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  1. Police confirm a body found in a Devon river is that of missing teenager Nathan Wood
  2. Firefighters continue to tackle a massive fire at a recycling yard in St Erth in Cornwall
  3. A30 Hayle Bypass closed because of serious crash
  4. Boat sinks after catching fire off Bude
  5. Plymouth's Tonia Couch narrowly misses out on a medal in the 10m synchro at the Rio Olympics
  6. The RNLI says a huge boom in the paddleboard and kayaking industry is making this summer even more challenging
  7. Updates on Wednesday 10 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 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.

Latest weather: Dry spells ahead

BBC Weather

Tonight will turn dry with some clear spells developing through the latter half of the night and temperatures will remain milder than of late. Minimum Temperature: 12C (54F).

Weather map

Thursday will be a largely dry and bright day with some decent sunny spells and feeling warm in the sunshine. Maximum Temperature: 20C (68F).

Memorial to be held for teenager Nathan Wood

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A memorial is being held for a teenager who was found dead in the River Dart.

Nathan Wood was found in the river on 7 August.   

DC James Brice from Devon and Cornwall police said: “This is a very tragic incident involving the loss of life of a young man with his future ahead of him. The impact of this will not only affect Nathan’s immediate social peer group and family but also the wider youth community of Totnes.”

St John’s Church in Bridgtown, Totnes is holding a memorial afternoon for Nathan on Tuesday 16 August between 13:00 and 16:00.

Nathan Wood

Bude boat fire sailor commended for wearing lifejacket

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man who was rescued off Bude after his boat caught fire has been commended by coastguards for wearing a lifejacket.

Bude boat fire. Pic: Pos Bass
Pos Bass

Emergency services were alerted to the 6m-long leisure vessel being on fire about a mile offshore at about 12:00. The boat sank, but the sailor was rescued in the water by RNLI lifeguards from Summerleaze on personal watercraft. He was then transferred to a nearby fishing vessel which brought him back to shore. He was not injured.

The UK Coastguard said: "This could have been a very different outcome today had he not been wearing a lifejacket and we commend his actions, which have assisted in saving his life."

Ashburton bank branch closure a 'really disgraceful' move

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

A moorland town in Devon is losing both its banks in two years. 

Lloyds sign. Pic: AP

Natwest in Ashburton closed last year, and now Lloyds - the last bank in the town - has confirmed its branch is to close in November. Lloyds apologised, but said the number of customers was falling, and other facilities were available in the Post Office and nearby towns. 

Local trader Francis Byng said it was a "really disgraceful" move. He said: "It's a decision, I'm sure, which has been taken way up the management chain. The people in the branch are facing the fury and dismay of all their customers. Banks which have served communities for years and years ought to take their responsibility more seriously."

St Erth fire: Company mascot Alfie the turtle dies

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A pet turtle has been killed in the St Erth fire which broke out at a recycling unit on Monday evening.

Alfie the turtle
Kathy Bailey

The owners of the recycling unit, Kathy and Mark Bailey, confirmed in a Facebook post that they had lost their daughter's "dear little turtle 'Alfie'" who had become a loved company mascot.

"Everyone had a little chat with him or gave him some food when passing him in the office", they said.

Concern at increase in housing association repossession cases

BBC Radio Devon

Citizens Advice Exeter is expressing its concern at an increase in the number of housing association repossessions in the quarter ending in June 2016.

It said cases listed at Exeter County Court rose 46% in comparison with the same period last year.

Ashburton Lloyds Bank branch closing 'because people use alternatives'

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

Lloyds Bank has confirmed it is to close its Ashburton branch in November, leaving the town without any high street bank branches after the closure of Natwest last year.

Lloyds Bank sign

Customers and traders have criticised the move. Lloyds apologised, but blamed falling customer numbers, saying the majority of people "now regularly use alternative branches or other ways to bank". 

