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  1. Updates for Friday 17 June 2016
  2. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Jonathan Morris

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We're signing off for the day but we'll be back on Monday at 08:00 for all the news, sport, weather and travel from Devon and Cornwall, so join us then.

In the meantime email us with your stories and have a great weekend.

Headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Cornwall Wildlife Trust tells public to respect basking sharks

West Briton

A wildlife trust has called on members of the public to treat basking sharks with respect after several sightings of the giants around the Cornish coastline.

£50m Appledore shipyard deal leaves local MP 'massively pleased'

Weather headlines for Devon and Cornwall: Warmer weather on way

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

The coming night will stay dry with some clearer spells at times, perhaps leading to the odd fog patch forming by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 10 Deg C (50 Deg F)


Tomorrow will be mostly dry with lighter winds than today and feeling warmer with sunny spells. Maximum Temperature: 18 Deg C (64 Deg F)


Watch: Video shows devastation of Millbrook Inn as flash-flood sweeps through South Pool

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

The Millbrook Inn was among a number of properties that were flooded in South Pool on Thursday.

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Charlie Baker, landlord of The Millbrook Inn thanked people for their help clearing up the "devastation" after flash floods swept through the village.

Landlord Charlie Baker said on Facebook: "We’ve had an amazing response since our plea for help on Social Media with joiners, furniture makers, electricians and plumbers turning up to help."

The flooding also affected nearby villages including Beeson where firefighters used pumps to clear the water from homes. 

EU debate cancelled following Jo Cox killing

Busy Chacewater road bridge to be closed for three months

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A road bridge over the main Penzance to London railway is to be closed for three months from 27 June for urgent safety work.


Network Rail says the bridge near Chacewater needs replacing and insists a traffic management plan has been agreed with local people.

Ten thousand vehicles use the road every day but Cornwall Council says it's at its quietest during the summer months. Some drivers are angry saying there hasn't been enough information about the plans.    

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 the dreaded yellow cameras get an upgrade.

Beach cleaning makes you feel good - official

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Volunteer beach cleans could have numerous benefits to those involved and the environment, says new research by Plymouth University.

Beach cleaners

The study examined the well-being and educational value of beach cleans, and their impacts on people's behavioural intentions, and how that compared to other coastal activities such as rock pooling or walking. 

All three coastal activities were associated with positive mood and pro-environmental intentions, with beach cleaning and rock pooling particularly linked to higher marine awareness.

Argyle chief executive defends club's transfer progress

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle chief executive Martyn Starnes says he is "very happy" with the club's efforts to build a squad capable of promotion next season.

The Pilgrims lost the League Two play-off final last month and have just four senior players signed for 2016-17, with two weeks until the start of pre-season training.

Martyn Starnes
BBC Sport

"Derek Adams, being the thorough guy he is, has been going through his targets of players," he told BBC Spotlight. "We've been making offers to a considerable number, relative to the size of squad we're going to have."

David Knight inquest: Jury reach suicide conclusion

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

An inquest jury has concluded a St Austell man's suicide was contributed to by inadequate risk assessment and support while he was on leave from a Somerset mental health hospital. 

On 23 May 2015 David Knight died of multiple injuries after being hit by a train on a viaduct near St Austell. 

Suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, at the time he died he was on home leave from a private mental health unit in Weston Super Mare, Cygnet Hospital Kewstoke, where he was being treated because there were no acute psychiatric inpatient beds available in Cornwall.

The jury also found his significant cannabis use and repeated failure to engage with Cornwall's mental health services since 2007 contributed to his death. 


More heavy showers on the way this afternoon

Union flag at half mast as mark of respect to killed MP Jo Cox

Wayward Riverford reptile survived ordeal in refrigerated truck

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A gecko found in a box of peppers from Spain at Riverford Farm survived being carried in a refrigerated lorry.


Temperatures would have been as low as 8C in the truck said Riverford staff who are now seeking a home for the wayward reptile called Pepper, who is more used to Mediterranean climes.

Person who stole war medals urged to 'do the right thing'

BBC Spotlight

A man whose father's war medals were stolen from a train between Birmingham New Street and Exeter St Davids is appealing for their return.

Keith Ridings, 64, was returning from his father’s funeral on the 11:17 train on Tuesday. PC Gary Archer from Exeter station said: “We don’t believe these medals have any monetary value so will be relatively worthless to the thieves – but their value to the victim is priceless.

“He was understandably distraught to find them missing and so we ask whoever took them to do the right thing and return them to their owner.

