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Summary

  1. Investigations into four-year-old's death in north Devon pool 'will take months'
  2. Sharp rise in the number of Torbay children considered to be at risk of harm
  3. Dog owner from Bodmin broke 'faithful and loving' pet's teeth in attack
  4. Cornwall's 'worst performing county in UK' in delays in registering deaths
  5. Plymouth council data breach reveals 200+ email addresses
  6. Brixham coffee shop owner defends child ban
  7. Updates on Wednesday 30 August

Live Reporting

By Johnny O'Shea

All times stated are UK

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  1. Our live coverage across the day

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    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 at 18:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

  2. 'It's not like I launched a ballistic missile over Torbay' - Child-ban coffee shop owner

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    The owner of a coffee shop which doesn't allow children under the age of 12 on site has hit back at critics.

    The Chart Room is an ocean liner-themed lounge which owner Bob Higginson said was designed to let people "experience the opulence and splendour of early steamship travel without distraction".

    He has come under fire from critics who have called for a boycott after learning the cafe does allow dogs, but specifically states it does not cater for children.

    Mr Higginson said the policy had "been blown out of proportion".

    "There are plenty of other places people with children can go for a coffee," he says. "We have lots of antiques that aren't in glass cases, and the thought of a family running around makes me quite nervous."

    He also said: "It's not like I launched a ballistic missile over Torbay."

    Chart Room
    Image caption: The Chart Room in Brixham
  3. Latest weather: Clearing overnight before heavy rain on Thursday

    BBC Weather

    Cloud and rain will move away eastwards, leaving a mostly dry night, although showers will continue in the west. It will turn chilly with patchy fog where skies stay clear. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

    Weather

    Showers will develop more widely on Thursday, becoming heavy and slow moving with the risk of thunder. However, in the sunshine and light winds it will feel warm. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  4. Give peas a chance...?

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A row has erupted after a TV chef suggested putting peas into a Cornish pasty.

    Nadiya Hussain, who won the Great British Bake Off in 2015, shared the recipe on Twitter, but has received some angry responses.

    Marian Symonds, from Portreath Bakery, led the offensive, saying: "Awful take on a Cornish pasty. Should never be allowed.”

    Nadiya replied: "The pasty was my take on the classic. It's about being diverse and doing something a little bit different."

    Pasty and peas

    In a later tweet, Nadiya continued: "Never be allowed a Cornish Pasty? Who's going to stop me? The Pasty Police? Sorry I can't speak right now, I'm eating a Cornish Pasty.

    "Perhaps you should eat one of those pasties, raise your sugar levels and jog over to the 21st century."

    Marian, who has plenty of supporters in Cornwall, retorted on Twitter: "Have you ever eaten a true Cornish pasty? Potato, swede, onion, beef skirt wrapped in a pastry case crimped with plenty of pepper! NO PEAS!"

  5. South Crofty tin mine 'could reopen in four years' time'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The mining company that wants to reopen South Crofty tin mine says this could happen in about four years' time.

    Strongbow Exploration has announced its secured £5.5m of investment to pay for the flooded shafts to be cleared of water on the condition that Environment Agency extraction permits are in place.

    The mine, near Camborne, closed in 1998.

  6. Attacked dog 'has his whole life ahead of him'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A man has been given a suspended jail sentence for attacking and injuring his pet labrador on multiple occasions.

    Thirty-six-year-old Ivan Zhelyazkov, of Lostwithiel Road in Bodmin, was reported by three different witnesses in a case brought before Bodmin Magistrates' Court by the RSPCA yesterday.

    RSPCA inspector Lewis Taylor said: "It's hard to imagine why anyone would be so cruel to such a faithful and loving dog like Rex.

    Rex. Pic: RSPCA

    Magistrates heard the dog had three fractured teeth, which Zhelyazkov claimed occurred when Rex chewed stones.

    Mr Taylor said: "The opinion of the veterinary surgeon who examined him ... showed the damage to his teeth was not consistent with the claim that the dog was a stone chewer.

    "The RSPCA is here to protect animals like Rex, and I'm just pleased he'll now have another chance of finding the happiness he deserves. He is only a young boy and has his whole life ahead of him."

  7. Vulnerable gas customers get alternative cooking facilities after water gets in pipes

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Gas customers classed as vulnerable in a Cornish village are to be given alternative heating and cooking facilities after water got into the gas network, engineers say.

