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Summary

  1. Swimmer dies after being caught in suspected rip current
  2. Coach driver 'using mobile phone at time of fatal crash', court hears
  3. Developer and Torbay Council cancel Oldway Mansion revamp agreement
  4. Man appears in court charged with the murder of a missing woman
  5. Firefighters finally leave the scene of a blaze that broke out a week ago at a tyre recycling centre in west Cornwall
  6. Devon shipwrecks given listed protection
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Andrew Segal

All times stated are UK

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday 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.

Paignton Zoo tiger cub 'appears very healthy'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A rare tiger cub born in a Devon zoo has had some of the same vaccines you would give a normal cat, a vet says.

Tiger cub. Pic: Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

The 10-week cub at Paignton Zoo is the first born at the wildlife park since 2009. Mother Shakira gave birth to three cubs on 31 May, but two subsequently died.

Staff said the cub had the "same routine check-up as a domestic kitten and received the same vaccinations". 

Tigers. Pic: Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

Zoo vet Ghislaine Sayers said: "He had a normal cat vaccine to protect against diseases such as cat flu and feline enteritis; and, like kittens, was wormed and treated against external parasites ... We also micro-chip, as you would a pet. He appears to be very healthy."  

Latest weather: Staying clear, and a fine Tuesday expected

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

Any lingering cloud will soon melt away to leave a predominantly clear but cool night, with the odd patch of mist and fog developing towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

Weather
BBC

Tuesday will be another fine and dry day with some patchy cloud but abundant sunshine for many. It'll feel very warm, although cooler in the west and on the south coast with a stiff breeze. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Protected shipwrecks: The three boats

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The three shipwrecks given protection by the UK government are among about 11,000 vessels known to have been wrecked in England's waters in the late 18th Century.

However, few of these have been found - other than important trading vessels, such as those used by the East India Company.

Shipwreck at Northam Burrows
Historic England

Axe Boat - The earliest of the wrecks was built between 1400 and 1640 and would have been used for trade or fishing from the then major port of Axmouth.

Sally - The larger wreck at Westward Ho! ran aground on the sands in 1769, while bound from Oporto in Portugal to Bristol with a cargo of port wine.

A Severn Trow - A small merchant ship working locally in the Bristol Channel coastline about 200 years ago appears to have been driven ashore in a storm.

Shipwreck at Northam Burrows
Historic England

Traffic problems on M5

BBC Travel

On the M5 around Exeter, between J30 and J31, there's very slow traffic north-bound after a recent incident.

All lanes are open, but there are also reports of long delays at Junction 30 because of vehicles trying to leave the services.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Passengers on a coach trip that ended in a fatal crash in Cornwall describe in court how the driver used a hands-free mobile phone during the journey
  • The family of a 22-year-old motorcyclist from Camborne, who died in a road collision a week ago, pay tribute to him
  • Torbay Council and developers terminate an agreement to revamp Oldway Mansion
  • About £350m of EU-funded projects in Cornwall have not been guaranteed by the government, a Cornwall Council cabinet member says
  • A campaign for a deposit return scheme for plastic bottles and cans is launched in the South West by Surfers Against Sewage

Aquarium's ray pups to go on display later this year

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two spotted eagle ray pups born at Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium will go on display to visitors later this year, staff say.

Spotted eagle ray pup. Pic: National Marine Aquarium
National Marine Aquarium

The male and female - as yet unnamed - pups were born at Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium following a seven-year project in what was described as the first such births in the UK.

Staff said the twins are currently in the aquarium’s Atlantic Ocean acclimation tank, "where they are getting used to their new surroundings ... before they go on full display to visitors later this autumn."

Developer and council cancel Oldway Mansion revamp agreement

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon council and developers have terminated an agreement to revamp Torbay's Oldway Mansion.

Oldway Mansion
BBC

The building has been standing empty for more than three years despite a contract between the developer and Torbay Council to turn it into a hotel. Developer Oldway Mansion Ltd had been suing the council for £8m in a row over leases, seeking damages and costs.

The council said the parties had not been able to reach agreement "on the specifics of the dispute", but had "put differences aside for the benefit of the mansion". It added: "The parties have therefore agreed to end the current court proceedings and terminate the development agreement."

Richards set for spell on sidelines

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United are waiting to discover the extent of captain Courtney Richards's hamstring injury.

Courtney Richards
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The 22-year-old, who was made Gulls skipper at the start of the season, was hurt during the second half of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Barrow.

"It could be a couple of weeks, it could be six, you just don't know until it's calmed down," manager Kevin Nicholson told BBC Sport.

Hayle Harbour silting 'is dangerous'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A number of boats have "got caught" in Hayle Harbour because of silt, a local adviser says.