“We are reviewing CCTV from the train and working to trace those responsible but if you recognise these medals or know who took them, I urge you to get in touch immediately.”

Dig hopes medieval building will reveal more secrets

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Archaeologists are hoping to find more details about a medieval building that was once on the site of North Hall Manor in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.

North Hall Manor in Widecombe-in-the-Moor
Dartmoor National Park

This will be the third season of excavation. The first phase in 2012 targeted the medieval manor site and revealed wall footings, boundary works and pottery.

Andy Crabb, archaeologist at Dartmoor National Park, said: "With a week of digging to look forward too we hope, with our eager local volunteers, we will shed more light on the features we started to unearth last year which include a stone building, evidence for wooden structures, a moat, as well as some intriguing features that appeared on an aerial photograph."

'Potential shortage' of workers for the maritime industries, report suggests

BBC Spotlight

A report out today is warning of a potential shortage of workers for the maritime industries.


A poll carried out by Seafarers UK, shows that only 3% of the region's 16-24 year olds have been given careers advice about maritime jobs. 

The poll suggests only 20% have ever considered working at sea or on a boat, despite the industry being worth £11bn to the national economy. It's hoped that more information will inspire youngsters to look for jobs offshore. 

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Tavistock, we've had reports of an incident on Bannawell Street in the one way system
  • In Somerset, on the M5 we've got reports of slow traffic southbound due to an incident between the Burnham-on-Sea turn off & Bridgwater North
  • Between Gunnislake and Tavistock the A390 has reopened following the earlier investigation work

Devon councillor based in France faces calls for resignation

Jenny Kumah, Devon Political Reporter

A Devon councillor who's lived in France for the past two years is facing calls for her resignation, amid claims that she's not available enough for her constituents.

Devon County Councillor Eve Barisic left Newton Abbott for Roscoff when her husband got a job there. 

The Conservative says she returns regularly, and that she's available by phone or email whilst abroad but the town's other councillors claim they're having to pick up her workload. 

Inquest jury considers conclusion in case where man died while on home leave from mental hospital

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

A jury has retired to consider its conclusion at an inquest into the death of a St Austell man who was on home leave from a mental health hospital in Somerset.

The jury's heard how 29-year-old David Knight died last May after being hit by a train near St Austell station.

The coroner Emma Carlyon has told the jury the scope of the inquest is to decide whether the risk assessment and the decision to grant Mr Knight leave was adequate.

Mr Knight was being treated for paranoid schizophrenia at the private Cygnet Keystoke hospital in Weston Super Mare because there were no acute inpatient beds available in Cornwall. The inquest continues.

BBC EU referendum debate postponed after death of MP Jo Cox

MP Gary Streeter will not publicise constituency surgeries after the death of MP Jo Cox

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Gary Streeter, Conservative MP for South West Devon, has told BBC Radio Devon he's no longer going to publicise where he'll hold his constituency surgery after the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox.

He said members of the community should call for an appointment instead.

Mr Streeter said: "The one change I'm going to make - my website advertises the date and location of my surgeries - I'm just going to say I hold regular surgeries, virtually every Friday, if you want an appointment ring my office. I'm not going to broadcast where it will be."

MP Jo Cox

Wollaston: MPs must stay available to communities they serve

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Sarah Wollaston, Conservative MP for Totnes, said MPs should continue to make themselves "available to the communities we serve" after the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Cox flowers
Getty Images

"The best tribute we can make to Jo is to do our jobs," she told BBC Radio Devon.

"If you start to give in to hate that is the wrong way to go. The right way is to be absolutely clear that what people do at every level of democracy has an extraordinarily important role and if you allow fear and hate to get in the way of that it's a very short path to us giving up on it all."

Plymouth's Mayflower 400 celebrations need a boss - and the salary is £90,000

Plymouth Herald

Plymouth is recruiting a new boss to lead the Mayflower 400 celebrations – and the post comes with a £90,000-a-year salary.

Vigil to be held in Torquay for Labour MP Jo Cox

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

A vigil is to be held in Torquay this afternoon in memory of the Labour MP Jo Cox who was killed in her constituency in Yorkshire yesterday. 

Organisers say everyone is welcome and it will take place at 17:00 outside Torquay Library.

One of the organisers, Sue Maddock, who stood as the Labour Parliamentary candidate in Torbay in 2015, says they want to remember Jo and also talk about what she contributed in both her charity and political work. 

