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  1. A coach which crashed near Looe, killing two passengers, was travelling too fast, a collision investigator has told a court
  2. Police say that 'walking wounded' have been reported after a road crash between a tractor and a car near Holsworthy
  3. Bebo tycoon investing in 'sad state' village 'because he can'
  4. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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By Andrew Segal

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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 cool night and more cloud on Wednesday

BBC Weather

The evening will stay pleasant with plenty of late sunshine. It will be followed by a clear, dry and fairly cool night with bright moonlight. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Wednesday will start bright, warm and dry. Whilst the cloud will increase through the day, there will still be some decent bright spells. Later in the day a few showers may arrive. Maximum temperature: 23C (73F). 

Seeds sown in Plymouth allotments proposals

BBC Radio Devon

Stonehouse in Plymouth could be getting its first allotments thanks to a transfer of city council-owned land to the community.

A patch of unused land on the side of Stonehouse Creek could be turned into a community garden, with allotments, possibly a small orchard with wild flowers and a herb garden.

The council said it was authorising the transfer of the land on a 125-year lease to the Millfields Community Economic Development Trust.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A coach driver involved in a crash near Looe in 2014 in which two women died was travelling too fast, a collision investigator tells a court
  • A Bulgarian man appears in court, charged with the murder of Gergana Prodanova, who has been missing in Exeter for more than a week
  • A former Torbay MP says he is "delighted" a stalled development deal for Oldway Mansion has collapsed because it will allow things to "move forward"
  • A teenage high diver from Plymouth has had a new 20m platform built for him at a quarry in Cornwall so he can practise
  • The multi-millionaire founder of the social network Bebo is trying to transform and restore the village of Woolsery in Devon after buying several properties

Crash coach's brakes had 'gross level of contamination in brake fluid'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The amount of water in hydraulic fluid in the front brakes of a coach which crashed, killing two passengers, had a "gross level of contamination", a court has heard.

Coach crash

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.

Collision investigator Marcus Rowe told a jury at Truro Crown Court there was 12% water in the fluid. But vehicle examiner Alan Maxwell later told the court that extensive tests showed the brakes were operating perfectly satisfactorily from a temperature point of view.

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 continues.

Abuse of politicians 'getting worse since Jo Cox's death' - Exeter MP

Victoria Derbyshire

Abuse dished out to politicians on social media has got worse since the death of MP Jo Cox, according to former cabinet minister and Labour Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw. 

Ben Bradshaw

The former culture secretary said he believed people now felt it was "socially acceptable" to use Facebook and Twitter to abuse politicians and he hoped the death of Mrs Cox would lead to a "deeper reflection" about the political culture in the UK.

The sentencing of a man who admitted leaving a death threat on Mr Bradshaw's answerphone has been adjourned. Geoffrey Farquharson, 37, from Exeter, previously admitted leaving a "message of venom" at Mr Bradshaw's Westminster office, ending with the words "I will kill you". It happened a day before Mrs Cox died.

High diver has 20m-high platform built at quarry

BBC Spotlight

High diver has 20m-high platform built at quarry to practice

A teenage high diver from Plymouth has had a new 20m platform built for him at a quarry in Cornwall so he can practise.

Seventeen-year-old Owen Weymouth has dived from cliffs and structures up to 27m high during 11 years of diving . Earlier this year he became the youngest European cliff diving champion at a height of 20m. 

He had been training at the city's Life Centre because there were no safe or suitable cliffs nearby. But special diving platforms have been built at Adrenalin Quarry in Cornwall so he can dive outside. He has to abseil down the cliff just to get to them.

Funeral held for former Royal Marine who died in Alps

Elisabeth Mahy

BBC News Online

The funeral has been held for former Royal Marine, Duncan Potts, who died in a climbing accident in the French Alps

Mr Potts, 28, from Coldridge near Crediton in Devon, died climbing in the Mont Blanc range near Chamonix in July.

Duncan Potts' funeral

The service was held at Holy Cross church in Crediton before a private burial.

