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  1. Updates on Friday 22 April 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Monday

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By Andrew Segal

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

Bond director's secret agent life

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

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Bond director Guy Hamilton - who died earlier this week - led his own secret agent life, ferrying downed airmen from Nazi-occupied France.

His team launched their missions across the Channel from the Royal Dart Hotel in Dartmouth, but one mission left him in danger of being captured, as he revealed in an interview with the BBC.

Latest weather: A damp night before a brighter Saturday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

The night will see a damp start with further rain. The cloud and rain will become confined to southern parts by dawn, though with clearer, chillier conditions arriving across the north. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).


The legacy of the overnight cloud and rain will clear quickly leaving a much brighter Saturday with sunshine and patchy cloud. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F).

A surfing seal

Charlie Fripp from St Agnes spotted a surfing seal in the harbour at Dungarvan, where the Celtic Media Festival is being held.

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Running blind: 'We'll take the obstacles as we find them'

Beth Rose

BBC News Online, London

Father and son Ben and Tim Lupton, from Exmouth, are gearing up for their first London marathon together.

But it will be particularly close family moment as Tim, who will be completing his seventh marathon, will be guiding 18-year-old Ben, who's blind, on his first.

Ben and Tim Lupton
Tim Lupton

The pair regularly go for off-road runs near their home, where they have become adept at dodging branches and puddles. However, Tim said: "I don't know what the roads are going to be like on the day in London and we don't know the obstacles. But we shall take them as we find them, and it keeps me thinking rather than just running it."

Drink-driver admits killing RNLI volunteer

BBC Spotlight

A man from Plymouth has been jailed for four years and four months for killing a cyclist while drink-driving.

Sonny Richards, 24, pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving, careless driving while under the influence of alcohol and failing to stop on 12 March on Outland Road.

His victim, 34-year-old father and RNLI volunteer Nathan Dale, was wearing a helmet and lights when he was hit by Richards, the court heard. CCTV showed Richards driving with no lights on the wrong side of the road.

Plymouth Blitz: Victims honoured on 75th anniversary

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The 76 victims killed in a World War Two air raid shelter bombing have been honoured at a service marking the 75th anniversary of the attack.

Memorial ceremony at Plymouth University for victims of the Portland Square shelter bombing in World War Two

Portland Square shelter in Plymouth was struck on 22 April 1941, causing the greatest loss of civilian life in the Plymouth Blitz. 

Survivors attended the ceremony at the site which is now part of Plymouth University.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- A Plymouth man is jailed for more than four years for killing a cyclist - who was an RNLI volunteer - while drink-driving

- A man who stole £41,000 from his mother is ordered to repay just £1 after a court is told he has no assets

- A memorial service is held in Plymouth to mark the 75th anniversary of the single greatest loss of civilian life in the city during the Blitz

- Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron slams a decision by the government to axe £150,000 of annual funding to promote the Cornish language

Son who stole £41k from mother ordered to repay just £1

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A son who lived a luxury lifestyle after stealing £41,000 from his mother has been ordered to repay just £1 after he was found to have no assets.

Derek Snelling, 70, was taken to court under the Proceeds of Crime Act after he admitted four charges of fraud and was jailed for two years in 2015.

Derek Snelling
Nick Irving

Snelling, from Hartland, Devon, stole the money from the 93-year-old over six years, Exeter Crown Court heard. His mother, who has since died, told police she "wanted to wring his blooming neck".

Torquay United faces 'budget impact' over policing

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torquay United bosses say they are facing "negative impact to playing budgets and workable club capital next season" because police are considering having a presence at the Plainmoor ground, which the club would have to pay for.


On their website, the club said it was after a number of incidents involving a small number of fans incidents "inside and outside the ground, leading to issues regarding the stewards and concerns to public safety". 

The club said the average cost of such policing "runs into several thousands of pounds per game".

Police Commissioner vote: Minute Manifestos

BBC Spotlight

People in Devon and Cornwall will go to the polls on Thursday, 5 May to vote for the next Police and Crime Commissioner.

Police lantern
Andrew Segal

If you have not made your mind up who to vote for, here are the Minute Manifestos of all of the candidates.

Cry me a river: Justin Timberlake isn't moving to Exeter

Exeter Express & Echo

Social media pages have been awash with the 'news' that Justin Timberlake is moving to Exeter.

