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Sian Davies

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    That's all from the Local Live team for today. We're back with more news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday.

    Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

    Have a great weekend.

  2. Meat products recalled after 'rigorous system in place'

    BBC News England

    Retailers have recalled meat products made by a Cornwall company because of concerns over potentially fatal bacteria.

    Chatsworth House has recalled various pates and rillettes, while Paxton & Whitfield has recalled both flavours of its Pots of Pork product.

    Cornish Charcuterie said it had a "rigorous... food safety management system in place", which had alerted staff to a problem with a piece of equipment.

    The company said it notified authorities immediately and instigated the product recall as a precautionary measure.

    According to the NHS, botulism is a very rare but life-threatening condition, where toxins produced by Clostridium botulinum bacteria attack the nervous system and cause paralysis.

    Most people will make a full recovery with treatment, but the paralysis can spread to the muscles that control breathing if it's not treated quickly, and it is fatal in around 5 to 10% of cases.

  3. 'Ground-breaking' research suggests epilepsy treatment breakthrough

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC Radio Devon

    There is a potentially "ground-breaking" new treatment strategy for epilepsy, research from the University of Exeter has revealed.

    Led by mathematicians from the University of Exeter's Living Systems Institute, scientists have developed a method of identifying regions of brain tissue which may generate seizures in people with epilepsy.

    If brain surgeons then removed these areas, it may lead to a seizure free brain.

    Affecting around 1 in 100 people worldwide, epilepsy is predominantly treated with medication, despite around a third of cases not experiencing adequate seizure control.

    Professor John Terry from the University of Exeter said: "Mathematics is a powerful tool to reveal information about the workings of the brain hidden to brain surgeons.

    "Our findings offer hope of new strategies for treating drug-resistant epilepsies and we shall redouble our efforts to advancing our understanding further still."

  4. Ten years since Newquay hotel fire

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    The fire at Newquay's Penhallow Hotel, which happened 10 years ago today, was described by firefighters as the worst British hotel fire in 40 years.

    The blaze ravaged the hotel, killing three people, on 18 August 2007.


    At its peak more than 100 firefighters battled flames 30 feet (9.1m) high, which tore through the 54-bedroom hotel in the Cornish holiday resort shortly after midnight.

  5. Video: Veterinary nurse adopts dog from Greece

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A veterinary nurse from Penzance is starting a campaign to help rescue stray dogs on the Greek islands.

    Rachel Malone was inspired to take action when a stray befriended her whilst she was on holiday last year.

    She eventually raised enough money to bring the dog, she named Pumpkin, back to Cornwall.

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  6. Plymouth anti-terror defences near completion

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC Radio Devon

    Work to set up steel anti-terror defences around Plymouth's Drake Circus shopping centre is almost complete.

    Speaking today with Victoria Graham on BBC Radio Devon, Bob Cole, director of Minimal Risk commissioned by the owners of Drake Circus to carry out their terrorist security risk assessment said: "Terrorism's out there and it has been for many years, but we just have to be prepared for it.

    "I will say though there's a lot of activity and a lot of preparedness going on in the background to protect people. People have every right to feel safe in their environment."

    Work began on increasing protective measures at the shopping centre in 2014, and is due to be completed soon.

  7. RNLI rescues seven during Fowey Regatta

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Fowey RNLI lifeboat yesterday rescued seven people from a sinking vessel in the middle of a packed Regatta Red Arrows display.

    The crew picked up a distress call at around 6pm from a broken-down vessel in the Fowey harbour area.

    The crew found the vessel half-submerged and seven people were immediately taken aboard the lifeboat to safety.

    RNLI attends sinking vessel
    Image caption: RNLI rescue at Fowey
  8. Off duty lifeguard and doctor save collapsed tourist

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC Radio Devon

    An off duty lifeguard and doctor today helped save the life of a collapsed tourist at Teignmouth beach.

    Senior RNLI lifeguard Henry Irvine was off duty and cycling to Teignmouth beach when he was flagged down to help a tourist who had collapsed while running on the beach.

    The man, an American tourist in his forties had been found by other runners nearby.

    An unnamed off-duty doctor was also treating the man at the scene.

    The runner is now in hospital and is recovering well.

  9. Police search for missing Brixham man

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC Radio Devon

    An 84-year-old man has gone missing in the Brixham area.

    Police said Brian Cox was last seen at Tesco Express on Fore Street.

    He is described as being white, 5ft 8in tall and of medium build with short grey hair and glasses.

    He was last seen in a black coat, brown trousers and brown leather shoes, carrying an orange Sainsbury's bag with a blood pressure machine. He also carries a walking stick.

    Anyone with any information is asked to call 101 quoting Police Log 571.

  10. Dog attack in Torquay town centre was third serious incident in three days

    Devon Live

    A dog attack in Torquay town centre on Sunday was the third serious dog attack reported in South Devon in the space of just three days.

  11. Newquay hotel fire which killed three happened 10 years ago

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online


    It is 10 years since a huge fire destroyed a hotel in Newquay.

    The owners of the Penhallow Hotel were fined £80,000 and ordered to pay £62,000 costs in 2011 for failing to meet fire safety standards.

    Three people died as a result of the blaze.

