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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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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 Thursday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Dinky toy auction bidders 'very much a grey-haired audience'

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Bidders who took part in an auction of rare antique and vintage Dinky toy cars were "very much a grey-haired audience" who were willing to spend a lot of money "to recreate their youth", a toy expert says.

Dinky car. Pic: Piers Motley
Piers Motley

John Kinchen, from Portsmouth, collected the vehicles for decades before his death last year, with models dating from 1937 to the early 1970s. His collection of about 3,500 cars was passed to his cousins after he died and fetched £150,000 at an auction in Devon.  

Expert Bob Leggett said part of the "thrill" for collectors came from chasing the more elusive models they did not have during their childhoods. "When we were young we didn't have as many toys as people have today and therefore they were treasured much more", he said.

A30 near Bodmin to close six nights a week for a month

Cornish Guardian

Motorists face weeks of overnight road closures on the A30 as further work is carried out to dual the carriageway near Bodmin.

Latest weather: Heavy showers continuing

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Any heavy showers should ease for many this evening, although a few may continue throughout the night. Otherwise there will be clear spells and some mist redeveloping in places. Minimum temperature: 11 Deg C (52 Deg F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will be similar to Wednesday, with any early morning mist clearing quickly to leave another day of sunshine and heavy, thundery showers. Further west though it will likely be a little drier and brighter. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

College hopes 'hopes to avoid compulsory redundancies'

Carys Edwards, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A college which could see 60 staff losing their jobs has told BBC News it is hoping to avoid compulsory job losses wherever possible.

Cornwall College has seven sites across the county. Principal Amarjit Basi, one of the highest paid bosses of further education colleges in the country, has rejected calls to cut his £200,000 annual salary.

Cornwall College campus
BBC

It has faced years of cut-backs, linked to a drop in government funding. Since 2011, there have been almost 400 job losses - more than 275 voluntary. The most recent accounts show a deficit of £9m, although the college said it was on track to get back in the black. 

It added that the principal's "strategic vision has transformed the college ... ensuring that it is fit for the future".

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Police investigate the death of an eight-month-old baby in Newton Abbot
  • A 97-year-old former head teacher from Devon is found not guilty of a string of child sex abuse charges alleged to have taken place over 25 years
  • Five teenagers are taken into intensive care after taking drugs in Sidmouth
  • A residential care home in Gorran Haven is told to find new homes for 20 residents by the end of this week after losing its licence
  • Heavy rain has led to number of homes in North Devon being flooded
  • Twelve people are set to lose their jobs at Trinity Mirror local newspapers in Cornwall  

EU referendum: Farming and fishing

Reality Check

As South West fishing boats join a flotilla sailing up the River Thames as part of the Brexit campaign, BBC News looks at the arguments to leave and remain in the EU for the farming and fishing industries.

Main views to remain:

  • Many British farmers would go out of business without the support of the CAP
  • 73% of UK farming exports go to the EU
  • It was the EU that forced France and Germany to lift bans on British beef
  • Fisheries have to be managed to prevent over-fishing

Main views to leave: 

  • Britain pays more for the CAP than it gets back, so leaving the EU would make more money available for UK farmers
  • The CAP also wastes lots of money on bureaucracy
  • The Common Fisheries Policy has devastated the British fishing industry

Staff at newspapers 'shocked' at job cuts

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Staff at three of Cornwall's best-known newspapers say they are shocked to be told that more than a quarter of their jobs are to go.

Papers
BBC

Trinity Mirror - which has owned the Cornishman, Cornish Guardian and West Briton since November - has admitted it plans to ask 44 staff to reapply for 32 jobs, indicating by Monday if they are interested. The re-structure also includes a merger for the three titles' websites.

We're told this announcement came out of the blue for the editorial teams. Some of the staff have worked for the papers for decades. One source described it as "fewer print journalists and more Twitter monkeys".

Trinity Mirror said the proposed changes are "built around a digital strategy backed by an editorial structure which ensures we are adapting to the changing landscape".

