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Summary

  1. Royal Marine from Devon charged with terrorism offences
  2. A former lay preacher has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a boy he met through his work with the church
  3. A holidaymaker checking his sat-nav wrecked his camper van after he failed to see a low bridge sign
  4. School at centre of whistleblowing allegations delays opening
  5. Woman suffers life changing injuries after being hit by a van in Falmouth, police say
  6. Royal visit to the Isles of Scilly delayed because of fog, as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprise Eden visitors
  7. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Monday

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon & Cornwall for today, we'll be back on Monday  to bring you all the day's news, sport, travel and weather updates.

Don't miss BBC Spotlight at 18:30 and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

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Rain and strong winds on Saturday

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There will be some heavy outbreaks of rain and strong winds developing during the morning. Eventually turning drier through the evening.

Maximum Temperature: 19C (66F)

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Latest headlines for Devon and Cornwall

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

  • Royal Marine from Devon charged with terrorism offences
  • Former lay preacher guilty of indecently assaulting boy
  • Holidaymaker drives camper van into bridge
  • Woman suffers life changing injuries after being hit by a van in Falmouth
  • Royal visit to the Isles of Scilly delayed because of fog, as Duke and Duchess of Cambridge surprise Eden visitors

Bishop apologises after sex preacher is found guilty

The Bishop of Truro, the Right Reverend Tim Thornton, apologised "unreservedly" to a man who was sexually abused as a child by former lay preacher Jeremy Dowling, 78.

At Truro Crown Court Dowling was found guilty of indecently assaulting a 10-year-old boy he met through the church in the 1970s and jailed for eight years.

Jeremy Dowling
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Ukip defeat to Lib Dems in Cornwall by-election

Press Association

Ukip were defeated at the hands of the Lib Dems in a by-election in the Four Lanes division of Cornwall Council prompted by the resignation of a Ukip councillor.

The Lib Dems had not contested the ward in the 2013 elections but pushed Ukip into last place with their win this time. Voting was: LD 300, Ind 144, C 128, Lab 125, Mebyon Kernow 111, Ukip 57. 

Royals meet Scilly's oldest resident

Bacon left outside Islamic centre in race hate incident

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

A packet of bacon and a "religiously offensive" message was left outside the Torbay Islamic Centre, police said.

Devon and Cornwall Police would like to speak with the man pictured in connection with the incident on 12 August.

Man wanted in connection with race hate incident
Devon and Cornwall Police

Marine accused of manufacturing explosives for terror offences

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A Royal Marine from Devon has been charged with terror offences including manufacturing explosives, making devices and storing them in barrels in hides in England and Northern Ireland.

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Ciaran Maxwell, aged 30, was arrested in Somerset last week after searches in Larne and Devon.

He has been charged with one offence of terrorism, one of fraud and one of possessing cannabis. He is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Kate and William meet a baby dinousaur at the Eden Project

Kate and William meet a dinosaur
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have met a baby dinosaur as they surprised tourists when they visited the Eden Project today.

Kate and William were greeted by the puppet after foggy weather forced them to delay their trip to the Isles of Scilly this morning.

The couple clung to umbrellas as they battled the rain while surveying the enormous biomes in Cornwall.

Kate and William in the rain
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Exeter Costcutter worker faked burglary to cover cash theft

Exeter Express & Echo

A gambling addict has admitted faking a burglary to cover up the theft of £20,000 from the supermarket where he worked.

'Invaluable' creche for parents with mental health issues to close

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

An "invaluable" creche at a treatment centre in Exeter for parents with mental health problems is set to close.

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Budget cuts mean childcare could stop at Compass House, which is used by parents being treated for issues such as postnatal depression.

Parent Talya Bagwell said: "It was invaluable. It meant that I could attend the appointments. If you take away that creche you are effectively denying access to those services for a number of women especially at a time when they are vulnerable."

Marine Ciaran Maxwell to appear in London court on terror charge

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A Royal Marine from Devon has been charged with terror offences and will appear at a London court.

Ciaran Maxwell
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Ciaran Maxwell, 30, has been charged with one offence of terrorism, one of possession of cannabis and one of fraud.

He was arrested in Somerset last week after searches in Larne and Devon. His arrest was understood to be connected to the discovery of two arms dumps in County Antrim earlier this year.

BreakingChurch preacher jailed for eight years for indecent assault on boy

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A former lay church preacher has been jailed for eight years after he was found guilty of indecently assaulting a 10-year-old boy he met through his church in the 1970s.

Jeremy Dowling, aged 78, had denied six counts of indecent assault on a child and two counts of gross indecency with a child.

