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  1. Updates for Tuesday 14 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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

Bumper journey for kitten averts cat-astrophe

A kitten has survived a 300-mile journey to Cornwall hiding inside the bumper of a Royal Navy helicopter pilot's car, the navy says.

Tigger the kitten. Pic: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

The cat endured a day's journey from Birmingham Airport to Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, near Helston, clinging to the rear bumper of Lieutenant Nick Grimmer's BMW. It was only the day after 32-year-old Nick heard "very quiet meowing" coming from his car and began to investigate, finding the tiger-striped kitten, now named Tigger.

Tigger the kitten. Pic: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

Lt Grimmer, of 814 Naval Air Squadron – known as the Flying Tigers – said: "He must have had a long journey but remarkably is unharmed." Members of the squadron are looking after the kitten while efforts are made to trace Tigger's owners.

Latest weather: Heavy showers possible overnight and on Wednesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

This evening will be dry, but some more potentially heavy showers will arrive overnight in the west. There will be some mist or fog over the moors. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Wednesday looks to be a similar day to today, with showery and thundery outbreaks possible throughout the day, although with a little more in the way of brightness than today. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

CCTV shows men appearing to steal charity shop donations

West Briton

A group of men who were caught on CCTV appearing to steal donations from outside a charity shop have been branded "the lowest of the low".

Council rejects claims Exeter bus station proposals are flawed

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter City Council is rejecting claims that proposals for a new £6m bus station are flawed. 

Plans of what it'll look like have been on display at the Guildhall. The Civic Society and the District Bus Users' Group said they were worried it would lack space and facilities for passengers. 

Robert Crawley, chairman of the bus users' group, said: "This station is now going to be on a slope, 180 degrees around from the present one, so instead of building one on the level, utilising natural contours of the ground, they're doing it across the contours, making it very difficult for the design team to come up with something that is functional."

The council said top designers were revamping the site and it would be a modern, first-class facility. 

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A man has been jailed for 20 years for murdering and setting fire to to a vulnerable person in a "savage" attack
  • A female chiropodist from Plymouth is jailed alongside her boyfriend for both using bogus identities to steal more than £2.3m in a tax fraud. 
  • Exeter City Council refutes claims that proposals for a new £6m bus station are flawed
  • Newquay Police say they're working hard to prevent more heroin coming into the town the streets after a local dealer is jailed for three years
  • Visitors numbers to the Royal Cornwall Show drop by 9,000 on last year
  • A kitten survives a 300-mile journey from Birmingham to Cornwall inside the bumper of a Royal Navy pilot's car.

Police 'working to keep heroin off streets after dealer jailed'

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police in Newquay say they're working hard to prevent more heroin coming on to the streets after a dealer in the town was jailed last week.

Abike Mwamba, 22, from Newquay - also known as "Chappo" - was sentenced to three years for dealing and money laundering after being arrested in March 2016 for possession of heroin with an estimated street value of nearly £2,000.

Insp Dave Meredith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said it was likely someone else would move in to take over, but that officers would continue to work to rid the streets of drug dealers.

Underground fault causes Westward Ho! phone problems

BBC Radio Devon

An underground fault in the Westward Ho! area has been causing problems for phone customers since the weekend, BT says.

More than 130 people have so far called the telecoms giant since the fault was first experienced.

Adrian Munday death: Victim 'suffered torment'

Adrian Munday was beaten to death in his home in Devon last year by Stuart Hodgkin, of Stockbridge Road, Winchester, who was jailed for life on Tuesday at Exeter Crown Court.

In a statement, his family said they believed Mr Munday had "suffered emotional torment" before his death.  

Adrian Munday
Devon and Cornwall Police

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Train track death man 'put arms in air as if celebrating'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A paranoid schizophrenic who died in Cornwall while on home leave from treatment in Somerset went on to a railway track and put his arms in the air as if he was celebrating at a sporting event, a train driver has told an inquest. 

Twenty-nine-year-old David Knight died last May after being hit by a train on the Trenance viaduct outside St Austell station. He was being treated in a hospital in Weston Super Mare, where he had been after being detained under the Mental Health Act.

A jury at Truro's City Hall was told Mr Knight died of multiple injuries. The inquest continues.

Gull chicks warning from RSPB

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Anyone who finds gull chicks in their garden or near their home should keep away from the birds, the RSPB has advised.

Adult gulls are keen to protect their young at this time of year and last year there were a spate of attacks in Devon and Cornwall.

Gull chicks
Andrew Segal

Tony Whitehead, from the RSPB, said it was best to stay well clear of young birds on the ground. He said: "If they're taking their first flights, they flop down on to the ground. The parents are very protective because they are very vulnerable at that stage." 

