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Summary

  1. Fifty firefighters tackle a blaze at a commercial building in Tiverton
  2. Plymouth drug den is shut after magistrates issue closure order
  3. Dozens of people with mental health problems being held in police cells
  4. Truro smallholder banned from keeping farm animals for life
  5. Huge rise in livestock deaths on Dartmoor
  6. Team Sky's Wout Poels wins Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain
  7. Updates on Friday 9 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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be bulletins through the weekend, as well as on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Latest weather: Rain overnight before a largely dry Saturday

    David Braine, Weather Forecaster

    Cloud will build through this evening and outbreaks of rain will soon arrive, accompanied by strong south-westerly winds for a time. The rain may turn heavy at times, but it should start to clear by dawn. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

    Weather

    Early rain on Saturday will clear eastwards through the morning to leave a largely dry day with variable amounts of cloud. Some longer spells of sunshine are likely towards the end of the day. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  3. Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    • Fifty firefighters are called to a blaze at a furniture makers in Tiverton
    • A drug den in Plymouth is shut down after a closure order is issued by magistrates
    • The parents of a missing teenager from the Axminister area appeal for their son to get in contact
    • Cornwall Council looks at proposals for permits for on-street residents' parking to be £80 a year
    • A smallholder from Cornwall is banned from keeping farm animals for life after admitting cruelty offences
    • Thousands of people line the streets of Devon to see Stage 6 of the Tour of Britain cycle race, which was won by Dutchman Wouter Poels from Team Sky
  4. Patron saint stained glass on show for first time in nearly 75 years

    BBC Radio Devon

    Stained glass depicting Exeter's patron saint, St Sidwella, is on display today for the first time in 74 years.

    St Sidwella window. Pic: Exeter City Council

    The piece was recently discovered at St Matthew's Church in Newtown, where it had been since the Blitz. It's now forming the centrepiece of two heritage open days at St Sidwell's Community Centre.  

    Exeter's patron saint gives her name to the new leisure centre, St Sidwell's Point, which is to be built on the site of the current bus station.

  5. Cute seal pup rescued by Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium

    Plymouth Herald

    An injured seal pup is recovering well after staff at Plymouth's aquarium rushed to her aid.

    The husbandry team at the National Marine Aquarium sprang into action after a member of the public alerted them to a baby seal washed up on the foreshore between the aquarium and Plymouth University's Marine Station, in Coxside.

  6. Drug den closure 'allows children to play in the park'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Children are being allowed "to play in the park" because a drug den in Plymouth has been shut, police say.

    Hospital Road, Plymouth. Pic: Google

    Magistrates have issued a three-month closure order for the property in Hospital Road following ongoing complaints about drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

    Insp Sally Hutchings, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said she was "delighted" with the order and it was "particularly rewarding that, since the action, other residents have stated that they felt safer and were allowing their children to play in the park".

  7. Cornwall parking permits: 'Council being greedy or inept'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Cornwall Councillor and Mayor of Truro Rob Nolan says he agrees with plans for new residents on-street parking permits for parts of the city and other areas in Cornwall, but says the proposed fees are too high.

    Laurence Reed and Rob Nolan

    A letter from council transport portfolio holder Bert Biscoe says an annual fee of £80 would be needed to operate the scheme without council subsidy. The proposal would see current permits rise from £25 in some places to £80 overall.

    Mr Nolan (pictured right) He said: "The council's being greedy or inept, I don't know which. But at £80? I want nothing to do with it."

    Cornwall Council said it was planning to have more public consultations.

  8. Former England player pulls on captain's armband

    BBC Sport

    Former England second row Geoff Parling captains Exeter for the first time as champions Saracens visit Sandy Park for a repeat of last season's final.

    Saracens v Exeter
  9. Parents of missing teenager appeal for him to get in contact

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

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    The parents of a missing teenager from the Axminister area have appealed for their son to get in contact.

    Fifteen-year-old Arthur Heeler-Frood has not been seen since the early morning of Tuesday. Police said he "left a detailed note expressing his wishes to travel and his reasons".

    His parents, Caroline and Jeremy Heeler-Frood, said: "Arthur, let us know you are safe. You are not in any trouble. We love you. Please come home. Mum and Dad."

    Police said he was last seen wearing his school uniform and carrying a black rucksack, but it was now thought he was wearing blue jeans, a black hoody and a black Element jacket with beige shoulders.

  10. 'Delight' after drug den is shut after closure order issued

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A senior Plymouth councillor says he is "delighted" a drug den has been "shut successfully" after magistrates issued a three-month closure order for the property in Hospital Road.

    The council said it applied for the order following ongoing complaints about drug dealing and anti-social behaviour.

    Council cabinet member Dave Downie said the order "sends out a clear message that we will not tolerate drug use and drug dealing in the city, or the crime and anti-social behaviour associated with it".

  11. Redruth boss prepared for 'new derby'

    BBC Sport

    Redruth head coach Marek Churcher says the club's upcoming match against Barnstaple will replace their Cornish derby with Launceston.

    Redruth v Henley Hawks

    The Reds are the only side form Cornwall left in National Two South after Launceston were relegated, but Barnstaple and fellow Devon side Exmouth have both been promoted.

    "We've got Barnstaple again at Christmas, which will take the place of the Launceston derby, so we'll treat this as a local derby," Churcher said.

  12. Animal welfare action taken to 'protect reputation of Cornish farming'

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Formal action will always be taken to "protect animals and the reputation of Cornish farming", Cornwall Council says after a smallholder was banned for life from keeping farm animals.

    Cows in mud. Pic: Cornwall Council

    Theresa Cowling, 53, who owned the smallholding near Truro, has been banned from keeping animals after admitting cruelty offences before city magistrates.  

    Geoff Brown, council cabinet member for communities, said that "where we find repeated non-compliance and a lack of safeguarding of farm animal welfare, we will take formal action to protect animals and the reputation of the Cornish farming industry."

  13. Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

    BBC Travel

    • In Devon, roads from Bovey Tracey heading towards Haytor are very slow-moving because of the Tour of Britain cycle race
    • There are reports of very heavy traffic on the A382 near Sandy Park, at the turning for Castle Drogo, because of a stuck lorry
    • In Barnstaple, there are reports of very slow traffic on the A361, near the Taw Bridge, due to a broken-down vehicle  
    • In Cornwall, the A30 eastbound at Indian Queens is closed due to a vehicle fire. Traffic is queueing
    • There's also slow moving and queueing traffic on the A30 eastbound between Bodmin and Temple
    • In Callington, the A390 is blocked due to an accident near St Germans Road
    • The A388 between Treburley and Kelly Bray is blocked due to an accident
    • There are reports of an accident on the B3314 in St Endellion, near the church
    • All sailings of the St Mawes passenger ferry and the Place ferry have been cancelled due to the weather conditions
  14. Two knifepoint robberies in Newton Abbot

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Police are investigating whether two knifepoint robberies in Newton Abbot on Tuesday are connected.

    Officers said the first was just before 22:00 on Collett Way, where a 27-year-old man had a mobile phone taken. The second was at Quay Bridge, on Forde Road, at about 22:20, which saw the victim's wallet taken.

    Officers appealed for witnesses, adding: "There is no confirmation that these two robberies are connected but police are keeping an open mind."