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Summary

  1. Plymouth soldier 'murdered mother of his child' court hears
  2. Police arrest a man on suspicion of attempted murder following an attack in Penzance
  3. Mother killed in head-on crash after Christmas pantomime, court hears
  4. A man, 35, has been jailed after pleading guilty to a stabbing in Holsworthy
  5. Major upgrade for South West-Waterloo rail route
  6. Woman 'critically injured' after cyclist crash
  7. NHS bosses 'subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse' over planned cuts, a health commissioning group has claimed
  8. Beavers at work in secret Dartmoor project
  9. More news, sport, travel and weather from 08:00 on Tuesday

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By Johnny O'Shea

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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  Spotlight on BBC One  later. There will also be news through the night on your BBC Local Radio station.

Ross Noble fan in jelly bean choking nightmare

Jonathan Morris

BBC News Online

A top comedian had to stop his show in Plymouth while a man choking on a jelly bean was rescued by another member of the audience.

Ross Noble
BBC

Comedian Ross Noble halted the show at Plymouth's Theatre Royal on Saturday when he saw Oliver Jackson choking on a jelly bean.

He pointed to Mr Jackson and a member of the audience performed the Heimlich manoeuvre to get rid of the sweet.

"I've given up jelly beans now," said Mr Jackson. "They don't seem to agree with me."

Plymouth soldier 'murdered mother of his child'

A soldier stabbed the mother of his child 11 times after she discovered he was being investigated for a sex offence, a court has heard.

Jay Nava, 27, of the Royal Citadel, Plymouth, is charged with murdering mother-of-two Natasha Wake, 26. 

Natasha Wake
Family

He repeatedly stabbed her using a kitchen knife while her children slept upstairs, his trial was told.

Miss Wake was found wrapped in a duvet in a cupboard under the stairs of her Bournemouth home on 2 October.  

Dry and warm with sunny spells

Bee Tucker

BBC Weather

Rest of today: Staying dry and fine with plenty of warm sunshine this afternoon. Winds will be lighter than the weekend. Maximum Temperature: 16C (61F) 

This evening and tonight: Remaining largely dry overnight and with clear spells and light winds, it will turn rather cool across Devon once again. However, cloud will increase through the early hours, with the chance of the odd shower towards dawn. Minimum temperature: 6C (43F) 

Weather
BBC

Bradley eyes double-figure goal tally

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle defender Sonny Bradley says he can reach 10 league goals this season, after scoring his seventh of the campaign in their win at Doncaster.

The 25-year-old centre-back had only scored six career league goals before joining the Pilgrims last July.

Sonny Bradley
Rex Features

Asked if he could reach double figures, Bradley told  BBC Radio Devon:  "It's possible - I don't see why not. There are seven games to go, [so] maybe one more brace and a late one last game of the season - who knows."  

Beavers pose 'risks' to farmers

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

The National Farmers' Union says it is against plans for beavers to play a role in tackling flooding in the south west.

A six year trial with the creatures at a secret Dartmoor location has seen them create a network of ponds and dams .

Beaver
BBC

Researchers from the University of Exeter and the Devon Wildlife Trust believe they could help to slow the flow of flood water and so form part of a solution in flood prone areas.

However, a spokesperson for the NFU said the organisation "specifically opposes the re-introduction of the European Beaver because of concerns about the damage to farmland and farming operations caused by their physical activities and the risks of them spreading disease".

Speeding driver 'killed panto mum'

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A young mother was killed by a speeding driver in a head-on crash on her way home from a Christmas pantomime with her family, a court has heard.

Sabrina Bellman
Devon and Cornwall Police

Sabrina Bellman, 28, from Hampshire was travelling with her baby daughter, husband and mother-in-law while holidaying in Cornwall. 

Daniel Smith, 31, from St Teath, hit them on Boxing Day 2015, Truro Crown Court heard. 

He admits causing death by careless driving but denies causing both death and injury by dangerous driving.  

The case continues.

Bumper year for south west attractions

Several of the south west's most popular tourist attractions saw increasing numbers of visitors during 2016.

The figures have come from the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions.

Tintagel castle saw a rise of 19% - up to 230,000 visits.

St. Michael's Mount
National Trust/ David Noton

Killerton Castle near Exeter had a 15% rise, while St Michael's Mount saw a 10% jump.

The Eden project is the most visited attraction in the region, with more than a million visitors in 2016.

Visitor numbers surge for Cornish attractions

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

The number of visitors to the Eden Project last year surpassed the one million mark for the first time since 2011.

