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Summary

  1. Merry-go-round destroyed in 'arson attack'
  2. Rail strike set to cause delays for Devon passengers
  3. Heifer rescued after nine days at bottom of Devon cliffs
  4. Devon 'will get £5m boost' from Tour of Britain race
  5. ---Churches to offer pit stops for Tour of Britain cyclists
  6. Cornish cove still up for sale for £2.6m
  7. Cornish man to sail around the world solo
  8. Updates on Friday 31 August 2018

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  1. Missing Devon teen, 13, 'may be in Manchester'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Ellie Palmer-Welsh

    Police are appealing for information about a missing 13-year-old girl from Barnstaple.

    Ellie Palmer-Welsh has not been seen since Thursday afternoon at her home in Barnstaple, North Devon.

    Devon and Cornwall Police say they are "growing increasingly concerned" for her welfare.

    Ellie is described as white, slim, under 5ft tall, green eyes, brown hair worn in a ponytail and was wearing black jeans, a grey T-shirt and a pink sweater.

    The teenager has links to locations across Devon but officers have reason to believe that she may have travelled to Manchester by train.

    A police spokesman said: "The police and her family are concerned for her safety, and are desperate to hear from her to ensure she is OK.

    "If Ellie see’s this appeal, please contact your family or the police and let us know that you are safe."

    Anyone with information is asked to call 999, quoting log number 711 for 30 August.

    Ellie Palmer-Welsh
    Image caption: The CCTV still shows Ellie on the north bound Platform at Tiverton Parkway 19:27 on Thursday
  2. Weather: Cloudy with some drizzle

    BBC Weather

    Clear spells will slowly give way to thickening cloud, moving its way in from the west.

    The cloud will go on to produce a few pockets of drizzle locally.

    Turning a little misty on some of the hills.

    Minimum Temperature: 9 to 14C (48 to 57F).

    Weather map

    Rather a lot of cloud to come on Saturday with this cloud thick enough to give a few patches of drizzle.

    Brighter spells will be rather limited. Winds generally light or moderate and from the south.

    Maximum Temperature: 18 to 22C (64 to 72F).

  3. Mother and child rescued from rip current in Sennen

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A mother and young child were rescued after getting caught in a rip current off Sennen beach near Penzance.

    A member of the public managed to get the boy onto his paddle board before a lifeguard arrived and took him safely ashore on his rescue board.

    While this was happening, the child's mother had entered the water to try to help, and herself needed rescuing by another lifeguard.

    The child was about 600m away from the red and yellow flagged area when spotted from the shore at about 17:30 on Thursday.

    Later in the evening, lifeguards rescued an adult body-boarder and a 12-year-old child from the same rip current, and a red flag was put out in front of that area of sea.

    The RNLI are reminding people to choose beaches where lifeguards are on duty. From September some patrols will stop.

    Patrols have finished on the following beaches:

    • Devon: Teignmouth, Dawlish Warren, Bigbury North, Thurlestone, Blackpool Sands, Slapton, Hope Cove, Burnham-on-Sea, Berrow and Milrock on Woolacombe beach.
    • Cornwall: Freathy, Tregantle (closed weekdays only), Pollurrian, Gunwalloe, Porthleven, Marazion, Porthkidney, Carbis Bay, Perranuthnoe, South Fistral, Lusty Glaze, Crantock River, From 9 September, Crackington Haven and Northcotte Mouth in Bude.
    Sennen beach
  4. £30k motorhome 'pinched from driveway'

    Millicent Cooke

    BBC News Online

    Caravan

    Police are hunting thieves who stole a £30,000 motorhome from a driveway in Paignton.

    The Ford Transit Chausson Flash was stolen from Kings Ash Road between 21.45 on Tuesday and 09:00 on the Wednesday.

    Officers described it as white and blue with green stripes down the side.

    The number plate is PN10BDU, but investigating officer PC Alison Hooper believes this may have been removed.

    Quote Message: This vehicle could be anywhere across the UK and we are keen to hear from anyone who has been offered a motorhome for sale or noticed one of this make that is new to the area in the past couple of days. The motorhome is worth in the region of £30,000 and as expected, the victim is very upset; we need the public's help to get to the bottom of this crime." from PC Alison Hooper Investigating officer
    PC Alison HooperInvestigating officer
  5. Two UK nationals among drug catamaran arrested

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    Two UK Nationals were amongst the five people arrrested on suspicion of drug trafficking offences in Newlyn, the National Crime Agency has said.

    The five appeared at Bristol Magistrates' Court after a significant amount of cocaine was recovered from a catamaran on 30 August.

    Graham Gardner, deputy director of investigations at the NCA said "seizures like this are a key part of the war against drugs".

    Border Force at Newlyn Harbour
    Quote Message: There's no doubt about it that large seizures of this nature end up in the pubs, club and other social outlets of the UK. So people who think them buying a very minute quantity of cocaine doesn't have an impact, it absolutely does." from Graham Gardner Deputy director of investigations, NCA
    Graham GardnerDeputy director of investigations, NCA
  6. Traffic: Accident and broken-down caravan on the A30

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    • On the A30 at the Chiverton Cross Roundabout we've got reports there's an accident.
    • Near Launceston on the A30 eastbound between the Callington turn off and Lifton Down turn off one lane is closed due to a broken-down caravan.
  7. Devon historical society celebrates 40 years

    BBC Radio Devon

    Lustleigh

    A historical society in Devon is celebrating its 40th anniversary this weekend.

    The Lustleigh Society was set up to create a local archive and educate the community.

    It now has thousands of photos, videos and written pieces about the history of the village.

    Celebrations throughout the weekend will include a film night showing local events such as May Day and the village show.

    A map dating back to 1838 will also be displayed in the village hall.

    Lustleigh
    Quote Message: There's always been a strong tradition. It's just one of those special places that people get hooked on like I did all those years ago." from Peter Mason Chairman of the Lustleigh Society
    Peter MasonChairman of the Lustleigh Society
  8. MEP wants decisive and urgent action over scallop trawling

    BBC Radio Devon

    An MEP is calling on the government to take decisive and urgent action in a dispute over trawling for scallops off the Normandy coast.

    William Dartmouth, the UKIP MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, said at least one of the UK fisheries protection vessels should be sent into the area.

    On Tuesday the skippers of two vessels fishing out of Brixham claimed they'd had rocks and flares thrown at them while fishing in the Bay of Seine.

    Men on the trawler boats
  9. Rescue teams try to free trapped cow at cliff base

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Cow
    Image caption: The Devon Red Ruby cow has been fed by the farmer via a kayak

    A heifer which has been trapped at the bottom of a cliff for more than a week is being rescued by emergency services.

    Fire crews, the RSPCA and the RNLI are involved in the rescue between Hallsands and Start Point.

    The Devon Red Ruby cow has been fed by the farmer via a kayak.

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