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  2. Speedway team 'devastated' after air fences slashed
  3. Police commissioner election expenses files sent to police
  4. Olympian Helen Glover brings her Rio gold medal home to Penzance for an open top bus tour
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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 muggy night and a cloudy Tuesday

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BBC Weather

It'll be a cloudy night with a lot of low cloud, mist and fog forming once again. Some patchy drizzle is also possible, especially over higher ground such as Dartmoor.

Very warm and muggy with temperatures remaining in the high teens in many places. Minimum temperature: 17C (63F).


Mist and patchy fog may be slow to clear through Tuesday morning. It will be another fairly cloudy day, but mostly dry with a few cloud breaks

It'll feel very warm and humid for most, especially in any sunshine. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • The government is urged to protect the role of a neighbourhood police officer based in Hayle and St Ives, who is facing being moved to a desk-based job
  • Police say they are investigating "extensive damage" to inflatable safety fences at the track of Plymouth's speedway team
  • Changes are being made to out-of-hours GP services in Exminster because of "financial constraints", managers say
  • Cornwall Council says it will lobby the government over fears that hundreds of millions of pounds of development funding could fail to materialise

Brexit fear for German tour operator in Cornwall

BBC Inside Out

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A German tour operator in Cornwall fears for the future after Brexit

A German tour operator in Cornwall fears for the future after Brexit. 

Rudiger Wohlers has been organising coach trips for German tourists to Cornwall since 1998. He said Cornwall needs to put out the hand of friendship after the Brexit vote left Germans feeling they may not be welcome. 

Watch more on this on Inside Out South West at 19:30 on BBC One.

Tisdale joy at unlikely Exeter win

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale has hailed his patched-up side after they got their first league win of the season at Colchester United.

Paul Tisdale
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Club captain Jordan Moore-Taylor played despite not being fully fit while Luke Croll and Jack Stacey both made their debuts after joining on loan.

"I didn't pick the team until 13:20 and I changed my mind again at 13:25," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon. "I couldn't speak to them afterwards because I was so exhausted and drained. Other than saying thank you to them I didn't say much at the end, I was so exhausted," he added.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, there's busy traffic on the A38 westbound, from Saltash, heading towards Tideford
  • There are reports of an accident in Lelant, on Tyringham Road, around St Ives Road
  • Between Devon and Cornwall, the A39 is blocked in both directions between Kilkhampton and Higher Clovelly due to an accident. Traffic is queueing
  • In Devon, there's very slow traffic on the A380 from Kingsteignton, heading towards Penn Inn
  • One lane is blocked on the A380 at Telegraph Hill, heading towards Newton Abbot, due to a broken-down vehicle

'UK's first six-star resort' at Crealy site seeks planning support from Cornwall

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Controversial plans for what is billed as Britain's "first six-star resort" to be built in conjunction with the old Crealy Adventure Park, between Wadebridge and St Columb, are due to reach a pivotal moment in the next few days when Cornwall Council officials have to declare for the first time if they support the project.

Council to lobby government over possible lost EU funding

BBC Radio Cornwall

Cornwall Council says it will lobby the government over fears that hundreds of millions of pounds of development funding could fail to materialise. 

It has compiled a list of key infrastructure projects which it said could fall through the net due to Brexit and the government decision to only take over EU-funded projects which are signed off before this year's Autumn Statement by Chancellor Philip Hammond.

Rail signalling upgrades, flood schemes and superfast broadband are among pipeline projects worth £226m listed in a council report.

Out-of-hours doctors: 'Changes have to be made'

BBC Radio Devon

Changes are being made to out-of-hours GP services in part of east Devon because of "financial constraints", the head of the service says.

Doctor. Pic: Getty Images
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From October, people in Exmouth will have to travel to Exeter - more than 10 miles away - for an appointment at evenings and weekends, or speak to a clinician via the 111 phone service. 

Residents have criticised the move, and more than 1,200 people have signed a petition against the changes.

Devon Doctors manager Justin Geddes said: "In an ideal world, we'd have loved to keep Exminister open. The reality of the matter is that the financial constraints that we are under are very, very tight, and in order to change the system to provide a service which is more effective and efficient for patients, changes have had to be made."

Torquay can 'be a force' - Nicholson

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United boss Kevin Nicholson says his side can still be a force in the National League, despite only winning three games so far this season.

Kevin Nicholson
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The Gulls, 16th in the table after eight games, were beaten 2-1 by Lincoln City on Saturday - their fourth loss of the campaign.

