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  1. Updates on Thursday 28 May
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather

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By Matt Pengelly and Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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That's all from your Local Live team for today. We will be back at 08:00 on Friday with a round-up of the day's news, sport, travel and weather.

Mother and baby doing well

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Visitors to Paignton Zoo were given a ringside seat at a spectacular event today.

Rare Rothschild giraffe Sangha went into Labour at 14:30 and despite being allowed to find her own place, decided to give birth on public display.

Rare Rothschild's giraffe born at Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

Sangha gave birth standing up after a gestation period of around 400 days. The calf was on its feet within a few hours.

Humpback whale spotted off Scilly

BBC Radio Cornwall

A very rare visitor has been spotted between the mainland and the Isles of Scilly.

Humpback whale
Paul Semmens

Wildlife watcher Paul Semmens was on the Scillonian when he spotted this humpback whale breaking the surface.

Road problems

BBC Travel

  • In Chideock the A35 Main Street is partially blocked eastbound and there is slow traffic due to a broken down lorry at Duck Street.
  • Near Ermington the A3121 is partially blocked because of an accident near the A379 - Hollowcombe Cross.

Sunshine and showers tomorrow

BBC Weather

Overnight it will be cloudy with rain, drizzle, low cloud and mist spreading from the west from early morning. Minimum Temperature: 6 Deg C.

Weather graphic

Tomorrow there will be rain at first clearing to the southeast by lunchtime to be replaced by sunshine and isolated showers. Maximum Temperature: 16 Deg C.

Weather warning

Porthoustock Coastguard Search and Rescue team

tweets: Early weather warning for Friday 29th May. Strong winds and heavy rain will pass over the Lizard during the morning. On the coast? take care

Search for suspected armed robber

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Four firearms units, a dog handler and local officers are among police looking for a suspected armed robber in Barnstaple, north Devon, officers say.

Barnstaple map. Google

Devon and Cornwall Police were called to Coopers Jewellers in High Street at about 15:35 after reports of a robbery. Nothing was stolen from the shop and a suspect escaped in the direction of Green Lanes. There were no injuries.

The suspect was described as short, wearing a sandy or khaki-coloured long trench coat, and possibly bald. He was also "believed to be in possession of a weapon,"

police said.

Wiccan funeral creates 'space to say goodbye'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Hundreds of people have attended a Wiccan ceremony at Penmount crematorium in Truro for self-styled white wizard Ian Wilson, known as Eron.

Eron the Wizard funeral attendees

The service began with a "casting of the circle" by Julia Stoiber, a High Priestess of Wicca, to create "a space in which to say goodbye". The service closed with a prayer including the line: "No farewell is the last farewell."

Church promises to do better

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

Today is a really difficult day for the Methodist church as people come to terms with the

independent report looking into abuse allegations dating back to the 1950s.

The church has made a public apology for any failings in the way it handled complains of abuse - 106 such cases have been revealed in the Exeter and Plymouth districts, 33 in the Cornwall district.

The Chairman of Cornwall's Methodist District, Reverend Steven Wild - who will become President of the Methodist Conference in June - told me: "I've been a Methodist minister for 33 years and when I first came in, things like this were brushed under the carpet, things like this were not faced, and now we're facing it."

Sheridan leaves Pilgrims 'for family reasons'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Former Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan has left the Pilgrims after he "expressed a wish to relocate back to the north of England for family reasons", the Pilgrims

have announced.

John Sheridan

Argyle owner James Brent paid tribute to Sheridan, saying he had "made a significant contribution to the Pilgrims' cause".

Sheridan, who was appointed

in January 2013, said he had "thought long and hard about the decision", but that it had been "a privilege" to manage Argyle. He also said he believed "I leave the club in a far stronger position to reclaim its place at a higher level of the Football League than it was when I first arrived".

Rare giraffe born in front of zoo visitors

A rare Rothschild's giraffe has been born at Paignton Zoo.

Rothschild's giraffe born at Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

Mother Sangha safely delivered her calf at 14:30.

Senior Head Keeper of Mammals Matthew Webb: "We let her wander about and find her own place to give birth, rather than shut her in anywhere. She chose to give birth in the giraffe house, in front of visitors in the gallery and a crowd of excited keepers."

Council 'working to keep public toilets open'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it is working with "town and parish councils and other organisations" to keep many public toilets open.

Toilet sign. Pic: Thinkstock

It comes after councillor Derek Elliot put up "closed" notices on toilets at County Hall and said staff should use a neighbouring supermarket's facilities in protest against the closure of many

public loos.

