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Summary

  1. The parents of a man who died after police fired a Taser at him receive compensation from police
  2. Coach crash passengers 'thought vehicle was going to tip over'
  3. Human remains are found by police searching for a missing woman in Exeter
  4. Tributes paid to Exeter University student who drowned off Thailand
  5. Man suffers broken neck in 'violent assault'
  6. Thousands wowed by British Firework Championships in Plymouth
  7. The latest News, Sport, Travel and Weather from 08:00 Thursday

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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 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.

Tiger cub gets the jump on his dad

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Paignton Zoo tiger cub gets the jump on his dad

A Devon zoo has released some video of a rare Sumatran tiger literally getting the jump on his father, Fabi. 

The 10-week cub at Paignton Zoo has been seen out and about in its enclosure after getting vaccinations and a number of health checks.  

Video: Paignton Zoo

Latest weather: Rain overnight, and a mostly dry Thursday

David Braine, Weather Forecaster

There will be further outbreaks of rain overnight, but these will gradually ease and most places will be dry by the morning. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

Weather
BBC

Thursday will be mostly dry with warm sunny spells, though a few showers could develop in the afternoon, especially over the higher ground of the moors. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Seagull forces evacuation of Tesco store

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Seagull forces evacuation of Truro Tesco store

A seagull forced the evacuation of a branch of Tesco in Cornwall after it got into the store and started swooping around.

The bird got in at about 20:45 on Tuesday, witnesses told the BBC; with staff setting off the fire alarm to clear people out of the store. It was reported to be in the branch for more than an hour.

The company said it "temporarily vacated" the store "in order to help safely release the seagull". It added: "Nobody was hurt, the store was open again quickly and it's trading normally today. We apologise for any inconvenience caused."

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Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • The parents of a man who died after catching fire when police fired a Taser at him receive compensation  
  • Human remains are removed from a railway embankment in Exeter by police searching for missing woman Gergana Prodanova
  • A man who suffered a broken neck in a "violent assault" in Cornwall may have been unconscious "for quite some time" before being discovered, police say
  • A University of Exeter student who has drowned in Thailand, Bryony Freestone, is described as "dedicated and hugely popular" by the instution
  • A seagull forces the evacuation of a branch of Tesco in Cornwall after getting into the store and swooping around customers
  • Plymouth prepares for the second night of the British Fireworks Championships

Hall for Cornwall will 'no longer stage standing shows'

Plymouth Herald

A major venue will no longer be staging standing shows, a promoter has said, after being forced to move a gig to a new venue.

Du Maurier novel anticipated anti-EU Cornish sentiment

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Cornish characters in a 1972 novel by Daphne du Maurier showed similar sentiments to Cornish people during the Brexit vote, according to an English professor.

Daphne du Maurier
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In Rule Britannia the British people voted in a referendum to leave the Common Market - the EU's predecessor - and the government has instead formed a new union with the United States. But the Cornish people fiercely resist being told what to do by another country, and they show resentment towards politicians at Westminster.

"The obvious analogy is the feeling they [the Cornish] were being run by the EU," Professor Helen Taylor from the University of Exeter says.

Taser fire family receive compensation payout

BBC Spotlight

The parents of a man who died after police fired a Taser at him have received compensation from the Devon and Cornwall force.

Andrew Pimlott
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Thirty-two-year-old Andrew Pimlott had poured petrol over himself and was holding a lit match when he was hit with the Taser fired by a police officer outside his parents' house in Plymouth. He died a few days later after the fire in April 2013. 

An inquest in 2015 concluded the Taser was the most likely cause of the fire. It also said the police officer had acted in line with his training before firing.

His father, Kelvin Pimlott, said of the payout: "I would sooner have my son back any day." 

Devon and Cornwall Police said it had "tried to avoid any further distress for Mr Pimlott's family, which included making a decision to settle the civil claim". The amount paid out has not been disclosed.

Thailand drowning student 'dedicated and hugely popular'

Jodie Smith

BBC News

A South West university has described a student who drowned in Thailand as "dedicated and hugely popular".

