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  1. Portuguese man-of-war wash up on Cornwall's beaches
  2. Thirty shops evacuated after 'suspicious device' found in Bideford
  3. Ex-Marine climbing French Alps 'killed by loose boulder', inquest told
  4. Motorcyclist seriously injured in South Molton
  5. Man is airlifted off a ship off Cornwall with serious leg injuries
  6. Tamar Bridge at capacity 'in 10 to 15 years'
  7. South West to get £79m for superfast broadband access
  8. Last ditch attempt to save Exmouth seafront attraction
  9. Updates on Tuesday 12 September 2017

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  1. Our coverage for today

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    That's all from the Local Live team for today.

    We will be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a round-up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

  2. Bideford suspicious object: 'Do not approach street'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    People are being warned not to approach a street in Bideford which has been cordoned off after a suspicious device was found in a charity shop.

    Police said bomb squad engineers were to examine the suspicious object in the shop in Mill Street which has led to the evacuation of about 30 adjoining shops and properties in the area, including some homes.

    A 100m cordon was set up after the alarm was raised at about 14:20.

    Town Mayor Dermot McGeough said: "The message is to people is that if you don't need to come in to Mill Street, then please stay away and let the police do their job ... It's not a spectator situation."

    He added that he was looking at opening the town hall for anyone who might be out of their home overnight.

  3. Former Marine ready 'to give everything' at Invictus Games

    John Danks, BBC Spotlight

    A former Royal Marine from Plymouth injured in Afghanistan 10 years ago is preparing for his first Invictus Games.

    Triple amputee Mark Ormrod has just taken delivery of a new hand cycle in time for the competition, which takes place in Toronto later this month.

    Mark Ormrod

    He'll also be taking part in rowing and swimming events, saying he can't wait to be involved.

    "When I get out of the pool, I don't want to be able to breathe, because I want to know that I've given it everything I can," he said.

    "If that's good enough to win medals, happy days. If not, at least I'll know that I took this opportunity that I'm very grateful for, and gave it everything."

    Mark's legs and his right arm were blown off in a landmine explosion on Christmas Eve 2007.

  4. Travel in Devon: Accident on M5 northbound

    BBC Radio Devon

    On the M5, there are reports of an accident northbound between Junction 28 Cullompton and Junction 27 Tiverton.

  5. Latest weather: Rain clearing before some gale-force winds and a wet Wednesday

    Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

    Rain will clear this evening to become drier for a time as clear spells develop. However, a scattering of blustery showers will move in later and some may become heavy.

    Strong southwesterly winds will reach gale or severe gale-force at times, particularly over exposed coasts to the north where gusts to 60mph are possible before easing and turning to the west.

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


    It'll be another blustery day with scattered showers and sunny periods, some of the showers will become heavy and may turn thundery with hail by the end of the day. Moderate or fresh west to northwesterly winds will be stronger around the coast with gusts to gale-force likely.

    Top temperature: 16C (60F).

  6. Children warned not to touch 'balloon-like' man-of-war on beaches

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Potentially deadly Portuguese man-of-war have been washing up on Cornish beaches, including Perranporth (pictured bottom), sparking a warning to children to keep away from the visually attractive creatures.


    Dr Peter Richardson, from the Marine Conservation Society, said the creatures' tentacles, which are about 10m (30ft) long, "deliver an agonising and potentially lethal sting".

    "They are very pretty and look like partially deflated balloons with ribbons but picking one up could be very nasty," he said.

    Man-of-war warning signs

    The man-of-war retain their sting when they are wet, even if they look dead, he warned.

    He advised anyone who was stung to get the tentacles away from the body as soon as possible.


    The NHS recommends using tweezers or a clean stick, and gloves if possible, to remove them.

    If symptoms become more severe, or a sensitive part of the body has been stung, people should seek medical help.

  7. Thirty properties evacuated after 'suspicious device' found in Bideford

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A Bideford street has been sealed off and shops evacuated after a suspicious device was found in a bag of items donated to a charity shop, police say.

    Officers said a 100m cordon was established after they were called to Mill Street at about 14:20.

    Supt Toby Davies, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "A device discovered in what is believed to be a book has caused some concern and, as a precaution, we have evacuated around 30 adjoining shops and properties in the area."

    Bomb squad engineers were to "make the device safe and confirm whether or not this is viable", he added.

  8. Road crossing safety review on cycle trail

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The safety of road crossings on a popular Cornish cycle trail is being reviewed following a crash which left a teenager with severe head injuries.

    Fifteen-year-old Archie Burns (pictured) was wearing a cycling helmet when he was in a collision with a 4x4 on the Bissoe trail near Devoran last month.

