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  1. Driver who killed road worker in north Devon is spared jail
  2. Students too disruptive for mainstream education in Cornwall 'at record high'
  3. Ten people cut off by the tide at Whitsand Bay are rescued by RNLI lifeguards
  4. Millions of pounds of inheritance unclaimed across the South West
  5. Ukrainian teenager living in the South West threatened with deportation
  6. The Exeter Pound is launching a new note - worth £4.50 - to mark the 450th anniversary of the Exeter Ship Canal
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 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.

Cornish MPs see off ex-chancellor

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A group of Cornish MPs have set up an unofficial 'Cornish embassy' in the office they share at Westminster to fend off any attempt to oust them by the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, who is now looking for a new parliamentary home.

Scott Mann, MP for North Cornwall, told BBC Radio Cornwall: "He wanted the Cornish office. I think he was eyeing up a few different offices obviously having to move out of number 11."

Mr Osborne told the BBC: "I am delighted to hear that my colleagues from across the Tamar have established an embassy here at Westminster for the people of Cornwall. As it happens, I’m moving into another office anyway. I wish my Cornish friends luck fending off other potential invaders as they do battle with our new accommodation whip.”

University of Exeter bags garden awards for sixth year running

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The University of Exeter has bagged two awards for having some of the best parks and green spaces in the country for the sixth year in a row.

University of Exeter campus
University of Exeter

The Green Flag national award, run by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, was bestowed on both the St Luke's and the Streatham campus, which is a registered botanic garden.

"This year has been a particularly successful one with the Diamond Jubilee International Garden launch, which is now open for all to enjoy", Director of Grounds at the University of Exeter Iain Park said.

Weather for Friday

BBC Weather

Mostly dry with variable cloud and clear spells tonight. However, there is the chance of a few showers persisting. It will feel cooler and fresher for most, with some patchy mist possible in river valleys.

Friday will see a mixture of sunny spells and scattered showers. Some of the showers are likely to be heavy and possibly thundery in places. Still feeling warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 23 Deg C (73 Deg F)

Weather map

Some of the showers are likely to be heavy and possibly thundery in places. Still feeling warm in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 23 Deg C (73 Deg F)  

Angle grinder attack man to be sentenced tomorrow

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

The sentencing of a man who attacked police officers with an angle grinder following a siege will take place tomorrow.

Plymouth Crown Court has heard how Stephen Yabsley, 54, lashed out at the officers after they were called to his home in Kingsbridge, Devon, following reports of a disturbance.

The court heard from the prosecution and the defence this afternoon but Judge Ian Lawrie adjourned sentencing until tomorrow morning.

Mainstream schools 'could be behind increase in disruptive children at special schools'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The sharp increase in the number of disruptive children being sent to specialist schools in Cornwall may be down to mainstream schools, a professor has said.

Referral unit

"I wonder if the authority is witnessing a reluctance in its secondary schools to engage and manage those youngsters", Professor Harry Daniels from Oxford University said.

Professor Daniels said previously students who were on the point of exclusion or were excluded were sent to another secondary school that had the capacity to deal with them, but this practice may have declined.

Fatal crash driver is spared jail

A driver who ploughed through a line of cones and killed a road worker has been spared jail after a judge ruled he could not be sure he was using a mobile phone at the time.

Anthony Tompkins veered across a dual carriageway in January 2013 and hit a group of workmen including victim Steven Tolly, who suffered fatal injuries when he was thrown against a cauldron of hot tar.

At Exeter Crown Court Tompkins, 47, of Trehurst Farm, Tideford, near Saltash, admitted causing death by careless driving and was jailed for 12 months, suspended for two years and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid community work. 

Fishermen angry at litter bugs at Hope's Nose

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Fishermen have expressed anger towards litter bugs at Hope's Nose, after Torbay Council announced plans to outlaw and impose £80 fines for anyone littering, camping or using barbecues.

Victor Magbanua at Hope's Nose

"There is loads [of rubbish] to be honest and the people who did it should be ashamed of themselves", Victor Magbanua who travels down from Weston-Super-Mare said.

