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  1. Threatening ex arrested after wide-scale manhunt

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A man has been arrested after a wide-scale manhunt involving a police helicopter and a dog unit.

    Police were called following reports of a woman receiving threatening messages from her ex-partner.

    Officers launched the search at about 10:00 after the man went on the run in Ivybridge.

    The helicopter and dogs tracked the man across moorland and arrested him at about 15:15.

    NPAS Exeter tweeted their thanks to all of the officers involved in the search.

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  2. Burglar 'hid in a bin' after trying to steal car

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    A man was caught hiding in a bin after trying to steal a car in Kingsbridge, police say.

    The 38-year-old man smashed the window of the vehicle at about 22:00 on Saturday.

    ATS Euromaster in Kingsbridge

    He then tried and failed to set the car on fire before fleeing the scene.

    Two members of the public discovered him hiding in a bin at a garage.

    Police arrested the man and say he has now been released under investigation.

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  3. Weather: Cloudy but with spells of sunshine

    Bee Tucker

    BBC Weather

    Monday night will stay mostly dry with some clear spells. However, cloud will tend to become more extensive again later, perhaps giving a few spots of rain.

    Minimum temperature: 11 to 14C (52 to 57F).


    Tuesday will see a fair amount of cloud at times with the small chance of the odd spot of rain. However, there will be spells of sunshine too.

    Maximum temperature: 19 to 22C (66 to 72F).

  4. Four arrested in Plymouth arson attack investigation

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Four people have been arrested after a brick was thrown through the window of a Plymouth home and its front door was set on fire, police say.

    Officers were called to the house in Pasley Street at about 20:40 on Saturday where they arrested three men and a woman on suspicion of arson.

    Pasley Street

    One of the men and the woman were also arrested on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

    All those arrested have now been released under investigation.

    Nobody was injured as a result of the incident and the fire service was not called.

  5. Agency 'committed to £9m River Otter anti-flood scheme'

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Environment Agency says it is "completely committed" to a £9m scheme to help restore the River Otter and to help avoid a "catastrophic breach" of failing 200-year-old sea defences in Budleigh Salterton.

    The Lower Otter Restoration Project is investigating the possibility of restoring the estuary to a more natural state and reducing the impact of climate change while creating new habitats for wildlife and improving water quality.

    The project, led by landowner Clinton Devon Estates and the Environment Agency, has a preferred option to see the Big and Little Marsh floodplain restored.

    Flooded cricket club and flood defence plans

    Breaches would be created in the Little Bank, the Big Bank and the River Otter embankment, allowing water to flow through.

    There would be new footbridges ensuring continuity of existing access, but it would mean the relocation of Budleigh Salterton Cricket Club (pictured), which has been previously affected by flooding.

    A public exhibition on the Lower Otter Restoration Project will be held later this year.

  6. New library and homes granted for Plymouth community

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Planning permission for 24 new homes and a new library in Plymouth has been granted.

    The redevelopment work on Victoria Road, St Budeaux will aim to create a "more modern and welcoming" library, according to developers.

    The environmentally friendly building will also provide 20 apartments, and four specialist units that will be wheelchair accessible.

    Plymouth city council deputy leader, Pete Smith said: “It’s great to get the green light for this exciting new development in St Budeaux. The current library is popular and well-used but also dated and inefficient to run.

    “We want to create an open, bright, friendly and welcoming space that provides better opportunities for people to access all our library services.”

    The new library is expected to open next summer.

    A computer generated image of how the new library will look
  7. Man caught 'filming up woman's skirt' in car park

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Police are hunting a man in his 50s or 60s who was caught filming up a woman's skirt in Kingsbridge.

    The victim, a woman in her 20s from Ivybridge, was on the stairs between Tesco and the Fore Street car park when she was filmed.

    The steps between Tesco and the Fore Street Car Park

    Witnesses chased after the man, who was white, wearing shorts and carrying a backpack, after they spotted him filming the woman at about 14:00 on Friday 3 August.

    Police say the group caught up with him by the public toilets of the car park, but he denied doing anything wrong and left the scene.

    Officers would now like to speak to anyone involved.

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  8. Brixham shellfish jetty set for approval

    Daniel Clark

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    A £1m plan for a new jetty in Brixham to support the growing shellfish industry is set for approval next week.

    Last year, Torbay Council agreed to go ahead with the principle of the proposal for the new landing jetty at Oxen Cove after hearing this could be the next major phase of expansion for the growing port.

    The jetty would be used by several businesses, in particular Offshore Shellfish Ltd, the company behind a mussel farm planned for the area.

    Brixham jetty plans

    The council's development management committee next Monday is being recommended to grant planning permission for the 8m wide, 60m-long jetty from Oxen Cove car park.

    Planning documents say the jetty would provide a shellfish landing facility to service an offshore mussel farm, and would be used for loading and unloading of goods and personnel only, not be used as a permanent berth, and be wide enough for an articulated lorry.

    The proposal would also provide support for an estimated 15 fishing businesses and 20 jobs would be created, they added.

    Brixham Town Council has backed the proposals.

  9. £20k grant to develop Barnstaple town centre vision

    BBC Radio Devon

    Plans to develop a new vision for Barnstaple town centre have been boosted by a £20,000 grant from North Devon District Council.

    The cash will be spent on writing up a strategic document to "identify what makes the town special" and how local agencies "can make the most of development opportunities to ensure the town grows in a way that's acceptable to those that work, live and visit here".

    The aim was to coordinate regeneration projects already under way and use it to bid for money from external funders, the council said.