The council said it had "a legal duty to provide welfare facilities for its employees", adding: "We recognise the importance of public conveniences and have worked with town and parish councils and other organisations to keep many toilets open. We continue to explore other solutions for the remaining toilets."

'Anger' over fire chief's 6% pay rise

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The Fire Brigades Union says there'll be

anger among firefighters and control staff after a 6.2% pay rise was approved for the chief fire officer - despite rises for firefighters being capped at 1%.

Trevor French

The wage rise, approved by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Authority, sees Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell's pay go up from £137,392 to £146,031.

Trevor French, from the FBU, said: "There won't be industrial action over his pay... however, our pay is falling behind."

Latest headlines

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The top stories on

BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • A man thought to be armed with a gun is being sought by police in Barnstaple town centre
  • Detectives investigating the murder of a man in Dorchester reveal he was last seen in Truro and appeal for information
  • Plymouth Argyle has announced Manager John Sheridan has left the club after "reaching a mutual agreement" to cancel the final year of this three-year contract

Murder victim last seen in Truro

Police say a man found

murdered at a car dealership in Dorchester, was last seen in Truro.

Compass House Dorchester murder investigation

Elliot Handley, 46, from Eastleigh

was in the city on Thursday 21 May and then made his way to Dorset.

Det Insp Neil Devoto from Dorset Police said: "I am appealing to anyone who may have seen Elliot between Thursday 21 May and Tuesday 26 May 2015, or had recent contact with him, to contact me urgently."

Argyle boss John Sheridan leaves Pilgrims

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth Argyle boss John Sheridan has left the club, the Pilgrims have announced

on their website.

John Sheridan. Pic: Empics

The club said they and Sheridan "reached a mutual agreement" to cancel the final year of his three-year contract with immediate effect. Sheridan previously said he was

considering his position after Argyle's 5-3 aggregate play-offs defeat to Wycombe.

The club said Sheridan had made a "significant contribution". No successor has been announced yet.

Police seek armed man in Barnstaple

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Police have confirmed that they're searching for a man who may be in possession of a firearm in Barnstaple town centre.

It follows reports of an incident at a jewellery shop on the High Street.

Two arrested after Truro attack on autistic man

BBC Radio Cornwall

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of assault in connection with an autistic man being attacked in Truro, police say.

Trafalgar Roundabout

The victim was repeatedly kicked and punched near Trafalgar Roundabout on 18 April.

Devon and Cornwall Police said a 20-year-old woman and 18-year-old man had been taken into custody and released on bail, pending further enquiries.

BreakingBreaking News

North Devon Journal

A man armed with a fire arm is currently being hunted by police through Barnstaple town centre, reports the

North Devon Journal.

An alarm was sounded from Coopers Jewellery on the High Street and police attended the scene just before 3.45pm.

The man was inside the jewellery shop before fleeing the store, but police are yet to confirm whether he has stolen anything.

Bodilly hopes to stay with two clubs

BBC Sport

Exeter's Max Bodilly expects

another spell on dual-registration next season.

Max Bodilly
Getty Images

The 20-year-old has spent time with Championship club Cornish Pirates in the last two seasons, but has also broken into the Exeter first team.

Bodilly scored two tries in Exeter's LV= Cup final loss to Saracens and made his Premiership debut against Sale. "I would imagine I'll be dual-registered, but hopefully if I can push myself up again, I'll be up at Exeter more often than not," he said.

Councillor 'closes' council building toilets in public loos protest

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornwall Councillor has put up "closed" notices on all the toilets at County Hall in protest against his authority's closure of many public loos.

County Hall

The council is to end funding for public toilets

from 1 April 2016. Four Lanes councillor Derek Elliot put up signs in the council building, saying: "Toilet closed....(water problems). Please use Sainsburys [the supermarket across the road]."

He said: "I wanted create a reaction to see what people in County Hall really think and measure the support for keeping toilets open. I know how a lot of councillors feel."

Young swimmer breaks record

David Fitzgerald

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

It's always good to hear about the potential sports champions of the future from Devon - and here is one of them.

Megan Bowen
Kelly College

17-year-old Megan Bowen from Ivybridge who used to compete for Plymouth Leander and now swims for Mount Kelly, has

broken Sharron Davies' 200m freestyle record at the ASA South West Regional Championships at the Life Centre.