Fellow fisherman Steven Clark agreed that "obviously littering is a bad thing" but said it was unnecessary to ban camping and barbecues so long as "they're not creating a mess and a fire".

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A mayor for Cornwall? Council calls on people to give views online

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

People in Cornwall are being asked whether they would like a mayor for Cornwall, as part of an online public consultation.

Cornwall Council

John Pollard, leader of Cornwall Council, has already held a series of public events across the county, as part of the council's review into governance and public services.

Now people in the county can submit their views online, including on whether they would like to see a return to the older committee style of council.

KFC says Exeter man's pink chicken isn't raw

Exeter Express & Echo

KFC has hit back after an Exeter customer shared photos online appearing to show their chicken was under-cooked.

£4.50 bank note for 450th Exeter Ship Canal anniversary

BBC Radio Devon

A new £4.50 Exeter bank note has been released to commemorate the 450th anniversary of the Exeter Ship Canal.

£4.50 note
Ian Martin

The Exeter Ship Canal was first opened to shipping in 1566, although the present entry to the Canal at Turf Lock was not completed until 1827.

It was built to divert trade from Topsham which was the second busiest port in the UK at the time. By 1960 the canal ceased to be a trading waterway and is now a centre for leisure activities.

Lifeguards extend Whitsand Bay patrols after 10 teenagers rescued in two days

RNLI lifeguards at Tregonhawke and Tregantle will be working until 19:00 because of evening spring high tides this week, in a bid to keep people safe.

Jake Marshall, lifeguard, said: "We’re experiencing spring tides this week which create faster and stronger currents, and as a result the tide can come in quicker than people may expect.

Whitsand Bay

"There is a huge expanse of beach at Whitsand Bay when the tide is out, but when the tide turns, many areas become cut off with no access back up the cliff."

Ten teenagers have been rescued in two days after being cut off by the tide in the area.

Defecting councillor denies betraying voters

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon County Councillor who defected from the Green Party to the Liberal Democrats yesterday has denied betraying those who voted for him.

Totnes Councillor Robert Vint, who was the Green Party's only councillor for the county, said: "There's very substantial overlap in policy between the Green Party and the Liberal Democrats."

"I'm not going to be changing my policies in any way whatsoever", he said.

St Just win more silverware to continue Cornwall cricket dominance

James Law

BBC Sport Online

St Just beat Grampound Road by 17 runs last night to win the WT Edwards Cup for the eighth time in nine years.

The final is contested by the winners of west Cornwall's Vinter Cup and east Cornwall's Hawkey Cup.

St Just will now represent Cornwall in the ECB Club T20 area finals day in South Wales next month.  

Suspected hit-and-run victim named

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A woman killed in a suspected hit and run has been named as local woman Kate Bailey.

The body of the 45-year-old from the Wadebridge area was found in a ditch near Rock on Tuesday. A 50-year-old man from London has been bailed following his arrest on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and of failing to stop at the scene of an a road traffic collision.

Link to Broadmoor established as angle grinder sentencing starts

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

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A man who assaulted two police officers with an angle grinder and admitted two counts of grievous bodily harm is due to be sentenced.

Technical problems connecting a live video link from Plymouth Crown Court to Broadmoor have now been resolved. There were concerns the case would be adjourned.

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall: Lane closed on A38

BBC Travel

  • At Menheniot on the A38 westbound one lane is closed near Lower Clicker Road due to an accident  
  • In St Columb Major on Trekenning Road near Highfield Avenue we've got reports there's an accident  
  • In Teignmouth, Reed Vale is blocked between Coombe Vale Road and Bitton Park Road due to an incident

Angle grinder attacker sentencing could be adjourned

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A man who assaulted two police officers with an angle grinder and admitted two counts of grievous bodily harm was due to be sentenced later. 

However, a failed video link might mean the case will be adjourned. 

Man inherits share of £80,000 inheritance after decade search for lost cousin

BBC Radio Devon

A man has inherited a share of nearly £80,000 after spending nearly a decade searching for his long-lost cousin.

