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Summary

  1. Teenage boy injured as car collides with Penzance bus stop
  2. Man charged with murder after body found in Launceston
  3. Woman airlifted to hospital with "serious head injury" after A3072 crash
  4. Plans for dozens of new apartments overlooking Falmouth beach approved
  5. Exeter Cathedral dean to retire months after bishop criticism
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Tuesday 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.

Whales at play off Devon coast

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Incredible video footage of whales breaching the water off the south Devon coast was captured this morning.

Andrew Humphries, who filmed the whales between Berry Head and Thatcher Rock, said: "It was incredible. The two whales were slapping their fins on the water, then one disappeared and the other one came back and breached out of the water a couple of times. It was absolutely amazing to see.”

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Latest weather: Mostly dry overnight, cloudy on Tuesday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

Staying mostly dry tonight, although it will be murky with low cloud and sea fog in place. Feeling warmer than last night. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

Weather
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Tuesday will start rather cloudy and grey with low cloud and patchy coastal and hill fog. Staying cloudy, with some brightness and some light outbreaks of rain or drizzle but feeling mild. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

Deep impact: Study to examine quakes below earth’s surface

A cracked pavement
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A new research project looking at the causes of earthquakes below the earth's surface is being led by the University of Plymouth.

Academics have been granted £450,000 by the Natural Environment Research Council to develop "greater understanding about the short and long-term behaviour of the lower crust".

Lecturer Dr Luca Menegon said earthquakes originating below the earth's surface had "killed significantly more people" than those occurring after tectonic plates shifted on the earth's surface.

He said: "We have a very poor understanding of them. By combining geological and satellite observations with laboratory work and imaging, we hope to go some way to changing that."

Council to claim for whale removal costs

BBC Radio Devon

Torridge District Council says it will be claiming for the cost of removing a 10m (32ft) whale carcass that washed up on Hartland Quay in North Devon.

The claim with go to the Reciever of Wreck , who deals with cases of voluntary salvage wreck material across the UK. 

Whale washed up on Hartland Quay
Callum Clarke

We will ... be in contact with the Receiver of Wreck to approve any plans and initiate the process for submitting a claim for the cost of removal. There will be a short delay while the plans are finalised and properly costed, but we hope that the work to remove the carcass can begin as soon as this is completed."

Torridge District Council

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Exeter council plans 'safer' waterways

BBC Radio Devon

Exeter City Council is proposing to work on making its port, river, quay and canal safer and cleaner.

A report into the management of Exeter's waterways says there's "a significant issue with vessels berthed within the harbour that have fallen into disrepair", which, in the past two years, has cost taxpayers £15,000, it says. 

Officers are looking into employing a harbour master.

We need to be smarter in how we do things, to be brutally honest. People expect it, but it doesn't come at low cost, I'm afraid. It comes at a price."

Phil BialykExeter City Councillor

Attacked Good Samaritan: 'He hit me three times. Bang, bang, bang'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman has described the moment she was attacked and left unconscious on the side of a road after trying to be a Good Samaritan and stopping to help a man.

Road
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The attack happened after Lucy Hawthorn went on an errand from her home in St Eval to St Columb Major in Cornwall at about 23:00 GMT on 7 March.

"I saw this man on the side of the road and he was bent in half, holding himself," she said. She pulled over, asked if he was alright when "he just turned round with a metal object and hit me on the head". 

She said: "Then he hit me three more times on the head. Bang, bang, bang. 

"I fell on the verge and he was strangling me. I really thought I was going to die."

Fishing boat deaths: Fisherman's jawbone recovered 'a year after sinking'

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

An inquest into the death of fishermen Shane Hooper and Michael Hill has heard that the jawbone of Mr Hill was found nearly a year after he went missing. 

Skipper Michael Hill and crewman Shane Hooper were on the 36ft scalloper JMT when it went missing on 9 July 2015. The vessel was found more than 170ft underwater, five miles north of Plymouth's Eddystone Lighthouse a day later.

The remains of Mr Hill were found on the sea bed, along with a wooden spirit level and metal plaque, by another vessel dredging for scallops on 6 July 2016.

His body was not recovered, despite his father commissioning private divers to search the wreck.

Tributes left at Teignmouth for the missing fishermen
BBC

The body of Shane Hooper was recovered with the vessel  after he was spotted floating in a life ring by the crew of a yacht.

The inquest, being heard at Plymouth Coroner's Court and expected to last two days, continues.

Devon schools will 'lose out under new funding system'

Rob England

BBC News Online

A Devon county councillor has written to the Prime Minister, criticising a new national funding system for schools. 