    Barnstaple town centre
  10. 'Shock' at 'vicious' attack on National Trust man, 72

    BBC Radio Devon

    National Trust bosses say they are "shocked" at a "vicious and unprovoked" attack on a 72-year-old attendant at a remote car park.

    East Portlemouth

    The elderly man was punched and left unconscious last Thursday at Mill Bay beach near East Portlemouth in south Devon, said police.

    He was attacked after telling the driver that the car park was full and is now recovering at home after being taken to hospital.

    "We wish him a speedy recovery," said the National Trust who asked anyone who saw the attack at about 14:25 to contact the police.

    Officers are looking for a man in his 40s with dark balding hair and driving a red Vauxhall Astra.

  11. Two injured by moped riders in 'targeted arson attack'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

    Two men on a moped are being hunted by police after they threw lit objects into a Plymouth home in a "targeted" arson attack.

    Officers said the two lit objects were thrown through the ground-floor living room window of the property in Mylor Close, in the Pennycross area, by "two unknown offenders" in the early hours of Friday 3 August.

    They caused a fire which resulted in "substantial damage to the property" and a man in his 50s and woman in her 40s needing treatment for smoke inhalation by paramedics.

    Police said it was "being treated as arson with intent to endanger life".

    One suspect was described as wearing a motorcycle helmet, a grey tracksuit and trainers with a reflective stripe. The other man was wearing dark clothing.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said they were keen to speak to anyone who "saw the pair on the moped in the area before or after it happened".

    They added: "We would like to reassure residents that we believe this is targeted attack."

  12. Anger over BMX track plan after parish council rejects it

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Proposed BMX track site

    There has been renewed anger at plans to build a BMX racing track on land between Redruth and Camborne that locals say is a World Heritage Site and an Area of Great Landscape Value.

    The controversial application on the foothills of Carn Brea has divided opinion, with Carn Brea Parish Council deciding not to back the plans.

    The applicant, Cornwall BMX Racing Club, said it would provide local children with a "much-needed facility" that would "help encourage new volunteer roles and valuable social interaction, bringing positive impacts on health, wellbeing and antisocial behaviour within this needy area".

    Opponents claim it would devastate wildlife, cause noise and light pollution, and prevent public access to the area.

    Cornwall Council is due to make the final decision on whether it will go ahead at a later date.

    Cornwall BMX site plans
  13. Relatives share stories at WW2 air raid memorial event

    Laurence Reed

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People have been sharing stories of their relatives at a ceremony in Truro to mark 76 years since a World War Two air raid killed 13 people in the city.

    A memorial to remember those who lost their lives has been unveiled at Victoria Gardens.

    Dozens of people who recall the raid and others who have heard the stories were there to mark the event.

    Sheila Richardson was one of them. Her mother, Mrs Jacobs lived in Truro at the time and Sheila has been telling the story of how she was saved by a soldier at the picture house...

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    Video caption: Memorial to remember those killed in Truro during a German air-raid exactly 76 years ago.
  14. Devon travel: Problems in Plymouth and on A30 Woodleigh

    BBC Radio Devon

    • One lane is closed on the A30 between Fingle Glen and the Woodleigh junction, heading towards Okehampton, because of a broken-down car and caravan
    • In Plymouth, on Exeter Street inbound between Embankment Road and Bretonside, one lane is closed due to an accident
    • Staying in Plymouth, and Outland Road inbound is partially blocked between Segrave Road and Milehouse due to a crash
    • Elsewhere in the city, one lane is closed on Laira Bridge Road outbound, between Embankment Lane and Pomphlett Road, due to a crash
  15. Truro WW2 air raid memorial officially unveiled

    Feyaza Khan

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    A memorial for people killed in Truro during an air raid in World War Two has been unveiled during a remembrance service.

    Truro WW2 memorial

    Thirteen people were killed in the attack on 6 August 1942.

    Many of the casualties were at the Royal Cornwall Infirmary, which took a direct hit, resulting in nine deaths.

    The memorial has been officially unveiled in the city's Victoria Gardens.

  16. Porthcurno parking 'a bad visitor experience and unsafe'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC Local Live

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    More than 100 vehicles were parked on narrow roads around Porthcurno on Sunday, causing traffic problems and raising safety concerns, a local tourism group says.

    Some villagers said they were increasingly concerned about access for them and emergency vehicles.

    Local tourism information Twitter feed Porthcurno Today said on Sunday that police had been directing traffic as cars had been parked on roads and "obstructing traffic" because the main car parks were full.

    Speaking to the BBC, the group said that such problems were a "bad visitor experience, as well as unsafe".

    It added that there were proposals for double yellow lines "in the works" down Porthcurno valley, that had "now become urgent, and so are pavements in the valley, and [a] park and ride."

  17. Campaign visits Devon in calls for police dog protection

    BBC Spotlight

    A campaign to give police dogs legal protection is visiting Devon, calling for a change in the law.

    Police dogs and other service animals are considered to be property, and criminals who attack them can only be charged with criminal damage.

    The campaign for Finn's Law - named after former police dog Finn, who was stabbed by a fleeing criminal - calls for them to be given rights under animal welfare legislation.

    Finn's attacker, a 16-year-old boy, was found guilty of actual bodily harm against Finn's handler, PC Dave Wardell, but only criminal damage for injuring Finn. He was given a detention training order for eight months.

    PC Wardell, Finn's owner after the dog was retired from police service, said he thought those who attacked serving dogs should be given sentences for charges that reflected what happened to Finn...

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    Video caption: Campaign to give police dogs legal protection has been calling for a change in the law.