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Summary

  1. A30 in Cornwall closed in both directions due to crash
  2. Exeter Chiefs urged to change 'offensive' name
  3. Health trusts and commissioners in £150m overspend last financial year
  4. Rip current swimmers rescued at Godrevy and Bude
  5. Fears homes could be demolished under Devon A30 alternative plans
  6. 'Vandalised' Paignton Zoo rhino gets ear back
  7. SW surfers celebrate as the sport gets the nod for Tokyo Olympics
  8. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Friday

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By Jonathan Morris

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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.

Weekend weather: Staying in the 20s

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It's expected to remain warm over the weekend with temperatures staying above 20C (68F) and moderate winds.

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Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

  • The A30 in Cornwall is closed in both directions between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross following a crash
  • Exeter Chiefs urged to change 'offensive' name by university academic
  • Health trusts and commissioners in £150m overspend last financial year
  • Rip current swimmers rescued at Godrevy and Bude

'Major contribution' from Derek Adams at Plymouth Argyle

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle chairman James Brent said manager Derek Adams had "made a major contribution to Plymouth Argyle and the board believes he has much more to offer".

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He spoke after Adams signed a new four-year contract with the League Two club.

He said: "Much of what football clubs do is focus on the ‎current season and yet, to achieve sustainable success, we believe that plans need to be implemented for the medium-term, as well."

South West success at British Transplant Games

BBC Radio Devon

A team from the South West has scooped a total of 25 medals at this year's British Transplant Games - that's five more gold medals than last year. 

The 15 gold, six silver and four bronze medals were won by the seven competitors aged between 35 and 70. They have all received a life-saving kidney transplant at Derriford Hospital.

Firefighters rescue A30 crash casualty

Surf champ celebrates Olympic status

Former European longboard champion Ben Skinner will be on BBC Radio Cornwall at around 17:30 talking about the sport getting Olympic status.

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Sgt Colin Taylor: It's been a 'truly remarkable and unique privilege to serve' Scilly

David George

BBC Spotlight

Colin Taylor is on duty as the Isles of Scilly police sergeant for the last time today.  

He told BBC News: "I'll be a detective sergeant investigating child exploitation in Devon. A very different role.

"I am not planning to blog about it. I'm moving back to my family home near Exeter with my wife and two teenage children. 

"I am 50 in a months time and have been a police officer for 21 years this month. In total I will have served seven years of those 21 on Scilly. It has been a truly remarkable and unique privilege to serve the community on Scilly for so long. I am looking forward to returning in a completely off duty capacity in due course."

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Chiefs urged to sit down with Native American groups

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

An expert in Native American history has urged the Exeter Chiefs to sit down with Native American groups so they can "explain why the name is so offensive".

Exeter Chiefs
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Dr Rachel Herrmann, from the University of Southampton, said: "I think changing the name would be the ultimate step but I don't know whether that is likely to happen. 

"I would at least like to see an engaged discussion between the team and Native American groups that could better explain why the name might be offensive." She called out the team, which rebranded as the Chiefs in 1999, for their use of Native American imagery. She said it evokes "Britain's forgotten imperial American past". A spokesman for the club said they had no comment to make on the claims or the name change call.

A30 closed in both directions

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The A30 is closed in both directions in Cornwall between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross because of a 'serious incident' according to Highways England.

Diversions are in place and there are reportedly long delays in the area.

New dog laws on islands

The Council of the Isles of Scilly has agreed to adopt a Public Spaces Protection order to place controls on dogs in certain areas, according to ThisisScilly.com

The council has introduced permanent exclusion areas and ordered dogs to be kept on leads in designated streets.

'Vigilance' warning after London death stabbing

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner Alison Hernandez says everyone has to be vigilant after last night's knife attack in central London in which an American woman was stabbed to death.

Stab scene
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She said: "We focus an awful lot on prevention. At schools and colleges they have really strict safeguard practices looking out for radicalisation.

"Our 101 numbers has improved dramatically if people want to report intelligence."

An extra 40 armed response officers are being trained in Devon and Cornwall and the use of Tasers is being extended, she added.

Helicopters above Tiverton and Plymouth today

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

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

Plymouth skateboarder 'pleased' with Olympic inclusion

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

The International Olympic Committee has confirmed skateboarding will be an Olympic sport from 2020. 

Plymouth-born professional skateboarder Stefani Nurding said she would love to be able to compete but needs more information before making a decision.

"I'm excited to hear more about it," she added.

Rip current swimmers rescued at Godrevy and Bude

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Coastguards in Cornwall have helped co-ordinate lifeguard rescues at Godrevy and Bude after swimmers got caught into dangerous rips.

Coastguard helicopter
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The sea conditions on the north coast particularly are reported to be strong with rescue teams reminding people to use lifeguarded areas and check the conditions before entering the water.

