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  1. Cornish spaceport: Students excited about job prospects

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    These students are hoping to be first in line to get jobs in Cornwall’s burgeoning space industry.

    A Newquay Airport-based Spaceport is envisaged by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership and could eventually create 480 jobs, contributing £25m a year for the local economy.

    Students at Roseland Observatory
    Image caption: (l-r) Pixie, Lauren and India hope to reach for the stars in Cornwall

    Lauren Reeves, 15, from Truro, India Robinson, 15, from Newquay and Pixie Wyatt, 14, from Fowey, are all on work experience at Roseland Observatory near St Austell this week.

    The three year 10 students say they are excited about the region's future, and hope to be the first to get jobs at the spaceport.

    A memoradum of understanding was signed on Monday that means three satellite missions could be launched from Newquay by 2021.

  2. Blue Shark sighting in St Ives harbour

    Teenagers have filmed a Blue Shark in St Ives Harbour - and experts are warning swimmers to stay away from it.

    Harry Hocking and Archie Pickin caught the animal on camera.

    And the Shark Trust has confirmed it does indeed appear to be a Prionace glauca - otherwise known as the Blue Shark, a seasonal visitor to South West waters.

    Blue Shark
    Image caption: Blue Shark spotted in St Ives harbour

    Shark Trust spokeswoman Ali Hood said: ''Blue Sharks are predominantly an oceanic, open water species, and not commonly found close to shore. That said, it is certainly not unprecedented to see one in such shallow waters - with similar instances recorded here in the UK and overseas from time to time.''

    Quote Message: To see a free-swimming Blue Shark close to shore like this is a real privilege. Blue Sharks - like all sharks - are wild animals, and must be treated with respect. If this shark remains present in St Ives harbour, due to the confined nature of the harbour, the Trust strongly advises people not to get into the water with the shark. '' from Ali Hood Shark Trust
    Ali HoodShark Trust

    Possible reasons for the shark coming so close to the shore include injury or illness, or perhaps disorientation after following prey inshore.

  3. Weather: Sunny spells with chances of showers

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    After spells of evening sunshine, Monday night will be largely dry with clear spells and just the small chance of the odd isolated shower. Feeling slightly fresher.

    Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F).

    Weather

    Tuesday looks set to see spells of sunshine, along with variable amounts of cloud. However, there is also the chance of one or two showers.

    Maximum temperature: 18 to 21C (64 to 70F).

  4. Spaceport Cornwall 'could bring £25m to economy'

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    The satellite launching industry in Cornwall could eventually create 480 jobs and contribute £25m a year to the local economy, say business leaders.

    Virgin Orbit

    A Newquay Airport-based Spaceport is envisaged by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

    It comes amid a memorandum of understanding being signed Monday by airport owner Cornwall Council, Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Orbit and the government at the Farnborough Air Show.

    The deal says that Virgin Orbit will launch three satellite missions by 2021, and the LEP hopes that many more will follow from other firms.

    Satellites will be launched by a rocket slung underneath a Boeing 747.

    The LEP’s Space Action Plan predicts that the wider space sector could create thousands more jobs in Cornwall and be worth £1bn a year by 2030.

  5. Police disciplined after death of strip search man

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Several Devon and Cornwall Police have been disciplined after watchdog investigations into the death of a man a day after he was in custody.

    Twenty-two-year-old Logan Peters was arrested during an altercation on a night out, and held by police in Plymouth's Charles Cross station on 7 May 2014 and subjected to a strip search.

    Logan Peters

    The boatbuilder from Millbrook in Cornwall was found dead at his home the next day. An inquest two years ago ruled a series of police failures caused him to kill himself.

    The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said a police disciplinary meeting in 2015 found misconduct for a custody sergeant for failing to complete a pre-release risk assessment, and management advice was given.

    Six other police officers also received management action.

    Now, publishing the results of a second investigation in November 2017, the IOPC said a police officer was given management advice after misconduct was proven for failing to follow proper procedures during the detention and search of Mr Peters.

    Two custody officers also had cases to answer for misconduct for conducting a strip search without proper authorisation.

    Misconduct was proven for one in April. However, no further action was taken due to a "recognised lack of training in how to conduct strip searches".

    The other officer had retired from Devon and Cornwall Police, so "no further proceedings can be held".

    More formal training on how to carry out searches appropriately was being given to custody staff, the IoPC said; adding that the "incredibly sad case" revealed "a number of interactions ... could have been handled differently".

  6. On watch with the National Coastwatch Institution

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    Video caption: BBC Radio Cornwall's Martin Shaw met sailor and NCI Polruan volunteer Noel Sheehan.

    The motto of the National Coastwatch Institution is "Eyes Along The Coast", and, with more than a dozen bases around Cornwall alone, it is certainly able to live up to that.

    The voluntary organisation was set up in 1994 to restore a visual watch along UK shores after many small Coastguard stations closed.

    BBC Radio Cornwall has spent some time with some of its members, and here reporter Martin Shaw meets sailor and NCI Polruan volunteer Noel Sheehan.

  7. Newton Abbot housing plans submitted for third time

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Area where the new houses could be built

    Developers hoping to build more than 1,000 new homes on the edge of Newton Abbot have submitted a third application.

    The plans for the 165-acre site, submitted by PCL Planning on behalf of the Rew family, would see up to 1,275 houses built on green space in the Wolborough Barton area.