Bryony Freestone, 19, from Little Houghton, Northampton, died on 14 August. She was studying at the University of Exeter's Penryn campus in Cornwall.

The university said: "Bryony is remembered as a talented, dedicated and hugely popular student and our heartfelt condolences and thoughts are with her family and friends." 

The Foreign Office confirmed it was supporting the family of a British national "who sadly died in Thailand on 14 August".

Truro City still await first home win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City are still looking for their first home win of the season after a 3-1 loss to Bath City at Treyew Road.

Truro City FC
Truro City FC

Former Plymouth Argyle striker Marvin Morgan gave Bath a 54th-minute lead before a hectic final 10 minutes.

Billy Murphy's penalty doubled Bath's advantage with nine minutes to go before Ryan Brett pulled one back for Truro after 87 minutes. But Shaquille Hunter put the result beyond doubt with a third for Bath City two minutes later.

Poldark: Series 2 - See the first episode before it's on the telly

BBC One

Poldark returns to settle his differences, but at what cost?

Poldark returns to settle his differences, but at what cost?

You might find out a little earlier than the rest of the telly-viewing public, as fans will have the chance to attend an exclusive Cornish screening of the first episode.

It will be shown in St Austell on Sunday 4 September, ahead of its transmission on BBC1 that evening. And members of the cast - including Aidan Turner and Eleanor Tomlinson - will be at the special screening at the White River Cinema.

There are 260 tickets available, and you can register to try and get some at the BBC Shows and Tours website.

Woman, 95, has £100 stolen in 'despicable' distraction burglary

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 95-year-old woman has had £100 stolen from her bedroom in a "despicable" distraction burglary in Exeter, police say.

The money was taken after a man who claimed to be a gardener offered to do some work and asked to use the bathroom when he called at her house in the Whipton area at about 15:00 on Wednesday, officers said.

Det Con Heidi Voaden said: "This is a despicable crime involving the deliberate targeting of an elderly person." The suspect was described as white, in his 40s, about 5ft 10ins tall, and wearing a green sweater with a logo on it.

Broken neck assault victim 'unconscious for some time before discovery'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man who suffered a broken neck in a "violent assault" in Cornwall may have been unconscious "for quite some time" before being discovered, police say. 

St Austell assault victim. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The 38-year-old victim was attacked while in the Gover area of St Austell between 23:55 on Sunday and 06:00 on Monday, Devon and Cornwall Police said

He is being treated at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro for his broken neck, plus bleeding on the brain and other injuries. Officers have taken the "unusual steps" of releasing pictures of the victim to show the "shocking and serious nature" of his injures.

Heavy showers possible during British Fireworks Championships

BBC Weather

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We'll have a complete and updated weather report later.

Affordable homes plan for former dairy site

BBC Radio Devon

If you've ever been to Totnes train station, you may have noticed the old Dairy Crest site has been standing empty for a number of years. 

Totnes Dairy Crest site. Pic: Google
Google

Local people have got together and come up with a plan to use the land for affordable homes in what's called a "community right to buy". 

An independent examiner has had a look at the proposals and given it the green light to go to the next stage of holding a referendum on them.

​Seagull flies into Truro Tesco, attacks customer, sparks evacuation

West Briton

A seagull on the search for a snack flew into a Truro supermarket and attacked a customer, sparking an evacuation of staff and customers.

Emergency water supply repairs in Helston

Fishing industry wants Jamie Oliver's Fifteen equivalent based at city fishing quay

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

In the post-Brexit era, Plymouth's fishermen have hit upon a big idea which suggests a confidence in their future. 

Artistic impressions give a glimpse of the brave new world they are proposing for Plymouth's Fish Quay, with a wraparound walkway that will give the pubic great views but keep them safe.

The fishing industry vision also features a maritime training academy, fish skills school and associated restaurant, where they hope people will be able to train for a career, similar to Jamie Oliver's Fifteen in Newquay.

