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  1. Parking fines wrongly issued

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Dozens of parking fines have been wrongly issued to motorists in Falmouth, after problems with the numberplate recognition system at a car park in the town.

    The fault meant drivers who had legally paid for parking at Custom House Quay car park on 8 and 9 February received penalties from the private enforcement company Creative Parking.

    The car park belongs to Falmouth Harbour Commissioners.

    Harbour master Mark Sansom says drivers who have received the notices should not pay them, and that the fines will be cancelled automatically.

    Custom House Quay car park
  2. Drone safety workshops held

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Workshops on how to fly drones safely, legally and responsibly have been announced by Devon and Cornwall Police.

    As part of the force's "safer drones initiative", the courses will be run by members of the Alliance Drone Unit - the first fully operational drone unit in UK policing - offering the public the chance to understand the rules and laws surrounding safe drone use.

    Police drone

    Unit team manager,Andy Hamilton - a former police inspector - says the workshops are a great way for enthusiasts to understand fully how to properly fly their drones.

    “These workshops are run by a police drone operator and covers the law, do’s and don’ts, pilot responsibility, privacy matters, drone code and much more," he said.

    Workshops will be held in March, April and May at Exeter, Barnstaple, Launceston, Truro, Goonhilly and Plymouth.

    Anyone interested should contact For further information please contact

  3. By Adam Williams

    BBC Sport

    Marcus Watson scores Wasps' opening try

    Wasps hang on for a narrow win against champions Exeter Chiefs, who fall to a third straight Premiership defeat.

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  4. HMS Sutherland's crew 'down under'

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    HMS Sutherland has arrived in Adelaide as part of her seven-month deployment to Australia, the Far East and the Persian Gulf.

    The warship's crew left Plymouth in January.

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  5. Stobart bid for airline still not off ground

    The Carlisle-based Stobart Group is ending a week full of stock market activity over its plans to buy a share in an airline to go with its two airports.

    Stobart Aviation plans to start flights from Carlisle later this year and already owns the increasingly busy Southend airport.

    Stobart sign at airport

    Earlier this week Stobart told investors it was trying to find a way to have a non-controlling interest in the Flybe airline.

    Flybe's shares jumped 36% on the news, and Stobart's inched up by 2%, but the Exeter-based airline then said it had not received an approach from the Cumbrian firm, and its shareholders should take no action.

    "There can be no certainty that any firm offer will be made nor as to the terms on which any firm offer might be made," said Flybe.

  6. New programme helps heat 'fuel poverty' homes in Cornwall

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The first of hundreds of homes in Cornwall are starting to feel warmer as work begins on an £8m programme to install new central heating systems.

    About 36,000 homes in the county are in "fuel poverty" according to Cornwall Council.

    Warm and Well Cornwall is a programme led by the Winter Well-being Partnership on behalf of Cornwall Council and funded by the Warm Homes Fund.

    It offers free central heating systems for homes which currently use expensive or ineffective heating, such as solid fuel heaters or electric night storage systems.

    Toni Cunningham's house in St Keverne is now being heated by a geo-thermal heat pump.

    He said "I've never been so warm in my life. We have a constant heat all the time - we've had beautiful heating."

  7. Farewell to 'one of kind' Exeter boy who died after getting flu

    Devon Live

    A final farewell has been bid to nine-year-old Coby Simons who tragically died just 48 hours after coming down with the flu.

  8. Night closures on A30

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Drivers are set to face four weeks of disruption on the A30 from Monday as drainage and maintenance work begins between Carland Cross and Chiverton Cross.

    There will be overnight lane closures and traffic signals in place between 8pm and 6am from 26 February to 2 March.

    The A30 will be then be closed overnight from 5-10 March, with traffic diverted via the A3058 and A3075, before again reverting to traffic lights from 12-23 March.

    Highways England project manager Michelle Reed said: "We appreciate the closure will have an effect on journey times, but we are carrying out this essential work overnight to minimise disruption, and we thank all drivers in advance for their co-operation and patience."

    Chiverton Cross
  9. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A388 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A388 Devon both ways severe accident, between Moorfield Road and Henford Road.

    A388 Devon - A388 in St Giles on the Heath blocked and slow traffic in both directions between the Moorfield Road junction and the Henford Road junction, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  10. Dolphins put on a show in St Mawes

    This footage of dolphins frolicking along the River Fal was captured by skippers of the St Mawes Ferry.

