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  1. Updates on Thursday 7 April 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Friday

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

Kiwi is zoo's new screen star

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The UK's only flightless kiwi bird has gone on show to the public at Paignton Zoo.

The endangered bird, named Manu, has come to Devon from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany. 

The zoo has put up a TV screen near its Avian Breeding Centre to help visitors catch a glimpse of five-year-old bird, who sleeps during the day.

Woman rescued from Newquay estuary 'wouldn't have lasted much longer'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A woman rescued by the Newquay lifeboat crew from the River Gannel yesterday evening, "would not have lasted much longer", the RNLI says. 

She had been walking her dog when a bigger than normal spring tide raced in, cutting her off from dry land. She used her mobile phone to contact emergency services. 

Lewis Timson is a lifeguard supervisor who went to the scene when the lifeboat struggled to get there. He said a fast rescue was essential and the tide was rising: "Even when you're young the cold affects you a lot, but when you're a little bit older, everything starts to go downhill quite quickly."

Latest weather: Some sunny spells before rain

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be mostly dry with clear spells for many tonight. However, there will be the risk of a few isolated showers. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).


Friday will be largely dry and bright, with some sunny spells. Turning cloudy from the west, with outbreaks of rain gradually spilling in later in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

However, high spring tides have sparked Flood Alerts from the Environment Agency along the north Cornwall coast for Friday morning. High water is due at Bude at 06:59.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- An RNLI lifeguard describes using a paddleboard to rescue a woman and her blind dog after the pair were cut off by the tide in Newquay

- Devon County Council says £2m is not enough to repair all potholes in the county as it spends more than £60m a year just to keep highways running

- Nominations close for candidiates in the election of Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner

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David Haigh: 'I was told to confess'

BBC Newsnight

David Haigh, the former managing director of Leeds United, says he was mistreated in Dubai by police after his arrest in 2014 and, "hit over the head with the back of a broom" three weeks before being released.

Talking to BBC Newsnight, Mr Haigh (pictured centre) who is from Cornwall, said that, in another incident, he was "hit with the back of the hand around the face and then tasered" while in prison for fraud. 

David Haigh. Pic: Getty Images
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On one occasion he said he taken into a car park at night, with officers "trying to scare me, telling me that I needed to confess, that if I confessed everything would be fine, that I could leave, they would give me bail - but if I didn't, I was looking at 10 years". Dubai authorities have yet to comment on his allegations.

Air ambulance flies 38 missions in a month

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall's air ambulance flew 38 missions in March, seven more than February, its managing charity says. 

Its crews helped 11 children, toddlers and babies during those deployments - more than a quarter of the month’s missions.

Cornwall Air Ambulance
Cornwall Air Ambulance

However, despite the increase in flights on the month before, the charity said it was a "relatively quiet Easter" with only six missions flown during that bank holiday weekend.

Pothole fund: South West to get most cash

BBC News England

The South West is to receive the most cash from a £50m pothole fund being divided up between 118 English councils.


The region is to receive £8,433,000 to deal with an estimated 159,000 holes in roads.

Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said the government wanted to "tackle the blight of potholes". However, the Local Government Association said it would take £12bn to fix England's roads.

'Strong interest' in Cornwall leisure centres

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says there has been "strong interest" from possible bidders wanting to take over leisure centres, despite concerns raised by supporters of the facilities. 

Next April, all public money will be pulled from leisure centres. Campaigners in St Ives, who have gathered a 1,000-signature petition, said they were concerned companies would not want to take over the contract without extra subsidies, and that could have a knock-on effect on facilities.

Cornwall Council said outline tender responses were due in by 3 May and the final decision would be made in early December.

Flybe flies 1.8m people despite Paris attacks

Exeter Express & Echo

Exeter-based airline Flybe Group Plc carried 1.8million passengers in the last three months of 2015 – despite the Paris terror attacks.

Weapons hunt after attack in Exeter

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are trying to find weapons which were possibly used in an attack on a man in Exeter.

The victim of the attack was found with serious and life-threatening injuries in a property in the area of Lower Summerlands and Clifton Road at about 01:10 on Wednesday. He is now is in a stable condition in hospital. A man in his 40s is in custody in connection with the incident.

Det Insp Ian Ringrose said: “We believe that knives and weapons were used during this attack, and police searches are now taking place in the area. If any member of the public discovers a knife, weapon, or anything suspicious that appears to have been discarded ... we ask that you do not touch it, and immediately contact the police."

Man and woman charged following alleged Camborne daytime assault

West Briton

Two people have been charged following an alleged daytime assault in Camborne last month.

'UK's only largest egg laying' flightless bird arrives at Paignton Zoo

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

An endangered flightless bird which lays the largest egg of any species in relation to its body size, has been put on show at Paignton Zoo.

The male kiwi, called Manu, is the only individual of its species currently living in a UK zoo.

