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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 Wednesday 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: A humid night and sunny on Wednesday

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    Tonight will be a mostly dry and cloudy night for many, with low cloud, mist and fog forming once again, particularly over higher ground. It will be another muggy night. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


    Wednesday will have another rather cloudy and misty start to the day, although it will brighten up through the day, with increasing amounts of sunshine. Feeling warm and humid once again, particularly in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • A 29-year-old man is in a stable but critical condition after being stabbed in the face and back in Exeter
    • Plymouth's Royal Marines barracks in Stonehouse is to close because troops there "have outgrown the site", the Ministry of Defence says
    • One of two puppies rescued from a barn fire and given oxygen with a special animal-friendly mask dies
    • An MP calls for abolition of Cornwall's so-called "surf tax" after it raises £32k in first year, saying it is not efficient
    • An empty WW2 shell casing is uncovered at the site of a derelict hotel on Plymouth's seafront
  4. MP calls for abolition of 'surf tax' after it raises £32k in first year

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The MP for North Cornwall has called for a licensing system for water-based activities businesses - such as surf schools - on council-owned beaches to be scrapped.

    Surfer. Pic: Andrew Segal

    The annual fee on 13 council-owned beaches, nicknamed the "surf tax" by critics, ranges from £72.15 for a surfing school with one board, to £4,329 for a school with 60 boards.

    Conservative Scott Mann said a Freedom of Information request by him showed the measure raised £32,000 in its first year. He said such an amount of revenue meant the levy was not working and not efficient.

    Cornwall Council said the licences had been introduced as a way of monitoring the safety of businesses operating on council-owned land, as well as raising money.

  5. You want chips with your anti seagull attack advice?

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Frustrated people in St Ives have been looking at new ways to stop a rising number of seagull attacks on people who have food.

    Carl Lamb

    A number of initiatives have been tried over the summer holidays, including putting warning signs up along the seafront, and using preventative spikes to stop birds from settling anywhere.

    However, one novel way to educate the public has been printing advice from the RSPB on grease-proof paper used to wrap fish and chips, as shown here by St Ives Business Improvement District manager Carl Lamb.

  6. NI terrorism: Police find explosives in Larne

    BBC News Northern Ireland

    Searches in Northern Ireland have turned up a "significant amount of terrorist material" including explosive devices and bomb-making components, police say.

    Police also found chemicals, ammunition and a gun across 12 separate locations in Larne, County Antrim, in a joint operation between the PSNI and the Metropolitan Police.

    Property in Larne being searched

    The searches follow the arrest of Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell in connection with dissident republicanism. The case resulted in searches at a house in Exminster in Devon, and nearby woods.

    Mr Maxwell is accused of terror, fraud and drug offences. The 30-year-old, originally from Larne, has denied the fraud and drug offences and will appear again in court on 19 September in relation to all charges.

  7. Stonehouse barracks closure: 'Units have outgrown site'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Plymouth's Royal Marines base in Stonehouse is to close because troops there "have outgrown the site and currently have to work from a number of other locations in the vicinity", the Ministry of Defence says.

    Stonehouse barracks

    The barracks, home to the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade, is one of 13 military sites being shut across the country to free up land for housing.

    The MoD said: "The current site is constrained so we are unable to increase its size. By consolidating the site into a new location, we will be able to provide facilities which are better suited to support 3 Commando Brigade."

    It has yet to reveal where troops will be based but added that 30 Commando Group, 3 Commando Brigade HQ and Commander Amphibious Task Group, which are all based at RM Stonehouse "will be re-provided for".

  8. Hooe Lake car plunge: 'Brave rescue attempts' marked in tribute

    People who tried to rescue a man and woman who died after their car plunged into an estuary have been thanked by the family of one of the crash victims.

    Barry Froggatt and Barbara Lavery. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police

    Seventy-five-year-old Barry Froggatt from Plymouth and Barbara Lavery (pictured) died after the vehicle came off the road and fell 20ft (6m) into Hooe Lake in Plymouth on 25 August. Police and members of the public went into the water to try to rescue the pair.

    Mr Froggart's family said in a tribute: "Barry, known as 'Rusty'... will be sadly missed by many and our hearts go out to Barbara's family at this difficult time… he loved her to bits. We would like to thank everybody who was involved in trying to save both Rusty and Barbara. We cannot thank you enough for your brave attempts."

  9. Financial claims firm expands after management buyout

    BBC Radio Devon

    About 100 new jobs are being created in Devon at a financial claims company, managers say. 