James McInnes signed the joint letter to Theresa May with councillors from across the country in the campaign group F40. 

Two years ago, Devon council won an extra £16m a year to fund schools, but Mr McInnes said: "Every child in Devon is still funded at £290 less than the national average."  

A primary school classroom
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The government is proposing to guarantee schools a funding reduction of no more than 3% per pupil under the new formula. 

The councillor said the new funding system "locks in" historical differences.

The government said schools were "already receiving record levels of funding".

The right note? Orchestra to be created by returning conductor

Rob England

BBC News Online

A new orchestra will be formed to perform in Devon and Cornwall from 26 March.

The Dartington Sinfonietta is being created and will be conducted by Simon Capet, who grew up in Exeter.

Mr Capet is returning to his home region after two decades living and working in Canada and the United States.

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Our goal for the Dartington Sinfonietta is very simple: we want to serve the people and communities of Devon and Cornwall by taking fantastic music into all communities, however small or remote."

Simon Capet Conductor, Dartington Sinfonietta

New Falmouth development 'oppressive'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Campaigners opposing controversial plans for the former Falmouth Beach Hotel, which burned down in 2012, are calling the new development "oppressive".

The new development was given the go-ahead today. The proposals say about £30m is to be invested in 64 residential apartments, a shop, restaurant and cafe complex overlooking Gyllyngvase Beach.

The scheme, known as the Flotilla, is an amendment to an earlier planning application which had already secured consent in 2014. 

Cornwall councillors approved the application by seven votes to five, with one abstention.

A prediction of the new Falmouth development
POYNTON BRADBURY WYNTER COLE Architects Ltd

There will be three huge buildings very near the pavement, up to seven stories high. When you walk underneath it, I think you'll feel like you are walking through the city of London, not a nice beach front. It's going to feel very oppressive."

Paul HillsSave Our Falmouth

Exeter Quay footbridge repairs start

Andrew Segal

Local Live

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The Mallison footbridge was closed after an inspection revealed "some rotten timbers", the council said.

The repairs are expected to take "two to three weeks" and the council said it hoped to "get it open again by Easter".

Fall in EU student numbers 'damaging' to UK universities

BBC Radio Devon

The vice chancellor of Exeter University has said a 10% fall in the number of students coming to the university from the EU after the Brexit vote is "damaging" if it indicates a trend where EU students are less willing to come to the UK.

Across the UK, overseas applications from Europe are down by an average of 7%.

Exeter University
BBC

We think it's very damaging because we need to be, as top universities, open to the very best students from all over the world."

Sir Steve Smith Vice Chancellor, Exeter University

Fishing boat deaths: Scallop vessel capsized 'without warning'

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A scallop vessel capsized "without warning", an inquest has heard.

Skipper Michael Hill and crewman Shane Hooper were on the 36ft scalloper JMT when it went missing on 9 July 2015. The vessel was later found more than 170ft underwater, five miles north of Plymouth's Eddystone Lighthouse a day later.

At Plymouth Coroner's Court, Sean Friday, from the Marine Accident Investigations Branch, told the hearing that the capsize happened "suddenly and without warning".

He said there was a very slight swell, the wave height was up to 1m, and there was no evidence of a collision. The inquest continues.

Fire crews assist child locked in car in Exeter

Council looks at beach whale carcass removal

BBC Radio Devon

A council says it is beginning the process of removing the 10m (32ft) whale carcass that  washed up on the rocks at Hartland Quay in North Devon.

Torridge Council said it had hoped the carcass would be washed out to sea with the high tide over the weekend.

Whale carcass
Torridge District Council

Unfortunately, the high tides over the last few days have not taken the whale carcass back out to sea. The council are now exploring methods of removal, and are in contact with several local companies who have indicated they have the expertise to undertake this work."

Torridge District Council

Latest travel updates

BBC News Travel

  • In Cornwall , there are delays in Falmouth after an accident near Falmouth Cemetery on Pennace road
  • St Clare Street, near the West Cornwall Hospital, remains closed following a collision of a car into a bus stop
  • In Penryn, on Commercial Road, the road surface has collapsed near to the bridge. There are temporary traffic lights in place, so expect delays
  • In Tregony, at the top of Tregony Hill, there are roadworks and temporary traffic lights

  • In Devon, the entry slip road of the A38 southbound at South Brent, the A385 Marley Head Junction, is partially blocked due to a broken-down crane 
  • the A35 Exeter Road at Honiton, near Sidmouth Road, is partially blocked following an incident. Traffic is slow moving
  • In Easton, the A382, near the turning for Chagford, is partially blocked following a collision. It's affecting traffic between Whiddon Down and Moretonhampstead
  • In Crediton, the A3072 is closed between Crediton and Bickleigh due to drainage repair work at Stockleigh Pomeroy. Diversions are in place
  • In Teignmouth, on A379 Bitton Park Road at Second Avenue, there is queueing traffic in the roadworks area
  • There are currently delays of up to 30 minutes on South West Trains between Honiton and Exeter St Davids

'Lucky escape' after terrier gets stuck in rabbit hole

Rob England

BBC News Online

In an spirited attempt to relive the classic piece of fiction Alice in Wonderland, this little terrier found itself in a bit of trouble over the weekend.

