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  1. Devon and Cornwall weather: Sunny intervals and a gentle breeze

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    After some late sunshine this evening, Friday night will be largely dry with clear spells, variable amounts of cloud and light to moderate northerly winds.

    Early on Saturday areas of cloud will break up to allow sunny spells for most of the day.

    There is a small chance of a few isolated showers developing during the afternoon and clear spells overnight.

    Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

    Devon and Cornwall weather
  2. Man found dead in Bude

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    A man has been found dead in a field in Bude.

    Police said emergency services were called to the field in the Broadclose hill area of the town at about 14:10.

    The man has not yet been identified.

    Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.

  3. 'It's so breathtaking' say US tourists in Poldark tour

    BBC Spotlight

    TV drama Poldark has fans around the world and some are so taken with the stories that they travel to Cornwall to see the locations.

    Video content

    Video caption: On the hunt for Poldark locations

    The romance and the scenery are big draws for a group of Americans who wanted a first-hand view of Poldark country.

    After the mining heritage of Botallack, they were on a bus to Porthcurno where Ross and Demelza walk barefoot and indulge in a bit of that romance.

    The series kicks off its 5th season on Sunday on BBC One.

  4. Cornish pineapples 'cost £1,000 each' to produce

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online


    Gardeners at the Lost Gardens of Heligan have harvested their first pineapples in more than two years - at a cost of about £1,000 each.

    Heligan grows its pineapples in specially-designed pits, which are heated by a continuous supply of fresh, decomposing manure.

    A spokesperson for the Lost Gardens said: "Including the man hours taken to look after the pineapple, transport costs of manure, maintenance of the pineapple pits and other little bits and pieces, each pineapple would probably cost us in excess of £1,000."

    The two Smooth Cayenne pineapples took two years to fruit, with gardeners having previously invested years of work to restore the pit and fine-tune their growing methods.

    It's hoped 17 more fruit will be ready to harvest over the coming months.

    Quote Message: It was a momentous occasion for the team who were each treated to a small piece of lusciously juicy and deliciously tropical tasting fruit, just as you would have in the tropics! After these years of hard work, it is almost sad to crop the fruit, however we take the crown and replant it letting the pineapple live on to another harvest.” from Dina, Productive Garden Team
    Dina, Productive Garden Team
    gardeners sharing pineapple
  5. Hospital boss says tackling '21st century needs in a 1948 system'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Chief Executive of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) says they are "trying to deal with 21st century health needs in a 1948 health system".

    A "critical incident" was declared at Treliske hospital on Tuesday as it struggled under "extreme pressures".


    That status was removed yesterday, but Kate Shields says the hospital is still experiencing high levels of demand.

    When asked who was to blame for the crisis, Ms Shields referred to 1948 - the year the NHS was created.

    Quote Message: We definitely need to work more closely together as different organisations...but I also think that we need to support general practice around intervening earlier. We are fortunate in Cornwall that people are living longer, but they do have a multitude of health and social care needs, and we need to support people in communities to look after their own. It's not that there's anybody to blame, we're probably just not moving fast enough to keep up with the people who need looking after." from Kate Shields Chief Executive, RCHT
    Kate ShieldsChief Executive, RCHT

    People are being urged to seek advice from their GP, pharmacist of the NHS 111 service.

    Patients can also visit one of the local minor injury units at Bodmin, Falmouth, Redruth, Launcester, Liskeard, Newquay, St Austell, St Mary's, Stratton, and Bude, or the urgency treatment centre at West Cornwall Hospital, Penzance.

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    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, at J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - M5 lane closed on exit slip road and it's slow northbound at J29, A3015 (Exeter), because of an accident.

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

  7. A man is refusing care after changes to his funding

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A wheelchair user with a life-limiting muscle-wasting condition is refusing care in a protest about changes to his funding.

    Michael Rennolds, 37, lives in an adapted rented home with his mother Susan, 73, in Coombe Road, Paignton.

    He says he has been forced to sack his four carers after a dispute with the local NHS trust about some aspects of his care plan.

    woman with her son

    Mr Rennolds disagreed with the amount he was asked to pay towards his care package and ended up with arrears of more than £5,000. The trust then decided to stop his direct payments and source care on his behalf.

    Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust declined to comment on the individual case, but said it was fully committed to providing clients with the best possible care.

    He said: "I'm just upset because I can't do what I want to be able to do. I can't do anything now. I'm just sat in the chair."

    Mrs Rennolds said: "I'm worried for his health. We are coping at the moment, but all my friends say, 'I don't know how you are coping'. I have no option."

