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  1. Plymouth's Royal Marines base to close
  2. Bus service cut and reinstated within 24 hours
  3. Shellfish warning issued by police after catches stolen
  4. 'Big and ugly' Exeter bus depot decision postponed
  5. Seal warning after pup 'forced back into sea'
  6. Chip wrapping offers anti-seagull advice
  7. Puppies rescued from barn fire and given oxygen
  8. Updates on Tuesday 6 September 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 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.

Latest weather: A humid night and sunny on Wednesday

Emily Wood

BBC Weather

Tonight will be a mostly dry and cloudy night for many, with low cloud, mist and fog forming once again, particularly over higher ground. It will be another muggy night. Minimum temperature: 14C (57F).


Wednesday will have another rather cloudy and misty start to the day, although it will brighten up through the day, with increasing amounts of sunshine. Feeling warm and humid once again, particularly in the sunshine. Maximum temperature: 24C (75F).

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A 29-year-old man is in a stable but critical condition after being stabbed in the face and back in Exeter
  • Plymouth's Royal Marines barracks in Stonehouse is to close because troops there "have outgrown the site", the Ministry of Defence says
  • One of two puppies rescued from a barn fire and given oxygen with a special animal-friendly mask dies
  • An MP calls for abolition of Cornwall's so-called "surf tax" after it raises £32k in first year, saying it is not efficient
  • An empty WW2 shell casing is uncovered at the site of a derelict hotel on Plymouth's seafront

MP calls for abolition of 'surf tax' after it raises £32k in first year

BBC Radio Cornwall

The MP for North Cornwall has called for a licensing system for water-based activities businesses - such as surf schools - on council-owned beaches to be scrapped.

Surfer. Pic: Andrew Segal
Andrew Segal

The annual fee on 13 council-owned beaches, nicknamed the "surf tax" by critics, ranges from £72.15 for a surfing school with one board, to £4,329 for a school with 60 boards.

Conservative Scott Mann said a Freedom of Information request by him showed the measure raised £32,000 in its first year. He said such an amount of revenue meant the levy was not working and not efficient.

Cornwall Council said the licences had been introduced as a way of monitoring the safety of businesses operating on council-owned land, as well as raising money.

You want chips with your anti seagull attack advice?

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Frustrated people in St Ives have been looking at new ways to stop a rising number of seagull attacks on people who have food.

Carl Lamb

A number of initiatives have been tried over the summer holidays, including putting warning signs up along the seafront, and using preventative spikes to stop birds from settling anywhere.

However, one novel way to educate the public has been printing advice from the RSPB on grease-proof paper used to wrap fish and chips, as shown here by St Ives Business Improvement District manager Carl Lamb.

NI terrorism: Police find explosives in Larne

BBC News Northern Ireland

Searches in Northern Ireland have turned up a "significant amount of terrorist material" including explosive devices and bomb-making components, police say.

Police also found chemicals, ammunition and a gun across 12 separate locations in Larne, County Antrim, in a joint operation between the PSNI and the Metropolitan Police.

Property in Larne being searched

The searches follow the arrest of Royal Marine Ciarán Maxwell in connection with dissident republicanism. The case resulted in searches at a house in Exminster in Devon, and nearby woods.

Mr Maxwell is accused of terror, fraud and drug offences. The 30-year-old, originally from Larne, has denied the fraud and drug offences and will appear again in court on 19 September in relation to all charges.

Pedestrian killed in South Devon collision 'may have been in road to save pet'

Torquay Herald Express

A woman may have been trying to rescue her dog when she was struck and killed by a car on a main road in south Devon.

Stonehouse barracks closure: 'Units have outgrown site'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth's Royal Marines base in Stonehouse is to close because troops there "have outgrown the site and currently have to work from a number of other locations in the vicinity", the Ministry of Defence says.

Stonehouse barracks

The barracks, home to the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade, is one of 13 military sites being shut across the country to free up land for housing.

The MoD said: "The current site is constrained so we are unable to increase its size. By consolidating the site into a new location, we will be able to provide facilities which are better suited to support 3 Commando Brigade."

It has yet to reveal where troops will be based but added that 30 Commando Group, 3 Commando Brigade HQ and Commander Amphibious Task Group, which are all based at RM Stonehouse "will be re-provided for".

Hooe Lake car plunge: 'Brave rescue attempts' marked in tribute

People who tried to rescue a man and woman who died after their car plunged into an estuary have been thanked by the family of one of the crash victims.

Barry Froggatt and Barbara Lavery. Pic: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

Seventy-five-year-old Barry Froggatt from Plymouth and Barbara Lavery (pictured) died after the vehicle came off the road and fell 20ft (6m) into Hooe Lake in Plymouth on 25 August. Police and members of the public went into the water to try to rescue the pair.

