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  1. Updates on Monday 16 May 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Tuesday

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

Bowhead whale sighting 'very significant'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The sighting of a bowhead whale of Cornwall has been described as "very significant" by a cetacean monitoring charity.

Bowhead whale. Pic: Marine Discovery/Sea Watch Foundation
Marine Discovery/Sea Watch Foundation

The whale, which was about 7m (23ft) long, was seen in shallow wasters at Long Rock Beach, near Penzance at about 14:15 on Sunday. Marine experts said is only the second time a bowhead has been spotted in European waters and both have been off Cornwall.

The Sea Watch Foundation said the new sighting "may well" be the same juvenile individual as seen off St Martin’s on the Isles of Scilly last year, but that could not be confirmed. Pleasure boat company, Marine Discovery Penzance, which took pictures of the whale, said it was "flabbergasted" by the sighting.

Cornwall’s Jonathan Fox in ParalympicsGB swimming team

Cornwall 'could host UK's £150m commercial spaceport'

The Daily Politics

A Cornish resort could become the UK's site for a £150 million commercial spaceport

Newquay resort could become the UK's first commercial spaceport after being reported to be the favourite of six sites to be named in the Modern Transport Bill, which will be outlined in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday.

Dr Robert Massey from the Royal Astronomical Society, said it was "not the ideal location" being so far from the equator, and there were doubts about the commercial market for it. Daily Politics presenter Jo Coburn asked him - and guests Charles Clarke and Lord Lamont - about the possible effects on tourism, and the risks of disturbing Newquay's surfers.

Latest weather: A dry night and a cloudy Tuesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

We will get a dry night with some clear spells, and this will allow temperatures to fall quickly under light winds, perhaps leading to a grass frost in one or two rural areas. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F).


There will be a bright and chilly start to Tuesday, with some hazy sunshine at first. It will soon become cloudy, then light rain will arrive and spread to most of the region before dusk. It will be breezier than of late, especially near both coasts. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Jamie Oliver: Fifteen Cornwall project 'has served its apprenticeship'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver says the Fifteen Cornwall project has served its apprenticeship, while marking the 10th anniversary of the project.

Jamie Oliver with members of the Fifteen Cornwall project. Pic: Gemma Davies
Gemma Davies

He started the award-winning apprentice programme at Watergate Bay to provide the opportunity for young people to find a route into the world of professional kitchens and catering. All its profits go to its registered charity, the Cornwall Food Foundation.

He told the BBC: "Ten years in, in a way we've done our apprenticeship. You ride most of the dodgy seas in that 10 years; and, really, what I think we're left with now is a real foundation, a real training scheme and a real restaurant."

Ferraris gather for birthday of boy with 'Lorenzo's Oil' disease

BBC Radio Cornwall

A fleet of Ferraris gathered at a Newquay hotel over the weekend to fulfill the wish of a terminally-ill from Cornwall.


Toby Penrose, from Truro, has adrenoleukodystrophy - a rare degenerative brain disease, which was made famous through the 1992 film Lorenzo's Oil. He asked his mother, Emily, for a ride in a Ferrari for his 11th birthday (which is today), and she launched a Facebook appeal asking for help.

Friendly Ferrari owners brought nine vehicles to the Esplanade Hotel in Newquay on Sunday. Mrs Penrose said her son had "an amazing time".

Cannibal jailed for biting off stranger's ear and keeping it in his pocket to eat later

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A self-proclaimed cannibal has been jailed for biting off a stranger's ear and putting it in his pocket to eat later, a court has heard.

Garth Anderton, 24, had an obsession with cannibalism, vampires and serial killers and had previously drunk his own blood, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Anderton, from Manchester, admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and three assaults. He was jailed for six years with a five-year extended licence after the attack in Paignton on New Year's Day.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- A prisoner who saw fellow inmate William Tolcher, 50, being stabbed to death at Dartmoor Jail tells a court it left him terrified

- A self-proclaimed cannibal who bit off a man's ear in Paignton is jailed for six years

- Police appeal for witnesses after a woman in her 50s walking in Callington is seriously injured after being hit by a car

- A "working agreement" is reached between Plymouth City Council's Conservative and UKIP groups to take control from Labour after no party gained a majority in elections this month

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Dawe 'shocked' if Cornwall miss final

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at Home Park

Cornwall boss Graham Dawe says he will be shocked if his side miss a fourth successive County Championship final.

