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  1. Murder charge after city death
  2. Girl, 15, reported missing from Bodmin area
  3. Teenager 'seriously injured' after falling through roof
  4. Pedestrian 'left with life changing injuries after crash'
  5. Woman banned from keeping sheep for 10 years
  6. Cornwall care bosses 'struggle to pay wages and make profits'
  7. Head teachers campaign against government school funding proposals
  8. Somerset freight train derailment: Paddington to Penzance trains diverted
  9. Updates on Tuesday 21 March 2017

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Man with severe cerebral palsy says life modelling teaches people about difference

Claire Jones

BBC News Online

A man with severe cerebral palsy and speech difficulties says he's challenging Devon people's perceptions of disability.

Kevin French works as a life model at Plymouth University and believes he can use nudity to teach people about difference.


The 53-year-old needs help from carers to wash, get dressed and eat, although he does live in his own home.

Kevin communicates using an tablet computer by using his nose or a head pointer.

People who break law can 'avoid police record'

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

First-time offenders will be able to avoid a criminal record under a new project being introduced by Devon and Cornwall Police .

Under the Pathfinder scheme people arrested for 'low-level offences' will be given the opportunity to sign a contract with a pledge not to commit further offences, to undergo restorative justice, to get help from other agencies and to carry out voluntary work.

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner, said: "Pathfinder is not a soft option, and it will be harder to complete than all of the current out of court disposals currently available."

Foals 'a real coup' for Eden Project

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Oxford quintet Foals will be playing at the Eden Sessions on 11 July, 2017.

They have released four studio albums – all of which charted in the top 10 in the UK - and were named Best Act in the World Today at the 2015 Q Awards.

Rita Broe, Eden’s marketing director, said: "It’s a real coup for the Sessions and for Cornwall that Foals have chosen to play Eden for their only non-festival show in England this year.

"They are an incredible live act who have wowed audiences across the world with massive, energetic, emotionally-charged performances."


First bodysurfing championships to be held in Cornwall

BBC Radio Cornwall

The first annual UK Bodysurfing Championships are to be held at Fistral Beach, Newquay in 2017, over the weekend of 16-17 September.

Bodysurfing is riding a wave without using a surfboard or bodyboard.

The Newquay event will involve 12 competitors from the UK along with four wildcard entrants from overseas.

Weather: More showers ahead

BBC Weather

There will be some late sunshine in the east this evening but heavy rain will soon reach the Tamar and spread eastwards.

It will be cold enough for some sleet and hail to fall on the moors.

The main rain band will move away to the east during the early hours but more showers will follow. Minimum Temperature: 2C (36F).

Weather map

Tomorrow will be a day of sunshine and showers. One or two of the showers will be heavy and perhaps thundery. Maximum Temperature: 10C (50F).

Former Royal Marine dies in 'significant rock fall'

BBC News England

A former Royal Marine from Plymouth has died in an accident at the Savage River mine in Tasmania when a rock fell "directly on top of him", his wife Katie Beesley has said.

The company Nathan Beesley, 32, was working for, SRG, described the incident as a "significant rock fall".

Katie and Nathan
Katie Beesley

Grange Resources , who own the mine, have re-opened parts of it, but the section where the incident happened last Friday remains closed.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokesperson said: "We are ready to support the family of a British man, who has sadly died in Australia, if requested to do so."

Devon MP brings up private car parks in Parliament

BBC Radio Devon

Complaints to one Devon MP about private car parks have gone up so much he's decided to raise the issue in Parliament.

Torbay Conservative Kevin Foster says since he first brought up the problem, other MPs have contacted him about constituents getting threatening invoices in the post.

Kevin Foster

He said because private parking companies can access DVLA records, they can later send fines based on that information.

"The focus of the debate today is to get into what exactly the rules are around this.

"To put this into perspective, about four million transactions a year are taking place between private car parks and the DVLA."

Tory cllrs switch sides for election

Miles Davis

BBC News Online

Three current Conservative members of Cornwall Council will be standing as Independent candidates in the May elections, they have announced.

Bill Maddern, who represents St Buryan, Roy Mann, from Ludgvan, and Tony Martin, who holds the seat of Penryn East and Mylor, will all switch sides.

Andrew Mitchell, leader of the Independent group at Cornwall Council, said the move represented a "desire to join a group dedicated to do the best for Cornwall without any undue influence of party politics and a recognition of the positive impact that the Independents have played over the last four years".

Exeter student creates online community for young wildlife photographers

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Adorable wildcat kittens, European brown bears and even elusive wolverines are just some of the subjects shared by young photographers from across the UK, thanks to a student at the University of Exeter.

