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  1. Traction engines return to UK from New Zealand

    BBC Spotlight

    Huge steam powered traction engines built in the UK are being shipped all the way back from New Zealand to an engineering firm in Cornwall.

    Steam engine

    For Sam Henwood business is booming, renovating the vintage engines that have been shipped thousands of miles in a container.

    Some of the historic machines are heading to the Boconnoc Steam Rally in east Cornwall which starts on Friday.

  2. First Devon beach visit for Boris the dog

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Boris the dog is enjoying his first visit to Devon and Bantham Beach.

    His owner, Tinaka, said: "He loves it at the beach.

    The pair are from Holland and Tinaka said: "We spent a week in Cornwall before this and we have been very lucky with the weather.

    "Back home in Holland it is 40C so Boris is very pleased he is here."

    Boris has been spending the day in the shade on the edge of the beach because dogs are not allowed on the main part of the beach.

    Tinaka and Boris
  3. Girl, 16, 'pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 16-year-old girl was pushed to the ground and sexually assaulted in Plymouth, police have said.

    It happened on Saturday 18 May at about 22:00 in a service lane next to the Stoke Road flats in Stonehouse.

    Officers said an unknown man approached the girl from behind, pushed her to the ground and lay on top of her before sexually assaulting her.

    Two women, also unknown to the victim, came to her aid and pulled the man off.

    Police want to identify them as well as two men who were walking their dogs in the area at the time.

    One of the men was walking a large dog, similar to that of a poodle, and was aged between 50 and 60.

    The other man was talking on a mobile phone at the time.

    Anyone with information should contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    Stoke Road, Stonehouse
  4. 'You can keep your 39 degrees'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Norman and Cilla Smith

    It may not be as hot in Cornwall as in the rest of the country but that's all fine and dandy with the residents.

    Cilla and Norman Smith were among hundreds of people enjoying the warm, but not too hot, temperature at their local Portreath beach.

    Cilla said: "They can keep their 39 degrees. If it gets too warm here we just go for a walk along the shore.”

    Temperatures in Cornwall are not expected to go above 25C today while parts of the south east could still break the all-time record of 38.5C.

    Portreath beach
  5. Heritage protection given to Cornish explosives factory

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A South West explosives factory that supplied the Royal Navy during World War Two has been given heritage protection.

    The factory in Hayle produced explosives for the mining industry and later became only one of two suppliers of cordite to the Navy during the war.

    At the height of production it employed 1,800 local people - most of them women.

    The factory has been given protected status by the government on the advice of Historic England.

    National Explosives Factory near Hayle, Cornwal
    Quote Message: As the owners of most of the site of the Explosives Works, Cornwall Council is thrilled that the important role this site played in history has been recognised with this designation. Working in partnership with Cornwall Wildlife Trust, this fascinating landscape is managed for its heritage, wildlife and as a place for the enjoyment of all. from Rob Nolan Cornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection
    Rob NolanCornwall Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Public Protection
  6. Sun, sea, sand and queues

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Bantham Beach

    Beach-goers were stuck in vehicles for over an hour trying to get to and from Bantham Beach in South Devon on Wednesday evening, local businesses have said.

    Queues are already building on the roads to the beach - one of Devon's most popular - as swimmers, sunbathers and families enjoy the best of the summer.

    "We have been selling lots of ice cream and beer. It looks very enjoyable for everyone out there," said Ethan and Becca, employees at a nearby food business.

    Ethan and Becca
  7. Travel: A38 closed again for recovery work

    BBC Radio Devon

    The A38 has been closed again in both directions between the Chudleigh Knighton turn-off and the Splatford Split due to accident investigation work after a fatal crash.

    A diversion is in place but traffic is queuing on the A38 and surrounding roads are also very congested.

    Earlier, police confirmed a motorcyclist died in the single-vehicle crash in the early hours.

  8. Plymouth Argyle sign Jose Baxter

    The 27-year-old forward arrives in PL2 on a short-term deal after spending last season in League Two with Oldham, where he has enjoyed two spells.

    Jose sprung to prominence on the opening day of the 2008-09 Premier League season, when he became Everton’s youngest senior player at the tender age of 16.

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  9. Girl, 13, missing from Brixham since Sunday

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 13-year-old girl has gone missing from the Brixham area, police have said.

    Billy-Jo Khanlarian, also known as Billy-Jo Cann, was last seen in the town on Sunday.

    She is described as white, about 5ft (1.5m) tall, of slim build with very long blonde hair.

    She was last seen wearing a grey hooded top, black jeans and black trainers.

    Billy-Jo is believed to be in company of an Asian girl of about the same age.

    There is a chance she may have travelled further afield, officers added.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  10. Barn fire: Residents told to keep windows shut

    Barn fire

    Residents are being advised to keep windows and doors shut because of smoke caused by a barn fire.

    The barn has been gutted by the blaze which started at about 04:00 near Stoke Climsland in east Cornwall.

    Callington Community Fire Station has issued the warning to residents in the Rezare area.

  11. Riding on the sea tractor

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Sea tractor

    There's only one way to travel if you want to get from mainland Devon to Burgh Island and that's on the sea tractor.

    The island - frequented by writer Agatha Christie - is cut off twice a day from the Bigbury on Sea beach by the incoming tide.

    Devon is lagging behind in the heatwave stakes with a high temperature of 25C predicted, but that should make it a bit more comfortable for hundreds of holidaymakers on the beaches at Bigbury and nearby Bantham.

    Burgh Island
  12. Static caravan destroyed by fire

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A static caravan has been destroyed by fire in Brea.

    Firefighters from Tolvaddon and Hayle were called to the incident just before 23:30 on Wednesday, and found that the fire had also spread to an adjacent container.

    The fire was extinguished and the incident handed over to Devon and Cornwall Police for the cause of the blaze to be investigated.

  13. Dartmouth health campaigners criticise new health hub

    Jenny Walrond

    Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

    Health campaigners in Dartmouth have criticised plans for a new health and wellbeing hub in the town.

    They say the original community hospital should have been refurbished instead - at a lower cost.

    Commissioners say it's a huge investment for the town and announced this week the centre could be built by 2021 and would house some of the services previously provided at the hospital.

    Michael Mills is from the Dartmouth Area Healthcare Action Group...

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    Video caption: Campaigners say the original community hospital should have been refurbished