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  1. Human remains in Exeter confirmed as missing woman Gergana Prodanova's
  2. Town centre closed for several hours in stabbing probe
  3. Badger cull extended to Devon and Cornwall
  4. Three people arrested after man suffers 'pellet wounds from air rifle'
  5. Firefighters tackle a large barn fire on the Roseland Peninsula
  6. A care home in Devon is bringing the outside, inside, in a bid to help people with dementia
  7. 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.

Poldark: Cameraman concussed by freak wave

Radio Times

A freak wave which hurt Poldark star Aidan Turner also injured a cameraman, he has told the Radio Times.

Poldark, Aidan Turner. Pic: BBC

Turner revealed he and the crew member were hurt when a wave slammed a boat into them during filming on the Cornish coast.

He said: "One of the underwater cameramen got cracked as well and he was concussed. These waves, you wouldn't think there's anything to them. But, once you get out, there you're at the mercy of Mother Nature, and she doesn't care how well the previous season rated," he said.  

The second series of the drama, based on Winston Graham's novels, starts next weekend.

Delays on A38 in Glynn Valley

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A multi-vehicle crash on the A38 between Trago Mills and Bodmin Parkway is causing delays.

Police are on their way to the scene. It is not yet clear if there are any casualties.

Latest weather: A clear night before patchy, light rain on Wednesday

Holly Green

BBC Weather

There will be a sunny end to the day, followed by a dry night with clear spells. There will be some hill fog and perhaps a little drizzle on higher ground. Minimum temperature: 13C (55F).


On Wednesday, low cloud and patchy, light rain will move eastwards during the morning before skies brighten into the afternoon. A little breezier than today but still feeling warm in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Human remains discovered in Exeter by police searching for a missing Bulgarian woman are confirmed as those of Gergana Prodanova
  • A former teacher and Truro Diocese spokesman denies indecently assaulting a boy in the 1970s at the start of a Crown Court trial 
  • An 18-year-old man is injured in a suspected stabbing in Torquay 
  • A 30-year-old man is arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a woman is seriously assaulted in Plymouth
  • Badger culling is rolled out to Devon and Cornwall in a bid to tackle bovine TB
  • Double yellow lines are drawn across a road on an industrial estate near Truro

University has 'record number' of local applications for places

BBC Radio Cornwall

Falmouth University says it has had a record number of applications from local students wanting places for the new academic year. 

Falmouth University sign

This summer, more than 300 students applied for a place - an increase of nearly 20%.

The university has set itself a target of recruiting a quarter of its students from within Cornwall. This year it has reached the figure of 16%.

Middle-of-road yellow lines 'technically correct'

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Double yellow lines drawn across a road on an industrial estate were "technically correct" but down to an "unfortunate error", Cornwall Council says.

The lines on Threemilestone Industrial Estate, near Truro, went "against all common sense", one local business owner said.

Double yellow lines. Pic: Mark Mitchell
Mark Mitchell

The council said the road had stopped where the double yellow lines were painted until it was extended in 2013. It said a traffic order to change the lines was not changed when the road was, so the lines were still in force.

It added: "However, we recognise that it is highly unlikely that anyone would park a vehicle across the highway at this point, and we will therefore remove the offending section."

Police welcome jailing of 'violent armed robber'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have welcomed the jailing of a man who carried out "violent robberies" and "believed himself above the law".

Oliver Leggatt. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Oliver Leggatt, 23, from Paignton, was jailed at Exeter Crown Court on Friday for nine years and nine months after admitting two robberies, an attempted robbery, possessing a knife and imitation firearm, four frauds and two offences of transferring the proceeds of fraud.

The former Beefeater employee carried out an attempted robbery at the Kingsteignton branch of the restaurant chain in a clown mask, plus robberies in the Paignton and Newton Abbot branches between 2014-15 involving a knife or a handgun. He was also involved in a £65,000 fraud against his grandparents.

Det Insp Kay Chapman, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said witnesses in the robberies were "subjected to a violent and extremely frightening ordeal".

Badger culling: Bovine TB strategy 'delivering results'

BBC News England

Badger culling to control bovine TB is part of a "comprehensive strategy" which is "delivering results", a minster who is also a Cornwall MP says.