Young Wildlife Photographers UK is an online community set up by Danielle Connor, 21, a second year BSc Zoology student at the University of Exeter’s Penryn Campus.

Chris Packham and young wildlife photographers
Young Wildlife Photographers UK

It allows the UK’s young photographers to share their pictures of wildlife with one another, and the public.

A number of experts have praised the group, including Chris Packham at the RSPCA Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Conference.

Removal of whale carcass a 'great team effort'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A whale carcass that washed up at Hartland Quay, Devon, two weeks ago has been removed.

The operation involved a tele handler for loading, along with a swing shovel, two tractors and sealed trailers to transport the carcass to an approved handling site in Liskeard.

Torridge District Council

Councillor James Morrish, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling called the clean-up a "great team effort".

"The environmental constraints posed a particular problem as did the rapidly decomposing body, which had the potential to be a serious bio hazard to people and animals."

Woman 'failed to provide for the most basic needs of her animals'

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

Stephanie Pedrick, 50, from Roseland Farm, Bodmin has been banned from keeping sheep for 10 years after admitting animal welfare charges.

She was also handed a three-month suspended sentence, and ordered to pay more than £5,000 in costs after admitting failing to prevent wild animals consuming sheep carcasses and failing to dispose of carcasses.

Cornwall Council

Andy Burnside, from Cornwall Council, said: “This investigation involved some of the most serious welfare matters.    

"The breach of a court order banning a person from keeping animals, and the ongoing failure to dispose of carcasses which presented a real risk to other animals and humans, will not be tolerated."

Cornwall Council

"Miss Pedrick has been given advice over the last five years and prosecuted three times but still failed to provide for the most basic needs of her animals," he added.

Wife of former Royal Marine who died in mine: 'He is my world'

BBC News England

The wife of a former Royal Marine who has died in a mining accident in Australia said she "can't fathom" their children's future without him.

Katie Beesley

Katie Beesley, wife of 32-year-old Nathan said: "I can't fathom how I will even come close to giving my children the future and opportunities they deserve now that Nathan is gone. 

"He is my world. Always has been and always will be." 

Girl, 15, reported missing from Bodmin area

BBC Radio Cornwall

Police say a 15-year-old girl has been reported missing from the Bodmin area by her family.

She was last seen at 10:30 yesterday morning. She's described as white, medium build with very long dark hair which was worn in a pony tail. 

She was last seen wearing a green jacket, black jeans, and silver trainers. Police are concerned for her welfare.

Planners slam 'inappropriate' student flats plan overlooking Exeter residents' homes

Devon Live

Plans for student flats behind a residential street in Exeter have been rejected by planners, after it was criticised for being in an "entirely inappropriate" place and for having a student resident in charge of 24 hour security.

Latest travel in Cornwall: One lane closed on A38

BBC News Travel

  • In Liskeard on the A38 southbound one lane is closed due to an accident between the Island Shop junction and the B3252 Horningtops
  • In Penryn there's slow traffic on A39 at the Treluswell Roundabout. In the roadworks area
  • In Falmouth there's slow traffic on the A39 Dracaena Avenue In the roadworks area
  • At Penzance Harbour, the Ross Bridge will be closed to traffic from 08:00 until 16:30 for a shipping movement 

Latest Devon travel: A361 partially blocked

BBC News Travel

  • In Tiverton, the A361 is partially blocked by an accident at the Bolham Roundabout
  • Also in Tiverton, Rackenford Road is blocked in both directions blocked due to a collision, near Washfield Lane
  • In Barnstaple on the A39 North Road there are delays due to temporary traffic lights and roadworks by the North Devon District Hospital 
  • At Bere Alston we have reports of an accident on the B3257 between Broad Park Road and the A390 at Gunnislake 
  • In Plympton there's queuing traffic on Sandy Road and the Ridgeway near the A38 at Deep Lane due to the temporary traffic lights and roadworks

Murder accused appears in court

BBC News England

A teenager has appeared in court charged with murdering a 47-year-old man in Exeter. 

Delton Jones, 19, of Burleigh Mews, Liverpool, has been charged with murdering fellow Liverpudlian Jonathan Povey on 17 March. 

Police were called to Bridge Court in Exeter by ambulance staff just before 01:50 last Friday. 

Mr Povey was taken to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Mr Jones was remanded in custody by Exeter Magistrates' Court and will appear before a judge at Exeter Crown Court on Wednesday.

Plymouth Royal Marine cleared of rape but will lose his career for attacking woman

Plymouth Herald

A Royal Marine has been cleared of raping a woman in his home.

