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  1. Weather: A dry night with spells of sunshine on Saturday

    Dan Downs

    Weather Forecaster

    It will be a dry night and cloud will continue to break up as clear spells develop.

    South or southwesterly winds will be mainly light or moderate.

    Minimum temperature: 9 to 12C (48 to 54F)

    Weather in Devon and Cornwall on Saturday

    The dry weather will continue and it will also feel warmer with spells of sunshine developing.

    Light or moderate southerly winds will be fresher at times towards the far west and Scilly.

    Max temperature: 16 to 19C (61 to 66F)

  2. Call for daytime horse ban on Exmouth seafront

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Calls have been made to ban horses from Exmouth seafront.

    The town council has backed proposals that would restrict the times when the animals could use the beach.

    Under the proposals, horses would be banned from using the beach between 10:00 and 18:00.

    There are currently no restrictions on riders using any beach in east Devon.

    The ban was suggested after a waterfront working party received "one or two" complaints of horses "getting in the way" of dog walkers and beachgoers.

    Horses on Exmouth Beach
  3. Appeal to find registered sex offender

    Stephen Gadd

    Police have issued an appeal to find a registered sex offender.

    Stephen Gadd, 51, was required to attend Bournemouth Police Station on 2 April - but failed to show up.

    Det Sgt Darren Moores said it was known Mr Gadd often sleeps rough and has connections to Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth in Dorset, as well as Brockenhurst in Hampshire and Paignton and Exeter in Devon.

    He added: “Although we have no information to suggest he is an immediate danger to the public, I would ask that anyone who sees Stephen does not approach him, but contacts Dorset Police on 999."

  4. Dozens of objections to housing plan in Newton Abbot

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plans for Newton Abbot

    More than 100 objections have been received against plans for more than 1,000 new homes on the edge of Newton Abbot.

    The proposals, submitted by PCL Planning on behalf of the Rew family, would see 1,275 houses built on green space in the Wolborough Barton area of the town.

    A new primary school, employment space, two care homes, community facilities, and open space (including play areas, allotments, multi-use games area), are included in the plans.

    Houses planned for the site

    There are also major road changes planned, along with a full application for the change of use of existing agricultural buildings at Wolborough farmstead into a 14-bedroom boutique hotel, restaurant and bar.

    The objections have been raised in the past two weeks with two letters of support.

  5. Lifeboat engine stolen from secure lockup in South Hams

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    A Devon RNLI rescue boat has had its engine stolen after a break-in at the shed it was being stored in.

    Lifeguards arrived for their daily beach at Bigbury-on-Sea patrols on Friday morning to find that the motor for their inshore vessel had been taken.

    Dave Tunbridge and Alistair Williams discovered the storage unit housing the engine had been broken into overnight after being locked the day before at 18:00.

    Quote Message: We take great pride in our work and the equipment we use to keep beachgoers around the coast safe. It's extremely disappointing that our storage unit was broken into overnight. Having viewed CCTV we think it may have happened at just before 23:00 and we'd ask anyone with any information to contact Devon and Cornwall Police on 101." from Rebecca Fox Lifeguard Supervisor for the South Hams
    Rebecca FoxLifeguard Supervisor for the South Hams
  6. Truro City owner denies owing newspaper workers money

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    The owner of Truro City Football Club has denied being responsible for outstanding wages and unpaid redundancy agreements to former employees of a newspaper he used to own.

    Peter Masters sold the View From newspapers, which covered areas such as Axminster, Honiton and Seaton, in January.

    Peter Masters

    Now 27 workers are taking their case to an employment tribunal, claiming an estimated £250,000, which they say they are owed after losing their jobs.

    But Mr Masters says the responsibility for that money lies with the person he sold the company to.

    "The reality is that when the business got transferred over everyone got paid," he said. "If he hasn't paid any wages or anything after when he took it over, that's a matter for him.

    "They were not in my employment."

    He sold the company to Duncan Williams who told the BBC he bought it in good faith and "remains very pleased with the purchase of the intellectual property rights of these regional media brands."

  7. Anti-social behaviour to be tackled in Penzance

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Anti-social behaviour on the streets of Penzance could be tackled by security guard patrols, or a town warden.

    A former deputy mayor of Penzance, Nigel Pengelly, says the situation is getting worse.

    He says he was almost mugged in a frightening confrontation and many other people have faced similar situations.


    Councillor Pengelly, who chaired the finance committee, said £25,000 has been set aside to tackle the growing problem.