The most popular tourist attraction in the south west attracted 1,000,363 visitors during 2016.

Rope bridge
Eden Project

The figures have been released by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions in its list of members’ visitor numbers.

The figures also show a large rise in people visiting Tintagel Castle. The North Cornwall attraction had nearly 230,000 visits - a rise of 19%.

McHale plays for Truro despite accident

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Truro City boss Lee Hodges praised keeper Tom McHale after he played in their 4-2 win over Whitehawk despite being in a road accident on the way to the game.

The incident happened as McHale was driving to Treyew Road with teammates Stuart Yetton and Ben Adelsbury.

Tom McHale
Truro City FC

"For anyone who's involved in a crash, it kind of makes you nervy and upsets you a little bit," Hodges told  BBC Radio Cornwall.  "He wanted to play so we stuck with him and he's done a fantastic job for us."

A30 blocked after car fire

£250k speed camera scheme begins

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

Work has started on a £250,000 scheme to install average speed cameras on the A38 and A380 at Splatford Split, near Exeter. 

Highways England says the cameras along a 4km stretch of the eastbound carriageway will improve safety. 

Road
BBC

The work will involve two weeks of overnight single lane closures and one full overnight closure on 7 April. 

Man jailed for Holsworthy stabbing

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A 35-year-old man has been jailed after pleading guilty to a stabbing in Holsworthy.

Philip Richards, formerly of Tower Street, Launceston, pleaded guilty to one charge of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm, one charge of assault and two charges of having a blade in a public place.

Philip Richards
Devon and Cornwall Police

A second charge of wounding with intent was dropped.

He was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison at Exeter Crown Court today.

Devon beaver dams 'could avert flooding'

Sophie Malcolm

BBC News Online

Devon beavers may provide a low cost solution to many of our flooding problems.

A trial, which has been taking place at a secret location near Dartmoor, has been monitoring the activity of a group of beavers over the past six years.

According to a report by the University of Exeter the animals have successfully reduced the risk of flash floods.

However, not everybody is happy about the beavers.

The National Farmers' Union says it is worried about the damage beavers may cause to farmland, and the risk of them spreading disease.

Beavers could be our friends against flooding

Mother killed in head-on crash after Christmas pantomime

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A young mother was killed by a speeding driver in a head-on crash on her way home from a Christmas pantomime with her family, a court has heard. 

Sabrina Bellman, 28, from Hampshire was travelling with her baby daughter, husband and mother-in-law while holidaying in Cornwall when Daniel Smith, 31, hit them on Boxing Day 2015, a jury was told.

Mr Smith from St Teath admitted causing death by careless driving but denies causing both death and serious injury by dangerous driving. The case continues at Truro Crown Court.

Sabrina Bellman
DEVON AND CORNWALL POLICE

Arrest after man stabbed in Penzance

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A 58-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was attacked in Penzance.

Police were called to Adelaide Street at around 17:50 BST yesterday. They say a local 35-year-old man was attacked by four men armed with knives, baseball bats and a crowbar.

Adelaide Street
Google

He was stabbed in his legs and torso, and was also hit in the head, officers said. He remains in hospital in a stable condition.

A 58-year-old man is currently in police custody on suspicion of attempted murder and awaits questioning. 

They would like to speak to anybody with information.

Latest travel: Tiverton road blocked with 'extensive debris and oil on the road'

BBC News Travel

  • Between Rackenford and the Bolham Roundabout in Tiverton the A361 is blocked in both directions due to an accident, with extensive debris and an oil on the road. Avoid the area if you can
  • In Teignmouth, Higher Woodway Road is blocked by a collision near Higher Holcombe 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
  • In Kenton there's slow traffic on the A379 Exeter Hill near Chiverstone Lane. In the roadworks area
  • Near Probus the A390 is now clear after a jack-knifed lorry at the Trewithen Roundabout caused delays
  • Near Penryn on the A39 there's slow traffic on the approaches to the Treluswell Roundabout due to the road improvement works
  • Near Lanner on the A393 there are temporary traffic lights and roadworks - there's slow traffic
  • On the A394 Marazion Bypass there's slow traffic due to the temporary traffic lights for the roadworks there

Newbridge A3071 crash between Penzance and St Just sees woman suffer life-changing injuries

Cornwall Live

An 18-year-old is believed to have s uffered life-changing injuries after a crash which shut a road in West Cornwall for eight hours yesterday.

BreakingMan arrested over attempted murder

Police have arrested a man on suspicion of attempted murder following an attack in Penzance.

