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  1. A boy who tweeted bomb hoaxes to US airlines and launched cyber attacks has been spared a jail term
  2. Devon and Cornwall Police's child protection work is criticised by the policing watchdog
  3. A man is arrested by police investigating a suspected hit-and-run near Wadebridge
  4. A union says the use of CCTV in secondary schools is 'excessive and too intrusive'
  5. The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall carry out their final engagements on their tour of the South West
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Thursday

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By Andrew Segal

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

Don't forget Spotlight on BBC One later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Latest weather: Staying mostly dry

BBC Weather

It will be a dry night with variable amounts of cloud and clear spells for most, allowing the odd mist patch to form in some locations, such as within Dartmoor. It will feel much fresher and a more comfortable night for sleeping for many. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


Thursday will be mostly dry and bright, with sunny spells for most and perhaps some scattered showers during the afternoon. Feeling fresher, but still pleasantly warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Devon and Cornwall Police say they're investing hundreds of thousands of pounds to address criticisms of child protection work raised in a watchdog report
  • A 16-year-old boy sentenced to a two-year rehabilitation order for cyber attacks and sending bomb hoax threats online says he is "really sorry"
  • A man is arrested in London following a fatal hit-and-run in Cornwall
  • About 50 children and staff are absent from a primary school in Devon following a suspected norovirus outbreak
  • Police appeal for witnesses after a man in a black Mini car approaches a group of children in Truro and offers them sweets
  • Cornwall's South Crofty tin mine could be in a fit state to work within a year, according to new owners Strongbow Explorations
  • The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall visit Plymouth as part of a regional tour, with the Duchess officially opening the BBC South West's refurbished headquarters

Paul Tisdale pleased with Exeter City continuity

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says pre-season at the League Two club has been "quite relaxed" because there have not been too many changes to his squad.

They have lost nine players from last term and added four, with a further four academy graduates being promoted.

Paul Tisdale
Rex Features

"We've got one or two things to focus on when normally there's a lot more, which is nice for me," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon. "I'm starting not with the task of trying out new things or having to give too much information to the squad."

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Airline Twitter threats: Who else did teenager target?

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 16-year-old boy has been sentenced to a two-year rehabilitation order for cyber attacks, as well as sending bomb hoax threats to two US airlines through Twitter.

But who did the teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, attack? 

Computer keyboard. Pic: PA

His victims included:

  • American Airlines 
  • The Chinese Government 
  • Delta Air Lines 
  • Devon and Cornwall Police 
  • The Iraq Ministry of Foreign Affairs 
  • The Professional Hunters Association of South Africa 
  • SeaWorld in Florida, USA

SeaWorld estimated the attacks had cost it about $465,000 (£353,000), with an additional indirect cost of $130,000 (£99,000) for improving cyber security, Plymouth Youth Court was told.

Suspected norovirus outbreak hits primary school

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

About 50 children and staff have been absent following a suspected norovirus outbreak at a primary school in Devon.

Topsham Primary School

Public Health England (PHE) said it was investigating a number of cases of diarrhoea and vomiting among people connected to Topsham Primary School in Exeter since the first incident was reported on 8 July.

A spokeswoman for (PHE) said it was not considered "an exceptional outbreak" given the ease with which norovirus spreads through contact and they were not aware of any hospitalisations.

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Police hunting man who offered sweets to children playing in street

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are hunting a man who approached a group of children playing in a street in Truro and asked them to have sweets, the Devon and Cornwall force says.

Officers said they were called to The Crescent at about 18:00 on Tuesday after reports that a "young man, wearing a dark top and driving a black Mini" asked them "to come to the vehicle to have sweets". The force said: "The children did exactly the right thing and ran away to safety." 

A police community support officer spoke to the children and conducted a search of the area. The car was thought to be a Cooper model, with "white stripes on the front and roof," police said.

Plymouth Raiders appoint Australian as new head coach

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Raiders have appointed Australian Jonathan White as their new head coach on a two-year contract.

The former Melbourne Tigers assistant will work with fellow countryman Daryl Corletto, who has signed a two-year extension as Raiders player-coach.

Daryl Corletto and Jonathan White
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"Appointing Jonathan as the head coach allows Daryl to concentrate more on playing during games, which can only be a good thing for him and the team going forwards," said Raiders chairman Bob Widdecombe.  

Missing person search boat owner left vessel after it wouldn't start

BBC Radio Devon

The owner of an abandoned boat in Torquay has been found safe and well after sparking a full-scale search by emergency services this morning.

Hope's Nose. Pic: Thinkstock

Coastguards, lifeboat and police were called out after the boat was spotted near Hope's Nose, and there was concern someone might have gone overboard. 

However, it turned out the owner was safely at home after he had gone out for an evening barbecue. The vessel refused to start when it was time to leave, so he walked home.

Airline Twitter threats: Bomb hoax teenager 'put family through hell'

BBC Radio 5 Live

A 16-year-old boy who sent hoax bomb threats to two major US airlines via Twitter put his family "through hell", a judge says.

