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  1. Weather: A dry and humid night, sunny and warm tomorrow

    David Braine

    Weather Forecaster

    There will be the odd patch of cloud through tonight but it will remain dry and there will be some long clear periods as well.

    It will feel rather warm and humid.

    Minimum temperature: 10 to 13C (50 to 55F)

    Temperatures in Devon and Cornwall

    In general, it will be a little warmer through Saturday.

    There will some patchy cloud at times but also a fair amount of sunshine.

    Winds will remain light and variable.

    Maximum temperature: 24 to 27C (75 to 81F)

  2. Two rip current rescues at Perranporth

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Three people were rescued in two separate incidents on Perranporth beach at lunchtime on Thursday.

    At about midday, lifeguards spotted a bodyboarder who was out of his depth and struggling in the current just outside the red and yellow flags.

    He was brought back to the shore on a rescue board.

    Shortly afterwards, at about 13:15, lifeguards noticed two people 75m out, beyond the breaking waves, struggling in another rip current.

    Two lifeguards launched their inshore rescue boat (IRB) into the 2-3ft surf. Having reached the two women, the lifeguards helped them into the IRB and brought them back to shore.

    Lifeguards on rescue boat
    Quote Message: When my friend and I realised we had drifted out too far, we signaled for help. We are very grateful to the lifeguards who came to help us – they do a great job and were very nice." from Woman rescued by RNLI lifeguards
    Woman rescued by RNLI lifeguards
  3. Family from Kettering injured in Devon road crash

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Police say a family from Kettering, Northamptonshire, were involved in a crash on the A361 on Friday morning.

    The accident happened at about 06:45 on the eastbound stretch of the North Devon link road at Knowstone, South Molton.

    Officers say a silver Jaguar X-Type left the carriageway and ended up stationary in a ditch.

    A 42-year-old woman and a 49-year-old man were seriously injured and are in surgery after being airlifted to Derriford Hospital.

    A seven-year-old child in the car has minor injuries and is being treated for shock.

    The road was closed for six hours while a full investigation of the scene took place.

  4. The former Torquay player cheering on England in Sweden

    BBC Spotlight

    Former South West footballer Ben Smith has mixed emotions about Saturday's World Cup quarter-final between Sweden and England.

    The ex-Torquay United player moved to Sweden just over five years ago and is the head coach for Division 2 side IFK Östersund.

    He got married to a Swede, Johanna, last weekend but they delayed their honeymoon until Monday because his team is playing on Saturday.

    Johanna and Ben Smith
    Image caption: He's a lucky man - Ben Smith's wife, Johanna, does not like football

    They have brought the kick-off forward by an hour so he can watch the England v Sweden World Cup quarter-final.

    Only problem is he will be surrounded by Swedes in the bar afterwards...

    Video content

    Video caption: Devon husband v Swedish wife
  5. England's World Cup Baa-rmy Army

    BBC Radio Devon


    Ewe won't believe what one Devon farmer has done to celebrate England making the FIFA World Cup quarter finals.

    Lesley Perrett, who keeps Devon and Cornwall Longwool Sheep at her farm in Bradworthy, has sprayed her flock's backs with a red St George's Cross in support of Gareth Southgate's men.

    These pictures show the animals in all their patriotic glory.

    Let's hope England aren't "fleeced" by Sweden on Saturday...

    Quote Message: They have all been worked up with the St George Cross, and we used my husband's drone to take the photos. I always try and watch the international games. We have got change-over in our cottages tomorrow so I'm hoping the cleaning and everything will be done by 3.00." from Lesley Perrett Sheep farmer
    Lesley PerrettSheep farmer
  6. Devon travel: A361 re-opens after crash

    BBC Radio Devon

    The A361 North Devon Link Road has re-opened after an earlier accident between Knowstone and Bishop's Nympton.

  7. Council reassures staff following abuse allegations

    BBC Radio Devon

    Leaders of all four political groups at Devon County Council have issued a joint statement to staff, after a senior councillor was alleged to have sexually harassed female staff.

    The Council’s cross-party Standards Committee issued a notice of public censure to Councillor Brian Greenslade this week following a formal complaint relating to several female employees over a number of years.

    The statement reassures staff that the council "will not tolerate any actions that leave them feeling threatened, fearful or intimidated."

