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  1. Updates on Tuesday 21 June 2016
  2. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Wednesday

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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. 

Don't forget that Spotlight is on BBC One at 18:30, and there is BBC South West's late bulletin at 22:30. There's also more news on your local BBC radio station.

Tourist attraction goes for largest wooden plant tub record

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Cornish attraction has built what it believes is the largest wooden plant tub in the world.

Hidden Valley tub
Hidden Valley

Staff at Hidden Valley, near Launceston, said the planter was about 4.8m high, 5.1m wide and currently had 30 trees in it. The attraction plans to feature a Christmas display in it this festive season.

The record attempt is still subject to Guinness World Records' verification.

Exeter Book: The answer to Riddle 44

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

We asked earlier if you could solve Riddle 44 from the Exeter Book, which has been granted Unesco status for its "outstanding significance" to British history.

Exeter Book

The rather rude riddle goes: 

A wondrous thing hangs by a man's thigh, under its lord's clothing. 

In front there is a hole. It stands stiff and hard. It has a good home. 

When the servant raises his own garment up over his knee, 

he wants to greet with his dangling head that well-known hole, of equal length, 

which he has often filled before.

Q. What is it?

A. A key

Latest weather: Murky overnight, brighter on Wednesday

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It'll become increasingly murky overnight, with outbreaks of drizzly rain pushing up from the south and some heavy bursts are possible. Extensive low cloud will shroud moors, with fog affecting coastal locations. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


Wednesday will start grey and damp, with the drizzly rain slowly easing. The cloud will lift and thin into the afternoon, allowing brighter skies, which, in turn, may trigger some heavy showers. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

Torquay sign ex-Shots defender McGinty

BBC Sport

Sean McGinty
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Former Aldershot defender Sean McGinty has agreed terms to join National League side Torquay United.

The 22-year-old ex-Manchester United trainee made 26 appearances for the Shots last season but was released at the end of the campaign.

"The addition of Sean keeps the squad moving in the right direction," Gulls player-manager Kevin Nicholson told the club website.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Fire crews spend the day at the scene of a serious blaze in Exmouth
  • A 74-year-old man bludgeoned his partner with a lump hammer to "liberate her", a murder trial hears
  • Multimillion-pound plans have been unveiled to expand Glendinning Quarry in south Devon
  • The publishing of a report on suggested improvements to the South West's rail service for the next 20 years is delayed until after the summer
  • NHS patients on the Rame Peninsula will have access to a full-time GP after concerns a surgery could could close

Listen Again: EU Referendum - The BBC Radio Cornwall debate

Did you miss this afternoon's EU Referendum debate with Laurence Reed on BBC Radio Cornwall?

With less than two days to go before voting, have you made your mind up? Are you in or out? 

You can catch up with the discussion on the BBC iPlayer.

Devonport-based flagship completes NATO operation

Rail investment report publishing delayed

BBC Spotlight

A report on investment needed to improve rail infrastructure in the South West has been delayed.

Train on tracks

The Peninsula Rail Task Force said it was not publishing its report on ways to boost the region's rail connectivity until after the summer. 

The campaign group - made up of a series of organisations including Devon County, Torbay and Plymouth City councils - said it was waiting for more information before it could make its case to the government. 

Exmouth town centre closed in tanning studio fire

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Part of the centre of Exmouth has been shut for most of the day after homes and businesses had to be evacuated after a fire in a tanning studio.

Video: Alan Mills

More than 40 firefighters tackled the blaze which destroyed the Consol studio on The Parade. There were fears the blaze would spread to a parade of shops until firefighters brought it under control. 

It's not known how the fire began and investigations are under way. But as well as the damaged salon and a neighbouring branch of Ladbrokes, other businesses could be closed for a while for clear-up work to be carried out. Two people were treated for the effects of inhaling smoke.

Video: Alan Mills

Man smashed partner over head to 'liberate her'

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A 74-year-old man bludgeoned his partner with a lump hammer to "liberate her", a court has heard

Retired scientist, Edgar Fairhurst, initially struck Marjorie Elphick, 83, twice over the head with the foot-long implement on 30 December. But when she tried to defend herself, Mr Fairhurst, from north Devon, struck her a further 10 times "to put her to sleep", he told Exeter Crown Court.

Mr Fairhurst has admitted manslaughter but denies murder.

Argyle sign midfielder Connor Smith

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Midfielder Connor Smith has joined Plymouth Argyle from AFC Wimbledon less than five weeks after helping the Dons beat the Devon side in the League Two play-off final.

The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international played 11 times for Wimbledon after joining in January.

Connor Smith (right)
Rex Features

The 23-year-old - who has previously played for Gillingham, Stevenage and Watford - has signed for the Pilgrims subject to completing a medical.

Learning the lessons of war in WW1: How war impacted school life in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

Wartime education was complicated. Schools were requisitioned, teachers were called up and the lives of their pupils changed dramatically. 

