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  1. Hundreds form human chain to raise mental health awareness

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    Hundreds of people have formed a human chain in North Devon as a way of showing their support for mental health.

    Supporters held hands for two minutes along Exeter Road in Braunton at 17:30.

    Organisers hope it will raise awareness of mental health issues and remind commuters to talk to someone if they're struggling with life.

    The event was held as a way of remembering 18-year-old, Jake McPhail, who died last weekend.

    People in Braunton
  2. Fire crews tackle flat blaze at Westward Ho!

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Firefighters have been tackling a blaze at a flat in Westward Ho! after the occupant left food cooking on the hob while they went out.

    Crews from Bideford, Barnstaple and Appledore were called at 15:45 after neighbours reported smoke coming from a window, and that there could be someone inside.

    Firefighters forced entry and searched the flat, but the occupant was not home.

  3. Warnings after sewage spill at Porthtowan

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online


    Beachgoers are being advised to keep out of the sea at Porthtowan due to a sewage spill.

    Sewage overflowed from a pumping station at Echo Corner in the early hours due to a problem with one of the pumps, the Environment Agency has said.

    South West Water is at the scene and is dealing with the spill.

  4. Airport closed after aircraft suffered tyre failure

    Alderney Airport's main runway was closed earlier after a light aircraft suffered a tyre failure before take off.

    A spokesman for the airport said: “The closure was necessary to get the aircraft back to the apron safely.

    "The other two grass runways remained open throughout the incident.

    "There were no injuries to the people on board the aircraft.

    "The main runway was declared open at 15:44.

    "Due to the ongoing delays to passenger flights – the airport will also remain open late if required to clear any backlog."

  5. Cornwall Council purchases 'failing' care home

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council has made the "unprecedented" decision to purchase a nursing home in St Day which was at risk of closure.

    Trefula House provides nursing and residential care for up to 44 people with complex needs and dementia.

    The home's owners had issued a notice to close the home with a view to sell the property - placing the residents at risk of being moved from their home to out-of-county sites.

    The transfer of the home to the local authority has now taken place after a "financial viability process" by Cornwall Council.

    Councillor Rob Rotchell said it was the "right decision" under the "extreme circumstances".

    Trefula House

    "Our priority, first and foremost, is the welfare and care of those vulnerable individuals who currently live there, who otherwise would have had their lives disrupted with very little notice," he said.

    "They would more than likely have been taken to homes outside of Cornwall, away from their family, friends and all that is familiar to them.”

    The Corserv Group will take on operational responsibility for the home.

    Cornwall Council added the decision does not set a precedent for any future "failing" care homes and this is an "extraordinary case".

    In the Care Quality Commission's latest report it rated the care home as inadequate.

  6. Management of Torquay's Riviera Centre to be handed over

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Leisure facilities operator, Parkwood Leisure, has been named as the preferred bidder to take over the running of the Riviera International Conference Centre (RICC).

    The new 25-year lease, which is planned to start on 1 April 2020, will see Parkwood being responsible for the management and ongoing development of the RICC, with plans to improve the facilities in order to safeguard it for the local community.

    As part of the new contract, the RICC will no longer be paid a management fee by the council.

    Added investment will also see new attractions being offered for residents and visitors and updated health and fitness facilities.

    Riviera International Conference Centre
    Quote Message: This appointment means that we will no longer need to pay an annual management fee. These savings can then be used in other areas of the council to offset the ongoing government budget reductions while securing the facilities at the RICC. from Councillor Mike Morey Torbay Council
    Councillor Mike MoreyTorbay Council
  7. 'Large quantity' of alcohol stolen in Guernsey burglary

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A "large quantity of alcohol" was taken in a burglary at a party entertainment centre in Guernsey, police have said.

    It happened between 00:45 and 02:00 on Tuesday 16 July at Oaty and Joey's Playbarn at Oatlands Village.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact police via 01481 725 111.

  8. Devon travel: A38 blocked Cornwall-bound at Manadon

    BBC Radio Devon

    In Plymouth, the A38 Parkway is blocked Cornwall-bound due to a crash before the Manadon Roundabout.

  9. Cornwall travel: A30 blocked at St Erth

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In West Cornwall, the A30 is blocked in both directions near the St Erth roundabout due to a crash.

    Traffic is queuing and motorists are being warned to expect delays.

  10. Teenager has facial injuries after South Molton robbery

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A 17-year-old boy has facial injuries after being assaulted and robbed in South Molton.

    Police say the teenager was approached by two men in New Road at about 19:00 on Thursday.