Radio Devon live from Honiton Show

BBC Radio Devon

Fresh from the North Devon Show on Wednesday, Matt and Pippa are broadcasting live from the Honiton Show today. 

They'll be entertaining you with dancing sheep, dogs herding ducks, ferret racing, and nearly 100 vehicles in the vintage tractor section. Join us from 16:00 today.

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Why are the South West NHS trusts and commissioners struggling to balance their books?

Jenny Walrond, Health Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Quite simply the demand for services is growing faster than the funding available. 

There are a few key reasons for this:

  • Here in the South West we are experiencing the impact of an ageing population earlier than other areas
  • The cost of treatment of chronic conditions  - in England the NHS is now paying almost a billion pounds a year for diabetes medication for example
  • The cost of ongoing care packages 
  • Public expectation that innovative - but expensive - new treatments will be available to us

Throughout the country, health trusts and commissioners have been grouped and told to deliver so called "sustainability and transformation plans", which explain how they will run our health services more efficiently, but also improve our health. 

We'll find out more about these plans in the coming months.

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Arson suspected after man rescued from house fire in Plymouth

Plymouth Herald

A man has been rescued from a burning house and treated for severe smoke inhalation, after a fire was believed to have been started deliberately in Plymouth.

Hunt for rhino sculpture attackers

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Three men damaged a rhino sculpture when they threw a brick at the object aimed at highlighting the plight of the endangered species, police have said.

Rhino
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Officers said the attack took place between 02:30 and 02:45 on Saturday in the Goldsmith Square in the Guildhall Shopping Centre, Exeter.

It is one of 40 that make up The Great Big Rhinos Project in Exeter and on the English Riviera.

Police are trying to trace the attackers. One of the men is described as wearing a long sleeved white T-shirt, with blue lettering and a red logo on the left arm, dark blue jeans and blue training shoes with a white band around the sole. 

Another was wearing a dark hooded top with a purple lanyard hanging out of the pocket, dark blue jeans, and red training shoes with a white band around the sole. The third man was wearing a white polo shirt, grey combat trousers and white training shoes.

Mostly dry with a scattering of showers

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

This afternoon it'll be mostly dry with some scattered showers, but these will tend to die out during the afternoon.

There'll be a moderate or fresh west to northwesterly breeze, which will ease a little this afternoon. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).

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Olympics 'chance for UK to be part of surfing history'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Young British surfers will have the chance to compete against the best in the world thanks to the sport being chosen for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, say South West-based organisers.

Surfing GB squad
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Surfing GB & The English Surfing Federation said: "Today is a momentous day for surfing. 

"Surfers from Scotland, Wales, England and the Channel Islands have the chance to compete for Team GB against the world's best, on the greatest and most prestigious stage of all, the Olympic Games.  

"Great Britain boasts a wealth of surfing talent and this is our chance to be part of surfing history. A challenge that surfing will rise to and embrace."

Could you live without the internet, and are modern children lazier?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

Could you live without the internet - maybe you do and don't get why so many people walk around with a phone in their hand?

Well research out today from Ofcom suggests well over a half of UK internet users say they are "hooked" on their devices, so that's things like checking Facebook or maybe news websites on their mobile phone or tablet.

Plus, are children in 2016 lazier than they were when we were growing up?

There's an interesting story on the front page of the Daily Telegraph today implying lazy summer days are wiping out schoolkids' fitness gains during term time. Listen to the Janet Kipling's show on BBC Radio Devon here.

Homes, farms and businesses could be demolished under new road plans

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Homes, businesses and farms, all could be demolished if plans for a new road to ease congestion on one of the main routes into the South West goes ahead. 

Devon County Council wants to build a new route to speed up traffic on the A30 through the Blackdown Hills. Two possible routes are being proposed - one, called the 'blue route', would involve demolishing properties.

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Dennis Munt, who has lived in his house - which could be demolished - said: "If it's going to happen, make it quick. If they're going to take the house, take it, so we can move somewhere else and enjoy the rest of the time we have."

No-one from Devon County Council would be interviewed, but a statement said they had launched an extensive public consultation so everyone could have a say on the proposals to upgrade the road.  

Dennis Munt
BBC

Torquay United: Ex-player Russell Coughlin dies aged 56

Torquay Herald Express

Former Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Torquay United midfielder Russell Coughlin has died at the age of 56.

'Unprecedented demand' for Man Engine prompts warning to get there early

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

The amazing Man Engine is nearing the end of its tour across Cornwall and west Devon causing "unprecedented demand" say organisers.

Man Engine
Dave Scoffin

The mechanical marvel is due at Penzance, St Just, Botallack and Geevor over the coming days.

A spokesman said: "As is being witnessed with all of the Man Engine events, there is an unprecedented demand and enthusiasm from residents and visitors alike to experience this epic, mechanical artwork, and to see the remarkable surrounding spectacle."

