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  1. Updates on Tuesday 28 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. Thanks for joining us and we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30 this evening,as well as the late bulletin at 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Leave it to Beaver: New kits born on River Otter

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Beavers which were reported to have left an east Devon river last year have given birth to kits.

New video released of beaver and kit in east Devon

The animals are living on the River Otter in East Devon and are part of a beaver reintroduction pilot being carried out by the Devon Wildlife Trust. The trust was granted a five-year licence by Natural England in January 2015 to manage the pilot.

New video has been released of a beaver and a kit. The trust said the latest arrivals were an encouraging sign and suggested their return to the wild was going well. 

Beavers were hunted to extinction in England and Wales during the 12th Century, but a family of wild beavers was spotted in 2014.

Video: Chris Townend/Wise Birding Holidays

Janet Kipling 'back home' on BBC Radio Devon as permanent lunchtime presenter

BBC Radio Devon

Janet Kipling has been appointed the new permanent lunchtime presenter on BBC Radio Devon.

Janet Kipling
BBC

Janet, who took over from Bill Buckley earlier this year, returns to the station full-time after first appearing on the station in 1993 as a reporter, producer and then presenter of the Afternoon Show.

She said: "I’m delighted to be coming home... I still believe in the basics; encouraging people to share their experiences, stories and opinions about life in Devon, getting stuck in to intelligent debate about the big stories of the day, celebrating the good things in life, and having a laugh at the little things whenever we can along the way."

Latest weather: Rain clearing overnight, but back on Wednesday

BBC Weather

Any remaining outbreaks of rain will soon clear this evening and winds will ease, leaving much of the night drier with clear spells. However, it will turn rather cloudy for all by dawn, with rain once again likely across western parts. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will remain rather cloudy with rain - sometimes heavy, especially across higher ground such as moors - spreading across all parts and persisting throughout the day. It will turn rather breezy again, especially around the coast. Maximum temperature: 16C (61F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A motorcyclist dies after colliding with a tractor in Cornwall
  • A youth court judge retires to consider a verdict in the case of a Plymouth teenager accused of making online bomb threats against two American airlines
  • Thirteen cases of measles are confirmed and another 10 suspected at a school in Totnes
  • There's anger about traffic congestion on a road between Truro and Chacewater while roadworks take place to replace a bridge over a railway
  • Residents of a Devon village say they fear it will become a "museum" if the local school is closed

Former Plymouth Raiders captain Anthony Rowe retires

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth-born basketball player Anthony Rowe has been forced to retire from the sport through injury.

The thirty-year-old former Raiders captain has spent the last four years with Leicester Riders but has had to undergo three operations on his knee.

Anthony Rowe
Plymouth Raiders

Measles outbreak hits 13 pupils at Devon school

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Thirteen cases of measles and another 10 probable cases have been found at a secondary school.

Kevicc
BBC

Parents at King Edward VI Community College in Totnes, Devon, have been urged to get their children vaccinated. 

The outbreak was confirmed by Public Health England. 

It warned that while most people who catch measles recover within weeks, it can cause permanent disability and "occasionally even kill".

Tractor collison motorcyclist dies

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A motorcyclist who was involved in a road collision with a tractor has died, police say.

The crash happened on the A3047 near Camborne at about 07:40. The man who was riding the motorcycle was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with "serious injuries" but was later pronounced dead.

The road was closed in both directions while officers examined the scene. It was re-opened at 13:30.

Judge retires to consider online bomb hoaxes verdict

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

A district judge has retired to consider her verdict in the case against a 16-year-old boy from Plymouth accused of sending bomb hoaxes online to two American airlines.

In summing up at Plymouth Youth Court, the prosecution said the case has been proved beyond reasonable doubt. But the defence said it was terribly unfair and that an enormous weight had been put on the boy. The teenager was 15 at the time of alleged offences. 

A judgement is due next Wednesday.

New consultation into North Devon Link Road improvements

BBC Radio Devon

An online consultation on how to improve the North Devon Link Road has been launched.