Latest headlines

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The top stories on

BBC Local Live: Devon & Cornwall:

  • Three 16-year-old boys are questioned after a fire at the disused Quality Hotel in Plymouth overnight
  • Devon and Somerset Fire Service's chief officer is given a
    £9k pay rise, angering a union
  • A Cornwall Councillor puts up "closed" notices on toilets at County Hall in Truro in protest against closures of public loos
  • Elves, druids and fairies are among the guests
    at a Wiccan funeral of a white wizard from Tintagel

Your photos

Robin Willis

tweets: On the beach, eventually! Quite atmospheric. Now for the climb back up #lanticbay #Cornwall

Lantic Bay
Robin Willis

We love to see your amazing photos of Devon and Cornwall, like this one from

Lantic Bay near Polruan. If you've got a picture you would like us to share you can
tweet us or send it via

Barnstaple 'Jacko' performance 'was lookalike'

North Devon Journal

It has finally been confirmed that a "Michael Jackson" performance in Barnstaple in 1999 was actually just a lookalike, the

North Devon Journal reports.

There was a media frenzy after the star apparently performed at the Queen's Theatre on October 17, 1999 - but the Journal was one of the only papers to allege it was not actually the man himself.

And now professional dancer Anthony King has written a blog claiming it was in fact his brother who played Michael Jackson on that day.

Wizard came to Cornwall to 'follow his dream'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A self-styled "wizard of Tintagel", who has been commemorated at a Wiccan funeral in Cornwall, came to the South West "to follow his dream", his daughter said.

Julia Stoiber

A service for 63-year-old Ian Wilson - known as Eron, who died on 10 May - was led by Julia Stoiber, a High Priestess of Wicca (pictured),

at Penmount crematorium in Truro.

Mr Wilson's daughter Rebecca said: "When he got cancer in 2008 that gave him the courage to follow his dream and he moved [from Gloucester] to Cornwall and followed the pagan way."

Police cuts - your views

via Facebook

News that senior officers at Devon & Cornwall Police have begun planning for potential budget cuts of up to 25% from the new government has sparked some angry comments on the

BBC Radio Cornwall Facebook page.

  • Moira Chandler worries: That's 2.5 policemen for every square kilometer or 1 policeman for every 575 people in Devon and Cornwall. I know the crime rate is lower than other parts of the British Isles but is it legal? Surely there's a minimum provision?
  • Alexander Darracott adds: As well as shutting down police custody centres. From later this year, if you get arrested in Launceston you'll need to be taken to Bodmin, Newquay, or somewhere in Devon. This shall increase petrol expenses and more wear and tear on police vehicles therefore increasing maintenance bills.
  • Colin George writes: Crime figures down because no point in reporting...why not disband the police then crime figures will report as zero !!!
  • Marc Jockusch disagrees, saying: A professional police persons is worth 10 rubbish ones. Wheat from the chaff I say.

Jellyfish washes up

Plymouth Herald

A 'monster' jellyfish was spotted in Plymouth today by an eagle-eyed reader of the city's


Lisa Allwood

The creature was snapped at Mount Wise beach by Lisa Allwood. Andrew Whitehouse, South West manager at Buglife, said it looks like a barrel jellyfish, or Rhizostoma pulmo.

Come on, Cornwall!

As Cornwall prepares for the county championship final, the England and Exeter Chiefs rugby star - and proud Cornishman - Jack Nowell

tweets: Good luck my bleedy booties this Sunday at Twickenham #geddon #blackandgold #properjob @Cornwallrugby @trelawnysarmy

Florist cash stolen

BBC Radio Devon

Police in Newton Abbot would like to talk to this man following a theft at a florist's shop in Ipplepen.

Devon & Cornwall Police

While the counter at Hollyhocks Florists at the Fermoy's Garden Centre was unattended,

a quantity of cash was stolen from a handbag on Sunday 10 May.

Takeover consortium given exclusivity

Brent Pilnick

BBC South West Sport

Torquay United's commercial manager - who is

leading a consortium hoping to buy the club - has told me: "We are working away furiously in the background in order to make this happen."

Dean Edwards, who played more than 100 games for the Gulls between 1988 and 1991, twice scoring for them at Wembley, added: "The money we promised will be there on provision that the club agree on certain legal and financial requirements,"

His consortium of 10 local businessmen have been given a period of exclusivity to try and take over Torquay United.

Michael Gove and Ross Poldark - together at last?

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's tourism chief says business is being boosted by an unlikely combination of Michael Gove and Ross Poldark this May half term.

It's believed the government's tougher line on parents taking their children out of school during term time has led to more families going on holiday together at half term - dubbed the 'Gove Effect' after the former Education Secretary.


