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Summary

  1. Woman died from eating roast lamb at pub
  2. Man drowned 'trying to rescue partner's daughter'
  3. Tunisian resort attack: Coroner condemns police response and inquest hears Bodmin man 'sacrificed himself' for his wife
  4. Councillor suspended for Nazi salute during council debate
  5. Hailstorms caused multiple crashes on roads in Cornwall
  6. Second consultation into 'Devonwall' MP seat plans
  7. Bodmin treatment centre - specialising in non-emergency day surgeries - will close
  8. Torquay harbourside plans approved by councillors as campaigners insist they'll appeal
  9. Updates on Tuesday 28 February 2017

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Police search for man who handed in missing person's phone

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police investigating the death of a man whose remains were found near Newquay are trying to trace who handed his phone into a shop in the town.

Darren Witcome and phone. Pics: Devon and Cornwall Police
Devon and Cornwall Police

The remains of 45-year-old Darren Witcome, were found in the Tregurrian area last August. The Welshman, who lived in Newquay, was last seen in December 2015. His death is being treated as unexplained.

Devon and Cornwall Police  said  they were keen to identify a man who brought Darren’s phone (pictured) into the Carousel Amusement Arcade, Newquay, after finding it behind a car in the Glamis Road area of Newquay a few days before New Year’s Eve 2015.

Skate park closed after structural defects found

BBC Radio Devon

Bideford's skate park has been closed.

Torridge District Council said defects in the structure were found during an inspection.

It comes as a consultation on plans for a new park is under way. The council said it would put in a temporary park, which will be incorporated into the new facilities.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivity: What is it?

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman in Devon is facing eviction from a mud-hut home which she says is a refuge from an "allergy to modern life".

Kate Burrows (pictured) and partner Alan built their home on their smallholding in the Tarka Valley, near Chulmleigh. North Devon Council has given them until December to move out, despite her saying she is ill as a result of a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS).

But what is this condition?

Kate Burrows
BBC

The charity MCS Aware describes it as a chronic, physical illness affecting people of all ages and backgrounds.

It said it caused sufferers to have allergic-type reactions to very low levels of chemicals in everyday products and that, put simply, the immune and detoxification systems stopped working properly and the body could not process toxins efficiently.

It added that, besides reacting to things such as cleaning products, shampoo, perfumes and pesticides, many sufferers were also sensitive to food, medicines, moulds and electromagnetic fields.

Drowning inquest: Girl in incident 'on first scuba dive'

Matt Small

BBC Radio Cornwall

A 12-year-old girl who got into difficulty in the sea off Cornwall in an incident in which her mother's partner drowned was having her first scuba diving experience, an inquest heard.

Forty-three-year old Paul Dold, from Horsham is West Sussex, died in the waters off East Portholland in August last year. 

The inquest in Truro heard how, during a shallow dive, the girl dropped her regulator twice and started to panic. When it was clear that both were in difficulty, the alarm was raised by Mr Dold's partner, sparking a major rescue operation.

Coroner Dr Emma Carlyon praised the actions of teenage local canoeist Jago Bayley, who swam out and helped get Mr Dold's body ashore. A conclusion of accidental death was recorded.

Weather: Largely dry overnight, rain spreading later

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Largely dry at first overnight, with only isolated showers, although a band of rain approaches from the south-west by dawn.

It'll be windy at first, although this should ease later and it will be milder than last night. Minimum temperature: 3C (37F).

Weather
BBC

Rain will spread north-eastwards through Wednesday morning. It'll then become mostly dry in the afternoon, with some sunshine possible later.

Winds will increase again towards evening. Maximum temperature: 9C (48F).

Mud-hut is 'sanctuary from modern life'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman is facing eviction from a mud-hut home which she says is a "sanctuary" from her "allergy to modern life". 

Kate Burrows and partner Alan built their home on their smallholding in the Tarka Valley, near Chulmleigh in Devon.

It took the couple six weeks to build the roundhouse which has an outside compost toilet, kitchen, living area and two bedrooms.

North Devon Council has given them until December to move out. 

Student turns dead animals into pencil cases

Devon Live

A Devon student has sparked anger from animal lovers after using his design skills to turn dead animals in pencil cases and selling them online.

