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Summary

  1. Ex-soldier 'filled with remorse' after killing ex-girlfriend
  2. Police deal with increase in reports of grooming of children
  3. Footpath collapses in St Ives landslide
  4. Turtles 'cruelly abandoned' at aquarium
  5. Coastal communities get £4m boost, including Plymouth's Mayflower celebrations
  6. A skipping Jack Russell and her owner have set a new world record.
  7. Updates on Monday 3 April

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Misbehaving drone users 'could end up in hot water with police'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

People run the risk "of finding themselves in hot water with the police" if they misuse drones in Devon and Cornwall, police say.

Police forces in the UK are being "flooded"  with reports involving drones , an investigation by the Press Association said.

Police officer with drone
BBC

It said more than 3,456 incidents involving drones were recorded last year, compared with only 1,237 in 2015. Numbers suggested about 10 incidents per day were being logged, it added.

Devon and Cornwall Police said: "[We] will attempt to educate and give words of advice to the user of the drone where suitable, but owners of drones must take responsibility and understand the rules and regulations set in relation to drone usage."

People could "possibly find their equipment confiscated", officers added.

Police hunt for cash card thief after woman has £1,400 taken from account

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Plymouth are hunting for a man who stole a cash card from a woman in her 80s who later had nearly £1,500 taken from her bank account.

CCTV
Devon and Cornwall Police

Officers said the woman was using the cash machine at the Morrison’s supermarket on Outland Road at about 09:15 on Saturday 25 March when a man took her cash card and fled the area.

They said: "The victim then had in the region of £1,400 taken from her account."

Police investigating the theft have released an image of a man they wished to identify.

Ex-soldier 'used tracker device to track stabbing victim'

An ex-soldier allegedly used a tracking device on a car to spy on a man before ambushing him and stabbing him repeatedly, a court has heard.

Richard Grant stabbed Alexander Pierce in the chest and groin before running off and being found by police hiding up a tree, Exeter Crown Court was told.

He is alleged to have spied on his victim - the ex-partner of his girlfriend, who he believed had treated her badly - for more than two weeks.

Mr Grant, 46, of Drake Close, Cullompton, denies attempted murder and wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm but admits having a bladed article. The trial continues.

Wildlife trusts mussels in with conservation project

Andrew Segal

Local Live

A conservation project is aiming to save one of Devon’s most endangered animals, the county's wildlife trust says.

Mussels. Pic: Devon Wildlife Trust
Devon Wildlife Trust

The trust said the freshwater pearl mussel "might not look as stunning as some wildlife" but that it was a "remarkable animal... that can have a positive impact for us all" because it filters bacteria and algae.

It added that the mussels were "declining significantly" and currently only found on the Torridge and the Taw in the county, and that "even these rivers are too polluted for the mussels to breed successfully".

The trust said it was breeding mussels in captivity, so they could survive in healthy water at their earliest stage of life, before being released into the wild.

Abandoned turtles: We could have faced legal action - aquarium

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Three turtles abandoned outside a Cornish aquarium have had a lucky escape because staff were initially advised to put the animals down, the aquarium says.

Turtles. Pic: Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium
Blue Reef Aquarium

The three yellow bellied sliders were dumped at Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium by a man who claimed he "found them locally". However, European zoos or aquariums cannot accept any more since 2015, except under strict conditions, because it is classed as an invasive species.

Curator Steve Matchett said: "Pet owners often expect zoos and aquariums to take their unwanted turtles when they no longer wish to care for them, and it is now a common problem for all zoos, aquariums and rescue centres that, if we did take them in, we can face legal action."

The aquarium said "against all odds" the three examples of the north American species were found a new home at a rescue centre.

Latest weather: Cloudy overnight before a brighter Tuesday

BBC Weather

Skies will be cloudy overnight with some patchy rain at times.

Cloud will lower to give some hill fog in places such as Dartmoor and it will be dry for many by dawn. Minimum temperature: 8C (46F).

Weather
BBC

Cloud will gradually start to break up through Tuesday morning, with some bright spells by the afternoon.

It'll be mostly dry, although some patchy light rain is possible at first. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Police car theft: 'Mere luck nobody was killed'

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A judge sentencing a couple who stole a police car in Cornwall and drove it more than 200 miles told them it was "mere luck nobody was killed as a result of what you did".

Daniel Toy, 24, and Samantha Poole, 31, both of no fixed abode, admitted aggravated vehicle taking and burglary after taking the car from Camelford Police Station last October. They were stopped near Slough in Berkshire.

Truro Crown Court heard that, at one point, they were tracked doing 124mph and they also drove off without paying for fuel during a stop.

Toy was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. Poole was given a 15-month sentence but released because of time in custody.

