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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 May 2015
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather on Wednesday

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That's all from the BBC Local Live team for Devon and Cornwall for now.

We'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with a round up of the day's news, sport, weather and travel.

Teacher's tribute to speedboat victim

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

The Headteacher of a 14-year-old girl

killed in a speedboat accident in Brixham has described her as "chatty and charming, polite, reliable and responsible".

14-year-old Emily Gardner
Emily Gardner

Emily Gardner who was from the Gloucester area, had been on holiday with friends when the boat she was in capsized on Saturday. Sue Turner, Headteacher of Chosen Hill School, Churchdown, said "We will all miss her happy smile".

Gales and thundery showers tomorrow

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It'll be a windy night for all areas with gales likely across exposed coasts and hills. There will be variable amounts of cloud and isolated blustery, possibly heavy showers. Minimum Temperature: 7 Deg C (45 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tomorrow will be another windy day with local gales. There will be a mix of bright spells and heavy, possibly thundery showers, which may merge into longer spells of rain at times. Maximum Temperature: 14 Deg C (57 Deg F).

Judge slams CPS in paedophile case

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A judge has questioned whether cuts in government funding to the Crown Prosecution Service risked allowing a paedophile to evade justice. Anthony Mitchell was

jailed for 21 years in February for drugging and sexually abusing boys in a youth football team that he coached in the 1970s.

Anthony Mitchell
Devon and Cornwall Police

Mitchell was also alleged to have searched for child abuse images on his computer and a report was compiled by police and sent to the CPS but was not included in case papers sent to the defence. On hearing the results of a CPS inquiry at Exeter Crown Court, the trial judge, Recorder Ignatius Hughes QC, said the CPS would have been left with "egg all over their face" had Mitchell been found not guilty.

Latest headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • More than 100 people are still stranded on the Isles of Scilly after bad weather delayed flights for the second day.
  • With less than 48 hours to go until the polls open in the election, the Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy PM Nick Clegg have been in Cornwall, while celebrities Eddie Izzard and Ross Kemp have been visiting to drump up support for Labour.
  • A man's been taken to hospital with "life-threatening" injuries after police found a the body of a woman at a house in Plymouth.

Truro City warning

BBC Radio Cornwall

The chairman of Truro City has turned up the pressure on Cornwall's planners over the future of the club, after winning promotion to the Conference South.

Truro City FC

City won

their play-off game against St Neots 1-0 yesterday at Treyew Road, but a planning application to build a retail park on the ground is still being scrutinised by planners, together with a separate application for a new stadium on the outskirts of the city at Silver Bow.

Peter Masters told the BBC: "We need that planning permission up at Silver Bow. If we don't get it, I'm afraid we're going to have to go next season across the Tamar, I've already got a 'ground share' reserved - I don't want to do it."

Labour in Plymouth

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

I've been meeting comedian Eddie Izzard on the campaign trail in Plymouth as the political parties make their final efforts to win your general election vote.

Eddie Izzard in Plymouth

He told me he is encouraging people in Plymouth to vote Labour because he thinks "Everyone deserves a fair chance. That's what we believe". He added that he is "serious about" running as a candidate in the next election in five years time.

Sailor denies bottle indecent assault

A sailor

indecently assaulted a drunk colleague with a beer bottle and filmed it for the "amusement of others", a court martial has heard.

HMS Northumberland
Ian S

Andrew Donaldson, 34, denies assault by penetration on board the Plymouth-based frigate HMS Northumberland in August 2013.

The court martial heard the victim had been drinking heavily while the ship was docked at Bournemouth. The trial at Portsmouth Naval Base continues. Logistician Donaldson also denies a charge of disgraceful conduct of an indecent kind.

Stranded on Scilly: latest

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Around 200 people are still stranded on the Isles of Scilly after bad weather delayed travel back from the World Gig Racing Championships.

Isles of Scilly Airport

Thick fog yesterday has been followed by strong winds today causing disruption to flights to and from St Mary's airport. The Scillonian ferry did sail but with reduced numbers of passengers because of the weather.

