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Summary

  1. Children at a school for the deaf were mishandled by staff, allowed to misbehave and engaged in sexual activity, a whistleblower has said
  2. A giant mechanical puppet - The Man Engine - begins a 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall
  3. Five years behind schedule, the first black bags of rubbish have arrived at Cornwall's new energy from waste incinerator
  4. The search for a lynx is continuing almost three weeks after it escaped from Dartmoor Zoo
  5. Coins from one of the UK's largest Roman hoards are to go on display in Exeter
  6. Updates on Monday 25 July 2016
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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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 Tuesday 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: Clear overnight, before becoming cloudy with rain

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Any showers will die out in the evening, and overnight it will stay dry and mild with clear spells. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

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Tuesday will be rather cloudy with rain at times, although there will be the odd spell of sunshine breaking through, particularly towards eastern areas. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

The Man Engine: 'Honouring the achievements of miners'

A mechanical puppet making a 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall will be accompanied by theatrical shows with music and storytelling to celebrate local mining heritage, those behind the project say.

Man Engine in Tavistock. Pic: PA
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The 40-tonne, 10m tall Man Engine, unveiled in Tavistock earlier, marks the 10th anniversary of Cornish Mining World Heritage status being granted by Unesco. It will be on show at 20 locations as part of a two-week journey, which finishes at Geevor Tin Mine on 6 August. It will be in Kit Hill later.

Man Engine in Tavistock. Pic: PA
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Artistic director Will Coleman said: "We have all worked together to drive a colossal scale and excitement into him, honouring the achievements, the harshness, the beauty and the significance that the work, energy and brainpower that these [mining] people brought to our entire world."  

Salcombe flood alleviation work finishes in time for summer holidays

BBC Radio Devon

Work on a £1.5m flood alleviation scheme in Salcombe has finished in time for the summer holidays, South West Water says.

The company and its partners said they had been upgrading the sewerage network in the resort since November 2015 and had laid more than 2,000m of new surface water drains during eight months of work.

Project manager Andy Young said: "We have successfully removed large volumes of surface water from the foul sewerage network, which will alleviate flooding to roads and properties during heavy rain. Surface water from the Fore Street area now discharges to the sea from a new surface water outfall at Whitestrand Quay, which will ease the pressure on the network."

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A woman from Dartington scores a High Court victory against South Hams District Council in Devon, overturning planning permission to knock down bungalows and replace them with flats and other houses
  • Two used car dealers working from Bideford are sentenced to unpaid work for selling dangerous and unroadworthy second-hand cars, Trading Standards officers say
  • People in Cornwall are being urged by Trading Standards teams to guard themselves against fake officials who may try to scam them
  • A giant mechanical puppet - the Man Engine - begins a 130-mile journey from Tavistock to Geevor to celebrate world recognition of local mining heritage

Ocelot bedding, mother's calls and thermal imaging cameras all used in a bid to catch the escaped lynx

BBC Spotlight

The owner of Dartmoor Zoo says he still believes they'll catch a lynx which escaped three weeks ago. 

Last night trackers went out again with thermal imaging cameras. 

The zoo is also playing the call of its parents every evening and lining traps with bedding used by an ocelot - another breed of cat, which it should be attracted to. The animal escaped from its enclosure just hours after arriving at the zoo from Kent.

Ben Mee with thermal imaging cameras
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Exeter Deaf Academy continuing "to cooperate fully" with ongoing investigation

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A school for deaf children in Devon says it is continuing "to cooperate fully" with an ongoing investigation by the local council and police.

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education
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The investigation was started after a whistleblower made claims of drinking by staff of the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education on residential trips, allowing children and young people to misbehave and engage in sexual activity. There were also allegations students were manhandled by staff, the BBC has learnt.

The school - a mixed, residential facility with 76 students aged between four and 24 - said it "cannot and should not comment until this [investigation] is complete and the facts have been properly established".