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Terrier with fire crews
Cornwall Fire and Rescue

Adams denies 'best manager' claim

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams has denied telling Mansfield manager Steve Evans that he is the 'best manager in the English Football League'.

The pair argued during Argyle's  2-0 win at Field Mill  on Saturday.

Derek Adams
Rex Features

"He failed last year, he's got a huge budget this year and that was a big result for them," Evans told BBC Radio Nottingham. "When somebody tells you in the tunnel they're the best manager outside the Premier League, it's hard to palate."

But Adams told  BBC Radio Devon:  "I don't think that's quite right, but Steve's one of these guys that talks a lot."

Hotel evacuated after kitchen fire breaks out

Rob England

BBC News Online

Toorak Hotel
Google

A hotel was evacuated this morning after a fire broke out in the kitchen.

Crews were called to the Toorak Hotel on Chestnut Avenue in Torquay at 05:44. Four fire engines attended the small blaze, believed to originate from the deep fat fryer in the kitchens.

Crews used jets and extinguishers to control the fire, then removed the appliance into the open air. The incident was under control by 07:15 and staff at the hotel were back in work by 07:30, the hotel said.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said it believed the fire was an accident.

Fishing boat deaths: 'Frantic calls made to missing scalloper'

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

Frantic calls were made to a scallop fishing boat that failed to return to harbour , an inquest has heard.

Shane Hooper and Michael Hill were on the 11m (36ft) JMT when it went missing on 9 July 2015.

The fishing boat JMT
BBC

Michael Hill's father, also called Michael Hill, had been in touch with the vessel regularly before it went out of contact at about 15:00.

He called the Coastguard, Sutton Harbour and Looe Lifeboat crew to share his concerns.

The inquest continues in Plymouth.

Good Samaritan victim's life 'completely altered'

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A Good Samaritan driver who was attacked after stopping to help a man who she thought was ill said the incident had left her unable to go out without being accompanied.

Lucy Hawthorn
Lucy Hawthorn

"It's completely altered my life," said Lucy Hawthorn, 36, from St Eval.

"I needed to make sure he was alright, what if he had been found dead the next day?"

"But I will never stop my car again."

The man is described as white, stocky, about 5ft 10in tall, aged mid-20s to early 30s.

Insp Dave Meredith of Devon and Cornwall Police called it a "disturbing incident".

Apartment development in Falmouth approved

Rob England

BBC News Online

A controversial development on the site of a former hotel has been approved by Cornwall Council's planning committee by seven votes to five, with one abstention.

Developers want to build three new blocks of self catering flats on the site of the Falmouth Beach Hotel, which burned down in 2012 .

The site of the Falmouth Beach Hotel
BBC

Almost 200 letters of objection were submitted against the proposals, with critics saying the plans were "too big" for the site.

The owner of the St Michael's Hotel and Spa next door to the derelict site, Nigel Carpenter, is the man behind the plan to build 64 residential apartments, a restaurant and a car park and shop.

The developer said the project would "create 60 jobs" and invest £30m in the local economy.

Disruption on trains between Yeovil and Exeter

Thomas Orchard death: Jury sent home for the day

Scott Bingham

BBC Spotlight

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The jury in the trial of three Devon and Cornwall Police staff accused of the manslaughter of a man with mental health problems has been sent home for day.

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Orchard died after losing consciousness at Heavitree Road Police station in 2012. Sgt Jan Kingshott, 45, and detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, all deny gross negligence manslaughter. 

At Bristol Crown Court, the jury have been considering verdicts since last week. They will resume their deliberations on Tuesday. The case continues.

Penzance bus stop collision boy 'in early teens'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A boy who sustained serious leg injuries when a car collided with a bus stop in Penzance is believed to be in his early teens, police say.

Penzance bus stop collision scene. Pic: Facebook/Garry Clemo
Facebook/Garry Clemo

Emergency services were called to the scene in St Clare Street at about 11:30. 

The boy was reported as conscious and breathing after the crash, and is being airlifted to hospital in Plymouth.

The road has been closed from nearby Causewayhead.