    Wales & West Utilities said staff were having to pump all water out of the network in the Polsue Way area of Tresillian, near Truro.

    Clive Book, of Wales & West, said it was a "complex job" and the company did "not yet know how long it will take to restore gas supplies".

    He said: "We are giving alternative heating and cooking facilities to vulnerable customers in the area. If anyone needs assistance or knows of a neighbour who may, please let us know."

  8. Travel in Devon: Problems in Exeter, Plymouth, Torquay and Drumbridges

    BBC Radio Devon

    • In Exeter, Church Hill is blocked in both directions due to an accident between Harrington Lane and Church Lane
    • In Plymouth, traffic lights at junction of Tavistock Road and Sendalls Way have failed. Expect delays
    • Staying in Plymouth, Western Approach is partially blocked outbound between Harwell Street and Saltash Road due to an accident
    • In Torquay, Trematon Avenue is blocked between Union Street and Lymington Road due to an accident
    • Around Drumbridges on the A38 Plymouth-bound, one lane is blocked due to an earlier car fire. Traffic is slow-moving
  9. Two airlifted to hospital after two-car crash on A39 near Bude

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Two people have been airlifted to hospital after a two-car crash on the A39 near Bude.

    Police said the vehicles collided at Marhamchurch just after 14:00.

    A child in one car was airlifted to hospital in Bristol to treat a "potentially serious head injury", and a woman and a second child in the same car were also injured, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    The elderly male driver of the second car was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

    The road has been closed.

  10. New figures show emergency waiting times improvements

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    New figures show an improvement in waiting times in Cornwall's emergency health system.

    They combine the figures for Treliske in Truro, with all the minor injuries units in Cornwall.

    They show that 93% of patients were seen and discharged within four hours. The national target is 95%.

    RCHT

    Mark Jadav, Emergency Department consultant at the RCHT, said: "Year on year we're seeing between 4% and 7% Cornish residents, not visitors, coming through our emergency system.

    "We are getting busier and that's what we need to continue to plan for".

    You can see the current waiting times for all of Cornwall's hospitals here.

  11. Dog owner broke pet's teeth in attack

    A man from Bodmin has been disqualified from keeping dogs for life after being found guilty of attacking his "faithful and loving" pet.

    Ivan Zhelyazkov, 36, of Lostwithiel Road, punched and kicked the dog, Rex, and stood on his paws on separate occasions, magistrates in Bodmin were told. Vets also found he had broken teeth.

    Rex the labrador

    Zhelyazkov was given a suspended 20-week prison sentence at Bodmin Magistrates Court yesterday and ordered to pay £1,000 costs.

    The RSPCA said it was contacted by three different witnesses who had seen Zhelyzakov attacking Rex on separate occasions.

    The verdict meant Rex had "another chance of finding the happiness he deserves," it added.

  12. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A39 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A39 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between A3073 and Vicarage Lane.

    A39 Cornwall - A39 partially blocked and slow traffic between the A3073 junction in Bude and the Vicarage Lane junction in Poundstock, because of accident investigation work.

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

  13. Gas engineers visiting village after water gets into gas network

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    Gas engineers are visiting properties in a Cornish village which are without gas supplies after water got into the network.

    Wales & West Utilities said the Polsue Way area of Tresillian, near Truro, was affected and staff would have to pump all water out before visiting properties again to safely turn supplies back on and relight people's appliances.

    Clive Book, of Wales & West, said: "Our engineers are going door to door, and we are asking people to please give them access to their gas meters. All our engineers will be carrying identification."

    He added: "This is a complex job and we do not yet know how long it will take to restore gas supplies. Our engineers will be working around the clock to resolve this issue as safely and as quickly as possible."

  14. Pool death: Enquiries will 'take months'

    Andrea Ormsby

    BBC Spotlight

    Police investigating the death of a four-year-old boy at a swimming pool in north Devon say enquiries will "take months".

    The boy, from Weymouth, went missing at Knapp House Activity Centre in Northam on Monday and was later found in its pool.

    Pool house

    Detectives said it was a "sensitive" investigation and an "extremely tragic" incident.

    Although they're not treating the death as suspicious, officers said they were working with the local authority, health and safety officers, the coroner and others to try to work out exactly what happened.

    Det Insp Austin Goss

    Det Insp Austin Goss (pictured), of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We need to be thorough and we must keep and open mind."

    He added: "It's not something that we're going to be able to conclude soon. It's going to take months."