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Summary

  1. Three Devon and Cornwall Police staff found not guilty over Thomas Orchard death
  2. Accidental verdict for fishing boat deaths off Cornwall
  3. South West farmers say there've been ups and downs since the vote to leave the EU
  4. Penzance bus stop crash "every mother's worst nightmare"
  5. Teen gives sanitary products to homeless in Cornwall
  6. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Wednesday

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Rob England

BBC News Online

Live updates for Devon and Cornwall have finished for the day, but we'll be back at 08:00 on Wednesday with the latest news, sport, travel and weather. 

Don't forget to tune into  Spotlight on BBC One  later. 

There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio stations in Devon and Cornwall .

Growing number of Cornish brewers 'boosts pub trade'

BBC Radio Cornwall

The growing number of independent breweries in Cornwall has boosted the pub trade, according to one Redruth brewer.

The Keltek Brewery bought the Mount Ambrose Inn and The Railway in Illogan and will reopen them both later this year.

Both pubs recently closed and there were fears they would be permanently lost to the community.

Keltek's head of business development, Richard Heath, says there is a "renewed interest" in craft beer which is "bringing back the punters".

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We started 20 years ago this year. In that time since we started we've seen at least another couple of dozen breweries open up. The market share is there for there to be this many breweries, so people are obviously pretty happy with their pubs."

Richard HeathKeltek Brewery

Latest weather: A murky night but mostly dry on Wednesday

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It's a mild and murky night to come with hill and coastal fog. Outbreaks of light rain and drizzle are likely in places, particularly over moorland. Minimum temperature: 9C (48F).

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Staying mostly dry for all through Wednesday although dull and cloudy at times but some good sunny spells possible in the east. Feeling mild. Maximum temperature: 15C (59F).

Thomas Orchard death: Chief constable expresses 'condolences'

Rob England

BBC News Online

The chief constable of Devon and Cornwall says he fully recognises the impact of the "long-running and difficult proceedings" on the family of Thomas Orchard, who died in police custody.

The 32-year-old died in 2012. Sgt Jan Kingshott, 45, and detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, were found not guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after a trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer
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Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer said that his thoughts and condolences remained with the family of Mr Orchard, as well as "his loved ones and friends".

He added: "The investigation and criminal proceedings has had a significant impact on all three Devon and Cornwall Police colleagues. That impact has also fallen on their families.

"All three colleagues, and other members of the force involved in this matter, have maintained their professionalism throughout."

He also said that a "further investigation" into the officers was being carried out by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Bus stop crash 'every mother's worst nightmare'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A woman whose 16-year-old son was hit when a car collided with a bus stop has described the incident as "every mother's worst nightmare".

Josh Ladd suffered multiple injuries - including a punctured lung, fractured leg, broken ankle and broken collar bone - when the vehicle crashed into a bus shelter in Penzance and then hit him, Marlene Ladd told the BBC.

Josh Ladd
Jack Ladd

She said her "really brave" son was hit as he walked to Penwith College on Monday morning. He is currently in hospital in Plymouth.

"When I found out, I went into meltdown. I burst into tears in the supermarket and started screaming, I think," she said.

Plymouth students 'eco-pod' unveiled

Rob England

BBC News Online

An "eco-pod" designed by students from the University of Plymouth has been unveiled on the Dartington estate in South Devon.

Eleven teams of second and third-year students were set the task of designing a sustainable structure that "positively contributed" to its surroundings.

The winning pod, Tiny House, was created using local and renewable materials from the estate, including larch, Douglas fir and sheep’s wool. 

Tiny House and the team behind it
University of Plymouth

The team behind Tiny House was made up of third-year architecture students Tom Kimberley, Elliott Dennis and Matthew Fox, with second years Tom Simmons and Callum Swift.  

The students said: “It has been a brilliant opportunity and given us a better understanding of the whole design and construction process."

Accidental verdict for fishing boat deaths off Cornwall

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

JMT
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Two fishermen died when their trawler capsized "suddenly and without warning", an inquest has heard .

Michael Hill, 22, and Shane Hooper, 33, were on board the JMT scalloper when it sank on 9 July 2015. A jury concluded a verdict of accidental death and found "multiple factors" caused the JMT to sink off Rame Head in Cornwall.

The two-day inquest at Plymouth Coroner's Court heard the vessel was found on 10 July 2015, 51m under water, 3.8 nautical miles off the coast.  

The Marine Accident Investigation Branch recommended the Maritime and Coastguard Agency introduce stability criteria for new and existing vessels under 15m in length.

