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Summary

  1. Arrests after drugs police raid near Newquay
  2. Extra SW police patrols after London terror attack
  3. --- Devon and Cornwall Police urge public to be vigilant after terror attack
  4. --- MP travelled home to be with his children after terror attack
  5. --- Students from Penzance's twin town injured in terror attack
  6. The number of child sex offences recorded in the South West are at an all time high, says the NSPCC
  7. A missing girl, 15, has been found safe and well
  8. Updates on Thursday 23 March 2017

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By Johnny O'Shea

All times stated are UK

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

Cornwall 5th worst for discharging hospital patients

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Trust (RCHT) admits bed blocking is a growing problem that's not going away. 

It comes as the charity, the Nuffield Trust, reveals Cornwall is the 5th worst area in England for discharging people from hospital - because of problems providing social care in their homes. 

Forty-three people per thousand patients are not able to leave hospital, compared with one in a thousand at the top performing hospitals. 

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The Chief Operating Officer of the RCHT, Richard Best, is urging all health and social care providers to think creatively with their budgets.

He said: "We're trying to work very, very closely with adult social care but they have seen, as we have seen, a growth in demand.

"We've seen about 5% or 6% growth in our emergency admissions and no surprise they've seen about a 5.5% increase in the people they look after under domiciliary care arrangements."

Zoos stop selling plastic bottles

BBC Radio Devon

Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts in Torquay are to stop selling plastic drinks bottles. 

The charity which runs the attractions wants to highlight what it says is the huge problem of waste plastic particularly in the sea. 

The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust says it's removed all single-use plastic drinks bottles from its shops and cafes. 

Rise in child sex offences 'shocking'

The number of child sex offences recorded by Devon and Cornwall Police rose to a record 1,500 last year - an average of four each day. 

That's according to figures obtained by the NSPCC.

Police recorded crimes against children that included rape, sexual assault, and sexual exploitation. 

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The force says it's working hard to support victims and is encouraged they're finding the bravery to come forward. 

Sarah Allum, from the NSPCC, said: "It may well be that the police are recording these crimes more clearly. 

"It could be that because of other media coverage more victims are feeling safer and more able to come forward and talk about what's happened.

"It is a shocking number of children and young people who are obviously needing help."

Falmouth Uni rates highly for student experience

Falmouth University has been ranked as the sixth best for student experience in the UK.

In the South West, it beat Exeter, Plymouth, Bristol and Bath in a survey carried out by the Times Educational Supplement.

Students were asked to vote on more than twenty measures including teaching, facilities, accommodation and social life.   

Vice Chancellor, Professor Anne Carlisle said: "We are constantly investing in teaching and facilities to provide the best possible student experience, helping our graduates get great jobs. 

"As the UK's number one university for the creative industries, we're proud that more and more students from Cornwall are accessing our world-class education."

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Whale rescue footage released by RNLI

Chris Quevatre

BBC News Online

The RNLI has released up-close footage showing the rescue of a whale in Start Bay.

Chris Lowe, from British Divers Marine Life Rescue, can be seen hanging off the side of a boat, untangling "Doris" from the web of whelk pots that had her trapped for hours.

"Doris" the whale has been spotted in the area several times in the past few weeks.

Tisdale backs Exeter's Ampadu for Wales call-up

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale says it is only a matter of time before 16-year-old defender Ethan Ampadu is given his first senior Wales call-up.

Ampadu, who is still at school, is one of 11 players on a standby list for Wales' World Cup qualifier against the Republic of Ireland on Friday.

Ethan Ampadu
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"When he eventually does get included in a Welsh senior team, there won't be too many surprised," Tisdale told BBC Radio Devon. "I think he's in their picture going forward so if it's not this time, it'll be another time."

Penzance school tribute to students injured in London

A Cornish school has been paying tribute to three students from France who were injured in the London terror attack yesterday .

Penzance is twinned with the town of Concarneau, and the Humphry Davy School has run exchange programmes with Lycee St Joseph for several years.

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Simeon Royle, Assistant Headteacher, said: "Everyone at Humphry Davy School was shocked and saddened to hear of the terrible incident in London yesterday and our sympathies are with those families who have lost loved ones, in particular the students from Lycee St Joseph in Concarneau. 

"Students from Humphry Davy have visited the school in our twin town and been involved in exchange programmes as well as working collaboratively on curriculum projects. 

"Always we received the warmest of welcomes and can only imagine what a terrible shock this will be to the school community. Our thoughts and prayers are with our friends at Lycee St Joseph during this difficult time."