Badgers. Pic: PA

Culling is being rolled out in parts of Cornwall and Devon in a bid to tackle bovine TB. Opponents said there was no evidence culling was effective.

Farming minister George Eustice - who is also Camborne, Redruth and Hayle's MP - said: "Our comprehensive strategy to eradicate bovine TB in England is delivering results, with more than half the country on track to be free of the disease by the end of this Parliament.

"Bovine TB has a devastating impact on farms, which is why we are taking strong action to eradicate the disease, including tighter cattle controls, improved biosecurity and badger control measures in areas where the disease is rife."

Former teacher and church spokesman in child abuse trial

BBC Spotlight

A former teacher has appeared in court charged with indecently assaulting a boy whilst he was working as a lay preacher in Cornwall.

Jeremy Dowling, 78, who also worked as a press spokesman for the Diocese of Truro, is alleged to have carried out the assaults on the boy, who he first met when the boy was 10, during the 1970s. At the time he was helping out at two churches in the Bude area.

Mr Dowling has denied six counts of indecent assault involving a child and two counts of gross indecency with a child. The trial, at Truro Crown Court, continues.

Man spared jail after racist outburst towards Penzance Lidl customers

West Briton

A man who squared up to three customers of Eastern European appearance in Penzance Lidl and told them to go back "to where you come from" has been spared jail.

Cornwall man who died at Cheshire festival named by police

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man who died at a festival in Cheshire has been formally named by police as a 26-year-old from Cornwall.

Joseph Michael Sheppherd was found collapsed in a campsite at the Creamfields festival event at Daresbury, near Warrington. He was discovered on Friday 26 August and emergency services were unable to save him.

Cheshire Police said the death was currently being treated as unexplained and a post-mortem examination was set to take place later this week. Officers added: "The family of Mr Sheppherd have requested for their privacy to be respected at this difficult time."

Row over 'mini quarry' pothole

BBC Spotlight

A pothole in north Devon is being described as a "mini quarry" by one resident.

Allin Bewes and pothole

Eighty-five-year-old Allin Bewes said the hole in West Putford was about 11ft long and 3ft deep in places. He added that he was disgusted it still had not been fixed after months of complaining.

Devon County Council said the repair would be carried out as soon as possible.

Torquay stabbing: Victim was 18-year-old man

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police have appealed for witnesses after an 18-year-old man was injured in a suspected stabbing in Torquay.

Officers said they were called to The Strand just after 04:45. A man was taken to Torbay Hospital for treatment after being found "with a puncture wound to his abdomen". He is described as in "a stable, non life-threatening condition". 

The area was cordoned off for an investigation. The roads have now re-opened. Police said they would like to speak to witnesses, "in particular, a bald man believed to be 40 to 50-years-old, who was wearing a red T-shirt and blue jeans".

Four people, including children, in hospital after major flat fire

Plymouth Herald

A flat has been "severely damaged" by a fire and four people are in hospital.

'Crazy' double yellow lines painted across middle of road

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Cornwall Council is to remove double yellow lines painted across a road.

Mark Mitchell

The lines were discovered on Threemilestone Industrial Estate, near Truro.

Mark Mitchell, owner of Stylehome, said: "It goes against all common sense to draw lines across the middle of the road". 

Cornwall Council said although the lines were "technically correct", it would remove them.

Music fans celebrate Folk Cottage's heritage

Neil Gallacher, Business & Industry Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A ramshackle old barn that played a key role in the folk movement of the 1960s has been remembered at a gathering in Cornwall. 

Folk cottage

The Folk Cottage at Mitchell was an iconic venue that attracted the very best performers on the British folk circuit at a time when simply getting to mid-Cornwall from London took about 13 hours. 

Ralph McTell

Today it's a private house, but veterans of the 1960s folk scene, including Ralph McTell (pictured right) reunited in the grounds to share memories.  

Badger culling: League Against Cruel Sports criticises 'calamitous' move

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Culling badgers is "calamitous for cattle and a dead end for farmers", a senior member of the League Against Cruel Sports says.


The league's comments come after the government confirmed seven new licences for culling had been granted across England, including areas in Cornwall and Devon. The government said the move would help control bovine TB.