Tunisian resort attack: Hotel and holiday firm 'could possibly made difference'

Press Association

Tunisian attack families. Pic: PA
PA

The owners and staff at a Tunisian hotel where 30 British tourists were brutally killed by an Islamic extremist could have done nothing more than "possibly make a difference", a coroner said.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said he could not include "neglect" by holiday firm TUI or the owners of the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba Hotel when ruling on the deaths of the British victims of Seifeddine Rezgui. 

Rezgui opened fire on the beach and grounds of the Sousse hotel in June 2015, but the judge, sitting as coroner at the victims' inquest in London, said the law regarding neglect did not cover tourists on holiday. 

Lawyers for more than 20 victims had wanted this included after the lengthy inquest heard evidence from survivors that they were not warned of the danger of holidaying in Tunisia before they left. Members of the victim's families (pictured) were at the hearing.

The coroner concluded that they were all unlawfully killed.

The dead included Bodmin father of three 59-year-old Stephen Mellor, who died protecting his wife, Cheryl. Mrs Mellor suffered life-changing injuries.

Latest travel: A303 blocked after accident

BBC Travel

  • On the Devon/Somerset border, the A303 is blocked in both directions between Upottery and the Southfields roundabout due to accident investigation work
  • In Devon, Plymouth's Old Laira Road is partially blocked due to an accident near Dunclair Park
  • In Torquay, there are reports of an accident on Barton Hill Way, near Barton Hill Road
  • In Cornwall, Commercial Street in Gunnislake is blocked due to an accident at A390 Newbridge Hill

Bodmin Treatment Centre: 'Listed operations will be carried out'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Bosses at a medical treatment centre in Cornwall, which is to close, say existing operations and treatments "currently listed" will be carried out.

Bodmin Treatment Centre - which specialises in cataracts, hernias and other day surgeries - will close at the end of next month. More than 5,000 patients a year are treated at the facility, set up 10 years ago.

Bodmin Treatment Centre. Pic: Google
Google

Ramsay Healthcare, which provides its services, said the contract was ending as it could not come to an agreement with clinical commissioning group NHS Kernow.

However, centre general manager Chris Gendall said: "Patients currently listed to be seen at the treatment centre, we will complete their pathways of care.

"After that, we would look or transfer patients the Duchy Hospital [private hospital in Truro], or one of the other providers, in close work with the Kernow clinical commissioning group."

Plymouth council scraps charges for child burials and cremations

Plymouth Herald

Grieving parents in Plymouth will no longer have to pay hundreds of pounds to the council to bury their children .

Elderly man dies after A303 car-lorry collision

BBC Spotlight

An elderly man has died after a collision involving his car and a lorry on the A303 on the Devon/Somerset border.

Five fire appliances, police and an ambulance were called to the scene after the collision occurred at about 13:30.

The Highways Agency said the A303 would be closed between the A30 and the A358 for about another three hours.

Police investigating Plymouth councillor's Nazi salute during debate

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Nazi salute during Plymouth City Council debate
Plymouth City Council

Police say they are investigating whether a Plymouth councillor making a Nazi salute during a council debate is potentially a public order offence. 

Labour city councillor Jonny Morris  directed the salute towards opposing members during a debate on a council tax rise on Monday. 

Councillors said the action was "an utter disgrace". Mr Morris said he apologised "unreservedly". Labour Group leader Tudor Evans confirmed Mr Morris was suspended "immediately" after the meeting.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed a report has been received that an "elected member of Plymouth City Council made a Nazi salute gesture to other councillors at a council meeting". 

The force added: "Police will now make further inquiries to ascertain circumstances before taking any further action."

Devonwall proposals: Public input 'invaluable'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Public input into a second consultation into proposals to create a new parliamentary seat straddling the Cornwall-Devon border will be "invaluable", election boundary bosses say.

The government wants to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK from 650 to 600. It said the changes would be more democratic and save money. 