    Quote Message: We must ensure that our staff enjoy a safe and welcoming environment. They work hard to provide vital services for the people of Devon and we firmly believe that they are fully entitled to go about their business in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. We will not tolerate any actions that leave them feeling threatened, fearful or intimidated, or to be treated with disrespect. As councillors and political leaders, we have even more of a duty to ensure that our own personal behaviour is exemplary and seen to be exemplary." from Statement to staff from Devon County Council
    Statement to staff from Devon County Council
  8. Camper van passenger sustained 'serious injuries'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A passenger in a camper van has sustained "serious injuries" after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a car near Helston, police say.

    The casualty was flown to Royal Cornwall Hospital, Treliske, by air ambulance after the incident on the A3083 at Culdrose.

    A second camper van passenger and the driver of the car were taken to hospital by land ambulance - their injuries are unknown.

    The driver of the camper van is reported to have sustained minor injuries.

    The A3083 is closed between the A394 and B3293 and is likely to remain closed for some time.

  9. Three taken to hospital after car and camper van crash

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Three people have been taken to hospital after a car and camper van crash in Cornwall.

    Image caption: The A3083 at Culdrose

    Fire crews from Helston, Mullion and Tolvaddon released three people, who had become trapped in their vehicles, before leaving them in the care of the ambulance service and air ambulance.

    It happened at the Gunwalloe turning on the A3083 at about 11:15.

  10. Can virtual reality be used to help mental health?

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new research project in Cornwall is looking for members of the public to help study the effects of virtual reality on health.

    Researchers at the University of Exeter Medical School's Truro campus are using state-of-the-art virtual reality technology to recreate the experience of being in nature for people who may not be able easily to access the real thing.

    woman with virtual reality mask

    Participants in the study will view scenes of "virtual nature" using different types of technology and be asked to complete a short questionnaire, memory test and interview.

    Anyone over the age of 18 can take part in the sessions, which are being conducted at the Knowledge Spa on the Royal Cornwall Hospital's Treliske site.

    Quote Message: We know that a walk in the countryside or a stroll on the beach can benefit a person's mental health, but for those in hospital or long term care, getting outdoors can be really tough. We think that virtual reality might allow us to provide a realistic and cost-effective substitute, and we'd love a wide range of people to come in and try out the technology." from Nicky Yeo PhD Researcher leading the study
    Nicky YeoPhD Researcher leading the study
  11. Video content

    Video caption: Drunk gulls found 'stinking of alcohol'

    RSPCA officials say rescued "disoriented and confused" birds seem to recover after vomiting.

  12. Brixham assault victim named

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    The family of a man who died earlier this week after being assaulted on a night out have paid tribute to him.

    David Williams, 49, died in hospital on Tuesday after being attacked twice in Brixham after last week's England game against Belgium.

    David Williams
    Quote Message: David’s death has left the family truly devastated. He leaves behind his wife Polly, daughters Georgia, Robyn and Katy, parents Bill and Joyce and his brother Mark. For us all, David’s death at 49 leaves a huge hole which can never be filled. He will be desperately missed by all his family and friends, always being remembered and in our hearts." from Family statement
    Family statement

    A 23-year-old man from Brixham arrested on suspicion of assault after the attack has been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

    After Mr Williams' death on Tuesday, a 21-year-old man from Brixham was arrested on suspicion of murder and he has also been released under investigation pending further inquiries.

    Two other men, 27 and 29, both from Brixham, have now been arrested on suspicion of murder.

    Both are currently in police custody and due to be questioned.

  13. Devon travel update: A361 remains closed following crash

    BBC Radio Devon

  14. Paignton Zoo mourns death of lioness

    BBC Radio Devon

    The matriarch of Paignton Zoo’s Asiatic lion pride has had to be put to sleep after she contracted TB.

    Fourteen-year-old Indu was born at the zoo and had four cubs.

    lion and cubs

    Staff said they had to act quickly in order to avoid the risk of her becoming contagious and endangering the other lions.

    Paignton Zoo’s pride now consists of Indu's five-year old daughter Maliya, a 15-year-old male called Lucifer, and their two cubs, Yali and Arya.

    Quote Message: I worked with Indu for nine years and watched her become a dedicated mother and then grandma. She has always looked after daughter Maliya and when Lucifer gets stroppy has always been a tough old bird. Myself and the rest of the cat team will miss her very much, but we are zoo keepers and, sadly, part of the job is to say goodbye.” from Helen Neighbour Senior mammal keeper
    Helen NeighbourSenior mammal keeper