Ex-head teacher Jack Mount, 97, found not guilty of sex abuse charges

BBC Radio 5 Live

A 97-year-old former head teacher has been found not guilty of a string of child sex abuse charges alleged to have taken place over a 25-year period.

Jack Mount, from Devon, faced a number of allegations, the majority alleged to have been carried out at the Shropshire school he once owned in the 1960s and 1970s. Because of his ill health, the case was split into a series of relatively short trials.

Jack Mount. Pic: PA
PA

Two trials have been held: the first, which finished in February, involved two alleged victims and the jury returned not guilty verdicts. The second, which finished in May, involved a further four victims and saw the jury find him not guilty of three charges before it was dismissed because it was unable to reach verdicts on five other charges.

A third trial was to be carried out, but Judge Geoffrey Mercer at Exeter Crown Court ruled it should not go ahead because of Mr Mount's deteriorating health. Mr Mount is one of the oldest defendants ever to face trial in the UK.

Cars 'aquaplaning' in Devon

Forwards sign deals at Plymouth Albion

Cameron Thompson
Plymouth Albion

Three forwards have agreed deals with National One side Plymouth Albion.

Back-row Cameron Thompson, 25, who played eight times for Albion last season, is the most experienced of the new signings. He is joined by 19-year-old props Rory Briers and Curtis Reynolds.

Reynolds was part of Wasps' academy side and also played at Albion's National One rivals Old Albanians, while Briers is a Dutch under-18 international.

'No plans' for college boss to take pay cut in £200k salary

Carys Edwards, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Cornwall College says there are no plans for its principal or senior managers to take a pay cut after unions said he and other senior managers should accept cuts to show leadership and "recognise the pain" staff are going through after not having had a pay rise for some time.

Amarjit Basi
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Amarjit Basi (pictured) is one of the highest paid bosses of further education colleges in the country, earning £200,000 a year. However, the college group - which has seven sites across Cornwall and also runs Bicton College in Devon - is facing a £9m deficit, and has plans for up to 60 redundancies.

The college said it was on track to get back in the black and Mr Basi's salary was in line with national pay scales. Such scales, it said, aimed to attract the best person for the top job.

Police dog pups 'doing well'

Rare case of peregrines killing buzzards seen in the skies above Exeter

Exeter Express & Echo

The skies above Exeter have been witness to a fair bit of drama recently, and this week has seen two victims of a surprising dogfight.

Disabled boy's wheelchair concerns 'could make him give up school'

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The parents of a disabled five-year-old from south east Cornwall fear he could be forced to give up school due to a problem with paperwork over his transport.

Lawrence Kowalski
BBC

Lawrence Kowalski has a specially adapted taxi to school but he's not been issued with the paperwork needed to travel in it while seated in his new wheelchair because he's not heavy enough. His father, Gavin, said he feared his transport would be withdrawn and the family didn't have a suitable vehicle for him.

Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow said they were working together to find a solution. Millbrook Health, which provides the wheelchair, said it was waiting for guidance from them before it could issue a wheelchair passport to allow Lawrence to use his wheelchair in a taxi.

Police investigating 'unexplained' death of baby boy

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are investigating the death of an eight-month-old boy in Newton Abbot, officers have confirmed.

Brownhills Road, Newton Abbot
BBC

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called to a home in Brownhills Road at about 10:30 by an ambulance crew, who informed them of the death. 

The force said that "scenes of crime officers have been at the house to undertake initial investigations and we are currently treating the death as unexplained". 

A 27-year-old man is in police custody, awaiting questioning.

Job cuts at local newspapers

Julie Skentelbery

BBC Radio Cornwall

Staff at three local newspapers in Cornwall are facing job cuts, a union says.

Cornish Guardian
BBC

The National Union of Journalists said it was told staff at the West Briton, Cornishman and Cornish Guardian were told their numbers were being cut by 12. 

It is understood those 12 are among 44 posts at the papers. The papers' owner, Trinity Mirror, has yet to comment.

Five teenagers hospitalised after taking prescription drugs

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Five teenagers have been treated in hospital after becoming seriously ill after taking a prescription only drug called Alprazolam.

