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  1. Trains are cancelled as fire crews tackle a huge blaze at a tyre recycling plant in St Erth
  2. Nathan Wood search: Mother's warning against 'horrendous' drugs
  3. Rio Olympics: Plymouth's Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win synchro 10m platform bronze
  4. Legal challenge to St Ives second homes referendum
  5. Updates on Tuesday 9 August 2016

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday 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: A dry night, clouding over on Wednesday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

There's a drier night to come tonight, with some clear spells developing, leading to a cool night, especially in any rural spots such as Dartmoor. Minimum temperature: 10C (50F).


Wednesday will see a dry and bright at first, although the skies will cloud over through the morning. Outbreaks of rain will spread in from the west from lunchtime. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Fire crews spray thousands of gallons of foam over a fire at a tyre recycling plant at St Erth to try to suffocate the blaze
  • Police confirm that a man died on a Dartmoor farm in July when he was crushed by a hay bale
  • The mother of a teeange boy who went missing in Devon warns people against taking drugs formerly known as legal highs after a body is found in the search for her son
  • Newquay is described as "a safer place" by police after a 20-year-old man who threatened a woman in a store with a knife in an attempted robbery is jailed
  • Plymouth's Tom Daley celebrates his Olympic bronze win in Rio as fellow city diver Tonia Couch gears up to take part in the 10m synchro final on Tuesday evening

Rio 2016: Tonia Couch's medal hopes in synchro diving final

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth's next hope for an Olympic medal, Tonia Couch, will be competing this evening at the Rio Games.

Tonia Couch and Lois Toulson. Pic: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The 27-year-old and diving partner Lois Toulson, 16, take part in the women's synchronised 10m platform final at about 20:00.

Boss says 'temporary staff issues' to blame for disruption on 13 bus routes

Exeter Express & Echo

The managing director of Stagecoach South West has said "temporary staff availability issues" were to blame for bus disruption over the weekend.

Loneliness causing health problems 'equivalent to smoking and obesity'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

A new campaign is under way in the South West to end the problem of loneliness, which is having a chronic effect on people's health.

Public Health Devon and the Campaign to End Loneliness want businesses to contact them if they suspect their customers are suffering from social isolation. 

The effects of loneliness are causing ill health

Olympic diver Daniel Goodfellow's mother hits out at front pages

Helen Burchell

BBC News

The mother of Olympic bronze medal-winning diver Daniel Goodfellow has hit out at newspapers after some did not feature her son in photographs of the success. 


Daniel and diving partner Tom Daley came third in the men's synchronised 10m platform dive in Rio on Monday. 

Sharon Goodfellow said she was "surprised" a number of papers featured only Tom on their front and back pages. Ms Goodfellow took to Twitter to thank people for their support.

However, Daniel said: "To me it doesn't really matter."

St Erth fire: Parish to seek health advice

BBC Radio Cornwall

A parish council is to seek advice from public health officials about the aftermath of a blaze at a tyre recycling centre in west Cornwall.

St Erth fire. Pic: Justin Hayward
Justin Hayward

Fire crews are still at the scene in St Erth after the fire broke out at about 20:00 on Monday. Thousands of gallons of foam are being sprayed over the fire to try to suffocate the blaze.

Ted Taylor, chairman of St Erth Parish Council, said the "very acrid" smoke had been "leaving a really sooty deposit in some parts of the village". He added: "This is something we will be discussing with public health to find out what's going to happen."

People in Plymouth 'healthier, but still facing inequality'

BBC Radio Devon

People in Plymouth are healthier than they were 70 years ago but there are still worrying levels of inequality, a new report says.


The study's been written by the city council's Director of Public Health and looks at the links between poverty and wellbeing since the 1940s.

Recommendations include improving housing and helping disadvantaged children gain better qualifications.

Daley and Goodfellow's Olympic bronze win watched by 8m

The Guardian

Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow’s bronze medal victory drew a peak UK audience of almost 8m – the biggest live TV audience for any event at the Rio Olympics so far.

Policing in the Scillies: When a fried egg is the only clue

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Policing can be especially tough when there aren't many clues available. For instance, a shed door was forced open at a football club, but one of the only clues available was, believe it or not, a fried egg.

