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  1. A counter terrorism operation continues following the arrest of a serving Royal Marine
  2. Ciaran Maxwell, 30, from Larne, was detained by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command
  3. A house in Exminster and woodland near Kenton have been searched as part of an operation linked to the suspected planning of attacks in Northern Ireland
  4. A study reveals a 270% rise in hate crimes in Plymouth
  5. Police pull a man from a car after it falls 20ft into an estuary near Plymouth
  6. TV chef Gordon Ramsey is fined £500 after being caught doing 70mph through A30 roadworks
  7. Updates on Thursday 25 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 Friday 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 headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A man and woman are rescued from a car after it plunges 20ft into the Hooe Lake estuary near Plymouth, police say
  • Police searches continue in the Exminster area in connection with alleged Northern Ireland-related terrorism offences
  • Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is fined £500 after being caught driving at 70mph in a 40mph zone over Bodmin Moor
  • Fire crews from five stations rescue a cow stranded in the River Camel in Cornwall

Latest weather: Cloud clearing and sunny spells on Friday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

Tonight, cloud and any showers will clear to the east, allowing for plenty of clear spells overnight. Under those clear skies, we may see some mist patches forming late in the night. Winds will be light north westerly, veering north easterly. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).


Friday will be fine and dry with sunny spells. It will feel a touch fresher than of late, although in the sunshine it will be pleasantly warm, with light winds. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Hate crimes: Response to 270% rise in reported incidents

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

A pilot study carried out by Devon and Cornwall Police has seen a 270% rise in the number of reported incidents of hate crime in Plymouth.

Police officers studying stats

In response to this:

  • Police are going to work with takeaway owners and taxi companies to put CCTV cameras with audio in every cab and premises over the next two months
  • A "third party reporting scheme" is due to be rolled out across the force within the year

Hooe Lake: Plunge car 'reversed off land'

Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight

A car which plunged 20ft into an estuary near Plymouth reversed off land and somersaulted into the water, eyewitnesses have told me.

The car fell into Hooe Lake, in Turnchapel, at about 14:00, ending up on its roof and submerged within the water with two people inside. A man and woman were rescued from the vehicle. Their conditions are not known.

One eyewitness said that 16 emergency service vehicles were at the scene at one point in response to the crash. Police drones are being sent help with the investigation.

​'Despicable thieves' steal goal nets from Feock play park

West Briton

Thieves who stole football goal nets used by children playing in a well-heeled village's park near Truro have been branded "despicable".

Hooe Lake: Police drones in car plunge investigation

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police drones are being sent to Hooe Lake to help with an investigation into why a car plunged into an estuary near Plymouth with two people inside.

Police drone operator

The car fell 20ft into Hooe Lake, in Turnchapel, at about 14:00, ending up on its roof and submerged within the water.

A man and woman were rescued from the vehicle by police and the fire service. Their conditions are not known.

Cornwall-Isles of Scilly helicopters: 'Considerable demand for link'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A Cornish MP has welcomed news that a new helicopter service between Penzance and the Isles of Scilly could be up and running within two years.

Helicopters have not flown between the islands and the mainland since 2012, but now the owner of Tresco is leading a group which intends to re-establish the service. 

St Ives Conservative MP Derek Thomas said: "There is considerable demand for it, there is certainly an interest in it, and I think it will help the complete package of how you get to and from the Isles of Scilly in a really constructive way."

Doctors surgeries offer Citizens Advice Bureau appointments

BBC Radio Devon

Two doctors surgeries in a part of Devon are offering appointments with the Citizens Advice Bureau, as well as with GPs. 

The one-year trial in the South Hams has been started after research found many GP appointments were made for social, rather than medical reasons. 

It's hoped the new system will ease the workload for GPs. More trials are due to start in West Devon next month.

A moooving cow rescue in the River Camel

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Cornwall Fire Service said crews from Wadebridge, Bodmin, St. Austell, Padstow and Tolvaddon were called to the scene in Wadebridge at about 12:10 after the cow got stranded in the river.

It said firefighters managed to harness the cow and used a hydraulic lifting arm to "raise and successfully recover the cow and passed over to the owner, who was in attendance".

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of a traffic problem on the A30 at Cheriton Bishop, near Woodleigh Junction
  • In Torquay, there are reports of an incident on the A3022 Newton Road, near the Old Woods Industrial Estate
  • In Hooe, Barton Road is closed both ways between Hooe Road and Undercliff Road due to a police incident and traffic is slow

Gordon Ramsay caught speeding on A30

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Gordon Ramsay has been fined £500 for driving at 70mph in a 40mph zone.

The celebrity chef pleaded guilty to breaking the limit in a Land Rover travelling over Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.

Gordon Ramsay

Ramsay, 49, of Spencer Park, London, did not attend court and was given six penalty points and ordered to pay costs of £85 by Bodmin Magistrates on Wednesday.

The chef has a £4.4m house in the nearby coastal village of Rock.

Community fund opened for second year

BBC Radio Cornwall

A community fund is being opened up to people living on the Isles of Scilly and west Cornwall for a second year.