Michael Hobbs

Michael Hobbs from Frome was informed by an heir hunter in Torquay that his cousin had died and was buried in the town.

"It came as quite a shock to find out the circumstances of Roger's death, and the fact that he had actually died and I'd missed him. My chance was gone", Michael Hobbs from Frome said.

Man arrested in connection with suspected hit-and-run bailed by police

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A man arrested in connection with the death of a woman in a suspected hit-and-run has been released on bail.

Trewiston lane

The 50-year-old man from London was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and of failing to stop at the scene of a road traffic collision.

A woman's body was found on Trewiston Lane, St Minver, near Rock in the early hours of Tuesday morning. 

Plymouth woman fears she has textitis - after checking social media 120 times a day

Plymouth Herald

A Plymouth woman fears her obsession with social media has caused arthritis to develop in her thumb - at the age of 25.

Stephen Yabsley to be sentenced for angle grinder attack on police

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

A man who assaulted two police officers with an angle grinder and admitted two counts of grievous bodily harm is due to be sentenced later.

Stephen Yabsley, 54, was arrested after the attack in Kingsbridge, Devon, in May last year.

The two Devon and Cornwall Police officers were left with arm injuries when they responded to reports in Retreat Close of a man making threats.

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Ten teenagers rescued from Whitsand Bay in two days

Ten people cut off by the tide at Whitsand Bay have been rescued by RNLI lifeguards.

Last night, two teenagers were spotted climbing over rocks near the Happy Valley area of the bay, heading towards Tregonhawke.

The teenagers would have been unable to get around the last rocky outcrop to the beach because of the incoming tide, the RNLI said, so lifeguards used a rescue boat to bring them to safety.

On Tuesday, eight teenagers were rescued near Freathy after also being cut off by the incoming tide.

Whitsand Bay

Dry and pleasantly warm afternoon for most

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Mostly dry this afternoon with variable amounts of cloud and some bright or sunny spells. 

However, there will also be a few showers around, especially at first. It will feel a little fresher, but still pleasantly warm in the sunny spells. Maximum temperature: 21 Deg C (70 Deg F).


Cornwall coach Graham Dawe questions County Championship change

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornwall head coach Graham Dawe has questioned a change to the format of the County Championship, which they have won for the last two years.

The top-tier has been increased to 12 teams, split into north and south pools, but each county will only play three of their five group rivals, meaning a team could win all of its games yet still not go through.

Graham Dawe
Brian Tempest

"On the face of it, it seems a strange format," Dawe told BBC Sport. "It would've been nice to play five games, if they could fit it in the calendar, or even to have a semi-final stage."

Doc Martin village among most expensive seaside hotspots

Hole opens up on road in Exmouth

A hole has opened up on a road in Exmouth.

The void appeared on Salterton Road near the sports centre. 

Devon County Council has conducted camera surveys of the hole and said work would begin to repair it tomorrow. 

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Ukrainian teenager living in the South West threatened with deportation

John Ayres

BBC Spotlight

Iryna Mynich

A teenager from Chernobyl is facing a nervous wait about whether she'll be forced to leave Cornwall.

Iryna Mynich has been fostered in the county after her mother was murdered in the Ukraine. 

The MP for North Cornwall, Scott Mann, says he hopes to find a solution before an appeal hearing against her deportation takes place at the High Court at the end of August.

The time she's been allowed to remain in the UK is running out. The Home Office said it did not comment on ongoing cases.   

Home Office response

Will you start taking vitamin D supplements every day?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Health officials say we should all take vitamin D supplements in the winter - how do you feel about it?

Also with travel companies going bust and in turmoil in countries like Turkey - have you changed your travel plans? 

And lots of lost and found stories in the news today - what's yours? 

That's Janet Kipling from 1, give us a call on 0345 3011034.

Four rescued from capsized pleasure boat are 'very lucky'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Four men who were rescued after their pleasure boat capsized in Newquay were "very lucky", the RNLI has said.

