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Summary

  1. A30 'wrong way driver' sought by police
  2. Woman dies in Penzance crash
  3. Campaigners and safety experts are calling for greater awareness of illegal drug use among fishermen in the South West
  4. Two men released on bail after Paignton death
  5. Woman rescued from cave after being 'cut off by tide'
  6. The region's leading cosmetics maker, Swallowfield PLC, has announced strong business growth
  7. Updates on Monday 6 March 2017

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That's all from BBC Local Live in Devon and Cornwall for today, we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday with the day's news, travel, weather and sport updates.

Don't miss  BBC Spotlight at 18:30  and the late bulletin at 22:30 tonight.

UKIP MEP: BBC ambushed me over wind farm

Earlier we told you how UKIP MEP William Dartmouth denied involvement in a Yorkshire wind farm in a 2014 BBC interview.

Here's his response: "Had I been given proper notice of your intention to ask me about this, all this could have been made clear, but, as it was, the interviewer broke BBC Guidelines in order to ambush me - and we were at cross purposes.  

"In conclusion, during the period of time you have referred to, there are and were no wind turbines on the land.  

"I did not own the land when asked on the programme in 2014 nor do I own the land now. 

"I had no financial interest in the unsuccessful application made in 2014 for installing wind turbines and in fact lodged my opposition to the application." 

William Dartmouth
BBC

Council mental health care probe 'unfocused and aggressive'

BBC Radio Cornwall

A mental health care home has called a probe by Cornwall Council "unfounded, unfocused, irrelevant, and increasingly aggressive".

Council
BBC

Bowden Derra Park in Launceston has banned investigators after the council launched a probe last month into "a number of allegations" about care.

"It has now become increasingly clear that we must take steps to protect the safety and wellbeing of the people we support from these spurious allegations, which do not relate to direct care whatsoever," said the directors in a statement.

The council could not make an immediate comment on the ban at the home which cares for 74 people with mental health needs, learning or physical disabilities.

Planners try to protect 'rare' bat species

BBC Radio Devon

Planners in Devon are trying to protect bats by making sure they're not threatened by new housing developments.

South Devon has one of the largest concentrations of the rare Greater Horseshoe Bat in the country - it contains 30% of the UK's population of the species.

Teignbridge Council is updating its policy on bats as a result.

We want people's views so that everybody's views are taken into consideration to make it better for the future, so we don't harm our endangered species."

Humphrey ClemensTeignbridge Councillor

Cornwall Council: £11m to be invested in adult social care next year

BBC Radio Cornwall

The leader of Cornwall Council has said an extra £11m will be invested in adult social care next year.

John Pollard says the pressures Cornwall experiences on health services are part of a nationwide problem.

Commenting on the council's role in the NHS 'sustainability and transformation plans' Mr Pollard said they were doing "all they can" to improve care packages to help reduce pressures on hospitals.

Contaminated silt from dockyard to be disposed of at new site

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The Marine Management Organisation has announced a new disposal site for contaminated silt from Devonport Dockyard.

For years it has routinely been disposed of in Whitsand Bay off south east Cornwall.

Tens of thousands of tonnes of waste are due to be disposed of in the coming days but they will now go to the new location, which will be known as Plymouth Deep.

Some fishermen have already expressed concern about the new site but Stop Dumping in Whitsand Bay campaigners are pleased.

Woman dies after crash in Penzance

BBC Radio Cornwall

A pedestrian has died after a collision involving her and a van in Penzance, Cornwall.

The woman, in her 50s, and from Penzance, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed.

The emergency services were called at 12:45 after the incident involving a Mercedes Sprinter van on Larrigan Road.

The road remains closed while officers from the Serious Collisions Investigation Team carry out an examination of the scene. Diversions are in place.

Police are appealing for witnesses to the collision and asking anyone with information to contact them.

European funding supports 'employment space' in Cornwall

Rob England

BBC News Online

Up to £2.8m of European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) has been secured to build new high quality employment space on the Business Park at Scorrier, Redruth.

The Cornwall Business Park West will be home to a development of 14 new "hybrid" office/industrial units that will be available to small and medium-sized businesses.

The Cornwall Business Park will create potential jobs for our residents in the surrounding area which will not only enhance wellbeing but will also contribute to the economy."

Julian German Cornwall Councillor, Economy and Culture

Weather: Further outbreaks of rain

BBC Weather

It will be a mostly dry and chilly night with some clear spells developing, allowing for a patchy overnight frost to form. Skies will turn cloudier from the west in the early hours. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

Weather map
BBC

Skies will be rather cloudy by dawn, with outbreaks of rain quickly pushing in from the west.

Rain will turn persistent in the afternoon with some heavy bursts over high ground like Dartmoor. Maximum Temperature: 12C (54F). 

