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  1. Updates for Wednesday 8 June 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Thursday

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

Nuclear submarine relic of Cold War gets a facelift

Latest weather: A dry and mild night before a fine and warm Thursday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

It'll be another generally dry and mild night, with clear spells and light winds. Further cloud and fog is expected to develop on northern coasts. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Thursday is expected to be another fine and warm day for most, with hazy sunshine. Low cloud will burn off in the morning, although it may perhaps persist on northern coasts again. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

200-year-old canal barge unearthed by archaeologists

Torquay Herald Express

Remnants of a 200-year-old canal barge and tramway line have been unearthed by archaeologists working near Newton Abbot on the Stover Canal.

Weather Watchers making the most of the sun

BBC Weather Watchers



 St Buryan

St Buryan

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • One of Britain's biggest health unions says Cornwall's problems with bed-blocking are up 75% in the four years
  • A bus operator says fans were prevented from getting to a Rod Stewart concert in Plymouth on Tuesday night because of heavy traffic
  • A coalition of more than 30 Cornish environmental organisations and marine experts call for an immediate ban on plastic microbeads in cosmetics
  • Three rare Sumatran tigers have been born at Paignton Zoo
  • An army band in Cornwall is banned from parading at a football club's ground in a row over a newly-seeded pitch.

Cornish Pirates players have to be versatile, says coach

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle says a lack of finances means his players will need to cover several positions for the Championship side next season.

Cattle has taken joint-charge with Alan Paver following the departure of Ian Davies because of budget cuts.

Gavin Cattle
Brian Tempest

"You'll see back-rowers stepping up into the second row because they have to, basically," he told BBC Radio Cornwall. "With the size of our squad this year being a bit smaller than in the past, we have to look at versatility."

Money row overshadowed Pele's Plymouth performance

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Brazil football legend Pele is auctioning memorabilia from his collection, including a commemorative bowl presented to him by Plymouth Argyle when he played in the city in the early 1970s.

He was given the silver bowl by the Pilgrims' directors when his club side, Santos of Brazil, played in a friendly at Home Park on 14 March 1973. Pele did score in the match, but Plymouth Argyle beat Santos by 3-2.

Pele. Pic: AP

However, the match was overshadowed when, having attracted a capacity crowd of 40,000, Santos directors held Argyle to ransom for an extra payment, with the threat of walking out of the stadium just before kick-off. Plymouth Argyle did get the money back several years later with help from the football authorities.

Plymouth Argyle bowl for Pele. Pic: Julien's Auctions
Julien's Auctions

The bowl, being auctioned in London, has a guide price of £420-£560. It is among more than 2,000 items being auctioned over three days in a sale expected to raise between £2.5m-£3.5m.  

Chough chicks part of 'roller-coaster of a ride'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The discovery of four Cornish chough chicks on cliffs on The Lizard has been part of a "roller-coaster of a ride" for local National Trust staff.

Chough chicks. Pic: National Trust
National Trust

It was feared there would be no baby choughs near Lizard Point this year after one male disappeared, leaving a female alone for some weeks.  

Cat Lee

Cat Lee (pictured), from the trust, said: "At the start of the season, the pair we had last year started nest-building and we were all geared up to nest watch. Unfortunately, that male disappeared and the female was alone for two to three weeks. 

"Then we had an un-ringed bird turn up and pair with the un-ringed female. We have been watching on tenterhooks and, sure enough, we've got four chicks, which have been ringed."

Bodmin football pitch ban on Band and Bugles of The Rifles

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

An army band has been banned from parading at a football club's ground in a row over a newly-seeded pitch.

Crown Copyright

The Band and Bugles of The Rifles has been told that the marching would mess up the turf at Bodmin Town FC in Cornwall. Mayor Lance Kennedy said it was an "unfortunate decision". 

The town council, which leases the ground to the club, said it had tried at several meetings to persuade the club to change its mind.

Three Exeter Chiefs players to start for England Saxons

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter Chiefs trio Don Armand, Alec Hepburn and Ollie Devoto have all been named in the England Saxons starting XV for their game against South Africa 'A' on Friday.

Their team-mates Mitch Lees and Dave Ewers are among the replacements for the match in Bloemfontein.

Don Armand
Rex Features

The Saxons are understudies to the senior team and Chiefs back coach Ali Hepher is head coach of the side.

RAF Falcons cancel parachute display after technical problems

BBC Radio Cornwall

An RAF parachute display team has cancelled a display at the Royal Cornwall Show on Thursday "due to a technical abnormality" with their parachute system.

The Falcons, based in Oxfordshire, said they found the problem with their parachute system during routine maintenance.

The team said they were "fervently" trying to fix the problem as soon as possible.

Appeal for names after tiny crab rediscovered in Cornwall

Can you help us to name this crab? 

This tiny hermit crab has  been rediscovered on the Cornish coast.

