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  1. Updates on Thursday 30 June 2016
  2. We'll be back with more latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Friday

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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.

Don't forget Spotlight will have the latest news on BBC One at 18:30 and 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Truck driver death a 'tragedy'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

The employers of a truck driver crushed under the wheels of his runaway vehicle said his death was a "tragedy" and "deeply felt by colleagues".


Waste firm Viridor said Lee Jane, 56, had worked with the company for nine years before he was killed trying to stop the lorry at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth in June last year.

An inquest jury heard he had left the truck's handbrake off before hitching up a trailer and was dragged under the truck and later died of multiple injuries. The jury returned a verdict of accidental death.

"The wellbeing and safety of our employees is always an utmost priority," said Viridor chief executive Ian McAulay.

Weather: Scattered showers ahead

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Tonight will be a breezy and mostly cloudy night, with frequent outbreaks of light and patchy rainfall clearing by morning.

Minimum Temperature: 13C (55F)

Weather map

Friday is due to be a day of sunny intervals and scattered showers. After a cloudy start it will become brighter during the afternoon. A brisk wind will make it feel cool, particularly in exposed areas such as Dartmoor.

Maximum Temperature: 18C (64F)

Just over half of nearly 20,000 Somme shrouds laid

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Dozens of volunteers have been laying shrouds at a memorial to the soldiers that fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago.

Bowater Communications

The Shrouds of the Somme memorial in Exeter will see one 12" figure laid for each of the 19,240 fallen.

Army veterans, soldiers and school children have been among the volunteers. Just over half of the figures have been laid after 10 hours.

Reports of post Brexit racism in Exeter - but we find flowers and kindness

Exeter Express & Echo

Hate crime has more than doubled across the country since the result of the EU Referendum, but in Exeter acts of kindness and support have been shown to migrant communities.

Runaway truck driver's family thank nurses

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

The family of a truck driver crushed under his runaway vehicle thanked nurses who tried to save his life.

Lee Jane

Father of two Lee Jane, 56, had left the handbrake off before it careered down a hill at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth an inquest heard.

His family said in a statement that they "would very much like to thank those who attended Lee after this tragic accident".

Crime commissioner to go ahead with office move

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Devon and Cornwall's new police and crime commissioner is to go ahead with a £400,000 office move despite criticism.

Alison Hernandez

Alison Hernandez says relocating her offices will save substantial sums of money within four years, which can be reinvested in front-line policing.    

Devon and Cornwall Police’s Chief Constable, Shaun Sawyer has previously said the move “sends the wrong signal” financially.

Exmouth teenager believes he has broken two sailing records

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Exmouth teenager Guy Bridge, 16, believes he has set two new world records in kitesurfing and single-handed sailing. 

Guy Bridge
Martin Allen

The records are still pending ratification, but the race organisers also believe he's claimed them. Guy was taking part in a 55-mile Isle of Wight speed course along with his mum and older brother Olly. The current record was just over 2 hours 21 minutes.

Guy said: "It feels amazing to have hopefully taken a World Record today, my legs were burning it was tough".

Less than 10% of EU projects approved so far

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Of a promised £500m in European Union grants for Cornwall, only £36m have been approved so far.

Falling 50 euro note

Officials in Cornwall are now pressing their London counterparts to sign off more before Brexit. 

The chief executive of the Local Enterprise Partnership Sandra Rothwell said: "Whilst the figure relates to projects with a contract in place, there are a significant number of investments on the verge of starting and that is our priority in getting clarification from government, so we can move those projects forward right now."

Runaway truck driver 'died trying to save others'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A lorry driver who was crushed under the wheels of his runaway truck died "trying to prevent injury to others", said the trucker's family.


Lee Jane, 56, died in June last year when he was pulled under the truck at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after he left the handbrake off, an inquest heard.

His family said after the inquest in Plymouth: "We are very proud that Lee died trying to stop the lorry and preventing injury to others."

The inquest jury in Plymouth returned a verdict of accidental death.

