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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday
  2. Updates on Thursday 16 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.

Devon and Cornwall MPs horrified at killing of MP Jo Cox

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Watch: Brixham Express ferry passengers cost £170 each

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Each passenger on a "green" commuter ferry service cost taxpayers more than £170 in subsidies, it emerges.

Bridge marks latest phase of cross-country trail

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A 25m (82ft) bridge will be built over a main road for the next phase of a cycle, walking and horse-riding trail in Devon.

Wray Trail
Derek Harper

The bridge will replace the former railway crossing over the A382 at Steward Wood and work starts next week on that, along with another 600m (1,970ft) of trail.

The Wray Valley Trail links Moretonhampstead to Bovey Tracey and follows the old Newton Abbot to Moretonhampstead railway line with the aim of eventually linking Dartmoor to the sea via other trails to Torbay and Teignmouth.

NHS 111 service must improve says Department of Health after damning report by inspectors

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Health chiefs say they expect NHS 111 to improve after a damning report by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) found patients requiring emergency care in the South West were left waiting for long periods.

NHS 111

A Department of Health spokesperson said: "Anything that risks patient safety is unacceptable. Both patients and staff deserve better, so we expect the trust to make immediate progress.

"NHS Improvement is already providing intensive support to the trust to dramatically turn around its 111 service. To ensure patients get a more effective response from 111, clinicians across the country are increasingly able to access patients' medical records, and we will be setting out further changes in due course."

Police investigate how eight-month-old Newton Abbot baby died

Torquay Herald Express

Forensic experts will carry out tests today to determine what caused the death of an eight-month-old baby in Newton Abbot.

A379 closed: Cyclist in hospital after crash

The A379 at Blackpool Hill in Stoke Fleming is closed after a crash between a cyclist and a car.

There's slow traffic in both directions near Blackpool Sands, and the man, who is in a critical condition, is being treated in hospital.

Weather for Devon and Cornwall: Showers easing tonight

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Any showers will ease this evening, although the odd one may persist through the night.


Otherwise it'll be mainly dry with some clear spells and local mist or fog patches, especially across higher ground and moorland. Minimum temperature: 12 Deg C (54 Deg F).


Friday will be another day of sunny spells and scattered heavy, some locally thundery.

The slow-moving showers could even cause some surface water flooding in places. Maximum temperature: 18 Deg C (65 Deg F).

England 'awesome' says boy allowed to watch first half at school

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Eight-year-old Jack Gregory from Perranporth was allowed to watch the England v Wales first half at school. 

Jack Gregory
Gregory family

After joining his family in the pub for the second half, Jack told me the game was "awesome" with a "fantastic second goal" from Daniel Sturridge. 

Hundreds of shoppers welcome new store

West Briton

Hundreds of eager shoppers turned out this morning to celebrate the opening of Truro's brand new Waitrose store, and the adjoining Great Cornish Food Store.

Traffic update for Devon and Cornwall: A379 closed

BBC Travel

  • Near Stoke Fleming the A379 Blackpool Hill is closed near Blackpool Sands due to an incident involving a car and a cyclist
  • Through Halsetown we've had reports of an accident on the B3311 near the Halsetown Inn
  • In Truro we've had reports of an accident on the A390 Tresawls Road near Treliske Roundabout
  • On the A30 between Temple and Millpool there are narrow lanes and a speed restriction of 40 mph due to roadworks, slow eastbound 

Police: Alcohol-related violence 'will not be tolerated'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A total of 43 people in Devon, Cornwall and Dorset have been ordered to surrender their passport until the Euro 2016 competition is over.

Officers are on standby at all local ports to prevent anybody with a football banning order from travelling.

Ian Drummond Smith

Meanwhile, football fans are being warned to drink responsibly. Supt Ian Drummond-Smith said: "We want to remind people that alcohol is not an excuse and we will be taking a robust stance in dealing with any perpetrators of violent crime and domestic abuse."

Plymouth sign winger Donaldson

BBC Sport

Ryan Donaldson
Rex Features

League Two side Plymouth Argyle sign winger Ryan Donaldson following his release by Cambridge United.

Ryan Donaldson

Plymouth sign winger Donaldson

League Two side Plymouth Argyle sign winger Ryan Donaldson following his release by Cambridge United.

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Flooding blocks A379 and causes queuing traffic

The A379 is blocked because of flooding between Kiln Lane Stokenham and Fairfield Way Chillington.

Traffic is queuing in both directions between the Kiln Lane junction and the Fairfield Way junction and motorists are being warned to approach with care.  

Schoolchildren visit new Tate Modern extension

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Thirteen school students from Helston have made a marathon overnight pilgrimage to London in the name of art. 


The group joined a total of 3,000 others from around the country to celebrate the new extension at the Tate Modern before it opens to the public.

The gallery is one of the UK's top three tourist attractions and has been visited by a total of 40m people but today has been a bit different with the school parties getting exclusive access. 

Cyclist critical after collision with car at Blackpool Hill

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A cyclist is in a critical condition after a collision with a car in south Devon.


The man is being treated in hospital after the crash at Blackpool Hill, Stoke Fleming at 11:50.

The woman driving the car was uninjured. Police are appealing for witnesses.

Don't forget your brolly

Afful and Adelsbury agree Truro deals

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

National League South side Truro City have agreed contracts with Les Afful and Ben Adelsbury for the 2016-17 season.

