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Summary

  1. Body found in Church Street in Paignton
  2. Holsworthy Community Hospital inpatient services 'temporarily closing'
  3. Missing 14-year-old girl found safe and well
  4. Local energy scheme 'puts Cornwall on global stage'
  5. Students breathe life into former cinema
  6. Humpback whale spotted again off south Devon
  7. Updates on Friday 3 March 2017

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Wolves monitored for release in Scotland

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Six wolves have just arrived from Sweden to a wolf enclosure at Wildwood in Escott.

It's one of the steps on the road to re-introducing wolves to the wild in the UK - most likely in the Scottish highlands.

Researchers from Sweden will be monitoring them for at least a year.

Warning over efforts to preserve great forest

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Efforts to conserve the remaining fragments of the great forest of Caledon in Scotland may be doomed to fail unless a new strategy is rapidly adopted, new research by Exeter University suggests.

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These forest fragments are characterised by the dominance of Scots pine and are a unique feature of the Scottish Highlands.

They are categorised as a Priority Habitat under the EU Habitats and Species Directive with 10 of the remaining areas designated Special Areas of Conservation by Scottish Natural Heritage.

However, a team found that the present climate is more suitable for oak trees than the Scots pine.

The research team included colleagues from the universities of Durham, Exeter, York and Lund in Sweden, with the findings published in the journal Conservation Letters.

Plymouth hospitals hit 19 of 22 targets for surgery

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Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust is meeting the highest number of standards in the region according to a review looking at how emergency general surgery (EGS) is provided at hospitals in the South West.

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The review, commissioned by the NHS South West Clinical Senate, looked at the 14 NHS Trusts within the South West Peninsula and measured them against 22 specific standards relating to EGS. It found that Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust met 19 of these.

Dr Phil Hughes, Medical Director of Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "I would firstly like to take this opportunity to applaud the efforts of our staff, who work incredibly hard to ensure our patients are cared for, seen and treated as quickly as possible, whether this is for surgery, an investigative and/or diagnostics procedure."

Police dog nabs OAP push suspect

BBC Radio Devon

A police dog has tracked down a man suspected of pushing over a 80-year-old woman as he ran from a shop in Exeter.

Police were called to the Tesco Metro store on the high street on Wednesday afternoon. 

The woman was taken to hospital with a broken leg. 

Jakob Kolter, 22, from Exeter, has been charged with theft from a shop and grievous bodily harm.

Weather outlook: Rain easing, staying cloudy

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Further rain through the first part of the night will ease by the early hours.

Cloud will keep temperatures up overnight, preventing a frost from forming. Minimum Temperature: 5C (41F).

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A grey, cloudy day with moisture leaden skies. Most places will see some rain through the day, but there will be a few dry spells too. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Accident fears at congestion-hit school

BBC Radio Cornwall

Congestion problems at one Cornish School have become so bad the head teacher fears there could be a major accident.

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Now St Mewan Primary School near St Austell is getting lottery funding to pay for a campaign to encourage more families to use the bus or walk or cycle to school.

Head teacher Elaine Badger said: "People have very busy lives so lots of people drop their children off by car because they don't see any alternatives so we do get gridlock and a backlog of traffic goes out into the main road so there could be a major accident."

Hospitals chief says more patients need to be sent home

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Health chiefs have defended a decision to close community hospital beds in Devon.

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Beds at Holsworthy, Honiton, Okehampton, Seaton and Whipton in Exeter are to close. 

Rob Sainsbury, chief operating officer of the NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We know that 40% of our hospitals have patients who do not need to be there.

"So we can't allow that to continue and that is exactly why we have to shift the balance from the hospital to the home."

Boy, 13, starts epic cycle trek across Australia

BBC Radio Cornwall

A 13-year-old boy from Cornwall is cycling facing searing heat, and ferocious winds in a 2,768 mile charity ride across Australia.

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Si-am Juntakereket, from Bodmin, is cycling from Sydney to Perth in just 32 days.

He will attempt to set a new British record for the youngest Briton to cycle across Australia and raise £100,000 for a number of charities.

Humpback whale spotted again

BBC Radio Devon

The humpback whale is back off south Devon according to a sighting.

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The whale which has been feeding off Start Bay for several days was spotted by nature watcher @seaskywatch off the Skerries Buoy in the bay at 15:00.   

Large crowds gathered last weekend after the whale came close to shore.

Missing girl found safe and well

A 14-year-old girl reported missing from the Ivybridge area has been found safe and well.

Officers have been searching for Abigail Moseley who was last seen at her home around 22:45 last night.

Abigail made contact with family members just after 14:00 today and has been found safe and well in Plympton.

Magic moments from FA People's Cup

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Cheeky chips, celebrations and managerial sackings - watch 10 magic moments from the first round of the FA People's Cup...... 

More than 6,000 teams signed up for the 2017 FA People's Cup, which has 16 separate categories

You'll be able to watch a highlights programme from the first round of the nationwide five-a-side competition on the iPlayer from 06:00 GMT Saturday, 4 March and on the red button from 14:10 GMT on Saturday and throughout the weekend.

