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  1. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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By Elisabeth Mahy

All times stated are UK

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Miles Davis

BBC News Online

That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

  • The missing lynx is still on the run after escaping from Dartmoor Zoo
  • A father is jailed for eight years for a brutal attack on his six-week-old baby
  • Communities in Plymouth are rallying around a Polish family who've been the victims of a racially motivated arson attack
  • South West farmers are facing a new menace to their crops: Black grass which has devastated cereals in parts of eastern England is now making its way into local fields
  • South Crofty mine in Redruth has taken a step closer to re-opening as a working tin mine this week
  • The parents of a Devon teenager killed in a freak ski-lift accident while on a school trip have been talking about what they've been through over the last five years

Taxi driver to go on anger management course

Torquay Herald Express

A torquay taxi driver has had his licence suspended for three months and been ordered to go on an anger management course following an 'unprecedented' five complaints in four months about his conduct.

Latest travel for Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

- On the A39 in Cornwall between the St Teath turn and the Camelford BP garage, traffic is blocked in both directions due to an overturned vehicle

- On the A361 in Devon one lane is blocked near the Landkey turn-off due to a broken down vehicle Barnstaple bound

Baxter expects interest in Hepher

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter says he would not be surprised if backs coach Ali Hepher was linked with vacant head coach roles.

Ali Hepher
Getty Images

The former Northampton fly-half's work has been key to Exeter's rise in recent years, which culminated in a first Premiership final appearance in May and he also led England Saxons to a series win in South Africa this summer.

"If I was a coach or a CEO at another rugby club I'd certainly have a look at him," Baxter told BBC Sport.

Ski lift teen's dad hopes lessons have been learned from tragic incident

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

The father of a teenager killed in a freak accident on a ski lift while on a school trip in the Alps says he hopes lessons have been learned from the incident.

Kieran Brookes, 14, from Bovey Tracey got stuck while trying to get off a lift and was strangled by his clothing.

Kieran Brookes

Nick Brookes said progress had been made and people were safer but that "these accidents are still happening".

The company that operated it was acquitted last year of corporate manslaughter. An appeal court has just upheld that decision.

Exhausted volunteers go home before further search for lynx

BBC Spotlight's Anna Varle at Dartmoor Zoo

Exhausted volunteers searching for an escaped lynx, which is on the run from Dartmoor Zoo, have gone home before a further search this evening.

The volunteers were looking for the feline yesterday and overnight.

A spokesman from the zoo said the lynx is not a natural hunter and by now is probably very hungry. A human cordon will be formed again this evening in a bid to catch the cat.

Keepers have 25 humane traps dotted around the zoo boundary and in surrounding land and have now brought in two larger humane traps, which they believe will offer a better chance of catching the cat.  

Father jailed for attack on baby

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A father has been jailed for eight years for a brutal attack on his six-week-old baby. William Coryn inflicted "catastrophic life-changing injuries" on the baby boy while his mother was at the dentist in March 2013.

William Coryn

The boy, now 3, is severely disabled and is expected to require full-time care for the rest of his life. Coryn, 32, from Praze An Beeble, Cornwall, was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm with intent after a week-long trial at Truro Crown Court.  

Scilly Sergeant's memoirs will be turned into TV show

The television studio responsible for shows like Gogglebox and Undercover Boss, are to turn a book written by a police sergeant on the Isles of Scilly into a prime-time TV show, the This is Scilly website reports.

Studio Lambert optioned the rights to The Life of a Scilly Sergeant after a “hard-fought” auction between six publishers, The Bookseller reports.​

The author Sgt Colin Taylor will act as a consultant and executive producer.

Three arrests in Exeter after Class A drugs seized

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Police have arrested three men in Exeter on suspicion of possessing and trying to supply Class A drugs.

Officers raided two flats in Kinnerton Way, Exeter, on Thursday evening, where they found a quantity of drugs believed to be Class A.