Jo Cox

Headlines from Devon and Cornwall

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

  • Politicians across the region have been paying tribute to the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox.
  • A Devon councillor who's lived in France for the past two years is facing calls for her resignation, amid claims that she's not available enough for her constituents.
  • A report out today is warning of a potential shortage of workers for the Maritime industries.
  • Cornwall Council says the government's planning inspector has indicated that he's happy with Cornwall's housing plan for the next fourteen years. 
  • Four Plymouth divers have been selected to compete for Great Britain at this summer's Olympic Games in Rio.

Vile Bodmin rapist Richard Baker sentenced to six more years for child porn offences

Cornish Guardian

A Bodmin man known as one of Britain's most notorious sex offenders was able to download hundreds of vile images showing children as young as four being raped while serving four life sentences.

Bradshaw in emotional tribute to 'young, beautiful' MP Jo Cox

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw fought back tears in an emotional tribute to killed MP Jo Cox.


"She was the loveliest person you could imagine," the fellow Labour MP told BBC Radio Devon.

"It is absolutely unbelievable that a young woman dedicated to public service could be cut down in the streets of Britain just like that.

"Words fail me. She was young, she was beautiful, she was petite, she was a wonderful worker and campaigner and she was doing her job."

Man appeals for father's war medals that were stolen from train

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A man has made an emotional appeal for thieves to return his father’s war medals, after they were stolen from a train, as he returned from his father's funeral.

Keith Ridings, 64, said: “I inherited these medals from my father’s estate only a couple of weeks ago. When I discovered these medals were missing, I felt a complete sense of loss and disappointment.

“Those medals were earned by my father between 1945 and 1948, when he served in North Africa and the Middle East. It upsets me that someone is in possession of those medals, who has no idea what my father went through to earn them.”

They were stolen from the 11:17 train between Birmingham New Street and Exeter St Davids on Tuesday.

MP speaks to police about movements following the death of MP Jo Cox

Pub 'devastation' as flash flood brings deluge to South Hams village South Pool

A South Hams pub has appealed for help to clear up the "devastation" after flash floods swept through the village.

South Pool
David Hampden-Smith

The Millbrook Inn at South Pool is closed after the flooding on Thursday which affected a number of villages in the area.

Landlord Charlie Baker said: "Previous flood damage means we have no insurance cover, and the speed of today's flood took us all by surprise. The sheer volume of water was phenomenal, unbelievable, with thunder, hail and rain."

Sparksy's show on BBC Radio Devon asks: Should more be done to protect politicians?

BBC Radio Devon

Gordon Sparks is here from 13:00 talking about the big story of the day - reaction to the death of MP Jo Cox. Does more need to be done to protect politicians?

Also - should pensioners who look after a loved one be able to get carers allowance?

And with the Euro 2016 under way and the Olympics coming soon - what sport do you play?

Sarah Barrow overcomes setbacks to make Olympic squad

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth diver Sarah Barrow has overcome two years of chronic shin problems, including a stress fracture and a non-cancerous tumour, to be selected for this summer's Rio Olympics alongside Tom Daley and Tonia Couch.

The 27-year-old was dropped from the long-established synchronised 10m platform line-up earlier this year and did not compete in the record-breaking European Championships for Britain in May.

Sarah Barrow
Getty Images

However she dazzled at last week's Olympic trials, winning the individual title to secure herself a place in the event with Couch.

Holiday homes plan hope to revitalise neglected Torquay cove

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Five new beach hut-style holiday homes are to be built on a neglected cove in Torquay amid hopes they might revitalise the area.


In the past Beacon Cove was always packed, but in recent years it's gone into decline with frequent anti-social behaviour in the area.


Now a property developer has got permission to build the holiday homes which it's hoped will be complete by next summer.

Van driver killed as vehicle careers off road

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A man has been killed after a crash near Ottery St Mary.

He was driving a van which careered off the road at 18:38 on Thursday at the Daisymount roundabout on the B3174. No other vehicles were involved, said police.

The driver, thought to be in his 50s and from the Exeter area, was declared dead at the scene.

Man quizzed in relation to Newton Abbot baby death released on bail

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A man, 27, who was taken into custody in relation to the death of a baby boy in Devon has been released on police bail.

Officers were called to Brownhills Road in Newton Abbot on Wednesday.

Police said: "The circumstances of the child's death continue to be investigated and are being viewed as unexplained rather than suspicious". 

The man has been released on police bail until early August while police investigate further.

Newton Abbot