Sgt Colin Taylor said he was surprised at how this post was picked up, with the photograph going on to appear on the BBC show Have I Got News For You. 

We follow some more of the team's social media exposed exploits here.  

Fried egg clue. Pic: Isles of Scillies Police/Facebook
Isles of Scillies Police/Facebook

He said that humanising policing had brought him followers from across the world, but that it hadn't all been a barrel of laughs, and sometimes the team needed to tow the line.

He said: "I'm not here to be liked. I've crossed swords many times with people who don't want to talk to me anymore. Sometimes you've got to break a few eggs to make an omelette, I'm not here to make friends.

"But I've also built great relationships with many people. That mix is what policing is all about."

Work to prevent loneliness 'epidemic'

BBC Radio Devon

A loneliness epidemic will soon engulf Devon and the rest of the South West, according to Public Health Devon. 

The county is facing 25% of its population being over the age of 65 by 2030, and suffering chronic loneliness has the same negative effects on health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, speeding up dementia and leading to an earlier death. 

This is why a campaign to end loneliness is holding a symposium in Exeter with Healthwatch Devon and other charities to get businesses to help spot lonely older people.

St Erth fire: Foam used at blaze site

Newquay 'a safer place' after robber jailed

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Newquay has been described as "a safer place" after the jailing of a 20-year-old man who threatened a woman working in a store with a knife, a senior police officer says.

Kieran Wait, from Newquay, was jailed last Friday at Truro Crown Court for 21 months after pleading guilty to attempted robbery. The court heard he tried to rob Central Pet Supplies at the Chester Road market in the town on 7 April. He fled empty-handed.

Insp Dave Meredith, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Armed robbery is a very serious offence and Newquay is a safer place with Mr Wait behind bars. The custodial sentence imposed by the court reflects the gravity of the offence committed."

Nursing home kept in special measures

BBC Radio Devon

A nursing home in Yelverton that cares for people with dementia has been kept in special measures. 

Inspectors from the Care Quality Commissions made an unannounced visit to Devonia House in June. They deemed the service inadequate, with people's health, safety and welfare put at risk. 

The home was put in special measures in April 2015 but, on subsequent visits, inspectors have found improvements have not been achieved.   

Plymouth 'proud' to have 'so many divers and swimmers' at Rio

“What an amazing result for Dan and Tom – and for Plymouth Diving," said city councillor Glenn Jordan, after Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow won bronze at Rio.

He said: "We’re so proud to have so many of our divers and swimmers representing Team GB out in Rio. They’ve all worked incredibly hard to be there and I’m sure the city is behind me in saying a massive congratulations to our new Olympic bronze medallists.

“Good luck to Tonia Couch, who is competing with Lois Toulson in the women’s 10m synchro tonight and to swimmer Ben Proud in the men’s 100m freestyle qualifiers.”

Daley and Goodfellow
Getty Images

Firefighters rescue toddler

Nathan Wood search: Mother's warning against 'horrendous' drugs

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A mother has warned people against taking "horrendous" drugs, formerly known as legal highs, after a body was found in the search for her missing teenage son.

Nathan Wood. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

A body was found on Sunday by search teams looking for Nathan near the River Dart, in Totnes in Devon, where he was last seen. It was feared he had fallen into the river after taking a "new pyschoactive substance" (NPS). 

His mother, Mandi Retter, said the death of the 16-year-old had "screwed up our lives forever". She added that NPS should be "avoided like the plague", saying she did not want any other young lives to be lost so needlessly.

Police and other agencies discuss St Erth fire

Policing on the Scillies: 'The team makes it work'

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

The Isles of Scilly are not a big place. There's a population of just 2,200 people over five inhabited islands, plus countless uninhabited islands. Despite this, the Isles of Scilly Police Facebook page has attracted 60,000 likes - the same amount as the whole of the Devon and Cornwall Police force page.

Colin Taylor
Colin Taylor

Much of this has been down to Sgt Colin Taylor, who also has a blog and Twitter account which has gained thousands of followers.

"It's been remarkable, a truly unique policing experience," Sgt Taylor said. "I've used social media to give myself a voice here for people on the island, I never expected it to take off like it has, our posts have exploded over social media.