Cornwall Good Samaritan driver beaten and knocked out

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A woman driver who stopped to help a man who looked ill was beaten up on the side of a quiet country road.

Lucy Hawthorn
Lucy Hawthorn

Good Samaritan Lucy Hawthorn, 36, who was left with a black eye, broken rib and bruises to her head, said she "feared for life" in a series of blows. 

The man, wearing Marigold-style gloves, tried to strangle her before leaving her unconscious near St Eval in Cornwall last week. 

Police have appealed for help in tracking down the attacker after what they called a "shocking experience".  

BreakingBoy injured after car collides with Penzance bus stop

Rob England

BBC News Online

Penzance crash. opIC: Facebook/Garry Clemo
Facebook/Garry Clemo

A boy has sustained serious leg injuries after a car collided with a bus stop in St Clare Street, Penzance, police say.

Police and ambulance were called to the scene, near West Cornwall Hospital, at about 11:30.

The boy was treated by ambulance crews, and an air ambulance called to transport him to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth.

Car collides with bus stop

Penzance woman crowdfunds to help put a roof over a homeless man's head

Cornwall Live

A Cornish woman has launched a crowdfunding appeal to help raise cash in a bid to help take one homeless man off the streets. 

Falmouth flats plans approved

BBC Radio Cornwall

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Developers want to build on the site of the Falmouth Beach Hotel, overlooking Gyllyngvase Beach, which burned down in 2012.

Nicholson praises Keating's character

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Torquay United manager Kevin Nicholson praised the character of forward Ruairi Keating as he overcame illness to score a last-minute winner at Southport.

The Irishman, nephew of former Boyzone frontman Ronan Keating, was only passed fit to play on the morning of the game.

Ruairi Keating
Rex Features

"I'm delighted for him, because it's his maiden goal in this country," Nicholson told  BBC Radio Devon.  "He's not likely to let a sickness bug, that nearly wrecked a hotel room, stop him [from playing]."

Police call handlers 'deal with 200 calls from suicidal people'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police control room staff have dealt with nearly 200 calls from suicidal people since the start of the year, a police sergeant says.

Police call centre
BBC

Sgt Dave Pebworth, of Devon and Cornwall Police,  tweeted  that the number of such calls was "an increase on last year".

He added that suicidal callers were dealt with by "enhanced communicators" - control room staff "who have received additional training around suicide and crisis communication".

He said the force had about 40 such staff who had received the training and "volunteered to perform the additional role".

Latest travel in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

In Devon:

  • The A377 Cowley Hill Exeter-bound remains partially blocked after a two-vehicle collision at Upton Pyne Hill. There's queuing traffic and delays expected
  • In Braunton, Caen Street is closed for roadworks. A diversion is in place but, again, expect delays
  • In Barnstaple, on the A39 North Road, there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks by the North Devon District Hospital. Delays are expected

And in Cornwall:

  • On the A39 near Penryn, expect slow traffic on the approaches to the Treluswell roundabout due to road improvement works
  • Also in Penryn, on Commercial Road, the road surface has collapsed near the bridge and there are temporary traffic lights. Delays are expected
  • Between Seaton and Downderry Road, the B3247 is closed for repairs to the embankment

Man charged with murder after Launceston death

Rob England

BBC News Online

Town Mills Close
BBC

A man has been charged with murder after the discovery of a body at a house in Launceston last week.

The body of Charles MacDonald was found in Town Mills Close last Thursday.

A 27-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder appeared at Truro Magistrates' Court over the weekend. He is due to appear at Exeter Crown Court later.

Isles of Scilly power repair ship makes 'good progress'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Isles of Scilly
BBC

A ship sent to repair the cable that connects the Isles of Scilly to the national grid is "making good progress" in getting to the repair location, Western Power Distribution (WPD) says.

Islanders have been reliant on generators since the 55km cable was damaged on Monday 27 February.

The repair ship CS Soverign set sail from Portland in Dorset at 22:00 on Sunday. 

WPD said: "Repairs will commence as soon as the crew arrive later today at the site of the damaged cable."

It added that, weather-permitting, staff would work 24 hours a day until the repair was completed, but that it was also "mobilising additional generation as a contingency" if needed.

Apprenticeship levy to affect Devon and Cornwall

Rob England

BBC News Online

Both Devon and Cornwall will be hit by the government's upcoming apprenticeship levy.

Critics have dubbed it a payroll tax, but ministers said would it ensure bigger employers took on the cost of training workers.   

From May, larger employers with an annual pay bill of £3m or more  must pay  0.5% of that into the new apprenticeship levy.

Devon County Council said it faced a bill of more than £1m.