Judge Simon Carr, at Truro Crown Court, said Dowling's victim "had attended the church for guidance and help and what he found was you".

"You enjoyed the risk of being able to control someone to that extent," the judge said.

Terror probe: Woodland search in Exminster to continue

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Royal Marine charged with one offence of terrorism, one of possession of cannabis and one of fraud

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A serving member of the Royal Marines from Devon has been charged with terror offences.

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Ciarán Maxwell, 30, has been charged with one offence of terrorism, one of possession of cannabis and one of fraud.  

His arrest was understood to be connected to the discovery of two arms dumps in County Antrim earlier this year.

He is charged with manufacturing explosives, making devices and storing them in barrels in hides in England and Northern Ireland.

Royal Marine alleged to have made explosives and created hides for them

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Royal surprise: Kate and William drop into the Eden Project

Press Association

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have surprised tourists at Cornwall's Eden Project by making a last-minute trip to the popular attraction.

Kate and William at Eden Project
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William and Kate had planned to fly to the Isles of Scilly this morning but foggy conditions around Land's End forced them to delay their trip.

The royal couple were given a guided tour as visitors wandered around the venue, famed for its hexagonal-panelled biomes filled with plants and trees from across the globe.

BreakingRoyal Marine charged with terrorism offences

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A serving member of the Royal Marines has been charged with terrorism offences. 

Ciarán Maxwell
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Ciaran Maxwell, 30, from Exminster, Devon, was arrested on 24 August in Somerset by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service's Counter Terrorism Command  as part of an investigation into Northern Ireland-related terrorism.  

BreakingChurch preacher guilty of indecent assault on boy

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A former lay preacher has been found guilty of indecently assaulting a boy he met through his work with the church.

Jeremy Dowling, 78, carried out the assaults on the 10-year-old boy who he met in 1973 at St Michaels Church at Budehaven.

The victim, now in his fifties, says he went to the police after reading news reports last year that Dowling had been convicted of indecently assaulting boys at a private school where he worked as a teacher in the 1960s. 

Dowling is already serving a seven year jail sentence for these offences. He had denied six counts of indecent assault on a child and two counts of gross indecency with a child.

Sat-nav tourist's van wrecked at Devon bridge

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

A holidaymaker checking his sat-nav wrecked his camper van after he failed to see a low bridge sign.

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The Cheshire holidaymaker was trying to find his campsite in Devon but ended up wedged under a bridge said police. 

He crashed into the structure at Littlehempston near Totnes on Wednesday.

"He wasn't paying attention to the road signs warning of a low bridge and ended up turning his camper van into a sardine can," said a police spokesman.

"If you drive a large vehicle, please be aware that sat-navs don't warn you of low bridges."

The camper van was later retrieved by a recovery firm and the bridge suffered "minimal damage".   

Love at first sight: Police training dog hangs out with dinosaur

Police hunt suspects after teenager injured in 'appalling attack'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

An 18-year-old has been left with extensive bruising to his face and body after an "appalling attack" in which he was allegedly set upon by three unknown men, police have said.

Officers said the attack appeared to have been unprovoked and took place in the early hours of 25 August on Sutton Road, Plymouth.

Police Constable Nick Warne said: “This is an appalling attack and we urge anyone with information to come forward.”  

Plymouth dog owners warned to keep pets out of parks and long grass as tick infestation strikes city

Plymouth Herald

A tick infestation in Plymouth is putting city dogs' lives at risk, new research has revealed.  

Deaf academy probed by police has had 'very positive feedback from students, parents and authorities'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

A Devon school for deaf children at the centre of whistleblowing allegations of manhandling of students is delaying opening for the new academic year, the BBC has learnt.

The Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education says it will now open for the new term on Monday 12 September - to allow staff to have extra training.

Police are investigating claims in a letter from a whistleblower that excessive force was used to restrain children, along with techniques that were not authorised.

Academy
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The academy said: “The investigation has not yet been formally concluded. Meanwhile, we have been given a report which acknowledges the very positive feedback received from students, parents and local authorities about our provision. However, it also identifies areas where we need to improve.”

Devon County Council said, “We continue to work closely with this independent school to ensure all necessary improvements are put in place.”

Fire crews called to Exeter hospital after four-year-old boy has musical cymbal stuck to his fingers

Exeter Express & Echo

​Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service were called to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital last night to assist a child who had a musical cymbal stuck to his fingers.

Dartmoor study could see bracken used as biofuel

BBC Radio Devon

Bracken growing wild on Devon's hillsides could be used for biofuel according to studies conducted in the UK.

