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  1. Updates on Friday 27 May 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Friday's live coverage

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.

Radio 1 investigates Exeter's secret history ahead of the Big Weekend

BBC Newsbeat

Radio 1 Big Weekend
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With Radio 1's Big weekend taking place in Exeter tomorrow, what do we need to know about this city?

  • Exeter is home of Diagon Alley (maybe). Exeter is where JK Rowling went to university so there are a few places here which have inspired locations in Harry Potter.
  • There are Coldplay links everywhere..."I was born and raised in Exeter so being part of Radio 1's Big Weekend this year means a huge amount to me personally," says Chris Martin.
  • Chris Martin isn't the only famous Exeter boy. Tristan Evans drummer from The Vamps was brought up in Broadclyst where his drumming career started out.
  • Randomly, Michael Jackson was once Exeter City FC's director. This is not a joke.

Gardeners win chance to design at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show after competition

Back in January the BBC's 40 local radio stations - including Devon and Cornwall - joined up with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and called on amateur gardeners and garden designers to come up with a "Feel Good Front Garden".   

Hampton Court competition winners
Eden Project

The four winning designs were presented to the public at the Chelsea Flower Show earlier today and the designers, all students at the Eden Project, will now get to create a show garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Jenny Booty from Lavendon, Lizz Dobinson from Exeter, Nicky Shellis from Portreath and Tim Walker from Snowdonia's garden 'Tre Wostiwedh', Cornish for 'home at last', is based on the idea of a Cornish miner coming up from the dark depths of the earth and stepping into an exotic garden full of colour and life.

A30 reopens after fatal four-vehicle crash

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The A30 at Bodmin has reopened in both directions after a four-vehicle crash which left one person dead and injured several other people.

One lorry and a van overturned on the eastbound carriageway and the road was closed for more than six hours.

Biggest sporting weekend as three clubs face crucial finals

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Sport collage
Rex Features, Getty Images, Press Association, Christopher Lee, BBC

This weekend is unprecedented for South West sport. Saturday sees Exeter Chiefs looking to conquer the reigning Premiership and European rugby champions Saracens at Twickenham.

It's a high noon shoot out for the Cornwall County rugby team on Sunday. Having faced Lancashire over the past three years, this time they face Cheshire in their bid to keep the Bill Beaumont Cup.

Meanwhile more than 30,000 Plymouth Argyle fans will travel to Wembley for their play-off final against AFC Wimbledon on Monday. The number of supporters may grow even bigger as the club has 5,000 extra tickets that will be on sale until 16:00 on Saturday.

One dead and several injured after cars, van and lorry collide on A30 at Bodmin

Delays on the A30 eastbound at Bodmin are easing after a severe crash which has left one dead and several people injured.

One lorry and a van overturned in the collision which also involved two cars. The road has been closed for more than six hours.

Police are appealing for witnesses and anyone who saw the incident is asked to contact the police.

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Latest headlines across Devon and Cornwall

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

  • The A30 remains closed eastbound after a fatal crash which left one person dead, injured several and involved four vehicles.
  • A newly-elected police and crime commissioner under investigation over election expenses can continue in her role, a panel has ruled.  
  • A controversial carving of Merlin in the rock face at Tintagel Castle has been damaged.
  • There's a huge sporting weekend ahead as Exeter Chiefs, the Cornwall rugby team and Plymouth Argyle head to London for finals.
  • Powderham Castle prepares to host 50,000 music fans for Radio 1's Big Weekend. 

Getting ready for the summer season

Cornwall are favourites says head coach Graham Dawe

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornwall are favourites to retain their County Championship title on Sunday, according to head coach Graham Dawe.

Cornwall
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Cornwall are the reigning champions and will head to Twickenham for their fourth successive final, meeting Cheshire for the first time since 1998 - when the latter won 21-14.

"I'd imagine we'd be billed as favourites," Dawe told BBC Cornwall.

"We've got a bit of responsibility there and it'll be an even bigger disappointment if we don't win."

Police offer travel advice ahead of Radio 1's Big Weekend in Exeter

Owner’s vision for Center Parcs-style resort on north Cornwall coast

West Briton

A multi-million pound holiday park could triple in size under new plans. The owners of Towan Valley eco-resort have applied to Cornwall Council to add 72 holiday homes on the 11-acre former caravan site at Porthtowan.

Warm sunshine but a risk of further thundery showers tomorrow

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Thundery showers will gradually ease overnight to leave many parts dry. Some clear spells will develop, although patches of low cloud and mist are also possible. Minimum temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

Weather graphic
BBC

Tomorrow morning will start dry with low cloud or mist lifting to give some warm sunshine. However, there will be an increasing chance of more thundery showers breaking out later in the day. Feeling humid. Maximum temperature: 18 Deg C (64 Deg F).