In Devon, new schools opened in Torquay and in Newton Abbot (pictured), but attendance dropped significantly across the county. In Plymouth, a school girl was murdered by a soldier.

Find out more here.

Exeter Book 'now in same category as the Magna Carta and Bayeux Tapestry'

BBC Radio Devon

A poetry book written in Old English granted Unesco status for its "outstanding significance" to British history is a "significant recognition", a professor says.

The Exeter Book, a rare collection of poems and riddles kept at Exeter Cathedral, is thought to have been written around 970 AD, and experts believe it is one of only four Anglo-Saxon books of its kind in the world. It's going on the Memory of the World register.

Exeter Book

Emma Cayley, an associate professor of medieval literature at Exeter University said: "This recognition now puts the Exeter Book in the same category as the Magna Carta, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Book of Kells and the Diary of Anne Franks in terms of significance." She added: "It's so important it stays in Exeter."

BBC adapts Christie's Witness for the Prosecution

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Agatha Christie's murder mystery The Witness for the Prosecution is to be adapted for television by BBC One.

Agatha Christie. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

It follows the success of And Then There Were None last Christmas, which drew critical acclaim and ratings of more than 8m viewers.

The 1925 short story by the Torquay-born Queen of Crime was one of her most popular stories and was turned into a successful stage play as well as a 1957 Billy Wilder film.

Bees buzz in to surprise RNAS Culdrose

Plymouth Herald

An instructor at Royal Naval Air Station was buzzed by a swarm of bees who set up home in a wall outside his office.

BreakingFormer Exeter City boss Eamonn Dolan dies

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Former Exeter City manager Eamonn Dolan has died from cancer at the age of 48.

He was forced to retire from playing after being diagnosed with the illness whilst with the Devon club in 1993, but returned to manage the club for one season a decade later.

Eamonn Dolan
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Dolan left Exeter to take over as Academy manager at Reading - a position he held until his death.  

The Exeter Book: Can you solve another medieval riddle?

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The Exeter Book, which has been granted Unesco status, was bestowed upon Exeter Cathedral in the 11th Century by its first bishop, Leofric.

But despite its clerical history, some rather raunchy riddles lurk among its pages.

Can you decipher this one, Riddle 44?

The Exeter Book

A wondrous thing hangs by a man's thigh, under its Lord's clothing. 

In front there is a hole. It stands stiff and hard. It has a good home. 

When the servant raises his own garment up over his knee, 

He wants to greet with his dangling head that well-known hole, of equal length, 

which he has often filled before.

So, what am I? If you think you know, why not drop us an email? We'll tell you the answer later.

EU referendum debate: See the facts on the BBC's Reality Check site

Don't get tricked into being a 'personal shoplifter'

BBC Newsbeat

A woman arrested for theft in Torquay has claimed she was "working undercover" for a company called Mystery Shopping UK.

Police in Manchester have issued a warning about the scam, which was first uncovered in Devon. The female, in Boots and Wilkinsons in Torquay, claimed she was employed by the fake company as a "personal shoplifter". It's a job that, of course, doesn't actually exist.

Shopping. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

The woman told officers she was given a list of items to steal, which she was then to send to Mystery Shopping UK. When she later attempted to speak to someone at the firm, there was no response.

The company's website, shared by police, is still advertising a "Shoplifting/Theft Service," but Boots confirmed it did not use such a service. Newsbeat has also attempted to contact Mystery Shopping UK, but the company has not returned any calls.

Burst main hits Newquay water supplies

Dippers nesting on stream again

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The birds are often found along fast-flowing rivers, mainly in upland areas but also on lowland rivers in South West England, according to the RSPB

There are an estimated 6,200-18,700 breeding pairs in the UK.

Photographer: Chris Root

Building inspector called to fire-hit tanning salon

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A building inspector has been called to a tanning salon which caught fire in Exmouth because of "some masonry being in a precarious position", the fire service says.

Fire scene

Eight fire engines were called out to the blaze in the Consol Sun Centre on The Parade after it broke out at about 07:00. It was brought under control. Fifteen people were evacuated from adjoining flats and businesses.

Fire crews have been at work with small tools from an aerial ladder platform, cutting away the roof to expose hot spots.

Exeter Book 'the foundation document of English literature'

BBC Spotlight

The Exeter Book, a rare collection of Old English poems and riddles, deserves to have special status from Unesco because of its impact on English, a senior member of Exeter Cathedral says.

Exeter Book and Canon Librarian Ann Barwood

The book, housed in the city's cathedral library, is thought to have been written around 970 AD, and experts believe it is one of only four Anglo-Saxon books of its kind in the world. It's going on Unesco's Memory of the World register as it has "world significance and outstanding universal value".

Canon Librarian Ann Barwood said: "It has major significance in the world of English literature. In fact, it is, in all probability, the foundation document of English literature."

Heather Knight shines in first game as England captain

James Law

BBC Sport Online

New England cricket captain Heather Knight has done the business for the women's side against Pakistan at Grace Road.