Graham Dawe
Brian tempest

The Duchy's 23-15 victory over Hertfordshire on Saturday means Cornwall are the only side in their group with a perfect record, as they prepare to face Surrey next Saturday in their final pool game.

"You can't do anything until it's all over. It will be a shock if we don't do it, but we can't get ahead of ourselves," Dawe told BBC Cornwall.

Gearing up for BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

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Ticket-holders for the Big Weekend at Powderham Castle near Exeter have until 21 May to pre-book transport that’s been specially laid on for the event, Exeter City Council says.

Dartmoor Prison murder accused 'used violence to settle a score'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A convicted killer accused of stabbing to death a fellow inmate at Dartmoor Prison has been described as "a man using violence to settle a score" by the prosecution.

William Tolcher, 50, is accused of attacking 37-year-old Alex Cusworth (pictured) with a 10in (25cm) wine-colour handled knife he had been issued with to prepare vegetables in the jail's kitchens in November.

Alex Cusworth
Devon and Cornwall Police

The jury was told Liverpudlian Tolcher was convicted of murdering a woman in Newquay, Cornwall, in 1996 and was serving a life sentence. Tolcher denies murdering Cusworth.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Devon, there are reports of an incident on the A377 in Crediton, on Exeter Road near Four Mills Lane

- On the A377 in Exeter, on Cowley Bridge Road near Stoke Road, there are reports of an incident

- The road between Avonwick and Totnes is partially blocked due to a fire on land next to it

- In Cornwall, the A391 at Penwithick is partially blocked near the turning for Penhale Road due to an incident

Association 'understands homeless hostel concerns'

BBC Spotlight

A housing association planning to move a homeless hostel from Camborne to the centre of Redruth says it understands that "people will have concerns" about its proposals. 

Coastline Housing said the move would mean it could provide more accommodation as demand rose. However, some Redruth councillors have claimed the current service had caused upset in Camborne, and the Redruth site was too close to the town centre and schools. 

Allister Young

Coastline's chief executive, Allister Young (pictured) said: "We've got years and years of experience of providing this sort of service. We do it to a very high standard, we've got very high levels of support, and we've worked very successfully with communities in Camborne to really makes sure it works well and doesn't cause too many issues for people."

Cornwall's Reid wins World Series race

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at Home Park

Melissa Reid and her guide Hazel Smith have won a gold medal in the PT5 category at the ITU World Paratriathlon Event Series in Aguilas, Portugal.

Melissa Reid
Getty Images

The visually-impaired athlete completed the 750m swim, 20km bike run and 5km run in one hour 14 minutes 53 seconds.

The Series next heads to Strathclyde Park in Glasgow on 4-5 June as athletes continue to fight for ranking points ahead of the sport's Paralympic debut in Rio in September.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

- A serving prisoner denies murdering a fellow inmate at Dartmoor Prison in an attack labelled as "sudden and without warning"

- Marine accident investigators arrive on the Isles of Scilly to look into 48 people having to be rescued from a passenger boat on Sunday

- Highways England says it is confident the A38 will be fully open for the next Bank Holiday weekend after a bridge demolition led to lengthy delays for motorists

- Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver marks the 10th anniversary of his Fifteen Cornwall restaurant

- Plymouth Argyle and their fans prepare for a trip to Wembley after the Pilgrims win a place in the League Two play-off final

Council cutting back over-40s health checks

BBC Radio Devon

People over the age 40 in the Devon County Council area will no longer be able to get a free health check unless they are in a high-risk group.

The local authority is stopping its universal scheme two years ahead of schedule because of cuts to its public health budget. 

Scillies rescue passengers 'did not get feet wet'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Forty-eight people rescued after a passenger boat on the Isles of Scilly hit an object and started taking on water were evacuated from the vessel without getting wet, a lifeboat coxswain says.

