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  1. Masked attacker stabs boy, 14, in Truro
  2. Torbay Hospital 'under major pressure'
  3. Woolacombe Asian hornets' nest destroyed, but another sighting reported in Plymouth
  4. Plans for new town councils in Torbay are rejected
  5. Investigations continue into fatal capsizing of fishing vessel the Solstice
  6. New hard-hitting film for teenagers about to start driving lessons
  7. Updates on Thursday 28 September 2017

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By Amy Gladwell

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  1. Our live coverage

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

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

    Don't miss Spotlight with Justin Leigh and Natalie Cornah at 18:30 on BBC One, and the late news at 22:30 tonight.

  2. Poem sheds light on Devon word 'dimpsy'

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

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    Video caption: Dimpsy

    Ever heard the word dimpsy being spoken? It is actually a Devon word and it means twilight.

    So we asked local poet Chrissy Williams to read her poem Dimpsy to mark National Poetry Day.

  3. Weather: Rain spreading before sunshine and showers on Friday

    BBC Weather

    Clouding over this evening with rain spreading east across all parts before midnight, and with some heavy bursts of rain at times during the early hours. Some strong winds along the coasts.

    Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).


    Friday morning will be wet and windy with some heavy bursts of rain first thing. Drier and brighter weather will quickly spread in from the west, with the afternoon being a mix of bright sunshine and isolated showers.

    Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

  4. Football: Truro aim to continue on winning 'buzz'

    BBC Sport

    Tom McHale

    In-form Truro City have their sights on a new club record by reaching the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.

    The National League South leaders face AFC Sudbury on Saturday and are only two games away from a place in the first-round draw.

    They have won their last seven games in a row and looking to make it eight.

    "The club has a big buzz around it now and people are starting to see what we're about," goalkeeper Tom McHale (pictured) told BBC Radio Cornwall.

  5. 'Famous golf holes' come to Cornwall

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    Have you ever fancied playing some of golf's most iconic holes - on courses such as St Andrew's or Augusta? Well now you can - without leaving the South West.

    The Famous Nine course at Gwel an Mor, near Portreath, has copied famous holes.

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  6. Truro stabbing: Arrested boy 'released under investigation'

    Andrew Segal

    Local Live

    A 16-year-old boy arrested following a stabbing in Truro has been "released under investigation", Devon and Cornwall Police say.

    Emergency services were called to the Trelander estate on Wednesday evening to reports that a 14-year-old boy was stabbed.

    Police said the incident took place outside the Trelander and St Clement Community Hall.

    The victim's injuries were described as a puncture wound to the back which was serious but not life-threatening.

    Police said their enquiries were continuing and the victim remained in hospital in a stable condition.

    Trelander and St Clement Community Hall
  7. Man beat partner and waved knife in supermarket car park

    Cornwall Live

    A man continuously kicked and punched his girlfriend in a supermarket car park and then pulled a lock knife on members of the public who tried to intervene because he had "had enough" and she had "been doing it all day", a court heard.

  8. Woolacombe hornet nest destroyed, but sighting in Plymouth

    John Henderson

    BBC Spotlight

    Asian hornet

    A nest of Asian hornets has been found and destroyed in north Devon, and a "search and destroy" mission is now under way to find more in the area.

    Bee experts used heat-seeking cameras to find the nest in Woolacombe in a bid to stop the invasive species breeding and spreading.

    Experts are investigating reports of a sighting of one of the insects in Plymouth.

  9. Friends' grief over homeless hit-and-run victim, 27

    BBC Radio Devon

    A young homeless man killed in a suspected hit-and-run in Dartmouth was a "lovely man" who had turned his life around, say friends.

    Jamie Symons

    Jamie Symons, 27, died after being hit by a car on College Way in the town early on Wednesday.

    Police have launched a murder investigation and have appealed for witnesses.

    Kath Friedrich, of charity People Assisting Torbay's Homeless, said he had started working with animals "which he loved" on a local farm.

    Mr Symons and his beloved collie dog, Kauli, were well-known in the Torbay area, she added.

    She said: "It's a massive loss because he was a lot more settled and working with animals. The only consolation is that he had been able to achieve his dream."

  10. Royal Cornwall Hospital gets £1m for Emergency Department

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Royal Cornwall Hospital

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital is facing a tough winter, according to one senior manager.

    But staff are hoping a £1m investment in the Truro hospital's Emergency Department (ED) will help to make it run more smoothly.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust held its annual general meeting this morning, in a week when pressures on the ED again prompted patients to be asked to choose alternatives unless it was a real health emergency.

    Rab McEwan

    Trust Chief Operating Officer Rab McEwan said the public had a part to play in helping the ED this winter.

