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Summary

  1. Boy fined £500 for kicking dog to death
  2. Plymouth theatre's listed status a 'symbol of confidence'
  3. Zero-waste shops on the rise across Devon and Cornwall
  4. Balloon releases 'threatening South West marine life'
  5. 'Huge market' for cupboard crops
  6. Cornwall couple in bid to save orangutans from extinction
  7. Devon university to uncover 'secret to summoning fairies'
  8. Updates on Wednesday 22 August 2018

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  1. Weather: Rain overnight clearing early on

    BBC Weather

    Wednesday night will be cloudy with spells of rain and drizzle moving in from the north west.

    Patches of mist and fog are likely, especially near coasts and hills.

    Light to moderate westerly winds.

    Minimum Temperature: 12 to 16C (54 to 61F).

    Weather

    On Thursday any lingering overnight rain will clear south-east to leave it mostly dry with sunny spells.

    A much cooler feeling day with a brisk west to north-westerly wind.

    Maximum Temperature: 15 to 20C (59 to 68F).

  2. Ban of puppy and kitten sales at pet stores a 'good idea'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A Devon pet shop owner says a ban on selling puppies and kittens at pet shops and dealers under new government plans is a "good idea".

    The proposals, which have gone out to consultation, will mean those wanting to buy or adopt a pet less than six months old will have to go to the breeder or a rescue centre.

    The ban aims to reduce the health problems associated with animals reared in poor conditions.

    Debbie Walsh owns Tavistock Pet Emporium and says larger pets "need to be raised in the home"...

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    Video caption: Ban on puppy and kitten sales a 'good idea'
  3. New 'legends' golf championship coming to Cornwall

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A golf club in Cornwall has been chosen to host a brand new high-profile championship next year.

    The European Legends Links Championship will take place at Trevose Golf and Country Club near Padstow in June 2019.

    The European Senior Tour event could attract well known players like Ian Woosnam, Paul McGinley and Costantino Rocca.

    There will be a total prize fund of €200,000 (almost £180,000) for the four-day competition.

    Quote Message: We believe we have one of the finest links golf courses in the country in one of the UK’s most idyllic locations. It will be a fantastic occasion for us, and Cornwall as a whole, to welcome so many legends of the game for a wonderful festival of golf.” from Nick Gammon Managing Director, Trevose
    Nick GammonManaging Director, Trevose
    4th green at Trevose Golf Club
  4. Cornwall travel: Accidents in Helston and Camelford

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • In Helston, on the B3297 between Godolphin Road and Trengrouse Way, there are reports of an accident.
    • In Camelford, the A39 High Street is partially blocked near Clease Road due to an accident.
    • On the A30 westbound, at the Chiverton Cross Roundabout, one lane is closed and there's slow traffic due to a broken-down vehicle.
  5. St Austell's mayor calls for local planning rethink

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The mayor of St Austell has said he would like to see a new philosophy for planning in Cornwall.

    Gary King has just got back from a fact finding mission to the city of Nantes in France as part of plans to turn St Austell into a garden town.

    Nantes
    Image caption: Nantes sits near the end of the Loire River and has a population of nearly 300,000

    The St Austell Bay Economic Forum wants to change the town into a mecca for all things horticultural and green in a bid to revitalise its flagging fortunes.

    Gary King says there are definitely lessons to be learned.

    "In every development and everything that they do, every circumstance that means a change in their environment - they think about people first, they think about the environment, they think about art and culture.

    "Everything that happens is based around those fundamental ideas."

  6. 'He was my world' - owner of dog kicked to death

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The owner of a pet dog beaten to death by a 14-year-old boy has said he was "far more than a dog".

    Jacqueline Stevens, 71, hand-reared the Staffordshire bull terrier called Teddy and kept him for nine years.

    In October 2017, Teddy was "punched and kicked" by a boy in St Ives and died from his injuries.

    After a two-day trial, the teenager has been banned from keeping animals for five years and ordered to pay £500 compensation.

    Jacqueline says Teddy was "my world"...

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    Video caption: 'He was my best friend'
  7. Devon travel: Accident partially blocks road in Plymouth

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, Tothill Avenue is partially blocked near St Jude's Road due to an accident.

  8. Traffic plan put in place for Red Arrows display

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A traffic management plan that includes extra car parking, bus services and turning off Sidford Cross traffic lights will be in place when the Red Arrows fly over Sidmouth.