Truro MP says 'time to get on and govern'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The MP for Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton, said it was important to focus on governing at such a difficult time.

Sarah Newton MP

She said: "We must focus on the fact we have a country to govern. We are the government and it is important we give security, stability and confidence to people at a difficult time. 

"We were clearly elected with a manifesto to deliver. We need to chose a new leader and I am confident we will chose somebody capable of leading our nation."

Death under runaway truck ruled accidental

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A truck driver who was crushed under the wheels of his runaway vehicle died an accidental death an inquest jury has found.

Lee Jane

Lee Jane, 56, died in June last year when he was pulled under the truck at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. 

An inquest in Plymouth heard that he had failed to secure the truck's handbrake before hitching up a trailer.

The weight of the trailer pulled the truck down a hill before hitting a wall of the hospital.

Witnesses said Mr Jane had tried unsuccessfully to climb back into the cab of the moving vehicle, but was dragged under it.

Car park bus stand plans scrapped

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Plans to use Exeter's Triangle Car Park as a temporary site for bus stands have been dropped. 

Exeter Triangle Car Park

The location had been identified for use for 18 months, while a new bus station was built. But the proposals were met with fierce local opposition and now the city council says it wants to create a line of bus stands on Sidwell Street. 

Ron Blair, who set up a petition against the car park plans, said: "There was utter relief. People were distraught at the thought of having this, they were distressed and talked about nothing other than the prospect of it going there."

Shrouds laid out to mark Somme anniversary

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Nearly 20,000 shrouds are being laid in Exeter as part of an exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme.

Laying the Shrouds
Bowater Communications

A spokeswoman said: "It's heartbreaking, they've been laying for 10 hours and they still haven't finished. We've got soldiers from 6th Rifles laying them out. It is a very emotional experience, you can't look at this and not be moved."

The project involves laying a shroud for each of the 19,240 soldiers who died during the first day of the battle.

Hospital boss apologises to families

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The head of a hospital found to be putting patients at risk of harm has apologised to families and accepts the finding of a review.

Robert Woolley

An independent review into Bristol Royal Hospital for Children's cardiac unit, which treats youngsters from Cornwall, found staff numbers were below recommended levels and there was a breakdown of communication with parents.

Chief executive, Robert Woolley said: "I would like to say sorry, particularly to those families where the review has found our care fell below acceptable standards. Where we didn't properly listen to their concerns and complaints and where we didn't give them the information they needed in a prompt and full fashion."

Tributes paid to Exeter's Polish community

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Exeter councilor Paul Bull has described attacks on the Polish community as "a dishonour" to their forebears who helped fight for Britain in World War Two.

He said: "Our local Polish community appears to be bearing the brunt of this abuse. I want to pay tribute to the brave Polish airmen of 307 Night Fighter Squadron - "The Eagle Owls" - who protected the skies above Exeter."

The comments come after the council said it had received reports of migrants being "verbally abused and physically attacked" in the city. Mr Bull said: "It is vital that we all work closely to promote the message that any instances of 'hate' such as abuse, harassment or violence are completely unacceptable and will be dealt with robustly, with a zero tolerance approach."

Cornwall MP seconds Liam Fox for Tory leader

North Cornwall MP Scott Mann described Dr Liam Fox as being "compassionate, dignified and experienced." He is supporting him for the Conservative party leadership.

@LiamFoxMP grew up on a council estate like me. He is compassionate, dignified and experienced. I will ❎ for Fox. #ToryLeadership

Woman, 24, arrested after Bideford stabbing

North Devon Journal

A 24-year-old woman has been arrested in Bideford today in connection with a stabbing which took place in the town last night.

Butterfly breeding programme 'a success'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A rare butterfly introduced to parts of Exmoor two years ago has more than doubled its population due to conservation work, experts have claimed.

Heath Fritillary butterfly
Tony Cox

The Heath Fritillary is one of the UK's rarest butterflies and is restricted to just a few sites in Kent, Essex, near the Cornwall and Devon border and on Exmoor, where it can be seen flying from late May until the end of June.

