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BBC News: UK's terror threat level raised
Saturday 30th August 2014

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BBC news for Devon

Police hunt man after woman injured

A woman suffers a "number of significant injuries" in a "serious assault" in Devon.

University feud raised with minister

A bitter feud which has rocked the Plymouth University boardroom will be raised with the government, an MP confirms.

Grandmother chases purse-stealer

A "courageous" 77-year-old grandmother chases a burglar a quarter of a mile to retrieve her stolen purse, a court hears.

Police staff reject pay review

Civilian staff at Devon and Cornwall Police reject proposals put forward as part of a review of their jobs, the force says.

Storms 'cause' large fish shoals

Winter storms could be the reason for large shoals of mackerel feeding close to the South West's shores, an expert says.

Boy hit by lorry on crossing dies

A 12-year-old boy dies in hospital after being hit by a skip lorry on a pedestrian crossing in Devon, say police.

Sexual offences unrecorded by police

Sexual offences and assaults on vulnerable adults were not recorded as crimes by Devon and Cornwall Police, a report finds.

Live BBC World News

Ukraine 'slipping out of control'

The Ukraine crisis is "slipping out of control", Germany's foreign minister warns as EU leaders prepare to discuss new sanctions against Russia.

Test Ebola drug '100% effective'

The only trial data on the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp shows it is 100% effective in monkey studies, even in later stages of the infection.

More than 3m have fled Syria - UN

The UN says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era" with more than three million Syrians living outside the country as refugees.

Kurds 'take Iraq oilfields from IS'

Kurdish forces say they have retaken oilfields near Mosul in north Iraq from Islamic State, but retreating militants blow up three installations.

Poland blocks Russian minister's jet

Poland refuses to let a plane carrying Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu enter its airspace, forcing it to turn back to Slovakia.

Cold War US spy dies in prison

A former US navy sailor who led a spy ring for the Soviet Union has died in a prison medical centre at the age of 77.

IMF voices 'confidence' in Lagarde

The International Monetary Fund expresses confidence in its leader Christine Lagarde, despite her being formally investigated for negligence in France.

BBC Sports News

Torres joins Milan on two-year loan

Chelsea striker Fernando Torres is to join AC Milan on a two-year loan deal, subject to agreeing personal terms.

Rosberg punished for Hamilton crash

Mercedes discipline Nico Rosberg following his collision with team-mate Lewis Hamilton in the Belgian Grand Prix.

Hales wants strong Cook partnership

Alex Hales says captain Alastair Cook is the "right guy at the top of the order" ahead of the third ODI against India.

'I talk to my gloves before a game'

The 45-year-old goalkeeper called 'grandad' who talks to his gloves and played during Diego Maradona's golden years.

Saturday's gossip column

Cleverley set for Villa after Keane meeting, Arsenal step up Cerci chase, Wilkins questions Di Maria signing plus more.

Police hunt man after woman injured

A woman suffers a "number of significant injuries" in a "serious assault" in Devon.

University feud raised with minister

A bitter feud which has rocked the Plymouth University boardroom will be raised with the government, an MP confirms.

Grandmother chases purse-stealer

A "courageous" 77-year-old grandmother chases a burglar a quarter of a mile to retrieve her stolen purse, a court hears.

Police staff reject pay review

Civilian staff at Devon and Cornwall Police reject proposals put forward as part of a review of their jobs, the force says.

Storms 'cause' large fish shoals

Winter storms could be the reason for large shoals of mackerel feeding close to the South West's shores, an expert says.

Boy hit by lorry on crossing dies

A 12-year-old boy dies in hospital after being hit by a skip lorry on a pedestrian crossing in Devon, say police.

Sexual offences unrecorded by police

Sexual offences and assaults on vulnerable adults were not recorded as crimes by Devon and Cornwall Police, a report finds.

