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Summary

  1. Updates for Monday 13 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, weather and travel from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Monday's live coverage

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, but we'll be back at 08:00 tomorrow to bring you all Tuesday's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Worldwide buyers for Dinky toy collection

Lynne French, BBC News Online

More than 1,000 Dinky toys are being sold at auction in Exmouth, following the death of their owner.

Auctioneer Piers Motley, who is handling the three-day auction of 1,540 lots, said most of items are being sold online to people in the UK, Australia, Spain and France, with the Indian issues selling "particularly well".

Dinky car
Piers Motley Auctioneers

"Items are selling according to estimates and some are exceeding," the auctioneer added. The sale is expected to raise about £250,000.

Cornwall praised for lowering pride flag after Orlando shooting

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

The manager of a gay bar in Orlando has praised Cornwall Council for flying its pride flag at half mast today to mark an horrific attack on a nightclub which left 49 people dead.

Omar Mateen claimed allegiance to the Islamic State Group as he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. 

Drew Sizemore said Cornwall's efforts "mean so much" to Orlando's gay community, adding: "We've just been getting messages of support from all over the world and pictures and people lighting up in pride colours - it's amazing."  

Mother devastated after trust she tirelessly fundraised for admits negligence in death of her son

Exeter Express & Echo

An Exmouth mother has been left devastated after finding out she has spent years tirelessly raising money for the hospital that has now admitted negligence in the death of her son.

Appeal for information after woman suffers 'sexually motivated attack'

A woman in Newquay has been the victim of what police are calling a "sexually motivated assault". 

The attack took place in the car park area of Pentire Head at around 05:30 on Sunday morning. 

The woman was left distressed and with minor injuries after she managed to fight the man off. Police are appealing for witnesses. 

'Simple' changes could prevent Type 2 diabetes

Lynne French, BBC News Online

"Simple lifestyle changes" could prevent the onset of Type 2 diabetes in some people, health chiefs in Cornwall have said.

As figures show the number of people with the condition has risen by 8% over the past three years, NHS Kernow and Cornwall Council public health team have announced they are jointly applying to be part of the national diabetes prevention programme.

Diabetes statement
BBC

Dr Alison Flanagan from NHS Kernow, said: "Symptoms of undiagnosed diabetes include increased thirst and passing urine more frequently, poor wound healing, tiredness, weight loss and blurred vision...this is a serious condition that in many cases may be preventable with simple lifestyle changes." 

Fears for helicopter safety in paraglider rescue

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Rescuers feared a paraglider's equipment could entangle a coastguard helicopter's rotors before they winched him to safety.

Rescue
Maritime and Coastguard Agency

Coastguards packed the parachute away before airlifting the man to the top of the cliffs at Chapel Porth near St Agnes.

Helicopter winchman, Julian Williams, said: "This was a great bit of teamwork. Because of the cliff and the precarious nature of the loose rocks, the coastguard rescue team couldn't bring the paraglider up easily."

Orca sighting off Cornwall 'absolutely possible'

A reported sighting of killer whales off the coast of Cornwall last week is "absolutely possible", but cannot be validated because there is no photographic evidence, Cornwall Wildlife Trust says.

A local angler reported the orcas in Gerrans Bay, near Portscatho on Wednesday when he saw one break the surface of the water and said there was "no mistaking the black and white markings".

Orca whale
Brandon Cole

The trust's marine conversation officer Abby Crosby said although rare, there have been confirmed sightings of orcas - like the whale pictured above - in recent years. However, pods of Risso dolphins [below], which are large and have similar markings, have also been sighted in the area and the angler may have made a "genuinely easy mistake", adding "there's a very real possibility it was orcas, but without the evidence, we just can't fully validate the sighting."

Risso dolphins
Rob Lott

Latest Weather: Bright spells and heavy slow-moving showers

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

It will remain cloudy overnight with further light rain at times and hill fog over high ground, with a minimum temperature of 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).

Weather map
BBC

Tomorrow the changeable weather will continue with some brighter spells but also the threat of some heavy and slow-moving showers that could give some local downpours. Maximum temperature 17 Deg C (63 Deg F).

News headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Lynne French, BBC News Online

More than 100 burglaries left 'trail of destruction'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Detectives believe three men who masterminded more than 100 burglaries across five police force areas, used 17 different mobile phones to try to cover their tracks.

The men, who targeted remote rural businesses, including some in Devon and Cornwall, admitted conspiracy to commit burglary, have been jailed for a total of 24 years.

DC Jem Horner said: “These men caused a colossal amount of damage to businesses, apart from around half a million in damage to property and £211,484 in cash stolen, the additional financial implications, inconvenience and distress and have had a far higher toll on the victims. They left behind a trail of destruction, which in this case added to the pattern and led to their capture and an end to their crime spree.”                 

Tom Daley almost certain to compete in Rio Olympics

Plymouth's Tom Daley has told BBC Sport that he's happy how his dives are progressing after winning the British trials and all but guaranteeing his place at the Rio Olympics.

