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  1. Updates for Monday 6 June 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.

Zoo keepers swap penguins' eggs with fakes to help hatching

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Keepers at a Devon zoo are swapping penguins' eggs with wooden fakes temporarily to incubate and protect them in a bid to "avoid any accidental damage".

Penguins and zoo keeper. Pics: Jason Keller/Living Coasts
Jason Keller/Living Coasts

Living Coasts in Torquay said staff placed the real eggs in a specialist incubator and returned them when they were almost ready to hatch.

Operations manager Clare Rugg said: "This is a great way to avoid any accidental damage, as it is very easy for parent birds to break eggs by standing on them or cracking them against stones. Also, inexperienced birds sometimes don’t spend enough time incubating. But parent-reared young are always preferable, which is why we put them back so they hatch naturally."

Cloth-badged football kit inspired Wales superfan's collection

BBC Wales News

A former physiotherapist for Exeter City FC who has spent £65,000 collecting hundreds of match-worn Wales tops said he was partly inspired to start when he realised there was a difference between the kits on the pitch and those on the terraces.

Adidas home 1980-84 shirt signed by Ian Rush. Pic: Simon Shakeshaft/Getty Images
Simon Shakeshaft/Getty Images

Fifty-one-year-old superfan Simon Shakeshaft's collection includes 350 tops. The idea started in 1991, when a relative gave him a match-worn club shirt. His Wales collection kicked off in 2001 when he got a John Hartson shirt.

He said he noticed how kits sold to fans "all had vinyl badges. They cracked and peeled and flaked off". He added: "The players' ones were cotton, with cloth badges, and they were just a more comfortable garment to wear." 

Gareth Bale's shirt from the crucial win over Cyprus at home in October 2014. Pic: Simon Shakeshaft/Getty Images
Simon Shakeshaft/Getty Images

Mr Shakeshaft has tops worn by legends of Welsh football, including several Ryan Giggs shirts, some worn by Ian Rush (pictured top), and Gareth Bale's shirt worn during Wales' crucial win over Cyprus at home in their Euro 2016 qualifying group match in October 2014 (above).

Latest weather: Mostly dry overnight, and a sunny Tuesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

The evening will be warm, dry and often sunny. Overnight, it will stay mostly dry, but, like last night, it will feel rather muggy and become misty. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).


Tuesday will again be warm with quite a lot of sunshine. There will be a bit more cloud around later on and the odd shower is possible in the afternoon. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Cornwall thrash Oxfordshire in Minor Counties Championship opener

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Andrew Libby took six wickets on his Minor Counties Championship return as Cornwall swept to an innings-and-59-run win over Oxfordshire at St Austell.

Brad Wadlan hit 191 from 189 balls as the hosts posted 349. Liam Redrup took 4-52 as Oxfordshire were skittled for 144 and forced to follow on still 205 runs behind.

They fared no better second time around as left-armer Libby posted figures of 6-42 to seal Cornwall's first innings victory for 11 years. It was their first game of the season in the three-day format.

Dartmoor visitors warned against rescuing ponies

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

Dartmoor visitors are being warned their kindness "could be killing ponies" when they think they're helping rescue an animal.

Dartmoor ponies

Recently one foal was carried miles from where it was found by people who thought it had been abandoned. It died five days later. 

The Friends of Dartmoor Hill Pony said the number of such incidents was growing and that anyone worried about an animal should call for help rather than moving it themselves.

Royal Navy officer accused of rape 'told by victim he was amazing'

Press Association

A Royal Navy officer accused of raping a fellow officer cadet has told a court martial his alleged victim was "responding the whole time" and told him how "amazing" he was.

Samuel Mitchell, 27, now a sub lieutenant, is accused of going into the room of the cadet at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth, following a Victory In Europe Day dinner dance attended by students, staff and guests, on 8 May 2014. He denies two counts of rape. 

The complainant previously told the court martial in Portsmouth that she was too drunk to consent and had remained passive during the incident to express her non-compliance. The case continues.

