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  1. Darlwyne tragedy: Relatives remember the loss of 31 lives 50 years ago
  2. Homes are evacuated because of an underground fire in Newquay
  3. Lynx settling into zoo home after three weeks on the run
  4. Tom Daley is aiming for Gold at Rio
  5. Torquay United takeover talks collapse
  6. 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.

Fat cat 'gets on with swimming' in weight-loss programme

BBC Spotlight

Fat cat's owners splash out on hydrotherapy treatment

A fat cat in Plymouth who has been swimming in a hydrotherapy pool to lose weight is doing "really, really well", his hydrotherapist says.

Plymouth cat Charlie is only swimming once a fortnight because that's all his owners can afford, but the exercise is working. His target is to lose 3kg, and nearly 1kg has gone so far. 

Robyn Ayres and Charlie the cat

Hydrotherapist Tracy Allen said: "He's taken to the swimming absolutely fine. He doesn't get horribly stressed by it. He just gets on with it really. I've met lots of cats who get stressed about different situations, and, if they don't want to do something, then they'll certainly let you know, and Charlie's never been like that."

Latest weather: Further rain overnight, but brighter on Tuesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

There'll be further rain overnight, although it will become lighter and increasingly patchy during the early hours of the morning. It'll be humid too with mist and hill fog. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).


Tuesday will see a wet start, and the patchy rain will continue for much of the morning. However, the skies will brighten through the afternoon and some of us may be lucky enough to see the occasional spell of sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 21 Deg C (70 Deg F)

Darlwyne disaster: The crew and local children

The loss of the 45ft pleasure cruiser Darlwyne and the 31 people on board was blamed on the poor condition of the boat, which was overloaded and sailing in poor conditions.

Skipper Brian Michael Bown was on one of his first trips as captain. The former carpet salesman was in the process of trying to buy the boat. The other crew member was engineer Jeffery Stock from Hayle.


Amanda Hicks, 17, and her nine-year-old brother Joel were from Mylor, Cornwall, where the boat was based.

Their mother Megan worked as the cleaner at the Greatwood Hotel, where most of those who died in the tragedy were staying. She sent the children on the boat trip for a treat on what was a last minute decision.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Cornwall Council leader John Pollard says road schemes that have come under fire from drivers and local businesses are being reviewed
  • Elderly residents are targeted in what Cornwall Trading Standards describe as a jet-washing scam
  • Fat cat from Plymouth swims to lose weight
  • A fire in Exeter which destroyed city centre hi-fi store Richer Sounds and flats above it is deemed "accidental"
  • An escaped lynx, which has been captured after escaping from Dartmoor Zoo, is feeling "irritated" and "grumpy", the zoo's owner says

'No truth' to rumours of armed police at churches

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Police say there is "no truth" to reports and rumors that 45 armed Devon and Cornwall Police officers were at churches over the weekend.

Following the murder of a priest in France, local policing and diversity teams from the force have been visiting places of worship in the force area with "advice and reassurance".

Assistant Chief Constable Sharon Taylor said there was "no specific intelligence relating to attacks against people in places of worship in the force area", but that he added the community should "be alert but not alarmed" and "all faith organisations should review their security as a precaution".

Newfoundland dog Bilbo 'great for captive audience'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A much-loved Newfoundland dog who worked with RNLI lifeguards in Cornwall was great for getting a "captive audience" so lifeguards could talk safety, his owner says.


The life and career of Bilbo, who was a regular attraction on Sennen beach as part of the lifesaving team, has been turned into a book. He was a regular with the team before safety rules forced him to retire

Bilbo died last year, but his owner, Steve Jamieson, said he was an invaluable link between the lifeguards and the public.


He said: "We used to use him for demonstrations on the beach where we could engage with the public. We’d take him down to the water’s edge and people would just flock down to see what was going on. When you’ve got them there, they were a captive audience, so we'd start talking them to about rip currents and things like that."

Plymouth sign ex-Livi keeper McCallum

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle sign former Livingston goalkeeper Marc McCallum on an undisclosed-length contract.

The 23-year-old joined Livingston on a deal until the end of 2015-16 after leaving Dundee United in January.

Who were the victims of the Darlwyne disaster?

Twenty-three adults and eight children died when the pleasure boat Darlwyne went down on 31 July 1966.


The majority of the victims were holiday makers staying at the Greatwood Hotel in Mylor, Cornwall, enjoying the return trip to Fowey.

