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  1. Weather: Light rain overnight ahead of a cloudy Friday

    BBC Weather

    Mostly cloudy on Thursday evening with some patchy light rain and drizzle.

    The cloud and patchy rain will then clear away to the south tonight to leave it mainly dry during the early hours.

    Minimum Temperature: 7 to 13C (45 to 55F).

    Weather map

    It is expected to be a mainly dry day on Friday with some sunny spells, but also a good deal of cloud around.

    There will be a light to moderate westerly wind.

    Maximum Temperature: 14 to 18C (57 to 64F).

  2. Police launch arson investigation into Plymouth fire

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Fire engine in Plymouth

    An arson investigation has been launched into a suspicious fire at a block of flats in Plymouth on Wednesday morning, police have said.

    Two fires were started deliberately in the six-storey building in Savage Road, St Budeaux, just before 11:00.

    The blaze caused extensive damage to the communal central stairwell as well as smoke damage to the 12 flats in the block.

    Fire in Plymouth

    Five residents were rescued from the building by firefighters and treated by paramedics.

    Three people suffered minor smoke inhalation and were taken to Derriford Hospital.

    Eleven families, around 30 residents, have been unable to return to their homes due to the damage caused and temporary accommodation has been provided for some residents.

    Quote Message: This was a major incident for the city and extremely distressing incident for the affected residents who have temporarily lost their homes. We are keen to ensure that we have spoken to everyone who has any involvement in this incident, including residents and witnesses." from Det Sgt Maggie Wood Devonport CID
    Det Sgt Maggie WoodDevonport CID
  3. Plymouth-based ship in tensions with Chinese warship

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Royal Navy warship HMS Albion was "trailed irresponsibly close" by a Chinese warship as she sailed near the Paracel Islands in international waters, the BBC has been told.

    The Chinese warship was said to have trailed Albion within 200m of her bow.

    HMS Albion

    A source also told the BBC the Chinese warship constantly hailed the Royal Navy ship - whose home port is HMNB Devonport, Plymouth - in "an aggressive manner".

    In addition the BBC has been told that Chinese jets flew low over the British warship while she continued to "exercise her rights of free passage".

    China has accused the UK of "provocative actions".

  4. Claims Tintagel has no connection to King Arthur 'an insult'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Video content

    Video caption: 'Camelot was in Cirencester' according to TV presenter Nick Knowles

    Claims that Tintagel has no connection to the legend of King Arthur have been called an insult to Cornwall.

    The presenter of DIY SOS on BBC One, Nick Knowles, says he believes the knights of the round table were based in Cirencester in Gloucestershire - not at the site in north Cornwall.

    Tintagel Castle
    Image caption: Excavations at Tintagel Castle found early Cornish kings ate oysters, roast pork and fine wine

    The owner of the nearby Camelot Castle Hotel, John Mappin, is understandably sceptical about the claims.

    "What I see this as, is an attention-seeking attempt to usurp or dishonour the spirit of Cornwall," he said.

    "I think, apart from the numbers of people that enjoy coming to Cornwall every year, I think it's really not on."

  5. Further consultation needed over new watersports centre

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Further consultation will take place to identify the best place for a watersports centre in Teignmouth after a decision over its location was deferred by councillors.

    A report to Teignbridge District Council's executive committee identified the Lower Point Car Park as the preferred site for a watersports centre for the Rowing, Beach Surf Life Savers and Canoe Clubs.

    But the committee heard the Beach Surf Life Savers had already pulled out of any proposed move, while serious concerns about the lack of any wider consultation were raised.

    The watersports centre would be part of the major regeneration proposals for Brunswick Street, where the rowing club is already a tenant.

  6. Cash for Looe Music Festival replacement 'flooding in'

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Looe Saves The Day leaflet

    Money pledged to pay for a replacement for the Looe Musical Festival is now being handed into banks and the council offices in the town.

    On Wednesday night a new festival - Looe Saves The Day - was agreed and a sum of £30,000 was worked out to pay for insurance, stewards and health and safety. £10,000 was pledged by Thursday morning.

    Armand Toms

    The mayor of Looe, Armand Toms, says the money is already starting to build up.

    "The money is now flooding in to the bank," he said. "The fundraising page will be up on Thursday afternoon, so that we can get more.

    "People are turning up in to the town council offices and are handing in cheques, and we've had around £1,200 already handed to the town council.

    "So that's on top of everything else. Pledges are turning in to reality."

  7. Extra costs to The Box due to 'unforeseen problems'

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Major unforeseen problems have added to the construction cost of Plymouth's new history and culture centre The Box, councillors have been told.

    They have been given a run down of some of the biggest setbacks which have had to be overcome by the building team turning the former museum, library and St Luke's Church on North Hill into the new centre.

    Artist's impression of The Box

    Councillors were also told the cost of setting up the 11 exhibitions and five other displays areas is set to rise by an extra £2.5m from the budgeted £3.7m, pushing the total cost above £40m.

    The final total is expected to be reported to the city council's cabinet in October.