Police await post-mortem on street death

BBC Radio Devon

Police are investigating after a body was found in a street in Paignton early this morning.

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Emergency services were called to Church Street just after 05:30 after concerns were raised about the welfare of a person who was later declared dead at the scene.

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Police are treating the death as unexplained and say they're waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination later.

Monkeys are 'victims of UK primate trade'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Marmoset monkeys Coco and Kiki have been handed to a Cornwall-based charity after their owners realised they were "inappropriate" pets.

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Wild Futures' monkey sanctuary, which has offered them both a home, said they were "just two of the many victims of the UK primate pet trade".

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It said sadly there were many more marmosets, just like Coco and Kiki, that were waiting to be rescued.

Pregnant women with severe sickness ‘not told of treatments’

BBC Spotlight

Two-thirds of women with extreme sickness in pregnancy are not given enough information or the drugs to treat it, charities say.

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In a survey of nearly 400 women with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), half also said accessing care was difficult.

The illness is so bad for some that 1,000 wanted pregnancies are terminated each year, the Midirs journal reported.

But better treatment for the condition - which the Duchess of Cambridge had - was reported in specialist units.

The charity Pregnancy Sickness Support, which carried out the research with Plymouth University, said women were often misled about the risks of taking certain drugs to treat HG, which were actually safe.  

Devon-based TV drama ends run

BBC Radio Devon

The BBC has confirmed that it's not going to recommission the daytime TV series The Coroner, which was largely shot in Devon. 

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Two series of the drama starring Claire Goose and Matt Bardock had been sold around the world, from Japan to Canada.

Locations such as Hope Cove in Devon featured strongly in the TV drama. 

Ex-school technician who lives near beach said he was going to perve on young girls

Devon Live

A paedophile ex-school technician who boasted online that he was going to the beach to look at young girls has been jailed.

'We're not dealing with homeless problem' says Cornwall outreach worker

BBC Radio Cornwall

The large, rural nature of Cornwall means getting services to rough sleepers is challenging, an outreach worker has told the BBC.

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Ian Inchley, an outreach worker with the homeless charity St Petroc's Society spends a lot of his time driving, seeking out new homeless people or trying to find existing clients to offer support.

"As a society, we’re not dealing with the problem, we’re just moving it around.

"That’s the thing about the countryside, there could be another site 200 yards that way, and you wouldn’t know."

Many of the people Ian helps have drug and/or alcohol addiction, mental health problems or simply can't find affordable accommodation after a relationship breaks down or redundancy.

Police launch investigation after body found

BBC Radio Devon

Police have launched an investigation after a body was found in a street in Paignton early this morning.

Emergency services were called to Church Street just after 05:30 after concerns were raised about the welfare of a person who was later declared dead at the scene. 

Police are treating the death as unexplained and say they're waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination later this afternoon.

Holsworthy 'shock' at hospital beds closure

BBC Radio Devon

The closure of inpatient beds at Holsworthy Hospital on 31 March was a "complete shock to the town" says Mayor John Hutchings.

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"I fear this temporary closure will lead to a complete closure, this is purely an excuse, once closed it will stay closed," he said.

"Because of our rural location and complete lack of public transport family and friends visiting patients at other hospital will be virtually impossible."

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said it has taken the decision in response to a number of significant operational and safety issues which have escalated to reach a position that is no longer sustainable.

'Fantastic experience' at re-opening of historic cinema

BBC Radio Devon

Campaigners behind the re-opening of a historic Devon cinema say it will be a "fantastic experience".

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The Paignton Picture House was a regular haunt of Agatha Christie, but has been shut since 1997.

Now students from South Devon college are creating a show inside the old cinema, using projections, acting and dance.

Paul Hawthorne, chairman of the Paignton Picture House Trust , said: "To see a film projected onto the screen for the first time in 20 years is a fantastic experience and it's wonderful to be working with the college."

Lower energy bills could be on way with local system

BBC Radio Cornwall

One of the world's first local energy markets is being pioneered in Cornwall and it could lead to cheaper electricity bills.

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Under the scheme, renewable energy will be produced, sold, and bought locally.

The £19m trial was launched this week and is funded by Europe and the energy company Centrica.

If successful it could be rolled out globally, with the potential to transform the entire energy industry.

Fifty years since supertanker Torrey Canyon hits rocks

Louise Walter

BBC Spotlight

In March 1967, super tanker Torrey Canyon hit rocks off the Isles of Scilly.

Thirty-six million gallons of crude oil spilled into the sea - beaches from Cornwall along the south coast and across the English Channel in France were polluted.

After 10 days the ship was bombed by the RAF, Fleet Air Arm and Navy - with the aim of sinking the ship and burning off the oil.

Twelve days after she first struck rocks, the Torrey Canyon finally sank. She’d spilled virtually every drop of oil. Fifty years on, we’d love to share your memories. Drop us an email.

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Fallen tree smashes into car in Truro

Ivybridge police search for missing 14-year-old girl

BBC Radio Devon

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a 14-year-old girl who is missing from the Ivybridge area.

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Officers said they are extremely concerned for the welfare of Abigail Moseley who was last seen at home at about 22:45 yesterday.