Among them were:

  • George Edmonds, 45, from Derby, and his partner, Patricia Roome
  • The Tassell family, from Barnet in London - Peter, Ilene and their three children, Susan, 14, Nicola, 12, and eight-year-old Francis
  • Roger and Jean Brock from Halifax. The 24-year-old was heavily pregnant and when her body was found she was wearing one of only two lifejackets on board, along with her husband Roger's sweater and his wedding ring
  • Arthur Raymond Mills, 42, and two of his children, Jonathan, 11, and nine-year-old Janice. His wife, Beryl, and their youngest daughter, Lisa, stayed at the hotel because Lisa was afraid of the sea
  • Kenneth Robinson, a friend of the Mills family
  • Lawrence Bent, 74, and Kathleen Bent, 60, from Wimbledon, their 20-year-old son, George, and George's girlfriend, Lorraine Thomas
  • The Cowan family from Sunderland - James, 52, Dora, 48, Susan, 14, and their daughter, Margaret Wright, 26; and her husband, Malcolm, from Woodford in London 
  • Albert and Margaret Russell, from Southport, both aged 50, and their two children John, 21, and Patricia, 19

Only a dozen bodies were recovered.

Coffin containing body from Darlwyne being brought ashore

Teenager admits child and animal computer pornography charges

Plymouth Herald

A teenager was caught with hundreds of pictures of adults having sex with animals and indecent images of children, a court heard.

Underground electrical fire 'a little bit frightening'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Six properties in the vicinity of an underground electrical fire were evacuated in a street in Newquay after 6in-tall flames were seen coming up through a manhole, Cornwall Fire Service says.

Emergency services were called to Island Crescent at about 08:35 after flames were seen, and homes and businesses in the area suffered power loss.  The fire service said its crews left the scene in the hands of electrical engineers by 11:00.

Charlotte, a member of staff at the Trebarwith Hotel, where 60 guests were affected by the power loss, said: "It was a little bit frightening, but no families were at risk, that was the main thing."

World Cup 'overshadowed' Darlwyne tragedy

Occurring just one day after England victory in the World Cup on 30 July 1966, the loss of the pleasure vessel Darlwyne and death of 31 people passed many people by.

England celebrate World Cup win

Fifty years on from the tournament, the victory has been covered by the BBC in a number of ways:

Take a look at other events in 1966

Water supply problems in Clyst Hydon

Olympics 2016: Tom Daley reaches Rio

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London Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley is leading an 11-strong British diving team at the Rio 2016 Games, and competing at his third Olympics. He made his debut at the age of 14 at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Daley will compete in the 10m platform, and alongside Dan Goodfellow in the synchronised 10m. The duo won European silver together in May.

Dismay as vandals strike after launch of rhino sculpture trail in Exeter

Exeter Express & Echo

Vandals have damaged two of the rhino sculptures set up around Exeter for the Great Big Rhino project.

Cornwall blue badge deadline up today

BBC Radio Cornwall

A deadline for blue badge holders to register for free parking in Cornwall Council car parks expires today. 

Blue badge

A new electronic scheme is being introduced which is open to anyone who has a registered disabled vehicle which qualifies for free tax as long as they have re-registered.

It's to enable enforcement officers to check the details electronically now that cars no longer have to display tax discs.

Maritime tragedy led to safety improvements

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The loss of 31 lives 50 years ago led to improvements in maritime safety.

Amanda Hicks, 17, and her nine-year-old brother Joel, from Mylor in Cornwall where the vessel was based, were among eight children who perished in the Darlwyne disaster.


"As a direct result of the Darlwyne tragedy regulations were tightened and strictly enforced, said Richard Doughty, the Director of the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

"Licence holders must demonstrate competence and experience in boat handling and boats must meet minimum safety requirements."

Rural crime insurance claims 'fall 6%'

BBC Radio Devon

The value of insurance claims made for rural crime in Devon fell slightly last year.

It totalled £570,000, which marks a 6% drop on the figure for 2014.

Quad bikes, farm equipment and machinery were the items most targeted, according to the Annual Rural Crime Report of insurer NFU Mutual.

Boiler fire swiftly put out

Relatives of Darlwyne dead mourn 'unnecessary loss of life'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Alex Scott, a relative of Albert Russell who died in the Darlwyne tragedy, said: "I just feel very sad today because I feel it was an unnecessary loss of life.

"A lot of families perished that shouldn't have perished and the more we find out the worse it seems to get."

Alex Scott

She spoke as she and other relatives mourned the 23 adults and eight children on board the Darlwyne who perished when it disappeared in heavy seas off the Cornish coast on 31 July 1966.

For the 50th anniversary, BBC Inside Out South West worked with a dive team to uncover its location.

Man 'crossing dual carriageway' hit by van

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries after being hit by a van near Newton Abbot.

Police said the 24-year-old pedestrian, who was from outside Devon and Cornwall, was hit by the Peugeot van on the A380 dual carriageway, about 1km south of the Penn Inn roundabout, at about 04:00 on Saturday.

Police said that "it appears that the pedestrian was crossing the carriageway towards the central reservation when he was struck by the vehicle". He is being treated at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. No arrests were made. The road was closed for more than eight hours for an investigation.

Fat cat's owners splash out on hydrotherapy treatment

Heidi Davey

BBC Spotlight

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A fat cat in Plymouth has started swimming in a hydrotherapy pool to lose weight.

The hydrotherapy pool has dogs on its books, but Charlie the cat is the first feline user.

He only goes swimming once a fortnight because that's all his owners can afford, but the exercise has been working. His target is to lose 3kg, and he's lost nearly 1kg so far.

Catholic Dean says churches 'should stay open to all'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Roman Catholic Dean of Cornwall says churches in the county should remain accessible and open to all despite the murder of Father Jacques Hamel in Normandy.

Father Peter Morgan, who is based at St Augustine's Church in St Austell, expressed his shock and sadness at the events.

But he warned against heightened security in places of worship.

Signing Scrivens offers 'pace on the wing'

BBC Sport

Winger Chay Scrivens, 18, has joined Torquay United on a six-month loan from West Bromwich Albion.

He made a substitute appearance for the Baggies in Friday night's 4-4 draw against Bath City and follows in the footsteps of Andre Wright, who was on loan from West Brom last season.

Chay Scrivens
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Player-manager Kevin Nicholson described Scrivens as the "right winger we've been after".

"One with pace that is maybe going to cause a few problems for the opposition. Hopefully we can do for him what we did for Andre and make him a better player, and he can improve us."

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, the A381 Western Bypass at Totnes is partially blocked and there's slow traffic due to an incident near Harper's Hill
  • On the A38 at Haldon Hill, the Exeter-bound carriageway is partially blocked due to a broken-down vehicle. Traffic is slow moving and queueing
  • On the A386 Plymouth Road in Tavistock, near Pixon Lane, there are reports of an incident
  • In Cornwall, on the A3075 heading towards Newquay, there are reports of several miles of queues
  • Barbican Hill in Looe is blocked due to a broken-down van and recovery work near Castle Street
  • The A38 at Liskeard is partially blocked westbound, near the Island Shop junction, due to an accident
  • In Truro, traffic is slow on the A390 Tregolls Road outbound, between Trafalgar Roundabout and Newquay Road, due to an accident
  • The A30 in both directions between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross, and also westbound around the Temple area, is slow moving with queuing traffic
  • Skybus flights to the Isles of Scilly are on hold due to deterioration in the weather on St Mary's

Bomb squad called to beach after cylinder found

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Bomb disposal officers were called to a beach near Salcombe after an object was discovered by some French tourists on Sunday evening, police say.

Cylinder on beach. Pic: Kingsbridge Police/Facebook
Kingsbridge Police/Facebook

Police in Kingsbridge said on their Facebook page that they were alerted to the object on Rickham Sands on Sunday evening after the visitors thought "it may be unexploded ordnance".

Cylinder on beach. Pic: Kingsbridge Police/Facebook
Kingsbridge Police/Facebook

Officers said: "It was examined by Royal Navy bomb disposal, who confirmed it is an old gas cylinder. The tourists made the right call. If you suspect something is ordnance, then call us or the coastguard and don't touch it."

'Harrowing' recovery of bodies from sunken Darlwyne

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Lifeboatman David Barnicoat said retrieving bodies from the sunken Darlwyne which disappeared in heavy seas off the Cornish coast on 31 July 1966 was "harrowing".

Lifeboatman David Barnicoat

He spoke as relatives mourned the 23 adults and eight children on board who perished.

He said: "The worst bit was finding a body and our stern wash made it sink and he just glided down into the depths."

Despite an extensive air and sea search, the ship was not found.

For the 50th anniversary, BBC Inside Out South West worked with a dive team to uncover what happened.

Pedestrian, 68, critically injured in Paignton collision

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 68-year-old is in hospital with critical injuries after being hit a by a car in Paignton, police say.