Missing woman found

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

Police say a 25 year old woman reported missing from Paignton has been found safe and well this afternoon.

Kelly Camm
Devon & Cornwall Police

Officers have thanked the public for their help in finding Kelly Camm, who had not been seen since Saturday 25 April.

Exeter Chiefs nominated for top awards

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

Exeter Chiefs' Thomas Waldrom has been nominated for the Rugby Players' Association (RPA) Players' Player of the Year, with Henry Slade on the shortlist for the Young Player of the Year Award.

Thomas Waldrom
Getty Images

Waldrom, who signed from Leicester Tigers in the summer, currently tops the Premiership try-scoring list. The awards, which are voted for by their peers, will be announced at a dinner in London next week.

Dog owners told to be vigilant

West Briton


A police investigation is underway after raw meat with pins in it was found near a popular dog walking area.

Pins found in raw meat near a dog walking area
West Briton

Police are advising dog owners to be alert after the parcel, which they say was dropped deliberately, was found in the Malpas area, near Truro.

Gulls in Dartmouth, beware!

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

Scavenging seagulls in Dartmouth will need to be on the lookout as trained hawks are being brought in to keep them away.

Ali Steere, Business Improvement District Manager in Dartmouth

Business owners in the town have clubbed together to pay for the plan, which was

tried last year in Sidmouth.

Ali Steere, the town's Business District Improvement Manager, said the problem with gulls and pigeons in the town is getting worse, adding "many visitors have had seagulls dive-bomb their food and most locals have had that happen to them too."

Pirates in Pink

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The Cornish Pirates have presented a charity cheque of more than £2,500 to help cancer services.

Simon Bryant

The Cornish side wore a vivid pink strip in their home derby game against Plymouth Albion, the shirts were then auctioned off to raise money for

the Mermaid Appeal to improve breast cancer facilities for Cornish patients.

Archbishop 'delighted' at vicar's new role

Andy Birkett

BBC Local Live

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has welcomed the appointment of a Devon vicar as the new Bishop of Maidstone.

The Reverend Prebendary Roderick Thomas
Church of England

Reverend Prebendary Roderick Thomas, who is currently Vicar of Elburton in the Diocese of Exeter, was unanimously chosen by the

Dioceses Commission.

The Archbishop of Canterbury said: "I am personally delighted that Rod Thomas has agreed to take up the post of Bishop of Maidstone. Rod has served the church tirelessly, both as a parish priest and as a member of the General Synod, and engaged constructively and graciously with those of differing theological views."

Thieves target crematorium

Cornish Guardian

Thieves have broken into storage sheds at the Glynn Crematorium near Bodmin and stolen £10,000 worth of equipment, reports the

Cornish Guardian.

Police say extensive damage was caused during the burglary between last Wednesday night and the following morning. Garden equipment and tools were stolen.

PM: 'Cornwall could have the decisive say'

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter

The Prime Minister has told a Conservative election rally in St Ives: "People here in Cornwall could have the decisive say on the election".

David Cameron talks to supporters at a General Election rally in St Ives

Addressing supporters at The Guildhall the Prime Minister said he wanted people in the county "to feel empowered that the way they vote could make the difference".

Sercombe leaves Exeter City

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Exeter City's longest-serving player

Liam Sercombe is leaving the club.

Liam Sercombe
Getty Images

The Exeter-born 25-year-old, who came up through the club's academy, will move on when his contract expires this summer.

Manager Paul Tisdale said he was sorry to see him go, adding: "He has given so much effort and had so many good games and scored so many good goals, and there comes a moment when you have to part company."

Storm warning

Torquay Herald Express


Torquay Herald Express reports a weather warning for high winds was issued for South Devon on Tuesday, the warning is in place from 09:00 to 19:00.

According to the Exeter-based Met Office, south westerly winds will gust to over 50mph at times and to 60mph in some exposed coastal sites. The Met Office says: "The public should be aware that these gusts may cause minor damage to trees, and make travel tricky for the likes of towing vehicles."

