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Summary

  1. Fire at high-rise building in Plymouth
  2. --- Three people treated for smoke inhalation
  3. --- Crews called to block of flats in Barne Barton
  4. Shop worker who stole £20,000 must repay £100 per month
  5. Skipper 'trapped in cabin' after mast fall
  6. Plans approved for industrial units in beauty spot
  7. New device could 'print' human skin for testing
  8. Walkers say it's 'lovely' to have storm-hit coast path back
  9. Updates on Wednesday 5 September 2018

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  1. Weather: Threat of showers after a bright start

    BBC Weather

    A sunny Wednesday evening, leading into a dry, clear and chilly night, with a few patches of mist forming by dawn.

    Minimum Temperature: 7 to 11C (45 to 52F).

    A cool but bright start to Thursday with any patchy mist dispersing.

    Thereafter, expect a day of sunny spells and the threat of showers, that may merge into longer spells of rain at times. Feeling cool.

    Maximum Temperature: 15 to 19C (59 to 66F).

  2. Teenagers arrested after north Devon bus theft and assault

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Two teenagers have been arrested after a theft and an assault took place on a north Devon bus.

    A group of five youths boarded a Stagecoach bus travelling between Braunton and Barnstaple and were asked to get off at 21:45 on 1 September.

    During this time a number of incidents took place including theft of bus takings, an assault of a female passenger and other public order offences.

    Devon and Cornwall police said: "A 15-year-old boy from Lynton was released on police bail until 24 September and a 16-year-old boy from Barnstaple was released under investigation pending further enquires."

    Police are appealing for witnesses and believe there were a number of passengers on the bus who are yet to come forward.

  3. Pub customer 'fled after clash between supporters'

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    A female customer says she ran out of a pub when it descended into "mayhem" as Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle supporters clashed in a mass brawl, a court has heard.

    Windows and bottles were smashed and a chair was picked up and used as a weapon during the fight in the King Billy pub in Exeter last April, the jury was told.

    Customer Joy Pringle, who was sitting near a window, said she saw a fight start and locals trying to stop a large group of men getting in.

    "I was scared and did not want to be around in case it started again," she said

    The King Billy pub in Exeter
    Image caption: The King Billy pub in Exeter has now closed down

    The prosecution says the Argyle supporters were on their way home from an away 1-1 draw against Portsmouth when they interrupted their journey and went to the pub, which is well known as being popular with Exeter fans.

    Four Plymouth supporters and three Exeter fans - from Exeter, Plymouth and Weston-super-Mare and aged between 25 and 55 - all deny affray and say they were acting in self-defence.

    The trial continues.

  4. Britain 'should not let scallop dispute get out of hand'

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    French and British boats collided in the English Channel
    Image caption: French and British boats collided in the English Channel last week

    An expert in fishing law says it would not be helpful for the Royal Navy to get involved in a dispute between British and French scallop dredgers.

    Following clashes off the French coast last week, in which the British insisted they were not acting illegally, representatives from both countries are meeting to try to resolve the dispute.

    Two British boats, Golden Promise and Joanna C, returned to Brixham harbour in Devon with damaged windows.

    Scallops on sale at a market in France

    Michael Williams, from Plymouth University, who specialises in the area, says France is too important an ally for things to escalate.

    "I don't think that this calls for the Royal Navy to go in and protect the boats," he said.

    "I don't think that's really helping the situation. The big picture, and this is what ministers will be looking at, is that France is a very close Nato ally - we've got very, very strong defence links with France and they're getting stronger."

  5. Thirty residents 'temporarily displaced' after flat fire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    About 30 residents from 12 flats in a block in Plymouth are "temporarily displaced" after a fire broke out, police have said.

    Firefighters were called to reports of a blaze in the ground floor flat in Savage Road at Barne Barton at about 10:50.

    Nobody was seriously injured but two people were taken to Derriford Hospital after "suffering smoke inhalation".

    A respite centre has been set up at Tamar View Community Centre in Miers Close to provide support for residents while housing options are considered.

    The building is without power at this time and firefighters remain at the scene, Devon and Cornwall Police added.

    An investigation into the cause of the blaze is under way.

    flat residents
    Quote Message: The exact circumstances as to how the fire began are subject to investigation by fire and police. This was a major incident and I would praise the swift response of all of the emergency services and partner agencies. We are very thankful that there were a low number of casualties and injuries were minor." from Acting Supt Rob Mooney Devon and Cornwall Police
    Acting Supt Rob MooneyDevon and Cornwall Police
  6. Plymouth flat fire block 'may be inhabitable'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A block of flats that caught fire in Plymouth "may be inhabitable", a local councillor has said.

    Residents have been told they will not be allowed back in their homes "for three days" and should head to the local community centre where temporary accommodation will be provided overnight.

    The blaze started at about 10:50 in the ground floor flat.

    The cause is not yet known.

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  7. Gulf war veteran 'plumbed the depths of depravity'

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A gulf war veteran had videos and pictures of children as young as three being sexually abused, Truro Crown Court has heard.

    Christopher Greenshields, 48, formerly from Redruth but now of Brunswisk Gardens in Hainault, Essex, pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing indecent images at a previous hearing.

    Police seized computer equipment, mobile phones and USB sticks from his home address, finding 172 images and 13 videos of category A, B and C.

    Truro Crown Court

    He was given a two year community order and must complete 35 days of rehabilitation. He was also ordered to attend a sex offender programme and is subject to a sexual harm prevention order.

    Judge Robert Linford told him: "These are not imagined offences. These are real little children being molested in a way that does them great harm".

    He added that in committing the offences Greenshields had "plumbed the very depths of depravity".