Newquay RNLI

None of the men were injured by the incident which happened off Great Western Beach on Wednesday evening and the RNLI successfully righted the boat and took it ashore through 1m (3ft) surf.

"The four men were very lucky to all reach safety and the RNLI urges boat-users to respect the water and always wear a lifejacket and have a means of calling and signalling for help", Newquay RNLI volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager, Gareth Horner said.

'No similarities between deaths', says MP

BBC Radio Devon

The Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, Johnny Mercer - who's a member of the The Defence Committee - says there doesn't appear to be any similarities in the deaths of three reservists during an SAS selection course in 2013 and the death of a solider in the Brecon Beacons earlier this week. 

Investigations are continuing into the death of 26 year old Corporal Josh Hoole, who collapsed after completing a two-hour fitness test on Tuesday.

The MoD said he collapsed after arriving back at the barracks.  

Cpl Joshua Hoole

Sneaky peak behind the scenes of The Coroner series two

Debbie McCrory

BBC Radio Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall's Debbie McCrory catches up with Claire Goose and the other stars of the BBC daytime soap The Coroner, which is filming a second series. 

The programme is about the coroner Jane Kennedy (Claire Goose) who investigates the sudden or unexplained deaths in the English coastal community of Lighthaven.

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Suspended Roseland school head resigns as investigation continues

West Briton

The chief executive of the Roseland schools trust at the centre of an investigation has resigned from his post, the West Briton has learned.

Coming up on Radio Cornwall this lunchtime

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

Should teenager Iryna Mynich be deported back to the Ukraine despite having no parents in the country and a family she is living with happily in Cornwall?

Iryna Mynich

We'll also be asking what is happening with UKIP? Following the Brexit vote they want a new national leader while in Cornwall the party has lost five of its six councillors.

And we'll take a look at the latest craze sweeping the world - Pokemon Go!

Call in on 01872 222222.

£80 fine plans for people catching more than 20 mackerel

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

People catching more than 20 mackerel at a popular fishing spot could face fines of £80.

Hope's Nose

Torbay Council wants to impose a Public Space Protection Order at Hope's Nose, because it claims litter and antisocial behaviour has become a problem.

Under the ban, camping, lighting fires and dropping litter will also be outlawed and enforcement officers will have the power to force anglers to show them their catches.

Giant dinosaurs are going to be placed across Exmouth

Exeter Express & Echo

Dinosaurs have arrived in Exmouth. The giant figures are in the town as part of the Dinosaur Trail, with Jurassic Safari now taking shape.

Van 'thought to have been set alight deliberately'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The cause of a van fire at a property in Devon is thought to be arson, emergency services have said.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were alerted by members of the public to the blaze on Southway Drive in Plymouth at about 01:15 on Thursday morning. No-one was injured.

Cornwall Council implements living wage rate

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Cornwall Council has decided to give their lowest paid staff a pay rise.

They will now pay a minimum of £8.25 an hour compared to the £8.02 which they were paying before the increase. 

Cornwall Council

Though the council agreed in 2014 to match the annual rates set by the Living Wage Foundation, it rejected this year's rate increase of 5.1% because that breached the council's cap of a 3% increase.

Committee Chairman Malcolm Moyle, who proposed the recommendation, said it was important for the council to support its staff in helping to address the issues of low pay. 

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall: A390 partially blocked

BBC Travel

  • On the A390 Coliza Hill in St Mewan the road is partially blocked and there's slow traffic near St Austell Golf Club, because of an accident involving two vehicles
  • There's traffic congestion on the B3268 St Nicholas Street in Bodmnear at the Castle Canyke Road junction
  • There's traffic congestion on the A380 King's Ash Road in Collaton St Mary around the Colley End Road junction

MIllions of pounds of unclaimed inheritance across the South West

BBC Spotlight

Inheritance potentially totalling millions of pounds has gone unclaimed across the South West.

MIchael Hobbs

A government list of unclaimed estates shows more than 500 people whose wealth has not been passed on died in the region.

A heir hunter from Torquay recently traced a man in Frome who had an inheritance share of £80,000 from his long lost cousin.