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  1. Weather: Staying dry and fine

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Friday evening will remain generally dry and fine with spells of late sunshine.

    Mostly dry with long clear spells throughout tonight, although there could be some areas of mist and fog forming.

    Minimum temperature: 8 to 11C (46 to 52F).


    Early areas of mist and fog will lift to leave a mainly dry and fine day on Saturday, with long spells of sunshine.

    A warm day for most with just a light breeze.

    Maximum temperature: 21 to 24C (70 to 75F).

  2. NHS at 70: The South West's tiny bundles of hope

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    This summer, as the NHS turns 70, BBC Spotlight is looking at how healthcare has changed here in the South West.

    One in every 13 babies in the UK are born preterm - that's before 37 weeks gestation - and their chances of surviving have increased dramatically in the last 70 years.


    Neonatal care for the most pre-term babies from Devon and Cornwall is now centralised at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Plymouth.

    Treatments and technology have improved with steroids given in the womb, ventilators, more sophisticated monitoring and incubators, and surfactants to help babies' lungs work.

    couple with baby

    But attitudes have also changed.

    Parents are now much more involved with their own child and some, like Donna Wade, go on to support other new mums and dads.

    Quote Message: They seem very open to wanting to talk to you, engaging and just basically hearing what you've gone through. It's also about being able to talk to them about what's going on outside the hospital and just giving a bit of normality to them as well." from Donna Wade Parent Peer Support Worker
    Donna WadeParent Peer Support Worker

    And while there is sometimes a long-term bond formed with the unit, babies tend to stay here for a shorter time.

    They are discharged earlier and supported at home so parents and siblings can enjoy the normality of family life outside hospital.

  3. No rest for Penlee's volunteer lifeboat crews

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Penlee's volunteer lifeboat crews have been called out on no less than nine shouts in the last seven days.

    Here's their diary for the week so far:

    • 7 July: Towed a 14ft dory which broke down between Roskilly and Mousehole to Newlyn Harbour
    • Called to assist police help to a vulnerable person near Porthleven
    • Towed a 9m yacht with three people on board that suffered engine failure a mile off Newlyn back to harbour
    • 8 July: Towed pleasure craft La Dolce Vita back to Penzance Harbour (pictured above)
    • Towed a 10m motor cruiser with engine failure two miles south of Porthcurno to Penzance Harbour
    • 9 July: Called to assist a French yacht that run aground in Newlyn Harbour (pictured above)
    • 11 July: Towed a 38ft French yacht which suffered engine failure near the Low Lee Buoy to Newlyn
    • 12 July: Rescued a man who had suffered shoulder injuries after being thrown from his water craft near St Michael's Mount (pictured above)
    • 13 July: Assisted the 55ft yacht Odyssey which had suffered engine failure nine miles off Newlyn

    Phew! Let's hope the volunteer lifeboat crews get a well-earned rest over the weekend.

  4. Date for meeting to examine Torbay councillor allegations

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A date has been fixed for a preliminary hearing into allegations of impropriety in public office against a Torbay councillor.

    There has been an independent investigation into the allegation against the councillor - who has not been named - and they have been called to answer an allegation of misconduct before the authority's standards hearing sub-committee.

    A preliminary hearing of the sub-committee will take place on 20 July at Torquay Town Hall, and the meeting is expected to be held behind closed doors.

    It will not be the actual standards hearings but purely a meeting to determine the procedural elements of the actual hearing.

    Torbay Council
  5. Golf: Cornwall under-18s win South West Championship

    Ross Ellis

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Cornwall under-18s golf team have won the South West Championship.

    They were victorious in the event at Perranporth Golf Club and will now go on to the national championships.

  6. Age means nothing when it comes to making new friends

    BBC Spotlight

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    Children from Compton Pre-school in Plymouth have been spending one day per week with residents at Greenacre Care Home, and the older people have been making return trips back to the school.

  7. Weather watchers: Contrasting outlooks in Cornwall

    BBC Weather Watchers

    This picture of Holywell Bay from weather watcher PopandRosies Pa could have been taken straight out of a scene from Poldark.

    Holywell Bay, PopandRosies Pa

    And just in case you've forgotten what it's like to not be bathed in continuous sunshine, here's a picture of Callington under fog on Friday morning, courtesy of Weather Watcher Scuba.