Orlando shooting: Dean to speak at Exeter Cathedral Green vigil

Exeter Express & Echo

The Dean of Exeter Cathedral will speak at a city vigil for the victims of the Orlando massacre in Florida. Intercom LGBT Trust has organised the vigil for this Friday 17 June. 

Local boy triumphs in British hydrofoil kitesurfing competition

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A kitesurfer from Exmouth has beaten off international competition to claim the Edge Race Cup hydrofoil kitesurfing title.

Participants on the podium
Edge Race Cup

Olly Bridge faced competitors from Slovenia, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, Spain and the USA, but triumphed in five out of six races over the weekend at Exmouth seafront.

“Racing on my home waters is always fun, especially to show some of my fellow competitors what a challenging place it is”, he said.

Vulnerable adult 'suffered all body injuries from killer, including 20 rib fractures'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Stuart Hodgkin, 41, originally from Basingstoke, robbed Adrian Munday before beating him to death at his home in Newton Abbot in October last year. 

Det Ch Insp Mike West said: “Adrian Munday was known locally as a gentle giant.

“Adrian was also a vulnerable adult who had suffered a brain injury at birth and who, with the love and support of his friends and family, had started a new life in his own home, until he was targeted by a manipulative criminal, Stuart Hodgkin.

“Hodgkin manipulated Adrian in the weeks prior to his murder. This led to Hodgkin taking over Adrian’s home, stealing his money and disposing of his most prized possessions for his own personal financial gain. When Adrian’s finances had been exhausted, Hodgkin killed Adrian in a savage attack which saw Adrian suffer injuries all over his body including 20 rib fractures, broken toes, and significant head and brain injuries which led to his death."

Hodgkin was jailed for 20 years at Exeter Crown Court.

Murderer seen at cash machine with victim

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Man seriously injured in suspected hit-and-run in Devon

BBC Spotlight

A man has been seriously injured in a suspected hit-and-run in Devon.

Police called to West End Road in Bradninch shortly after 23:30 BST on Saturday found a 53-year-old man in the road.

The injuries to the man, who has not been named, showed he had been hit by a vehicle but its location is not yet known, Devon and Cornwall police said. The man was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and is in a stable condition.

Mental health patient died while on home leave from hospital

BBC Radio Cornwall

An inquest is under way into the death of a man with paranoid schizophrenia while he was on home leave from treatment outside of Cornwall.

Twenty-nine-year-old David Knight died last May after being hit by a train on the Trenance viaduct outside St Austell station. At the time of his death, he was on home leave from a hospital in Weston Super Mare where he had been after being detained under the Mental Health Act.

A jury at Truro's City Hall also heard a GP's report and from a psychiatrist about Mr Knight's ongoing mental health issues since 2007, which included drug induced psychotic episodes and in 2011 when he'd had to be talked down by police from the same viaduct. The inquest continues.

Town council takes over St Ives loos

BBC Radio Cornwall

A public loo in St Ives is being upgraded and will have attendants to clean and collect cash from users over the summer.

The facilities, in the Sloop car park, have recently been handed over to the Town Council, which says it is planning to renovate and improve all seven public conveniences in the town.

Billy Ocean tour comes to Plymouth Pavilions

Plymouth Herald

Musical icon Billy Ocean will bring his Best of Tour to Plymouth Pavilions next year.

The Trinidadian-born English recording artist will perform at the city venue on 29 March 2017 and tickets will go on sale this Friday at 10am.

Billy Ocean has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime.

Murder victim's family 'devastated'

BBC Spotlight

Stuart Hodgkin, of Stockbridge Road, Winchester, has been sentenced for the death of Adrian Munday, who was beaten to death in his home in Devon last year.

Adrian Munday's family

Hodgkin, 41, had denied the murder, but was found guilty on Monday at Exeter Crown Court.

Speaking outside the court Mr Munday's family said they were "devastated by the callous and brutal murder".

Jet ski crash off Devon coast

North Devon Journal

A person had to be airlifted to hospital yesterday after a crash between two jet skis in Combe Martin Bay.

Royal Cornwall Show: Nine-thousand fewer visitors compared with 2015

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The number of people who went to the Royal Cornwall Show this year was down by 9,000 on last year's figure. 

There were 117,000 visitors this year compared to 126,000 last year. The show's secretary, Christopher Riddle says despite the drop in visitors he considers the event to have been a great success. 

Poor weather was forecast for the second and third days and it's thought that this put many people off from making the trip to Wadebridge.