MP Steve Double admits behaving 'completely inappropriately'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Cornish MP has admitted behaving "completely inappropriately" after speculation about his marriage.

Steve Double. Pic: Conservative Party
Conservative Party

St Austell and Newquay Conservative Steve Double said he deeply regretted "the pain I have caused those closest to me". He added that he and his wife, Anne, were "committed to being together and seeking to move forward in our marriage".

He said: "I accept I have work to do to recover the trust and respect of those around me. I would respectfully request that people give us the time and space we need at this time." His wife said she had been "deeply hurt" but still loved her her husband, adding: "I am committed to making our marriage a success for our future".

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A disgraced gynaecologist delivered David Cameron's youngest child in Cornwall despite warnings to hospital managers he was a risk to patients, a tribunal investigating his former boss hears
  • St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double admits behaving "completely inappropriately"
  • Four people are arrested by police in Devon as part of an operation against modern slavery  
  • New research shows nearly 60% of 18 to 44-years olds in the South West are forced to delay careers, marriage and children because of housing problems and shortages
  • A pensioner celebrates five years of life after a stroke by going on the longest and fastest zipwire in England at the Eden Project

New gypsy and traveller sites needed 'in the same way as more housing'

BBC Radio Cornwall

New sites for gypsies and travellers are needed "in the same way" more housing is needed for Cornwall, a charity which supports the travelling community says.

public consultation period finishes today to get views on current proposals before Cornwall Council sets out its Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Plan. The council must provide suitable, well managed sites for residential and transit purposes, including a network of emergency stopping places. An estimated 320 new pitches are believed to be needed by 2030.

Caroline Dann, from the charity TravellerSpace said: "In the same way that we've got mass house building on the cards in Cornwall, we also need more site provision. And it is actually a fraction of the need for housing."

Misconduct tribunal told gynaecologist 'posed risk to patients'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A disgraced gynaecologist was allowed to deliver David Cameron's youngest child six years ago in Cornwall despite warnings to managers at the Royal Cornwall Hospital that he posed a risk to patients, a tribunal has heard.

More than 200 women treated by Rob Jones, a gynaecologist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, have joined a group taking legal action against the hospital's managing trust. Mr Jones was suspended and later retired and the trust has apologised unreservedly to patients.

A hearing of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal in Manchester heard that his boss, Dr Paul Upton, did not investigate Mr Jones properly. The tribunal heard allegations Dr Upton failed to act on complaints about Mr Jones. The hearing continues.

Devon-based Irishman awaiting Olympic call-up

BBC Sport

Padraig McCarthy, a 38-year-old Tipperary native, is now a long way from home. 'Here' is a farm in rural Devon where his wife's family breed and train some of the best three-day event horses in the land.

A former showjumper in his youth, McCarthy is now eyeing a place in the Irish three-day eventing team for Rio 2016.

Padraig McCarthy

"I guess he wouldn't have got involved in the sport if he hadn't have met me, but he's got a huge amount of natural talent and determination," says wife Lucy Wiegersma. "From when I set him off at his first event, it's all been his will that he's got this far."

BBC Music Day: Duran Duran at Eden

Euro 2016: Fans could be banned from football matches

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Football fans who cause trouble during Euro 2016 have been warned by police "their actions will have huge consequences".

Supt Ian Drummond-Smith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: “The vast majority of supporters will be genuine fans travelling to France to enjoy the country and the football.

“We will monitor all incidents with a view to apply to the courts for football banning orders where appropriate.” The competition runs from 10 June-10 July.

Torbay tourism business district 'vital for future'

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Supporters of plans for a Business Improvement District - or BID - in Torbay to promote tourism say its creation could be "vital" for the future economic success of the area.

Torquay seafront. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

About 1,000 tourism businesses are voting over the next four weeks to see if the BID should be set up. If the majority vote yes, all tourism-related firms will be obliged to pay into a central pot to market the Bay nationally. Some smaller business have described the levy as a "stealth tax".