The cash is coming from the Isles of Scilly Steamship Company, which said it wanted to give something back to the community it served. Managers said people and groups could apply for grants of up to £2,000 to fund projects.

Chairman Terry Ward said: "We've helped the Young Enterprise Scheme, the local Brownies and Girl Guides, a church organ had its bellows revamped, we helped the St Erth Christmas lights; it's a very diverse groups of initiatives."

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Operators of controversial biogas plant refute MP's claim of an explosion

West Briton

The owners of the biogas plant at Fraddon have responded to an MP's campaign to stop more plans for traffic at the site.

New Cornwall-Isles of Scilly helicopter link: What we know

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Plans have been revealed for a return of the helicopter service between west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

Isles of Scilly

What we know so far includes:

  • It will be a year-round service from Penzance to St Mary's and Tresco  
  • It will involve £2m of private investment by a consortium led by Tresco owner Robert Dorrien-Smith
  • The group is getting ready to submit a planning application for a new heliport on Jelbert Way in Penzance. This would be just over the road from the site of the old heliport in Eastern Green
  • It will employ AW139 15-seater helicopters, said to be quieter and faster than previous aircraft used
  • Flight costs are yet to be confirmed, but we've been told the project was aiming to be in line with Skybus aircraft return flights from Newquay, which are about £220

Plymouth residents asked city budget-savings ideas

BBC Radio Devon

People in Plymouth are being asked for their views on how the council can save £37m over the next three years. 


The unitary authority is having to reduce its spending because of the government funding squeeze. 

Proposals such as fortnightly bin collections, a 2% council tax rise and higher parking charges are just some of the money-saving ideas being considered so far.

Hate crimes: Dealing with 'incidents more important than ever'

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

Dealing with hate crimes "in the current climate" is "more important than ever", a police officer says.

PC Graham Little

A pilot study carried out by Devon and Cornwall Police suggests Plymouth has seen a 270% rise in the number of reported incidents of hate crime. 

Diverse communities officer PC Graham Little (pictured), of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We need to send this message that hate crime is not going to be tolerated and if we do find out who you are, you will be dealt with." 

BreakingWoman rescued from Hooe Lake plunge car

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A second person has been rescued from a car that plunged into an estuary near Plymouth, police say.

Hooe Lake. Pic: Google

The car fell 20ft into Hooe Lake, in Turnchapel, at about 14:00. Police said it ended up on its roof and submerged within the water, and that officers and members of the public entered the water to reach it.

A man rescued from the vehicle by police was taken to Derriford Hospital. The woman was recovered from the vehicle by the fire service. Her condition is currently unknown.

Police described the scene as a "major emergency services operation", with the ambulance service, an air ambulance, coastguards, a lifeboat and MoD Police, attending.

Agatha Christie TV mysteries: Three titles revealed

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Devon-born Queen of Crime Agatha Christie is set to loom even larger in British TV because BBC One is to produce seven new adaptations of her classic mysteries.

The commissions follow the long-running and much-loved Miss Marple and Poirot. They also come off the back of the TV version of her thriller And Then There Were None, which was shown last Christmas.

Agatha Christie. Pic: PA

Of the seven newly announced adaptations, three titles have been revealed:

  • Ordeal By Innocence: A son is posthumously pardoned of murdering his mother, meaning another member of the family must be guilty
  • Death Comes As The End: Set in Ancient Egypt, a young woman suspects her priest father may be tied up in the death of a concubine
  • The ABC Murders: A serial killer works his way through the alphabet in 1930s Britain, tracked (in the book at least) by Hercule Poirot

Emergency services at the scene of car estuary fall

Scott Bingham, BBC Spotlight

Emergency services at the scene after car dropped 20ft into water at Hooe Lake in Plymouth.

A man has been rushed to hospital after being pulled from the car.


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NI terrorism arrest: Searches continue in Exminster

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

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The searches are in connection with a serving Royal Marine being arrested yesterday in Somerset in connection with Northern Ireland-related terrorism. 

Ciaran Maxwell, 30, from Larne, was detained in Somerset. 

Devon and Cornwall Police have been searching a home in Exminster, believed to belong to a family member, as well as woodland nearby. 

Boy, 12, sentenced for raping little sister

West Briton

A boy believed to be Britain's youngest ever convicted rapist abused his younger sister twice when he was 11-years-old, a court heard today

Man in hospital after car goes into estuary

BBC Spotlight

A man has been rushed to hospital after being pulled from a car after it fell 20ft into an estuary, police say.

The car went into Hooe Lake, in Turnchapel near Plymouth, at about 14:00. The man was rescued from the vehicle by police and taken to Derriford Hospital. 

Officers confirmed that another person was in the vehicle, but their condition is not known. A lifeboat was sent out and the air ambulance called. Barton Road has been closed.

Tiverton woman with colostomy bag told she was 'scaring children'

Daily Mirror

A brave 23-year-old who suffers from a chronic bowel condition and has to wear a colostomy bag claims she was humiliated by another woman when she was swimming.

