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Summary

  1. A pub is 'severely damaged' by fire
  2. Sharp rise in number of children permanently excluded from Devon schools
  3. Cornwall couple say health affected after a nine month battle with damp house
  4. Updates on Wednesday 7 September 2016

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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. Weather: Due to get drier on Thursday

    BBC Weather

    After a fine end to the day it will be a dry start to the night with clear spells for many.

    However, cloud will thicken during the early hours, bringing mist, fog and some light rain and drizzle, particularly over Dartmoor.

    It will also turn breezier around the coasts. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F)

    Weather map

    Tomorrow any early cloud will thin and break up to leave a largely dry and fine day with sunny spells.

    It will still be warm in the sunshine although feeling fresher than recent days, perhaps turning cloudier again later with a few showery outbreaks of rain. Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F)

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Claire Jones

    BBC News Online

    • A housing company has apologised to a couple and promised to find them new accommodation after the damp in their flat was identified as a health hazard
    • Police say a 74-year-old reported missing from Torquay has been found "safe and well"
    • A Torbay Hospital nurse has celebrated her 83rd birthday, making her one of the oldest nurses in Britain
    • Beachgoers mistakenly put a seal pup in danger by forcing him back into the sea after thinking he had been abandoned
    • A spaniel that was "high on drugs" when examined by vets has since recovered and returned home
    • Plymouth's new £4m coach station has opened
  4. New lifeboat for Looe

    Ben Chapple

    BBC News Online

    The Sheila & Dennis II - a B Class 85 RNLI lifeboat named after donors to the charity - has been delivered to Looe ahead of officially replacing the current lifeboat the Alan & Margaret tomorrow.

    It is being retired after 13 years of service.

    Looe lifeboats old and new next to each other in the water

    Dave Haines, Looe lifeboats operations manager, said: "We are delighted with this new craft and everyone is very impressed with its performance and handling.

    "This boat will ensure we can continue our primary role of saving lives at sea."

    A formal naming ceremony is due to take place on Saturday 12 November. 

  5. Housing company apologies for extensive damp

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A Cornish housing company has apologised after a Launceston couple complained of health problems from extensive damp in the place they've been living in for nine months.

    The penetrating damp in the sheltered flat run by Sanctuary housing has been identified as a Category 1 health hazard.

    The couple, both in their 60s, have now been offered alternative accommodation.

    Cornish damp expert Stephen Richford said he would also like to see people given help on how to reduce moisture in their homes.

  6. Jubilee Pool in Penzance to mark the end of summer with triathlon

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The Jubilee Pool in Penzance will be marking the end of summer with a triathlon this weekend.

    The pool will then close for the winter.

    Jubilee Pool

    The iconic lido reopened in May after suffering extensive damage in the storms of 2014.

  7. 83-year-old Torbay nurse: 'I love my job'

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    Monica Bulman, a nurse who works on Hutchings ward at Torbay Hospital and has celebrated her 83rd birthday, says she still works 15 to 20 hours a week and has no plans to retire.

    Monica and her colleagues

     Monica said: “I love my job, each and every part of it. Being a nurse brings me so much pleasure and keeps me on my toes!   

    Monica

    "I bought a belt to wear with my uniform when I qualified in 1957 – I still have and wear the very same belt to this day.”

  8. Man appears in court charged with attempted murder

    BBC Radio Devon

    A 60-year-old man from Topsham has appeared in court charged with attempted murder.

    Andrew Richard Barnes, from Altamira, is accused of attempting to murder a 29-year-old man on Monday night.

    He appeared via video link at Exeter Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody.

    Mr Barnes did not apply for bail.

  9. Couple's nine-month wait in damp-ridden house

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A Cornwall couple say their health has been affected after a nine-month battle to get damp and mould in their sheltered housing treated.

    Video content

    Video caption: A couple have suffered severe damp in their housing association home for nine months

    Cornwall Council has designated the damp at the property in Launceston as a Category 1 health hazard - the highest level.

    Jeanette and Steve Padginton had to move out of the bedroom because the damp was so bad.

    Owner Sanctuary Housing says it is sorry for the length of time it has taken to resolve the problem and it will be offering the couple, who are in their 60s, alternative accommodation this week.

  10. Seal pups have 'mothers smell'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Seal pups risk being abandoned by their mother if people push them back into the sea during pupping season, a marine rescue group warns.

    Seal

    British Divers Marine Life Rescue said it is normal for pups to remain on dry land to conserve energy.

    Dave Jarvis, from the group, said: "If it gets an alien smell from a dog or a human or something else touching it then the smell changes and the mother will then reject it and the pup has been abandoned."

  11. Do you know this person? Police appeal for help

    Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing to the public for help following an attempted burglary.

    Officers are hoping the public can help identify this person.

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  12. MP calls for farming to be protected in Brexit deals

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A Devon MP has called upon the government to ensure farmers get a good deal in any future Brexit negotiations.

    Neil Parish MP

    Conservative MP for Tiverton and Honiton, Neil Parish, told the Commons he welcomed the Chancellor's recent decision to guarantee EU funding for farmers up until 2020.

    He told the Prime Minister: "We need to make sure the farming and food processing industry is protected through trade deals we do in the future."

    Theresa May said she had every intention of working with farmers during future trade negotiations.

  13. Missing man found in Torquay

    Police say a 74-year-old reported missing from Torquay has been found "safe and well".

    John Hine, who has Alzheimer's, had been last seen in Frobisher Green walking his dog - a springer spaniel - and it was thought he may have sought shelter from the damp weather.

  14. Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall: Severe disruption on the M5

    BBC Travel

    • Devon: On the M5 at Exminster one lane closed on the Plymouth bound exit slip road due to a broken down vehicle
    • Cornwall: In Truro the A390 Tregolls Road is partially blocked at the Trafalgar Roundabout due to an accident, traffic is slow moving
    • Cornwall: In Mevagissey on Valley Road between Church Lane and Chapel Square we've got reports there's an accident
  15. Cornwall job market a 'dog-eat-dog world' for young people

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The job market in Cornwall is a "dog-eat-dog" world according to one young person trying to find work in Cornwall.

    Oliver May

    A report published today by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and the charity EY Foundation shows that more than 17% of young people in Cornwall are unemployed, compared to the national average of 11%.

    "It's not like a race, you don't see other people running next to you so you don't know how well they're doing, that's what I find the difficult part," says Oliver May, from Saltash, which has one of the highest levels of unemployment for young people in the South West.

  16. Seal pup 'forced into the sea'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Beachgoers mistakenly put a seal pup in danger by forcing him back into the sea after thinking he had been abandoned. 

    Seal Pup

    Marine medics were called out twice on Sunday to assess one-week-old Snoozy at Portheras Cove in Cornwall after he was pushed into the water.

    British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) said it was normal for pups to remain on dry land to conserve energy.   

  17. Torbay Hospital nurse celebrates 83rd birthday

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A Torbay Hospital nurse has celebrated her 83rd birthday, making her one of the oldest nurses in Britain.

    Monica

    Monica Bulman, a Registered General Nurse (RGN), works on Hutchings ward at Torbay Hospital as part of the specialist outpatient surgical clinic team for endoscopy. 

    Monica

    She has worked for the NHS for 64 years - starting aged 19 in 1952  - and has no plans to retire.