Mr Froggart's family said in a tribute: "Barry, known as 'Rusty'... will be sadly missed by many and our hearts go out to Barbara's family at this difficult time… he loved her to bits. We would like to thank everybody who was involved in trying to save both Rusty and Barbara. We cannot thank you enough for your brave attempts."

Financial claims firm expands after management buyout

BBC Radio Devon

About 100 new jobs are being created in Devon at a financial claims company, managers say. 

EMC Advisory Services already employs about 220 people in Exeter, Paignton and Torquay in Devon, and Taunton in Somerset.

The planned expansion follows an £8m management buyout and the new jobs would be in telephony, sales, legal roles and IT support, bosses said.

'I can't go to school - it's on fire!'... 'No, it's not'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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Pupils at a primary school hoping for some extra summer holiday because of a small blaze are going to be disappointed after fire crews said the school would be open for their first day of term on Wednesday.

Crews were called to Halwin Primary School, in Porkellis at about 08:10 and found smoke in the kitchen and boiler room area. They ventilated the area and discovered there had been a small fire in the boiler room. The cause was ruled accidental.

The fire service said: "The good news is that the fire doors did their job and the damage was minimal so the school will be open for the first day of term tomorrow."

German film crews live in shipping containers unlawfully for 18 months

West Briton

A company which provides accommodation for German film crews in converted shipping containers on an industrial estate in Newquay said that, unless planning permission is granted for the units, the producers have said they will move elsewhere.

World War Two shell casing found at derelict hotel site

A World War Two shell casing has been uncovered by demolition crews working at the site of a derelict hotel on Plymouth's seafront, the Royal Navy has confirmed.

Bomb squad

The navy said a 5in heavily rusted casing found at the former Quality Hotel site on the Hoe was removed by its bomb disposal experts.

Work began in July to knock down the main tower of the 10-storey building, constructed in the late 1960s, after it closed in 2014. It has been the target of a number of arson attacks and is being demolished to allow the development of a new, high-end hotel.

Oxygen mask rescue puppy dies

Claire Hawke

BBC Local Live

One of two puppies which was rescued from a barn fire and given oxygen with a special animal-friendly mask has died, firefighters say.

Puppy rescue. Pic: Devon and Somerset Fire Service
Devon and Somerset Fire Service

The day-old pups were saved with the specialist kit after crews were called to the fire in Bovey Tracey on Monday afternoon. The dogs' mum managed to escape unharmed, but three other puppies died before they could be successfully treated.

The sole surviving pup was doing well, Devon and Somerset Fire Service said.

Stonehouse barracks closure: MoD 'also eyed-up Citadel' in sell-off

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Ministry of Defence plans to sell off some of its sites had included proposals for one of Plymouth's most iconic areas and military sites to be given up for housing, an MP says.


Plymouth's Royal Marines base in Stonehouse is to close as one of 13 military sites being shut across the country, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

However, Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Conservative Oliver Colvile said the MoD had also looked into selling off the 19-acre Citadel site (pictured), on the city's seafront, home to the Army's 29 Commando Royal Artillery.

Mr Colvile said he was "grateful" that ministers had "withdrawn current plans to release the Citadel for residential development and to relocate 29 Commando". He said: "The Citadel is one of Plymouth’s most iconic buildings and has been over the last 350 years."

Man critical after face stabbing

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A 29-year-old man is in a stable but critical condition after he was stabbed in the face and back in Topsham yesterday.

Police were called to a property in Altamira at about 19:00 on Monday. The victim was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Derriford Hospital, police said.

A 60-year-old man from the Exeter area has been arrested on suspicion of serious assault and remains at Heavitree Road police station.

Hunt for missing Newton Abbot man

Supermarket to redistribute unsold food

BBC Radio Devon

Tesco is looking for local charities and community groups in Devon to benefit from its waste food. 

The supermarket is teaming up with the FareShare organisation to redistribute unsold food. 

Gary Wills, who manages the Kingsbridge branch and is communities manager for Devon and Cornwall, said stores could end up with unused food because "shopping habits change dramatically in a single day". 

He said: "If the sun doesn't come out, suddenly you're left with a lot of stock you weren't expecting to still have, such as beefburger buns for barbecues. Potentially it goes to animal feed at the moment, but, going forward, hopefully someone is going to benefit from it in our local community."

Pup rescue fire crews had animal oxygen masks 'for a few weeks'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Two puppies rescued from a barn fire were saved with pet-friendly oxygen masks which fire crews only had "for a few weeks", firefighters say.

Rescued puppies. Pic: Devon and Somerset Fire Service
Devon and Somerset Fire Service

The two-day-old pups were saved with the specialist kit, donated to Newton Abbot Fire Station, when crews were called to the fire in Bovey Tracey on Monday afternoon. The dogs' mum managed to escape unharmed, but three other puppies died.