'Staggering series of lies' by bogus NHS boss

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A bogus NHS boss who lied about his qualifications and raked in more than £1m has been told his life was "based on a staggering series of lies".

RCHT
BBC

Jon Andrewes, 63, from Totnes, misled a Somerset hospice in 2004 and Torbay Care Trust when he became chairman in 2007.

He also misled Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust where he became chairman in 2015.

Exeter Crown Court Judge Geoffrey Mercer, sentencing Andrewes to two years jail, told him: "For a period of 10 years your outwardly prestigious life was based on a lie - in fact a staggering series of lies."

"You received income you should not have received."

Daley wins bronze in World Series opener

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Two-time Olympic medalist Tom Daley won a bronze medal in the first leg of the Diving World Series in Beijing yesterday.

He came third in the 10m individual in China, having finished off the podium in his two synchro events.

Tom Daley
Getty Images

Fellow Plymouth diver Tonia Couch could only finish fifth in the women's 10-metre pair, alongside partner Lois Toulson.

Both will be back in action this weekend as the World Series continues in Guangzhou.

Cornwall mental health patients home Bowden Derra Park blocks probe

BBC Radio Cornwall

A mental health care home under council investigation has banned the local authority's officials .

Bowden Derra
BBC

Bowden Derra Park in Launceston blamed Cornwall Council's "persistent intrusive and disruptive behaviour".

Last month the council suspended placements to look into "a number of allegations" about care.

It could not make an immediate comment on the ban at the home which cares for 74 people with mental health needs, learning or physical disabilities.

The home's directors David and Judith Cash said in a statement that the Cornwall Council investigators were "impacting on service users' care" and they had "suspended Cornwall Council from accessing its care provision".

BreakingFormer hospitals chief jailed for lying about qualifications

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

The former chairman of Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust has been jailed for two years after lying about his qualifications which helped him earn £1m from three senior roles in health services in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Andrewes
BBC

Jon Andrewes, 63, from Totnes, ran St Margaret's Hospice in Somerset after exaggerating his qualifications and experience before taking charge of the Truro-based Trust in July 2015. He resigned a year later citing "personal health reasons".

His CV contained false claims about his academic and professional background including that he had worked at the Home Office. He was, in fact, a probation officer at the time.

Andrewes admitted obtaining a pecuniary advantage by deception when he secured a job at the St Margaret's Hospice in Somerset in 2004, and two counts of fraud.

These related to making misleading statements before he was appointed as chairman of the Torbay Care Trust in 2007 and of the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust in 2015.

Canadian takes the top spot at World Pasty Championships

Rob England

BBC News Online

A Canadian baker triumphed this weekend at the sixth annual World Pasty Championships at the Eden Project in Cornwall, the spiritual home of the pasty.

Gerry Ramier, a Canadian Army veteran from St Catherine’s in Ontario, runs the Piskie Pie Company with his wife Marlee.

As well as entering the competition, they traveled to Cornwall to visit Gerry’s mother, Melanie Lampshire, who lives in Redruth and who taught Gerry how to make pasties.

The Canadian won with a score of 96 out of 100.

Gerry and his wife Marlee
Eden Project

I’m overwhelmed and it’s a little mind-boggling to be honest. I didn’t expect that whatsoever. My mother will be pretty excited - we’re going to head straight over there and tell her."

Gerry RamierBaker

Hodges bemoans poor first half in Truro loss

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City manager Lee Hodges says a few "choice words" were used at half time in their 2-0 National League South defeat at Eastbourne.

The White Tigers improved after the break but have slipped to 18th in the table - two places and eight points above the relegation zone.

Truro City
Vaughan Pickhaver / TCFC

"In the first 45 minutes we never turned up at all, and we allowed them to dominate us at both ends," manager Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.  "Second half I felt that they put in an absolute shift and had a right go, but you can't just put in 45 minutes."

European funding made available for 'digital technology' in Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

New funding is to be made available in Cornwall to help make local businesses more competitive through increased use of digital technology.

It works by linking up small businesses with advisers who can help them adopt new ways of working.

The scheme is called "Superfast Business Cornwall" and is being funded by the European Regional Development Agency until March 2019.

Former NHS boss sentenced

BBC Spotlight

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Sentencing is currently ongoing at Exeter Crown Court.

Rescue teams help deer with 'antlers caught in fence'

Rob England

BBC News Online

'Oh deer'.

That's right, rescue teams were called this morning to help a stag with its antlers caught in a perimeter fence on the lower sports field at the University of St Mark and St John, in Plymouth.

A Stag caught in a fence
Terry Dungay

Crews worked with the RSPCA to "calm the animal" as best they could before it was sedated by a vet with a tranquiliser gun.

