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  1. Updates on Friday 6 May 2016
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Slight Conservative lead after first round of crime commissioner vote counting

Ban on building second homes in St Ives 'onerous'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The director of the architecture firm which has launched a judicial review against Cornwall Council's decision to hold a referendum in St Ives, has described support for a ban on building second homes as "onerous".

St Ives

Steve McTier of RLT Architects acknowledged the policy would have "an adverse effect" on his business, but claimed that "a lot of other businesses" would be hit by the measure.

"The only way you're going to get affordable housing is to enable development in the area, and allow developers to contribute towards that affordable housing, which they're not going to do with such an onerous restriction on what they can sell their open market housing for", he said.

Homeless man goes missing from St Austell

Latest Headlines for Devon and Cornwall

- The Labour and Conservative candidates for the police and crime commissioner election go through to a second round 

- A dig at the former home of a paedophile couple who knew Fred and Rose West has ended after search teams found "nothing of significance"

-  Health bosses in Cornwall are asking people to use alternative services to hospitals where possible, as Norovirus spreads through the community

- A care home in Newton Abbot has been closed over fears for the safety of residents

Hospital warning after Norovirus spreads in Cornwall

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Hospitals in Cornwall are asking people to use alternative services where possible, because of a high level of Norovirus cases.

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The highly contagious bug, which causes sickness and diarrhoea, has hit community hospitals, nursing homes and schools.

NHS Kernow said if it spread to hospitals, it could lead to cancelled operations and delayed recoveries. It's advising people suffering from the bug to avoid going to the emergency department if they can manage the symptoms themselves.

Weather latest: Risk of showers overnight and thunderstorms tomorrow

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

After a fine end to the day, it will remain largely dry with clear spells overnight. However, there is the risk of the odd isolated shower or thunderstorm pushing up from the south later in the night. Minimum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Saturday will be mostly fine and dry with some warm hazy sunshine. However, it will feel increasingly humid through the day with the risk of thunderstorms. Maximum Temperature: 20 Deg C (68 Deg F).

Referendum vote against new second homes in St Ives 'will affect businesses'

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

A fish merchant in St Ives has been telling me why he voted against a ban on any new second homes being built in yesterday's referendum.

Almost half of people eligible turned out to vote - a 42% turnout - and they gave resounding support to the 'neighbourhood plan' which says all new-build open market homes must be used as a primary residence. 

Matthew Stevens said the town used to be dead in the winter: " I voted no because St Ives main industry is tourism and I employ 54 people and every restaurant that I know of now.. .they all stay open in the winter time - it creates a lot of business."

Police investigation into MP expenses

BBC Parliament

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Eight police forces, including Devon and Cornwall's, are investigating whether election expenses for Conservative MPs were filed illegally at last year's General Election. 

 The allegations centre on overnight accommodation for the Conservative Party's "battle buses" of activists. 

The party says it was an administrative error.

Labour and Conservative police commissioner candidates go through to second round

No more lines of enquiry in dig at paedophile couple's former home

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Police in Devon have ended their investigation at the former home of a paedophile couple, David and Pauline Williams, who are believed to have been friends of Fred and Rose West.

Police at property

A police spokesperson said: "The investigation is now complete and we are not pursuing any other lines of enquiry in relation to this investigation.

"We appreciate that Bradninch this week has attracted significant media attention and we would like to thank the residents of Bradninch for their patience and support shown."

St Ives townspeople join 10m others under neighbourhood plans

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

More than 170 neighbourhood plans affecting about 10m people have been approved at referendums so far across the UK, the government has said, in the wake of the St Ives referendum.

St Ives

People there have voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning second homes from being built, as part of the St Ives Area Neighbourhood Development Plan.

The Department for Communities and Local Government said the government could not comment specifically on the St Ives plan because of a legal challenge, but added neighbourhood planning was giving people "a real say over what gets built where in their community".

Police investigate racial abuse of woman wearing hijab

Police are trying to trace a man who racially abused a woman who was wearing a hijab.

Officers say he subjected her to racist language before following her onto a bus where he became threatening.

The incident took place on Bank Holiday Monday in Exeter's High Street.  

Will St Ives vote to block second homes have any effect?

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

Cornwall Council has said it will respect the decision of the people of St Ives when considering future planning applications, after residents voted to stop the building of new second homes in the town.