It added that its statistics showed: 

  • The branch had "only 51 regular weekly personal and business customers"
  • Almost "70% of customers in Ashburton used other branches and other ways to bank such as online and telephone banking" 
  • About 95% of personal customers "already use other branches, such as the Newton Abbot branch", where customers will have accounts transferred to

St Erth Fire: More than 40 hours after the blaze started what's the situation?

BBC Radio Cornwall

  • There are currently 53 firefighters, seven fire engines and seven special appliances on the site
  • The A30 had reopened to traffic before a crash closed it again
  • Trains are now running from Penzance at a reduced speed past the site, with their windows closed and air conditioning turned off. Both the station at St Erth and the St Ives branch line are currently closed
  • There is still a plume of smoke coming from the site and members of the public are being advised to take precautions if they live or work in the area affected by the smoke - including sheltering from the smoke by going indoors, closing doors and windows and, if driving through the smoke, to close windows and vents and turn off air conditioning units
St Erth
Devon and Cornwall Police

Source: Cornwall Council

A30 crash: Motorcyclist injured and road closed

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A serious crash between a motorcyclist and a van has closed the A30 in both directions in the Hayle area in Cornwall.

A30 crash
Simon Rae

Police said the motorcyclist has suffered "possible serious injuries" in the crash that took place at around 14:10.

The air ambulance was called to take the casualty to hospital and the road is expected to remain closed for several hours.

River Exe body: Detectives try to identify woman

Emma Thomasson

BBC Spotlight

Detectives are trying to establish how a woman died after her body was found in the River Exe. 

Firefighters were called to help recover the body near Exe Bridges at 06:00 this morning. 

The police are trying to identify who she is.

Rio 216: 'Pool gate' water 'found to be safe'

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport in Rio

Divers were forced to compete in water the colour sea lions - rather than Olympians - are accustomed to performing in as a diving pool turned green for the women's synchronised 10m platform final.

Questions were asked on social media. Had Shrek taken an overnight dip? Was it because Roald Dahl's BFG had been drinking frobscottle?

Green Olympic pool. Pic: AP Photo/Matt Dunham
AP Photo/Matt Dunham

On Monday, Tom Daley and Daniel Goodfellow won bronze in then picture-perfect conditions, but the Plymouth-born diver was questioning what had happened to the clear water he had dived into just 24 hours earlier, tweeting: "Ermmm...what happened?!"

Organisers said: "It's very important to the Rio 2016 community to ensure a high quality of play. Tests were conducted and the water was found to be safe. We're investigating what the cause was."  

However, despite reassurances, it's still being described on social media as "pool gate".

Too cute! New video of adorable tiger cub at Paignton Zoo

Plymouth Herald

Paignton Zoo has released new video footage of its adorable tiger cub.

Torquay could be in new ground by 2019

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United could be playing in a new ground by 2019, says chairman David Phillips.

Getty Images

The cash-strapped National League club is currently up for sale, but despite their financial problems Phillips says a new stadium is the best way forward.

"We're looking ahead to a new ground. It's not absolutely concrete yet, but it's very, very likely that we'll be in in about three years," Phillips said.


Torquay could be in new ground by 2019

Chairman David Phillips says Torquay United could be playing in a new ground by 2019,

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A30 Hayle Bypass closed because of serious crash

BBC Travel

There's been a serious crash on the A30 Hayle Bypass and the road is closed in both directions between St Erth Roundabout and Loggans Moor Roundabout.

There's queuing traffic in the area and motorists are told to expect delays.

Dartmoor lynx Flaviu 'less grumpy' after recapture

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Flaviu the lynx who went on a three-week walkabout from Dartmoor Zoo is "less grumpy" but "definitely feisty compared to our other cats" says the attraction's owner Ben Mee.


Flaviu made headlines around the world after he escaped from his enclosure and was recaptured last month after killing a number of lambs near the zoo.

Mr Mee said work was under way to finish a new roof on Flaviu's enclosure but he would not be there for another two weeks while he goes through a quarantine period.

"He's dry so I think he's almost relieved to be back under cover," he said.

"I've started talking to other zoos about getting a mate for him and we expect to get one in the next year."