"It's not just me, there are a team of us making it work. I think people like hearing about what the police do and a bit more about behind the scenes. A lot of police officers use social media to keep in touch with people, hopefully our page will encourage more people. I think if you're honest, people will want to interact."

We follow some of the team's social media exposed exploits here.

Daley and Goodfellow celebrate bronze for GB

BBC Sport

Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow win bronze in the men's synchronised 10 platform, with China's Lin Yue and Chen Aise taking gold. 

You can watch full coverage of the diving here.

Daley and Goodfellow
Getty Images

Other travel options for GWR passengers

BBC Radio Cornwall

A fire that ripped through a tyre recycling plant at St Erth is so severe fire crews are expected to be on site for several days. 

More than 70 firefighters from stations across Cornwall and west Devon have been tackling the blaze. 

Train services into west Cornwall are severely affected with trains terminating at Truro, with the St Ives branch line not operating today.

National Rail Enquiries says GWR tickets can be used on First Buses on routes 14 - St Ives to Truro, 17 - Penzance - St Ives and 18 - Penzance to Truro.

The fire (photographed on Monday evening below) also affected the A30, which only reopened mid-morning today.

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Man detained after armed officers called to Plymouth house

Plymouth Herald

A man in his 30s has been detained by police following an early morning incident which saw armed officers and negotiators sent to an address in Stoke.

Tom Daley celebrates bronze medal with 'bottle of water'

David Fitzgerald

BBC Radio Devon

Tom Daley's mum has told me that there was an amazing atmosphere in Rio as her son dived the synchronised 10 platform with partner Dan Goodfellow.

Dan Goodfellow and Tom Daley

The pair won bronze and Tom is now training for his next dive.

Debbie Daley, from Plymouth, said: "We had a toast to Tom, but he just had a bottle of water! He's still not drinking, he's focused on the Olympics and he's working towards the indivdual now."

Latest weather: Continuing clear and dry

BBC Weather

It will continue bright and dry with sunny spells and patchy cloud through the day. Winds will be from the north or northwest and mainly light or moderate, but fresher at times around the north coast and further west. Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).


It'll be a dry night with well broken cloud and clear spells. It will become quite chilly for sheltered rural areas to the east as winds remain in the northwest and stay mainly light to moderate in strength. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

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Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Fire crews are expected to be on the site of a fire for several days after it ripped through a tyre recycling plant at St Erth, near Hayle
  • Cornwall Council faces a judicial review of its decision to allow the referendum which saw people in St Ives vote against people buying new-build propertries as second homes
  • People getting council tax support in Torbay face having to pay more as part of a council drive to save money
  • A nursing home in Yelverton is kept in special measures after being put on them more than a year ago
  • People in Plymouth celebrate as city boy Tom Daley wins a bronze medal in the Rio 2016 Olympics with diving partner in Dan Goodfellow in the synchro 10m platform event

More support for hospice

BBC Radio Devon

More than a 1,000 people in Torbay have responded to a Facebook page offering their support for a fundraising event for Rowcroft Hospice. 

Last month it announced it was having to scale back services and would need to make more than £1m in savings by the end of this year in order to protect its long-term future. 

Rowcroft Hospice. Pic: Google

A decline in the hospice's legacy income, increase in demand for services and financial pressures on the NHS had led to the current funding position, bosses said.

Now a fun day is being planned at Youngs Park in Goodrington over the August bank holiday weekend to raise funds and encourage more support. 

Policing the Scillies: Just like falling off a bike?

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Have you ever tried to catch a drink-driver on a child's bike? The use of the pursuit vehicle was a case of former Isles of Scilly Sergeant Colin Taylor having to think on his feet, as it were.

Sgt Taylor, of Devon and Cornwall Police (pictured, but not with the actual bike in question), has written a book highlighting his fighting crime at the extremity of the British Isles, and how he gained tens of thousands of social media followers - despite the islands only having a population of 2,200.

Colin Taylor on bike. Pic: Colin Taylor
Colin Taylor

The 49-year-old said: "People said there's no crime on Scilly, but I've managed to write about it for the last five years. Sometimes things happen and you just have to find the funny side."

On one occasion Sgt Taylor had to travel across different islands and borrow a child's bike while in pursuit of a suspected drink-driver. He said: "It was lucky the little boy was there with his bike to help me out. Sometimes you've just got to think on your feet and get the job done."

