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  1. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Friday
  2. Updates for for Thursday 9 June 2016

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

Don't forget BBC Spotlight will be broadcasting live from the Royal Cornwall Show at 18:30.

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Dorothy the pig rescued from river

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Firefighters have rescued a pig called Dorothy who was stuck in a river at Grampound in Cornwall.

Pig rescue
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

A crew from St Austell worked with a vet to put a harness around the animal and lift it out of the river earlier this morning.

Pig rescue
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

Party student pleads for the return of her prosthetic hand

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A student has pleaded for the return of her prosthetic hand after losing it on a night out.

Amelia Welch, who was born with a congenital malformation in her right hand, said she had gone to Oceana nightclub after a Plymouth University ball on 3 June.

Amelia Welch
Amelia Welch

"I do take it off to go to the toilet, but most of the time when I go out I put it on because it gives me confidence," she said. 

"I must have been drunk when I took it off and forgot about it. 

"I went back to halls with friends and went to bed and the next day I realised that I did not have it."

Cornish family on the run could be in Egypt

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

An international money launderer and fraudster who has gone on the run with his family could be in Egypt, according to police.

Peter Gifford and Penelope Lawton
Devon and Cornwall Police

Peter Gifford, 49, was convicted in his absence at Truro Crown Court in April and sentenced to six years in jail and his partner Penelope Lawton, 52, was previously convicted of mortgage fraud and sentenced to three years in jail.

Det Sgt Martin Skinner said the couple, who featured on the Crimewatch Roadshow, were thought to be in Egypt with their teenage daughters.

Cornwall village hopeful for bypass

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

People living in and around the village of Crowlas in West Cornwall say they're hopeful a proposal for a bypass will get the go-ahead.

Highways England is preparing to decide whether a bypass from St Erth to the Newtown Roundabout should be included in its second Road Investment Strategy programme starting in 2020.

Local campaigner Joe Poynton said "the whole idea of the economic regeneration for the area is to get better connectivity" but accepts the village is "up against bids" from other parts of the country.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

- A student offers a reward for her prosthetic hand lost on a night out in Plymouth

- MP for Totnes, Sarah Wollaston says Vote Leave's claim that leaving the EU would free up £350m to be spent on the NHS simply isn't true

- Thousands attend the first day of the Royal Cornwall Show in glorious sunshine

- The Health and Safety Executive says it's investigating the circumstances around the disappearance of RSPCA Inspector Mike Reid in Cornwall

- Police investigating the sudden death of a 25-year-old man in Plymouth are appealing for information

- Cornish rower Helen Glover is selected for the Great Britain team heading to the Rio Olympics.

Flybe back in profit: Investors 'underwhelmed'

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Investors in Flybe seem to have been underwhelmed by the company's announcement this morning that it's back in profit. 

By late morning today the Exeter-based airline's shares were down around 6%, after it reported a pre-tax profit of £2.7m. That figure compares with last year's pre-tax loss of £35m. 

The airline claimed today that the latest figures represent the first time it's achieved profitability since floating in 2010. Investors however may recall that this time two years ago Flybe was also announcing what it called at the time a "return to profitability".  

Latest travel news in Devon and Cornwall: Heavy traffic on A39

BBC Travel

- Traffic around the Royal Cornwall Show ground on the A39 is very heavy in both directions

- The A390 at the Chiverton Cross roundabout near Truro is partially blocked due to a broken down vehicle

Father-in-law of Tory MP's lover quits Conservative Association

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The father-in-law of a woman having an affair with a Tory MP has quit his role in the Conservative Association.

Philip Bunt accused Steve Double MP of "hypocrisy" towards family values.

Steve Double
Steve Double

Mr Bunt - who helped engineer Mr Double's victory in St Austell and Newquay - said the politician had "misled" voters with his actions.

Mr Double has expressed his "deep regret" over his affair with his aide Sarah Bunt - Mr Bunt's daughter-in-law. Mr Bunt stepped down as deputy chairman of the St Austell and Newquay Conservative Association after the scandal broke.

Friday's weather: Fairly dull and humid with showers

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Tomorrow will be a fairly dull and humid day across the region with some showery outbreaks of rain gradually pushing in from the west.