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This is 'Clibanarius erythropus' a species of hermit crab that actually went extinct on our shores after a huge oil spill in the 1960s. 

But incredibly it was rediscovered earlier this year by a group of volunteers doing a rock pool survey on Castle Beach in south Cornwall. Suggestions for the common name can be sent to BBC Springwatch on social media

Thousands protest Great Western Railway bike reservation policy

Alex Regan

South Online

Thousands of cyclists are protesting against a train company's new policy which forces bike owners to reserve bicycle spaces on high-speed services.

GWR bike sign
Bethan White

Great Western Railway (GWR) began the policy in May, meaning bicycle users must book two hours in advance. Commuters said the policy "discriminates against the cyclists" who buy open-returns, and several have criticised the booking system.

More than 7,200 have signed an online petition demanding GWR reverse its policy. GWR said cyclists could take bikes on 85% of the network without a reservation.

Rape case officer's behaviour 'disgraceful'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A Royal Navy officer cleared of rape at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth has been told his behaviour was "disgraceful".


Sub Lt Samuel Mitchell was cleared at a court martial in Portsmouth of two counts of rape.

Judge Advocate General of the Armed Forces Jeff Blackett told Sub Lt Mitchell he took advantage of the drunken fellow cadet. He said: "It's not the conduct one expects of a Naval officer, I hope you have learnt a lesson to respect your fellow officers of either sex."   

Consultation into council support of South Hams events

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A south Devon council is carrying out a consultation into how groups organise and run events to ensure support it gives is "consistent, fair and isn't subsidised by the council taxpayer".

South Hams District Council said it supported a large number of events "in a variety of ways", from "leasing land, to organising an alcohol licence and clearing up after an event".

It said it was running the consultation to help determine its future event management policy. It said: "This will propose which elements should be chargeable, which shouldn't and if they are, what that charge should be" so it could "offer all community groups and organisations a fairer, more consistent service". The consultation runs until 29 July.

Vandals attack Falmouth University sign at Woodlane

Falmouth Packet

Vandals armed with coloured paints have targeted a 'concrete-carbuncle' sign at the entrance to Falmouth University's Woodlane Campus.

(Airshow) Home, sweet home

New £10m commuter cycle routes to be constructed in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

More than £10m is to be spent on new commuter cycle routes in Devon. 

Several leisure routes have been created in the last few years, but people who travel to work by bike have said better commuter routes are desperately needed. 

Councillors approved proposals earlier, including a £3m bridge over the A39 in Barnstaple, and a £7.5m for two new cycle routes in Exeter.

Bus gate plans 'will leave village under siege'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Some people who live in or travel through Threemilestone near Truro are angry about plans to build a new bus only section.

Bus gate leaflet

People living in the Threemilestone area of Truro said the proposed new bus gate - a roadway with all lanes restricted to buses - risked the safety of locals and would cause traffic chaos on what was already a congested commuter route. 

They're planning a public meeting over what they're dubbing a "village under siege".

Rare Sumatran tiger gives birth to three cubs

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A rare Sumatran tiger has given birth to three cubs at Paignton Zoo.

They are the first tiger cubs born at the zoo since 2009. Mother and cubs will spend the next two months hidden from view. 

Paignton Zoo

Females typically give birth to between two and four blind cubs after about 103 days. The cubs can weigh about 1 kilo (2 pounds) at birth. They live on their mother's milk for six to eight weeks before moving on to meat, but remain dependent on their mother for about a year and a half.  

Many peer-on-peer abusers 'known to authorities and also suffered some form of abuse'

BBC Spotlight

The biggest threat in Devon around child exploitation is so-called peer-on-peer contact.

However, some of the statistics appear to show a notable number of suspects or offenders are already known to police or other agencies, and many suffered some form of abuse or neglect themselves.  

  • Of the victims, 86% were female and 14% were male. Of suspects, 4% were female and 96% were male
  • Also, some 67% of suspects were known to police regarding a prior offence
  • 11% of offenders had previously been recorded as a victim
  • 33% of suspects previously have been linked to a safeguarding issue involving abuse, or domestic or physical neglect
  • 48% of offenders were known to social services prior to this recorded sexual offence

The findings are in a report commissioned by Devon and Cornwall Police which has been presented to the county's Safeguarding Children Board.

'Keep off our grass!': Army Rifles band gets marching orders from football club

Cornish Guardian

Bodmin Town Football Club has ordered the British Army to keep off the grass. The club has stopped the Band and Bugles of the Rifles marching on its pitch because it is worried the soldiers will damage the newly seeded playing area.

Plymouth Argyle bowl among Pele auction items

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

Brazil football legend Pele is auctioning a treasure trove of memorabilia from his personal collection, ranging from his World Cup winner's medals to a memento he received in Plymouth.