Devon and Cornwall signs
BBC

However, some campaigners are unhappy about plans for a so-called Devonwall cross-border constituency of Bideford, Bude and Launceston, saying it wouldn't take into account unique situations faced by either county

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) said: "Comments made during both consultations will help us develop a well-rounded picture of how local communities live and work together across the country. This local knowledge will be essential when we revise our proposals."

The new consultation is  on until the end of March .

Cornwall asks for Government funding after Brexit and doesn’t get it

i Newspaper

Cornwall is about to go “off a cliff” because the Government has not given the area enough money to fill the funding black hole that will be created by Brexit, according to a one Cornish councillor .

New affordable homes near St Agnes

BBC Radio Cornwall

St Agnes homes
BBC

Twenty-two affordable homes near St Agnes have all been made available to local residents. 

The houses in Blackwater are part of a scheme which will develop more than 400 affordable houses throughout Cornwall. 

It's a mix of rented and shared ownership and Cornwall Council said it would only be available to those with strong local connections.

Tunisia attack: Bodmin man 'sacrificed himself'

BBC News UK

A Bodmin man who was among 30 Britons who were unlawfully killed in a terror attack at a Tunisian beach resort was "a hero", his wife has told an inquest.

Stephen and Cheryl Mellor. Pic: SWNS
SWNS

Fifty-nine-year-old Yorkshire-born engineer Stephen Mellor died protecting his wife, Cheryl, when an Islamist gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse on 26 June 2015. 

He died after being shot in the chest and abdomen. Mrs Mellor, who was shot in the leg and wrist, suffered life-changing injuries.

In a statement , Mrs Mellor told the inquest in London: "I am only here today due to the bravery of my husband Stephen. He sacrificed himself. Stephen is a hero to me."

Mr Mellor did not live to see the birth of his third grandchild, a boy called Thomas Stephen, who was named after him.

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Travel

  • In Cornwall, the A394 in Sithney is partially blocked near the B3302 due to an accident
  • In Hayle, Carnsew Road is partially blocked between Chenhalls Road and Foundry Lane due to an accident
  • In Devon, on Kingswear Road in Brixham, there are reports of an accident near Gattery Lane
  • On the A380 South Devon Highway, just before the junction for Torquay and Paignton, there are reports there's a broken-down vehicle.
  • At Churston, on the A3022 Dartmouth Road, near Bridge Road, there are reports of an accident
  • In Plymouth, on Efford Road, there are reports of an accident near Eggbuckland Road
  • In Horrabridge, there's very slow traffic on the A386, around Graybridge Road, due to roadworks

Food safety 'not sufficiently emphasised' at pub

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The company that owns a pub where a woman got food poisoning from eating roast dinner and later died, did not have adequate systems in place for food safety, a judge has said.

Judge Simon Carr said at Truro Crown Court: "There were systems in place probably in a brightly coloured file on a shelf in the kitchen but this was not sufficient. Food safety was considered, but not sufficiently emphasised. There was simply no supervision and control for food handling."

Pub
BBC

Christine Morgan, 71, died on 12 August 2015 after eating roast lamb at the Clock and Key pub in Trispen near Truro.

Diane Burrow who managed the kitchen pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching food safety and hygiene regulations and was fined £750.

Lake Inns & Leisure Limited who own the pub also pleaded guilty and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of more than £23,000.

Nazi salute: Councillor 'should resign' says MP

BBC Spotlight

A Plymouth MP has called on a councillor who made a Nazi salute during a council debate to resign immediately.

Labour councillor Jonny Morris directed the salute towards the opposition party during a debate on a rise in council tax last night.

Johnny Mercer, Conservative MP for Plymouth Moor View, said Mr Morris, who has been suspended from the Labour group, should resign today.

He said: "He has performed a Nazi salute and he should not be in a job any more."

Nazi salute
BBC

Woman 'allergic to modern life' says condition 'like having flu all the time'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman facing eviction from her mud-hut home - which she says cures her "allergy to modern life" - said living in a modern home "was like having flu all the time".

Kate Burrows and partner Alan
BBC

Kate Burrows and her partner, Alan, have been in the house on their smallholding in the Tarka Valley near Chulmleigh for 19 months. 

She said she had a condition called Multiple Chemical Sensitivity. She said: "I didn't realise how ill I was until we moved here and I started to recover." 

