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  1. New cinema approved for Royal William Yard

    Ed Oldfield

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Plymouth is to get another new cinema after councillors enthusiastically backed plans at a historic building in the Royal William Yard.

    They approved a request from developer Urban Splash to allow a cinema instead of a hotel in the centrepiece Melville Building.

    The rethink will put a three-screen venue from boutique operator Everyman on the second floor of the grade-one listed structure.

    There will also be more offices on the first and second floors, with the ground floor space to be used for a restaurant and shops.

    New cinema site
  2. Cornwall and Devon weather: Some rain before turning drier

    BBC Weather

    A cloudy start to Thursday night with a few spots of rain. Turning drier through the night with a few clear spells developing. Breezy again.

    Minimum Temperature: 10 to 15C (50 to 59F).

    A dry and largely settled Friday as high pressure starts to build, with plenty of sunny spells and a gentle to moderate northeasterly breeze.

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

  3. Machete style knife and drugs seized in Paignton

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man has been arrested after a "very nasty" machete style knife and some drugs were seized by police in Paignton.

    Officers said the knife is now "safely with us".

  4. Police appeal following break-in at surf lifesaving club

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Police have appealed for information after a burglary at Woolacombe Surf Lifesaving Club.

    A break-in at the premises on The Esplanade took place between 18:30 on Sunday, 8 September, and 09:15 on Monday, 9 September.

    Officers are working to establish if any property was stolen.

    An attempt was also made to break in to the RNLI beach lifeguard facility at the same location and a door was damaged as a result.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police.

    Woolacombe Beach
    Quote Message: The cost to repair the damage runs into hundreds of pounds to what are two of the areas most utilised charities." from Con Andy Warner Devon and Cornwall Police
    Con Andy WarnerDevon and Cornwall Police
  5. Girl, four, to receive award for bravery after 999 call

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A four-year-old girl is set to be given a "prestigious" award for bravery after calling Devon and Cornwall Police to alert them to her mother's fall.

    Isabelle Wilkinson dialled 999 because her mother, Natasha, had fallen unconscious and she could not wake her up.

    Officers said although no speech was heard, it was enough for them to head to the address and request the correct medical treatment for Natasha.

    999 call display

    Devon and Cornwall Police Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said Isabelle "displayed courage and initiative far above her years".

    "Through alerting the police to her mother’s situation we were able to get her the help she required and ensure she could make a full recovery," he said.

    "Everyone at Devon and Cornwall Police is incredibly impressed by Isabelle and proud of her.

    "I wish to pass on my warmest congratulations for a well-deserved recipient of this prestigious award."

    Isabelle will be presented with her award at a ceremony on Friday.

  6. Man taken to hospital after being punched 'several times'

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A man was punched "several times to the head" in a serious assault in Exmouth, police have said.

    It happened in the alleyway off St Andrew's Road between 01:30 and 02:00 on Saturday, 31 August.

    The man, in his 20s, had been involved in an altercation with friends when an unknown man approached him. He was taken to hospital.

    The suspect is described as a white man, about 6ft (1.82m) tall, of big build, with a bald head and wearing a white shirt.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  7. Three bikes stolen in Kingsteignton shop burglary

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    Three "high value" bikes have been stolen from a shop in Kingsteignton, police have said.

    They were taken from Hot Pursuit Cycles on Strap Lane between 07:30 and 08:30 on Monday.

    The bikes, valued at £1,000 each, are believed to have been taken via a door.

    The bikes are described as a 2020 Specialized Levo Comp Large in storm grey, a 2018 Specialized Kenevo Expert Large in green and black and a 2018 Fantic XF1 Integra Trail 140 630w Medium in yellow

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

    Stolen bike
    Stolen bike
    Stolen bike
  8. Woman hit by lorry: 'Potentially life-threatening' injury

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A woman in her 80s has a "potentially life-threatening" leg injury after being hit by a lorry, police have said.

    Officers were called to Moor Street in Camborne at about 10:00.

    The woman is currently in Derriford Hospital.

    Any witnesses are asked to contact Devon and Cornwall Police via 101.

  9. Cornwall road blocked after pedestrian hit by lorry

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A pedestrian has "serious leg injuries" after being hit by a lorry in Camborne, police have said.

    Moor Street is currently blocked in both directions between Centenary Street and Union Street.

    Officers are on the scene.