Latest headlines

Amy Gladwell

BBC News Online

The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • Police investigating the
    death of a woman at a house in Tamerton Foliot say a man has been taken to hospital with "life-threatening" injuries.
  • The Scillonian has set sail from St Mary's attempting to get hundreds of stranded gig rowers back from the islands.
  • Devon and Cornwall Police have made an about missing 25 year old Kelly Camm from Paignton, who was last seen on Saturday 25 April.
  • People visiting patients at the Royal Cornwall Hospital are asked to ring first after two wards were closed and a further two had access restricted amid a
    norovirus outbreak.

Travel: latest

BBC Travel

  • On the M5 heading between Tiverton and Wellington one lane has been closed because of an an accident.
  • The Teignmouth to Shaldon Ferry has been suspended because of high winds.
  • Between Moretonhampstead and Dunsford, the B3212 is blocked around Doccombe due to a fallen tree.

Police "keep open mind" over woman's body found

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman's body has been found in a Plymouth house and a man has been taken to hospital with "life threatening" injuries, say police. Officers cordoned off the area around the property in Ashleigh Close, Tamerton Foliot after the body was found at about 09:15 after reports of a disturbance.

Ashleigh Close

Police said the man had collapsed and was taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth for treatment. Det Insp Ian Ringrose said house to house investigations were being carried out and police were "keeping an open mind".

It ain't easy being green

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth University lecturer is one of three scientists to have discovered a new glass frog in Costa Rica, the first in the country since 1973, reports the

Plymouth Herald.

Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center

Lecturer in conversation biology, Dr Robert Puschendorf, along with researchers Brian Kubicki, founder of the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Center and Stanley Salazar, a Costa Rican naturalist, made the discovery after collecting specimens in the Caribbean slopes.

Cows invade pitch

Andy Birkett

Reporter, BBC Spotlight

There was a pitch invasion of a different kind at Culm United's Magelake Ground during the Bank Holiday Monday fixture between Culm United Reserves and Sandford Reserves, reports the

Devon & Exeter Football League website.

No-one is quite sure what sparked the protest, but seventy cows made their way onto the ground, with twenty of the friesians reaching the playing field itself. Play was held up for ten minutes, before the teams were called upon to shoo them back.

VE Day memories

James Churchfield

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

I've been chatting to Gladys Hayman from Newquay about her memories of VE Day,

seventy years ago on Friday.


She was a 14-year-old schoolgirl living in Kent when war broke out and ended the war working at Bletchley Park. Remembering the Victory in Europe announcement, she told me: "Everybody went mad, everybody kissed each other, everybody was going to be free again, it was mad."

Police probe death

Western Morning News


Western Morning News reports an investigation has been launched after a woman was found dead at a property in Plymouth today.

Police and paramedics arrived at Ashleigh Close in Tamerton Foliot at 9.15am today and closed the area off. One woman was found dead inside a property and a man was found suffering life-threatening injuries, said police. He was taken to Derriford Hospital.

Blowy all over

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

It'll be bright with some sunny spells this afternoon. However, there will be some scattered, heavy, blustery showers and strong southwesterly winds will reach gale force at times with gusts to 50mph inland and possibly up to 60mph in exposed coastal locations.


Although drier for a time this evening, there will be further scattered heavy showers which will become more prolonged towards the end of the night. Remaining windy with southwesterly winds fresh to strong and up to gale force around the coast and over high ground. Min Temp: 7C (45F).

Pensioners star in amateur films

Harriet Bradshaw

BBC Radio Devon

It's lights, camera, action in Seaton today as amateur film-makers aged up to 90-years-old raise their profile by making comedy movies.

Filming for Bus Pass Productions

Bus Pass Productions is hoping to challenge perceptions of older people with six films this year and is seeking funding to make a feature length film in the near future.

Relaxed attitudes on Scilly

Jack Murley

BBC Radio Cornwall

We've found people stranded on the Isles of Scilly following the World Pilot Gig Championships are very relaxed about the delays getting back to the mainland.


The Scillonian III ferry is fully booked for its return voyage this afternoon, but Skybus flights to Newquay have been halted due to high winds - the flights to Land's End are continuing.