Care homes 'can't compete' with supermarkets on wages

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Managers of some of the agencies which care for thousands of people in their own home in Cornwall say they only keep their companies going by dipping into their own pockets. 

Many claim they're not paid enough by Cornwall Council and they're warning the home care system in the county would collapse overnight if they didn't run their companies at a loss.

Care home

David Smith is the chair of Cornwall Partners in Care and runs his own care home - he says he's had to give up care contracts in Mevagissey and Newquay because he can't attract people to work in the business.

He said: "Society needs to recognise that care workers should be recognised more and should be paid more. The issue is that supermarkets are paying £10 an hour, we are paying the living wage. How can we compete on that basis?"

Cornwall Council said its agreed prices were decided following a consultation.   

Bodmin roadworks hell continues as new scheme starts before others finish

Cornwall Live

A new set of roadworks is about to start in Bodmin before the current major overhaul finishes - to the consternation of locals.

Ex-Royal Marine Sergeant dies in Australian mine

BBC News England

A former Royal Marine Sergeant has died after an accident in an Australian mine .

Nathan Beesley was in the Savage River mine in Tasmania when a rock fell "directly on top of him", his wife Katie said.

The 32-year-old from Devon had moved to Australia with his family last year to pursue a career with the Australian Defence Force.

Mrs Beesley said she was "utterly heartbroken" by his death.

Nathan Beesley

Cold but bright with showers moving in

BBC Weather

There will be frequent showers this afternoon. 

These may turn heavy, thundery and wintry over Bodmin Moor and other higher ground. 

It will feel colder than of late, especially in the brisk wind. The maximum temperature will be 10C (50F).


Woman banned from keeping sheep for 10 years

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A woman has been banned from keeping sheep for 10 years after admitting not disposing the carcasses correctly.

Stephanie Pedrick, 50, from Roseland Farm, Red Moor, Lanivet, Bodmin was ordered to pay £5,426.70 and handed a three-month prison sentence, suspended for two years at Bodmin Magistrates' Court.

She pleaded guilty to:

  • Failing to prevent wild animals consuming the carcasses of two sheep and three lambs
  • Failing to dispose of the carcasses of five sheep
  • Failing to safeguard the welfare of cattle by allowing them access to collapsed fencing
  • Breaching a ban on keeping sheep

Head teachers campaign against government funding proposals

Anna Varle

BBC News Online

Head teachers in Devon and Cornwall have joined 11 other local authorities to campaign against government proposals to change the way schools are funded. 


They're among 3,000 schools across the country who have sent a letter and statement to their MP today expressing their concerns over the new funding formula. 

The government insists it will make the system fairer but head teachers in Devon say 62% of children in the county will be worse off if the formula gets the go-ahead.

Whale carcass removed from beach

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The carcass of a whale that washed up on a Devon beach has been removed.

The 10m long fin whale, estimated to weigh between 10 and 15 tonnes, came ashore at Hartland Quay two weeks ago.

Removal team
Torridge District Council

Initially it was hoped it would be washed back out to sea.

When this didn't happen it fell upon Torridge District Council to work with contractors to remove it.

It involved the use of a telehandler for loading, along with a swing shovel and two tractors and sealed trailers to transport the carcass to an "approved handling site" so it could be disposed of.


Teenager with Down's syndrome shares experiences of mainstream education

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A teenager from Newquay has been sharing his experience of mainstream education as part of National Down's Syndrome Awareness week. 


Like most 14-year-olds Matthew is considering his GCSE and vocational subjects at Treviglas Community College in Newquay. 

His friends say he is full of fun and is always making them laugh. 

Red Arrows to return to Fowey after two-year gap

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

The Red Arrows will return to Fowey this year - but their display will be held outside of the harbour because of new safety rules.   

For the last two years the team has been absent because of bad weather and safety concerns after a number of airshow accidents.   

Red Arrows
James Churchfield

Fowey harbour master Paul Thomas says it'll still be a great sight even if you can't be in a boat for the best views.

"Those that can't get out with still see them flying over the harbour as they access the display line,"  he said.

Ex-Pirates player joins reality TV show

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Former Cornish Pirates lock James Sandford has joined Channel 4 reality TV show 'Made in Chelsea', appearing in his first show last night.

Sandford, 28, spent the 2013-14 Championship season at the Mennaye, and has also played for Rotherham, London Irish and London Welsh.

James Sandford
Getty Images

Injuries forced the Northern Irishman to retire from rugby and he now works in London, where the TV show is based.

MP urges action to deal with 'growing scandal' of 'cowboy finers' at car parks

Press Association

Drivers need greater protection from "cowboy finers" doling out unfair charges in private car parks, a Tory MP has said. 

