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Summary

  1. Man arrested on suspicion of murder in Exeter
  2. Sex images paediatrician jailed
  3. 'Lives at risk' from probation service failings
  4. Lifeboats called to help 80m ship overnight
  5. Milo, the Penzance Tesco cat, 'hit by car'
  6. Devon County Council leader launches online parliamentary petition to get more money for schools
  7. Webcam watcher calls for help for fallen woman
  8. Updates on Monday 20 March 2017

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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.

Ankle break rescue webcam owner happy to help

BBC Radio Cornwall

The owner of a webcam which spotted a woman in trouble after she broke her ankle in Boscastle said he was happy the cam had helped.

Cam
Eyewire

"I love the webcam," said Ross of the Riverside Hotel.

"It was installed for visitors and friends to keep in touch with Boscastle.

"It's used all round the world and it's great that it's been used to help this particular lady."

Frankie Daves fell and broke her ankle in a remote Cornish village and was rescued because a man, sat 200 miles away in Worcester, saw her on the live webcam.

She said by "incredible luck" a man watching the webcam saw her and phoned his mother who lives in Boscastle.

Weather: Wintry and blustery morning ahead

BBC Weather

We will see lengthy clear spells overnight, accompanied by occasional showers for some, turning wintry over high ground such as the Blackdown Hills or Rough Tor, and perhaps to low levels for a time too.

It'll be cold and breezy, with a patchy frost and icy patches possibly forming by dawn. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

Weather map
BBC

Tuesday will be cold with scattered blustery showers.

Some of the showers could be heavy with a risk of hail and thunder, but the majority of the showers will tend to ease later in the afternoon. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

'Amazing' webcam rescue for ankle fall woman

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

"It was amazing that someone in Worcester saw me lying there and and phoned his mum to say 'Can you help her?'"

That's Frankie Davies, who fell and broke her ankle in the remote Cornish village of Boscastle .

Webcam
Riverside Hotel

She was rescued because a man, sat 200 miles away in Worcester, saw her on a live webcam.

She said by "incredible luck" the man watching the webcam saw her and phoned his mother who lives in Boscastle.

She then helped Mrs Davies who was treated in hospital.

Flytipper on run gets 20-month jail term

Christine Butler

BBC Radio Cornwall

A notorious flytipper who targeted countryside around Devon with household waste has been jailed for 20 months in his absence.

Tip
Environment Agency

A European arrest warrant has been issued by Plymouth Crown Court for Martin McDonagh, 23.

McDonagh, of Pemros Road, St Budeaux, Plymouth, was also given a criminal behaviour order after admitting a series of offences.

Proposals for parking permit zones in Penzance and Newlyn dropped after public backlash

Cornwall Live

Proposals for parking permit zones in Penzance and Newlyn have been dropped after a public backlash.

Travel: A303 shut near Somerset/Devon border

Scilly home closure: No 'safe level of staffing'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

The lack of a 'minimum safe level of staffing' has forced the closure of the only care home on the Isles of Scilly.

The Council of the Isles of Scilly said the home would close at the beginning of June.

A spokesman said: "This is a result of significant recruitment issues which mean that the service is unable to ensure a minimum safe level of staffing to meet the needs of Park House residents."

Park House
BBC

Doctor jailed over 'horrific' child abuse sex images

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A children's doctor who has been jailed for having and sharing indecent images is "just as responsible" as those who film and take part in the abuse of children, police have said.

Jonathan Walsh, 47, of Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, and formally of Barnstaple, was arrested following a police investigation launched in September 2015.

Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed none of these crimes relate to patients at North Devon District Hospital.

Jonathan Walsh
Devon and Cornwall Police

Det Insp Andrea Kingdon from the Force Child Exploitation Unit, said: "Jonathan Walsh was working in a position of responsibility where he had a duty to protect children and young people, yet he choose to commit crimes with the possession and sharing of indecent images of children which leads to the abuse of some of the most vulnerable in our society.

"Whilst these may not have been contact offenses, the viewing and sharing of these types of images directly leads to the abuse of the most vulnerable in our society – Dr Walsh is as responsible as those who film and take part in this horrific abuse of children."

Hodges bemoans defensive woes

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City manager Lee Hodges once again hit out at his side's defending after their 5-3 National League South defeat at Dartford.

Andrew Neal scored twice and Jamie Richards also netted for the White Tigers, who have now conceded more goals than any other side in the division.