Rain tonight, cloudy tomorrow

David Braine

Weather Forecaster

It will be a cloudy with further outbreaks of rain affecting the south tonight. There will be a strong east, north-easterly wind, with gales possible around exposed southern coasts and hills. It should be mostly dry and cloudy in the north. It will be a frost-free night. Minimum temperature: 5C (41F).

Friday will see a cloudy and damp start and for much of the South West it will stay rather cloudy for much of the day. The rain will ease through the afternoon with some brightness possible later. Feeling cool in the easterly wind. Maximum temperature: 12C (54F).

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Delays across Devon and Cornwall

BBC News Travel

  • In Plymouth, William Prance Road is close for roadworks. There's no right turn into Charlton Road. There are already long hold ups there and on Tavistock Road and Outland Road 
  • At Yarcombe the A303 is partially blocked eastbound by a fallen tree near the B3170. There's congestion to the A30 at Upottery
  • In Plympton there's queuing traffic on Sandy Road and Ridgeway near the A38 at Deep Lane due to the temporary traffic lights and roadworks
  • In Barnstaple on the A39 North Road there's slow traffic due to temporary traffic lights and roadworks by the North Devon District Hospital
  • In Truro, Kenwyn Road is partially blocked because of a collision near Pydar House - Lots of traffic building up there at the moment
  • Near Penryn there's slow traffic on the A39 approaching the Treluswell Roundabouts due to the road improvements 
  • In Lostwithiel on Queen Street around Fore Street and Bodmin Hill there's slow traffic due to roadworks and temporary traffic lights

Severe accident: A38 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A38 Devon eastbound severe accident, between Harcombe Road and A380 affecting Marsh Lane.

A38 Devon - One lane closed and very slow traffic on A38 Haldon Hill eastbound in Kennford between Haldon Forest and Splatford Split, because of an accident involving a car and van. Congestion on B3344 to the Marsh Lane junction.

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

Police 'stand shoulder to shoulder' with communities in Devon and Cornwall

BBC Spotlight

Chief Superintendent Jim Colwell, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said the London terror attack "was a dreadful thing".

"Devon and Cornwall Police stand shoulder to shoulder with the communities of both our counties and only by standing together will we defeat those groups responsible.

"The events in London, although tragic, were not unexpected. Police forces have been planning for that type of incident, including Devon and Cornwall.

"Through our partners we'll work to prevent such incidents in the future."

Chief Superintendent Jim Colwell
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Plymouth police receive thank you card after London terror attack

'Tragic' to lose 'one of our colleagues'

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Chief Superintendent Jim Colwell, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We lost one of our colleagues yesterday [in the London terror attack] which is tragic.

"Our thoughts and prayers are directed to those directly impacted."

The man believed to be responsible for the attack in Westminster has been named as Khalid Masood , by the Metropolitan Police.

Masood, who died in the attack, was not the subject of any current police investigations, but he had a range of previous convictions for assaults.

The 52-year-old was born in Kent but was believed to have been living in the West Midlands.

Eight arrests in London and Birmingham  followed the attack that has left four dead - PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and the attacker.  

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Severe disruption: A303 Devon eastbound

BBC News Travel

A303 Devon eastbound severe disruption, near B3170.

A303 Devon - A303 in Yarcombe blocked and slow traffic eastbound near the B3170 junction, because of a fallen tree. Approach with care. Police directing traffic.

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

MP praises 'incredible' police and security services

BBC Radio Cornwall

The work of the police and security services during yesterday's terror attack in Westminster has been praised by several South West MPs and peers.

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Derek Thomas, MP for St Ives, was inside the building, close to where the incident took place. 

He told BBC Radio Cornwall: "We could see what was going on. It was quite clear that a policeman had been hurt and then we saw this other individual who the police had secured. 

"At that stage it was quite incredible to see how the police and the security services work because they were very quick to usher us into the building, at the same time running the other way towards what was to them an unknown danger. 

"We heard the shots but we had no idea who was shooting and how many there were."

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Prime Minister Theresa May revealed the Westminster attacker was British-born and known to the police and intelligence services.

She told MPs he had been investigated some years ago but was not part of the current intelligence picture.

The so-called Islamic State group has said it was behind the attack.

Eight arrests in London and Birmingham  followed the attack that has left four dead - PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, Kurt Cochran and the attacker.

Saltash woman, 78, 'not seen since midnight'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police are looking for a 78-year-old woman with dementia who's gone missing in Saltash.

Catherine Blandford was last seen at her home address in Campion Close at about midnight.

Catherine Blandford
Devon and Cornwall Police

Police describe her as about 5ft 5in tall and with short black hair. It is believed she is wearing a purple coat. 