Latest weather: Scattered showers to clear overnight

BBC Weather

Although it will be a warm and mainly cloudy day, with some bright spells, isolated showers will become more scattered later this afternoon. Winds will be light northerly, but moderate around the coasts and in the west. Maximum temperature: 20C (68F).


Tonight, cloud and any showers will clear to the east, allowing for plenty of clear spells overnight. Under those clear skies, we may see some mist patches forming late in the night. Winds will be light north westerly, veering north easterly. Minimum temperature: 11C (52F).

BreakingMan rescued from car which went into Hooe Lake

Seriously injured man 'found in road after village carnival'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in north Devon are investigating a man being found in a road with serious injuries.

Officers said the 40-year-old was found at Harton Cross, Hartland, at about 02:00 on 14 August 2016, following the village carnival. He needed surgery in hospital before being discharged. It is unknown how he was injured. 

Det Con Terry Hodgson said they were appealing for witnesses as officers were "aware that there was a large number of people in the village during the carnival".

Rio 2016: British Sailing team to be welcomed home at Dartmouth Royal Regatta

BBC Spotlight

Fresh back from the Rio Olympics, the British Sailing team will be officially welcomed home by Dartmouth Royal Regatta this weekend. 


The team say they are looking forward to celebrating at the historic event where their three gold and one silver medals will be on display. 

The three-day regatta, which begins today, will host a series of events on and off the water, ending up with a grand finale flypast from the Red Arrows.

M5 traffic 'flowing well' after incident

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Earlier, police closed the road in both directions "because of concerns for a woman on a motorway bridge".  

BreakingArrested Royal Marine 'victim of 2002 sectarian attack'

Chris Page

BBC News NI Political Correspondent

A Royal Marine who is under arrest on suspicion of being involved in terrorism-related to Northern Ireland was the victim of an assault, allegedly carried out by loyalists, in his home town as a teenager. 

Ciaran Maxwell, who's 30, was detained in Somerset yesterday. He is from Larne in County Antrim. In 2002, he was beaten by a group of men near his home. 

Ciarán Maxwell

Republican newspaper An Phoblacht reported that a group of up to 10 loyalists attacked him with iron bars and golf clubs. Ciaran Maxwell suffered a fractured skull. He was 16 at the time of the attack.  

Cornwall-Isles of Scilly helicopters 'best sited in Penzance'

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The return of a helicopter service between west Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly would be sited in Penzance because it is the best location, one of the people behind the proposals says.

Robert Dorrien-Smith

The owner of the island of Tresco, Robert Dorrien-Smith, is leading a group of investors who intend to start a new scheduled helicopter service to the islands. The previous service, by British International Helicopters, ran for nearly 50 years until 2012.

Mr Dorrien-Smith said: "Having looked virtually everywhere in Cornwall, and at every airfield, there was a reason that Penzance succeeded for all those years. It’s at sea level, virtually, it’s at the end of the railway and it’s next to the A30."

Motorists prepare for August bank holiday traffic chaos

West Briton

Motorists are bracing themselves for traffic chaos on the A30 over the coming August bank holiday weekend, with Saturday expected to be busiest day of the year on the roads.

Hate crimes: Pilot study's findings

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

A pilot study carried out by Devon and Cornwall Police has seen a 270% rise in the number of reported incidents of hate crime in Plymouth.

Woman abusing staff in takeaway. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Its findings included:

  • Devon and Cornwall Police normally get about 20 reports of hate crime a month in Plymouth
  • One month saw nearly 70 incidents reported
  • Officers saw a considerable rise post-Brexit
  • Reports of racially-aggravated offences are the most common
  • Takeaways and taxi drivers suffer the most abuse (pictured is a woman in Plymouth abusing staff in a takeaway)

The 'burkini ban': Should people wear what they want to the beach?

Gordon Sparks

Presenter, BBC Radio Devon

As the French burkini ban faces a legal challenge, we ask should we be able to wear what we want to the beach?

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M5 open but police say there may be delays due to traffic backlog

Police advise the motorway is now fully open but there may be some delays as the traffic backlog clears. 

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This image displays the resulting congestion on Devon and Somerset's roads...

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BreakingM5 is reopened

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The M5 has reopened following its earlier closure in both directions. Police previously said the road was closed "because of concern for a woman on a motorway bridge".

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Hope there's not too much brain freeze at ice cream eating competition!

NI terrorism: Police apologise as roads will be closed around search area

Press Association

Det Ch Insp Antony Hart, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "Local officers will be in the Exminster area and will be speaking to residents to help offer reassurance.

"Searches are expected to continue throughout the weekend at the property in question. Searches are also continuing at the nearby wooded area. 

"Road closures will be in place on some of the minor roads surrounding the wooded area and are also expected to remain in place throughout the weekend.  We apologise for any inconvenience this will cause and thank the public for their patience."

Devon search

A serving Royal Marine was arrested yesterday in Somerset in connection with Northern Ireland-related terrorism.