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Summary

  1. Blunders led to the death of a boy from sepsis, a report finds
  2. Torquay United takeover depends on stadium plan approval
  3. Trevose Head bought by National Trust
  4. Jobs "safeguarded" by Trident decision
  5. Ban on selling surplus fish damaging, industry claims
  6. Duke and Duchess continue tour of region
  7. Police investigate suspected fatal hit and run
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Our live coverage across the day

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 Spotlight on BBC One at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Police find suspected car in fatal hit and run

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Police have found a car they believe may have been used in a fatal hit and run.

The body of a 45-year-old woman was found in a ditch near Rock in north Cornwall early this morning.

Police road closed sign
BBC

Police said they found a Land Rover Defender at around 14:45 at Exeter St David's Railway Station which had damage "consistent with damage the vehicle they are trying to trace may have sustained".

The car has been taken away for a forensic examination and no arrests have yet been made.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A report concludes that the NHS "failed" to properly investigate health service blunders that led to the death of a three-year-old Devon boy from sepsis
  • A road in Cornwall remains closed all day as police investigate a suspected hit-and-run collision which left a 45-year-old woman dead in a ditch
  • Torquay United chairman David Phillips says the club's planned takeover depends on the new owners being able to buy the club's Plainmoor ground.
  • Cornwall Council votes to lobby the government to try and help women who are having to wait five years longer than they expected for their state pension
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall meet the cast of Martin Clunes TV series Doc Martin on a visit to Port Isaac, where the hit show is filmed

Latest weather: Humid night ahead

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

It will be a very warm and humid night, although it should remain dry across Devon. A few mist patches may form in rural spots. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Weather map
BBC

Wednesday will be another warm day with plenty of sunny spells. However, it will be cloudier, particularly in the morning with the risk of a shower. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Trevose Head buy a 'classic National Trust acquisition'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A headland in Cornwall being bought by the National Trust is a "classic National Trust acquisition", staff say.

Trevose Head. Pic: Steven Haywood
Steven Haywood

Trevose Head, near Padstow, covers 221.5 acres and is part of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The trust said its ownership would mean the area would be protected and have its habitat and wildlife areas maintained. 

The area, which has been in the same family since about 1900, was put on the market in March and was expected to be sold for up to £4m.

Ian Kemp, from the trust, said: "It really is one of the jewels in the crown of the Cornish coast. We're very happy, very excited and looking forward to it coming into the trust's care."

A royal visit for Doc Martin

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall met with the cast of Doc Martin on a visit to Port Isaac in north Cornwall where the hit television series is filmed.

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Council votes to support women pension protesters

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council has voted to lobby the government to try and help women who are having to wait five years longer than they expected for their state pension. 

A small demonstration, organised by the Women Against State Pension Inequality, was held outside County Hall by campaigners who said due changes were unfair. 

Many women born between April 1951 and 1960 have claimed they were not aware the age was being raised by up to six years so the start of pay-outs would be equalised for men and women by 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions said the equalisation of the pension age was announced more than 20 years ago and righted a "longstanding inequality".

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, Newton Road in Torquay is partially blocked in both directions due to an incident near Torre Station. Traffic is queuing
  • In Tavistock, there's slow traffic on the A390, near Plymouth Road, due to an earlier incident
  • In Cornwall, there are reports of an accident on Trennick Lane in Truro, around St Clement's Hill 
  • On the A389 at Washaway, there's slow traffic due to an accident near the B3266 
  • Near Treluswell, heading towards Falmouth, there are reports of a broken-down vehicle
  • In Bodmin, on the A389 Dunmere Road, at Westheath Avenue, there are temporary traffic lights due to roadworks. Slow traffic

Health officials investigate E. coli outbreak

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Shoppers were reminded to thoroughly wash mixed salad leaves amid concern that the food could be the source of an E. coli 0157 outbreak that has killed two and infected more than 150 people in the UK.

Public Health England said on Monday that, of more than 140 cases in England, most were clustered in the South West.

Saving for a rainy day... on the buses

BBC Radio Cornwall

On one of the hottest days of the year, bus operator First Kernow has announced it's going to cut prices this summer... but only when it's raining.

Bus station
BBC

The company said all day tickets would be sold at half price when there's rain falling: from a light drizzle to a monsoon. 

Bosses said it was hoped the move would get people to use the bus to get out rather than staying inside when it was wet.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A 17-year-old boy is charged in connection with five sexual assaults in Torquay
  • The NHS in Devon is criticised in a new report over a three-year-old boy from Newton Abbot dying of sepsis in 2010
  • Police in Cornwall try to trace a Landrover Defender-type vehicle after a hit-and-run collision in St Minver that killed a 45-year-old local woman
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall's tour of the West Country continues with a visit to Exeter

Pension inequality protesters at County Hall

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

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The protesters, who gathered at Cornwall's County Hall in Truro, are Cornish members of campaign group Women Against State Pension Inequality (Waspi), which is against the raising of the state pension age.

