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Summary

  1. Helen Glover and Heather Stanning defend their women's pairs title in Rio
  2. Search for a women who went missing last week as murder inquiry continues
  3. A light aircraft crashed in Cornwall with two people on board
  4. Plymouth swimmer Ben Proud broke the British record at the Rio Olympics
  5. Updates on Friday 12 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 Monday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather.

Don't forget to tune in to Spotlight on BBC One and your BBC Local Radio station for news throughout the weekend.

Weather for the rest of Friday and Saturday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

A fine evening with some late spells of sunshine, however, it will cloud over through the early hours, with some patchy light rain by dawn for some, especially towards northern coasts such as in Bideford.

Another mild night and a minimum temperature of 14C (57F).

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Saturday will see a cloudy start to the weekend with patchy light rain across the county. This will gradually ease through the afternoon.

The maximum temperature will be 21C (70F).

'A lovely girl' - former teacher on Helen Glover

Kate Finch, Helen Glover's former PE teacher at Humphry Davy School in Penzance, has given this assessment of the pupil who became an Olympic champion.

Helen Glover
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Tenant responsible for repair bill after 'trail of destruction'

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Cornwall Housing says the tenant of a property left severely damaged will have to foot the £50,000 repair bill.

The family were evicted after an "reign of terror" in River View, Saltash, in which residents reported mass street brawls, intimidation and harrassment and drug dealing.

An escalation in anti-social behaviour prompted the eviction

Taxi driver jailed for sexually assaulting teenager

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A taxi driver has been jailed for sexually assaulting a teenager in his car.

Mukta Mia
Devon and Cornwall Police

Mukta Mia, aged 46 of Torquay, drove the 19-year-old woman down a dark country lane before kissing and groping her in January, Exeter Crown Court heard.

Prosecutors said the teenager feared she would be "raped and killed". Mia, who admitted sexual assault, was jailed for 15 months and put on the Sex Offenders’ register for ten years.

Dame Judi Dench drops in to celebrate Newton Abbot Racecourse's 150th anniversary

Torquay Herald Express

150 years of racing excellence was marked at Newton Abbot Racecourse this week – and a famous face even came along to celebrate.

'Significant step forward' for theatre redevelopment

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The Hall for Cornwall in Truro has been awarded cash to push forward with major redevelopment proposals.

The entertainments venue has been awarded more than £200,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to develop its bid for a full grant of more than £2.5m.

Julien Boast, Director of Hall For Cornwall said: “We’re delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support and it is an exciting step forward in securing the long-term sustainability of one of Cornwall’s most significant civic buildings."

Missing Gergana Prodonova: New CCTV image released of 38-year-old talking on phone

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A CCTV image has been released by police of missing Bulgarian woman Gergana Prodonova talking on her phone on 4 August.

The 38-year-old was last seen in a food shop in Sidwell Street, Exeter, at about 20:00.

CCTV
Devon & Cornwall Police

Detectives investigating her disappearance have been granted an extension to the custody of a 42-year-old Bulgarian man while they continue their investigations.

He was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of her murder.

Protecting a PM on holiday: Harold Wilson's former bodyguard 'never more than a metre away' from PM in Scilly Isles

BBC Radio 4

Prime Minister Theresa May will spend her holidays in the Swiss Alps this summer and her protection officers will never be more than 15m (50ft) away.

John Warwicker was one of Harold Wilson's bodyguards and was always present when the former prime minister went on holiday to his beloved Isles of Scilly.

Speaking to Today's Mishal Husain, Mr Warwicker said he was never more than 1m away from Mr Wilson during his holidays

Harold Wilson's former bodyguard explains their holiday regime

Totnes 'could take 30 houses'

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Totnes town centre "could accommodate 30 houses" according to a planning professor at Plymouth University.

Totnes
Google

More than 1,300 residents of the 14th Century market town have signed a petition to fight plans for its development, saying Totnes would be "destroyed" as a result.

Professor Chris Balch, himself a Totnes resident, says people there have been given "poor information" about the plans, and that the town could accommodate some development.

"It would not be impossible to think about that scale of housing accommodated in the town centre in a sensitive way."

Pressure was immense - Glover on Olympic final

BBC Sport

Helen Glover, from Penzance, has described the pressure as "immense" as she and Heather Stanning defended their Olympic title in the women's pairs in Rio.

"London was a home games and there was nothing more special but this is defending a title - it means so much," she said.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
Reuters

The world champions, who won Britain's first gold of the London Games in 2012, led from the start as they finished 1.2 seconds clear of New Zealand with a time of 7:18.29s.

Denmark finished third to take bronze.

Glover and Stanning are now unbeaten in 39 races, a run that stretches back five years.  

Their gold was Great Britain's 17th medal of the Games and moved them up to fourth in the table, ahead of Australia.

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning
Reuters

Farmer back down to earth after Olympic glory

Plymouth Herald

Olympian Ed Ling was back on the family farm on Friday, harvesting wheat – with his bronze medal safely tucked away in his pocket.