American Airlines aircraft.

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has been sentenced to a two-year rehabilitation order at Plymouth Youth Court for cyber attacks against Florida's SeaWorld theme park, Devon and Cornwall Police, and threatening Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.

District Judge Diana Baker, who noted that there was a significant level of planning involved in the "persistent" attacks, said: "I think you got carried away. You thought you were cool and clever." 

She ordered he couldn't have his computer back or any seized associated items. She went on to say that she thought it was unhealthy for a young person of this age to spend so much time on his own, alone in his bedroom with a laptop. The boy apologised, saying: "I want to say sorry to my family."

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, the A38 Exeter-bound at Ivybridge is partially blocked due to a broken-down vehicle
  • Also on the A38, one lane of the Plymouth-bound carriageway is closed at Buckfastleigh for further recovery work after an earlier lorry fire
  • In Cornwall, Boscathnoe Way in Heamoor, near Penzance, is partially blocked near Parc Letta due to an accident

Mental health cash boost 'to help work on parity of esteem'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A £9m Big Lottery boost to help children in Cornwall with emotional and mental health problems will help with work to give mental health the same prominence as physical health, its recipient says. 

The funding means Headstart Kernow can roll out work to all the county's schools to help pupils deal with stress, friendships and behaviour. The idea is to encourage 10 to 16-year-olds to seek early support before problems and worries get serious.

Richard Head, from Headstart, said: "There is a national drive towards what is known as parity of esteem, trying to make sure that mental health issues are regarded in the same way as physicial health issues. That isn't the case at the moment, and we well accept that the issues for young people are on the increase. That's certainly recognised through the teaching professon."

CCTV in schools: 92% of Devon state secondaries use it

BBC Radio Devon

About 92% of Devon's state secondary schools questioned by the BBC say they have CCTV cameras keeping an eye on pupils in the playground, classroom and even going into the toilets. 

The National Union of Teachers said the use of CCTV in secondaries in the South West was excessive and too intrusive. 

Heads said it was about reducing bullying and vandalism.

No other vehicles sought in Wadebridge suspected hit-and-run

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police investigating a suspected hit-and-run death near Wadebridge say they are not looking for any other vehicles after carrying out an examination of a Landrover at a Devon train station.

The body of a 45-year-old local woman was discovered on Trewiston Lane, near St Minver (pictured), at about 04:45 on Tuesday.

A Landrover Defender was examined after being found at Exeter St David's Railway Station, nearly 70 miles away, later in the day. A man was arrested in London on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving, and of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision. He is awaiting questioning in Plymouth.

Police looking down a drain

Police quash illegal Loe Bar rave

West Briton

Plans for an illegal rave on Loe Bar which was advertised on social media have been quashed by police.

Airline Twitter threats: Cyber attacks teenager 'really sorry'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A 16-year-old boy sentenced to a two-year rehabilitation order for cyber attacks and sending bomb hoax threats to two US airlines through Twitter says he is "really sorry for what I have done".

Computer keyboard. Pic: PA

The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted attacks on Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police, and was found guilty of threatening Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.

After sentencing at Plymouth Youth Court, he said: "I did not know how serious it was. I want to say sorry to my family." He added his dreams of joining the RAF were unlikely to happen now, but he hoped to study computer science.

Green party councillor defects to Lib Dems

BBC Radio Devon

Devon's only Green party county councillor has defected to the Liberal Democrats

Totnes councillor Robert Vint said he left because of disagreements over a local issue. However, the Greens said he left to pursue his own political ambitions. 

He joins the Lib Dems at a time when their support seems to be rising. In the past year, they have done better than any other party in local council by elections, gaining 5 seats and holding on to two. 

The leader of the Greens said it was "a pity" but they wished Councillor Vint well as he did his best to represent the interests of people, often facing a great deal of criticism.

Camilla officially opens new BBC SW headquarters

BBC Spotlight

Child protection police 'experience delays in taking over investigations'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Delays in specialist police teams taking over some investigations involving at-risk children are among problems criticised by the policing watchdog.

Devon and Cornwall Police HQ

This review, by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, examined how Devon and Cornwall Police's child protection work had changed since the inspectorate published a critical report last year

It found there were still problems, including some children at risk of being sexually exploited not being responded to quickly enough, and too many children still being kept in police cells. But it added that progress had been made in several areas, and the force showed a clear commitment to protecting children.

Latest weather: Staying mainly dry

BBC Weather

It'll continue to be a mainly dry day and the misty low cloud will continue to lift and clear this afternoon. There will be a few showers, but these too will clear eastwards to become brighter from the west as sunny spells develop. Moderate or fresh west to northwesterly winds will make it feel cooler. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F).


It will be a mainly dry night, with broken cloud and some clear spells. However, towards the end of the night, a few isolated showers may develop near northern coastal areas. Light or moderate westerly winds will back to the southwest. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

Trapped forklift truck driver remains in intensive care

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A forklift truck driver is still in intensive care after his vehicle tipped over, trapping him underneath.