How do we stop the obesity crisis?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

The obesity crisis costs taxpayers more than the police and fire service combined. How do we stop so many of us getting fat? 

Also, how have second homes affected your part of Devon, and should anything be done about them?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Rio 2016: Jo Pavey 'happier' knowing family is away from health risks in Brazil

Press Association

Devon runner Jo Pavey has said it will be "tough" not having her family with her as she competes at the 2016 Rio Olympics, but that she will be "happier knowing they're OK" away from the current health risks in Brazil. 

Jo Pavey and childnre. Pic: Radio Times/PA Wire
Radio Times/PA Wire

The 42-year-old four-time Olympian admitted concerns over the Zika virus stopped her from taking her two children and husband, Gavin, to the games. 

She told Radio Times: "When I was first targeting qualification for Rio, we presumed that if I did qualify we'd all go, but I don't feel happy taking a young family out there, especially with there being a lot of unknowns regarding the neurological condition." 

Jo Pavey. Pic: PA

There has been widespread concern over the Zika virus in the country, which has led to several athletes pulling out of the Olympics. The mosquito-borne disease is associated with a birth defect which results in children being born with abnormally small heads and brain damage. The World Health Organization said there was a "very low risk" of Zika spreading globally as a result of the Olympics.  

GWR: Trains still 'unable to operate' through St Erth

BBC Radio Cornwall

As fire crews remain at the site of a huge fire in Cornwall, GWR has posted this on their website: Due to a significant line-side fire near St Erth Station, trains are unable to operate between St Erth and St Ives and between Truro and Penzance.

Road transport is in place. However, some roads are reported as being heavily congested.

Therefore, significant delays can be expected. This disruption will likely continue for the remainder of today.

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What fiancé Lance said to Tom after diver's bronze medal win

Plymouth Herald

Tom Daley's fiance Dustin Lance Black has posted a series of congratulatory messages on Twitter after the Plymouth diver picked up his first medal of the Rio Olympics.

St Erth fire: Diggers to assist blaze fight

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Fire crews are continuing to apply foam at a fire in St Erth after having been at the scene overnight, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service says.

It added: "A multi-agency meeting is taking place ... and a plan of action will be discussed. Mechanical diggers are being sourced to assist at the scene in the removal of flammable material and to allow access for crews to continue firefighting."

Torbay council tax support faces cuts

BBC Radio Devon

The unemployed and those on low incomes in Torbay could have to pay more council tax, as part of a council drive to save money. 

Torbay Council

At the moment, those who qualify for the Council Tax Support Scheme in the Bay, only have to pay 25% of their council tax bill. Torbay Council wants to increase that to 45%. The authority said those struggling to pay would be able to apply for a special hardship fund. 

The government told the BBC that "significant savings are being made to the public purse through changes in council tax support".

St Erth fire, and dogs seized 'because of how they look'

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

We'll have the latest live reports from St Erth, as more than 70 firefighters are still at the scene of a major fire that ripped through a scrapyard.

How would you feel if your beloved dog was taken away from you and locked up - just because of how it looked? Well, almost 5,000 dogs - suspected of being banned breeds - have been seized by police in England and Wales over the past three years.

Call in on 01872 222222.

Medal can propel Daley to solo success, says former training partner

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Tom Daley's success in the synchro pairs can propel him to an individual Olympic medal, according to his former training partner. 

Dan Goodfellow and Tom Daley

London 2012 bronze-medallist Daley and Dan Goodfellow won bronze on Tuesday with the last dive of the evening. 

"It's a perfect set up for Tom's individual," former European bronze medallist Brooke Graddon told BBC Sport. "The pressure that would have built up if he hadn't have got that medal this time would have been even bigger for the individual," she added.

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Fire crews expected to remain at blaze site for 'next couple of days'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC Radio Cornwall: At the scene

People in the local area should keep their doors and windows closed and stay inside.

Fire crews have also warned drivers passing nearby to keep windows closed and air conditioning off.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is having hourly reviews with Network Rail in an attempt to try and reopen the main line passing through St Erth.

They expect to be dampening down for the rest of the day, and to stay on site for the next couple of days investigating the cause. 

They are bringing in more foam throughout today to "attack and suppress" the fire.

Wadebridge Fire