    Quote Message: It's got to the point where visitors are walking round the town and they're being followed by people asking for money. There are young people who are being hassled for money as well. I was nearly mugged myself a few months ago." from Nigel Pengelly Councillor
    Nigel PengellyCouncillor
  8. Devon travel: Traffic heavy and slow on A38 and A380

    BBC Radio Devon

    • There's very slow traffic on the A38 heading towards Exeter, with congestion on the A38 up to A380 Splatford Split
    • There are also reports of one lane blocked on Telegraph Hill between Splatford Split and the B3192 due to a broken-down vehicle
  9. Cornwall travel: Heavier than usual traffic

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • An accident has blocked the A30 in Crowlas in both directions between Gitchell Lane and the A394 Newtown roundabout. This is affecting traffic travelling between Hayle and Penzance
    • In Falmouth, Dracaena Avenue is busy, but moving near the Dracaena Community Centre
  10. Family tribute to Scorrier crash victim

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    Tributes have been paid to a man who died after being run over on the A30 in Cornwall last month.

    Joseph Nickless, from Perranporth, was fatally injured in the accident near Scorrier in the early hours of Saturday 19 May.

    His family described him as a "polite, engaging and genuinely happy person" who was an "absolute delight" to be around".

    "Everyone who interacted with Joe, no matter how much, will feel a devastating loss now that he is no longer with us.

    "Joe was easily the best version of all of us, be it as a son, a brother and a friend.”

    Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the collision and are appealing for witnesses.

    They would also like to speak to the driver of an agricultural tractor which was on the A30 eastbound between Avers roundabout and Chiverton Cross shortly before the accident.

  11. Devon travel: Exeter road closed by medical incident

    Drivers are being asked to avoid Mary Arches Street in Exeter, which has been closed due to a medical incident.

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  12. Salcombe man Rabs Johnston 'safe and well'

    Lynne French

    BBC News Online

    A Salcombe man who's been missing for more than a week has been found.

    A major search involving the police helicopter, lifeboat crews, coastguard teams and police, including a dog and handler was carried out over the bank holiday weekend after serious concerns were raised for his welfare.

    Robert "Rabs" Johnston

    Devon and Cornwall Police said 40-year-old Robert "Rabs" Johnson was safe and well and thanked members of the public for their assistance.

  13. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A30 Cornwall both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Cornwall both ways severe accident, between Gitchell Lane and A394 affecting Heather Lane.

    A30 Cornwall - A30 in Crowlas blocked and queuing traffic in both directions between the Gitchell Lane junction and Newtown roundabout, because of an accident involving a car and lorry. Congestion to Canonstown.

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

  14. Envelope update

    Severe congestion: M5 Devon northbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon northbound severe congestion, between J27 for A38 and J17 for A4018.

    M5 Devon - Severe delays and stop-start traffic on M5 northbound between J27, A38 (Tiverton) and J17, A4018 (Cribbs Causeway). Travel time is an hour and 50 minutes.

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

  15. Cornwall travel: Heavy traffic on main roads

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • On the A30 in both directions between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross there's heavy traffic and there are reports of an accident on the Zelah Bypass that is adding to the delays
    • Slow-moving traffic on the A38 from Landrake heading westbound to Tideford
    • Busy traffic on A30 westbound from Connor Downs near Hayle
    • There's about a 30-minute wait at Torpoint for the ferry service
  16. Devon travel: Heavy traffic on main roads

    BBC Radio Devon

    • Drivers should expect delays on the A30 near Exeter heading from the Alphington Junction towards the M5
    • Busy traffic on the A30 around Fenny Bridges heading towards Honiton
    • Congestion on the A30 from Whiddon Down to Tedburn St Mary
    • Very slow traffic on the A38 from Haldon Hill and from Exeter on the M5 northbound
    • In Tavistock on the A386 Plymouth Road, a broken-down caravan has been removed but there's still very heavy traffic
    • On the A361 between South Molton and Tiverton heading towards the M5 there's slow moving traffic
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  17. Grenfell survivors cast floral tributes from lifeboat

    Amy Gladwell

    BBC News Online

    Survivors of the Grenfell Tower fire have been casting floral tributes from a Cornish lifeboat to remember loved ones lost in the tragedy.

    The group were visiting Penlee Lifeboat Station in Newlyn as part of a holiday organised by charity Cornwall Hugs Grenfell.

    Grenfell survivors with floral tributes
    Grenfell survivors onboard Penlee Lifeboat
    Grenfell surviving children onboard the Penlee Lifeboat

    The group also visited Marazion beach on Thursday as part of their week-long coastal break.

    Marcio Gomes and his wife Andreia Perestrelo, whose son was stillborn after they fled the blaze, said the trip with their two daughters was helping them to "make new memories".

    Mr Gomes was one of the first survivors to give evidence to The Grenfell Inquiry.