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  1. Eclipse over Dartmoor

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Thanks for sending in all your brilliant photos of the lunar eclipse.

    This one is from Kestor Rock in Dartmoor, taken by Neil Porter.

  2. Spaceport Cornwall 'could be up and running next year'

    BBC Spotlight


    The team behind plans to create a spaceport in Cornwall say they could start taking off next year.

    In June, it was announced the UK government and Cornwall Council was prepared to invest up to £20m into Spaceport Cornwall.

    The scheme, based in Newquay, could create up to 150 jobs.

    The boss of Virgin Orbit, Dan Hart, is hopeful of getting ground equipment in place very soon...

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    Video caption: Orbit is the satellite launch system currently being developed by Sir Richard Branson
  3. Brixham seal attack an 'unfortunate encounter'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online


    A seal attack on a swimmer who had to be taken to hospital was a "very unfortunate encounter", according to a conservation charity.

    It happened off coastal rocks in Brixham, Devon, near Shoalstone Pool, a seawater swimming pool, the RNLI said.

    People have now been warned to avoid swimming in the sea, and to stick to the sea pool itself, which is "safe and supervised by a lifeguard".

    Helen Gowans, public and community engagement manager at the Ocean Conservation Trust, said it is "not something that tends to happen very often".

    "Seals are amazing animals and generally speaking, there is little to fear if you do happen to bump into one when swimming in the ocean," she said.

    "Although they are large creatures, which can seem a little intimidating at first, they are gentle, have a similar level of intelligence to a dog and tend to be quite playful. If you did spot one, then you’d be very lucky to have the chance to encounter it in its natural habitat and see it up close.

    "Even so, we would advise people not to approach seals themselves, whether they are in the sea or on the beach, as disturbing them can cause them to panic and use up valuable energy stores, which can then have a negative impact on their breeding success."

  4. Camilla meets 'William and Harry' at donkey sanctuary

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    The Duchess of Cornwall has arrived at the Sidmouth Donkey Sanctuary.

    As part of a three day tour of Devon and Cornwall, Camilla had the chance to meet two donkeys named after the Duke of Cambridge and the Duke of Sussex.

    Duchess of Cornwall with donkeys
  5. School support staff on strike in pay row

    BBC Spotlight

    Support staff at five Plymouth primary schools are going on strike for a second day in a dispute over pay.

    Woodford Primary School is one of those involved - it's part of the Plym Academy Trust in Plympton.

    The staff say their pay offer is below the level set by the National Joint Council for Local Government Services - up to 56p less per hour.

    The Trust says it's in an impossible position after funding cuts.

    Staff on strike
    Quote Message: Support staff have suffered massive real term pay cuts but do hugely important jobs that keep schools running. They help children’s learning in the classroom, provide special educational needs support, staff reception and communicate with parents, clean and maintain the school, and provide children with nutritious meals. from Kevin Treweeks UNISON
    Kevin TreweeksUNISON
  6. Lunar eclipse marks 50th anniversary of moon landings

    Chris Quevatre

    BBC News Online

    Skywatchers across the UK have witnessed a partial lunar eclipse, 50 years to the day since the US mission to put men on the Moon lifted off.

    The surface of Earth's satellite appeared red or dark grey at the height of the eclipse at about 22:30 BST.

    These photos were taken at Goonhilly Earth Station in Cornwall, a large radiocommunication site which would have beamed the Moon landings to millions of TV viewers in the UK in 1969.


    Lunar eclipses occur when the Earth crosses between the Sun and Moon - casting a shadow on the lunar surface.


    The Apollo 11 mission carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins blasted off on 16 July 1969.

    Four days later Armstrong became the first man to step on to the Moon's surface.

  7. Police officer risked her life to save man in fire

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online

    A police officer who risked her life to save a man caught in a house fire in Plymouth has been nominated for a bravery award.

    PC Agata Makowska responded to calls from a vulnerable man's neighbours who reported hearing an intruder alarm sounding for around 30 minutes.


    On arrival officers could see clouds of black smoke coming from an upstairs window.

    The man, who was known to suffer with mental health issues and alcohol misuse, was able to open the front door but unexpectedly retreated inside.

    PC Makowska rushed to the front door and entered the house before single-handedly dragging the now unconscious man to safety.

    Insp Andrew Berry, chair of Devon and Cornwall Police Federation, said: “The bravery and professionalism shown by PC Makowska went above and beyond the normal call of duty.

    "She showed exceptional bravery in incredibly dangerous circumstances."

    The Police Bravery Awards ceremony will be held in London on Thursday.

  8. Devon council spends £12k on emergency housing for woman

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    A woman who is living in emergency housing with her two children in Torquay says the council has spent more than £12,000 on her accommodation in the last four months.

    Angela Allen and her daughters have been put up in a one-bedroom holiday flat.

    Three others in the block are being rented by Torbay Council to house people in need.

    The council has now announced it will spend £100m on an affordable housing programme.

    Angela Allen

    There are currently more than 1,000 people on the housing waiting list in Torbay and the new Liberal Democrat-Independent administration says more homes are desperately needed.

    It's borrowing £25m to set up a housing company, with about 200 homes already earmarked for sites in Torquay and Paignton.

    The news has been welcomed by Ms Allen but she says it’s unlikely to help her in her current situation any time soon.

    “The amount the council is spending on my emergency accommodation is shocking," she said.

    "The lack of suitable property is a a huge problem. There is nowhere. I’ve been very lucky.

    "A woman who was previously living downstairs has been moved into a really grotty B&B.”

  9. Crews called to grain store fire in Lanivet

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online


    Four fire engines were called to a blaze at a grain store in Lanivet on Tuesday.

    It took firefighters two hours to damp down the fire which was confined to just one room in the industrial building on the A391 near Bodmin.

    Crews were called at about 16:00 and left at 18:00.

    There are no reports of any injuries.

  10. Section of coast remains closed after cliff fall death

    BBC Spotlight

    A section of the coast in Cornwall is still closed off following the death of a man in a cliff fall.

    Emergency services were called to Sandymouth beach near Bude at about 12:00 on Tuesday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Coastguard teams have been on the scene throughout the night and hope for recovery to take place later.

    Sandymouth beach near Bude in north Cornwall
  11. Devon and Cornwall weather: A mostly dry and sunny day

    BBC Weather

    It will be a dry morning with some sunny spells, although the sunshine may be rather hazy.

    The afternoon will be cloudier with an increasing chance of showers developing.

    Maximum temperature: 22C (71F).

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