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  1. Weather: Thundery rain tonight, wind and showers tomorrow

    Emily Wood

    BBC Weather

    It will be cloudy at times tonight with showery outbreaks of rain spreading from the south-west.

    Winds will begin to freshen towards the end of the night.

    Minimum temperature: 10 to 13C (50 to 55F)

    Emily Wood

    Saturday will be cooler and fresher.

    There will be some good periods of sunshine but also a risk of some heavy showers and thunderstorms breaking out.

    Maximum temperature: 17 to 20C (63 to 68F)

  2. Stolen property waiting to be reunited with owners

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Police say they are trying to reunite owners with a number of items which have been seized by officers in Plymouth which they believe were stolen.

    PC Pryce said: "The items are a Canon digital camera which is an imported version and has images of a visit to an African beach and includes Kenyan currency inside the case. It is believed to have been stolen in the Plymouth city centre area recently.

    "Very little is known about the origin of the jewellery, the most distinctive being the owl shaped pocket watch.

    "All of the items were located at different locations and are not believed to be linked to one another."

    Canon digital camera
    Back of a watch
  3. Thousands of drivers caught speeding since 2016

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    speed camera sign

    Nearly 25,000 speeding fines have been issued by speed cameras in Devon and Cornwall since the start of 2016, with one driver caught at an eye-watering 136mph (218km/h).

    The figures, revealed in a Freedom of Information Request to Devon and Cornwall Police, show that on average 800 fixed penalty offences are issued a month.

    However, the true picture is expected to be higher as the numbers provided do not include drivers referred for educational speed awareness courses or cases referred directly to court.

    A386 Alma Road speed camera
    Image caption: Alma Road in Plymouth runs next to Central Park

    The information also reveals that the speed camera located on the A386 Alma Road in Plymouth is nearly twice as active as any other speed camera in the two counties.

    • The highest recorded speed in 2016 was at the static camera on the A30 eastbound at Fingle Glen, Tedburn St Mary, Devon, where a driver was caught doing 130mph.
    • In 2017, a driver was caught doing 136mph by a mobile camera on the A38 Deep Lane, Marsh Mills, Devon.
    • The highest recorded speed so far in 2018 was 121mph at the A30 carriageway, Woodleigh, Cheriton Bishop.
    • The most active speed camera - on the A386 Alma Road in Plymouth - caught 7,555 people exceeding the 30mph speed limit in 2017.
    • The second most active camera was on the A385 Ashburton Road in Totnes, with 3,678 activations, while the camera on the A30 at Victoria in Cornwall was activated 2,740 times.
    • Up until May in 2018, the camera on Alma Road has been activated 2,230 times, with the camera on the A38 Deep Lane (westbound) activated 1,374 times.
    • The camera on the A385 Ashburton Road in Totnes was activated 1,006 times.
  4. Rail replacement service from Exeter cancelled

    Hamish Marshall

    BBC Spotlight

    A South Western Railway (SWR) rail replacement service between Exeter St Davids and Yeovil on Saturday has been cancelled.

    The company says it is because its contractor cannot find enough buses to run the service properly.

    A replacement rail service will run between Yeovil and Salisbury.

    Passengers also cannot use their SWR tickets on local bus routes between Exeter and Yeovil.

    There is disruption on the line because guards belonging to the RMT Union are staging a 24-hour strike in a long-running dispute over their role.

    Exeter St Davids
    Quote Message: We apologise for any inconvenience that this will cause our customers. We are doing all we can to provide alternative transport in terms of ticket acceptance with other operators, but in some cases this has just not been possible. However, we are keeping this under review and if, on the day, we are able to provide some alternative transport, we will do so. Customers are advised to check before they travel Saturday." from SWR spokesperson
    SWR spokesperson
  5. Teenager died 'after taking drugs and collapsing at club'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Luke Campbell-Tapson

    A teenager died after collapsing on a nightclub dance floor with a "very high concentration of MDMA", an inquest has heard.

    Luke Campbell-Tapson, 16, died on 27 May last year after collapsing at an over-16's event at Vivid nightclub in Ilfracombe.

    The hearing at South Molton Town Hall heard how the student from South Molton had bought the drugs two days earlier.