AskTen - Ten amazing things you may not have known last week
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1. Out of 162 nations 151 are currently involved in some form of conflict. Although the UK has managed to stay relatively free from internal conflict, the country only ranks 47th in this year's Global Peace Index. Iceland came top as the most peaceful nation for the third year in a row. The five least peaceful countries were, in order: Somalia, Iraq, South Sudan, Afghanistan and, in last place, Syria. Daily Express

2. The Premier League began on Saturday following a record summer of transfer spending in England's top league. The 20 top-flight clubs have invested an estimated £647m - £17m more than in the whole of last summer - with experts believing the figure could reach £1bn. Sky Sports News

3. British consumers spend an average of £142 shopping online while drunk. Lobster pots and diving equipment among the bizarre items people have ordered during their merry sprees. Most drunken spending sessions (53%) take place on Amazon, according to a survey by a comparison website. Daily Telegraph

4. Parents typically face spending £180 on sending their children back to school, figures show. A small number – nine per cent – will fork out as much as £900 on uniforms, books, excursions and stationery, the government-backed Money Advice Service found. About 20 per cent of parents said they will need to dip into savings, 16 per cent expect to use a credit card and eight per cent will rely on an overdraft. Metro

5. Pubs are now closing at a rate of 31 per week, according to the real ale group Camra. Campaigners are calling for urgent legislation to make it harder for pubs to be demolished or transformed into retail outlets. With 3% of pubs in the suburbs closing in the past six months, there are now 54,490 boozers left in Britain. The Observer

6. A huge asteroid has a one-in-300 chance of wiping out life on Earth – but not until 2800. Researchers at the University of Tennessee are studying Asteroid 1950 DA, which could strike earth on 16 March, 2880. It has a diameter of one kilometre and is travelling at nine miles a second relative to the Earth. It would hit at 38,000 miles per hour. The Times

7. The UK is the self-employment capital of western Europe, says the IPPR think-tank. Policymakers are concerned that the trend is a sign of labour market weakness, raising fears over the strength of the economic recovery. Around two-fifths of all new jobs since 2010 have been among the self-employed, a trend that has helped shape Labour's cost-of-living agenda. The Times

8. New research from the American Chemical Society shows wine kept in a cupboard at home ages four times as quickly as that stored in a professional cellar. After two years, those stored in domestic conditions had consistently aged more quickly and had fewer antioxidants, less red pigmentation and weaker flavour than the cellar versions. The Times

9. Half of all people eligible for a state pension are still working, a study suggests. One in three pensioners is fully retired while half are working at least part time to make ends meet, it adds. One in four of those toiling in their 60s, 70s and 80s is running their own business. Evening Standard

10. German vehicle-maker Daimler has an innovative approach to holiday email, which many people about to return from holiday may well wish their company would copy. Emails sent to employees while they are on holiday are automatically deleted. Email these people and you will get a message like this: I am on vacation. I cannot read your email. Your email is being deleted. Please contact Hans or Monika if it's really important, or resend the email after I'm back in the office. Danke Schoen. BBC

The latest BBC Video News clips

VIDEO: Why has the terror level changed?

BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner assesses the terror threat to the UK and why it has been changed to severe.

VIDEO: Police admit Rotherham abuse failings

The chief constable of South Yorkshire Police has acknowledged that his force was heavily criticised in a report published this week.

VIDEO: Millions spent on restoring moors

Helicopters are being used to help restore peat bogs on moorland in West Yorkshire.

VIDEO: Missing boy's 'life is in danger'

A major police search is under way for a five-year old boy with a brain tumour - who was taken from hospital by his parents, without doctors' approval.

VIDEO: Dahl: Charlie chapters discovered

The discovery of new unpublished chapters reveals author Roald Dahl planned to include more children in his classic children's book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory but dropped them from the final version.

VIDEO: RSPCA seeks ban on monkeys as pets

The RSPCA is calling for a ban on keeping primates as pets after a rise in the number of calls to its cruelty and advice line concerning animals such as monkeys and marmosets.

VIDEO: Nato peace camp opens in Newport

Protesters open a camp in Newport with thousands of campaigners due in the city ahead of next week's Nato summit.

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