Britain's Tom Daley
AFP

"There were a lot of positives and I'm happy how my dives are progressing," he told BBC Sport. "My consistency has certainly gone up over the last 12 months, particularly with the new dive." 

Daley made his Olympic debut at the 2008 Beijing Games when he was just 14, before winning bronze at London 2012.

Island copper's 'cocaine' haul was actually mozzarella cheese

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Devon at Brandis Corner, the A3072 is blocked due to an overturned vehicle near Dunsland Cross.

- At Paignton, the A379 Dartmouth Road is partially blocked due to a collision between Great Western Close and Hookhills Grove.

- Drivers should expect delays near Stratton on the A39 at the Bude turning dur to four-way temporary traffic lights.

- Temporary traffic lights for roadworks on Wharf Road, Penzance is also causing slow traffic.

- Reports that traffic is congested and at a standstill at Countess Wear on the A379.

- In Newquay, Treloggan Road is just passabe near the business park at Polwhele Road due to an incident.

Stay safe video advises "run and hide"

Five-time Olympian Chris Maddocks still relies on his feet as a postman

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

What two things do Sir Steve Redgrave, Sir Ben Ainslie and a postman from Tiverton have in common?

They each competed at five Olympic Games - Chris Maddocks has been to more Olympics than Sir Chris Hoy, Dame Kelly Holmes or Linford Christie - but now pounds the streets of Devon delivering mail.

Chris Maddocks
Getty Images

"I get paid for covering a lot of ground," he tells BBC Sport. "It's at a lot slower pace, so I'm not the fastest postman in the west, but it probably prevents me from becoming incredibly fat, so it has its bonuses."  

Thieves target visitors to North Devon beauty spots

North Devon Journal

Police have issued a warning to drivers in North Devon following a spate of thefts from vehicles parked at beauty spots.

Latest travel updates for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- In Newquay, there are reports of an incident on Treloggan Road near Wheatfield Crescent

- In Cornwall at Threemilestone, College Road is partially blocked due to an overturned car near Maiden Green roundabout

- The B3181 at Budlake is blocked in both directions due to a collision between Budlake and Broadclyst

- Slight delays to Skybus flights to and from the Isles of Scilly from Exeter and Newquay due to the earlier fog

- In Truro on the A390 Tresawls Road, there are reports of an overturned vehicle

- At Marsh the A303 near the Devon and Somerset border is partially blocked due to an accident at Stopgate Cross, leading to queueing traffic at a very sharp bend

Disruption for drivers during Plymouth power upgrade

Lynne French, BBC News Online

A major upgrade of Plymouth's electricity network will begin next month.

Western Power Distribution says it will do its best to minimise disruption during the £10m scheme, which will see 48km of electricity cable renewed.

Project engineer, Gary Beasley, said the majority of the work will be "in the highway", adding: "We will liaise with customers along the route and keep people informed of closures and diversions well in advance."    

Hand out: Student reunited with £3K prosthetic

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A student has been reunited with her £3,000 prosthetic hand after losing it in a Plymouth nightclub.

Amelia Welch
Amelia Welch

Amelia Welch, 20, from Axminster, was partying in the city on Friday when she left it in the toilet. The Plymouth University marine biology student said the hand was "worth everything to me but nothing to anyone else".

A spokesperson from the Oceana nightclub club confirmed someone had returned it to her.

'Last bank' closure sparks anger in Hatherleigh

BBC Radio Devon

The closure of the only bank in Hatherleigh has sparked anger among some residents.

Although NatWest previously said it would keep "the last bank in town" open, transactions over the past five years have fallen by about 30%, with more and more people using online banking.

NatWest's Stephen Aldridge said while there had been a change of policy, he denied there was a "to hell with the customer" attitude, adding: "We've got award winning internet and mobile apps which most of our customers are using."  

Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Cloudy with rain and drizzle

BBC Weather

The rest of the day will be mostly cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle at times and extensive low cloud.

Some brighter breaks through the afternoon are possible, but there's also the risk of one or two further heavy showers, with a maximum temperature of 18 Deg C (64 Deg F).

Weather map
BBC

Remaining cloudy overnight with further light rain at times and fog over areas of high ground. Minimum temperature 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).   

Flags flying at half mast after mass shooting at gay nightclub in Orlando

How the first Torbay Airshow wowed the packed crowds

Torquay Herald Express

Tens of thousands of spectators packed vantage points all around Torbay as the first Torbay Airshow zoomed into town, with the highlight of the three-day event a breathtaking display by the Red Arrows.

Matt Wright leaves Truro but two set to sign new deals

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Striker Matt Wright has left Truro City to join Somerset side Taunton Town.

The 25-year-old was offered the chance to return to Treyew Road for pre-season training but has decided to sign for Taunton, who play two leagues below the Cornish side.

Matt Wright
Truro City FC

Meanwhile Truro say two more of their squad have agreed deals to stay with the National League South club, with announcements expected this week.

Former marines prepare for rehab triathlon

BBC Spotlight

More than 150 former Royal Marines are taking part in a gruelling test of endurance in Devon this week.

