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  1. Updates on Friday 20 May 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Monday

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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.

Latest weather: Cloudy with rain

Holly Green

BBC Weather

The evening and night will stay cloudy with more outbreaks of rain spreading north-eastwards across the region, turning heavy at times, especially over Dartmoor. It will become rather windy too, especially in coastal areas. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Saturday will be cloudy with spells of rain, turning heavy at times. Strong winds will ease a little through the day and rain may gradually clear eastwards during the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Excitement builds ahead of Cornwall's County Championship match

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

Thousands of Cornish rugby supporters are expected to cheer on their team at Camborne rugby club on Saturday.

Cornwall rugby supporters

Cornwall are playing Surrey in the County Championship – and if they win, the Black and Golds will go to Twickenham for the fourth year in a row.

Cornwall rugby secretary Roger Watson told BBC RadioCornwall: “It’s difficult to keep grounded. It’s very exciting, we want to pack Camborne to the rafters. We want people to get the Black and Gold out and bring plenty of noise.”

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

'No long-term effects' for baby given painkillers in milk as mother jailed

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

A baby who was given an opium-based painkiller in her milk has suffered no long-term effects from the drug, a court has heard.

Det Sgt Mark Beavan, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Rose Jones misused the opium based painkiller Tramadol and satisfied her addiction by lying to and defrauding members of the public and professionals." He said her sentence of seven years and two months "most importantly meant her children are not at risk of any further harm".

Jones, 31, from Keyham, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to child cruelty, drug possession and perverting the course of justice and used the painkiller to try and calm her daughter down, the city's court heard.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, there are long tailbacks on the A30 eastbound around Launceston after a lorry overturned between Kennards House and the A388 junction. A further two incidents were also reported in the queue
  • On the A30 westbound, the carriageway at Temple is partially blocked due to a broken-down car. Traffic is queueing
  • The A39 at St Kew Highway is partially blocked near Allen Park due to an incident
  • In St Columb Major, on Church Street, near Leader Road, there are reports of an incident
  • In Devon, one lane of the Exeter-bound A38 between Ivybridge and Wrangaton Cross has reopened after an earlier incident. However, traffic is still queueing and slow-moving
  • The Devon County Show is affecting traffic in the Exeter area: The A3052 is very slow moving in both directions; traffic is also slow-moving and queueing at Junction 30 of the M5, Plymouth-bound, and Junction 29 - the A30 Honiton Road - is also busy

EgyptAir crash: Passenger Richard Osman 'very admirable'

Press Association

The younger brother of a geologist who was among the 66 people on board the crashed EgyptAir flight described him as a workaholic and a very admirable person. 

Welsh-born Richard Osman, 40, is a mining company executive for Centamin on Mulcaster Street, Jersey, and has previously worked in Australia and Egypt. He has a masters degree from Camborne School of Mines in Cornwall.

His younger brother, 35-year-old, Alastair Osman said he "never deviated from the straight path".

Falmouth University vice chancellor's £60K rise a 'disgrace'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Falmouth University's vice chancellor had an overall pay rise of nearly £60,000 last year, meaning her salary was £285,900 last year.

Anne Carlisle
Falmouth University

Anne Carlisle's pay rise was one of the highest increases to UK vice chancellors according to The Times Higher Education rankings.

Lecturers called it a "disgrace" as they continue to fight a 1.1% pay offer.

The university said it was "a reflection of the continued growth and success of the university".

Dartmoor Prison murder: 'Lost soul' victim 'failed by every establishment'

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

The adoptive mother of a man who was murdered in jail by another prisoner with a jail-issue kitchen knife says "every establishment in the country has failed him". 

Alex Cusworth (pictured right) was stabbed by 51-year-old William Tolcher (pictured left) in Dartmoor Prison last November. Tolcher, from Liverpool, has been sentenced to life imprisonment after a jury at Plymouth Crown Court found him guilty yesterday.

William Tolcher and Alex Cusworth. Pics: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The victim's adoptive mother, Ann Edgeller - a former Mayor of Stafford - said Alex was "an unloved ward of court, a lost soul" and a vulnerable young man with mental health issues before he was adopted at the age of 12. She added: "Alex, I am very, very sorry. Please God, give him a life in heaven because he didn't have one on earth."

Disabled Plymouth Argyle fan given free trip to Wembley

Plymouth Herald

A disabled Argyle fan has been given the gift of a lifetime after believing his chances of seeing the Pilgrim's League Two play-off final were over.

Mother Rose Jones jailed for attempted child poisoning

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

A woman who gave her one-year-old daughter painkillers in her milk in a bid to calm her down has been jailed. 

Rose Jones, 31, from Keyham, Plymouth, pleaded guilty to child cruelty, drug possession and perverting the course of justice.