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Petition urges Plymouth City Council to fly rainbow flag after Orlando attack

Plymouth Herald

A petition calling on Plymouth City Council to fly a rainbow flag at half-mast has attracted more than 100 signatures – but the council says it is still considering its position.

Man hit by train was on leave from mental health unit

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

A man from Cornwall was killed when he was hit by a train while on home leave from being treated for mental health problems out of the county, an inquest has heard. 

David Knight, 29, died last May on the Trenance viaduct outside St Austell station.

The inquest into his death began this morning and is expected to last four days.

When seagulls Laurence Reed

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Have you been attacked by seagulls? 

It's that time of year again when seagull fledglings are falling from their nests all over Cornwall.


We will be hearing from the RSPB on the best ways of dealing with them.

Call in on 01872 222222 to share your experiences.

Man punched in face in Paignton

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A man from Paignton was surrounded by a group of men and punched in the face.

A member of the public stopped to help the 24-year-old victim who was then treated at Torbay Hospital.

Police are looking for witnesses to the assault which took place at around 03:30 BST on 22 May.

Teenage motorcyclist seriously injured

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A teenage motorcyclist is in hospital with serious head injuries after a crash in Penzance.

The 19-year-old motorcyclist was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro.   

Police are appealing for witnesses to the crash which involved a white Toyota Auris and an orange Pulse XF125 motorcycle at the junction of Alexandra Place and Alexandra Road at around 17:50 BST on Monday.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the M5 in Somerset heading towards Devon one lane is closed due to a broken down lorry between Bridgwater North and Bridgwater South 
  • On the A30 at Kennards House in Cornwall one lane is closed in both directions due to drainage works with slow traffic
  • At Cheriton Bishop on the A30 heading to Exeter the exit slip road is partially blocked due to a broken down horsebox
  • Near Newquay on the A392 between Quintrell Downs and Treloggan Road there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks with slow traffic

Newquay drug dealer hid 85 bags of heroin in body

Cornish Guardian

A drug dealer from Newquay who went by the name of "Chapo" has been jailed for three years after being caught with 85 bags of heroin secreted in his body.

Rudd calls for drugs ban changes

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Jon Rudd, the coach of swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, says sport governing bodies should lose the power to impose bans on drugs cheats.

Jon Rudd

Rudd, who is also coach of Ben Proud, says the World Anti-Doping Agency or the International Olympic Committee must impose bans.

"That way we're more likely to have a credible, transparent and fair results," he told BBC Sport. "At the moment we don't get that, we get all sorts of different results for different athletes from different countries for different sports."

Jon Rudd

Rudd calls for drugs ban changes

Jon Rudd, the coach of swimmer Ruta Meilutyte, says sport governing bodies should lose the power to impose bans on drugs cheats.

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'Savage' murderer killed 'decent man'

BBC Spotlight

The victim of a "savage" murder in Newton Abbot was a "very vulnerable individual", a court has heard.

Stuart Hodgkin and Adrian Munday
Devon and Cornwall Police

At Exeter Crown Court, sentencing Stuart Hodgkin, 41, to 20 years in jail, Judge Graham Cottle said his victim Adrian Munday was "a decent, genuine man".  

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Trains are now able to run normally between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot following disruption caused by an earlier bridge strike
  • The King Harry Ferry service is back to normal between Feock and the Roseland following a technical problem which caused services to be cancelled earlier today
  • Honiton Road in Exeter is partially blocked near Moor Lane due to an incident
  • In Tavistock on the A386 Plymouth Road near the Drake monument there are long delays due to roadworks

St Ives shows off its unique assets

Man jailed for 'savage' murder

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A man has been jailed for 20 years for murdering a vulnerable person in what police have described as a "savage attack".

Adrian Munday
Devon and Cornwall Police

Stuart Hodgkin, 41, originally from Basingstoke, robbed Adrian Munday before beating him to death at his home in Newton Abbot in October last year.

Mr Munday suffered injuries all over his body including 20 rib fractures, broken toes, and significant head and brain injuries, before Hodgkin set fire to his body and the house, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Pigs race to 'predict' EU Referendum result

Miniature pigs at a farm in Devon are racing to decide the outcome of the EU Referendum on 23 June.

The piglets were named in honour of the historic occasion. For the In Campaign, David Hameron and George Hogsbourne, while Boar-is Johnson and Iain Duncan-Sniff are hamming up for the Out campaign. 

Pennywell Farm

The tiny animals at Pennywell Farm successfully predicted the outcome of the 2015 General Election and are now competing daily.