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  1. Updates on Tuesday 5 April 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Tuesday's live coverage

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Death of Churchill's 'secret army' legend Trevor Miners

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A Cornishman, specially trained to kill Nazi soldiers if they invaded Britain during World War II, has passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 89.

Trevor Miners from Perranporth, joined Winston Churchill's 'secret army' in 1943 at the age of 16 and was trained to "kill quietly" at the Coleshill Estate in Oxfordshire.

Trevor Miners, 2015
Hugh Frostick Images

Describing him as a great man and a legend, Coleshill Auxiliary Reserarch Team paid tribute to Mr Miners, saying: "Rest in Peace dear man and thank you for all you did and were prepared to do for us."

Plans approved for 200 Dawlish homes

BBC Radio Devon

A controversial development for hundreds of new homes in Devon has been partly approved by planners.

There were two applications for a total of more than 600 houses in Dawlish. An application for 200 homes has been approved by Teignbridge District Council. Another for more than 400 has been deferred.

Local people had objected that developers wouldn't have to build a relief road and associated new sewerage straight away. Teignbridge District Council said its "proposed Framework Plan sets out how the infrastructure should be delivered alongside the housing".

'Inappropriate' emergency visits putting 'huge strain on NHS'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The chairman of Cornwall's health commissioning body says people "pitching up at A&E inappropriately" are putting a "huge and unnecessary strain on the local NHS". 

Emergency department sign

Cornwall's health and social care system is under major pressure because of unprecedented demand which is showing no sign of easing. The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is on Black Alert - the highest indicator of pressure - with the wider system on Red Alert. 

Dr Iain Chorlton, of NHS Kernow, said: "It is not a place for 'conditions' like broken finger nails, sore throats, hangovers or minor cuts and bruises, which have been seen there in the past. It is for serious and life-threatening conditions."

Latest weather: Clear overnight before sunshine and heavy showers

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be a dry start to the night with some clear spells, allowing it turn a bit chilly. Cloud and patchy rain will move eastwards during the early hours. The winds will also strengthen. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).


Wednesday will bring a mix of sunshine and scattered heavy blustery showers for all, with the risk of hail and thunder. It will also feel chillier, especially in the brisk northwesterly wind. Maximum temperature: 11C (52F).

No charges against Robert Black over Genette Tate case

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The Crown Prosecution Service says it won't make a decision to charge a man, based on information handed to it about the Genette Tate case.

Devon and Cornwall Police believe the schoolgirl was murdered nearly 40 years ago by Robert Black, who died in prison in January.

Genette Tate missing poster

A new file given to the CPS included evidence from new witnesses and an examination of original investigation files. Senior police sources had told the BBC they had "strengthened the circumstantial case against Black". The CPS said it did not make charging decisions on dead suspects.

Cornish hockey clubs fundraise for child of couple 'loved by all'

Harvey Rogers
The Rogers Family

A little boy who lost both his parents in the space of three years, is having money raised for his future by the local community.

Simon Rogers from Fraddon recently died from cancer. His wife Anna died in a car crash in 2013. 

Truro Hockey Club, where they were members, said they were "loved by all", adding: "We want Harvey, who is currently 4, to recognise the contribution and impact that his parents made to our club, it's members and everyone that knew them. For this reason we want to raise money for Harvey, not for the simple value of the money, but so that when he is old enough, we can give him something that he can relate to, and understand where it has come from, and the incredible reasons why."

Travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- St Austell Bodmin Road is partially blocked near Trenance Road due to a broken down lorry.

- Near Camelford on A39 at the Davidstowe turning reports there are sheep loose near the road. Approach with care.

- A30 between Temple and Millpool one lane is closed and speed restriction of 40mph through the roadworks. Slow moving westbound.

Ancient obelisk uncovered by sea defence work

Exeter Express & Echo

A granite ‘obelisk’ thought to be a marker stone dating back to 1874 is discovered on Teignmouth beach during repair work to a sea wall.

Boat equipment 'stolen to order'

St Ives' second homes: Meeting those involved

BBC Radio 4

On 5 May, the local council in St Ives is to ask residents to vote on a new town plan which includes a promise to restrict second home ownership.

St Ives. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

If passed, new housing would only get planning permission if they were lived in full-time. Developers would not be allowed to sell the buildings to anyone who had a residence elsewhere.

The World Tonight's Paul Moss visits the town and examines the situation, talking to residents, second home owners, architects and councillors.

Starving pony crisis 'over-stated'

Plymouth Herald

A "crisis" over Bodmin Moor ponies said to have been left to starve and drop dead on the spot has been over-stated, according to the South West Equine Protection.

Seagull 'menace' in St Ives prompts warning signs

Dawlish infrastructure delay because 'council won't stand up to developers'

BBC Radio Devon

A campaigner in Dawlish has accused developers of not having "the bottle to stand up to developers" over controversial plans for hundreds of new houses.

Two planning applications for 600 new homes in the Dawlish area are being considered today, but developers don't have to build a relief road, and associated new sewerage, straight away.

