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  1. Pilot who died in crash 'lost control' after bounced landing, report finds
  2. Missing schoolboy: Police 'increasingly concerned'
  3. Woman's arm could not be reattached after it got trapped in parked car
  4. Almost one in six acute hospital beds in Devon may be axed
  5. Plans on view for Scilly helicopter services
  6. Canadian 'ghost fishing gear' found in Cornwall
  7. Updates on Thursday 8 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 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.

Weather: Cloud and rain overnight and in the morning

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After what's been a sunny afternoon, it will soon turn cloudy with rain affecting the north coast, so places like Ilfracombe, this evening. Many southern parts will have a cloudy, but dry end to the day.

Overnight this rain makes it way eastwards to all parts, but will be mostly light. Minimum Temperature: 16C (61F)

Weather map

Friday will start fairly cloudy, with a few spots of light rain here and there, but it will be dry by lunch time. It will then turn increasingly sunny through the afternoon, but will become windy.

There'll be some rain overnight. Maximum Temperature: 21C (70F)

Headlines from Devon and Cornwall

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

  • Thousands of pregnant women are still not being vaccinated against whooping cough despite cases rising by 50% in the South West, NHS England has said
  • A man has been impersonating a police officer in Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Police have said
  • An 83-year-old nurse who still works 15 to 20 hours a week says she has "no plans" to retire
  • The mayor of Bideford says he is "absolutely dumbfounded" at plans to axe more than 400 acute hospital beds across Devon
  • A pilot who died in a plane crash while trying to land at Newquay Airport "refused additional training"

Do not axe Devon hospital beds as cost-cutting measure, says MP

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

MP Ben Bradshaw says he does not want any changes forced on Devon's health care system purely because "the government is not providing enough money".

Ben Bradshaw

Today a report revealed health bosses in Devon were considering cutting hospital services in the county, including axing more than 400 acute hospital beds. Mr Bradshaw said it was fine if the reforms improved services but said he hoped they was not exclusively prompted by financial pressures.

"We all know that Devon is in one of the worst financial straits of any bit of the NHS in the whole of the country and our local health managers are going to have to work within the spending limits set to them by government," he said.

Tensions rising in Bodmin as residents prepare for nine months of traffic chaos

Cornish Guardian

Tensions are rising in Bodmin ahead of road closures which will be put in place on Monday as part of plans to "transform" the town for cyclists. The proposals have provoked uproar over the projected nine months of traffic chaos.

Hopes for prosthetic replacement after woman's arm ripped off

BBC Radio Cornwall

Friends of the woman whose arm was ripped off by a parked car in Cornwall say they hope she will be given a prosthetic arm.

Maggie Hayes
Maggie Hayes

Claire Butler, who has been friends with Maggie Hayes for 25 years, says surgeons have been unable to reattach her arm after the accident which happened at the end of August.

"Much to people's amazement, really and truly, people have said to me at the age of 78 she's lucky to be alive with an accident like that, and after that kind of trauma," Claire Butler said.

Sister of missing teenager Arthur has said 'it's totally out of character' for him to skip school

Exeter Express & Echo

The sister of missing East Devon teenager Arthur Heeler-Frood has said it is "totally out of character" for her brother to skip school.

Councillors using 'sledge hammer to crack nut' amid traffic chaos

BBC Radio Cornwall

Residents in Lelant say the council is using a "sledge hammer to crack a nut" as it addresses ongoing traffic problems.

Last night nearly 200 people attended a town meeting where residents called on their councillor Liz Penhaligon to resign. Her spokesman said she was likely to make a statement after the weekend.

Residents discussed the introduction of double yellow lines which were painted on the Saltings Reach this morning. Bill Fry, who lives on the road says tourists had been parking on the road in the summer to use the park and ride but said a blanket parking ban all year round was "totally unnecessary".

Devon Hospital cuts: Analysis from our health correspondent

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

The draft plans to make cuts across hospitals in Devon include making major savings through “rationalisation of estate” – selling off buildings. 

This will be of particular concern to campaigners fighting to save some of the smaller NHS sites such as community hospitals.

Inside of a hospital

This Sustainability and Transformation Plan is one of 44 being submitted across England. But Devon’s plan to make savings may be more drastic than some others. That's because much of the county is already in a so-called Success Regime to tackle a massive overspend by trusts and commissioners. If nothing changes the projected total overspend for all the county’s health trusts and commissioners would reach £572m by 2020/21.  