Vomiting bug hits hospitals

BBC Radio Devon

Two wards at Torbay Hospital have been hit by an outbreak of a vomiting and diarrhoea bug, bosses say.

Norovirus was also affecting Dartmouth and Totnes Community Hospitals, they added.

Health managers have asked visitors not to come to the hospital if they've had sickness or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours.

EU 'stopping us governing our own country'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish MP says Brexit from the Europen Union is necessary because it is affecting Westminster's work.

South East Cornwall Conservative Sheryll Murray has disputed the Prime Minister's arguments that staying in the EU is good for Cornwall, despite voting for the UK's continued membership of the European Economic Community during a referendum in 1974.

She said: "I was an 'inner' for a trading agreement, I was an 'inner' for an organisation that has since completely changed. That organisation is now having such an effect on the decisions we make in Westminster that we are really not able to govern our own country."

There's only one Laurence Reed... or is there?

Plymouth collector's Titanic artifacts and photos to go on display

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Artifacts from the Titanic and photos of some of the survivors will go on display in Plymouth later this month.

Plymouth was where survivors of the maritime disaster first set foot on UK soil.

Titanic artifacts. Pic: Nigel Voisey
Nigel Voisey

Old film footage and personal stories from the time will also be featured in the exhibition.  

Police call for witnesses of nightclub attack

Waste removal warning after flytipper ordered to pay £1,100

BBC Radio Devon

People who pay to have rubbish removed are being told to ensure the removal company has got a waste carrier's licence after a man from Devon was fined and ordered to pay costs of more than £1,100.

Christopher Chalk, 21, of Warbro Road in Torquay, was fined £660 by magistrates, plus ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £66 and Teignbridge District Council's prosecution costs of £440 after being convicted last month of dumping computer waste in a lane near Torquay.

The business owner was also fined £300 for using an unauthorised carrier to get rid of the waste, the council said. David Eaton, of the council, said: "It's easy to feel tempted into handing over rubbish to someone who offers to take it away for a bargain price, but it's likely to end up dumped illegally somewhere."

Emergency water repairs in Par

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Devon, King Arthur's Road in Exeter is partially blocked by a collision near Merlin Crescent 

- In Torquay, Great Hill Road is partially blocked by an incident near Kingskerswell Road and Barton Hill Road 

- In Hunshaw Cross, the B3232 is partially blocked by an incident near Darracott 

- In Plymouth, Plymbridge Road at Estover is partially blocked at Darklake View due to roadworks and temporary lights

- Exeter Airport is suffering disruption to Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly due to weather conditions

- In Cornwall, the A390 at St Ann's Chapel is partially blocked by a collision near the Rifle Volunteer pub

Devon sees 60% increase in rough sleepers

BBC Radio Devon

Devon has seen an increase of nearly 60% in the number of people sleeping rough since 2010, the latest government figures say. 

Generally, across the whole of the county, numbers of rough sleepers have gone up from an average of 72 in 2010 to 113 in 2015 - a 57% increase.

Survivor of WW2 bombing who lost family 'very lucky'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A woman who lost four family members in a World War Two air raid shelter bombing says she was "very lucky" to survive.

Barbara Mills

Barbara Mills, 86, was 11 years old when she was pulled from the rubble after the Portland Square shelter in Plymouth was bombed.

Ms Mills has paid tribute to the 76 victims at a service at Plymouth University today which marks the 75th anniversary of the attack.

Torquay deals with complaints over some fans' behaviour at Bromley

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torquay United say they are dealing with "several complaints" about a section of fans' behaviour travelling to and from their game at Bromley at the weekend.

On their website, the club said it was "extremely disappointing as this is not an isolated incident this season regarding issues with a section of our fans".

TUFC. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

It said: "99% of our fans are a great credit to our club but incidents of this kind have a negative effect on us all here at the football club". It added that police were considering having a presence at next season's games at their Plainmoor ground, which the club would have to pay for.

Vandals damage stage hours after it was put up

West Briton

Mindless vandals have damaged the stage of a popular music event held in Falmouth – just 12 hours after it was put up.

