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  1. MP candidate apologises over 'white' North Devon comments

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Liberal Democrats' prospective parliamentary candidate for North Devon has apologised after she said the area was "98% white" and local people had not "appreciated" the EU.

    Some 57% of people in the area who took part in the 2016 European Union referendum voted to leave the EU.

    In an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Sunday afternoon's The World This Weekend, Dr Kirsten Jones said: "We don't have a lot of ethnic minorities living in North Devon, people aren’t exposed to people from other countries, they don’t travel a lot and I think there is a slight disconnect that North Devon being isolated, being rural and low income perhaps hasn’t appreciated the advantages of being in the European Union."

    North Devon's incumbent MP, Conservative Peter Heaton-Jones, had demanded she apologised, saying: "She was saying: 'you're too white, you're too poor, you're not well-travelled to make the right decision and therefore the Liberal Democrats are going to have to tell you what you should be thinking'.

    "That is an extraordinarily patronising and condescending offensive thing to say about the majority view here in North Devon."

    Dr Johnson said on Twitter she "misspoke", adding her comments "do not reflect my views or that of my party.

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  2. Devon and Cornwall weather: Overnight cloud clearing

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    Apart from the odd spot of drizzle on Monday evening, a mainly dry but largely cloudy night is anticipated. Later in the night, clear spells will develop from the north. A chillier night.

    Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).


    A dry Tuesday with some areas of cloud initially, but there will be more in the way of sunshine later in the day. Gentle northerly breezes.

    Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

  3. Plans for affordable housing on former care centre site

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans to build 52 new homes, all of which will be affordable, on the site of a demolished care centre in Redruth have been recommended for approval.

    Cornwall Council has applied for permission to build the homes on the site of a former Murdoch and Trevithick Centre on land north of Drump Road.

    Half the properties will be available for affordable rent and the other half for shared ownership.

    The planned new homes range from one-bedroom flats to a five-bedroom house. There would be nine flats, two bungalows and 41 houses on the development.

    Redruth Town Council has also supported the plans but asked that there are parking restrictions so cars can only be parked in the designated areas.

    Redruth homes
  4. Four arrested after Ivybridge stabbing

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Four people have been arrested after a stabbing in Ivybridge, police say.

    Officers said they were called to a "serious incident" on St John's Road at about 10:30 on Wednesday 11 September "following reports that a man in his 50s had sustained a number of knife wounds".

    The victim was taken to hospital with life-changing injuries and remains there in a serious condition.

    Two men, aged 49 and 33, and a 33-year-old woman, all from Cambome, were arrested and later released on police bail.

    A 43-year-old man, also from Camborne, was released under investigation after his arrest.

  5. Armed police in Liskeard

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Armed police officers are in Liskeard this afternoon, having tracked a vehicle that previously failed to stop to an address in the town.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said officers are at Church Street and found no occupants with the vehicle.

    They are also searching a property.

  6. Man admits wounding his elderly mother in St Dennis

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    A man has admitted injuring his elderly mother during an incident in Cornwall.

    At Truro Crown Court, Derrick May, 60, of Robartes Road, St Dennis, admitted the wounding with intent of Elizabeth May.

    Police were called to an address on Robartes Road on 6 April, the court heard.

    After appearing in the dock, the judge permitted for Mr May to be taken back to Langdon mental health hospital in Dawlish.

    Mr May had denied attempted murder at a previous hearing.

    He will be sentenced at a later date.

  7. Council proposes £12m for spaceport

    Richard Whitehouse

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Virgin Orbit plane and launcher.

    People objecting to Cornwall Council's support for plans for Europe’s first spaceport have accused the council of “greenwash” and argued Virgin founder Richard Branson should pay for it himself.

    The council will consider a report into a proposed £12m expenditure on Spaceport Cornwall on Wednesday.

    Based at Newquay Airport, the spaceport would be used for small satellite launches by Virgin Orbit and used as its European base for the LauncherOne system, being developed in the US.

    The council has said that it would bring hundreds of new jobs to Cornwall and generate millions for the economy by attracting space sector businesses.

    Proposed spaceport design and aircraft.

    But the plans have attracted criticism from environmental campaigners, who have accused the council of hypocrisy after it declared a climate emergency and published a climate change action plan.

    The council said that Virgin Orbit launches would only add 0.1% to its current carbon production by 2030.