However, Claire Jeavons, marketing director of Beverly Holidays, said: "It's so important that we market the English Riviera as a destination brand. I think that's vital to the success of our economy. There are so many jobs in the Bay that rely on it."

House builder to pay stamp duty to help retirees downsize

Plymouth Herald

A housebuilder has vowed to pay retirees stamp duty to encourage them to downsize in Devon and Cornwall.

'Bumper' half-term for businesses as new tourism group launches

BBC Spotlight

Tourism bosses say they've had a bumper half-term week, boosted by the good weather.

People enjoying the sun

It comes as a new group is set up to promote tourism in Devon to the rest of the world. Visit Devon said tourist groups had, in the past, been region-wide and the county had lost out to other places.

The next generation of police dogs

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Stroke survivor becomes Wonder Woman as she takes on Eden's zip-wire

A pensioner has celebrated five years of life after a stroke by going on the longest and fastest zip-wire in England. 

Moira Tither, from Camborne, is raising money for charity and was dressed as Wonder Woman.

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Proposals drawn up to repair Teignbridge potholes

Torquay Herald Express

Repairs to potholes across Teignbridge could be carried out after the region was awarded nearly £200,000 from the Pothole Action Fund.

Housing problems 'delay life milestones' for 60% of 18 to 44 year olds

BBC Spotlight

Nearly 60% of 18 to 44-years-olds in the South West are being forced to delay careers, marriage and children because of housing problems and shortages, new research shows.

Streets. Pic: PA

The Shelter and YouGov study of adults under 45 was carried out as part of the charity's Great Home Debate. Of those, 59% said they believed "housing issues will delay me from reaching milestones, by the time I come to end of my life".

Of the survey of 226 people in May, about 15% of people in relationships said they had postponed marriage or expected to do so. And 24% in relationships said they had put off having children, or expecting to, because of a lack of stable housing. Many also said they felt retirement was slipping out of reach, with 9% saying they thought it would be delayed because of housing.

Travellers' pitches plans 'looking at future needs of community'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Proposals for more than 300 new pitches for gypsies and travellers in Cornwall by 2030 are part of work "looking at the future needs of the travelling community", a senior councillor says

The council must provide suitable, well managed sites for residential and transit purposes, including a network of emergency stopping places. A public consultation period finishes today to get views on current proposals before the authority sets out its Gypsy and Travelling Communities Site Allocations Plan. 

Edwina Hannaford, portfolio holder for planning at Cornwall Council, said: "We'll be looking at the future needs of the travelling community, and looking at where they should be placed. There is, I understand, a particularly strong need in west Cornwall."

Latest weather: Possibly misty later, and cloudy overnight

BBC Weather

As well as bright and sunny spells, it may be a little misty later this afternoon, and there is a low risk of an isolated shower. Winds will be light, but moderate along the south coast. Maximum temperature: 23 Deg C (73F) in the sunshine, 16C (61F) under cloud.


It will be cloudy overnight, with a band of showers crossing the county and also some mist patches forming late in the night. Winds will be light and variable. Another very mild and humid night. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).  

Rescued seals return to the wild

Modern slavery operation: 50 police officers and specialists deployed to 24 locations

BBC Spotlight

Approximately 50 police officers and specialists were deployed to 24 locations in Devon and Cornwall in an operation to target modern slavery

Two people were arrested for modern slavery and money laundering offences and two for immigration offences. The suspects have been released on bail.

The work was part of a pan-European week of action on modern slavery with five police forces from across the South West working together.

Latest travel news across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Just outside Exeter on the A30 at Ide, we have reports of an incident near the A377 Alphington junction. 
  • Between Goonhavern and Rejerrah on the A3075 there's slow traffic westbound.
  • Around Cheriton Bishop, on the A30 Exeter-bound the road is now clear after an earlier jack-knifed trailer. Traffic is starting to ease.   

Speeding driver 'faked speed limit picture'

Plymouth Herald

A motorist who submitted a bogus picture of a speed limit sign in a bid to dodge a £60 fine has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Final D-Day service takes place in Torquay

The final memorial service has taken place in Torquay to commemorate those who fought and died on D-Day. 