Friday's weather

The best of any bright spells will be in the east. Maximum temperature: 17 Deg C (63 Deg F).

'Nothing deceiving' about £350m EU exit saving for NHS

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The Conservative MP for Newton Abbot Anne Marie Morris says "there is nothing deceiving" about the £350m figure which the Leave campaign claims would be saved for the NHS if Britain left the European Union.

Anne Marie Morris
Conservative Party

"If we want a strong economy, so that we can have the best NHS in the world, then we need to do the right thing to achieve that, and in my view that is to vote to leave", Ms Morris told BBC Radio Devon.

Sarah Wollaston, the Tory MP for Totnes, has quit the Leave campaign after claiming the £350m figure "simply isn't true".

Royal Cornwall Show: T-Rex trouble in the BBC Radio Cornwall tent

Acrobatic dolphins spotted and photographed off Cornwall

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Marine Discovery Penzance

Seventeen bottlenose dolphins were seen and photographed off the Cornish coast yesterday.

Conservationists said the pod included adults and juveniles and were in a more acrobatic mood than usual.

Marine Discovery Penzance

£34m Plymouth history centre to go before city council

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Plans for a multimillion-pound landmark visitor attraction in Plymouth will go before the city council today.

Plymouth museum and art gallery
Plymouth City Council

Planning officers are recommending proposals are approved for the centre, which will be built at the city's Museum and Art Gallery. 

The estimated £34m cost will come from grants, Heritage Lottery Funding and business sponsors. It's hoped the centre will bring in about 300,000 visitors a year.

More prizes at the Royal Cornwall Show

This canary wins a first at the Royal Cornwall Show. Finches, budgies and lovebirds were all being shown in the caged bird section. 


BBC presenters try their hand at sheep and duck driving

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Victoria Graham, Justin Leigh and David Braine have a go at sheepdog trials.

BBC filming

But who will emerge victorious? Find out on BBC Spotlight this evening at 18:30 on BBC One.

Man left with serious injuries after bicycle crash

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A man was left with serious head, face and internal injuries after a bicycle hit him in Bideford.

The casualty, 54, was walking home along North Road after watching football at a local pub on 5 May between 19:30 and 22:00, when he was hit by a cyclist travelling down a steep hill.

He spent several days in hospital and will require ongoing treatment for his injuries.

Police are trying to find a number of witnesses who helped the man in the area of Lime Grove. The cyclist is yet to be traced.

Of course... a portable toilet above the Royal Cornwall Showground

Royal Cornwall Show: Thousands of ice creams sold

Crimewatch appeal for on the run fraudster couple

West Briton

A fraudster couple from Budock Water who are on the run have featured on the Crimewatch Roadshow in an appeal for information on their whereabouts.

Putting managers in their place

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

I've finally found somewhere to put the boss. 

Tom Palmer

Tom Palmer has been checking out the isolation area for size in the dog section of the Royal Cornwall Show. 

Plymouth party student loses prosthetic hand

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A student has pleaded for the return of her prosthetic hand after losing it on a night out.

Amelia Welch
Amelia Welch

Amelia Welch, 20, from Axminster in Devon, was partying with friends in Plymouth when she lost her hand, which cost about £3,000.

Amelia Welch

The first year Plymouth University marine biology student said she only realised the next morning that the prosthetic had gone missing. 

She thinks she could have left it in a nightclub and forgot to pick it up.

Health and Safety Executive investigates disappearance of RSPCA inspector

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Health and Safety Executive says it's investigating the circumstances around the disappearance of RSPCA Inspector Mike Reid. 

Mike Reid

Mr Reid went missing while working on cliffs during a storm two months ago near Land's End. 

The RSPCA Inspector was checking on stranded birds. His body still hasn't been found.

Man, 25, found dead in flats in Plymouth

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police investigating the sudden death of a 25-year-old man in Plymouth are appealing for information.

Officers were called to Valletort Flats, Stonehouse, at 18:10 on Wednesday 8 June following the discovery of the man’s body inside one of the properties.

His next of kin has been informed but formal identification has not yet been carried out. Officers are working with the coroner to establish the cause of death and are treating the death as unexplained.