The specially-designed masks cover animals' snouts and help increase oxygen flow into their lungs, a spokesman said. The service added that the equipment would hopefully "save many more loved pets in the future".

Burst water main in Plymouth

Man fighting for his life after being stabbed in face

Plymouth Herald

A man is in a serious condition in Plymouth's Derriford Hospital after suffering stab wounds to his face and back on a housing estate on the edge of Topsham in Exeter.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, the B3284 Church Road between Shortlanesend and the A30 is partially-blocked due to an accident. Traffic is very busy 
  • The A388 near the turning for Treburley is partially-blocked due to a broken-down bus
  • Traffic is slow both directions in Goonhavern, on the A3075 Newquay Road, because of temporary traffic lights for roadworks 
  • In Devon, there are reports of cows in the road on the A386 Narratons Road in Okehampton, near Holsworthy Road

Shellfish thefts 'could put firms out of business'

John Henderson

BBC Spotlight

Small fishing firms in part of Devon say they face losing their businesses after several suppliers had catches stolen.

Crab store

In one case last week, about 200kg of crabs were stolen from a wooden store, like the one pictured above, that floats in the Salcombe Estuary.

Crab seller Claire Mundy said: "It could put us out of business if it carries on. We can't sustain that, we're only a small family-run company. It feels like I'm working everywhere for nothing."

Claire Mundy

Police in Kingsbridge said they were aware of numerous pots being emptied and advised people to only buy shellfish from a reputable source.

Looe-Plymouth bus route 'needed in all seasons'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A bus service from Looe to Plymouth has been reinstated just 24 hours after being axed following a flurry of complaints from passengers.

The number 72 from Looe is the only way students and workers are able to get into the city before 09:00. Plymouth Citybus made the decision to scrap it as part of its winter timetable updates, but brought it back after complaints, saying the service was used by more people than thought. 

Michelle, who lives in Looe, told the BBC it was a vital link which was needed in all seasons. She said: "It's really, really important for people who are going to Plymouth to have a reliable service, not just in summer, but also in winter as well."

Stonehouse base closure: Barracks 'not an extension of English Heritage'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Government plans to dispose of the Royal Marines' Stonehouse barracks in Plymouth are "disappointing but vital to secure the Royal Marine's future" within the city area, a local MP says.

Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Conservative Oliver Colvile said that, although Royal Marines had been based at Stonehouse since 1780 - when it was first built - it had cost "£1m to maintain this Stonehouse estate over the last two years".

Stonehouse baracks

He said: "The Ministry of Defence's priority is to ensure that all tax payers' money is spent on providing our military with proper kit, personnel and facilities to defend our country. It should not just be an extension of English Heritage."  

He added he would "continue to fight for 3 Commando Brigade HQ to be relocated within the city" at the RM Tamar base.

Surf tax branded 'immoral and regressive' as figures reveal it raised just £32k

West Briton

The controversial "surf tax" scheme introduced to several Cornish beaches has raised barely £32,000 in revenue after its first year – raising questions as to whether it cost more than that to introduce and enforce.

Pet rescue: Should vets put down a healthy animal?

Janet Kipling

BBC Radio Devon

About 90% of vets have been asked to put down a healthy animal. Should they be allowed? 

Also, local councils want doctors to dish out prescriptions to "exercise outdoors". Is this a waste of GPs' time, or just the tonic to tackle obesity? 

Call in on 0345 3011034.

Civic society objected to 'overbearing' bus station site redevelopment plans

BBC Radio Devon

A civic society formally objected to the design because it believed the plans were too "overbearing". 


Exeter City Council has postponed making a decision on the redevelopment of the bus depot site after councillors described the designs as too big and ugly. Developers want to demolish the site and build almost 600 student bedrooms. Planners had recommended it to be approved.

Keith Lewis, from the Exeter Civic Society, said: "I think we found it too overbearing for the position it's in and ... the applicant hasn't done well enough in designing a building that is appropriate for a cathedral city."

Latest weather: Drizzle possible and a warm and humid night

BBC Weather

Mostly cloudy, with patches of low cloud and mist affecting high ground and some parts of the coast as the day goes on.

There may also be a little light drizzle in places, but it'll become brighter with some warm sunny spells developing, although patches of low cloud may linger in a few coastal areas. Light winds. Maximum temperature: 22C (72F).


It'll be a largely dry night, but low cloud will return to affect hills and coasts, giving patches of hill and coastal fog. However, by morning, breaks in the cloud will start to develop.

It will also be another warm and humid night with light east or southeasterly winds becoming moderate or fresh around the coast. Minimum temperature: 16C (61F).