The draft plan says the challenges are significant and calls for “a transformational mindset, courage and support from national bodies”. But, we are warned that if the NHS locally doesn't balance its books, national NHS bosses will decide what to cut for them.

Confusion reigns and anger spreads over Cornwall Council after 5pm car park charges - or does it?

The Cornishman

Are the charges in car parks in Cornwall just too complicated, leaving motorists to fall foul of rules they fail to understand? The introduction of a flat rate charge after 5pm in some car parks appears to have caused confusion and consternation among the public.

Pet oxygen masks to be issued to firefighters

Special pet oxygen masks will be issued to fire teams in Cornwall to help save the lives of family pets in the event of a fire.

Pup being rescued with mask
Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

The equipment was used to save a two-day-old pup in a barn fire in Bovey Tracey on Monday which took the lives of four other dogs.

The kits have been provided by the not-for-profit organisation Smokey Paws. The masks will be handed over later this month and will be carried on fire engines in Tolvaddon, Newquay, Padstow and St Dennis.

Forty percent of pregnant women not vaccinated against whooping cough, says NHS England

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Thousands of pregnant women are still not being vaccinated against whooping cough despite cases rising by 50% in the South West, NHS England has said.

Pregnant woman

Whooping cough - known medically as pertussis - is an infection which can create serious breathing difficulties, particularly in babies and young children, and can lead to major health complications such as brain damage and pneumonia, which can be fatal. 

But 40% of pregnant women are not taking up the vaccination despite the protection it offers to their newborn child.  

No O'Kane transfer cash for Torquay

Brent Pilnick

BBC Sport

Torquay United have not received any money as part of the transfer of former player Eunan O'Kane to Leeds from AFC Bournemouth, despite having a sell-on clause of 15% in his contract.

Eunan O'Kane
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O'Kane, 26, moved to Leeds for an undisclosed fee last month, having joined Bournemouth from the Gulls for £175,000 in 2012.

"Torquay United will not receive any monies at this present time due to the arrangement made between the two clubs," a Torquay statement said. "There is the possibility that the club will benefit from future payments."

Wallace the wet wipe monster comes to Falmouth

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Beware of man impersonating policeman, says force

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A man has been impersonating a police officer in Exeter, Devon and Cornwall Police have said.

The man is allegedly attempting to gain entrance to properties in the Beacon Heath area of the city by claiming that he is an officer, Devon and Cornwall Police said. 

The man - who is not wearing a uniform and uses a handwritten ID - is described as a being white, in his 40s or 50s and wears a dark blue baseball cap.

Police say they believe he is targeting the elderly.

Daughter now able to travel to hospital with elderly mother, trust says

BBC Radio Cornwall

A hospital trust in Cornwall says it has rearranged a 77-year-old woman's health appointments to allow her daughter to travel with her to the hospital.


Diane Wheeler had criticised the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust Patient Transport Service after she was told she could not accompany her mother to Treliske for vital cancer surgery.

In a statement the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust said: "We have now been made aware of a number of other factors relating to Mrs Wheeler's mother's health and arrangements have been made to reschedule her appointment so that she can be accompanied on her hospital visit."

Workers take 3,144 days off because of stress and depression at Plymouth City Council

Plymouth Herald

The number of council workers taking sick days due to stress or mental health issues has gone up for the second year running.

Up to one in 20 take the train without valid ticket, research suggests

Up to one in 20 rail passengers could be travelling without a valid ticket on some routes, according to new research.

A sample of more than 23,000 South West Trains passengers found that as many as 5.5% avoid paying the correct fare.

South West Trains train

The study carried out in Autumn 2015 found forged tickets, child impersonation and passengers using tickets at the wrong time.

Ticketless travel is estimated to cost the franchise £25m in lost revenue each year.

Still working nurse, 83: 'I love my job'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

An 83-year-old nurse who still works 15 to 20 hours a week says she has "no plans" to retire.

Nurse then and now

Monica Bulman, who works at Torbay Hospital, began her career in the NHS aged 19 in 1952.

When she's not working, the grandmother, who turned 83 on 1 September, is a gym-bunny and attends regular spinning classes.