The all-rounder, from Plymouth, has picked up five wickets to help dismiss the tourists for 165, in 45.4 overs.

Heather Knight
Getty Images

Knight finished with 5-26 in 8.4 overs with England still to start their reply at Leicester.

Sarah Barrow targets individual final at Olympics

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth diver Sarah Barrow says she is aiming to reach the final in the 10m platform event at the 2016 Olympics.

The 27-year-old overcame two years of chronic shin problems and a non-cancerous tumour to secure her qualification earlier this month.

Sarah Barrow
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"It's been a long two years but I've worked with physios and we've got everything together at the right time," she told BBC Sport. "My goal is get into an Olympic final - if I can get to that who knows in the final, whatever happens."  

Woman fined after being unable to get to car because her wheelchair sank in sand

Cornish Guardian

A severely disabled woman has spoken out after being fined by a car parking firm when her wheelchair sank in sand at a Newquay beach and she couldn't return to her car.

The EU referendum, fly-tipping, and getting the giggles

Vic Morgan

BBC Radio Devon

We're just two days away from the EU referendum. Have you had a family fall out about it? 

Also, how do we solve a problem like fly-tipping? 

And have a you ever got the giggles at an inappropriate time?

Call the phone-in now on 0345 3011034

Latest weather: Brighter at times, but cloud increasing later

BBC Weather

Although cloudy in places with a few scattered outbreaks of light rain, it'll be brighter at times with some sunny periods. However, towards the end of the day the cloud will increase and patches of mist and low cloud will move in to affect the south coast. Light or moderate winds. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).


Tonight will be generally cloudy, with low cloud and mist affecting parts of the coast and the hills at times. Outbreaks of rain will also move in from the south west and could be occasionally heavy to the west and along the north coast. Light or moderate southerly winds will veer to the southwest in the west. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Phone lines busy for radio EU referendum debate

Exeter Book: The answer to Riddle 85

Andrew Segal

Local Live

We asked earlier if you could solve Riddle 85 from the Exeter Book, which has been granted Unesco status for its "outstanding significance" to British history.

It goes: 

My hall is not silent, nor am I myself loud; about; 

the Lord created for the two of us a journey together. 

I am swifter than he, at times stronger, he is more enduring. 

Sometimes I rest; he must run forth. 

I dwell in him forever, as long as I live; if we two separate I am doomed to death. 

Q. What am I?

Well, we had a couple of guesses, including Sally Pinion suggesting it was "Tongue in cheek", and Stephen Bailey saying it was "a pregnant woman and her baby inside".

However, the answer is: The fish in the river.

Two women treated for breathing in smoke at Exmouth fire scene

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

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Two women have been treated for breathing in smoke after a fire broke out in a tanning salon in Exmouth, the ambulance service says.

Eight fire engines were called out to the blaze in the Consol Sun Centre on The Parade after it broke out at about 07:00. It has now been brought under control.  

Fifteen people were evacuated from flats and businesses adjoining the salon, with a branch of Ladbrokes next door and a flat above sustaining smoke damage. Other nearby properties strongly smell of smoke and soot. The cause of the blaze is not yet known.

Row engulfs Falmouth meeting as councillors trade insults

West Briton

A bitter row engulfed a meeting in Falmouth on Monday as one councillor told others he had been elected to "cause trouble".

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Eight fire crews deal with a blaze at a tanning salon in in Exmouth
  • People suffering sewage pollution in gardens in Dawlish are furious, claiming Teignbridge Council has sat on £150,000 intended for repairs for two years
  • An investigation is started into a fire and possible explosions which damaged lorries at an industrial estate in Launceston
  • The Exeter Book, a rare collection of Old English poems and riddles, is given special status by Unesco

Exmouth fire site had 'lot of tanning fluids'

BBC Radio Devon

The manager of a tanning salon in Exmouth which caught fire is still waiting to hear what caused the blaze, she says.

Exmouth fire

A total of eight fire engines have been dealing with the blaze in the Consol Sun Centre on The Parade after it broke out at about 07:00. It has now been brought under control.

Manager Angela Dougal said: "There is a lot of tanning fluids and things in the back. According to a fireman I spoke to, that's probably what's gone up, but I don't know yet. I'm still waiting to hear."

The EU: Should we stay or should we go now?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

With less than two days to go before the EU referendum, have you made your mind up? Are you in or out?

Today, we hold our debate looking at the arguments on whether to stay or go.

Call in on 01872 222222.

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Witness appeal after four-vehicle road collision in Launceston

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police are appealing for witnesses following a four-vehicle collision in Launceston on Sunday morning.

The incident happened just after 01:00 when a Peugeot 106 driven by a 21-year-old local man collided with a parked Renault car on Tavistock Road. This pushed the Renault into two further parked vehicles. 

Officers said the driver suffered a head and facial injury and his male passenger suffered a serious leg injury described as "life-changing". Both were taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment.

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

If you're planning a trip to the coast or seaside, here are the next high water times around Devon and Cornwall.


We'll have the latest forecast on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.