Les Afful
Truro City FC

Former Exeter City player Afful scored once for Truro last season as they made the National League South play-offs.

Adelsbury, 25, rejoined Truro last February from Bath City, having previously played for the club during boss Lee Hodges' first spell in charge.

Les Afful

Afful and Adelsbury agree Truro deals

National League South side Truro City agree contracts with Les Afful and Ben Adelsbury for the 2016-17 season.

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Man wanted in connection with Torbay teenage headbutt investigation

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Police investigating an attack on a teenager in Torquay want to speak to this man.

Devon and Cornwall Police

The 18-year-old victim from Newton Abbot was headbutted on a night out with friends in what police believe was an unprovoked attack.

The victim suffered facial injuries as a result of the attack in Park Lane at 22:00 on 3 April.

Last minute win for England

Football fan injured in Plymouth sports bar after 'bottle thrown'

Plymouth Herald

A man has suffered head injuries at a Plymouth sports bar after a bottle was allegedly thrown during the coverage of the England v Wales Euro 2016 clash.

Chip shop shuts for England v Wales

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Owen Fowler (R) and Steve Barclay (L) from a chippy in Perranporth shut the shop to watch England take on the passion of Wales.

Owen & Steve

Steve said: "England has to win full stop. The fact they're playing Wales adds a bit more spice but we still have to beat them."

Man, woman and dog rescued from cliff face

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A man and woman have been rescued from a cliff face after they got stuck while trying to rescue their dog.

The emergency services were called to Start Point, in Devon, this morning.

The woman was airlifted from the cliff face and taken to hospital. The man was helped off the cliff face by coastguard teams. A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said the dog was rescued by coastguard teams.

Cheers and claps all round in Perranporth as England scores

'Typical England' at half time say supporters on holiday in Perranporth

Employers warned not to score 'own goal' by refusing to show England v Wales game

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Employers should allow staff to watch today's Euro 2016 game between England and Wales, according to the South West TUC.

The union is urging managers to let employees watch the clash on their premises, or allow staff to work flexibly and make up the hours at a later date.

Regional Secretary Nigel Costley said: “Allowing people more flexibility in how and when they do their work makes them happier. Tournaments like Euro 2016 can be a great chance to build camaraderie at work, with working people running sweepstakes and spending time together. It’s important employers do not score an own goal by acting like killjoys.”

'Lack of funding' to blame for NHS 111 service 'failings'?

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The Care Quality Commission's (CQC) report is damning of the NHS 111 service, but while unions acknowledge the problems, they say it isn't necessarily the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust's (SWASFT) fault and blame a lack of funding.

SWASFT announced it was handing back the Devon part of the contract over a year ago because it couldn't provide the service for the money it was getting but has had the contract extended until October while a joint NHS 111/out of hours GP service is commissioned.  

'Massive game' expected as pub boss believes we can still beat Wales

Latest travel: A379 blocked after accident involving car and pedestrian

BBC Travel

  • On the A379 Blackpool Hill in Stoke Fleming the road is blocked and there's slow traffic near Blackpool Sands, because of an accident involving a car and pedestrian
  • In Truro we've had reports of an accident on the A390 Tresawls Road near Treliske Roundabout  

Beach bar packed for England v Wales game

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

There is standing room only in a bar on the beach in Cornwall as England play Wales in Lens. 

Watering Hole, Perranporth

Numbers have been swelled by holidaymakers, many of whom have left the beach early to watch the game. 

Pub bosses estimate they will take as much as £5,000 during the course of the game.

Disappointment at Rooney

Devon's social workers 'struggling', report finds

Jenny Kumah, Devon Political Reporter

Social workers looking after vulnerable children in Devon are struggling with huge workloads and leaving after just a few months in the job, a report finds.

The report by Devon County Council also finds problems with a shortage of experienced staff and a lack of mental health support for young people. 

The problems are being discussed by the council today.  

England v Wales prediction: Rooney to score?

All of Plymouth's speed cameras to be replaced with new high-tech digital models

Plymouth Herald

Speeding drivers in Plymouth will be reported faster – and possibly more often – as yellow cameras get an upgrade.

Huge support for England on Perranporth beach

A pre-match pint for holidaymakers in Perranporth

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Jennifer and Dave Collins from Cannock in Staffordshire enjoyed a quick drink before travelling back to their caravan park at Holywell Bay to support England.

Dave and Jennifer Collins

Dave said he has a feeling England will lose, while Jennifer thinks it will be a draw.

Dave tells me: "Listening to what's going on, the Welsh team seems more passionate and focused and there is too much pressure on England."

Fudge shop owner puts football above work

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Gary Birchmore from Rebecca's Cornish fudge shop in Perranporth is leaving his wife in charge this afternoon, while he goes to the pub to watch the England v Wales game. 

Gary Birchmore

Gary is predicting a 3-1 win for England, saying: "We've got to put on a good show and if Rooney plays like he did the other night, I think we could win."

In the minority... a Wales fan in Cornwall

Brixham Express skipper shares frustration at ferry delay

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A skipper of a commuter ferry aimed at getting people out of their cars in Torbay says he understands people's frustration at the promised ferry which is now 18 months overdue.

Brixham Express

John Ford spoke as it was revealed that each passenger cost taxpayers more than £170 in subsidies.

Passenger numbers

"With the new fast ferry still not on site people have lost faith in the whole situation which is totally understandable," he said.

"But this has never been tried before in Torquay and we're going to do our utmost to make it work."