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  1. Our live coverage throughout the day

    Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the week, 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 news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. Boardmasters drawing the crowds to Cornwall

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Across the two sites, 200,000 people will visit this corner of Cornwall over the five days.

    The music festival at Watergate Bay is sold out, so you won't get in if you haven't got a ticket. You can get a flavour of it on BBC Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30.

    Much of the action at Fistral beach is free though. You can watch some of the world's best surfers in action, skateboarding, and also see some great live bands, all in a beautiful setting.

    I'm told the after parties are legendary too. Have a great weekend!

    Image caption: Surfers competing in the men's shortboard contest
  3. The world's biggest flip flop?

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    This claim is unverified, but it must be close.

    If you look closely you can see how the giant flip-flop also doubles up as a shower.

    The Boardmasters surfers are using it clean up when they emerge from the sea after their heats.

    Giant flip-flop
  4. North Devon landowner refuses to let South West coast path be rerouted across land

    BBC Spotlight

    Ramblers say a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to improve the South West coast path could be missed, as a landowner in north Devon is refusing to let it be re-routed across its land and closer to the sea.

    Lee Abbey

    Lee Abbey runs Christian retreats and holidays on its estate near Lynton and has told the authorities moving the path closer to the sea would affect its business.

    The abbey trustees say the proposed inland route they've agreed with Natural England is still an improvement on the current coast path but not everyone agrees.

  5. The heats are on

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The heats of the mens' shortboard surfing are happening this afternoon.

    They were supposed to be held yesterday but there was no surf.

    The plan is for the quarter finals and semi finals to happen tomorrow, with the final on Sunday.

    It's a bit grey and mizzly down here, but the contest continues.

  6. Weather: Showers disappearing and winds fading

    BBC Weather

    It will be rather cloudy across Devon and Cornwall for much of tonight with patchy drizzle at times.

    However, by dawn it should be mostly dry with some breaks in the cloud. Meanwhile, the winds will ease too. Minimum Temperature: 14C (57F).

    Weather map

    A cloudy start for many on Saturday.

    Some will see an occasional shower at times but the skies will become increasingly sunny as the day wears on. Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F).

  7. Putting the board in Boardmasters

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    The Watergate Bay site is only part of the Boardmasters story.

    I've now moved about 20 minutes down the road into central Newquay, to Fistral Beach.

    This is where the world class surfing is happening, with more than 100 entrants from 20 countries.

    There is also live music, skateboarding, BMX and plenty of stalls.

  8. Woman ditched eight stone after being shocked by a wedding picture

    Devon Live

    A woman who piled on weight after a childhood injury and started comfort eating after being bullied for her size has dropped from 19 stone to 11 stone and from a size 22 to a size 12.

  9. Tiverton family home after fire in council house

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    A family has returned home after a fire at their council property in Tiverton.

    The fire at a house in Arnold Crescent on 13 July caused extensive damage, and mum Heidi Wraight expressed her fears to council officers that it would be months before she could begin to rebuild her family’s life.


    The fire caused 100% smoke damage to 14-year-old Tilly’s bedroom and 50% smoke damage to the rest of the family home, with additional water damage from the firefighting equipment.

    House before and after

    Alongside a heart-warming response from the community, Mid Devon District Council’s repairs team were able to arrange for a survey and full environmental clean, together with a temporary electric supply, to allow the family access to begin redecoration - they moved back in 11 days after the fire.

  10. Traffic lights installed in bid to combat congestion in Truro

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Truro's Threemilestone roundabout now has traffic lights as part of major work to combat congestion. With 27,000 vehicles using the roundabout each day and new homes planned nearby, engineers have made changes to the roundabout and adjacent Chyvelah Road junction in a bid to improve traffic flow. As a result, the overall size of the roundabout has increased and traffic signals have been introduced.

    Councillor Geoff Brown, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Transport, said: "Our work at Threemilestone is part of the wider improvements taking place at junctions along the A390 corridor into Truro which are designed to improve traffic flow and tackle the congestion that has been a source of frustration for many."

  11. Ever wondered what the inside of a VIP section looks like?

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Well somehow they have let me in, so I can tell you.

    It appears to consist of lots of giant beanbags, people wearing hats and sunglasses, and a bar with absolutely no queue.