Barn fire rescue puppies being take care of by vets

Jonathan Morris, BBC News Online

Two-day-old puppies are rescued in barn fire

Two puppies saved by firefighters and given oxygen treatment are being take care of by vets after being rescued from a barn fire in Devon.

Fire crews were called to the 5m by 4m barn in Hatherleigh Lane, Bovey Tracey, at about 14:40 on Monday. Three other puppies didn't survive the blaze.

Working age poverty: The 10 worst affected areas

Andrew Segal

Local Live

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has released new figures about working age poverty nationally.

In its report, it said a quarter of people living in the South West could only pay their bills for a single month if they lost their job.

The 10 worst affected areas - ranked from zero as the lowest risk to 10 as the highest - in Devon and Cornwall are: 

  • Torbay - 5.3 
  • Plymouth Moor View - 4.5 
  • Camborne and Redruth - 4.3 
  • Plymouth Sutton and Devonport - 4.3 
  • St Austell and Newquay - 3.9 
  • St Ives - 3.6 
  • Totnes - 3.3 
  • North Cornwall - 3.2 
  • South East Cornwall - 2.9 
  • Torridge and West Devon - 2.9

Stonehouse Barracks: Analysis - Closure rumours are now a reality

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

The headquarters of the Royal Marines - Stonehouse Barracks in Plymouth - is to close as past of the MoD's "estate optimisation strategy", which will see 13 sites across the UK sold off - largely for housing. 

This is one of those rumours that has been around for years and has never really gone away. Now it has finally become a reality. 

Stonehouse barracks. Pic: Google

The barracks date back to the 18th Century and are one of the oldest-serving in the country. It is the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade, the bulk of the Royal Marines. It's also home to to a collection of units, including 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group. About 750 service personnel are based there, as well as about 40 civilian workers.

A source at the MoD did say that a move would be good for the brigade, as it had outgrown Stonehouse. They added that a list of options was being considered and that a decision on the timing of the moves would be announced later in the year.

Appeal for organ donors

BBC Radio Cornwall

There's an appeal for more organ donors in Cornwall. 

As part of Organ Donation Week, health professionals are urging more people to sign up to the register. 

Ian Horrell, from Bude, lost his wife, Linda, nearly two years ago in a car accident. Her organs were used to help five different people. He said: "It was quite easy to say yes because we all knew of her wishes [to donate]."

Fish and chip wrappers give anti-seagull advice

Laurence Reed

BBC Radio Cornwall

Have you ever been attacked by a seagull?

Gull warning sign

Frustrated people in St Ives have been looking at new ways to stop a rising number of seagull attacks, including having fish and chip wrappers with advice on them.

Also, more and more doctors are being encouraged to prescribe greener alternatives than medicines.

And more pets are being destroyed simply because the owners can't cope with them.

Call in on 01872 222222 to discuss any of this.

Exmoor walkers are poets and they know it!

BBC Spotlight

Poetry boxes left out across Exmoor for people to write in have been so popular a book of the works will now be published. 

Exmoor poetry book

Organisers said the old-fashioned, low-tech approach had appealed to members of the public, who had written more than 6,000 poems in the books.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • Plymouth's Royal Marines base in Stonehouse is to close as part of spending cuts and to free up land for homes, the MoD confirms  
  • A bus service that provides the only way for many students and commuters in Looe to get into Plymouth before 09:00 is cut and reinstated within 24 hours
  • Summer initiatives aimed at reducing attacks by seagulls in St Ives include fish and chips wrappers being printed with advice for visitors
  • A pair of puppies are given oxygen mask treatment after being rescued from a barn fire in Devon

BreakingCity's Royal Marines base to close

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Plymouth's Royal Marines base in Stonehouse is to close as one of 13 military sites being shut across the country, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed.

Royal Marines base, Stonehouse. Pic: Google

The barracks are home to the headquarters of 3 Commando Brigade.  

The MoD said the closures were part of government commitments to provide land for new homes, and would also "contribute some £225m toward the MoD's £1bn target for land release sales as set out in Spending Review 2015."

National Express pulls out of Wadebridge - because Bodmin roadworks to create cycling town

West Briton

National Express passengers in Wadebridge have been left fuming - because Cornwall Council roadworks in Bodmin have led the company to suspend its coach services for at least nine months

Man forced to withdraw cash by knifepoint robber

BBC Radio Devon

A man was forced to withdraw money from a cash machine by a knifepoint robber in Exeter during what police have called a "serious crime"

Officers said a 25-year-old man was walking in the Buddle Lane area, when he was approached by an unknown man early on Sunday 28 August. The offender took the victim to a cash point at Tesco Metro in Cowick Street and forced him to withdraw £50.

The offender then took the card and withdrew a further £120 before the victim grabbed back his card and ran away. The victim was "understandably very shaken", police said. Officers have appealed for witnesses.