Cornwall's County Championship history

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Cornwall rugby team have won the County Championship on four occasions, the first was in 1908 when they beat Durham 17-3 at Redruth Rugby Club and went on to play in the Olympic Games that same year. 

It was a long wait until Cornwall’s next triumph – 83 years – when they beat Yorkshire at Twickenham in 1991. They won again in 1999 with a 25-15 victory over Gloucestershire.

2013, saw the start of three match finals against Lancashire. Cornwall lost the first two but won in 2015 by 18 points to 13. In this year’s final on Sunday they will attempt to win back to back trophies for the first time in their history.

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New police and crime commissioner told to 'stop making political statements'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A newly-elected police and crime commissioner under investigation over election expenses can continue in her role, a panel has ruled. 

Alison Hernandez
BBC

Alison Hernandez faces allegations she failed to declare expenses as an election agent in Torbay in 2015, but told the panel she has done nothing wrong. Those allegations are also being reviewed by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

At an emergency meeting, the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Panel said it would continue to scrutinise the decisions made by Ms Hernandez. The panel also told her to stop making political statements. The recommendations say: "The panel notes that whilst the commissioner is subject to allegations she has not been charged with a criminal offence."

Latest travel: A30 closed after fatal crash and A38 busy

BBC Travel

  • On the A30 the Bodmin Bypass is closed eastbound between Carminow Cross and the Callywith turning due to investigation work following a fatal crash.
  • On the A38 in both directions between Saltash and Trerulefoot there's busy traffic.
  • Around Cruwys Morchard, in Devon, the B3137 is partially blocked due to a fallen tree.
  • In Paignton, Hoyle's Road is partially blocked between Ramshill Road and Pines Road due to an incident.

50,000 people head for Powderham Castle near Exeter for huge Radio 1 music festival

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Some of the biggest names in the music world will be performing at Powderham Castle this weekend for Radio 1's Big Weekend 2016.

Radio 1 Big Weekend, Powderham Castle, Coldplay and Ellie Goulding
BBC

Tickets for the two day festival were given away live on Radio 1 and online, with lucky winners paying just £8 to see acts like Coldplay and Ellie Goulding (pictured), Fetty Wap, Chvrches, Mumford & Sons and Jess Glynne.

A30 crash: Police say it was a fatal road traffic collision

Two-minute beach clean idea now being used on Dartmoor

BBC Spotlight

A campaign to encourage people to take part in two-minute litter picks on beaches is spreading inland for the first time.

Beach clean
BBC

The two-minute beach clean was started by Martin Dorey from Bude, after fierce storms two years ago left beaches covered with debris and plastic. Now it's being carried out on parts of Dartmoor.

Missing Pendeen woman believed to be last sighted at Levant Mine

The Cornishman

Police officers have renewed their appeal for missing June Gorvin who was last sighted near Levant Mine on Wednesday afternoon.

Seven people injured in A30 crash including a woman who was seriously hurt

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Seven people have been injured in a mutli-vehicle crash on the A30 at Bodmin junction.

Three people were trapped in vehicles and a woman travelling in a car was seriously injured.

Queuing traffic
BBC

Police, the fire service, ambulance crews and two air ambulances were called at 10:30 today to the collision on the eastbound carriageway involving a Scania car transporter HGV, a van and two cars.  

The eastbound carriageway remains closed.

A30 crash: AA gives advice to motorists after long tailbacks reported

With tailbacks on the A30 after a four-vehicle crash which has closed the road eastbound, the AA has given advice to motorists travelling out of Cornwall. These include:

  • Take a fully-charged mobile phone and in-car charger in case of emergency
  • Take a sat-nav or road atlas in case of diversions
  • Pack food and drink in case of long delays
  • Check coolant levels, oil and tyres (pressure and condition) in the vehicle before leaving
  • Make sure you’ve got enough fuel to last if you get stuck in traffic, and allow extra time

Police said the crash has caused "substantial traffic issues" in the area and drivers are being asked to avoid the area if possible.

Plymouth pervert who took photos up skirts jailed for befriending girl

Local artists among those performing at Radio 1's Big Weekend

Your chance to try volleyball

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Get Inspired

Fancy trying out a new sport this bank holiday weekend? 

Well, Volleyball England are hosting their Go Spike Big Weekend over the next few days.

The event is the perfect chance to try volleyball with sessions taking place across England. Click here to find one near you.

For more on getting into volleyball, visit BBC Get Inspired's guide.