    Callington Scuba

    Have you any pictures you want to share with us? If so, please email them in.

  8. Teen deaths reignite drug debate

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornwall head teacher has spoken out about the dangers of drugs following the deaths of three teenagers from the South West.

    Debate about the UK's drugs policy has been reignited after 15-year-old Shakira Pellow, from Camborne, became the third teenager from the region to die after taking drugs in as many weeks.

    Image caption: Shakira Pellow died after taking blue tablets marked "duplo"

    A rise in drugs use was probably also because of an increased availability of illegal substances on the dark web, drugs workers in the region also said.

    The head teacher of Brannel School, near St Austell, Andy Edmonds, said he did not believe legalisation was the way forward.

    Quote Message: I do think we need a cultural decision about whether or not drugs are right or wrong. My personal view is that we need to continue to have a very strict regulation. We need to be very clear about the impact that they're having, the damage that they're having on families and individuals." from Andy Edmonds Head teacher, Brannel School
    Andy EdmondsHead teacher, Brannel School

    The Home Office said there were no plans to legalise drugs and the government's approach remained clear: to prevent drug use and support people through treatment and recovery.

  9. Totnes MP tells Trump 'where to stick his dog whistle'

    BBC Politics

    Devon Conservative MP Sarah Wollaston says Prime Minister Theresa May should tell Donald Trump "where to stick his dog whistle" after his comments about immigration.

    The US president told The Sun newspaper "I think you are losing your culture," as he began a visit to the UK.

    The Totnes MP said she believed many people would cheer Mrs May is she did so.

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    Video caption: Tory MP: Tell Trump 'where to stick his dog whistle'
  10. Devon travel: New Road in Oakhampton closed

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Okehampton, New Road is closed in both directions due to fallen power cables between the High Street and Moyses Lane.

  11. Minister hails future of Cornish athletics track

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A project which has enabled a Cornish community to take on the running of an athletics track is a good example of ultra-localism, according to Secretary of State James Brokenshire.

    The housing, communities and local government secretary visited Par on Friday to see how devolution had secured the future of its much-loved track.

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    Image caption: James Brokenshire (second right) celebrates the handover of Par Running Track to the local community

    The future of the facility had been uncertain until a community group offered to take over the running and ownership of the site.

    Mr Brokenshire is no stranger to the track as he used to go there in his youth as his family lives in the St Austell area.

    He said he was "delighted" to see the track in such good condition and in such good hands.

  12. NHS at 70: A fighting chance for pre-term babies

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    This summer, as the NHS turns 70, BBC Spotlight is looking at how healthcare has changed here in the South West.

    One in every 13 babies in the UK are born preterm - that's before 37 weeks gestation - and their chances of surviving have increased dramatically in the last 70 years.


    Baby Connor was born 12 weeks early.

    When the NHS was formed, children born much earlier didn't survive - records from Plymouth in 1946 show a baby weighing 2lb 3oz and another born at about 27 weeks gestation.

    These days, babies born at 23 or 24 weeks and weighing around 1lb can survive, but sometimes with long-term health problems.

    Quote Message: That's a very difficult thing for the baby and for the family concerned and that's one of the costs of the care that we provide. We have a lot of technology that we can use and we have a lot of skills at our hands and with the nursing care babies come through. But we know that there is a cost to some of those babies." from Dr John Madar Consultant Neonatologist, University Hospitals Plymouth
    Dr John MadarConsultant Neonatologist, University Hospitals Plymouth
  13. Dark web is being blamed for a drugs use increase in Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A rise in drugs use in Cornwall is probably because of the availability of illegal substances on the dark web, drugs workers in the county have said.

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    It follows the death last weekend of Shakira Pellow, 15, who collapsed in Camborne after taking an unidentified substance.

    Three other teenagers were admitted to hospital having taken the same drugs.

    The substance was made into small blue pills marked Duplo, the name of a Lego toy, and is being analysed by police.

  14. New homeless campaign launches in Torquay

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new scheme to discourage people giving money to beggars is being launched in Torquay.

    The campaign has the backing of local retailers, police and the council.

    They want people who'd like to make a donation to put money into special collection boxes in shops, which will then be spent on helping the homeless in the area.

    John Doherty, who runs Dots Pantry in Torquay, says he's hopeful it will help the town centre flourish.

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    Video caption: New homeless plan launches in Torquay