The five, aged 17 and 18, were treated in intensive care in Exeter. An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying the drugs and is currently on bail until 22 August pending further investigations.

PC Simon Blyth said: "Taking a drug that was not prescribed, in conjunction with drinking alcohol, resulted in five young people being hospitalised. It is through good fortune and the high standard of care of the NHS which meant there were no fatalities.”

Clean-up after flash floods hit Devon hamlet

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it had pumped water from a handful of cottages in Leacott in Devon after flash floods.

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Husband of aide who had affair with MP Steve Double speaks out for first time

West Briton

The husband of the case worker who had an affair with MP Steve Double has spoken out in public for the first time since news of the scandal broke.

Police still at scene of 'incident involving child'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

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Police have confirmed they are investigating "an incident involving a child " at a property in Newton Abbot.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called to a home in Brownhills Road at about 10:30.

The force added: "Enquiries are continuing into the incident."

Care home residents need new accommodation by end of week

BBC Radio Cornwall

A care home in Gorran Haven has been told it must close its doors and find new accommodation for its residents by the end of this week. 

The Ismeer Home was informed last week by the Care Quality Commission that it was no longer licensed following the death of the registered provider. It means 20 people will need to be re-housed. 

Cornwall Council said it was working closely with the home to find alternative places.

Injured service personnel take part in triathlon

BBC Spotlight

On BBC Spotlight tonight, a day of reckoning for injured service personnel.

All this week we've been hearing the stories of some of the people preparing for the Royal Marines' Rehabilitation Triathlon in Devon. 

The charity event involves swimming, cycling and rowing and we'll be there at Lympstone this evening from 18:30.

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Latest weather: Showers more widespread, but some dying out in the evening

BBC Weather

The showers will become more widespread this afternoon, with some heavy, thundery and slow-moving downpours in places, leading to the risk of some localised flooding. However, there will be drier and brighter interludes in between the showers, with some sunny spells. It will feel pleasant in any sunshine. Maximum temperature: 17C (63F).

Weather
BBC

Daytime showers should ease for many this evening, although a few may continue throughout the night. Otherwise there will be clear spells and some mist redeveloping in places. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: A3075 closed because of overturned car, and floods on A388

BBC Travel

  • On the A3075 in Blackwater the road is blocked in both directions between Chiverton Cross Roundabout and the turning for Perranporth, because of an overturned car
  • On the A388 the road is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Chasty Lane junction in Holsworthy and the Prince Philip Road junction in Launceston, because of flooding. Diversion in place  
  • In Ivybridge, we've had reports of an incident on Cornwood Road around Holtwood Drive
  • In Torquay, Union Street is partially blocked and traffic is slow due to a broken down car between Market Street & Higher Union Lane  
  • On the trains, just outside the region, services are suspended between Bristol Temple Meads & Taunton due to an obstruction on the line, expected until 15:00  

College bosses 'should take pay cut to recognise the pain of staff'

Carys Edwards, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Members of a union who work in the Cornwall College Group say its principal and other senior managers should accept pay cuts to show leadership and "recognise the pain" staff are going through.

Amarjit Basi is one of the highest paid principals of further education colleges in the country, being paid £200,000 a year. However, the college group - which has seven sites across Cornwall and also runs Bicton College in Devon - is facing a £9m deficit, and has plans for up to 60 redundancies.

Philippa Davey
BBC

Philippa Davey (pictured), regional support official for the University and College Union, said: "We haven't had a pay rise, we're under threat of redundancy; we're not expanding, we're contracting. Why is it fair that some people should be paid so much more than others when the college isn't expanding?"

The college said it was on track to get back in the black and Mr Basi's salary was in line with national pay scales.

A388 between Holsworthy and Launceston closed because of flooding

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The A388 is closed and there's slow traffic in both directions between the Chasty Lane junction in Holsworthy and the Prince Philip Road junction in Launceston, because of flooding. Diversion in place.

Wheelchair users -v- mums with buggies on the bus: Who should have priority?

