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  1. Updates on Friday 15 July 2016

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One this evening, the late bulletin at 22:30 and across the weekend. There will also be news on your BBC Local Radio station.

Weather: Grey start for Saturday, but due to improve

Saturday will be quite grey at first - perhaps with a bit of hill fog and a few spots of rain.

Weather map

However, there may well be some sunny spells breaking out and if you're lucky enough to see some sunshine it will feel warm and muggy. Maximum Temperature: 23C (73F)  

Traffic officers are good eggs for saving hens from fire drama

BBC Radio Devon

Traffic officers saved hundreds of battery hens on their way to a better life. The hens were being transported in a British Hen Welfare Trust van down the M5 when a rear tyre caught fire.

Nick Wiltshire
Highways England

Traffic officer Nick Wiltshire said: "As for the hens, they had already been saved from slaughter so I guess you could say they were saved twice in a day. Some of them had been laying in the crates, and I think that must have been the first free range eggs those chickens had laid.”

The shocking damage caused by a suspected arson attack near Exeter city centre

Exeter Express & Echo

Police are investigating a suspected arson attack near Exeter College.

Cornishman to preside over first University of Exeter Graduation ceremonies in Truro

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The University of Exeter’s new Chancellor Lord Myners of Truro, will preside over graduation ceremonies in Cornwall for the first time next week.

Lord Myners
University of Exeter

Hundreds of students from the University’s Penryn Campus will receive their awards from the peer, who was brought up in Truro by his adoptive parents, a butcher and a hairdresser, and has gone on to a career in business and politics.

The ceremonies take place at Truro Cathedral on Monday, 18 July.

Police appeal for witnesses after two women groped on same night

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses to sexual assaults on two different women in the Wellswood area of Torquay.

Police said the first assault happened in Montpelier Road at 7.50pm on Friday 8 July.

Officers said the second assault happened the same evening approximately one hour later in the Meadfoot Road area of the town.

Officers believe the same offender is responsible for both offences. He is described as being aged between 18 and 21, of slim build, wearing a black or dark hooded top with the hood up and dark trousers.

Detective Inspector Nicky Seager said: “These assaults were deliberate acts which have been very distressing for the female victims, leaving them understandably shaken."

RNLI crew thank employers

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The volunteer lifeboat crew in Falmouth had a chance to thank their employers for their continued support by allowing staff time off work to crew Falmouth lifeboats when called out on a shout.

Falmouth RNLI crew
Falmouth RNLI

Employers from Pendennis Shipyard, A & P Falmouth, Falmouth Harbour Commissioners, SKB Sailmakers, 3WhiteHats and Spectrum attended the evening which included a trip out on Falmouth’s Severn class all-weather lifeboat the Richard Cox Scott.

Water company: Industrial action will not affect service

South West Water said it does not expect "any noticeable impact on services" to be caused by industrial action from midnight tonight.

Workers have voted in favour of an overtime ban in a protest against pay levels.

A spokesman for South West Water said: "We believe the pay award for 2015/16 is a fair and reasonable settlement and look forward to progressing overdue discussions with the trade unions on this year’s settlement."

Britain's Got Talent auditions coming to Cornwall

The Cornishman

Britain's Got Talent is coming to Cornwall later this month to start auditions for its brand new series.

Adventurer challenges himself to death defying challenge

BBC Radio Devon

Exmoor adventurer Sir Ranulf Fiennes has set himself another death defying challenge.

He plans to become the first person to cross both polar ice caps and climb the highest mountain on every continent on Earth.

He's 72 years old and said he's still a way off being done with his charity work.

Sir Ranulf Fiennes

Budget stopped Exeter City boss from offering deals to pair

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says his limited budget meant he could not offer contracts to right-back Arron Davies and midfielder David Noble.

The pair made 286 appearances for the Devon club between them, but are now free agents after their deals expired.

Arron Davies and David Noble
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"They've both done very well for the club and I would've liked to have kept them," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon. "On the other hand, they weren't first through the door in terms of priority and I was honest with them on that."  

French journalist in Cornwall writes in wake of Nice attack

Cornish Guardian

Charlotte Becquart is a French journalism student who is spending the summer working on the Cornish Guardian newspaper. Here, she writes in the wake of the latest terrorist attack to befall her homeland.

South West Water workers to take industrial action over pay

BBC Radio Cornwall

GMB trade union members at South West Water will take industrial action for the first time in over 30 years as part of a long-running dispute over pay.

A continuous ban on overtime will take place from midnight tonight.