"Hopefully they can see we beat Dover here and we've lost against Lincoln and should have won it," Nicholson said. "If they see that and take belief from it, then we'll be a force this year."

Brexit 'not massively likely to have major impact on beach cleanliness'

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

Brexit is "not massively likely" to have a major impact on the cleanliness of the UK's beaches, a Plymouth-based professor says.

Some environmentalists fear exiting the EU could leave Britain with filthy coastlines and smelly beaches.


Stephen Fletcher, an associate professor in marine policy at Plymouth University, said existing independent bodies, such as the Marine Management Organisation, which already regulate marine activities and could be re-purposed to regulate bathing water.

He said: "If we pull out of the EU it doesn't really matter; in a sense the UK Bathing Water Regulations (2013) still exist and it's not until they're repealed that there's likely to be a change in the way the beachscape is managed."

Dangerous driver admits aiming car at group of men

Torquay Herald Express

​A 21-year-old who drove his car into a group of men in Newton Abbot was only trying to scare them, a court has been told.

Hospice 'goes extra mile', inspectors say

BBC Radio Cornwall

A hospice in Cornwall has been rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Inspectors visited St Julia's Hospice in Hayle in May.

In a report, they praised staff and said the service "truly went the extra mile to offer understanding, empathy and choices".

Poldark premiere: Did you miss Ross and Demelza? They're on again later

There's oil (beetles) in that there Devon!

BBC Radio 4

The Living World

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Devon hosts four oil beetle species, one of which has only recently been rediscovered.

Devon is a beautiful area of the British Isles, best known for cream teas than a county able to produce its own oil. But it is oil that brings Paul Evans to south Devon where, for this weeks' Living World he meets naturalist John Walters.

Oil, though, is part of a fascinating defence mechanism and life cycle of the subject of this weeks' programme, that of the oil beetle.

Recruitment of European nurses suspended: Analysis

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital is putting recruitment campaigns in Europe on hold, since the vote in favour of Brexit.

But why are we so dependent on European nurses? 


The demand for nursing staff has increased significantly in the last three-and-a-half years. There are more patients, they tend to be more ill, and so require more care. 

Recommendations on safe staffing levels have also changed as a result of two reports following the Mid Staffordshire scandal. That’s led to nursing vacancies of around 9% and we don’t have enough nurses qualifying in the UK to fill the positions available.

Truro lacks leadership - Hodges

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City's lack of leadership on the pitch was exposed as they suffered their biggest home loss for a year, according to manager Lee Hodges.

Truro City v East Thurrock United
Truro City FC

City lost 6-0 to East Thurrock United on Saturday to drop to fourth-from-bottom in National League South.

"I'm looking for leaders and at the moment no-one seems to want to be a leader out there," Hodges said. "I can hear myself on the sidelines screaming and shouting, but I can't hear too many others doing that."

Poldark: Season 2 begins


Did you miss the return of Ross of Co last night? Catch up here with the BBC iPlayer.

Ross prepares for his trial as Demelza and Elizabeth try to help his cause. George does everything in his power to harm Ross, Francis wrestles with his conscience, and Dwight clashes with an entitled heiress.

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Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Devon, on the A383 Ashburton Road in Newton Abbot, near Elmwood Avenue, there are reports of an incident
  • In Cornwall, there are temporary traffic lights for roadworks on the A3075 Newquay Road in Goonhavern. Traffic is slow in both directions
  • On the A30 between Temple and Millpool, there's a lane closure and a speed restriction of 40mph due to long-term roadworks. Traffic is reportedly slow westbound

Police investigating 'extensive' vandalism of speedway track safety fences

BBC Radio Devon

Police have confirmed they are investigating "extensive damage ... caused to inflatable safety equipment at the trackside" of Plymouth's speedway team.

Slashed speedway fences

Air fences on bends at the Plymouth Devils' track were slashed over the weekend and race meetings cannot be held without them. The team is to borrow temporary replacements from Ipswich, but their own replacements are going to cost up to £20,000 to fix, the team said.

Team manager Lee Trigger said: "It's very upsetting. It just makes us more determined to overcome these people that are minded to do this to us. In my book, I cannot see a reason why you would do this to anyone."

Victoria and Poldark both attract 5m viewers

BBC Entertainment and Arts

BBC One's Poldark and ITV's Victoria both attracted about 5 million viewers in a close ratings battle on Sunday evening.