    Cornwall Councillor Martin Alvey has visited the site and said vegetation had already been cleared and road markings were to be improved.

    He also said authorities were trying to think "in the mindset of a cyclist".

    He said: "When you come up to that road crossing, you don't perhaps realise it's as busy a road as it is, and you may be lulled into a false sense of security."

    Archie Burns
  9. 'Gross failure' of care home staff contributed to resident's death

    Cornwall Live

    Neglectful care home staff were responsible for a "gross failure to provide basic medical attention" which could have saved a resident's life, an inquest has heard.

  10. Tamar Bridge 'at capacity in 10 to 15 years'

    Miles Davis

    BBC News Online

    The Tamar Bridge crossing between Plymouth and south east Cornwall is expected to reach capacity within the next 10 to 15 years, according to a report commissioned by Cornwall Council.

    The study found almost 20 million people used the bridge or the Torpoint ferry during 2015.

    The report said Cornwall and Plymouth City councils were looking at measures, including a park and ride service, "to manage travel demand between South East Cornwall and Plymouth".

    Tamar Bridge
  11. Plymouth's HMS Ocean ready to sail with Hurricane Irma aid

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    The Plymouth-based flagship had loaded emergency supplies in Gibraltar to provide aid to British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Irma, the Royal Navy said.

    The helicopter carrier was due to set sail tonight, it added.

  12. Expansion of badger culling will be 'disastrous'

    BBC Radio Devon

    Campaigners say the expansion of badger culling in Devon and other parts of the UK will be disastrous and won't help the farming community.

    The government has committed to rolling out culling to more areas, saying it is necessary to curb TB in cattle as badgers can transmit the disease to livestock.

    The National Farmers Union said it welcomed a comprehensive and proportionate eradication strategy, which balances disease control measures with business sustainability.

  13. Mum warns parents after dog suffers vicious attack while being walked by her nine-year-old daughter

    Devon Live

    A Torquay mum has spoken of her horror after a family dog was viciously attacked while being walked by her nine-year-old daughter.

  14. Weather reminder: Bring your bins in (even if they're tiny)

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

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    Coastguards have issued a reminder to householders to secure their bins and any outside furniture before storms hits later.

    We'll also have a full forecast.

  15. Sepsis: Quarter of hospital trusts nationally failing to give antibiotics to patients within recommended time

    BBC News Health

    One in four NHS hospital trusts is failing to give antibiotics to half their patients with sepsis within the recommended time, new figures suggest.

    Figures from 104 trusts seen by BBC Panorama show 78% of eligible patients are being screened and 63% are getting antibiotics within one hour.

    In Devon and Cornwall, the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust was among the low scorers, treating 43% of sepsis cases with antibiotics within an hour.

    The lowest was Bradford Teaching Hospital at 25%.

    Sepsis is a rare but serious blood poisoning complication of an infection. Without prompt treatment, it can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the NHS had "more to do" to stop "preventable" sepsis deaths occurring.

  16. Man sought in relation to art college theft

    Sophie Malcolm

    BBC News Online

    Police have released an image of a man they want to identify in connection to a theft in Plymouth.

    Just after midday on Monday 17 July, an Apple iMac computer was stolen from Plymouth Art College, on Tavistock Place.

    Police in Plymouth said they would like to identify the man in the image in connection with this theft.

    They're asking anyone with information to come forward.

    art college theft
  17. Father and son to tackle climbing challenge for bereavement charity

    BBC Radio Cornwall

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    Video caption: Geoff and Peter Birkett will tackle the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales

    A father and son from Penryn who lost two family members in a car accident 10 years ago are setting themselves a climbing challenge in their memory, tackling the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales.

    Geoff Birkett and his son, Peter, will climb Scafell, Ben Nevis and Snowdonia in a 24-hour period to raise money for Cornish bereavement charity Penhaligon's Friends.

    The group supported Peter after he lost his mother and sister.

    He said: "It sort of helped me come to terms with what happened, and stop me from blaming myself because I was always blaming myself, because I was always blaming myself ... [The group] helped me understand that it wasn't my fault."

  18. Travel update: Stuck lorry blocking road

    BBC Radio Devon

    Between Ottery St Mary and Bowd, Sidmouth Road is blocked in both directions due to a lorry stuck under a tree.

  19. Planned Torquay tower block to be challenged

    BBC Radio Devon

    Campaigners against a planned new tower block on Torquay harbour are intending to take Torbay Council to judicial review.

    Permission has been granted for an 11-storey block of flats and a large hotel on the harbourside next to the Pavilion (pictured).

    The issue has attracted huge debate in the bay.

    Those who are opposed still want to get the scheme overturned, and have hired a lawyer to help them challenge the scheme in a judicial review.

    Torquay Pavilion