    Boutique hotel plans

    Plans will be determined by an inquiry after Teignbridge District Council ran out of time to make a decision, while a revised plan for 1,210 homes has been resubmitted to planners.

    The change of use of agricultural buildings at Wolborough farmstead into a 14-bedroom boutique hotel, restaurant and bar is also included in both applications.

  8. Satellite launch fees 'to pay for Spaceport bill'

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Cornwall Council's investment in the proposed satellite launch hub Spaceport will be recouped by launch fees, says the authority.

    Virgin Orbit

    The council said it didn't know yet how much it would cost but the bill "will be determined over the next six to nine months" working with the government and Virgin Orbit.

    Virgin Orbit said it would launch at least three satellite launch missions from the airport by 2021 in a deal signed on Monday.

    The next step for the council is to get funding from UK Space Agency, which it said it was "optimistic" about.

    And the government is offering help from a £2m pot aimed at supporting launch sites in Cornwall, Glasgow Prestwick and Snowdonia.

    If there's no money, the council said it would "still seek to deliver to the aspiration, but this might mean a different approach or timeline".

  9. #MosYnHardh as they now say at Newquay Airport

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    #MosYnHardh has become a hot tag on twitter since the announcement of plans to send satellites into space from Newquay Airport.

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    And for those who's Cornish is not up to scratch - it means: To Boldly Go.

    The phrase, pinched from Star Trek of course, has been used prominently in tweets by Spaceport Cornwall.

  10. Dozens of claims made in Devon over dangerous pavements

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon County Council says it has had 90 claims made against it by pedestrians injured by pavement hazards in the last year.

    Uneven pavements

    A Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to the authority revealed the total, which were made between 30 April 2017 and 4 April 2018.

    Pavement hazards are defined as poor surfaces, loose paving slabs, raised or sunken iron work, potholes, damaged kerbs, flooded footpaths or head-height signs.

    No claims against the council have been successful so far.

    Bike going through a pothole

    The FOI response said that personal injury claims could take months to resolve, and, if they were contested, could take more than a year.

    People can make a claim to Devon County Council if they believe its actions when maintaining the roads have been negligent.

    Criteria for a claim include:

    • The pavement defect (raised kerb, pothole, etc.) must be at least 1in (2.5cm) above or below the normal level
    • The trip that caused the injuries must have happened within the past three years for someone to be eligible to seek compensation
    • If the person was under the age of 18 when the accident happened, the three-year period starts on the date they turn 18
    • The person must have suffered an injury
    • The claimant must have received medical attention
  11. Cornish spaceport: 'I like the idea, but maybe not noise'

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Lynn, 71, from St Agnes, is collecting a friend from arrivals at Newquay Airport.

    She said she welcomed plans for the new spaceport - as long as it's not too loud.

    Quote Message: ''I'm happy with it, but I don't know how I would feel if I lived close by. I don't know how noisy it would be for people who live close by. If they kept the noise to a minimum, I don't see any problem with it really.''

    She added that she also hoped the arrival of the spaceport would help improve local infrastructure, which "at the moment is pretty poor".

    Spaceport Cornwall
  12. Sadness and other reactions over MP Scott Mann's departure

    Twitter

    Fair to say that Cornwall MP Scott Mann's departure from his role as a Treasury aide over his objections to the Chequers Brexit plans has been met with mixed feelings.

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  13. Teenager dies in Devon family holiday tragedy

    Daily Mirror

    A teenager who made headlines earlier this year when he found a rare white Cadbury's Creme Egg has died after a "terrible accident" on holiday in north Devon.

  14. Video: How would satellites be launched from Newquay?

    So what would launches from Spaceport Cornwall actually look like?

    Well, the people behing the project aimed at bringing Virgin Orbit to Newquay Airport have come up with a pretty snazzy video which is erm... out of this world.

    If the money is forthcoming, and all the agreements are in place, this is indeed what could be happening by 2021. Hold on tight!

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    Video caption: What Spaceport launches would look like. Copyright: Spaceport Cornwall
  15. New December train timetable scrapped

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An overhaul of train timetables scheduled to be introduced in December has been ditched.

    The changes for eight franchises, including Great Western Railway and South Western Railway, have been postponed following the chaotic introduction of the May timetable.

    It caused hundreds of cancellations on Govia Thameslink Railway and Northern.

    Industry body the Rail Delivery Group said the "more cautious approach" took into account "recent painful lessons".

    GWR train
    Quote Message: The decision has been taken by Network Rail and the Department for Transport to postpone the December changes for the time being. It is a bit of a disappointment for us, but it is a cautious and potentially wise one, as the first priority for passengers is that you can rely on trains to turn up and travel when they are supposed to." from Lewis Ward Assistant regional development manager, Great Western Railway
    Lewis WardAssistant regional development manager, Great Western Railway
  16. MP Mann quit Treasury job 'to represent constituents'

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    North Cornwall MP Scott Mann, who quit as a ministerial aide to the Treasury over the Chequers deal on Brexit, said he did it "to represent the views of my constituents".

    Scott Mann

    The former postman told BBC Radio Cornwall: "I'm not in Westminster to have a career."

    In his resignation letter to the prime minister, he said he was not prepared to compromise their wishes to deliver what he called a watered down Brexit.

    Quote Message: I feel that the white Paper is in conflict with the aims and aspirations of the people in Cornwall who voted for Brexit, particularly those who feel disenfranchised by globalization and feel it hasn't worked for all parts of the country."