Kevin Foster, MP for Torbay, called for tighter regulation of independent car parks that issue charges to drivers on breaches of contract, such as overstaying by a few minutes or filling in their details incorrectly.

MPs heard how vulnerable and elderly people were being intimidated by official-looking demands from these companies, who hound drivers for payments using details obtained from the DVLA, a government body responsible for maintaining a database of UK drivers. 

 Some of these firms base their business model on catching people out in minor errors, Mr Foster claimed. 

Are people from Cornwall oppressed?

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A report from the Council of Europe has criticised the UK government for oppressing the culture of Cornwall.

Cornwall has its own language, heritage and history, and was granted official minority status in 2014 . However, the report highlights the lack of support being given to promote the unique culture. 

Cornwall Council has been critical of cuts to funding from central government, especially to Cornish language services. 

Cornish oppression: What do the locals think?

The BBC sent Cornish comedian Kernow King out on to Gyllyngvase Beach in Falmouth to see whether the people of Cornwall feel like the victims of oppression.      

Beautiful South West sunrise

BBC Weather Watchers


Isles of Scilly's only care home to shut

Rob England

BBC News Online

The only care home on the Isles of Scilly, Park House, is to close in two months time. 

The Council of the Isles Scilly, which runs the service, said the decision was due to "significant recruitment issues" making the home "unsafe".

Clinton Perry said he fears his 91-year-old father may be "moved to the mainland", after living on the island his whole life.

The council said it will continue to provide services to people at home.

Park House care home
Council of the Isles of Scilly

Latest travel: A39 blocked in both directions

BBC News Travel

  • In Truro, the A39 between Trispen and Truro near Buckshead is blocked in both directions due to a vehicle fire. Traffic is queueing
  • In Penryn on the A39 near the Treluswell Roundabout there is slow moving traffic in both directions
  • In Braddock on the A390 westbound there is heavy traffic due to the A38 Glynn valley roadworks
  • At Penzance Harbour, the Ross Bridge will be closed to traffic until 16:30 for work on the bridge
  • In Plymouth, on Outland Road there is heavy traffic coming out of the city between Plumer Road and The Manadon Roundabout, in the roadworks area
  • In Exeter, there is slow moving traffic towards the city on A377 Alphington Street in the roadworks area

Military courts 'badly flawed'

BBC Spotlight

Former Torridge and West Devon MP Lord Burnett is calling for changes to the way military courts operate in the light of the recent Alexander Blackman case. 

The former Plymouth-based Royal Marine fatally shot an injured Taliban fighter in Afghanistan. 

Lord Burnett

Last week a court martial appeal ruled his conviction for murder should be reduced to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

Lord Burnett says he'll argue in the House of Lords today that the courts martial process is "badly flawed".

Somerset freight train derailment: Paddington to Penzance trains diverted

BBC News England

The derailment of a freight train is continuing to cause " severe disruption " to rail services in the west of England.  

The train is blocking the line between Castle Cary, Somerset, and Westbury, Wiltshire, following the incident at 17:50 GMT on Monday, Network Rail said.

No-one was injured but there was significant damage to track and equipment.

Services from Taunton to Westbury and between Weymouth and Westbury will be severely disrupted. 

High-speed trains between London Paddington and Penzance are being diverted via Bristol Temple Meads. Engineers are on site assessing the damage and a further update is expected later on Tuesday.

Network Rail

Severe disruption: A39 Cornwall both ways

BBC News Travel

A39 Cornwall both ways severe disruption, near Buckshead.

A39 Cornwall - A39 in Truro blocked and slow traffic in both directions near the Buckshead junction, because of a vehicle fire.

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

Search for missing Tiverton girls, 14 and 10, last seen in the early hours of this morning

Devon Live

Police are appealing for information after two young girls went missing in Tiverton in the early hours of this morning.

Pedestrian 'left with life changing injuries after crash'

A pedestrian has been left with life changing injuries after a crash in Cornwall yesterday.

Police said they believed a red Volvo travelling on Lower Broad Lane, Illogan, mounted the pavement and collided with a pedestrian and wall, before returning to the carriageway and crashing into a stationary silver Vauxhall Corsa.

A 42-year-old man suffered serious life changing injuries to his right leg and was airlifted to Derriford Hospital where he has undergone surgery, Devon and Cornwall Police said.

Officers are appealing for witnesses.

Truro's Pannier Market traders offer reward for safe return of their stolen prized trolley

Cornwall Live

Traders are offering a reward for the safe return of a prized trolley worth about £200 that was pinched from the Pannier Market in Truro.