The deer was then freed using "small tools" and then released, unharmed, back into the wild.

Road closed after serious crash in Penzance

BBC News Travel

Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious crash between a van and pedestrian on Larrigan Road in Penzance  

The woman pedestrian has sustained serious injuries and the road is expected to be closed for a while.

Police and ambulance were called at 12:45. Members of the public are advised to avoid the area. 

Wannabe YouTubers - what to expect at UK's first vlogger masterclass academy

Instagram

 The UK has opened its first YouTube Training School, for young people aged 7 to 18.

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Exeter-based Tubers Academy - which runs masterclasses for wannabe vloggers - says it wants to address a growing demand for digital skills across job markets.

Here's a chance to see what it's all about and how YOU could be the next PewDiePie, possibly!   

Amphetamines warning for fishermen after deaths

BBC Inside Out

Fishermen are being warned of the dangers of using drugs while at sea following several deaths linked to the use of amphetamines .

In the last two years, 15% of fishing vessel accidents have involved drug abuse.

Micky Hill's son, Mike, was skipper of a scallop dredger when it capsized off Teignmouth, Devon. He died aged 22, along with Shane Hooper, 34 , who was found with amphetamines in his system.

Mr Hill says Mike would not have allowed Shane on board if he'd known he'd been using drugs.

See the full investigation on Inside Out South West on BBC One on Monday 6 March at 19:30 BST and on the iPlayer for 30 days thereafter.

Vandals 'target car five times in four months causing £7k worth of damage'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A car has been targeted by vandals five times in the last four months, causing more than £7,000 worth of damage, police have said.

The offences started in November, when all of the blue VW Golf's panels were scratched and offensive words were also etched on the bonnet.

Subsequent offences happened in various locations around the Morton and St Andrews Road areas of Exmouth, officers said.

Police are appealing for witnesses and said: "This car has clearly been singled out and repeatedly targeted for reasons unknown".  

Man may have suffered medical episode before dying in dumper truck incident

Plymouth Herald

The man who  died in an incident involving a dumper truck  at the weekend may have suffered a medical episode while driving, police have said.

Safety code after Emily Gardner drowned under speedboat

BBC News England

The family of a teenage girl who drowned on a sailing trip in Devon have launched a safety code in her memory.

Emily Gardner, 14, from Gloucester, drowned when an ill-fitting buoyancy aid snagged on a speedboat which capsized in Brixham, Devon in May 2015.

Emily Gardner
DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE

Parents Clive and Debbie Gardner set up Emily's Code to highlight safety issues for small boat owners and users.

They said something as simple as checking a buoyancy aid or lifejacket fits properly could save a life.

Nicholson blames 'sketch show' defending

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United player-boss Kevin Nicholson blamed his side's "sketch show" defending for their National League defeat by Guiseley on Saturday.

The Gulls have only one win from their past 10 games, a run which has seen them fall into the relegation zone.

Kevin Nicholson
Rex Features

"If it wasn't my team, if it wasn't my club, I'd probably find those goals quite amusing they were that bad," he told BBC Radio Devon.

Writing on his Facebook page after the match, Nicholson hinted his position may be in doubt.

He said: "Who knows what the future holds, but if I get the honour to be in charge of this team again next week then I know that a win will most likely get us out of the bottom four."

RNLI crewman 'praised' for bravery in weekend rescue

Rob England

BBC News Online

An RNLI crewman who swam from a lifeboat to help a woman stranded in a cave near Looe is being praised for his bravery.

An RNLI lifeboat
RNLI

The rescue took place on Saturday when the woman was forced to take shelter in a cave at Portwrinkle.

The boat couldn't get close to the cave so crewman Guy Cooper jumped in and swam ashore in heavy seas to help her.

For a crew member to put themselves in the water with the seas as they were on Saturday, I think they're an absolute credit to this town"

Tina HicksLooe Harbour Master
Rob Baxter

Exeter head coach Rob Baxter says Premiership rivals Leicester need to "weather the storm" to get back to their best.

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Politician's wind farm involvement 'smacks of hypocrisy'

Watch: "It smacks of hypocrisy," says Molly Scott Cato MEP (Green)

A UKIP MEP for the South West has been accused of hypocrisy and lying over his involvement in a wind farm project. 

In a 2014 television interview, William Dartmouth had denied knowing that land in Yorkshire he'd given to a relative was being lined up to take wind turbines. 

But it has now emerged he'd been personally involved in negotiations over the project for several years beforehand.

Molly Scott Cato, MEP for the Green Party in the South West, said we should expect higher standards from our elected politicians.