Nightclub assault prompts police appeal

Police are appealing for information after a man was alleged to have been headbutted in Raw Nightclub in Plymouth.

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Investigation launched after two people had narrow escape from plane fire

BBC Radio Cornwall

An investigation has been launched after two people had a narrow escape from a light aircraft which crashed at Perranporth Airfield and burst into flames. 

Burned out plane
BBC

The crash happened on Thursday and fire crews from across the county were called to deal with the plane, which had skidded off the runway and into long grass where it caught fire.  

The man and woman who had been on board the plane were treated at the scene and sent to hospital to be checked over.

Two men jailed for smuggling £512m of cocaine in tug boat

BBC News Scotland

Two men in charge of a boat carrying cocaine worth more than half a billion pounds have been jailed for a total of 42 years.

Mumin Sahin, 47, and Emin Ozmen, 51, from Turkey, were caught after the MV Hamal was stopped in the North Sea east of Aberdeen in April last year.

It was intercepted by the Devonport-based Royal Navy warship HMS Somerset and Border Force officials.

Hamal being stopped by Royal Navy and Border Force officials
National Crime Agency

Devon businesswoman employed paedophile to drive school buses

Torquay Herald Express

A Devon businesswoman who employed a paedophile to drive school buses, despite knowing he was barred, was spared jail.

Police given more time to question man over suspected murder

Police officers have been given more time to question a 42-year-old man in relation to the suspected murder of Gergana Prodanova.

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Glover and Stanning defend their Olympic gold

BBC Sport

Helen Glover, from Cornwall, and Heather Stanning have defended their Olympic title by dominating the women's pairs final.

Competing in Rio the London 2012 champions finished ahead of New Zealand and Denmark after establishing an early lead.

They have an unbeaten track record reaching back to 2011 over 39 races.

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Paediatrician in court over child porn offences

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A paediatrician has appeared in court charged with making and distributing indecent images of children.

Jonathan Walsh
Nick Irving

Jonathan Walsh, aged 46 of Barnstaple, is accused of 7 counts of making and 10 counts of distributing the images between January 2014 and last August.

He was dismissed in June by Northern Devon Healthcare Trust (NDHT) after his arrest last year but it is understood that none of the charges relate to patients at the North Devon District Hospital. Mr Walsh has been bailed and will enter his pleas when he returns to Exeter Crown Court on 9 September.

Cornwall Council offers advice to avoid delays on A30 Bodmin Moor bottleneck

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council is offering advice on how to avoid being caught in delays on the A30 bottleneck at Bodmin Moor this summer as work to dual the road between Carblake and Temple continues.

It says during peak times drivers can expect delays from anywhere between 10 minutes and two hours along the stretch where the dual carriageway reduces to one lane.

For vehicles heading out of Cornwall eastbound between now and Sunday 4 September two lanes will be open to ease the flow.

Spitfire 'will be star of the show' at 1940s weekend

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A replica Spitfire aircraft brought down on the A30 and A38 in Devon earlier today "will be the star of the show" at a 1940s themed weekend at RAF Harrowbeer on Dartmoor.

The festival is being held to celebrate 75 years of the airfield.

Spitfire on the ground at an air show in 2007
BBC

Steven Fryer, who is a member of the team that has restored part of the airfield to its original state, says "it's absolutely awesome".

"I have actually sat in the Spitfire and started her up. To press that button and hear that 27 litre Merlin engine roaring to life."

A life in Scilly 'hardly any different from the average tourist'

BBC Radio 4

"It was a very personal, very unusual situation on the Scilly Isles", says the former bodyguard of Harold Wilson, John Warwicker.

Harold Wilson
Getty Images

In an interview with Mishal Husain for the Today programme Mr Warwicker says that the former UK prime minister and his wife "had a small bungalow and there they lived a life hardly any different from the average tourist." 

Except, he says, for the two bodyguards "within a metre" of the Prime Minister "the whole time".

Major investigation into disappearance of Bulgarian woman continues

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Police are still trying to find out what happened to Gergana Prodonova from Bulgaria who was living in Exeter.

She has not been seen since 4 August. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Gergana Prodonova, 38, was last seen in a food shop on 4 August

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Plymouth Milehouse Road is partially blocked - busy but moving slowly due to a collision near Bartholomew Road  
  • On the M5 Bristol bound from Tiverton there's very slow traffic
  • On the A30 between Bolventor and Millpool heading westbound there's slow moving traffic through the roadworks

Police target criminals heading to Boardmasters Festival

Tamsin Melville

Political Reporter, BBC Radio Cornwall

Criminals heading to the Boardmasters Festival in Newquay are being targeted by police as part of Operation Allied Wolf.

Boardmasters
BBC

So far 15 cars have been seized for having no insurance and 15 drivers stopped for using a mobile behind the wheel by officers from Devon and Cornwall and Dorset.