Truro City
Vaughan Pickhaver/TCFC

"We've scored three away from home against third from top and we've lost the game - it just can't happen," Hodges told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"Errors are costing us at the moment - we can't allow it to carry on happening - we have to shut up shop."

The World's oldest tattoo artist

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Doc Price is 85 and still works as a tattoo artist in Plymouth. He's been answering a few questions about his time in the industry while visiting a British tattooing exhibition in Falmouth.

Scilly's only residential care home to close

BBC Radio Cornwall

The only residential care home on the Isles of Scilly - Park House - is to close.

Family members and a councillor said they have been told residents will be moved from the home within the next two months.

There are about a dozen residents in the home.

Next Pirates match pivotal - Cattle

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornish Pirates coach Gavin Cattle says their game against Doncaster on Sunday will decide whether they can finish in the Championship play-off places.

After a 39-10 defeat at leaders London Irish, Pirates are nine points behind their next opponents, who are fourth.

Cornish Pirates
Brian Tempest

"At the start of the season survival was the main thing, but we knew we had more than that," Cattle told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"If we make the top four it'd be a massive achievement, but I think we've got to keep our feet grounded as well."

Woman has life changing injuries after fuel tanker crash

BBC Radio Devon

Police are appealing for witnesses after a serious crash between two cars and a fuel tanker near Honiton.

Emergency services were called to Windgate Hill on Sunday morning following the crash between the 44-tonne tanker and blue Peugeot 206.

A third vehicle, a black Vauxhall Corsa was also involved.

Police said an 18-year-old woman, who was in the blue Peugeot, has serious, life changing arm injuries. She was airlifted to Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, where she remains following surgery.

The man in the Corsa and the driver of the fuel tanker were both taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where they were treated for shock.

Police 'increasingly concerned' for missing girl, 15

Police are "increasingly concerned" about a missing girl, 15, who was last seen on Thursday.

Charley Tilbury, from Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot, is originally from the Crawley area. However, police believe that she has travelled north and could be in Leeds in West Yorkshire. 

Charley is described as a white female, about 5’6 tall and of medium build.  She has long dark hair which is sometimes worn up. When she went missing she was wearing an electric blue top, blue jeans, a green jacket with a fur lined hood and grey trainers.

Charley Tilbury
Devon and Cornwall Police

Devon petitioning for more school money

BBC Radio Devon

The leader of Devon County Council is launching an online parliamentary petition to get more money for schools. 

John Hart has to get 100,000 signatures before the issue can be debated again in the House of Commons.

School
BBC

Some schools say they are running on reserves and have increased class sizes, cut staff and reduced the number of subjects they offer. 

It comes just days before the government's consultation on a new funding formula ends .

Severe accident: A303 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A303 Devon both ways severe accident, between A30 and A358.

A303 Devon - A303 closed and very slow traffic in both directions between the A30 junction in Upottery and Southfields Roundabout in Donyatt, because of an accident and pylon in the road.

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

Paediatrician jailed for child sex images: Hospital 'deeply shaken'

BBC Spotlight

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Paediatrician Jonathan Walsh, 47, has been jailed for three years for having and sharing child sex images .  

George Thomson, medical director for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust, said: "This case has deeply shaken everybody at NDHT and we know it has been a shock to the community. 

"We have worked closely with the police throughout this case and we know that none of these crimes relate to contact offences, and none of the images relate to patients at North Devon District Hospital. 

"At the launch of the police investigation in September 2015 we took immediate action to exclude Dr Walsh from working at the trust and informed the General Medical Council. Dr Walsh was dismissed with immediate effect when he was charged in June. 

"Anybody with any concerns can call 0300 123 1744 to find out how to access support." 

NDHT
BBC

City bridge reopens after rotten timbers found

The Mallison Bridge at Exeter Quay has re-opened to pedestrians and cyclists following temporary repairs.

The city council was forced to close the bridge earlier in the month because of safety concerns after an inspection revealed some rotten timbers.

The council will look at a permanent replacement as part of a "potential enhancement" to the riverside walk. Discussions are planned with various stakeholders. 

Going the extra Milo to find the Tesco cat

Andrew Segal

BBC Local Live, in Penzance

He was the cheeky kitty who didn't care where he lay, and was loved by shoppers and store staff. 

Milo, the Penzance Tesco cat - who died over the weekend - would be often seen wandering around the superstore's car park, occasionally jumping into someone's open car boot or on a trolley for a quick look around. 