    A conclusion of a drug-related death was recorded.

  6. MP 'on the run' defends charity TV appearance

    Plymouth MP Johnny Mercer has taken to Twitter to defend his appearance in a TV reality show.

    The Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View is ''on the run'' with TV presenter Kay Burley for the Channel 4 show Celebrity Hunted.

    In it, celebrities try to evade capture by professional surveillance officers.

    But the MP - a former Army officer - has been criticised on social media for doing the show instead of concentrating on his parliamentary duties.

    His tweet replies that those duties have been "incorporated into filming".

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  7. The gifts offered to Devon and Cornwall police revealed

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Devon and Cornwall Police car

    A wooden bowl with wooden apples and a £5 note in a Christmas card telling an officer to "get a beer" are two of the gifts offered to police officers in Devon and Cornwall.

    Chocolates, biscuits, flowers and bottles of alcohol have also been offered to staff by members of the public.

    A register of gifts, gratuities and hospitality shows the items offered to officers in 2016 and 2017.

    Apples in a wooden bowl
    Image caption: A chief inspector was given wooden apples in a bowl by someone who knew of his interest in woodwork

    They are often from members of the public wanting to thank the police for the work they have done or for supporting them as a victim of crime.

    Other gifts included:

    • A discount voucher for 50% off retail catalogue price totalling a maximum team spend of £300 (rejected).
    • A Bulgarian brioche bread cake from a relative of a victim of crime (shared by family liaison officers).
    • A trip for two police staff to go to Luton to see Vauxhall's new production facility.
    • A box of chocolates given to a sergeant after he attended an argument (accepted).
    • A plastic drinking beaker worth 99p, a pen, a foam toy car and a USB stick (USB stick declined).
    • Two baby sleepsuits from a member of the public who is part of a family a PCSO has worked closely with.
    • An invitation to an Exeter Chiefs rugby match.
    • A pair of light brown bear gloves to keep a constable's hands warm while carrying out speed checks.
    • A day pass for entrance to Dartmoor Zoo.
  8. Woman airlifted to hospital after Honiton crash

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    A woman has been airlifted to hospital with what police believe could be "life-threatening" injuries after a crash on the A35 near Honiton.

    Emergency services were called to a crash between a Toyota Yaris and a Vauxhall van just after 13:00

    It is not yet know whether anyone else was injured.

    The road remains closed between Honiton and Axminster and drivers are being warned to avoid the area.

  9. Experienced Bignot moves to Truro City

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Truro City have signed experienced defender Paul Bignot.

    The 32-year-old former Crewe, Newport County and Grimsby defender is one of three new signings.

    Paul Bignot

    The National League South club have also brought in Bristol City youngsters Jojo Wollacott and Tom Richards on loan ahead of a season where they will share a ground with Torquay United.

    "To have the experience and know-how of Paul is a big boost to us," Truro boss Lee Hodges told the club website.

  10. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A35 Devon both ways

    BBC News Travel

    A35 Devon both ways severe accident, between the Honiton Bypass and Honiton Garden Centre.

    A35 Devon - A35 Axminster Road in Honiton closed and queuing traffic in both directions between the the Honiton Bypass junction and the Honiton Garden Centre junction, because of a serious accident involving two vehicles.

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

  11. Six-month old babies suffer from sunburn in heatwave

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Children aged six months and younger have suffered sunburn during the heatwave, it's been revealed.

    Hospital's across Devon have dealt with several cases as temperatures rise.

    Quote Message: Babies and young children have more sensitive skin and it's very important to keep them out of direct sunlight." from Chris Bower Clinic lead at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital
    Chris BowerClinic lead at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

    The NHS has said children of all ages should wear sunscreen, long-sleeves, sunglasses and spend time in the shade.

    "When you go in the sun, it's important to cover your skin with clothing such as a hat, T-shirt and sunglasses.", Mr Bower said.

    "Use a high protection sunscreen of at least SPF 30 which also has a high UVA protection. This should be applied generously and reapplied at least every two hours and after swimming."

  12. Bulgarian brioche and toy car among gifts to police

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A trip to Luton to see Vauxhall cars being made and a police hat from the chief of police of Long Beach USA are among the weird and wonderful gifts that have been offered to the Devon and Cornwall Police in recognition of the job they do.

