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  1. Murder inquiry of men in 80s continues
  2. Motorcyclist hospitalised after being 'trapped in fence'
  3. The English Channel's 'abandoned shipwreck'
  4. Donkey Sanctuary reopens after equine flu
  5. Updates on Thursday 14 February 2019

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  1. 'No-one inside fire-hit building'

    Firefighters have confirmed no-one was inside a derelict former church, which was damaged in a large fire.

    Fire crews have been tackling the blaze in Torquay at the building known locally as the Rainbow Fun House.

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  2. More than £1,000 of 'class A drugs' seized from dealer

    Police have seized more than £1,000 worth of suspected class A drugs from a "dealer" in Westward Ho!

    Bideford Police said they discovered "100s of wraps" in the suspect's possession, and that they will be continuing their investigations into the drugs trade in North Devon in the coming days.

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  3. 'Fatberg is being successfully excavated'

    Lisa Hay

    BBC News Online

    A "monster" fatberg found blocking a sewer in Sidmouth is being successfully excavated, water company bosses say.

    The solid block is made up of fat, wet wipes and grease.

    South West Water (SWW) said the fatberg, measuring 210ft (64m) long, was the biggest it had found and it would take about eight weeks to remove.

    A spokeswoman for South West Water's parent company, Pennon Group Plc, said excavation has been "going well" and three tanker loads containing 3,000 gallons of excavated fat have now been removed.

    The first samples have gone to the University of Exeter for analysis.

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  4. Police and crime commissioner gets parking fine

    Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has been given a parking ticket.

    The penalty charge notice was issued by Torbay Council at Preston Gardens in Paignton, after a community meeting overran.

    Ms Hernandez posted a picture of the ticket on Twitter, with the caption "Happy Valentine's Day Alison".

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  5. 'More tin and tungsten' in Cornwall

    Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

    BBC Spotlight

    A mining firm that has been test drilling near Callington says there may be three times as much tin and tungsten in the ground locally as it thought in 2018.

    The results at Redmoor are the early fruits of several millions of pounds worth of international investment in east Cornwall.

    It is early days but they support the Anglo-Australian firm Cornwall Resources’ claim that this could one day be a world-class mine.

    The big challenge is that this would have to be an underground mine, making it much more expensive than an open pit.

    The overall tonnage in the ground looks to be only one-third of what’s on offer at the nearby Hemerdon mine. Hemerdon remains shut, although investors have not given up trying to reopen it.

    Metals prices are high, but UK mining ventures have been struggling to get investment recently.

    Quote Message: The increased resource estimate should help to address, at least in part, earlier concerns that Redmoor is of insufficient scale to support a mine development… the new resource is an important step towards the company’s goal of restarting mining at Redmoor”. from John Meyer Mining analyst, SP Angel
    John MeyerMining analyst, SP Angel
  6. Envelope update

    Severe disruption: M5 Devon southbound

    BBC News Travel

    M5 Devon southbound severe disruption, from J28 for A373 Station Road Cullompton to J29 for A3015 Honiton Road Exeter.

    M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 southbound from J28, A373 (Cullompton) to J29, A3015 (Exeter), because of a broken down vehicle. Traffic is coping well.

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

  7. Breaking'Murdered men died from serious head injuries'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    Three men who were murdered in Exeter died from serious head injuries, police have said.

    In a press conference, the third victim who was found dead on Monday in a property on Bonhay Road was officially named as Anthony Payne, 80.

    Officers also confirmed the other two victims were twins Richard and Roger Carter, 84, of Cowick Lane. They had been named locally on Wednesday.

    Officers added important witnesses had come forward following a police appeal.

    They stressed there was no information to indicate a current threat to anyone else.

    A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder remains in police custody.

  8. Torquay fire: 'Unknown' if people are inside building

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    It's currently "unknown" whether any people are inside the old church building in Torquay where a fire has broken out, a fire service has said.

    Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service was called to the former Rainbow Funhouse site on Torwood Garden Road at about 14:00.

    They are currently at the scene tackling the blaze on the first floor and roof space.

    Seven fire engines are at the scene and the road remains closed.

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  9. Torquay church fire: Flames getting 'bigger and bigger'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    About 10 fire engines are currently at the scene of a blaze at an old church building in Torquay.

    A fire broke out at the site of the former Rainbow Funhouse on Torwood Gardens Road earlier.

    Anthony Jones - who works at a restaurant on the same street - said the flames were getting "bigger and bigger and bigger".

    "I could smell the smoke and knew it was definitely a fire. We heard the fire engines come along the seafront," he said.

    It's believed the building has been empty for some time.

    Torwood Gardens Road is closed.

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  10. BreakingCrews tackling fire at old Torquay church site

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Crews are currently dealing with a fire on the site of an old church in Torquay.

    Smoke can be seen billowing from the building on Torwood Gardens Road.

    More to follow.

  11. Police search for missing Plymouth man

    Jenna Hawkey

    BBC News Online

    Police are concerned for the welfare of a 42-year-old Plymouth man, who has been reported missing.

    Philip Jones is described as white, about 5ft 7 inches (1.7m) tall, of thin build and with blue eyes.

    He has a Liverpudlian accent and usually wears a grey tracksuit.

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    He is currently homeless but is known to frequent Plymouth city centre.

    Searches are being carried out to find Mr Jones, and police are asking members of the public to report any sightings to them.

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