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  1. Updates for Friday 3 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall this Friday, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Also for live coverage of BBC Music Day 2016 at the Eden Project listen to Radio Cornwall, Radio Devon or Radio 2.

Latest weather: Humid tomorrow with cloud, sunny spells and a risk of thundery showers

Dan Downs, Weather Forecaster

Staying fine and dry overnight tonight, with clear spells at first but cloud will gradually roll in from the east during the night. Staying mild. Min temp: 9C (48F).

weather graphic

A cloudy start for many tomorrow with the brightest weather in the west. There is an increasing risk of some isolated heavy, perhaps thundery, showers by the afternoon, but with sunny spells in between. Feeling increasingly humid with highs of 20C (68F).

'Dangerous and illegal' drone flying witnessed by police at festival

The drones team from Devon and Cornwall Police is warning people not to fly the devices over crowds.

Devon & Cornwall Police

Writing on their Facebook page, they said an off-duty pilot witnessed two separate incidents at the Tunes in the Dunes festival on Perranporth Beach on the bank holiday weekend.

The team said: "This is not only dangerous but also illegal. Before you fly a drone please check out the rules otherwise you could find yourself being prosecuted."

BBC Music Day classical concert rehearsals at Hall for Cornwall

Patients put at risk by 'needless' A&E use

BBC Radio Devon

People needlessly using the A&E department at one of Devon's main hospitals are putting other patients with more serious health issues at risk.

That's the warning from the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital after its busiest ever day in A&E on Tuesday when it dealt with nearly 400 people - almost double its daily norm of 240.

A&E, Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital

"It can be really, really frustrating for both the staff and other members of the public," senior A&E nurse Caroline Dowse said.

Five BHS stores to close in Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Five BHS stores in Devon and Cornwall - in Plymouth, Exeter, Torquay, Barnstaple  and Truro - are among the 163 to close in the UK in the coming weeks, it's been announced.

Administrators Duff & Phelps said yesterday they had failed to find a buyer. The closure will lead to the loss of about 11,000 jobs.

BHS store

Last year BHS, which went into administration in April, was sold by Sir Philip Green to former racing driver Dominic Chappell for £1.

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- An incident has been reported in Plymouth on Mayflower Street near the A374 Western Approach

- Reports of an incident in Devon at Clyst St Mary on Oilmill Lane near the A3052

- In Plymstock on the A379 Elburton Road there are reports of an incident around Southernway

- Stop-start traffic in Totnes on A385 Ashburton Road in both directions between Dartington Lane and A381 Brutus Bridge roundabout

- Very slow traffic in Honiton on the A30 eastbound, between the A35 and Hedgend Road

- A broken-down lorry has partially blocked the A39 eastbound at Bideford between Clovelly Road and Heywood Road

- In Cornwall there are reports of an incident in Bodmin on the A38 Glynn Valley near Drift Lane

Abuse victim welcomes proposed changes to church safeguarding

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

A South West man sexually abused by a member of the clergy, has welcomed proposed reforms to the Church of England's safeguarding procedures.

The victim, known as Joe, said previous attempts to report his treatment were met with silence at the highest level of the church.

Justin Humphreys, from the independent Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service said Joe's case had been a "catalyst for bringing about changes", adding its review had made 11 "clear recommendations".

Cave rescue prompts calls for better knowledge of tides

A group of teenagers rescued from rising water in a cave in Torquay would "probably have been fine" if they'd waited for a couple of hours for the tide to turn.

The 15 and 16-year-olds - four girls and one boy - were cold but unhurt when they were rescued from Corbyn Head by the RNLI at high tide on Thursday afternoon.

Corbyn Head, Torquay

Colin Bower from the RNLI said the incident highlighted the importance of checking the times of high water, adding: "If they'd understood how the tide works and stayed put for a couple of hours, they'd have probably been fine... but they got spooked and just panicked."

When pop stars drop by for a quick hug

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Izzy Bizu is one of the acts taking part in a concert at the Eden Project for BBC Music Day 2016 which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Cornwall and Radio Devon, as well as Radio Two.

If, like us, you didn't get a ticket, you can watch the build up on The One Show on BBC One from 19:00.

CCTV appeal following Exmouth assault

Food festival showcasing the South West's local produce hits Plymouth

Young Royal Marine killed by train while he celebrated promotion

Plymouth Herald

A highly promising Royal Marine fell onto a railway track and was killed by oncoming train - after going out drinking to celebrate a promotion.

The One Show team prepare to broadcast live from the Eden Project

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They're among programmes covering BBC Music Day 2016 which is headlined by Duran Duran at Eden later.

Midfielder Damon Lathrope to rejoin Torquay

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Midfielder Damon Lathrope has agreed terms on a deal to rejoin Torquay United, subject to passing a medical.

The 26-year-old made 122 appearances for the Devon club in his first spell and played in their League Two play-off final defeat against Stevenage in 2011.

Damon Lathrope
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"He's an excellent footballer that can play off both feet," said Torquay player-boss Kevin Nicholson. "I see Damon coming back and filling the role in midfield that Danny Racchi played last season."

Can too many cooks spoil the Flavour Fest?

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Presenters David Fitzgerald and Simon Bates show off their... err... prowess in the kitchen at the region's largest free food festival, Flavour Fest in Plymouth.

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Long delays on the M5 back to Tiverton due to an earlier incident between Bridgwater South and Bridgwater North.
  • Slow traffic on the A38 in Cornwall westbound between Carkeel roundabout, Saltash and Tideford Road, Landrake.
  • Roadworks are causing problems on the A30 eastbound between Victoria and Bodmin.