Many women born between April 1951 and 1960 have claimed they were not aware the age was being raised by up to six years so the start of pay-outs would be equalised for men and women by 2020

The Department for Work and Pensions said the equalisation of the pension age was announced more than 20 years ago and righted a "longstanding inequality".

Burst water main in Honiton

Catching rogue traders an 'absolute priority'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth's Trading Standards team is working with police to deal with a spate of complaints about rogue traders and unscrupulous tradesmen targeting elderly and vulnerable people as an "absolute priority", the city council says.

Trading Standards van
BBC

The Trading Standards team said it was looking into "a series of incidents" of tradesmen using high-pressure selling during cold calls to carry out work such as power-washing, roof repairs and guttering, which was then found to be shoddy or overcharged for. 

Anyone who was making a complaint should "provide as much information as you can, including any vehicle number plates", the team said.

Trust needs £250,000 to improve Cornish headland

The Guardian

The National Trust is in the process of acquiring the 220-acre site at Trevose Head, near Padstow and has launched an appeal to raise money to care for the headland that provides spectacular, sweeping views of the rugged north Cornwall coast.

Truro Primark branch 'expected to open in October'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Truro's long-awaited branch of high street clothes retailer Primark is expected to open in October, the building's owner says.

Lemon Quay
BBC

Lemon Quay owner Schroder UK Real Estate Fund said refurbish work had been finished and a 50,000 sq ft shop "is now completed and has been handed over to the popular retailer for its own internal fit-out works".

GWR trains disrupted by hot weather

BBC News England

High temperatures have been disrupting trains between London, the West and the South West, with speeds being cut over fears of rails buckling.

GWR train
GWR

Great Western Railway (GWR) has amended some services from 13:30 to 19:00, including some from Paddington, because of the heat. 

Network Rail said modern rails were far more resistant to buckling but "on a day this hot" speeds needed to be restricted for safety.

Torquay takeover in the balance

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United chairman David Phillips says the club's planned takeover depends on the new owners being able to buy the club's Plainmoor ground.

Plainmoor
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The freehold is currently owned by Torbay Council, but prospective owners Gaming International Limited want to sell the ground and build a new stadium on a different site.

"We are fully aware that delay and uncertainty is potentially damaging to the football club," Phillips said in a statement. "We are therefore urging the Mayor and Torbay Council to confirm their intentions in relation to the football ground as a matter of urgency to enable us to move forward."

Blue skies and sunshine: Your hot weather photos

BBC Weather Watchers

Weather Watchers have been sending in their photos of how the South West looks on this beautiful day. 

Poppy sent this photo looking across Plymouth Sound.

Wembury and Plymouth Sound
Poppy

While Brenpat took this one in Polzeath.

Polzeath
Brenpat

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of an incident in Tavistock, on the A386 Mount Tavy Road, near Vigobridge Road
  • In Barnstaple, on the A361 around the Bishops Tawton junction, there are reports of an incident
  • In Cornwall, there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks on the A3082 Par Moor Road near Par, near Lamellyn Road. Traffic is slow-moving
  • In St Minver, Trewiston Lane is closed between Rock Road and Trewint Lane due to accident investigation work

Duke and Duchess welcomed in Exeter

Duchy farm investigated over non-native oysters spreading concerns

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

A controversial oyster farm on the Helford which is to close is being investigated by the Marine Management Organisation after concerns non-native oysters are spreading in a neighbouring special area of conservation.

After more than 10 years, the Duchy of Cornwall Oyster Farm Company, operated by the Wright Brothers, will stop its operations on the farm at Port Navas next April. 

Currently native and non-native Pacific oysters are cultivated there, and the company's had an agreement with authorities to farm only non-fertile Pacific oysters so they can't spread, but concerns have been raised by some environmentalists that rising temperatures have helped them spread.

The Duchy of Cornwall says the joint closure decision would provide an opportunity to consider how the oysterage was used in the future. The Wright Brothers said the farm had created eight full-time, year-round jobs and contributed well over £1m to the local economy.

Police search for Landrover Defender in hit-and-run probe

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Police are looking for a Landrover Defender type vehicle with "damage to its lights on the nearside" as part of a hit-and-run investigation.

Trewiston Lane
BBC

The body of a 45-year-old local woman was found in a ditch on Trewiston Lane near Rock shortly before 04:45 by a member of the public.

Her identity has not been confirmed but her next of kin has been informed.

East Devon Devon Council considers re-marketing Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive site

Exeter Express & Echo

New developers are being sought by East Devon Council leaders for the £18m redevelopment of Exmouth seafront.

Should Russian get an Olympics ban for doping?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

I'm debating the big stories of the day: Should the entire Russian team be banned from the Rio Olympics for doping

And, on what's expected to be the hottest day of the year so far, what do you do to cope with the heat? How are you making the most of it?

