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  1. Power tool thefts in SW happening on 'daily basis'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    The theft of power tools from vans in the South West is "very much active" on a "daily basis", police have said.

    Officers are warning people to be vigilant of suspicious behaviour and of groups travelling across Devon and Cornwall targeting private vans.

    Devon and Cornwall Police are also asking people to mark tools with security UV marker pens as a precautionary measure.

    Van
  2. Small-scale growers 'can increase UK food production'

    John Danks

    BBC Spotlight

    An expert in sustainable farming from Devon is calling on the government to support small-scale growers who could increase the country's food production after Brexit.

    Proponents of agroecology, where various crops are grown alongside one another, say it's more natural than intensive farming methods.

    They'd like to see more financial help for small holders who currently don't qualify for payments.

    Jane Gleeson is the head gardener at Schumacher College in Dartington and thinks a different method could "increase the resilience" within the UK's food system:

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  3. Head teachers demand more funding for schools

    BBC Radio Devon

    protesters

    Head teachers from schools in Devon and Cornwall will join about 1,000 colleagues from around the country in London today, to demand extra funding for schools.

    They will meet in Parliament Square before delivering a letter to No 11 Downing Street, amid concerns over work conditions and overcrowded classrooms.

    The heads quote the Institute of Fiscal Studies' claim that per pupil funding has fallen 8% in real terms since 2010.

    Quote Message: We're having to cut courses, we're having to cut support services within schools, we've got massive pressure around budgets for our most vulnerable youngsters and those with special educational needs and disabilities. It's having a huge impact on the daily lives our our students." from Alan Salt Head Teacher, King Edward VI Community College, Totnes
    Alan SaltHead Teacher, King Edward VI Community College, Totnes

    The government says school funds will rise to a record £43.5bn by 2020 and ministers argue a new funding formula will bring more cash to schools.

  4. Two rescued from overturned car in North Devon

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Two people were rescued from an overturned car after it crashed in North Devon, a fire service has said.

    It happened at about 18:55 on Thursday on the B3231 at Down End near Croyde.

    The car had landed on its side after the incident which involved no other vehicles, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service added.

    Crews from Braunton and Barnstaple managed to free the first casualty before the second was released about 20 minutes later.

    Both people were taken to hospital. Their injuries are unknown.

  5. Cornwall travel: St Keverne road partially blocked

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In St Keverne, Commercial Road is partially blocked near Trelyn Road due to an accident.

  6. Weather: Cloudy start with sunny spells

    BBC Weather

    The day will start cloudy with a little drizzle possible in some areas.

    This will clear away to the south through the morning leaving the rest of the day dry and feeling cooler with spells of sunshine.

    Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

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  7. No electricity from waste plant due to 'broken turbine'

    Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Cornwall's £141m waste-to-energy incinerator hasn't been producing any electricity in recent months because of technical problems.

    The plant - which opened last year in St Dennis - should create enough electricity from burning rubbish to power the equivalent of 21,000 homes.

    Suez, which runs the plant, says a broken turbine is being fixed and it will be back in service soon.

    Ken Rickard campaigns against the plant at St Denis:

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    Video caption: The failure of a turbine has meant the plant has not produced any electricity
  8. Royal Navy engineers celebrate engineering campaign

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Royal Navy engineers are being celebrated at a special event held at HMS Raleigh.

    It is part of ‘The Year of Engineering’ government campaign to increase awareness and understanding of engineering careers among young people aged 7-16.

    The industry is struggling to recruit future talent, the campaign has said.

    Around 100 engineers from the past will meet with the latest recruits and take part in the passing-out parade.

  9. House targeted with arson attacks for three years

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Police car

    A property in Plymouth has been subjected to several arson attacks, police have said.

    The property on Southway Drive was last attacked at around 02:00 on 27 September with an attempt to light part of the gas box outside.

    Police have said the property has been victim to several attacks over the last three years.

    Det Con Paul Brimicombe said the “current occupants have only recently moved in”.

    He said: “The actions from the culprits are incredibly dangerous and need to stop immediately.”

    It is believed the recent attacks are a case of “mistaken identity”.

    Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone who has CCTV in the area.

  10. Father riding late daughter's bike will finish charity cycle

    BBC Spotlight

    A Cornish man is due to finish his 200 mile (321km) cycle on his daughter’s tiny pink bike.

    Peter Williams, from Penzance lost his 7-year-old daughter Ellie to a brain tumour.

    He set off from Bristol Children’s Hospital last Friday to raise money for a charity that wants to improve research funding into the disease.

    He is due to reach Land’s End this afternoon.

    Mr Williams said: “She would have thought I was a bit bonkers doing it.”

    Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and adults under 40 and part of Mr William's mission is to highlight the "lack of funding" for research.

    Peter Williams