Devon County Council said it was investigating options for upgrading the route after being allocated £1.5m from the Department for Transport to develop a business case.

Two preferred options were mentioned in the consultation, it said, both of which would "improve traffic flow to reduce journey times between the M5 and northern Devon". One would cost £35m and the other £150m. The consultation is open until Friday.

Kingsbridge hockey player Ansley makes Olympic squad

BBC Sport

Kingsbridge hockey player Giselle Ansley has been selected to play for Great Britain at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

The 24-year-old will be competing in her first games, after being part of the England side which won silver at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Giselle Ansley
Getty Images

Ansley was also part of the England team which won last year's European Championships.  

Village school closure and site move is 'only remaining possibility'

BBC Spotlight

A consultation is under way to move a Devon village school because it is the "only remaining possibility" to keep the institution open, the chairman of its governors says.

School sign
BBC

Tipton St John Primary School, which has about 90 pupils, has been in the village for more than 200 years. Governors are consulting on moving it to nearby Ottery St Mary after repeated flooding. Parents said they feared they would be living in a "museum village" if it closed as it was "the heart of the community".

The governors applied to the government for £3.5m to relocate the school within the village but this was rejected. Chairman of governors John Sherwood said the plans were under consideration because of "having exhausted every option".

Kayakers escorted back to shore

BBC Radio Cornwall

The St Agnes lifeboat has been launched after a group of kayakers were reported to be in difficulty.

A member of the public contacted coastguards to say two of the kayakers had capsized. 

The group was escorted back to Trevaunance Cove safely and there were no casualties.

Police try to trace 'dog walker involved in Islamic Centre racial abuse'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Plymouth are trying to trace a man believed to be involved in hurling racial abuse at an Islamic Centre in Plymouth.

Officers said a 45-year-old man had been arrested and released on bail after the incident at the Plymouth Islamic Education Trust in Greenbank Avenue at about 00:45 on Sunday 12 June, which saw a "number of the members, including women and children to racial abuse as they left the premises".

CCTV
Devon and Cornwall Police

Officers are trying to find a second man thought to be involved who left before police arrived. He was described as white, aged 35-45, between 5ft 6ins-5ft 8ins tall, of chubby build, with a local accent, and wearing a baseball cap and dark clothing.

He was "believed to be local to the St Judes and Lipson area as he was walking his small brown dog during the time the incident took place".  

Latest weather: Rain and wind spreading

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain arriving in the west will spread further eastwards, becoming locally heavy for a time, before clearing eastwards this afternoon and becoming brighter again by evening. South to southwesterly winds will become fresh to strong, before veering to the northwest and perhaps briefly touching gale-force in gusts around the coast. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight, it'll be dry at first, with patchy cloud and some clear spells. But cloud will increase again and rain will spread from the west by morning, becoming locally heavy again in places. Winds will become moderate or fresh and increasing occasionally becoming strong. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).  

Motorcyclist in hospital after bike and tractor crash

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a motorcyclist collided with a tractor in Cornwall.

The crash happened on the A3047 near Camborne at about 07:40. The man who was riding the motorcycle was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with "serious injuries".

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact police on 101 or by emailing 101@dc.police.uk, quoting log number 0135 of 28 June.

Thieves target one of the few remaining coin-friendly British red telephone boxes

Plymouth Herald

A coin-operated red telephone box in Princetown was left damaged after crooks smashed it open to steal money.

Ben Purrington signs new Plymouth Argyle deal

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle left-back Ben Purrington has signed a new contract with the League Two side.

The 20-year-old made 16 appearances last season, including seven starts and nine as substitute.

Ben Purrington
Rex Features

He made his Pilgrims debut on Boxing Day 2013 after coming through the Devon side's youth system, and has also played games in a midfield role. 

British Passport Office 'unable to impose deadlines' on Peru government

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The British Passport Office is "unable to impose deadlines" on foreign governments so it can issue a passport for the children of a Devon pensioner who have been in South America for more than a decade.