And the Head of Visit Cornwall Malcolm Bell said about Poldark: "I think we're starting to see a lot more new people curious about Cornwall and that's just going to grow and grow, so in a way what we've seen is the start of the momentum of the 'Poldark Effect' turning into money."

Four-hundred people hospitalised after animal attacks

Plymouth Herald

Almost 400 people in the Plymouth area have been hospitalised after being attacked by dogs, rats and even foxes in the last year, staggering new official figures reveal, the

Plymouth Herald reports.

The NHS figures show people in the area were also injured after being hurt by cats and horses.

A total of 208 people needed hospital treatment for dog bites in Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the last year. A further 180 in the region were bitten or hurt in other ways by 'other mammals' between March 2014 to February this year, according to the stats compiled by the

Health and Social Care Information Centre.

Fire chief pay rise 'conditional'

Leigh Rundle

BBC Spotlight

A £9,000 pay rise to Devon and Somerset's fire chief is subject to conditions which have yet to be published by the

Devon and Somerset Fire Service Authority.

Lee Howell

Lee Howell's 6.2% rise, which will see his pay increased to about £146,000, has been

strongly criticised by fire brigade unions, who said it was inappropriate when other firefighters' pay was capped at 1%.

In 2013, Mr Howell, took up a two-day-a-week post with

the Welsh government as one of Her Majesty's Inspectors. The Fire Authority said Mr Howell had since returned full-time and independent research suggested his wage was "well below the median salary" in relation to the amount of people it served and the size of the organisation.

Rain coming in overnight

Wendy Wheatley

BBC Weather Forecaster

It will be a cool afternoon with variable amounts of cloud, the chance of an isolated shower, and some bright or sunny spells at times. The best of the brightness or sunshine will be on the south coast and areas sheltered from the cool and moderate north westerly breeze.


Overnight a band of rain and drizzle will sweep in from the far west with heavier pulses of rain especially over the moors and along the north coast, where there will also be low cloud and mist. Winds will back westerly and increase fresh, gusting strong in the rain. Min Temperature: 6C (43F).

Hundreds attend 'wizard's' funeral

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Hundreds of people dressed as elves, druids and witches have been attending a Wiccan funeral to mark the passing of "Eron the wizard".

Ian Wilson, known as 'Eron the wizard'. Pic: Rebecca Wilson
via Rebecca Wilson

Sixty-three-year-old Ian Wilson, known as Eron, had travelled the country as a white wizard "healing" people and practising paganism. Julia Stoiber, a High Priestess of Wicca, led the ceremony at Penmount crematorium in Truro.

Mr Wilson's daughter, Rebecca, said her father had devoted the last years of his life to his pagan beliefs.

Lancs coach ready for Sunday showdown

Ross Ellis

Presenter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Lancashire's rugby coach says Sunday's county championship final against Cornwall will be a 'great showpiece' after a long league season.

Brian Tempest

The Twickenham showdown will be the third time in three years the players have met - last time

Lancashire won 36 -26. In 2013 the score was
36 - 25 to Lancashire.

Lancashire's Head Coach Mark Nelson said: "The county championship is a great opportunity to play with different people from different clubs, but the real carrot is the potential to play at Twickenham and you simply do not get that in league rugby."

More road problems

BBC Travel

  • On the A390 in Truro, Green Lane is partially blocked and there is slow traffic westbound between the A39 Arch Hill junction and the Penwerris junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.
  • Limers Lane in Awliscombe is still partially blocked at the turn for Smeatharpe junction, because of an accident.
  • The accidents on Brunswick Place, Dawlish and Stoke Hill, Exeter have been cleared.

'Buckle failure' child car seat withdrawn from sale

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The manufacturer of a child's car seat - which it's claimed suffered a buckle failure - says it has withdrawn the seat from sale, adding "product safety is our top priority and we are taking this matter very seriously".

Car seat video. Pic: Stacey Tennant
Stacey Tennant

Stacey Tennant told the BBC her 22-month-old son was left bruised and traumatised after he was catapulted to the front of the vehicle he was travelling when the car had to brake suddenly.


Kiddu said it had conducted tests on its seats' buckles which "indicated no fault to date". But it added it had "requested that independent tests are carried out by the premier UK test authority as a matter of urgency". It said: "In the meantime, we have made the decision to temporarily withdraw the Kiddu Lane car seat from sale until the tests are complete."

What's the attraction of caravanning?

Bill Buckley

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Sales of caravans have gone up by nearly a quarter in the last year, according to the National Caravan Council.

Are you a fan? I personally don't understand holidaying in a metal box when you can stay in a good hotel, but I am willing to be convinced! Get in touch on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.