Triathlon training
BBC

The annual rehabilitation triathlon was set up four years ago for marines who've been wounded or medically discharged.  

International Space Station captures beauty of Isles of Scilly

The top stories for Devon and Cornwall

  • Health charities are warning of a "diabetes epidemic" after figures show the illness is rising faster than the national average in Devon and Cornwall 
  • Three men have been jailed for a total of 24 years after admitting conspiring to commit 120 burglaries across five police force areas 
  • Paraglider "lucky" to escape serious injury after crashing into cliff near St Agnes
  • NatWest, which is closing the last remaining bank in Hatherleigh at the end of July, has blamed a fall in transactions at the branch 
  • One hundred and fifty Royal Marines who have been wounded or medically discharged are taking part in an annual rehabilitation triathlon in Devon

Chapel Porth paraglider blown onto 150ft cliff 'lucky' to escape serious injury

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Coastguards say a paraglider is "lucky" to have escaped serious injury after being slammed into a 150ft (45m) cliff at Chapel Porth in Cornwall on Saturday.

Helicopter
Ivor Thomson

Rescuer Rob Farr had to pack away the paraglider's equipment fearing that it may get tangled in the helicopter's rotor blades.

"This rescue was tricky," said Coastguard maritime operations officer Colin Smith. "Although thankfully unhurt, our trapped paraglider could go neither up nor down and his fabric wing constituted an extra hazard, especially in the downdraft from the helicopter."

Are you "in or out" in the EU referendum?

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

We will hear highlights from BBC Spotlight's EU referendeum debate this lunchtime. Have you decided which way to vote?

Also on Devon Debates, we'll be hearing from a Devon football supporter who witnessed the violence in Marseilles, but should teams suffer because of the actions of supporters? 

Join the debate by calling us with your views on 0345 301 1034.

Three men jailed for conspiracy to burgle 120 businesses

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Three men have been jailed for a total of 24 years after admitting conspiring to commit 120 burglaries across five police force areas, including Devon and Cornwall, causing almost £500,000 of damage and stealing around £200,000 in cash. 

Joseph William Butler, Jesse Gregory, David Wayne Royles
Swindon Police

Joseph William Butler, 25, from Willows Caravan site in Sandhurst was sentenced to seven years, along with David Wayne Royles, 53, from Sandhurst Lane in Gloucester. Jesse Gregory, 50, from School Hill in Brinkworth was jailed for 10 years at Swindon Crown Court.

The men targeted commercial properties in isolated rural areas such as garden centres, golf clubs and service stations during the night. 

Big prices expected for small cars

Lynne French, BBC News Online

Dinky toy cars worth an estimated £250,000 are going under the hammer in the biggest auction of its kind in the South West.

The sale of the cars at Piers Motley Auctioneers in Exmouth follow the death of their owner. 

Dinky cars
Piers Motley Auctioneers

The collection, once featured on Blue Peter, is made up of more than 1,500 lots, with some expected to fetch thousands of pounds.

Dinky toys
Piers Motley Auctioneers

Power cut in Polzeath and Padstow

Travel latest: Delays after A303 accident

BBC Travel

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  • In Rosudgeon, Red Lane is partially blocked near the A394 Helston Road due to accident
  • On GWR there is no service between Castle Cary and Taunton because of an obstruction on the line, passengers can use South West Trains between Westbury and Exeter St Davids via Yeovil 
  • On the A39 near Stratton there are delays caused by four-way temporary traffic lights for electricity work

South West rise in Type 2 diabetes higher than UK average

BBC Spotlight

The number of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes has risen faster in the South West than the UK average.

According to the charity Diabetes UK, over the past three years there's been an 8% rise in Cornwall, while Devon's seen a 10% increase - both higher than the national average of 6%.

Blood sugar test
PA

"Numbers are increasing - we've now reached four million people living with diabetes, so we want to make sure the appropriate health services and education are in place," Annika Palmer from the charity said.

Will US gun laws be changed in the wake of Orlando's mass shooting?

Donna Birrell

BBC Radio Cornwall

As the United States suffers its worst ever mass shooting, with at least 50 people dead and dozens more injured, we are asking how the devastating events in Orlando will affect the debate about tighter gun laws.

The so-called Islamic State group (IS) called the gunman Omar Mateen one of its soldiers.  

We'll be hearing from Cornwall's LGBT community. Let me know what difference you think this will make to the 'right to bear arms' in the US by calling today's phone-in on 01872 222222.

Emergency services' blue light day in Plymouth

Devon reach semi-finals of Minor Counties Trophy

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Devon pulled off a seven-run Duckworth-Lewis victory over Cumberland in a rain-affected match to reach the semi-finals of the Minor Counties Trophy.

Skipper Matt Thompson batted through the entire innings for 106, before being run out off the final ball, to help them to 236-9 from their 50 overs.

Cumberland were left needing 18 from the last over to win after Zac Bess had taken 2-19 and fell just short.

Devon, who won the competition in 2014, will play Herefordshire in the last four at Sidmouth on 10 July.