Councillor Julian German, chairman of the Cornish Mining World Heritage Partnership said: "At all events, to avoid disappointment, we are urging members of the public to plan ahead, allow plenty of time, to arrive early, and stay later, and be patient."

Latest travel news: Very slow traffic on the A30 and A386

BBC Travel

  • On the A30 there's very slow traffic westbound between Camborne West and St Erth Roundabout in Lelant
  • In Plymouth, there's very slow traffic on the A386 in both directions in Roborough between the Little Down Lane junction and the New Road junction. In the roadworks area

Young 25p social supermarket entrepreneur Charlotte Danks says she's been spat on and abused

Cornish Guardian

A bold young entrepreneur who started her own social supermarket chain says she's been spat on and verbally abused in the streets of Bodmin after opening her latest store in the town last month.

Exeter Chiefs urged to change 'offensive' name

Ryan Morrison

BBC News Online

Exeter Chiefs should change their name and stop "playing Indian" according to an expert in Native American history.

Exeter Chiefs
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Dr Rachel Herrmann, from the University of Southampton, criticised the team, which re-branded as the Chiefs in 1999, for their use of Native American imagery.

A spokesman for the club said they had no comment to make on the claims or the name change call.

Knife attack, student accommodation concerns, and more

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

After the death of a woman in London, and the injury of six others in a knife attack, we ask how safe are our streets? Should officers here be armed? Are people over-reacting? I talk to one Cornish-born counter-terrorism expert.

Also today there's mixed reaction as Falmouth University wants to build a huge 2,000-bed student accommodation block near Penryn.

Plus, the National Trust wades into the argument about EU funding for farmers, and just how fit are you children? Are they spending the summer on smart phones and computers? Lawrence's show is live here.

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Last day for 'Scilly Sergeant'

David George

BBC Spotlight

Colin Taylor is on duty as the Isles of Scilly police sergeant for the last time today.

The 'Scilly Sergeant' is moving to a new police job on the mainland after seven years on St Mary's. 

He became famous for his Isles of Scilly Police Facebook page which has around 58,000 followers. His book about policing the 2,000 inhabitants was published earlier this year. The 49-year-old is moving, with his wife and two teenage children, to Devon where he will become a detective sergeant in the Devon and Cornwall Police Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation Unit.

Sgt Colin Taylor
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Surfer Tassy Swallow says surfing for Olympics is 'brilliant'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Cornwall-based surfer Tassy Swallow has welcomed surfing being named among five new sports confirmed for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Tassy Swallow
John Chard

She said: "It's very exciting and something the surf industry has been aiming for for a long time.

"I think personally it's brilliant."

She said it was "everybody's dream" to compete in the Olympics and she would love to take part.

Latest travel news: Very slow traffic on A30

BBC Travel

  • There's very slow traffic on the A30 westbound between Camborne West and St Erth Roundabout in Lelant 
  • There's also very slow traffic on the A386 in Plymouth in both directions in Roborough between the Little Down Lane junction and the New Road junction. In the roadworks area
  • On Mutley Plain in Plymouth the road is partially blocked and busy but moving, because of an accident

Mixed views on new road plan in East Devon

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

There are fears homes and businesses could be demolished if a new road into East Devon goes ahead. Devon County Council's plans are intended as a solution to congestion on the A30 through the Blackdown Hills.  

Road
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Local people have told the BBC they're "upset and angry" at the proposals. 

But, Alan Stone, who is a frequent business driver between Exeter and Yeovil, is in favour of the new road. He said: "The direct route is the route people want to take and you end up with the road snarled up and I think it will make a considerable difference."

In a statement, Devon County Council said it had launched an extensive public consultation so everyone could have a say on the proposals to upgrade the road.  

Tide times for Devon and Cornwall

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Here are the latest times of high water if you're heading to the coast.

Tides
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New deal for Plymouth Argyle manager

Phil Shepka

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has signed a new four-year contract with the League Two club.

Derek Adams
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The 41-year-old former Ross County boss took Argyle to May's play-off final in his first season in charge, but they lost to AFC Wimbledon.

The Pilgrims spent much of the last campaign in the automatic promotion places, but finished in fifth place after a drop in form.

12 amazing photos of Padstow model railway that will take you back in time

West Briton

A remarkable model railway is touring exhibitions showing what Padstow looked like when it had a train station.  

Car driver trapped in crash wreckage after collision with bus

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

A driver who was trapped in the wreckage of his car after a crash with a bus near Tiverton has been rescued by fire crews.

Firefighters found the car in a hedge and cut the driver free. Three passengers on the bus suffered minor injuries.

It happened on the A396 at Bickleigh Bridge, just after 14:00 yesterday.