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Summary

  1. A coach driver has been found guilty of killing two women in a crash in Cornwall
  2. Sea safety warning after six people die in seas around Britain over the weekend - including a man in Newquay
  3. Seventy-five patients had to wait more than a year for NHS treatment at South West hospitals, in the 12 months to March, the BBC can reveal
  4. City of Lights not to go through Truro city centre, organisers say
  5. Devon Olympian Jo Pavey says she has no plans to retire after her fifth Olympic Games in Rio
  6. Updates on Monday 22 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 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.

Latest weather: A humid night and a dry Tuesday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be a dry and humid night with light winds. With this, some mist and fog will develop. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).

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BBC

Tuesday's early mist and fog will soon clear to leave a fine and dry day. Most will have plenty of sunshine. It will feel very warm, with the highest temperatures along the north coast. Maximum temperature: 27C (81F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • The driver of a coach which crashed in Cornwall, killing two women, is jailed for causing death by dangerous driving
  • More than £27,000 is donated to a family which was swept away by waves in Newquay, killing the father and serious injuring a two-year-old girl
  • Three GP surgeries in Plymouth - St Barnabas, Hyde Park and the Cumberland Centre - could be closed as NHS services are reviewed
  • Part of Cornwall's Wave Hub off Hayle - which is involved with testing wave energy - works itself loose in stormy weather and is being brought back to shore
  • Non-recyclable waste in North Devon is only to be collected every three weeks as part of a trial scheme
  • A crab which hasn't been seen in Devon for 30 years is spotted near Plymouth

Devon rhinos 'under threat'

Rhinos are under threat across parts of Devon, a local zoo says.

Great Big Rhinos. Pic: Great Big Rhinos
Great Big Rhinos

Paignton Zoo said several of its 40 life-size artworks of rhinos, part of the Great Big Rhino project, across Exeter and Torbay had been damaged.

One rhino had an ear broken off twice, another has been hit in the face with a brick. Others appeared to be suffering damage because people are sitting on them, despite signs asking them not to climb on the sculptures, the zoo said. 

Phil Knowling, from the wildlife park, added: "They are valuable to us because they will be auctioned to raise money for rhino conservation. If they are damaged, then we may not be able to sell them and so will raise less money."

Rider kicked by horse plans to get back in the saddle

BBC Spotlight

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A horse rider from Cornwall says she's lucky to be alive after being kicked in the face by her horse. 

Twenty-six-year-old Sarah Stokes, from Sticker, near St Austell, had more than 30 bones broken and lost nearly all her teeth. 

She'd only just recovered from another horse accident where she broke her pelvis and hips. Sarah was in an induced coma for three days until she came around at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.

RNLI's youngest rescruit, 16, involved in rescue

BBC Radio Cornwall

RNLI's youngest Cornwall recruit, 16, carries out rescue

We know it was a busy weekend for those who keep us safe in the sea and at the coast.

This video, from Arun Austin, who was on holiday from Cambridge, shows a successful rescue at Portreath Beach on Friday evening.

The RNLI said one of the two lifeguards involved was their youngest and newest recruit. Sixteen-year-old Nick Laws went in to the sea after a boy who was playing in the shallows got swept out by a rip current. They managed to rescue him, but the huge swell made it challenging, as you can see.

Coach crash deaths: Distractions can kill - police warn

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The jailing of a coach driver for killing two women in a road crash is "another reminder that distractions behind the wheel can kill", police say.

Martin Chun picture: Devon and Cornwall Police. Coach crash scene picture: BBC
Devon and Cornwall Police/BBC

Martin Chun (pictured), 59, from Whitestone, near Exeter, has been jailed for five years for causing deaths of Margaret Luxton, 59, and Carol Muldoon, 68, after the coach crashed near Looe in Cornwall in May 2014.

Inspector Andy Hamilton, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Chun was using a hands-free set to make a number of calls throughout the journey, including one that was over eight minutes in duration at the time of the crash... he may have been using a hands-free set, yet was still distracted, and this has resulted in families having their loved ones taken from them."

Rare hermit crab 'certainly very welcome back'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The recent Devon discovery of a rare hermit crab is not its most recent finding in the South West, Devon Wildlife Trust has confirmed.

St Piran's crab. Pic: Steph House
Steph House

A St Piran’s crab was recently found in Wembury Bay, near Plymouth, having not been seen in Devon since 1985. However, the species was found close to Falmouth in Cornwall in March.

But that didn't stop trust marine education officer Coral Smith from saying: "We’re honoured that Devon’s first St Piran’s crabs have been found here - they are certainly very welcome back."