Paignton Zoo

The zoo said: "Its egg can weigh a quarter of the bird's body mass which is like a human mother giving birth to a baby the size of a four-year-old." The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums said London Zoo had previously kept one kiwi, but Paignton is the only zoo to currently have one.

Doctors bring protest to Prime Minister ...but he'd left

Police commissioner defends post as allowing him to be 'free to speak out'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Devon and Cornwall's outgoing Police and Crime Commissioner, Tony Hogg, has defended his track record as he prepares to give up the role.

Tony Hogg

Nominations close at 16:00 today, with the election on 5 May. It has been controversial, with critics claiming PCC's amounted to politicisation of the police which cost too much. 

Mr Hogg said he believed the job had been a success. He said: "It was a transition to a completely different model, with one person in charge, but lots of scrutiny around that person; and being really free to speak out, to challenge the government and challenge policing in a productive and respectful way."

Pride in latest police pups

Vulnerable man choked to death on chicken meatball in North Devon

North Devon Journal

Two carers have admitted safety breaches which led to the death of a vulnerable patient who choked to death while on his way to a holiday in the West Country.

Redruth boss hopes to retain squad

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Redruth head coach Steve Larkins says he hopes to retain the bulk of his squad for next season.

Redruth RFC
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

The Reds have impressed in National Two South this season, with the fourth-placed club just four points off third place with four games left.

"We're already thinking about what we're going to do next year, what kind of player we're looking for," he said. "We want to keep this squad together because every player has contributed in some way and really pushed us."

'More cash needed for Devon potholes'

BBC Radio Devon

More than £2m from the government's pothole fund is still not enough to repair every hole, Devon County Council says.

Devon and Plymouth and Torbay councils have an estimated 40,000 potholes between them. The county council said the latest cash would make life better for road users but more government support was still needed.

Pot hole

David Whitton, Head of Devon Highways, said: "A lot of our unclassified roads are in a pretty poor state. Our data shows that about 23% of those roads need maintenance soon. That's about 1,500km of road, and £2m would resurface about 30km of roads. So this is making a small impact." 

Devon swimmer Liam Tancock eyes Rio

Two women and two dogs rescued after getting cut off by tide in Exmouth

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A mother and daughter have been rescued by the RNLI after getting cut off by the tide near Exmouth yesterday evening.

They were walking their dogs between Sandy Bay and Orcombe Point when volunteers with the Exmouth inshore lifeboat found one of the women soaked to the skin and the mother up to her waist in water.

Helm, Andy Stott said: "The wind direction and conditions meant they became wetter on the way back to the boathouse. The ladies were absolutely soaked through so we loaned them our woolly bear fleeces to wear home in the car. They were very grateful for our blankets, plastic sheets and a cup of tea!"

Leisure centre supporters ask for open tendering process

BBC Radio Cornwall

Leisure centre supporters are asking Cornwall Council to make the tendering process for a new contractor more open, saying "we're all in the dark to what is really happening".   

Next April, all public money will be pulled from Cornwall's leisure centres. Supporters in St Ives, who have signed a 1,000-signature petition, said they were concerned about the number of companies wanting to take over the contract without extra subsidies. 

Campaigner Andrew Moth said: "The council keeps pointing to its leisure document, saying 'this is our vision for leisure in Cornwall'. We can all have a vision, but whether it becomes a reality is another matter." The council said there had been "strong interest" in the centres.

Traffic diversion 'an accident waiting to happen'

Torquay Herald Express

Diverting construction traffic past schools and through residential streets in Dawlish to allow 1,000 new homes to be built would have been 'an accident waiting to happen', say councillors.

Running up calorie counts

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Exercise information on chocolate bars - would it put you off buying them?

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Have your say with me by calling 0345 3011034.

Latest weather: Brighter in the afternoon before cloud thickens overnight

BBC Weather

Becoming brighter this afternoon, with a moderate or fresh northwesterly breeze, locally strong and blustery especially in the west and along the north coast. Maximum temperature:10C (50F).


The cloud is expected to thin this evening, with some sunshine for most places. However, the cloud is expected to thicken later in the night bringing perhaps an odd shower to a few places. Brisk winds will ease to a mainly light to moderate breeze by the end of the night. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Adams - Exeter defeat 'my hardest'

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says the club's defeat at rivals Exeter City was the worst of his managerial career.

Derek Adams
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The Pilgrims were beaten 2-1 at St James Park, despite taking the lead and dominating for large parts of the game.

"Last Saturday was the hardest defeat that I've taken in my managerial career," he told BBC Radio Devon. "To play in such a way and not be under any trouble and then one shot on target goes into the back of the net, that was hard to take."

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- Former Leeds United boss, David Haigh, who is from Cornwall, has revealed he was beaten while in prison for fraud in Dubai

- More then £3m, given to Devon and Cornwall by the government for pothole repairs, will only have a "small impact" it has been claimed

- The only kiwi bird in a UK zoo has gone on display in Paignton

- Three women, two in Exmouth and one in Newquay, have been rescued by lifeboat crews after getting cut off by the tide yesterday evening

'Only UK' kiwi bird on show at Paignton Zoo

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The only kiwi to live in a UK zoo has been put on show to the public. 