About 50 butterflies were released in 2014 and recently 125 were recorded in one section of cleared habitat, Butterfly Conservation said.

Hospital trust 'slow to improve' after baby overexposure

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A hospital trust did not make improvements quickly enough after a baby was overexposed to radiation last year, the health watchdog has said.

Royal Cornwall Hospital

An inspection by the CQC at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in April found that the hospital's own action plan "was not progressed at pace" and had not been fully implemented since the mistake, where a baby received the equivalent of one-and-a-half months exposure to natural background radiation. The baby's condition is not known.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital's NHS Trust said the CQC's instructions had now been put in place "to avoid an occurrence in the future".

Latest travel news: Lane closed on A38 by overturned car and trailer

BBC Travel

  • One lane is closed and there's slow traffic on the A38 Parkway eastbound in Plymouth between Marsh Mills Roundabout and Deep Lane junction, because of an overturned car and trailer
  • On the A39 in Cornwall there's queuing traffic in St Columb Major between Trekenning Roundabout and Winnards Perch because of roadworks
  • On the A376 Exmouth Road in Exton, the road is partially blocked and there's queuing traffic at Exton Village Crossroads, because of a broken down tanker

Family compete for kitesurfing record

BBC Radio Devon

Three members of the same family from Exmouth will compete against each other for a new world record today.

The Bridge brothers kitesurfing
Martin Allen

Olly Bridge, 18, his 16-year old brother Guy and their mum Steph hope to break the world sailing speed record around the 55-mile Isle of Wight course in under 2 hours 21 minutes.

Olly said: "We are feeling confident. the wind is looking good and conditions are looking favourable for us."

Cornwall 'bucking the trend' on recruiting teachers

BBC Radio Cornwall

Schools are still finding it difficult to recruit teachers according to new research by the Academies Enterprise Trust.

The trust claims schools are looking to recruit them from as far afield as America and South Africa.

But Cornwall seems to be bucking the trend. Last year there were 114 teaching vacancies in Cornwall - while this year it's gone down to 62. The largest number of vacancies are still in the key subject areas of Science, English and Maths

Hate crime 'has no place in Exeter'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Hate crime has "no place" in Exeter says the city council who has responded to reports of migrant communities being abused in the city.

Exeter City Council

Cllr Paul Bull described Exeter as a tolerant city and reassured migrants they were "valued members of the community." 

He said: "There is a small minority that believe as a result of the recent referendum that all migrants should be repatriated - and are making their racist and xenophobic views known in violence towards those migrants."

MP for Newton Abbot backs Andrea Leadsom

Jenny Kumah, Devon Political Reporter

David Cameron has said he intends to stand down as Conservative Party leader and prime minister following the UK's decision to leave the EU. He says his successor should be elected by the time of the party's conference in October. Live updates on who the next PM could be here.  

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Police appeal to find missing Bodmin woman

Police are appealing for help to find 54-year-old Elaine Alcock who went missing from Bodmin on Wednesday.

She was last seen in the Berryfields area of the town at approximately 14:30.

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Truro and Falmouth MP backs 'strong, straight talking' Theresa May

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

MP for Truro and Falmouth, Sarah Newton has backed Theresa May for the leader of the Conservative Party, describing her as "a strong, straight talking woman".

Sarah Newton MP

Speaking to BBC Radio Cornwall, she said: "Theresa May is the right person with the right experience, a strong character who will do an excellent job as prime minister. 

"She has already been the longest serving home secretary over the past 100 years. She is used to negotiating with our partners in the EU on matters of national security and being effective."

Devon and Cornwall Police dog pups 'thriving'

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A litter of nine police dog pups were born to Sasha as part of a breeding programme by Devon and Cornwall Police. 

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The force has asked children to come up with names for eight or the nine pups in a competition.