Two of the men are aged 20 and the third is aged 19. All three remain in police custody while investigations continue.

Flaviu the lynx joins a list of famous escapees

BBC Newsbeat

Flaviu the lynx is still on the run after escaping from Dartmoor Zoo but he's not the only animal to have done a runner...

Flaviu the lynx
Dartmoor Zoo

Other escapees include:

  • Ken Allen - Orangutan - escaped from San Diego Zoo on multiple occasions in the 1980s
  • The Tamworth Two, a couple of five month-old pigs, made a dash for it in 1998 
  • Nikica the hippo enjoyed 10 days of freedom when her zoo was flooded in 2010
  • Sylvester the lion went on a three-week killing spree when he escaped from a national park in 2015
  • Chuva the macaw hid inside a family's motor home after he escaped from a zoo in 2009

South Crofty mine in Redruth a step closer to re-opening as a working tin mine

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Canadian company aiming to reopen South Crofty tin mine in Cornwall has made progress on fund raising.

Tin mine

Strongbow Exploration says it has raised just over £1m to fund the early stages of its plan, which will involve buying the mine project near Redruth out of administration. 

The Canadians have been encouraged by the weakening of the pound, which means tin is now worth 15% more than it was in the spring.

Why did Wadebridge soldier Steve Roberts die in Iraq? Sir John Chilcot's damning verdict

Cornish Guardian

Wadebridge soldier Steve Roberts died in Iraq after giving his body armour to a colleague. 

Work starts to knock down 10-storey Plymouth hotel for redevelopment

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Work has begun to knock down the main tower of the Quality Hotel in Plymouth.

The 10-storey building is being demolished and the land prepared for developing a new, high-end hotel.

Quality Hotel

Plymouth City Council says the demolition is in response to a number of vandalism and arson incidents at the derelict site, which stands above the Hoe.

Other buildings at the former hotel site - including an office block, kitchen and reception rooms - have now been knocked down, with only a pile of ground rubble remaining, a spokesperson said.

Leader of the Council Ian Bowyer said: “This building has blighted our magnificent waterfront and I’m delighted that we will literally see the last of it in the next few weeks."

Sturrock to help run 10th-tier club

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Former Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock is to help his local non-league club.

Paul Sturrock
Getty Images

The ex-Scotland international has joined Plymouth Parkway of the South West Peninsula League as an advisor.

The 59-year-old parted company with Yeovil in December 2015 with the League Two club in the relegation zone.

Thermal imaging camera on drone 'shows lynx'

A lynx that escaped from Dartmoor Zoo on Thursday is thought to have been filmed by a drone.

Devon and Cornwall Police said the first 32 seconds of the video below showed a "white thermal signature" believed to be the lynx.

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Keepers have 25 humane traps dotted around the zoo boundary and in surrounding land and have now brought in two larger humane traps, which they believe will offer a better chance of catching the cat.  

Polish Embassy in 'private talks' with family targeted in 'racially motivated hate crime'

BBC Spotlight

The Polish Embassy has been talking in private this lunchtime with a family targeted by arsonists in what police are calling a "racially motivated hate crime".

Polish Consul with family targeted in arson attack

The family's garden shed was destroyed and they were sent a threatening letter. 

Family members say they don't feel safe since the result of the EU referendum.

Motorcyclist taken to hospital after crash

Single motorcycle RTC St.erth, Hayle. Rider complaining of neck pain , transfered to Treliske by land ambulance 🚑

Single motorcycle RTC St.erth, Hayle. Rider complaining of neck pain , transfered to Treliske by land ambulance 🚑

Residents' parking £80 scheme 'will fail'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A plan to charge people in Cornwall £80 for residents' parking permits 'will fail' because it is too expensive, according to a leading Cornwall Council member.

The council is considering introducing residents' permit schemes in towns around the county to help solve traffic problems.

