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Summary

  1. Portuguese men-of-war wash up on beaches
  2. Teachers appeal for return of missing boy
  3. Mother 'can't grieve until justice is done on daughter killing'
  4. Dozens of community hospital beds are to be cut in Mid and East Devon
  5. Many cancelled operations 'unrecorded'
  6. Exeter Uni vows to make top 100 return
  7. Updates on Thursday 22 September

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Friday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

    Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 with news through the night on your Local Radio Station.

  2. Beach goers warned of 'agonising' sting from creature

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A jellyfish like creature found washed up on beaches around Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has an "agonising and potentially lethal sting" according to a marine charity.

    Man-of-War

    The Portuguese Man-of-War is not a jellyfish but is closely related, it consists of a Cornish pasty shaped transparent purple float above the sea and tentacle like polyps below it.

    Dr Peter Richardson from the Marine Conservation Society said it was those tentacles that made it dangerous.

  3. Students get crash course in Pop Art

    John Danks, BBC Spotlight

    GCSE students in Devon have been getting a crash course in Pop Art.

    Art

    The Year 11s from Honiton Community College were invited along to the town's gallery to see some of the work of artist Eduardo Paolozzi.

    The students then had a chance to create their own works of art. Find out more on BBC Spotlight at 18:30.

  4. Weather: Chilly start becoming sunny and dry

    Through this evening and overnight, it will remain dry with some clear spells developing allowing it to turn rather chilly.

    Some shallow mist and fog may form, particularly through the Exe Valley. Minimum Temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather map

    It will be a chilly start to the day tomorrow, but it will remain sunny and dry across all parts.

    Through the afternoon winds will increase, but in the sunshine it will feel pleasant. Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F).

  5. Torquay veteran's family write open letter to attacker

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    A 90-year-old war veteran who died six months after he was attacked in his mobility scooter ended his days "in fear and pain", his family has said.

    Ron Walker

    Great grandfather Ron Walker was assaulted in April in Torquay, Devon, after being accused of running over a man's foot.

    In an open letter to attacker Kevin Williams, Mr Walker's granddaughter Natalie Lynn said he had "lost his pride, dignity and trust in others".

    Ron Walker

    Williams, 43, of Torquay, was jailed by Exeter Crown Court for 20 months after he admitted causing actual bodily harm.

  6. Steamship saved from scrapyard will be restored

    Kirk England

    BBC Radio Devon

    A nationally significant steamship that's been saved from the scrapyard by campaigners in Devon came back to the South West today.

    Freshspring

    The SS Freshspring is said to be the last coastal steamship of its kind and was once based at Devonport in Plymouth.

    She will be converted in Bideford to carry cruise passengers along with seafaring cadets or volunteers.

  7. Bodmin is 'open for business' despite roadworks

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Cornwall Council says it's not underestimating the inconvenience that the long term roadworks are causing for businesses in the town centre.

    The diversions and closures are scheduled to go on for up to a year and some businesses have said they may be forced to close.

    Quote Message: The important message is – and one that we hope everyone, including the local community will help spread - is that Bodmin is open for business." from Cornwall Council
    Cornwall Council

    The council goes on to point out that there is free parking, and traffic can still access the town centre.

    Traders say many people aren't shopping in the centre because of the disruption.

  8. Decision due on shopping village

    BBC Spotlight

    A decision will be made tonight about whether a shopping village should be built next to the M5 near Tiverton.

    Plans

    Mid Devon District Council is meeting now to discuss whether to agree the plans in principle.

    The development would combine retail and leisure with a food-themed attraction and would be built on farmland just south of Junction 27.

  9. 'Lethal' Portuguese men-of-war wash up in Cornwall

    Ryan Morrison

    BBC News Online

    Beach visitors are being warned to avoid potentially lethal Portuguese men-of-war that have washed up on beaches in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

    Portuguese Man of War

    The Marine Conservation Society said it has received several reports. They are described as a "floating colony" and "potentially dangerous".

    The society warns "stings can be exceptionally painful and in extreme cases fatal".

  10. Truro woman Helen Salunga jailed for nine months for £80,000 benefit fraud

    West Briton

    A Truro woman has been jailed for benefits fraud after claiming that she was single while living with her husband.

  11. Roadworks spark shop closures fear in Bodmin

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Retailers in Bodmin say they might be forced to close their shops if trade doesn't return to normal following the start of major roadworks in the town.

    Bodmin

    The diversions and road closures are scheduled to go on for nine to 12 months.

    Traders say many people aren't shopping in the centre because of the disruption.

    Adele, who runs a clothing shop and relies on a lot of trade from outside Bodmin, said: "The big spenders are the ones that aren't coming in and takings have been down 25%."  

  12. Giancarlo Gallifuoco: Torquay United defender hooked by English football passion

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Torquay United defender Giancarlo Gallifuoco says the passion people have for football in England was the reason he came back to the country.

    Giancarlo Gallifuoco

    The 22-year-old Australian joined the Gulls this summer after a spell at A-League side Melbourne Victory.

    "I have a lot of admiration for Australia and their league and how far they're trying to come with it," the former Tottenham youngster told BBC Sport. "But I just don't think anything can match the UK's football culture."

  13. Teachers appeal for return of missing 15-year-old, Arthur Heeler-Frood

    BBC Radio Devon

    A school in east Devon has appealed to a teenager who's been missing for more than two weeks to get in touch.

    Arthur Heeler-Frood

    Fifteen-year-old Arthur Heeler-Frood is a pupil at Colyton Grammar School and was last seen when he left his home in Axminster on 6 September. 

    English teacher Susie Bean said: "We miss you at school and we are looking forward to teaching you this year. Please make contact as soon as you are able."

    Detectives searching for him say it's possible he may have changed his appearance and travelled to another part of the country.  

  14. Town claims for loss of earnings in roadworks furore

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Bodmin Town Council will be claiming for loss of earnings since major roadworks started in the town centre recently and traders claim it is affecting their businesses.

    Bodmin

    The works by Cornwall Council are aimed a regenerating the town centre and making it more cycling friendly. 

    Mayor of Bodmin Lance Kennedy stressed: "Bodmin is absolutely open for business, there's do doubt about it. There are no premises that can't be reached."

    Cornwall Council said: "We greatly sympathise with businesses which have seen an impact on trade as a result of the works and we are looking into how we can help bring businesses and organisations together to see how we can best help."

  15. Mercer brands legal pursuit of troops a 'disgrace'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Johnny Mercer MP, the Plymouth MP and member of the Defence Select Committee has branded the legal pursuit of troops "a national disgrace".

    Johnny Mercer

    Mr Mercer, a former army officer who served in Afghanistan, called for Ihat, The Iraq Historic Allegations Team examining serious allegations following the 2003 invasion, to be axed. 

    He told BBC Radio 4's Today: "I feel that we asked a generation of our young people to conduct a deeply unpopular war, poorly resourced, poorly planned, and when they return to the United Kingdom they are then pursued for decades afterwards by spurious allegations - what has become a self-fulfilling and entirely self-inflicted industry, financed by the taxpayer, which has yet to produce a single prosecution."

  16. Sweet thefts spark shop ban for children

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    A Cornish shopkeeper is banning groups of children after six thefts in recent weeks. 

    Shop

    Lorna Rose from St Day General Store has reported the incidents to the police and the children's school.

    She says strong action is needed to stop the youngsters getting into even more trouble.

    "This can become a bigger issue," she said.

    "People have been very supportive. It's about treating people the way you would want to be treated."