    The problems found were:

    • Several of the supports for the first floor balcony had no foundations and the rest were on timber wedges
    • A Victorian culvert turned out to be a surface water drain which was not properly connected to the drainage system, so a large section of sewer had to be replaced
    • When work was being carried out on the former library, builders discovered a large basement filled with wartime rubble
    • The whole side of the building had to be supported with sheet piling to hold it up as a result
    The Box is being constructed in Plymouth
    Image caption: An art gallery will be installed where the Church of St Luke used to stand

    Building work began in March and is due for completion in October next year.

    The opening scheduled in spring 2020, in time for Plymouth's Mayflower 400 celebrations.

  8. 'Cowardly' attacker sentenced to eight years

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A "cowardly" attacker has been sentenced to eight years in prison for two different unprovoked attacks on friends who were left with serious facial injuries.

    Sam Trendell, 23, was caught on CCTV during the more serious assault in a car park in Newton Abbot in which he repeatedly punched and stamped on the victim as he lay on the ground.

    Sam Trendell

    The attack, which happened in April, carried on for 77 seconds, and at one point Trendell picked up unconscious victim Jack Knight, threw him back down so he was lying face up, and went on to punch his face at least six times.

    Mr Knight suffered two fractures to his left eye socket, a broken jaw and nose, and spent two days in intensive care and eight days in Derriford Hospital, Plymouth.

    Trendell, from Windsor Avenue, Newton Abbot, also attacked Nathan Meek nine months earlier, leaving him with a broken jaw which had to be fixed with a plate.

    Sentencing him at Exeter Crown Court, Judge Paul Cook said: "You carried on attacking Mr Knight when he was no more than a sack of potatoes and completely motionless."

  9. Totnes community college vandalised again

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    King Edward VI Community College in Totnes

    Police say extra security measures will be put in place after more damage was done to King Edward VI Community College in Totnes over the weekend.

    Officers say two cameras were stolen and the offenders are believed to be teenagers.

    King Edward VI Community College in Totnes

    A series of burglaries in August and damage has cost the school thousands of pounds to repair.

    Extra efforts are now being put in place to stop the damage, including forensic traps, CCTV cameras and plain clothes patrols.

  10. Old fire station bought at auction

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    An old fire station in Cornwall has been sold at auction for £58,000.

    The stone building - dating back to the 1800s in Falmouth Road, Redruth - had a guide price of £20,000 to £40,000.

    Some said the derelict Grade II listed building should be bulldozed, while others said that it may prove a development opportunity.

    A bidder in the room decided it was worth £58,000 in a two horse race to buy the property, which boasted a mess, carriage room and a stable area to the rear.

    Old fire station
  11. Motorists to be fined £70 for stopping in 'keep clear' zones

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Parents who stop in "keep clear" zones while dropping their kids off at school will be fined under new parking rules.

    Keep clear zone

    A new Traffic Regulation Order has come into effect which makes it an offence to stop or park on the markings at any time, even to drop off or pick up passengers.

    Cornwall Council said the zones are marker to "keep the space outside of schools free from parked vehicles so that children can be seen more easily when crossing the road".

    Anyone who parks or stops on the markings will be fined £70.

    Quote Message: It is vital that we adhere to and enforce the no stopping zones outside our schools, as nothing is more important than the safety of our children. from Geoff Brown Portfolio Holder for Transport
    Geoff BrownPortfolio Holder for Transport
  12. Cornwall growers 'puzzled' by EU-worker pilot scheme

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A government pilot scheme to let non-EU migrant workers come to Britain to pick fruit and flowers has left some Cornwall-based growers puzzled.

    UK growers will be able to recruit non-EU migrants as seasonal workers after Brexit under the new pilot scheme. It will run between spring 2019 and December 2020. The visas for up to 2,500 workers a year will last for six months.

    Flower grower James Hosking of Fentongollan Farm said: "It looks like a very, very modest move. We alone need 60-70 people on our farm. So our needs would in theory take up about 3% of the national total."


    Jeremy Best of Mitchell Fruit Garden said: "It looks like a sop. We need 95,000 seasonal workers nationally, not 2,500. We need more information but I suspect it's nothing more than appeasement that they're offering here."

    The NFU nationally however described it as is "a major victory for the NFU, its members and the public".

    A Defra spokesman told the BBC on Thursday morning that the question of why only 2,500 workers are included - and why only Non-European Union nationals at that - was an immigration matter, and therefore a question for the Home Office. So far the Home Office has not responded.

  13. Death at Torbay Velopark

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    A man has died at Torbay Velopark.

    It is believed to have been a medical episode.

    Inquiries are currently underway to find and inform the next of kin.

  14. Youth Olympics: 'My family are very proud'

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    One of four teenagers from the South West heading to the Youth Olympic Games in Argentina has said he's aiming for a podium finish.

    Finn Hawkins, 15, from St Austell, has been windsurfing for four years, and finished third at the Youth World Championships.

    Finn Hawkins

    Next month he'll be competing against the best young windsurfers in the world once again, and said he was "speechless" when he found out.

    Quote Message: My family are very proud of me because they know how hard I have worked to get this far and their support has been fantastic. My goal as with every regatta is to finish on the podium. My ultimate dream is to go to the Olympic Games and inspire more people to start windsurfing along the way. from Finn Hawkins Windsurfer, Team GB
    Finn HawkinsWindsurfer, Team GB