Rose Jones and milk bottle

Plymouth Crown Court heard she had "carried out a calculated act to poison" her child with an opium-based painkiller. Jones - a mother of eight children - was jailed for seven years and two months.

Conservative leader for Plymouth City Council after 'BlueKIP' agreement

Jenny Kumah, Devon Political Reporter

Labour has officially lost control of Plymouth City Council with Conservative leader Ian Bowyer being elected as the unitary authority's new leader.

Local elections this month left the authority with no overall control, as Labour and the Conservatives ended up with the same number of councillors - 27. UKIP has three seats. The Tories and UKIP struck a deal - a "working agreement" - to form a majority.

The new deal has been nicknamed "BlueKIP" by former Labour leader Tudor Evans. There were cheers from Conservatives and UKIP at the leader announcement. Labour sat in silence.

A38 traffic very slow moving after collision

Plymouth man admits teen rape almost 30 years ago

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A man has admitted raping a teenager in Swindon almost 30 years ago, after police re-opened a cold case.

David Mears, 60, from Plymouth pleaded guilty to the attack on the 16-year-old girl on 12 August 1987 when he broke into her home. 

He was arrested by Wiltshire Police last month after new evidence was found using forensic techniques which were not available 30 years ago. Mears will be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on 8 July. He pleaded guilty to rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault. 

Alpacas try to steal Spotlight limelight

Latest travel: Problems continue on A30 at Launceston and A38 at South Brent

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, there are tailbacks up to five miles-long on the A30 eastbound around Launceston after a lorry overturned between Kennards House and the A388 junction. A further two incidents have been reported in the queue
  • In Liskeard, traffic is slow-moving on Plymouth Road because of temporary traffic lights for electricity work
  • The A38 is still closed, causing delays Exeter-bound between Ivybridge and Wrangaton Cross at South Brent, due to investigations after a fatal collision between a lorry and a pedestrian. There are long queues back to Plympton and diversion routes through Ivybridge and Bittaford are very slow moving. Drivers are advised to avoid the area
  • One lane is closed on the Plymouth A38 Parkway, heading between Forder Valley and Manadon roundabout due to a vehicle fire  
  • Problems on the A38 mean that there is very heavy traffic on the A379 out of Plymouth and the B3121 around Ugborough as drivers try to avoid the delays  
  • The A386 New Road in Bideford is just passable near Torridge Hill after an incident 

Rise of the (sea exploration) robot

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A pioneering marine robot has set off from Newlyn on a two-week odyssey to chart one of the richest biodiversity hotspots off the UK coast.

Thomas the robot

The British built robot - called Thomas - is being used in a data-gathering project by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature. 

The robot is part powered by wind and solar energy, and controlled remotely by satellite.

Woman resuced after fire crews break into flat over gas alert

BBC Radio Devon

Fire crews have broken into a flat in Exeter where there was a smell of gas and rescued an elderly woman. 

They were called to the block of flats in Emmanuel Close just after 21:15 on Thursday and confirmed there was a strong smell of gas in the ground floor flat.

After forcing their way in, they took the woman out and left her with an ambulance crew to be checked over.

Pensioner, 80, who caused death of friend in A30 crash spared jail

Cornish Guardian

An 80-year-old woman has been handed a suspended prison sentence after causing the "tragic" death of her best friend by driving carelessly on the A30.

Travel latest: Long delays on A30 at Launceston and A38 at South Brent

BBC Travel

  • There are five mile tailbacks on the A30 eastbound around Launceston after a lorry overturned between Kennards House and the A388 junction 
  • Near Clyst St Mary on the A3052 around the Devon County Show ground there is busy traffic in both directions  
  • The A38 is still closed causing delays Exeter-bound between Ivybridge and Wrangaton Cross at South Brent, due to investigations after a fatal collision between a lorry and a pedestrian
  • The problems on the A38 mean that there is very heavy traffic on the A379 out of Plymouth and the B3121 around Ugborough as drivers try to avoid the delays
  • In Plymouth, the A38 Parkway heading between Forder Valley and Manadon Roundabout has a lane closure and very slow traffic after a vehicle fire

Carey agrees new Plymouth Argyle deal

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Influential Plymouth Argyle midfielder Graham Carey has agreed an extension to his contract at Home Park.

Graham Carey
Getty Images

The 27-year-old, who signed a one-year deal in 2015 after leaving Ross County, will stay at Argyle next term, whether or not they win the League Two play-off final against AFC Wimbledon on 30 May.

"I'm here next season," the Irishman told BBC Sport. "There are a few of us that have played enough games to trigger an extension and I'm one of them."

Latest weather: Staying cloudy, rain becoming heavier

BBC Weather

Cloudy with some mist and drizzle around the coasts and over moors. Cloud will thicken as very patchy and light rain spreads from the west later. Winds will be moderate and increasing fresh. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).