Sneering Remain voters, stop saying Cornwall 'got what it deserved'

Independent

Independent

Sam Farley:

The reality of life in my Cornish hometown is a far cry from the picturesque images of surf lapping at sandy beaches. Perhaps it's time Remain voters in more affluent areas stopped being so superior and thought about why so many voted to leave .

A30 'wrong way driver' sought by police

Rob England

BBC News Online

Police in Cornwall are searching for a driver who was reported to be travelling the wrong way on the A30.

Officers said a driver was travelling eastbound, on the westbound carriageway of the A30 at Launceston.

A member of the public alerted police at 10:00 this morning.

The driver was in a silver car, and is described as an elderly man accompanied by an elderly female.

It caused heavy traffic at Treburyse Road earlier today, but there have been no further sightings of the vehicle.

Farm accident death not treated as suspicious

BBC Radio Devon

Police and health and safety officers are investigating after a 20-year-old woman died following an accident on a farm in Dawlish. 

The woman was injured operating farm machinery on Saturday afternoon.

Police said she was pronounced dead at the scene by air ambulance crews.

The death is not being treated as suspicious.

Dawlish
CHRIS ILES

Knitters make hundreds of teddy bears for refugees

BBC Spotlight

Knitters in Bradninch are putting the finishing touches to hundreds of teddy bears which will be sent to child refugees.

The whole community, including scouts, have been making the small toys. 

A teddy bear
BBC

They'll be put into the pockets of donated coats for refugee children in Syria, Greece and elsewhere. 

The knitters hope to put a little fun into uncertain lives. They're being displayed in windows in the town this week ahead of their journey. 

Man detained in Cornwall after breaching release conditions

Rob England

BBC News Online

A 35-year-old man has been recalled to prison by Devon and Cornwall Police after breaching his release conditions.

Steven Forster was sentenced to 27 months at Truro Crown Court in October 2015 for supplying and possessing illegal drugs.

He was released on 5 December 2016.

Police thanked members of the public for their help.

South West MEP lied about wind farm involvement

BBC Inside Out

William Dartmouth MEP
BBC

William Dartmouth, deputy chairman of UKIP, lied publicly about his role in a proposed wind farm project, the BBC can reveal. 

It has been discovered the South West MEP was personally involved in negotiating a deal which could have earned his family £100,000 a year. 

William Dartmouth MEP and Paul Barltrop
BBC

In a television interview in 2014, Mr Dartmouth denied any involvement. UKIP is strongly opposed to onshore wind farms.

South West cosmetics maker announces 'strong business growth'

BBC Spotlight

Cosmetics maker Swallowfield PLC has reported growth over the last six months.

The company has factories in Wellington and Bideford employing about 500 people.  

Revenue increased by nearly a half from £27m to £40m with operating profit up from £1.2m to £2.2m. 

Eye liner pencils
BBC

'Naive' to think fishing industry 'exempt' from substance misuse

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Fishermen's Mission says it's pouring resources into more staff training after a BBC investigation uncovered a growing problem of drug abuse at sea by young fishermen. 

Post-mortem results have found amphetamines, cannabis and even heroin in the systems of fishermen from all around the coast of Britain. 

Mike Hill, the skipper of a scallop dredger from Teignmouth died when it capsized two years ago.

Mike Hill
BBC
Mike Hill - skipper of a scallop dredger which capsized

When the body of his friend Shane Hooper was recovered - there were large quantities of amphetamine in his blood. 

Alison Godfrey from the Fishermen's Mission said: "We would be naive to think fishing would be exempt from substance misuse issues. It is the most dangerous peacetime profession in the UK.

"You don't need to add substances into that equation"

The fishing trawler that capsized
BBC
The fishing trawler that capsized

Investigations continue into blaze at terraced houses in St Day

BBC Radio Cornwall

Investigations continue this morning after a row of terraced houses in St Day, Cornwall, was badly damaged in a major fire. 

Seven crews from Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service dealt with the blaze on Sunday afternoon just after 15:00. 

Water and electricity supplies were affected and emergency services were on the scene until 21:30.

No-one was hurt.

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Severe accident: A39 Devon westbound

BBC News Travel

A39 Devon westbound severe accident, between A3125 and Brynsworthy Lane.

A39 Devon - A39 in Bickington blocked westbound between Roundswell Roundabout and the Brynsworthy Lane junction, because of an accident involving three vehicles.

To report traffic and travel incidents dial 0330 123 0184 at any time

Sickness bug school reopens

BBC Radio Devon

A primary school in Devon has reopened after a sickness bug affected large amounts of staff and pupils.

Bovey Tracey Primary School said a fifth of pupils and teachers were struck down last week. 

The school - which has 300 pupils and six members of staff - was forced to close and undergo a deep clean for three days.