St Ives

However, with little land left in St Ives on which new builds could be proposed, it's not immediately obvious how this measure will affect property prices.

Of course all planning decisions are open to legal challenges and it will be interesting to see how developers react to the St Ives vote.

Meanwhile the government is looking at changing the rules so that communities can only have a vote on issues that a parish council has responsibility for. Ministers say they want to make sure the system isn't abused.

Ten Tors teams turn up to take on Dartmoor

BBC Spotlight

Thousands of youngsters will be making camp at Okehampton today ahead of this year's Ten Tors challenge, which is being held this weekend.


Teams from all over the country will be arriving in Devon from about lunchtime for the event, which sees teenagers taking on the elements during a yomp across Dartmoor and camping out overnight. 

It begins at 07:00 on Saturday, with the Jubilee Challenge for youngsters with special educational or physical needs starting at 07:30.

Cornwall prepare for first match of County Championships

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornwall rugby team kick off their County Championship campaign tomorrow.

The Black and Golds, who won the Bill Beaumont Cup at Twickenham last year, take on Gloucestershire tomorrow at Redruth. 

We'll have live commentary of the game on BBC Radio Cornwall tomorrow from 14:00.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- At St Columb Major we've had reports of an incident on the A3059 near Trekenning Roundabout for the A39

- On the outskirts of Launceston we've had reports of an accident in St Stephens on the B3254 Roydon Road near the Church 

No news yet on who will be Devon and Cornwall's new Police and Crime Commissioner

St Ives new second homes ban 'one of the biggest changes in recent times'

As St Ives votes in support of a ban on new second homes, the debate has reverberated around the world.

"I've been interviewed by media in Canada, New Zealand and Israel who have similar problems", town mayor Linda Taylor said.

St Ives count

She said she was "overwhelmed" by the "remarkable support for the mandate" and the "tremendous turnout". Ms Taylor said: "St Ives should be incredibly proud", adding it was "one of the biggest changes for St Ives in recent times".

Seagull steals cat biscuits from family home

Plymouth Herald

A brazen seagull has been wandering through a family home six times a day to steal cat biscuits.

Valuable classic cars wow crowds in St Mawes

People got to see some of the world's rarest and most valuable cars in a charity fundraising event in St Mawes this week.

The most valuable was a Ferrari Testarossa (below) worth millions of pounds, owned by John Lewis from Gloucestershire. 

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The Concours d'Elegance was organised to raise funds for the children's Hospice South West.

Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason was among those taking part, with his 1953 Ferrari Carrera Panamerica worth more than £1m.

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason with his Ferrari Carrera Panamerica

Turnout in police and crime commissioner election higher than 2012

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

There has been a 22.8% turnout for the election of Police and Crime Commissioner in Devon and Cornwall. 

Police and Crime Commissioner election count

The count is still underway to determine which of the six candidates will take on the role. The turnout for the ballot in 2012 was 15%. 

Rather than people being engaged with the Police and Crime Commissioner concept, it could be the fact that there have been other votes going on, as in Exeter and Plymouth, that could have helped the turnout.

​People urged to stay away from Cornwall's hospitals following outbreak of infectious vomiting bug

West Briton

The NHS across Cornwall is urging people with any symptoms of diarrhoea and sickness bug to stay away from the county's hospitals.

'Nothing of significance found' in excavation

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Forensic experts have found "nothing of significance" in a four-day excavation at the former Devon home of a paedophile couple linked to the child murderers Fred and Rose West.

Aerial of Bradninch

Police were understood to be searching for the body of a baby at the property in Bradninch, previously owned by David and Pauline Williams who were jailed last year for putting 10 girls and boys through rape, sexual assault and beatings.  

Exeter council election: Labour's majority increased

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Labour has retained control of Exeter City Council with an increased majority in the local elections. The party made gains from the Conservatives as it won 30 of the 39 seats on the council.


The Labour group gained four seats while the Conservatives lost four, leaving the Conservatives with eight and the Liberals Democrats with one.

Control of Plymouth City Council hangs in the balance as no party managed to win a majority.

Pirates Prop Jamieson forced to retire at 22

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates prop Adam Jamieson has been forced to retire after failing to recover from a neck injury.

Adam Jamieson
Brian Tempest

The former England Under-20 international joined the Pirates from Bath in 2014 and made 26 appearances for the Championship club.