More to follow.

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Jack-knifed lorry blocks road

BBC Radio Cornwall

A lorry has jack-knifed on the A390 between Probus and Tresillian.   

The road is blocked just before the roundabout.

Emergency services are working to clear the vehicle.

Lorry
BBC

Health bosses 'abused' over planned cuts

Kirk England

BBC Radio Devon

NHS managers in Devon - involved in proposed cuts to the health service - are being subjected to unacceptable levels of abuse, according to one local health commissioning group. 

The NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group claims senior staff have been verbally abused at some public meetings and in the street. It says some online comments "use language that is physically threatening". 

The group says it welcomes open and passionate debate, but some people are going too far.   

The proposed cuts include the closure of community hospital beds and over potential changes to acute services at North Devon District Hospital.

Maritime festival 'postponed' for a year

BBC News England

Plans for a heritage boat race between Dorset and Falmouth have been postponed .

The race would have been part of free event Waterfest Weymouth, which has previously attracted about 5,000 people.

Organisers hope to hold the race and event in 2018.

Flyboarding display in Weymouth Harbour
Waterfest

Beavers could help South West flood defences

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

It's hoped beavers could play a significant role in helping areas at risk from flooding.

Researchers from the University of Exeter have been studying their work during a six-year trial project at a secret location on Dartmoor.

Ponds
BBC

The creatures have created a network of pools and dams that could work as effective flood defences.

Mark Elliot from the Devon Wildlife Trust, said: "When water surges in at the top of the site during a flood, those ponds and the dams hold the water back and it comes out much slower as the dams are slowing the flow of floodwater as it passes through the site."

Jack-knifed lorry causing delays

BBC News Travel

A jack-knifed lorry is causing delays on the St Austell to Truro road.

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Pirates keep play-off hopes alive with win

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Kyle Moyle scored two tries as the Cornish Pirates recorded a bonus-point 34-17 victory over top-four rivals Doncaster at the Mennaye yesterday.

Max Bodilly and Laurence May also went over to add to a penalty try, though Pirates lost Jack Innard to a dislocated shoulder early on.

Cornish Pirates
Brian Tempest

"We spoke before the game about reputations, and Doncaster have earnt a reputation in this league - they've been top-four finalists, and they're pushing for it again," Pirates coach Gavin Cattle told BBC Radio Cornwall.

"We have to turn these teams over and credit goes to the boys - they spoke about it in the week and they certainly fronted up again."

Severe accident: A361 Devon both ways

BBC News Travel

A361 Devon both ways severe accident, between Little Rackenford Lane and A396 Bolham Road.

A361 Devon - A361 blocked in both directions between the Little Rackenford Lane junction in Rackenford and Bolham roundabout in Washfield, because of an accident involving two vehicles.

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

Penzance Tesco cat posts 'reach tens of thousands'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Online posts about a cat in Cornwall who became a local internet star have reached more than 41,000 people on social media since his death, his owner says.

Milo
Andrew Segal

Milo, known as the Penzance Tesco cat, died after being hit by a car on 18 March in the town. 

The 18-month-old moggy had a loyal following of hundreds on social media and was often seen curled up in the Branwell Lane store's foyer or wandering around the car park.

Milo memorial
Amanda Hosking

Owner Emma Barnes said on Facebook  at the weekend her "gorgeous ball of fluff" would have "loved all this attention".

A temporary memorial to him has been set up inside the store (pictured) to raise money for a national cat charity.

Who is MTR?

BBC News England

More on the  South West Trains franchise  that has been awarded to First MTR today. MTR runs the Hong Kong metro system and was given the contract to operate London's Crossrail line when it opens in the coming years. 

The new franchise promises faster journeys with a fleet of new suburban trains offering a regular, metro-style service. 

There will be 22,000 extra seats into London Waterloo each morning and 30,000 additional seats from the station each evening.

MTR is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange and its shares are up 14% this year.

Rail pic
BBC

Driver has 'potentially life changing' injuries

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An 18-year-old woman has potentially life changing leg injuries after a road crash near Penzance, police say.

She remains at Derriford Hospital in Plymouth after the accident at Newbridge near Penzance at about 17:25 BST yesterday.

The car she was in had a head-on crash with another vehicle.  The other driver, a 35-year-old man was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with chest injuries. A 31-year-old passenger was also taken to the hospital with bruising.

A 16-month-old child in one of the cars was not injured.

Mystery loud bang in Bodmin shakes homes and leaves people baffled

Cornwall Live

Residents in Bodmin were baffled after hearing a loud bang which left houses shaking and led to armed officers being called out.