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

We're debating the big stories of the day, including: Wheelchair users or mums with a baby in a buggy - who has the right to a space on the bus?

Also, shouting, swearing and being drunk are going to be banned in parts of Dawlish. Is it OTT or a good idea? 

Call in from 13:00 on 0345 3011034.

Police deal with an 'incident involving a child' in Newton Abbot

Signs of otters in Penwith

Breaking'Incident involving child' in Newton Abbot

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have confirmed they are investigating "an incident involving a child " at a property in Newton Abbot.

Devon and Cornwall Police said officers were called to a home in Brownhills Road at about 10:30.

The force added: "Enquiries are continuing into the incident." The force is yet to confirm any further details.

Nigel Farage says flotilla of fishing boats was a 'full-throttled protest'

BBC News Channel

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has rejected claims a flotilla of fishing boats,  including some from the South West, was a publicity stunt, saying it was a "full-throttled protest" against what he claimed was the "destruction" of the UK's fishing industry by EU membership.

"There are now many harbours without a single commercial vessel...Compare and contrast all of this with Norway who control all fishing stocks up to two hundred miles within the North Sea and has a booming commercial and angling tourism industry."

And he claimed the counter-demonstration was "just disgusting". The boats are sailing up the Thames to Parliament.

Flotilla
BBC

'EU good for British fishermen' says Kerry McCarthy

BBC News Channel

Shadow Environment Secretary Kerry McCarthy said being in the EU was good for British fishermen as it gave them access to Europe's fishing waters and their boats are able to land and sell their catch in any EU country.

She blamed the Conservative government for failing to ensure more smaller enterprises did not benefit from the UK's catch quota and that reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, not Brexit, was what was needed.

 A flotilla of fishing boats, including some from the South West, is sailing up the Thames to Parliament to make the case for leaving the EU and for "reclaiming UK waters".  

Bob Geldoff
PA

Nigel Farage EU Leave fishing flotilla sails up Thames

BBC News Channel

A flotilla of fishing boats, including some from the South West, is sailing up the Thames to Parliament to make the case for leaving the EU and for "reclaiming UK waters".

The so-called armada, organised by Fishing for Leave, left the Kent port of Ramsgate early on Friday. 

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is on board one of the vessels. 

Remain crafts backing EU membership have also taken to the water.

Thames flotilla
Getty Images

Wild bird egg stealing 'not tolerated' as man fined

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Retired solicitor, William Beaton, 73, from Devon, who took wild bird eggs from a nest in Orkney has been fined £4,200.

He admitted wildlife crimes carried out in late May and early June this year. Beaton was fined at Kirkwall Sheriff Court under Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 legislation.

Gary Aitken, procurator fiscal for wildlife and environment, said: "Scotland is home to a wide range of wild bird species, both rare and common, and all are protected by law.

"It is an offence to intentionally take the egg of any wild bird as it can have serious implications for their conservation and habitat.

"We hope this prosecution will serve as a clear message to others who participate in the illegal practice of collecting wild bird eggs that this type of offending will not be tolerated."

Woman missing from Scotland could be in Newquay

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Alison McDiarmid
Highland & Islands Police Division

Are you licensed to watch the footy?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's a warning to bosses to check if they have TV licences in place in their business to let staff watch Euro 2016.

And we talk to the Cornish pilot who freed a trapped kitten from his car. Was it a purrfect rescue?

Call in on 01872 222222.

EU Referendum: The view from Cornwall - local economy 'on a par with Transylvania'

Martyn Oates

BBC South West Political Editor

Ahead of a national referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU on 23 June, the BBC is gauging public opinion around the nation, including in the South West.

Cornwall
Andrew Segal

Despite receiving hundreds of millions of pounds from Brussels, it would appear the county of Cornwall is not united in a desire to remain in the union.

In some areas, some describe Cornwall's economy as remaining "on a par with Transylvania".

Decapitated pony found on beach near Thurlestone

Plymouth Herald

A decapitated pony has been found on a beach in Devon, with its body left to badly decompose.