The boat, the Surprise, was on a wildlife spotting trip when it got into trouble on Sunday. The passengers were taken by lifeboat to St Mary's (pictured). The Surprise is in harbour while investigations are carried out.

Rescue. Pic: MCA

St Mary's lifeboat coxswain Pete Hicks said: "Great credit to the skipper and the crew - they did a great job of evacuating the people, and it's a testament to their work that not one single person got wet, and everybody had a lifejacket on."

Murder trial Dartmoor inmate 'was not defending himself'

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A serving prisoner on trial for allegedly murdering a fellow inmate in Dartmoor Prison "was not defending himself" and it was "not an accident", a court has heard.

William Tolcher, 50, is accused of stabbing Alex Cusworth, 37, from Teignmouth, Devon, with a 10in (25cm) knife he had been issued to prepare vegetables in the kitchens of the Category C jail last November. He denied murder at the start of a two-week trial at Plymouth Crown Court.

Prosecutor Simon Laws QC said the food knife Mr Tolcher was issued with was "capable of being a formidable weapon". He added: "He was seen to do it. He admitted what he had done to a fellow inmate in the immediate aftermath. It's as simple as that. After his arrest, however, he would say nothing to the police." The trial continues.

Apology after bridge demolition keeps A39 closed longer than planned

BBC Radio Devon

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The Highways Agency has apologised to drivers for disruption around Plymouth on Sunday after a bridge over the A38 was blown up and work to clear debris took longer than expected. 

The planned demolition of Merafield Bridge at Plympton took place successfully overnight, but technical problems with the clean up operation caused big delays for motorists. 

Julian Strong, from the Highways Agency, said: "It was a very, very difficult to break it down into manageable amounts that we could then take away to enable us to get the carriageway open."

Man breaks into house and sexually assaults sleeping woman

Cornish Guardian

A man who entered a woman's home and sexually assaulted her as she slept in her bed has been jailed for two years.

Jamie Oliver helps Fifteen Cornwall mark 10th anniversary

BBC Radio Cornwall

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has helped his Fifteen Cornwall restaurant mark its 10th anniversary.

Jamie Oliver

He started the award-winning apprentice programme at Watergate Bay to provide the opportunity for young people to find a route into the world of professional kitchens and catering.

All its profits go to its registered charity, the Cornwall Food Foundation.

Business group to fold after two years

BBC Radio Devon

A Business Improvement District - or BID - which was set up in a Devon town has fallen apart after just a couple of years.

The Dartmouth BID, which began in 2014, is to close after only 10 local firms voted to keep it. 

It was controversial from the start, with some businesses refusing to pay a compulsory levy, and being fined. Supporters said the closure would be the town's loss.

Latest weather: Mostly dry and sunny

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be a day of variable amounts of cloud and sunny spells, the best of which will be later this afternoon. It will feel pleasant in the sun with a risk of a light shower in the west and north. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Monday's weather

There will be some late evening sunshine initially and some clear spells over night. Cloud amounts will increase from the west through the night to leave overcast conditions by morning. The light north westerly winds will back south westerly. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Murder trial over Dartmoor prisoner death begins

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A serving prisoner has denied murdering a fellow inmate at Dartmoor Prison in an attack labelled as "sudden and without warning" by prosecutors.

William Tolcher, 50, is accused of stabbing Alex Cusworth, 37, from Teignmouth, Devon, with a 10in (25cm) knife he had been issued with to prepare vegetables in the kitchens of the jail last November. He entered his plea at the start of a two-week trial at Plymouth Crown Court.

Prisoners and staff work together in the kitchens at the category C jail with food preparation on an "industrial scale". Meals for 650 people are cooked three times a day. The trial continues.

Devon keep Trophy hopes alive with win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at Home Park

Devon kept their hopes of making the knockout stages of the Minor Counties Trophy alive with a tense two-wicket victory over Berkshire.


Zac Bess took 4-22 as Dorset made 216 in 49.3 overs, with his cousin Dom Bess also taking two wickets.