Hayle Harbour bank
BBC

The channel into the port used to be kept clear through a process called sluicing but that hasn't been done since the 1980s. 

John Bennett, chairman of the Hayle Harbour Advisory Committee, said: "Coming across the bar at the entrance to the harbour is dangerous. You get caught on it, you get turned sideways and boats get flipped over, and we've had a death."

Woman, 25, dies in Okehampton road crash

A 25-year-old woman has died in a road crash in Okehampton at the weekend, police have confirmed.

The woman was the front seat passenger in a Ford Focus which collided with a Peugeot 206 on the A3079 near Thorndon Cross at about 08:35 on Saturday. 

She was pronounced dead at the scene. The female driver of the Ford was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Care home reacts angrily to being named by government for not paying minimum wage

West Briton

A care home has reacted angrily to being accused by the government of not paying the national minimum wage.

Shipwrecks a 'rare' sight for non-divers

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

Three shipwrecks given legal protection have "added significance" due to their easy visibility to the public, according to a maritime archaeologist at Historic England.

Mark Dunkley, said: "The fact that they're often visible to the public gives them a whole added significance as it's quite rare that such old maritime fabric can be seen by anyone who isn't a diver."

Shipwreck at Westward Ho!
Historic England

"Despite the effects of environmental decay and the passage of time, substantial portions of their lower hulls survive, allowing us to determine what type of vessels they were and the role they played in Devon's coastal economy, he added.

Axe Boat seen underwater
Historic England

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, traffic remains very slow on the B3416 in Plympton on Sandy Road and Deep Lane, both ways around Ridgeway, due to roadworks
  • In Exeter, there's queuing traffic on Dunsford Road, between Perridge Close and Exe Bridges
  • At Pathfinder village, there's heavy traffic on Tedburn Road, Exeter-bound, around Pound Lane  
  • In Cornwall, the main Castle an Dinas road in Belowda is blocked due to an accident near the A30 overbridge (near Castle Caravan Park) 
  • There are reports of very heavy traffic on the A30 eastbound at Fraddon because of a broken-down vehicle. All traffic is down to one lane 
  • Traffic is slow on the A39 between Winnards Perch and the Halloon roundabout   
  • The A3058 Truro Road in St Austell is partially blocked due to an accident near the crossroads at Edgcumbe Road

Zombie knives 'could be status symbols' after ban

BBC Newsbeat

"Zombie killer knives" were inspired by horror films and computer games and designed to create maximum damage.

But a new legislation will mean it's illegal to sell or import them after an increasing number have been found in the hands of gangs.

Zombie knives. Pic: PA
PA

The knives, described as "horrendous weapons" by the Home Office have blades, serrated edges and logos promoting violence. But Newsbeat's been told the ban could make them more of an "exclusive" status symbol to some people.

Home Office minister and Truro MP Sarah Newton said that, although not a huge number of zombie knives have been recovered by police, they had noticed an increase. She said: "It's a horrendous looking weapon, designed to intimidate."

Police appeal after serious crash on A38

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash on the A38 near Liskeard.

At 13:45 on Thursday a blue Kia Ceed left the road and crashed into a tree injuring a 69-year-old woman passenger. She remains in a serious but stable condition at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The crash happened on the A38 near Castle Motors on the Cornwall-bound carriageway. Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Adams eyes more Plymouth signings

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says he wants to sign more players after Saturday's loss at Carlisle.

Derek Adams
Getty Images

Argyle has been beaten in both of their League Two matches so far and the beaten play-off finalists, last scored a goal in the League Two play-off semi-final in May.

"That's been the main area we've tried to look to during pre-season and we'll continue to do that," Adams said when asked about bringing more pace and width to his side.

Craig David says sorry after missing Boardmasters due to cancelled flight

West Briton

Craig David has apologised to his "heartbroken" fans for missing his slot at Newquay's Boardmasters, after his flight to Cornwall was cancelled.

Extensive search for missing Guildford man

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An "extensive sea and land search" is being carried out in the Lynton area for a missing man from Guildford, Devon and Cornwall Police say.

Officers said Andrew O'Reilly was reported missing on Sunday morning "after failing to return to where he was camping" in the Devon town. He checked into a farm campsite on Monday 8 August and has not been seen since, they added. His tent and car were still at the site, police said. 

Coastguards and lifeboats are assisting in searches around the coast at Lynmouth, Lynton and Ilfracombe. A police dog unit, police helicopter plus the Exmoor and Dartmoor Search and Rescue Teams were also involved in the search, police said.

Crashed coach travelled 'so fast on bend it was scary'

Tamsin Melville

BBC Radio Cornwall

A coach which crashed on a bend in Cornwall, killing two women, was travelling so quickly "it was scary", a court has heard.

