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Friday 19th September 2014

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BBC news for Devon

University to spend £150k on chairs

Plymouth University agrees to spend £150,000 on seven chairs for graduation ceremonies.

'Turf war' fear on waste sites

A proposed ban on 'outsiders' using a household waste sites sparks a row between local authorities.

Women convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Six women are convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south-west England and south Wales in which thousands of people lost money.

Beach estate sale beats £11m tag

A 750-acre (303 hectare) seaside estate in Devon has been sold, the purchaser Nicholas Johnston and the estate agents confirm.

Dealer 'dragged by killers in home'

A drug dealer was stabbed 10 times and dragged by his killers through his home in Exeter during a raid, a jury hears.

Stamps celebrate 'spirit of seaside'

Ten stamps celebrating the architecture of the UK's seaside resorts including the art deco Tinside Lido in Plymouth are released by the Royal Mail.

Boy 'kept prisoner' in his bedroom

A couple from Paignton admit child cruelty after keeping their young son a "prisoner in his bedroom".

Live BBC World News

Obama hails Congress vote on Syria

President Obama says Congress's backing for his $500m plan to aid moderate Syrian rebels shows the world the US is united against Islamic State.

Ebola 'threat to world security'

The UN Security Council declares the Ebola outbreak in West Africa a threat to international peace and security.

Australia boosts parliament security

Security is being upgraded at the Australian parliament following "chatter" suggesting extremists could target it for attack, PM Tony Abbott says.

Obama praises 'excellent' Poroshenko

President Barack Obama has given his support to the visiting Petro Poroshenko, describing himself as a "strong friend" to Ukraine's leader.

Eight dead in Florida house shooting

A grandfather shot dead his daughter and her six children before taking his own life at a home in Bell, Florida, police say.

Video of British hostage released

A new video is released showing a British man, identified as journalist John Cantlie, believed to be held hostage by Islamic State militants.

Alibaba sets share price at $68

Chinese online giant Alibaba prices its shares $68 ahead of the start of trading on Friday, making it one of the biggest stock market listings ever.

BBC Sports News

Vote a big moment for golf - Davies

Dame Laura Davies says a historic vote on female membership could be the catalyst to inspire a new generation of golfers.

Everton 4-1 VfL Wolfsburg

Everton make a winning return to European football as they beat Wolfsburg 4-1 in their Europa League Group H opener.

FA chief Dyke to return £16,000 watch

Football Association chairman Greg Dyke is returning a £16,000 watch given to him by the Brazilian Football Confederation.

Wigan 57-4 Huddersfield

Super League holders Wigan move within 80 minutes of the 2014 Grand Final with a 57-4 thrashing of Huddersfield Giants.

Racist flag unacceptable - Tottenham

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino describes the anti-Semitic banner displayed by Partizan Belgrade fans as unacceptable.

University to spend £150k on chairs

Plymouth University agrees to spend £150,000 on seven chairs for graduation ceremonies.

'Turf war' fear on waste sites

A proposed ban on 'outsiders' using a household waste sites sparks a row between local authorities.

Women convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Six women are convicted of running a "pyramid scheme" in south-west England and south Wales in which thousands of people lost money.

Beach estate sale beats £11m tag

A 750-acre (303 hectare) seaside estate in Devon has been sold, the purchaser Nicholas Johnston and the estate agents confirm.

Dealer 'dragged by killers in home'

A drug dealer was stabbed 10 times and dragged by his killers through his home in Exeter during a raid, a jury hears.

Stamps celebrate 'spirit of seaside'

Ten stamps celebrating the architecture of the UK's seaside resorts including the art deco Tinside Lido in Plymouth are released by the Royal Mail.

Boy 'kept prisoner' in his bedroom

A couple from Paignton admit child cruelty after keeping their young son a "prisoner in his bedroom".

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: Ambulance death woman 'let down'

The grieving family of a woman in her 70s who died while waiting in a queue of ambulances at Morriston Hospital, Swansea, says the system let her down.

VIDEO: Archbishop of Canterbury: 'I doubt'

In an interview with BBC Bristol presenter Lucy Tegg, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, admits he sometimes has doubts about God.

VIDEO: Police appeal after art theft attempt

Birmingham Police have asked for help to identify a man caught on CCTV attempting to take a piece of art from a city centre gallery.

VIDEO: 'Home of golf' accepts women members

The Royal and Ancient Golf Club in St Andrews has voted to accept women members for the first time in its history.

VIDEO: Nine convicted of 'pyramid scheme'

Nine women have been convicted of operating a "pyramid" scheme in which thousands of investors lost money.

VIDEO: Police search Alice suspect's home

Police have been searching the property of suspect, Arnis Zalkalns, as they continue to investigate the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross.

VIDEO: London hosts Turner and Constable shows

Rivals in life, two of Britain's greatest painters William Turner and John Constable, are the subjects of major exhibitions in London.

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