Review finds hospital 'patients were put at risk'

BBC Spotlight

An independent review has found that patients were put at risk of harm at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, a specialist unit that also serves Cornwall. 

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

The report - covering the four years from 2010 - says children having heart treatment were given poor care, and their families were not communicated with properly.

The trust running the hospital said it apologised unreservedly to families affected. The chair of the inquiry, Eleanor Grey, said it was time for a wider review of paediatric intensive care services in England. 

Covering EU funding will be a 'challenge'

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

It will be a "challenge" for Westminster to cover the money the South West currently receives from the European Union, the Prime Minister has said. Cornwall is due to receive about £500m of EU regional aid in the six years up to 2020.

David Cameron

When asked about funding in Parliament, Mr Cameron said: "What a future government must do is make sure we help our universities, we help sciences, we help disadvantage parts of the country and continue to help farmers.

"There is going to be a challenge but we will be able to judge for ourselves if we have more money because we left the EU or less because of the impact on the economy."

New disabled parking scheme for Cornwall

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Disabled drivers wanting to park in Cornwall Council car parks without charge need to register for a new scheme

Blue Badge

The council says this will apply to "Blue Badge holders with a registered disabled vehicle that qualifies for free tax".

Bert Biscoe, cabinet member for transport, said: "When the government stopped producing vehicle tax discs it meant our parking enforcement officers were no longer able to see if a vehicle is entitled to free vehicle tax. We had to find an alternative way to help disabled drivers park in our car parks for free."

Man in hospital after St Austell confrontation

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man has been taken to hospital after an incident between two men in St Austell yesterday.

Police were called to reports of a confrontation and of a car being driven recklessly in the car park on Penwinnick Road just before midday on Wednesday.

A male pedestrian was injured and was taken to Derriford Hospital. His injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Schools 'travelling the globe to find teachers'

BBC Spotlight

Schools and academies are having to travel the globe to find teachers, according to the regional director of the Academies Enterprise Trust - which represents dozens of academies.

Jonathan De Sausmurez

Jonathan De Sausmurez said: "Across our region we have so many vacancies we are having to travel to America, to Canada and to South Africa to find teachers for our country. We have to do something as in a country of 60m people, if we can't find enough teachers that is a worry." 

But, the Department for Education said there were more teachers in our schools than ever before.

Funds may scupper Torquay's Harrad bid

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Manager Kevin Nicholson says Torquay may lose out on re-signing striker Shaun Harrad because of a lack of finances.

Shaun harrad
Getty Images

Nicholson has remained hopeful of agreeing a new deal with the 31-year-old, who scored three goals in 18 league games last season.

"Funds are very low at the moment," Nicholson told BBC Sport. "Shaun, as is his right, needs a certain amount to be able to carry on playing for us."

MP for Truro and Falmouth backs Theresa May

David Cameron has said he intends to stand down as Conservative Party leader and prime minister following the UK's decision to leave the EU. He says his successor should be elected by the time of the party's conference in October. Live updates on who the next PM could be here.

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Names needed for police dog puppies

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A new litter of Devon and Cornwall Police puppies need names and the force is asking for your help.

Devon and Cornwall Police

The force has launched a competition for children to suggest names for the eight pups.

Canine Development Officer, Paul Glennon said: “The advantage of raising pups in our own puppy scheme from such a young age is that we can influence how their individual characters develop by ensuring that they receive good socialisation and early training.”

Trust says radiation overexposure 'rare occurrence' after baby error

BBC Radio Cornwall

A hospital trust says overexposure to radiation is a "rare occurrence", after it was revealed a baby had been overexposed by one of its radiographers.

Royal Cornwall Hospital sign

The mistake, which happened at the Royal Cornwall Hospital last year, prompted an inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in April. It found the trust still needed to reassess the competence of the paediatric X-ray operators and to revise exposure levels.

The Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust said the additional radiation exposure incurred was "the equivalent of 1.5 months of exposure to natural background radiation" and it had put in place the CQC's recommendations "to avoid an occurrence in the future".