GMB members rejected the company's offer of 1.8% as well as an eleventh-hour offer of a one off payment of £120 per employee.

Katherine Darcy, GMB regional officer, said "We remain open to talks with the employer at any time to resolve this dispute but GMB will not stand idly by while our members are treated poorly."  

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall: Accident on A387

BBC Travel

  • In West Looe the A387 Polperro Road is partially blocked near Goonwartha Road due to an accident.
  • On the A30 between Bodmin and Temple there's slow moving traffic in both directions.
  • West Hill A30 broken down lorry removed.

Police and Crime Commissioner announces funding to help child sexual abuse victims

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez has announced funding to help child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.

Each will get a share of £140,000 provided by the Ministry of Justice to ensure practical and emotional support to victims.

The awards have been made to:

  • Children's Society
  • Devon Rape Crisis
  • North Devon Against Domestic Abuse
  • Tor Support
  • Victim Support
  • Spiral Pathways (collaboration involving CLEAR (Cornwall), Women's Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre, and Cornwall Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre)

Battery hens on their way to freedom saved from burning van

More than 200 battery hens being rehomed as pets were saved from death for a second time after the van they were being transported in caught fire last month.

Highways England traffic officers on routine patrol saw the British Hen Welfare Trust van turn off the M5 with a smoking tyre.

Chicken in a cage

Almondsbury-based Nick Wiltshire and Steve Mason contacted the Devon and Somerset Fire Service and helped unload the hens just minutes before the tyre caught fire and spread throughout the van.

They closed the slip road at the Bridgwater junction to keep other road users safe and allow the firefighters to deal with it.

Melissa Reid picked for GB triathlon Paralympic squad

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall's Melissa Reid has been selected for the triathlon at the Paralympic Games in Rio next month.

Great Britain will take 11 athletes to the inaugural event in Brazil - the most of any country.

Melissa Reid
Getty Images

Reid will compete in the PT5 category, and will be joined by her guide Nicole Walters.

New bridge to be officially opened in Plymouth

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Plymouth’s newest bridge is to be opened at an event designed to encourage local people to go wild.

Councillor Dave Downie will cut the ribbon across the bridge which spans Kinterbury Creek on the River Tamar.

The opening event, on Tuesday 19 July, will include activities for families with the Marine Biological Association’s Beach Rangers, foraging for wild food walks and wild refreshments.

Community ambassador Katie Thomas said: “It’s been really interesting seeing how projects come together and how we can all work to make something happen. The charms look great – it’s like a little piece of us on the bridge.”

Latest weather: Mostly cloudy and dry, with occasional brighter spells. Feeling muggy.

BBC Weather

It will be a cloudier day compared to yesterday, although it should stay dry.

However, some brighter spells may well develop towards the east through the afternoon, and it will feel muggy later on.


Recycling collectors fall ill from unwashed bottles

Some recycling collectors in West Devon have become ill after handling unwashed bottles.

An incident took place at the council's operational waste depot, when recycling banks were emptied and their contents crushed before being sent for recycling.

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When the bank was emptied and the bottles were crushed a combination of different liquids merged and produced a gas.   

The emergency services were called to investigate the gases and treat the workers.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

  • Officers attacked in Devon are recognised for their bravery
  • A teenager who fell from a harbour wall "freaked out" when a seagull tried to snatch her ice cream before plummeting 15ft (4.6m).
  • The Royal Devon and Exeter hospital is encouraging some patients with kidney failure to train to carry out their own dialysis at home.
  • Talks are being held this morning to discuss the impact the EU referendum could have on the Cornish economy.  

Local police officers recognised for their bravery

BBC Spotlight

Four police officers have been recognised for their bravery after tackling a man with an angle grinder in Kingsbridge.

They were honoured at the Police Bravery awards in London last night for risking their lives to bring the armed siege to an end.


One was seriously hurt - the others were also attacked using themselves as body shields to protect their colleague.

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall: Collision on the A386

BBC Travel

  • In Bideford we've got reports of a collision on the A386 The Quay near Ropewalk
  • In Buckfastleigh One lane blocked, slow traffic due to broken down car A38 Northbound btwn Lower Dean Junction & Dartbridge Junction
  • In Newbridge we've got reports of a traffic collision on the A390 near the turn for Cadson Manor

Speak with the South West crime boss

David Fitzgerald

BBC Radio Devon

Alison Hernandez - Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon and Cornwall is joining me for the next hour to answer your questions.

Have you been affected by crime? Do you think the service is up to scratch?

Call in on 0345 301 1034 or text 81333 starting your message with the word Devon.