    The court heard how he was battling with alcohol dependence and at the time of the offences was living alone after the break up of his marriage.

  8. Appeal over distinctive stolen Harley Davidson

    Del Crookes

    BBC News Online

    Harley Davidson motorbike

    An investigation has been launched after the theft of a distinctive motorbike in Devon, police have said.

    The theft took place at about 19:15 on Tuesday from outside the Dartbridge Inn on the A384 near Buckfastleigh.

    "The bike is a distinctive burnt orange and black coloured Harley Davidson motorbike," said investigating officer PC Phil Johnson.

    "We have released images of the bike to help with the appeal, the owner is devastated as this bike has a huge sentimental appeal to him.

    “We are hoping that bike enthusiast across the region and wider will look out for each other and keep their eyes peeled for this bike."

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  9. Truro roads closed after reports of 'suspicious package'

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Police were called to reports of a "suspicious package" in Truro city centre earlier.

    Officers were called to a package which was "making a noise" and found in The Palace Building, Quay Street, just before 14:00.

    Six police vehicles attended and officers closed Green Street and Prince Street.

    The cordon has since been removed and the package has been "dealt with", police said.

    The cordon in Truro City Centre
  10. Five rescued from 'serious fire' in Plymouth

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Five people were rescued from their homes after a fire broke out in a block of flats in Plymouth, firefighters have said.

    Crews were called to the "serious fire" at Savage Road, Barne Barton at about 10:50.

    No-one was seriously injured but three people were treated for smoke inhalation, Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service added.

    Adrian Pope lives in one of the flats and was rescued by firefighters...

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    Video caption: Five rescued in flat fire

    An investigation into the cause of the fire is under way.

  11. Third man killed in bank holiday crash is named

    Lauren Haly

    BBC News Online

    Scene of the crash

    A 60-year-old man who died in a two-vehicle crash in Devon has been named by police.

    Nicholas Smith, from Chudleigh was the driver of one of the two vehicles involved in the crash which also killed two others on 27 August.

    Police were called at 17:45 to reports of a crash between two Jaguars on the B3193, Clay Pitts Way, Kingsteignton.

    A 27-year-old driver and his 17-year-old passenger, both from Chudleigh, also died at the scene.

    Formal identification for the two men is ongoing. However, they have been named locally as Lewis Taylor, and Callum Heath.

    Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

  12. Shop worker who stole £20,000 must repay £100 per month

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A woman who stole £20,000 over six months from a Penryn shop she was working in has been given a suspended jail sentence at Truro Crown Court.

    Chloe Rollason, 30, from Mylor Bridge near Falmouth previously admitted theft from a convenience store attached to Falmouth Garages between January and July 2017.

    The judge ordered her to repay a "token" of £100 a month up to a total of £2,000.

    Chloe Rollason

    In March Judge Robert Linford deferred sentencing for six months to allow Rollason to show "real steps had been taken" to repay the money.

    In her defence, Curt Lewis told the court she had made 119 job applications in the last six months, but had failed to find a job. About £400 had been repaid.

    Judge Linford told her she was guilty of "extremely serious offending" but avoided jail because he had "no evidence" of her betraying his earlier order.

    She was given a 12 month jail sentence suspended for two years, along with 200 hours of unpaid work.

    The judge added that he will request the police to "conduct a thorough investigation" to verify her evidence given under oath relating to her spending patterns and job searching.

    The court was told she had secured a bank loan to set up a business and the victim of the theft may pursue the remaining compensation through the civil courts.

    Falmouth garages
  13. Old Jaeger factory to be used to help fashion graduates

    BBC Spotlight

    Fashion student at Plymouth College of Art

    Plymouth's fashion industry could be getting a new lease of life.

    High-end retailer Jaeger closed its Union Street building in the late 1990s but now a community interest company has moved in with new plans for the site.

    Makers HQ is opening a sample unit that will create one-off garments to help local brands and fashion graduates create their own clothing ranges to show to clients.

    They are also offering the community around the factory the chance to retrain and get industry qualifications.

    The project is a collaboration between Plymouth College of Art and the Millfields Trust.

    Studio manager for Makers HQ, Sophie Glover, says graduate machinists and stitchers will be able to hone their skills at the new space...

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    Video caption: Old Jaeger factory to be used to help fashion graduates
  14. Firefighters remain at the scene of Plymouth fire

    Johnny Rutherford

    BBC Spotlight

    Fire crews remain at the scene of a flat fire in Plymouth.

    Earlier, smoke could be seen billowing from the building on Savage Road, Barne Barton.

    Three people are being treated for smoke inhalation.

    Video content

    Video caption: Crews remain on scene of Plymouth fire
  15. Three people treated for smoke inhalation at Plymouth fire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Three people are being treated for smoke inhalation after a flat fire in Plymouth, the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust has said.

    A number of roads have also been closed near the blaze in a block of flats in Barne Barton, said Devon and Cornwall Police.

    Fire crews remain at the scene.

    smoke from fire
  16. Roads closed as firefighters tackle blaze

    Fire

    A number of roads have been closed near a property fire in Plymouth.

    Firefighters are tackling the blaze in a block of flats in Barne Barton.

    It started in a ground floor flat and residents have been evacuated from the high-rise building.

    Police said parts of Poole Park Road, Kelly Close junction and Savage Road have been closed.

  17. Six fire engines at the scene of Plymouth flat fire

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    There are currently six fire engines at the scene of a flat fire in Plymouth, firefighters have said.

    Crews were called to Savage Road, Barne Barton, at about 10:50 after reports of a blaze in a ground floor flat.