    He said: "It's supposed to be a life-and-limb-threatening condirtion that you attend the Emergency Department with.

    "We've got fantastic minor injuries units around the county, great GPs, and the 111 service is a great way for people to keep themselves healthy and at home."

  11. Race against time to track Asian hornets in north Devon

    John Henderson

    BBC Spotlight

    Bee experts are using heat-seeking cameras to find a suspected nest of Asian hornets in north Devon in a race against time before the invasive species breeds and spreads.

    It comes as the National Bee Unit confirmed a sighting of the creature - which kills and eats honeybees - at an apiary near Woolacombe.

    Asian hornet

    The Asian hornet is smaller than our native hornet and poses no greater risk to human health than a bee.

    However, ecologists have warned of dire consequences for honeybees, and the honey industry, if the hornet is not swiftly eliminated.

    The sighting in Devon is the first confirmed in the UK since last year, when a nest was discovered in the Tetbury area of Gloucestershire. Bee inspectors tracked down and destroyed that nest.

  12. Rugby: Chiefs' players 'driving each other on'

    BBC Sport

    Exeter's Elvis Taione

    Exeter Chiefs head coach Ali Hepher believes their strength in depth will stand them in good stead as they try to retain their Premiership title.

    The Chiefs head the table with three wins out of four so far, including a 31-17 victory over Wasps last weekend.

    "We want a competitive squad so each and every one of them drives each other on," Hepher told BBC Radio Devon.

    "It means you haven't got people resting in the first team knowing they're going to get picked next week."

  13. Council grass cutter punched workmate in shed row

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    A council grass cutter attacked a workmate and left him needing 16 stitches in an argument about the use of a groundsman's shed, a court heard.

    Paul White, 50, got out of his van at Belle Isle Park in Exeter and knocked victim Peter Haynes to the ground before standing over him and repeatedly punching him in the face, Exeter Crown Court was told.

    The attack followed tensions between the grass cutters and other grounds staff who complained that their van blocked the entrance to the shed at the riverside park.

    White, of Holloway Street, Exeter, admitted causing grievous bodily harm and was jailed for eight months, suspended for a year.

    He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation and do 120 hours unpaid work. He has since lost his job at the city council.

  14. Wildlife trust and utility firm check river pesticide level

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    The chemcatchers are sampling tools which are used as part of work to monitor pesticide levels.

    After they are left in water for a while, they are taken out and analysed in laboratories.

  15. Plans for 130 homes at Penhale army camp approved

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Planning permission has been granted to build 132 new houses at the former Penhale army camp near Perranporth.

    Entrance to former Penhale Army camp

    The plans include clearance of the existing Ministry of Defence buildings and changing the use of an existing farmhouse into two homes, four 75 sq-m commercial buildings with landscaping, open space and parking.

    It was approved by Cornwall Council with 10 votes in favour, two against and no abstentions.

  16. Your childhood toys and gadgets are now in a Devon museum

    Devon Live

    You know you're getting old when the toys and gadgets you played with as a child find their way into a museum.

  17. Torbay Hospital 'under major pressure'

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    Torbay Hospital

    Torbay Hospital says it's under major pressure with higher than usual emergency department attendances, and large numbers of acutely ill patients.

    Since Sunday, the hospital has been on a special programme, previously known as a red alert, to try and manage the situation and keep patients safe.

    It's on what's called Operation Pressures Escalation Level 3 - Opel 3 - which means the local health and care system is experiencing major pressures and external support may be required.

  18. Bigbury surf school 'devastated' after boards stolen

    BBC Radio Devon

    Nine stand-up paddle boards were stolen from a surf school's van in Bigbury last night.


    Discovery Surf School said it was "devastated" at the robbery, which is thought to have happened at about 19:30, "not long after we locked up following lessons".

    The Red Paddle Ride boards have a distinctive appearance, and Kingsbridge Police have asked anyone with information about the boards to get in touch.

  19. Truro teen stabbing: Community leaders 'very shocked'

    David George

    BBC Spotlight

    Community leaders in Truro say they are "very, very shocked" at the stabbing of a teenager in the city.

    Emergency services, including armed police officers, were called to the Trelander estate in Truro at 19:40 on Wednesday to reports that a 14-year-old boy was stabbed.

    Trelander and St Clement Community Hall

    The victim's injuries were described as a puncture wound to the back which was serious but not life-threatening. He was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital where his condition is said to be stable.

    Police said the incident took place outside the Trelander and St Clement Community Hall, which remains closed.

    Community leaders said a youth club was meeting last night and some of the youngsters may have witnessed what happened, and they were concerned for those young people.

    They also said an adult volunteer at the club gave first aid to the victim before paramedics arrived.

    A 16-year-old boy was arrested and remained in custody, Devon and Cornwall Police said.