A drugs dog helped officers secure a number of minor drug seizures while a double decker bus was held by police because its doors would not close properly.

Torquay Screen on Green probe reveals 'omnishambles' of council errors

Torquay Herald Express

An inquiry into the Screen on the Green event in Torquay has unveiled an "omnishambles" of errors in the way it was handled.

Collision blocks A38 Dobwalls bypass - police

Torbay inshore lifeboat to get a name

BBC Radio Devon

The volunteer team at Torbay RNLI lifeboat station is welcoming their new inshore lifeboat into the fleet this afternoon at a special naming ceremony.

The formal ceremony and service of dedication also mark Torbay RNLI's 150th year.

The boat has been in service since October 2015 but has not been given a name yet.  

Operations Manager Nick O'Brien says "We are going to be naming her on Friday evening... she is a very effective life saving tool. We are very happy to have her on service here."

Couple managed to 'jump clear of plane' before it burst into flames

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A man and woman who were taken to hospital with minor injuries on Thursday after their plane crash-landed at Perranporth Airfield managed to "jump clear" of the light aircraft before it burst into flames.

Burned out plane
Truro Community Fire Station

Fire crews from Wadebridge doused the plane with foam but it was seriously burned out.

The couple released themselves from the Piper Warrior and were treated at the scene before being sent to hospital as a precaution for possible head injuries.

Fire crew putting out plane fire
Truro Community Fire Station

Spotlight sport presenter says farewell

Today BBC Spotlight is saying farewell to sports presenter and reporter, Dave Gibbins. 

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Exeter murder probe: Pictures released of Gergana Prodonova's last known movements

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

Police have released CCTV images of the last known movements of murdered Bulgarian woman Gergana Prodonova.

CCTV pics
Devon & Cornwall Police

The 38 year-old was last seen in a food shop in Sidwell Street, Exeter, at about 20:00 BST on 4 August.

A man has since been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

CCTV pics
Devon & Cornwall Police

Roads policing operation targeting Boardmasters festival-goers finds more than 100 motoring offences

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police targeting vehicles heading to the Boardmasters festival in Newquay have seized 15 cars for having no insurance; reported 22 drivers for no insurance and 15 for using a mobile device behind the wheel.

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Operation Allied Wolf is a joint roads policing operation between Devon & Cornwall Police and Dorset Police and took place on the 10 and 11 of August involving around 25 officers. 

A drugs dog helped officers secure a number of minor drug seizures.  

Devon's Jo Pavey to compete in her fifth Olympics later

BBC Sport

Dairy pressure group: farmers 'absolutely fed up' with payment for milk

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

A dairy farmer who took part in a protest on Thursday evening over the payment farmers are getting for milk says they are "absolutely fed up". 

James Hole
BBC

Dairy farmers from the south west gathered near the M5 before driving in convoy to Bridgwater to blockade the Muller-Wiseman plant. The dairy says it has a "good track record" of offering "competitive prices".

But James Hole from Farmers for Action says that is not the case, with some farmers saying they cannot see themselves producing milk "in the coming months; possibly not even by Christmas".

Police helicopter circles above Exeter after reports of break in

Plymouth Herald

Residents in Exeter were woken by the police helicopter during the early hours of today after reports a man was attempting to break into a closed doctors surgery.

Latest travel across Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the A38 westbound from Notter heading towards Tideford there's busy traffic  
  • There's heavy traffic on the A3075 and A392 heading towards Newquay
  • On the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross traffic there's busy traffic in both directions
  • Heading towards Tiverton on the A361 there's slow traffic
  • Reports of slow moving traffic through the roadworks on the A30 around Temple heading westbound

Market revamp 'would destroy Totnes'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

More than 1,300 people have signed a petition against development of Totnes's 14th century market.  

Totne
Google

South Hams District Council has earmarked the market and nearby car parks for 70 homes as part of a revamp of the area.

Objectors say the proposals, part of the council's local plan, would "destroy Totnes".

Former teacher from Plymouth jailed for abusing boys at Fife residential school

BBC News Scotland

A former teacher from Plymouth who taught at a school in Fife run by the Christian Brothers order has been jailed for 10 years after being convicted of the physical and sexual abuse of pupils.

64 year-old Paul Kelly committed the offences at the former St Ninian's school in Falkland.

Paul Kelly
BBC

Former headmaster John Farrell, 73, who lives in Motherwell, was also convicted of sexual and physical abuse of boys at the school and was jailed for 5 years.

They were convicted last month after a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.     

Bus assault: Police seek witnesses

Police want to speak with this man in connection with an assault on a bus in Plymouth.

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Boardmasters: 'Skindog' dominates longboard heats

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Longboard surfer Ben Skinner won the heats at Boardmasters on Thursday and will go on to compete against fellow UK surfer Adam Griffiths. 

Ben Skinner
Boardmasters

Mr Skinner, known as Skindog, said: "I started surfing this event about eight years ago I think and have won it a couple of times, so I'm definitely looking to add one event title to my resume this year."