Judge Simon Carr said it was "some of the worst driving I've ever had to pass sentence on".

Storm of interest: Drone used to take competition entry of battered lighthouse

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Lighthouse in storm. Pic: James Bassitt
James Bassitt

A photograph offering a bird’s eye view of waves crashing against the craggy rocks around a remote lighthouse has been receiving some acclaim, a university says.

The image, which shows a stormy view of the Fastnet rock, off the coast of Ireland, has featured among the top entries in the Science Photo Competition, organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the University of Exeter said.

The photo, by engineering expert James Bassitt, was taken using a drone controlled by him when he was standing on the lighthouse's helicopter platform last winter.

Concrete piles to support Exeter flood gates a 'key milestone'

BBC Radio Devon

Work to protect more than 3,000 properties from flooding in Exeter has reached a key milestone, project managers say. 

Exeter
BBC

Concrete piles are being installed to support floodgates at the Quayside in a  project costing £32m .

Contractors are to pack up for the summer to allow people to use the area, managers added.

Police car thieves sentenced

Johnny O'Shea

BBC News Online

A couple who stole a police car in Cornwall and drove it more than 200 miles have been sentenced.

Police car
Tri Service Police

Twenty-four-year-old Daniel Toy broke into Camelford Police Station by breaking a window and stole a set of car keys on 8 October 2016. He and Samantha Poole, 31, then travelled up the A30 before joining the M5, and then went on to the M4.

The pair, of no fixed abode, were eventually stopped by police on the motorway near Slough in Berkshire using a stinger device.

At Truro Crown Court, Toy was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison. Poole was given a 15-month sentence but released because of time spent in custody.

Plymouth out of title race - Adams

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has conceded the League Two title to Doncaster, with the leaders six points ahead of his side with six games to go.

The Pilgrims, second in the table, were  beaten by Accrington  on Saturday, while Rovers won to extend their advantage.

Derek Adams
Rex Features

"We're out of the title race now. Six points behind, Doncaster have a better goal difference - that's out of the question now," Adams told BBC Radio Devon. "We've still got a job to do, we've still got 18 points to play for."

Whale's second rescue 'much easier'

Lynne French

BBC News Online

An operation to free a humpback whale for a second time after becoming entangled in fishing gear off Devon was "much easier" than its first rescue, divers say .

It was cut free off Blackpool Sands on Saturday afternoon by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the RNLI Salcombe lifeboat crews.

Two weeks ago, volunteers from the BDMLR had to cut the creature free from whelk pot ropes. 

Whale rescue. Pic: RNLI
RNLI

Dan Jarvis, from the BDMLR, told BBC News: "The whale was quite exhausted, but they're very intelligent animals, so I'd like to think it knew we were trying to help and was very cooperative." 

He added that the whale would be on its migration route north, possibly to Iceland or Norway, but it was likely to remain in the area while there is plentiful plankton and small fish.

Tomorrow's Newton Abbot meeting cancelled

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Tomorrow's opening horse racing meeting of the season at Newton Abbot has been abandoned, due to heavy rain over the past week.

The racecourse has apologised for having to make the decision, with refunds being made in the next 48 hours.

Newton Abbot
Getty Images

The next scheduled meeting at Newton Abbot is on Easter Saturday, 15 April.

Beavering away on 'ground-breaking' project

Amy Gladwell, BBC News Online

A project described as ground-breaking plans to bring beavers back to Cornwall.

The county's wildlife trust said the animals, which were hunted to extinction several hundred years ago, were being re-introduced to a fenced area upstream of Ladock, near Truro, this summer.

Beaver
David Chapman

Scientists hope to show the animals can reduce flooding and make streams cleaner - and have been studying the area for more than a year in preparation. 

Professor Richard Brazier, from the University of Exeter, said: “Data collected before and after will show the true impacts of the beavers once they’ve been introduced. That’s what makes this project unique in the UK."

Consultation ending over East Devon Council boundary changes

BBC Radio Devon

This week sees the end of an eight-week public consultation in East Devon for residents wanting to have their say on new boundaries and new names for council wards.

Ballot box
BBC

Draft proposals  released in February  said the local authority wanted 60 councillors in future instead of 59, and 30 wards instead of 32.

The council said it was about improving quality for voters.

Teenager goes missing for a second time

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Police in Cornwall are trying to trace a 15-year-old girl who has gone missing twice in a week.

Chloe Timms. Pic: Handout
Handout

Launceston Police  said on Facebook  that they were trying to find Chloe Timms, also know as Khloe, after she was reported as being missing from her home in the Callington area since Friday.

Her going missing again was after she was found on 28 March, after she disappeared for the first time on Saturday 25 March.