William Drummond
BBC

Sixty-five-year-old William Drummond fled with his wife and children from war-torn Venezuela in 2002, where he says they'd been held at gunpoint and feared for their lives. They made it as far as Peru but complications in getting UK passports for his children has meant they're still in South America 11 years on. He hasn't seen them for five years after returning to the UK to fight for the documents.

The Passport Office said it "cannot issue a passport until all necessary checks have been satisfactorily completed. Where applications involve requesting a response from overseas authorities around checks on supporting documents, timescales are dependant on how quickly those authorities respond."

BBC Radio Cornwall prepares for Hampton Court

BBC Radio Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall prepares for the Hampton Court Flower Show‎

BBC Radio Cornwall is among several BBC Local Radio stations preparing a special garden for the Hampton Court Flower Show‎. Will it be ready on time?

See our little sneak preview.

Latest weather: Rain spreading

BBC Weather

Outbreaks of rain arriving in the west will spread further eastwards, becoming locally heavy for a time, before clearing eastwards this afternoon and becoming brighter again by evening. South to southwesterly winds will become fresh to strong, before veering to the northwest and perhaps briefly touching gale-force in gusts around the coast. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight, it'll be dry at first, with patchy cloud and some clear spells. But cloud will increase again and rain will spread from the west by morning, becoming locally heavy again in places. Winds will become moderate or fresh and increasing occasionally becoming strong. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

A361 in Barnstaple closed due to fallen power cables

BBC Radio Devon

The A361 Western Bypass in Barnstaple is closed in both directions between Lake Roundabout and Portmoor Roundabout, because of fallen power cables. Police are directing traffic.

Exeter Cathedral Dean savaged over 'stupid' Brexit voters tweet

Plymouth Herald

A senior Westcountry clergyman has been hammered on social media after implying those who voted to leave the EU were “stupid".

Police appeal for witnesses after assault in Tiverton

Police are appealing for witnesses following an assault on Lea Road in Tiverton, which left a man with minor injuries.

The incident happened at about 21:30 on 24 June opposite the entrance to the Tesco Express car park.

Police said the confrontation took place between the occupants of a Red Volkswagen and a dark coloured Ford Mondeo. A 29-year-old man received minor injuries and a 42-year-old woman has been arrested and questioned in connection with the incident. She has been bailed until 1 August pending further investigations.

School closure 'will lead to museum village'

BBC Spotlight

Parents fear they will be living in a "museum village" if a local school is closed.

Tipton St John Primary School plaque
BBC

Tipton St John Primary School, which has about 90 pupils, has been in the village for more than 200 years. School governors are consulting on plans to move it to nearby Ottery St Mary after repeated flooding at the Tipton site.  

Matt Davidson
BBC

Father-of-two Matt Davidson, 46, said he and his family chose to live in Tipton over other villages "because there's lots of activities and that's based on the school". He said: "It's the heart of the community and that's why we're fighting for it. I want to be part of a community that is going places rather than stagnating."

Head teacher Colin Butler said: "We must secure a long-term future for our school with the prospect of more frequent flooding as our climate changes."

Cyber attacks boy was 'caught red handed', court hears

Press Association

A 16-year-old boy has admitted cyber attacks around the world including on Devon and Cornwall Police and SeaWorld. 

The teenager, who cannot be named, appeared at Plymouth Youth Court to admit three offences under Section 3 of the Computer Misuse Act, but denied charges of sending bomb hoaxes to airlines.

The court heard that following police interviews, a Twitter account used by the boy tweeted the Operation Zephyr Regional Cyber Crime Unit. One tweet said: "To be fair they caught me red handed", while a second added: "I still maintain the utmost respect for Zephyr". The trial continues.

Police launch new email to ease pressure on 101 service

Think before you call, and click rather than phone, that's the message from Devon and Cornwall Police as it makes another attempt to reduce the pressure on its 101 phone number. 

The non-emergency service has been heavily criticised for delays in answering calls, with some people hanging up after waiting half-an-hour. More on BBC Spotlight at 13:30.