Rio 2016: Tom Daley flying home

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth-born diver Tom Daley says he is on his way home after competing in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

Dan Goodfellow and Tom Daley Pic: Mike Egerton/PA Wire
Mike Egerton/PA Wire

Tweeting that he was flying back from Rio, the bronze medallist said he was "proud to be a part of Team GB".

The 22-year-old added: "It may not have gone the way I hoped, but I'm ready for what's next."

Daley suffered a shock semi-final elimination in the Olympic 10m platform diving competition on Saturday. However, he won a bronze medal in the 10m synchronised platform earlier in the Games with Dan Goodfellow (pictured).

Work begins on next section of Exeter link road

BBC Radio Devon

Work on the latest phase of a link road between Exeter and an area of east Devon is under way and will "enable continued growth" of a new town, Devon County Council says.

Link road artist's impression. Pic: Devon County Council
Devon County Council

The authority said the £2m, 360m-section of road would form the next stage of the Tithebarn Link Road, allow access to about 250 homes being built and help develop the Cranbrook area "as set out in the East Devon Local Plan".

The complete link road construction was expected to enter its final phase in summer 2017, the council added.

Coach crash deaths: Victim's husband 'suffering badly'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The son of a woman killed in a coach crash says his father has been "suffering very badly" since her death.

Coach crash
BBC

Martin Chun, 59, from Whitestone, near Exeter, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Truro Crown Court. 

He had denied causing the deaths of Margaret Luxton, 59, and Carol Muldoon, 68, who died when the coach crashed near Looe in Cornwall in May 2014 but he was jailed for five years and banned from driving for four years.

Margaret Luxton's son, Terry, said his mother died the day before his father's 60th birthday party: "Dad is really suffering very, very badly. He is severely depressed, has anxiety attacks and finding day-to-day living very hard."

District moves to waste collections every three weeks

BBC Radio Devon

East Devon will become the first district in the county to roll out three-weekly collections of non-recyclable waste.

The move has already been trialled in a part of Exmouth and Feniton.

The change comes alongside a new recycling scheme that allows residents to put a wider range of materials in their green bin for weekly collection. During the pilot, recycling rates rose from 40% to 60%, the local council said.

Wave Hub to be brought back to shore after storm battering

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

The Wave Hub, which is normally anchored off the Cornish coast off Hayle, is to be brought back to shore after being battered in recent heavy seas, managers say. 

The £30m device, located about 10 miles off Hayle was installed in 2010 and acts as a socket to bring electricity to shore from power generators being tested in the ocean nearby.

Seatricity, one company involved, said recent unusually stormy weather caused tricky conditions which meant it had to be taken off its seabed moorings to prevent damage on Saturday.

Andy Bristow, of Seatricity, said: "We disconnected the device from its moorings so we didn't cause any damage, and are currently awaiting to tow it back into Falmouth."

Rio 2016: 'Younger teammates inspire me with their enthusiasm' - Jo Pavey

Reuters

A group of athletes in Rio has found the secret to enhanced performance and it has nothing to do with doping. It's called aging - a process by which athletes grow wiser, more focused and go on to win medals and hearts at the Olympics.

Jo Pavey at Olympics. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Martin Rickett/PA Wire

The elder set at the Rio Games is resetting the bar at these Olympics and turning over the hackneyed idea that high-level competition is a young man's or woman's game.

Britain's Jo Pavey, 42 and a mother-of-two, became her country's first runner to compete in five Olympics, though she did not win a medal. She said: "There are a lot of people who are half my age in the team. They inspire me with their enthusiasm."

Warning after three seen swimming in rough seas at night

West Briton

Coastguards have issued a warning after three people were seen "swimming" in the dark at Pendennis Point in Falmouth during strong winds and big waves.

BreakingCoach crash deaths: Driver jailed for five years

Leigh Rundle

BBC Spotlight

A coach driver who killed two women as a result of a road crash in Cornwall has been sentenced to five years in prison for causing death by dangerous driving.

Coach crash
BBC

Martin Chun, 59, from Whitestone, near Exeter, was driving a coach with 51 passengers on board on an Age Concern trip when it crashed on a steep hill near Looe in Cornwall in May 2014. He was found guilty of charges earlier at Truro Crown Court.

As well as being jailed for causing death by dangerous driving, he was also sentenced to serve two years for causing serious injury by dangerous driving, to run concurrently; and banned from driving for four years.

Chun had denied causing the deaths of Margaret Luxton, 59, and 68-year-old Carol Muldoon.

Lifeboat crew rescues same person three times in four days

BBC Radio Cornwall

It's emerged the Looe lifeboat crew was called out three times to rescue the same person within four days.

The RNLI said that "a young lady" called for help last Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

The call-outs involved the woman being cut off by the tide on a beach in East Looe "at tea time" on Thursday, and again being cut off by the tide at Port Nadler beach at about 11:50 on Friday.