The man was driving towards Loosedon Cross in Winkleigh, Devon, on Sunday when the vehicle tipped over on a bend in the road.

A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said he remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Derriford Hospital with "a somewhat improved condition".

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • The A39 at Parracombe is closed due to an overturned vehicle around Parracombe Lane  
  • The A38 is closed between Dartbridge and Marley Head towards Plymouth due to a lorry fire. Traffic queuing and a diversion in place but the route is very congested
  • In Plymouth, Sithney Street is partially blocked due to an incident near Coldrenick Street

Could seaside fish and chips be banned due to fears of seagull attacks?

Plymouth Herald

Has the rise in dive-bombing, thieving, psychotic seagull attacks signalled the end of the seafront fish and chips? You can bet on it...

Should non-visiting patients be struck off GP surgery lists?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Should patients be struck off GP surgery lists if they haven't been for five years?

We've had a Royal visit here at the BBC in Plymouth. The Duchess of Cornwall has been formally opening our refurbished building.

Duchess of Cornwall

What are your royal stories? Who? Where? Why? And when?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Muse cancel Turkish show following failed military coup

BBC Music

Muse have announced they are to cancel a show in Turkey following last week's failed coup in the country.

Writing on Twitter, the band from Devon, apologised for "any inconvenience" this may cause, adding "We look forward to seeing our Turkish fans in the future".

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Airline Twitter threats: What was sent

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 16-year-old boy sentenced for sending bomb hoax threats to two US airlines through Twitter was a "clever young man" who carried out "detailed and sophisticated" planning, a court previously heard.

Delta Air Lines plane. Pic: Getty Images
Getty Images

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, admitted cyber attacks on Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police, and was found guilty of threatening Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.

Bomb hoax tweet

Plymouth Youth Court was told American Airlines received a threat on Twitter on 13 February 2015 which read: "One of those lovely Boeing airplanes has a tick, tick, ticking in it. Hurry gentlemen, the clock is ticking." A similar tweet was also sent to Delta Air Lines that day.

The judge at Plymouth Youth Court has imposed a two-year rehabilitation order with conditions to carry out 120 hours of reparation projects and attend various courses.

School abuse trial jury considers Plymouth man's verdict for sixth day

Press Association

A jury in the trial of two men accused of abusing pupils at a former school for boys is considering its verdict for a sixth day. 

John Farrell, 73, and Paul Kelly, 63, face charges of sexual and physical abuse against more than 20 ex pupils of St Ninian's School in Falkland, Fife. A trial at the High Court in Glasgow heard the men committed indecent acts on boys aged 11 to 16, and punished pupils in their care by making them stand in a hallway naked or only in underwear. 

Farrell, from Motherwell, North Lanarkshire, and Kelly, from Plymouth, Devon, deny the charges, which date from 1977 to 1983. The jury retired to consider its verdict last Tuesday.

What age can you leave children home alone?

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

On the lunchtime phone-in today: At what age can you leave children home alone? And what age were you first left alone at home? Do you know what the law says and your responsibilities?

And what about the summer months? When you still work but the little monkeys are free to roam for nearly six weeks, is there enough childcare available for those who need it without imposing on the grandparents or other family?

Call in on 01872 222222.

Lorry bursts into flames

Plymouth Herald

A section of the A38 has been closed this morning after a lorry burst into flames.

BreakingAirline Twitter threats: Teenager avoids being detained

BBC Radio 5 Live

A 16-year-old boy from Plymouth has narrowly escaped being detained after being found guilty of sending hoax bomb threats to two major US airlines via Twitter. 

The boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, previously admitted cyber attacks on Florida's SeaWorld theme park and Devon and Cornwall Police, but was found guilty of threatening Delta Air Lines and American Airlines.

District Judge Diana Baker said the teenager knew what he was doing and that it was illegal. She told him she'd been minded to give him a 12-month detention sentence but concluded sentencing him to a youth detention centre would "destroy him". 

She imposed a two-year rehabilitation order with conditions attached. The conditions include: 120 hours of reparation projects with the youth offending team, and he has to attend various courses.

Plymouth Albion add French scrum-half

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Albion have signed French scrum-half Clement Le Roy, who most recently played in New Zealand.

The 22-year-old started his career with Stade Montois in the French second tier and spent part of last season at Bury St Edmonds in National Two South.

Clement Le Roy
Plymouth Albion

"I would describe myself as an energetic scrum-half who likes to play a running game," said Le Roy. "My agent set up the move to Plymouth and I've been very impressed with the facilities at the club."

HRH The Duke of Cornwall visits the energy from waste plant at Devonport

High tide times for the region

Holly Green

BBC Weather

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


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

Duke and Duchess of Cornwall in Plymouth

The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall are both in Plymouth as part of the current tour of the South West.

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Camilla opens revamped BBC SW headquarters in Plymouth

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is opening the BBC's newly refurbished headquarters in Plymouth.


She met flag-waving children from Hyde Park Junior School and city dignitaries when she arrived.

Camilla arrival

One child asked as she went into the building: "Is she the Queen?"

Burst water main in Axminster area