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Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital after road crash

BBC Radio Cornwall

An air ambulance has taken a motorcyclist to hospital after a collision on the road between Connor Downs and Roseworthy. 

Emergency services were called to the scene involving a Triumph motorcycle and a tractor on the A3047 just before 08:00.

Officers said the motorcyclist suffered serious injuries.

Is there room for the new 101 service?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police have launched a new email address in a bid to cut waiting times to the non-emergency 101 phone service. Do you think this is a good idea?

And, as the fallout of Brexit continues, how are people in Devon trying to unite both sides of the campaign?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Teenager denies 'tick, tick, ticking' plane bomb threat

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

A teeanger tweeted a threat to an airline about an aircraft having a "tick, tick, ticking in it", a court has heard.

The 16-year old was accused at Plymouth Youth Court of telling American Airlines on 13 February last year: "One of those lovely Boeing airplanes has a tick, tick, ticking in it. Hurry gentlemen, the clock is ticking."

The boy, 15 at the time, has admitted cyber attacks around the world, including on Devon and Cornwall Police and SeaWorld, but denies charges of sending bomb hoaxes to American Airlines and also to Delta Airlines. Bomb threats were also sent to the White House. The FBI decided to take no immediate action because there was no specific threat, the court heard. The trial continues.

High tide times for the region

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

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

Tides
BBC

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

Row over plans to close village school

BBC Spotlight

Parents in East Devon are fighting plans to close their village school and move it to a town.

School
BBC

Tipton St John Primary School has been in the village since the 1840s, but those in charge say there's no government funding to keep it there. 

Instead there are plans to build a new school - double the size - in Ottery.

Police appeal for witnesses after cyclist death

BBC Radio Devon

Devon and Cornwall Police are appealing for witnesses after a man died while cycling on the A379 in Devon.

The collision between the cyclist and a Hyundai occurred at around 11:50 on Thursday 16 June on Blackpool Hill at Stoke Fleming, near Blackpool Sands. 

Officers would like to hear from anyone who can help with their investigation by emailing 101@dc.police.uk or calling 101 and quoting log number 312 for 16 June.

Brexit, Euro 2016 and town council reopens public loos

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • At Roseworthy the road that runs parallel to A30 is closed due to accident. That's between Connor Downs & Premier Inn at Camborne
  • On the Station Approach in South Brent, the road is partially blocked near the village hall, because of an accident.
  • On the A380 Hamelin Way in Torquay, the road is partially blocked around Gallows Gate Roundabout, because of an accident.

Ribeiro leaves Exeter City to join Oxford

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Newly-promoted League One side Oxford United has signed Exeter City right-back Christian Ribeiro on a two-year deal.

The 26-year-old ex-Bristol City trainee scored six goals in 78 appearances over two seasons with the Grecians but was not offered a new deal at the end of the League Two season.

Christian Ribeiro
Getty Images

"He is powerful, a good athlete and has plenty of experience for someone his age so we think he will do very well for us," Oxford boss Michael Appleton told the club website.  

Boy launched cyber attacks on websites in Africa, Asia, Europe and America, court hears

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A 16-year-old schoolboy has admitted launching cyber attacks on websites around the world. 

He pleaded guilty to bombarding sites in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America leading to a denial of service, Plymouth Youth Court heard.

The youth has admitted three charges of doing an act to hinder access to a programme or data held in a computer. The three charges, under the 1990 Computer Misuse Act, relate to periods between October and January 2015. 

But the boy, who was 15 at the time, has denied two further charges of sending bomb hoaxes to both American Airlines and Delta Airlines.

BreakingBoy pleads guilty to cyber attacks on police and Sea World

Andrea Ormsby

BBC Spotlight

A 16-year-old boy from Plymouth has pleaded guilty to cyber attacks on websites around the world, including Devon and Cornwall Police and SeaWorld in America.  

The trial at Plymouth Youth Court started this morning. The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty to two other charges of hoax bomb threats against two American Airlines via Twitter. 

The trial continues.