Ken Parker, who lives nearby, said: "They [the council] admit that there is a problem in this area, but they won't stand up to the developers and do anything." Teignbridge Council told the BBC all aspects of the application would be considered before any decision was made.

Hospital ward closed after suspected swine flu case

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Royal Cornwall Hospital had to close part of a ward last week as a precaution because of a suspected case of swine flu, it has confirmed. 

Health managers said it was to minimise the risk of spread to other vulnerable patients and the ward was fully re-opened later on the same day. 

The bay was reopened later the same day, it added, saying: "Swine flu is a common form of flu and circulates worldwide as one of the seasonal flu viruses, and is covered by the flu vaccine."

Care home boss 'against tying up residents'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A Devon care home boss has told a court he would never have allowed vulnerable residents to be tied up after claims by a woman.

Paul Hewitt

Bristol Crown Court heard that a woman resident said she had been tied up in the room at Gatooma in Holsworthy. Paul Hewitt, 70 from Teignmouth, said he would not approve of this, telling the court: "Absolutely not. Mechanical restraint was a no no." 

Mr Hewitt denies charges of conspiracy to detain and falsely imprison residents. The case continues.

Firefighters rescue trapped dog

'Shame' over Genette Tate murder file submission after suspect's death

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The father of schoolgirl Genette Tate says it is a "shame" police did not submit a new file to prosecutors while her suspected murderer was still alive.

Genette, 13, vanished while delivering near Exeter, in 1978. Robert Black, who died in prison in January, was Devon and Cornwall Police's chief suspect and had been previously interviewed about her disappearance.

Genette Tate memorial

John Tate said: "There was some talk of it being submitted last autumn, then the CPS [Crown Prosecution Service] would have had several months to decide whether to prosecute Black. That would have meant that Black would have died in January knowing that he was going to put on trial for Genette's murder." He added he awaited the CPS's decision "with interest".

St Ives residents to vote on second home restrictions

BBC Radio 4

Residents of St Ives are to vote next month on plans to restrict second home ownership in the Cornish seaside town.

St Ives. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

As second home owners admit that incomers have priced local people out of the market, the local council has decided to take action to change this situation

In Cornwall, wages are low, many people work seasonal jobs in the tourism industry and housing costs are high - and that's inflated by the huge demand from people wanting to use the county as a location for a second home or property investment.

Firefighters concerned about Cranbrook parking

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Residents in the new town of Cranbrook are being asked to park more carefully after firefighters said they were "becoming increasingly concerned" crews could be "seriously delayed getting to an emergency incident because of inconsiderate parking".

Fire engine

Devon and Somerset Fire Service said some of the streets were "narrow even without parked cars. Obviously, the size of our vehicle being what it is, we need slightly more room to manoeuvre than a car.”

It added that it was "an offence to obstruct emergency vehicles" and fire crews were legally permitted to forcibly remove vehicles causing an obstruction.

EU directive means change for small waste oil burners

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Changes in the EU Industrial Emissions Directive coming in tomorrow mean anyone who uses a small waste oil burner needs to apply for an environment permit from the council.

'Faith watch' scheme launched in Kingsbridge

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Police, churches and faith groups in Kingsbridge are working together to help prevent theft from religious premises.

The launch of "Faith Watch" follows an increase in crimes, including forced entry and theft of collection boxes and other belongings.

Faith Watch poster
Devon and Cornwall Police

It is believed that thieves are deliberately targeting these establishments while they're unattended, so the aim of the scheme is to provide a link for communities from all religious denominations to tackle the issue together.    

Community plan to save Par Running Track

Cornish Guardian

The community in Par has responded to a rallying call to stand up and be counted if they want to keep their athletics facilities. Cornwall Council is holding tender process that could see leisure facilities in the county, including Par running track sold and its associated facilities, off to the highest bidder next year.

Latest weather: Sunny spells before cloud and rain overnight

BBC Weather

It will continue to be a pleasant spring day with lengthy sunny spells, especially this afternoon, with patchy cloud. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).


Cloud will increase during the evening, before a band of mainly light rain crosses during the second half of the night. It will be replaced by a scattering of blustery showers, some of which may be thundery and with hail. Winds will be south westerly moderate, but fresh around the coasts. Minimum temperature: 7C (45F).

Hockey club raises money for little boy, 4, who lost both parents

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Rogers Family
The Rogers Family

Hockey clubs throughout Cornwall have been raising money for a four-year-old boy who has lost both his parents in just three years. 

Anna Rogers died in 2013 in a car accident and her husband, Simon, died of cancer earlier this year, leaving behind their son, Harvey.

They were popular hockey players and now the county's hockey community has rallied round to honour their memory

Devon care homes boss 'not aware residents were locked in'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The boss of two Devon care homes, on trial over allegations vulnerable residents were sent to so called punishment rooms, says he wasn't aware they were missing meals and being locked in.

Paul Hewitt, from Teignmouth, denies charges of conspiracy to detain and falsely imprison residents at Gatoma near Holsworthy and Gatooma near Bideford in 2010 and 2011. 

The 70-year-old told Bristol Crown Court he wasn't involved in the management of the homes and he rarely visited. When cross-examined he said "mechanical restraint was a no-no". He also said he wasn't aware residents were locked in rooms, saying no doors were locked or even had locks. Four other employees deny false imprisonment charges. The trial continues.

Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- Buses replace trains between Liskeard and Looe until approximately 16:30

- At Egloshayle the A389 is partially blocked

- Traffic is queuing in Exmouth on the A376 because of roadworks and temporary lights

- The A38 around Lee Mill, heading towards Exeter, is blocked due to an accident involving a motorcycle, traffic is queueing for around half a mile  

- In Bideford on the A386, Heywood Road around Orchard Hill, we've got reports of an incident 

Tiny calf photo dolphin-itely gaining interest

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The photograph of a bottlenose dolphin calf swimming with adults off St Ives is getting some attention on social media.

Information about the pod, seen last week and photographed by Chris Oates, came in through Cornwall Wildlife Trust's Seaquest Southwest Project, the charity said.

Dolphin pod and calf. Pic: Chris Oates/Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Chris Oates/Cornwall Wildlife Trust

It added: "2015 had over 1,500 sightings of marine wildlife sent in to Seaquest, representing over 10,000 animals".

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- Cornwall's local health and social care system is under "major pressure", NHS Kernow says 

- A new file of evidence against the man suspected of murdering Devon schoolgirl Genette Tate almost 40 years ago has been submitted to prosecutors

- The Royal Cornwall Hospital has confirmed that a bay on its cancer ward had to be closed last week as a precaution, after a suspected case of swine flu 

- Hockey clubs throughout Cornwall have been raising money for a four year old local boy who has lost both his parents in the space of just three years

'Secret army' legend dies aged 88

Lynne French, BBC News Online

One of Winston Churchill's few remaining World War II 'secret army' veterans, has died at the age of 89. 

Trevor Miners from Perranporth was just 16 when he signed up to became part of 3,500-strong volunteer force, specially trained as the underground line of defence in case the Nazis invaded Britain.

Trevor Miners with his parents in Perranporth
Miners family

"We were trained to kill - how to use a knife to kill a man quietly," the veteran told BBC in 2013.

Tributes paid to Paignton pavement crash victim

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Tributes have been paid to a woman who died after being hit by a car which mounted a pavement in Paignton, crashing into a shop.

Evelyn Fisher
Via Devon and Cornwall Police

Sixty-one-year-old Evelyn Fisher died on Saturday afternoon after the collision on Hyde Road. Police said a Vauxhall Corsa driven by an 88-year-old local man mounted the pavement before colliding with the front of The Big Baguette shop.

Her family said: "Evelyn was very much loved by her family and large group of friends. She was a devoted granny to her two grandsons who adored her. She had a heart of gold and her sense of humour would make a comedian jealous."

Swine flu case at hospital

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Infection control experts have closed part of a ward at the Royal Cornwall Hospital because of swine flu. We hear from patients and ask health experts how potentially dangerous it could be.

Get involved in today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

New film asks to keep college site for community

BBC Radio Devon

Campaigners hope a new film they have made will go some way to keeping a building in Exmouth for community and educational use.

Rolle College

Plymouth University closed the Rolle College site in 2008 and there are plans to build more than 100 homes on it.

But campaigners said it had been used for learning and the local community for more than a century, so they were trying to raise enough money to buy at least part of the site.

Health services on red and black alerts

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's health and social care system is under major pressure because of unprecedented demand which is showing no sign of easing, health commissioners say.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust is on Black Alert - the highest indicator of pressure - with the wider system on Red Alert. NHS Kernow said emergency departments remained extremely busy and patient flow was slow.

Emergency department sign

It warned this was likely to continue in the coming weeks and said people should do their bit by choosing the most appropriate service for their needs, and avoiding A&E for everything except genuine, life-threatening emergencies.

Man attacked outside Devon pub

Plymouth Herald

A man suffered nasty injuries after an alleged assault in Tiverton over the weekend. 

Dolphin calf makes a splash off St Ives

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Chris Oates' marvellous picture of this small pod of dolphins - complete with adorable calf - was taken as part of the Seaquest Southwest initiative, which is a "citizen science marine recording project" run by the trust’s Living Seas Marine Team with Devon Wildlife Trust.

Churchill's 'Secret army' volunteer dies

It's been reported that Trevor Miners who served in Churchill's 'secret army' against Nazi invasion, has died

Trevor, 88, from Perranporth, was one of 3,500 volunteers recruited to the Auxiliary Units in 1943.

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Genette Tate police want 'clear statement' Robert Black faced murder charge

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Police say they submitted a new file to prosecutors against child killer Robert Black - suspected of murdering Genette Tate almost 40 years ago - because officers "would like a clear statement" that the Crown Prosecution Service would have charged him over the schoolgirl's death.

Rober Black. Pic: PSNI

Thirteen-year-old Genette Tate vanished while delivering evening newspapers in Aylesbeare, near Exeter, in 1978. Black (pictured) died in prison in January. The new file is the result of two years of work by a dedicated group of eight detectives.

A senior police source told the BBC: "It's the closest we can now get to justice and might offer some comfort to her family and the community."

High tide times for the region

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.


We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.