    The items appear on a register of gifts and hospitality that were offered to officers and staff in 2016 and 2017 - often from members of the public wanting to thank the police for the work they have done or for supporting them after being a victim of crime.

    police headquarters

    Here are some of the other unusual gifts offered to the police:

    • A wooden bowl with wooden apples
    • A £5 note in a Christmas card telling an officer to 'get a beer'
    • Two baby sleepsuits
    • A day pass for entrance to Dartmoor Zoo
    • A pair of light brown gloves to keep a constable's hands warm while carrying out speed checks
    • A golf day at a local golf club
    • A Bulgarian Brioche bread cake
    • A plastic drinking beaker, a biro, a foam toy car and a USB stick

    Devon and Cornwall Police's Register of Gifts & Hospitality sets out strict rules to ensure gifts are declared by staff.

  13. Busiest week of the year for Ilfracombe lifeboat crew

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    It's been the busiest week of the year so far for the Ilfracombe RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew.

    They've responded to six shouts this week, including three on the same day.

    The shouts included a person who had drifted a mile off shore in an inflatable dinghy, a kayaker who had fallen out of his craft and lost his paddle, and surfers in trouble off Woolacombe beach.

    Image caption: Ilfracombe RNLI at Broadsands beach

    Crews also responded to two groups of people who had been cut off by the tide and assisted the ambulance service and coastguards with a medical incident at Broadsands beach, near Combe Martin.

    Earlier Andrew Bengey celebrated the 30th anniversary of his first shout as coxswain at Ilfracombe.

    Quote Message: It was an honour to coxswain the lifeboat for my 30-year anniversary. We have been tasked to a wide variety of shouts this week making it the busiest week of the year so far." from Andrew Bengey RNLI Coxswain
    Andrew BengeyRNLI Coxswain
  14. Penzance man admits killing wife

    A 61-year-old man from Cornwall has admitted killing his wife after her body was found at her home in Penzance earlier this year.

    Peter Rogers, who is currently being held at Exeter Prison, appeared by video link at Exeter Crown Court and denied murdering his 58-year-old wife Jennifer but pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

    He will go on trial at Truro Crown Court on 2 October on the more serious count of murder.

    Exeter Crown Court

    Mrs Rogers was found dead at her home in Dock Close in March.

  15. Met Office issues yellow weather warning for South West

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain and wind for the South West.

    The weather front is expected to hit the region in the early hours of Sunday morning, with the warning in place from 03:00 until 15:00.

    People are being warned to expect flooding and temporary power outages, as well as large waves in coastal areas.

  16. Teenagers threatened in Devon robbery

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Two teenagers were threatened by a man who took clothing, jewellery and cash, say police.

    The robbery happened on 10 July between 21:25 and 22:05 in Bradley Woods, Ogwell Mill Road, Newton Abbot.

    Police are appealing to anyone who recognises this man as they believe he has vital information to the investigation.

    CCTV of man
  17. Devon crash victims named by police

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police have named two men who died following a crash near Hatherleigh, Devon.

    The driver, Marcus Cobb, 32, from Jacobstowe, and front seat passenger, Daniel Maskell, 26, from Hatherleigh, both died at the scene on Wednesday.

    Emergency services were called to the single-vehicle crash on the the A3072 at Pulworthy Cross at about 21:30.


    The rear seat passenger, a 21-year-old man from Hatherleigh, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital where he was treated for serious injuries.

    A fourth passenger, a 29-year-old man from Okehampton, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and has since been discharged.

    Police are appealing for information and would like to hear from anyone who saw the Honda Civic travelling along the A3072 from Holsworthy towards Hatherleigh before the crash.

  18. Police concerned for safety of man who fled crash scene

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police are concerned for the safety of man who went missing following a crash on the M5 in Devon.

    David Williams, 50, was last seen at about 06:30 on the slip road of junction 28 at Cullompton, where police believe he was involved in a single vehicle crash.


    Mr Williams left the scene without seeking medical help.

    He is described as about 5ft 8ins with a shaved head and goatee beard, and was last seen wearing black jeans and a jacket.

    Police are asking for anyone with information to contact them.