    He was punched in the face before the pair made off with his bag containing his mobile phone, money and other property.

    The teenager sustained a number of facial injuries, including a suspected fractured jaw, and was taken to North Devon District Hospital.

    New Road, South Molton
    Image caption: The attack happened in New Road, South Molton

    Police are searching for two men, one black and one white, both aged about 30, and both wearing shorts and T-shirts, which were covered in paint.

  11. Cornwall travel: St Austell road closed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    In St Austell, Bodmin Road is closed in both directions between Globe Yard and Priory Road due to a medical incident.

  12. Harbourmaster praises local company for water taxi favour

    BBC Radio Guernsey

    Guernsey's harbourmaster has praised a local rib company for providing water taxis to boat owners whilst a bridge was being repaired.

    Island Rib Voyages has been taking islanders to their boats for the past few days, after strong winds on Tuesday damaged the walk-ashore bridge, which links the swan pool pontoons and the crown pier.

    Cptn David Barker said it has meant maintenance staff could concentrate on fixing the bridge.

    Guernsey harbour
    Quote Message: We were very grateful to them. They stepped in at very short notice and made sure folks could still get backwards and forwards to the visiting yacht pontoons. Meanwhile, the maintenance staff here cracked on with providing a new pontoon and mending what had been broken. from Cptn David Barker Guernsey harbourmaster
    Cptn David BarkerGuernsey harbourmaster
  13. Kayakers rescued after 'struggling with tide' off Cornwall

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Two people in a kayak were rescued in Cornwall after "struggling with the tide".

    The RNLI were paged and sent to the Hors Point area of St Ives at about 18:40 on Thursday.

    The team transferred the two people to the inshore lifeboat. They were both "safe and well".

    Crew returning with rescued kayakers
    Image caption: The RNLI St Ives crew with the rescued kayakers
  14. Increasing concern for missing Plymouth man

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A 51-year-old man is missing from Plymouth, police have said.

    Peter Lawrey, from the Roborough area, was last seen at Sheepstor on Dartmoor at about 14:00 on Wednesday.

    He is described as white, about 5ft 8in (1.72m) tall, of stocky build with straight hair in a bob style.

    He was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt, blue jeans, black walking boot and was carrying a black rucksack.

    Anyone with information is asked to call 999.

    Peter Lawrey
  15. Local concern for 'neglected' Cornish lake

    Adrian Campbell

    BBC South West environment correspondent

    People living close to a lake near Par say it's been neglected for so long that wildlife is beginning to suffer.

    They're concerned that water appears to be draining away because of a broken sluice gate and a blocked channel which obstructs water from coming into the lake.

    Cornwall Council, which owns the site, says it is investigating the problem and working with the Environment Agency to find a long term solution.

    However, local campaigners say the council must act quickly "before it's too late".

    Quote Message: It's very sad. It's our heritage really and to see the birds in trouble, the swans gone and now I'm worrying about the fish. We don't seem to be able to get any information from anybody. from Susan Shroff Local campaigner
    Susan ShroffLocal campaigner
  16. Navy urges drone users to avoid no-fly zones

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Royal Navy is urging drone operators to be aware of the no-fly zones at RNAS Culdrose and the surrounding area where low flying aircraft operate.

    Lt Cdr Ian Fitter says the massive surge in popularity of drones in the UK has prompted a new awareness campaign.

    He says the air station has experienced a few incidents and wants people to consider the risks posed to aircraft when drones are launched into the sky.


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  17. Testing shellfish to measure pollution

    BBC Radio Jersey

    Scientists from a Jersey campaign group are taking samples of island shellfish to see if the sea water is becoming more polluted.

    Save Our Shoreline is concerned the amount of chemicals and other contaminants in the sea may have increased in the last 10 years due to new coastal developments.

    Jacqui Carrel, who is an environmental scientist, says they need the evidence before they can look at trying to protect the shellfish.

  18. Cafe kitchen damaged by fire and smoke in grill blaze

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    An accidental fire in a Plymouth cafe has caused severe smoke and fire damage to the kitchen.

    Firefighters were called to Goodbody's Cafe on Thursday following a blaze involving the grill.

    The blaze also left smoke damage to the rest of the cafe.

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  19. Cyclist in critical condition after fall

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    A female cyclist has a serious head injury after falling from her bike.

    Following the fall in Perranporth on Thursday, she was airlifted to Derriford Hospital where she remains in a critical condition.

    Police closed the road for further examination.

    Officers are appealing for witnesses.