The current landowner, Sutton Harbour Holdings, offers a different vision, with a mixed use of apartment buildings, shops and restaurants, which it has also fed into the consultation.

Vision for fish quay
Andy Stevenson

Plymouth is currently the second largest fish auction in the England, with landings of more than £20m. Its fleet and associated industry supports 4,000 jobs.

Firefighters tackle 20m-long railway embankment fire

A fire stretching 20m along a railway embankment has been tackled by firefighters.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it received "several calls from motorists reporting a stretch of railway embankment on fire" next to the A384 between Totnes and Buckfastleigh.

One fire engine was sent from Totnes. The cause of the blaze is not known.

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

  • In Beer, there are reports of a two-vehicle incident on Fore Street, near the Dolphin Hotel
  • On the A380 at Ideford, Newton Abbot-bound, one lane is blocked due to a broken-down vehicle near the Ideford Dip

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Police searching for missing woman Gergana Prodanova say they have found human remains on waste ground in Exeter
  • Tributes are paid to University of Exeter student Bryony Freestone after she drowns in Thailand
  • Police take the unusual step of releasing shocking images of a man who had his neck broken in an attack in St Austell
  • Passengers on a coach trip which crashed near Looe in 2014, killing two women, tell a court they thought the vehicle was going to tip over 
  • Underage drinking will not be tolerated on the streets of Fowey during the town's carnival, organisers say

Coach crash passengers 'thought vehicle was going to tip over'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Passengers on an Age Concern coach trip which crashed near Looe in 2014, killing two women, have told a court the vehicle appeared to go up on two wheels and they thought it was going to tip over.

Coach crash scene
BBC

At Truro Crown Court, one passenger who was behind driver Martin Chun, 59, said he appeared to be talking to someone and, at one stage, "looked down at his mobile phone". She told the court that, after the coach collided with a hedge and stopped, "he pulled some earplugs out and threw them down". 

The jury previously heard that Mr Chun was using a voice-activated, hands-free mobile phone around the time of the crash at Morval. 

Margaret Luxton and Carol Muldoon both died in the accident. Mr Chun, from near Exeter denies causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving. The trial continues.

Tributes paid to Thailand drowning victim

Jodie Smith

BBC News

Tributes have been paid to a "hugely popular student" who drowned in Thailand.

Thailand map
BBC

Bryony Freestone, 19, from Little Houghton, Northampton, died on 14 August. Her twin sister, Sophie, posted a picture of the pair on Facebook, captioned: "There's nothing I wouldn't give to have you back".  

The University of Exeter - where Miss Freestone was a student on its Penryn campus in Cornwall - said it was "deeply saddened by this awful news".

Volunteers carry out canal restoration work

BBC Radio Devon

Stover Canal
BBC

Volunteers are hard at work renovating newly exposed quay walls at Stover Canal, near Kingsteignton. 

The Waterway Recovery Group is spending two weeks at Ventiford Basin at the northern terminus of the canal.

Cornwall communities awarded £47k

BBC Radio Cornwall

Communities in the Camborne, Pool, Illogan and Redruth Community Network Area have been awarded a total of £47,300 to help run local services and organisations, Cornwall Council says.

The authority said the grants had been awarded by the area's Community Network Panel, using money allocated from its Local Devolution Fund.

Recipients include:

  • Camborne Town Council - to support the devolution from the county council library and to move a town council office into the same building
  • Carn Brea Parish Council - to assist in taking on 22 public amenity sites, and to provide a groundsman and handyman for them
  • Cornwall BMX Racing Club - to partly fund a biking facility at Carn Brea
  • Portreath Parish Council - to support coastal community projects to regenerate the area's assets
  • Redruth Town Council - to support plans for developing and enhancing East End playing fields access

Latest weather: Mainly cloudy with showers

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will continue to be a mainly cloudy day with outbreaks of showery rain, accompanied by some low cloud and mist. There will also be some bright spells, but showers will become more scattered and heavier from the west this afternoon, with a chance of an odd rumble of thunder. 