  10. Public party for Plymouth National Marine Park plan

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    History is set to be made in Plymouth when key local, regional and national partners come together to create the UK’s first ever National Marine Park.

    Plymouth Sound National Marine Park will aim to showcase the assets Britain’s "Ocean City" has to offer - including an estimated 1,000 different species of marine life - and help boost the economy.

    On Friday, some of the key partners will be signing the Declaration of Intent for Plymouth Sound National Marine Park which will be followed by a public party on Plymouth Hoe to mark the park's progression.

    Plymouth City Council is leading the project.

    Plymouth Hoe
    Image caption: A party will be held on Plymouth Hoe to mark the marine park plan's progression
    Quote Message: We want to be the UK’s first ever National Marine Park, and it is fantastic that so many partners are getting on board – and we want everyone in Britain’s Ocean City to get behind it. Plymouth, with its historic waterfront, rich maritime heritage, cutting edge marine research and its diversity of sea life is ideally placed to lead the way to create something of significant value locally that can be used to lead the way nationally." from Tudor Evans Leader of Plymouth City Council
    Tudor EvansLeader of Plymouth City Council
  11. Probus crash victim named by police

    Hayley Westcott

    BBC News Online

    A woman who died after a crash in Cornwall has been named by police as 68-year-old, Shirley Frost.

    Officers were called to the two-vehicle crash at the junction of the B3275 and the A390 near Probus on Tuesday at about 10:30.

    Ms Frost, from Truro, was the driver of a blue Volvo and was pronounced dead at the scene.

    The second vehicle, a silver Mercedes ML270, was carrying thee people who all sustained minor injuries, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

    Officers are continuing to appeal for witnesses.

    Shirley Frost
  12. Cornish art lovers want artist's work back in county

    Tamsin Melville

    Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

    Fred Yates

    Art lovers are trying to get the works of a Cornwall-based artist - who died with no will - back to the county.

    Known as "Happy Lowry", Fred Yates' estate is currently in the care of the government and is due to be auctioned off to the highest bidder.

    Emmie Kell, from the Cornwall Museums Partnership, is one of those trying to get his paintings back to Cornwall...

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    Video caption: Fred Yates' estate is currently in the care of the government
  13. Marine experts warn people against feeding seals

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    There's a new campaign to try to stop people feeding seals in Cornwall's harbours or throwing fish to them from a boat.

    Marine experts from the Cornwall Seals Group Research Trust say feeding seals can cause serious problems.

    New signs are now up in St Ives and Newquay asking people not to give seals food.

    Experts say seals can alter their natural behaviour or can end up relying on handouts.

    This behaviour has resulted in injuries from boat propellers and experts say it's much safer for seals to remain fearful of boats.

  14. Devonport Dockyard exercise to take place later

    BBC Radio Devon

    A major nuclear emergency exercise involving Devonport Dockyard is happening later.

    Exercise Short Sermon happens every three years to test current contingency plans.

    Following the last exercise in 2016, the Office for Nuclear Regulation said there needed to be better arrangements for rescuing casualties.

    The public are being told they don't need to do anything different during the exercise.

    Devonport Dockyard
  15. Ivybridge attack: Knife wound man 'stable'

    Johanna Carr

    BBC News Online


    A man left with life-changing injuries after being found with "a number of knife wounds" at a property is in a stable condition in hospital, police have said.

    Officers were called to St John's Road in Ivybridge, Devon, just after 10:30 BST on Wednesday.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said an investigation into the incident was ongoing.

  16. Exmouth Marina sea dumping causing concern

    Sophie Pierce

    BBC Radio Devon

    There's growing concern in Teignmouth about a plan to dump dredged waste off the town's coastline.

    Exmouth Marina, which requires regular dredging to keep it operational, is consulting on a plan to dump spoil in the sea at a site about 8km (five miles) off the Teignmouth coast.

    The authorities at the marina say the spoil consists of harmless silt from the River Exe, which is collecting in the marina and needs to be cleared.

    Exmouth Marina
    Quote Message: It's taken years and years for it to get better from the end of the 1900s when we used to dump sewage in the sea. We've just seen the resurgence of a really rich collection of wildlife out there and we don't want to spoil it." from Dorothy Dawson Local environmental campaigner
    Dorothy DawsonLocal environmental campaigner

    Exmouth Marina said it is halving the amount of material it wishes to dispose of, and the dredged material is not harmful.