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Volleyball England

Exeter dad reacts after Nick Grimshaw surprises family with tickets to the Big Weekend

Exeter Express & Echo

Nick Grimshaw surprised a local family live on air this morning with extra tickets to Radio 1's Big Weekend.

Coroner writing to Chief Constable after police errors led man to kill himself

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Police have come under fire from a coroner after an inquest into the death of a 22-year-old man who took his own life shortly after being arrested, detained and strip searched by officers.

Solicitor Fiona McGee
BBC

The coroner directed a jury to find that Logan Peters, 22, from Torpoint, had been unlawfully detained and said he will write to the Chief Constable for an explanation of the events. 

The family's solicitor Fiona McGee, said sadly such events are common, but added: "What happened for Logan was that everything that could have go wrong did go wrong. He was subjected to unlawful force and the arresting officer did not appear to have a good understanding of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act."

Latest weather: Scattered thundery showers developing

BBC Weather

Cloud will break to give some spells of sunshine, but a scattering of heavy thundery showers will develop this afternoon. Max temp 18 Deg C (64 Deg F).

bbc weather graphic
BBC

Becoming mainly dry tonight as any showers die out. Some patches of mist and low cloud will develop by dawn. Min temp 10 Deg C (50 Deg F).

Taking the wheel as well as the wing, Jack Nowell?

Brittany Ferries warn passengers to fill their fuel tanks before they leave after oil strike

Plymouth Herald

Brittany Ferries has warned passengers to leave with a full tank of fuel before sailing to France and the company has said petrol cans are "strictly forbidden" onboard its ferries.

Two swimmers rescued from strong rip current in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Lifeguards are warning people visiting Freathy Beach in Whitsand Bay to take extra care because of a rip current which two swimmers got stuck in on Thursday afternoon.

They were rescued by the RNLI, which said the rip was very strong and continues to be a hazard, as it was last year. 

The charity warned that lifeguard patrols at Freathy do not start until early July.

A30 crash: Six people injured, three hospitalised and carriageway remains closed

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Six people have been injured in a four-vehicle crash on the A30.

One person was flown to Derriford Hospital by air ambulance and one taken by land ambulance. A third person was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital and three other people were treated at the scene.

Seven land ambulance crews attended the crash and two air ambulances. Police are urging drivers to avoid heading east on the A30 around Bodmin which remains closed.

Free car park man given bottles of champagne and support from all over the world

The man who bought the lease for a car park previously run by the local council and made it free of charge, says he has had messages of support from across the world which has been "overwhelming".

Seafield car park
Robert Braddick

Rob Braddick shared news of his takeover of the Seafield car park in Westward Ho! on a Facebook page, saying: "Within two days it has had 3,000 likes and 1,000 shares and I was getting messages from people I didn't even know from Australia, Africa and America.

"I must say it's gone down extremely well, to the point where I've been given bottles of champagne and people coming up to shake my hand in the street."

Police hope to reopen the A30 around 17:00 after four-vehicle crash

Exeter Chiefs will field unchanged side at tomorrow's Premiership final

Warning for drivers to stay away from A30 around Bodmin after crash

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Police are urging drivers to avoid heading east on the A30 around Bodmin after a serious crash involving four vehicles.

Officers say even though the westbound carriageway has now reopened, the tailbacks combined with bank holiday traffic are causing gridlock on roads off the A30.

Our reporter Christine Butler told me it's a major problem: "I've just come through a country lane and they're treating it as though it is actually the A30 and they're racing through at such a pace, an accident is going to happen there." 

BBC Radio Cornwall's team get ready for Twickenham

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On Sunday, Cornwall will try to retain their County Championship title by beating Cheshire.

PCC Alison Hernandez: Panel concludes she can still do her job while police investigation continues

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall's new police and crime commissioner has been publicly rebuked by the panel which oversees her work. 

Alison Hernandez was told to stop claiming that concerns raised over the investigation into election expenses were politically motivated. A series of councillors and members of the public lined up to voice criticism.

Police and Crime Panel recommendations on Alison Hernandez
BBC

The panel concluded she could still do her job while the police investigation was ongoing. She told BBC News there was no legal requirement for her to stand aside until the investigation was completed.

Mystery over disappearance of woman from west Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

Investigations are continuing in the search for a woman who's been missing from her home near Pendeen since Monday.

June Gorvin
Devon & Cornwall Police

Police say they are extremely concerned for the welfare of 69-year-old June Gorvin from Trewellard.

The public are being urged to report any sightings of June to the police immediately.

Don't give up the day job! Sports team honour Arygle and Chiefs... in song