Officers said: "It is possible that she is with friends and deliberately avoiding police. However, she needs to be sighted by police officers to confirm that she is safe and well."

Man faces jail for filming up skirts of 700 women

Plymouth Herald

A pervert faces prison for filming up the skirts of hundreds of unsuspecting women.

Turtles 'cruelly abandoned' at aquarium

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Turtles. Pic: Blue Reef Aquarium
Blue Reef Aquarium

Three turtles have been "cruelly abandoned" by a "callous member of the public" on the doorstep of an aquarium, staff say.

Newquay's Blue Reef Aquarium said the three yellow bellied sliders were dumped at its entrance in a dirty bucket by a man who claimed he "found them locally". He left quickly before staff could tell him they could not accept freshwater turtles or terrapins.

Since 2015, European zoos or aquariums cannot accept them, except under strict conditions, because it is classed as an invasive species.

The aquarium said that, "against all odds", the three examples of the north American species were found a new home at a rescue centre.

Ex-soldier 'filled with remorse' after killing ex-girlfriend

Emily Ford

BBC South

A former soldier has told his trial he was "filled with remorse and wanted to die" after stabbing his ex-girlfriend to death.

Natasha Wake
Wake family

Jay Nava is accused of murdering 26-year-old Natasha Wake, from Bournemouth, after stabbing her 11 times in the chest and neck. 

The 27-year-old, who was a serving soldier in Plymouth at the time of the killing, told Winchester Crown Court he "just wanted to get the children out" after killing their mother while they slept upstairs. 

Afterwards he said he did not see the point in living.

Mr Nava denies murder.

Security 'immediately sent' after group seen scaling Plymouth student block

Lynne French

BBC News Online

Security staff were "immediately sent" to a building site after a group of young people was seen  scaling one of the tallest buildings in the South West  currently under construction.

Plymouth building scaled. Pic: Ian Caldwell
Ian Caldwell

The 22-storey, 78m (256ft) high Beckley Point building in Plymouth is due to include 500 flats and be occupied by university students from September.  

A spokesperson from construction firm Kier said: "Our security team was patrolling with CCTV and immediately sent a team to site when they became aware of intruders. The site was found to be clear and secure and we are continuing to investigate."

It is unclear whether the group was "rooftopping" -  climbing to the top of structures to take photographs .    

Skip to it: Dog owner 'really pleased' at jump record

BBC Spotlight

The owner of a skipping Jack Russell dog says she is "really, really, really pleased" she and her pet have set a new world record.

Rachael Grylls and Jessica
BBC

Eight-year-old Jessica and her owner, Rachael Grylls, from Lewdown in Devon,  clocked up 59 skips in one minute .

Rachael Grylls and Jessica
BBC

Rachael said: "It's quite hard to keep jumping, talking and rewarding her at the same time. I think I'm more unfit than Jessica!"

Latest weather: Cloudy and rain later

BBC Weather

It's a mainly cloudy afternoon, with some bright spells the best of which will be in the east. The thicker cloud in the west will move eastwards during the afternoon with some showery rain reaching the far west by late afternoon. Winds will be moderate south westerly increasing fresh from the west. Maximum temperature: 13C (55F).

Weather
BBC

Overnight, the showery rain in the far west will work its way eastwards during the evening, clearing the east by midnight. It will remain quite cloudy, with only a few breaks and still a few isolated showers around. Winds will be moderate north westerly, increasing fresh or strong in the west. Minimum temperature: 4C (39F).

Pillows on the M5 prompts police warning

Devon Live

Police urged motorists to approach Junction 31 on the M5 with care this morning after they received reports of a number of pillows on the road .

Dog sets skipping world record

Sian Davies

BBC News Online

A skipping Jack Russell and her owner have set a new world record. 

Eight-year-old Jessica and her owner Rachael Grylls, from Lewdown in Devon, clocked up 59 skips in one minute.

Look at her go!

Devon dog breaks skipping world record

Teen 'peacemaker hit in the face with bottle' in club's Ice Room

A teenager who tried to break up a fight in a Plymouth nightclub was hit in the face with a glass bottle, police have said.

Officers were called to Pryzm Nightclub at about 03:50 on Sunday after an "altercation on the dancefloor in the Ice Room". 

Police said: "A 19-year-old man acted as the peacemaker and was subsequently hit in the face with what is believed to have been a thrown glass bottle.

"The victim was taken to hospital where he was treated for a cut to his left cheek which required stitches."

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Launceston relegated to sixth tier

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Launceston have been relegated to the sixth tier of English rugby after being beaten by fellow strugglers Lydney on Saturday.