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Trading Standards team investigating 'spate of cold-caller complaints'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth's Trading Standards team is dealing with a spate of complaints about tradesmen targeting elderly and vulnerable people, the city council says.

The Trading Standards team said it had been informed of "a series of incidents" of tradesmen using high-pressure selling during cold calls to carry out work such as power-washing, roof repairs and guttering.

Trading Standards vehicle
BBC

The team said: "In some instances, the work was shoddy, while in other cases the customer was pressured into paying far more than the original agreed price." The team also said people should check on elderly or vulnerable neighbours if any work they were having carried out "is wanted and needed".

Latest weather: Patchy cloud possible

BBC Weather

Staying very warm or hot and sunny day. However, although some patchy cloud will spread from the west during the afternoon and may trigger a light shower in the far west.

Some mist may also develop in the west later. Winds will be mainly from the east or southeast and light or moderate in strength, keeping exposed coasts cooler. Maximum temperature: 31C (88F).

Weather
BBC

It'll be a warm and humid night, with clear spells and patchy high cloud. However, during the small hours, cloud will increase from the west and some showers will also move in to affect parts of the west by morning, along with some coastal mist and low cloud.

Light, variable winds will freshen in the west. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Isles of Scilly post lady 'last to use bicycle'

BBC Spotlight

A Royal Mail post lady on the Isles of Scilly is the last in England to use a push bike to deliver the letters on her round.

Daphne Jenkins
BBC

Daphne Jenkins, 71, cycles her three-mile post round every day on Tresco, delivering to about 80 addresses.

In the 1940s and 50s, some 25,000 bicycles were used by posties across the UK. The Royal Mail decided to end their use in all but a handful of places two years ago.

Fishing row down to 'overzealous official'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish MP says there's been a misunderstanding in a row over whether fishermen can sell surplus fish caught during recreational angling trips.

Fish on counter
BBC

Boats currently sell such catches through the fish market as a sustainable source of hook-and-line local fish. But the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) says they have to dump it or give it away because it has been caught while the vessel was "operating under a recreational charter". 

However, South East Cornwall Conservative Sheryll Murray said she spoke to the MMO, which confirmed that, as long as a vessel had a Category A licence, they were allowed to sell fish at the market - subject to the same quotas as other commercial fishing vessels. She puts the situation down to a misunderstanding and someone being "overzealous" at the MMO.

Vehicle description released in hit-and-run investigation

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police investigating a suspected hit-and-run after a woman's body was found in a ditch say they are searching for a Landrover Defender-type vehicle.

The body of the 45-year-old local woman was discovered on Trewiston Lane, St Minver, near Wadebridge, by a member of the public shortly before 04:45. The road has been closed for a forensic examination. The woman's next of kin has been informed.

Officers said the vehicle they were looking for "would have damage to its lights on the nearside".

Life back on Civvy Street

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

On the lunchtime phone-in today: Cornwall has a long and proud tradition of service in the military among its young men and women. But, when the military battle is over, do we do enough support to our young working-age veterans in the battle to get back into Civvy Street?

Other talking points on the programme today include: the Royal Visitors, and the heatwave - it's lasted 24 hours so far.

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Beauty spot becomes dumping ground for flytippers

Exeter Express & Echo

Flytippers used a Dartmoor beauty spot as a dumping ground over the weekend.

Urgent water repairs in Polscoe

Torquay teenager charged with sexual assaults

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 17-year-old boy has been arrested and charged with five sexual assaults, police say

Officers said the charges followed "reports of sexual assaults on two women on Friday 8 July in Torquay". 

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is due before Torbay magistrates later.

We're set for a scorcher today

Simpson hoping for Exeter revival

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

New Exeter City signing Robbie Simpson hopes manager Paul Tisdale can positively influence his career.

Robbie Simpson
Getty Images

"I've seen what he's done for players in the past, and indeed last season," said the 31-year-old forward, who moved to St James Park this summer after two seasons at Cambridge United.

"I know Jayden Stockley quite well, I've been with him at two different clubs, and what he did for him was superb." Stockley scored 10 goals in 22 games in a loan spell at Exeter during the second half of last season, earning the then-AFC Bournemouth striker a move to Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen.

Fishing trip surplus 'could be tipping point for some in industry'

BBC Spotlight

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Not being able to sell surplus fish because it has been caught during recreational angling trips could be a "tipping point" for the industry, a Looe harbour boss says. 

Boats currently sell such catches through the fish market as a sustainable source of hook-and-line local fish. But the Marine Management Organisation says they have to dump it or give it away because it has been caught while the vessel was "operating under a recreational charter".

Dave Bond, the chairman of Looe Harbour Commissioners, said: "It's not like we’re cheating anybody, we are licensed boats. But now that extra bit of fish, a few boxes of whiting that might be surplus at the end of the day on a fishing trip, you can't land. It could make an extra £8,000-£10,000 difference to the auction house, which could be the tipping point."