    And some very clean looking, spacious toilets.

    VIP section
    VIP section
  12. Music, music and more music

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Boardmasters was first staged in 1981, and it's grown hugely.

    This year, there will be 50,000 revellers at the Watergate site, up from 40,000 last year.

    Everywhere you walk there is live music playing. It's hard to find a quiet corner to make a phone call.

    The main stage is heating up, with the powerful voice of Frances filling the air a short while ago.

    Two Door Cinema Club are headlining tonight.

    Main stage
  13. How about the media tent?

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Continuing my behind the scenes tour of the Boardmasters site for a moment, this is the media or press area.

    Lots of cables, laptops, cameras and people with their heads down trying to make their next deadline.

    And there's a little room next door where the bands come to be interviewed.

    Press tent
  14. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M5 Somerset northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Somerset northbound severe congestion, between J24 for A38 and J21 for A370.

    M5 Somerset - Long delays and stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J24, A38 (Bridgwater South) and J21, A370 (Weston-Super-Mare). Travel time is 40 minutes.

    To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

  15. The four giant 'pineapples' on Charles Church are getting a £100,000 makeover

    Plymouth Herald

    The council is replacing four giant pineapples at the top of Charles Church with exact replicas as part of a £100,000 renovation project.

  16. Volunteers on hand with welfare support

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    If you're feeling a bit overwhelmed at any stage, there's a team of volunteers at Boardmasters to help you out.

    The welfare tent is near the main stage and is there to help people in whatever way they need.

    Welfare tent

    "Yesterday was busy," said Carolyn, who's from Torquay, and is an experienced volunteer. "People got a bit excited - first day nerves! But today seems a bit calmer."

    As well as people who are need emotional help, they also come here to ask about lost friends, phones, tents or even shoes.

    And the unpredictability of the weather means they have a reversible board. On one side, it advertises sun cream. On the other side, ponchos. Ingenious.

    Welfare tent
  17. Coverage of Boardmasters on BBC

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    There's plenty of coverage:

    Radio 1 Newsbeat will be partially coming from here from 17:45 this evening.

    At 18:30, BBC Spotlight will be filmed live at the BBC Introducing stage, which is actually a very cool converted Airstream caravan.

    There are loads of great local bands performing across the weekend.

    BBC Introducing stage
  18. Passengers from Exeter Airport suffer 12 minute delays

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    BBC analysis of flight data suggests passengers from Exeter Airport suffered, on average, delays of 12 minutes.

    Gatwick passengers have suffered the longest delays over the past two summers, an average of 27 minutes.

    Exeter Airport

    The airline with most delays to and from UK destinations was EasyJet, with an average of 24 minutes.

    The airport and the airline say many of the delays were beyond their control.

  19. More than 13,000 illegal cigarettes seized

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    More than 13,000 illegal cigarettes and 1,500 packets of illegal tobacco have been seized over the past year in Cornwall, new figures show.

    A joint raid between Cornwall Council and police in North Country, near Illogan last month saw another 1,000 pouches of hand rolling tobacco and a large sum of cash seized.

    Cornwall Council’s Trading Standards said the products were either counterfeit, posing a public health risk as people don’t know what’s inside, or they had not had tax paid on them, robbing the public purse of thousands of pounds.

    Trading Standards has received an increasing number of calls and reports from the public over the last year, and as a result ten search warrants have been executed and seven people prosecuted through the criminal courts.

    Councillor Sue James, Cabinet Member for Public Protection, said: "Cornwall Council has been clamping down on this issue and we want to send a clear message to people.

    "If you sell illegal products, chances are you will be caught and you could face serious penalties through the courts."

  20. Festival drink delivery service

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Now this is a great idea.

    Picture the scene. You're at a busy festival, you've got a great spot, but your drinks have run dry and it's your turn to go to bar. If you leave, you probably won't get your spot back, and you've got the hassle of queuing for the drinks, and carrying them back.

    Enter the charity concierge. They will jump the queue, get the drinks, and bring them back to you, all for a £5 donation to

    Christine Cave is one of the concierges and said they will even set up people's tents or carry their luggage. They are here at Boardmasters, keep an eye out for their purple uniforms.

    Charity concierge