Dartmoor Zoo

Man in lifejacket rescued from sea after boat caught fire

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man has been rescued from the sea after a fire on a small leisure fishing boat off the coast of Bude.

Bude boat fire. Pic: Pos Bass
Pos Bass

Coastguards said they took a distress call at midday from the Bude-registered vessel about a mile off Summerleaze beach. 

RNLI lifeguards from Summerleaze and the Bude inshore lifeboat were launched. Another fishing vessel in the area assisted, and a single crewman in a lifejacket was rescued from the water and taken ashore safe and well. He was the only person on board.

Nathan Wood 'was full of life'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

The grandmother of a teenager whose body was found in the River Dart says she has a "lovely memory" of her grandson.

Nathan Wood was found in the river on 7 August. Grandmother, Margaret Retter said: "The last time I saw him it was just wonderful. 

"I was coming up the path last weekend and he just leaned out the bedroom window shouting 'hi grandma', I'll be down in a minute. It's the last memory I have of him. He was just full of life and loving, it was a lovely memory."

Devon and Cornwall Police said it was possible he had fallen into the river after taking a "new pyschoactive substance" (NPS). Nathan's mother has previously warned against taking so-called legal highs, describing them as "horrendous".

Mother's tribute to teenager found dead in river

BBC Radio Devon

A body found in the River Dart has been confirmed as that of missing teenager Nathan Wood.

Hi mother Mandi Retter said: "He liked hanging out with his mates, he loved his girlfriend and planned to stay with her and have kids so she's in bits now as she sees her life as being completely different to what she imagined. 

"He had gotten on to a college course, he was really looking forward to it.”

Nathan Wood
Devon and Cornwall Police

BreakingBody found in river is missing teenager Nathan Wood

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police have confirmed a body found in the River Dart on 7 August 2016 is that of missing teenager Nathan Wood.

Nathan, 16, from Paignton was reported missing to police on Friday 5 August. He was last seen in the Swallowfields area of the town, heading towards the River Dart, at around 18:00.  

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Very slow traffic on A383 Newton Road in both directions in Newton Abbot between the Jetty Marsh Road junction and the A383 Greenhill Way junction. In the roadworks area
  • There's slow traffic on B3416 Deep Lane in Plympton near Deep Lane junction. In the roadworks area. Congestion to the Holland Road junction
  • There's heavier than usual traffic on A3058 Quintrell Road inbound in Newquay between the A3059 Rialton Road junction and the Bonython Road junction
  • Very slow traffic on A39 southbound between the Devoran Lane junction in Devoran and Treliever Roundabout in Mabe Burnthouse

Totnes MP launches national inquiry into suicide prevention

Torquay Herald Express

Totnes MP Sarah Wollaston says she is determined to make sure "everything possible is being done" to cut suicide rates in the South West, as she leads a new inquiry into the government's prevention strategy.

St Erth fire: Smoke 'smothering' residents

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Thick, foul-smelling smoke is smothering the surrounding area of a massive fire in St Erth, residents have told the BBC.

St Erth Fire

"The whole house is just full of awful fumes. I had the most dreadful headache and I'm asthmatic and it's just been really horrible,", says Fran, who lives in St Erth.

Public Health England said long-term health effects from the smoke were unlikely, but recommended people with breathing problems such as asthma took precautions against smoke inhalation.

Latest weather: Cloud will thicken, but mainly dry

BBC Weather

Cloud will gradually thicken from the west, bringing some light and patchy rain in places, mainly across areas of high ground. For many, though, it will remain mostly dry but feeling cooler than Tuesday. Maximum temperature: 18C (64F).


Dry and partly cloudy overnight, with some clear spells developing through the latter half of the night. Temperatures will remain milder than of late. Minimum temperature: 12C (54F).

Man rescued as boat sinks off Bude after catching fire

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A boat which caught fire off Bude has sunk, the RNLI says.

Bude Boat fire
Pos Bass

Coastguards and RNLI crews were alerted to the vessel in distress off Widemouth Bay earlier this afternoon.

One eyewitness described black smoke coming from the small fishing leisure craft about a mile offshore.