Mr Potts had served in the Royal Marines, where he was a mountain leader, for 11 years and left in April.

Motorcyclist sought after dangerous driving and assault on A38

BBC Radio Devon

A motorcyclist is being sought by police after reports of dangerous driving and an assault on the A38 near Saltash.

Officers said two motorcycles were "believed to have been driving dangerously on the approach" to Trerulefoot roundabout, heading west, at about 14:00 on Sunday 7 August.

This led to a row between a car driver and one of the riders at Route 38 restaurant "where a man in his 60s was assaulted and suffered bruising and cuts to his face", police said. Officers have appealed for witnesses.

Hunt for Gergana Prodanova continues

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Police are still hunting for the body of a 38-year-old woman in Exeter after a man appeared in court charged with her murder.

Kostadin Kostov, 42, is alleged to have killed his former partner, Gergana Prodanova between 4-10 August. She has been missing in Exeter for more than a week.

Mr Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, was remanded in custody earlier today after an appearance at Exeter Crown Court.

Bogus environmental health officer warnings

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council's Environmental Health team has issued a warning following reports businesses have been contacted by someone pretending to be from the authority.

The team said callers told firms in St Ives and Kelly Bray that they needed to check electrical wiring and see gas and electric safety certificates. 

Malcolm Ball, from the team, said: "We are asking businesses to be wary of people contacting you, or turning up out of the blue, purporting to be from Cornwall Council. Always ask for formal identification."

Roman coin hoard to stay in Devon 'thanks to donations and grants'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A Roman coin hoard will stay in Devon because of a number of donations and grants made towards a museum's £50,000 purchase of the hoard, a council says. 

Seaton Down Hoard. Pic: Devon County Council
Devon County Council

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum in the Exeter bought the Seaton Down Hoard, discovered in a field in east Devon in 2013, for £50,000. The collection of almost 23,000 coins, with some dating back to about AD350, is believed to have been buried by a private individual or soldier for safe-keeping.

Devon County Council said the purchase and conservation of the hoard was made possible by contributions from it, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Clinton Devon Estates, a private donation by Patrick Long,  and members of the public.

A new display is being created for the entire hoard for 2017.

Fire service in 'need to get there quickly' warning over bad parking

BBC Radio Cornwall

People need to be more considerate in parking in narrow streets to allow emergency vehicles though because extra seconds taken to reach an incident can be "very, very important", a fireman says.

Blocked road. Pic:Wadebridge Fire Station
Wadebridge Fire Station

Wadebridge Fire Station has posted pictures on Facebook of Glen Road after it took 13 minutes for a fire engine to travel 250 yards down the road when the crew took the appliance out on Monday evening "to see how it would affect our response time in an emergency".

Tim Jones, from Wadebridge Station, said: "Seconds are very, very important, and we need to get there as quickly as possible."

Patient denies shouting racist abuse at nurse

Exeter Express & Echo

An angry patient allegedly shouted racial abuse at a psychiatric nurse before hurling a hospital trolley at him and a female colleague.

Electrical products warning to charity shops

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Trading Standards team is advising charity shops how to make sure electrical products they sell are safe.

It comes after tests showed one in 10 items in some shops failed to meet safety standards. The majority of such unsafe products seized during visits by inspectors had faulty or damaged wiring and unsafe plugs. 

The team said all second-hand goods sellers were responsible for ensuring they met legal safety requirements, and may also be liable to pay compensation if they sold unsafe goods.

Money raised to replace skatepark

BBC Radio Devon

More than £120,000 has been raised to replace a skatepark in Devon, councils say.

Teignbridge and Newton Abbot's councils said they had teamed up with local organisations to find the money to build a new facility in Buckland.   

The councils say they hope the park will open in summer 2017, and will be for people of all ages and abilities who use skateboards, BMX bikes, scooters and inline skates.

Newquay Lifeboat out on third shout of day

'Delight' over Oldway Mansion development agreement collapse

BBC Radio Devon

A former Torbay MP says he "absolutely delighted" an agreement between Torbay Council and developers over Oldway Mansion has collapsed.