The RNLI said that, after the third incident, she was given a "comprehensive safety briefing" by coastguards.

Coach crash deaths: Verdict 'doesn't help me'

Leigh Rundle

BBC Spotlight

The husband of a victim of a coach crash says the driver being found guilty of killing his wife "doesn't help me".

Coach crash
BBC

Martin Chun (pictured), 59, from Whitestone, near Exeter, was found guilty at Truro Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving. His coach, with 51 passengers on board, was on an Age Concern trip when it crashed on a steep hill near Looe in Cornwall in May 2014. 

He had denied causing the deaths of Margaret Luxton, 59, and 68-year-old Carol Muldoon.

Martin Chun
BBC

Richard Luxton said after the verdict: "All we wanted out of this was justice. Me and my family have never borne any malice towards Martin Chun. At least this will give us some sort of closure, but it doesn't help me - I still have to go home to an empty house."

Rio 2016: Tom Daley sketches his medal victory

The Independent

Sometimes nothing expresses jubilation quite like a simple stick person doodle, and Adidas harnessed this by getting some of Team GB's biggest medal winners at the Rio 2016 Olympics to sketch the moment they were victorious in their respective events.

BreakingCoach driver guilty of killing two passengers in Age Concern trip crash

Leigh Rundle

BBC Spotlight

A coach driver has been found guilty of killing two women in a road crash in Cornwall.

Coach crash
BBC

Martin Chun, 59, from Whitestone, near Exeter, was found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving by a majority verdict of 11 to one by a jury at Truro Crown Court

The coach, with 51 passengers on board, was on an Age Concern trip when it crashed on a steep hill near Looe in Cornwall in May 2014. Chun had denied causing the deaths of Margaret Luxton, 59, and 68-year-old Carol Muldoon.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • On the M5 in Devon, all lanes Bristol-bound between Exeter and Cullompton have re-opened after an earlier car fire, but traffic is slow
  • On A30 at Honiton, there's very slow traffic Somerset-bound between the A35 for Honiton and Upottery
  • In Exeter, there are reports of an incident on Polsloe Road, near Heavitree Hospital
  • In Cornwall, the Mevagissey-Fowey ferry is out of service today due to forecast winds in the bay

Rio 2016: Victory parade for Penzance's Helen Glover

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall is to hold a victory parade for Penzance's Olympics double gold medalist Helen Glover. 

Helen Glover and Heather Stanning. Pic: Ezra Shaw, via AP
Ezra Shaw, via AP

The parade will be held on Sunday 4 September and will parade through Glover's home town of Penzance. 

Helen (pictured left) and rowing partner Heather Stanning successfully defended their Olympic title in Rio in the Women's Pair.

Shoppers shocked as glass falls from entrance to mall

Plymouth Herald

An investigation has been launched after a piece of toughened glass fell from above the entrance to Drake Circus.

Car cliff plunge investigation continues

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are continuing investigations into the death of a man who died when a car crashed through railings and over the edge of a cliff in Devon.

Car plunge scene
BBC

Emergency services were called to Corbyn Head in Torquay at about 01:15 on Sunday and two RNLI lifeboats were launched after the crash.

Officers said they were called to a "report of a blue BMW X5 which had left Torbay Road and driven through a barrier and then over the cliff at Corbyn headland, coming to a rest on the beach". A 41-year-old man - the sole occupant of the vehicle - was pronounced deceased at the scene, they added.

Police said: "A witness to the incident left the scene without leaving his details and police are appealing for him, and any other witnesses to the incident, to come forward to assist the inquiry."

Should sea safety be taught in schools?

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

It's me debating the big stories of the day in Devon.

After six sea deaths around Britain's coast recently, is it time to teach sea safety in schools? 

Also, could you cope with your rubbish being collected only every three weeks?

Call in on 0345 3011034

Latest weather: Staying mainly cloudy

BBC Weather

It will continue to be a mainly cloudy afternoon with some bright spells, especially for inland and areas sheltered from the moderate south westerly winds. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Weather
BBC

There will be some early evening brightness or sunshine initially before we see more cloud invading from the South West. Conditions will be quite humid, allowing for some mist and fog to form late in the night. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

City of Lights not to go through Truro city centre

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Truro's City of Lights annual festival will not feature parades of lanterns through the city centre, organisers say.

City of Lights
BBC

Instead, the event, in its 20th year, "will be moving into Victoria Gardens" and be open for three evenings in November because it is "evolving and expanding", festival managers said on Facebook.

Victoria Gardens
Andrew Segal

Organisers said the move "means that our wonderful audiences will be able to enjoy City of Lights at their own pace through the gardens and that there will be more opportunities to see and be part of the event".