League deputy director of campaigns, Chris Pitt, said: "All the unbiased scientific opinion suggests that we'll never get rid of bovine TB this way.

"Instead of shooting badgers, we need to be looking to Wales as an example, where no culling takes place, but instead rigorous TB testing, strict cattle movement control and tight biosecurity has been more successful in preventing the spread of TB in cattle."

Investigations continue into woman having arm ripped off by car

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police are continuing investigations into how a woman's arm was ripped off after it was trapped in a parked car at the weekend, officers say.

Penmare Close, Hayle. Pic: Google

The 78-year-old is understood to have leant into the car outside a house in Penmare Close, Hayle, on Saturday afternoon, when it lurched forward, trapping her arm. She was airlifted to hospital in Plymouth.

Police said her injuries were "not believed to be life-threatening but are deemed to be life-changing". Her exact condition is not known.

Latest weather: Staying sunny, but cloudier overnight

BBC Weather

Sunny conditions in the east will work their way westwards to leave a brighter and sunnier day for most, with just patchy cloud. However, it will remain cloudier in the far west. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).


There will be some evening sunshine in the east, but the cloudier, damper and misty conditions in the west will spread to all areas overnight. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).

BreakingGergana Prodanova: Human remains confirmed as missing woman's

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Human remains discovered in Exeter by police looking into the disappearance of Gergana Prodanova have been confirmed as those of the missing woman, officers say.

Gergana Prodanova
Devon and Cornwall Police

The 38-year-old was reported missing on 8 August by colleagues after she failed to turn up for work at the Great Western Hotel in the city. The human remains, found on waste ground off Blackall Road on 16 August, were confirmed as hers "following DNA testing", police said.

Kostadin Kostov, 42, from Bulgaria, is in custody, awaiting trial for her murder.

Town centre closed in stabbing probe

BBC Radio Devon

Police investigating a suspected stabbing in Torquay closed off part of the town centre.

Officers said a man suffered a "puncture wound to the abdomen and facial injuries" in the incident, which they were alerted to at about 04:45 . 

The road and pavement have been closed in both directions from the town's clock tower to the junction of Fleet Walk.

Nicholson wants extended Torquay winning run

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson says the club are on track to start moving up the National League table after their 3-1 win at Braintree on Monday.

Kevin Nicholson
Getty Images

The Gulls now have back-to-back wins for the first time this season and are up to 15th in the league.

"I still think we're probably three or four points down on what we've deserved, but those first five games are behind us now and we're on the run that we want to be on," he told BBC Radio Devon.

Poldark star Aidan Turner 'injured by a freak wave'

Radio Times

Poldark star Aidan Turner was injured by a freak wave while filming the drama, he has told the Radio Times.

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

Turner has revealed that he was hurt and even dropped Eleanor Tomlinson, who plays Demelza, in the sea off the Cornish coast during filming, after a wave slammed a boat into his head. He admitted it was "not very Ross Poldark".

The heart-throb told the magazine: "There's nothing like the Cornish sea at the height of winter for putting you in your place."

The second series of the drama, based on Winston Graham's novels, starts next weekend.

Badger culling begins in Devon

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

The badger cull has begun in parts of Devon. How do you feel about it? 

And there are calls to bring back pounds and ounces after Brexit. Should we turn our backs on metric? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Farmer burns hands trying to tackle barn blaze

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A farmer whose barn caught fire suffered burns to his hands when trying to tackle the blaze himself, firefighters say.

Pumps and about 40 firefighters from six stations were called to put out the blaze at Ruan High Lanes, near Tregony, on Monday afternoon. The barn, 300 hay bales and farm machinery were destroyed, and a combine harvester outside was damaged.  

Ruan High Lanes fire. Pic: LiskeardCFRS/Twitter

Crews remained at the site overnight. The fire service said the farmer was given first aid and taken to hospital for further treatment.

Human remains await DNA results

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Chad Gibson
Devon and Cornwall Police
Chad Gibson has been missing from Newquay since December 2015

Human remains discovered near Newquay will take up to a month to identify, police have said.

Chad Gibson, 33, from St Austell, has been missing from the town since December 2015, where a major police investigation was launched. 