Milo. Pic: Amanda Hosking
Amanda Hosking

Most frequently the 18-month-old local social media star would be just inside the foyer in the warm, often lying on top of what he thought looked comfortable: the shop's free magazine stand, gardening products (he's pictured here on top of packs of dahlia bulbs), or even among bottles of car anti-freeze or de-icer. 

On another occasion I know of, he was actually inside the shop - just inside - lying under the delightful warm blast of the hot air conditioning fan. 

His death has upset staff and shoppers, with staff sending his family a card and flowers. And I know many will miss rooting around the foyer displays just to smile at where he had taken up temporary residence at that moment.

If you have any memories of Milo, please email us.

Severe accident: M5 Devon southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon southbound severe accident, between J28 for A373 and J29 for A30 Exeter.

M5 Devon - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J29, A30 (Exeter), because of an accident.

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

Paediatrician shared and had child sex images

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

Paediatrician Jonathan Walsh, 47, has been jailed for three years for having and sharing child sex images.

As he jailed Walsh, Judge Geoffrey Mercer said: "To state that your sexual interest in children which underlines these offences causes concern with regard to the position you held is a massive understatement.

"An aggravating feature in this case is the extreme nature of the images." 

"You went to considerable lengths that disguise what you were doing." 

Jonathan Walsh
BBC

In mitigation, the court was told that Walsh had "sincere regret for having committed the offences". 

These were "non contact" offences and he is "aware that these are real children and harm is indirectly caused to them by his viewing of the images".

Cow winched to safety after falling down cliff

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A cow was winched to safety yesterday after falling down a cliff near Polzeath.

Crews were called at about 16:30 on Saturday but had to call off the rescue because of fading light and a rising tide.

Cow winched
Damion Gough, Padstow RNLI crew member

On Sunday morning the cow was sedated and the rescue resumed with support from Polzeath and Boscastle Coastguard Cliff Rescue Teams. The cow was winched to safety by crews from Bodmin and Wadebridge Community Fire Stations.

Coxswain Richard Pitman from Padstow RNLI said: “It was a great example of multi-agency working and we are delighted it was a successful outcome.”

'Incredible luck of being spotted' injured on a webcam

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman who fell and broke her ankle in a quiet Cornish village was rescued because a man, sat 200 miles away, saw her on a live webcam.

Frankie Davies had gone to Boscastle to do some shopping when she fell on the street and didn't have any mobile signal to call for help.

She says there was nobody around as the weather was bad: "I was in a lot of pain, so just laid there getting my breath, unable to move hoping things would improve."

Fortunately a man was watching a live webcam in Worcester and phoned his mother who lives in Boscastle. She was able to get down and assist Frankie, and take her to her house.

She later went to the Minor Injuries Unit in Bodmin for treatment and said: "I will never forget the kindness of Becky and Paul to a stranger, or the incredible luck of being spotted on the webcam."

Getting intense at the Cake Off

BBC Radio Cornwall's James Churchfield looks as though he's trying to psych out colleague Mel Osborne ahead of the start of the Comic Relief Cake Off.


          Getting ready for the BBC South West Comic Relief Cake Off. This is before it gets messy....

Getting ready for the BBC South West Comic Relief Cake Off. This is before it gets messy....

Cancer survivor overwhelmed by response to hair story

A young mum who survived cancer and has been given a new head of hair has been reacting to the huge response her story has received.

Kat Roberts, 29, went through extensive treatment that meant her hair didn't regrow properly.

Kat Roberts
BBC

A team of stylists used a special technique to give her a full head of hair, as regular hair extensions wouldn't work.

Kat said on Facebook: "I've just woke up haha. Can't believe the response it has had. Thank you xxxx"  

BreakingSex images paediatrician jailed

Hamish Marshall

BBC Spotlight

A paediatrician who worked in north Devon has been jailed for three years for having and sharing child sex images of the most serious kind.

Jonathan Walsh, 47, admitted 17 charges of making and distributing indecent images at Exeter Crown Court.

He has moved away from Barnstaple since the matter became public.

Walsh was previously removed from his job as a consultant at North Devon District Hospital.

Jonathan Walsh
BBC

New signs on Dartmoor tackle animal deaths

New interactive road signs are being introduced in parts of Dartmoor this week to try and reduce the increasing number of animals being killed by traffic.

The signs warn drivers if they are exceeding the 40mph speed limit across Dartmoor.

Karla McKechnie, Dartmoor Livestock Protection Officer, recorded 188 traffic accidents involving animals during 2016, nearly double the 2015 figure.