Exeter's flags lowered after London terror attack

Accident near National Trust gardens

BBC News Travel

  • In Trelissick - reports of an accident on the B3289 near Dicky Lane close to Trelissick Gardens

'Increased police patrols' and 'armed presence' in Devon and Cornwall

BBC News England

Communities across Devon and Cornwall are being urged to remain alert and vigilant following the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday.

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “The impact of yesterday’s events will be felt for some time and our condolences go to the families of the police officer and members of the public who have died and been seriously injured as a result of the attack.

“Devon and Cornwall Police officers and staff are always aware of the dangers of such attacks, they remain thankfully rare.

“Local people may see some increased patrols locally and might also see a more overt armed presence from officers. I’d ask the public not to be fearful of this, but to feel more secure that steps are being taken to ensure their safety.

“Devon and Cornwall Police stand with the Metropolitan Police and other forces in not letting attacks like this stop people going about their daily business. Vigilance and being alert to potential intelligence is critical, but rest assured everything possible is being done to ensure public safety at this difficult time.”

Theresa May tells MPs Parliament has met as normal to show that democracy will prevail.

Latest travel: Kennford accident on A38

BBC News Travel

  • In Kennford we have reports of an accident on the A38 Haldon Hill Plymouth-bound near the racecourse junction
  • In Plymouth, William Prance Road is closes for roadworks. There's no right turn into Charlton Road. Expect delays on Tavistock Road and Outland Road 
  • In Plympton there are delays on Sandy Road and Ridgeway near the A38 at Deep Lane due to the temporary traffic lights and roadworks
  • Near Penryn there's slow traffic on the A39 approaching the Treluswell Roundabouts due to the road improvements  
  • In Lostwithiel on Queen Street around Fore Street and Bodmin Hill there's slow traffic due to roadworks and temporary traffic lights
  • In Newquay the A392 Trevemper Road is closed in both directions for resurfacing between the A3075 and Treloggan Road. (Between 9:30 and 16:30 until 24 March)

Four arrested after drugs police raid

BBC Radio Cornwall

Three men and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of growing and possessing large quantities of cannabis, with intent to supply.

The arrests were made at an address in Fraddon near Newquay yesterday.

Drugs
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Insp Dave Meredith from Devon and Cornwall Police said: "I am delighted with the result of this drugs warrant which demonstrates the ongoing commitment by Newquay police to combat the supply of controlled drugs." 

Those arrested have been bailed to appear at Newquay Custody Centre in May.

Cornwall-based rider questions British Cycling approach

James Law

BBC Sport Online

A "medal at any cost" approach created a "culture of fear" at British Cycling, says former rider Wendy Houvenaghel, who lives in Cornwall.

The Olympic silver medallist accused the organisation of "ageism" and having "zero regard" for her welfare.

Wendy Houvenaghel
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Houvenaghel told the BBC she felt "vindicated" by a leaked draft report detailing British Cycling's failures.

British Cycling subsequently admitted it  did not pay "sufficient care and attention"  to the wellbeing of staff and athletes at the expense of winning medals, an approach Houvenaghel attested to in her BBC interview.

Terror expert praises police response

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon-based terrorism expert says the swift work of the security services prevented more deaths in London yesterday.

Those that died are PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade who worked at a London college, a man in his 50s and the attacker.

Seven of the injured are still in hospital in a critical condition . A further 29 had been treated in hospital.

Police
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Professor Bill Tupman is a security and terrorism expert at the University of Exeter. He told BBC Radio Devon: "It's a great shame for the families of the people who were killed, particularly the police officer's family. 

"But in fact the response worked well. The police acted well, the police prevented him doing more damage that he intended to do."

Latest travel: Newquay road closed

BBC News Travel

  • In Newquay the A392 Trevemper Road is closed in both directions due to resurfacing work between the A3075 and Treloggan Road

Exeter aim to top Premiership - Nowell

James Law

BBC Sport Online

England and Exeter wing Jack Nowell says his club side are aiming to go into the Premiership play-offs having finished top of the table.

Nowell, 23, returns to the Chiefs squad this weekend against Sale after helping England  retain the Six Nations title.

Jack Nowell
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Asked how high Exeter could finish, he told BBC Radio Devon: "I think top two - we obviously want to try and push for the top one. It'll only be our fault if we do let it slip now, because it isn't as if we have to chase anyone - we're up there."

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Exeter aim to top Premiership - Nowell

England and Exeter wing Jack Nowell says his club side want to go into the Premiership play-offs top of the table.

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Roman lead bar found by Plymouth man fetches £25,000

BBC Radio Devon

Jason Baker
Southern Detectorists Club

A rare ingot of Roman lead that was unearthed on a farm has sold for £25,000 .