Police informed Mr Gibson's family the remains had been discovered earlier this month.

No plans to cut sporting pitches, council leader vows

Plymouth Herald

The council leader has dismissed suggestions Plymouth's sporting facilities are under threat, saying plans for new football, cricket, rugby and hockey pitches are still on the table.

Badger culling: Targets for 2016

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Badger culling has been rolled out to more parts of England in a bid to tackle bovine TB.

Licences for parts of Cornwall and Devon have been granted as part of the government's 25-year strategy to eradicate the disease. Opponents say there is no evidence culling is effective.


Almost 10,000 animals are due to be killed nationally as part of this year's cull. 

The targets locally are:

  • Devon: Minimum 3,358, maximum 4,558
  • Cornwall: Minimum 2,173, maximum 2,950

Source: Natural England

Concerns Caradon Hill mineshaft has opened wider

BBC Radio Cornwall

There are concerns a mineshaft on Caradon Hill has opened wider. 

The Kitto shaft on Bodmin Moor was part of the network connected to the Caradon copper mines and is several metres deep.

Although the shaft is fenced off, there are concerns any further opening of it in recent weeks may affect walkers and dog owners that use the moors.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, there are reports of slow traffic on the A30 from Sourton, heading towards Okehampton
  • In Plymstock, there's a lane closed outbound on Billacombe Road, near Laira Bridge, due to roadworks. Expect delays
  • Sannerville Wayn near Exminster is partially-blocked from Station Road, heading towards the Matford roundabout, due to an incident
  • In Torquay, traffic is slow-moving around the town centre due to The Strand being closed because of a police incident
  • In Cornwall, there is slow traffic in both directions on the A30 between Chiverton Cross and Carland Cross
  • There is heavy traffic in both directions on the A39 through Camelford
  • The A39 also has busy traffic between the Halloon roundabout and the Trekenning roundabout

Man arrested after 'violent attack' on woman

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm after a woman was seriously assaulted in Plymouth, police say.

Officers said the woman suffered a "violent attack" in Octagon Street at about 18:30 on Sunday.

They appealed for witnesses, saying it was a "sustained" attack "on a lone and vulnerable woman which occurred in daylight hours in public view".

Badger culling comes to Cornwall

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

We'll have a look at the latest announcement from Defra regarding badger culls, which have started in Cornwall.

We'll hear from the National Farmers' Union, and we hope to hear from the Humane Society.

Has your family lived and worked in and around Bodmin Moor for many generations? Well a PhD student is doing research into the community and needs men to volunteer their DNA to map the families of the area. Interested? 

Call in on 01872 222222.

Police give dogs in cars warning after 'lots of calls'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Devon and Cornwall Police have warned dog owners about leaving pets in hot cars.

In a tweet, the force said it had taken a "lots of calls" of hot dogs in cars over the bank holiday weekend and that, in 22C, the inside of a car could reach 47C within 60 minutes.

Officers said an "open window is not enough".

Damaged rhino sculpture now hit by graffiti

Torquay Herald Express

The rhino sculpture which has had its ear broken off twice has now been painted with graffiti.

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Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, there's busy traffic on the A39 around the areas of Carnon Downs, St Columb Major and Camelford
  • In Devon, there are reports of an incident on Topsham Road in Exeter, at the Countess Wear roundabout
  • In Exminster, there are reports of an incident on Sannerville Way, heading towards the Matford roundabout
  • In Totnes, there's very slow traffic on the A385 in both directions
  • In Lympstone, there are reports of an incident on the A376 Exmouth Road, around Wotton Lane
  • A replacement bus service is running for GWR rail passengers between Exeter St Davids and Barnstaple because of track repair work

Funeral date for teenager Nathan Wood, who was found dead in river

Torquay Herald Express

The funeral of South Devon teenager Nathan Wood who was 'full of life and loving' will be held on Wednesday, his family says.

Fire crews show barn fire devastation

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The Wadebridge crew was among firefighters from six stations called to the large barn fire in Ruan High Lanes, near Tregony, yesterday.

About 300 hay bales were in the barn. 

Crews stayed at the scene overnight to dampen it down.