Winds will be moderate south easterly, becoming westerly across the islands later. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

Tonight will remain overcast, with most of the showers clearing to the east by the early hours of the morning, with just very isolated showers persisting. Winds will be light and variable, but increasingly fresh north westerly across the islands Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

Brexit anticipated 40 years ago in 'prescient' Du Maurier novel

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A 1972 novel which imagined the UK leaving the EU's predecessor, the Common Market, after a referendum was "prescient", an historian has said.

Daphne du Maurier
Getty Images

Daphne du Maurier wrote about a referendum in Rule Britannia, which like many of her novels was set in Cornwall. Dr Hugh Pemberton, from the University of Bristol, says even the idea of holding such a vote on Britain's membership of the Common Market was ahead of its times.

"Britain had never had a referendum at that point, though they had been held in other countries," he says.

Weekend wind warning in place

On your bike! Why aren't more of us getting on two wheels?

Gordon Sparks

BBC Radio Devon

On Devon Debates today, Team GB is top of the Olympic medal table for cycling, so why aren't more of us getting on our bikes? What's stopping you and can our roads cope?

There's a warning local GP practices could close unless a recruitment problem's fixed. Is your surgery short staffed? Why don't people want to be a GP any more? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Seagull flies into Truro Tesco, attacks customer, sparks evacuation and closes shop

West Briton

A seagull on the search for a snack flew into a Truro supermarket and attacked a customer sparking an evacuation of staff and customers.

Human remains removed from railway embankment

Jane Chandler

BBC Spotlight: At the scene in Exeter

Forensic officers carried out a search of Blackall Road in Exeter yesterday afternoon. 

The road is next to a railway embankment. The human remains were found behind a wall leading down to the track. 

I've been told they have been removed, but the identity of the remains are yet to be confirmed.

A search for Gergana Prodanova started after she failed to arrive at work earlier in August. Kostadin Kostov, also from Bulgaria, appeared before Exeter Crown Court yesterday charged with her murder. 

Railway embankment
BBC

Argyle still need time to gel - Adams

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Plymouth manager Derek Adams says his side still has a lot of gelling together to do, despite Argyle getting their first win of the season.

Derek Adams
Getty Images

Tuesday's 2-1 win at Notts County saw the first goals scored since extensive recruitment at Home Park in the summer.

"When you take in 14 new players to a football club it's always going to take time," Adams told BBC Radio Devon. "We've still got to know each other, the players have only been around each other for six weeks."

Exeter University student drowned in sea off Thailand

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter University has paid tribute to a student who drowned in the sea off Thailand - just a day after arriving at the resort. 

Bryony Freestone, who was 19, was a student based at the Penryn campus in Cornwall and lived in Falmouth. 

She was travelling with friends and had been swimming off the island of Koh Chang when she got into trouble on Sunday. Attempts were made to revive her on the beach but she could not be saved. 

She was the second holidaymaker to drown off the island in just 24 hours.

Thailand
BBC

GP practices could close in 'unprecedented numbers'

BBC Spotlight

GP practices across the South West could close in "unprecedented numbers" unless recruitment isn't immediately improved, doctors are warning.

GP
BBC

NHS figures show there are currently 24 vacancies for GP trainees across the region, with a call for applicants in North Devon, Exeter and Somerset. 

Traditionally the region has not had any trouble filling the posts, but doctors' groups are warning of unmanageable workloads, inadequate funds and worsening stress.

Clear-up work after tree falls on Old Haldon Hill

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The road closure was "likely" to remain in place "most of today", Devon Highways bosses said earlier.

'Family from hell' say they will not be paying the £50k repair bill

West Briton

A "family from hell" from Saltash who were evicted after two decades' worth of complaints say there is "no way" they will be paying the £50,000 property repair bill.

Fowey Regatta: Underage drinkers 'being dropped off' in town

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police have raised concerns that underage drinkers are being dropped off in Fowey during the port's Regatta Week.

As the town celebrates its carnival tonight, hundreds of bottles are expected to be confiscated.

Also, as part of our monthly health phone-in, kidneys are under the spotlight. 

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