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    Video caption: A group of grandparents in Devon are restoring a 103-year-old ship named "Britannia".

    A group of grandparents in Devon are restoring a 103 year old ship named "Britannia". Once complete, the self-declared "oldies" plan to sail the ship around Europe.

  2. Weather: Clear spells but with a risk of showers

    Alex Osborne

    BBC Weather

    There will be some clear spells through Tuesday night, but also the continued risk of a few showers pushing up from the south.


    After midnight, it will become mainly dry.

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

  3. New town or villages could fulfill housing target

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A second Cranbrook-like new town or a number of newly created villages are among ideas being discussed to ensure enough new homes are being built in East Devon.

    The government housing needs calculation for the district has set a future minimum need of 844 new homes to be built every year in the area.

    But a report that goes before the district council's Strategic Planning Committee next Tuesday, outlines the limited nature as to where any additional development could go as two-thirds of East Devon is included in an area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) of the pebblebed Heaths or the Blackdown Hills, and existing towns can only accommodate minimal growth.

    The north-west quadrant of the district, between the north of Exmouth and west of Ottery St Mary, the report said, was the least constrained part of the district for accommodating growth, and would be the "logical" location for any growth to take place.

  4. Cornwall travel: A30 partially blocked near Chiverton Cross

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The A30 is partially blocked in both directions between the Chiverton Cross roundabout and the Allet turn-off due to a lorry shedding its load of garden machinery and oil spillage. There's slow traffic both ways.

  5. Nature reserve reopens after 'WW2 grenade' discovery

    BBC Radio Devon

    A suspected World War Two grenade has been found and blown up on land in Efford in Plymouth.

    Police cordoned off part of Efford Marsh after the device was found in fields off Bourne Close on Tuesday morning.

    Bomb disposal experts were called in at about 14:00 to detonate the device and the area has been reopened.

  6. House of Fraser attacks 'greedy' landlords

    BBC Business News

    House of Fraser has criticised "greedy landlords" that are resisting new owner Mike Ashley's attempts to cut rents on the store chain's 59 outlets.

    Earlier this month the Sports Direct owner bought the retailer for £90m after it collapsed into administration.

    It has been seeking to cut rents in an attempt to prevent stores from closing.

    About seven stores have been saved so far, including Plymouth (pictured) and its flagship store on London's Oxford Street.

    Mr Ashley's firm warned landlords that "time is running out" to keep stores open.

    House of Fraser Plymouth
  7. St Stephen affordable homes recommended for approval

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to build 24 new homes in St Stephen look set to go ahead with all of the dwellings set to be affordable.

    A planning application for the development is due to go before Cornwall Council's central sub-area planning committee on Monday.

    The plans have been recommended for approval by planning officers on the condition the homes would be for local people and cash would be provided by the developers to provide open space.

    There are currently 290 households on the council's Homechoice register looking for homes to rent in the area.

    Under the plans, which are opposed by St Stephen In Brannel Parish Council, 17 of the new homes (70%) would be made available for affordable rent with the rest being shared ownership.

    Home building
    Image caption: There are 290 households on the council's Homechoice register looking for homes to rent (file picture)
  8. 'Cattle on railway' disrupts train services


    Train services between Axminster and Yeovil Junction could be cancelled, changed or delayed by up to 30 minutes due to "cattle on the railway" earlier, South Western Railway has said.

    It added the line has now reopened but disruption is expected until about 16:00.

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  9. Surfers rescued on bank holiday

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Lifeguards helped rescue two surfers from the sea at Porthtowan on Monday.

    At 11:30 they helped a surfer with a suspected dislocated shoulder from the sea.

    Sophrose London and Taylor Prisk
    Image caption: Sophrose London and Taylor Prisk helped a surfer caught in a rip current

    Shortly afterwards lifeguards spotted a surfer who was caught in a strong rip current about 200m from the shore.

    They launched the inshore rescue boat and found he had discarded his surfboard. He was attempting to swim against the current back to shore. He was helped into the boat and brought back to the beach.

    Quote Message: If you do find yourself caught in a rip current, if you have a bodyboard or surfboard, hang on to it. It will not only keep you afloat, but also lift you out of the water so you are more visible to the lifeguards." from Matthew Stone RNLI supervisor
    Matthew StoneRNLI supervisor
  10. Pet electric shock collars should be 'limited not removed'

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A professional dog trainer from Cornwall says he's "furious" the government will ban electric shock collars for pets in England.

    The training devices deliver up to 6,000 volts of electricity to control an animal's behaviour.

    The Dogs Trust believes the ban will have a major positive impact for dogs in the UK.

    Jamie Penrith, from St Mawgan, is a campaigner for animal welfare and is in favour of using the collars where rewards-based methods have failed.

    He believes it's a tool that should be "limited, not removed"...

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    Video caption: Electric shock collars should be limited not removed
  11. Cornwall travel: Broken-down cars partially block roads

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • In Penwithick, the A391 is partially blocked near the B3374 due to a broken-down vehicle.
    • In Truro, the A39 Morlaix Avenue is partially blocked eastbound near Fairmantle Street due to a broken-down vehicle.
  12. Chief constable raises community impact concerns on merger

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Devon and Cornwall Police

    The merger of two police forces in the South West may not be in the best interest of communities if people have to pay more "but get less or the same" service, a chief constable says.

    Proposals have been put forward to merge the Devon and Cornwall force with Dorset to increase operational efficiency, the number of officers and deal with "significant funding challenges".

    However, Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said the full impact on local communities needed to be ascertained.

    It's not clear how much council tax bills in Devon and Cornwall might have to go up to match those in Dorset.

    Households face possible rises of up to £18 a year as Dorset taxpayers currently pay more.

    Shaun Sawyer
    Quote Message: I need to understand what's the impact on local communities and how this is funded. If they're paying more but getting less or the same, then I'm not sure this is in the best interests of our communities." from Shaun Sawyer Devon and Cornwall Chief Constable
    Shaun SawyerDevon and Cornwall Chief Constable

    A public survey into the proposals closed on Monday night and, if a merger is supported, both forces must submit their case to the government by 12 October.

  13. 'Unexploded WW2 grenade' found in Plymouth


    Police are asking people to avoid Efford Marsh in Plymouth due to a "suspected unexploded World War Two grenade".

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  14. Bikers share views on rise in motorcycle deaths

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    "There's a fair amount of muppets on motorbikes" - that's according to one local biker after a new report revealed motorcyclist deaths in Devon and Cornwall have risen in recent years.

    Police said 24 bikers have died during 2017/18 - double the figure of 2015/16.

    These bikers in the region have been sharing their views on the rise...

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    Video caption: Bikers share views on rise in motorcycle deaths
  15. Devon travel: A383 Bickington partially blocked

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Bickington, the A383 is partially blocked due to a crash between Love Lane and the A38.