Thomas Orchard death: Timeline of events

Rob England

BBC News Online

Thomas Orchard
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  • 3 October 2012:  Paranoid schizophrenic Thomas Orchard is arrested on suspicion of a public order offence in Exeter and taken to Heavitree Police Station. He is restrained while in custody and taken to hospital later after being found unresponsive in a cell. He suffers a cardiac arrest
  • 10 October 2012:  The 32-year-old church caretaker dies in hospital
  • November 2013:  The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) announces possible charges of corporate manslaughter, manslaughter by unlawful act, gross negligence, perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office against Devon and Cornwall Police
  • December 2014:  CPS begins process to prosecute three police staff on a charge of manslaughter
  • January 2016:  Trial starts at Bristol Crown Court of Sgt Jan Kingshott and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden
  • March 2016:  Trial halted for legal reasons after 11 weeks. CPS announces it will seek a re-trial
  • January 2017:  Retrial commences at Bristol Crown Court 
  • 14 March 2017:  Verdicts of not guilty against all three defendants, who had denied gross negligence manslaughter

Pain of police custody death 'diminishes' Thomas Orchard's family

BBC News England

The family of a man with mental health issues who died in police custody wants to see a change in the way vulnerable people are treated. 

Sgt Jan Kingshott, 45, and detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, were cleared of the manslaughter of Thomas Orchard at Bristol Crown Court. 

Mr Orchard, 32, who had schizophrenia, died in hospital a week after he suffered a cardiac arrest in an Exeter police cell in 2012. 

His mother, Alison Orchard, said the family's "fight for truth and transparency continues". 

European silver medallist joins Plymouth College as coach

James Law

BBC Sport Online

European Championship silver medallist and 2012 Olympian Roberto Pavoni has joined Plymouth College as deputy director of swimming.

The 25-year-old retired from competing in the sport last month, and will team up with director Robin Armayan, who took over from Jon Rudd earlier this year.

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Rudd, who had coached Ben Proud and Olympic gold medallist Ruta Meilutyte in Plymouth, left the club in November to take charge of Ireland's swimming programme.

Thomas Orchard death: Jurors 'wept' as verdict given

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Bristol Crown Court. Pic: Google
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A number of jurors wept as verdicts of not guilty were delivered against police staff accused of killing a man in custody. 

Six men and six women formed the jury during the six-week trial at Bristol Crown Court (pictured) against three Devon and Cornwall Police staff over the death of 32-year-old Thomas Orchard in 2012.

Sgt Jan Kingshott, 45, and detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, were found not guilty after all denying gross negligence manslaughter.

After the verdicts were delivered, the judge, Mrs Justice Cheema-Grubb, said: "The defendants can be discharged from the dock. Members of the jury, thank you very much for your attention in this case." 

Bus stop crash boy suffered multiple injuries

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A 16-year-old boy who was hit by a car at a bus stop suffered a punctured lung, broken collar bone, leg fracture and broken ankle, his mother says.

Marlene Ladd told the BBC her "brave" son, Josh Ladd, underwent several hours of surgery last night after being flown to Derriford Hospital.

He had been walking to college in Penzance when a car careered into a bus stop, hitting him, yesterday morning.

Penzance bus stop crash. Pic: Garry Clemo
Garry Clemo

Marlene said her son, who is due to take his mock A-Level exams, had been "really brave" but couldn't speak of the incident without visibly shaking. He is still in hospital.

Thomas Orchard death: Acquitted officers described as 'men of honesty'

Rob England

BBC News Online

Devon and Cornwall custody sergeant Jan Kingshott and detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden were described as "men of honesty and integrity" during their trial at Bristol Crown Court over the death of Thomas Orchard.

They were found not guilty of the manslaughter by gross negligence of church caretaker, following his death in 2012. 

However, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said disciplinary proceedings were "under consideration" for the police staff involved in the arrest and restraint of the 32-year-old.

Hotel in Looe fined more than £6k for mis-labelling spirits

Rob England

BBC News Online

A hotel near Looe has been fined a total of £6,270 after inspectors found bottles behind the bar labelled as containing Smirnoff vodka and Gordon's gin did not contain those brand of spirits, Trading Standards officers say.

RHR Kernow Ltd and Ross Lewin, a director of the owning company, were ordered to pay a fine of £3,000, costs of £3,000, and a combined victim surcharge of £270 at a hearing at Bodmin Magistrates' Court on 8 March.

The case followed a routine Trading Standards inspection of the Trelaske Hotel in May 2016 by Cornwall Council’s Public Protection Service.

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Trading Standards’ inspections of businesses allow us to ensure that consumers in Cornwall can have confidence in the authenticity and safety of their purchases. It also promotes a fair and level playing field for businesses. We hope the outcome of this case will reassure consumers that we consider the truthful description of food products to be a priority area of work in protecting the public.”