Pilot who crashed plane and died at Newquay Airport 'refused additional training'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A pilot who died at Newquay Airport after crashing on landing was offered more training just before the flight, it has been revealed. 

Tony Richards, 68, from North Cornwall, was landing a small plane last August when the aircraft bounced on landing - it then entered a steep descent crashing on the runway. He was pronounced dead at the scene

The Air Accident Investigation Branch report shows Mr Richards bought the plane in the Czech Republic just before the flight. 

The pilot took part in some familiarisation training and an instructor had offered additional sessions. The offer was rejected by Mr Richards. The pilot was also reported to have said he was tired just before the last leg of the flight.

'Supermarket starling' in Bude wins wildlife photography award

BBC Radio Cornwall

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A member of Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s photographic group has won best ‘Urban Wildlife’ picture at the British Wildlife Photography Awards. 

Geoff Trevarthen, from Launceston, said he spotted the bird after hearing it singing: "I took several shots until I captured the image with the starling’s beak open, so that you can see that it’s singing!"

Picture credit: Geoff Trevarthen

Torquay boss happy to extend Reid stay

Jamie Reid
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Torquay United boss Kevin Nicholson would like to keep on-loan Exeter City forward Jamie Reid for a longer period.

Jamie Reid

Torquay boss happy to extend Reid stay

Torquay United boss Kevin Nicholson would like to keep on-loan Exeter City forward Jamie Reid for a longer period.

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Drone archaeology project to begin over Amazon Rainforest

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A group of archaeologists from Exeter University start a major project next month using a drone to map out what are thought to be ancient ritual sites deep in the Amazon Rainforest.

The drone, with a special laser attached, has undergone nine months of tests.

They hope to understand the scale and activities of populations living in the last 3,000 years before the Europeans arrived in the 1490s.

Exeter University drone to scan for ancient Amazonia

Mayor 'absolutely dumbfounded' at plans to axe hospital beds

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The mayor of Bideford says he is "absolutely dumbfounded" at plans to axe more than 400 acute hospital beds across Devon.

David Howell

Health bosses at the NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group have also outlined proposals to cut services at the North Devon District Hospital but say accident and emergency services would be protected.

"We're here in Devon with a rapidly expanding population. One which is ageing slightly but one which is attracting a lot of young people and young families into the area. I'm just astounded that it could even be under consideration," mayor David Howell told the BBC.

Songo'o adapting to new midfield role

Yann Songo'o
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Plymouth Argyle summer signing Yann Songo'o says he is adapting well to his new role in central midfield.

Yann Songo'o

Songo'o adapting to new midfield role

Plymouth Argyle summer signing Yann Songo'o says he is adapting well to his new role in central midfield.

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Residents call for councillor to resign over 'traffic chaos'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Frustrated residents are calling for the resignation of their Cornwall councillor over three projects they claim have caused traffic chaos.

Saltings Reach

Last night 200 people attended a town meeting in Lelant to discuss issues, including the introduction of yellow lines at Saltings Reach.

Councillor for Lelant Liz Penhaligon said she was not available for an interview today but a spokesperson said a statement could be expected after the weekend.

Whooping cough cases increase by 50% in the South West

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Cases of highly infectious whooping cough have increased by 50% across the South West, NHS England has said.

Baby being vaccinated

Across the region, there were 426 cases in 2014, increasing by over 50% to 641 in 2015. 

In 2012, 14 babies died in England and Wales following a whooping cough infection.  

Fundraising page for Exeter’s fire hit Cavern Club smashes target – and continues to grow

Exeter Express & Echo

The impact Exeter's iconic Cavern Club has had on music fans across the UK has led to thousands of pounds being donated to help the fire-hit club get back on its feet.

Pilot who died in crash 'lost control' after bounced landing, report finds

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

A pilot killed at Newquay Airport appeared to have lost control of his light aircraft after a bounced landing, a report by the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has found today.

Newquay Airport

Tony Richards, 68, from Falmouth, was pronounced dead at the scene in August last year when the Piper PA-34 Seneca twin-engined plane crashed off the runway on approach from London.

"The pilot made the decision to go around after a bounced landing. The aircraft was at a slow speed and a degree of directional control appeared to have been lost," the report said.