Cloud will lower and thicken during the evening as the rain becomes more persistent and heavier. We will also see some low cloud, hill and coastal fog. Winds will be south westerly moderate, but fresh or strong around the coasts and in the far west. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Hilton wants Cornwall rugby legacy

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Veteran Cornwall lock Ben Hilton says he wants the Duchy to build a legacy in the County Championship.

Ben Hilton
Brian Tempest

Hilton captained the county to two final appearances in 2013 and 2014 and was part of the side that won the title at Twickenham in 2015.

"It's been wonderful to watch where it is now from where it was before. I hope it carries on next year and the year after, I want us to be so difficult to beat that people dread playing us," he told BBC Cornwall.

Breast cancer drug provisionally rejected for NHS use

BBC Spotlight

A drug that has been found to shrink aggressive breast cancer tumours in clinical trials in Cornwall has been provisionally rejected for NHS use.


Perjeta was trialled at five sites in the UK, including the Royal Cornwall Hospital. The drug, in combination with other treatments, increased the number of tumours that disappeared compared to standard treatment.

However, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence said it was still uncertain how the trials translated into long term benefits for patients.

Man breaks pelvis in Falmouth fall

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man has been taken to hospital after falling down about 10m in Falmouth.

The inshore lifeboat and coastguard team were called out to the Greenbank area just after 03:00.

The casualty was helped into a waiting ambulance. It's feared he may have suffered a broken pelvis.

Good day, sunshine?

Warning over sinkhole on popular Torbay beach

Plymouth Herald

People in Paignton are warning tourists and beach-goers to beware of a sinkhole which has appeared on the beach.

Teed off about the golf club which voted against having women members?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

A golf club which has stopped women becoming members has been barred from holding the Open Championship as a result.

Despite 64% of Muirfield Golf Club members voting to allow women, this fell short of the required two-thirds majority to change club rules.

Is it out of order or fair enough? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 0345 3011034.

Latest travel: Severe delays on A30 and A38

BBC Travel

  • At South Brent, the A38 Exeter-bound is closed between Wrangaton Cross and Marley Head due to a collision between a car and a lorry. Diversions are in place but there are long delays 
  • The A30 eastbound is blocked at Launceston due to an overturned HGV. Traffic is queued back to Kennards House
  • Also on the A30 across Bodmin Moor there are delays eastbound caused by ongoing roadworks
  • In Plymouth on Tavistock Road inbound between the Crownhill Flyover and Manadon Roundabout reports there's slow traffic due incident

Microphone mishaps at Devon County Show

BBC Radio Devon

Murphy the microphone eater

David Fitzgerald takes on Murphy at the Devon County Show, but will the microphone ever be the same again?! You can see how well they got on here on Facebook.

Meanwhile another strange microphone snap has emerged as Victoria Graham and David Braine prepare for BBC Spotlight.

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Man killed after being hit by lorry on A38

BBC Radio Devon

A man has died at the scene of a collision the A38 at South Brent.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the eastbound carriageway between the A3121 Wrangaton Cross and the A385 Marley Head junction just before 11:00.

Police said there were reports the man walked out in front of a moving lorry.

Jamie Lawson thanks 'ginger kitten' for Ivor Novello win

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Plymouth singer Jamie Lawson has thanked Ed Sheeran after winning the Ivor Novello award for best song musically and lyrically for 'Wasn't Expecting That'.

Jamie Lawson

The newcomer from Plymouth beat Wolf Alice and Ed Sheeran, who signed Lawson to his record label. In his speech, Lawson said he would be "forever grateful" to the "ginger kitten" for giving him a career.

Fancy cigarette packaging goes up in smoke

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Are you a smoker? Are you going to be put off lighting up if the packets you buy aren't so appealling?

New rules are forcing force the tobacco industry to use plain packaging on all its products.

But will it work? Take part in today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

Man arrested after review of 30-year-old rape case

A man has pleaded guilty to the rape, false imprisonment and indecent assault of a teenager in Swindon almost 30 years ago. 

David Mears, who's 60 and from Plymouth, was arrested after a cold case review

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.    

Driver caught doing 100mph on A30

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Near South Brent, the A38 Exeter-bound is closed and traffic is slow because of a serious incident between Wrangaton Cross and Marley Head Junction.
  • In Roche we've had reports of a collision on Cleers Hill near the turning for Stenalees. Police are en-route.  
  • On the A30 between Fraddon Services and Indian Queens, one lane is blocked Bodmin-bound due to a broken down lorry.
  • There has been an accident on Dudnance Lane in Pool.
  • Watch out for delays on the A30 east-bound over Bodmin Moor because of roadworks.