    EMC Advisory Services already employs about 220 people in Exeter, Paignton and Torquay in Devon, and Taunton in Somerset.

    The planned expansion follows an £8m management buyout and the new jobs would be in telephony, sales, legal roles and IT support, bosses said.

  10. 'I can't go to school - it's on fire!'... 'No, it's not'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    Pupils at a primary school hoping for some extra summer holiday because of a small blaze are going to be disappointed after fire crews said the school would be open for their first day of term on Wednesday.

    Crews were called to Halwin Primary School, in Porkellis at about 08:10 and found smoke in the kitchen and boiler room area. They ventilated the area and discovered there had been a small fire in the boiler room. The cause was ruled accidental.

    The fire service said: "The good news is that the fire doors did their job and the damage was minimal so the school will be open for the first day of term tomorrow."

  11. German film crews live in shipping containers unlawfully for 18 months

    West Briton

    A company which provides accommodation for German film crews in converted shipping containers on an industrial estate in Newquay said that, unless planning permission is granted for the units, the producers have said they will move elsewhere.

  12. World War Two shell casing found at derelict hotel site

    A World War Two shell casing has been uncovered by demolition crews working at the site of a derelict hotel on Plymouth's seafront, the Royal Navy has confirmed.

    Bomb squad

    The navy said a 5in heavily rusted casing found at the former Quality Hotel site on the Hoe was removed by its bomb disposal experts.

    Work began in July to knock down the main tower of the 10-storey building, constructed in the late 1960s, after it closed in 2014. It has been the target of a number of arson attacks and is being demolished to allow the development of a new, high-end hotel.

  13. Oxygen mask rescue puppy dies

    Claire Hawke

    BBC Local Live

    One of two puppies which was rescued from a barn fire and given oxygen with a special animal-friendly mask has died, firefighters say.

    Puppy rescue. Pic: Devon and Somerset Fire Service

    The day-old pups were saved with the specialist kit after crews were called to the fire in Bovey Tracey on Monday afternoon. The dogs' mum managed to escape unharmed, but three other puppies died before they could be successfully treated.

    The sole surviving pup was doing well, Devon and Somerset Fire Service said.

  14. Stonehouse barracks closure: MoD 'also eyed-up Citadel' in sell-off

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Ministry of Defence plans to sell off some of its sites had included proposals for one of Plymouth's most iconic areas and military sites to be given up for housing, an MP says.


    Plymouth's Royal Marines base in Stonehouse is to close as one of 13 military sites being shut across the country, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

    However, Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Conservative Oliver Colvile said the MoD had also looked into selling off the 19-acre Citadel site (pictured), on the city's seafront, home to the Army's 29 Commando Royal Artillery.

    Mr Colvile said he was "grateful" that ministers had "withdrawn current plans to release the Citadel for residential development and to relocate 29 Commando". He said: "The Citadel is one of Plymouth’s most iconic buildings and has been over the last 350 years."

  15. Man critical after face stabbing

    Rachael Thorn

    BBC News Online

    A 29-year-old man is in a stable but critical condition after he was stabbed in the face and back in Topsham yesterday.

    Police were called to a property in Altamira at about 19:00 on Monday. The victim was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Derriford Hospital, police said.

    A 60-year-old man from the Exeter area has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault and remains at Heavitree Road police station.

  16. Supermarket to redistribute unsold food

    BBC Radio Devon

    Tesco is looking for local charities and community groups in Devon to benefit from its waste food. 

    The supermarket is teaming up with the FareShare organisation to redistribute unsold food. 

    Gary Wills, who manages the Kingsbridge branch and is communities manager for Devon and Cornwall, said stores could end up with unused food because "shopping habits change dramatically in a single day". 

    He said: "If the sun doesn't come out, suddenly you're left with a lot of stock you weren't expecting to still have, such as beefburger buns for barbecues. Potentially it goes to animal feed at the moment, but, going forward, hopefully someone is going to benefit from it in our local community."

  17. Pup rescue fire crews had animal oxygen masks 'for a few weeks'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Two puppies rescued from a barn fire were saved with pet-friendly oxygen masks which fire crews only had "for a few weeks", firefighters say.

    Rescued puppies. Pic: Devon and Somerset Fire Service

    The two-day-old pups were saved with the specialist kit, donated to Newton Abbot Fire Station, when crews were called to the fire in Bovey Tracey on Monday afternoon. The dogs' mum managed to escape unharmed, but three other puppies died.

    The specially-designed masks cover animals' snouts and help increase oxygen flow into their lungs, a spokesman said. The service added that the equipment would hopefully "save many more loved pets in the future".