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  1. Woman in Westward Ho! tries to 'stop incoming tide'

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Jeremy Vine has shared a rather unusual attempt at stopping the tide in Westward Ho!.

    The BBC Radio 2 presenter tweeted his amusement after spotting the woman and her dog stood behind a makeshift trench.

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  2. Weather: Patchy rain to start but heavier later

    BBC Weather

    Showers will fade through Friday evening to allow for some late evening sunshine.

    Through the night, cloud will steadily build from the southwest, with a chance of some patchy rain arriving around dawn.

    Minimum Temperature: 7 to 12C (45 to 54F).

    Weather map

    A cloudy start for Saturday with some patchy rain here and there.

    As the day progresses, the rain will become more persistent, with a strengthening southwesterly wind.

    Maximum Temperature: 16 to 20C (61 to 68F).

  3. Special tribute to Battle of Britain pilot

    John Danks

    BBC Spotlight

    A special tribute has been paid by RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall to one of the last pilots from World War Two who were known as "the few".

    Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum, who lived on the Lizard Peninsula, was the youngest Spitfire pilot to take part in the Battle of Britain and died last month at the age of 96.

    The Cornwall naval base prepared a Spitfire before it performed a flypast - in tribute - over his funeral in Mullion.

    Video courtesy of RNAS Culdrose

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    Video caption: A special flypast of the funeral of one of the last pilots known as 'the few'.
  4. Tom Daley tipped to join Strictly Come Dancing 2018 cast

    Plymouth Live

    Olympic diver Tom Daley is the latest star to reportedly sign up for this year's Strictly Come Dancing.

    Tom, 24, from Plymouth, could be joining the likes of Pussycat Doll star Ashley Roberts, Steps star Faye Tozer, Blue's Lee Ryan and YouTube personality Zoella's brother Joe Sugg.

  5. Thresher 'may have been hunting schooling fish'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Thresher shark

    The thresher shark pictured breaching off the Devon coast may have been hunting mackerel or other small schooling fish, an expert has said.

    John Richardson, from the Shark Trust, described the images taken by Robert Hughes, from Devon Sea Safari in Orestone, Torbay, on Thursday, as "amazing" and being taken with "impeccable timing".

    It is believed dolphins started behaving oddly shortly before the thresher shark came out of the water, may have been trying to chase it away.

    Mr Richardson said the presence of a larger animal may have caused the dolphins to change their behaviour.

    He said: "The thresher is completely non-threatening to dolphins.

    "They are only geared up for eating the likes of mackerel and squid... but I guess the dolphins don't know that.

    "Maybe the fact that there is a larger animal in the water might alter their behaviour."

    Thresher shark

    Thresher sharks use their impressive tails, which make up half the length of their body, to stun lots of prey at once with sharp overhead tail slaps.

    In June, a fisherman caught a 21 stone (133kg) thresher - thought to the biggest ever pulled from Welsh waters in Pembrokeshire.

    Mr Richardson said threshers were found most abundantly 40 to 75 miles offshore.

    He said: "They come closer to shore when mackerel and other small schooling fish are running."

  6. Police panel have 'severe concern' over force merger

    Ben Woolvin

    BBC South West Home Affairs correspondent

    Police tape

    Councillors who sit on the Devon and Cornwall police and crime panel have said they have "very severe concern" regarding plans to merge with Dorset police force.

    A meeting to discuss the merger was held in Plymouth today.

    Plymouth City Council Leader, Tudor Evans attacked the plans and said "the merger is being decided behind closed doors".

    The next panel meeting has been postponed until early October, to allow the chief constable and the commissioner to provide more details.

    Details on extra officer numbers, how they will be paid for and how they'll be split between the two forces have been requested

    The case needs to be with the Home Office by 12 October.

  7. Locals unhappy with 'cheap and nasty' Bretonside complex

    BBC Radio Devon

    A new £53m leisure development in Plymouth city centre has come under fire from locals because of the way it looks.

    Some people said the rear of the Bretonside building - which has recently been decorated in black and white thick stripes - looked "cheap and nasty".

    The developers, British Land, said it was "delivering a flagship leisure scheme to Plymouth city centre and its wider region" and the building has been designed to accommodate this.