Latest travel: Budshead Road partially blocked

BBC News Travel

  • In Plymouth we've got reports Budshead Road is partially blocked due to an accident at Crownhill Road

Beavers at work in secret Dartmoor project

Adrian Campbell, Environment Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

Researchers at the University of Exeter say beavers could hold the key to creating low cost flood defence schemes. 

They've been monitoring the beavers for the last six years on a trial site on Dartmoor and have discovered they've created a network of pools and dams. 

Dartmoor
BBC

It's created new flood defences which they say could be built in other high risk areas such as the Somerset Levels. 

End of the line

BBC News England

What goes up must go down... While shares in FirstGroup are up more than 3% following its win of the South West Trains franchise (with MTR), Stagecoach - which has lost the contract - are down 1.4%.

Stagecoach, not too surprisingly, says it is disappointed its bid has failed.

Chief executive Martin Griffiths says it was "proud" to have operated the franchise under the South West Trains brand for more than 20 years.

FirstGroup will own 70% of the franchise.  

SWT
Getty Images

MTR, which operates the Hong Kong Metro, has been awarded the franchise along with First Group to run South West Trains (SWT) for seven years.

Rail union RMT has reacted angrily saying MTR, which will hold a 30% share, "is set to make a killing at the British taxpayers expense". Stagecoach currently runs SWT services across south west England.

Blues hope to sign Exeter prop Francis

BBC Sport

Cardiff Blues are looking to sign Tomas Francis from Exeter Chiefs for the start of next season on a dual contract with the Welsh Rugby Union (WRU).

The York-born 24-year-old has a year season on his Exeter contract and it is understood a deal would involve a fee.

Tomas Francis
Getty Images

The WRU, the Blues and Exeter are in discussions over the fee, but the feeling is the deal is edging closer.  

Tomas Francis

Blues fail to sign Exeter's Francis

Cardiff Blues look to sign Tomas Francis for the start of next term on dual contract with Welsh Rugby Union.

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Huge investment to South West-Waterloo rail route

Simon Hall, Home Affairs Correspondent

BBC Spotlight

More than £1bn is to be spent improving a rail connection between the South West, and London.

The route from Exeter to Waterloo avoids flood prone areas like Cowley Bridge and the Somerset Levels, where there is regular disruption.

The Department for Transport says the £1.2bn will we spent creating faster and more frequent services.

Train
South West Trains

The route is currently considerably slower than the Paddington line, but that should be improved by the new investment.

The transport minister described the move as part of a new era in train travel, "the biggest rail modernisation investment programme for over a century".

Head-on crash: Teen has serious leg injuries

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

An 18-year-old woman is being treated at Derriford Hospital for serious leg injuries after a head-on crash in West Cornwall.

The car she was driving crashed with another vehicle on the A3071 near Newbridge, Penzance at about 17:25 BST yesterday.

A 35-year-old man, who was driving the other car, was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with chest injuries.

Road
Google

A 31-year-old female passenger suffered bruising. A 16-month-old child in one of the cars was not injured. Both cars were "substantially damaged".

The road was closed for eight hours while Devon and Cornwall Police investigated. Officers from the Camborne Serious Collision Investigation Team are appealing for witnesses.

M5 fully reopens after 16 hour closure as firefighters investigate cause of major hard shoulder fire

Devon Live

The cause of a major fire involving bales of hay on the M5 , fully reopened this morning, has yet to be determined by the fire service.

Mother's Day message is not just a load of rubbish

Andrew Segal

Local Live

We hope mums across Devon and Cornwall had a happy Mother's Day on Sunday. 

And, just like everyone else, volunteers who look after a West Cornwall cove wanted to convey their best wishes to their mums - but they also did it in a way to raise awareness of waste and rubbish getting in the sea.

Mother's Day message. Pic: Friends of Portheras Cove
Friends of Portheras Cove

In a Facebook post , the Friends of Portheras Cove spelt out their message with bits and pieces washed up on the shore. The letters used in the message in the cove near Pendeen appear to include what looks like a magnetic notice board piece and a Scrabble letter.

Although the group said that "beach-cleaning provides endless art opportunities", the title of "saying it with flotsam" could be considered a thought-provoking one.

Severe accident: M5 Somerset southbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Somerset southbound severe accident, between J26 for A38 and J27 for A361.

M5 Somerset - One lane closed and slow traffic on M5 southbound between J26, A38 (Wellington) and J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of an accident.

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