Matthew CollingsTrading Standards Officer

Water mains burst in Newquay

Cornish rapper celebrates having pasty named after him by throwing down new rhymes

Cornwall Live

A man who can lay claim to being Cornwall's best up-and-coming comedian and most topical rapper is celebrating his remarkable rise in the most appropriate of ways – by having his own pasty named after him.

Thomas Orchard death: Disciplinary proceedings 'under consideration' for acquitted officers, IPCC

Rob England

BBC News Online

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has said disciplinary proceedings are currently "under consideration" for the police officers and staff involved in the arrest and restraint of 32-year-old Thomas Orchard.

Mr Orchard died in hospital on 10 October 2012 after suffering a cardiac arrest in his cell. 

The IPCC launched an investigation after the death, which prompted the Crown Prosecution Service to pursue charges of manslaughter by gross negligence against police personnel.

Today Police Sergeant Jan Kingshott and detention officers Simon Tansley and Michael Marsden were acquitted of the charges.


          Sgt Jan Kingshott and civilian detention officers Michael Marsden and Simon Tansley
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Sgt Jan Kingshott and civilian detention officers Michael Marsden and Simon Tansley

North Devon garden waste collections to cost residents £36 a year

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Free collections of garden waste are to stop in North Devon later this year, a council says .

North Devon Council said its currently free service is being replaced with an "optional garden waste service" costing users £36 a year.

"Free collections of garden waste will stop when the new service begins at the start of June," it said.

College offers counselling after Penzance bus stop crash

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

College leaders say they are offering counselling to students after a 16-year-old was seriously injured in a car crash at a bus stop in Penzance.

The Penwith College student was flown to hospital by air ambulance after a blue Ford Focus hit him and smashed into the bus shelter in St Clare Street yesterday morning.

Destroyed bus stop
Garry Clemo

Another student was treated for shock.

Penwith Principal David Walrond said: "The college’s wider support and counselling services are available to any other students who may have been affected."

Thomas Orchard death: No sense of justice say parents

Rob England

BBC News Online

The parents of a man who died in police custody in Devon say they "have found no sense of justice" after three police staff were found not guilty of killing him.

Thirty-two-year-old Thomas Orchard died in hospital seven days after being arrested and brought to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter (pictured) in October 2012.

Heavitree Road police station
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A Devon and Cornwall Police custody sergeant and two civilian detention officers were found not guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after a six-week trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Speaking outside court, Ken and Alison Orchard said: "Today we join a growing group of people who have lost loved ones in police custody and have found no sense of justice.

"Thomas cannot be brought back, but we want his needless death to bring about change. The change we want most is in the attitude of the police, particularly towards those with mental health vulnerabilities."

'Carey deserves Republic call-up' - Argyle boss Adams

BBC Sport

Graham Carey
Rex Features

Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams says Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill should give playmaker Graham Carey an international call-up .

Ex-Ross County player Carey won six under-21 caps for his country, but is yet to feature for the senior side.

"I don't think it'll be long before he's in a Republic of Ireland full squad," Adams told  BBC Radio Devon.

"I think that he's a similar player to Wes Hoolahan, who's now 34. Graham's only 27."

College 'shocked' at Penzance bus stop crash injuries

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

Penwith College says staff and students are shocked a teenager studying at the college was seriously injured when a car hit him at a Penzance bus stop.

The 16-year-old boy was flown to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth with a leg injury after the incident on Monday morning. Another student was treated for shock.

Emergency services
Garry Clemo

College Principal David Walrond said: "We are in touch with the injured students, who are much in our thoughts, and offering any assistance as and where required."

Jack Monroe libel case: 'I'm compassionate towards Katie Hopkins'

Victoria Derbyshire

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Food blogger Jack Monroe won £24,000 damages, plus legal costs, in a libel action against columnist Katie Hopkins  after a row over two tweets  from 2015.

Ms Monroe sued the Exeter-based writer, saying she said caused "serious harm" to her reputation.

In court, Ms Hopkins' lawyers said she had "mistakenly" used Ms Monroe's Twitter handle instead another columnist's.

Thomas Orchard death: 'Restraint was proportionate and lawful'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Heavitree Road police station
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A custody sergeant and two detention officers found not guilty of killing a man with mental health problems in police custody said during their trial that they believed their actions were proportionate and lawful.

Thomas Orchard, 32, died in hospital seven days after being arrested and brought to Heavitree Road police station in Exeter, Devon, in October 2012. 

Mr Orchard, who had paranoid schizophrenia, was held down, handcuffed and a large webbing belt designed to restrain arms and legs was placed across his face after he made threats to bite, the six-week trial at Bristol Crown Court heard.