Latest weather: Cloudy, dull and damp

BBC Weather

It will continue to be be a cloudy, dull and damp day, with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, becoming more persistent later in the afternoon. We also have some coastal and hill mist and fog patches. Winds will be light or moderate easterly, but fresh around the coasts, which will make it feel cold. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).


We will see a damp start to the night with further rain. The cloud and rain will become confined to southern parts by dawn, with clearer, chillier conditions arriving across the north. Winds will be moderate north easterly. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Consultation into north Devon CCTV

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A consultation is under way into the future of CCTV cameras in north Devon.

North Devon Council said the consultation into the 24-hour service, which operates across of Barnstaple and Ilfracombe was part of a review "taking into account the cost of the discretionary service, as well as the current and future need of CCTV".


The cameras currently cost about £210,000 to run. The council said: "We need to ensure the service is running as efficiently as possible and make sure it is financially viable." The consultation runs until 31 May.

Increases in rough sleepers: Do you sympathise?

Matt Woodley

BBC Radio Devon

I'm here with Devon Debates today.

Up for discussion: There's been a 57% increase in the number of people sleeping rough on Devon's streets since 2010. Should this still be happening? Do you sympathise? 

Have your say and call us on 0345 3011034.

City marks 75th anniversary of Blitz deaths

BBC Spotlight

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The World War Two bombing raid resulted in 76 people dying when an air raid shelter in Portland Square took a direct hit.

Devon EuroMillions loser among those who failed to claim £128m

Exeter Express & Echo

Bungling Brits failed to claim a staggering £128m in Lotto prizes last year - including a Devon winner who failed to claim a share of £6.9m.

Did medieval amphitheatres influence Shakepeare?

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The St Just amphitheater is one of just two such playing places in Cornwall which have survived nearly completely intact.

Running blind: How do you run a marathon without sight?

Beth Rose

BBC News Online, London

The London Marathon is a riot of colour and food for the eyes with its stream of runners and city skyline, but what do you get from it if you're blind?

Ben and Tim Lupton
Tim Lupton

Guide dogs are not permitted on the course, so all visually impaired runners need to find a partner who is happy to co-ordinate training and is not too caught up on getting a personal best themselves.

We talk to Ben and Tim Lupton, from Exmouth, about how Tim will be completing his seventh London Marathon, while guiding his 18-year-old son, Ben, around his first.

Obese patients denied surgery

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Have you ever been told to lose weight or you won't get treatment on the NHS? 

We're hearing at least a third of health trusts in Britain have warned smokers and those overweight to change their life-styles before treatment.

So what do you think? Call me on 01872 222222.

Question Time, from Exeter


David Dimbleby presented Question Time from Exeter on Thursday.

Question Time

On the panel: Conservative former defence secretary Liam Fox MP, Labour's Kate Hoey MP, former leader of the Liberal Democrats Lord Ashdown, leader of Plaid Cymru Leanne Wood AM, and founder and chairman of the Wetherspoon's pub chain Tim Martin.

You can catch up with the programme on the BBC iPlayer.

Cornwall 'better off in European Union', PM says

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall is better off in the European Union. the Prime Minister says. 

In an interview with BBC Cornwall, David Cameron said the county had benefited from EU membership, and that farmers and exporters in particular would miss access to such a large single market.

He said: "I think we've got the best of both worlds - we're not in the bits of Europe we don't like. We're not in the single currency, we've kept our border controls, we're not in an ever-closer political union. We're in that vital single market, essential for farmers, essential for South West businesses, essential for Cornish jobs."

Cathedral medieval statues preservation work starts

BBC Radio Devon

A major project to protect the medieval statues on Exeter's cathedral is under way. 

A donation through the Prince of Wales' Charitable Foundation has made the conservation effort possible.

Exeter Cathedral

The three rows of statues - depicting angels, kings, prophets, and disciples, on the west front - were added to the cathedral between 1340 and 1470. A specialist survey of each one has been done, and they're being cleaned and repaired to protect them for the future.  

High tide times for the region

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

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. 

It's raining on Fitz's food festival parade

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Cornwall, traffic is slow-moving eastbound on the A30 between Temple and Millpool. This is because of narrow lanes and a speed restriction of 40mph in place for roadworks 

- In Devon, the A3022 New Road near Brixham is partially blocked near Laywell Road due to an incident. Traffic is slow-moving