Oldway Mansion

The building has been standing empty for more than three years despite a contract between developer Oldway Mansion Ltd (OML) and Torbay Council to turn it into a hotel. OML had been suing the council for £8m in a row over leases, seeking damages and costs. They announced on Monday they had "put differences aside" and terminated the agreement.

Ex-MP Adrian Sanders, who is now a Liberal Democrat councillor on the Conservative-led council, said: "I'm absolutely delighted we have an opportunity to move things forward after many years of uncertainty".

Residents out in force as council considers homeless centre plans

West Briton

Plans to open a day centre and living space for homeless people in the centre of Redruth have ran into a hurdle after town councillors elected to oppose the controversial proposal to the delight of the gathered masses.

Man in court on Gergana Prodanova 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
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.

Appearing at a judge's chambers in Exeter Crown Court, Mr Kostov, of Mount Pleasant Road, was remanded in custody and is due back in court for another hearing next month.

Crashed coach 'travelling too fast'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A coach which crashed near Looe, killing two passengers, was travelling too fast, a collision investigator has told a court.

Coach crash

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.

Investigator Marcus Rowe told a jury at Truro Crown Court a safe speed for rounding the bend was 33mph and, in his opinion, it was going faster than that. Evidence from the coach's tachograph showed it was doing 38mph between 100-200 yards from the crash site. It started to slow and was at 23mph when it crashed.

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 continues.

Latest travel: M5 reopened after incident

Missing 97-year-old found in Exeter

A 97-year-old woman who was missing from her home in Exeter has been found safe in the city.

Concern was raised for the welfare of Annie Forman from the Stoke Hill/Pennsylvania area this morning, but she was found at about 14:30 today, police said.

Annie Forman
Devon and Cornwall Police

Tycoon's 'need' to invest in village where he spent childhood summers

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

The multi-millionaire founder of the social network Bebo is trying to transform the village of Woolsery in Devon.

Michael Birch has bought five properties, saying it [the village] was in the "saddest state".

The tycoon has bought five properties in Woolsery

Latest weather: Sunny and very warm during the day, cloudy overnight

BBC Weather

It will be another fine and dry afternoon, with any cloud burning off early. Most of us will have a day with plenty of almost unbroken sunshine. It will feel very warm in areas sheltered from the moderate south easterly winds. Maximum temperature: 25C (77F).


Tonight will see here some patchy cloud in the west initially, spreading to all areas during the evening. Later, more extensive cloud will invade from the west to leave a cloudier end to the night. Winds will be moderate south easterly, but fresh in the west. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

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Dog saves his owner from a knife-wielding robber at pet shop

West Briton

A dog that stood up a would-be robber who thrust a knife towards his owner has been hailed a hero.

Latest travel: Problems on M5 and A388

BBC Travel

  • On the M5 Exeter-bound at Junction 27 for Tiverton, one lane is closed and traffic is slow-moving due to a multi-vehicle incident. Police said drivers should avoid the area 
  • The A388 between Holsworthy and St Giles on the Heath is closed due to an incident involving an overturned tractor, a fuel spillage and another vehicle. Drivers are asked not to use back roads as they are very narrow
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'Walking wounded' after A388 crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police say that "walking wounded" have been reported after a road crash between a tractor and a car near Holsworthy.

Officers said the New Holland tractor and Vauxhall Corsa collided on the A388 Holsworthy-Launceston road, at the St Giles Services Station, at about 12:55. The road was blocked, diversions put in place and motorists advised to "avoid the area if possible", officers said.

Police said: "Walking wounded are reported, with ambulance, air ambulance, police, fire service and Highways Agency in attendance."

Search for missing 97-year-old woman

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Police said they were searching for Annie Forman because she "was not at her home address as expected today and there is concern for her welfare".

They added that they were following up reports of potential sightings near Stoke Hill and officers were "currently searching the area around there, including Stoke Woods".

Hospital waiting times: What's your experience?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

It's claimed hospital waiting times are getting longer. What's your experience? Have you had a long wait? 