The Cornish All Blacks are now 11 points from safety with just two games remaining.

It is a second relegation in a row for Jimmy Tucker's side, who were playing in the Championship as recently as 2008.

"I say with reasonable confidence I don't think that we're going to lose many players," head coach Tucker told BBC Radio Cornwall. "I don't know that there's any huge concern about any mass exodus."

RFA Tidespring gets armoured up in Falmouth

Andrew Segal

Local Live

One of the newest support ships for the Royal Navy, has arrived in Cornwall for customisation, which will see it installed with communications equipment, self-defence weapons and armour, the Royal Navy says.

RFA Tidespring
MoD

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary's 39,000-tonne tanker Tidespring is in Falmouth for the work before it starts providing support to the Royal Navy's  Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers when they come into service.

She is undergoing the work at A&P's shipyard and is expected to enter service "before the end of the year", the Royal Navy says.

Entangled humpback whale freed again

Lynne French

BBC News Online

A humpback whale was rescued for the second time  over the weekend after becoming entangled in fishing gear off Devon.

Whale. Pic: RNLI
RNLI

It was cut free off Blackpool Sands, Dartmouth, on Saturday afternoon by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and the RNLI Salcombe lifeboat crews.

Since it was first sighted in Start Bay in February, the whale has drawn visitors from all over the UK.

Two weeks ago,  volunteers from the BDMLR had to cut the creature free  from fishing gear.

St Ives street to reopen after landslide

Hannah Stacey

BBC Radio Cornwall

Landslip. Pic: Simon Crowfoot
Simon Crowfoot

A St Ives street is reopening after a landslide, Cornwall Council says.

The authority said Tregenna Terrace was closed on Sunday after it happened in a "residential property".

The terrace is to reopen following an inspection.

However, some steps affected by the landslide "will remain closed until further notice", it added.

Severe disruption: M5 Devon northbound

BBC News Travel

M5 Devon northbound severe disruption, between J28 for A373 and J27 for A361.

M5 Devon - One lane closed on M5 northbound between J28, A373 (Cullompton) and J27, A361 (Tiverton), because of a broken down lorry and recovery work. Traffic is coping well.

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

Newton Abbot water supplies 'to be disrupted for up to four hours'

Website hacks and phishing 'seriously under-reported'

BBC Spotlight

Website hacks and phishing - trying to trick someone into giving out information over email - are seriously under-reported problems in the South West, cyber security experts are warning.

Figures from the Crime Survey for England and Wales showed more than 660,000 incidents of unauthorised access to personal information including hacking were recorded in the year to last September.

Keyboard
BBC

The issue is thought to cost businesses in the region millions of pounds per year. 

One Cornish company that makes bespoke coffins for people and pets said it was having to rebuild its business online after its website was struck by hackers.

Under-18s football team can have 'tremendous pride' in cup final performance

BBC Radio Cornwall

The captain of the Cornwall Under-18s football team, Charlie Hambly, says his side can have "tremendous pride" in their achievements this season. 

Cornwall lost to Middlesex 2-1 in the FA County Youth Final. But Hambly said his team gave it their all. 

He said: "I can't thank everyone enough for all the support we've achieved, and for everyone for getting the message across and making county football big again."

Travel problems in Devon

BBC News Travel

  • On the A30 near Exeter, after the Alphington junction, heading towards Okehampton, there are reports one lane is blocked due to a broken-down vehicle
  • On the A385 through Totnes, there's slow traffic in both directions due to temporary traffic lights stuck on red

Rescued boat crew 'didn't know how to use radio'

Andrew Segal

Local Live

Falmouth's Coastguard Rescue Team said it had a "busy weekend", including helping deal with a very lost boat off Cornwall on Saturday.

The team was called to Port Pendennis Marina in Falmouth to carry out an inspection of a boat after it was towed in by a lifeboat. The two crew on the rescued vessel called 999 after getting lost and suffering steering failure on Friday night.

The team said on Facebook : "They had initially thought they were off Land's End, when, in fact, they were to the south of The Lizard [more than 30 miles away] when the lifeboat reached them". 

Team members said it was "vital" people went to sea with the correct safety equipment, including a VHF radio, and they knew how to operate it because the rescued crew "were not aware on how to use this  - this was not an April Fool!"

Cornish bowler stars for Nottinghamshire

James Law

BBC Sport Online

Cornish seam bowler Ben Kitt took five wickets on the first day of Nottinghamshire's friendly against Glamorgan yesterday.

The 22-year-old was only recently given his first professional contract, but recorded figures of 5-37 in South Wales.

Ben Kitt
Getty Images

Kitt was playing in the same side as fellow Cornishman Jake Libby, who is from Looe.