Coach crash
BBC

Fifty-nine-year-old Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon, 68, died when their coach crashed on a steep hill at Morval on 13 May 2014. Fellow passenger Maggie Morris, also on the 50-strong Age Concern trip from Exmouth to Looe, told Truro Crown Court the vehicle was "so fast coming into the bend, it was scary". 

Prosecutors said 59-year-old Martin Chun, of Whitestone, near Exeter, made a series of calls on a hands-free mobile during the trip, including an eight-minute call at the time of the crash. He denies causing death by dangerous driving, or death by careless driving, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The trial continues.

Sumatran tiger cub makes public debut

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A rare Sumatran tiger cub at a Devon zoo has made his public debut, staff say.

Tiger cub. Pic: Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

The 10-week cub at Paignton Zoo is the first born at the wildlife park since 2009. Mother Shakira gave birth to three cubs on 31 May, but two subsequently died.

Tiger cub. Pic: Paignton Zoo
Paignton Zoo

Curator of Mammals Neil Bemment said: "Shakira is being an attentive mother and, at first, she may choose to take the cub to the far end of the paddock for some privacy. But, no doubt, when she carries it about, or it ventures away from her side, visitors will get some good views."   

Devon and Cornwall Police launches appeal after woman, 25, dies in A3079 Holsworthy Road crash

North Devon Journal

A 25-year-old woman has died following a serious collision on Saturday, police have confirmed.

Hodges hails Neal after Truro victory

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City manager Lee Hodges has praised striker Andrew Neal after he scored on his full debut to help the club to their first win of the season.

Andrew Neal
Truro City

Former Bodmin Town forward Neal struck after 33 minutes as the White Tigers won 2-0 at Concord Rangers, with Arran Pugh getting the second goal five minutes later.

"He's a little bit disappointed that he's not put his name on the score sheet a couple more times," Hodges said."But for a debut he's got to be very happy with himself. He's all about moving his feet and getting that shot off and it was something that you see in training and you hope he can produce in the match and he has done, it's that little bit of quality that gets us that first goal," Hodges added to BBC Radio Cornwall.

Almost £5,000 raised by BBC Radio Devon's Car Rally

BBC Radio Devon

Almost £5,000 has been raised for Children in Need by BBC Radio Devon's Car Rally. 

The event involved around 300 vehicles parked on Plymouth Hoe yesterday. Here are some of the highlights:

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Garden sheds destroyed in South Hams blaze

Torquay Herald Express

Two garden sheds have been destroyed in a blaze in the early hours of the morning in Stoke Gabriel.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • Delays are expected on rail services between Par and Plymouth until 15:00, National Rail Enquiries says.
  • In Devon, traffic is very slow in Plympton on Sandy Road and Deep Lane, both ways around Ridgeway, due to roadworks. Expect delays on slip roads
  • In Exeter, traffic is heavy and slow on Dunsford Road, back to Pocombe Bridge, after earlier M5 hold-ups
  • In Cornwall, traffic is stop-start on the A38 westbound between Carkeel and Trerulefoot roundabout

Latest weather: Unbroken sunshine for many

BBC Weather

It will be another warm and sunny afternoon. At times there may be a little patchy, fair weather cloud, but most will have almost unbroken sunshine. Winds will be moderate south easterly, but fresh in the west and around the coasts. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Weather
BBC

This evening will be a predominantly clear but cool night, with the odd patch of mist and fog developing towards dawn. Winds will be moderate south easterly, but fresher in the west. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

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Deposits on cans and bottles - would it increase recycling?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

There are calls to bring in a deposit system for drinks cans and bottle to increase recycling. Would it work? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Rio 2016: Plymouth's Federici aims for synchronised swimming final

BBC Spotlight

A Plymouth Olympian is in action in Rio today.

Olivia Federici (pictured right) and partner Katie Clark will be bidding for a spot in the synchronised swimming final.

Katie Clark and Olivia Federici. Pic: AFP/Getty Images
AFP/Getty Images

They are 18 out of 24 teams after their first performance on Sunday, and must improve on that in the technical routine to have a chance of qualifying for Tuesday's final.

Motorcyclist who died in Connor Downs crash named

A motorcyclist who died after a crash in Connor Downs has been named as 22-year old Anthony Alloway.

Emergency services were called to the crash between a silver Volkswagen Polo and a blue motorcycle at Turnpike Road on 6 August. 

Anthony’s father Paul said: “He was a lovely boy who had a very kind loving nature, polite and loved to please and be there for his family and friends. I am proud to have been able to watch him grow and flourish into a young man.

“He was always the class clown which made him a unique and special boy. My son's smile has gone but his memory will live on in all that knew him. He is flying with the angels and one day we will be together again."