The inscribed lead bar is the only one known of its type to be found the UK, auctioneers have said.

Found by Plymouth bricklayer Jason Baker, 31, it failed to fetch its guide price of £60,000 in November.

But, Hanson's Auction House in Derby confirmed it had sold the 2ft (60cm) ingot, which dates from AD 164 and was uncovered near Wells.

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Tributes by Devon and Cornwall Police after London terror attack

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The Westminster attacker was British-born and known to the police and intelligence services , the prime minister has revealed.

In a statement to the Commons, Theresa May said he had been investigated some years ago over violent extremism but had been a "peripheral figure".

"He was not part of the current intelligence picture," she said.

Eight arrests in London and Birmingham  followed Wednesday's attack that left four dead - including the attacker.

Those killed by the attacker were PC Keith Palmer, Aysha Frade, who worked at a London college, and a man in his 50s.

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Humpback whale monitored by conservationists for 24 hours

BBC Radio Devon

Conservationists will monitor a humpback whale for the next 24 hours after it was freed from fishing gear off South Devon. 

The whale became entangled in fishing equipment at around 12:00 GMT on Wednesday off the coast at Blackpool Sands.

It was freed by volunteers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).

The whale  was originally spotted three weeks ago in Start bay  and has been attracting visitors from across the UK.

Whale
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Police appeal after two car crash on A30

Police are appealing for witnesses following a two car crash on the A30.

Police said at about 15:40 on Sunday, there was a collision between a green BMW and a silver Seat Ibiza, on the A30 westbound carriageway just past the slip road to Tolvaddon.

One vehicle ended up in the hard shoulder, the other in the central reservation. The road was closed, but no-one was injured.

Police are appealing for witnesses.

Police flag at half-mast in memory of victims of London terror attack

BBC Spotlight

The flag at Devon and Cornwall Police headquarters is flying at half-mast today following the killing of a policeman and three other people in a terror attack in London.  

Flag
Devon and Cornwall Police

Extra police patrols are being introduced in Devon and Cornwall following the attack.

Police stress it's a precaution, designed to reassure the public, and that there is no specific threat.

Be alert, not alarmed - Devon and Cornwall Police after London terror attack

BBC News England

Communities across Devon and Cornwall are being urged to remain alert and vigilant following the terrorist attack in Westminster on Wednesday.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "There is no specific intelligence to suggest any additional threat local to Devon and Cornwall or any risk to our communities locally. However the threat level for the country remains severe."

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Middleton said: “The events in London are a timely reminder of the need to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity you may see.

“Although we have no information to suggest any specific risk to Devon, Cornwall or the Isles of Scilly, I would ask the public to keep alert and not alarmed, and to support us in keeping our region safe.

“If anyone sees anything suspicious relating to terrorism, they can report this to the Anti-Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789321.”

Public meetings held over hospital bed closures

BBC Radio Devon

Health bosses are holding public meetings in Holsworthy this afternoon over the temporary closure of community hospital beds. 

The Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust said the beds would remain closed until a solution to the staffing problem could be found.

Local campaigners are worried it will become permanent. 

Holsworthy
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Masters backs Truro manager Hodges

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City Chairman Peter Masters says he "has no option" but to back manager Lee Hodges as the club battles to avoid relegation from National League South.

The Cornish side have lost 13 of their past 17 games and are just two points above the relegation zone.

Lee Hodges
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"I've got to back him, there's nothing else I can do," Masters told  BBC Radio Cornwall.  "If I sack him I'll end up bringing another manager in, who's going to take time to get himself sorted."  

Lee Hodges

Masters backs Truro manager Hodges

Truro chairman Peter Masters says he "has no option" but to back manager Lee Hodges as the club battles to avoid the drop.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calls off second Devon visit after Westminster terror attack

Devon Live

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn cancelled two visits to South Devon today following yesterday's Westminster terrorist incident.

Students from Penzance's twin town injured in London terror attack

BBC Radio Cornwall

People in Penzance have been paying tribute to the students injured in yesterday's terror attack in London , who come from a town it's twinned with.

Students from the St Josef's school in Concarneau are among those injured in an attack in Westminster in which four people died.

At least two of the French pupils are said to be in a critical condition. 

The Cornish Pirates rugby team have tweeted that their thoughts are with the town.

West Cornwall MP, Derek Thomas, said: "“The fact that students from Penzance’s twin town have apparently been seriously injured today is a sobering wake-up call for all of us and I can only hope that and pray that all those affected in this atrocity make speedy recoveries." 

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