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Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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BBC news for Devon

Girl's killer 'may never be caught'

A killer who stabbed a teenager to death in 1997 may escape justice after evidence was contaminated during forensic work, the BBC can reveal.

Boy, 12, killed by lorry is named

A 12-year-old boy who died after he was hit by a skip lorry on a zebra crossing in Devon is named by police.

Cataract ops halted amid safety fears

A consultant is suspended and the NHS stops referring patients to a private hospital for cataract operations after problems are reported.

Wounding charge after woman stabbed

A man is charged with wounding with intent after a stabbing in a town in Devon.

Trucker jailed for killing cyclists

A lorry driver is jailed for eight-and-a-half years for killing two cyclists on a charity ride in Cornwall and driving dangerously in Devon.

Week-long lost dog found on cliff

Week-long lost dog rescued from cliff ledge

How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined

MoD resettlement camp still open in Devon

Live BBC World News

Iraq forces push against jihadists

Iraqi Shia and Kurdish forces capture an Islamic State stronghold, as a BBC team enters Amerli the day after a two-month siege ends.

Ukraine in 'great war' with Russia

Russia has launched a 'great war' that could claim tens of thousands of lives, Ukraine's defence ministry warns amid rebel offensive.

FBI probes 'Cloud' celebrity leaks

The FBI looks into allegations that the online accounts of celebrities have been hacked, leading to intimate pictures being posted online.

Pakistan MPs hold emergency session

A joint session of parliament is to be held in Pakistan as PM Nawaz Sharif seeks to gain support against protesters calling for his resignation.

Iran clerics 'must accept internet'

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urges Iran's clerics to be more tolerant of the internet and new technologies after recent criticism from hardliners.

Nigeria militants 'suffer losses'

The Nigerian army claims to have repelled an attack by Islamist militants Boko Haram on the town of Bama in the country's north-east.

China accuses MPs of 'interference'

Chinese authorities accuse British MPs of interfering in Hong Kong's affairs by investigating tensions there, BBC Newsnight learns.

BBC Sports News

Man Utd sign Falcao on loan for £6m

Manchester United sign Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Ligue 1 side Monaco.

Murray beats Tsonga to reach quarters

Britain's Andy Murray beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-5 7-5 6-4 to book a US Open quarter-final against Novak Djokovic.

McGinley braced for tough decisions

European captain Paul McGinley says personal feelings will "go out of the window" when he chooses his Ryder Cup team.

England women thrash S Africa in T20

Charlotte Edwards stars as England thrash South Africa by nine wickets in the opening game of their three-match Twenty20 series.

Moores defends Cook's one-day role

England coach Peter Moores says skipper Alastair Cook can be an influential one-day batsman, after criticism of his scoring rate.

Girl's killer 'may never be caught'

A killer who stabbed a teenager to death in 1997 may escape justice after evidence was contaminated during forensic work, the BBC can reveal.

Boy, 12, killed by lorry is named

A 12-year-old boy who died after he was hit by a skip lorry on a zebra crossing in Devon is named by police.

Cataract ops halted amid safety fears

A consultant is suspended and the NHS stops referring patients to a private hospital for cataract operations after problems are reported.

Wounding charge after woman stabbed

A man is charged with wounding with intent after a stabbing in a town in Devon.

Trucker jailed for killing cyclists

A lorry driver is jailed for eight-and-a-half years for killing two cyclists on a charity ride in Cornwall and driving dangerously in Devon.

Week-long lost dog found on cliff

Week-long lost dog rescued from cliff ledge

How Britain and Poland came to be intertwined

MoD resettlement camp still open in Devon

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Barnardo’s calculated that one in five families in England would not have been able to afford a trip to the seaside on bank holiday Monday last week. Looking at the cost of train tickets, fish and chips and sun cream, the charity estimated that a day trip could cost as much as £172.20 and blames welfare cuts for poverty. Metro

2. Networking, risk-taking and ruthlessness are the keys to running your own business, as well as being aged 31, a survey has found. Only six per cent of entrepreneurs feel academic qualifications were vital to success, with eight per cent saying their good looks had helped their chances. However, a third of those polled make less money and work longer hours than they had expected. BBC

3. There was a "statistically significant" rise in immigration in the year to March according to new figures. Net migration into the UK totalled 243,000 in the 12-month period, up almost 40% on the previous year. Some 560,000 people, most from the EU, entered the country and 316,000 left. David Cameron has pledged to reduce annual net migration to 100,000. The Times

4. The latest figures, from the 2012 Health Survey for England, show that 14% of children aged two to 15 were obese and 28% were classed as overweight or obese. Those aged 11 to 15 were more likely to be obese with one in five children placed in that category. In children aged two to 10, 10% of both boys and girls were obese. Daily Mail

5. The World Health Organization has called for a ban on the use of electronc cigarettes indoors and says age restrictions should be introduced to stop children using them. A new report says e-cigarettes are likely to be less harmful than traditional ones but says they should not be promoted as devices that can help people quit. Daily Express

6. The UK is deeply elitist according to an analysis of the backgrounds of more than 4,000 business, political, media and public sector leaders. The Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission study found that 71% of senior judges, 62% of senior armed forces officers, 55% of top civil servants, 43% of newspaper columnists and 36% of the Cabinet were educated at independent schools and Oxbridge. BBC

7. Darts is being given a middle-class makeover. The game, once synonymous with the working-class, is now drawing a wealthier crowd who are paying £600 for tickets. Prince Harry and Zara Phillips have both been to world darts championships. Stephen Fry has dipped his toe in darts commentary. The Sunday Times

8. Salaries offered in job advertisements have witnessed their first annual rise since the recession. A study found that the average annual wage offered in the UK was £33,873 in July, up 0.9% on the same period a year ago. The rise bucked this month’s official jobs data which showed an unexpected 0.2% drop in earnings growth in the three months to July. Daily Telegraph

9. House prices in Britain will be more than 25% higher in five years, with London finally being overtaken by other parts of the country. Property firm Savills predicts that house prices will jump by 9.5% this year across the UK, up from its original estimate of 6.5%, with the property market having “exceeded all expectations”. The Times

10. A slice of cake from Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s wedding in 1981 has sold at auction for $1,375 (£820). The cake, in its original white and silver presentation box, was sold to a mystery online bidder in Los Angeles. Fans of royal food have previously purchased cakes dating back to Queen Victoria’s wedding in 1840. The Times

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Can new powers stop UK jihadists?

David Cameron says tougher measures are needed to prevent people from travelling abroad to fight for extremist groups like Islamic State.

VIDEO: Andy Murray's dress sense questioned

Will Ferrell has a playful jibe at Andy Murray's fashion sense during the US Open in New York

VIDEO: Rotherham experts 'faced threats'

An expert who wrote a report into the sexual exploitation of children in Rotherham says she faced "hostility" from the council.

VIDEO: 'Bacon butty' for British Ebola nurse

The parents of the first British person to contract Ebola during the outbreak in West Africa say he is recovering well.

VIDEO: Ashya King parents fight extradition

A High Court judge at an extradition hearing in Spain has ruled the parents of Ashya King are to be kept in police custody for a maximum of 72 hours.

VIDEO: Solar farm plan for Somerset Levels

Plans have been unveiled for one of the South West's biggest solar farms on the Somerset Levels.

VIDEO: Barbican art show branded 'racist'

The Barbican has been branded "racist" for preparing to host an exhibition which sees some black men and women shackled and caged.

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