But it added: "We care deeply about the welfare of our students, and will act quickly if it is found that any improvements need to be made at the academy."

Getting the Cornish miner standing

BBC Spotlight

A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken his first steps in Tavistock. He's 10m high and takes a while to stand so we've increased the speed of this film.  Next stop Liskeard. 

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A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken its first steps on a 130-mile journey.
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Devon derby kick-off time moved

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

The first clash of the season between Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle will be a 13:00 kick off after police advice.

Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle
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The League Two game on Saturday 17 September has been brought forward from its normal kick-off time of 15:00.

It will be the 50th meeting of the two clubs at St James Park.

Tributes to 10-year-old Deezy, who died suddenly in his sleep

Plymouth Herald

Tributes have been paid to a 10-year-old "superhero" who was found dead by his mother when she tried to wake him up for school.

Devon MP becomes ministerial aide

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon MP has become ministerial aide in Prime Minister Theresa May's new government.

North Devon Conservative Peter Heaton-Jones MP - who became an MP in the 2015 General Election - said he had been appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to work at the Department for Work & Pensions, to assist ministers duties and provide "a link between the government and backbench MPs".

He said: "I feel privileged to have been asked to take on this job after a relatively short period as an MP, and look forward to working as part of the new government team."

Decision to not ban Russia from Olympics 'disappointing'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A decision by the International Olympic Committee to not give Russia a blanket ban from the Rio Olympics following the country's doping scandal is a "disappointing decision", Devon-born Olympian Jo Pavey says.

Jo Pavey. Pic: Getty Images
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The committee said it would leave it up to individual sports' governing bodies to decide if Russian competitors were clean and should be allowed to take part.

On Twitter, Pavey (pictured) said the decision "does not send out a strong message that doping will not be tolerated".

The European gold medallist and soon-to-be five time British Olympic distance runner was beaten at the 2006 European Championships by a Russian athlete who was later banned for doping.

Brixham Express catamaran begins ferry work

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The Brixham Express catamaran was due to begin operating in December 2014 but was delayed because of safety certificate issues, its owners said. 

It finally came into its new home port last month.

Up until now, stand-in ferries ran for the first five months and were subsidised with a government grant of £544,000, equivalent to £170 per passenger.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Staff from a school for deaf children in Devon drank on residential trips, allowing children and young people to misbehave and engage in sexual activity, a whistleblower claims
  • Environmental effects of Cornwall's new multimillion-pound incineration plant are being tested as it undergoes its first burns
  • Police appeal for witnesses after a suspected hit-and-run in Polperro at the weekend which injures three people
  • Police searching for a man who went missing in the Bude area at the weekend find a body
  • The owner of Dartmoor Zoo owner says he is "very anxious" about missing lynx Flaviu nearly three weeks after the wild cat escaped
  • A giant puppet of a tin miner - the Man Engine - takes its first steps in a 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall

Taxi driver assaulted after teenagers fled vehicle without paying

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after an assault on a taxi driver on Honicknowle Lane, Plymouth.

A Taxi First blue Ford Mondeo estate picked up four teenagers near the Carpe Diem pub, North Hill, at about 04:50 on Sunday.

When they arrived at the lane the four teenagers left the taxi without paying. The driver followed one of the group who, along with another person, assaulted the taxi driver, police said.

The victim, a 46-year-old man, sustained head and facial injuries and was treated in hospital.

Chewed woodland nut scuppers South Hams new homes plan

Plymouth Herald

A single woodland nut, chewed by a dormouse, had a central part to play in a High Court dispute over a controversial housing development in South Devon.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: A385 blocked in both directions

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, the A385 between Axminster and Colyford is blocked in both directions due to an incident
  • Belladown Hill at Newton Tracey is blocked due to a road incident 
  • On the B3257 at Bere Alston, near the turning for Morwellham Quay, there are reports of an incident
  • Forder Valley Road in Plymouth is partially blocked between Novorossisk Road and A38 due to a broken-down lorry. Traffic is slow-moving   
  • On the M5 in Somerset, Devon-bound between Wellington and Tiverton, there's slow traffic due to an earlier incident. All lanes have reopened
  • The are train delays between Exeter St Davids and Taunton
  • In Cornwall, there are narrow lanes and speed restrictions of 40mph on the A30 between Temple and Millpool due to roadworks. It's slow westbound

MP backs Heathrow's new runway plans

BBC Radio Cornwall

St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double has joined others urging the government's rapid approval to build a new runway at London's Heathrow Airport.

