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Summary

  1. Concern over beach pollution after heavy rain
  2. 'Early successes' in new one-off treatment for high blood pressure being trialled in Exeter
  3. Flood Alert issued for Upper River Tamar
  4. There are plans for a controversial new road to ease congestion on the A30 into East Devon, the BBC can reveal
  5. Training yacht brought to shore in 'extremely challenging' rescue
  6. A National Trust property could be forced to close if it can't raise enough money to fix the roof
  7. 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 Wedesday 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.

Pelican settles down in estuary

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Staff at a bistro in west Cornwall were greeted by the sight of a pelican which decided to visit a neighbouring nature reserve.

Pelican at Hayle Estuary. Pic: Bertie's Bistro
Bertie's Bistro

Dom, from Bertie's Bistro, said the bird was "just there" when he arrived for work beside the Hayle Estuary on Tuesday. He managed to get some pictures on his phone, which were posted on the bistro's Facebook page, although he admitted they were "not the best".

He said: "It's absolutely massive, it's huge. I think it might have been out there sleeping."

It's not been determined what type of pelican it is. However, a Dalmatian pelican was seen "for the first time" in the UK at Land's End in May and the Cornwall Birding website said a Dalmatian Pelican was also seen at Hayle Estuary RSPB on Monday morning.

Latest weather: Further rain overnight before a dry Wednesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

There will be further spells of rain and drizzle overnight, although we will see somewhat drier conditions feeding in from the west by dawn. Minimum temperature: 15C (59F).

Weather
BBC

Wednesday will see any lingering rain clearing though the morning to leave a dry day with plenty of sunny spells, but with blustery winds at times. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Plans for a £170m stretch of road that would ease access for drivers to get to and from the south west are unveiled by Devon County Council
  • Telecoms firm Vodafone is fined £80 for inconvenience caused by its roadworks in Truro on Monday
  • There is concern water quality on Devon and Cornwall's beaches has taken a dive following heavy rain, with many pollution incidents being reported
  • Cornwall is keeping its office in Brussels despite residents in the county voting to leave the European Union.    
  • A group of amateur fishermen land what they believe to be a record-breaking thresher shark
  • Cornwall's Unicorns Championship game with Berkshire is abandoned as a draw after heavy rain makes the Grampound Road ground unplayable

Vodafone apologises for roadworks inconvenience

Telecoms company Vodafone has apologised for the inconvenience it caused to road users in Truro on Monday after being fined £80 by Cornwall Council for roadworks which turned the city "into a car park". 

Cornwall Council said it was informed the works were "immediate-urgent", which would mean the company did not need to seek advance permission, but its staff determined the works "were not urgent". Vodafone was issued an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice - "the maximum sanction" the council could impose 

The communications firm added it was sometimes "necessary to work on our network to ensure mobile phone users receive the best coverage possible".

Culdrose ex-commander marks 'closely knitted community'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The outgoing commander of Cornwall's Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, near Helston, says he has never been stationed "at a place which is so closely knitted with the community".

Capt Adrian Orchard
Andrew Segal

Speaking to reporters last week before the station's Air Day about his leaving, Captain Adrian Orchard said highlights of his year-and-a-half in command included his chance to take part in Helston's famous Flora Dance. 

He added he was moved by an "outpouring of grief" the town had when search and rescue helicopter flights ended at the base earlier this year

Capt Adrian Orchard speaking to reporters
Andrew Segal

But he added that he was excited for the future of the base, which, he said, would supply personnel, equipment and "the muscle" for the navy's new aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

Carers shortage because 'pay has not been very good'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall has suffered from a shortage of carers because the pay has not been very good, Cornwall Council's leader admits.

Calls have been made for carers to get paid more amid claims the homecare system remains under "incredible pressure" by the trade association for care providers in the county. The UK Homecare Association said more must be done to attract and keep staff.

Council leader John Pollard said: "There is a shortage because the pay has not been very good, but we are increasing that ... and the 2% extra council tax will generate about £4.7m - that's being used to support adult social care."

'Business as usual' for Cornwall Brussels Office despite referendum vote

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall is keeping its office in Brussels despite residents in the county voting to leave the European Union.  

Cornwall Brussels Office website
Cornwall Brussels Office

Cornwall Council said the office "has been invaluable in making sure that Cornwall made the most of available EU funding and in ensuring that our voice has been heard in shaping EU policy". 

It added: "We have no plans to close the office in the short term as it is unlikely that the UK will leave the EU within the next two years. However, when the terms and timescales of the UK's exit is known, we will review the requirement for a presence in Brussels. Until then, it is a case of business as usual."

Shark catcher 'jumping up and down like a little schoolgirl'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A fishermen who was part of a group who landed what they believe to be a record-breaking thresher shark said he was "jumping up and down like a little schoolgirl" at the catch.

The men spent over an hour dragging the 368lb (167kg) beast on board the boat off the coast of Cornwall on Sunday. Nick Lane, from Somerset, said: "All hell broke loose. Suddenly the rods took off, they were absolutely screaming."

Shark. Pic: Daniel Hawkins
Daniel Hawkins

The group got the shark on board, measured it and took photographs before letting it back in the water. They have submitted a record application after the Shark Trust calculated the weight based on the shark's dimensions. 

To be the largest shark caught in British waters it will need to break the previous record set in 1982 by a 323lb (147kg) thresher shark.

Cornwall's latest surfing superstar - Mango the Labrador

Plymouth Herald

Amazing pictures show Britain's latest surfing star in action in Cornwall - a seven-year-old Labrador.

Water company reassures beach-goers over pollution incidents

South West Water (SWW) has tried to reassure beach-goers after concerns were raised that water quality on Devon and Cornwall's beaches may have deteriorated following heavy rain.

Beach sign
BBC

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) said the sewage infrastructure was unable to cope and there were 30 live pollution incidents recorded across the South West.   

SWW said it was only 11 incidents in areas it was responsible for, and its BeachLive service was informing people about heavily-diluted storm water overflows. It added that, in addition to this, "the Environment Agency provides alerts for some beaches when rainfall in the area might impact on bathing water quality".

Vodafone fined £80 for roadworks traffic disruption

Cornwall Council has fined telecoms company Vodafone for roadworks which caused traffic disruption for motorists in and around Truro on Monday.

Vodafone sign. Pic: AFP/Getty Images
AFP/Getty Images

The authority said it was informed the works were "immediate-urgent", which would mean the company didn't need to seek advance permission. However, the council said its staff determined the works "were not urgent and did not warrant the action taken by the utility company which led to significant disruption yesterday".

Vodafone was issued an £80 Fixed Penalty Notice, "the maximum sanction we are legally able to place on a statutory authority for such a breach".

Training yacht skipper in hospital after rescue 'terrible conditions'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The skipper of a German training yacht brought to shore by a Cornish lifeboat crew in "terrible" weather conditions has been taken to hospital after dislocating his shoulder, the RNLI says.   

The St Ives crew was called out at about 01:30 on Tuesday to assist the 56ft-long Excalibur, with about eight people on board, about 10-15 miles north-west of the town. 

They escorted the vessel back to shore in "strong gusty winds, rough seas with white water, and pitch dark". The skipper eventually came off his vessel at about 05:00. The RNLI said: "After assessing and assisting him in the ambulance, the skipper was then taken to Treliske [the Royal Cornwall] Hospital. 

Extent of A38 horror crash that left four in hospital revealed

Torquay Herald Express

New pictures have revealed the extent of a horror crash on the A38 near Trago Mills on Sunday that left an elderly woman in hospital with back injuries.

New A30 plans 'to tackle totally clogged roads'

BBC Radio Devon

Plans for a controversial new road to ease congestion on the A30 into east Devon have been included in consultation papers because the main roads get "totally clogged" when there are problems on the M5, Devon County Council's leader says.

The documents, obtained by the BBC, reveal an alternative route for the A30 through the Blackdown Hills, which is notorious for delays but also an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

A30 plans
BBC

Previous plans involved upgrading the existing route, but the latest proposals are for a new road. The Green Party said building more roads was not a solution to traffic congestion. 

Conservative council leader John Hart said: "The A303/A30 is totally clogged every time that something goes wrong with the current motorway [the M5], and the motorway does get overloaded on a regular basis. This is a consultation on showing a way of improving it."

Water level 'to recede' on Upper Tamar River

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The water level on the Upper Tamar River is expected to recede later this afternoon after persistent rain caused a Flood Alert to be issued by the Environment Agency.

It said the main band of rain had now cleared away from the region "leaving patchy light showers". The Upper Tamar River remained high throughout the morning but should recede later.

The agency said it was the only river on Flood Alert in England and Wales.  

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Torquay's Nicholson wants MacDonald replacement

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United player-boss Kevin Nicholson says he is already looking to replace skipper Angus MacDonald, who is on the verge of joining Barnsley.

The 23-year-old centre-back only signed a new deal at the end of the month, but is set to leave for an undisclosed fee.

The National League club are in financial difficulty after a proposed takeover collapsed on Sunday.

"It's not ideal that you're having to sell your captain, but needs must," Nicholson told BBC Sport.

Surface flooding on Bodmin Moor

BBC Radio Cornwall

Heavy rain has caused some surface water flooding at St Breward on Bodmin Moor.

Concern over beach pollution after heavy rain

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's concern water quality on Devon and Cornwall's beaches has taken a dive following heavy rain, with many pollution incidents being reported. 

Beach pollution sign
BBC

Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) said the sewage infrastructure was unable to cope and there were 30 live pollution incidents recorded across the South West. SAS said it was directly monitoring South West Water alerts and people were worried about the impact sewage discharges may have on their health.

South West Water said the counties had some of the cleanest bathing waters in Europe, but advised beach-goers to check its the BeachLive service before they made a decision about entering the water.

Fears man in combat gear tried to snatch three-year-old from Perranporth beach spark police warning

West Briton

Truro police are warning parents to be alert following a report that a man attempted to snatch a three-year-old girl from Perranporth beach.

Woman 'punched and bitten on face' on second night of MTV Crashes

A woman was punched and bitten on the face and arm on the second night of MTV Crashes Plymouth, police have said.

The woman, 35, was assaulted by two women and a man on Plymouth Hoe at about 21:25 on Friday. She received black eyes, bruising to the body and a bump on her head.

The two women and one man thought to have assaulted her are described as being white and in their 30s. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

MTV Crashes
BBC

New commander takes reins at RNAS Culdrose

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A new captain has taken over command of Cornwall's Royal Naval Air Station Culdrose, near Helston. 

Capt Dan Stembridge (pictured right), who has been in the Royal Navy since 1989, has been handed the reins by Capt Adrian Orchard, who has been in charge of the base since January last year.

Capt Dan Stembridge and Capt Adrian Orchard. PIc: Royal Navy
Royal Navy

Capt Stembridge said it was a "really great honour" to have been given command of the base. He said: "It is the largest and busiest air station in the Royal Navy and we have some busy and interesting times ahead for us all. I can’t wait to get started.”  

Capt Orchard was moving to a new appointment in California, in the United States, as part of the F35 B Lightning II project - the Joint Strike Fighter - the navy said.

Torquay vehicle fire 'deliberate', says fire service

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

A car believed to have been stolen and deliberately set alight has been extinguished by firefighters.

Crews were called just before 01:00 to the vehicle in Watcombe Beach Road in Torquay. They arrived and found the vehicle "well alight".

Officers said the vehicle was severely damaged and police were called to investigate.

Call for more carer support with system under 'incredible pressure'

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's a call for Cornwall's carers to get paid more amid claims the homecare system remains under "incredible pressure". 

The UK Homecare Association, which represents care providers, said more must be done to attract and keep staff.

It added that it was not surprised by reports that a Cornwall Council agency set up to help fill gaps was also facing recruitment issues.

St Ives second home referendum 'backfires as housing market slows'

The Daily Telegraph

The decision by St Ives residents to ban second homes has backfired as the housing market has slowed because prospective buyers feel "unwelcome", estate agents have warned

Helicopter lands on Hoe because of bad visibility at hospital pad

BBC Radio Devon

A rescue helicopter transporting a patient to hospital in Plymouth had to land at the city's seafront - more than five miles away - because of poor visibility as a result of bad weather on Monday evening, coastguards say.

Coastguard helicopter. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

A woman was being airlifted on board the coastguard aircraft after falling and breaking her ankle on a coastal path in north Cornwall. 

Coastguards said low visibility at Derriford Hospital's landing pad meant the aircraft set down on the Hoe instead and the woman was transferred via land ambulance at about 20:10 on Monday.

Home ownership: Do you know anyone struggling to buy?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

There are claims that more people are struggling to get on the housing ladder as a think tank says home ownership is falling in major English cities. Are you stuck with your kids because they can't buy?

And I want to hear about your run-ins with seagulls.

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Exeter Chiefs players in England training sqaud

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Anglers praised for putting 'record breaking shark' back

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The Shark Trust has praised a group of anglers who caught what could be a record breaking thresher shark, after they released the animal back into the sea.

Shark
DANIEL HAWKINS

John Richardson, Shark Trust conservation officer, said in the northeast Atlantic the thresher shark was listed as a near threatened species.

He said he "applauds the anglers for returning the shark alive to the water, especially as it may well have been a potential record".

Western Power helicopter above Devon

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Western Power Distribution owns and operates a fleet of five helicopters from Bristol Airport.

The helicopters are used for the maintenance and repair of networks and also during emergency and fault conditions, WPD's website says.

Kayaker rescued after capsizing

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A professional kayaker has been rescued from the north Cornwall coast while paddling around the UK solo. 

Bude lifeboat station said Dutchwoman Ailien Rhijnsburger capsized on rocks in large surf south west of Widemouth Bay at about 23:30 on Monday. 

She was able to flash a light to show the lifeboat where she was in the dark. The RNLI said that "even the most experienced people can get caught out by the sea".

Man Engine in Redruth and Heartlands

A giant puppet of a Cornish miner is visiting Redruth on its 130-mile journey across Devon and Cornwall.

Man Engine stats
BBC

The 10-metre (32.8ft) Man Engine is in Redruth from 14:00, before moving through the town and on to nearby Heartlands this evening.

Organisers are advising people to "allow plenty of time; to arrive early, and stay later" if they want to see it. The puppet is travelling across the Cornish Mining World Heritage Site to mark the 10th year of its Unesco heritage status. Its tour finishes in Geevor on Saturday.

Guests evacuated from hotel after fire breaks out in motor room

BBC Radio Devon

Guests have been evacuated after a hotel fire in Salcombe.

About 10 firefighters were sent to tackle the flames at the 50-room Salcombe Harbour Hotel at about 06:00. 

The fire service said the blaze broke out in a motor room. There were no reports of any injuries.

Care provision concerns

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Do you have elderly parents that you're concerned about? Are they receiving adequate care? Today we hear more from one man in his 80s who's had enough. 

He's contacted us and Cornwall Council and is demanding better provision.

Also, anger in Newquay as illegal and inconsiderate parking hampers fire crews.

Call in on 01872 222222.

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High blood pressure treatment trial could 'change medicine'

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A new treatment for high blood pressure, being trialled in Exeter, could "change medicine", according to the consultant cardiologist in charge of the pilot.

The treatment involves blocking some of the nerves around the kidneys. Experts claim targeting these nerves can permanently lower blood pressure but the techniques need refining. However, initial findings suggest three-quarters of patients have lower blood pressure as a result.

Dr Andrew Sharp
BBC

Dr Andrew Sharp said: "It’s quite possible that, if we prove it works with this generation of technology, people will be offered a choice - a lifetime on pills , or a single 45-minute procedure that may permanently change blood pressure. I think that would change medicine. Our hospital is full of the consequences of high blood pressure."

Start of August could be wetter than whole of July, forecasters say

North Devon Journal

There could be more rain in the next 24 hours in some parts of the UK than fell during the whole of July, according to forecasters.  

Injured coast path walker 'lay in rain for hours'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A woman broke her ankle on the coast path between Porthtowan and Portreath in Cornwall and was rescued by the Coastguard helicopter Rescue 924.

A coastal path runner came across the woman at about 18:15 on Monday and the Portreath Cliff Rescue Team pinpointed the scene of the accident at steep steps near Gullyn Rock.

The cliff rescue team said the woman was becoming hypothermic after laying in the rain for hours. Due to the poor weather conditions she was flown straight to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Dog warning after attack on livestock

BBC Radio Cornwall

The owner of a west Cornwall small-holding is urging dog owners to better control their animals after another attack on her livestock.

Clare Stone, from Trewellard, near St Just, lost a ewe and had two others seriously injured. 

She said she had lost nearly 20 animals in the past seven years to dog attacks. She said people had to remember "their dog is a hunting machine".