  8. West Penwith to bid for dark sky status

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Bodmin Moor
    Image caption: Bodmin Moor has already been awarded dark sky status

    The skies over west Cornwall could soon be protected by dark sky status.

    Cornwall Council is working with parish councillors and representatives from the local community to bid for the area to become a designated International Dark Sky Reserve.

    It would mean the West Penwith Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty would be protected by a buffer zone to the east, which would include Penzance and St Ives, to discourage light pollution.

    Quote Message: Darker skies help to protect our wildlife, providing them with a more natural environment, are good for humans getting restful sleep and enjoyed by astronomers...Part of the scheme involves an education outreach programme to encourage businesses and residents to get involved in protecting, improving and appreciating our dark skies. There are simple asks like ensuring lights face downwards and are only on when necessary. It's about influencing rather than enforcement." from Sue James Cornwall Councillor
    Sue JamesCornwall Councillor

    Bodmin Moor was awarded dark sky status in 2017.

  9. Video content

    Video caption: Circuit training made the pain disappear

    Polly Tonkins was born with dislocated hips but a fitness programme has given her a pain-free life.

  10. Royal Cornwall Hospital remains under pressure

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online


    People are being reminded to only go to the Emergency Department at the Royal Cornwall Hospital (RCHT) if their condition is life-threatening.

    Advice on alternative ways of receiving treatment is available here.

    It's been a difficult week for RCHT, which declared a critical incident on Tuesday.

    The critical incident status has now been stepped down but the hospital remains under pressure.

  11. Elderly couple claims dream home has defects

    John Ayres

    BBC Spotlight

    A Devon couple, who just over a decade ago bought their dream new home for retirement, say they are having to live in temporary accommodation because of what surveyors have called defects with the property.

    Maura and Lionel O'Connor, who are in their eighties, say their home has always had problems, but their guarantee has run out and the developer insists it's not to blame.

    Major work is being carried out to repair the property funded by insurers, but there are disputes over who is responsible.

    The builders and freeholders of the site, McCarthy Contractors South West Limited, strongly deny they're to blame, saying they complied with every building and planning requirement, and are an award winning family company that takes pride in its workmanship.

    Maura and Lionel O'Connor
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    Severe accident: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe accident, from J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter to J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - It's slow on M5 northbound from J30, A376 (Exeter) to J29, A3015 (Exeter), because of an accident, which is now on the hard shoulder. All lanes have been re-opened.

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

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    Severe disruption: A380 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A380 Devon both ways severe disruption, at A381 Torquay Road.

    A380 Devon - Road closed and queues on A380 South Devon Link Road in both directions in Newton Abbot at Penn Inn Roundabout, because of a police investigation. Diversion in operation - via the exit and entry slip roads.

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

  14. School garden to boost pupils' mental health

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Image caption: Access to green spaces has been linked to improved mental health

    Richard Lander School in Truro has created a new garden space to help young people with their mental wellbeing.

    The Growth Garden has been created by students and staff, thanks to a grant from the lottery-funded mental health programme Headstart Kernow.

    The outside space is designed to help students refresh and re-engage between lessons, as well as gain new skills and build friendship groups.

    Access to green spaces has been linked to reduced depression, anxiety and stress, as well as physical benefits.

    Quote Message: We had a garden that had gone by the way side because there are so many things happening at school, but the students wanted to have a space to relax, restore, reflect and be ready to learn in their lessons. Once we started on this, we quickly realised there were additional skills that the students could learn and these volunteers could leave a legacy for the school. I think being out in nature it is really important, as a human being it’s important to reconnect and enjoy the fresh air and the green. Get away from those screens and have some time out side.” from Sue Mitchell Richard Lander School
    Sue MitchellRichard Lander School
    people building a shed
    Image caption: The project is helping students develop new skills as well as providing a place to relax
  15. Thomas Orchard misconduct hearing revealed today

    BBC Radio Devon

    The outcome of a preliminary misconduct hearing relating to the arrest, detention and death of a man who collapsed in custody in Exeter will be made public today.

    Thomas Orchard was 32 when he died in 2012.

    The office of the chief constable of Devon and Cornwall Police pleaded guilty to Health and Safety offences.

    A hearing looking into the actions of staff was heard in private last month and the results will be made public this afternoon.

    In May Devon and Cornwall Police was fined £234,500 for health and safety breaches in relation to a belt used around Mr Orchard's face before he collapsed.

    Thomas Orchard
  16. Devon and Cornwall weather: Dry with sunny spells

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    It will be a dry day and, although a little cloudy at times, there will be some longer sunny spells developing.

    Light or moderate northwesterly winds will be fresher at times towards the north coast and the far west.

    Maximum: 22C (72F)