She also said: "I think it was the water and the electricity and the WiFi, the paint on the walls and my body couldn't handle it." 

North Devon Council said they broke planning laws and has given them until December to move out.

BreakingMan drowned 'trying to rescue partner's daughter'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A man drowned while attempting to rescue his partner's 12-year-old daughter during a scuba diving trip in Cornwall, an inquest has heard.

Forty-three-year old Paul Dold, from Horsham is West Sussex, died in the waters off East Portholland in August last year.

The hearing in Truro heard how a young local canoeist tried to pull Mr Dold from the water, but the older man died at the scene after a major rescue operation. 

A conclusion of accidental death was recorded.

Councillor makes Nazi salute during council debate

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A Plymouth councillor has made a Nazi salute during a council debate

Jonny Morris, a Labour councillor, directed the salute towards opposing members during a debate on the rise of council tax. 

The budget meeting saw councillors narrowly vote in favour of increasing council tax bills by 4.49%. 

Councillors said the action was "an utter disgrace".   

Mr Morris said: "I let that anger get the better of me and made an inappropriate and offensive gesture. I apologise unreservedly." 

Labour group leader Tudor Evans confirmed Mr Morris was suspended "immediately" after the meeting.

Latest weather: Rain through the afternoon, clearing through the night

Kevin Thomas

BBC Weather Forecaster

A band of showery rain will move in from the northwest this afternoon before drier and brighter weather returns by mid-afternoon. Moderate west to northwesterly winds will increase and become strong to gale force around parts of the coast. Maximum temperature: 10C (50F).

Weather
BBC

Apart from the odd shower, it'll be mostly a dry night, with some clear spells. However, cloud will increase from the west by dawn. Moderate or fresh west to northwesterly winds will be strong to gale force around the north coast, but will ease later. Minimum temperature: 4C (25F).

Exeter Airport passenger numbers up

BBC Radio Devon

Passenger numbers at Exeter Airport have grown for the fourth year in a row, new figures say. 

Civil Aviation Authority figures show that 847,000 people used the airport last year, up 25,000 from the year before. 

Emergency repairs on water supplies in Braunton

Latest travel in Devon

BBC Travel

  • In Exeter, traffic lights are out of action at Holloway Street, Western Way and South Street. There's queuing traffic in all directions approaching the lights
  • In Horrabridge, there's slow traffic on the A386 aroud Graybridge Road, in the roadworks area

Devonwall: Cross-counties seat 'would distress numerous residents'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Cornwall Council is to lobby Parliament and call on the Boundary Commission to rethink "very disappointing" proposals for a so-called Devonwall seat across both Devon and Cornwall.

Devon and Cornwall signs
BBC

A second consultation into the plans - encompassing Bideford, Bude and Launceston - is part of government plans looking at cutting the number of UK MPs from 650 to 600.

The council said it strongly objected to the plans for such a constituency "which would cause great distress to numerous residents".

BreakingWoman died from eating roast lamb at pub

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A woman died after getting food poisoning from eating roast lunch at a pub near Truro.

Truro Crown Court heard 71-year-old Christine Morgan had been to the Clock & Key pub in Trispen, having seen a board advertising a "pensioners lunch", offering roast lunch and a dessert for a set price. 

Soon after eating roast lamb on 11 August 2015, she began to feel unwell with vomiting and diarrhoea. She got progressively worse, and died in an ambulance travelling to hospital the following night. 

Pub
BBC

The court heard how the underlying cause of death was food poisoning and that 56-year-old Diane Burrow, from Crosstrown, near Bude, who managed the kitchen, had failed to follow rules for the safe preparation of food. She was fined £750. 

The company that owns the pub, Lake Inns & Leisure Limited, was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £23,896.09. 

Both previously pleaded guilty to four counts of breaching food safety and hygiene regulations.

Tunisian resort attack: Victims unlawfully killed

BBC News UK

Thirty Britons who died in a terror attack at a Tunisian beach resort were "unlawfully killed", a coroner has concluded .

Tunisia attack scene. Pic: Reuters
Reuters

In all, 38 people were killed when an Islamist gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse on 26 June 2015.