Bude's lifeboat crew confirmed the sinking, and said that one man was rescued.

Rio rowing postponed: New schedule expected at 14:10

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall's Helen Glover is enduring another wait to compete in the rowing in Rio as the event has been postponed because of the weather.

Helen and pairs partner Heather Stanning were meant to race in their semi-final this afternoon, but it's been called off. A new schedule will be published at 14:10.

Smoke seen from Bude boat fire

Milk thieves and high street banking

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

More bank branches are closing in Devon. Has yours closed, and do we really need them anyway? 

And we're on the trail of office milk thieves. Have you ever left or received a snarky note? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Can killer whales help solve the mystery of menopause?

Victoria Gill

Science reporter, BBC News

Scientists from universities in Exeter and York are studying the evolution of the menopause, and have found clues to its origin in killer whales.


Humans and orcas are two of only three species that evolved to stop having babies half-way through their lives - something even great apes and long-lived elephants do not do. 

While some have suggested that menopause is a side-effect of our own greater longevity, researchers say that orcas could hold the key to what's been a long-standing evolutionary mystery.

Hear more on this on The Whale Menopause, BBC Radio 4, at 2100 BST

Rescuers attend boat fire off Bude

BBC Radio Cornwall

Coastguards and RNLI crews are dealing with a boat fire off the coast of Bude

One eyewitness has described the vessel as a small fishing leisure craft about a mile offshore, with black smoke coming from the vessel. 

Lifeboats are at the scene. 

Rio 2016: Tonia Couch told 'Plymouth is proud'

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Tonia and partner Lois Toulson missed out on a bronze medal in the final of the 10m synchronised diving at Rio 2016, finishing fifth.

Plymouth Diving's Daniel Goodfellow is a big fan of the Chinese food in Rio

Cheating groom misses own wedding after being locked up in Exeter cell for ripping off ex

Exeter Express & Echo

A cheating groom missed his wedding after being locked up in police cells – for ripping off another girlfriend.

Latest on the St Erth fire, and how trading is changing

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

We'll have the very latest from the fire at St Erth, which is still causing major delays for rail commuters. Do you live in the village? Are you still affected by the fumes?

And an independent retailer is closing its doors in Truro after more than 35 years. How is the face of retailing changing?

Call in 01872 222222.

St Erth fire: 'No reports of water pollution'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

There have been "no reports of water pollution" as a result of a fire at a recycling centre near Hayle, the Environment Agency says.

St Erth fire scene. Pic: TolvaddonCFRS

Ruptured fuel tanks have caused the fire to spread at the St Erth tyre plant and fire crews have spent a second night tackling the blaze. The fire service said it was making good progress.

The Environment Agency, which issued the centre's licence, said it had been "providing advice to reduce environmental risks, and arranging for the collection of soil samples from areas affected by firewater run-off". It added that there had been "no reports of water pollution".

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Rio 2016: 'Pool gate' questions as diving water turns green

Aimee Lewis

BBC Sport in Rio

Confusion has abounded at the Maria Lenk Aquatics Centre as the normally azure pool water turned a swampy green for the women's synchronised 10m platform final.

As the competition progressed, the water looked more like pea green soup while the pool next to it - where water polo and synchronised swimming are held - remained in perfect health.

Olympic pools. Pic: AP Photo/Matt Dunham
AP Photo/Matt Dunham

"I've never dived in anything like it," said Plymouth's Tonia Couch, who finished fifth alongside Lois Toulson. "We noticed it in the warm-up and then by the competition it was even more green." She added the colour had made it easier to spot where the surface was while they were spinning through the air, insisting it had not impacted on the result.

Organisers released a statement to say they were still investigating the cause of what was being described on social media as "pool gate".

Bale crushes Okehampton farm worker to death

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A farm worker has been crushed to death by a round hay bale.


The man, aged in his 40s, died at the scene as he was working with bales in a field near Okehampton, Devon, said police

Officers said the death on 26 July was not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner.

The local man's family had been informed and the Health and Safety Executive was investigating.