Lot number 720 on the second day of the auction today is a commemorative bowl presented to him by the directors of Plymouth Argyle when his club side, Santos of Brazil, played in a friendly at Home Park in March 1973. Pele did score in the match, but Plymouth Argyle beat Santos by 3-2. 

Plymouth Argyle bowl for Pele. Pic: Julien's Auctions
Julien's Auctions

In total, over three days of auction action, more than 2,000 items are going under the hammer in London, and the collectibles are expected to raise between £2.5m-£3.5m. The guide price for the Argyle bowl is £420-£560.  

Investigation into alleged breaches of planning control at quarry

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has launched an investigation into alleged breaches of planning control at Dean Quarry, near St Keverne. 

Dean Quarry

Residents raised concerns after recent activity at the site, which is owned by Shire Oak Quarries. Last December, a planning application for further development to support the quarry's reopening was overturned by the High Court.

Shire Oak said: "We have an existing consent to operate Dean Quarry and we will work with the planning authorities to ensure that we comply with that permission."

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A grandmother who was holding a three-year-old girl suffers life-threatening injuries in a collision with a car in Newton Poppleford
  • A third of sexual abuse in Devon is committed by children on other children, a new reports says
  • People living in Threemilestone, near Truro, say a proposed new bus system risks people's safety and will cause traffic chaos 
  • New research carried out in Cornwall suggests people still suffer health problems after swimming in the sea despite work to improve water quality over 20 years
  • People are asked to take care with unattended bonfires after a number of crews attend a silage fire at a farm in Bradworthy
  • More than £10m is to be spent on new commuter cycle routes in Devon

Truro City put Lee Hodges and Rory Fallon in charge

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City have appointed former boss Lee Hodges as their new manager, with New Zealand international striker Rory Fallon joining as player-assistant.

Both have signed two-year deals with the National League South side to replace Steve Tully and Wayne Carlisle.

Lee Hodges (left) and Rory Fallon
BBC Sport/Getty Images

"I'm looking forward to coming back to Truro and to getting back to the buzz of winning games," Hodges said. "It's all happened very quickly and it's been a bit of a whirlwind but I feel like I have unfinished business at Treyew Road."

Latest weather: Dry and clear, but mist possible on some coasts

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

For many, it'll be a dry afternoon with some warm spells of sunshine. However, around the north coast some patches of low cloud and mist may linger throughout the day. Light northerly winds will be more variable near the south coast. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).


Tonight it will be dry with clear spells for most, but mist and low cloud along the north coast may work further inland during the night. Fog patches are also likely to affect the south coast later in the night. Winds will be light and variable. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).  

Devon tourism: What can be done to boost it?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

What's your part of Devon missing to bring in more tourists? And do you want them anyway?

Call in now on 0345 3011034.

Checking the landing lights

Cornish chough chicks expected this season 'certainly on the up'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The number of Cornish chough chicks expected this season is "certainly on the up", the National Trust says.

Chough chick
National Trust

Four chicks have been confirmed at a nest on cliffs at the Lizard. The trust said it was a significant moment for the local chough population.

Cat Lee, from the trust, said: "It's certainly on the up. This year we've got 12 pairs. Some of those are youngsters, so not all of them will have chicks this year. We're still waiting to hear the final numbers."

Torbay Road closed for 'at least two hours' after crash

BBC Radio Devon

The A3022 Torbay Road in Torquay is closed in both directions following a serious crash.

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Air ambulance
Alan Davis

An air ambulance is at the scene and the road is expected to be closed for at least two hours.

High tide times for the region

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

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.

Children's lives 'in danger', says axed lollipop man

West Briton

An axed lollipop man says children's lives will soon be in danger following Cornwall Council's decision to slash their funding.

Rise in sexual assaults by children on children

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall Police has recorded a rise in the number of sexual assaults by children on children which have been reported to the force since 2006.

29 offences were reported in 2006, with 41 recorded in 2015.

Rise in reports

Detective Chief Inspector Neil Ralph, one of the commissioners of a report which looked at the issue, said the force had trained 3,500 officers and staff, and dramatically improved the way victims were dealt with. He said: "Twelve months ago, there was no way of flagging up a CSE [child sexual exploitation] crime. Now there is. We have the highest rates nationally of warrants and arrests."  

Torbay Road closed after serious collision

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Torbay Road in south Devon has been closed in both directions following a serious collision, police say.

Ch Insp Adrian Leisk, of Devon and Cornwall Police, tweeted that the road - the A3022 - had been closed between Headland Park Road in Paignton and Wheatridge Lane in Torquay, and it was likely to remain shut "for at least two hours".

 An air ambulance had been requested and drivers should "avoid the area if possible", he said.

Grandmother critical after crash: Police appeal for witnesses

Euro 2016 not being shown on city's big screen

Plymouth Herald

England's bid for glory at Euro 2016 will not be shown on Plymouth city centre's big screen.