Anthony Alloway
Devon and Cornwall Police

Protection for shipwrecks welcomed

Ben Chapple

BBC News Online

The protection of three merchant shipwrecks off the South West coast has been welcomed by the archaeologist at Devon County Council.

Bill Horner said: "While these wrecks have been known about for some time and we have been monitoring their condition, it's great that Devon's maritime past is now being recognised."

Shipwreck at Westward Ho!
Historic England

The wrecks are rare examples of wooden sailing vessels found in English waters and all three lie in sand or in mud and on certain tides can be accessed on foot.

Fourth death off the Cornish coast in as many weeks

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Another person has died off the Cornish coast, making it four deaths in as many weeks.

The swimmer was pulled out of the sea at Porthtowan after getting caught in a suspected rip current on Sunday.

The person was rescued by local surfers, who also performed CPR, before being airlifted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital. Coastguards said the swimmer has since died.

Senior coastguards told BBC Radio Cornwall it has been a particularly busy weekend, with numerous rescues around the coast.

Spotted eagle rays born at Plymouth aquarium

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Two spotted eagle ray pups have been born at Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium following a seven-year project, staff say.

Spotted Eagle Ray. Pic: National Marine Aquarium
National Marine Aquarium

The aquarium said the male and female pups were "healthy and feeding well"; and the birth was believed to be a UK first.

Curator James Wright said: "Eagle rays require a well thought out and dedicated level of care, and, as such, they are incredibly difficult to breed in captivity." He said the Plymouth facility had been in regular contact with a Dutch aquarium for help, as it was "the only other aquarium in Europe to have successful bred spotted eagle rays in the past".

Police helicopter searches Camborne after reports of man with sword

West Briton

A man is being held by police after officers received reports of a person with a sword in the Camborne area.

New country park for Dawlish, but council won't say where

Sophie Pierce

BBC Radio Devon

A new country park is to be created in Dawlish, but the local authority won't say where and how much is being spent on it. 

Thousands of new homes are being built in the town at the moment, and Teignbridge Council is required by law to create new green public space to take pressure off the nearby international wildlife site at Dawlish Warren. 

Coach driver 'using mobile phone at time of fatal crash'

Tamsin Melville

BBC Radio Cornwall

A coach driver was using a hands-free mobile phone at the time his vehicle crashed near Looe, killing two of his passengers, a court has heard.

Coach crash
BBC

Fifty-nine-year-old Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon, 68, were among 50 people on an Age Concern trip from Exmouth to Looe when their coach crashed on a steep hill at Morval on 13 May 2014. 

Martin Chun, 59, of Whitestone, near Exeter, denies causing death by dangerous driving, or death by careless driving, and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The trial, at Truro Crown Court, which is expected to last at least five days, continues.

Rip current safety concerns after death

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Sadly there's been another drowning off the Cornish coast this weekend, bringing the total to four deaths is as many weeks. 

Senior coastguards say people just don't know how to avoid rip currents. What do you think?

Call in on 01872 222222.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A Bulgarian man appears in court, charged with the murder of 38-year-old woman who has been been missing in Exeter for more than a week
  • The trial begins of a 59-year-old coach driver over the deaths of two women who were on the vehicle he was driving which crashed in Cornwall two years ago 
  • A swimmer dies after getting caught in a rip current off Porthtowan in Cornwall at the weekend
  • A climber is airlifted to hospital after falling 65ft from cliffs at Sennen, coastguards say
  • Cornwall's Fire and Rescue Service leaves the St Erth tyre recycling facility after a week of battling a large blaze and making the site safe
  • If you drive under the influence of drink or drugs, you're twice as likely to get caught in Devon and Cornwall, according to figures from a police campaign

Gergana Prodanova: Man in court on murder charge

Leigh Rundle

BBC Spotlight

A Bulgarian man has appeared in court, charged with the murder of a 38-year-old woman who has been missing in Exeter for more than a week.

Gergana Prodanova. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Forty-two-year-old Kostadin Kostov is alleged to have killed his former partner, Gergana Prodanova between 4-10 August. The body of the mother-of-three (pictured) has not been found.

Speaking through an interpreter at Exeter Magistrates' Court, Mr Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, spoke only to confirm his name, age and address. No plea was entered and he was remanded in custody to appear before the city's Crown Court on Tuesday via video link.

St Erth blaze: Fire crews leave scene

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Firefighters have finally left the scene of a blaze that broke out a week ago at a tyre recycling centre in west Cornwall.

The blaze at St Erth, near Hayle, started at about 20:15 last Monday. No-one was injured but the yard owners' turtle was killed. The blaze needed "babysitting" after it was brought under control, firefighters said.

The service tweeted that it had "successfully concluded" operations.