    Have a listen to what these people think...

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    Video caption: Artist impression of what the complex will look like on completion
  8. Fourth annual Devon Street Food Festival begins

    BBC Radio Devon

    The Devon Street Food Festival is under way in Ilfracombe.

    Until Sunday, food suppliers and market stalls will be at Victoria Pleasure Grounds with different foods for visitors to try.

    It's the fourth year of the free event.

  9. Bus services delayed due to A30 accident


    Some bus services are delayed in and around Barnstaple, Exeter and Okehampton due to heavy traffic on the A30, Stagecoach SouthWest has said.

    The A30 eastbound between Okehampton Services and Whiddon Down is blocked because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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  10. Call to change boating drink-drive laws

    BBC Spotlight

    There are calls in the south west for drink-drive laws to be extended to all boat users to try to improve sea safety.

    The British Ports Association, which represents harbours around the country, wants the current alcohol rules that apply to commercial vessels to be extended to all watercraft users.

    There was an attempt to bring in a law back in 2003 but it was not enacted at the time.

    The Royal Yachting Association said it would not object to legislation so long as there was compelling evidence for it and it was clear, understandable and enforceable.

    Teignmouth harbourmaster, commander David Vaughan, says people who drink while at sea are "a danger to themselves and other people"...

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    Video caption: Call to change drink-drive boat laws
  11. Envelope update

    Severe accident: A30 Devon eastbound

    BBC News Travel

    A30 Devon eastbound severe accident, between B3260 and A382 Exeter Road Whiddon Down.

    A30 Devon - A30 blocked and queuing traffic eastbound between Oakhampton Services in Okehampton and Whiddon Down, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

  12. Dolphins 'harass' shark into breaching

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Thresher shark

    A 11.5ft (3.5m) thresher shark jumped clean out of the water possibly because it was being harassed dolphins.

    The image was taken by skipper Robert Hughes, from Devon Sea Safari, who described the moment as "incredible".

    Mr Hughes was in Orestone, Torbay, with a tour who were watching dolphins when he saw the shark.

    He said: "The dolphins were swimming right up to the boat and they all started acting quite strangely - breaching sideways and tails slapping the water.

    "Their behaviour had changed and I think they were probably having a go at the shark which probably was why it breached at that time."

    Mr Hughes said he had seen smaller thresher sharks a few times recently but trying to get one on camera was more difficult.

    Threshers, which are harmless to humans, can be found in tropical to cold-temperate seas around the world.

  13. Plaque dedicated to first female MP to be unveiled

    BBC Radio Devon

    A blue plaque dedicated to the first female MP to take her seat in the House of Commons will be unveiled in Plymouth.

    The Lord Mayor of Plymouth will do the honours at Nancy Astor's former home at 15:00.

    Lady Astor was the MP for Plymouth Sutton from 1919 to 1945.

  14. Devon boy wins five medals at British Transplant Games

    BBC Radio Devon


    A nine-year-old has won a fistful of medals at the British Transplant Games in Birmingham.

    Nathaniel Gale, from Totnes, had a liver transplant as a baby after almost dying from chronic liver failure.

    He is celebrating winning five medals at the recent games.

    His mum Claire Gale is very proud and hopes the event will raise the profile of organ donation...

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    Video caption: Boy wins at transplant games after chronic liver failure
  15. Boardmasters targeted in police operation

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    A major police operation has taken place in Cornwall to protect festivalgoers at Boardmasters.

    Operation Allied Wolf involved the police working with partner organisations including the National Crime Agency on Wednesday and Thursday.

    Automated Number Plate Recognition technology "allowed officers to identify criminals who were making their way to the festival" in Newquay, police said.

    The operation in action

    Devon and Cornwall Police revealed a list of offences which included people being arrested for possession of cannabis, a wanted man being arrested for a number of offences and the seizure of 12 vehicles with no insurance.

    Sgt Emma Stringer said: “We used this opportunity [the festival] to reinforce messages around road safety to drivers.

    "Some of the officers involved are also family liaison officers, who have to deliver that knock on the door that will change a family’s life forever. We will do everything in our power to reduce the number of times this happens in our area."