The endangered flightless bird, which lives in the wild in New Zealand, has come to Paignton Zoo from Frankfurt Zoo in Germany. 

Paignton Zoo

Before the bird arrived local metal detectors were used to check the new enclosure for "potentially dangerous bits of metal", the zoo said. The bird, which probes the soil for food, is New Zealand's national symbol.  

Latest travel news for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Plymouth, the A386 Tavistock Road is affected in both directions by an oil spillage between Woolwell Roundabout and the turning for Bickleigh

- Very slow traffic on the A30 eastbound across Bodmin Moor due to roadworks

- There has been a two vehicle accident at St Erth on the A30 Hayle bypass

- At Longdowns on the A394, temporary traffic lights are causing delays  

- On Mutley Plain in Plymouth there has been an accident near the post office

- In Totnes, watch out for delays on the A385 Ashburton Road because of temporary traffic lights

Elderly woman and blind dog unharmed after lifeboat rescue in Newquay

Matt Pengelly

BBC Radio Cornwall

An elderly woman and her blind dog have been rescued after being cut off by the tide at the River Gannel at Newquay last night.

In a complicated two-hour operation, an RNLI lifeguard used a paddleboard to reach the woman, while the town's inshore lifeboat was brought across town on its trailer and launched into the Gannel to retrieve her. 

The woman and her dog were extremely cold but unharmed, the RNLI said.

Government 'not neutral in Brexit referendum'

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Mr Cameron made the comments while visiting Exeter, responding to the row over a £9m leaflet campaign by the government to promote Britain's EU membership.

Leave campaigners have accused him and ministers of misusing public funds.

David Haigh 'beaten' in Dubai jail

BBC Newsnight

The former managing director of Leeds United, David Haigh, who is from Cornwall, says he was mistreated and beaten while in prison for fraud in Dubai.

David Haigh

Speaking to BBC Newsnight in his first interview since his release last month, Mr Haigh said there had been five "serious episodes" of physical abuse. He claims he was tasered, hit, and threatened during detention in Dubai, which lasted a total of 23 months.

The authorities in Dubai have yet to comment on his allegations.

Police Commissioner candidates to be revealed

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

In less than four hours' time, we should know who is standing for the job as Police and Crime Commissioner. 

Are you going to vote? The first PCC election, which decided Tony Hogg should be the Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall, was marred by a low turn-out of just over 15%, so will the public be more or less engaged by the process this time around?

Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- The A38 eastbound at Ivybridge is partially blocked due to an incident after the B3213.

- Also on the A38 is partially blocked at Marsh Mills Roundabout due to a broken-down vehicle.

- Delays on the Probus bypass, the A390 because of a broken down lorry around the Trewithen Roundabout. Approach with care.

- On the A380 Splatford Split in Kennford there are delays and one lane is blocked - also because of a broken down lorry on A380.

Rescue of woman trapped in Newquay's River Gannel

Environment Agency boss visiting flood-hit village

BBC Radio Devon

North Devon's problems with flooding and fears over planning are being addressed today. 

Braunton, which was badly flooded in 2012, is getting a visit from a local area manager for the Environment Agency, Alan Burrow. Locals hope to show him where improvements could be made to cut the risk of flooding.

The visit has been arranged by local MP, Conservative Peter Heaton-Jones, who said he was listening to the community. He said: "Last time I visited the village, I was told: 'Look, get the senior bloke down here'."

Government 'doing enough' to tackle potholes

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Transport Minister denies the government is not doing enough to help maintain Cornwall's road network.

The county's getting £1.25m from the Pothole Action Fund, but Cornwall Council said that was not nearly enough. The AA has branded the announcement as a drop in the ocean.

Pot hole

Speaking to the BBC, Transport Minister Andrew Jones said it needed to be considered as part of a bigger picture. He said: "It's just one part of a record £6.1bn we're spending between now and 2021. It's part of a broader picture about getting our roads into a better state."  

Former Leeds United boss David Haigh determined to clear his name as he enjoys being home

The Cornishman

Arriving back in Cornwall after being imprisoned in Dubai for 22 months, you might expect the former managing director of Leeds United to be greeted with a lavish dinner with friends and family. Instead, showing his true Penwith roots, David Haigh's first meal at home was a humble cheese and onion pasty from Rowe's bakery.

Half of mental health service users 'have considered or attempted suicide'

BBC Spotlight

New figures indicate that almost half of people with mental health problems questioned in the South West, have considered or attempted suicide.

The figures, from independent polling organisation YouGov, questioned 1,500 people in the UK who had used free-to-access mental health services in the last two years.

Of those, 132 were living in the South West. Those who had attempted to take their own lives cited factors such as debt, housing and welfare problems, or relationship breakdowns as a factor.