Also, working odd hours could damage your health. What hours have you worked, and how did it affect you?

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of an incident on the A388 near St Giles on Heath, near the Pint and Post pub
  • On the A388 North Road near Holsworthy, we've had reports of an incident near Kingswood Meadow
  • On the A361 through Braunton, there's very slow traffic in both directions

Sentencing of man who left death threats on MP's answerphone adjourned

Clare Woodling

BBC Spotlight

The sentencing of a man, who admitted leaving a death threat on a Devon MP's answerphone, has been adjourned. 

Geoffrey Farquharson, 37, from Exeter, admitted leaving a "message of venom" at Ben Bradshaw's Westminster office, ending with the words "I will kill you". 

It happened a day before fellow MP Jo Cox was stabbed and shot.

Ben Bradshaw

M&S wins Kingsley Village legal battle

BBC Radio Cornwall

Developers have won a legal battle to open a new Marks & Spencer store at the Kingsley Village site on the A30 at Fraddon. 

Work is due to start early next year at what becomes known as the Kingsley Retail Park, and it's claimed about 300 jobs could be created when all the units at the site are fully occupied. 

Other high street chains including Fat Face and H&M are rumoured to be in discussions to occupy units.

New M&S

Songo'o set for Argyle midfield role

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Yann Songo'o is set to move into a midfield role for Plymouth Argyle.

Yann Songo'o
Getty Images

The 24-year-old joined the Pilgrims as a centre-back following his release by Blackburn Rovers, but played as a defensive midfielder in the 1-0 loss at Carlisle on Saturday.

"He was probably the standout performer," Argyle manager Derek Adams said after the defeat. "He's a winner and I think that him going in there a bit further forward than the back three helped us."

Is this the tallest sunflower in Devon?

BBC Spotlight

One of our viewers is asking us if this is the tallest sunflower in Devon.

Sunflower. Pic: Carole Bryan Isaac/Facebook
Carole Bryan Isaac/Facebook

Carole Isaac, from Bideford, contacted us on Facebook to say a giant bloom grown by her husband, Bryan, has levelled off at 12ft 6ins.

Do you think it is? What about Cornwall? Who has the biggest bloom in the South West? Email us with your pictures.

Multi-millionaire's Woolsery investment 'like winning the lottery'

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

A California-based multi-millionaire pumping money into a north Devon village has given the area a "feel good factor" and is like "winning the lottery", residents say.

Woolsery fish and chip shop

Bebo social networking site founder Michael Birch - who has a net worth of $390m (£303m) - has bought Woolsery's pub, old manor house and the fish and chip shop over the past two years because of a "need" to improve its "sad state", he said. 

Resident Sonia Hamilton said people were being put off from moving to Woolsery because of dilapidated buildings. She said: "The pub looked awful, the manor was boarded up... with Michael coming in and renovating both buildings, it's had a feel good factor in the village."

Robin Edmonds, from the parish council, said: "It's as good as winning the lottery because there's no way that the parish council and local residents could have come together with enough money to make a go of the pub."

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall: Long wait for Torpoint Ferry

BBC Travel

  • On the Torpoint Ferry, there is currently a wait of about 45 minutes on the Plymouth side
  • In Cornwall, there's heavy traffic on the A30 westbound from Camborne
  • There's very slow traffic on the A3075 and A392 heading towards Newquay 
  • On the A38 westbound, between Landrake and Trerulefoot, there are reports of an accident. Traffic is queueing
  • In Devon, there are major restrictions in Plymouth city centre and on the seafront due to the British Firework Championships. Madeira Road and Hoe Road are closed until 23:00. There are parking restrictions on Citadel Road
  • On the B3227, at Oakfordbridge, near Blackaller Lane, there are reports of an incident
  • There's very slow traffic in both directions on the A385 though Totnes

British Firework Championships blast into Plymouth

BBC Spotlight

The first heat of the 20th British Firework Championships is due to be held in Plymouth tonight.


Six of the top companies in the country will battle it out over the next two nights to be crowned champion. 

The first of three displays kicks off at 21:30.