Police are searching around the Ivybridge and South Hams areas and on Dartmoor.

Abigail is described as around 5ft 5in tall, of slim build with shoulder length brown hair. She may be wearing a blue/turquoise jacket with a hood and carrying a blue rucksack.

Humpback whale returns to Devon coast

Victoria Gould

BBC News Online

A humpback whale first spotted last Friday off the Devon coast has made another appearance.

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Experts said they were very surprised the whale was still in the area, and are urging people not to approach it by boat. 

Andy Robinson who saw the whale on two separate occasions yesterday said there were thick shoals of fish close to the shore, which were attracting other sea life including porpoises.

"I have lived here for 15 years and have only seen porpoises on two or three occasions, yet I have seen them almost daily recently", he said.      

Hospital friends say they were ignored on beds closures

BBC Radio Devon

Honiton Hospital League of Friends say they are "deeply saddened" by the decision from the NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group to close all the medical beds at Honiton Hospital.

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"We put forward cogent, substantiated reasons to have Honiton Hospital taken seriously as one of the sites under consideration in East Devon to retain its beds and feel disillusioned that our arguments fell on deaf ears," they said.

Community hospital beds in Honiton, Okehampton, Seaton, and Whipton, in Exeter, are to close. Health commissioners voted unanimously to shut 71 of the 143 inpatient beds in East and Mid Devon.

It leaves 32 community beds in Tiverton, 24 in Seaton and 16 in Exmouth.  

The NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group said instead of people being cared for in community hospital beds, the aim is to provide care and support in people's homes and in the community, preventing unnecessary hospital admissions and supporting a faster return home.

Festival celebrates 'peninsular living' with Lakeman headlining

BBC Radio Devon

West Country folk singer Seth Lakeman is to headline the first ever Royal William Yard Festival.

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The festival on 27 and 28 May promises to celebrate "peninsular living" and "everything the beautiful West Country has to offer".

The festival will bring areas of the historic Grade 1 listed ex-Naval victualling yard to life with classic cars, motorbikes and boats providing the backdrop to six stages, dotted around the yard offering different musical styles. 

Devon-born Seth Lakeman, who was nominated for a Mercury Award with his single, Kitty Jay, is celebrating the release of his eighth studio album 'The Ballads of the Broken Few'.

Street cordoned off after body found

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Scenes of crime officers have cordoned off part of a Paignton street where a body was found.

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The person was declared dead at the scene in Church Street.

Police are currently treating the death as unexplained, and await the outcome of a post-mortem later.

Local energy scheme 'puts Cornwall on global stage'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A multimillion-pound trial to make and sell energy locally is a "unique opportunity for Cornwall to take the lead globally" say organisers.

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Centrica is working with Western Power, the National Grid and the University of Exeter to create a virtual marketplace - similar to eBay - but for energy. 

The electricity could be from a generator or from wind or solar.

Matt Hastings from Centrica said: "This project was developed to help Cornwall and put Cornwall on the world's stage and the world is watching, we've had interest from New York and California and European countries as well.

BreakingBody found in Paignton street

A body has been found in Church Street in Paignton. Cordons are in place and police are currently treating the death an unexplained. More to follow.

MP Cox calls for hospital beds closures to be put back

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MP Geoffrey Cox says he is "unconvinced" by the case for the temporary closure of inpatient facilities at Holsworthy Community Hospital.

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"I have urged that no permanent and irrevocable decision should be made before the consequences have been fully examined and the community has been fully consulted," he said.

He has raised his concerns with the secretary of state for health and he is meeting the chief executive of the trust.

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said it has taken the decision in response to a number of significant operational and safety issues which have escalated to reach a position that is no longer sustainable. These are: 

  • Sustained reliance on agency staff to cover staff sickness and keep hospitals open
  • Recruitment difficulties due to national skills shortages
  • Decreasing bed occupancy and not all beds being used

It added all of the other services at the hospital, including consultant outpatient appointments and day services, will continue as normal.   

Road revamp in Exeter is delayed by 'complications'

The completion of a major transport scheme in Exeter which has been causing delays for drivers for a year is going to be delayed by about a month. 

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Bridge Road in Exeter is being expanded from three lanes to four but work is going to over run by a month and should now be completed by the end of June.

The road carries 30,000 vehicles each weekday. Devon County Council's Chief Highways Engineer Rob Richards says, the 950m stretch of road has seven bridges, a river, a canal, a flood relief scheme and the main railway line to deal with.

The £13.45m project has been held up by complications with some of the seven bridges it crosses and flooding.

Hospital nurses 'in tears' at beds closures

BBC Radio Devon

Ben Longhurst-Prior, who has family working in Holsworthy Community Hospital, says nurses were in tears after the announcement that inpatient beds are to close temporarily under what are being described as urgent measures due to significant safety concerns.

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"I believe the hospital is so needed in the Holsworthy area. There is nowhere else for palliative care within an hour's drive," he said.

Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust says all other appointments will continue but the hospital is currently relying on agency staff to cover sickness and to keep it open. 

There are also recruitment difficulties due to national shortages. Staff were briefed about the move yesterday.