"It's a huge shock and a tough pill to swallow, as I never thought I would be in this position at just turning 22," said Jamieson.

St Ives 'jam-packed' with holiday lets says resident after overwhelming referendum result

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The people of St Ives have voted overwhelmingly in favour of preventing new second homes being built in an historic referendum.

Amy Milton, 29, who rents in St Ives, said: "it's jam-packed with holiday lets, but hopefully this ban will make it stop.

"In winter, it's very eerie when you finish work with minimal lights on around the town. Hopefully it might mean I will be able to get on to the property ladder."

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

- A judicial review bid has been lodged against Cornwall Council's decision to hold a referendum in St Ives, which has seen overwhelming support for a ban on new second homes 

- The Labour Party retains control of Exeter City Council with an increased majority while no party won a majority in Plymouth

- Police are investigating racially motivated abuse of a woman wearing a hijab in Exeter 

- Three people from St Austell have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in a second floor flat

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Exmouth, Salterton Road is partially blocked near Elwyn Road due to an incident  

- The A380 is still partially blocked eastbound at Telegraph Hill for recovery work after an overturned lorry 

- There are delays on the A30 in the roadworks area over Bodmin Moor

- In Plymouth, the A3064 St Budeaux Bypass is busy but moving inbound

Conservative candidate 'devastated' at Labour city increase

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Former Exeter city centre manager John Harvey, who had been standing as the Conservative candidate in the Alphington ward, tweeted that he was "absolutely devastated" at the result which saw Labour's majority in the city increase.

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Kevin Nicholson signs new Torquay United deal

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson has signed a new three-year contract.

Kevin Nicholson

The 35-year-old joined the club as player-manager last September after Paul Cox left and guided the club to survival in the National League, having been 12 points from safety in February. 

"I'm absolutely delighted, and the board's decision to appoint him last September has been vindicated," chairman David Phillips told BBC Sport.

Are second homes a blight or a benefit?

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

On today's lunchtime phone-in we are asking whether you are for or against second homes in our Cornish communities? 

The people of St Ives have made it very clear they do not want any new second homes built, after an historic referendum. Almost half the town turned out to vote. 

Many people have benefited from a surge in house prices caused by the popularity of places like St Ives, but others argue that becase second homes remain empty for half the year, they are adversely affecting the local economy. Let me know your thoughts by calling the programme on 01872 222222.

Exeter student, 21, wins 'safe Tory seat' while writing dissertation

Exeter Express & Echo

A student midway through his exams has beaten the odds by winning a 'safe Tory seat' in the Exeter elections.

St Ives mayor 'overwhelmed' by 'remarkable support' for ban on new second homes

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

St Ives mayor Linda Taylor says she is "overwhelmed" by the "remarkable support" for a ban on new second homes and the "tremendous turnout". 

"I've been interviewed by media in Canada, New Zealand and Israel who have similar problems", town mayor Linda Taylor said.

Second homes
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She said: "St Ives should be incredibly proud", adding it was "one of the biggest changes for St Ives in recent times".  

How Plymouth City Council looks after elections

Exeter City's Butterfield's playing days coming to end

Brent Pilnick, BBC Sport

Exeter City player-coach Danny Butterfield says his playing career is coming to an end.

Danny Butterfield
Getty Images

The 36-year-old defender, who took up a coaching role at St James Park last year, has not featured in City's first team since the end of February.

"Regarding the playing, I know in my head that things are slowly coming to an end," he told BBC Sport. "I'm not knocking on (manager) Paul Tisdale's door asking why I'm not playing every week, that's for sure."

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- On the A380 Exeter-bound at Telegraph Hill, the slip road heading towards the racecourse is blocked after an overturned lorry and recovery work

- On the A38 around Buckfastleigh the exit slip road is partially blocked at the Lower Dean Junction due to a broken down double-decker bus

- Watch out for slow traffic on the A39 between Truro and Falmouth at Perranarworthal because of roadworks

- In St Austell there is slow traffic on the A390 Holmbush Road in both directions

Exeter MP invites Labour leaders to learn from city's performance

Ahead of Labour retaining control of Exeter City Council with an increased majority, the city's MP said leaders should learn from its performance.

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Tudor Evans faces leadership challenge as Tories gain one seat from Labour in Plymouth election

Plymouth Herald

Labour are no longer the largest party on Plymouth City Council – and Tudor Evans faces a challenge for his job.