In an email seen by the BBC, Rob Nolan, Mayor of Truro, said to members of the transport policy committee: "If we go ahead at £80, then the scheme will fail and an opportunity will have been missed and hundreds of thousands of pounds of consultants and officers time will have been wasted."

Redruth's Cowan-Dickie returns to Plymouth Albion

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Albion has re-signed front-row Tom Cowan-Dickie after a season at National Two South side Redruth.

Tom Cowan-Dickie
Dan Barbary/Redruth RFC

The 25-year-old began his career at Exeter Chiefs and spent two seasons on dual-registration at the Brickfields before joining permanently in 2014 for a further campaign.

"I had a good season at Redruth but feel I have some unfinished business at Albion," Cowan-Dickie said.

Light rain possible tonight and on Saturday

BBC Weather

Tonight cloud will continue to spread eastwards and thicken at times to give some outbreaks of light rain or drizzle. It will also become misty around the coasts and over hills. 

Light or moderate southwesterly winds will become fresher at times around the coast. Minimum temperature: 15 C (59 F).

Weather map

Saturday: Generally cloudy with a little light rain or drizzle possible, but there should also be some drier, brighter periods for a time before cloud thickens during the afternoon and a spell of more persistent rain moves in from the west towards evening.

It'll be misty around the coast and over high ground. Moderate or fresh southwesterly winds will be occasionally strong around the north coast. Maximum temperature: 20 C (68 F).

A30 open again after crash

BreakingMan jailed for 1987 break-in rape

BBC News England

A woman who was raped as a teenager in 1987 has described decades of living in fear until her attacker was caught.

David Mears, now 60, was arrested earlier this year after new forensic techniques were used.

Mears, from Plymouth, has been sentenced to life with a minimum term in jail of eight years.

David Mears rape sentence: Victim spent years 'being scared'

Zoo bosses bring in more cages in bid to catch escaped lynx

BBC Spotlight

More humane cages are being drafted in to try and catch a lynx that escaped from Dartmoor Zoo on Thursday.

Keepers have 25 humane traps dotted around the zoo boundary and in surrounding land and have now brought in two larger humane traps, which they believe will offer a better chance of catching the cat.


Capenhurst named as storage site for Devonport subs' nuclear waste

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Nuclear waste from 12 laid-up submarines at Devonport will be stored at Capenhurst nuclear site in Cheshire.


The Ministry of Defence announcement means Devonport can start removing the subs' radioactive reactors and dismantle the vessels as soon as the facilities are in place.

Capenhurst will store the reactors from a total of 27 laid-up nuclear subs at Devonport and Rosyth until a permanent site is found "some time after 2040".

Nuclear fuel which remains on eight of the 12 subs at Devonport will be taken to Sellafield in Cumbria.

Monster blades arrive at controversial wind farm

Plymouth Herald

Massive blades which will power nine 390ft turbines at a controversial wind farm in Devon have started to be delivered.

Outrage on social media after attack on Polish family


Race hate crime
Devon & Cornwall Police

News that a Polish family were targeted by arsonists in what police are calling a "racially motivated hate crime", has prompted angry people to take to Facebook:

  • Glenda Benger - Shame on those who did this. Ashamed of the actions of some of our so called society.
  • David Pullin - Disgusting. Poles helped us gain freedom for Europe 1939 - 1945. They contribute to our country in so many ways and should be welcome here. 
  • Charlotte Richardson - I voted leave and I think it's pretty small minded to brandish everyone who voted leave as a 'racist' I think this sort of behaviour is disgusting and thuggish!   
  • Wendy Howe - Leaving the EU has given idiots the go ahead for these despicable acts... Embarrassed by these Morons.  
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Zoo boss hopes lynx will enter a humane trap tonight

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Benjamin Mee, director of Dartmoor Zoo, said that overnight police used drones to hover "over the field where we thought the lynx was and there was indeed a lynx-sized dot, with cows nearby to give a comparison".