    Cornwall doesn't do boring commutes!

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    Video caption: The footage was captured by the skippers of the St Mawes Ferry, Cornwall.
  11. Smoke alarm 'saved woman's life'

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service says a Devon woman's life was saved last night, when she was woken from sleep by her fire alarm.

    The fire caused extensive damage to the kitchen of the property in Brixham, but with the help of a neighbour, the woman managed to escape.

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    The service said it provided urgent medical attention to the woman for the effects of breathing in smoke until paramedics arrived.

    "This shows the huge importance of having a regularly checked and working smoke alarm," it added.

  12. Man caught by paedophile hunters jailed

    Dave Wade

    BBC News

    A man, who was caught in a paedophile hunters sting, has been jailed for meeting underage girls for sex.

    Martin Kinnear

    Michael Kinnear, from Beeston, persistently contacted girls on Facbeook and tried to meet them for sex, Nottinghamshire Police said.

    A group called Totnes Justice said it caught the 28-year-old in a CCTV sting, grooming girls he thought were young but were in fact decoys.

    Kinnear invited girls aged between 12 and 15 to parties at his house, plied them with alcohol and pretended to be a 16-year-old.

    He gave others cigarettes and gifts and asked them to meet him for sex.

    At Nottingham Crown Court today, he admitted eight child sex offences, including sexual activity with a child, and was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison.

    He was also sentenced for sexual assault on a vulnerable adult in Derbyshire and made to sign the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

  13. Vodafone halts Mousehole mast work

    A communications company has called a temporary halt to work on a mast in a Cornish village.

    Residents in Mousehole held a protest earlier about Vodafone's plans for a 15m (50ft) mast near the entrance to the village.

    Vodafone said it was "unfortunate" that BT, acting on its behalf, had began preparatory work before planning permission was granted, although all the relevant permissions to start work on the highway had been obtained.

    Mousehole mast protest

    "We’ve asked BT to stop work pending the results of the planning application," a Vodafone spokesperson said in a statement.

    Jane Harvey, who lives just metres from the proposed site, says her concerns are over health.

    "I've got two children and my massive concern is the health impact, but you can't actually object on health grounds because there's no evidence to suggest there is, but we don't know long term, because they've only been about for 30 years," she said.

  14. Eden hosts first 'World Indoor Gig Rowing Championships'

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    The first ever 'World Indoor Gig Rowing Championships' will take place at the Eden Project on Saturday.

    Top oarsmen and women will race on rowing machines over 1000m and 2000m in the Mediterranean biome in an event to complement the World Pilot Gig Championships held annually in the Isles of Scilly.

    The humid rainforest biome will also host a special 77km relay, with competitors aiming to row the length of the Panama Canal.

    Simon Moses from Falmouth Pilot Gig Club and Kate Bourn from Caradon Gig Club
  15. Cornwall travel: Accident blocks Flushing road

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • In Flushing, St Peter's Road blocked both directions due to an accident between Tregew Close and Kersey Road
    • A broken-down vehicle is partially blocking Truro's Kenwyn Hill near Knights Hill.
  16. Devon travel: Exeter accident blocks Trusham Road

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Exeter, Trusham Road is blocked both directions between Grace Road and Marsh Barton Road due to an accident
    • In Plymouth Princess Street Ope is closed both directions between Notte Street and Princess Street due an earlier police incident
    • On the A380 near Newton Abbot between the Penn Inn Roundabout and Kingsteignton, one lane is blocked due to an accident
    • The A396 between Oakfordbridge and Bampton is partially blocked due to an overturned vehicle
    • An accident has partially blocked Derriford Road in Plymouth near Research Way.
  17. Plymouth attempted murder probe continues

    A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a woman was stabbed in Plymouth.

    Emergency services were called to Notte Street at about 12:00.

    Blade in street
    Image caption: A blade was found at the crime scene
    Crime scene

    The woman has "serious injuries" and is being treated at Derriford Hospital, police have said.

    Police dog and handler
    Image caption: Police dogs and a helicopter were involved in the manhunt
    Image caption: Forensics at the crime scene on Princess Street Ope, Plymouth.

    Princess Street Ope remains closed while police continue their investigations.

  18. Cornwall travel: Broken-down vehicle in Truro

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In Truro on Kenwyn Hill near Knights Hill, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle.