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  1. More than 40 dead pigeons have been found placed in a line along the middle of a road near Honiton
  2. Two people reported to have been taken to hospital after road crash in Lanner
  3. Dozens of parents are asking for their term-time holiday fines to be refunded
  4. A woman is left 'shaken up' after a tree hits her car on the A39
  5. Two Frenchmen aim to cross the English Channel from Plymouth to St Malo in a human-powered submarine
  6. A dog has been rescued from a mineshaft after falling 20m
  7. 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.

Seaside towns should aspire to Newquay's improvement efforts

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Newquay's Business Improvement District - a group of local businesses who pay rates into a pot for improving Newquay - has made an "enormous difference" to the town, Chairman Jonathan Start told me.

Mr Start, who's also an estate agent, said it was one of a combination of factors which had turned Newquay around and made it a lifestyle destination.

Newquay BID helps transform town

Latest weather: Cloud overnight and sunshine and showers on Thursday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

There'll be patchy cloud and clear spells overnight, with perhaps the odd spot of rain. Winds will gradually ease through the latter part of the night, but it will stay mild. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


Thursday sees a mixture of sunshine and showers for all, but it will become less windy than Wednesday and feel pleasant in any sunshine. Maximum temperature: 19C (66F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Two people are taken to hospital after a road accident in the village of Lanner in Cornwall
  • More than 40 dead pigeons are found lined along a road on the A35 near Honiton in Devon
  • Police in Cornwall appeal for witnesses after a 52-year-old man from West Yorkshire drowned in the sea off Perranporth 10 days ago
  • Rural communities are advised to be vigilant by Trading Standards officers following recent livestock thefts in the South West

Surfing 'is lifeblood of community'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The seaside town of Newquay prides itself on being the home of British surfing.

Rob Barber, Newquay Activity Centre

Rob Barber runs the Newquay Activity Centre, teaching surfing, bodyboarding and coasteering, and has lived in the town all his life. 

He told me: "I think it's a fantastic coastal town which has a myriad of beautiful beaches and fantastic waves - the best in the UK - and, as a result, it's a fantastic place to live.

"Surfing is essential to the local economy. It's the bread and butter of a lot of industries, particularly the one that I'm involved in ... and the popularity of surfing, and its continued growth, is the lifeblood of the community."

Cross-Channel submarine crew prepare in Plymouth

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Two French engineers are planning to take a pedal-powered submarine across the Channel.


Antonine Delafargue and Michael De Lagarde have designed and built the sub with the help of Plymouth designer Paul Moorhouse.

They aim to take seven days to cross the Channel from Plymouth to St Malo.

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National company expands workforce in Newquay

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A national company which has its headquarters in Newquay has increased its workforce from three to 40 people in just three years.

Jess Ratty, head of public relations at Crowdfunder UK, said they specialised in helping local entrepreneurs and community groups raise funds - and that did not have to revolve around London.

Crowdfunder UK has expanded from 3 to 40 members of staff in three years

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'Check your pigeons' request after dead birds found on road

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Pigeon fanciers in east Devon are being asked to check their flocks after more than 40 dead birds were found in a line along the middle of a road near Honiton.

Bag. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The dead birds were found on Tuesday on the A35 "a few hundred yards apart from each other", police said. Officers also found a discarded animal feed bag which they believed was used to transport the dead birds, and a large amount of feathers.   

The force said it was "asking for any pigeon fanciers in the area to check their flock to make sure all are accounted for". It added: "If you have any birds missing, please get in touch."

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Handbag snatched by moped rider

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are searching for a scooter or moped rider who snatched a woman's handbag while she was walking in Plymouth.

Officers said the woman, in her 50s, was in Milford Lane in the Whitleigh area between 18:00-18:15 on Sunday when she was passed twice by the dark coloured motorcycle. The rider then took her navy blue handbag on a third pass and rode off in the direction of Budshead Road. She was left shocked but unhurt. 

The rider was described as of medium height and slim build, and wearing a light navy waterproof jacket with a hood and dark long trousers. His helmet was black with either purple or pink markings on the side. Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Facebook provides platform for community to get involved in helping seaside towns

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

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A man who set up a series of community Facebook groups, after his epilepsy left him registered disabled, said he was providing a place for people to "moan and groan" about the things that needed doing in Newquay.

Jon Goodman said enjoyed living in the resort, which he said was completely full in summer and emptier in the winter months.

Tree fall driver cashing in on 'lucky escape' with lottery ticket plan

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman whose car was damaged by a falling tree in Cornwall says she's "going to buy a lottery ticket" because of her "lucky escape". 

Kirsty Howard's car and fallen tree. Pic: Kirsty Howard
Kirsty Howard

Kirsty Howard had her windscreen damaged when a limb from a 40ft-tall tree fell on to the A39 between Falmouth and Truro at Perranarworthal this morning. The entire tree was chopped down by highways staff because of safety concerns. The incident caused serious traffic jams.

Kirsty Howard

Kirsty said: "It happened so fast. I'm a bit shaken but I've had a fortunate escape, I think I've got to buy a lottery ticket now."

South West beach water 'affected by raw sewage', water bosses admit

South West Water has admitted raw sewage is being pumped into the sea around the region after heavy rain overwhelmed drainage systems. 

Pollution sign

The company said intense rainfall led to run-off from fields and towns combining and affecting bathing water quality. Warnings have been issued on affected beaches. 

Campaign group Surfers Against Sewage said the drainage infrastructure needed to be upgraded.

Ambulance bosses want to clarify to care providers when to call

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Ambulance bosses say they want to clarify to care providers when it's appropriate to call for help after a steep rise in demand to deal with elderly people falling.


Analysis by the University of Exeter Medical School is being used by South Western Ambulance Service to try to tackle a 24% increase in 999 calls over the last four years. 

The increase is down to more emergency call-outs to people with mental health problems and elderly people who've fallen. 

Joanna Garrett, from the service, said: "We're interested in working quite closely with a lot of our care home providers to understand when they should call an ambulance or not. We’re looking at ensuring that our care providers feel confident to mobilise people off the floor if they’ve fallen, and they're not injured, and they don't require an ambulance."

Understanding visitors key to seaside towns' revival

The Business Improvement District (BID) in Newquay says it has been working hard behind the scenes to change the way the town is perceived...

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Lanner road crash 'sees two taken to hospital'

BBC Radio Cornwall

There are reports of a serious road accident in the village of Lanner, with the road closed in both directions after a crash involving a blue Ford Fiesta and a VW van. 

A local councillor said police were at the scene just outside Lanner Square on the A393, and two people were taken to hospital. 

Debt advisors welcom Ofgem prepayment meter changes

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Debt advisors in Cornwall have welcomed gas and electricity regulator Ofgem's endorsement of proposals to cut customers' energy bills - including a price cap for prepayment meters - because people are "often forced" to have prepay energy. 

The energy regulator said four million pre-pay customers would be protected by an interim price cap from next April.

Becky Moore, Citizens Advice Bureau area co-ordinator for east Cornwall, said: "A lot of people haven't had a choice, because they've got into arrears and received a court order to go on prepay; and private rental landlords often prefer prepayment meters, so people have to use it if they want to accept that housing."

Devon lose to bottom side Oxfordshire

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Devon lost to bottom side Oxfordshire by 51 runs in a rain-affected Minor Counties Western Division game at Exeter.

A draw had seemed likely, but visiting captain Jonny Cater declared on 142-2, leaving Devon needing 282 to win.

Despite the efforts of Josh Bess and Matt Golding, the hosts were bowled out for 230 with 19 overs left.

Oxfordshire took 19 points from the game, while Devon are third-bottom after taking just four points.

Mineshafts warning after dog rescued

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Missing dog rescued after 20m mineshaft fall

Firefighters in Cornwall are warning about the dangers of old mineshafts after a dog was rescued from an uncapped shaft near Wheal Jane.

Indie the Golden Retriever was found after being missing for two days. She fell about 20m down the shaft and was rescued after being brought back to the surface by a harness on a pulley, Truro Fire Station said on Facebook.

Dog rescue. Pic: Truro Community Fire Station/Facebook
Truro Community Fire Station/Facebook

The station said: "Disused mineshafts are common in Cornwall and everyone should be mindful of these when out and about. They can be hidden by foliage or appear to be capped but can also be far reaching underground."  

Newquay: 'Best surf in UK'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The number of events linked to Newquay's surf scene is helping to expand tourism beyond the traditional six-week summer holiday, according to a local business owner.

The Director of Newquay Activity Centre, Rob Barber, told me it was now being seen as a year-round past time.

Rob Barber thinks Newquay is a "fantastic coastal town"

Police get involved in Plymouth Playday

Newquay 'is not one of the UK's deprived seaside towns'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A local charter boat owner is one of a number of business owners who have told me that Newquay has improved hugely over the past few years.

They have suggested that recent reports that Britain's seaside towns are "tacky and run down" are not relevant to Cornwall, among them, Chris Lowe...

Tighter regulations mean a better destination for families

Dead pigeons lined up on road

Andrew Segal

Local Live

More than 40 dead pigeons have been found placed in a line along the middle of a road near Honiton.

Dead pigeons scene. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The dead birds were found on Tuesday morning on the A35 near Windmill Garage along Battishorne Way and Weatherhill Road "a few hundred yards apart from each other", police said.

Officers also found "a discarded animal feed bag, which we believe was used to transport these dead birds, and a large amount of feathers." They added that the Wildlife Crime Team "is aware of the incident, as are the RSPB".

'Vibrant' Newquay attracts repeat visitors

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

What is it about seaside towns that keeps some visitors returning year after year?

John Williams and his seven-year-old daughter Tegan, from Chelmsford, Essex have a caravan in a local holiday park and told me what keeps them coming back.

They love the resort and rarely go anywhere else

Pigeons placed on white line on road

Boats could be forced to slow down around beaches in Falmouth Bay after boating accident

West Briton

Vessels using Falmouth Bay may have to slow down if proposals by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners are imposed in response to a boating accident in Solent.  

Term-time fines, flossing and self-service checkouts

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Should Devon parents who got fines for taking their children on term-time holidays get refunds? 

Also, to floss or not to floss - experts say we could be wasting our time. How do you look after your teeth?

And do self-service checkouts bring out the worst in us? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Rio 2016: 'My little boy is like a training partner' - Jo Pavey

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Making training a family affair has reinvigorated Devon-based Olympic runner Jo Pavey, she has told the BBC.

Jo Pavey running with son on bicycle. Pic: Jo Pavey
Jo Pavey

The 42-year-old has a training regime which is balanced around her son, Jacob, who is almost seven, and little Emily who is approaching her third birthday. Husband Gavin also being her coach definitely means everything is kept in the family.

"As a mum, it's made me enjoy my running more. It's made me feel happy in my personal life," she said before one of her last training sessions on British soil before jumping on a plane to Brazil.

"It used to be my husband with a little boy on the back of a bike, but now my little girl goes on the back of the bike and my little boy's like a training partner now - he just whizzes ahead of me on his bike and I can't keep up with him. It's really kept my motivation going at this old age that I am now."

Missing girl, 10, found safe

BBC Radio Cornwall

A 10-year-old girl has been found safe after being reported missing at Perranporth. 

Police said they were alerted at 10:45 and were assisted by RNLI lifeguards. The girl was found just after 11:00.

Where do people splash their holiday cash?

Peter Sherlock

BBC Data unit

Which seaside towns across the country are raking in the cash? 

Beach spending

What are England's seaside resorts really like? We are out and about today to find out, including in Newquay.

Did you meet footy legend Sir Stanley Matthews in St Austell in 1954 or 1990?

Ross Ellis

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Did you know Sir Stanley once played for St Austell? 

The England international and FA Cup winner played one match at Poltair Park in 1954.

Where you there? If so, what are your memories of the game, or his return visit in 1990 (pictured above)? Get in touch and email us.

Police Facebook page hacked and porn picture posted

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Cornwall neighbourhood policing team has had to take down its Facebook page after it was hacked and a pornographic image was apparently posted on it. 

Police Community Support Officer Kirsty Down confirmed the page had been "deactivated" in a Tweet.

She said: "We apologise if anyone was offended by the content posted."

Border patrol vessel numbers 'worryingly low', MPs warn

BBC Politics

Britain's Border Force has a "worryingly low" number of boats to patrol the UK's coasts, MPs have said, amid concerns that coastal security is under threat from people smugglers.

Border Force ship

The Home Affairs Select Committee said that only three boats were available to patrol 7,000 miles of shoreline. Royal Navy vessels should be made available to plug any gaps, it said.

Border Force vessels are occasionally seen in Falmouth Harbour and around the South West.

The UK has a total of five Border Force vessels, but one has been deployed to the Mediterranean and another is in dock for maintenance. The Home Office said it makes use of radar and aerial surveillance and has ordered eight more boats.

Newton Abbot teen horse rider's warning to drivers after being forced into ditch

Torquay Herald Express

A teenage horse rider suffered the "most terrifying moment of her life" after she and her horse were forced off the road and into a ditch by a coach. 

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • The body of a man is found in a block of flats in Plymouth  
  • The A39 between Truro and Falmouth was closed for several hours after a tree fell on the carriageway and hit a car
  • Dozens of parents in Devon ask for refunds of term-time holiday fines
  • A dog owner is reunited with her pet which fell 20m down an old mineshaft after it is rescued by firefighters
  • Two Frenchmen plan to cross the English Channel from Plymouth to St Malo in a human-powered submarine

When surfboards cost just £26

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Newquay is now famous for surfing but, back in the 1960s, the shops that are now ubiquitous with the sport were more unusual.

Many shops specialising in fashion sprung up around the arrival of surfing

As our vintage film from 1969 shows, there used to be just two surf shops in the town.

Since then the industry has ballooned and Newquay has become synonymous with the sport which brings millions into the local economy.

Pre-pay power: How much do you spend?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Do you use pre-payment energy meters? Do you really know how much extra you pay on your tariff? Well there's been a radical shake-up in the industry that could save many of us cash.

As part of our regular mental health phone-ins, we focus on sleeplessness and the impact it has on people.

And mystery surrounds the sighting of a big cat in Clay Country. Some are convinced it's a lion!

Call in on 01872 222222.

Newquay visitors not deterred by negative reports from the past

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The Fairhurst family from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, are regular visitors to Cornwall and love its beaches and wildlife.

They say reports in the past of hen and stag dos descending on the town have not put them off.

Negative reports in the past about Newquay have not put them off visiting