    The jets, as well as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight consisting of a Lancaster Bomber and two Spitfires, will fly over the seafront on Friday ahead of the Sidmouth Regatta weekend.

    The Red Arrows

    The display is set to begin at 18:10 with the Red Arrows show beginning at 18:30.

    Last year saw more than 35,000 spectators turn out.

    Sidmouth

    Plans include:

    • The four-way traffic lights at Sidford Cross in Sidford will be turned off for a limited period between 18:30 and 20:00.
    • Extra car parking will be provided at the rugby club, the cricket club and the National Trust field at the junction of Cotmaton Road and Glen Road from 16:00 to 21:00, costing £5.
    • A "park-and-stride" car park at Sidmouth College will also be available from 12:00 to 21:00, again costing £5.
    • Stagecoach says it will provide "additional capacity on regular scheduled bus services".
    • The seafront, for its entire length from the Port Royal to the junction with Manor Road, will be closed from 15:00 to 20:00 for all traffic.
    • Parking will be banned from Exeter Cross down Temple Street, the Radway, along the length of All Saints and then along Station Road until the Bowd, from 15:00 to 20:00.
    • Cars will be removed if found contravening the restrictions.
    • Car parking at Bedford Lawn, as well as the East Devon District Council car parks at Ham East and West, Roxborough, Mill Street and Manor Road, will also be available.
    • Restrictions are also being put in place to stop boat, water crafts and kayak/paddleboard owners from using the water during the display.
    • A temporary Air Display Water Safety Zone will be in force and will be patrolled on the water offshore from Sidmouth Beach.
    • No vessels will be permitted in that area between 17:30 and the end of the display.
  9. Delays on Skybus flights

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There are delays of up to 90 minutes on Skybus flights departing from Land's End Airport.

    Exeter and Newquay flights are also operating with delays of 45 minutes.

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  10. Devon university to uncover 'secret to summoning fairies'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Researchers at a Devon university have launched a new study to examine the methods used by people in bygone times to summon fairies.

    It's believed studying 15th-17th Century spell books and grimoires will help discover the influence fairies had on people's lives and culture - according to experts at the University of Exeter.

    Samuel Gillis Hogan, who is starting a PhD, is set to move from Canada to join a team of historians at the university who are already investigating the history of magic.

    He says the study will show "much about beliefs at the time".

    "Fairies were thought of as wondrous and beautiful, but mostly dangerous. But people wanted to summon them and harness that power for their own gain," he said.

    spellbook
  11. Part of Plymouth set to benefit from £5.5m makeover

    BBC Radio Devon

    Part of Plymouth is in line for a £5.5m makeover - starting with the demolition of two footbridges over Union Street and Western Approach.

    The bridges - which link the old Toys R Us building to the Pavilions and Frankfort Gate - will come down over the next few months.

    The plan is for a tree-lined boulevard to link Millbay and the city centre.

    The council says it's been steadily acquiring land and is determined to deliver a "jigsaw of initiatives" to improve housing, parking and shopping.

    footbridge
    Image caption: This footbridge connecting the old Toys R Us building to the Pavilions will be demolished
  12. Theatre's movable roof was 'never seen before' in 1980s

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The movable auditorium roof at the Theatre Royal in Plymouth was something that had "never been attempted before" when it was created in the 1980s.

    The feature is just one reason why the city's building has been added to Historic England's 71-year-old National Heritage List.

    Historic England also says the building's distinctive geometric forms inside and out make it a "striking and sophisticated example of 20th Century design".

    Architects created a movable auditorium roof that could be lowered to conceal the upper tier of seating providing a smaller venue.

    Take a look at this footage from 1982 - the year the theatre opened - to see it in action...

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    Video caption: Theatre Royal Plymouth archive
  13. South Devon NHS deal with private firm causes concern

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    The NHS in South Devon has signed a deal with a private company, Health Innovation Partners, to build new health centres in Dartmouth and Teignmouth and a new emergency department at Torbay Hospital.

    Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust says it's an "exciting partnership" which will give the NHS access to funds and expertise so it can modernise its old buildings and also build new ones.

    Critics though are concerned it is privatisation "by the back door".

    Mike Mills is chairman of the Dartmouth Healthcare Action Group - which is campaigning to get hospital beds reopened in the town...

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    Video caption: South Devon NHS deal with private firm causes concern