Devon and Cornwall Police custody sergeant Jan Kingshott, 45, and civilian detention officers Simon Tansley, 39, and Michael Marsden, 56, had denied manslaughter by gross negligence.

Cornish farmers 'optimistic' about future

BBC Radio Cornwall

Farmers in Cornwall say they're confident European countries will still be keen to do business with UK producers once Brexit is complete. 

Dairy and beef prices have risen since the referendum vote, but so has the price of imported goods, such as fertiliser and machinery, because of the fall in the value of the pound.

We should be able to become more self-sufficient in certain food products. They want to deal with us as much as we want to deal with them.

Rex WardFarmer, Crackington Haven

Thomas Orchard death: Police staff not guilty of manslaughter

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Thomas Orchard
Family handout

Three Devon and Cornwall Police staff accused of the killing of a man with mental health problems have been found not guilty over his death. 

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, had all denied gross negligence manslaughter during the trial at Bristol Crown Court.

Dutch elections will impact on Article 50 timing, Plymouth lecturer says

BBC Radio Devon

A lecturer at Plymouth University says he believes tomorrow's Dutch Parliamentary elections will impact Prime Minister Theresa May's decision on when to trigger Article 50 and start formal negotiations for leaving the EU.

Politics lecturer Dr David Brockington said he believed Mrs May would invoke Article 50 after 25 March but before 1 April.

Union flag/Eu flag mixed together
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There is a populist insurgency in Holland, very much like UKIP is here. She [Theresa May] doesn't want to inadvertently effect the outcome of the Dutch election"

Dr David BrockingtonPlymouth University

Homeless man assaulted Exeter Cathedral staff member

Devon Live

A judge has ordered the arrest of a homeless man who assaulted a member of staff  at Exeter Cathedral.

Second chance to see: Whales filmed 'breaching' off Devon coast

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Just in case you missed this when we talked about it yesterday evening, two whales have been filmed breaching out of the water and slapping their fins off the coast of Devon.

Andrew Humphries filmed the creatures, which he thought were humpback whales, at about 11:30 on Monday off the coast of Torquay. He said: "It was incredible."

The Sea Watch Foundation, which records sightings of whales, said it was rare for humpbacks to be seen off the UK coastline until recently. In the last five years sightings have increased from about five per year to between 15 and 30, it said. 

The right note? Music features in conference for those with speaking difficulties

BBC Radio Devon

Communicating beyond words is the subject of an international conference which gets under way in Plymouth today.

It is hoped that the power of music and the arts can help people with autism, strokes, dementia and learning difficulties who find it hard to speak. 

It is co-hosted by Plymouth Music Zone, whose staff and volunteers have been part of a two-year research project.

Jack Monroe libel case against Katie Hopkins: 'A big stressful mess'

Victoria Derbyshire

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Food blogger Jack Monroe won £24,000 damages, plus legal costs, in a libel action against columnist Katie Hopkins  after a row over two tweets  from 2015.

Ms Monroe sued the Exeter-based writer, saying she said caused "serious harm" to her reputation.

During the case, lawyers for Ms Hopkins said she had "mistakenly" used Ms Monroe's Twitter handle instead of that of another columnist.

Teen gives sanitary products to homeless in Cornwall

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

A teenager from Cornwall has made it her mission to make the lives of homeless women better. 

Bimini Love, 15, has started Street Cramps, a project which aims to provide sanitary products, clean underwear and heatpads to 35 women for a whole year. 

According to Bimini, that would cater for every homeless woman in Cornwall. 

Teenager missing from Torquay found

Debates over NHS services in Devon

BBC Radio Devon

Discussion events about the future of acute hospital services in Devon continue with a meeting in the Civic Hall in Totnes this evening. 

The NHS in Devon is reviewing services which it says are vulnerable, including maternity, stroke and urgent care at four hospitals. 

If you can't make it tonight, the next meeting is at Petroc's North Devon Campus in Barnstaple on Friday.

Vehicle fire in Tiverton

Man hit in the face with glass in Plymouth nightclub

Rob England

BBC News Online

A man was left with lacerations to his chin and cuts to his chest after he had, what the police believe to be, a glass shattered in his face at a Plymouth nightclub.

The man was in the Revolution Bar nightclub at about 01:30 on Sunday 5 March when he was approached by a white male, thought to be aged between 25-30, officers said.

Police have appealed for witnesses.

Latest weather: Staying rather cloudy

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

BBC south west weather

It's a dull and cloudy start to the day, with hill and coastal fog lingering. 

Staying rather cloudy, with some light outbreaks of rain or drizzle towards the west. 

Feeling mild for all. Maximum temperature: 14C (57F).

In Devon:

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And in Cornwall:

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