RSPCA investigated by HSE over disappearance of inspector Mike Reid

West Briton

The RSPCA is being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over the disappearance of a wildlife inspector who is believed to have been swept out to sea.

Glover gets Rio call-up

Cornwall's reigning Olympic champion Helen Glover has been picked to represent Team GB in Rio this summer.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
Getty Images

Glover, 29, will defend her pairs title she won at London 2012 with Heather Stanning.

“When we are at the Olympics in two months time we hope to put in a performance that reflects the hard work of the last four years since London 2012. I feel ready and excited that it is time to compete at the highest level," Glover said.

Parkes will 'stick to budget' at Albion

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

New Plymouth Albion head coach Dan Parkes says he will make sure he sticks to his budget.

Dan Parkes

The former prop has taken over from Graham Dawe as head coach, working with former Wigan rugby league player Martin Hall. 

"The new owners have come in with a fresh broom and we've got a budget that we've got to stick to. The aim is still to go back to the Championship and see how we get along," Parkes told BBC South West.

From one canine extreme to another

Duke the Great Dane and Rollo the Miniature Dachshund travelled all the way from Plymouth to visit the Royal Cornwall Show.


Pirates sign Launceston back Honey

Fraser Honey
Brian Tempest

Cornish Pirates sign Launceston back Fraser Honey as part of their Player Development Foundation.

Fraser Honey

Pirates sign Launceston back Honey

Cornish Pirates sign Launceston back Fraser Honey as part of their Player Development Foundation.

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'Restrict' BCG vaccine to human use, government says

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

BCG vaccines should be "restricted" to human use as a result of a global shortage, the government has said.


The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) said each badger dose of BCG vaccine equated to 10 adult or 20 infant doses for humans, and the vaccine had to be "responsibly prioritised".

The shortage has led to the suspension of a project which vaccinated badgers in Cornwall, as part of efforts to tackle the TB crisis affecting farms in the county.

Tattoos are 'just a Plymouth thing' says England player Jack Nowel

Plymouth Herald

England rugby player Jack Nowell has defended the trend of tattoos among the team saying 'it's just something that happens in Plymouth'.

Flybe 'more resilient business' as firm returns to profit on rising sales

BBC Business Live

The Exeter-based airline Flybe has announced pre-tax annual profits of £2.7m compared with a loss of £35.6m the previous year.  

Saad Hammad, chief executive, who is steering the company through a three-year turnaround plan said: "We delivered top-line growth in a difficult revenue environment, expanding our network and carrying more passengers than last year."

Flybe plane

The company said it had driven down costs and found new uses for its surplus Embraer E195 jets which it described as its "last key legacy issue".

"As a result of all the action we have taken, Flybe is now a much more resilient business and well positioned for profitable growth," Mr Hammad added.

'Stolen' gold Volvo ramming into Devon pharmacy caught on CCTV

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Volvo crash
Devon and Cornwall Police

Police are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the gold Volvo used to smash into a pharmacy shop during a raid.

CCTV footage shows the offender, who was wearing a "Scream" fancy dress mask, ramming the stolen car into Lloyds Pharmacy on Ilfracombe High Street on 21 May.

Around 20 bottles of perfume were stolen, and police are hoping the footage will help find the offender who remains at large.

MP Priti Patel denies Wollaston decision damaging

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston has quit the campaign to leave the EU and will vote for Remain instead, she told the BBC.

Dr Wollaston, chairman of the health select committee, said Vote Leave's claim that Brexit would free up £350m a week for the NHS "simply isn't true".

Leave campaigners defend the £350m figure, saying it is the UK's gross contribution and any money received back is at EU officials' discretion.  

MP Priti Patel said Dr Wollaston's decision would not damage the campaign.

BBC Radio Devon: EU debate; Torbay Airshow and Britain's best loved TV shows

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Janet Kipling's on air now, debating the big stories of the day.

In - out - shake it all about - Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston's switched sides in the EU referendum debate. What's your view and have you changed your mind?

We’ll have the latest on the parking row at Torbay Airshow.

And have TV shows like Strictly or Bake Off inspired you to take up a hobby?

Give me a call on 0345 301 1034 with your thoughts.

Royal Cornwall Show: Animal madness with a stuffed otter and Poldark's horse