The dead included a Bodmin father-of-three, 59-year-old Stephen Mellor, who died protecting his wife, Cheryl. Mrs Mellor suffered life-changing injuries.  

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith also said during the hearing in London that the police response to the attack was "at best shambolic and at worst cowardly". However, he added that he had not found a direct and causal link between the response of armed officers in the area and the deaths.

The attack at the five-star Riu Imperial Marhaba hotel was the deadliest on Britons since the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

Latest headlines in Devon and Cornwall

Andrew Segal

Local Live

  • A Plymouth city councillor is suspended after  making a Nazi salute  during a council tax debate
  • The police response to a terror attack at a Tunisian resort in which 30 Britons were killed - including a man from Bodmin - was "at best shambolic and at worst cowardly", a  coroner concludes
  • A medical treatment centre in Bodmin - which specialises in cataracts, hernias and other day surgeries - will close at the end of next month, managers confirm
  • A woman facing eviction from her mud-hut home  which she says cures her "allergy to modern life"
  • A second consultation begins into controversial proposals to create a new parliamentary seat straddling the Cornwall-Devon border, the so-called Devonwall seat

Mud-hut row: Sustainable homes 'really important'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman facing eviction from a mud-hut home which she says allows her to recover from an "allergy to modern life"  says such homes are "really important".

Mud-hut
BBC

Kate Burrows and partner Alan built their home on their smallholding in the Tarka Valley, near Chulmleigh in Devon. North Devon Council has given them until December to move out.  

Ms Burrows said: "I think it's really important that people like are us are allowed to live sustainably on their own land without causing any damage. 

"This is normal life. We're collecting water, we're chopping wood, we're growing food. Isn't that what everyone has done throughout time?"

Tunisian resort attack: Coroner condemns police response

BBC News UK

The police response to a terror attack at a Tunisian resort in which 30 Britons were killed was "at best shambolic and at worst cowardly", a coroner has concluded .

In all, 38 people were killed when an Islamist gunman opened fire at a hotel in Sousse on 26 June 2015.

Judge Nicholas Loraine-Smith said the gunman had been intent on killing as many tourists as he could. The police response could and should have been effective, he said.

But Judge Loraine-Smith said he has not found a direct and causal link between the response of armed officers in the area and the deaths.

The dead included a Bodmin father-of-three, 59-year-old Stephen Mellor, who died protecting his wife, Cheryl. Mrs Mellor suffered life-changing injuries.

Devonwall consultation: Boundary bosses want 'issues highlighted'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People have until 27 March to take part in a second consultation into controversial proposals to create a new parliamentary seat straddling the Cornwall-Devon border.

Devonwall map
BBC

The government wants to reduce the number of constituencies in the UK from 650 to 600. It said the changes would be more democratic and save money. 

However, some campaigners are unhappy about plans for a so-called Devonwall cross-border constituency of Bideford, Bude and Launceston, saying it wouldn't take into account unique situations faced by either county. 

The Boundary Commission for England (BCE) said those taking part in the latest consultation could "support counter-proposals and highlight issues with alternative ideas".

Hitler's phone causes an international bust-up 72 years after his death

BBC World

It was billed as arguably the most destructive weapon of all time when it went up for sale last week.

Hitler phone. Pic: EPA
EPA

Adolf Hitler's personal telephone, into which he was said to scream his orders from his bunker in Berlin, inscribed with his name and the Nazi swastika, is undoubtedly a much-prized collector's item.

But then, the story of the phone - which had been in Devon for many years - was questioned.

The material was wrong. The rotary dial was suspect. Why would it have been made by a British company?

We  look at the story behind it .

'More hail' warning from police

Langford lands world title fight

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Bideford-born British middleweight champion Tommy Langford will fight Georgian boxer Avantdil Khurtsidze for the interim World Boxing Organization world title.

The undefeated fighter, who lives in Birmingham, had been due to take on fellow Brummie Craig Cunningham, but will now face Khurtsidze at the Leicester Arena on 22 April.

Tommy Langford
Getty Images

It will be the highest profile fight of Langford's career, after his scheduled bout with Chris Eubank Jr was called off in September.