Debutant Dom then scored 56 not out, while Rob Woodman got 56, as Devon reached their target with five balls to spare at Exmouth, to put Devon into second place in Group One of the competition.

War memorial found dumped in alley

Plymouth Herald

A Devon community is outraged after a memorial carrying the names of 53 fallen soldiers from the First World War was found dumped and abandoned in an alleyway.

Bowhead whale spotted off Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

A rare bowhead whale has been spotted off the Cornwall coast.

Bowhead whale. Pic: Chris Jones
Chris Jones

The whale, which was about 7m long, was seen in shallow wasters at Long Rock Beach, near Penzance at about 14:15 on Sunday from the pleasure boat Mermaid II

Marine experts said is only the second time a bowhead has been spotted in European waters and both have been off Cornwall. Dan Jarvis, regional coordinator of British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said there were an estimated population of 10,000 of the whales left in the wild.

Are older pensioners 'worse off'?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

I'll be debating the big stories of the day.

People aged over 75 are on average worse off than younger pensioners. Do you struggle on your pension?

Call me on 0345 3011034

Proposed homeless hostel site 'not right'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A proposed site for a homeless hostel in Redruth is "not the right place", a Cornwall Councillor says.

Hostel site

Coastline Housing has proposals to move a current hostel from Camborne to the centre of Redruth. The new purpose-built facility would be on a site currently used for homeless families (pictured). It said it would mean it could provide more accommodation as demand rose. 

Councillor Lisa Dolley said: "I'm not saying that Coastline shouldn't build in Redruth - I'm desperately trying to find another site, but ... this is close to mature housing, schools, a children's centre. It's easily within walking distance of seven different alcohol outlets." 

Prisoner denies murdering fellow inmate

'Large consignment' of timber in woodchip fire

BBC Radio Devon

Firefighters are continuing to deal with a blaze involving an 80m by 60m area containing woodchip and biomass at a garden centre in south Devon, the fire service says.

Devon and Somerset Fire Service said crews were called to the garden centre, near Harberton, between Totnes and Avonwick, at about 02:40 after reports of smoke seen coming from a field behind where Christmas trees are grown.

The service said a "large consignment of timber" was well alight, and it was believed firefighters would be "in attendance for a number of hours".

Winning goal 'my greatest moment' - Hartley

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at Home Park

Peter Hartley says scoring the injury-time winner for Plymouth Argyle in the League Two play-off semi-final against Portsmouth is his greatest moment.

Peter Hartley
Getty Images

The 28-year-old headed home from a 91st minute corner to send the Pilgrims to Wembley for the first time in 20 years. 

"I've never experienced anything like that, it's the biggest moment of my career so far," he told BBC Sport. "I was sat in the dressing room and the boys were celebrating and I was just thinking 'what's happened'."

Fly-tipping: A fine mess

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Have you had rubbish - fridges, tyres and house-hold waste - dumped on your land? 

We're talking about fly-tipping, and today we hear that local councils can now hand out instant £400 on-the spot-fines.

And Jamie Oliver's 15 Restaurant celebrates its 15th birthday today.

Call in on 01872 222222.

Disabled Exeter woman left trapped in her home

Exeter Express & Echo

A disabled Exeter woman was left trapped in her home after two cars blocked her way out.

'Concrete cancer' bridge blown up

GWR brings in bike reservation rule

Tammy McAllister

Broadcast Journalist

A new rule has come into force for train passengers travelling with their bicycles on some Great Western Railway services.

Bikes at railway station. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

The rail firm said those travelling between the west and London on high speed trains must reserve a space by 18:00 the day before travelling. Previously, cyclists could board without reservations. However, the rule does not apply to local services.

The firm has said the change brought it in line with other operators in the UK. The new regulations have prompted some criticism from passengers.

Fire crews called to smouldering chemical

BBC Radio Cornwall

Five fire crews were called to reports of a chemical smouldering at a commercial premises in St Dennis early on Monday.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service said firefighters used breathing apparatus and chemical suits to investigate the incident after they were called out at about 02:50.

The service said: "The incident was scaled down and specialist teams from the on site staff were left to deal with the incident. One appliance stayed in attendance as a precautionary measure."