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Row over the future of historic boathouse in Devon

People in a small Devon seaside town are divided over what to do with an old boathouse - thought to be the last of its kind in the country. The Longboat house in Budleigh Salterton was built in the late 1800s but has been run as a cafe since the 1920s.

Its current owner wants to knock it down and build a bigger, contemporary-looking restaurant in its place but some residents say the building should be preserved. Claire Manning reports.

Full report: Beaches fail water quality test

More beaches in our region than last year have failed water quality tests after the UK suffered the wettest summer for a century.

Across the South West, 177 beaches passed the minimum European standard with 16 fails.117 beaches passed the tougher 'guideline' tests with 76 failing. Our reporter Kathy Wardle has been to one beach in Cornwall which failed both tests.


South West Water blame wet summer for bathing water problems

South West Water have given their reaction to the results of a Defra survey which shows that 16 bathing water beaches in the region have failed to meet the required quality.

Richard Gilpin, the Head of Waste Water for South West Water, told The West Country Tonight that there can be many contributing factors to water quality on individual beaches which failed the test:

South West bathing beaches fail the water test

Summerleaze beach in Bude failed two water quality tests this year having passed last year. Credit: ITV Westcountry

New figures show that 16 beaches in the South West failed to reach the required standard for bathing water in the latest report on quality standards published by Defra today.

Lyme Regis' Church Cliff Beach, Budleigh Salterton and Summerleaze in Bude were amongst the beaches which failed to reach the required standard.

Nationally the figures show that 93 per cent of England’s bathing waters met the minimum European water quality criteria.

Bus driver stabbed in leg in Budleigh Salterton

A bus driver in his 50s was stabbed in the leg when he stepped out of his bus in Budleigh Salterton last night.

It happened at around 8.20pm in South Farm Road.

The driver was out of the Stagecoach bus at the time when he was approached by a man who assaulted him in a completely unprovoked attack. He was stabbed in his right thigh. The offender then ran off.

The victim was taken to the R D & E Hospital where the knife was removed, and he remained recovering in hospital overnight.

The offender is described as a white man, over 25 years of age, with dark shoulder length hair, slim to medium build and wearing a olive green parker style, knee length jacket.


Cliff top rescue of grandfather and grandson

A 70-year-old man and his 10-year-old grandson have been rescued by helicopter off cliffs between Budleigh Salterton and Exmouth.

Although Portland Coastguards attended the scene, they were unable to get to the pair.

A helicopter from RNAS Culdrose was called to rescue them at around nine fifteen this evening. They had been out for a walk and when cut off by the tide, tried to climb the cliffs to safety.

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