New cutting equipment from Germany is being trialled on Dartmoor this week. If it is successful it could reduce the need for chemicals, increase grazing land and produce valuable biomass.

Farmers have been struggling to control the spread of the plant which is growing on higher hillsides, making it increasingly difficult and expensive to access. 

Hodges calls for Truro ruthlessness

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City must be more ruthless when leading games, says boss Lee Hodges.

Truro City FC
Truro City FC

The White Tigers have won just one of their opening seven games in National League South, despite taking the lead in two of their last three games.

"You don't become a bad team overnight," Hodges told BBC Cornwall. "We've been a little bit disappointed in taking those leads and then giving them away, so we've got to make sure that once we take those leads then that's it, game over."

Water quality problems in Taw and Torridge estuaries targeted in new scheme

North Devon Journal

Efforts to improve the quality of water in the Taw and Torridge estuaries have been ramped up thanks to the creation of a new task team.  

'Thrown dog' found on A38, now thought to have 'escaped from home'

Chris Ellis

BBC News Online

A dog thought to have been thrown out of a car on the A38, is now believed to have escaped from its home and ran across the road instead, police have said.

Officers are reviewing CCTV in a bid try and find out how the animal became injured and ended up on the road.

Officers initially said a third-hand report had suggested the dog was thrown from a car. But, police now say they are "currently working under the impression that the dog had escaped from its home and ran across the road and sustained its injuries this way".

The dog is still receiving treatment at a vets. Anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting log number 397 for the 1st of September.

Plymouth police officer Shaun 'Keano' Keen dies aged 49

Plymouth Herald

Tributes have been paid to a 'dedicated' police officer from Plymouth who has died aged 49.

Consultation begins on closure of four Devon hospitals

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

A consultation has started on plans to close four community hospitals in Devon, and some minor injuries units.

Campaigners
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Health commissioners say closing Ashburton, Paignton, Bovey Tracey and Dartmouth community hospitals would allow them to save money and to offer care for people in the community instead.

But campaigners says closures will cause more bed-blocking in larger hospitals.

Three ponies - including a foal - killed on Dartmoor in past week

Plymouth Herald

Three ponies - including a foal - were been killed on Dartmoor by motorists last week.

Do you recognise this man outside the Torbay Islamic Centre?

Police are appealing for information following reports of a hate crime in Torbay.

"Offensive material" was left outside the Torbay Islamic Centre on Avenue Road, Torquay, on 12 August, police said.

Officers would like to speak to this man who they believe can help with their investigations. He is described as white, of medium to large build, wearing a Duffer baseball cap turned to the side, a white jumper and three quarter length shorts.

If you can identify him contact police at 101@dc.police.co.uk or by calling 101, quoting reference CR/057211/16.

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Two injured in two crashes in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman's been seriously injured after a crash on the old A30 at Goss Moor, and a pedestrian's suffered life changing injuries after a lorry and a van collided on a residential road in Falmouth. 

Both, are being treated for their injuries in hospital.

Uniform, ticks and election results

Martin Bailie

BBC Radio Cornwall

Back to school next week and have you seen the cost of uniforms? Is it worth paying more for better quality or can the supermarkets do the deal and maintain the quality?

Ever had Lyme disease or any kind of tick bite fever? Nearly a third of dogs have ticks and the little mites can wreak havoc with the health of our pets and families. We'll hear from Chris Packham on the subject. 

Also, the doctors' strike, election results in Cornwall and parking in Falmouth, plus your calls on 01872 22 22 22

Tisdale realistic over Ampadu impact

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says he is trying to strike the right balance for the development of highly-rated teenage defender Ethan Ampadu.

Ethan Ampadu
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The 15-year-old became City's youngest player last month, but will return to school next week having spent the summer training with City's first team.

"He's played particularly well, but we can't expect him to keep playing game after game," Tisdale told BBC Sport. "He's got a lot of expectation but we've got to be careful."

Rare seabird project launched in a bid to protect storm petrels

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A project designed to protect one of England's rarest breeding seabirds has been launched in the Isles of Scilly.

Storm petrel
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The sparrow-sized storm petrels returned to breed on St Agnes and Gugh for the first time in living memory last year after rats were eradicated from both islands.

The Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project has installed nest boxes on some of St Agnes' boulder beaches in the hope it will make it easier to monitor their breeding success.

Concerns over expected cuts to bed numbers at North Devon's district and community hospitals

North Devon Journal

Plans to cut bed numbers at North Devon District Hospital and additional community bed losses could be announced later this month, the Journal understands.