He and an influential group of Cornish business chiefs and politicians have written to new Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, saying "that following the vote to leave the EU, the economic case for a new runway has never been stronger" in order to "do more trade with the rest of the globe".

Heathrow is competing with Gatwick for government permission to expand increasing capacity in the south east. A decision has been delayed until "at least October".

Exeter's Reid joins Torquay on loan

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City striker Jamie Reid has joined Torquay United on a three-month loan deal.

Jamie Reid
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Last season the 22-year-old former Northern Ireland Under 20 international had a spell with National League South side Truro City and played 17 times for Exeter City, including the 2-2 FA Cup third round draw with Liverpool.

"He's a guy who we haven't just brought in to warm the bench, this is a guy who's going to come in and bring the best out of the other two strikers at the club and make sure he's pushing for a start," Torquay boss Kevin Nicholson told BBC Sport.

Latest weather: Some light showers, but dry overnight

BBC Weather

This afternoon will be dry for most of the time with sunny spells. However, there will be a few light showers around. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

Any showers will die out in the evening, and overnight it will stay dry and mild with clear spells. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Your pictures: No tree pecking for this woodpecker at dinner time!

Esme, from Tehidy in Cornwall, sent us this picture, saying: "Thought I'd send you a picture of a juvenile woodpecker basking in the sun eating off our feeders."

Woodpecker. Pic: Esme
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If you have any images you want to share, just email us.  

The Man Engine: 'Celebrating SW mining changing the world'

A mechanical puppet - The Man Engine - has been unveiled in Tavistock and is on its way to Kit Hill as part of a 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall to celebrate local mining heritage.

Man Engine
BBC

The puppet marks the 10th anniversary of Cornish Mining World Heritage status being granted by Unesco. It will be on show at 20 locations as part of a two-week journey, which finishes at Geevor Tin Mine on 6 August. 

Artistic director Will Coleman said: "It's all celebrating the fact that our industry changed the whole world."

St Dennis incinerator: People 'still concerned about impact'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Some people living close to Cornwall's new incinerator and campaigners who are against it remain concerned about the impact it will have on people's lives, despite assurances over air quality monitoring.

The waste-to-energy incinerator in St Dennis is being fired up for its first test burn this week - five years late. It's estimated the plant, which cost about £150m, will be fully operational by the end of the year.

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A multi-million pound waste to energy incinerator in Cornwall fired up

Cornwall Council said the plant would be properly monitored by operator Suez and the Environment Agency.

Steve Slade, from the Green Party, said: "It's reassuring to know they are prepared to give a certain amount of scrutiny, but there are still concerns over the level and content of what toxicities are going to come out of the incinerator, and where they’re going to end up. When it rains, how much of that is going to rain over Cornwall? It also seems a very large and expensive project to deal with waste that could be dealt with in a more sustainable and forward-looking manner."

Torquay sign Gibraltar goalkeeper Robba

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United has signed Gibraltar international goalkeeper Jamie Robba on a one-year contract.

Jamie Robba
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The 24-year-old, who has won seven caps for his country, has impressed during a trial period and will provide competition for the club's first-choice American goalkeeper Brendan Moore.

"He's done very well in training and he's a confident lad," Torquay manager Kevin Nicholson told BBC Sport. "He's the kind of character we want around the place and he's affordable, which is a big thing for us."

