayner

Ralph Rayner took this photograph in Ashcombe, near Chudleigh, of a tractor cultivating the soil in preparation for the drilling of next season's winter wheat.

Find out how to submit your pictures here.

Millions to be spent on Plymouth roads - but it will mean more major roadworks

Plymouth Herald

The government is to splash out millions improving roads in the north of Plymouth in a major boost to drivers fed up with heavy congestion consuming the city's traffic network.

Wheeee... the fast way down!

Football: Argyle sign Norwich keeper Matthews

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle have signed Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews on an emergency loan.

The 23-year-old is set to be the fifth goalkeeper to play for Argyle this season and comes in after Kyle Letheren hurt his thigh on Tuesday at Blackburn.

Teenager Michael Cooper made his debut as a substitute, with Luke McCormick and Robbert te Loeke also both injured.

Remy Matthews
Getty Images

Clubs can sign a keeper on loan outside the transfer window if all their professional keepers are unavailable.

Matthews is yet to make a first team appearance for Norwich, but has had two spells on loan in League One - in 2015-16 with Burton Albion and Doncaster.

He also played 27 times for Scottish Premiership side Hamilton Academicals on a season-long loan last season.

Nursery initiative helps young and old

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

A nursery in Exeter is helping to tackle loneliness among older people by inviting them into sessions with its children.

The Horizon Childcare nursery said older people took part in activities such as story-telling, play and jigsaw puzzles.

Horizon nursery

"There's massive beneficial effects for both age groups," staff said.

Early sailing for Plymouth ferry and cancellations

Passengers sailing to France on the Brittany Ferries service from Plymouth on Friday night are being advised the departure time has been brought forward from 22:00 to 20:30.

Meanwhile, sailings on Saturday have been cancelled because of Storm Brian.

They include the 15:30 Roscoff to Plymouth and the 22:00 Plymouth to Roscoff sailings.

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Storm Brian cancels train services through Dawlish

CrossCountry trains have suspended some train services from Exeter to Plymouth through Dawlish this evening because of Atlantic Storm Brian, which is likely to cause a large swell.

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Replica gun seized in Brixham drugs arrest

Devon Live

A replica gun was seized when police in Brixham raided a house in the port on Thursday evening.

Witness appeal for footage of Drumbridges accident

An appeal for footage to a serious crash on the A38 has been made by police.

A 26-year-old man was critically injured in the accident at Drumbridges last week and officers would like anyone who may have dashboard-camera footage to contact them.

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Travellers leave Exeter park-and-ride site

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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About 50 spaces at an Exeter park-and-ride car park were taken up by the travellers' camp after "several caravans and vehicles" arrived at the Digby site at about 17:00 on Wednesday.

The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospitals Trust (RD&E) said the 500-space site was "owned and leased to a range of organisations including the RD&E".

The RD&E said it didn't anticipate the same parking delays experienced by people on Thursday.


Trapped baby cut free from bath seat by fire crew

Devon Live

Devon fire crews showed how versatile they were when they took on the delicate and unusual task of cutting a baby free from a bath seat.

Travel update: Crash blocks A30 Okehampton

BBC Radio Devon

One lane of the A30 westbound at Okehampton remains blocked following an earlier collision and recovery between Meldon junction and Soreton Cross.

Can you guess the creature in thermal image picture?

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We'll try and find out the answer later.