He told BBC News: "We used a human cordon to try and move him towards the humane traps.

"We're now going to give him enough space and time to rest and get hungry." Mr Mee added. He hopes the lynx will enter a humane trap to feed tonight.  

Benjamin Mee, director of Dartmoor Zoo,

Polish family: 'We are staying here' despite arson hate crime

BBC News England

We are broadcasting live on Facebook from the home of a Polish family who tell us they are too scared to go out after a racially motivated arson attack on their home in Plymouth.

Police close road to remove 'large quantity' of drugs

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police have closed a road to allow a specialist team to remove a "large amount" of drugs and equipment from a three-storey building in Devon.

Officers were called to the former Axe Vale Social Club in Chard Street, Axminster, after reports of a strong smell of cannabis in the area.

A 27-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of the production of cannabis. The man remains in police custody while investigations are ongoing.

It is not clear how long the operation will take, a spokesman said.

Accident blocks A30 in Cornwall

BBC Travel

The A30 in Cornwall is blocked and there's queuing traffic westbound between Carminow Cross in Bodmin and Innis Downs Junction in Lanivet, because of an accident. 

Would you like to be Lord Trethevy, Tintagel? Beware - it's not quite king of the castle

West Briton

If you would like to lord it over your neighbours at Tintagel, you can now do so – for a mere £9,000.

South West charity claims thousands of dogs 'die in Hungary every year'

BBC Radio Devon

A charity in the South West wanting to rehome dogs from Hungary claims tens of thousands of them die there every year in "killing stations".

Rescue dogs

People across Devon and Cornwall have been adopting dogs from the country to save them from being killed.

The Hungarian government has admitted it doesn't know how many dogs are put down in rescue centres and pounds.

Police to use Segway machines on patrol

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police in Newquay are to become the first in Britain to use Segway machines while out on patrol. 

The two-wheeled, self-balancing electric vehicles are already used overseas and have been donated to the force meaning there's no cost involved.

Segways on beach patrol

Prison officers at HM Dartmoor join national walkout over plans to change how they work

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Prison officers at HM Dartmoor have joined colleagues from across England and Wales in an unofficial walkout in protest against plans to change how they work.

HM Dartmoor staff

They say their concerns have been "ignored". 

Officers say they have been "undermined" over proposals to reform the system of offender management within jails. There is also concern over safety, with almost 5,000 assaults on prison staff nationally last year.

The Prison Service says it will "continue to work closely" with the unions to address their concerns and insists that the welfare of its staff is one of its key priorities.

Zoo keepers and volunteers form human cordon to try to trap missing lynx

BBC Radio Devon

Volunteers and staff at Dartmoor Zoo have formed a human cordon to try to capture Flaviu, the lynx that escaped from the wildlife park in the early hours of Thursday morning.

Two police drones with thermal imaging equipment have identified an animal the size of the wild cat in fields near the zoo.

Staff have also discovered two of the baited traps have been disturbed and there are animal tracks around the park. They hope to recover the animal in the next few hours.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • A30 eastbound between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross and again between Innis Downs and Temple there's slow moving traffic
  • On the A39 through Camelford traffic is very heavy in both directions
  • Delays to and from London Waterloo expected until 14:00

Exeter Deaf Academy thanks parents for their support after major police investigation is launched

Exeter Express & Echo

Parents are continuing to be assured that it's business as normal at Exeter Deaf Academy after a major investigation was launched at the school involving the police and Devon County Council.

Flaviu the escaped Dartmoor Zoo lynx is 'extremely timid'

BBC Spotlight

Zoo staff trying catch an escaped lynx say their main concerns are the safety of the public and for the welfare of Flaviu.

The animal escaped on Thursday and staff and police have since located the cat in farmland close to the zoo, but now need to catch him.

Staff said he was extremely timid and his instinct was to stay away from people.


Lynx spotted at Radio Cornwall?