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    Video caption: Mary Truell: The 91-year-old walking 91 miles

    Mary Truell is walking 91 miles across Devon's nature reserves to raise money for their upkeep.

  2. Council cabinet approves funding for spaceport

    Jonathan Morris

    BBC News Online

    Virgin Orbit

    Plans to build a 'Spaceport' in Cornwall have taken a step forward with a proposed £12m funding from Cornwall Council being approved by the the council's cabinet.

    The proposal, which passed by a 6-4 margin, will now be subject to approval by the full council in November.

    The cash is a key part of getting the Virgin Orbit satellite launch system off the ground at Newquay Airport.

    It is the biggest part of a package including £7.85m from the UK Space Agency and £2.5m from Virgin Orbit.

    The plan is to create create a horizontal launch site, Spaceport Cornwall, at Newquay to launch satellites into orbit.

    Virgin Orbit

    The £12m means the Virgin Orbit jet, a modified Boeing 747 called Cosmic Girl, is closer to operating out of Newquay in 2021.

    Claire Barcham, commercial space director at the UK Space Agency, told the cabinet meeting in a letter that Spaceport Cornwall would "help Cornwall to take a leading role in the UK's emerging spaceflight sector".

    She said it was an "extremely exciting time for the South West, which is home to a variety of unique space sector facilities, expertise and assets, including Cornwall Airport Newquay, which have the potential to play a significant role in shaping our future economy".

    Virgin Orbit envisages jets carrying satellite launchers slung underneath the fuselage.

    The launchers are released and then accelerate and release the satellite into space.

    The Spaceport could also be used in the future to send fee-paying passengers on sub-orbital flights.

  3. Coach drivers reported after getting stuck in lane

    BBC Spotlight

    Two bus drivers have been reported to court for driving without due care and attention, after their coaches which were carrying schoolchildren became stuck in a lane.


    The emergency services had to help some of the passengers get out near Moretonhampstead on Monday.

    "The Year 6 pupils were all very brave and showed excellent ladder mounts as firefighters on and off the bus helped them to safety," said Bovey Tracey fire crews.

    Forty four students and five staff were rescued.

    "Both drivers have been reported to court for driving without due care and attention," said a Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson.

  4. Jephcott penalty salvages point for Truro

    Brent Pilnick

    BBC Sport

    Plymouth Argyle loanee Luke Jephcott scored a late penalty to rescue a point for 10-man Truro City as they drew 2-2 at Wimborne Town in the Southern Premier League.

    Carl Peteffer's first-half own goal put Truro ahead at the break before Stefan Penny equalised from the penalty spot against the run of play.

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    Truro then had Adel Gafaiti sent off for a professional foul and saw Wimborne's Billy Maybury put the home side ahead with a great effort into the top corner.

    But City won a penalty of their own when Niall Thompson was fouled in the area and Wales Under 19 forward Jephcott dispatched the spot kick.

    Truro are level at the top of the table on 16 points with Poole Town and Chesham United, although the Dorset side have a game in hand.

  5. Kayakers rescued after writing 'we're stuck' in sand

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    Six kayakers have been rescued after writing "we're stuck" in the sand near Padstow.

    They had become trapped by the incoming tide at Butterhole off Gunver Head View at about 16:00 on Tuesday.

    A number of people called 999 after seeing the message in the sand.

    The Padstow lifeboat was deployed and successfully rescued the kayakers, with help from the Padstow coastguard who were supporting from the cliffs.

    A kayaker who had paddled out to raise the alarm was helped back to Trevone by Harlyn Bay RNLI lifeguards.

    None of those rescued needed medical attention.

    Message on beach
  6. MP calls Vanessa George prison release "sickening"

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A Plymouth MP has called the decision to release convicted pedophile Vanessa George from prison "sickening".

    Luke Pollard, Labour MP for Sutton and Devonport added that "she should not be released at all".

    George, a former nursery worker was convicted for sexually abusing babies and toddlers in her care in Plymouth and served 10 years.

    She is banned from entering Devon and Cornwall.

    It was decided by a parole board in July that George, who is 49, no longer poses a "significant risk".

    Vanessa George
    Quote Message: It's sickening, to be honest, she should not be released at all. She still refuses to name the babies and toddlers that she abused and the sheer level of anger and disgust that families here in Plymouth feel about this cannot be underestimated. I don't think you can show genuine remorse for a crime like this when you are refusing to name the children that you, she abused." from Luke Pollard Labour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
    Luke PollardLabour MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
  7. BreakingVanessa George: Plymouth paedophile released from prison

    It's understood paedophile nursery worker, Vanessa George - who sexually abused children in her care - has been released from prison.

    The 49-year-old from Plymouth was jailed for a minimum of seven years in 2009 for abusing children at Little Ted's nursery.

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  8. Motorcyclist critical after crash near Plymouth

    Johnny O'Shea

    BBC News Online

    A motorcyclist is in a critical condition after an accident at Lee Moor near Plymouth on Tuesday evening.

    Devon and Cornwall Police said the 49-year-old man from Launceston lost control on a right hand bend on the B3417.

    He was taken to Derriford Hospital where he remains.

    The road was closed for six hours whilst officers from the serious collision unit investigated the scene.

    Officers would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident.

  9. Woman walker, 91, smashes £3,000 charity target

    BBC Spotlight

    A 91-year-old woman is walking 91 miles around all 50 of Devon Wildlife Trust's nature reserves to raise money for the charity.

    Mary Truell

    Mary Truell, from Lympstone in east Devon, hopes her journey will encourage more people to get out and about and enjoy them more.

    She's already smashed her target of £3,000 with 24 miles still to go.

    "It's been a wonderful experience," she said.

    "People have been very kind and very generous."

  10. Warning to Cornwall's pregnant smokers

    BBC Spotlight

    The number of women smoking throughout their pregnancy in Cornwall is almost 50% higher than the England average.


    Figures from Public Health England show that nearly one in six women in the county are smoking at the time they give birth.

    The Royal Cornwall Hospital has introduced new signs and voice recordings to stop people lighting up outside the maternity services.