New sign
Dartmoor National Park

She said: "160 animals were killed and 28 seriously injured on the unfenced roads. The amount of animal suffering is enormous with 32 ponies, 5 cows and 123 sheep dying at the roadside from horrific injuries.   

"My priority at accidents is to put fatally injured animals out of their suffering. Then I have time to consider why the animals were hit and usually it is obvious from the appalling injuries and damage to the vehicle that speed played a big part."

Plymouth woman's joy over hair help after cancer

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A young mother-of-two who was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago says the damage to her hair left her feeling "unfeminine".

Kat Roberts, from Plymouth, was 26 when she was diagnosed with the disease and had to have her breasts and ovaries removed.

A Plymouth woman has had hair extensions after recovering from cancer.

She has been clear of cancer for two years but her hair has never recovered.

Following a community fundraising effort, she has now had specialist extensions for people suffering severe hair loss and says she feels like a "different person".

Watch Inside Out South West's story on BBC One tonight at 19:30 BST and on the iPlayer afterwards.

Travel: Scilly flights delayed

BBC News Travel

  • Skybus flights from Exeter and Newquay to St Mary's are delayed by up to one hour due to poor weather conditions
  • At Threemilestone near Truro, the temporary traffic lights on Chyvelah Road in the roadworks area are causing delays between Polstain Road and Hugus Road
  • In East Taphouse, on the A390 between B3359 and the Bodmin turn off there is queueing traffic due to the Glynn Valley closure on A390 westbound
  • In Exeter, on A377 Alphington Road inbound there is slow moving traffic from A30 (Alphington Junction) to Exe Bridges
  • In Barnstaple, there is heavy traffic on A361 Braunton Road eastbound at A361 Western Bypass
  • In Plymouth, there is congestion on A386 Outland Road southbound near the A38 The Parkway
  • Brixham Express has cancelled all sailings this morning

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Rescue made more difficult after cow swims to 'isolated island'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The rescue of a cow which had fallen down a cliff was made more difficult after the animal swam to an "isolated island",  Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has said.

Cow
Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service

The rescue began on Saturday at 16:20 but had to be called off at 18:30 because of fading light. It started again on Sunday morning.

Wadebridge Community Fire Station said: "The incident was made extremely difficult as the cow swam to an isolated island where she was out of reach of the emergency services."

After a nine-hour rescue, the rare White Park cow was winched back up to the top of the cliff at 16:30 on Sunday.  

Chiefs beaten in cup final

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Leicester Tigers claimed their first silverware in four years as they edged out Exeter Chiefs 16-12 in a tight Anglo-Welsh Cup final at The Stoop.

Tom Brady intercepted a loose pass from Matt Jess for what proved the decisive try for Leicester in the first half.

Exeter Chiefs
Getty Images

"We gave them too much of a lead as they were able to wrestle the momentum away from us," Chiefs skills coach Ricky Pellow told BBC Radio Devon.

"We threw everything at them in the second half, but we couldn't break them down early enough. They must take great credit as they deserved to win by withstanding all our pressure in the second half."

Webcam watcher calls for help for fallen woman

BBC Radio Cornwall

A woman who fell and broke her ankle in a quiet Cornish village was rescued because a man, sat 200 miles away, saw her on a live webcam.

Frankie Davies had gone to Boscastle to do some shopping when she fell on the street and didn't have any mobile signal to call for help.

She says there was nobody around as the weather was bad: "I was in a lot of pain, so just laid there getting my breath, unable to move hoping things would improve."

Boscastle
Google

Fortunately a man was watching a live webcam in Worcester and phoned his mother who lives in Boscastle. She was able to get down and assist Frankie, and take her to her house.

She later went to the Minor Injuries Unit in Bodmin for treatment and said: "I will never forget the kindness of Becky and Paul to a stranger, or the incredible luck of being spotted on the webcam."

Raiders lose BBL Trophy final

BBC Spotlight

Plymouth Raiders head coach Johnny White says his team were given a "masterclass" by Leicester as they lost the BBL Trophy final.

The Raiders were always behind in the match played in Glasgow, after a poor first quarter when they only managed to score with three of their 19 attempts. 

Despite a valiant fight back, Leicester ran away with it and the game finished 91-58.

Widespread rain through most of today

Holly Green

BBC Weather

It will be a wet start to the working week with widespread rain across Devon and Cornwall through much of the day, with heavy bursts at times too. 

It will turn drier and colder later in the afternoon and stay rather breezy. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F). 

Weather
BBC