    In March 2011, the hotel's owner, O&C Holdsworth Ltd, of Harrison Road, Halifax, Yorkshire, admitted two charges relating to fire safety breaches.

    They failed to ensure fire detectors and alarms were working at the hotel and failed to make an adequate risk assessment before the blaze.

  12. Details of bird poisonings released after peregrine falcon dies

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Police have released details of bird poisonings after a peregrine falcon found on the floor of a quarry in Devon died.

    Police said Ashburton and neighbouring Buckfastleigh were "hot spots" for birds of prey poisoning.

    Previous raptor persecution includes...

    • 2011: One poisoned peregrine falcon in Buckfastleigh
    • 2005: Racing pigeon used as poisoned bait at Ashburton quarry
    • 2005: One poisoned peregrine and one pigeon used as poisoned bait - peregrine found on dead pigeon which had wings clipped
    • 2003: Two men with a pigeon on a length of string appeared to try and lure peregrines from the top of a quarry in Buckfastleigh. Police visited the site but men had gone
    • 2000: One poisoned Peregrine at Glendinning Quarry
    • 2000: One shot sparrowhawk near Buckfastleigh, which survived
    • 1992: Two dead peregrines at a Buckfastleigh quarry, with pigeon flesh in crop
  13. Tips for a special parkrun weekend


    It's a special weekend in parks around the country.

    This Saturday, 19 August, those who take part in their local parkrun might find themselves jogging alongside some of the country's sporting stars.

    It's all part of campaign for National Lottery funded athletes to give back and say thank you.

    And, if you've never heard of of done a parkrun, it's really easy to get involved. Here's Team GB rowing legend Katherine Grainger to give you the low down in five simple steps....

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    Video caption: Katherine Grainger's five steps to parkrun
  14. Poison warning after peregrine falcon dies

    Sian Davies

    BBC News Online

    Police have warned of "dangerous" poisons which can harm people and pets, after a peregrine falcon found at a Devon quarry died from suspected poisoning.

    The falcon was found on the floor of the quarry near Ashburton on Tuesday.


    It received "immediate care" but died on Wednesday.

    "Should any person locate any dead or injured birds they are strongly advised not to touch them or let pets come into contact with them, said Devon and Cornwall Police Wildlife Crime Officer, PC Josh Marshall.

    “Ingestion of these poisons can lead to death. It is incredibly concerning that individuals are using these types of chemicals within public areas that not only kill our wildlife but could also place members of the public, children and their animals into harm’s way."

  15. Meats recalled over botulism fear

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online


    Retailers have recalled meat products made by a Cornwall company because of concerns over potentially fatal bacteria.

    Chatsworth House, in Derbyshire, and Paxton & Whitfield stores have removed products made by Cornish Charcuterie.

    The Food Standards Agency said it had concerns over the manufacturer's procedures to control Clostridium botulinum.

    The toxin may cause a serious form of food poisoning called botulism.

  16. Royal Marine denies stealing kit from Devon base

    A Royal Marine has denied stealing kit from a military base and selling it online.

    Michael Bath, 48, from Northumberland is alleged to have stolen £66,000 of clothing and badges from Commando Training Centre in Lympstone, Devon.

    CTCRM Lympstone

    His wife and a friend are also alleged to have handled money from the sales.

    Appearing at Exeter Crown Court via video link from Newcastle, all three pleaded not guilty and were released on bail.

    Warrant Officer Bath, of Horton Path, Blyth, denies theft and fraud.

  17. Crime commissioner 'to be monitored and advised' by new appointments

    Sarah Gosling

    BBC Radio Devon

    Two people have been appointed to "monitor and advise" the police and crime commissioner (PCC).

    Frances Hughes will be the new chief executive and Nicola Allen will be the treasurer.

    Ms Hughes is currently the assistant director of community and customer services at Torbay Council and Ms Allen, is the senior assistant county treasurer with Devon County Council.

    Both were "unanimously confirmed in their appointments by the Police and Crime Panel", said the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC).

    A spokesman said the role of chief executive is one of two positions created with the intention of monitoring and advising the elected PCC in their activities, as well as ensuring the manifesto is fulfilled on behalf of both the public and government.

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    The OPCC has been trying to fill the two statutory posts since CEO Andrew White moved to Lincolnshire Police and treasurer Duncan Walton announced he was retiring.

  18. Travel update: A30 westbound, lane blocked due to broken-down car

    • On the A30 westbound after the A388, one lane is blocked due to a broken-down car
    • In Bude on the A39 near the junction with the A3073 there has been an accident
    • At Monkton, the A30 is partially blocked near Hedgend Road due to an earlier vehicle fire, expect delays
    • Near Exeter, the A30 from the Alphington Junction heading towards the M5 is very busy
    • Slow traffic on the M5 Northbound around Exeter
    • In Plymouth, Duncombe Avenue is blocked near Little Dock Lane due to an accident
    • Near Great Torrington, roads around Rosemoor are very busy due to today's flower festival and car parking issues
    • In Dartmouth, Victoria Road is partially blocked due to an accident near South Ford Road
    • In Paignton the A380 King's Ash Road is partially blocked near Colley End Road due to a broken-down vehicle