Zoo owner 'very anxious' about missing lynx

BBC Spotlight

The owner of Dartmoor Zoo says he "very anxious" about a missing lynx which chewed his way out of his enclosure almost three weeks ago.

Benjamin Mee
BBC

Trackers have been out again overnight to try and trace Flaviu using thermal imaging cameras to try to get another sighting of the elusive animal. 

Zoo owner Benjamin Mee said: "While he’s out there, it’s a huge liability. I’m very disappointed that we’ve made this mistake."

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the A30 between Temple and Millpool there are narrow lanes and speed restriction of 40 mph due to roadworks. Slow westbound
  • In Ivybridge Western Road is partially blocked near Belmont Road due to an incident 
  • In Kenton, the A379 Exeter Hill is partially blocked between Chiverstone Lane and Station Road due to an incident

How have you coped with a loved one's death?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Prince Harry says he regrets taking so long to talk about the impact his mother's death had on him. How have you coped with the death of a loved one? 

Also, the school holidays are under way. Complete the following sentence: "You know it's summer in Devon when..." 

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Three deaf children school staff suspended during investigation

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Three members of school staff for deaf children in Devon have been suspended while an investigation is carried out, the BBC understands.

Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education
BBC

The police investigation into the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education followed claims from a whistle-blower of drinking by staff on residential trips, allowing children and young people to misbehave and engage in sexual activity. There are also allegations students were manhandled by staff.

Sources involved in the inquiry have told us they received a letter detailing the claims. The concerns were raised, the letter says, but not dealt with. The academy said it was continuing "to cooperate fully with the investigation".

The Man Engine begins his journey from Tavistock to Geevor

David George

BBC Spotlight

The Man Engine
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Yulia Efimova: 2016 Olympic reprieve 'would not surprise' Ruta Meilutyte's coach

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

The coach of Olympic breaststroke champion Ruta Meilutyte says he 'would not be surprised' if Russian rival Yulia Efimova competes in Rio.

Yulia Efimova
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Efimova is barred after The International Olympic Committee said Russian athletes with previous doping bans could not compete.

"It seems to me extremely clear, she won't be there," Jon Rudd told BBC Sport. "But if our international federation is allowed to become involved and manoeuvre around that ruling, then it wouldn't surprise me if she is there."

There he goes! Giant miner puppet starts 130-mile journey

David George

BBC Spotlight

Man Engine
BBC

A giant puppet of a Cornish miner has taken its first steps on a 130-mile journey.  

The Man Engine is the brainchild of Will Coleman, founder of Golden Tree Productions, and is named after a mechanism used to move miners up and down to working levels.  

Man Engine
BBC

Plymouth's BHS to close on 20 August

Plymouth Herald

The final closing date has been revealed for Plymouth's BHS shop, which was given a short reprieve after 20 branches across the country closed this weekend.

Torquay's branch is due to close of the same day, the Herald Express says. 

What are the dangers of the St Dennis incinerator?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

So what are the real dangers, if any, of an incinerator?

Today we investigate the real effects of the new St Dennis multi-million pound waste-to-energy plant that gets test burns from today. There are fears over pollution and contamination. 

Call in on 01872 222222.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, the B3137 at Meshaw is just passable but moving despite an incident at Meshaw Cross
  • The A361 in Barnstaple at Rumsam Bridge is partially blocked due to an incident near the Bishops Tawton junction
  • There's very slow traffic on the M5, Taunton-bound, between Junction 29 at Exeter and Junction 28 at Cullompton, due to a vehicle fire

Suspected drink driver smashed into shop

Police are searching for a suspected drink driver who smashed into the front of a petrol station shop.

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Body found in search for missing man

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police searching for a man who went missing in the Bude area at the weekend have found a body.

Investigators said no formal identification had been carried out on the body, which was found on Sunday, but the family of missing man Mark Gilbert, from near Bude, had been informed. 

The death was not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner, officers added.

The Man Engine: Remembering the tin industry