    However, these estimates have been contested, with claims lodged by the public that the 'carbon audit' on the environmental project produced by the council is flawed.

    In its report the council stated that it will offset carbon emissions produced by the spaceport by planting 50,000 trees.

    Under the proposals Cornwall Council would provide £12m of funding, with £7.5m coming from the UK Space Agency and £2.5m from Virgin Orbit.

  8. Exeter county councillor resigns

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A Labour Party county councillor representing Exeter has resigned, triggering a by-election.

    Cllr Emma Brennan, who represented the Heavitree and Whipton ward, was first elected to the council in May 2017.

    No reasons for her stepping down have been announced.

    A by-election to elect her replacement is set to take place on 24 October.

    Nominations for candidates must be received by Exeter City Council, who are administrating the election on behalf of Devon County Council, by 16:00 on 27 September.

    The list of nominated candidates will be published on 30 September and anyone wishing to vote must be registered by 8 October.

    The elected councillor would serve until May 2021, when the next elections are due to be held.

  9. Emergency services called to property fire

    Charley Adams

    BBC News Online

    Emergency services were called in the early hours of Sunday morning to reports of outbuildings on fire.

    The fire which had spread to a domestic building was tackled by crews from Ivybridge, Modbury and Crownhill.

    Two dogs had to be rescued from the fire at Dairy Lane, Ivybridge.

    The ground floor of the property was damaged by smoke and a hot tub and some windows were impacted by the fire.

    Devon and Somerset Fire Service said the fire was believed to be accidental.

  10. Paignton death 'treated as unexplained'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    Paignton body scene

    Police in Torbay investigating a body being found in Paignton say the death is being treated as unexplained.

    Officers were called at about 07:10 to reports of a sudden death of a person in the Esplanade Road area and found the body of an adult.

    Police said the incident was "ongoing".

  11. City council have nothing to go on for Exeter toilet usage

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Exeter City Council has no idea how many people used the toilets of city centre business over the summer.

    Councillors in April voted to close 15 of the 26 toilets that the city council operates and those toilets have since closed.

    As well as the council having to make £60,000 of savings from its budget, councillors were not told that there would still be 11 public toilets available and there would be an abundance of publicly accessible alternatives in the city centre.

    Proposals were also put forward for a community toilet scheme to be introduced that would allow the general public to use toilets in city centre businesses – although the majority of businesses did not support it.

    Following the closures, Cllr Diana Moore asked questions at last Tuesday night’s executive meeting about usage levels, saying: “How many city centre businesses welcomed visitors who were not customers to use their toilets this summer?”

    But in response, Cllr Phil Bialyk, leader of the council, said that they didn’t have any figures to that effect.

    He said: “We would have to ask all the businesses who have facilities to keep a record and if they thought someone was a customer or not. I don’t think anyone records that information and in the larger stores over more than one floor, it would be very difficult to say, and I don’t think anyone has the resources to record that.”

    Asking if public toilets would be part of the CityPoint scheme – the £300m redevelopment of the area around the bus station – Cllr Bialyk said that they would have to look at the planning proposals that came forward, and then it will be discussed at the time when they did.

    Exeter public toilets
  12. Plans for museum dedicated to artist Lenkiewicz

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There are plans to create a museum to house some of the thousands of paintings by south west-based artist Robert Lenkiewicz.

    The artist, who died in 2002 aged 60, moved to the region from London in the 1960s, painting in Lanreth near Looe for a year before ending up in Plymouth.

    His sometimes controversial work, which included themes such as vagrancy and sexual behaviour, was popular with the public but not the critics. He is thought to have produced about 10,000 pieces.

    He had three wives, many partners and 11 children.

    His son, Reuben, is behind the idea for his studio in Plymouth's Barbican to be transformed into a museum to a revive a space that he remembered as a child as always being "larger than life".

    Robert Lenkiewicz
  13. Car passenger has 'serious, life-changing' head injury

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man in his 30's who was travelling in a car near Liskeard on Sunday is in hospital with a "serious, life-changing" head injury but it is "unclear" how the injury was sustained, police have said.

    Officers were called to the single vehicle incident at Tremar at about 18:45.

    They added the passenger is currently undergoing treatment at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

    A full investigation of the scene took place and officers are working to establish the cause of the incident.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police.