All three lanes of M5 blocked northbound between J29 and J28

BBC Travel

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The M5 is blocked and there's queuing traffic northbound between J29, A30 (Exeter) and J28, A373 (Cullompton), because of a car fire.

'Special find' hermit crab found off Devon for first time in 30 years

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A species of crab which had not been seen in Devon for more than 30 years has been found living on a stretch of coast close to Plymouth, the Devon Wildlife Trust says.

St Piran’s crab. Pic: Steph House
Steph House

The crustacean, most commonly known as the St Piran’s crab, has been found in Wembury Bay by a trust volunteer on a rockpool safari run by the charity from its Wembury Marine Centre.

The last record of the hermit crab - which uses the empty shells of other molluscs to make a home - in Devon was in 1985. Trust volunteer John Hepburn, who discovered it, described it as a "pretty special find".

Sea conditons 'can change quickly' warning

BBC Radio Cornwall

"Conditions can change in an instant" is the warning from coastguards in Cornwall after six people died around the coastline of Britain this weekend

Rescuers
BBC

In Newquay, holidaymaker Rudy Bruynius died after he and his family were knocked off rocks by a large wave at South Fistral Beach on Friday evening. His two-year-old daughter remains in a critical condition in hospital. 

Emma Watkins, maritime operations officer at Falmouth Coastguard, said they did as much as they could to get the safety message across. She said: "The RNLI works hard with its campaigns, we have people that put out weather warnings on a regular basis, we do our best to do accident prevention and surveillance ... we do try our best to do all we can."

What more can we do to get the water safety message across

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

Six people have died off the beaches and coasts of Britain over the weekend, despite awareness campaigns, a recent documentary series about the RNLI and numerous appeals.

What more can we do to get the message across? And what about the effects of these events on the emergency services who deal with the harrowing sights of these tragedies?

And did you hear a bit of the wave hub of Cornwall has gone AWOL?

Call in on 01872 222222.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, there's very heavy traffic on the A361 in Braunton
  • There's very slow traffic in both directions on the A385 through Totnes
  • In Cornwall, there are reports of an oil spillage on Camelford on the B3266, from the school heading towards the A39
  • On the A30, there is slow traffic in both directions between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross
  • The A30 westbound from Connor Downs has heavy traffic
  • In St Austell, East Hill is partially blocked near Eastbourne Road due to an accident
  • The Place Ferry is out of service between 14:00 and 16:00 due to tides

RNLI reiterates coast and beach safety campaign

Man dies after Glynn Valley road crash

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man has died and another man is in hospital in a critical condition after a road collision near Bodmin.

Police said a Saab and a Ford Fiesta collided on the A38 in the Glynn Valley at about 02:15 on Friday, resulting in a "number of people" being taken to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

The driver of the Saab, a 60-year-old man from Plymouth, died in hospital. The Ford's driver, an 18-year-old man from Bodmin, suffered multiple serious injuries and remains in a critical but stable condition at Derriford.

A third vehicle, a Mercedes Vito van, sustained minor damage as a result of debris from the collision, officers said. The road was closed for nine hours for an investigation. Police have appealed for witnesses.

JK Rowling schools homophobes over Tom Daley hate

Metro

Harry Potter author JK Rowling does enjoy calling out bigotry. And sadly she’s had another opportunity after a ‘prayer and lobby group’ went on an anti-gay rant over the Olympics.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, there are reports of an accident in St Austell on Trinity Street, near South Street
  • There's very slow traffic on the A39 in both directions at the Trekenning Roundabout, near St Columb Major
  • In Devon, the B3230 is partially blocked in Muddiford, around Rookbear Lane, due to an incident

BreakingFactory under threat of closure and almost 30 jobs at risk

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A long established factory in Devon is under threat of closure with the loss of almost 30 jobs. 

Relyon, in Okehampton, make mattresses and headboards. A source at the factory told the BBC staff were very deflated at the news. 

Some people have worked there for more than 30 years he said. A consultation is underway on the factory's closure.

In a statement, its owners Steinhoff UK said the operational and logistical costs of keeping the site open meant it was no longer viable. Alternative employment was being sought for the 28 staff, it added.

Daughter of swept-away family 'remains in critical condition'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A two-year-old girl remains in a critical condition in hospital in Bristol after being swept into the sea in an incident which killed her father, police say.

Fistral
BBC

Holidaymaker Rudy Bruynius died after he and his family were knocked off rocks by a large wave at South Fistral Beach on Friday evening while in Newquay.

His daughter, Mckayla, was recovered from the sea by lifeboat before being flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. She was later transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital. Mr Bruynius' wife and two other children were also recovered from the sea by the RNLI.

Officers also confirmed they were "investigating the circumstances" of the incident and have appealed for witnesses. Det Con Jarrod Yewen, from Newquay CID, said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time."