Truro chairman says Tully's exit not due to money

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City chairman Peter Masters says his decision not to renew manager Steve Tully's contract was not for financial reasons.

In his two full seasons in charge, Tully got the Cornish side promoted from the Southern Premier League and reached the National League South play-offs with the club's highest ever finish.

Steve Tully
Truro City FC

"Finances don't come into it - it's a relevant factor but the money situation did not come into it at all," he told BBC Sport. "There are things that I'm aware of that perhaps Steve or the supporters are not aware of - I've got to do the best things for Truro City, the club is king."  

Lawson head for Eden Project for BBC Music Day

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Lawson have firmly established themselves as one of the nation's favourites on the pop-rock scene, since their breakthrough in 2012. After a year long break from releasing music, Lawson are back with an exciting new sound.

You'll be able to catch Lawson on the CBBC Official Chart Show that is taking place at Eden, especially for BBC Music Day.

Newly reopened lido closed because of algal bloom

The Jubilee Pool, which reopened last weekend after lengthy work to repair storm damage, is closed again - this time because of a bloom of algae.

Jubilee Pool

The Friends of Jubilee Pool say the algae is flourishing in exceptionally warm weather and is asking people to check the pool website before visiting.

Rare birds thriving on Dartmoor

BBC Spotlight

Three species of rare birds are thriving on Dartmoor after a study group persuaded the Park Authority to delay work to enable the birds to finish breeding. 


Dartmoor is a vital nesting ground for the Stonechat (above), Wind Chat and the Meadow pippet

The study group has been observing the birds to see if they can help fight their decline. BBC Springwatch has discovered they've already had some success.

Photo of tiny Tom Daley shows early love for medals

Sidmouth residents campaign against industrial development

BBC Radio Devon

Sidmouth residents are campaigning against plans for industrial buildings at an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which it says is also at risk of flooding.

Save Our Sidmouth is worried about proposals for a development of nearly 23,000 square meters just outside the town. 

East Devon District Council says efforts should be made to ensure the employment needs of the town are met with this site.     

Latest weather for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Weather

A dry afternoon with some areas of broken cloud together with sunny spells. Max temp 19 Deg C (66 Deg F).

Weather graphic

Tonight will be dry with clear spells, but becoming cloudier from the east later. Min temp 8 Deg C (46 Deg F).

News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

  • The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital's A&E department has its "busiest ever day"
  • The Church of England is to change its safeguarding procedures to prevent sexual abuse.
  • An algal bloom closes Jubilee Pool in Penzance only days after it opens.
  • A petition is calling for road changes in Lelant to be reversed, claiming they cause traffic jams.
  • Five teenagers "neck high" in water are rescued by the Torquay RNLI after being trapped by the tide.
  • Local musicians in Devon and Cornwall join the stars to celebrate BBC Music Day, ahead of an appearance by Duran Duran at the Eden Project tonight

BBC Music Day Ambassador Nile Rodgers makes his way to Cornwall

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We've teamed up with some of the most exciting musical artists around for BBC Music Day 2016.

Nile Rodgers will be appearing at the Eden Project in Cornwall later, along with Duran Duran and Laura Mvula and special guests.

Nile was one of the founding members of Chic and has since collaborated with artists like David Bowie, Madonna and Prince.

End of half term prompts huge tailbacks on A30

Thousands pack Plymouth for Flavourfest

One of the South West's largest food and drink festivals - Flavourfest - is underway in Plymouth. 

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VIDEO: Footage released of attempts to rescue Emily Gardner

Torquay Herald Express

A video showing attempts to rescue Emily Gardner after the speedboat she was aboard capsized in Brixham last year has been released by police.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the M5 between Bridgwater South and Bridgwater North, one lane is closed for recovery work, traffic is very slow moving with queues to Taunton  
  • There has been an accident on Mutley Plain in Plymouth 
  • Watch out for delays on the A379 in Maidencombe because of an overturned car
  • There has been an accident on the A39 at Mabe between Penryn and Falmouth at Treliever Roundabout
  • Delays eastbound on the A30 heading across Bodmin Moor due to roadworks and a 40mph speed limit

Plymouth Flavour Fest attracts crowds

BBC Spotlight

The largest free food festival in the South West is under way in Plymouth. 

The Flavour Fest, which is in its 13th year, attracts more than 100,000 visitors to the city every year. 

Flavour Fest

Showcasing the region's best produce, Flavour Fest also features a Ready Steady Cook-off, "refereed" by BBC Spotlight presenter Natalie Cornah.  

Men rescue 12-foot basking shark from Cornwall beach

West Briton

A man has spoken of the incredible feeling of rescuing a stranded 12-foot basking shark that he saw trapped in shallow waters.

Bideford Bridge performance from Yazzy for BBC Music Day

Calls for council u-turn over controversial traffic scheme

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Many of you are very unhappy about a new cycle path at Lelant which is being blamed for causing huge traffic jams between Hayle and St Ives.

Two thousand people have signed a petition to get the changes reversed. Cornwall Council says the bank holiday weekend saw particularly high levels of traffic and it is aware of people's concerns but will monitor traffic movements to see if the congestion continues.

Have you been affected? Let me know on today's phone-in by calling 01872 222222.

Best half term ever? South West basks in sunshine again

Drivers and residents claim new cycle path causing traffic congestion

BBC Radio Cornwall

Nearly 2,000 people have added their names to a petition to reverse road changes between Lelant and Hayle, as drivers complain of severe congestion because of a new cycle path. 

Local residents claim the new one-way section of road is causing traffic "chaos" at peak times.


But a local cyclist said the cycle path had to have room for bikes and pedestrians, adding: "If people are walking and cycling together it could be dangerous for pedestrians if the path wasn't so wide."