Officers said the local woman was hit by a Fiat Doblo as she attempted to cross Yalberton Road at the junction with Brixham Road at about 15:00 on Saturday. She was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth and is in a stable condition.

The road was closed for six hours for an investigation. The car driver, a 76-year-old Paignton woman, was not injured in the collision. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Latest weather: Grey and dull day with rain

BBC Weather

It is a grey and dull day, with outbreaks of rain that will be heavy at times, especially over the moors. We will also have some low cloud, hill and coastal fog at times.

Winds will be moderate south westerly but fresh or strong around the coasts and across the islands. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).


It will remain overcast with low cloud and fog patches overnight. The outbreaks of rain will also continue and may be quite heavy again in the south towards the end of the night.

It will remain windy with fresh south westerly winds that will be strong around the coasts and across the islands. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

Beating the Big C

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

More than 170,000 people in the UK who were diagnosed with cancer up to 40 years ago are still alive. I want to hear your stories of beating the disease.

Also, fat cats... and chubby pugs - and other overweight pets. How do they get like it and what can be done about it?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Katie Hopkins falls for spoof, says M25 will close for a week for a race

Plymouth Herald

Devon radio host and columnist Katie Hopkins fell for a hoax in a spectacular way claiming live on air the M25 motorway would be closed for a week for a 117-mile endurance race.

Darlwyne disaster was 'tragedy waiting to happen'

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

A catalogue of problems led to the Darlwyne disaster, in which 31 lives were lost.

Coffin containing body from the Darlwyne brought ashore

The 45ft pleasure cruiser was returning to Mylor after a daytrip to Fowey as a storm broke and the skipper, Brian Michael Bown, ignored advice to stay in port.

The ship's hull was riddled with dry rot, there were only two life jackets onboard and it was heavily overloaded beyond its capacity of 12 passengers.

Search for Darlwyne

When the vessel did not return to Mylor an alarm was raised and a full air and sea search was launched including the use of Royal Navy vessels.

Life of RNLI dog Bilbo turned into book

BBC Radio Cornwall

Life of RNLI's Bilbo the Newfoundland turned into a book

The life and career of one of Cornwall's most famous dogs has been turned into a book.

Bilbo the Newfoundland was a regular attraction on Sennen beach as part of the lifesaving team there - before safety rules forced him to retire.

He died last year, but owner Steve Jamieson has captured Bilbo's legacy in a book about his life.

Homes evacuated in underground electrical fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Homes have been evacuated in a street in Newquay after 6in-tall flames were seen coming up through a pavement from an underground electrical fire, police say.

Emergency services were called to Island Crescent at about 08:35 after flames were seen in an 18in-square patch of pavement.

Police said two houses were evacuated and a cordon was put in place. Roads have been closed in the area and several properties have lost power, including the nearby Trebarwith Hotel, which has about 60 guests.

Woman 'clung to boat mooring before rescue'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

We'll hear about the dramatic rescue of a local woman in Newquay Harbour. She was clinging on for her life on a boat mooring.

Also today, it's that time of the month when the leader of Cornwall Council, John Pollard, takes you live question on air. 

Call in on 01872 222222.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Four teenagers are in custody after reports of suspected gunfire in Plymouth
  • Homes are evacuated in a Newquay street after 6in-tall flames come up through a pavement from an underground electrical fire
  • Relatives of 31 people who died aboard a pleasure boat off the Cornish coast 50 years ago return to the spot where it is believed it sank
  • A lynx that escaped from Dartmoor Zoo in Devon is captured after more than three weeks on the run
  • A proposed takeover of Torquay United falls through after bidders pullout over a row about buying the ground
  • An eight-year-old football crazy boy from Cornwall who had his legs and hands amputated because of meningitis plays in his first proper match
  • Plymouth-born Olympian Tom Daley tells the BBC he is "going to fight to the very end to get that gold medal" in the 2016 Games in Rio

Swimmers rescued in Newquay Harbour

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two swimmers have been pulled out of the water after one of them got into difficulties while in Newquay Harbour, coastguards say.

Newquay Harbour. Pic: Amanda Hosking
Amanda Hosking

It's believed the pair had decided to go for a swim but one of them got into trouble and had to be helped by the other before both were rescued. 

The RNLI was called at about 06:30 but the two were rescued by a nearby fishing boat which had a lifeboat crew member on board who was alerted to the situation by his pager going off.

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Devon County Council working on major improvements to Cedars roundabout

North Devon Journal

Designers are working on a series of plans to resolve major traffic problems at one of North Devon's busiest roundabouts.