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Summary

  1. People living in Exeter city centre are still not allowed to return home following a major fire
  2. Thousands of people flocked to Plymouth city centre for the MTV Crashes music concert
  3. The Port Eliot arts festival near St Germans in Cornwall is in full swing
  4. Updates on Friday 29 July 2016
  5. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Latest weather: Isolated showers over the weekend

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Any isolated showers will die away during the course of the evening to leave dry but humid conditions overnight.

    Some clear spells may develop by dawn, with perhaps the odd mist or fog patch over high ground. Min Temp: 12C (54F)

    Weather map

    Saturday should start off dry, with cloud slowly clearing through the day to leave a bright, fine day with plenty of sunshine. The odd isolated shower is possible towards the end of the day, but most people should stay dry. Max Temp: 22C (72F)

    Sunday should be a dry and bright day with even more sunshine than on Saturday. On Monday and Tuesday there's a return to cloudy conditions with some prolonged spells of rain at times.

  3. Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    • People in part of Devon, facing a lack of local carers are trying to set up their own agency to provide them
    • A warrant has been issued for a man from Newquay who has lost contact with probation officers
    • Staffing levels have been increased at Derriford Hospital as crowds gather for the MTV Crashes event in Plymouth
    • People living in Threemilestone are asking motorists and residents to be more considerate during the current roadworks
  4. Water bowsers head to Lundy

    Water bowsers are on their way to Lundy Island as a prolonged dry spell has left the island facing a water shortage.

    Lundy

    With 30 people in permanent residence - rising up to 160 in peak season - the island is reliant on rainfall for its water supplies.

    Island manager Derek Green said: "The weather in the first half of the summer has been fairly calm which has been great for our visitor numbers but the lack of rainfall has put pressure on our water supplies."

  5. Toilet blocks in Fowey could soon become cafes or art galleries

    Cornish Guardian

    Toilets threatened with closure in Fowey could instead be turned into cafes, offices or even art galleries under ambitious community plans.  

  6. Fire service tests 'going very well'

    BBC Spotlight

    Firefighters in Devon have been testing new equipment that sprays a mist inside a building on fire to reduce temperatures.

    Lee Howell

    Lee Howell, chief fire officer for Devon and Somerset said: "It's very unusual, we don't often set fire to buildings or get the chance to test new equipment. 

    "It's been going well, we've seen temperatures drop from 400c to 40c in a matter of seconds."

  7. WATCH: Rogue seagull causes a flap in St Ives shop

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A wandering seagull which took a liking to a shop's fruit and veg display in St Ives caused chaos after staff tried to shoo it out.

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    Video caption: Seagull causes chaos in shop

    Norway Store owner Marie White said: "It flapped its wings and knocked over a bottle of Sambuca before we could get it out."

    The seagull is a regular visitor, she said. "It normally loiters on the street and if it gets quiet it takes a hop into the shop."

  8. Investigations under way after house collapse

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    Engineers are investigating what caused the partial collapse of a house in the West Devon village of Sampford Courtenay.

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    Video caption: A house in Sampford Courtenay has partially collapsed

    Yesterday afternoon part of a cob wall unexpectedly crumbled into the main road. Nobody was injured.

  9. Boating lake users hit out at "disappointing" council clean up

    The Cornishman

    Penzance's boating lake is "completely unusable" according to a model boat owner who has criticised Cornwall Council for not making a better job of clearing it.  

  10. Firefighters starting fires in Devon

    Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    Firefighters will start a fire in Devon today to test a new generation of life-saving firefighting equipment.

    Fire starters

    Four empty houses due for demolition in North Prospect will be deliberately set alight, and then crews will test a new sprinkler system which is probed through walls. 

    Devon and Somerset's Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell says the exercises involve simulating real life scenarios.

  11. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • On the M5 from Tiverton heading towards Bristol there is slow moving traffic
    • In Plymouth there are delays on Western Approach and Union Street due to construction work at Derrys Cross
    • Expect busy traffic on roads in and round Sidmouth due to the start of the Sidmouth Folk Week
    • On the A39 through Camelford there is very heavy traffic in both directions
    • On the A30 between Bolventor and Millpool heading westbound there is slow moving and queueing traffic
  12. Cob cottage wall collapses into street

    Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

    A house built of cob - a traditional combination of mud and straw - has partially collapsed in Sampford Courtenay, Devon.

    Cottage
    Cottage
    Cottage

    The road from Forge Cottage to Bulland Cross in Sampford Courtenay, near Okehampton, was cordoned off.

    It is not yet known what caused the collapse.

    No-one was reported injured.

  13. Dartmoor group to launch community care agency

    BBC Radio Devon

    People living on north east Dartmoor are getting together to try and set up a not-for profit community social care agency due to a "chronic shortage of regulated care providers in the area".

    Old person

    The group said about three people from the Moretonhampstead and Chagford area were stuck in hospital every week unnecessarily, because there was no one to care for them at home. 

    Devon County Council, which is responsible for adult social care, says there is a national shortage of carers, and it has teamed up with a private company to provide personal care in the area. 

  14. Choc ices away...

    BBC Radio Cornwall journalist Hannah Stacey has just made herself the most popular person in the newsroom by buying everyone a choc ice to celebrate Friday afternoon.

    Choc ice
  15. Sidmouth Folk Festival starts today

    BBC Spotlight

    The annual Sidmouth Folk Festival starts today. It began 62 years ago with 100 or so folk dancers congregating in the town for what was then called a "seaside holiday with dancing".

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  16. Poldark excitement mounts

    Aidan Turner will return to television screens as Ross Poldark later this year.

    Poldark

    The first series of the remake of the 1970s show was a huge success and fans have been keenly anticipating Poldark's return in September.