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  1. Wanted: Forever pad for former police dog Axel


    Police dog Axel is looking for a retirement home after five years on the beat in Devon and Cornwall.

    The five-year-old 43kg German Shepherd has been with the force all his life, but had developed a back condition which means he now has to put his paws up.

    PC Mark Stevens said: ''While the condition would not cause him distress as a non-working dog, it would be unfair to expect him to continue in what can be a fast moving and very physical role.''

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  2. Weather: Showers overnight and then sunny spells

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    Tuesday night will start off with clear spells and just isolated showers.

    More cloud later in the night with the showers perhaps becoming more widespread. Gentle south-westerly breezes.

    Minimum temperature: 9 to 14C (48 to 57F).


    Wednesday will have sunny spells and variable amounts of cloud with a few scattered showers. Light winds, mostly from the south-west.

    Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

  3. Dog rescued from house fire in Paignton

    BBC Radio Devon

    A dog has been rescued from one of two neighbouring houses on fire in Paignton.

    Several people called Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service to raise the alarm about the fire in Hillside Road at 15.23 on Tuesday.

    Five crews were dispatched as the blaze spread from the first house to the property next door.

    A fire service spokesman said the fire was under control by 17.01.

  4. Blackmail email threatens to reveal web history and videos

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    A blackmail email has been investigated by police in Devon after threats that the recipient would have their internet search history and compromising videos revealed.

    Ivybridge Police said on Facebook that the victim had an email "asking for euros otherwise the suspect would post that the victim searches porn and will download a video of the victim in a sexual video".

    Officers said that the email had been looked into and appeared to be composed using an online translation service, which "suggests it is completely fake".

  5. Concerns over plans for bedsits at ex-doctors' surgery

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Former Woodland Road GP surgery

    Dozens of people have raised concerns over plans to turn a former doctors' surgery in St Austell into bedsits.

    A planning application has been submitted to transform the former GP practice in Woodland Road in St Austell into a house of multiple occupation (HMO) with 15 bedrooms.

    The planning application by Property Group South West gives no detail about who the properties might be marketed towards or who might live there.

    Planning permission has already been granted to convert the former surgery into eight flats but the new plans instead look to convert it into accommodation for up to 30 people.

    The new plans have received 45 comments so far - all of which raise objections.

    Many seem to be concerned about the fact that the property sits opposite Mount Charles School and that there could be people who used drugs or who had recently been released from prison living there.

    The planning application, validated by Cornwall Council on 5 July, will be decided at a later date.

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    Video caption: Disabled comedian Tanyalee Davis 'humiliated' on train

    Tanyalee Davis was asked to move her mobility scooter out of a disabled space on a train.

  7. Devon travel: Strike action hits Plymouth to Roscoff ferry

    BBC Radio Devon

    Brittany Ferries' Plymouth to Roscoff sailing at 22:00 on Tuesday has been delayed due to industrial action.

    It is now due to depart at 00:40, with latest check-in at 23:59.

  8. Lorry driver in hospital after multi-vehicle crash

    BBC Radio Devon

    A lorry driver is in hospital after a multi-vehicle crash near Chawleigh.

    Three fire crews and an ambulance were sent to the road from Eggesford Station to Hollow Tree Cross at about 10:30 on Tuesday.

    Three other vehicles were involved in the crash, which left the lorry driver trapped, and a person from one of the vehicles injured.

  9. 'Agatha Christie' oak tree to be cut down after collapse

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Agatha Christie oak

    A tree at a Torbay cricket club known as the "Agatha Christie Oak" is to be felled after part of it came down, the local council says.

    Torbay Council said more than 50% of the veteran English oak at Barton Cricket Club collapsed overnight between Monday and Tuesday, and the remaining section was found to be "diseased with much decay visible".

    This meant it would "have to be completely removed for public safety reasons".

    Agatha Christie oak. Pic: Torbay Council

    The council said it and the club had "done our very best to preserve this historical tree", which was identified as one that the world famous crime writer "used to sit under ... and watch and score her favourite summer sport of cricket".

    However, the tree had been "suffering for years with two wood-rooting fungi", it added.

    The council said: "We will now be working with the cricket club to secure a replacement tree for future generations to enjoy".

  10. Police 'very disappointed' by speeding drivers on A390

    Police in Liskeard are warning more than 70 drivers to expect ''letters in the post'' after an hour-long community speedwatch operation.

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    In March, a local policing report heard that residents in St Ive had complained about speed of traffic using the A390 through the village for some years.

    There is now a 30mph speed limit in the village, but locals have continued to complain to police about people driving ''well in excess of this''.

  11. Dumped snakes found with 'shocking' burns

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    RSPCA inspectors are investigating two snakes being dumped with "shocking injuries" in mid Cornwall.

    The charity said both of the corn snakes were found with burns after in the Fraddon area in separate incidents by concerned members of the public in mid-June.

    One had to be put down "straight away to stop any more suffering" because of "burns throughout its whole body".

    The other is recovering after a vet treated it when it was found with "some substance over its body".

    Staff have appealed for information "which could help the establish how the snakes came to be abandoned with such shocking injuries".

    RSPCA exotics officer Peter Ferris said it was "sickening, upsetting and frustrating that someone could do this".

    Quote Message: Many people do not realise what they are taking on when they buy these pets ... Although these beautiful animals may look quite hardy, snakes kept as pets are actually completely dependent on their owners. They need to be provided with the correct accommodation, heating, lighting and food for the particular species." from Peter Ferris RSPCA exotics officer
    Peter FerrisRSPCA exotics officer
    Dumped snake
  12. Water supplies 'critically low' on St Mary's and Bryher

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Two of the Isles of Scilly have "critically low" groundwater supplies, the islands' council says.

    The Isles of Scilly Council said the situation meant it was "unable to meet water demand on St Mary's and Bryher" (pictured) because "water usage is now at a level that we can't sustain".

    People are being told to stop using hosepipes and sprinklers "and to keep other water usage to an absolute minimum".

    Supplies should also be checked for leaks, the council said.

    However, it added: "Just so there is no confusion, you should continue to stay hydrated in the hot weather and drink as much water as you need. We would never ask people to restrict the amount of water they drink."

  13. Drug users 'come to Cornwall to get into rehab quicker'

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Some drug users from up country say they come down to Cornwall because they can get into rehabilitation programmes more quickly.

    Mike Geddes, a bipolar heroin addict from Luton, said he moved to Cornwall because he said it took six years off his waiting time to get into rehab.

    He said: "It's a nice place to come and they've sorted everything out for me."

    However, he also said that the drug situation was "pretty bad down here".

    It comes as residents in Penzance are being urged to report drug and alcohol abuse and anti-social behaviour to the authorities instead of turning to social media.

    Local Cornwall Councillor Sue James said she believed the town was no worse than anywhere else, but that people taking pictures of people who were drugged up or drunk and posting them on social media were actually putting the area in a bad light.

  14. Long-serving Exeter academy boss steps down

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    The man behind the rise of the likes of Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Sam Simmonds has called time on his career as Exeter Chiefs' academy manager.

    Robin Cowling, 74, has stepped down from the role after two decades, with Rob Gibson stepping up from his deputy to take over.

    Robin Cowling

    “It’s been a super journey for me and one which I’m very proud to have been part of," he told the Exeter Chiefs website.

    “We have over the years not only produced some outstanding rugby players, but we’ve also produced some very decent people as well," added Cowling, who had a brief spell in charge of Exeter's first team at the end of the 2008-09 season following Pete Drewett's sacking.