Jenna Coleman and Poldark. Pic: Getty Images/PA
Getty Images/PA

An average of 5.1 million viewers watched the first episode of the second series of the 18th Century Cornish drama.

Victoria's third episode, starring former Doctor Who companion Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria, was seen by an average of 4.8 million. However, that figure rose to 5.2 million when viewers watching on ITV+1 were included.

Search for missing Exeter woman

BBC Radio Devon

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Police are trying to trace a 37-year-old woman who was last seen on 23 August in Exeter.

Officers said it was "unusual" for Margaret Elston to be missing for so long "without being in contact with her family". 

Police said she has links to London, Somerset and the Devon and Cornwall area.

Truro City get away FA Cup draw

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Truro City have been drawn away to Winchester City in the second qualifying round of the FA Cup.

FA Cup
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The White tigers have won just one game all season and were beaten 6-0 by East Thurrock United on Saturday.

But the National League South side will be favourites against a team who have only won one game in the Southern League Division One South and West, two levels below Truro.

Latest weather: Staying warm and humid

BBC Weather

It is a mild and humid day with coastal and hill mist and fog patches. The afternoon will see some drier and possibly brighter spells as the cloud lifts. Winds will be light south westerly, but moderate around the coasts. Maximum temperature: 21C (70F).


It will be a warm and humid night with overcast conditions, low cloud, patchy drizzle, hill and coastal fog patches. Winds will be light south westerly, backing southerly. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A serving Royal Marine whose arrest triggered anti-terrorism searches in Devon denies drugs and fraud charges before London magistrates 
  • The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital puts recruitment campaigns in Europe on hold after the Brexit referendum
  • Cornwall Council says it will lobby the government over fears that hundreds of millions of pounds of development funding could fail to materialise because of the Brexit vote
  • Changes to out-of-hours GP services in part of east Devon are being strongly criticised by residents in Exmouth
  • Files about allegations that Devon and Cornwall's Police Commissioner didn't properly declare general election expenses are submitted to officers investigating the claim. Ms Hernandez denies any wrongdoing
  • Olympic gold medallist Helen Glover thanks people for an "amazing" homecoming victory parade in Penzance

Injured dog found on A38 'simply an accident, not animal cruelty'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A King Charles spaniel found injured near services on the A38 is recovering and the case was "simply an accident", police say.

The dog was first thought to have been thrown from a car on the busy dual carriageway on Thursday, but it had been confirmed that Trixie escaped from her home and was subsequently struck by a car near Marsh Lane, officers said. She suffered two suspected broken legs. 

Police said they were "satisfied that there has been no case of animal cruelty, or any attempts to steal the dog and this was simply an accident". They added: "The owners of the dog have been located and the dog is now on the road to recovery."

Commissioner election expenses probe: Police 'have not asked for interview with Alison Hernandez'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Police investigating allegations that Devon and Cornwall's Police and Crime Commissioner didn't properly declare general election expenses "have not yet requested an interview" with her, her office has told the BBC.

Alison Hernandez

Sources involved in the inquiry have told us local police have sent documents regarding Alison Hernandez's work as an election agent in Torbay to the West Mercia force over her role in submitting expenses for Tory MP Kevin Foster in 2015.

The allegations concern failing to register the accommodation costs of party activists involved in the Tories' "battle bus" operation. Ms Hernandez denies any wrongdoing.

The commissioner's office said: “On completion of West Mercia’s investigation, a report will be presented to the IPCC and a decision will be made whether the case should be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service. This investigation is one of a number of similar investigations being undertaken across the country."

Poldark’s treasure chest for Cornwall: TV (and hope of glimpsing Aidan Turner) sparks tourism boom

Daily Mirror

Visitors are arriving in droves to try to get a glimpse of the star, but they are also entranced by the stunning scenery.

Paver hails 'fabulous' Cornish Pirates

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Cornish Pirates coach Alan Paver has hailed his young side after their surprising 26-17 opening day win at Bedford in the Championship.

Tom Duncan
Brian Tempest

Matt Evans and Tom Duncan scored tries for the Pirates, with Will Cargill teeing up the extras and kicking four penalties against last season's beaten play-off semi-finalists.

"It's absolutely fabulous," Paver told BBC Radio Cornwall. "One of the things that we have is a lot of energy and passion - we've got a lot of young guys who are hungry to achieve."

Man suffers head injuries in 'violent assault' in Bovey Tracey

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man sustained substantial head injuries in a "violent assault" in Bovey Tracey, police say.

