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  1. Video content

    Video caption: The trials and tribulations of a British cabbage farmer

    Barrie Reynolds farms cabbage and cauliflower on his 70-acre farm in Cornwall. He gave the BBC a glimpse into what it's like running the business.

  2. Appeal over plans for 130-bedroom hotel near Exeter

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    An inspector will determine the fate of plans for a 130-bedroom hotel on the site of a caravan and camping park just outside Exeter.

    Hill Pond Caravan and Camping Park have appealed against the non-determination of East Devon District Council for their plans to build a new L-shaped hotel on the site of the existing park just off the A3052.

    The site is adjacent to the Hill Barton Business Park, and is across the A3052 from Exeter City’s training ground and Crealy Adventure Park.

  3. Leaping dolphins spotted by kayaker

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    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    dolphin in the air
    dolphin in the air
    Quote Message: One seemed to be particularly 'skippy' and saw it put in a huge jump when I was still half-a-mile away in my kayak. They came closer, swam underneath my kayak and then every so often one did a massive leap. Wow! What a thrill.
    dolphin in the air
    Quote Message: I have never seen so many repeated high jumps, and I suspect it was the same individual doing the leaping, probably a juvenile. A fantastic day...over 30 dolphins and fourteen porpoises.

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    Video caption: A kayaker spotted a dolphin 'airshow' in Torbay on Wednesday morning.
  4. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, at J30 for A376 Sidmouth Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed and queues on M5 southbound at J30, A376 (Exeter), because of a break down. Congestion to J29 (Exeter/Honiton).

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

  5. Bideford Town Hall hot desk plans scrapped

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Councillors are being recommended to scrap plans for abandoned reception rooms in Bideford Town Hall to be used for hot desks as part of a ‘work hub’.

    In July 2018, Torridge District Council’s economic development team was approached by Devon County Council to apply for funding through the Devon Work Hubs programme in order to provide a hot-desking facility in Torridge.

    Abandoned reception rooms in Bideford Town Hall were put forward as an ‘easy win’, with the aim to bring renewed life back in to the neglected spaces and ensuring that the council was able to increase its offer to the local business community, without significantly increasing its own costs.

    In April, the full council voted unanimously to support the scheme, but a report to next Tuesday’s community and resources committee recommends that Work Hub in Bideford Town Hall is not delivered and that additional investigations be conducted to identify an alternative site.

    Bideford Ton Hall
  6. Body identified as missing person


    Police officers were called to Padstow last week following reports of a body found on a beach.

    The body found at Constantine Bay has been identified as Michael Barclay.

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  7. Callywith College says it can offer A-level places

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A further education college in Bodmin has said it will be able to offer places to students affected by Cornwall College's decision to cancel A-level courses for new starters this September.

    Callywith College will also be holding open advice sessions next Tuesday in Bodmin and on Wednesday at its sister institution Truro College.

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  8. Man admits sending white powder to Wolverhampton MP

    A hoaxer has admitted sending white powder marked "anthrax" to mostly female MPs, including Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East.

    Exeter Crown Court

    Richard Hayes, 40, from Brixham in Devon, pleaded guilty to 16 counts of sending a package intending to create a belief of a noxious substance.

    Police said the packages were examined after being sent and found to contain various non-hazardous substances, including flour, protein powder and bicarbonate of soda.

    Hayes will undergo a psychiatric report and a pre-sentence report before he is sentenced in November.

  9. Cornwall College cancels A-level courses for 2019

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online


    Cornwall College at St Austell has cancelled its A-level courses for new starters.

    The college has said the application numbers for this year were "not sufficient to allow for a positive, vibrant experience for learners".

    In a statement the college, which also offers NVQs, apprenticeships and degree courses, said: "We are truly sorry for the disruption and disappointment this will cause applicants who were intending to start with us in September this year."

    A spokesman said the college had been working with other providers in Cornwall to make sure all applicants have a suitable destination to study A-levels.

    Students who are part-way through their two-year courses will continue to study in the St Austell campus until July 2020.

  10. Search for missing man

    Bob Dale

    BBC Live reporter

    There's concern for a man who has gone missing in East Sussex.

    Michael Toms, who is 56 and from Ticehurst, has not been seen since about 13:20 BST on 19 August.

    missing person Michael Toms

    He is not thought to have any money or a mobile phone.

    Police say he has links to Andover in Hampshire and Cornwall.

  11. Technology helps detect water leakages

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    South West Water is aiming to increase detection of leaks in its network by 80%.

    The company hopes that increasingly sophisticated technology will help identify issues before they become a problem.

    Every year South West Water spends £11 million fixing more than 10,000 leaks on 9,000 miles of network.


    Wayne Arscott is SWW leakage delivery manager: "Through the technology we actually find these leaks before the customer experiences low pressure."

    At the moment, he said, 50 to 55% of leakages are detected but SWW wants to get that to 60 to 80%.