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  1. Camper died after tree collapsed and trapped him
  2. Retractable dog lead 'filleted my finger'
  3. Teenage pub workers unpaid after landlord jailed
  4. Cornish champion kart racer, 14, hopes for national career
  5. Boat relaunched after eight-year restoration project
  6. Updates from Friday 24 May 2019

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  1. Students strike for climate change across South West

    Students are striking again to encourage governments to take action on climate change.

    Some of those striking schools in the South West met in Exeter at Devon County Hall at 11:00 and at Bedford Square at 12:30.

    The students are part of an international movement of people protesting for those in power to recognise the impacts of climate change.

    Students are striking in other areas including Plymouth, Tiverton, Truro and Taunton.

  2. Man 'punched and kicked' by group of men

    Police are investigating reports of an assault on a man in Truro.

    A man in his 40s was reported to have been riding a bike when he was approached by four men who pushed a shopping trolley towards him. Police said a verbal attack followed and the men then punched and kicked the victim.

    He attended hospital to be checked over, due to his injuries.

    It happened between 20:30 and 21:00 on 23 April by Garras Wharf, Morlaix Avenue.

    A police spokeswoman said: “The four men left the area on foot in the direction of the Piazza area. We’re keen to speak to anyone who saw the group running in that direction or in the area at around 21:00.

    “We’re also keen to speak to two men who may have witnessed the incident, and who assisted the victim at the scene. They left prior to police arrival but may have information vital to our investigation.”

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    Severe accident: A382 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A382 Devon both ways severe accident, between B3206 and Embleford Crescent.

    A382 Devon - A382 in Easton closed and slow traffic in both directions between Easton Cross and the Embleford Crescent junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  4. Council backs St Boniface as patron saint of Devon

    St Boniface has been adopted as the patron saint of Devon.

    Devon County Council voted in favour of the decision on Thursday.

    St Boniface was born in Crediton and studied at the monastery in Exeter.

    He later travelled to Europe as a missionary and was made Bishop of all Germany East of the Rhine by Pope Gregory in 722AD. Later he was martyred in 754AD at Dokkum in the Netherlands and buried at Fulda in Germany.

    St Boniface Day is 5 June.

    The Boniface Link Association has been campaigning to have him officially made the county's patron saint.

    Image caption: The Bishop of Exeter's new St Boniface medal to honour people who volunteer in their church communities
  5. Camper died after tree collapsed and trapped him

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A man was helping his family into an aerial tent suspended between three trees when one fell and fatally injured him, an inquest has heard.

    Ryan O'Carroll, of Southampton, was on holiday at Tehidy Country Park in Cornwall when the tree fell at about 00:30 on 11 August 2018.

    The 25-year-old sustained serious injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital, where he later died.

    The inquest jury in Plymouth concluded the death was accidental.

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    Severe accident: A379 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A379 Devon both ways severe accident, from Ferrymans View to Kennel Lane.

    A379 Devon - A379 Kennels Road in Hillhead blocked and queuing traffic in both directions from the Ferrymans View junction to the Kennel Lane junction, because of an accident.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  7. Woman knocked to ground in assault

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Police have appealed for information after a woman was knocked to the ground during an assault in St Austell.

    The victim blacked out after falling to the ground and being kicked. She suffered a forehead injury and suspected concussion, police said.

    Officers are investigating the assault which took place between 23:00 and 23:30 on 21 April between Carlyon Bay and Beach Road.

  8. Arson arrest over fire on Union Street in Plymouth

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A 29-year-old Plymouth man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a fire on Union Street, police have confirmed.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the man remained in custody at Charles Cross police station in relation to the fire, which first broke out on Thursday evening.

    The force said the blaze appeared to have reignited on Friday morning at 08:50.

    Fire engines are since understood to have left the scene.

  9. Cornish champion kart racer, 14, hopes for national career

    Denis Nightingale

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    A 14-year-old champion kart racer from Cornwall has just returned from Berlin where she was a guest of an international campaign to get more women involved in motor sport.

    Amelia Nelson from St Ives was invited after she won four club championships in a row at Dunkeswell in Devon last year.

    Now she needs £30,000 to make the jump from club to national racing, and hopes the money can be found so she can continue her fledgling career.

    Amelia says she knows her family is making sacrifices...

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    Video caption: Cornwall's Amelia Nelson went to Berlin after she won four club championships in a row
  10. Crews tackle 30ft hedge fire in Paignton

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Fire crews have tackled a huge hedge fire in Paignton.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called to Blatchcombe at about 20:15 on Thursday.

    About 30ft (9m) of the hedge was "well alight" and the fire had spread to a nearby shed, the fire service said.

    It added the fire was put out and handed over to a responsible person.

  11. Boat relaunched after eight-year restoration project

    Scott Bingham

    BBC Spotlight


    A 114-year-old sailing boat has been relaunched after a major restoration project in Cornwall.

    The pilot cutter Letty was originally built at Pill in Somerset in 1905, but was found rotting in a Welsh boatyard.

    The hull was restored at Mylor before Letty was then towed to Millbrook - where she was fitted out by a carefully assembled team of craftsmen.

    Now, after eight years, she's back on the water once more.

    Steve Cogdell is the owner of Letty...

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    Video caption: The pilot cutter, Letty was originally built at Pill in Somerset in 1905
  12. Retractable dog lead 'filleted my finger'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A dog owner lost the tip of a finger when her pet bolted on a retractable lead.

    Jill Tisdale

    Jillian Tisdale, 66, from Cornwall, was walking her two retrievers when the lead wrapped around a middle finger and cut it "like a fillet knife".

    The tip had to be removed and another finger was badly cut.

    There were 30 serious hand injuries caused by dog leads last year in Cornwall alone, the British Society for Surgery of the Hand said.

    Former teacher Mrs Tisdale was walking her two "gentle giants" Buster and Samson in the lanes around her home in St Erme near Truro when Buster ran after a man in a field.

    Quote Message: I'm quite a practical person, so I just get on with stuff, but I now realise they were part of a pattern of injuries connected with these leads. The lead went round and tightened itself on my fingers - the pain was searing. If it got wrapped around a child's limb it doesn't bear thinking about. from Jillian Tisdale
    Jillian Tisdale