It concluded the plane then stalled and began to spin "at a height from which it was not possible to recover".

Arm ripped off woman planning to attend Tokyo paralympics

Rachael Thorn

BBC News Online

The friend of a woman whose arm was ripped off by a parked car in Cornwall says she is saving to attend the Tokyo paralympics in four years time.

Maggie Hayes
Maggie Hayes

Claire Butler, who has set up a crowdfunding page to raise money to adapt Maggie Hayes' house, said the 78-year-old had "pulled through" thanks to her humour but said losing her arm meant "everything has changed" for her.

"Maggie is always immaculately dressed, there is never a hair on her head out of place - she asked me 'how am I going to put curlers in?'," Ms Butler said.

A Lottery player from Teignbridge has become a millionaire - but doesn't know it yet

Exeter Express & Echo

The National Lottery is hunting for a local winner - who doesn't know they are a secret millionaire.

Plans for Scilly helicopter could reverse "huge decline" in visitors

Plans for the return of a helicopter passenger service between Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly could reverse the "huge decline" in visitor numbers to the islands.

Tom Matthews, from the Tresco Estate on Scilly, says the islands has seen a downward trend in visitor numbers since the helicopter service stopped in 2012.


"It's the number one question that you get asked all the time - as soon as you say that you live in the Isles of Scilly, or as soon as you meet a visitor around the island, the first question they always ask you is 'so any chance of the helicopter coming back?'," he said.

Local investors' proposals to use fields on the edge of Penzance for a new heliport are on show to the public today in the town.

Devon hospital cuts: Analysis from our health correspondent

Jenny Walrond

Health Correspondent, BBC Spotlight

These are draft plans, very much a work in progress and yet to be consulted upon, but their contents will be very troubling to people fighting to prevent cuts to services.

North Devon District Hospital

If these go ahead more than 400 acute beds would go in hospitals across Devon – almost one in six beds. There would also be 190 community hospital beds lost. Up to 900 staff may have to change role and there would be an 11% cut in nursing and medical workforce spend as well as management and admin.

Derriford hospital in Plymouth would be a fixed point for emergency care, paediatrics, neonatology, consultant-led obstetrics and strokes because it is the designated Major Trauma Centre for the region. The Royal Devon and Exeter hospital is favoured as a second site for maternity, paediatrics and neonatology.

Coming up on BBC Radio Cornwall: Resignation calls over traffic schemes

Elderly woman told to travel without daughter to vital cancer surgery

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman has criticised the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust Patient Transport Service after she says she was told she could not go with her 77-year-old mother to Treliske for vital cancer surgery.

Diane Wheeler is also her mother's carer and had told the Patient Transport Service that her mother could not travel alone.

"I know I could phone 999 and mum would be admitted now, today, this minute. I won't do that, I can't do that, that takes up space for someone who needs it more than mum," she said.

In a statement the Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust said it had rescheduled the appointments of Mrs Wheeler's mother to allow them to travel together.

Alan Paver

Cornish Pirates coach Alan Paver does not get the plaudits he deserves, according to fellow coach Gavin Cattle.

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Newquay Airport plane crash: Falmouth businessman killed after losing control in bounced landing

West Briton

An investigation into a plane crash at Newquay Airport has found the pilot who died lost control of the aircraft after a "bounced landing".

Monica Bulman

An 83-year-old nurse, who still works 15 to 20 hours a week, says she has "no plans" to retire.

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Rescued baby seal pup in recovery, aquarium says

An injured baby common seal pup rescued this weekend in Plymouth Harbour is on her way to recovery, the National Marine Aquarium has said.

Seal pup
National Marine Aquarium

The baby pup was taken to local vets with a number of injuries around its tail, back flippers and lower jaw but was found to be in "relatively good health" despite being "a little slim".

"It was quite a feat for her to manage to get past all the shipping lanes, ferries and boat traffic in the Sound to this location", said James Wright, curator at the aquarium. The pup is now recovering at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and will be released soon.

South West region 'third highest' for zero hours contract workers

BBC Business News

The South West region had the third highest proportion of workers on zero hours contracts according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.


Between April and June 2016, 90,000 people in the region were on the contracts which give no guarantee of a minimum number of hours.

The figures show there has been a rise in the number of people on zero hours contracts across the UK, compared with the same period last year.