Officers said the 31-year-old man was injured in a property in Fore Street, Bovey Tracey, on Sunday 28 August 2016, between 22:30 and 23:00. He was taken to hospital for treatment. 

Police said they were trying to trace two male suspects "who were dressed in black are believed to have made off along Fore Street, in possession of numerous items of stolen property including mobile phones and a TV". It was possible they left the area in a vehicle, officers added.

Is Brexit panning out as you thought?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

The Prime Minister has ruled out the idea of introducing a points-based immigration system. Is Brexit panning out as you thought? 

Also, Keith Vaz is on today's front pages. Are MPs entitled to a private life? 

And Poldark is back, Cold Feet returns tonight, and the BBC's remaking classic sitcoms. Are shows ever better second time round? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Poldark premiere: South West fans are 'the real deal'

BBC Spotlight

The stars of Poldark have been back in the South West wowing their fans on the red carpet.

Poldark cinema

Hundreds of lucky people got to see a special screening of the first episode of the new series in St Austell last night. 

Ross Poldark himself, actor Aidan Turner, said the huge success of the series surprised them all, and that fans in the region are "the real deal".

Aidan Turner

He said: "It's amazing. It's all really surprising. You never expect success with a show. On this side of the country, it's the real deal."

And you can catch up with the latest episode on the BBC iPlayer.

More than 1,200 sign petition against out-of-hours GP changes

BBC Radio Devon

More than 1,200 people have signed a petition against changes to out-of-hours care in Exmouth. 

From next month, there will no longer be a GP based at Exmouth Hospital in the evenings and at weekends. That means patients needing medical care will have to travel more than 10 miles to Exeter, or speak to a clinician on the phone through the 111 service.

Devon Doctors said the changes would enhance the service.

Couples married in every decade since 1950s recreate wedding pictures

Nineteen couples who were married at the same Plymouth venue have come together to help the Duke of Cornwall Hotel record its 150 year history.

Couples married in every decade since the 1950s gathered to recreate their wedding pictures and tell their stories.

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Couples married at Plymouth's Duke of Cornwall Hotel meet

Man injured in Barnstaple robbery

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A man is recovering after being robbed in north Devon when he was knocked to the ground, police say.

Officers said the 64-year-old man was standing on the bank of the River Taw in Barnstaple, near the North Devon Leisure Centre, when he was struck on the head at about 18:00 on Monday 29 August.

He sustained a number of minor injuries and his wallet, containing cash, was removed by an unknown assailant. Police have appealed for witnesses.

Bid to save Plymouth firm Rame Energy plunged into administration by Brexit

Plymouth Herald

​The Plymouth energy firm which went into administration blaming Brexit could yet be saved – as it emerges creditors are owed £4.4m.

Fifth of visitors to Cornwall 'strongly influenced' by Poldark, survey says

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A fifth of respondents to a survey by Visit Cornwall have said that the BBC series Poldark encouraged them to visit the county.

BBC/Mammoth Screen/Mike Hogan

Just under half (49%) of visitors that took part in the 2015/6 Visit Cornwall’s Visitor Survey had watched the new Poldark TV series.

Of those, 21% of respondents stated they were influenced by the Poldark programmes and that it had helped trigger their visit to Cornwall. 

Plymouth speedway team to collect safety fences from Ipswich

John Danks, BBC Spotlight

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Plymouth's speedway motorcycle team is planning to go to Ipswich this week to pick up vital air fences to temporarily replace ones which have been slashed by vandals.

Plymouth Devils boss Lee Trigger said the fences, on bends, were vandalised between Thursday evening and Friday morning and race meetings could not be held without them.

The Ipswich air bags, which are available because Ipswich has just replaced its own fences, should tide the Plymouth team over for the rest of the season, but, long-term the team still needs to find £15,000-£20,000 for a new crash fence, an outlay the team can ill afford.

Steenson still key at Exeter - Baxter

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Exeter Chiefs boss Rob Baxter says veteran fly-half Gareth Steenson still has an important role to play in his side, despite being dropped for Sunday's season opener.

Gareth Steenson
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Steenson, 32, started every Premiership game for Exeter last term, but featured off the bench in the loss at Wasps.

"I think the world of Steeno, he's been a very good player for us and is a great leader," Baxter told BBC Devon. "If we're going to be a successful team this year a large part of that will be down to Gareth Steenson, whether that's being on the bench, whether that's starting or whether that's being part of everything we do."