Dan Marcus from the Council of the Isles of Scilly said: "There is a plan in place in case there is a shortfall of accommodation but last night was nowhere near that."

Latest headlines

Matt Pengelly

Local Live

The top stories on BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • A police investigation is underway in Tamerton Foliot after a woman was found dead and a man was taken to hospital.
  • There have been
    more than 350 confirmed incidents of children going missing from council care in the south west since 2010.
  • People stranded on Scilly after flights were stopped yesterday are beginning to make their way home by sea and air.
  • Tame hawks are being introduced to Dartmouth to scare away pigeons and seagulls.
  • Truro City are
    promoted back to Conference South less than three years after almost going bust.

Rowers start record bid

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

Two rowers

have started their attempt to become the fastest and youngest two-man team to row the 3,800 miles from New York to the UK.

Ocean Valour
Ocean Valour

Tom Rainey and Lawrence Walters, both 23, are rowing the 23ft (7m) boat 'Yves' to Salcombe in Devon. Team

Ocean Valour aims to raise money in memory of Mr Rainey's father Luke who died from a brain tumour in 2012.

Nepal earthquake - an eyewitness account

Aftershocks, landslides and total destruction - one worker with the Cornwall-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox has been describing

what life is like right now in the mountains of Nepal, nine days after the country was rocked by a powerful earthquake.


Volunteer Nicola Hinds said: "At times you wonder 'Where do you start?'. There are very few buildings left standing, and people living under plastic sheeting. Houses just torrenting down the mountainside, cascades of bricks and timber, and people living in just horrendous situations. It is quite daunting thinking how we are going to be able to finish something here to help them."

City joy at promotion

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Truro City have been

promoted to the Conference South after beating St Neots Town 1-0 in the Southern Premier League play-off final.

Truro City
Truro City FC

Shane White's 68th-minute penalty in front of 1,450 fans saw City return to the Conference South after two seasons.

Should voting be made compulsory?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

With just two days to go until voting opens in this year's

general election, I'm asking if voting should be made compulsory?

Last time around, 16 million people didn't bother. Younger people and people from ethnic minorities are less likely to turn up at the polling stations. So should we have a system like Australia's where you HAVE to vote? Or should people WANT to vote?

Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.

Met Office warning

The Met Office has

issued a yellow warning for wind for south-west England.

Met Office weather warning
Met Office

Gusts of 50mph, or 60mph in coastal areas, are expected, which may cause minor damage or make travel tricky.

A yellow weather warning is the most minor of the weather warnings, advising people to "be aware" there will be severe weather.

Missing children

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Children as young as six have been reported missing from council care in south-west England, official figures have revealed.

Independent social worker, Polly Baynes

A freedom of information request by the BBC has shown that children in council care went missing

more than 350 times in the past five years. Polly Baynes, an independent social worker, said financial cuts were "undermining the most fundamental services that help keep families together".

Flood Alerts

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Environment Agency has issued a number of

Flood Alerts for north Cornwall from this afternoon.

The four Alerts - the lower level of flood warning - relate to the north coast from Bude to Land's End, with special emphasis on the River Camel as gales and large waves coincide with the high tide tomorrow morning.

Making a difference

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

We've been picking up litter to make Devon look a bit smarter after the Bank Holiday weekend.


Look at what we collected on Dartmoor! BBC Radio Devon's Matt Woodley will be at South Milton Sands at 13:00 today for more litter-picking fun.

Cruise airlift


A cruise ship passenger taken critically ill 400 miles of the Isles of Scilly was airlifted to Treliske by rescue helicopter 193 from RNAS Culdrose, reports

the Cornishman.

The Sea King from 771 Squadron battled through severe fog in their mission to reach the 74-year-old who was aboard the Royal Princess ship bound for Ireland when he was taken ill with a long-term health condition.

Devon vicar to become Bishop

BBC Radio Devon

A vicar from Devon is to become the next Bishop of Maidstone.

Right Reverend Rod Thomas

The appointment of the Reverend Prebendary Roderick Thomas, currently Vicar of Elburton in the Diocese of Exeter, was unanimously agreed by the

Dioceses Commission.