Earlier veterans paraded to the town's war memorial where the event was held. During the ceremony Nigel Sarjent and Ken Taylor, who both landed at Normandy in 1944, were presented with the Legion d'Honneur medal.

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People urged to contact police if slavery suspected

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

As two people are arrested for modern slavery and money laundering offences in Devon, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, has urged people who suspect slavery is happening in their area to come forward.

He said: “Victims may not regard themselves as being exploited, and are often reluctant to talk to police."

Ch Supt Jim Colwell said: “Modern slavery comes in different forms which includes labour exploitation. The priority for the police in the first instance is to safeguard victims. We also seek to disrupt criminal activity associated with modern slavery and prosecute those responsible where possible.” Police said three potential victims had been found and were being supported.

Should we grow human organs inside pigs?

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Scientists are trying to grow human organs inside pigs.

Is it the solution to a shortage, or a case of "Franken-science"?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Wales superfan isn't shirty about his football top collection

BBC Wales News

A former physiotherapist for Exeter City FC has spent £65,000 amassing a collection of hundreds of match-worn Wales tops.

Simon Shakeshaft. Pic: Simon Shakeshaft
Simon Shakeshaft

Fifty-one-year-old superfan Simon Shakeshaft (pictured above aged 11, wearing his favourite kit in 1977 (l), and (r) today), said his collection, which includes 350 tops has allowed him to - literally - sometimes stand in his heroes' boots. 

Wales kits. Pic: Simon Shakeshaft
Simon Shakeshaft

The idea started in 1991, when a relative gave him a match-worn club shirt. His Wales collection did not really kick off until 2001, when he got his hands on a John Hartson shirt and it began to scale up in 2004.

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BreakingTwo arrested after suspected 'modern slaves' found in Devon

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three potential victims of modern slavery have been discovered after police and other agencies visited nail bars and car washes in Devon last week, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

Three Vietnamese people - an adult male and female, and a male suspected to be under 18 - were discovered last week and were being supported by the UK Human Trafficking Centre "which ensures that victims receive appropriate help and support", officers said. 

Two people were arrested for modern slavery and money laundering offences and two for immigration offences. They were later released on bail. The work was part of a pan-European week of action on modern slavery.

'Too much sunshine' outdoor pool reopens

BBC Radio Cornwall

Penzance's Jubilee outdoor swimming pool has reopened after "too much sunshine" caused its closure on Friday.

Jubilee Pool. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

The sun caused algal blooms in the water. The algae itself was harmless but affected visibility, meaning lifeguards were unable to see the bottom of the pool. 

Saltwater from the pool has now been replaced.

Three police officers 'racially abused'

The Rio 2016 equestrian love match

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport at Wembley

They say that your whole life can turn on one chance event or meeting, and nothing could be truer for Irish rider Padraig McCarthy

Padraig McCarthy

While selling bloodstock to help pay his way through a PhD, he met the woman that would change his life - both personally and professionally - in 2010. 

At the time, Lucy Wiegersma was getting over the heartbreak of missing out on the 2008 Olympics in Beijing - an injury to her horse meant she had to forgo her place on the British team.

Council planning new travellers' pitches

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Would you be happy for a travellers' site near you?

Cornwall Council has announced it is to build more than 300 extra pitches within the next few years. It said it had has a legal obligation to do so, but has not published specific areas being considered yet.

Council leader John Pollard will take your calls on 01872 222222.

Seventy-five roads closed this weekend for Torbay Airshow

Plymouth Herald

Seventy-five south Devon roads are to be closed with all on-street parking banned for three days this weekend to make way for a major air show.

Police prepare for Euro 2016

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Supt Ian Drummond-Smith of Devon and Cornwall Police, said plans were in place "both locally and nationally" about policing the tournament.

He added officers were working closely "with partner agencies, bars, pubs and social clubs to help them prepare for the tournament and make them aware of both their responsibilities, but also where they can turn for advice".