Sammie Giles wins English women's amateur golf championship

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's Sammie Giles has won the English women's amateur championship at West Lancashire and completed a full set of national titles.

She has already won the English women's stroke play, played last year on another Lancashire course at St Annes Old Links, and she captured the English women's mid-amateur at Bath in 2014.

Sammie Giles
England Golf

The 21-year-old from St Mellion scored one-under par over 72 holes.

She said: "This one is the most important because it's the closed championship and you're playing against all your England team-mates."

Construction said to be booming in the South West

BBC Spotlight

Construction is said to be booming in the South West with some in the industry saying it's experiencing the second highest growth rate in the UK.

Industry experts anticipate 6,500 jobs will be created each year for the next four years.

Construction workers

Today one of the region's biggest construction companies launched an initiative called "Step in and Step up" to take on 24 new recruits. 

Council dog control signs vandalised on Westward Ho! beach

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Seven dog control signs have been torn off walls and railings at Westward Ho! beach.

The signs advise residents and visitors of the exclusion of dogs from certain parts of Westward Ho! beach during May to September each year.

Westward Ho! Beach
Belinda Urwin

Councillor Peter Le Maistre, ward member for Westward Ho!, said: "I really fail to understand the mindless destruction and lack of consideration for other people that some people demonstrate through acts such as this.

"It is not as though there is a complete ban on dog walking, but it would seem that some people are selfish enough to want to claim the whole beach for themselves rather than share it in a managed and more inclusive way. If anyone has any information on how this occurred we would like them to contact the council."

No place fans would rather be than Jess Glynne at Eden

Singer Jess Glynne provided a fitting finale to the Eden Sessions last night.

Jess Glynne
Mel Osborne

BBC Radio Cornwall's Mel Osborne said the singer gave a "brilliant" performance.

Don't dig holes in the beach this summer - it's too dangerous

Plymouth Herald

Holidaymakers flocking to the beach this summer are being urged not to dig holes in the sand - because it poses a safety risk.

Plymouth Albion sign Jamie Salter for third time after leaving Launceston

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Albion have signed hooker Jamie Salter for the third time after he left Cornish side Launceston.

The 31-year-old missed much of last season after having an operation on a detached bicep, and could not prevent Launceston from being relegated.

Jamie Salter
Plymouth Albion

"I really enjoyed my time at Polson Bridge but I want to play at the highest level possible," Salter said. "I live in Plymouth and am looking forward to challenging for a place in Albion's front row."

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall: Incident on the A390

BBC Travel

  • In Newbridge we've got reports of a traffic collision on the A390 near the turn for Cadson Manor
  • In Ashton we've got reports of an incident on the A394 near Hendra Lane
  • In Plymouth there is Slow traffic due to traffic light failure on B3416 Plymouth Road at Cot Hill / Great Woodford Drive 

St Ives seagull swoop 'freaked out' fall teen

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A teenager injured after falling 15ft (4.6m) off a harbour wall said she "freaked out" when a seagull tried to snatch her ice-cream. 

Chris Oates

Shop worker Joanne Rich, 18, was sitting on Smeaton's Pier in St Ives, Cornwall, on Tuesday afternoon when the gull swooped. 

She said: "The only way I felt I could get away was to go forward, I didn't actually realise how high it was."

She was airlifted to hospital with back injuries.  

Call for average speed cameras on South Devon Highway

BBC Radio Devon

There's been a call for average speed cameras to be put on the new South Devon Highway.

Research shows that on average most drivers are exceeding the speed limit by about 15mph.

Alistair Dewhurst, a Liberal Democrat councillor in Teignbridge, is calling for speed cameras to be introduced.  

Cornish couple attend Clarence House for domestic abuse initiative

BBC Radio Cornwall

A couple from Cornwall who founded a national initiative to help child victims of domestic abuse have attended a reception at Clarence House.

Operation Encompass which began in Torpoint has since been adopted by police forces across the country.

Liz and David Carney-Howarth were invited to the event by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall as part of her work to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

South West MPs react to Nice attacks

BBC Spotlight

At least 84 people are dead after a lorry ploughs through packed crowds gathered for Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, southern France.  

South West MPs have described the attacks as "horrific", "shocking" and "heartbreaking".

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Paignton refreshment kiosk condemned as 'looking like a cuckoo clock'

BBC Radio Devon

A new seafront refreshment kiosk in Paignton has been condemned as 'looking like a cuckoo clock' and being out of keeping with the Victorian architecture of the town.

The wooden hut which was apparently previously used in a Christmas market, is being erected on the seafront next to the Victorian shelters  

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